Public reception 4 p.m. today with CIC delegation

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The delegation from the Committee on Institutional Cooperation will take part in a public reception, 4 to 5 p.m., today in the Nebraska Union Regency Suite. The event is open to all faculty, staff and students.

The CIC is a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. The group works to advance the academic missions of its members, provide opportunities for faculty and students, leverage the power of shared resources and collaborate on innovative programs.

The CIC delegation is visiting UNL through March 2. UNL becomes an official member of the CIC and the Big Ten Conference on July 1.

"Our entrance into the CIC provides many direct benefits to faculty and students - faculty development opportunities, faculty exchange programs, new courses and study abroad opportunities for students," said Ellen Weissinger, interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. "There is also the potential for large scale cost savings related to libraries, IS and purchasing and the opportunity to participate in major initiatives like the Google digitization project. There are dozens of affinity groups in the CIC, across all academic areas, student affairs and business and finance.

The delegation, visiting from CIC headquarters in Champaign, Ill., includes Barbara McFadden Allen, CIC executive director; Kim Armstrong, deputy director affiliated with CIC's Center for Libraries Initiative; Amber Marks, associate director whose portfolio includes academic collaboration, course sharing, graduate programs and professional development; Jeff Oberg, assistant director for business operations (internal operations and management, purchasing); Karen Partlow, associate director whose portfolio includes technology collaboration; and Mark Sandler, director of the Center for Libraries Initiative.

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