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The design for UNL's 1973
Orange Bowl float this
year titled "A tribute
to Bob. Devaney," was
revealed this week. A fund
drive for the float is being
conducted by the Corn
Cobs and Nebraska
Association of Commerce
8:30 a.m. -Student Affairs
12:30 p.m. E ngineering
12:30 p.m. I nter -Varsity
2 p.m. Academic Services-Union
2 p.m. Student Activities
3 p.m. All University Fund
3:30 p.m. -All University
3:30 p.m. -Latter Day Saint
3:30 p.m. -Builders-College
4 p.m. Eta Sigma Gamma
4 p.m.-ASUN Senate
4:30 p.m. Union Planning
5 p.m. Eta Sigma Gamma-Union
'5:30 p . m , E n gi neerlng
5:30 p.m. Kappa Kappa
6 p.m. -Bed Cross-Union
6:30 p.m.-ASUN Human'Rights
6:30 p.m. -Builders
7 p.m. Inter-Fraternity
. 7 p.m. Towne Club-Union
7 . p.m. Slavic Club-tutoring-Union
7 p.m. -Builders-Union
7:30 p.m. -Student Veterans
7:30 p.m. Speech
7:30 p.m. math
7:30 p.m. -Wildlife Club-Union
U p.m.-Bahai Association-Union
Schedules, certificates out
UNL students who pre-registered for second semester will
receive the schedule of classes at their campus mailing address
However, certificates of registration were mailed by mistake
to each student's permanent home address. Students are
encouraged to, pick up the c ertificate over the holidays and ,
S attacr.j,iAi,ihg,,toack of the student ideotilicatlon c arid before;;'. , '..'4
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Students who want to make changes in their second
semester class schedule will be able to participate in free drop
and add Dec. 18-22 in the Nebraska Union.
A voice in the basement of the union cries
As finals approach, (tie minds of Weekend Film Folks are beginning
to deteriorate quickly. We're going crazy. If you are sharing this
condition, join us in a great escape. ... W. C. Fields in "Million
Dollar Legs" Friday and Saturday at 7 and 10 in the Union Small
Auditorium for $.75 ... And if you're a basket case, bring your own
basket ours are all full. How much longer until vacation?
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Progress af your ability
then enroll in these quality
career courses . . .
Legal Medical Executive- Steno
graphic Administrative Assistant
CLASSES START JANUARY 2, 1973
Call or Write
LINCOLN SCHOOL of COMMERCE
P.O. Box 82826 Ph. 432-53 1 5
Lincoln, N. 63501
For 13 years Norma L. Burke,
receptionist and information clerk in UNL's
office of records and registration, has given
the "personal touch" in answering students'
questions at the University.
In January she will retire from her post.
Burke is often the first person a student
or visitor meets upon entering the
Administration Building on Lincoln's City
Campus. She is not only one of the first, but
probably one of the most frequent contacts
of University students.
Her job is to answer questions about
registration, dropping and adding classes,
office and classroom locations and a long list
of other queries.
In July 1959, when Burke started her
job, she said she knew most of the 7,000 to
7,500 students by name. Now that the
University has grown to 21,581, she said she
can't recall all the names but she does
ijrecogn!ze many of the facets.
. - Students also recognize her. , ,W( ,,, , . .,.,
"Students often come up to me when I'm
downtown or somewhere else off campus
and start a conversation with 'aren't you the
lady' "she said.
She also said that students who have
graduated talk to her when they see her.
"When the University's public relations
office did a story on me a few years ago, I
received letters from manygraduatedstudents
who had seen the article and decided to
write me to say 'hello' " she said.
Visits with students
answering the questions of thousands of
students would seem like an awesome and
almost impossible task, but Burke said she
never thinks of all the other students when
she answers a question, just the one in front
"I take each individual at a time and step
by step answer each question he may have,"
Her approach to answering all those
questions is what she calls "visiting" with
the students and her "visiting" includes a
She considers her job one in human
relations. She said the only problems
between people corne when there is a lack of
"If I can understand the question, I
usually have the answer," she said.
Sometimes she said the students are not in
a good mood by the time they reach her
counter because they have been given
incorrect information and have been running
all over the campus with no solutions to
"I let them yell a little and let off their
steam and then I ask them what their
Burke said once a father came to her
window, upset that his daughter, who
graduated with honors from high school, was
tired and disgusted with school and refused
to go to the University.
"He said his wife and daughter were in the
car and he'd appreciate it if I would talk to
the girl," Mrs. Burke said.
She said after a short conversation with
the daughter, the girl agreed to start at the
University, later graduated with a very good
school record and married another student
who Burke also knew.
"The girl's grandmother, who lived in the
South, once sent me a pecan pie," she said.
From Burke's vantage point of 13 years
on campus, she sees no big difference in
students. "They may be a little more
concerned today about what is going on in
the world and about job opportunities, but
they still all basically want a good life for
themselves and their loved ones," she said.
Students still show me pictures of their
families and tell me what they plan to do
when the get out of school."
Burke admires students who have a
family, work and still go to school to
educate themselves for a job.
"They have to be pretty ambitious to do
that," she said.
She believes the increase in students at the
University in the past few years was due to
the avail ibil ity of more G.I. bills, more loans,
more educational opportunities as
scholarships, a stronger desire for education
and more pressures from the outside world
to get a higher education.
As far as her retirement is concerned,
Burke said it "all came so suddenly." She
said she is sad to be leaving.
"I'll miss all the questions, the people I
work with and the hustle and bustle of the
information counter," she said. "An, I'll
miss the students most of all."
As far as training her replacement, Burke
said, "you really can't train someone to
work with people.
"If they love people and enjoy working
with them as much as I do, they'll have no
trouble," she said.
When Burke retires, she plans to relax,
spend more time with her family and "take
each day as it comes."
"I might take another job, if it interested
me," she said. "I don't feel that I am ready
to retire yet".
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Wednesday, december 13, 1972
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