News You Can Use 4-26-12


By Natalie C. McGovern, News Editor

UNO, OPS Students Interview Citizens About Malcom X

On Wednesday, April 25, community members and leaders will meet at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation (MXMF) to be interviewed by University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and K-12 students about their personal experiences during the civil rights movement and reflections on Malcolm X as part of a P-16 service learning project. Interviews will take place between 12:30 and 2 p.m. at 3448 Evans St.

Over the past school year, the MXMF selected 5th graders at Minne Lusa Elementary School and 7th and 8th graders at Nathan Hale Middle School to be part of a documentary about Malcolm X. The documentary will include students’ research, reflections and community interviews the civil rights leader, his contributions to movement and the influences of that movement in Omaha.

Diane Wells Rivers from Minne Lusa Elementary School, Linda Janzen from Nathan Hale Middle School, and Todd Richardson’s UNO Folklore students worked with the K-12 students to develop interview questions that would help paint a vivid picture of the influences of the civil rights movement in North Omaha.

The Service Learning Academy P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between the university and (Pre)K-12 schools with the purpose of connecting curriculum to community needs through the development of academic service learning experiences.

The Service Learning Academy at UNO works in partnership with Building Bright Futures in an effort to improve academic performance, raise graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibility and ensure all students are prepared for post-secondary education.

For more information, please contact Krystal Boose, Service Learning Academy, 402-554-2736 or

Sen. Hagel, Russian Ambassador to Visit UNO Campus

Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel will visit the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus next week with Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador to the United States. The pair will appear at two forums, one for students and another for community members, where they will discuss the future of U.S.-Russia relations.

“The United States and Russia have seen each other as both allies and adversaries over the years, and the future of this relationship is strategically important to us and the world,” said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies & Programs at UNO and the moderator for the forums. “Through dialogue, the two countries can forge a peaceful, constructive partnership. We’re excited to bring this dialogue to Omaha in the flesh.”

Both the student and community forums will be held Thursday, April 26. More than 100 students from UNO, Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Kearney will attend the first forum at 2:30 p.m. in the College of Public Affairs & Community Service on UNO’s campus.

The community forum will be held that evening at 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. social hour, at UNO’s Scott Conference Center, 6450 Pine St. The public is welcome to attend; however, space is limited, so those interested should register for the free event by contacting UNO’s International Studies & Programs.

The Senator and Ambassador will also make two appearances Friday, April 27. They will attend a Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce networking event for Omaha-area professionals with international business interests. And they will attend the Kiwanis Club of Omaha luncheon where the Ambassador will speak. Kiwanis is a service organization committed to serving children in the Omaha area.

Hagel represented Nebraska in the U.S. Senate from 1997 to 2009. He was a member of the Foreign Relations Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence, among other assignments. Currently, he is a distinguished professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He also chairs the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan organization that promotes cooperation across the Atlantic, and he co-chairs the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

Kislyak has been the Russian Ambassador to the United States since 2008. From 2003 to 2008, he was Russian’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and prior to that he was the ambassador to Belgium and Russia’s Permanent Representative to NATO.

This is Ambassador Kislyak’s second visit to UNO’s campus. In October 2011, he participated in a panel discussion with three former U.S. ambassadors to Russia and John Beyrle, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia until January of this year.