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Student Organizations

The University of Nebraska at Omaha and the College of Education administration, faculty and staff believe co-curricular involvement compliments your academic program and contributes to your total growth as a student and prospective employee. Benefits from student organization involvement include:

Academic Enhancement, Communication Skills, Scholarship Opportunities, Career Development, Community Service, Leadership Skills, Self Confidence, Personal Enrichment, Life-Long Friendships, and Personal Growth

Information on Student Organizations can be found by clicking on the student organizations below.

Alliance of Fitness Professionals
Alpha Upsilon Alpha
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Chi Sigma Iota, Upsilon Nu Omicron Chapter
Eta Sigma Gamma
Early Childhood Organization at Nebraska-Omaha (ECONO)
Kappa Delta Pi
Maverick Athletic Training Students
Nebraska Student Speech Language and Hearing Association, NSSLHA
Student Education Association of Nebraska
Student Council for Exceptional Children
Student Recreation and Leisure Society
Talking Hands

Alliance of Fitness Professionals is a student organization whose members are graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. AFP was introduced in the summer of 2001 and is the product of a merge between the previous student chapters of Phi Epsilon Kappa (PEK) and the Association for Worksite Health Promotion (AWHP).

Alpha Upsilon Alpha
is an honor society in the field of reading/language arts. The chapter is associated with the International Reading Association. The organization is open to undergraduate students who have completed 60 hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and one course in reading/language arts. For membership information, contact the Teacher Education Department, Roskens Hall 308.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). UNO has the distinction of being the first Nebraska student chapter of the international organization of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The international organization has over 160,000 members, and student chapters on over 50 campuses throughout the world. ASCD provides professional development in curriculum and instruction, and concentrates on teaching and learning for all school students. Membership in the student organization provides a subscription to Educational Leadership, Education Update newsletter, Curriculum Update, discounts on many ASCD products, and the opportunity to network with other UNO students who are planning to be teachers. The local chapter meets about 3 times a semester – for professional and social interaction. Come have fun while you work with other students who really want to make a difference in the world. For additional information contact Dr. Phyllis K. Adcock via e-mail at

Chi Sigma Iota, Upsilon Nu Omicron Chapter is the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators established at Ohio University in 1985. Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. For additional information contact Dr. David Carter via e-mail at

Early Childhood Organization at Nebraska-Omaha (ECONO) - The mission of ECONO is to develop early childhood teacher candidates’ understandings of the early childhood profession from classroom, community-based, and family perspectives through meetings and service projects. Our meetings include occasional guest speakers, field trips, gatherings with community-wide early childhood student groups from local universities and colleges, and preparations for community service projects. Our organization serves the Omaha Week of the Young Child annual kickoff event each spring semester. All teacher candidates who have interests in working with children from pre-k-through-age-eight are welcome to join. For additional information, contact either Dr. Susan McWilliams at (402-554-3457) or Dr. Debora Wisneski at (402-554-2783).

Eta Sigma Gamma
is a national professional health education honorary. The UNO Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) is one of many national chapters. ESG offers health education students and students in health-related professions numerous opportunities for personal and professional development. The objectives of Eta Sigma Gamma are to further the professional development of health educators and to promote the discipline of health education through teaching, research and service. In 2004, the ESG Chapter was selected as the Outstanding Student Organization at UNO. For membership information, contact David E. Corbin, Ph.D.( or 402-554-3237). To learn more about Eta Sigma Gamma visit:

Kappa Delta Pi
- International Honor Society is a prestigious honor society for future students aspiring to become 21st century teachers.  Membership in Kappa Delta Pi is based on scholarly achievement, commitment to excellence, and dedication and passion for a career in education.

Undergraduate pre-service teachers, and graduate students, are invited each fall and spring to become involved in an organization with a 100-year tradition rich in honor and excellence. Through Kappa Delta Pi membership one has access to a vast professional network of more than 45,000 active members that includes the world’s best and brightest scholars and practitioners in education.

For students, membership is open only to the top 20 percent of those entering the education field. Regardless of your subject area specialty or the grade level you want to teach, KDP offers something to assist you in being the best educator you can be—now and in the future.

For more information on membership please contact: Dr. Saundra Shillingstad (counselor for the Eta Omega Chapter).
Roskens Hall 308, University of Nebraska at Omaha – College of Education.
Phone: 402-554-2807

Maverick Athletic Training Students
- All UNO students interested in Athletic Training may join the Maverick Athletic Training Student Organization. For additional information contact Josie Asher via e-mail at

The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), UNO chapter, is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. For membership information, contact the Department of Communication Disorders, Roskens Hall 512 or

Student Education Association of Nebraska (SEAN)
- The mission and purpose of SEAN is to develop in prospective educators an understanding of the education profession both in and out of the classroom. This is done through the stimulation of the highest ideals of professional ethics, standards and attitudes. All College of Education students are encouraged to join. For additional information, contact Dr. Saundra Shillingstad at or 402-554-2807.

Student Council for Exceptional Children
- SCEC is an organization that is dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities. The student chapter is associated with the International Council for Exceptional Children and focuses on supporting and volunteering in the local community with individuals with disabilities. For additional information contact Beth Leader-Janssen via email at

Student Recreation and Leisure Society
is an entry-level, professional organization for Recreation/Leisure Studies majors. It has direct representation on the Administrative Board of the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association which is an affiliate of the Nat6ional Recreation and Park Association. For additional information contact Dr. Frank Brasile via e-mail at

Talking Hands is dedicated to uniting members and community for the purpose of fellowship, friendship and promoting academic achievement. The group acts as a resource to attract and retain deaf and hard of hearing students; provide a basis for cultural exchange among the Deaf students and the hearing students; advocate for accessibility; further the understanding of Deaf culture throughout the world; promote discussion of current trends and issues relating to deaf education; as well as provide social activities that include members of the deaf community. For more information contact Julie Delkamiller by email at or Jonathan Scherling via e-mail at