Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce, Associate Professor Emerita, UNL Department of Modern Languages, will be the keynote speaker at the Czech Language Foundation 2017 Annual Recognition Banquet on Oct. 22. The banquet is set for 5 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 1551 S. 70 St., Lincoln
The Czech language program’s celebration of its 110th year will be attended by the Czech Ambassador to the United States, Hynek Kmoníček, and the Czech Consul General in Chicago, Bořek Lizec.
Dr. Saskova-Pierce will be recognized as the Czech Honorary Consul designate for Nebraska. Persons of Czech descent can support the Czech language classes at the University of Nebraska Lincoln by attending the banquet.
The doors will open at 5 p.m. for the Silent Auction and the dinner of authentic Czech cuisine will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students and can be purchased by contacting Layne Pierce, president of the Czech Language Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-770-5029.
The evening includes a silent auction, a buffet dinner and desert and a musical performance.
The key note address Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce, Emerita of the UNL Department of Modern Languages will focus on the highlights of the 110 years.
The Czech Language Foundation is a 501-c3 corporation, dedicated to the promotion, improvement, enhancement and maintenance of Czech Language instruction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and to the promotion and preservation of Czech language and culture within the state.
Through an agreement negotiated by the Czech Language Foundation with the Ministry of Education in the Czech Republic, a professor is provided from the Czech Republic.
The current professor is Dr. Hana Waisserova. Three years of language and a minor are offered. The Czech Language Foundation was formed in 1993 to preserve and promote Czech classes and language at UNL and also throughout the state. Proceeds from the banquet support the foundation’s efforts to recruit students and scholarship donors.
Each student at UNL who takes one of the six Czech classes receives a scholarship of $300 dollars applied to the tuition for the class.
Proceeds support the teaching and learning of Czech Language.