Omaha Public Radio News
1:58 pm
Wed June 8, 2011

UNO receives presidential distinction

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska at Omaha was recently honored as a Finalist for the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Paul Sather is the Director of UNO's Service Learning Academy. He says UNO has always been selected to be on the honor roll. Sather says last year UNO was on the honor roll with distinction. This year the university moved up by becoming a finalist. Sather says finalists are chosen based on the quality of their service learning programs, coursework and civic engagement initiatives, both on campus and in the community. He says one of the things that distinguishes UNO is the scope of the service learning program, "That we have over 2000 students a year who take a service learning course. Service learning courses are offered in every college, including the graduate college which is somewhat unusual. Another important piece would be our connection with public schools and that we do have university students and K-12 students who work together on the same service learning project."

UNO's Service Learning Academy has been consistently honored for several projects, including Three Days of Service and World Aids Day.