Top officials from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) joined Archbishop George Lucas and representatives of the Archdiocese of Omaha for a tour of the St. John Paul II Newman Center that is under construction in Aksarben Village.
The JPII Center is on track to open in the fall. It will be a place where students can live in a community supportive of their faith, and where they can spend even their recreation and study time surrounded by a positive, encouraging environment.
“The Newman Center is a great addition to the UNO student experience,” UNO Chancellor John Christensen said during the tour. Archbishop Lucas called Chancellor Christensen and UNO “helpful and supportive neighbors and collaborators on a project that is sure to contribute to the university’s vibrant campus life.”
The Archdiocese of Omaha is the owner-operator of the 100,000-square-foot center, which will include a chapel, apartment-style housing for 164 students, indoor-outdoor fireplace and courtyard, prayer garden, study lounges, a fourth-floor outdoor rooftop deck, social space and a rectory for two priests.
Its location on the southeast corner of 71st & Pacific Streets provides easy access to bike trails, shopping and entertainment offerings, dining variety, Baxter Arena, UNO shuttle services and medical facilities.
John Christensen, Chancellor
Dan Shipp, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Rita Henry, Student Affairs
Bill Pickett, Director of Student Involvement
Trent Fredericksen, Director of Housing
Bill Conley, Vice-Chancellor Business & Finance
Ryan Henriksen, photographer
Archbishop George Lucas
Jim Stolze, Archdiocesan Finance Director
Adam Ybarra, JPII Resident Manager
Fr. Joe Taphorn, JPII Director/Chaplain
Gabe Larsen (student)
Maddy Buettner (student)