Faculty Impact - Mr. Dustin Favinger

Posted: December 31, 2016 12:00:00 AM CST

Faculty Impact - Mr. Dustin Favinger

Mr. Dustin Favinger is a UNK alum and now works in UNK's College of Business and Technology. He has helped many UNK students find the best career path to fit their passions and skills. Below he shares about his interests and experience: Tell us about your role at UNK? I serve as the Career Center Director for the College of Business and Technology at UNK. My role is to help students identify a career path that will lead to a successful life, both professionally and personally. What is your...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

Student Spotlight - Samantha Duennerman

Posted: December 31, 2016 12:00:00 AM CST

Student Spotlight - Samantha Duennerman

Sam is a senior at UNK and she is graduating in May! She is very active with Enactus and this year was the Chairman of New Venture Adventure. Below she shares a little bit of her experience with us: Tell us about yourself. I grew up in Kearney and went to school in Amherst, which is a small town just outside of Kearney. At Amherst I was involved in sports, FFA, and FBLA. My involvement with FBLA led me to pursue a degree in business and steered me toward a finance emphasis.  What degree...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

Stress Reducers

Posted: December 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM CST

Stress Reducers

As everyone finishes Fall semester and prepares for finals, stress can build up. Combine that with the Holidays and the stress cake is baked. I think this is the perfect time to address ways to de-stress. The following are a few ideas: Get some exercise, walk, run, or bike, even for 5 minutes - this gets endorphins going, melting away doubts and fears. Take a few moments for deep breathing exercises, a few minutes of completely emptying your lungs relaxes the mind and body. Stay in the...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Faculty Impact - Dr. Nanette Hogg

Posted: November 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM CST

Faculty Impact - Dr. Nanette Hogg

Dr. Nanette Hogg, a professor in the Communications Department, has worked at UNK for over 23 years.  She has helped many students reach their goals, and helps teach students the skills they need to become professionals. Listen to the interview below.

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By: Samuel Harper

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

Student Spotlight - Jeremy Kroeger

Posted: November 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM CST

Student Spotlight - Jeremy Kroeger

Jeremy Kroeger is an agribusiness student, as well as a small business owner. He has owned his own farm for almost a year, and lived on one his whole life. He tells us a little bit about the process to owning a business, working on the farm, and transferring from UNL. Tell us about yourself. I grew up on a farm near Dannebrog, NE. We raise corn, soybeans, wheat, and grass hay. Growing up I always knew I wanted to continue farming. I was outside helping dad and grandpa every chance I...

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By: Samuel Harper

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

Excellence in Teaching and Research Forum

Posted: November 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM CST

Excellence in Teaching and Research Forum

The COE Forum held the last fall session on Nov. 18th and featured a group of Teacher Education faculty presenting on the topic of invitational Education. Dr. Stathene Varvisotis, Dr. Jude Matyo-Cepero and Dr. Jane Ziebarth Bovil presented a book chapter on using Invitational Education tenets in Teacher Education core activities such as teaching, research and advising and how teachers can use Invitational Education strategies to create a positive atmosphere during IEP meetings in school...

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By: Martonia Gaskill, Ph.D.

Category: Education

Thank Goodness Its Friday 5th Graders!

Posted: November 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM CST

Thank Goodness Its Friday 5th Graders!

College of Education and Kearney Public Schools, in partnership with the surrounding school districts, sponsored the 5th Grade Leadership Conference on Friday, October 28th. Approximately 210 5th graders and their teachers/administrators were on the UNK campus enjoying mini-classes led by faculty from all 4 Colleges. Thank you to the wonderful faculty! They also had the privilege of listening to DeMoine Adams, their Keynote Speaker, who is a past Nebraska football star and motivational...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Standardized Tests

Posted: November 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Standardized Tests

The world of entertainment melds perfectly with Standardized Testing in this video by writer and comedian, John Oliver. Watch and learn from this informative and entertaining link to Standardized Tests. Enjoy! www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6lyURyVz7k Without a doubt, standardized tests are part of the 21st Century’s educational landscape. I’m sure that today's youth cannot remember a time when their school day was not filled with a surplus of test taking or test...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Faculty Impact - Patrick Hargon

Posted: October 31, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Faculty Impact - Patrick Hargon

Patrick Hargon, the Associate Director for the Learning Commons, shares information about how rewarding it is to work with students everyday.  He is also working on a Facebook group that brings musicians closer together, being a semi-professional musician himself. Tell us about yourself. I am the Associate Director for the Learning Commons, and I am glowingly proud of the work that we do for students every single day: All of our student workers are trained to provide the kind of academic...

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By: Samuel Harper

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

Student Spotlight - Yusuke Nogi

Posted: October 31, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Student Spotlight - Yusuke Nogi

Yusuke Nogi, a Supply Chain Management and Japanese International Student tells us a little bit about cultural differences between the U.S. and Japan, what it's like being the catering manager of Brewed Awakening, and what the future has in store for him. Tell us about yourself: I am a Japanese International Student studying supply chain management. I was born in Japan and moved back and forth between Kyoto, Japan and Washington State. I came to the US to study aviation, but decided to pursue...

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By: Samuel Harper

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

International Experiences

Posted: October 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM CDT

International Experiences

"Everyone should strive to be a citizen of the world. Boundaries were created by man." -Suzy Kassam Japan, Germany, Columbia, and Saudia Arabia we are fortunate at UNK to have students from all of these countries on campus this year! In fact we have students from over 30 countries joining us to study. Fortunately, this international exchange is a two way street with many UNK students participating in study abroad programs. For convenience I’m including links to the various international...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

College of Education Forum on Excellence in Teaching and Research

Posted: October 13, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

College of Education Forum on Excellence in Teaching and Research

The College of Education Forum on Excellence in Teaching and Research held its first meeting on September 30th and featured a teaching presentation on Collaboration in Online Learning: Tips and Strategies for Engaging Learners by Dr. Martonia Gaskill, Teacher Education; and a research presentation on Creating Student Research Groups Online and On-campus by Dr. Matt Mims, Counseling and School Psychology. A critical factor to student success in any learning environment is the skill set faculty...

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By: Martonia Gaskill, Ph.D.

Category: Education

NSS Monday Bulletin

Posted: October 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

NSS Monday Bulletin

Dr. Lorna Bracewell, assistant professor of Political Science, was featured on NPR- Sam Sanders (10/7) How Do You Teach Politics in the Year of Donald Trump? You can listen at: http://www.npr.org/2016/10/07/496853743/how-do-you-teach-politics-in-the-year-of-donald-trump Dr. Kim Carlson and Dr. Haishi Cao in Chemistry along with undergraduate students from Biology and Chemistry had their research published. The citation is: Gunwoo Kim,  Eunju Jang,  Alexis M. Page,  Ting Ding,...

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By: Peter Longo

Category: Natural and Social Sciences

NSS Monday Bulletin

Posted: October 3, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

NSS Monday Bulletin

The 28th Annual Criminal Justice Conference is being held today, Monday, October 3. Please find the link and conference schedule: http://www.unk.edu/academics/cj/annual_conference.php Conference Schedule: 8:30 - 9:00 AM Conference Registration and Career Fair 9:00 - 9:15 AM   Conference Welcome 9:15 - 10:30 AM "Criminal Justice and the Media" Rubén Rosario, Columnist, St. Paul Pioneer Press 10:30 - 11:00 AM Career Fair and Break 11:00 - 12:15 PM "Parole in Nebraska"...

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By: Peter Longo

Category: Natural and Social Sciences

Faculty Impact - Dr. Daniel Chaffin

Posted: September 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Faculty Impact - Dr. Daniel Chaffin

Dr. Daniel Chaffin is an important part of UNK's Entrepreneurship Center. He instructs students on how to be innovative thinkers and how to approach business from the perspective of an owner. He also recently hosted an economic event that brought together community stakeholders and business professionals to learn how the Tri-City Area has dealt with economic growth and what can be expected in the near future. Read below to learn more information about Dr. Daniel Chaffin, a professor in the...

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By: Lisa Tschauner

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

Student Spotlight - Louis Harper

Posted: September 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Student Spotlight - Louis Harper

Listen to an interview with this month's Business Student Spotlight: Louie Harper.

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By: Samuel Harper

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

Tech Edge UNK Fall Conference

Posted: September 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Tech Edge UNK Fall Conference

The second Tech Edge UNK conference was held in the College of Education on September 24th. The event is a partnership between UNK and UNL Teacher Education to bring together university instructors, in-service teachers, administrators, and pre-service teachers for an opportunity to share and learn new ideas. The goal is to empower teachers to be effective and confident using new technologies to prepare the students of Nebraska and beyond to participate and lead in tomorrow’s global...

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By: Martonia Gaskill, Ph.D.

Category: Education

UNK Early Childhood Conference

Posted: September 28, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

UNK Early Childhood Conference

The first UNK Early Childhood Conference was held September 16 – 17 with over 200 people attending. It was a fabulous conference that brought together educators, social service providers, legal services, students, and many more to “Learn, Play, and Grow! The conversations were stimulating and the partnerships began to grow. Dr. Sam Miesels, Executive Director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, and Dr. Kate Galligher, UNK COE Early Childhood Endowed Chair keynoted for the...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

One Room One Teacher

Posted: September 27, 2016 5:00:00 PM CDT

One Room One Teacher

On September 23rd thirteen teachers were honored for their hard work and dedication as pioneers of education in Nebraska in the One Room/One Teacher project. Those honored were: Lois N. Shuck; Portland Heights, Cadams and Hardy Schools, Nuckolls County $10,000 Marguerite Kaufman Gronewold, Dawson and Hall County $5,000 Neva C. Kanost, Arapahoe Public Schools $5,000 Doris I. Wagner Horrocks, Madison and Antelope County $1,000 Agnes Cumming Ericson,Platte and Boone County $1,000 Betty E....

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By: Tricia Danburg

Category: Education

Showing our Loper Pride for Homecoming Week

Posted: September 26, 2016 2:00:00 PM CDT

Showing our Loper Pride for Homecoming Week

The COE office staff showed their Loper Pride and helped our students groove into the Homecoming spirit! This year’s theme was “Groovin’ through the Decades!” and one of our secretarial suites had décor from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and won 1st place in the office decorating contest. A fun time was had by all, and most importantly our students loved the glimpse into the past they received from each cubicle.

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By: Sarah Bartling

Category: Education

Annual COE Business Meeting

Posted: September 26, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Annual COE Business Meeting

COE faculty and staff met to discuss enrollment and budget on Thursday, September 15th. The meeting was followed by an indoor picnic – delicious refreshments and fun conversations!

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Educational Reform: 21st Century Education

Posted: September 19, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Educational Reform: 21st Century Education

If you recently attended educational related conferences and professional development, you have heard of 21st century education. This educational framework was developed by classroom teachers, education experts and business leaders to conceptualize the skills and knowledge that today’s learners need to be able to function, live and contribute in the fast paced world we are experiencing today. Learning and innovation are becoming the skills that separate students who are prepared for...

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By: Martonia Gaskill, PhD

Category: Education

What’s happening in KSS- Health and Physical Education?

Posted: September 9, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

What’s happening in KSS- Health and Physical Education?

Nebraska Kids Fitness and Nutrition day is coming up on September 16th! This event will take place on campus on Foster Field and in the Health and Sports Center. There will be 750 4th grade students from Kearney and surrounding area schools participating in interactive nutrition lessons and physical activity games. Approximately 200 UNK students will volunteer to make this event possible. Nebraska Kids Fitness and Nutrition Day is put on through the collaboration between the Exercise Science...

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By: KSS Staff

Category: Education

A Chapter a Day Keeps the Reaper Away

Posted: September 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM CDT

A Chapter a Day Keeps the Reaper Away

The old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” might soon be replaced with, “A chapter a day keeps the reaper away.” According to a new study just published in the September issue of Social Science and Medicine, people who read at least 30 minutes a day live longer than those who don’t read at all. The study, which focused on the reading patterns of 3,635 people who were 50 or older, revealed that on average, book readers lived nearly two years longer than...

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By: Dr. Sherry Crow

Category: Education

Student Spotlight - Abbey Rhodes

Posted: August 31, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Student Spotlight - Abbey Rhodes

Abbey Rhodes is an Enactus Pro! She served as the president of the organization 2015-2016. During her term, Enactus achieved their team goals and qualified for nationals. She was the student representative of the UNK recycling task force and was able to bridge the gap between this group and the sustainability efforts of Enactus. Abbey also held the position of manager for the student-ran coffee shop, Brewed Awakening, located in the West Center. In her last semester at UNK, she continues to...

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By: Lisa Tschauner

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

College - What's in it for me?

Posted: August 22, 2016 11:00:00 AM CDT

College - What's in it for me?

Since this is the beginning of the academic year I thought it was appropriate to start with a discussion on the benefits of a college degree. I’m guessing if you are reading this blog you are likely a person who is either considering or has decided to earn their College Degree – Congratulations! America has had a long standing tradition of valuing education, it’s part of our American Dream. A College Degree has traditionally been seen as the tried and true way to succeed, an...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Welcome to the Dean's Blog

Posted: August 19, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

Welcome to the Dean's Blog

Welcome to the first posting of the UNK College of Education Dean’s Blog! I’m quite excited to have you join me in this electronic journey of thoughts, discoveries, and discussion. I plan to make initial posts at the beginning of each month and then during the month professors from the College of Education will bring forward experiences and inspirations from their classrooms, disciplines, and student interactions. I look forward to you, as students, colleagues, and friends joining...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

CASA Recognition for Dr. Aviles

Posted: June 8, 2016 12:00:00 AM CDT

CASA Recognition for Dr. Aviles

Dr. Aviles has volunteered his time to CASA for a number of years.  CASA is a group of community volunteers dedicated to serving abused and neglected children.  A full story may be found on page 5A of the February 10 edition of the Kearney Hub.

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By: Doug Biggs

Category: Natural and Social Sciences

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