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Student Activities and Involvement

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Ray Koch

Tickets to University of Nebraska at Omaha sporting events are free for students with the use of their MavCARD. So, why should freshmen attend the games?


“It’s a great atmosphere to make friends in because everyone is so upbeat and excited to be there. It’s also a good way to blow off steam or take a break from homework in a healthy and fun way.”
Ashley Ortmeier, sophomore education major









“I love the competitive nature of our teams. I usually go to basketball or soccer games, but when I have time, I go to hockey games. They are the rowdiest.”
Hilario Mendez, sophomore computer science major









“My favorite part of attending UNO hockey games is how pumped up and rowdy our student section gets to support our hockey team. In the back of the stu-dent section there are big makeshift drums that beat along with the chants we shout.”
Mikala Hunt, senior biology major







“It’s fun and empowering when you’re able to be in a group and you’re all cheering for the same thing. It’s more than just a person or an athlete that’s on the team. It’s for a symbol that the university stands for.”
Joe Hagerty, master’s degree student







“I like UNO games because they give me a chance to represent my school and a chance to cheer on the Mavs to victory.”
Jacob Marsh, junior architectural engineering major







Photo Courtesy of unomaha.edu
Photo Courtesy of unomaha.edu

Rob Carraher

As a student at Eastern Kentucky University, Ben Jager said, he immersed himself in campus life. Being part of student government, a fraternity, the honor’s program and playing intramural sports, Jager said, he made the most of his time on campus.

Jager, associate director of Student Activities and Involvement at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, now works on creating a diverse campus environment while balancing a full home life.

Jager recently became engaged, so much of his free time is occupied with planning his January wedding, he said. Additionally, he said, that owning a home and two dogs makes for a busy life.

But it’s not all housekeeping and planning for Jager. He said he also enjoys watching Cincinnati Reds baseball and brewing his own beer.

“It’s pretty easy,” Jager said about brewing beer, adding that the hobby is a good, inexpensive alternative to buying a $4 beer at the bar, and it makes for a unusual treat to bring to a party.

Jager’s varied life extends to campus where he oversees numerous student organizations, helping negotiate student program issues and assessing programs to ensure they are accomplishing their goals, he explained.

Bill Pickett, senior director for Student Involvement, said Jager’s more serious personality compliments Pickett’s own “crazy, spontaneous” personality. He said Jager is analytical and measures the pros and cons, making him the perfect candidate for negotiating and assessing student programs.

Martha Spangler, Student Activities coordinator, added: “He forges his own path. He is very low key and modest.”

Jager said he is proud of his involvement in initiating TEDxUNO, a locally organized version of the TED global community that furthers ideas and connections through a variety of topics.

“I can’t take credit for the idea,” Jager said. It was the idea of Daniel Shipp, vice chancellor of the university’s idea, but Jager said he executed it. He said TEDxUNO was a perfect fit for the university, and it’s an ideal event for a community the size of Omaha.

Omaha was never on Jager’s radar prior to interviewing for the job, he said. In fact, he said, Nebraska was on a list of places he never wanted to live.

“Turns out Omaha is a pretty awesome place to be,” Jager said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better place to become a grownup.”

Spangler recalled a Student Affairs’ project for which employees were asked to pick one word that described them, and to write it down on a piece of cardboard. Jager came out wearing his word around his neck, and it read “Trill,” she said. “What the heck is Trill?” Spangler asked, and Jager responded, “true and real.”

“That’s pretty much just Ben,” she said. “He truly cares about the student experience.”