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UNO partners with community organizations and public schools to both provide UNO students with valuable learning experiences while also benefitting the community.  Sara Woods, Director of UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to discuss the opportunities for these students and the benefits the community experiences from this partnership.

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/community-engagement-center/index.php.

Imagine a college scholarship program that gives so much more than just financial assistance.  It also mentors, builds a community of students who go on to become doctors, educators, engineers, artists, and elected officials and they remain a member of that community. 

The Goodrich Scholarship program at UNO is one such program.  Troy Romero, the Chair of the Goodrich Program, joined Mike Hogan to explain how the program changed his life.  Troy was a first generation college student who needed the help the Goodrich Program provides.  Once a “Goodricher”, always a “Goodricher.”

More information can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-public-affairs-and-community-service/goodrich-scholarship-program/index.php

Just over one year ago, UNO was named the home of a new Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence now known as NCITE – the National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center.  The National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education Center strives to understand, prevent, and counteract terrorist violence.  The NCITE Center will do this by heading a consortium of academics who study terrorist behavior and the best ways to stop it.  The goal is to translate research into tools for frontline Homeland Security professionals.

Dr. Gina Ligon, is the Director of the Counterterrorism Unit at UNO.  She joined Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” for a two-part interview about the mission of NCITE, the difference they can and have made, as well as how the Oklahoma City bombing impacted her life.

More information about this center and the work it does can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/ncite/

News Channel Nebraska

The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s next chancellor will be the first Asian American to hold an executive leadership position in the state’s university system. The University of Nebraska’s Board of Regents unanimously endorsed Joanne Li as UNO’s new chancellor on Saturday. University of Nebraska President Ted Carter said the 56-year-old Li is a proven leader with a record of significant accomplishments. For instance, the graduation rate at Florida International’s College of Business, where Li was dean, improved from 29% in 2017 to what is expected to be a 70% rate this year.

As a part of his four year theme/mission, Dr. Derrick Fox, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Omaha put in place at UNO an initiative entitled” Reflections of Us.”  With this, he works to connect the UNO student community and the Omaha community. This iteration of the mission is subtitled “United in Song.”

What he did was send out a song survey this fall to local retirement homes, since they have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. He asked them to list songs that they connected with great memories and/or family. 

In the “Live & Local” chat with Mike Hogan, Derrick talks about how he made this list available to choral students who chose songs and recorded them. Those performances were then edited together and sent to the retirement homes for their residents to have during the holidays. 

Dr. Fox provided links to preview that initiative as well as others he has led.  The complete two-part interview is also below.

Retirement Home Preview - https://app.vidgrid.com/view/SSQne56cwpkR/?sr=hgCKoS

Professional Choral Collective Lesson Links - https://www.drderrickfox.com/the-professional-choral-collective

Country Music Association Foundation - Unified Voices for Music Education - https://cmafoundation.org/voicesformusiced/

A quilted map of the Arizona Sonoran Desert covered in 3200 orange and manila toe tags
Courtesy of Hostile Terrain 94 Nebraska

The Sonoran Desert is 100,000 square miles of punishing terrain stretching from Northwestern Mexico into Arizona and California. Since 1994, it has been the graveyard of thousands of migrants making their way to the United States. The exact number of casualties may never be known.

The "Nebraska Promise" tuition assistance program for the University of Nebraska system has been launched.  And with that, the University of Nebraska Omaha has also launched some of its own financial assistance programs to give students of many situations the opportunity to start, continue, or finish their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Dr. Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor at UNO, took time out of his schedule to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about these programs, about the current state of the pandemic, and what he believes the future holds for Omaha and the state as a whole.

Drive-Thru Covid-19 Testing Site Open At UNO

Apr 7, 2020
Omaha World Herald

A new drive-through coronavirus testing site is opening on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus.  The site will be available only to people with a lab testing order from a Nebraska Medicine provider.  Testing will take place on campus lots M and N daily between 8:00 a.m. and noon. 

Vesper Concerts presents another one-of-a-kind Choral Collaborative Residency featuring Dr. Derrick Fox and the choirs of University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Central High School Choir directed by Lyn Bouma.  Reflections of Us: Singing Our Way to Unity is March 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m. at Strauss Performing Arts Center, UNO.

This concert will feature the ground-breaking choral composition “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a work by Joel Thompson addressing complex issues of race and violence.  Joel will be in attendance for this special performance. 

Dr. Derrick Fox, Director of Choral Activities at UNO, was kind enough to swing by the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the social relevance of this concert, the thought provoking ideas presented, and the hope that the entire experience will generate conversation, reconciliation, and unity.  

And just to share an off-air, behind the scenes moment, as Derrick Fox and Mike Hogan met for the first time, it was discovered that Derrick taught high school at Mike's alma mater in St. Louis.  A small world indeed!

More information and tickets are available at http://vesperconcerts.org/2019-20-season/

The Expanding Housing Choices forum will provide recommendations for missing "middle" housing and will focus on ever-changing housing needs due to an aging population and changes in market preferences.  Orange Splot, the featured presenter, is a housing development company that creates community-oriented, affordable and green housing.

Josie Schafer, Director of UNO Center for Public Affairs Research, and Jeff Spiehs, Community Relations Manager for MAPA, sit down with Mike Hogan to discuss the housing situation in the greater Omaha area.  While there is a looming problem with the lack of "middle" housing ($130k - $200k), they discuss the need for more multi-family housing units and communities, and how that problem can be solved.

More information can be found at http://heartland2050.org/

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Nebraska tax commissioner has been named a vice chancellor for the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Two leaders in the fight against human trafficking will speak at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) on Monday, July 18. The lecture is set for 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Mammel Hall (6708 Pine Street). A pre-event reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

UNO plans to offer a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies starting this spring.

UNO's MavRide program to expand in 2016

Dec 17, 2015

UNO is expanding its MavRide program on January second.

Middle East Forum focuses on Paris attacks

Nov 20, 2015

The terror attacks in Paris were the focus of this month’s Middle East Forum at UNO.

UNO Chancellor highlights school's growth, collaborations

Nov 16, 2015

UNO’s Chancellor says research and collaborations are growing along with the campus.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska-Omaha hockey team is ranked No. 1 in one of the major polls for the first time in the program's 18-year history.

A student group from Southeast Asia is spending this month in Omaha, learning about U.S. culture, education, and government.

The U.S. stock market recovered most of its losses after dropping 1,000 points Monday morning shortly after trading opened, then ended the day down 588 points.

An upcoming conference at UNO focuses on the role of arts and literature in a curriculum focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math.

UNO plans to add four new degree programs this fall, as well as open a new center in the College of Business.

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A UNO student is in custody after allegedly pulling two knives on students in Criss Library.

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UNO’s $75 million arena is scheduled to open in October.

UNO receives national award for community service

Dec 9, 2014

UNO has received a national award for community service and economic development.