By Martha Spangler, Guest Writer
Congratulations to the new students joining our family, and welcome back to all the familiar faces! My name is Martha Spangler, and I am the student body president and regent of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. My role is to actively represent you, the student body.
We are here at UNO at an exceptionally exciting time with all of the big changes that have been made in the last few years and all the big changes currently underway. I am looking forward to a successful year, and for you to become a part of it. There truly has never been a better time to be a Maverick.
Here at UNO, you have almost limitless opportunities available to live the college experience. I want you to make the most of your time here because being a Maverick is much more than burying your nose in a pile of textbooks. So I encourage you to explore the various on-campus resources available to you, and get involved. With over 100 student groups on campus, there are many different paths you can take. Each of these student groups gives you the chance to make lifelong friends and sharpen the skills you will need for your future endeavors. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, browsing available organizations on MavSync is a great way to start!
As I said, Student Government’s role, is to actively represent students’ opinions and concerns to UNO faculty, staff and administration. If you are interested in joining Student Government, the Freshman Leadership Council is currently accepting applications until Sept. 9th. Other open positions include University Division senator, Arts and Sciences senator, four open seats for Graduate student senators, and various agency board member positions. To learn about Student Government’s open positions and to apply, visit our MavSync page or stop by the Student Government office, which is located on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center behind the Fireplace Lounge.
In the meantime, take advantage of the resources we provide to you! These include free planners and free metro bus passes that can be picked up in the Student Government office. Also, black bins with newspapers are located throughout campus that provide USA Today, Omaha World-Herald, and New York Times free of charge to students, staff and faculty.
If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns about our campus, our door is always open. I also encourage you to like UNO Student Government on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Good luck with the upcoming year, and I hope to see you around!