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  1. 1. FROM THE CHANCELLORCheck out new building progressThese days, one of the most interesting views of theUniversity of Nebraska at Kearney is through the largenorth window in my office in Founders Hall. As I movethrough my daily schedule of appointments, I often glancethrough that window to catch a glimpse of the progressthat is being made on UNKs new residence halls.Construction teams conspire with all manner and sizes ofmachinery, and daily developments are not difficult tochart. When you have a spare minute, I think you mightenjoy checking it out for yourself on UNKs "Web Cam"at www.unk.edu/offices/facilities/index.php?id=14438.Another refreshing result of the construction is the num-ber of students that detour past that same large window You’ll getin my office. They file by singly and in groups, books and orbags (and cell phones) in hand, heading to and from class- Never Fney.es or other commitments. Approximately 400 of them Kearwill take a giant step forward on Friday, December 15, as Chancellor Kristensenthey receive their diplomas at UNKs WinterCommencement. As they reach this milestone, there isno doubt that you, as alumni, have played a tremendous INSIDE THIS ISSUErole in their success - through the legacy you have left,your past and present accomplishments, and your gener- 2 VIC’S CORN POPPER In 1980 when he was teaching in Omaha, Vicous support of your university. Especially at this time of Larson and his wife, Ruth, started a popcorn busi- ness for added income. The result is a product thatyear, it is appropriate for all of us, students, faculty and is now available nationally.staff, to say "thank you!" We couldnt do it without you. 10 HOMECOMING HIGHLIGHTS A week of activities featured events for alumni, students and friends at Homecoming 2006.On behalf of your friends and colleagues at UNK, I wishyou a safe, joyous, and relatively stress free holiday season. 13 NATIONAL TChampionships in wrestling and NCAA National OURNAMENTS AT UNKAnd as you make your New Years resolutions for 2007, I womens basketball will be contested in the UNKhope you will include your alma mater on your list: stay Health and Sports Center in March.engaged, visit often, share our good news whenever andwherever possible. 1 Larry Edwards RESIDENT, BOARD is the 4 ALUMNI P 64 of Fort Collins, Colorado, new president of the Alumni Association.My best regards! Go Lopers!Sincerely, ON THE COVER PRIDE OF THE PLAINS MARCHING BAND Flag squad member senior Adrienne Olin of Paonia, Colorado, helps put Blue and Gold spirit into the Homecoming celebration. Under the direction of Dr. GaryDouglas A. Kristensen Davis and Dr. Neal Schnoor, the marching band plays a key role in creating enthusiasm with performances at parades andChancellor sporting events. Photo by UNK senior Stephanie Fielder.UNK Today l Winter 2006
  2. 2. 3 Top FEATURE + Dr. Gary Pederson: Docs D Optometrist of + the Year r. Gary Pedersen of Grand Island was named the Nebraska Optometric Associations Optometrist of the Year in October. The honor goes to the member who has contributed time and talent in the most out- Dr. Brian Buhlke: Young Physician of the Year standing manner forA the better- Dr. Brian Buhlke D.O. Retrieval medical director at Genoa ment of the 93 of Central City has System for Community Hospital. v i s u a l been chosen as the his heroic While at UNK, Dr. Buhlke health andNebraska Medical Association efforts in an was the recipient of the Award welfare ofYoung Physician of the Year. organ pro- of Academic Excellence from Dr. Gary the public Dr. Buhlkes nominator curement the College of Natural and Pedersen and to thedescribed him as "selfless and during a Social Sciences and the profession.dedicated to the field of medi- Nebraska Department of Biology. He was Dr. Pedersen grew up incine." He is currently a UNMC ice storm. also chosen for membership in Franklin and attended Kearneypreceptor, who gives talks to the Dr. Brian His efforts Mortar Board for his academic State College from 1971 tocommunity and school on a reg- Buhlke were pub- achievements and social 1974 before entering theular basis. He writes a biweekly lished in involvement. Illinois College of Optometryarticle in the local paper, "Nebraska He recognizes Dr. Doug in Chicago. He graduated"Healthful Living," on topics Medicine, a gift of life." Lund and Dr. Brad Ericson for magna cum laude in 1978.that the community selects. Dr. Buhlke attended the Des their mentorship. Dr. Pedersen was an associ- He is the medical director for Moines Medical University and Dr. Buhlke, who lives in ate for two years in Northfive EMS services representing completed residency at the Central City with his wife Amy Platte before he purchased athree Nebraska counties. He was University of Iowa, Mason City, Fries 95 and their two children, practice in Grand Island inrecipient of the Health and graduating as chief resident. is dedicating the honor to his 1980. He has worked sinceHuman Services Medical family for their unwavering sup- 1986 in a group practice nowDirector of the Year in 2004. Dr. IN 2002, he returned to port. His parents, Don and Judy, known as EyecareBuhlke volunteers regularly at Nebraska and joined Lone Tree live in Kearney. Professionals of Grand Island.the Third City Clinic in Grand Medical Associates in Central "Everything in medicine He has been a member ofIsland, a United Way Clinic for City. In 2003, he joined Park requires your familys support the Nebraska Optometricindigent patients. Street Medical Clinic in Genoa. and consideration. Often times, Association board of directors In 2005, Dr. Buhlke was rec- He is chief of staff at Litzenberg its your family who gets neg- and has headed the Volunteerognized by Nebraska Organ Memorial County Hospital and lected in the end," he said. Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) organiza- tion in Nebraska for 17 years. Dr. David Demuth: Family Physician of the Year He has taken more than 17 VOSH trips to more than sevenD countries. r. David Demuth of N a v y Demuth. He received the Rotary Club York has been selected b e f o r e "Patients think the world of Distinguished Service Award as Nebraskas Family moving to him. We have gotten letters from for 1992-93 and the SertomaPhysician of the Year by the York where people who are not even his Service to Mankind Award forNebraska Academy of Family he has prac- patients," she said. 1994-95. Nationally, Dr.Physicians. ticed medi- Pedersen received the 1996 cine for 26 ONE OF his patients, Helen National Head Start ORIGINALLY from rural years. Grosshans, who nominated him, Humanitarian Award.Staplehurst, Dr. Demuth did pre- Marcia said she recalled a time whenmedicine at Kearney State Dr. David DeRoin, her husband, Don, nowCollege from 1968 to 1971 Demuth executive deceased, needed medical care.before graduating from UNMC vice presi- "He came over after he wasin 1975. He then went to Waco, dent of the through with his rounds at theTexas, for a three-year family Academy of Family Physicians, hospital that night. It must havepractice residency program and said the organization received been 9:30 p.m. He didnt evenserved two years in the U.S. many letters praising Dr. charge us one penny." Winter 2006 l UNK Today l 1
  3. 3. FEATURE PI g is POP NG UP pos rythin itiv ve ef E or College years but large enough to provide a full college experience.propelled Larson "Several of my life-longto success in friends were the result of living in the dorm and being in theeducation and Sigma Upsilon Nu (Theta Xi)business fraternity. You might say we grew up together since we were By Jim Rundstrom living away from home for the first time and had to depend on Editor each other to get through all theN ationally-distributed stupid things we did." and a household name, Larson said that almost with- Vics Corn Popper was out exception, his professorsnothing more than an idea for a were people oriented who trulysecond income when Omaha cared about their students.educator Vic Larson 65 and his "My freshman English profes-wife, Ruth, started the business sor was Mrs. (Miriam) Drake,in 1980. MOM AND ‘POP’ SHOP: Vic Larson ’65 and his wife, Ruth started who had taught my mother in the At the time, the Larsons had Vic’s Corn Popper in 1980 to supplement their teaching income. 1930s. She had remembered mystarted a family and were looking mom and frequently asked aboutto help with their expenses. "It her which really made me feelwas tough making it on a offered a product that a lot of In 1990, Larson got a call like she cared."teachers salary," he said. people seemed to want and we from Scoular. "They wanted to Dr. Floyd Krubeck was chair- Larson approached the Korn built a reputation of providing a know the history of how Vics man of the Vocational EducationPopper, a Lincoln business that consistent high quality popcorn started. I met with them and a Department and one of Larsonshe had fond memories of while product. Our business grew and day or so later they called and most influential teachers.growing up in the Capital City. grew, primarily by word of told me they would like to get me "He always had time for me"We always stopped there," he mouth. Being first in this type of back into the business," he said. when I needed to talk with some-said. "They had the best popcorn business was important, too," The result is Larson now has one about school, my future as aanywhere. Larson said. three Omaha stores. teacher and life in general. The Korn Popper agreed to Vics Corn Popper grew to the Although not active in the Through the years I have thoughthelp start Vics Corn Popper in a point that in 1984, Larson said stores on a daily basis, "I do pay about Dr. Krubeck many times."small hole-in-the-wall" location they needed to make a decision the bills so I know whats going One conversation with Dr.at 50th and Leavenworth Streets whether to go full time or sell. on. I really enjoy hanging Krubeck has stuck with mein Omaha. "We decided to accept an offer around the stores to talk with throughout my career in educa- "We made 15 bucks the first from several investors, remain as many of our customers who have tion and business experience. Heday; $250 the first month," a part owner and allow them to been regulars for many years. It told me that people learn byLarson said. "But by the end of grow the business. A year later boosts my ego when they tell me doing and that is why so manymonth three, the store was turn- we got out of the business com- we have the best popcorn any- students of all learning levels doing a profit." pletely and concentrated on our where. In fact, I get emails at well in vocational classes. I have Hybrid white popcorn was the family and my full-time employ- least once a week from all over tried to apply that when I was inkey, Larson said. Ninety-five ment with the Omaha Public the United States telling me how the classroom and when workingpercent of popcorn sold at the Schools." good our popcorn is. Those posi- with employees in our stores."time was yellow. Their intent was Larson, who has a masters tive comments and our great Larson said many of the skillsto introduce gourmet white pop- degree from UNO and a doctor employees are two of the main learned in education have beencorn in selected flavors and other of education degree from UNL, reasons that I enjoy owning the applied to running Vics Cornspecialty items. The popping spent 31 years with Omaha business and plan to continue for Popper business.method chosen was to use pure Public Schools, including 27 some time." "Being well organized, treat-corn oil and flour salt so that as years as an administrator in the Larson said his years as a stu- ing all people with respect, moti-kernels exploded in the kettle, the vocational office. dent at Kearney State and his vating people to be the best theydesired flavor would coat the However, he never strayed far years as a professional educator can be, having a positive outlook,entire piece. from his Vics Corn Popper roots. helped with his Vics Corn and of course, working hard are During the next four years, the The Scoular Grain Company, Popper career. just a few characteristics thatLarsons added two more stores a world-wide agricultural mar- "My college experience at transcend education and runningand several satellite sites. "Its keting company headquartered in KSC was probably my most a business."one of those things that just grew Omaha, assumed control of Vics memorable and enjoyable life To get in contacton its own so to speak. We in the late 1980s and expanded experience outside my family. It with Larson, go to the distribution throughout the was a perfect fit for me - small www.vicspopcornomaha.com2 l UNK Today l Winter 2006 country. enough to not be overwhelming
  4. 4. FEATUREDr. H ertner ’94 ays on track the other before theyve gone the st professional 4000 meter dis- tance, the race ends immediate- ly. Otherwise, it goes the full distance. Team Pursuit - this 4000 By Jim Rundstrom meter race is similar to the Editor Individual Pursuit except it involves two teams of ridersW hen Dr. George instead of two individuals. Hertner 94 was look- There are four men on each ing for a home after team, and they ride in a singlemedical school, he found it in file pace line. Each of the fourColorado Springs. riders takes a turn at the front, He had graduated from changing the lead every lap orUNMC in 1998 and finished a every half lap. The front riderresidency at the University of swings up the tracks banking,South Carolina. A job offer from letting his teammates pass, andColorado Springs Memorial then drops back down to catchHospital in the Department of on the back of the line. OnlyEmergency Medicine as well as CYCLING: Dr. George three of the four riders need tothe Department of Hyperbaric Hertner credits riding in the go the full distance because theMedicine fit his medical inter- Bike Bowl in college for his new teams total time is taken as theests. Although he grew up in passion of velodrome racing. third rider crosses the line.Kearney where his father, Dr. Mass Start Races - these areJohn Hertner, is a professor of like strategy pumped up with as well as at the Olympic much more common especiallybiology and chairman of the fast action and adrenaline. The Training Center. He finished this in Colorado. These includedepartment, he was born in crowds and the announcers with year ranked third among all rid- Keirin races, in which ridersColorado Springs. blazing music are inspiring." ers by the Colorado Velodrome jockey for position behind a sin- "I have great friends from It hasnt taken Dr. Hertner Association. In contrast to many gle motorbike used to pace theKearney and the Sig Tau house long to make his mark. riders, he said sometimes he riders, most closely resembleshere, family in Denver, and I He recently competed in competes in races where he is the old Roller Derby with riderslove the mountains and activi- Manchester, England, at the the only person with a real job. jostling and jabbing each otherties in the area," he said. "I World Championships against Dr. Hertner said his most with elbows to get into thecouldnt pass it up." more than 400 of the worlds common races include: sweet spot behind the motorcy- Those activities now concern best track cyclists from 22 coun- Individual Pursuit - two rid- cle. Then, just before the lastvelodrome bicycle racing where tries. He raced in two different ers start on opposite sides of the lap, the motorbike pulls off thehe rides for Excel Cycling after events but saved his best per- track and chase each other for a track, and the riders sprintturning pro two years ago. formance for the Muratti Cup given distance. If one catches madly to the line. "I first became interested in where he finished as the Bronzebicycle racing somewhat in col- When not cycling . . . Medalist.lege. I raced mountain bikes and The Muratti Cup race hasparticipated in the Bike Bowl," been contested since 1899 and ishe said. However, during med- known as the race of champions. Dr. George Hertner has spent pher for the exhibit as well. I alsoical school and residency, there It is a scratch race with riders part of the past two winters in the participated in an archeological dig inwas little time for exercise, let starting at the same time. Like a Amazon with a group of researchers central Brazil, the results of whichalone competition. running event, the riders all from National Geographic and the should be published soon,” he said. That all changed when cover the same distance, with Smithsonian. Last year, Dr. Hertner was thefriends introduced him to track the winner being the first rider The Miami Museum of Science in physician taking care of Lancecycling at the velodrome. Dr. to cross the finish line at the end conjunction with researchers from Armstrong during the Tour of Hope,Hertner said this brought back of that distance. National Geographic, Smithsonian a nine-day bicycle ride acrosswhat he was missing since col- and the Denver Museum of Natural America held each year to raiselege track and field where he DR. HERTNER said that History worked to develop an awareness for cancer research. Dr.was a middle distance runner for although speed is important, tac- exhibit called "Amazon Voyage: Hertner provided the medical sup-the Lopers. tics and teamwork are equally Vicious Fishes and other Riches." port for Lance Armstrong and oth- He said racing at the track vital. Groups of riders often take This project is now a traveling exhib- ers including a group of people try-has all the great parts of a bike it, recently on display at the ing to raise awareness for cancer an early lead, then work togeth- Smithsonian, which focuses on the research as they road bicycles fromrace - attacks, sprints, break-a- er to increase it while their team- "perils" of the Amazon such as ana- San Diego to Washington D.C. Hisways, team work and fast finish- mates try to block and slow condas, as well as, discussing biodi- interest in doing this stems from hises. "All of this racing is done in down the rest of the field. versity and the culture of central passion for bicycles and he is a can-a very fan-friendly environment "On a small track, the leaders Brazil. “My contribution was focused cer survivor after being diagnosedwhere you can watch the entire may gain an entire lap on the on providing medical care and a and treated for melanoma in 1997.race. This is different from any other riders and then join in with spare hand in specimen collection "So, there shouldnt be any short-other form of cycling. It is very the main group again." which got pretty interesting when age of things to do in the neardifferent from watching run- Now in his fourth season of we were capturing large caiman, future," Dr. Hertner said.ning, too. Cycling on the track is track racing, Dr. Hertner trains snakes and swimming with the pira-more of a combination of chess- in and around Colorado Springs nhas. I was a contributing photogra- Winter 2006 l UNK Today l 3
  5. 5. FEATURE Fire nearlydestroyedrenovationplansW hen a group of investors, that includ- ed six UNK alumni,were three days into gutting andrenovating a building in the OldMarket area of Omaha in 2004,their project nearly went up insmoke. A welders torch set thebuilding ablaze and collapsed allthree floors and the roof, leavingonly the exterior brick. Plans for the brewpub restau-rant didnt look promising. After long discussions withthe City of Omaha, insurancecompanies, building contractors,historical societies and others, PHI DELTA THETA: Nearly 70 Phi Delta Theta fraternity alumni attended a reunion at Jobbers Canyonthe decision to rebuild was made Restaurant and Brewery in the Old Market district in Omaha in November.The restaurant is owned by sixand Jobbers Canyon UNK alumni, four of whom are Phi Delta alumni. Rob Pugsley said this was their first event in several yearsRestaurant and Brewery started and the fraternity is working to contact others for additional events. Their website is www.phideltatheta-taking shape, according to Rob nebraskabeta.com.Pugsley ’98, one of the UNKalumni investors. 1804 journal as "a proper place Fruits, vegetables and food- along the cobbled brick streets, Rob, along with UNK alumni for a trading establishment and stuffs lined the cobbled streets explore the buildings and hearCharley ’94 and Melody Snyder fortification . . . the soil well along 11th and Howard Streets, from the locals how the OldPugsley ’93, Ryan ’96 and adapted for brick." the site of the current restaurant. Market contributed to the latterBecky ’96 Wiens Bertucci, Joel Whether it was wagon trains, This was an area in which decades of the 19th century.Staehr ’98 and others forged steamboats or railroads crossing many of the citys largest and Today, the restored buildingahead with their project. through the area, Omaha most notable wholesale busi- has three floors - a first floor thatJobbers Canyon opened in became a magnet for the mid- nesses built their ultimate ware- consists of a quaint bar and din-October 2005. The brewpub western growth and prosperity. house structures in the early ing area, a second floor thatbecame an instant hit and was The first mercantile and 20th century. The area, listed as showcases five stainless steelrecently voted "Omahas Best warehouse center to be estab- a National Historic District, con- brewing tanks which serve asNew Restaurant" by the Omaha lished in Omaha was called tained 27 warehouse-style build- the back drop to a beautiful 20publication, The Reader. "Jobbers Canyon" also known ings. The name refers to the job- seat bar, and a third floor that The name "Jobbers Canyon" as "The Old Market." Even the bers who worked in the ware- can accommodate 200 peoplehas a rich history in the Old hand crafted micro brews carry houses and the canyon-like for diverse gatherings. The thirdMarket District, dating to 1804. the names of colorful characters effect the buildings created. floor, called the Loft, also has a Captain William Clark from Omahas past, like The restoration of the Old view of the Old Market. Thedescribed the Omaha area in his Underworld Anna Unfiltered Market District today preserves restaurant also operates a thriv- Wheat, Doc Brown Ale and its noteworthy place in time, ing catering business for off-site4 l UNK Today l Winter 2006 Fatty Flynn Stout. Rob said. "You can still stroll events, small or large.
  6. 6. vina: recruiting challengesTraslaFaces new FEATURER ecruiting students is porate internship program." a total enrollment of 500 when similar to what St. Peter Claver nothing new for Andres Traslavina said the corporate all four high school classes are will have - shirts and ties for Traslavina 01, MSE05. community has been supportive filled. Even though the school is young men, dress blouses andAfter earning his bachelors of the concept, he said. They part of the Archdioceses of the skirts or slacks for women," hedegree he spent five years work- understand the opportunity stu- Omaha Catholic School net- said.ing for the admissions office dents will have to enhance their work, students will be recruited Traslavina said Cristo Rey ispromoting UNK. education by acquiring work from various faiths and not for everyone, but it is for Now he has a new challenge. experience and knowledge of diverse backgrounds. students who qualify for free Traslavina is director of the corporate world. "Cristo Rey or reduced-price lunch pro-admissions/marketing, responsi- The Cristo Rey school con- brings back memo- grams and who want a quali-ble for recruiting freshmen for a cept was begun in Chicago in ries of my own ty, college prep experience.new Catholic High School in 1996. Since then it has expanded youth back in "We are looking for youngOmaha that will open next fall. to 12 other cities across the Bogota, Colombia, people with passionateThe school, St. Peter Claver country. where standards desire to make the most ofCristo Rey, is a college-prep "With nationwide drop out were high, academ- themselves for their ownschool, designed for students rates high, models such as the ics were rigorous sake, for the sakefrom low-income families. one Cristo Rey offers can serve and preparing of their par- Traslavina said it is the only as a safety net for students who to attend col- ents andschool in Nebraska of its kind would, in other circumstances, lege was the families,because it will feature a work- get involved in drugs, gangs, only option. and for thestudy approach. underage drinking and other dis- We had a sake of the "The school is unique in that tracting activities taking dress code communi-students will hold entry-level them away from pursuing m u c h ty whereclerical jobs off campus to cover their education," he t h e ymost of their tuition," he said. said. live.”"They will spend four days a Located in southweek in class and one day at Omaha, St. Peterwork through the schools cor- Claver Cristo Rey will haveM a r k S e i e rOutstanding National Biology Teacher for 2006M ark Seiers 75, County, crosses Madison MSE82 students only County and Platte County and need to walk out their ends in Colfax County. Thefront doors to see the impor- creeks north and south branchestance of what they are learning converge northwest of Newmanin his biology classes. Grove and run through Lindsay, "The kids find a real value in Platte Center, Columbus andresearch that gets them out in Schuyler before emptying intothe real world," said Seier, a 32- the Platte River.year Newman Grove Schools Seiers students take waterteacher who has been named samples and observe the water,Outstanding Biology Teacher vegetation and animal life in thefor 2006 by the National waterway. A variety of tests,Biology Association of Biology such as measuring pH, nitrogenTeachers. and phosphate levels and turbid- For the past four years, a ity, are performed with the datasmall group of Seiers students collected turned over to thehave been doing research on watershed group and NRD.Shell Creek for the Shell Creek Over time, the data collectedWatershed Improvement Group. on the creek should begin toThe group is a branch of the reveal trends that will promoteWahoo-based Lower Platte better conservation practices,North Natural Resources Seier said. "The watershed proj-District. Students have spent ect allows students to see real- was Kearney State College. HONORED: Dr. Mark Seiersummers doing research to world applications for their "Ive been able to develop a (right) was honored at astudy water quality in the creek. classroom learning." good biology program with the Homecoming reception by Dr. The watershed drains a 465 Seier has taught biology and help of excellent support from Ed Scantling Dean of the Collegesquare mile area, nearly 300,000 chemistry at Newman Grove the school, parents and commu- of Education.acres, and begins in Boone since graduating from what then nity," Seier said. Winter 2006 l UNK Today l 5
  7. 7. ALUMNI NEWS Alumni Association goes international u o o o e o nament organizers Ken Vergith awarded to Texas students who BAHAMAS and Dave Slagle said the groups goal is to endow the scholarship V attend UNK. This years recipi- ents are Tervel Dlagnev andB TEXAS ahamian alumni gath- at $5,000 as soon as possible. Chance Hartman. Dlagnev is ered in Freeport in Gifts to that fund may be sent to from Arlington High School. He November to become the UNK Alumni Association. is a biology major and wasthe first group to have an event Make checks to the NU North Texas alumni gathered national runner-up as a heavy-outside the United States. Foundation, earmarked to for lunch in November. Nearly weight wrestler last spring. Vice chancellor Finnie Lincoln Loper Scholarship 30 attended the event at Dave Hartman is a theatre major fromMurray, international education Fund. and Busters organized by board Round Rock High School.director Jerry Fox and alumni They also announced that the members Mary Howington and Anyone interested in makingdirector Jim Rundstrom shared date for the third Lincoln Loper Candy Fernau. a gift to the scholarship fund cannews from UNK with more than golf scramble will be Sunday, One highlight of the pro- do so by sending a check,30 attendees. The event was September 16, at the Yankee gram was a report by Joe payable to the NU Foundationorganized by Cecilia Bodie, who Hill Country Club. The Lincoln Davenport that the Texas and earmarked for Texaswas elected first president of the Lopers will also host an evening Alumni Scholarship had reached Scholarship, to PO Box 2678,Bahamian Alumni Association. of Sousa music on Thursday, $11,500. The scholarship is Kearney, NE 68848-2678.Crystal Cooper served as master February 15. That event is alsoof ceremonies for the evening. open to alumni and friends.The dinner program also includ- Upcoming Eventsed a welcome from Kayla Sat, Feb 3: Southern California AlumniBullard, prayer from TennilleSmith, Bahamian pledge led by Ft. Collins, Luncheon in Buena ParkShorn Malcolm and raffle ofUNK items by Latoya Smith. COLORADO Sun, Feb 4: Phoenix, Arizona, Alumni Luncheon Mon, Feb 5: Tucson, Arizona, Alumni SocialAlso assisting with the eventwas Gia Stubbs-Minns. Nearly 30 alumni and friends Thurs, Feb 8: Sousa Band Alumni Social - Omaha attended an after-work social in Thurs, Feb 15: Sousa Band Alumni Social - Lincoln Fort Collins in October. Organized by past president Sat, Feb 17: Northwest Alumni Luncheon Portland Sun, Feb 18: Northern California Alumni Luncheon Lincoln Tom Smith, current alumni pres- ident Larry Edwards of Fort - Bay Area LOPERS Collins and board member Larry Feather of Grand Junction, the Thurs-Fri, May 3-4: Golden Anniversary event was the first in Fort Celebration, Class of 1957 Sixteen foursomes participat- Collins.ed in the second Lincoln Lopergolf scramble in September.Proceeds from the golf and the BAHAMAS: Dr. Timothy Williams, Ceeney Russell-Butcher, Cassandra Albury, Kayla Bullard, Latoyaraffle generated $1,600 to begin Smith, Quistal Stubbs-Cooper and Cecilia Bodie helped make the first alumni gathering outside thea scholarship with the NU United State a big success. Director of International Education Jerry Fox (back) is also pictured.Foundation. That scholarshipwill go to a graduate of aLincoln high school. Golf tour-BAHAMAS: Kelly Albury,Kiera Ramsey, Gayety Williams-Robinson and Kayla Bullardattended the alumni dinner inFreeport.6 l UNK Today l Winter 2006
  8. 8. ALUMNI NEWSFORT COLLINS: Tom and Carol Ballain socialize with Denny FORT COLLINS: Carrie Sears and Thomas Tweedy enjoy theRenter at the Fort Collins alumni cocktail party. welcoming atmosphere of an alumni gathering.LOPER CUP: Undergraduate golfers defeated the alumni inthe 8th annual Loper Cup, a competi-tion played with a format similarto the Ryder Cup.Undergraduate golfers NickHodge and Nick Swaneyare on either side ofcoach Dick Beechner.Alumni players C.J.Farber of Kearney andDr. Steve Samuelson ofFremont are on theright. LINCOLN GOLF: Mick McConkey, Rick Kort, Chuck Bacus, Dick Dworak celebrate their victory at the Lincoln Loper golf gath- ering in September. NORTH TEXANS: Joe Davenport, Dave Walker, Sharon Finn, Lucas Dart, Ken Nickman and Nancy Lloyd enjoy conversation and reminiscing about Kearney at Dave and Busters.NORTH TEXANS: Sue andBarry Samsula visit with FrancisOsentowski at a Dallas luncheon. Winter 2006 l UNK Today l 7
  9. 9. CAMPUS NEWS UNK ranking improves GOLD TORCH: U NK is again ranked as one of the top col- Lighting the path of opportunity leges in a 12 state region, according to U.S.W News and hat do alumni women W o r l d and UNK undergrad- Reports uate women have in "Americascommon? They can learn a lot B e s tfrom each other. Colleges The Gold Torch Society met a n n u a lin September at the UNK ranking.Alumni House for its seventh U N Kannual meeting. placed 18th Sponsored by the UNK among pub-Alumni Association, The Gold lic universities and 65 overallTorch Society provides 25 in a region that includeswomen alumni the opportunity Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,to return to campus and share a Kansas, Michigan Minnesota,weekend of networking, motiva- Missouri, North Dakota, Southtional activities and special Dakota and Wisconsin.events with a select group of 25 The universitys freshmanUNK undergraduate women. GOLDEN ADVICE: Maureen Nickels ’74, Jacqueline Hubl, soph- retention rate of 83 percent is omore from Nebraska City and Barbara Ann Schroeder ’74 formed higher than any of its tradition- "THE SOCIETYS alumni al peer group campuses.members are vibrant, successful an invaluable bond during The Gold Torch Society Retreat weekend Smaller class sizes and lowwomen from a variety of back- in September at the Alumni House. student-to-faculty ratio of 17-1grounds including finance, edu- were major factors contribut-cation, mangement and astrono- members are: Maureen Nickels Zimmer 91 from Kearney. ing to the ranking.my," said Jim Rundstrom, exec- 74 from Chapman; Tammie Lexie Hollertz 00 from The magazine ranked moreutive director of the UNK Blaha 84, Dr. Kimberly Carlson Lincoln; Brenda Snodgrass than 1,400 colleges and uni-Alumni Association. "The rela- 92, Denise Christensen 80, Christensen 83 from Minden; versities in various categoriestionships formed will be invalu- Krista Sheldon Fritson 88, and Norma Deeb 70, Barbara on academic reputation, gradu-able because of the Gold Torch Tammy Hayden 90. Schroeder 74 and Jeanette ation and retention rates, facul-Society." Lee Ann Hogins 82, Dee Keller Wojtalewicz 84 from ty resources, student selectivi- Alumni are nominated for a Dee Schutte Kitzleman 90, Julie Omaha; Tiffanie Welte Gauchat ty, financial resources andthree-year membership in the Slaughter Larsen 77, Kimberly 92 from Papillion; Jennifer L. alumni giving.society. Student membership is M. Ziola Oliphant 89, Marsha Johnson 94 from Atlanta,for one year and is by applica- Rodehorst Wilkerson 90, Sandy Georgia; Alison Peck 94 fromtion only. Rosse 93, Catherine Luebbe Hilo, Hawaii; and Holly Nikels UNK alumni Gold Torch Sanchez 99 and Renae Riddle 93 from Bettendorf, Iowa. Family of the Year T he 2006 Family of theFall enrollment reaches 6,468 Year, chosen on Family Day during the fall, has deep ties to UNK. TheF all enrollment increased giving a hint of future direction, all 93 counties in Nebraska. award went to the family of to 6,468, its highest head- not only for UNK but for public On-campus enrollment is Justine Derr, daughter of Bob count since 2000. The fig- higher education in Nebraska down, though these numbers, 80 and Judy Derr of Kearney.ure represented a 0.4 percent and the region. especially undergraduate, are In addition to Justine, aincrease from last year. Graduate headcount is up sig- expected to increase with the junior majoring in family Chancellor Doug Kristensen nificantly, 12 percent. This years completion of three new resi- studies and social work, oldercharacterized the fall numbers level is the highest since 1996. dence halls in the next two years. sister Jenna is also a UNK stu-as "encouraging in this tough The trend is being fueled by an Chancellor Kristensen said, dent. Both are members of thecompetitive environment, espe- increase of 34.2 percent in off- "The numbers also indicate to us Sapphires Dance Team. Jennacially with the continuing campus, online graduate students, areas where we need to reapply is a biology major who plansdecline in numbers of high achieving an all-time record our energy in telling UNKs to graduate in May and attendschool students in Nebraska. enrollment in this category. great story of the high quality medical school.Just to be holding our own, Ethnic representation is at an scholarship of our students and Their mother, Judy, is alsooverall, is really a positive state- all-time high. International and faculty, the many wonderful a UNK student. She will grad-ment about UNKs ability to American minority students career and graduate/professional uate in May with a major inattract and hold students." total 779. school successes of our alumni, social work. Their father, Bob, Nonresident headcount is up and the unparalleled community earned his degree in construc- SOME OF the trends within by more than eight percent, support at UNK and in Kearney tion management.the overall, steady enrollment while Nebraska students are that helps students and faculty Two other children, Olivianumbers are significant, perhaps down by one percent. Students achieve that success while 14 and Margaret 9, have visit- have come to UNK this year enjoying a wonderful quality of ed UNK classes with their8 l UNK Today l Winter 2006 from 41 countries, 44 states and life." mother.
  10. 10. $150,000 Foundation grants benefit FOUNDATIONband and communication disordersU NK received two opportunities for students to grants totaling obtain practicum hours with $150,000 from the diverse clients."University of Nebraska The Department of MusicFoundation. and Performing Arts already has The grants were made to the put its $50,000 grant to usemusic department and the com- replacing aged and irreparablemunication disorders department. musical instruments. A $100,000 grant will make Dr. Valerie Cisler, chair ofit possible for the Department of the department, said the depart-Communication Disorders to ment concentrated on obtaininginvest in a custom-made mobile "family woodwind and percus-clinic to provide speech, lan- sion instruments. The goal is toguage and hearing testing serv- help ensembles achieve unifor-ices at off-campus sites, includ- mity in sound quality withining at schools, preschools, day- each instrumental section.care centers, agencies and "When we had eight sousa-events. phones from nearly as many Service areas include decades and models, the possi-Kearney, Lexington, Arapahoe, bility of achieving that unifor-Cambridge, Minden, Ravenna, mity was remote," Dr. CislerHoldrege, Elm Creek, Gibbon said. "The new instruments pro-and Grand Island. vide a much richer, fuller quali- "The mobile clinic will allow ty of sound."us to provide services in a qual- The music department is SOUND OFF: A grant from the NU Foundation helped replaceity, sound-controlled environ- coming out of a 35-year period old and irreparable musical instruments.ment," said Dr. Kenya Taylor, during which there was noformer professor who is now budget available for replacing ty of instruments for practice, Foundations grants committeedean of Graduate Studies and old instruments, resulting in the technique classes and perform- awarded 10 grants totalingResearch. need for major repairs and ance and for the lack of ade- $1.05 million for 2006-2007 "It also allows us to expand replacements, she said. quate budget for the repair and across the university campuses.our services and increase our "On our last accreditation site replacement of instruments," Dr. Much of the annual grants comeoutreach throughout the western visit, we were cited for the lack Cisler said. from unrestricted donations topart of the state while providing of sufficient numbers and quali- The University of Nebraska the foundation.Weins FirsTier room at Cope Student athlete initiative leaders M embers of the Rosella Meier, Dan Mowrey, J. Leadership Group for Scott Nelson, Jeff Norblade, the Student Athlete Rich Osentowski, John Payne, Initiative were announced dur- Randy Rasmussen, Dr. Brad ing the fall. Rodgers, John Sahling, JoAn The initiative is an on-going Scott, Dr. L.R. Smith, Brenda effort to improve athletic and Van Lengen, Ken Vergith and Al recreational facilities, as well as Zikmund.NAMED:The community room of the Ron and Carol Cope Stadium build a substantial athletic Athletic Director Jonat Foster Field was named the Weins/FirsTier Special Events Room. scholarship endowment with McBride said the initiative is anPosing for a picture at the ceremony are UNK Athletic Director Jon private support. important step in bringing out-McBride, Jack and Elena Weins and Chancellor Doug Kristensen. The leadership group mem- standing students to our cam- bers are among those who have pus.T he community room on large portion of that gift benefit- pledged at least $1,000 to the During a November the third floor of the ed the athletic renovation/addi- initiative. phonathon, student-athletes, Ron and Carol Cope tion with the remainder to be They are Dan Bahensky, Bill coaches and administrators con-Stadium at Foster Field was used to make improvements in Beavers, Dick Beechner, Claire tacted athletic alumni to discussnamed the Weins/FirsTier the Health and Sports Center. Boroff, Don Briggs, Butch the importance of the initiative.Special Events Room in cere- Weins is the majority owner Brown, Tony Caputo, Wayne Jon Abegglen, vice president ofmonies at halftime of the UNK- of FirsTier Bank, with locations Gappa, Brian Hamilton, John the foundation on the KearneyAdams State football game in in Colorado, Nebraska and Higgins, Doug Holtmeier, Jerry campus, said many donors haveOctober. Wyoming. He also owns Hueser, Dr. Shane Jensen, Mitch come forward with their largest- FirsTier Events Center in Johnson, Susan Johnson Hood, ever gift to their alma mater as a THE NAMING was in Kearney, the Tri-City Storm Brad Kernick, Loren Killion, result of the effort.recognition of a $250,000 gift hockey team and First Inn Gold Tom Kropp, Steve Lancaster,by Joel and Elena Weins. A Motel in Kearney. Mark Lundeen, Mike McGlade, Winter 2006 l UNK Today l 9
  11. 11. HOMECOMING 2006 BRATS AND DOGS: Alumni Association board member Fred Arnold tends to grilling at the Loper Luncheon. Colorado, the all-time leading and queen. The crowning was limbo, banner, spirit, trike, lawn scorer for the womens basket- part of a Thursday night celebra- display, float and lip sync com- A ball team; Jerry Stine 67, tion that featured the popular lip petition. backdrop of beautiful MAE76, of Bertrand, a four- sync competition. More than The always popular Loper October fall weather year letterman in track who was 2,500 students attended the Luncheon tailgate at the Alumni set the scene for a successful coach and athletic event that was won by Alpha House attracted more than 250 Homecoming 2006 that was director; Hylke Hike Van der Omicron Pi Sorority and Pi following the Homecoming filled with a myriad of activities Wal 62, was a NAIA national Kappa Alpha Fraternity. parade. for students, alumni and friends. steeplechase champion in 1962 Mantor Hall and Mens Hall Other events included a gather- Five alumni received awards and runner-up in 1961; and Bill combined to win the sweep- ing of the Loper Gridiron Athletic from the Alumni Association at Windhorst 78, was a four-year stakes competition among stu- Club, a group of former football the 27th annual awards banquet. letterman and first-team NAIA dent organizations. The weeks players, at the Ramada Inn follow- Receiving Distinguished All-American as an offensive events for students were the ing the football game. Alumni Awards were Dr. Norris lineman. Haring 49, professor emeritus Dr. Dan Mowrey 73 was the of special education at the 26th Don Fox Chemistry University of Washington; Lecturer. Dr. Mowrey, who Nancy Montanez Johner 94, received the Alumni undersecretary of agriculture Associations Distinguished for food, nutrition and con- Alumni Award in 1995, is a sumer services; Dr. Gary Smidt research advisor in the Animal 59, professor emeritus in the Health Division of Eli Lilly and College of Medicine at the Company. He has worked for University of Iowa where he Eli Lilly since receiving his was a professor of physical ther- Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa apy; and Ron Williams 71, State in 1980. president and chief executive Dean Dahlke 63 received the officer of Gary-Williams Gary Thomas Distinguished WAVE: Sue Batie of Cypress, Energy Corporation in Denver. Music Award. Dahlke, who California, who received the ROYALTY: Stacy Jegel and Sue Batie 73 of Cypress, retired in 2003, spent 40 years Distinguished Alumni Service Joel Hochstein were elected California, received the as an instrumental and vocal Award, waves to the parade 2006 Homecoming Queen and Distinguished Alumni Service teacher with Bertrand crowd. King. Award for her 30 years of con- ✩ Community School. tributions to the Southern Mark Seier 75 of Newman California Alumni Association ✩✩ Grove was recognized by the where she has served as presi- College of Education for his dent, vice president, secretary award as the Outstanding and treasurer of that organiza- tion. Biology Teacher for 2006 by the ✩✩ ✩ National Biology Association of Five individuals were induct- Biology Teachers. ✩ ed into the Athletic Hall of ✩ ✩✩ In sporting events, Colorado Fame. They are Steve Altmaier 77 Mines defeated the Lopers 20- ✩ ✩ 14 in the Homecoming football ✩✩ of Kearney, who spent 24 years✩✩ game. The Loper volleyball ✩✩ as the voice of the Lopers for team won two matches during ✩✩ Kearney radio stations KGFW- AM and KQKY-FM before the weekend over RMAC rivals ✩ ✩✩ ✩✩ ✩ Metro State and Colorado ✩✩ moving to other duties with the Christian.✩✩✩ stations last spring; Ginger Keller Marx 94 of Seibert, LOPER LUNCHEON: The Alumni House is always a popular ✩ ✩ Stacy Jegel, a junior from Topeka, Kansas, and Joel✩✩ 10 l UNK Today l Winter 2006 ✩ ✩ stop for a pre-game tailgate party. More than 250 attended the Hochstein, a junior from ✩ annual event. Hartington, were named king ✩ ✩✩ ✩✩✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
  12. 12. HOMECOMING 2006 REUNION: Professor Mary Iten visits with Ginger Keller Marx and her husband, David, at a reception hosted by the College of Education. Marx was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. IN STEP: Performances by the "Pride of the Plains" marching band are always a popular part of the halftime activities.✩ PARADING: Larry Edwards and Kent Holen enjoy the AWARD RECIPIENT: Homecoming parade crowd. Undersecretary of Agriculture Holen served as alumni presi- Nancy Montanez Johner was dent the past year. Edwards was one of four alumni to receive elected president at the fall IN THE SPIRIT: The winning team from the spirit competition Distinguished Alumni Awards. board of directors meeting. showed off their cheer at the volleyball game Friday night. ✩ LIP SYNC: More than 2,500 students participated in an evening of activities that included lip sync competition among campus organizations and the crowning to the Homecoming royalty.✩ ✩ ✩ ✩✩ ✩✩✩ ✩ ✩ ✩✩ ✩✩ ✩ ✩✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ W i n t e r 2 0 0 6 l U N K To d a y l 11 ✩ ✩ ✩✩ ✩✩ ✩✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩✩✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
  13. 13. LOPER SPORTSLickteig comes fromout of nowhere By Buck Mahoney Kearney Hub Sports EditorK aci Lickteigs creden- tials certainly didnt foreshadow what hap-pened. No college coaches gave hera recruiting call, and no oneexpected she would somehowbecome UNKs first-ever nation-al qualifier for the NCAADivision II cross country cham-pionships. She finished 39th atthe national meet, missing outon All-American honors by one NATIONAL QUALIFIER: In her first year of cross country, Kaci Lickteig became UNKs firstsecond. woman to qualify for the NCAA championship meet. "I cant believe it. I neverthought I would be there," Shamrock Shuffle, a two-mile, stronger - that much pain for that all going through the same painLickteig said. St. Patricks Day run at many miles," she said. and torture. Everybody is Why? Cottonmill Park. She won her Lickteig took classes at always uplifting you." "I wasnt very good," division with a time that wouldnt Central Community College in After a slow start, evenLickteig said of her one-year impress any serious runner. Grand Island after high school. among her own team, shecross country career at Centura But she was on the road to She was running more and moved to the front of the packHigh School. running again. more. Her times were getting finishing eighth in one meet, "Its a way to get away from better, too. third in another and 17th in the SHE WON the 15th place the world. I love it. Its some- After two years at CCC, she RMAC, no easy task.medal when she finished last in thing I have a passion for," looked around at physical thera- Conference members and tradi-a race of 15 runners. Lickteig said. py schools and found UNK. She tional powers Adams State and The highlight of her high She also ran with her mother wanted to run, too, and took her Western State finished first andschool cross country career, she in the Lincoln Marathon. times from summer road races second at the national meet withsaid, came at the Ord Bothered by a leg ailment, the to see if they were good enough the individual champion and sixInvitational "the first race I did- last 18 miles became a painful for the Lopers. other runners among the top 20.nt walk in." endurance test "after the Aleve "Its amazed me. Im in awe." Three years ago, when her worked off," but she learned a COACHES WELCOMED Lickteig said. "I thank the Lordmother bought a treadmill, valuable lesson that cross coun- her to the team. he blessed me with this talent. . .Lickteig admits she couldnt run try races are much shorter and "I love the team atmosphere And how Ive progressed withfor 10 minutes without stopping. no matter the pain, the finish and being involved with every- my times and getting betterBut it was her mother who con- line isnt that far away. body," Lickteig said. "We moti- training with the team has donevinced Kaci to enter the 2004 "That marathon made me vated each other because were me wonders."Fall Sports earned All-American honorable per game, the lowest since the was the Special Teams Player of Volleyball mention honors. Bunger lead the team in kills (469) and set a 1987 teams 14.3 points. A season-ending 20-13 win the Year.H Cross Country aving to replace eight school record for attack attempts over RMAC newcomer Western players from last years in a single season (1,416). New Mexico gave UNK its sixth national runner-up vol- Sophomore Julie Minicz of win, the fifth time since 2000leyball team, The Lopers Waverly was named to the sec- the Lopers reached that mark. UNKs cross country teamsregrouped, compiled a 28-8 ond all-conference team. Head coach Darrell Morris is finished fifth (women) andrecord, captured the RMAC East now 49-25 at UNK. eighth (men) among 132 teamstitle, tied for the leagues best Senior safety Paul Jimenez of in the tough RMAC meet.mark and qualified for an eighthstraight trip to the NCAA Football Chico, California, was named to the RMAC first team for the third Adams State and Western State went on to capture first and sec-Tournament. consecutive year. ond in the womens national Senior outside hitter Kellie UNKs football team com- Center Jack Hiett of Arvada, meet. Adams State was second,Bunger of Grand Island, a unan- piled a 6-4 record with a defense Colorado, was named the Western State third andimous All-RMAC selection, that will be remembered as one leagues Freshman Offensive Colorado-Colorado Springs sev- of the best in history. The 2006 Player of the Year while sopho- enth in the mens division of the12 l UNK Today l Winter 2006 squad allowed just 14.5 points more Kirk Peterson of Nelson national championship.
  14. 14. LOPER SPORTS Winter Sports n rT he long winter sports from Florida Southern, has had career points and another solid season got an early start in November with high some early success. Other top swimmers are senior Becky year will propel him into nation- al recognition. He was named Track & Fieldexpectations. Tompkins of Scottsbluff and the RMAC pre-season player of National champion senior sophomore Jena Lynch of year. Sophomore guard Ryan Lance Pfeiffer of Eustis heads a Lincoln. Moore of Beatrice was named Wrestling strong contingent of track and With top returning diver the pre-season defensive player field athletes. Jennifer Kirkland of Kearney of the year. The out- UNKs wrestlers expect to be sidelined, freshman Annie door shotin the hunt for a national title Moyer of Lincoln and sopho- FELLOW SENIOR starters put champi-with the tournament to be held more Ellie Jorgensen of North 6-7 Chad Burger and 6-1 James on, thein the Health and Sports Center. Platte have been the diving lead- Lane, both of Colorado Springs, three-time Since Marc Bauer took over ers. give UNK a solid trio to start A l l -the program prior to the 1999- with. American2000 season, UNK has won sixRMAC/West Region titles, had Men’s Basketball will team up withsix top 10 NCAA finishes andplaced national runner-up last Nationally ranked and cap- Women’s Basketball Lance Pfeiffer sophomore Dan Tobeyyear and in 2003. ping off a 23-8 season a year Fifth-year head womens of Waco, A Loper squad that features ago, the mens basketball team coach Carol Russell, who has another All-American, to form athree seniors will be led by returns four starters in quest of won 85 games in her tenure, has tough combination in the throws.national champion Brett another regional tournament four starters back from last Junior Ross Fellows ofAllgood of Bennington at 133 berth. years squad that finished 21-8. Kearney was a NCAA qualifierlbs. and national runner-up Co-head coaches Tom Kropp The Lopers would like to get as a freshman, fellow juniorTervel Dlagneve of Arlington, and Kevin Lofton said they were back to the NCAA Tournament Darrel Branz of York was amongTexas, at heavyweight. optimistic heading into the year. after a two year absence. the RMACs best hurdlers last The team also features All- "The big thing we have to look UNK has extra incentive to year, junior Joshua Hofer ofAmericans Trevor Charbonneau at is our early season schedule," get an NCAA bid this year as North Platte should be one of theof Clay Center, Kansas, at 125 Kropp said. Kearney is the host of the Elite Lopers top sprinters and Derricklbs. and Jeff Rutledge of Lincoln "We are Eight Tournament in March. Murphy of Cheyenne shouldat 141 lbs. National qualifiers going to give UNK another national con-Matt True of Mitchell at 149 have to play "WERE PRETTY opti- tender in the jumps.lbs., Paul Sutton of Wahoo at well on the mistic. Our future is bright as The womens team will be in174 lbs. and Dan Hospodka of road." our young kids got a lot of min- a bit of a rebuilding mode withGretna at 174 lbs. return. Leading utes last year," Russell said. the loss of key athletes. the veterans Heading the list of returnees Sophomore Kelli Dring of is 6-6 sen- is senior guard Liz Fischer of Kearney will be among the nations Swimming Dusty Jura ior forward Dusty Jura Leigh, a second team All- RMAC East Division pick a best in the long and triple jumps with distance runners Jacquelyn Coach Teresa Osmanskis o f year ago. She led UNK in scor- Dibbern of York and Kaci Lickteigswimming and diving squad that Columbus, ing at 14.0. of Dannebrog expecting to make afeatures 16 athletes, including an All-American who led UNK Junior forward Melissa push for nationals.five divers. in every statistical category in Hinkley of Lincoln and Jade Junior Megan Heathers of 2006. Meads of Elm Creek, last years Ravenna and Samantha Murphy TRANSFER MIKI Wilson Jura is on pace to become the RMAC Freshman of the Year, of Franklin will lead a youngof Powell, Wyoming, a transfer fourth Loper to reach 2,000 will play key roles for Russell. group of throwers. For the latest UNK to host two NCAA Division II on ALL 16 national selected and the 2008 Womens Elite hosted the national event with tournaments in March UNK Sports visit U NK has been www.lopers.com to host upcoming Eight Basketball Tournament, the first being in 1995. NCAA national events also held in March. Those tour- UNK has hosted two other in two sports. naments will be played at NCAA national events, the The 2007 Division II UNKs Health and Sports 1994 Cross Country National Wrestling Center. The 2007 event will be Championships at the Kearney Championships will come to played March 21, 22 and 24. Country Club. In 2005, the the Kearney Events Center on The 2008 tournament will be Lopers hosted the national vol- March 9-10. March 26, 27 and 29. leyball tournament to record- The NCAA Championship For wrestling, the event will breaking crowds. Committee awarded the 2007 be the second time UNK has Winter 2006 l UNK Today l 13

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