2018 Blog Posts

Using the eCampus Online Schedule

Posted: April 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM CDT

Using the eCampus Online Schedule

The eCampus Online Schedule at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is a one-stop location for all online and blended course offerings. With registration underway for summer and fall, current and prospective students can find a wealth of information and resources to gear up for next semester. The Online Schedule includes: Registration appointment times based on student status Upcoming online and blended courses, start dates, and instructors Online graduate and undergraduate program...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Libraries Lead

Posted: April 10, 2018 1:42:00 PM CDT

Libraries Lead

The American Library Association (ALA) has sponsored a nationwide observance, since 1958, to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries. Tuesday, April 10, 2018, marks National Library Workers Day, which recognizes the librarians responsible for these contributions. On behalf of the Staff Senate and Recognition Committee, the University of Nebraska at Kearney has awarded the April 2018 Teamwork Excellence Award to UNK’s Calvin T. Ryan Librarians: Ron Wirtz, Rochelle...

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By: Dylan Munson

Category: General, eCampus

Caring for a Dying Loved One

Posted: April 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM CDT

Caring for a Dying Loved One

I had always known death to be a very real thing. However, until someone close to you dies, do you really understand the full realm of emotions and the care and support you may have to provide your loved one who is dying? It was not until I was in high school that I started to understand what it truly takes to care for one who is dying. My grandmother passed away the summer before my senior year of high school, and although it was an extremely sad time for myself and whole family, it was...

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By: Julia Daro

Category: General, Psychology

Celebrating Graduate Students at UNK

Posted: April 3, 2018 9:00:00 AM CDT

Celebrating Graduate Students at UNK

Starting a graduate program, whether on campus or online, is a huge investment for students—one that takes incredible dedication and a careful balance of commitments. During Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week, April 2-6, I’m pleased to recognize our graduate students and highlight what they contribute to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Here are just a few reasons to celebrate their many accomplishments. Their enhanced skills create a stronger workforce. I...

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By: Kenya Taylor

Category: General, eCampus

Unexpected Benefits of Exercise for Fibromyalgia Warriors

Posted: April 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM CDT

Unexpected Benefits of Exercise for Fibromyalgia Warriors

Everyone can agree, exercise is beneficial, but do you know how good it is?  There are many ways that exercise can benefit the health of an individual, whether it is simply a walk through the neighborhood or a vigorous high intensity workout. Not only that, exercise has also been shown to improve the health of individuals who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is musculoskeletal pain throughout the body. Some symptoms include widespread pain, fatigue, and cognitive...

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By: Delanie Vitosh

Category: General

Day in the Life of a Marketing and Communications Specialist

Posted: March 27, 2018 1:00:00 PM CDT

Day in the Life of a Marketing and Communications Specialist

Understanding your audience is key for effective marketing communications. Alyssa Wyant, marketing and communications specialist at the University of Nebraska at Kearney eCampus, shares the path to her career—and how her academic and personal experiences are helping her connect to her audience each day. In her role at UNK, Wyant oversees a variety of marketing and communication tasks, from developing marketing plans to managing a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system for...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Degree Pathway into School Counseling Increases Support for Nebraska Students

Posted: March 20, 2018 11:05:00 AM CDT

Degree Pathway into School Counseling Increases Support for Nebraska Students

Today’s school counselors are expected to play larger roles in the lives of students. They serve as a sounding board, voice of reason, and student support system within a school—from providing academic guidance to overseeing preventive and responsive services like bullying or suicide prevention. In Nebraska, the need for school counselors is growing, along with national projections that employment will rise by 8% from 2014 to 2024. To help meet job demand, the University of...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: eCampus, General

Pregnancy in College: Hard, but Not Impossible

Posted: March 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM CDT

Pregnancy in College: Hard, but Not Impossible

A typical college student’s biggest struggles consist of deciding which classes to take, what to eat for supper, and whether it is a good idea to stay out late. It is true – college is incredibly hard at times, but it becomes immensely hard if you become pregnant. According to a recent review by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (2014), a large portion of women who get pregnant in college end up dropping out temporarily or permanently. This is due in part to...

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By: McKenzie Ironshell

Category: Psychology, General

How to Survive Online Coursework After Spring Break

Posted: March 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM CDT

How to Survive Online Coursework After Spring Break

Let’s face it: by this time in the semester, we all need—and deserve—a little vacation from coursework. With spring break just around the corner, the University of Nebraska at Kearney offers tips for how to take a break from online coursework without falling behind when classes commence. 1. Look ahead at details, not just deadlines. Assignments that are due directly after spring break need to stay on your radar screen, but knowing the details of those assignments ahead of...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

5 Reasons to Start Your Summer with an Online Teacher Education Program

Posted: March 6, 2018 10:15:00 AM CST

5 Reasons to Start Your Summer with an Online Teacher Education Program

Teachers know the importance of planning for their classrooms and careers—and the University of Nebraska at Kearney makes summer the opportune time to get started. Although going back to school is a big decision, submitting an application soon for an online teacher education program ensures a summer semester start. Here are just a few reasons why summer at UNK is useful for teachers: 1. You can invest in your own learning while your class takes a break. Starting in the summer lets you...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Bedtime and Your Health: What Are the Risks of Watching TV?

Posted: March 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM CST

Bedtime and Your Health: What Are the Risks of Watching TV?

One of the popular practices among our society today is binge-watching television. I myself am guilty of this. Not only do I find myself spending a far greater number of hours in front of a screen than I would like to admit, but I find myself watching more at one particular time of day: bedtime. Does that cut down my hours of sleep? Can that be healthy? Health Impacts According to the Sleep Foundation, television at bedtime could negatively impact our health (Foley, Ancoli-Israel, Britz, and...

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By: Brenna Schneider

Category: General, Natural and Social Sciences, Psychology

Blending the Best of Both Worlds

Posted: February 27, 2018 12:00:00 PM CST

Blending the Best of Both Worlds

Ask any college student, on campus or online, about the biggest challenge they face during their college career. The majority of their answers will have one common factor – time management. It is a skill that students quickly realize is essential for success, but easier said than done. Luke Ackerman is close to finishing a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Business...

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By: Dylan Munson

Category: General, eCampus

Welcome to the UNK Department of Psychology Blog!

Posted: February 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM CST

Welcome to the UNK Department of Psychology Blog!

“Education is not just about going to school and getting a degree. It’s about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth about life.” –Shakuntala Devi Have you ever stopped to think about the effect of Psychology in the world around you? Our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors govern the decisions we make every day. This blog was created for University of Nebraska at Kearney students to highlight current topics in Psychology that affect their everyday lives, in...

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By: Jillian Rocheford

Category: Psychology, Natural and Social Sciences

An Early Start to Early Childhood and Family Advocacy

Posted: February 20, 2018 11:00:00 AM CST

An Early Start to Early Childhood and Family Advocacy

At the age of 10, Rachel (Berreckman) Hays was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, a blood-related cancer. Over the next two-and-a-half years, she traveled between her hometown of Holdrege, Nebraska, and the Children’s Hospital in Omaha, receiving multiple rounds of chemotherapy treatment and procedures. The experience shaped what she wanted to achieve at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and how she wanted to make a difference. “During my many visits [to the hospital],...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

How an Online Minor Program Can Make You More Marketable

Posted: February 13, 2018 10:30:00 AM CST

How an Online Minor Program Can Make You More Marketable

Rising to the top of an applicant pool is challenging, especially as employers increasingly seek professionals with multiple skillsets. Applicants need to get ahead of the competition to be hired and retained—and the University of Nebraska at Kearney offers online minor programs that can help. Adding a minor program to an undergraduate degree can speak volumes to employers, according to an article from WorldWideLearn*. Not only does a minor program enhance your skills—it shows you...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Online Science/Math Education Program Offers Solution to Teaching Dual Disciplines

Posted: February 6, 2018 10:30:00 AM CST

Online Science/Math Education Program Offers Solution to Teaching Dual Disciplines

Today’s teachers often see their class assignments change from one subject area to another, requiring both the knowledge and qualifications to teach in multiple disciplines. Teachers need a pathway to prepare for these shifting roles in science and math fields, particularly within smaller school districts. The University of Nebraska at Kearney is helping to address this demand. UNK’s online Master of Science in Education in Science/Math Education is designed for high school and...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Keeping Current in Online Learning with Faculty Training Events

Posted: January 29, 2018 8:30:00 AM CST

Keeping Current in Online Learning with Faculty Training Events

Supporting those who teach online helps ensure that students have the best possible learning experience at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Faculty and staff can stay at the forefront of online teaching and learning through a series of eCampus training events this spring—from designing accessible online courses to enhancing instructional video content. eCampus Instructional Designers will send an email announcement to all UNK faculty and staff when registration opens for each...

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By: Alyssa Wyant

Category: General, eCampus

UNK Online Graduate Education Programs Climb in National Rankings

Posted: January 24, 2018 9:15:00 AM CST

UNK Online Graduate Education Programs Climb in National Rankings

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Nebraska at Kearney at No. 25 for best online graduate education programs. The 2018 rankings, released this month, place UNK 10 spots higher than last year. Institutions are ranked based on student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation. UNK offers the following online master’s programs in education-related fields: Art Education: Classroom...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: General, eCampus

Local History Research by UNK Graduate Gives Voice to Community

Posted: January 16, 2018 9:30:00 AM CST

Local History Research by UNK Graduate Gives Voice to Community

Madelina (Lina) Cordia is deeply rooted in her community of Jackson County in Southern Oregon—home to a large Hispanic population that now understands more about its history in the region, thanks to her research. Before completing the online Master of Arts in History program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2017, Cordia completed her undergraduate studies in history and Spanish from Southern Oregon University. Because of her prior research, the local Veterans Administration...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General

Roadmap for Returning to UNK

Posted: January 9, 2018 10:30:00 AM CST

Roadmap for Returning to UNK

It's never too late to finish the undergraduate degree you started at the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK), even if you no longer live near the campus. UNK offers a pathway to return to your degree program—or transition into a different one—whether you come back on campus or online. Make your way through these milestones to follow the blue and the gold to your UNK degree. Milestone #1: Find the program that meets your needs now. If your interests or career needs have...

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By: Rosanna Vail

Category: eCampus, General