New housing developments at UNO will enhance the college experience for new and returning students.
Scott Court will be the latest addition to the student housing development on campus. Its four new buildings on the Pacific Street South Campus location will be home to nearly 500 students.
The Executive MBA program at UNO caters to those who have full-time professions but still want to complete their master's degree in business administration. UNO is lucky to have an established program to help those that may or may not have a business background, said Bill Swanson. Swanson, executive director and graduate of the program, knows firsthand what going back to school is like for those trying to make their lives better. UNO's program is the only executive MBA program offered in Nebraska, although several are offered throughout the Midwest.
The year was 1973. U.S. troops had been withdrawn from Vietnam, the World Trade Center in New York became the tallest building in the world, and the groundbreaking ceremony for UNO's Roskens Hall was about to begin. It was in that year that UNO had the largest enrollment in the school's history.
During a recent visit to Mammel Hall, UNO's Environmental Advocate and Sustainability Champion Patrick Wheeler focused on a group of computers. "I'm not sure why all those [computer] monitors are on," he said. "They could probably power off the ones they're not using." While he applauds the sustainable construction and design of the College of Business Administration's new building, Wheeler emphasizes the importance of continued sustainable practices by its occupants. "It's an opportunity for us to do some good things," he said. "It's not just a 'green' thing - they're issues of need."
Carl and Joyce Mammel's decision to donate the largest sum of money ever given to UNO was well thought out, said Lori Byrne, campus director for the University of Nebraska Foundation. Byrne said the Mammels have been involved in giving back to students for years, starting with scholarships of more than $500,000 to more than 250 students during the past 10 years. "One of our most satisfying experiences has been to receive letters from the young people who benefited from the scholarship programs," Carl Mammel is quoted as saying in the guide to Mammel Hall.
UNO's South Campus recently added a 120,000-square-foot addition with Mammel Hall. The three-story structure is the new home to the College of Business Administration. Construction began in June 2008 and was completed this fall. The building's list of impressive features includes interactive touch screen as well as digital displays showing historical and general information pertaining to the school. Classrooms are equipped with smaller digital displays to show relevant events, including class and meeting times.
When asked to name her favorite feature of UNO's new Mammel Hall, UNO marketing major Nicole Morrison said, "Free printing." Spoken like a true college student, Morrison isn't the only student impressed with UNO's newest building. UNO senior and business management major Nick Moss singled out the touch screens as one feature that adds to his enthusiasm.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Economic Development John Fernandez gave a lecture Nov. 23 on the University of Nebraska's contribution to national innovation and entrepreneurship at the Embassy Suites in LaVista. More than 100 people from private and public sectors, including state politicians and members of the NU system, attended.