The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 29, 1992, Page 6, Image 6

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    Costa Rican college
provides experience
UNL-aided school
breaks traditions
By Sarah Scalet
Staff Reporter
Instead of a traditional classroom
education, students at a new UNL
assisted college in Costa Rica are
receiving actual work experience, a
UNL official said.
Glen Vollmar, dean and director
of the UNL Institute of Agriculture
and Natural Resources International
Programs division, said about 215
students from Central America, the
Caribbean and South America attended
the college, Escuela de Agricultura
de la Region Tropical Humeda
“Their motto is ‘learn by doing,’”
Vollmar said.
IA NR and the California Polytech
nic University helped build the school
two years ago, Vollmar said. Both
schools helped choose the curricu
lum, develop policies, train faculty
and select directors, he said.
UNL and CPU worked together
because of previous associations and
common interests, he said, and be
by doing.”
EARTH is partially funded by the
United States Agency of International
Since the school’s opening, IANR’s
involvement has decreased, Vollmar
said. IANR currently Is not directly
involved with EARTH, he said, al
though IANR’s help is still available.
EARTH can receive ongoing tech
nical support from IANR, he said.
“We feel that we have an obliga
tion as a university and as a country to
help other countries,” Vollmar said.
“We hope to add a little bit to make
the world a better place.”
EARTH’S goal is to give students
school and work experience so they
can move into middle-management
positions, Vollmar said.
The college maintains a 2,500
hectare commercial farm (1 hectare
is 2.47 acres), a 500-hectare forest
preserve, a herd of 2,000 Brahma
cattle and a banana plantation to pro
vide practical training and supple
ment its income.
Instead of accepting government
positions, which is traditional for
college graduates of that region,
EARTH graduates can manage farms,
processing Firms, marketing firms or
tractor and machinery dealerships,
Vollmar said.
UNL faculty involved with the
project include animal science pro
fessors Ted Doanc and Earl Elling
ton, agricultural education professors
Rick Foster and Osmund Gilbertson
and Jim McShane, an associate Eng
lish professor.
Foster recently returned from a
four-month appointment in Costa Rica,
Vollmar said, where he helped train
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UNL Students and a professor share aspects of the African culture with children at the
Unitarian Church, 6300 A St., Sunday. The speakers are (from left) students Martin Pinto,
Jeanine Niyonzima, Josiane Ntiyan Kundiye; and UNL English professor Oyekan
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A ritual was performed with the
lighting of a chalice.
The children then divided into
their respective age groups and an
African student and a church
member conducted each session.
The Growing Up African pro
gram ended Sunday with an Afri
can feast prepared by church
members for a congregational cele
Maitland, who conducts a dif
ferent educational program every
year in January, said this year’s
effort was a success.
“Adults were choosing to come
back and listen to the African ses
sions with their children instead of
attending the church service,” she
Maitland said the tune, “Jambo,
nah kupenda, we we nani,” the
Swahili words to the lyric, “Hello, \
I love you, won’t you tell me your
name,” would ring through the halls
of the church until next year’s
Students meet senators on homefield
Legislators ask
young constituents
about UNL issues
By Kara Morrison
Staff Reporter
About 50 UNL students took ad
vantage of the opportunity to lobby
state senators for the university at a
Tuesday luncheon in the Wick Alumni
AS UN’s Government Liaison
m Ai |*a Committee spon
AoUN ' sorc<* Senators on
WB ^ Campus, an event
that gave Univer
sity of Nebraska
Lincoln students a
chance to speak
onc-Qn-onc with
their state senators, and gave senators
the chance to meet their constituents,
said Joyce Yen, the event’s coordina
Yen, a freshman mathematics
major, said the event was important
because “some senators can forget
that when (students) turn 18, (they)
become part of the voting constitu
AS UN General Studies Sen. An
drew Loudon said English proficiency
requirements for professors, a mul
ticultural education bill, and a com
puterized registration system that
would allow students to register for
classes by telephone were some of the
issues discussed at the event.
Although many state senators could
not be present because of scheduling
conflicts. Yen said she was pleased
with the student turnout. About 10
slate senators attended the event, she
Loudon said he thought student
attendance could have been better,
but added that students who did at
tend were satisfied.
“I was surprised,” he said,‘‘but the
senators sincerely wanted to know
what we were thinking.”
Loudon said the Nebraska Legis
lature needed to focus more on edu
cation — especially with the lack of
education-related legislation this ses
In upcoming business, the Asso
ciation of Students of the University
of Nebraska will vote tonight on a
resolution to co-sponsor Affirmation
Day, which is on April 8. The day is
intended to increase awareness of gay,
lesbian and bisexual human rights.
ASUN will meet at 6:30 tonight in
the Nebraska Union.
Committees offer budgets to CFA
By Rainbow Rowell
Staff Reporter
The Committee for Fees Alloca
tions reviewed the 1991-92 budgets
and the proposed 1992-1993 budgets
of nine University Programs Council
committees Tuesday night.
Each committee justified its cur
rcnl ^Set to the CFA
and presented its re
** 1 9uesl f°r next year’s
. 1 allocation of student
rt, fees.
The UPC Fund
Allocation Commit
tee’s 1991-92 budget is $5,000. Chair
man Katherine Ortiz presented the
FAC 1992-93 request of $7,000.
Chairman Kristine Mueller pre
sented the UPC Visual Arts budget.
This committee was allotted $1,058.35
for this year and is requesting $3,451.20
for next year.
UPC Talks and Topics Chairman
Emilia Juarez presented the commit
tee’s for $28,299. Talks and Topics is
currently allocated $22,295.10.
Concerts and Dance Chairman Dave
Rabe presented a budget of $7,590.95
and requested $5,781.40 for next year
Chairman Doug Chase justified
the 1991 -92 budget of S10,412.85 for
Major Concerts, and requested an
expanded budget of $16,098 for 1992
UPC President Frank Forman pre
sented the UPC Executives budget.
Executives was allocated $7,551.05
this year, and is requesting $10,392
for 1992-93.
A CFA subcommittee will study
the budget requests and present a 1992
93 UPC budget to the committee to be
voted on Thursday at 6 p.m.
University Health Center to offer weight-control classes
The University Health Center is
offering weight-control classes for
UNL staff and faculty, beginning
Feb. 18.
The class will be held from 12:10
p.m. to 12:50 p.m. on Tuesdays,
and the sessions will last 10 weeks.
The classes will offer information
on changing eating habits-bchav
ior modification, exercise, medi
cal aspects of weight control and
ways to set up nutritious eating
The cost of the 10-week session
is $30. For more information, con
tact Kathleen Lehr, the registered
dietician, at the health center.