Omaha, NE – Metro Community College is hosting 150 African American high school males this Saturday at its Men of Distinction Conference.
Fred Conley coordinated the event and says the 11th and 12th graders will learn about setting goals, male responsibility, personal relationships and how to finance a college education. Conley says it's important for young people to have a vision of what they want to accomplish in their lives. He hopes to grow the Men of Distinction Conference into a bigger event next year.
Omaha, NE – The UNO 2110 Time Capsule will be placed in the new College of Business Administration Building.
Suzanne Sollars, Associate Professor of Psychology at UNO, coordinated the project. She says the time capsule will be placed in an interior wall of Mammel Hall instead of buried. She says there were nine total capsules, representing various groups including students, faculty, community and alumni.
Omaha, NE – Governor Dave Heineman and Democrat Mark Lakers are the candidates in the November gubernatorial election.
Lakers ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Governor Heineman received 90 percent of the vote in the Republican primary. His two opponents, Christopher Geary and Paul Anderson, each received about five percent.
Omaha, NE – The second annual Big Omaha Conference happens next week.
The conference, designed to bring together entrepreneurs, runs May 13th through the 15th. Jeff Slobotski is the Co-Founder of Silicon Prairie News and the Big Omaha Event. He says the conference offers entrepreneurs and start-ups in the region opportunities to collaborate and learn from one another.
Omaha, NE – Shakespeare on the Green will present the traditional version of Romeo & Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona-The Musical.
The Festival resturns June 24th. Plays are held in Elmwood Park on the UNO campus. Interim Festival Director Alan Klem says he believes people attend Shakespeare on the Green not just to be entertained and enjoy the outdoors but to be enlightened as well.
He says people in Omaha love Shakespeare and the connection between the words and the language as well as the universality of Shakespeare.
Omaha, NE – The cities of Omaha and Lincoln will receive funds from the Department of Energy to create a Retrofit Ramp-Up Program.
Omaha's Sustainability Coordinator, Kristi Wamstead-Evans, says the funds will be used for comprehensive building retrofits, including residential, public and commercial. Wamstead-Evans says the goal of the Omaha Lincoln Retrofit Ramp-Up Program is market transformation. That includes having a qualified work force that can deliver green technology and entrepreneurs that are producing eco-friendly products.
Omaha, NE – 288 sixth-graders in the Omaha Public Schools are being honored for academic achievement.
The students received awards Thursday morning during the Winners Circle Educational Program ceremony. Winners Circle encourages students to set academic and citizenship goals. The students attend 12 OPS elementary schools.
Omaha, NE – Senator Ben Nelson is backing two amendments to financial reform legislation making its way through the U.S. Senate.
Nelson says the financial reform legislation is complex, and he hopes a bipartisan solution is reached soon. One of the two amendments would change how the FDIC assesses banks, resulting in larger, high-risk banks paying more in insurance premiums.