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MSYCtOfC' ITiPbfi If 11 NNlTgraduates returned to their alma mater last
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onoi MacfAr'c WpIt The nropram was desiened to enable
students to associate with former UNL graduates who have
gone on to successful careers in various fields.
"For a speaker's program it's one of the best I ve ever
seen," said Richard Blunk, president of Innocents, which
cosponsors Masters Week with Mortar Board.
"The main purpose of the Masters is to make contact
with the students," he said. "We're using them as a resource
to give students an idea of career opportunities and as an
academic resource." .
The masters gave guest lectures and attended seminars
during their three-day stay at UNL. They were recommend
ed by the deans of every college at UNL, Blunk said.
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for campus talks
Editor's note: Interviews with the masters were
conducted by Daily Nebraskan reporters George
Miller, Dick Hovorka, Randy Blauvelt, Sandy
Mohr, Barbara Lutz, Liz Crumley, Ann Owens,
Ron Riiggless and Betsie Ammons. Masters stories
are continued on page 5.
monday, november 17, 1975
of the colleges, but that this year "we seem to be a little
bit heavy in political science backgrounds.
However "Dr. (Ruth) Leverton (one of the masters) is
much happier with this year's program than I964's," he
Leverton, who received her degree in 1928, was the
oldest attending master. . .
"We're pleased because this is the first year in the
history of the program that the first 10 people accepted
our invitations," Blunk said. "However, we only have nine
masters this year because the tenth had a scheduling con
flict and it was too late to invite the eleventh person."
"A lot of this comes out of their own pockets and time,"
said Blunk of the masters. He said the program offered
much to UNL without costing as much as a nationally
prominent guest speaker would cost for a one day visit.
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Good eating habits must begin with the
expectant parent and the very young
child, said retired home economist Ruth
The 1923 Nebraska graduate, said one
of the biggest problems home economists
have is informing people about the
importance of nutrition.
,'We must find ways to motivate people
to realize the importance of food and
health. Wise food selection is their
(individuals) responsibility," she said.
"You can't legislate what people eat,"
People, especially college women, do
not get enough variety in their meals, she
"College men have a smaller problem
than college girls because, they eat more
and so get more variety. In general, they
like raw vegetables, but not the cooked
Photo courtesy UNL
She said advertising may be part of the
nutrition problem. People see advertise
ments and food with no nutritional value,
"The foods offered by machines do not
offer a variety. They are mostly high in
Leverton said one solution to helping
solve the world's food problem is to
combine grains to get good food quality.
She suggests that aspiring nutritionists
study the biological and social sciences.
"This field deals with people. You have
to be interested in people," she said.
A recipient of two Borden Awards for
outstanding research in nutrition, the
1972 Federal Woman's Award and the
United States Department of Agriculture
Distinguished Service Award, Leverton is
teaching a class in child nutrition in
developing countries at Howard University.
Students from IS countries are enrolled.
Prof notes attitude change
Students have become more serious and
less occupied with frills since he left the
university in 1955, said Francis Nagle, Uni
versity of Wisconsin professor and former
Nagle, a professor of physiology and
physical education, said he thinks the UNL
faculty is stronger now and more con
cerned about students' broader interests.
Nagle also noticed a different attitude
about Nebraska football, he said.
"It's a rallying focus for the alumni and
works to the advantage of the university
because of its support, but I think it's
overdone," he said.
Nagle said he doesn't think the game is
fun for the players, although the game and
the association with other players and
coaches probably is fun.
Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimina
tion in sports, was inevitable, Nagle said.
"However we are having problems with
financial support of women s athletics, he
UNL is complying well with the pro
gram, Nagle said, and he praised the
Women's Physical Education Bldg.
The most valuable advice he said ho
could give students, concerns physical
"People should work some time in the
day for some type of physical activity, just
as we take time to sleep and eat," he said.
Nagle jogs about 12 to 15 miles a week.
Students need to concentrate on basics
and should broaden their base as much as
possible, said Ward J. Klingebiel, NU grad
uate, during a Masters Week talk.
Klingebiel, who received his B.S. in
chemical engineering from NU in 1959, his
M.S. in 1960, and his Ph.D. from the Uni
versity of Washington in Seattle in 1964,
said he now regrets not being involved in
more social activities or taking a wider
variety of courses while studying at NU.
"I'm encouraging my son to join a fra
ternity and broaden his interests," he said.
"Now, I realize that I would like to have
been involved in other groups while I was
going to school."
Klingebiel is associate director of re
search for environmental protection at
Union Carbide's Charleston, W. Va. plant
He heads six research groups which study
water and air quality development, en
vironmental health, process safety, cost
analysis and environmental systems
"We recognize that we have to do this
(study environmental health), otherwise,
public opinion would be down on us," he
Photo eourtny UNL
Before becoming associate director of
environmental health, Klingebiel was a re
search scientist responsible for developing
several new processes for plastics manufac
ture. He was named director of Union Car
bide research in 1970.
Although he was instrumental in de
veloping a high-temperatre plastic, "I
personally like wooden and stone things,"
he said. "I hope it's a long time before
everything is made of plastic."
Klingebiel said chemical engineering ma
jors now have two choices. They can be
researchers or administrators.
He said good grades alone will not
insure success in chemical enginerring.
"So much of success has nothing to do
with what you studied," he said. "It takes
discipline. You have to be bright. It's t
question of your own personal qualities."
He said PhD.'s are almost "a necessity"
to get ahead in the chemical engineering
field, and that Ph.D.'s in chemical engineer
ing are more "marketable" than a degree in
chemistry. Students should formulate a
flexible plan for their careers, he said.
Competition seems greater
J to ask questions
Paul Amen, a 1938 NU graduate, said
there appears to be more competition and
"stronger peer pressure for grades" at the
"School was important, but I never felt
pressure and never worried if I needed to
do any better," said Amen, chairman of
the board of Lincoln's National Bank of
Commerce. "We had more fun (in college)
than you have today. There were not as
Amen said he attended the university
during the Depression when money was
scarce and cars were few, so there were
more campus activities.
Movies were the biggest attraction, he
Amen addressed several classes at the
College of Business Administration
Thursday and Friday. "I would like to see
us do everything we can to excel in that
college," he said.
"The better the college does, the better
businesses can become in the state." Amen
said he would like to see UNL's Business
College become comparable to such well
known colleges as Harvard, Yale and
"The university will determine the
direction this state is going to go," he said.
Because Nebraska is an agriculture state,
the college of agriculture is vital and
Amen earned nine athletic letters at NU
and competed on the 1938 Olympic
baseball team in Berlin. Amen is a former
UNL freshman football coach, president
of the Chamber of Commerce and serves
on a number of Lincoln area executive
"Don't assume you know all the
answers," advertiser Yvonne Smith told
UNL students during her participation in
Smith, cofounder of a marketing and
advertising firm, said the best advice she
can give students is not to be afraid to ask
people for information.
University 'still a bargain'
Despite inflation, gas prices and the $2
bill, Nebraska gets one bargain-the univer
sity, according to Gene Budig.
"Nebraska is getting more than its
moneys worth," the Illinois State Univer
sity (ISU) president said Friday.
Budig, a 1962 NU graduate, served as
administrative assistant to the chancellor,
assistant vice chancellor and assistant vice
R resident and, director of public affairs at
!U. After leaving Nebraska in 1972, he be
came vice president and dean and ptofessor
of educational administration at ISU. He
was named president in 1973.
'Tragically, sometimes people forget
what the university has given," Budig said.
Adequate financing is increasingly difficult
to get, he said, but UNL has a strong case
"In Illinois, those colleges taking their
cases (for increased funds) to the people
are faring well in the budgetary category,"
Because of economic problems today,
students should analyze their academic
programs to insure "multiple employment
opportunities," Budig said.
Many ISU students carry heavy aca
demic loads with hopes of early gradua
tion so they can enter the tight job market,
he said, which may get tighter.
Budig said he wanted to return to
campus to compare UNL students to ISU
students. After talking to many students,
he said he found few differences.
withhU!llICrSity ,tudents we concerned
with what happens after graduation," he
UNL students are fortunate, Budig said
because many faculty members have not
concemf f prob,em and
"It not only helps you, but it flatten
the person you're asking," Smith said.
Smith graduated from NU wiili
political science degree and became Public
Information Officer for the Kansas City
Parks and Recreation Dept. She was editor
of "Young America Today" a Sear
Roebuck Co. publication, In 1966, and in
1973 formed, the Ibis Company, which
specializes in advertising and marketing for
the dairy industry.
Smith attributed her success in market
ing to her knowledge of how to use the
library, and said that knowledge is the
most valuable thing she gained from her
college years. '' '
"It h not Important to choose a major
with a definite career motive in rnJa,
"The broader your background, W
easier you will find it to try to, do
anything,", she said. "Ideally, college
should give you confidence in your ability
to figure things out for yourself."
Smith said there has been a change in
the advertiser's outlook of the public since
she began in marketing.
"From a healthy point of view, we "J
talking to Individuals, now, instead of j"
the mass market of suckers," she saia.
"People are starting to have pride in tM
differences and advertising is becoming
more specialized, geared to specific group'
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