UNO Alumni Award

UNO Alumni Night of Honor 

On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the UNO Alumni Association celebrated achievements by members of the worldwide UNO alumni network, now numbering more than 120,000 living graduates, with the 2022 UNO Alumni Night of Honor.

The event was held at Mammel Hall on UNO’s Scott Campus. Among the highlights was a surprise renaming of the service award to the Jim Leslie Outstanding Service Award in honor of Jim Leslie, president of the alumni association from 1973-2006. Leslie was on hand for the ceremony, receiving a miniature replica of the campus' Maverick Monument in recognition of the honor.

Past recipients of alumni awards who were present at the event also were honored. The ceremony continued with the following awards issued. 


Established in 2014, Young Alumni Awards recognize outstanding career achievement, active community involvement or exceptional service to the university by graduates 40 or younger.



Elizabeth O’Connor

Elizabeth O'Connor is a deputy county attorney in the civil division of the Douglas County, Nebraska Attorney’s Office. Prior to that she was a litigator in private practice. She also is a University of Nebraska Regent, believed to be the youngest person ever elected to a regent seat. She graduated from UNO in 2012 with a BA in political science. At UNO she served as student body president/student regent, speaker of the senate, Chi Omega community service chair, and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa honors society. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Sr. Vice Chancellor's Student Leadership Award, Outstanding Student in Arts and Sciences, and Outstanding Student in Political Science. She went on to graduate from Notre Dame Law School.