This week in News…


Adjunct faculty set to rally in Pep Bowl


Dr. Larry Bradley, a professor in UNO’s department of Geography and Geology, has reserved space in the Pep Bowl on April 15 for an Adjunct Faculty Rally Day. The rally is in response to the disparity in pay of adjunct faculty at UNO. Dr. Bradley says that to teach a 3 credit hour course, the pay is around $2,500 for adjunct faculty, which is well below the national average of $3,500. The rally will be held at noon, just outside the UNO Administration building. The Gateway will be reporting further on this story in the coming weeks.

Nebraska academic medical centers have major economic impact compared to peer states

An Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2012 economic impact assessment of U.S. medical schools was recently analyzed and found that the academic medical industry in Nebraska has the largest economic impact on the community it serves among its peers in similarly populated states.The data on Nebraska’s academic medical economy includes numbers from both UNMC and Creighton University. The analysis also found that among peer cities, Omaha ranks second behind Birmingham, Alabama. The total direct economic impact of academic medicine in Nebraska is $1.8 billion.

UNO poll discovers essential elements for successful communities

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) released a new report on what Omaha residents identify as key areas of improvement for their communities. The report included a survey of more than 1,100 participants from counties in and around Omaha and Lincoln. The survey found that jobs and economic opportunities were the top “absolutely essential” elements to having a strong community. Personal safety, quality school systems, available medical services and affordable housing were also near the top. A complete version of the report is available at the CPAR website.

UNO to host annual food drive

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity will partner with The Salvation Army to promote homelessness awareness and benefit The Salvation Army food pantry. From April 6 to 10, UNO students will sleep outside in cardboard homes to raise money and food donations. In 2014, the food drive collected more than 34,500 donated food items.