Omaha Public Radio News
2:46 am
Wed October 8, 2008

UNO turns 100

Omaha, NE – The University of Nebraska at Omaha is celebrating its 100th birthday.

It was October 8, 1908 when the Articles of Incorporation were signed that formed the University of Omaha. The following fall, the University welcomed its first class of 26 students. The University then was a one-block area at 24th and Pratt Streets.

40 years ago, the University of Omaha joined the University of Nebraska system. It was renamed the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The campus now has 15,000 students.

Local and state officials gathered Wednesday to celebrate the school's centennial. Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey declared October 8 at UNO Centennial Celebration Day. Nebraska First Lady Sally Ganem also read a Proclamation recognizing UNO's 100th anniversary. Ganem is a UNO graduate.

UNO Chancellor John Christensen says the community has provided enormous support to the University during its history. He says UNO is paying that back by creating a better future.

Click on the link above to hear Chancellor Christensen's Convocation Address.