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Alumni Assoc. celebrates 100th anniversary


Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 14:01

On Nov. 8, the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Alumni Association celebrated its “Rockin 100,” 100th Anniversary.

 The rock-and-roll themed celebration took place in the East gym of the UNO Health, Physical Education and Recreation building on campus. Entertainment for the evening consisted of UNO alumnus Billy McGuigan’s “Rock Legends” show.

The show, highlighting rock-and-roll from the 1950s to today, consisted of songs from artists such as Elvis, The Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John and more. McGuigan played a variety of different shows and tributes, and he performs all over the country.

 Guests were invited to dance after dinner and dessert, which consisted of an authentic soda fountain.

 “It was nice to see my fellow young alumni and recent grads that came back to volunteer and attend the event,” said Pat Burke, class of 2008 and member of the Young Alumni Academy. Burke is currently a marketing & communication specialist at Gavilon.

 With hundreds in attendance, special guests for the evening included former UNO Chancellors Ron Roskens and Del Weber and Nebraska University regent Bob Whitehouse. The speakers for the evening included current Chancellor John Christensen, UNO Alumni Association President Lee Denker, Nebraska First Lady Sally Gane and UNO Student Body President Martha Spangler and Vice President Ben Kaipust.

 “I know we are a far better institution thanks to this organization,” Christensen said of the Alumni Association. “As a UNO alum myself, this is an evening even more meaningful to celebrate this great organization.”

 The UNO Alumni Association was founded back in 1913 and every student becomes a member of the association upon graduation. Since UNO’s founding in 1908, the university has graduated 108,000 alumni, 99,000 of whom are still alive today.

 The association started sponsoring scholarships for students back in 1953 and has 16 current scholarships for UNO students. In 1997, the association started recognizing teachers at UNO with their Outstanding Teacher awards.

 Funds raised from this event go towards the Maverick Monument, an 8-foot-high, 1,500 pound bronze bull, symbolizing the determination, pride and success of UNO students, the alumni and the opportunities before them. The monument is the association’s centennial gift back to the university and its students. Constructed by Jocelyn Russell, who was also in attendance, the Maverick Monument will be “unleashed” in the fall of 2014. The monument will be displayed in front of the Lee and Helene Sapp Fieldhouse and the Health, Physical Education and Recreation building.

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