UNO Alumni Association

The UNO Alumni Association has been helping students achieve their dreams of a college education and strengthening UNO’s worldwide alumni network for 100 years.

Founded June 6, 1913, by the Class of 1913 — the first graduating class in university history — the Association is an independent, nonprofit corporation and one of Omaha’s longest-serving charitable organizations. 

Every UNO student automatically becomes a member of the Alumni Association upon graduating from the university and there are no dues to join. As of May 2013, more than 108,000 students have graduated from UNO — and nearly 100,000 of them still are living.

Collaborating with others, the Alumni Association today advances UNO’s pursuit of excellence, enhances pride in a UNO degree and fosters the growth of Maverick Nation through distinct, innovative programs of the highest quality. Since 2010 it has directly connected with more than 25,000 students through programs and events including:

  • Scholarships: The Association issued its first student scholarship in 1953 and has provided more than $600,000 in endowed and funded scholarships ever since. Most recently that includes UNO Alumni Scholarships that support up to 16 students concurrently with $10,000 over four years.
  • Durango Days: Each fall, the Alumni Association welcomes new and returning students at Durango Days, serving free lunch to more than 1,000 students.
  • Alumni Center: The Alumni Association provides meeting space for student groups at no charge in the beautiful Thompson Center event facility on campus. Students also receive a discount on rental fees for personal events, including weddings.
  • Senior Send-Off: When graduating seniors pick up their cap and gown for commencement, the Alumni Association is among the first to meet and congratulate them at the festive Senior Send-Off. New graduates receive various gifts and pose with friends and Mav props in the Alumni Photo Booth.

Among the programs designed for new and recent graduates, meanwhile, is the award-winning UNO Young Alumni Academy, structured to grow professional networks and build leadership skills specifically among alumni 40 and younger. 

Other programs include the UNO Alumni Scholarship Swing golf fundraiser, the family-oriented UNO Alumni Night on the Ice banquet and hockey game, and newborn recognition of “Future Alums.” Through these and other programs the Association has connected with more than 26,000 alumni since 2010.

Recognition is given to alumni, faculty, staff and students through a diverse awards program. Since 1983 the Association has issued more than $1.2 million in professorships and teaching awards, fostering excellence in the classroom.

The Association also produces the university’s flagship and award-winning publication, UNO Magazine, sent free to all graduates and to community leaders, businesses and others. It also facilitates communication with and among alumni via its website, e-mails and several popular social media channels.

More than 2,500 alumni and friends each year support this work with donations to the UNO Annual Fund. Gifts to the Annual Fund top $10 million since 1953.

The Association also owns and operates the William H. and Dorothy Thompson Alumni Center, one of Omaha’s most popular banquet facilities and conference centers. It has hosted more than 1,000 weddings and/or receptions and is booked regularly by companies and others for a variety of events. The Association provides space in the facility free to campus groups conducting University business. That support surpasses $325,000 since 2010.

A 28-member board of directors governs the Alumni Association.