UNO senior Andrew Lescelius received $200 cash from Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph Boocker's pocket last week just in time for the holiday break.
Lescelius won the money as the first-place award in the Dean Boocker's October essay contest, "Why Should I Sit in on Your Class?"
Student government approves transit pilot program, lecture series; bids good-bye to long-time member
Four hundred UNO students can take advantage of free bus rides to campus through a new Pass to Class pilot program during the spring and fall 2011 semesters next year.
Sen. Gerard Wellman authored the $40,000 proposal, approximately half of which will be paid for by the UNO Student Government. Metro Area Transit will pay for the other half. The program doesn't currently include the summer semester and will last through the end of the fall semester, or until the funds have been used.
More than 500 people attended the 11th annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference and Expo last weekend, an event aimed to strengthen the community through education, communication and engagement.
The conference was held over a two-day period at the Embassy Suites in LaVista, the Kroc Center and the First National Bank Tower Winter Garden downtown. The event included prominent speakers such as NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez, business leader and entrepreneur Deborah Rosado Shaw and motivational speaker Gabe Salazar.
UNO celebrated Native American Heritage Month with a lecture titled "If REDSKINS are illegal...why not these mascots?" pointing out the racism of team mascots named after Native Americans, supposedly in their honor.
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, UNO hosted "Culture: Indian Style, Dance Exhibition" on Nov. 17.
The event began half an hour late at 12:30 p.m. and lasted until about 1 p.m.
Following Native American tradition, the event began with a prayer before kicking off the dance exhibition.
The first dance was a fancy shawl dance performed by Meredith Schramm. Before performing, she explained the dance as a more modern Native American dance that depicts the movement of the butterfly, as well as coming into womanhood.
"Military Times," an independent news source for active-duty personnel, has named UNO one of the nation's best colleges for military veterans. More than 4,000 universities were evaluated based on financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services. UNO was ranked number 19.
This is the first year UNO has received a ranking from "Military Times," but it has been honored by several military-focused publications and organizations in recent years.
Publisher and Human R ights Watch founder Robert Bernstein presented his lecture "Are Human Rights Organizations Helping or Hurting Relations Between Israel, Palestine and the Arabs?" on Nov. 10 at UNO's Thompson Alumni Center.
Friday, Nov. 12
The UNO Gerontology Interest Group will feature speaker Kim Haney. The event will be held in CPACS room 109A. Haney is the executive director of Life Chronicles in Omaha, a non-profit that produces videos of people with chronic illnesses.