University of Nebraska at Kearney Blog

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

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