Nebraska Wesleyan University News https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/ en Graduate student overcomes significant challenges to achieve degree https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/graduate-student-overcomes-significant-challenges-achieve-degree <h1 class="page-header nopad">Graduate student overcomes significant challenges to achieve degree</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Danielle (Reab) Bayer is this year’s recipient of the Kenneth R. Holder Award. This award honors the legacy of Dr. Kenneth R. Holder who served as an NWU faculty member and subsequently as provost from 1972 until his death in 1991.<span><span><span> The award is given each year to a graduating student who has overcome significant challenges in achieving their degree.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div alt="Danielle Bayer headshot" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="article_teaser" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="745645b3-ebe1-4ac6-bbca-48979995ab11" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_teaser/public/inline-files/img_1702.jpg?itok=FhdPHqvr" width="300" height="226" alt="Danielle Bayer headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>In the spring of 2000, Bayer was getting ready to graduate from Columbus High School. Following the death of her father and some significant personal medical challenges, plans of attending college were put on hold so she could focus on her own healing. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As time </span></span></span>passed, Bayer started working, got married and began growing her family. After taking a position in the housekeeping department of a hospital, her passion for working in the healthcare field was reignited.</p> <p>Her passion led her to get certified as a CNA, Pharmacy Tech, and set on her way towards a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program. While working on her LPN, Bayer's husband was struggling with substance abuse, ultimately leading to a divorce between her and her husband. Bayer completed her degree and set her sights on earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center while continuing to balance the demands of school and supporting her family.</p> <p><span><span><span>A mentor at UNMC suggested to Bayer that the MSN/MBA program at NWU would be a great opportunity for her to continue her professional development both as a nurse and as a leader. <span><span><span>Bayer</span></span></span> was not aware of NWU's program but agreed that it was the right fit for her. She started in NWU's program in 2017, and has been working diligently toward her MSN/MBA.  </span></span></span></p> <div alt="Danielle Bayer with award " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="thumbnail_200_200_crop_" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="85d29bff-6cd4-4db7-96b4-6a2606cefe26" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/thumbnail_200_200_crop_/public/inline-files/unknown_1.jpeg?itok=ka2u9zSe" width="200" height="200" alt="Danielle Bayer with award " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>During her time at NWU, <span><span><span>Bayer</span></span></span> remarried and describes her husband as a “huge support” through her degree program. <span><span><span>Bayer's</span></span></span> employer, Columbus Community Hospital, has also been very flexible with her schedule, mentoring opportunities and tuition support.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>COVID-19 put a significant strain on the healthcare system, adding to the stress of <span><span><span>Bayer's</span></span></span> multiple roles as a full-time nurse, graduate student and parent. A broken ankle last year took her out of work temporarily, but did not derail her degree pursuit. L</span></span></span><span><span><span>ast spring, her mother passed away unexpectedly. <span><span><span>Bayer's mom, who was also a nurse, was a huge support and motivator</span></span></span>. <span><span><span>Unfortunately, her mother will</span></span></span> not get the chance to see <span><span><span>Bayer</span></span></span> complete her educational journey; instead, <span><span><span>Bayer's family and community at Nebraska Wesleyan will be there to cheer her on when she graduates in December. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Bayer</span></span></span> hopes her children see her as an example of setting goals for themselves, and she hopes to continue contributing to her community through her work in healthcare. Congratulations, Danielle! </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-06-24T18:09:17+00:00">Fri, 06/24/2022 - 1:09pm</span> Fri, 24 Jun 2022 18:09:17 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654644 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Mathematics professor receives university's Prouty award https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/mathematics-professor-receives-universitys-prouty-award <h1 class="page-header nopad">Mathematics professor receives university&#039;s Prouty award </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Austin Mohr, PhD, is this year's recipient of the university's top teaching award, the <span><span><span><span><span>Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The award was established in 1994 by Dr. Margaret Prouty, a 1932 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan. The award recognizes and rewards a faculty member for the pursuit of excellence in teaching and who has made a distinct difference in the intellectual lives of students.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>"[Dr. Mohr is] </span></span><span><span>caring, patient, down-to-earth, and passionate not only about mathematics, but in his encouragement of students to do their best," said a student nominator. "He is an excellent listener and is always eager to hear students’ questions and input.” </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Another nominator said, “He actively works to get all students engaged in the topic by facilitating collaborative work between classmates. [Dr. Mohr] encourages unique and independent growth while providing ample opportunities for students to collaborate.” </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Several nominators also mentioned Mohr's growth mindset in his assignments. "[Growth Mindset] is something that I now continuously work toward and a life lesson I am taking with me from college.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>Congratulations on this great achievement, Austin! </p> <p>Past recipients of the Prouty Teaching Award include:</p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li>Kelly Baur, political science, 2019-20</li> <li>Kelly Clancy, political science, 2018-19</li> <li>Jonathan Redding, religion, 2017-18</li> <li>John Spilker, music, 2016-2017</li> <li>Tamra Llewellyn, health and human performance, 2015-2016</li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-06-15T15:45:58+00:00">Wed, 06/15/2022 - 10:45am</span> Wed, 15 Jun 2022 15:45:58 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654526 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Celebrating African American literature https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/celebrating-african-american-literature <h1 class="page-header nopad">Celebrating African American literature</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>On June 19, 1863, Union Army general Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom for enslaved people in Texas under President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, General Order No. 3.  Texas was the last Confederate state with institutional slavery. Today, we celebrate the 157th anniversary of the last African American slaves being freed.</p> <p>Last year, Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was signed into law as a federal holiday to commemorate Juneteenth - the first federal holiday approved since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983. </p> <p>In celebration of the federal holiday, Nebraska Wesleyan is taking a look back at African American Literature, a topic, and NWU course, with significant history. </p> <h3>NWU's African American Literature course </h3> <p>Nebraska Wesleyan has offered an African American Literature course through the English department for many decades.</p> <p>In recent years, Professor of English Gerise Herndon has instructed the course with the goal for students to learn about African American cultural identity while reflecting on their own sense of identity. "We look at the legacy of Black American culture and reckon with its relationship to the present," stated Herndon. "The texts, both oral and written, offer a place to examine the possibilities of artistic production and identity creation within specific cultural constraints."</p> <p>The course has not always been an integral part of Nebraska Wesleyan's curriculum. In the 1971 yearbook, students and employees advocated for a "Black Literature" course to be made a permanent part of the curriculum at Nebraska Wesleyan. In the yearbook, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Joyce Wike wrote, "The study of Black Literature contributes to the identification and transformation of stereotypes in two ways. The authors are themselves representatives of the largest minority in this country. They usually portray in their writing vivid part of the perspective, the lifeway, the struggles of their people. [We] can scarcely overlook the richness and variety of their literary achievements."</p> <p>Today, the course counts towards the English and is a requirement for American Minority Studies minors. Any Nebraska Wesleyan student can take the course to fulfill several Archway Curriculum requirements. </p> <h3>African American literature  </h3> <p>Black scholars - past and present - offer influential works representing historical accounts, personal narratives. social climates and more. "[In class,] we discuss the meaning of literature and culture within the tensions of the demands for self-determination by this historically marginalized group," said Herndon. "The course considers just a tiny slice of African American literature and culture, some canonical, some recent. The semester is a brief introduction to a vast and powerful tradition and a vibrant ongoing germination." Select works from the African American Literature course include: </p> <div alt="Beloved" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_150px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="85875390-5efe-4c81-ac2b-18548a29abb0" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_150px_wide/public/inline-files/613vqdxpdwl.jpeg?itok=SfTSFOKl" alt="Beloved" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <h3><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Beloved </span></i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">by Toni Morrison </span></span></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Toni Morrison tells the story of Sethe, a formerly enslaved woman. Sethe faces her unthinkable past each day, including the death of her baby. When a mysterious young girl arrives bearing the name of her deceased baby, Sethe is forced to address the tragedies of her past.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">The novel was inspired by the true story of Margaret Garner, an enslaved person who escaped and fled to Ohio. Garner was subject to the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. This novel was a finalist for the 1987 National Book Award and was adapted to a movie in 1998 starring Oprah Winfrey. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span></p> <div alt="Classic Slave Narratives " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_150px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="5932129e-0589-4c77-a9ae-955c2deabac7" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_150px_wide/public/inline-files/81phsahkiol.jpeg?itok=RnGph69c" alt="Classic Slave Narratives " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <h3><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Classic Slave Narratives </span></i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr</span></span></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presents four classic narratives which document the black experience of slavery. The collection showcases firsthand histories of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Mary Prince and Olaudah Equiano. These stories represent a fraction of narratives from the time, but teach readers the horrors of bondage and servitude. </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span></p> <div alt="Their Eyes Were Watching God" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_150px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="1ee75573-3c8d-4126-890f-209baaf729a3" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_150px_wide/public/inline-files/their_eyes_were_watching_god.jpeg?itok=G-L4V8SO" alt="Their Eyes Were Watching God" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <h3><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Their Eyes Were Watching God </span></i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">by Zora Neale Hurston</span></span></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818">Set in 1930s, the novel follows Janie Crawford as she navigates gender roles, skin color and patriarchal norms. Described as fair, articulate and independent, Janie is on a quest to </span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818">find her own identity – a journey that leads back to her beginnings. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818">In 2005, TIME named the novel to their list of 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. </span></span></span><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <div alt="Between the World and Me" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_150px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f443a2d0-9756-4846-9c3f-10ffb73a1160" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_150px_wide/public/inline-files/9780812993547.jpeg?itok=RtbXiVmj" alt="Between the World and Me" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <h3><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">Between the World and Me </span></i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">by Ta-Nehisi Coates </span></span></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818">Written as a letter to the author’s adolescent son, Ta-Nehisi Coates shares the realities of being black in the United States. The book draws upon past experiences, reimagined history, and current coverage to confront the ongoing obstacles of black Americans. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818">The book was a 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction recipient and a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction finalist. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818">  </span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818"></span></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></i></span></span></p> <div alt="I Am Not Sidney Portier" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_150px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="218df11b-47d4-4c9f-8e98-6ca3eb72b0b7" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_150px_wide/public/inline-files/9781555975272.png?itok=yOTm1i8B" alt="I Am Not Sidney Portier" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <h3><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">I Am Not Sidney Poitier </span></i><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif">by Percival Everett </span></span></span></h3> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818"></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818">Published in 2009, Percival Everett tells the story of Not Sidney Poitier, a young man with an unfortunate name. This hilarious novel follows Not Sidney as he addresses his perplexing name, staggering new wealth and a resemblance to a famous actor. The novel explores social hierarchy and the nuances of skin color and wealth. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Nebraska Wesleyan is proud to support the culture and works of African Americans. Our commitment to showcasing the works of diverse scholars goes far beyond this one course, and is an integral part of our identity and curriculum. Learn more about Nebraska Wesleyan's <a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/mission-and-core-values">core value of diversity</a>. We also invite you to explore NWU's <a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/archway-curriculum/curriculum-features">Archway Curriculum</a> and diversity-instructive courses. </p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-size:10.5pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"><span style="color:#181818"></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span style="font-family:&quot;Calibri&quot;,sans-serif"></span></span></span></p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-06-10T16:29:35+00:00">Fri, 06/10/2022 - 11:29am</span> Fri, 10 Jun 2022 16:29:35 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654514 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Hoffman named vice president for student life https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/hoffman-named-vice-president-student-life <h1 class="page-header nopad">Hoffman named vice president for student life </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Erin Hoffman, PhD ('03) was recently named Nebraska Wesleyan's vice president for student life. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>She will lead the university's student life areas including athletics, career services, student health and counseling, student engagement, and residential education. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hoffman spent the past 15 years in student life roles at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Since 2018, she has served as associate dean of students, acting as the deputy senior student affairs officer. In this role, she led student success and retention efforts, including initiatives focused on successful transitions for first-year, commuter, transfer and international students. Hoffman also served as divisional liaison to the Center for Academic Success for student success initiatives. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>While at Lake Forest, Hoffman managed the cross-functional early alert program and behavioral intervention team which provides case management and crisis response for significant student behavioral, academic, emotional, personal, social engagement and financial aid concerns. Additionally, she managed international student services and led the Coalition Against Sexual Misconduct, a campus-wide committee of faculty, staff and students focused on education, training, prevention, and assessment. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hoffman earned her Bachelor of Science in Business-Sociology from Nebraska Wesleyan. At NWU, she was active in Greek life, studied abroad and was a student worker. She earned her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver and a Doctor of Philosophy in Policy Studies in Urban Education from the University of Illinois-Chicago. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Hoffman will begin her work at Nebraska Wesleyan in July.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-06-03T16:21:53+00:00">Fri, 06/03/2022 - 11:21am</span> Fri, 03 Jun 2022 16:21:53 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654499 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Sociology professor honored with faculty scholar award https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/sociology-professor-honored-faculty-scholar-award <h1 class="page-header nopad">Sociology professor honored with faculty scholar award</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Professor of Sociology Susan Wortmann was recently awarded Nebraska Wesleyan's Faculty Scholar Award. </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The award recognizes a faculty member who has distinguished themself through research, scholarly work, and/or creative projects.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Wortmann nominators all referenced her recently published textbook <em>Discover Sociology, </em>which includes perspectives on </span></span><span><span><span>intersectionality, sexuality, LBGTQ+ identities, social movements, the social costs of COVID-19, the crisis of democratic institutions, police brutality, and mass incarceration. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>One of her nominators noted that Sue's recent scholarship “stems from her primary research during sabbatical, including interviews with incarcerated women and criminal justice staff throughout the Midwestern U.S.” Wortmann was also recognized for her collaboration with students for encyclopedia entries in the <em>Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture,</em> and her volunteer research skills in assisting community agencies with writing grants worth over $600,000.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>The Nebraska Wesleyan's Faculty Development Committee established the award in 2012.</p> <p>Congratulations, Sue!</p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-05-31T18:25:03+00:00">Tue, 05/31/2022 - 1:25pm</span> Tue, 31 May 2022 18:25:03 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654455 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Gilbreth named Faculty Advisor of the Year https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/gilbreth-named-faculty-advisor-year <h1 class="page-header nopad">Gilbreth named Faculty Advisor of the Year </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>Professor of Sociology Joan Gilbreth was recently named the 2021-22 Faculty Advisor of the Year. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Faculty Advisor of the Year Award is an award established by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Student Affairs Senate to recognize and reward faculty for the pursuit of excellence in advising. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Gilbreth's nominator shared a negative experience before coming to NWU, "I had an advisor who talked me out of my dreams - quite literally." </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>Gilbreth was assigned as the student's advisor upon coming to NWU. The student contributes their positive academic experience to Gilbreth for going above and beyond the call of duty.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>"She printed everything and made physical marks on my analysis. She created a document that I could understand (and has done this for me every semester since the first time we met). That was the beginning of what a model advisor-student relationship should be. I was excited to have someone in my corner. She wrote a letter of recommendation for my application to law school, and it contained my greatest attributes while also explaining my difficult life course. I will never forget the lengths that she gone to for me - from making sure I understand concepts to accommodating my school, work and family schedules for Zoom meetings. I have enjoyed being a student at NWU because of connections like the one I have with her.”</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>Gilbreth retired this year after 22 years of service to Nebraska Wesleyan. Gilbreth has chaired the Sociology and Anthropology Department and the Social Science Division. She has served on the Academic Planning Committee, Curriculum Committee, Executive Committee, Academic Standards Committee, and Faculty Affairs Committee. She also represented faculty on the NWU Board of Governors, and served on Faculty Council.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Joan!</span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-05-23T18:26:19+00:00">Mon, 05/23/2022 - 1:26pm</span> Mon, 23 May 2022 18:26:19 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654395 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Athletic training program honored with university's Story Award https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/athletic-training-program-honored-universitys-story-award <h1 class="page-header nopad">Athletic training program honored with university&#039;s Story Award</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Nebraska Wesleyan's athletic training program was recently awarded the Roy G. Story Award, an honor that recognizes individuals or groups of faculty, administrators, staff members or volunteers whose accomplishments have significantly enhanced the national stature of the university.</p> <p><span><span>"This year’s award honors a program whose students continue to win top honors on the state, regional and national levels," said President Darrin Good. "While the students win the scholarships and accolades, the students are quick to acknowledge the faculty and staff who prepare and mentor them for these national honors and impactful experiences that ultimately lead to outstanding graduate school placements across the country."</span></span></p> <p><span><span>National Athletic Trainers Association only awards their top scholarship to about 65 students in the country each year. Since 2017, Nebraska Wesleyan has had at least one student each year win the National Athletic Training Scholarship. In addition, the athletic training staff has been recognized by the American Rivers Conference as Athletic Training Staff of the Year.</span></span></p> <p>The award honors the legacy of Roy G. Story who graduated from NWU in 1919 and went on to a long, successful career with Texaco and Swift &amp; Company, where he patented 50 inventions. The award is an enduring legacy of Story’s creativity and the value of the liberal arts education he received at NWU.</p> <p><strong>New master's program: </strong></p> <p>In 2025, Nebraska Wesleyan will launch a two-year, 59 credit-hour Master of Athletic Training program in May 2025. The master’s program will replace the university’s current <a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/node/2924">bachelor’s degree program in athletic training</a>.</p> <p>Congratulations to the athletics training program! </p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-05-12T21:15:35+00:00">Thu, 05/12/2022 - 4:15pm</span> Thu, 12 May 2022 21:15:35 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654374 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Carol Ogorzolka honored with CORE Award https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/carol-ogorzolka-honored-core-award <h1 class="page-header nopad">Carol Ogorzolka honored with CORE Award </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Carol Ogorzolka, accounts payable specialist, was recently awarded Nebraska Wesleyan's CORE Award. </p> <p>The CORE Award recognizes a staff member whose efforts and contributions significantly exceed expectations in demonstrating or promoting one or more of NWU's CORE values: excellence, liberal arts, and personal attention to students, diversity, community, and stewardship.</p> <p>"Carol is the queen of stewardship," said Tish Gade-Jones, vice president for finance and administration. "<span><span><span>She gives tremendous attention to detail with invoices and credit cards. If there is ever a duplicate invoice that is sent through the business office, Carol always finds it. She helps employees that may have detected fraud on their credit card and is constantly looking at ways for Nebraska Wesleyan to save resources."</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Her personal attention to her work is paralleled with the attention she dedicates to students. Over the years, </span></span></span>Ogorzolka has trained numerous students in accounts payable and is known for giving 110%. "She is the 'greeter' to the business office and always gives a warm welcome to all that come through the door."</p> <p>Ogorzolka was also noted for being lighthearted, "She was one of the first people on campus, along with our student workers, to try out the hammocks. <span><span><span>Carol has given her heart and soul to Nebraska Wesleyan. We can’t say thank you enough as she is so deserving of the CORE Award,</span></span></span>" concluded Gade-Jones.</p> <p>Ogorzolka recently retired from Nebraska Wesleyan after 12 years of service. </p> <p>You are appreciated, Carol!</p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-05-10T19:03:41+00:00">Tue, 05/10/2022 - 2:03pm</span> Tue, 10 May 2022 19:03:41 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654370 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Fulbright Scholarship takes NWU grad back to Germany https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/fulbright-scholarship-takes-nwu-grad-back-germany <h1 class="page-header nopad">Fulbright Scholarship takes NWU grad back to Germany</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Corinne Peterson (’19) first experienced Germany during her study abroad experience to Nebraska Wesleyan’s sister school in Eichstätt, Germany. The experience was incredibly impactful, and the psychology and modern languages-German double major has been looking for the opportunity to journey back to Germany ever since.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>She recently got that opportunity after becoming an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) thanks to the Fulbright Scholarship, the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span></span></span></span></p> <div alt="Corinne Peterson" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_250px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f265c8d9-7847-4086-9ff6-179f4084444a" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_250px_wide/public/inline-files/mr8x6kkw_0.jpeg?itok=egB5cSch" alt="Corinne Peterson" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>“Moving to another country is difficult and can be intimidating,” said Peterson. “I’m glad I already got a taste of what it is like to live away from my home and support system.” Though this Fulbright experience will look a little different. Peterson will be in Germany for roughly 9 months, rather than a semester. “...but my experiences from NWU have made me feel so much more prepared and comfortable taking this step.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In Germany, Peterson will be placed in a school to assist an English teacher in their classroom. Her experience will also include projects outside the classroom such as leading cross-cultural activities and clubs.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Peterson says the Fulbright application was not an easy process. “It was extensive. There were a lot of essays and essay questions – lots of drafts and a lot of editing. I started the application process a little late, so it was especially a hustle!” </span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span>"The support from the faculty at NWU was so helpful and they really helped me through the whole process. I can’t thank them enough!"</span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <div alt="Corinne Peterson" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_200px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="b2bef0f6-dace-4226-86e5-942e103eeaed" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_200px_wide/public/inline-files/sie_73io.jpeg?itok=sVHi033u" alt="Corinne Peterson" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>But the help Peterson received from her former professors was invaluable. “I could not have done it without the help of [Professor of Communication] Karla Jensen and the other wonderful professors in the modern language and English departments. The support from the faculty at NWU was so helpful and they really helped me through the whole process. I can’t thank them enough!”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Peterson has aspirations to become a German teacher and she knows her Fulbright experience will prepare her to reach her future career goals.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>"I am excited to build new cross-cultural relationships and connections," she said. "Being immersed in the culture for so long will also immensely improve my German language skills and that is something I get to carry with me forever!"</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Peterson's award brings NWU’s Fulbright Scholarship total to 61.</span></span></span></p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-05-05T19:32:45+00:00">Thu, 05/05/2022 - 2:32pm</span> Thu, 05 May 2022 19:32:45 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654362 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Music professor honored for internationalizing campus https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/music-professor-honored-internationalizing-campus <h1 class="page-header nopad">Music professor honored for internationalizing campus </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>The 2022 White Award for Internationalization was recently awarded to Associate Professor of Music and Music Education Amy Spears. The award recognizes individuals who have furthered the internationalization of NWU's campus, curriculum, students and employees. The White Award exists to honor NWU's 14th president, John White and his spouse Marty, for their many years of service to Nebraska Wesleyan.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div alt="Amy Spears teaching " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="3b684eb6-d0f1-4e93-8fef-c307da5dfb75" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/ajw_rock_band_and_drums-9.jpg?itok=6oxrzKTc" alt="Amy Spears teaching " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Spears receives the award for her engagement with world music and her service, teaching and research within the African continent. Using these three pillars of academic work, she internationalizes NWU's curriculum and students, and the wider community.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p>"Amy has been doing impressive work to internationalize campus through her research and teaching," stated Assistant Professor of Political Science Kelly Baur. "For the past three summers, Amy has brought World Music Drumming workshops to NWU, taking on a significant amount of work to increase our reputation and support the university and local teachers to internationalize their work." </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Due to travel restrictions, Spears is also embracing virtual global engagement so that students can continue to learn from African music scholars and musicians. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p>" [Amy takes] on a significant amount of work to increase our reputation and support the university and local teachers to internationalize their work"</p> </blockquote> <div alt="Amy Spears world drumming class " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fa3721c4-832c-4039-939e-cc24f79a2408" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/ajw_rock_band_and_drums-29.jpg?itok=g3REKE7A" alt="Amy Spears world drumming class " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Mary Hickman, Assistant Professor of English commented, "</span></span></span></span></span>I have found it especially fulfilling to have an engaged and talented colleague with which to discuss and plan new ventures that furthers the internationalization of NWU. I will also say that I am impressed with the way that she continues to expand her own horizons post-tenure, displaying great curiosity, vulnerability, and initiative.<span><span><span><span><span>"</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In 2019, Spears traveled to Rwanda with a fellow faculty member and students to learn about the complexity of genocide and reconciliation. Her adventurous and collaborative nature helped facilitate a summer faculty-led study abroad program to Rwanda this summer. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></span>Spears is preparing for a year-long international sabbatical to collaborate with music educators in both Ghana and England. Her sabbatical will focus on developing innovative curriculum that further elevates cross-cultural experiences for students.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations, Amy! Thank you for all you do to facilitate global citizenship.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-05-03T15:00:12+00:00">Tue, 05/03/2022 - 10:00am</span> Tue, 03 May 2022 15:00:12 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654358 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Political science major presents at U.S. Strategic Command conference https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/political-science-major-presents-us-strategic-command-conference <h1 class="page-header nopad">Political science major presents at U.S. Strategic Command conference</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Senior political science major Abby Cawley recently presented on <em>Flashpoints as Consequences of American and Chinese Sharp Power </em>at the U.S. Strategic Command Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance Conference and Workshop. The conference and workshop aim to strengthen the collaboration and interactions between defense and academic institutions. </p> <p>Cawley became interested in the conference after her advisor, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Nate Smith, brought the event to her and her classmates' attention. "The topic [of the conference] excited me, and I was going to be able to use knowledge from my Nebraska Wesleyan classes and my recent study abroad experience in South Korea. It was a neat opportunity to network, learn about the field, and improve my writing and presenting skills," said Cawley. The theme of this year's virtual conference was <em>Redlines, Grey Zones and the Reframing of Great Power Competition.</em></p> <h4>The project</h4> <p>The basis of Cawley's paper focused on international security, particularly that between China and the United States. Her thesis, in part, read: </p> <div alt="Abby Cawley presentation " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="303dedd1-e0a0-418c-86c3-3e903e242848" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/title_screen.jpg?itok=H_QgX0RK" alt="Abby Cawley presentation " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span><span>The use of sharp power is gaining prominence in international relations by China and the US, reducing the effectiveness of deterrence as visible through the increase of flashpoint areas where both countries feel threatened. Sharp power only increases deterrence when there are no great power or neighboring states to take issues with it.</span></span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <h4>Experiential learning and opportunities </h4> <p>Cawley noted that working on the research paper provided her with the experience she needed to be a better writer and presenter - while being able to apply her coursework to the real world. </p> <p>Prof. Smith sees direct correlation between NWU's political science coursework and student opportunities. "I think so much is happening right now politically that being informed about these issues is crucial," said Prof. Smith. "Specifically with international security type topics, like what Abby wrote about, the U.S. is finding itself in a position where its dominance in the world is being challenged. Strategic interactions become really important. Our political science courses at Nebraska Wesleyan prepare students to tackle these really big and important issues. It's so cool when someone like Abby does exactly that!"</p> <div alt="Abby Cawley headshot" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8c59a9fb-b0ea-4477-a203-726fdcd70676" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/headshotkor.jpg?itok=pVf1dFrL" alt="Abby Cawley headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>Cawley encourages her fellow students to stay in good communication with their advisors and to always take advantage of opportunities, even if you don't feel qualified. She shared that, "presenting alongside people who have life experiences in the field" can be intimidating, but in actuality "it ends up being a group of people who share common interests and passions." </p> <p>"<span>Abby has grown so much as a scholar while at NWU," Prof. Smith continued. "She is naturally a quiet person but don’t let that fool you - she has big thoughts and ideas which leads her to often contribute really insightful things. She has become somewhat of an expert in the security arena and it’s been really fun to see. When Abby and I talk about world events now, I speak to her more as a peer than a student as that is the level of knowledge and understanding she has."</span></p> <h4>Faculty support </h4> <p>Along the way, Cawley received lots of support from Prof. Smith. "Before the conference, my advisor looked over a rough draft structure, answered questions of what to expect at the conference and offered to set up a mock presentation for me." He continued to offer information, revisions and suggestions along the way, ultimately positioning her for success. </p> <p>"<span>Abby is one of the most positive and upbeat people I have ever met," Prof. Smith said. "This was a </span>conference full of military and security professionals and Abby did a great job! <span>She meets every challenge and setback with such a positive attitude – it is truly remarkable."</span></p> <p> </p> <p>Learn more about the conference and workshop by <a href="https://www.stratcom.mil/Academic-Alliance/Events/">visiting their website</a>. Interested in political science? Take a look at Nebraska Wesleyan's <a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/political-science/political-science-degrees">political science department</a>. </p> <p> </p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-05-02T16:46:26+00:00">Mon, 05/02/2022 - 11:46am</span> Mon, 02 May 2022 16:46:26 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654356 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Graduate degree student shares nursing wisdom https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/graduate-degree-student-shares-nursing-wisdom <h1 class="page-header nopad">Graduate degree student shares nursing wisdom </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Happy National Nurses Day! Tomorrow, over 400 Nebraska Wesleyan students will walk across the commencement stage to get their diploma, including 40 students with nursing-affiliated degrees.</p> <p>Mary Kay Gillan is one of those students looking forward to this big day. She will graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA) joint degree.</p> <p>Mary Kay graduated from Creighton University with a B.A. degree in nursing from Creighton University, and currently serves as the d<span><span><span><span><span><span><span>irector of perioperative services at CHI St. Elizabeth.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We recently asked Mary Kay about her graduate degree experience at NWU:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><strong>Why did you choose to attend graduate school at NWU?</strong> </h3> <blockquote> <p>Attending graduate school was a personal goal for many years, but I kept putting it off for one reason on another. Once all the kids moved out, I wanted to advance my career and decided it was now or never. I attended an NWU open house and talked with Jeff Hardy (a recruiter for graduate programs). He made me feel like I could be successful in the program.</p> </blockquote> <div alt="Mary Kay Gillian headshot " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_200px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8ed269ee-adcc-4e6b-a28a-b844e94a10b4" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_200px_wide/public/inline-files/img_2444.jpg?itok=icDt-Xo4" alt="Mary Kay Gillian headshot " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <h3><strong>What got you interested in nursing?</strong> </h3> <blockquote> <p>Growing up I always thought I would be a nurse. I had the little medical kits and everything. I like math and science and am fascinated by how the body functions. I also appreciate the holistic approach that nursing offers. We are not just physical beings but emotional and spiritual as well. Many things impact and influence our health and well-being.</p> </blockquote> <h3><strong>How did you land on the MSN/MBA program versus the MSN?</strong> </h3> <blockquote> <p>I decided as I was talking to Jeff at the open house that if I was going to commit to graduate school it would be best to do the dual program to meet my personal goals. Honestly, I was afraid that I may not go back [for an additional degree] after completing the MSN so decided I should go for broke.</p> </blockquote> <h3><strong>How do you see this degree benefitting your career and future endeavors? </strong></h3> <blockquote> <p>I'm already seeing a return on my investment. Last summer, I was encouraged to apply for my current position [as director of p<span><span><span><span><span><span><span>erioperative services at CHI St. Elizabeth]</span></span></span></span></span></span></span>. By being less than a year from completion of my graduate degree, I think the administration gave me a serious look as a candidate. I hope to continue using the skills I’ve learned to manage people and be an example for others to pursue their dreams.</p> </blockquote> <h3><strong>What advice do you have for those who want to enter the nursing field?</strong> </h3> <blockquote> <p>Enter the nursing field with the right priorities and know what you want to get out of it <strong>and</strong> put into it. There are so many areas of nursing that one can get into at this point. I would say though, that if you want to focus on hospital nursing, go into it with a clear understanding of what you will be asked to do and what you will be asked to give up.</p> <p>Many people get into [the career] and then resent having to give up nights, holidays and weekends for their patients. If that is the case, then it would be best to pursue another area of nursing. Patients sense when you do not want to be there and they need the best, most engaged and caring staff possible. Some nurses love research, some love teaching, some love writing. Find the passion that drives you and allow yourself to be happy.</p> </blockquote> <h3>What advice do you have for those who want to attend</h3> <div alt="Mary Kay Gillian graduation photo " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_200px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="270f9003-5a08-4c98-b7fb-b91f113e0e9d" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_200px_wide/public/inline-files/hsh1iqwk.jpeg?itok=0Pwff-T8" alt="Mary Kay Gillian graduation photo " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <h3>graduate school?</h3> <blockquote> <p>Going to graduate school requires a mental, emotional and financial commitment. But it’s all worth it if you are doing it for the right reasons. If not, it can be draining. I really enjoyed my graduate program. Perhaps that was because I was so excited to finally be pursuing it. When I spoke to my husband about going back to school his response was awesome. He said, “you can never take away education.” My family has been very supportive these last few years, and the kids are okay with having a nerd for a mom.</p> </blockquote> <p>Nebraska Wesleyan's online MSN/MBA degree is designed for working nurses who want to increase their responsibilities for business operations in the health care industry. This joint degree is a 55-credit-hour program. </p> <p>Learn more about Nebraska Wesleyan’s online <a contenteditable="false" href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/graduate-programs/master-science-nursing/master-science-nursing" title="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/graduate-programs/master-science-nursing/master-science-nursing">MSN and MSN/MBA</a> programs, and join us for a free <a contenteditable="false" href="https://slate.nebrwesleyan.edu/register/may-msn-info-session" title="https://slate.nebrwesleyan.edu/register/may-msn-info-session">MSN Virtual Information Session</a> on May 16.</p> <p><em>Nebraska Wesleyan University's bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.</em></p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-04-28T20:33:07+00:00">Thu, 04/28/2022 - 3:33pm</span> Thu, 28 Apr 2022 20:33:07 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654349 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Stewart Memorial Award given to courageous graduate https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/stewart-memorial-award-given-courageous-graduate <h1 class="page-header nopad">Stewart Memorial Award given to courageous graduate </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Jason Ezell, a 2022 graduate from North Platte, is the winner of this year’s Dean B. Stewart Memorial Award for Courage. This award was instituted by the fraternity brothers of Dean Stewart ('62) in recognition of his tireless work to re-connect members of Phi Kappa Tau in their post-college lives, even as he was suffering from a progressively disabling neurological disease. </span></span></span></p> <div alt="Jason Ezell with Stewart Award" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide Array" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="9ef4280a-2783-46aa-8946-4b1074525def" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/unknown-1_2.jpeg?itok=29GEZOCw" alt="Jason Ezell with Stewart Award" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>Ezell was chosen as the 2022 award recipient in recognition of his courage and support for his fellow NWU community members.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A first-generation college student, Ezell was thrilled to connect with his high school choir teacher, Leah Purdy ('00), who spoke highly of Nebraska Wesleyan and helped him navigate the college search process.  When Ezell and his mother toured NWU, they were struck by how many smiling faces they saw on campus. Ezell knew he had found his college home.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In order to pay for his education, <span><span><span>Ezell</span></span></span> consistently worked three to four jobs while also taking a full load of classes. His goal was to graduate in four years with a double major in political science and business administration as well as three minors in psychology, legal studies, and gender studies - a goal he completed this past fall. Ezell was a member of the university choir and involved in many campus activities, especially those that supported and empowered others. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Ezell</span></span></span> was a peer mentor for other first-generation students through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. For the past three years, he has also been a residential peer assistant, and worked as a student staff member in the Office of Residential Education. He describes his peer assistant work as formative to his personal and professional life as he helped to educate and mentor his fellow students.</span></span></span></p> <div alt="Jason Ezell headshot" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_200px_wide Array" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8287dd41-c59f-480f-8b06-7c724730fac6" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_200px_wide/public/inline-files/img_5616.jpg?itok=obCq6dc4" alt="Jason Ezell headshot" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>Ezell</span></span></span><strong><span><span><span> </span></span></span></strong><span><span><span>grew up in a low-income, single-parent household. Shortly before he began college, his mother lost her leg in a nearly-fatal car accident, further straining the family’s resources. </span></span></span>Although pursuing his goals has been challenging at times, Jason was motivated by the support of his family and by his desire to break his family's poverty cycle. <span><span><span>Ezell</span></span></span> hopes to give back to his community and family by capitalizing on the experiences he learned from Nebraska Wesleyan. </span></span></span><span><span><span>He appreciates NWU's work to make his education affordable, and cites the personal attention given by the employees as instrumental to his success.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>He</span></span></span> recently concluded an internship at Nebraska Appleseed and an experience where he served as a field director for a Nebraska Legislature candidate. Upon graduating, <span><span><span>Ezell</span></span></span> began work as a community organizer and political consultant where he is excited to make an impact in Nebraska politics. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The Stewart Memorial Award honors someone who demonstrates that courage is not the absence of fear, but it is doing what must be done in its presence. <span><span><span>The award is available to any Nebraska Wesleyan student, staff, or faculty member who has displayed remarkable courage in the face of overwhelming odds, as Stewart himself did.</span></span></span> </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations, Jason! </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-04-22T20:35:24+00:00">Fri, 04/22/2022 - 3:35pm</span> Fri, 22 Apr 2022 20:35:24 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654323 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Athletic training students showcase expertise https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/athletic-training-students-showcase-expertise <h1 class="page-header nopad">Athletic training students showcase expertise </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Ten athletic training students were recently chosen to speak at the Mid-America Athletic Trainer Association (MAATA) conference in Omaha. This was the first time at Nebraska Wesleyan that all students who submitted a proposal for the conference were accepted to present - showcasing the academic excellence and hard work of the Athletic Training program and its students. </p> <p>Students presenting at the conference included Darrien Costello-Justus, Casey Cyganowski, Gavin Dowding, Kyle Goodban, Katrina Hookham, Cassandra Miller, Maisie Ohlrich, Rachel Troutman, Adam Weaver, and Carlyn Willis.</p> <blockquote> <p>"Not everyone gets selected. It’s a big deal for all 10 students to be accepted - it says a lot about the students that we have."</p> </blockquote> <p>The students began working on their proposals in the fall with supervision from Associate Professor of Health &amp; Human Performance Mark Stutz. “Nebraska Wesleyan is great at facilitating collaboration between students and faculty so they can succeed at what they want to learn,” said Dr. Stutz. “This was a great opportunity for students to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, and for them to network with students and professionals from across the midwest." The conference provided students with experience in what it is like to be a professional athletic training researcher.<strong> </strong></p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <div alt="Carsyn Zumpfe accepting award from MAATA Executive Director Rob Marshall" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="58a94957-343c-43c3-a51f-ddf36160df81" data-langcode="en" title="Carsyn Zumpfe accepting award from MAATA Executive Director Rob Marshall" class="embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/carsyn_zumpfe_with_maata_executive_director_rob_marshall_0.jpg?itok=LPO1nX7i" alt="Carsyn Zumpfe accepting award from MAATA Executive Director Rob Marshall" title="Carsyn Zumpfe accepting award from MAATA Executive Director Rob Marshall" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <figcaption>Carsyn Zumpfe and MAATA Executive Director Rob Marshall</figcaption> </figure> <p>Dr. Stutz continued, ”Presentations went through a rigorous selection process. It’s fantastic that these scholars were chosen knowing that they had to follow the exact same procedures that professionals follow. Not everyone gets selected. It’s a big deal for all 10 students to be accepted - it says a lot about the students that we have."</p> <p>Senior athletic training major Carsyn Zumpfe also received the undergraduate MAATA grant. Zumpfe was the only individual in the district to win this prestigious grant.</p> <p> </p> <h4>Students showcasing their expertise </h4> <figure role="group" class="align-right"> <div alt="Kyle Goodban headshot" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="fe1a9c1b-f895-44b4-bc90-cb89241f2293" data-langcode="en" title="Kyle Goodban" class="embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/kyle_0.jpg?itok=YNKLGQAo" alt="Kyle Goodban headshot" title="Kyle Goodban" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <figcaption>Kyle Goodban</figcaption> </figure> <p>“I presented on, ‘Decreasing pain in the rotator cuff by adding eccentric contraction components to shoulder rehabilitation program,” said junior athletic training major Kyle Goodban. “I took the class ‘Rehabilitation for athletic injuries’ last fall and I was interested in learning more about the shoulder. It has the most mobile joints, so I was curious to do a deeper dive into it and its anatomy."</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <figure role="group" class="align-left"> <div alt="Katrina Hookham headshot" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="c1b4a380-7b5d-4dda-848c-47d2b83958ab" data-langcode="en" title="Katrina Hookham" class="embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/katrina.jpg?itok=kVWu-s9a" alt="Katrina Hookham headshot" title="Katrina Hookham" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <figcaption>Katrina Hookham</figcaption> </figure> <p> </p> <p>“My presentation was about ‘Does using eccentric calf muscle training decrease recovery time of chronic Achilles tendinosis?’ I was really excited to present my research and also talk about everything that I had learned while researching the topic,” said junior health and fitness major Katrina Hookham.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <figure role="group" class="align-right"> <div alt="Rachel Troutman headshot" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="0675a7d5-2de1-4eda-8c91-3bd9bca30bed" data-langcode="en" title="Rachel Troutman" class="embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/rachel.jpg?itok=SnElOUjr" alt="Rachel Troutman headshot" title="Rachel Troutman" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <figcaption>Rachel Troutman</figcaption> </figure> <p> </p> <p>Junior athletic training major Rachel Troutman stated, “My presentation was a meta-analysis research topic on ‘Comparing the effect on interferential current therapy (IFC) on anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) region decrease recovery time in athletes compared to isometric strengthening.’ By doing this research I found that not only is IFC and isometric strengthen separate effects on athletes, but when combining the two together it is more effective."</p> <p> </p> <p>Students were appreciative of the support they received from their faculty members. Goodban continued, “Dr. Stutz was extremely supportive as he knew the ins and outs of the MAATA process. He was helpful in providing the links to submit our research, as well as the topics. He helped us with the poster design and choosing layouts and colors. He was there every step of the way, and I couldn’t have done it without him."</p> <p>Interested in athletic training? <a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/athletic-training-program/athletic-training-ug-program">Learn more about program</a> at Nebraska Wesleyan, including the <a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/graduate-programs/master-athletic-training/master-athletic-training">new Master of Athletic Training program</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p><em>Additional support came from the<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/experiential-learning-nwu/research/student-faculty-collaborative-research">Student-Faculty Collaborative Research grant</a>, which helped students pay for printing costs and event registration.</em></p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-04-22T16:04:49+00:00">Fri, 04/22/2022 - 11:04am</span> Fri, 22 Apr 2022 16:04:49 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654317 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Recent graduate receives grant for sleep psychology research https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/recent-graduate-receives-grant-sleep-psychology-research <h1 class="page-header nopad">Recent graduate receives grant for sleep psychology research </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Alumna Anna Johnson ('21) is the recent recipient of a Psi Chi regional research award. Psi Chi is a psychology honor society whose mission is to recognize and promote excellence in the psychology field. Johnson's abstract, <em>Sleep and Cognition in Undergraduate Students,</em> was selected at the Midwestern Psychological Association’s annual meeting out of over 550 abstracts.</p> <p>Johnson, a psychology major and music minor, found an interest while at NWU in researching how the lack of sleep can affect undergraduate students. </p> <h4>Where to start</h4> <p>Johnson became interested in sleep research after hearing about the topic in class. Professor of Psychology Dr. Marilyn Petro encouraged Johnson to learn more as sleep research is an area of psychology with little recognition. "I thought it was the most interesting thing that we don’t talk about sleep."</p> <p>Johnson wanted to be original in her research, "My project examined students’ abilities to pay attention. Especially, if students wake up with or without an alarm. [The project] was a huge time commitment for me.” But she knew her hard work would help her succeed during her time at NWU and beyond. </p> <h4>Research in action </h4> <p>Johnson described the processes of conducting the research project with a sense of excitement - a process that would eventually lead her to the Psi Chi award. “There were three parts to my study. Prototype was one part, and cognition and reaction time were the second parts. The third concept was social jet lag which occurs when someone’s sleep rhythm doesn’t match up with the time they have to wake up for school or work, "said Johnson." I had students come in on different days, and we discovered if they were morning or night people using a questionnaire. One day they got up with an alarm and one time they did not to see if their social jet lag was associated with their alarms. People waking up with an alarm had worse reactions times than those who woke up naturally."</p> <p>Understanding how sleep rhythms and cognitive thinking was essential to her project. She was surprised at how social jet lag has such a heavy impact on students’ daily lives. Her project encompassed the differences between natural sleep processes and using external devices to wake up. “I think it is interesting to see how sometimes people can struggle to pay attention to certain classes, like classes that start in the morning. I saw the consequences of what I was studying and the impact it has on people’s everyday lives. When I was doing my research, I found that people experiencing social jet lag may experience difficulties throughout the day. It’s possible the social prototypes might have more inherent problems, I want to explore that further,” said Johnson.</p> <h4>Support makes all the difference </h4> <p>Her unique research showed great promise in helping her apply for graduate schools. With the prestigious Psi Chi award, she had the experience needed to take her psychology career to the next level. “I love sleep research and reading about it. I wanted to contribute to the field. I also wanted the experience. It’s important to have research, especially going to graduate school. Hopefully my research project can help me out a little bit,” said Johnson.</p> <p>Along the way, Johnson had the support she needed to be successful in her project. Nebraska Wesleyan faculty members Dr. Elizabeth Freeman, Dr. Petro, and Dr. Trace Vardsveen all gave Johnson advice to perfect her craft. “Dr. Freeman was so great. She was always there to help me no matter what. She said we had an open invitation to her office and she helped me navigate [my research] during COVID. It was a positive experience." Johnson continued, "Dr. Petro gave me some good insight about sleep research as well, and Dr. Vardsveen was so helpful with my statistical design."</p> <p>Johnson's research project captivated the eyes of Psi Chi honor society, and her colleagues here at NWU. Congratulations, Anna on your academic success and we look forward to seeing you grow as a psychology scholar! </p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-04-07T16:06:48+00:00">Thu, 04/07/2022 - 11:06am</span> Thu, 07 Apr 2022 16:06:48 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654186 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Nursing graduate programs now exclusively online https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/nursing-graduate-programs-now-exclusively-online <h1 class="page-header nopad">Nursing graduate programs now exclusively online</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan's Master of Science in Nursing and MSN/Master of Business Administration joint degree are the first programs in school history to be offered exclusively online. It’s an important development for a program designed to serve nursing professionals with especially demanding schedules.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Patients’ needs never clock out. As a result, there is no single time of day or day of the week where every nurse can conveniently step away from their duties to advance their education. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Online courses give nurses the flexibility they need to earn their MSN or MSN/MBA while working any shift and managing their families. Online course delivery also expands the university’s reach, giving nurses wherever they may reside the same access to Nebraska Wesleyan’s outstanding nursing faculty.</span></span></span></p> <blockquote> <p><span><span><span>"The flexibility of our online format allows you to do the program at your convenience."</span></span></span></p> </blockquote> <p><span><span><span>“Working nurses who want to return to school need flexibility in their busy lives of work, family and yes, even pandemics,” said <strong>Sue Gabriel</strong> (MFS ’03, MSN ’05) (EdD, RN, SANE-A), NWU’s MSN program director. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“We’re excited to reach nurses in greater Nebraska and beyond with our MSN online program,” Gabriel said. “They’ll find NWU nursing faculty who are dedicated to maintaining the student connectedness and engagement nurses have always found in our face-to-face classes.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSN is a 40-credit-hour program that allows nurses two course tracks: nurse educator and nurse administrator. The MSN/MBA joint degree is a 55-credit-hour program that combines nursing education with insights on effective business practices.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“The flexibility of our online format allows you to do the program at your convenience. When work or family pressures are less, you can focus fully on the content of your course" said Nursing Department Chair <strong>Charlotte Liggett </strong>(MSN, MBA). "You will be in a small cohort of nursing professionals that provides a great opportunity to learn from one another.” </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Learn more about Nebraska Wesleyan's online graduate degrees by visiting <a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/graduate-programs/master-science-nursing/master-science-nursing">nebrwesleyan.edu/MSN</a></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-03-30T20:05:29+00:00">Wed, 03/30/2022 - 3:05pm</span> Wed, 30 Mar 2022 20:05:29 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654172 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Hospital administrator plans for life after the pandemic https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/hospital-administrator-plans-life-after-pandemic <h1 class="page-header nopad">Hospital administrator plans for life after the pandemic</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Jenny (Lum) Stachura</strong> (BSN ’08, MSN ’13) was less than a year into her current role as vice president for patient care services at CHI Health St. Elizabeth. But nothing about her demeanor conveyed inexperience as she welcomed you into her office. Instead, she shook your hand and you detected something already battletested in her smile—something that neither a KN-95 nor a warm disposition could mask.</p> <p>Jenny Stachura’s been through it. Fifteen years at St. Elizabeth and CHI Health Nebraska Heart. Working her “three twelves” on the floor in progressive care. Coordinating services for patients with failing hearts. Serving as director of critical care. The last two years spent in COVID-19’s exhausting fury. Still, Stachura remained upbeat. Asked about the pandemic’s impact, she answered with a veteran’s understatement: “You do learn to stay flexible.”</p> <div alt="Jenny Stachura walking with nurse " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="cb0c3503-978b-43f4-aaa0-b9dd587018d0" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/img_1991.jpg?itok=Tr8LO5W_" alt="Jenny Stachura walking with nurse " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>But this was January 19, 2022. And some things about the omicron wave belied understatement. Nationally, COVID-19 infections crested five days earlier, at around 808,000 daily cases— those eights and zeros hanging open like a row of astonished jaws. Each day in America, another Seattle, Wash., infected.</p> <p>In Nebraska on January 19, the curve tracked somewhat behind the nation’s, with cases still rising. And hospitalizations, by their nature, tracked behind cases. Together, that meant omicron’s strain on St. Elizabeth’s intensive care unit promised to stay white knuckled into February. “Never in my career have I seen an ICU stay completely full for so long,” Stachura said.</p> <p>She and her colleagues had contingency plans. If things got still worse, they could transition St. E’s ICU from 16 beds to 24— something the hospital had never done before. Stachura described this contingency with lifted eyebrows, as if to say St. E’s also has the ability to turn on all its fire sprinklers. That doesn’t mean it wants to. In some ORs, the hospital’s capacity to continue elective surgeries teetered on what happened the night before. One patient’s admission for surgery hinging on another’s release. The system, she said, has been that strained.</p> <p>“I think a lot about our strategic planning,” Stachura said. Planning to get the hospital and her nurses through the pandemic. Planning, also, to take them beyond it. “What comes after this? What’s the strategy from here? Over the next six months, what can we do to grow our skills and elevate the practice of nursing?”</p> <p>Missing from Stachura’s vocabulary were the typical buzzwords of the institutional planner—the jargon about “value added” or “upgraded process innovations.” That might be because Stachura’s mindset as a hospital administrator stayed remarkably close to her mindset as a floor nurse, a coworker, a parent. “It’s important for us to continue looking forward,” she said. “You still have goals. Those didn’t just go away.” For countless nurses, those goals involve education—and the career doors a degree can open.</p> <blockquote> <p>"Working on the floor, you have to look for the wins. And you have to share them."</p> </blockquote> <p>“I didn’t have a real plan when I started my MSN,” Stachura said. “Nursing education or administration? I wasn’t sure. But I loved being a student, and Wesleyan made it easy to plan my week. Small classes made for great discussions, and I’ve had so many good mentors.”</p> <p>Those classes and mentors expanded her range as a nurse. And while she may not have had a plan heading into NWU’s Master of Science in Nursing program, she came out of it better able to create one. “And when that opportunity opened up, I was ready to jump.” Stachura felt a similar positivity running between Nebraska Wesleyan’s learning environment and St. E’s working environment— especially through the pandemic’s hardships.</p> <div alt="Jenny Stachura talking with nurses" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="ckeditor_300px_wide" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="8a48ebc3-cb7d-435c-ade6-c695d27bedd9" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/ckeditor_300px_wide/public/inline-files/img_1996.jpg?itok=5Po2c7Fw" alt="Jenny Stachura talking with nurses" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>“Working on the floor, you have to look for the wins,” she said. “And you have to share them. When that family member sees what you do and shows you gratitude—it’s so important that you share that with your team. Because you’re in it together.”</p> <p>So much unfolds in a single shift, she said. “In one room, someone’s upset. The next room: someone’s dying. In the next room, someone needs help getting to the bathroom.” Stachura’s eyes smiled over her mask. “You get good at shifting gears and putting on that face.”</p> <p>Another thing the pandemic taught her: You can’t wear that face all the time. “People in the medical field can be the worst at asking for help,” she said. Then she uttered the most strategically important sentence a hospital administrator can say to anyone—inside or outside a hospital. She said, “We need to prioritize taking care of each other.”</p> <p><a href="https://explore.nebrwesleyan.edu/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw3IqSBhCoARIsAMBkTb3zjTk6ie2_j9XpaLWd9CqcXznjcM23Ipdcux4INm3gW0DFzBwFqdoaAh62EALw_wcB">Learn more</a> about Nebraska Wesleyan's Master of Science in Nursing - our first fully online degree.</p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-03-29T20:56:22+00:00">Tue, 03/29/2022 - 3:56pm</span> Tue, 29 Mar 2022 20:56:22 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654168 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Four new majors come to Nebraska Wesleyan https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/four-new-majors-come-nebraska-wesleyan <h1 class="page-header nopad">Four new majors come to Nebraska Wesleyan </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Nebraska Wesleyan will offer four new undergraduate majors beginning fall 2022: data analytics, digital marketing, financial planning and project management. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>These majors will feature the traditional Nebraska Wesleyan experience with select online courses taught by national experts</span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">. Online courses are offered through NWU’s membership in a consortium of fellow Council of Independent Colleges members. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">More about the majors: </span></strong></span></span></span></p> <ul> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/data-analytics/data-analytics-degree"><strong>Data analytics</strong></a><strong> </strong>prepares students to understand complex data in an information-rich society. Courses in the program include Python and SQL programming, and data visualization. </span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><span>Program concentrations include cybersecurity, supply chain management, computer science and more.</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/business/business-degrees/digital-marketing-ba-bs"><strong>Digital marketing</strong></a> enables graduates to pursue a variety of careers, including content strategy, marketing analytics and social media management. Students will learn how to create effective digital strategies utilizing persuasive communication and data analytics.</span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/business/business-degrees/financial-planning-ba-bs"><strong>Financial planning</strong></a> sets students up to take the Certified Financial Planning exam to become financial advisors and planners. Coursework includes risk management and insurance planning, investment planning, tax planning, and more. </span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN"><a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/business/business-degrees/project-management-ba-bs"><strong>Project management</strong></a> teaches the leadership, communication, and technical skills to successfully manage complex projects. Career pathways include business analytics, IT project management and more.  </span></span></span></span></li> </ul> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“These new majors represent high-demand careers and sought-after degrees,” said NWU Provost Graciela Caneiro-Livingston. “Nebraska Wesleyan is one of two schools in the state to offer a financial planning major – showcasing how we continue to meet student needs. We are taking a progressive response to students who are seeking academic options in high-demand fields.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Students who pursue these majors will take part in NWU's Archway Curriculum which requires all students to complete an experiential learning component, such as an internship, research, study abroad and more</span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">. Caneiro-Livingston continued, “More than 95% of our recent seniors have reported job offers or grad school placements before graduation day. There is a lot happening at our university, and we are keeping career and graduate school readiness at the forefront of our decisions.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Those interested in learning more about Nebraska Wesleyan and our programs should visit: </span><a href="https://slate.nebrwesleyan.edu/register/inquire"><span>https://slate.nebrwesleyan.edu/register/inquire</span></a></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-03-29T20:27:35+00:00">Tue, 03/29/2022 - 3:27pm</span> Tue, 29 Mar 2022 20:27:35 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654167 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Thummel named CORE Award recipient https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/thummel-named-core-award-recipient <h1 class="page-header nopad">Thummel named CORE Award recipient </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Bruce Thummel, maintenance and boiler lead supervisor, was recently awarded Nebraska Wesleyan's CORE Award. </p> <p>The CORE Award recognizes a staff member whose efforts and contributions significantly exceed expectations in demonstrating or promoting one or more of NWU's CORE values: excellence, liberal arts, and personal attention to students, diversity, community, and stewardship.</p> <p><span><span><span>"On any given day or night Bruce wears a variety of hats," said James Ruzicka, director of the physical plant. "You might see him playing a plumber, electrician, carpenter, locksmith, mechanic, critter catcher, and even a guest speaker. Bruce is always willing to help whoever, whenever, with whatever. He does all of this in cheer for the good of NWU and his team."</span></span></span></p> <p>Thummel is a true asset to NWU. What might seem like a minor task to some, can make a big difference to our community. Students and employees show great gratitude for all he does across campus - much of which is unseen.</p> <p>Thummel is there to help, even when it is outside his regular work schedule. He gives a substantial amount of effort to everything he does, and it does not go unnoticed. "Bruce will always disregard his own comfort to ensure the comfort of others," added Ruzicka.</p> <p>He has a drive to help others and is known for turning a challenge into a learning opportunity. Thummel has many outstanding qualities that make him the ideal CORE Award winner - and Nebraska Wesleyan's community appreciates this often unsung hero.</p> <p>Thank you for all that you do, Bruce!</p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-03-18T22:19:24+00:00">Fri, 03/18/2022 - 5:19pm</span> Fri, 18 Mar 2022 22:19:24 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654149 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu University choir concert aimed at humanitarian aid for Ukraine https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/university-choir-concert-aimed-humanitarian-aid-ukraine <h1 class="page-header nopad">University choir concert aimed at humanitarian aid for Ukraine </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>On Monday, March 28, children from the Nebraska Academy of Vocal Arts will join Nebraska Wesleyan's choral ensembles and spring opera soloists to take part in a community concert and fundraiser for Ukraine.</span></span></span></span></p> <div class="highlight-box highlight-mobile"> <h4><span><span><span><span>NWU's BIG Sing - A concert to support Ukrainian aid</span></span></span></span></h4> <p><span><span><span><span>Join Nebraska Wesleyan's choral ensembles and spring opera soloists to take part in a community concert and fundraiser for Ukraine.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>When: Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.</span></span></span></span></p> <p>Where: O'Donnell Auditorium</p> </div> <p><span><span><span><span>Donations collected at the event will go to supporting humanitarian aid in Ukraine through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). UMCOR is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that responds to numerous disasters each year. All donations from the concert will go directly towards UMCOR’s efforts in Ukraine and Poland – administrative expenses are funded through an annual offering collected by United Methodist churches. UMCOR assistance includes, aiding refugees with food, water, hygiene, and other essential non-food supplies and temporary shelter.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">“This concert is an opportunity for our community to come together and recognize the tragedies happening in Ukraine,” said Darrin Good, Nebraska Wesleyan president. “We have students and employees who have ties to Ukraine, which makes these events hit even closer to home. I hope to see our Lincoln community at this concert and join us in supporting UMCOR’s humanitarian efforts.”</span></span></span></span></p> <div alt="Tom Trenney conducting NWU's choir " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="article_teaser" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="7067e0ef-c2c4-498f-9c6b-d8b65c63bdb7" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_teaser/public/inline-files/choir0039-web.jpg?itok=KA79OHfF" width="300" height="226" alt="Tom Trenney conducting NWU's choir " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">NWU Assistant Professor of Music and Choir Director Tom Trenney added, “This concert will be offered as a communal prayer for peace and a fundraiser for support of Ukraine. We invite you to listen to our heartfelt performance and join in on this soulful experience.”</span> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Concert programming will include jazz standards by the Gershwins; choral arrangements by Sweet Honey and the Rock; Jake Runestad's epic masterwork "A Silence Haunts Me"; and African American spirituals arranged by Stacey Gibbs. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN" xml:lang="EN" xml:lang="EN">Those in attendance are encouraged to join in song at the concert. </span><span>Attendance is free and no reservations are required. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m.</span> <span>in NWU’s O’Donnell Auditorium, located in the Vance D. Rogers Center for Fine Arts. </span></span></span></span></p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-03-17T16:10:31+00:00">Thu, 03/17/2022 - 11:10am</span> Thu, 17 Mar 2022 16:10:31 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654145 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu The scales of justice: exploring legal careers first-hand https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/scales-justice-exploring-legal-careers-first-hand <h1 class="page-header nopad">The scales of justice: exploring legal careers first-hand </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Ever thought about taking a legal career? For many, the answer is yes. Last spring, Assistant Professor of Political Science Zachary Baumann, and several fellow employees joined together to discuss pre-law advising at Nebraska Wesleyan University. </p> <p>The result? A course entitled <em>Exploring Legal Careers</em>. </p> <p>Professor Baumann is working on supporting students interested in legal careers by providing them with background information to understand what a legal career path requires, and how diverse legal careers can be. Its goal is to enable students with the necessary skills needed to be successful in the industry.</p> <p>There are many steps to this process. Exploring Legal Careers is the beginning course of action. Held in the fall semester, the course is aimed at students interested in legal careers or those simply wanting to learn more. The beginner’s course is set to introduce the fundamentals, and answers questions, such as <em>What can someone do with a law degree?</em> Or even, <em>Is this a good fit for me?</em></p> <p>Professor Baumann joined Nebraska Wesleyan in the fall of 2020 and previously taught at Florida Southern College and Pennsylvania State University. “Law is a very interdisciplinary field that relates to everything from science and technology, criminal justice, political science, social work, the arts, business, finance and more,” said Professor Baumann. “It has been helpful creating a cohort of students who are all interested in the same thing and giving them to chance to connect with others across campus. They support one another on their learning journeys,” said Professor Baumann.</p> <p>The Exploring Legal Careers course was taught for the first time this past fall. Students completed journal entries and experience papers, read Robert Miller’s <em>Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience</em>, and presented a final presentation of their research and discovered skills at the end of the semester. Freshman Genna Blakely is a psychology major, and she felt more knowledgeable after taking the course. “The best experience I took from the class was conducting an interview with an NWU alum of my choice who practices law here in Lincoln. I was able to ask her a multitude of questions, and I learned so much about the field from her. It's beneficial that I got to have this experience at the very beginning of my career at Wesleyan,” said Blakely.</p> <h4>Utilizing networks </h4> <p>Students also have the opportunity to experience guest speakers that show the different facets of legal careers. “I assembled a panel of NWU alumni in law school or those who had recently graduated to discuss their experiences. We learned how they approached the application process and their advice for current students,” said Professor Baumann. The speakers included Katelyn Richardson a first-year at Northwestern University, Natalie Graves a third-year at Vanderbilt University, and Ashley Bykerk who graduated from Emory University and is currently legislative counsel to Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Katherine Clark.</p> <p>Baumann also brought several of his Nebraska Wesleyan colleagues and numerous community members to speak about the values of a law degrees, they included: Adam Morfeld, state senator for NE 46 and founder of Civic Nebraska, Mary Choate, executive director for the Center for Legal Immigration Assistance, Justice Francie Riedmann from the Nebraska 3rd Judicial District Court of Appeals, and Jack Wightman, associate general counsel at Fiserv.</p> <h4>Law school does not necessarily mean lawyer</h4> <p>Students are given the opportunity to venture out into the world of justice to see what this career path looks like in the eyes of judges, lawyers, attorneys, and more. Students gain critical knowledge in ethical responsibilities and how to represent clients in court, among other skills. Freshman Zachary Weis is a double major in philosophy &amp; religion and political science, and minoring in criminal justice. “I chose to major in political science because it explores many concepts that are applicable to law. I am unsure what I will do with a law degree, but I have not ruled out a career in politics. We learn in Exploring Legal Careers that one does not have to be a practicing attorney for a law degree to be beneficial,” said Weis.</p> <p>Freshman Madeline August is currently in the process of declaring a political science major with an international policy and family studies minor at Nebraska Wesleyan University. After taking Baumann’s pre-law class, she feels confident in applying for law schools and potential career paths. </p> <blockquote> <p>"Dr. Baumann has taken NWU’s core value of ‘personal attention to students’ and made it an integral part of his curriculum."</p> </blockquote> <p>Professor Baumann’s class receives a lot of praise from students and his colleagues. It is evident that pre-Law is not biased to only political science students, but open to all majors and minors. “The experiences and resources Dr. Baumann provides his students are fantastic,” said Graciela Caneiro-Livingston, provost and head of academic affairs. “This class is a great opportunity for students to explore legal careers first-hand from industry professionals. Dr. Baumann has taken NWU’s core value of ‘personal attention to students’ and made it an integral part of his curriculum. He truly cares about these students and their future careers.”</p> <p>This is an out-of-the-box learning experience for those interested in a legal career. No matter the major or minor, any student at Nebraska Wesleyan University can venture out into the scales of justice.</p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-03-17T16:09:53+00:00">Thu, 03/17/2022 - 11:09am</span> Thu, 17 Mar 2022 16:09:53 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654144 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Holder Lecture to address the dynamics facing contemporary nonfiction writers https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/holder-lecture-address-dynamics-facing-contemporary-nonfiction-writers <h1 class="page-header nopad">Holder Lecture to address the dynamics facing contemporary nonfiction writers</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Douglas Hesse, professor of writing at the University of Denver, will be this year's Holder Lecture presenter.</p> <p>His presentation is entitled “<em>The Creative Coordinates of Contemporary Nonfiction: Matters for Readers and Writers.</em>” Hesse will explore how nonfiction writers draw on their memories and experiences in their work. He will illustrate his points by utilizing contemporary writer examples. </p> <p>Hesse is author of over 80 essays and is the co-author of four books, including <em>Creating Nonfiction</em> and the <em>Simon and Schuster Handbook for Writers</em>. He is nationally recognized for his leadership in writing pedagogy and administration and national literacy efforts. Hesse has served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English, chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, president of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, and chair of the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum. Hesse earned his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa.</p> <p>The lecture will be held in Callen Conference Center, located on the first floor of Smith-Curtis on April 21 at 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.</p> <p>The Kenneth R. Holder Lecture was established by members of the Department of English in memory of Dr. Kenneth R. Holder, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and professor of English. The annual lecture features a scholar in the field of language, English education or composition theory.</p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-03-15T21:14:12+00:00">Tue, 03/15/2022 - 4:14pm</span> Tue, 15 Mar 2022 21:14:12 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654133 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Elder Gallery features works by Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/elder-gallery-features-works-nancy-friedemann-sanchez <h1 class="page-header nopad">Elder Gallery features works by Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez</h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Nebraska Wesleyan's Elder Gallery will showcase the work of Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez in the exhibition, "Studio Visit." This exhibition presents a variety of works ranging from excerpts of her visual novel "Mestiza Dos Veces" to collaborative book projects like "Redolent" with poet Farid Matuk and "Un Acordeón Tras la Reja" with the Instituto Caro Y Cuervo de Colombia.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Friedemann-Sánchez’s</span></span><span lang="ES" xml:lang="ES"><span> current body of work is conceived as a visual novel comprised of paintings, sculptures, objects, and mixed media that together, speak as a narrative novel about cultural memory and migration. Anchored in feminism, the work is infused with American and Colombian cultural forms, and informed by the encounter of Europe and the Americas. </span></span><span><span>Having grown up in Colombia as <span>the child of a Colombian woman and a United States citizen</span>, and having migrated to the U.S. as an adult, she makes art in two languages about the curious and intense experience of migration. For the past six years, she has researched the practice of "Barníz de Pasto<em>." </em>This technique developed through the global commerce intermingling of pre-Columbian art, and Spanish and Asian decorative practices in the colonial era. Her research of "Barníz de Pasto"<em> </em>allows Friedemann-Sánchez to create hybrid motifs and large-scale collages that tell stories of colonization, abundance and extraction.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>"Redolent"<em><span><span> </span></span></em>is a handmade, limited-edition artist book comprising 12 prints of paintings by Friedemann-Sánchez and seven poems by Matuk. </span></span><span><span>The project draws on resonances across Friedemann-Sánchez’s and Matuk’s independent practices in which each address the ever-developing legacy of colonization in the Americas, including through personal experiences of migration - Friedemann-Sánchez from Colombia and Matuk from Peru. The poems and images in "Redolent" build a vocabulary of beauty and violence, where lush flora and fauna are entangled with symbols of surveillance and militarization and where tender expressions of kinship brush against relations of patriarchy and nationhood.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>"Un Acordeón Tras la Reja"<span> is a republishing of a story written by Afro-Colombian writer Manuel Zapata Olivella containing 13 woodcut prints created by Friedemann-Sánchez at Constellation Studios in Lincoln Nebraska. </span>The publications were distributed to rural libraries across Colombia and tell the story of the violent political and cultural ramifications of colonization in Colombia through the experience of an Afro-Colombian accordion player.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The exhibition opened on March 1 with a reception on March 4 from 5-8 p.m. in Elder Gallery, located inside the Rogers Center for Fine Arts at 50th Street and Huntington Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The last day for the exhibition is on April 10. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-02-17T18:24:27+00:00">Thu, 02/17/2022 - 12:24pm</span> Thu, 17 Feb 2022 18:24:27 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654067 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu Fall academic honors list announced https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/about-nwu/news-center/fall-academic-honors-list-announced-2 <h1 class="page-header nopad">Fall academic honors list announced </h1> <div property="schema:text" class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Nebraska Wesleyan University announces its 2021 fall semester academic honors list for students enrolled in traditional and adult undergraduate programs. </p> <p> </p> <h5>Traditional undergraduates</h5> <p>Students earning at least a 3.75 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) while completing a full-time course load of at least 12 credit hours of graded work (pass/fail courses are not included) are eligible. </p> <div data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="file:file_default" data-entity-embed-display-settings="1" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="362e0339-dc32-45f9-9592-fd390478ffe5" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf icon-before"><span class="file-icon"><img src="/themes/custom/nwu_d8_main/images/icon/pdf_48.png" alt="PDF" height="24" /></span><span class="file-link"><a href="https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu/sites/default/files/inline-files/fall_2021_traditional_ug_academic_honors_list_0.pdf" type="application/pdf; 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Honored were students Quentin Reese and Nile Debebe, Coach Jen Dyson and Professor Mary Hickman.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The 2022 theme for the MLK celebration was "It starts with me." The award winners were noted for embodying an "It starts with me" mentality about diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice work. Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion Wendy Hunt stated, "</span></span></span><span><span><span>We all must start with ourselves to make this earth equitable and inclusive for all who live on it. <span><span><span>Congratulations to our award winners for the work they have done and will continue to do."</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Diversity Advocate awards </strong></span></span></span><span><span><span></span></span></span><span><span><span></span></span></span></h3> <div alt="Jen Dyson image " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="article_teaser" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="e5712631-a935-410f-8317-3dc4852a314c" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_teaser/public/inline-files/rvmqregg.jpeg?itok=UqoUktKd" width="300" height="226" alt="Jen Dyson image " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span>Head Women's Soccer Coach <strong>Jen</strong> <strong>Dyson</strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>“Jen has been a leader for diversity in the Athletic Department. Last year she helped create a Staff Diversity committee," said Director of Athletics Ira Zeff. "She also was NWU’s representative on the American Rivers Conference Diversity Committee that developed a conference Unity Statement that is now read before each conference competition.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Congratulations, Jen! </span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span></span></span></span></p> <div alt="Mary Hickman image " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="article_teaser" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6abadde3-b83a-40bd-ac76-2c4fb6038e73" data-langcode="en" class="align-right embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_teaser/public/inline-files/photo_1.jpg?itok=MlXtc5uW" width="300" height="226" alt="Mary Hickman image " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p class="text-align-right"><span><span><span>Assistant Professor of English <strong>Mary</strong> <strong>Hickman</strong></span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-right"><span><span><span>“Mary has increased our exposure to cultural difference, connectedness, and shared responsibility as human beings. She has helped us move beyond acceptance of perceived difference to curiosity and to empathy which contribute to cross-cultural understanding and peace," said Professor of English Gerise Herndon. </span></span></span></p> <p class="text-align-right"><span><span><span><span><span><span>Congratulations, Mary!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <div alt="Quentin Reese image " data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="article_teaser" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="f88f65d3-3832-4706-80ec-8b93da951109" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_teaser/public/inline-files/cfmg0blg.jpeg?itok=xfwi0Px4" width="300" height="226" alt="Quentin Reese image " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p><span><span><span><strong>Quentin</strong> <strong>Reese</strong>- senior, exercise science major</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Fellow student Dani Wheeler said, “Quentin’s willingness to be a leader in clubs and speak up for others shows their responsibility and initiative to making NWU and Lincoln better.”  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Congratulations, Quentin! </span></span></span></p> <h3> </h3> <h3> </h3> <h3><span><span><span><strong>Mary Butler award</strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span></span></span></span></p> <div alt="Nile Debebe image" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="article_teaser" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="6eab72b8-6f28-49f2-ac51-173c1b7eddbc" data-langcode="en" class="align-left embedded-entity"> <img loading="lazy" src="/sites/default/files/styles/article_teaser/public/inline-files/0u6x7gnw_0.jpeg?itok=aGdX1b8s" width="300" height="226" alt="Nile Debebe image" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <p>The prestigious Mary Butler Award recognizes a junior or senior who identifies as a student of color, is in good academic standing and demonstrates the ability to enrich the campus through extracurricular involvement, leadership, responsibility, and concern for others.</p> <p><span><span><span><strong>Nile</strong> <strong>Debebe</strong>- senior, political science and communication studies major</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Assistant Professor of Political Science Zach Baumann said, “Nile is not content to sit in the wings, instead he works for organizations advocating criminal justice and immigration reforms and actively participates in electoral campaigns and social movements. Nile demonstrates initiative promoting civic engagement and enriches campus through his contributions in the classroom and involvement in extracurricular activities.”</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Congratulations, Nile!</span></span></span></p> </div> <span rel="schema:author"><a title="View user profile." href="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" lang="" about="/campus-directory/hunter-reeves" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Hunter Reeves</a></span> <span property="schema:dateCreated" content="2022-01-28T21:43:06+00:00">Fri, 01/28/2022 - 3:43pm</span> Fri, 28 Jan 2022 21:43:06 +0000 Hunter Reeves 654048 at https://www.nebrwesleyan.edu