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Former UNO Center Director (and Center Associate), Mary Lynn Reiser was recently recognized with the Paul Beck Outstanding Social Studies Educator for 2014 from the Nebraska State Council for the Social Studies. This award, named for a former history professor at UNO, is the highest honor given by the council. She was also nominated for the 2014 First Lady's Outstanding Community Service Award this spring.

Jim Dick, Mary Lynn Reiser, and the UNO Center were recognized with the Phi Delta Kappa 2011 Outstanding Community Education Leadership Award recognizing leadership and service in education. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the UNO and UNL chapters of Phi Delta Kappa, an international education organization. Pictured above (left to right) are Mark Winkler from Union Pacific Corporation, James Dick, Mary Lynn Reiser, and Louis Pol, Dean of the UNO College of Business Administration.

The UNO Center Staff has received numerous awards for service to economic education from the National Association of Economic Educators:

  • The John C. Schramm Leadership Award, presented to someone who has exhibited great leadership in economic education, was awarded to Center Associate, Mary Lynn Reiser in 2004.
  • The Bessie B. Moore Service Award, awarded to an economic educator who has provided outstanding service to economic education, was awarded to Center Associates, Kim Sosin in 1999, and James Dick in 2008.
  • The Henry H. Villard Research Award, honoring an individual who has conducted outstanding research in economic education, was awarded to Center Associate, Kim Sosin in 2002.
  • The Abbejean Kehler Technology Award, recognizing a NAEE member instrumental in promoting the use of technology to improve the delivery of programs in economic education, was presented to Kim Sosin in 2011.
Congratulations to Mary Lynn Reiser, Center Associate, who was awarded the statewide Nebraska Career Development Award for 2009!
Mary Lynn received the 2009 Distinguished Partner Award at the NCE Conference June 10-11 in Kearney. The conference annually recognizes outstanding Nebraska career education programs, partners and staff.

The Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Career Center nominated Reiser for her advocacy of the district's Career Center programs. She also has served as chair of the Academy of Finance Advisory Board for the past two years. The Academy of Finance program, offered in five OPS high schools, prepares students for careers in a variety of financial service areas by working with local financial partners and using a nationally developed curriculum.

The award nomination also states that Reiser has been instrumental in revising and implementing courses within the district's Academy of Finance, as well as helping the district develop a required economics course for students.

The UNO Center for Economic Education has the highest level of affiliation with the Council for Economic Education

UNO Center for Economic Education awarded Regents Kudos, October 29, 2004

Regent Howard Hawks, Chancellor Nancy Belck, Kim Sosin, Mary Lynn Reiser, Jim Dick

UNO Center for Economic Education awarded inaugural Strategic Planning Award for community engagement, October 13, 2004
2004 WINNERS. The UNO School of Social Work, Center for Economic Education and Department of information systems and quantitative analysis were honored with the inaugural Strategic Planning Awards during the convocation ceremony. An award was presented for each of the university's three overarching goals: focus on students, striving for academic excellence and engaging with the community.

UNO Center for Economic Education receives the 2004 Albert Beekhuis Award
The UNO Center for Economic Education has been singled out from among 240 centers of its kind across the nation to receive the 2004 Albert Beekhuis Award. The honor recognizes outstanding performance in helping teachers teach economic education. More information on this award is available: UNO Center receives Beekhuis Award

Conestoga Econ and Math Magnet Elementary Wins Prestigious National Leavey Award!
In spring, 2004, Conestoga (Omaha Public Schools econ and math elementary magnet school) was recognized nationally as a model elementary economics program by being named a recipient of the Leavey Freedom Foundation Award. The award demonstrates the successful ongoing partnership between UNO Center and Conestoga staff to create and maintain the specialized economics curriculum for all k-6 students. Sustained professional development for the staff is made possible by ongoing Center support and willingness of school staff to participate. The Conestogy staff goes above and beyond regular assignments to develop and improve the program over time.
Students experience learning about and using economics and mathematics throughout grade school through whole class curriculum and special events and activities at each grade. This elementary economics program was created from scratch using the best economics materials available and the commitment of the school's principal and faculty. The program is constantly being refined and is now being recognized nationally by others in the field as a model for elementary schools. It's not about having a bank or store in the school (which Conestoga does), it's about teaching basic economics concepts at all grade levels and infusing and demonstrating these concepts in all curriculum areas the students study. It takes a highly motivated staff and administration to sustain this type of program over time.
More about the national Leavey Award.
Director:Jamie Wagner, Ph.D.
UNO Center for Economic Education
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
College of Business Administration Mammel Hall 332B
University of Nebraska at Omaha
6708 Pine Street
Omaha, NE 68182
Telephone: 402-554-2357; FAX 402-554-3393
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