2017 UNK Blog Posts

Why I Chose the New Year to Go Back to School

Posted: December 11, 2017 12:00:00 PM CST

Why I Chose the New Year to Go Back to School

In January 2015, over a decade after my bachelor’s degree, I took a leap and went back to school for a master's program. Now, freshly graduated as of this week—and extremely proud of it—I can see how the excitement of a new year is what motivated me to start my graduate education. But it was much more than a fleeting resolution. For years, I had my eye on an online master’s degree in my field. But full-time employment, finances, and personal obligations filled me with...

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By: Rosanna Vail, UNK eCampus

Category: General, eCampus

Tips for Finals Week

Posted: December 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM CST

Tips for Finals Week

Finals have a way of creating stress among even the most prepared of students. Whether you study on campus or online, here are some tips from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Learning Commons for how to tackle those upcoming final tests, papers, and projects. Double check your final exam schedule. It never hurts to verify the dates and deadlines for your final exams or papers. You can also be sure that you understand what the exam or paper should cover to ensure that you’re...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

What Is a Proctor?

Posted: November 29, 2017 11:00:00 AM CST

What Is a Proctor?

In online courses, sometimes preparing for an exam takes more than a review of the material. If your course requires a proctored exam, an approved proctor must verify that your test is administered under the appropriate conditions for academic integrity and the instructor’s specifications.  See the following FAQ from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) for an overview of the test proctoring process: How do I know if I need a proctor? Check the syllabus of your online course...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Gratitude in Graduate Education

Posted: November 20, 2017 10:00:00 AM CST

Gratitude in Graduate Education

With the season of gratitude upon us, I find myself reflecting on the many reasons to be thankful for what we do at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). Although there are countless contributions from UNK that make a difference for students and communities, I will highlight a handful that I find particularly meaningful in graduate education. It opens the door to a dream career, not just a job. My own graduate education has impacted me personally and professionally. For me, it was...

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By: Kenya Taylor

Category: eCampus, General

UNK Launches B.A. in History Online

Posted: November 16, 2017 1:00:00 PM CST

UNK Launches B.A. in History Online

Some say history repeats itself. At the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), it’s more about taking a program that works well and extending it to more students who need it. Starting next spring, UNK’s existing on-campus Bachelor of Arts in History degree will also be available in a fully online format. Undergraduate students with a passion for the past can study history online through UNK while remaining in their local communities. UNK’s Department of History is no...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: eCampus, General

Celebrating Strides in Distance Learning

Posted: November 6, 2017 12:00:00 PM CST

Celebrating Strides in Distance Learning

This week is National Distance Learning Week—a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our online students and the great strides in distance learning that support their success. I am pleased to recognize a few points of pride that have led the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) to excel in online learning. I am proud of program development for students who are unable to come to campus. Online programs have made it possible for UNK to extend its reach beyond the Central Nebraska...

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By: Gloria Vavricka

Category: General, eCampus

The Hunt for Campus Haunts

Posted: October 30, 2017 12:00:00 PM CDT

The Hunt for Campus Haunts

Every campus has its stories of harrowing haunts—ones that render the haunted houses of Halloween festivities as relatively mild. The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) has documented the history of many of its campus buildings, some of which include these haunted tales. If you’re on campus, online, or have moved beyond campus life, it helps to be aware of what might scare. So read on, if you dare. Calvin T. Ryan Library There’s no better place to start the hunt for...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

A Heart for Teaching History

Posted: October 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM CDT

A Heart for Teaching History

David Vail, assistant professor of history, proves it is possible to know your passions at an early age—and find the job that reminds you daily why you love what you do. Dr. Vail joined the Department of History at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) in 2016. He specializes in environmental history, history of science and technology, agricultural history, and assists his department with public history. We sat down with Dr. Vail, who teaches courses both on campus and online, to...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Student Spotlight - Rachel Jack

Posted: October 23, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Student Spotlight - Rachel Jack

Rachel Jack, an Enactus member and the leader of New Venture Adventure tells us a little bit about what she learned from organizing such a big event as well as how Enactus in general has helped enhance her UNK experience. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a senior from Eustis, Nebraska. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. You can always find me doing a little DIY project around my apartment or looking at Pinterest. What is your major and what career are you pursuing in...

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By: Samuel Harper

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Online Graduate Certificate Meeting Needs for Nebraska Mental Health Practitioners

Posted: October 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM CDT

Alcohol and Drug Counseling Online Graduate Certificate Meeting Needs for Nebraska Mental Health Practitioners

Alcohol and drug abuse is a growing epidemic that requires licensed specialists in the field. The state of Nebraska has identified a need for more rural behavioral healthcare, according to the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska and the Nebraska State Legislature. On a national scale, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that Substance Abuse Counselors will see “a 31 percent job growth rate through 2022, which is much faster than the national average.” In the...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: eCampus, General

Netiquette Tips for Online Courses

Posted: October 10, 2017 3:00:00 PM CDT

 Netiquette Tips for Online Courses

Communication in an online course can be very different from face-to-face interactions. Sometimes course discussions include video or audio elements, but very often, the words on the screen need to stand alone. If you’re new to online courses, or need a few tips to improve your writing in online discussions, learning about Netiquette is a good place to start. Netiquette is a term for proper etiquette in an Internet, or Net, environment. The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) keeps...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

5 Ways to Know If You’re Ready for an Online Graduate Program

Posted: October 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM CDT

5 Ways to Know If You’re Ready for an Online Graduate Program

Taking the plunge into an online graduate program can be intimidating, especially if you’re not sure what to expect. What does it take to start graduate-level studies? Should you apply to a program now, or wait? How do you know if you’re ready? The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) offers some tips to help you decide on the right time to start an online graduate program: 1. You are ready for the next step in your career. Think about that dream job you’ve always...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Mastering Your Midterms in Online Courses

Posted: September 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM CDT

Mastering Your Midterms in Online Courses

Midterms—a word that continually strikes fear in the hearts of students, whether undergraduate or graduate, on campus or online. For many online students, midterms hit at hectic times. Between traveling for a conference, meeting tough deadlines at work, or helping kids study for their own exams, sometimes your midterm prep can take a bit of a backseat. These tips from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) eCampus can help you keep midterms in mind as you balance studying with a...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Pursuing the American Dream through Spanish Education

Posted: September 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT

Pursuing the American Dream through Spanish Education

Cecilia (Ceci) Perales’ parents moved to the United States to pursue the American Dream, hoping for a better life and education for their children. Perales decided to attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), close to her hometown of Lexington, Nebraska, where she was determined to play a role in fulfilling her parents’ dream as well as her own. As a child, Perales learned to love the Spanish language and celebrate her Mexican heritage. Going back and forth between...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: General, eCampus

Finding Your Forte in Music Education

Posted: September 12, 2017 11:00:00 AM CDT

Finding Your Forte in Music Education

Benefits of music education are nearly endless for students of all ages in society today. Music not only encourages students to be resourceful, but also provides an outlet for creativity and individuality. For educators, music education combines two professional passions that speak volumes for student success. That’s why the University of Nebraska at Kearney offers an online Master of Arts in Education (MAE) in Music Education, which equips teachers with concepts, research, and methods...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: General, eCampus

Returning to Learning: The Need for Teacher Education

Posted: September 5, 2017 10:30:00 AM CDT

Returning to Learning: The Need for Teacher Education

Educators know that learning is a lifelong endeavor—especially as best practices for effective teaching and learning must evolve to meet students’ needs. The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) helps educators keep current with strategies they can implement immediately in the classroom. Online teacher education programs at UNK meet a need for Nebraska’s educators by sharpening their skills in areas that are most beneficial for students—but also for their...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Seeking Strong Communication Skills

Posted: August 28, 2017 5:00:00 PM CDT

Seeking Strong Communication Skills

As employers increasingly seek candidates with “strong communication skills,” many have realized that some things can be taught, but communication skills take time to develop. To address this workforce need, the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) offers an online Bachelor of Science in Organizational and Relational Communication—a business-based program that’s more than presentations and papers. “While a business degree often focuses on an...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: General

eCampus Student Resources

Posted: August 21, 2017 12:00:00 PM CDT

eCampus Student Resources

Being a first-time student in an online course or program can be nerve-racking. Having online resources to help keep you focused and ensure you are doing things correctly is the key to success in an online learning environment. At the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), online students have access to the following resources: SmarterMeasure – Wondering if you are ready for an online program or course? SmarterMeasure is an online tool that will help students evaluate their likelihood...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: eCampus, General

Faculty Impact - Dr. Greg Benson

Posted: August 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Faculty Impact - Dr. Greg Benson

In 2014, Dr. Greg Benson took over the direction of the Supply Chain Management for UNK. The Supply Chain Management Program at UNK was the first of its kind in the NU System and one of the first in the nation.  He has grown the program to almost 70 students strong. Nebraska has a great deal of job demand for purchasing managers, logistics managers and distribution managers in the companies located in the state. Therefore, in 2010, UNK saw a need to offer a program that would...

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By: Samuel Harper

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

Student Spotlight - Giulia Napoli

Posted: August 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Student Spotlight - Giulia Napoli

Our student spotlight is Guilia Napoli, who studies at the International University of Language and Media in Milan, Italy.  During her time in the U.S., she was a part of the student project of Open for Business Magazine; a partnership involving the Office of International Education and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development. Explain your degree and why you are attending IULM:  My master degree is called MICRI that is the acronym of Master in Communication for...

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By: Samuel Harper

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

10 Things to Know About Your Canvas Course

Posted: August 16, 2017 10:15:00 AM CDT

10 Things to Know About Your Canvas Course

This fall, students may see a different learning management system (LMS) being used in some of their online courses rather than the traditional Blackboard product that has been used in years past. By spring of 2018, the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) will be fully transitioning to Canvas. Canvas is a more user-friendly and modern-looking LMS. Canvas strives to align with learning, goals, and outcomes and helps to make teaching and learning easier. Some students at UNK may have...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: eCampus, General

Embracing an Educational Journey for Online Students

Posted: August 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM CDT

Embracing an Educational Journey for Online Students

For Sarah Bartling, students have always been the reason she works in a career she loves every day. Initially planning to teach at the elementary school level, her own educational and professional journey at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) led to her position as an online program coordinator in the Department of Teacher Education - where her excitement for student success in online education is infectious. Bartling shares how UNK has shaped her educational and career path, and how...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus, Education

The History of UNK’s Online Education

Posted: August 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM CDT

The History of UNK’s Online Education

For over 40 years, the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) has been a leader in bringing education to students no matter where they live. UNK’s online education unit, commonly known for the last 12 years as eCampus, has seen a plethora of name changes in its four-decade history, including: Expanded Campus, Continuing Education, Continuing Education and Extended Campus, Division of Continuing Education, Extended Education, and Division of Continuing Studies. What else has evolved in...

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By: Gloria Vavricka

Category: General, eCampus

Mastering Many Fields to Support Online Students

Posted: July 25, 2017 11:30:00 AM CDT

Mastering Many Fields to Support Online Students

Amber Alexander has a history at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK)—and she uses it to create the best experiences possible for online students. As an online program coordinator for the Master of Arts in History program at UNK, she has completed the degree herself while balancing education with work and family. “My main role is to serve as an advisor to graduate students,” Alexander said. “Our online students are located all over the world, and I can be a link...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

The Nebraska Country School Conference

Posted: July 24, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

The Nebraska Country School Conference

The Nebraska Country School Conference (2nd ever in the state) was held at UNK Friday and Saturday, July 14th and 15th. This two day event hosted phenomenal speakers on a variety of topics, including the Curator of the National Orphan Train Complex, Genoa Indian Industrial School Museum, and NET documentaries of Country Schools. UNK’s own Assistant Professors contributed to the conference, Dr. Christopher Steinke presented on the Dust Bowl and Dr. David Vail on The Blizzard of 1800...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Business Smarts: Why People Are Choosing UNK’s Online Business Administration Program

Posted: July 17, 2017 1:00:00 PM CDT

Business Smarts: Why People Are Choosing UNK’s Online Business Administration Program

A company employee rising to a management role, an entrepreneur staying sharp for a small business, or a professional shifting careers into the business world—all of them are finding what they need from UNK’s online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA). Because business is broad, the door to its possibilities is open wide. Kate Bombeck, online BSBA program coordinator at UNK, sheds light on what sets the program apart in helping to meet the needs of so many...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Meet Lori Weed Skarka, Military and Veteran Services

Posted: July 10, 2017 1:00:00 PM CDT

Meet Lori Weed Skarka, Military and Veteran Services

For Lori Weed Skarka, working with military and veteran students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) is extremely meaningful, both personally and professionally. With an extensive family history of military service and a deep connection to UNK, she understands the needs and challenges of military students and their families, especially as they study online from anywhere in the world. Filling a new position as Assistant Director of Military and Veteran Services at UNK in 2015, she...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

UNK Launches Online Programs in Social Work

Posted: July 3, 2017 1:00:00 PM CDT

UNK Launches Online Programs in Social Work

There’s a new way to make a difference in your community, thanks to two social work programs launching in the online format at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) in Fall 2017. Rural communities around the country, including many within Nebraska, have a shortage of qualified professionals to fill social work positions. To help address this shortage, UNK is expanding the reach of its longstanding on-campus social work programs through an online Bachelor of Science in Social Work...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Non-Degree Student Status, Demystified

Posted: June 26, 2017 9:30:00 AM CDT

Non-Degree Student Status, Demystified

Being a non-degree seeking online graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) may not be what you think. Whether or not you plan to complete a degree program, UNK’s non-degree status may be your best option to get started on the education you need. Linda Johnson, Director of Graduate Admissions and Programs at UNK, shares some common misconceptions about the non-degree status for graduate programs, along with insight about how this status benefits students. Myth #1:...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Mom on a Mission: Balancing a Family, Career, and Education

Posted: June 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM CDT

Mom on a Mission: Balancing a Family, Career, and Education

Katy Cooksley knows the importance of a routine. It’s a necessity for her to keep a balance, not only for her daughter and 25 kids who refer to her as Mrs. Cooksley in her fifth grade classroom, but also for herself as an online graduate student. Cooksley knew early on that teaching was her calling. She loved her elementary school teachers and felt compelled to impact children the same way her teachers had impacted her. It was an easy decision to pursue elementary teaching at the...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: eCampus, General

Landing the Job: Accessible Career Services for Online Students at UNK

Posted: June 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT

Landing the Job: Accessible Career Services for Online Students at UNK

Non-traditional students returning to school for degree completion or graduate studies typically have specific career goals in mind—from qualifying for a new job, to position advancement, to career shift. What can online students do to improve the chances of landing that dream job? The Academic and Career Services office at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) provides free resources that are accessible to online students and graduates at all stages of a job search. Career...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

What You Need to Know About Online Graduate Program Application

Posted: June 6, 2017 9:30:00 AM CDT

What You Need to Know About Online Graduate Program Application

Choosing an online graduate program is a big decision, and completing your application is the first milestone to success. Although the list of requirements and deadlines may seem intimidating at first, knowing what to expect before you begin the application process can streamline the path to your program. Linda Johnson, Director of Graduate Admissions and Programs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), provides insight to guide you through the UNK graduate application process. Start...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Path to the Classroom: Biology and Teaching

Posted: May 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT

Path to the Classroom: Biology and Teaching

Education had always been a priority for Curtis Reese as he pursued his passion for biology, but he never planned on becoming a teacher. Now he inspires students every day in the classroom—and they inspire him. Reese is currently a biology teacher at Norfolk Senior High School and an adjunct professor of anatomy and physiology at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska. His path to the classroom began with two online programs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: eCampus

5 Tips for Summer Travel During Online Courses

Posted: May 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT

5 Tips for Summer Travel During Online Courses

Being on the go while completing an online course has its challenges—from Internet connection, to time zone changes, to jet lag. The University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) eCampus offers tips for taking an online course while traveling for work or summer vacation. Talk to your instructor. Online coursework can be completed from anywhere, but it’s a good idea to let your instructor know if you’ll be away for an extended period. Look ahead at assignments that will be due...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Back in Business at UNK

Posted: May 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT

Back in Business at UNK

Kate Bombeck’s education and career in business have brought her full circle back to the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK). A Kearneyite, Bombeck always knew she would attend college at UNK. After completing an undergraduate degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration, she set out for her industry career. “I worked in industry for about seven years, but the travel just consumed me,” Bombeck said. “I started looking for other jobs and stumbled upon a...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Path to Speech-Language Pathology Starts at UNK

Posted: May 8, 2017 12:00:00 PM CDT

Path to Speech-Language Pathology Starts at UNK

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) is listed as a top graduate degree for jobs today, according to Forbes. But before new professionals can complete graduate studies and enter the field, they need foundational knowledge, especially when changing careers. That’s where the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) comes in—the first step down the SLP path. Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social and cognitive-communication, and swallowing...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Summer Reading

Posted: May 2, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Summer Reading

I decided to end the school year and start the summer with a list of great book recommendations for the months ahead. I invited faculty to assist in this, so here goes! Sheryl Feinstein, Dean: I was tempted to go with the classics, I think summer is the perfect time to read a classic that you’ve never read before, either because it wasn’t required in a Literature class or you just never found the time. One of those for me was Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austin, it’s the...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

10 Skills Employers Seek from Online Program Graduates

Posted: May 1, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT

10 Skills Employers Seek from Online Program Graduates

Entering a competitive job market can seem like a daunting task for college graduates. What do employers need today, and how can an online program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) prepare you? Aaron Estes, Associate Director of UNK Academic and Career Services, provides insight about transferable skills that many employers seek during the hiring process. Transferable skills can be applied to every job, regardless of your career path or degree. The more of these skills you...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Historian in the Making: A Success Story

Posted: April 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM CDT

Historian in the Making: A Success Story

Laura Enomoto knows a life-changing graduate program when she sees one. It brings more than just a degree; it shapes who you are and how high you can reach. From her hometown in Southern California, Enomoto dreamed of teaching at the college level. After an undergraduate degree in liberal studies with a concentration in music, she shifted her focus to graduate work in history. One conversation with the history department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) was all she needed: the...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Day in the Life of an Instructional Designer

Posted: April 17, 2017 10:20:00 AM CDT

Day in the Life of an Instructional Designer

Matching teaching strategies with technology solutions is a broad way to describe the job of an instructional designer. They train people not only in how to use educational technologies, but why and when to use them to maximize the teaching and learning experience. Instructional designers often work in higher education, elementary or secondary education, government, or companies providing educational support services. I sat down with Steven McGahan, one of our own instructional designers at...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: Instructional Technology, eCampus

Faculty Impact - Dr. Sonja Bickford

Posted: April 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Faculty Impact - Dr. Sonja Bickford

Originally from Scandinavia, Dr. Sonja Bickford has had a plethora of experience abroad. Bickford has taken groups of students on trips, has been been instrumental in creating a partnership between UNK and a university in Finland, and has worked with the International programs on campus. She is currently a visiting faculty member in the department of Industrial Technology. Bickford elaborates here on her experiences abroad and her current projects. Tell us a little about yourself. Growing up...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

New inductees for Academy for Teacher Education Excellence at UNK

Posted: April 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

New inductees for Academy for Teacher Education Excellence at UNK

The new inductees for Academy for Teacher Education Excellence at UNK today are Kipp Petersen and Brett Kluever. This award is given to individuals each year who have made outstanding contributions to the preparation of new teachers and the field of education Brett Kluever, has been teaching in the Gibbons Public schools since 2009. He enthusiastically hosts our math field experience students and mentors our student teachers on a yearly basis. One student teacher commented, Mr. Kluever runs...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Student Spotlight - Amanda Slattery

Posted: April 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Student Spotlight - Amanda Slattery

Amanda Slattery is a sophomore at UNK who participated in UNK's first 3 Day Startup event earlier this year. She studies Interior Design and Construction Management, and plans to graduate in 2019. Here she shares about her experiences at UNK and how 3DS impacted her as an entrepreneur. Tell us a little about yourself. I am currently a sophomore studying Interior Design and Construction Management here at UNK. I grew up in rural southwest Nebraska just outside a small town, Indianola. I...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

When a Love of Books and Technology Collide

Posted: April 10, 2017 12:15:00 PM CDT

When a Love of Books and Technology Collide

From an early age, we picture local librarians as those who lend our most beloved titles. Many librarians not only have a love of books and reading, but they also serve as technical resources in schools and communities. During National Library Week, April 10-14, we celebrate the story of these educators who let their passion for books and technology collide. Librarians play a particularly significant educational role in the lives of children. In the digital age of social media, Wikipedia,...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: General, eCampus

Canvas brown bag luncheon

Posted: April 5, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Canvas brown bag luncheon

In our Canvas brown bag luncheon on Tuesday April 4, our presenters talked about specific course design that they used.  Michael DeLorm spoke about how he used the Attendance in his Canvas class. Ben Malczyk demonstrate how he used the Syllabus as his Home Page.  Ben Brachle spoke about how he created a Page that linked to other Pages for his Home Page. Jeff Wells talked about using Modules for his Home Page.  Shahla Alavi established that one of the easiest ways to share...

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By: Shahla Alavi

Category: Instructional Technology, Information Technology Services

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Message from Dr. Kenya Taylor

Posted: April 4, 2017 9:50:00 AM CDT

Graduate Student Appreciation Week Message from Dr. Kenya Taylor

Dear UNK Graduate Students, Today, I’d like to take a moment and thank you for making my job so fulfilling. I’m often asked why I do what I do, and the answer for many of us on this campus is a simple one: for our students. Graduate students, both in online programs and on campus, have made my career so rewarding, and that’s why I’m honored to celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 3-7. As graduate students, you bring a great deal of value to the UNK...

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By: Dr. Kenya Taylor

Category: eCampus, General

Special Education & Paper Work

Posted: April 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Special Education & Paper Work

I should say right off the bat, I am not a special education teacher, however, like most educators I have worked closely with special education throughout my career and have a great deal of respect for those teachers. In my dealings with special education, it has been my observation that an unwarranted amount of paper work is required by federal regulation. I decided to do a bit of exploring to see if this was true. Here’s what I found out: While I speculated that paperwork was a...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Faculty Impact - Dr. Susan Jensen

Posted: March 31, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Faculty Impact - Dr. Susan Jensen

Please tell us about yourself and your role at UNK and how that has transformed over the years. After earning a finance degree from Kansas University, my first job after graduation was as a National Bank Examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. I worked in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania region before being based in the St. Louis office. After completing my MBA from Washington University in St. Louis I had the opportunity to help launch a new investment banking...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

Student Spotlight - Katelyn Ziebarth

Posted: March 31, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Student Spotlight - Katelyn Ziebarth

Katelyn Ziebarth is a senior at UNK studying business administration and health care management. Ziebarth has held an instrumental role as a leader in Enactus, presented at competition, and chaired her own project--all in the same year. Here Ziebarth shares about her experiences. Tell us a little about yourself. Originally from Wilcox, Nebraska a small town 30 miles south of Kearney. I am studying business administration with a minor in Health care management. I have been at UNK since fall...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

5 Tips for Time Management in Online Courses

Posted: March 28, 2017 9:50:00 AM CDT

5 Tips for Time Management in Online Courses

Family, career, community, and on top of it all—a degree. Doing it all is tough, but it’s possible with strategic time management. Here are some tips from UNK eCampus to help balance your busy schedule: Lighten your load. Taking on an ambitious course load is admirable, but too many credits per semester could be the source of a strained schedule. Talk with your advisor or a faculty member about a feasible load based on your existing commitments. It’s okay to start with...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Blackboard to Canvas. What’s In It for You?

Posted: March 27, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Blackboard to Canvas. What’s In It for You?

Blackboard to Canvas. What’s In It for You? It’s almost impossible to talk about Canvas without comparing it to Blackboard. Bb is the LMS I have known for the longest time. Although none of my graduate degrees were online, I had the opportunity to take many online courses in the University of Nebraska system and as a result, I became comfortable learning online and very appreciative of the flexibility and the choice of taking either online or face to face courses during my...

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By: Dr. Martonia Gaskill

Category: Information Technology Services, Instructional Technology

College of Education Excellence in Teaching and Research Forum

Posted: March 24, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

College of Education Excellence in Teaching and Research Forum

The College of Education latest forum featured COE faculty presenting on topics related to promoting scholarship with students and integrating technology into teaching. Dr. Megan Adkins (Kinesiology Sports Sciences) presentation focused on utilizing interactive health technology monitors to assess physical activity level and time in moderate to vigorous physical activity to improve our teacher activities in managing a classroom and transitions. She provided the audience with a nice overview...

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By: Martonia Gaskill

Category: Education

Tech EDGE Spring 2017 Conference Inspires Pre-Service Teachers

Posted: March 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM CDT

Tech EDGE Spring 2017 Conference Inspires Pre-Service Teachers

The College of Education hosted the Tech Edge Spring 2017 Conference for teachers and pre-service teachers interested in learning new ways to use technology in the classroom. The conference included 16 speakers from UNK and public schools across Nebraska. The purpose of the conference is to inspire our future teachers and encourage conversations between in-service and pre-service teachers on cutting edge teaching practices that are impacting education today. The conference brings together...

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By: Martonia Gaskill

Category: Education

Attend a Canvas Brown Bag

Posted: March 8, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

Attend a Canvas Brown Bag

Nebraskan Student Union - Room 310 12:30 - 1:30 pm March 28th and April 4th Bring Your Lunch and Learn about Canvas Presenters: UNK Faculty teaching in the Spring 2017 Canvas Early Access Pilot March 28 - Getting Started, Successes and Stumbling Blocks April 4 - Examples of Canvas course design used by our faculty  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017 Spring 2018 June 2018 Canvas Early Access Pilot (22 Courses) Use Canvas or Blackboard Use Canvas or Blackboard Canvas is default;...

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By: Jane Petersen

Category: Information Technology Services, Instructional Technology

Why Rank Matters: UNK Listed Among Nation’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Posted: March 7, 2017 4:05:00 PM CST

Why Rank Matters: UNK Listed Among Nation’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs

Going back to school is a big decision. Universities provide more online degree programs than ever before to help you access the education you need, professionally or personally. But how do you choose the best program? U.S. News and World Report ranks the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) as among the best institutions for online graduate education programs in 2017. This designation, also awarded to UNK in previous years, assesses programs based on: student engagement student services...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus

Little Lopers!

Posted: March 7, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

Little Lopers!

Early Childhood Education Center Little Lopers will be gaining a new home in 2018! UNK is excited to announce a new building for the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC). This facility will host 150 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years old, which means UNK will be able to serve more children from faculty, staff, and students, along with community families. Faculty across campus plan to incorporate the new facility into their course work and research. Expect to see UNK students...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Faculty Impact - Jeff Nordhues

Posted: February 27, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

Faculty Impact - Jeff Nordhues

Jeff Nordhues is a professor in Interior and Product Design at UNK. He and his wife founded a 'design and make' lighting studio in Kearney called Pax Modern. This entrepreneurial experience has allowed Nordhues to better teach his students in theoretical and practical ways. Tell us about yourself. I was born and raised in Kearney spending my early years surrounded by business and construction while working for my father in his real estate company. I completed my undergraduate in Industrial...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

Student Spotlight - Emily Kassmeier

Posted: February 27, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

Student Spotlight - Emily Kassmeier

Emily is in her fifth year at UNK and is excited to finally graduate in May! She is studying Multimedia and is the go-to for all things media at the Center for Entrepreneurship this semester. When you were little… what did you want to be when you grew up? When I was in Kindergarten, I really wanted to be a veterinarian. This dream quickly ended when I realized I can’t stand the sight of blood! Why did you choose your major and what career(s) can it lead to? It took me a while...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

Canvas first Impression by Karl Borden

Posted: February 24, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

Canvas first Impression by Karl Borden

There were a number of faculty who were invited to migrate one course to Canvas this Spring semester.   I don't have a list of those who participated, but as one of the participants I am most willing to share my (meager) knowledge of Canvas with my colleagues.   Don, Shala and Jane have been extraordinarily patient with those, like myself, who are technology-challenged, but I do have a couple of unsolicited suggestions for everyone as you make the transition.  If they disagree...

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By: Karl Borden

Category: Information Technology Services, Instructional Technology

It is time to start packing!  Start teaching your first course in Canvas this summer!

Posted: February 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

It is time to start packing!  Start teaching your first course in Canvas this summer!

Beginning this summer, all UNK courses will be uploaded to Blackboard and to Canvas.  Faculty have the option to choose which LMS they want to use in 2017 summer and fall courses. The easiest way to get ready for the move to Canvas is to go live with your first course in Canvas this summer followed with another or all of your courses in Canvas this fall. Spring 2018 – All courses are taught in Canvas.  No courses will be uploaded to Blackboard. On June 30th our Blackboard...

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By: Jane Petersen

Category: Instructional Technology, Information Technology Services

Mind and Body: Lessons I learned from Physical Activity

Posted: February 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

Mind and Body: Lessons I learned from Physical Activity

When I was 5 years old and people would ask me my favorite subject, I responded, “recess,” without hesitation. This answer was followed closely by reading and P.E class. My love of physical activity can be directly attributed to my P.E. teacher, Mr. MacGuire a phenomenal P.E. teacher. Even though he retired many years ago they still have MacGuire days at the elementary school where he taught. All through elementary school we had physical education every day, he filled our time...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Faculty Impact - Dr. David Nabb

Posted: January 31, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

Faculty Impact - Dr. David Nabb

Dr. David Nabb has been a music professor at UNK for 23 years, teaching music history courses and woodwind lessons. Almost 17 years ago, Dr. Nabb encountered a life-changing experience that left him unable to perform daily tasks, including playing an instrument. In the video below, he shares about his experience and how he overcame those challenges. Video Transcript Hi everyone! Lisa here, for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development at the University of Nebraska at...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Business and Technology, Entrepreneur

Student Spotlight - Elise Troyer

Posted: January 31, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

Student Spotlight - Elise Troyer

Elise Troyer is a senior at UNK and is majoring in Multimedia, with a minor in Media Production. She has a passion for telling people's stories, and her experience in Multimedia has allowed her to do just that. Listen to the full interview below. Audio Transcript I am here with UNK student Elise Troyer. Elise is a Multimedia Major and she has a minor in Media Production. This is her second year at UNK. We will go ahead and get started. Thanks for joining me, Elise! Thank you for having...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology

Happy New Year!

Posted: January 9, 2017 12:00:00 AM CST

Happy New Year!

Great things are happening in COE! Here’s a list of new things to celebrate: 2016 Recognition of Excellence Award by the Staff Senate and the Recognition Committee for the KSS Health and Physical Education Majors Club, advisor is Terri Sheridan. Nebraska Teacher of the Year is UNK alum, Amber Vlasnik. Pratt-Heins Award for Teaching and 2016 UNK Creative Teaching awarded to Dr. Grace Mims of the Counseling/School Psychology Department. Please feel free to add to this list and I hope you...

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By: Sheryl Feinstein

Category: Education

Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development Advisory Council

Posted: January 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM CST

Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development Advisory Council

Tyler Clay Xpanxion Stan Clouse City of Kearney/NPPD Linda Black Nebraska Dept. of Economic Development Max Kathol Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce Kelly Christensen Central Community College Janelle Anderson-Ehrke GROW Nebraska Dena Black Center for Rural Affairs, REAP Gregg Christensen Nebraska Dept. of Education Byron Hansen First National Bank Mark Foradori Buffalo County Community Health Partners and Downtown Improvement Board Sharon Hueftle South Central Economic Development...

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By: Emily Kassmeier

Category: Entrepreneur, Business and Technology