UNO Center for Economic Education Earns 2004 Albert Beekhuis Award

The UNO Center for Economic Education has been singled out from among 250 centers of its kind across the nation to receive the 2004 Albert Beekhuis Award. The honor recognizes outstanding performance in working with teachers on economic education issues.

"We're excited about the award and what it represents," said James Dick, co-director of the Center for Economic Education. "The work we do has been extremely rewarding, whether it's working directly with grade school students, with teachers or with international visitors from other universities."

The Beekhuis Award is made possible by a gift from the Albert Beekhuis Foundation to the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) and recognizes an affiliate center for economic education in the NCEE Network. UNO's center was created in 1978 with a mission to improve the economic literacy of current and future Nebraska and western Iowa citizens by providing educational and training programs, as well as materials for teachers.

"Our goal is to help future citizens really understand why economics is important," said Kim Sosin, the center's other co-director. "Having a good grasp of economics helps people become more informed voters, consumers, employers and employees."

The Center for Economic Education is a unique shared program that involves two colleges at UNO - the College of Education (COE) and the College of Business Administration (CBA). Dr. Sosin is chair of the economics department in the CBA, and Dr. Dick is a professor of teacher education.

Dr. Dick, Dr. Sosin and Mary Lynn Reiser, associate director of the center, accepted the Beekuis Award Sept. 30 at the NCEE annual conference awards banquet in Little Rock, Ark. The award is in its third year.

In the past several years, the UNO Center for Economic Education has helped develop an economic education curriculum for Conestoga Elementary School that has brought the school and the Omaha Public Schools national attention, has hosted international educators from Kazakhstan and other parts of the world, and has developed a user-friendly Web site on economic education at http://ecedweb.unomaha.edu.