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President’s proposal could harm college savings plans (AUDIO)

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College savings plans offered through the state Treasurer’s office could become much less attractive under a proposal by President Barack Obama. The president proposes ending the tax break on college saving plans to help pay for other initiatives, such as making community college free. Nebraska offers four so-called 529 college savings plans, named for a […] Read More »

Rallies to focus on empowering parents for school choice

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More than 60 rallies and other events are planned in Nebraska later this month as part of National School Choice Week. Andrew Campanella is president of the countrywide effort, which focuses on giving parents the ability to make important educational decisions for their children. “School choice is simply the process of empowering parents to choose […] Read More »

NU Regent chairman says new president has vision for Nebraska

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University of Nebraska Board of Regents chairman Howard Hawks says the board chose Hank Bounds as the new university president in part because of his vision for Nebraska. Bounds, who has led Mississippi’s eight public universities since 2009, has been chosen to lead the four-campus University of Nebraska system. Hawks says Bounds demonstrated a vision […] Read More »

NU Board selects new president

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The University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted Monday afternoon and appointed Hank M. Bounds as the new NU president. Bounds is currently the commissioner of higher education at Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.   He was one of four finalists interviewed for the position.     Read More »

N-U plans for a new biomedical institute

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The University of Nebraska hopes to launch a new biomedical technology institute that will position NU as a leader in research and development. University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Dr. Jeffrey Gold says, “Through the new biomedical institute, Nebraska has an opportunity to serve as a national model in leveraging biomedical technology to advance health […] Read More »

Amherst woman sentence for UNK embezzlement

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An Amherst woman has been sentenced to jail time for stealing money from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra. 54-year-old Jane Jameson was ordered Monday to serve 120 days in jail on charges of theft and attempted theft. She was ordered to pay more than $31,000 in restitution and […] Read More »

Home bought for NU president to be sold

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A house purchased by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents as the future home of the university president will be sold before it ever becomes the president’s residence. The University of Nebraska Foundation purchased the house at 2810 South 27th Street in Lincoln in December of 2013 at the request of the Board of […] Read More »

Auditor finds abuse in University of Nebraska travel expenses

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State Auditor Mike Foley is critical of some of the travel expenses by the four-campus University of Nebraska system. Foley says his staff has reviewed a small sample of the $30 million a year travel expenditures by the university system. “But out of that small sample, we found $96,000 of first-class airline tickets, mostly at […] Read More »

Survey: Nebraska kids are eating healthier snacks at school

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A survey finds Nebraska’s schools are now offering students healthier snacks that focus more on things like juice or an apple instead of chips, a candy bar or pop. The survey from the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project finds all districts statewide are in compliance with federal recommendations. Jessica Donze Black is the project’s director […] Read More »

Stargazers can look to UNK for uncluttered sky, new major

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A dark sky in central Nebraska and an investment in new professors have led the University of Nebraska-Kearney to offer the state’s only astronomy major. UNK began offering students a Bachelor of Science in astronomy or a Bachelor of Science in astrophysics this year. UNK Planetarium Director Lee Powell says an investment in resources and […] Read More »

Final finalist makes pitch for University of Nebraska presidency

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The last of four finalists for the presidency of the University of Nebraska wrapped up a four day visit this week.  Dr. Sally Rockey is currently the deputy director for extramural research for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rockey’s visit this week included open forums at each NU campus, meetings with key university constituents […] Read More »

Nebraska students return from long-distance exchange program

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Now, this is an exchange program. Three Nebraska high school students have returned after traveling to Taiwan. York High School Senior Grant Suddarth says they experienced lots of differences between the United States and Taiwan. “The biggest take away I got was how welcoming and sincere and hospitable the citizens of Taiwan were,” Suddarth tells […] Read More »

N-U president candidate wraps up visit

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Dr. Michael Martin wrapped up his visit to Nebraska late last week. He is one of four finalists for the presidency of the University of Nebraska System. After touring all four N-U locations, Dr. Martin said he is impressed how the system functions. He says, “It really is a chance to build, augment and add […] Read More »

Mississippi educator visits Nebraska as university presidential search continues

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One of four finalists for the position of president of the University of Nebraska wrapped up his visit to the state Tuesday. Hank Bounds is currently the commissioner of higher education for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. In his current role, Bounds provides leadership for the state’s university system that includes four regional universities, […] Read More »

UNO receives President’s Award for Economic Opportunity

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The University of Nebraska – Omaha received the nation’s Presidential Award for Economic Opportunity by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Deb Smith-Howell says this is the result of hundreds of engagement efforts by their faculty, staff and students. UNO is the first college or university in the […] Read More »