Education Department

Gilman Scholarships Send Two Abroad for Fall Semester

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University seniors have each been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad for the fall semester.

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From a Civil War in Myanmar to Lincoln, NWU Student Now Helps Immigrants Explore Education Opportunities

Khu Say was just an infant when he, his parents, and older brother were forced from their home in Burma — now known as Myanmar — and into the jungle to flee the civil war between the Burmese and Karen people.

They lived in that jungle for six months.

Fleeing armed conflicts, horrendous human rights abuse and persecution by the Burmese military, Khu Say’s family eventually crossed the border to Thailand where they spent 11 years in a refugee camp. 

A resettlement program eventually helped his family establish roots in Lincoln, Neb.

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Three Passions - Three Majors: Sophomore Says Support Helps Him Balance

Nebraska Wesleyan University sophomore Eric Kimberly discovered his love for theatre in high school.

So it was no surprise when he decided to major in theatre in college.

But interest in math and education also intrigued him as he began diving into his NWU classes. Before long, he decided to major in all three.

“Growing up I was always the person everyone went to for help with math,” said Kimberly who came to NWU from Omaha. “I think growing up being the one who was helping people with things is what got me into the idea of teaching.”

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Beyond Four Walls: Professors Find Creative Ways to Take Class Beyond the Classroom

Classes aren’t confined to four campus walls.

First-year biology classes, for example, use a “flipped classroom” that puts more emphasis on lab and less on traditional lectures.

James Perry takes a criminal justice class to the Lancaster County Corrections Facility to lead a book club with inmates.

Frank Ferraro taught his “Psychological Reactions to Nature” class about the benefits of unplugging and then took his students to the North Laramie River in Wyoming where they lived what they learned.

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Seniors Gain Teaching Experience in Ireland Classrooms

Four Nebraska Wesleyan University education majors are wrapping up a two-month teaching experience that will leave them with a lifetime of memories.

Seniors Hannah Bell of Lincoln, Halie Brandt of Lincoln, Nicki Classen of Alvo and Shauna Owens of Omaha have spent part of the fall semester doing their student teaching in Ireland.

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Annual Holder Lecture to Address iPad Influence on Reading and Writing

Joan Hughes, associate professor of learning technologies at the University of Texas-Austin, will discuss iPad-supported reading and writing practices when she delivers the annual Holder Lecture on Thursday, April 23.

Her lecture, "Emergent Research Perspectives on iPad-Supported Reading and Writing Practices," begins at 3:30 p.m. in Callen Conference Center, located on the lower level of the Smith-Curtis Administration Building.

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NWU Senior Chases Astronaut Dream All the Way to NASA History Office

Nolan Lott was only a toddler when Ron Howard’s film, Apollo 13, hit the theaters.

When he was old enough to watch and understand the Academy Award-winning film about the aborted 1970 lunar mission, he —like many young boys — dreamed of becoming an astronaut.

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Biggs to Lead NWU Education Department

Nebraska Wesleyan University has hired Dr. Nancy Biggs, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources at Lincoln Public Schools, to lead its Education Department, beginning August 1.

“Nebraska Wesleyan is fortunate to find such an experienced teacher and administrator to add to our talented team of faculty in the Education Department,” said NWU Provost Judy Muyskens. “I am confident that she will work with our faculty to grow the department and expand our offerings in education.”

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Two NWU Education Majors Honored With Scholarships

Two Nebraska Wesleyan University seniors have each been awarded a scholarship from the Nebraska State Education Association's  (NSEA) Retired Board of Directors.

Melissa Sorensen of Orchard and Brittnie Kreikemeier of Dodge have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

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NWU Student Wins NSEA Retired Teachers Scholarship

A Nebraska Wesleyan University junior elementary education major is the 2011 recipient of the Nebraska Student Education Association Retired Teachers Scholarship.

Kelli Raile of Grand Island received the scholarship during the Student Education Association Delegate Assembly in April.

The scholarship is presented each year to a college junior or senior and member of the Student Education Association who plans to student teach during the next academic year.

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