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KNOW THE O T HE UNO A DVA N TAGE & FAC T BOOK | 2020 -2021


Since 1908, UNO has served as a vital point of access to exceptional higher education—a transformational force located in the heart of Omaha, Nebraska. We change lives through education, service, and research. Our impact is local and global. Our momentum is unstoppable. We designed this book to share the value of UNO with students, parents, alumni, businesses, and community partners. We want everyone to “Know the O.” Our university has a story worth sharing—one that involves incredible hands-on learning opportunities; extraordinary faculty and staff; stateof-the-art facilities; vibrant community support; affordable, relevant programs; and a campuswide culture of engagement, creativity, diversity, and community. Add to this our mission of academic excellence, student-centeredness, and a commitment to local and global engagement. We are a campus of Mavericks: independent thinkers who are willing to challenge the status quo. Simply put, our university isn’t like anywhere else. We call this the UNO advantage.

CONTENTS

Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. CHANCELLOR

5 MISSION 11 STUDENTS 21 FACULT Y 25 VALUE 31 COMMUNIT Y

39 SUCCESS 43 RESEARCH & CREATIVE AC TIVIT Y 47 SUPPORT 53 MAVSPIRIT 60 LEADERSHIP


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MISSION UNO has always endeavored to ensure higher education is accessible to anyone who seeks it. We believe that a strong, diverse, and affordable education can not only improve the quality of life for a community, but that it can also transform it. As the region’s premier metropolitan university, UNO will forever be committed to teaching, research, service, and engaged leadership so our graduates can help improve the region’s, and the world’s, quality of life.

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MISSION The University of Nebraska at Omaha is Nebraska’s metropolitan university—a student-centered university with strong academic values and significant relationships with our community that transforms and improves life.

VISION The University of Nebraska at Omaha is recognized as the premier Metropolitan University throughout the United States and the world.

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CORE VALUES EXCELLENCE Focusing on exceptional education, groundbreaking research, and the life-long success of our students and alumni

ENGAGEMENT Strengthening our community through the transformative power of shared resources, dynamic collaboration, and sustained partnerships

INCLUSION Creating an environment that is welcoming, open, and diverse; committing to the accessibility of our campus and academic programs; and ensuring a respectful and safe campus environment

DISCOVERY Fostering a culture of critical thinking and creativity, and upholding the rigorous pursuit and exchange of knowledge

INTEGRITY Embodying the highest of professional and ethical standards

MAVERICK SPIRIT Exemplifying strength, resilience, curiosity, independent thinking, and entrepreneurism in our everyday deeds and collective endeavors

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UNO IS NEBRASKA’S METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY A Metropolitan University, defined in its simplest terms, is an institution that accepts all of higher education’s traditional values in teaching, research, and service, but takes upon itself the additional responsibility of providing engaged leadership within the metropolitan region by using its human and financial resources as partners to improve the region’s quality of life. Adapted from Paige E. Mulhollan “Aligning Missions with Public Expectations: The Case of the Metropolitan Universities” Metropolitan Universities: An Emerging Model in American Higher Education, 1995

ESTABLISHED IN 1908

UNO’S ACADEMIC PRIORITIES STEM

UNO’S ACCREDITATION & CLASSIFICATIONS

(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Early Childhood/Child Welfare Sustainability

Accreditation:

Doctoral/Research

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Global Engagement

Learn more at hlcommission.org.

UNO’S 6 ACADEMIC COLLEGES

Carnegie Classifications:

Arts and Sciences

• Doctoral Universities: Moderate Research Activity

Business Administration

• Community Engagement: Curricular Engagement and Outreach Partnerships

Communication, Fine Arts and Media Education Information Science & Technology Public Affairs and Community Service

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SOURCE: 2019-2020 CENSUS ADMINISTR ATIVE SITE DATA FROM OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFEC TIVENESS

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STUDENTS UNO’s role is to serve as a point of access for excellence in higher education in our city, state, and region. All learners who have done the hard work of preparation are welcome, no matter age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or country of origin.

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UNO STUDENT PROFILE

15,892 11,372 Full-time

4,520 Part-time

HIGHEST TOTAL ENROLLMENT SINCE 1992 Total enrollment including undergraduate and graduate students

13,108 Full-time Equivalent

STUDENTS’ CLASSIFICATION Freshmen Sophomore

3,299 2,586

Junior

3,138

Senior

3,745

Graduate Certificate

84

Master’s

2,475

Specialists and Non-degree

330

Doctoral

235

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37.3%

Of UNO students are first generation (5,931 students)

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29.49%

Of UNO student population is ethnically diverse (4,688 students)

614

Students enrolled in Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)

Students enrolled in Metropolitan Advantage Program (MAP)

A reduced out-of-state tuition program for students and residents of nine Midwest states.

A reduced tuition program for students and residents of 11 Western Iowa counties.

In addition to Nebraska, first-year students come to UNO from:

IOWA MINNESOTA SOUTH DAKOTA TEXAS COLORADO & KANSAS

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS 2019-2020

795

International students

65

Countries represented

SOURCE: 2019-20 CENSUS ADMINISTR ATIVE SITE DATA FROM OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFEC TIVENESS

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

12,768 Undergraduate students

4,130

11,126

Nebraska (Residents) students

Underrepresented students

11.1% Increased enrollment of underrepresented students

5,324

12,235 Domestic students

First-generation students

41.7% Of total undergraduate population are first generation

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533

International students


FIRST-YEAR INCOMING CLASS Largest incoming first-year class in the last decade

2,226

43%

First generation students

39%

Ethnically diverse students

New first-year students

2%

3.4

International students

High school GPA

22.3

Average ACT

381 First-year & transfer military/veteran students including dependents and affiliated spouses

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS COME TO UNO FROM THESE METRO AREA HIGH SCHOOLS:

1 2 3 4 5

Omaha South High School Millard West High School Omaha Central High School Millard South High School Omaha Burke High School

AVERAGE GPA

3.5 3.4 3.4 3.2 3.6

SOURCE: 2019-2020 CENSUS ADMINISTR ATIVE SITE DATA FROM OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFEC TIVENESS

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TRANSFER STUDENTS

1,381

49%

Total transfer students

First generation students

STUDENTS TRANSFER TO UNO MOST OFTEN FROM THESE INSTITUTIONS:

1 2 3 4 5

Metropolitan Community College University of Nebraska-Lincoln Iowa Western Community College Southeast Community College Central Community College & Northeast Community College

31.4% Ethnically diverse students

DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAM The mission of UNO’s Dual Enrollment Program is to deepen UNO’s partnership and engagement with the local community and promote academic achievement and opportunity for Nebraska youths by offering high school students the chance to earn college credit.

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High schools are represented

265 High school faculty members teach dual enrollment courses

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3,065

Students enrolled in at least one dual enrollment course through UNO

5,629

Dual enrollment courses were taken by students

19,366

Credit hours were earned by dual enrollment students


GRADUATE STUDENTS

3,124

1,010

Full-time

Graduate students

2,114

Part-time

LARGEST GRADUATE ENROLLMENT IN UNO HISTORY

813

558

New graduate students

Underrepresented students

538

7.6% Increase in total graduate students

27.4%

Non-resident students

Increase in new graduate students

4.2%

19.2%

262

International Students

TOP FIVE COUNTRIES REPRESENTED - CITIZENSHIP

1 2 3 4 5

853

India China Islamic Republic of Iran Nigeria Republic of Korea Master’s and doctoral degrees conferred in 2019-20

Increase in total graduate underrepresented students

44.2% Increase in new graduate underrepresented students

95

Certificates awarded in 2019-20

SOURCE: 2019-2020 CENSUS ADMINISTR ATIVE SITE DATA FROM OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFEC TIVENESS AND 2019-20 DATA FROM THE OFFICE OF GENER AL EDUATION AND DUAL ENROLLMENT

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DISTRIBUTION OF UNO STUDENTS FROM NEBRASKA Counties reporting fewer than 10 students are combined with counties of similar size and are reported as one combined percentage; counties reporting a larger percentage of students are counted separately.

3.4% 4.2%

84.8% 7.6%

84.8% of Nebraska students come from the Omaha Metro Region: Burt, Cass, Cuming, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Saunders, and Washington Counties

7.6% of Nebraska students come from the Southeast Region: Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, Seward, Thayer, and York

4.2% of Nebraska students come from Central and Western Nebraska 3.4% of Nebraska students come from the Northeast Region: Antelope, Boone, Butler, Cedar, Colfax, Dakota, Dixon, Holt, Knox, Madison, Merrick, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Polk, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne

80 out of 93 counties are represented at UNO SOURCE: 2019-2020 CENSUS ADMINISTR ATIVE SITE DATA FROM OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFEC TIVENESS

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FACULTY UNO students learn from distinguished faculty who are experts in their fields of study. Faculty are fully invested in students and their success, providing a personalized higher education experience.

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2,087 Total faculty & staff

UNO FACULTY

17:1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio

13:1 graduate school student-to-faculty ratio

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FACULTY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2019-20

907

26

40

286

144

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Presentations

Books published (includes new books and revised editions)

Art shows/exhibitions

Scholarly journal publications in academic outlets

Musical performances

Theatre-related activities (e.g. acting, directing, costumes)

FACULTY BREAKDOWN IN 2019-20 FULL TIME

PART TIME

TOTAL

1,516

571

2,087

Faculty & staff

601

538

1,139

Instructional faculty

281

272

553

Female instructional faculty

320

266

586

Male instructional faculty

147

3

150

Faculty have the rank professor

161

3

164

Faculty have the rank associate professor

130

1

131

Faculty have the rank assistant professor

37

0

37

Lecturers

101

528

629

Instructors

18

2

20

Community service/research associates

7

1

8

Other, Director Public Services

SOURCE: 2019-2020 CENSUS ADMINISTR ATIVE SITE DATA FROM OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFEC TIVENESS

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VALUE We believe education isn’t a compromise. Our tuition is one of the most affordable in the region, but low tuition rates doesn’t equal low quality programs and facilities at UNO. We hold the prestigious classification of being a Carnegie Doctoral Research University—which means we offer specialized doctoral programs, master’s degrees, and certificates. Our facilities are some of the best in the nation.

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AFFORDABLE EDUCATION WITHIN REACH We realize cost is an important factor when choosing a university to attend, and UNO’s tuition rates are among the lowest in the region for a four-year university. We are dedicated to ensuring all students have access to higher education by minimizing financial barriers. We offer financial support in the form of hundreds of scholarships and grants, and work with students to make sure they understand the application process.

STUDENT TUITION AND FEES 2020-21* UNDERGRADUATE RESIDENT

$8,136

NON-RESIDENT

$21,718

GRADUATE RESIDENT

$7,752

NON-RESIDENT

$16,374

* The information provided is not a bill; this is a cost estimation based on current tuition rates. The University of Nebraska at Omaha reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice, upon approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

87%

Of students receive some form of financial aid

$10 million+

In scholarships were awarded to undergraduates last year

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Tuition and fees are among the lowest of Nebraska’s four-year institutions U.S. News & World Report 2017

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MAJOR SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNTS AWARDED IN 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR UNDERGRADUATE REGENTS’ SCHOLARSHIP

$6,888,263

CHANCELLOR’S SCHOLARSHIP

$893,851

DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP

$278,500

GRADUATE REGENTS’ SCHOLARSHIP

$100,000

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP TUITION

$1,976,000

SOURCE: 2019-20 & 2020 -21 DATA FROM THE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND SCHOL ARSHIPS AND THE OFFICE OF GR ADUATE STUDIES

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CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY An exceptional education requires a superior learning environment. Students at UNO have access to the most-cutting edge technology in the region, and we’re continually adding more options.

180+

high-tech classrooms, labs, and auditoriums across campus

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CREATIVE PRODUCTION LAB Explore creative interests and learn how to use cuttingedge hardware and software including 3D printing and scanning, laser cutting, virtual reality, and much more

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AVIATION ADVANCED SIMULATION FACILITY

BIOINFORMATICS COMPUTING LAB

MALLORY KOUNTZE PLANETARIUM

Aviation Institutes’ Advanced Simulation Facility offers students the newest technology in simulator training

state-of-the-art cluster computer facility combining computer science, molecular biology, chemistry, and mathematics research

features Space Telescope Science Institutes “ViewSpace” updated daily from latest images from Hubble Space

BIOMECHANICS RESEARCH BUILDING

STRAUSS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

KORALESKI COMMERCE & APPLIED BEHAVIOR LAB

houses a virtual reality lab and a gait analysis lab, as well as other unique data collection environments

includes state-of-theart recording studios, percussion studios, a dedicated piano lab, and recital hall classrooms

uses eye-tracking, pupil dilation, facial expression, skin conductance, and electroencephalography (EEG) in research

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COMMUNITY The shared goal of Omaha and UNO has always been to empower students and residents through access to exceptional education and shared resources, while enriching the global community.

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PLACE MATTERS UNO is located in the center of Omaha, Nebraska, its roads winding through city parks and thriving neighborhoods, creating an extraordinary connection that few universities have achieved. The city itself has truly become a part of the UNO campus. With a population of more than 1.2 million people within a 50-mile radius, UNO both offers and receives unlimited opportunities for collaboration.

1 Best cities for college grads ZipRecruiter, 2018

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Four Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Omaha

85% of Nebraska students come from the Omaha Metro Region

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Top U.S. cities where millennials are moving and staying Financial Advisor, 2019

14 Omaha is a key economic hub of the central states

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Hardest working cities in America SmartAsset, 2017


Internships, Practica, and Career Opportunities

Culture, Entertainment, and Signature Events

Omaha offers many career opportunities in a variety of fields, including:

• NCAA Men’s College World Series

• Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

• NCAA Men’s Basketball “March Madness” Tournament (2015 & 2018)

• Big Omaha

• Education • Government

• U.S. Olympic Swim Trials

• News

(2012, 2016, & 2020)

• Nonprofit

• U.S. Olympic Curling Trials

• Business

(UNO’s Baxter Arena in 2017)

• U.S. Senior Golf Open

• Technology

• Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium • Maha Music Festival • Food & Arts festivals • National Movie Premieres • Concerts, Plays, & Museums • Restaurants & Shopping

(2013 & 2021)

EXTRAORDINARY COMMUNITY SUPPORT Each year alumni, friends and the Omaha community support UNO through private gifts. Their generosity helps elevate the UNO student experience.

Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020:

$27+

Million was raised for UNO

5,296

Donors made gifts to benefit UNO

58%

Of donors were UNO graduates

24%

Were first-time donors

SOURCE: 2017-19 DATA FROM THE GRE ATER OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND 2019-20 DATA FROM THE UNIVERSIT Y OF NEBR ASK A FOUNDATION

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Areas of Focus The Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (CEC) is a place where UNO’s students, faculty, staff, and community work together to influence positive change in our community. The CEC includes: • UNO Service Learning Academy • UNO Service and Leadership Collaborative • CEC Building Partner Organizations • Resources for CommunityEngaged Scholarship • Meeting spaces for campus and community events

A COMMUNITY CROSSROADS UNO is committed to and engaged with the city surrounding it, allowing students unique hands-on learning and volunteer opportunities, internships, service learning, applied research, and other collaborative activities that enhance student experiences.

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The CEC is a unique place that serves to strengthen UNO’s existing outreach efforts and foster future opportunities for partnerships between UNO students, faculty, and staff, with nonprofit, governmental, educational, and grass roots/ community organizations.

The Service Learning Academy, the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility, The Urban League of Nebraska, and the Wellbeing Partners are just a few of the campus and community building partners that provide opportunities for students to get involved in their community.

These partnerships result in shared benefits and positive impacts for the metropolitan area and beyond.

In addition to the resources at the CEC, UNO’s Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library houses the world’s largest and only community engagement library with over 10,000 volumes of scholarly work. Dedicated to service learning and community engagement, this collection is accessible worldwide through interlibrary loan programs.

Every year, the CEC averages 7,000 meetings and events that welcome roughly 80,000 people. The facility is has been home to more than 60 current and former UNO and community organizations.

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343,122

Hours of service students donated to a wide range of community projects

400+

624

5,808

Community organizations partner with UNO in a variety of focus areas

Classes with a community engagement component including service learning, practicums, internships, and student teaching

Unique students participated in courses with community engagement components

SOURCE: 2018 -19 OFFICE OF AC ADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMUNIT Y ENGAGEMENT METRIC S LEGISL ATIVE REL ATIONS REPORT, APRIL 2020

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VISITORS TO UNO UNO has welcomed many prestigious guests in recent years. Politicians, artists, journalists, and authors have all visited our campus. Over the past year, visitors have included artist Watie White, author Ibram X. Kendi, and former Secretary of State John Kerry.

SOME RECENT VISITORS INCLUDE: • Musician, Karrin Allyson

• NHL Forward, Jake Guentzel

• U.S. Representative Don Bacon • Artist, Samuel Bak

• Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel

• Actor, Adam Beach

• Journalist, Maria Hinojosa

• Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden

• CEO and Entrepreneur, Catherine Hughes (7)

• NFL Hall of Fame Player, Marlin Briscoe (3)

• Author, Ibram X. Kendi (4)

• CEO & Investor, Warren Buffett • Poet, Natasha Carrizosa

• Former Senator and Secretary of State John Kerry (6)

• U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

• Rapper, Logic

• U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry

• Director, Chris Moore

• Author, Father Patrick Desbois

• Author, Wes Moore

• Historian, David Eisenhower

• 44th President of the United States Barack Obama

• Hip Hop Artist, Flo Rida • Author, Roxane Gay • Author and Journalist, Masha Gessen • Judge, Richard Goldstone (2)

• Entertainer, Jujubee

• Second Lady, Karen Pence (1) • Actor, Michael Stuhlbarg • Artist, Watie White (5) • Nobel Laureate, Carl Wieman

SOURCE: 2019-20 DATA FROM UNIVERSIT Y COMMUNIC ATIONS

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SUCCESS Academic achievement is the foundation of our students’ professional careers. And as we help create engaged citizens, our focus is on preparation, planning, and building confidence for the next generation of leaders.

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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT MEASURES

RETENTION

First-time, full-time students starting in Fall 2013:

73%

Graduated from UNO; transferred and graduated; or are still in school

1st to 2nd year:

76.9%

GRADUATION RATE Six-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking students entering Fall 2013:

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First-year students who returned for their sophomore year at UNO Fall 2019


DEGREES/CREDENTIALS CONFERRED IN THE 2018-2019 ACADEMIC YEAR

3,439

Total conferrals

LARGEST GRADUATING CLASS IN UNO HISTORY

2,428

84

8

94

793

32

Bachelor’s degrees

Graduate certificates

Undergraduate certificates

Master’s degrees

Specialist degrees

Doctoral degrees

SOURCE: 2019-2020 CENSUS ADMINISTR ATIVE SITE DATA FROM OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFEC TIVENESS

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RESEARCH & CREATIVE ACTIVITY Undergraduate and graduate students can find research and creative activity opportunities in all six of our colleges. Our many research centers, facilities, and labs provide a wealth of opportunities for our students to work with faculty members who are known nationally and internationally for being experts in their respective field.

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EMERGING RESEARCH • The Office of Research and Creative Activity (ORCA) is dedicated to supporting faculty and student scholarly activity. Over 220 undergraduate and graduate students representing all UNO colleges and the UNL College of Engineering presented projects at the 12th Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair. • Over $19 million of total funding given to UNO focused on public service or applied research. • Federal sources of funding represented 74% of UNO’s total fiscal year 2020 awards. Another 12% of awards came from state agencies. • The National Counterterrorism, Innovation, Technology, and Education (NCITE) Center is the largest grant award in NU history. The ten year, $36.5 million award, led by Dr. Gina Ligon, provides access to innovation, technology, and education for counterterrorism professionals working within the Homeland Security Enterprise. • Over $1 million was awarded to the NebraskaMATH Omaha Noyce Partnership. A teacher scholarhsip program designed to respond to the critical need for K-12 teachers of schience, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools.

GRANTS & AWARDS 2019-20 EXTERNAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES Number Submitted

349

Number Awarded

168

Amount Applied For

$123,000,000

Amount Awarded

$26,620,297

INTERNAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES ORCA offers a number of opportunities to faculty and students to enhance their research and creative activity through the UCRCA, FUSE, and GRACA programs. UCRCA FACULTY

FUSE STUDENT

Number Awarded

13

Number Awarded

43

Amount Awarded

$71,000

Amount Awarded

$101,644

UCRCA STUDENT

44

GRACA STUDENT

Number Awarded

15

Number Awarded

67

Amount Awarded

$7,370

Amount Awarded

$331,989

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RECOGNIZED STUDENT SCHOLARS AND FELLOWSHIP AWARDEES FUL BR IGH T BUL G A R I A E TA Patrick Hodson (alternate)

GOL D WAT ER S CHOL A R LeeAnna Lui

P HI K A P P A P HI GR A DU AT E FEL L O W SHIP Elias Witte

C ONGR E S S BUNDE S TA G Y OU T H E X CH A NGE F OR Y OUNG P ROFE S SION A L S FEL L O W SHIP Patrick Hodson Kathy Nguyen Mikey Thompson SOURCE: 2019-20 DATA FROM THE OFFICE OF RESE ARCH AND CRE ATIVE AC TIVIT Y AND THE OFFICE OF NATIONAL SCHOL ARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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SUPPORT We provide academic, career, and personal support resources to ensure each student has the tools needed to reach their goal. We provide various programs on campus and are fully committed to developing a culture that values inclusion, wellness, achievement, and involvement.

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STUDENT SUPPORT AND SUCCESS SERVICES UNO has specifically designed programs and services to support students academically, socially, and physically to enhance time in and out of the classroom. • Academic and Career Development Center

• Criss Library

• Military and Veteran Services

• Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

• Multicultural Affairs

• Accessibility Services • Campus Recreation

• Health Services

• Student Activities

• Campus Testing Services

• Honors Program

• Wellness Center

• Civic and Social Responsibility

• Learning Communities

• Writing Center

• Counseling Services

• Math-Science Learning Center

• Speech Center

500+ Employers participated in UNO career fairs, mock interviews, career panels, and on-campus recruiting last year.

UNO is recognized as the most LGBTQIA2S+ friendly institution in the state. Best Colleges, 2018

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13,403 Students enrolled in at least one online course; 84.3% of the entire UNO population

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OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS SUPPORTING EVERYONE

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) works to support underrepresented students at UNO by offering academic advising, tutoring, and other success programs designed to empower students to reach their educational and professional goals.

GENDER & SEXUALITY RESOURCE CENTER The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) promotes equity, access, and inclusion for all genders and sexualities through education, resources, advocacy, and activism. It offers specific programs and services for LGBTQIA2S+ people, women and gender justice, and survivors of interpersonal violence in the UNO community.

ACCESSIBILITY SERVICES CENTER The Accessibility Services Center (ASC) collaborates with students, administrators, faculty, and staff to ensure that we provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations and equal access to university programming for our students with disabilities.

ACADEMIC & CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER The Academic and Career Development Center (ACDC) empowers students to explore, develop, and succeed at UNO and beyond. We prepare students for meaningful work by building bridges with our campus, the Omaha community, and employers. Services provided include academic advising for exploring students and career advising for all students and alumni.

SOURCE: 2018 -2019 CENSUS ADMINISTR ATIVE SITE DATA FROM OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFEC TIVENESS

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MILITARY & VETERAN SERVICES Our community of military-connected students includes active duty members of the military, those who serve in the reserve forces and the National Guard, veterans, family members, and ROTC cadets. The Office of Military and Veteran Services empowers this community by connecting students with resources and services to help them succeed— whether it’s on-campus, online or overseas.

1,853

Military-connected students

Programming, Services, and Partnerships • Process Federal and State VA education benefits as UNO’s VA School Certifying Officials • Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (V.I.T.A.L.) VA Veterans Outreach Program • Department of VA Veteran Readiness and Employment, Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) Program • Connection to Student Veteran Organization (SVO)

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Best four-year public institution for Military Friendliness Military Times, 2020

• Dedicated research librarian at Criss Library • Academic advising via the Academic and Career Development Center (ACDC) • Dedicated counselor at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) • Math and writing tutoring via the Math-Science Learning Center and The Writing Center

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Best Cybersecurity Program from a public university for military and veteran students Military Times, 2018

WELLNESS AT UNO UNO is dedicated to creating a culture and environment that supports wellness and prevents illness, creates awareness of health issues, and encourages healthy practices by focusing on the eight dimensions of wellness.

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Physical Wellness: Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep

Social Wellness: Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a welldeveloped support system

Emotional Wellness: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships

Environmental Wellness: Occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being

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UNO’s Air Force ROTC & the 470th Cadet Wing:

$207,176

In AFROTC scholarships awarded to students during 2019-20

78

Total student cadets in the 470th Cadet Wing in Fall 2020

13

Community service events supported in 2019-20

Spiritual Wellness: Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

Financial Wellness: Satisfaction with current and future financial situations

Intellectual Wellness: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills

Occupational Wellness: Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work

SOURCE: 2018 -2019 CENSUS ADMINISTR ATIVE SITE DATA FROM OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFEC TIVENESS OFFICE OF MILITARY AND VETER AN SERVICES | AIRFORCE ROTC DETACHMENT 470

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MAVSPIRIT For over a century, Mavericks have been cheering each other on, and creating traditions along the way. Whether they are competing in Division I athletics, developing new skills, or volunteering in the community, our students support each other, ensuring the Maverick Momentum keeps rolling.

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Women’s Volleyball

DIVISION I ATHLETICS We are Omaha’s team. UNO sporting events bring the community together and spread the Maverick spirit across the city. There is an undeniable energy in the crowd that continues to build as everyone stands up to cheer for Omaha. UNO has 15 Division I athletic teams. From baseball to volleyball, our student athletes are competing at the highest level in collegiate athletics and academics.

Omaha volleyball advanced to The Summit League Championship final for the first time since 2015 and the team’s second in the Division I era. The Mavericks earned a Summit League Team Academic Achievement Award for placing the highest percentage of eligible student-athletes on the Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence.

Division I Men’s Sports Men’s Basketball

Baseball | Basketball | Golf | Hockey | Soccer | Tennis

Matt Pile became the program’s first two-time Academic AllAmerican, earning firstteam honors after receiving third-team recognition in 2019. Pile also was named Academic All-Summit for the second straight year.

Division I Women’s Sports Basketball | Cross Country | Golf | Soccer | Softball Swimming & Diving | Tennis | Track & Field | Volleyball

UNO Athletics holds membership in two athletic conferences: • National Collegiate Hockey Conference • Summit League

# OF STUDENT ATHLETES WHO COMPETED DURING 2019-20

271

fall 2019

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251

spring 2020

HIGHEST ALL STUDENT-ATHLETE GPA DURING DIVISION I ERA:

3.56 All 15 UNO teams earned a 3.2 GPA or higher during the spring semester

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SOURCE: 2019-2020 DATA FROM UNO ATHLETIC S

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114,000 TOTAL LIVING UNO ALUMNI

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POWERFUL NETWORK OF ALUMNI The UNO Alumni Association has served UNO and its alumni since its founding in 1913 by the university’s first graduating class, composed of 11 alumni. Since then, nearly 145,000 degrees have been granted.

service members, accountants, artists, scientists, engineers and thousands of others striving to make our world a better place.

The worldwide UNO Alumni network today consists of nearly 114,000 living graduates, including a former U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Ambassadors, CEOs of major companies in Omaha and across the country, teachers, police officers, social workers,

Every UNO student automatically becomes a member of the UNO Alumni Association upon graduating from the university. The association offers numerous programs and activities in Omaha and beyond to keep alumni connected to their alma mater, including the award-winning Young Alumni Academy.

Once a Maverick, always a Maverick.

60,000

16,000

alumni live and work in the Omaha metro area where they contribute to the region’s economic and social well-being daily

alumni and friends were personally engaged with Alumni Association programming online and at events in Omaha and across the country

TOP FIVE NEBRASKA COUNTIES

UNO alumni live in all but three Nebraska counties

1 2 3 4 5

Douglas Sarpy Lancaster Washington Cass

# OF ALUMNI

42,386 11,866 3,355 1,137 901

SOURCE: 2019-20 DATA FROM THE UNO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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TRADITION Where does momentum begin? For us, it was the determination to tell our story—and once we started telling our story, people started to see the successes UNO students have achieved. And that success is inspiring. It inspires our faculty to find new and creative ways to teach our students. It allows our students to remain independent thinkers who will find unlimited opportunities before them.

“Loud and Proud Best Student Section of the Year” Champion National Collegiate Student Section Association, 2017

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The Maverick Monument sculpture was a gift from the Alumni Association on the occasion of their 100th anniversary and stands in front of the Health and Kinesiology Building. This eight-foot-high bronze bull statue doesn’t just represent the university’s mascot—it symbolizes the determination, pride, and success of our students, graduates, and the community.


SIGNATURE EVENTS When our students step on campus, they become part of a Maverick family. From Durango Days to Homecoming Week, UNO has its own way of celebrating Mavericks, and we do it big! Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community are able to participate in any of our signature events held throughout the year and show their Maverick Spirit.

Annual student events • New Student Convocation • Durango Days • Homecoming • De-Stress Fest • 60 Minutes of Service • Signature Service Days • Commit to Fit • Health & Wellness Fair

DURANGO DAYS

HOMECOMING

A week of free food, live music, and social activities to start the semester off right.

A celebration of fun events for students to show off school pride and get to know their fellow Mavericks!

• Career & Internship Fairs • Wambli Sapa Memorial Pow Wow • Dance Marathon • Holi Festival of Color • Lavender Graduation

SOURCE: 2017-2018 AND 2018 -2019 DATA FROM THE OFFICE OF STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA LEADERSHIP CHANCELLOR:

Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT:

C. Elliot Ostler, Ph.D. STAFF ADVISORY COUNCIL PRESIDENT:

Vanessa Hatfield-Reeker STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT:

Jabin Moore

UNO ACADEMIC COLLEGE DEANS: COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES:

David Boocker, Ph.D.

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION:

Michelle Trawick, Ph.D. COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION, FINE ARTS AND MEDIA:

Michael Hilt, Ph.D. COLLEGE OF EDUCATION:

Nancy Edick, Ed.D. SENIOR VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS:

Sacha Kopp, Ph.D. VICE CHANCELLOR FOR STUDENT SUCCESS:

Daniel Shipp, Ed.D. VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ATHLETIC LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT / DIRECTOR OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS:

Trev Alberts

COLLEGE OF INFORMATION SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

Hesham Ali, Ph.D.

COLLEGE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:

John Bartle, Ph.D. GRADUATE STUDIES:

Deborah Smith-Howell, Ph.D. DR. C.C. AND MABEL L CRISS LIBRARY:

David Richards, M.A.

VICE CHANCELLOR FOR BUSINESS, FINANCE AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT:

Doug Ewald, M.P.A.

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SOURCE: 2019-2020 DATA FROM OFFICE OF AC ADEMIC AFFAIRS

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