The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 07, 1975, Page page 2, Image 2

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    special services
By Susie Reitz
Started in 1970 to help educationally deprived
students, Special Services has grown into a
department serving hundreds of students a year.
"We are getting more student referrals now," said
Joe Renteria, Special Services coordinator. He said
many students who come to his office are minority
students, but explained that the office helps any
financially disadvantaged students. Those referred to
the office are checked for financial eligibility by
government standards, but Renteria said, "we hardly
ever turn people away."
The service has three counselors who work with
ethnic minorities. Annette Hudson works with black
students, Marty Ramirez with Chicanos and Gordon
Kitto with Native Americans.
"I think that much of what we do is not actual
'counseling;' it's ir,ore advising and helping students
cut red tape," Kitto said.
Immediate concerns
"Trying to help with immediate concerns-in
academics, housing, or whatever, is the most
important thing we do," Hudson said. Students work
with her through organizations, she said, and though
she does some one-to-one counseling, most of her
time is devoted to helping identify and solve minority
student problems on campus. Hudson estimated that
she sees more than 75 per cent of the black students
on campus at one time or another in their college
careers.
In addition to seeing individual students, she
advises the Minority Roundtable, which advises
the chancellor on minority situations and problems
on campus. The Roundtable has faculty,
administrative and student members.
The most immediate problem for many minority
students is finances, Ramirez said.
"Most minority students don't have anything to
fall back on. If parents can't come through with
money, they don't have any other sources," he said,
adding, "the biggest problem comes when the student
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is just above the federal poverty standards ror
financial aid, but his parents are not able to give any
money."
Many minority students have work-study jobs or
other jobs, Ramirez said.
Bureaucracy fight
"Students don't usually come to me with personal
problems; they discuss those vith peers," said Kitto.
"They can get along fine until they have to fight the
bureaucracy and that's when I can help them."
Indian students declared a boycott on the
Minority Affairs and Special Services last summer
because they said they were receiving "insensitive"
treatment from the University, Kitto said.
"I think a lot could have been solved if they had
gotten the chance to sit down and talk with
administrators about their problems before they
declared the boycott," Kitto said. Kitto, a graduate
student working on a Ph.D. in education, started as
Indian adviser last fall and said he is not completely
familiar with the situation.
One of the demands, a Native American studies
minor, is being developed through Ethnic Studies,
Kitto said, but there is still more to do with student
input before the program is started.
Subtle racism
Any minority student has to put up with a subtle
racism, said Ramirez, a graduate student working on a
masters degree in Vocational Rehabilitation. Until the
student accepts his ethnic background and is proud of
it he cannot confront racism, he said.
"Some students come totally unprepared for
college academically and socially. Chicano students
coming from western Nebraska have a special
difficulty," Ramirez noted. "They see high school
friends ignoring them and can't understand why," he
said. "Others who are average students get the feeling
they are expected to perform above average to prove
themselves as normal students."
Each minority has one or several organizations
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which work with the advisers to meet minority
student needs.
Black students have several ethnic-oriented
organizations, Hudson said. She works with the
leaders of most groups to find out student needs and
work on problems.
Black History Week, an annual ethnic-awareness
event, was extended to the entire month of February
this year, she said, because there were so many
activities planned that they would not fit in one
week. Programs, movies, concerts, speeches and
several parties are scheduled through this month.
Students have also made arrangements with residence
hall food services to serve "soul food", she said.
Working together
The groups have worked closely together this year
to prevent overlapping activities, Hudson said. One
goal is to acquaint nonminority students with the
black culture and to increase their awareness of black
students on campus.
Ramirez is the adviser for MASA
(Mexican-American Student Assoc.). MASA is the
only Chicano organization on campus, he said.
Various cultural and social activities are planned to
help the Chicano student develop pride in his ethnic
background, he said.
Most minority students have expressed the need
for more minorities on the University staffs and are
interested in developing more programs in minority
studies, Ramirez said. He said more awareness of
minorities and their ideas would help . eliminate
minority stereotypes.
Although most of the Special Service program is
minority-oriented, Kitto said, "Special Services is not
set up just for minority students, like some students
think. We are here to serve all students on the campus
who have a need for aid."
Special Services is under the "umbrella" of
Minority Affairs, Renteria explained, but is
specifically for the "economically disadvantaged
minority of students, not the ethnic minorities."
Awards
based on
student
opinion
Student opinion plays a large role in selecting distinguished
teaching award winners, said Jim O'Hanlon, acting chairman of the
UNL Teaching Council.
A faculty member cannot receive the award if he doesn't have
strong student evaluations, he said.
Distinguished teaching awards have been given since 1954. In
earlier years two awards were given but the number was increased
to five in 1967 and six in 1973.
The character of the awards has changed since they were
started, O'Hanlon said.
There recently has been more emphasis on teaching quality at
UNL, O'Hanlon said, so teaching is the sole criterion for the
awards.
Since 1971 the teaching council, a committee of the UNL
Faculty Senate which has three student members, has assisted the
vice chancellor for academic affairs in selecting winners.
The council reviews nominations and makes recommendations
to the vice chancellor.
Recipients of the awards, which will be presented at the spring
honors convocation, receive a medallion and $1,000.
Nominations for the six awards are being accepted until Feb. 15
in the various colleges. Nomination procedures differ-information
can be obtained at the deans' offices.
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spring semesters, except on holidays and during vacation.
Copyright 1974, the Daily Nebraskan. Material may be reprinted
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