The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, June 10, 1993, Summer, Image 1

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Peters accepts vice chancellor
position at Tennessee-Knoxville
By Lisa Vernon
Staff Reporter
The University of Nebraska
Lincoln’s College of Arts and
Sciences will soon be losing 20
years of experience following the res
ignaiion oi me
college’s dean,
John Peters.
Last week, Pe
ters accepted an
offer from the Uni
versity of Tennes
see-Knoxville to
become its vice
chancellor for aca
demic affairs.
Peters’ resigns
uon irom uinl is D .Qrc
effective on July
31. He will assume his duties at Ten
nessee in August.
‘T m exci ted about the opportunity
to join UT as the chief academic
officer,” Peters said. “UT is an insti
tution very similar to UNL in many
aspects, so I think I will feel very
comfortable there.”
In his position at Tennessee, Peters
will be responsible for 13 academic
and professional colleges, academic
planning and budgeting, faculty de
velopment and student recruitment
and retention.
He said UNL prepared him well
for the duties he will assume in Knox
“I feel I have great experience for
my job at UT because of my job as
dean here,” Peters said. “The Arts and
Sciences College at UNL is the larg
est college in the state, so I work with
numerous amounts of people, just like
I will need to at my job in Tennessee.”
UNL Chancellor Graham Spanier
said he wished Peters the best in his
new position at Tennessee.
“The university hasfeaenextremely
fortunate to have had John Peters as a
talented faculty member and dedi
cated administrator for 20 years,”
Spanier said. “He has been one of the
university’s most visionary and able
“I know he will provide excellent
leadership for the University of Ten
nessee. We congratulate him on this
impressive appointment,” he said.
A professor of political science,
Peters has been a dean since 1989. He
joined UNL in 1973 as an assistant
professor of political science, and was
promoted to associate professor in
1978 and to full professor in 1983.
During his years at UNL, Peters
has been recognized and praised for
his work by his colleagues.
“He made a very bright contribu
tion to the teaching and researching
side as well as the excellent iob he did
on the administrative side, UNL po
litical science professor David
NU weathers long budget storm
By Jeff Zeleny
Senior Editor_
After five months of wrangling
over the state ’ s budget, the 93rd
Legislature adjourned Tuesday
with good news for
the University of
On a 37-9 vote,
the Legislature
voted to override
Gov. Ben Nel
son’s Monday
, veto, which would
have cut $3.9 mil-a rAici jiti ipr
lion from the NU LtuloLAIUKt
Budget in the next biennium.
“The Legislature and governor
have agreed on 99.9 percent of the
budget—theone-tenth is higher edu
cation,” Sen. Scott Moore of Seward
said. “We might as well just have 100
percent of the issue we agree on.”
Moore, chairman of the Appro
priations Committee, said the dis
agreement between the governor and
the Legislature was slight, but impor
tant enough to push for the override to
preserve higher education in Ne
“Every time I go to graduation
parties, the graduates said they’re
going to out of state schools because
they don’t think the university is that
hot of a place,” he said during closing
arguments. “Let’s override and put
our money where our mouth is and
keep higher education in place.”
The override also saved $557,564
from the state college budget and
$598,933 from the community col
lege system.
The university was targeted for
cuts the entire legislative session. In
January, during Gov. Nelson’s State
of the State Address, no university
cuts were proposed. The Appropria
tions Com millee announced a $ 13.98
million cut in February.
In April, the cuts, which repre
sented five percent of the total NU
budget, were cut in half by the Appro
priations Committee.
Chris Peterson, former lobbyist for
the Government Liaison Committee,
said the original cuts probably weren ’ t
realistic, but were taken seriously.
Damon Lm/DN
Senatorial Bite
U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) eats an ice cream
cone from the UNL Dairy Store while talking to reporters
last Friday. Kerrey was on hand to help celebrate the
10th anniversary of UNL’s Food Processing Center on
East Campus.
See related story on Page 2
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Nebraska athletes make the grade
By Carma Loontjer '
Staff Reporter
Not only do Nebraska athletes
get the spotlight for their physi
cal abilities, but they are show
ing they deserve it for their academics
as well.
In a recent report on graduation
rales for University of Nebraska-Lin
coln athletes who received scholar
ships beginning in the 1986-87 school
year, UNL athletes had a 14 percent
higher graduation rate than the rest of
the students who started taking classes
in that year.
Overall, these rates were also 14
percent higher than the 1983-84 and
1984-85 athletes on scholarship.
Sixty-five percent of the male and
59 percent of the female student-ath
letes who started in 1986-87 school
year have graduated, the report said.
This is significantly higher than
the rates for the student body overall.
Only 48 percent of men and 53 per
cent of women in the general student
body have graduated during the same
time period, which averages out to a
graduation rate of 50 percent for stu
dents who are not on athletic scholar
Roger Grooters, director of aca
demic programs for the UNL Athletic
Department, said a sophisticated sup
port program for student athletes was
one reason the graduation rate was
“All freshmen athletes and those
athletes with a GPA of less than 2.0
are required to go to study table every
day during the academic year,”
Grooters said. “Theycan either study,
work with tutors that the university
Krovides or have graduate assistants
elp them in their learning.” said.
Even before receiving an athletic
scholarship, the athlete must show
academic potential, Grooters said.
Athletes must have an ACT score of at
least 17 or a combined SAT score of
700. They must also have a cumula
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