This week in News…


Ricketts fields questions at UNO

Gov. Pete Ricketts came to the University of Nebraska at Omaha on Thursday and fielded questions from students. The questions ranged from whether Ricketts would support expanded gambling in Nebraska, to the controversial alcohol sales in Whiteclay next to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Ricketts took questions from over 50 students from the UNO/OPS Middle College alternative program at the UNO Community Engagement Center. Ricketts not only answered questions but also gave some lifelong advice to the students on how they can be important citizens and leaders in their community.


Debra Romberger named UNMC internal medicine chair

After 25 years of working as a physician for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Debra Romberger, M.D. has been selected as chairperson for UNMC’s Department of Medicine. This is the largest department in the College of Medicine with more than 180 physicians. Dr. Romberger has been on staff since 1990, starting as assistant professor and served as interim chair since July 2014. Dr. Romberger has authored 130 scientific articles, 17 book chapters and reviews, and received 35 research grants.


Volunteers leave scarves, hats and gloves in Gene Leahy Mall for needy 

On Feb. 8, more than 150 volunteers spent their afternoon offering scarves and hats to the needy. The effort was led by a group known as the Secret Kindness Agents. The group was started by Ferial Pearson, an instructional coach at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Since its creation, the group’s Facebook page has garnered over 1,400 likes. This group is making a difference for those without a home or without means to buy winter gear. Some of the articles of clothing had notes attached, encouraging the homeless to take it for themselves or to call a number to find shelter.


Fourth Brown Bag Event to highlight waste and recycling

In November, the UNO Sustainability Committee launched the university’s first Sustainability Master Plan. This plan identifies new policies and practices that can be implemented by UNO that are environmentally friendly, socially repsonsible, financially feasible and will benefit the campus now and into the future. To share the plan, the Sustainability Committee holds a series of weekly brown bag sessions to higlight each area. The fourth session will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18 in the Community Engagement Center at 11:30 a.m. The focus will be on materials, waste and recycling.