06/08/2015 NU online programs included among nation’s best for vets
June 8, 2015

Several University of Nebraska programs available through the University of Nebraska Online Worldwide website earned top rankings in the latest U.S. News & World Report list of the nation’s best online programs for veterans. The 2015 rankings, issued this spring, cover both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs at regionally accredited institutions and evaluate programs based on factors like financial aid for people with a military background, affordability, faculty credentials, student services and reputation. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska at Kearney all are represented in the new U.S. News rankings.

UNL’s online graduate programs in education led NU’s representation in the rankings, coming in at No. 5. Additionally, the UNL College of Business Administration’s online MBA ranked No. 18, UNL’s online graduate engineering programs ranked No. 29 and its online bachelor’s program ranked No. 35.

UNO’s online bachelor’s degree programs also ranked among the top 10 percent. UNO is recognized by Military Times magazine as the nation’s top four-year institution for veterans.

UNK’s online graduate programs in education, previously unranked, came in at No. 20.

Mary Niemiec, director of University of Nebraska Online Worldwide and associate vice president of distance education, noted that distance learning is an especially important strategy for meeting the educational needs of veterans and active-duty service members who balance demanding schedules. Flexible, high-quality online programs provide military learners with valuable skills that will serve them in both their military service and as they transition to civilian work, Niemiec said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, about 55,000 veterans in Nebraska – more than one-third of the state’s total veteran population – have either earned an associate’s degree or completed some college but not earned a degree. Niemiec said veterans provide an important supply line for meeting workforce needs in Nebraska, and continuing to ensure that military learners have access to affordable, high-quality education would advance a widely shared goal in Nebraska to increase educational attainment in order to meet economic demands of the future.

“Our nation’s veterans have made many sacrifices. Those seeking to fulfill their academic goals should have every resource they need to do so,” Niemiec said. “We are proud that so many of our programs have been recognized for what they do to provide resources that servicemen and women need to be successful. We remain committed to this effort.”

All four NU campuses participate fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides tuition and fee support for veterans attending public institutions. The campuses also have flexible deployment policies to ensure that students’ educational progress is not impacted by military deployment, and they offer specialized support services or advisors for veterans. For example, UNO’s deployment coordinator assists veterans before, during and after deployment. The campus also has a VA employee on-site to assist with veterans affairs benefits.

UNL maintains a mentoring program for military transfer students and awards one credit hour for every three months of active-duty service. UNL recently announced a new Student Veterans Resource Center to be in place this fall that will support student veterans’ transition to academic life and provide relevant services aimed at improving veterans’ integration and success on campus and retention and graduation rates. Services will include academic support, recruiting and admissions counseling, mentoring and orientation, career placement, and expanded opportunities for communication and networking.

The University of Nebraska’s four campuses offer more than 100 degree, certificate and endorsement programs in a wide range of fields. For more information on the online options and services available to military learners, visit http://online.nebraska.edu/mission.

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05/18/2015 Omaha Gives! provides opportunities to support UNO, UNMC

May 15, 2015

For 24 hours this week, Nebraskans will have a unique opportunity to support the philanthropic cause of their choice in Omaha – including programs based at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Omaha Gives! is May 20 from midnight to midnight. The round-the-clock, online community giving event allows donors to support the important work of organizations throughout the Omaha area and in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. The numerous opportunities to give include two University of Nebraska programs:

Omaha Gives.

Maverick Food Pantry

UNO created the Maverick Food Pantry in 2013 to provide nutritionally balanced food packages to members of the UNO community in need. To date, the pantry has received more than 600 requests and distributed more than 7,800 pounds of food.

The mission of the Maverick Food Pantry is to contribute to UNO’s culture of caring by providing food to those in immediate need on campus and connecting them with resources in the greater Omaha area for long-term assistance. The pantry, located on campus, runs entirely on gifts of money and non-perishable food items.


The SHARING clinics enhance the well-being of the Omaha community by providing high-quality, low-cost health care and human services to those in need. UNMC SHARING oversees four student-managed clinics in Omaha. The clinics are dedicated to primary health care, HIV and STD testing, primary care for Type 2 diabetes, and vision care.

Since 1997, SHARING clinics have provided medical care to more than 1,400 patients annually. The clinics provide care in multidisciplinary education settings that empower patients and instill the values of service and compassion in UNMC students. Every $1 donated to SHARING results in roughly $8 of medical services to underprivileged populations in Omaha.

To donate to these or other Omaha-area causes, visit http://omahagives24.org/ on May 20. Omaha Gives! is organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. The minimum donation for the event is $10 and there is no maximum.

05/27/2015 Give to Lincoln Day provides opportunity to support UNL

May 26, 2015

For 24 hours this week, Nebraskans will have a unique opportunity to support the philanthropic causes of their choice in the Lincoln area – including an academic success program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Give to Lincoln Day is May 28 from midnight to midnight. The round-the-clock, online community giving event will bring donors together to support the important work of nonprofit organizations in Lincoln and throughout Lancaster County. Donors’ gifts go even further on Give to Lincoln Day, as participating organizations also receive a percentage-based share of a $300,000 matching challenge gift.

Give to Lincoln Day.

The numerous opportunities to give include the Nebraska Legends scholarship at UNL. Managed by the University of Nebraska Foundation, Nebraska Legends is one of the university’s most successful student recruitment and retention programs. It provides scholarship aid to high school students across the state and country while providing resources for UNL admissions recruiters. In addition, Nebraska Legends provides a support system for new students to help them have a successful start to their lifelong Husker experience. The program pairs students with a mentor to help them ease the transition to college, and provides opportunities for students to participate in social events throughout the year.

Other giving opportunities include the Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, the Sheldon Museum of Art, and many more. Visit the UNL Newsroom for a complete list of UNL non-profits to support.

To donate to the Nebraska Legends scholarship program or other Lincoln causes, visit the Give to Lincoln Day site for more details. Give to Lincoln Day is coordinated by the Lincoln Community Foundation in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. In 2014, Give to Lincoln Day raised $2.7 million for local nonprofits, with more than 13,000 donations going to more than 300 organizations.

05/12/2015 Congratulations, Class of 2015!

May 12, 2015

The University of Nebraska congratulates the 6,500-plus students who earned degrees or certificates over the past week – the next generation of NU alumni who will go on to become health care workers, business leaders, scientists, teachers, farmers and ranchers, artists and many other talented workers.

President Hank Bounds, participating in his first commencement activities since beginning his tenure in April, attended ceremonies on all four campuses as well as the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. Among the milestones for this year’s commencements: NCTA awarded its first certificates in its new irrigation technician program, which trains employees for the mechanized irrigation industry. And UNL, with more than 3,000 degrees awarded, set a new graduation record for May.

Bounds thanked students for choosing the University of Nebraska, and recognized family members, friends, faculty and staff, and other mentors whose guidance helped the graduates succeed.

President Hank Bounds delivers remarks at the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s spring 2015 commencement ceremony.

In remarks to the graduates, Bounds recalled his own upbringing in rural Mississippi, noting he never dreamed he would have the opportunity to even to go college, much less become president of a leading university. A college degree, he said, will change students’ lives in the same way it changed his, opening doors he never would have thought possible.

“I hope you have learned to dream big,” Bounds told the graduates. “This is the opportunity that a University of Nebraska education provides you – the opportunity to dream big.”

He extended his best wishes to the students, whatever their next steps may be – starting a job, working on a family farm, continuing their education, traveling or something else.

Photo albums from spring 2015 commencements are available here: University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or by searching #MavSpirit, #LoperGrad, #UNMCgrad15 or #UNL2015 on social media.

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