With the Holiday Break and Winter Closedown around the corner, UNO Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D., has a special message of thanks for members of the Maverick Community.
Faculty and staff, and their families, are specially encouraged to take advantage of a special Appreciation event at Lauritzen Gardens on Friday, Jan. 3. See Details.
As we approach the end of the semester - and the end of 2019 - I want to take this time to reflect on all that we've accomplished together as well as share my excitement for all that is ahead in the new year.
When I look back at this year, it becomes clear that with commitment to our mission of being a true metropolitan university of distinction and providing access to exceptional opportunities, anything is possible.
This year alone, we completed several building expansions while at the same time moving forward on new expansions, renovations, and new developments; we also welcomed incredible guests to campus and welcomed new members to the Maverick and University of Nebraska family; and let's not forget our national recognitions, our athletic achievements on the field, and our ability to bring record-breaking levels of funding support to our innovative academic research efforts.
These accomplishments are truly remarkable.
But Maverick Spirit is not just found in our ability to be successful - it is in our ability to persevere through adversity. This Maverick Spirit was on display as we said goodbye to a true UNO legend in Chancellor Emeritus Del Weber, as we came together to support our community as we experienced truly catastrophic flooding, and as we found ways to be there for each other in the face of hate and discrimination.
As I said in my Investiture remarks earlier this semester, the role of higher education in our society is part of a social contract where we need to be responsive to the needs of our society by providing the leadership, knowledge, and skills to inspire others to do truly great things. And I can say without hesitation that each and every one of you are an inspiration to me and motivate me each and every day to make sure you are supported in your own pursuit of greatness.
For some of you, this will be your last semester - and last week - as a student at UNO. However, you will always carry the spirit of a Maverick with you as a member of our UNO alumni family.
For those of you returning in 2020, I hope you will take the upcoming winter break to spend time with your friends and family, and celebrate all that this important time of year has to offer.
And to our faculty and staff, I encourage you to take advantage of an opportunity for you and your families to explore Lauritzen Gardens on Friday, Jan. 3, as a personal thank you for all that you do.
I look forward to another great year and another great semester thanks to your commitment and hard work in supporting this truly important institution we call the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
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Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.