Updates

Marian High Grad Addie Curley Hired by Sister Cities International

January 29, 2016

  Congratulations to Addie Curley who has accepted a job at Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.  !!    Addie is a graduate of Marian High School in Omaha.From Addie: “This summer I will be a Youth Programs Intern in Sister Cities International’s Washington, DC office, under the guidance of the Membership Manager, Ted Carroll. The other Youth Intern and I…  Read more »

New Video about Shizuoka-Omaha 50th Anniversary and Sunpu Chaya

January 16, 2016

The Omaha Shizuoka International Exchange Organization recently created a video about the Shizuoka-Omaha 50th Anniversary featuring footage of delegation visits to Omaha and Shizuoka.   The video also shows details about the Sunpu Chaya wooden building which will be constructed by craftsmen from Shizuoka in Omaha in April at Lauritzen Gardens. The see the video, go…  Read more »

Summary of Shizuoka Anniversary by Mary D. Kane, CEO, Sister Cities International

December 31, 2015

This November I was extremely privileged to travel to Shizuoka, Japan along with an official delegation from their sister city Omaha, Nebraska. This partnership has a long, complicated, and exciting history, like many sister city partnerships. Fumiko and Masahiro Sone. A retired TV executive, Masahiro Sone was a child when Shizuoka was bombed by the…  Read more »

Omaha Commercial Service Representative Visits Braunschweig

December 22, 2015

Meredith Bond, US Commercial Service Representative in Omaha traveled to Germany in November to attend Agritechnica 2015, the world’s largest agricultural equipment trade show.  The U.S. Commercial Service sponsored the USA Pavilion where we had 4 Nebraska exhibitors:  Thurston BluJet, KZ Valve, Orthman and RAAFT.  More Nebraska exhibitors could be found in other halls including Lindsay,…  Read more »

Omaha Presents Shizuoka Zoo With Tanuki Gift for 50th Anniversary

December 10, 2015

A delegation of OSCA members, citizen-diplomats and city officials visited Shizuoka this Fall to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of the relationship between Omaha and Shizuoka.  As the anniversary gift from Omaha to Shizuoka, Omaha shipped a ceramic “Tanuki” sculpture crafted by famous artist Jun Kaneko of Jun Kaneko Studio in Omaha. An official gifting ceremony was…  Read more »

Friends From Shizuoka Zoo and Shizuoka University Visit Omaha Zoo & UNO

December 9, 2015

Ayumi Nakamura of Shizuoka Nihondaira Zoo and Yakari Tamiya of Shizuoka University visited Omaha all the way from Shizuoka, Japan, Omaha’s sister city, to learn about our zoo-keeping procedures and education programs. We were excited to be hosting them for a few days! On Monday December 7th they went on a tour of the Lied Jungle and…  Read more »

High School Exchange Students Return To Omaha To Attend UNO

November 16, 2015

Over the years we have had exchanges of many groups including high school students.  During the past 7 years we have coordinated long term exchanges with students from Tokoha High School in Shizuoka.  Tokoha is a girls high school. They have sent from 2 to 6 students each year.  We are currently hosting  6 students…  Read more »

Mural by and for the Lithuanian Community of Omaha

November 13, 2015

  The South Omaha Mural Project “Sieninis Paveikslas: A Mural by and for the Lithuanian Community of Omaha” Artists: Mike Giron, Richard Harrison, Rebecca Van Ornam, and Hugo Zamorano In the spring of 2014, artists Richard Harrison and Rebecca Van Ornam completed their first community-based mural in South Omaha, which depicted the neighborhood around 13th…  Read more »

Shizuoka Gives Gift to Lauritzen Gardens – “Sumpu Jaya” Wooden Building

September 25, 2015

At the International Friendship Banquet at the Doubletree Hotel in Omaha on Sept. 21st,  city officials from Shizuoka presented another gift in celebration of our 50th anniversary,  the”Sumpu Jaya” wooden building to be built at Lauritzen Gardens in the spring of 2016.   A rendering of the Sumpu Jaya was presented to Omaha Mayor Jean…  Read more »

Xalapa Mayor and City Officials Visit UNO

September 25, 2015

Xalapa Mayor Zuniga and his City Council Members visited the UNO Department of International Studies and Programs on Sept. 23rd.  The visit was coordinated by OSCA board member Lori Arias; Assistant Director, International Student Services and coincided with the delegations attendance of 50th year anniversary celebrations in Omaha.   Academic exchanges have always been important between…  Read more »