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UNO to host the Goldstein Lecture

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s department of Religious Studies presents the Shirley and Leonard Goldstein Lecture on Human Rights each year. This year is the 16th annual lecture. The event will be held on March 16 at 7 p.m.in the Community EngagementCenter. Dr. Angelina Snodgrass Godoy is the founding Director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Washington. She will be giving the talk this year titled “Rights and Resources: Understanding Contemporary Challenges to Human Rights in Central America.”

Graduation rates on the rise in Nebraska

A new report done by National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that more students who enroll in Nebraska colleges get degrees than shown by official federal figures. The nonprofit serves to fill a void that many educators have complained about: U.S. Education Department figures on graduation rates only capture traditional freshmen. Students who transfer to finish their degree elsewhere are not counted. The research center’s data showed that in 2008, 64 percent of students who enrolled in a four-year Nebraska college had a degree in six years. This number is significantly higher than recent data produced by the U.S. Education Department.

Criss Library Archives preserve history at UNO

Dating back to 1908, the University Archives at UNO are housed in Criss Library under Archives and Special Collections. This is the official repository of materials relating to UNO history. From photographs to audio recordings, the collection holds a variety of historical items. Many of the items are collected by UNO’s archivists through donations from members of the university community. These items are available to students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Les Valentine at 402-554-2362 or lvalentine@unomaha.eduor Amy Schindler at 402-554-6046or acschindler@unomaha.edu.

Naatz named Outstanding Achievement Award recipient

Nicole Naatz has received this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award from the Chancellor’s Comminssion on the Status of Women. Naatz made contributions towards sexual assault prevention and served as leader on UNO’s Voices Against Violence Task Force. Naatz recently launched a campaign called It’s On Us at UNO which stems from the White House Task Force to protect students from sexual assault.

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