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nlac moruns loss of former commissioner

In the name of the Nebraska Commission on Latino American Affairs (formerly Nebraska Commission on Mexican American Affairs) I wish to extend to your family my deepest sympathy and condolences for the passing away of Don Ignacio Valdez. Mr. Valdez was one of the original six commissioners appointed by former Governor James Exon in 1971 when the Commission was created. 

Don Ignacio’s efforts, along with those of several other Latino community leaders helped establish the only such commission created by statute and with the express purpose of studying and analyzing problems concerning Mexican- Latino Americans in the state. He will be sorely missed, but his actions have served as inspiration and encouragement to those that have followed his footsteps.


Director Lazaro Spindola

Click Here to Read Full Obituary.

college of saint mary accepting applications for latina summer academy

The College of Saint Mary in Omaha is currently accepting applications for the 13th Annual Latina Summer Academy to be held June 22-27, 2014.

The Latina Summer Academy is a five-day educational symposium whose goal is to enhance a young woman's self-esteem, provide an in-depth view of higher education, and motivate them to opt for a college education. CSM faculty and bilingual staff will closely supervise students

This year's theme is "Food Matters: The Science of Nutrition and Exercise" with a focus on art, science and computer technology. Students will stay in the residence halls, have lunches with Latina community leaders, go on educational field trips, use technology to document projects, and engage in healthy outdoor activities such as swimming, self-defense training, and Zumba. All activities will be bilingual.

Latina Summer Academy begins Sunday afternoon and ends Friday evening with a family picnic and graduation. The deadline for registration is May 10. 

To be eligible, the applicant must be a female high school freshman or sophomore of Hispanic descent. To enter, complete and mail the application form along with your $25 registration fee. Make checks payable to the College of Saint Mary. If you have a student or daughter for whom this is a hardship, please call Maria Luisa Gaston, Director of the Academy, at 402-399-2611 for the school to possibly cover the fee.

Latinas who participate in the Academy will also become eligible for a special college scholarship to the College of Saint Mary. 

Please mail the application forms and $25 fee to:
Maria Luisa Gaston
Latina Summer Academy 2014 
College of Saint Mary
7000 Mercy Road
Omaha, NE 68106 

If close to the deadline, you can fax the forms to 402-399-2342.  


The State of Nebraska Governor's Office has released a list of current and upcoming openings on Boards and Commissions that are appointed by the Governor.

If interested, please complete the online application prior to the end of the month of their deadlines. Upcoming Deadlines:

April 2014:

Information Technology Commission
Professional Practices Commission
Racial Profiling Advisory Committee
ServeNebraska/Volunteer Service Commission

May 2014:

Dry Bean Commission
Governor's Residence Advisory Commission
Nebraska Latino American Commission
Board of Trustees - State College System

June 2014:

Accountability and Disclosure Commission
Children's Commission
Corn Development, Utilization & Marketing Board
Commission on Housing and Homeless
Center for Nursing Board
Wheat Development, Utilization & Marketing Board
Women's Health Initiative Advisory Council

If you have questions about requirements for any of the Boards or Commissions listed please contact Kathleen Dolezal at 402-471-1971 or email:

NET special segment on Dia de los Muertos

NET Television presents a special segment of "Nebraska Stories" on Dia de los Muertos celebrated in Nebraska. Dia de los Muertos is, above all, a celebration of life. Come with us to the Sheldon Museum of Art and the Bancroft Gallery in South Omaha as we look death in the eye with humor, music, dancing—and art.

NLAC collaborated with NET to help bring the special segment to the public, "Nebraska Stories" available in its entirety below:

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