OMAHA, Neb. - The University of Nebraska Omaha's former Pacific Campus is now officially known as Scott Campus after a dedication event earlier this week. The campus, located between Pacific and Shirley Streets from 64th Street to the Keystone Trail, is named in honor of Omaha philanthropist Walter Scott Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Peter Kiewit Sons' and a longtime supporter of Omaha Athletics and the university as a whole.
"Walter Scott Jr.'s leadership and vision for the growth of our university is second to none," Vice Chancellor for Athletics Trev Alberts said. "Mr. Scott and his family have provided generous support that will leave a legacy for years to come, and he is dedicated to bettering the on-campus experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors alike at UNO.
“Mr. Scott's guidance has helped Omaha Athletics develop spectacular new training and competition facilities that have propelled us forward in the Division I era, and we are grateful for his continued role as a partner in our success."
Scott has made a significant impact in the recent growth and success of the Omaha Athletic Department, spearheading efforts toward the construction of Baxter Arena, the Mavericks' 7,898-seat, on-campus home for hockey, men's and women's basketball and volleyball. Since its formal dedication in October 2015, Baxter Arena has boosted UNO's ability to support the Omaha community at large by hosting sporting events, concerts, graduations, philanthropic events and a visit by President Barack Obama. The arena will also host the U.S. Olympic Curling Trials in December 2017.
Since 1990, Scott has provided more than $220 million in support of UNO either directly or through the University of Nebraska Foundation.