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University of Nebraska enrollment tops 51,000

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Enrollment at the four campuses of the University of Nebraska has topped 51,000, the largest student body since 1993. The university today released the enrollment numbers for the four campuses as well as at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis as 51,215. That is a one percent increase over last year. The Lincoln […] Read More »

UNL freshman found dead in fraternity house

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A freshman at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has died. The university reports 18-year-old Clayton Real died in his room at the FarmHouse Fraternity. Foul play is not suspected. Real was diabetic. Drinking off campus might have contributed to his death. Real, an Agricultural Economics major from Grafton, won a scholarship to UNL from […] Read More »

Doctor: Don’t crack your back with an overpacked backpack

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With schools back in session across Nebraska there’s a warning about aches and pains from the misuse of backpacks. The weight really adds up considering text books, laptops, notebooks, cell phones and other items. Pain specialist Dr. Douglas Keehn says the kids may not consider it a “cool” look, but they need to use both […] Read More »

Nebraska students score well on standardized tests

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  State education officials say nearly three in every four Nebraska public school students met state reading, math, and science standards. The 2014 state test results disclose 77% of the Nebraska students met or exceeded state standards on the reading test; 72% in science and 71% in math. State Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt says education […] Read More »

$11.3M grant will aid UNL research into the causes of obesity

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An $11.3 million dollar research grant has been awarded the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study the causes of obesity and the diseases it spawns. UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman announced the grant award made by the National Institutes of Health during a news conference on the Lincoln campus. It is a five-year grant which will expand […] Read More »

Southeast Community College to add more classes to attract more students

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Southeast Community College has decided to take an unconventional route to stem declining enrollment: add new classes. Community colleges throughout the country have had to deal with flat or even declining enrollment. The Southeast campuses at Lincoln, Beatrice, and Milford have seen enrollment grow by less than a percent in the past 10 years. Southeast […] Read More »

Wayne State’s freshman class of 700 moves in today

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It’s move-in day at Wayne State College, where President Curt Frye says it will be a busy day, especially for the freshmen. “We’re going to be just a shade under 3,600 students total,” Fry says. “We have about 698 freshmen that are registered. What I would advise them to do is pull up, unload and […] Read More »

As school starts, some rural districts face teacher shortage

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This is the first day of class for many Nebraska school districts and some administrators are still scrambling to fill out their faculty rosters. Ted Hillman, superintendent for the Boyd and Lynch school district, says filling open teaching positions hasn’t been easy. “The Nebraska legislature and local schools have worked hard to maintain what they […] Read More »

Ashland’s own astronaut is passing along his survival (and scuba) skills

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Former astronaut and Nebraska native Clay Anderson is now teaching a college course that has students skydiving, scuba diving and learning wilderness survival skills. Anderson says the purpose of the workshop is to expose students to the type of critical thinking needed for spaceflight training. “I think that’s the overlying goal for me is to […] Read More »

UNK disappointed in fines imposed by Education Department

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University of Nebraska at Kearney officials have expressed disappointment that the United States Department of Education has levied $65,000 in fines against UNK. The department levied the fines after randomly choosing UNK for review in 2010 for how the campus compiled and reported crime statistics in its 2009 Annual Security Report, which included statistics from […] Read More »

Want to enroll at Wayne State this fall? There’s still time…

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A college in northeast Nebraska is giving potential students who are still on the fence about getting a higher education plenty of time to make up their minds. Classes start at Wayne State College on August 18th and students can enroll through August 19th. Amy Gade, Wayne State’s admission services coordinator, says they’re ready to […] Read More »

Siouxland schools donate 70 desks and more to tornado-damaged Pilger

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A school in northeast Nebraska that was damaged beyond repair in a tornado last month will re-open for classes on time next month, thanks in part to a school district in northwest Iowa. The 105-year-old Wisner-Pilger Middle School in Pilger was demolished by the EF4 tornado on June 16th. Superintendent Chad Boyer says he got […] Read More »

Former UNL student sentenced, ordered to pay in security breach case

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A former University of Nebraska – Lincoln senior has been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to make more than $107,000 in restitution for breaching the computer systems at the university as well as the Nebraska State College System. United States Attorney Deborah Gilg announced that 23-year-old Daniel Stratman of Omaha will serve his six-month […] Read More »

Early childhood education touted as way to fight crime (AUDIO)

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A push is underway to promote early childhood education as a way to reduce crime. Advocates admit this is a long-term solution, but argue that money spent upfront in the first few years of life could make the difference between a child growing up to be a criminal or growing up to be a productive […] Read More »

Expert: Too much social media can make kids anti-social

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Summer should be a time for kids in Nebraska to play at the park, ride bikes and learn how to paddle a canoe, not to while away the hours on Facebook. One expert suggests parents should limit a teen’s access to social media, internet and T-V during summer vacation. Peter Komendowski, with the Partnership for […] Read More »