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Thursday, July 5, 1956
The Di-ogram of air age educa
tion at the University is one of
the finest in the United States, ac
cording to Dr. John Furbay, direc
tor of air world education for
Trans Work! Airlines.
In a special interview, Dr. Fur
bay pointed out that the field of
air education through the schools
more or less began at the Uni
"Education for living in the air
age," was how he termed the pur
pose 'of the Air Age Workshop
presently being held here.
"It is extremely important from
a curriculum point of view," he
said, "because this air age bits
every point of the curriculum."
He described his job at TWA as
one of training American em
ployees who would be sent to
foreign posts in one ot zo countries.
He explained that he taught
them, not aeronautics, but culture
of their countries with the idea of
adjustment to an overseas job. This
includes teaching them now to
Frank Porter Graham, outstand
ing educator and statesman, will
be guest speaker at the World Af
fairs Preview Monday.
" He will discuss "The United Na
tions: Its Work and Its Hope in
the Atomic Age" at 2 pa. in the
Graham has served 'as United
Nations representative for India
and Pakistan- since June, 1351.
During the previous year be was
defense manpower administrator
in the U. S. Department of Labor.
During 1949 and 1330, he served
as XJJS. senator from North Caro
lina. Graham was president of the
University of North Carolina from
1930 to 1949. During this period, be
was the first chairman of the
board of the Oak Ridge Institute
for Nuclear Research. He was the
United States' representative on
the United Nations committee of
good offices in the Dutch-Indonesian
dispute from 1947 to 194S.
Key To Future'
The nation which bas the answer
to fear of war and fear of hunger
will have the world in its lap,
John IL Furbay told a University
convocation audience Friday.
"Every one of us is soldier in
this cold war, helping shape opin
ions and influencing the minds of
men and those who do the best job
will be running the world 25 years
from now," be said. "That is why
w miiet have faith in our United
Nations, exploit our government's
Point Four relief program over
seas, fight bate with Christian love,
and educate those we will have to
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their particular country.
The other part of his job, Dr.
Furbay explained is one of edu
cating the public about what avia
tion is and its importance.
This, he said, is done mainly
through the school, and consists of
developing an understanding of the
role of the airplane in global
geography, world trade, and inter
Asked about Russian air power,
Furbay said: "Although Russia
has some very modern jet military
planes, if one looks at the whole
picture Russia is about 20 years
behind the US.
Pointing out some of the ways
in which the U.S. is superior, he
explained that Russia has no in
ternational air lines, no four engine
passenger planes and no appre
ciable number of pilots with inter
continental flying experience.
Another example of U.S. super
iority is the fact that almost all
the Russian airports still have
grass runways, he said.
"The United States is far super
ior in total air power, but this
shouldn't cause any let up in our
efforts to keep it that way," he
said. ... j
Placement Division Finds
The need for teachers is more
acute than ever according to the
record of the University Teacher
Although three months remain
in the division's calendar year,
the number of requssts for teach
ers has already exceeded last
year's total by nearly 2000.
From September until June 1,
approximately 19,500 requests for
teachers were filed with the divi
sion. Last year's total was 8700.
Dr. Wesley Meierhenry, co-ordi-nator
of the division, explained
that the need for teachers is acute
since the number of both new and
experienced teachers registered
with the division has remained at
about 1000 for each of the last 30
The number of requests, he said,
rose slowly to about 3000 in 1951.
Since then the totals have shot rap
This is a typical situation in the
placement office, rhe superintend
ent of one of NebrJca's larger
"school systems recently came in
and said, "I'm still looking for a
Phys. Ed. man and Spanish."
The personnel specialist just
shook his bead and said, "We
don't have any."
Meierhenry said the state's
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j "The best way to keep peace be
tween the United States and Rus
sia is lor us to Keep our air
superiority," he explained.
In his afternoon address, Dr.
Furbay discussed the role of
transportation in the history of
"This history," he explained
"has been in three great phases,
of man's conquering the world of
space ... the ship, the wheel and
finally the wing, or airplane.
"Under the 4,000 years in which
the ship was the main means of
transportation only 10 per cent of
the world was civilized.
"The road and rails spread civli
zation to another 25 per cent of
the world's surface.
Thus, when the airplane was
first invented, only 35 per cent of
the world was civilized. Dr. Fur
Since that time, be explained,
the airplane has opened up almost
all of the remaining 65 percent of
"With this has come the greatest
social transition the world bas
ever, known," Furbay -said, "and
it is in this world of changing re
lations, that air education bas be
come so important.
larger school systems are feeling
the need as well as the small
"It's everybody's problem," he
Areas in which the shortage Is
most critical include music, com
mercial arts, home economics and
almost all of the specialized skills.
There also is a great need for men
trained to teach in elementary
One of the chief problems faced
by Nebraska schools, Meierhenry
said, is that other states are at
tracting University-trained teach
ers by offering starting salaries as
much as $1,000 above those offered
by the average Nebraska school.
For example, one beginning
teacher will be paid 4,200 in Cali
fornia. Another will earn $4,500
while his wife, also a new teacher,
wDl be paid $3,300 in a school in
The average salary in Nebraska
for a beginning teacher is about
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To Leave July 12
Miss Shari Lewis, the viva
cious, well-proportioned brunette,-
who recently won the Ne
braska Miss Universe contest,
will leave July 12 for Los An
geles, Calif, where she will
compete in the national contest.
Judged on her beauty, poise and
personality. Miss Lewis won
over 18 other contestants at
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Square dance enthusiasts, both
veterans and beginners, will gather
at the University Thursday and
Friday for the annual Square Dance
The four sessions will be free
and open to the public. Instruction
will be given in fundamentals,
simple dances and calling techni
ques. The dance sessions will be held
at the Union Ballroom from 4 to f
p.m., Thursday; from 3:30 to 5:30 .
p.m., Friday, nd from 7:30 to
10 p.m. each evening.
The program is being sponsored
by the department of physical edu
cation for women in cooperation
with the Nebraska Folk and Square
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