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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Dec. 5, 1975)
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By Dick Hovorfca
In the market for a job after graduation?
There is a nationwide shortage of vo
cational agriculture teachers.
Roy Dillon, chairman of the Agricul
ture Education Dept. said there were 39
openings for high school agriculture teach
ers in Nebraska last year. Five of those
were filled by people outside Nebraska,
and three were never filled.
High school enrollment in vocational ag
increased from about 5,700 in 1970 to
more than 8,700 last year. During the same
period, teachers increased from 127 to 153.
The student-teacher ratio increased
from 45:1 to 57:1 in the same time span.
More girls are enrolling in agriculture
related courses in high school. Dillon at-
Fire early Thursday morning
which caused $200 damage to fourth
floor Abel Hall has been attributed
to arson, according to Campus Police
Chief Gail Cade.
"We are still checking it out, and
asking students on the floor about
the incident," Gade said.
The 1 axi. fire destroyed a bulle
tin board in the hall and scorched
carpet and wails, he said.
Floor residents extinguished the
fire before more damage could be
done, but the Lincoln Fire Dept. was
dispatched to prevent further flames,
tributed the increase to the horticulture
and small animal care classes now available.
About half of the graduating vocational
ag majors do not teach, which follows the
national trend, Dillon said. Instead, gradu
ates returned to farms, helped with family
business, entered ag business, graduate
school or the military.
"Some simply don't like it after they
student teach," he said.
Ag College enrollment has increased
since a dropoff that followed the end of
the draft. There are 116 vocational ag
majors, an increase of 26 over last year's
total. Five are women; two of them are
freshmen, two are sophomores and one is a
Dillon said' about 85 per cent of the
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majors have a farm background, but the
number is decreasing.
"It doesn't take a farm boy to be an
agriculture instructor,' he said.
Dillon pointed out the president cf
Alpha Tau Alpha, honorary agriculture
fraternity, is from Omaha South High
Seven schools in Omaha, two in Lincoln
and the vocational center now have voca
tional ag courses.
Dillon said students considering voca
tional ag must "like kids and people. Mold
ing young minds can be very rewarding."
Biological and social sciences are stressed,
SI 0,000 salary
He said starting pay by May will be
about $10,000 for 12-month employment.
"I'd like to see about 200 vocational
ag majors," Dillon said.
Two scholarships are established for
vocational ag majors. The first is the Neb
raska District No. 16 Felco Land of the
Lakes scholarship, a $2,200 award for an
incoming freshman. The state vocational ag
teachers give three $75 scholarships to
juniors and seniors each year.
A "continuous recruitment program" is
operated by the six-man department,
Dillon said. Instructors travel to schools
and talk with teachers and students.
Six of the seven Nebraska ag technical
schools were visited in the last seven
months to encourage students to transfer
to the uraversity after their two years at a
technical school, Dillon said. This year
there were about 90 transfers.
Regent: CAC construction doubtful
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By Theresa Forsmsn
The Campus Assistance Center (CAC)
probably will not be built during the
Christmas vacation, NU Regent Ed
Schwartzkopf of Lincoln told a group of
20 at a meeting of the University of Neb
raska Young Republicans Thursday.
Schwartzkopf responded to questions
about the assistance center from AS UN
Sen. Frank Thompson.
Thompson has criticized Nebraska
Union Director Al Bennett for what he
called Bennett's unwillingness to consider
student opinion about the center.
AS UN is circulating a petition to block
construction of the center until more stu
dent response to the plan is received.
The center is scheduled for construction
during the win te rim.
Schwartzkopf offered to arrange a mee V
ing of administrators involved with the
project and any interested students.
He urged students to bring their opposi
tion or support for the CAC to the regent's
next open meeting.
Schwartzkopf said students should be
able to talk directly to anyone in the ad-
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ministration. He said he is in favor of dis
solving the ombudsman position on the
UNL campus, he said, because students
don't need a third party to intervene with
the administration for them.
Thompson suggested the proposed assis
tance center is an attempt to bury the
Help-Line budget. The Help Line's $12,000.
budget win finance the oep rating cost of
the assistance center.
Thompson said he met with Bennett
Thursday afternoon to discuss what he
called inadequate access to the Nebraska
Union by handicapped students.
He said he was concerned that handi
capped students who pay student fees for
the use of the union do not have access
to the building, but was told there are not
enough funds to renovate the union en
trances right now.
"Did you tell him where he could get
$14,000 real quick,' Schwartzkopf asked,
referring to the proposed construction cost
of the campus assistance center.
He criticized the priorities of the uni
versity, saying money being spent to con
struct fire doors and enclosed stairways is
a waste of taxpayers morey .
Schwartzkopf added he would rather
see money spent to help the handicapped
than to comply with the state fire mar
sh all's safety requirements.
In other discussion, Schwartzkopf criti
cized the dual role of AS UN president
and student regent.
He said AS UN should be a full-time job.
"I would like to see Jim Say (UNL's
student regent) so busy with AS UN he
didn't have time for regent meetings.
He does endorse the idea of a student
regent, Schwartzkopf said, and relies on
them for information about student
Schwartzkopf added he was disappoint
ed Say had not informed the regents of the
plans to build the campus assistance center.
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