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September 2, 1993
University of Nebraska
Vol. 93 No. 10
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UNO engineers’ future rests on shaky ground
By Dionne Searcey
he future of the University of
Nebraska at Omaha’s engineer
ing program was up in the air as
officials determined how to best serve
the needs of students, an official said.
Joan Leitzel, UNL’s senior vice
chancellor for academic affairs, said
administrators were deciding how to
expand the UNO curricula to give
more attention to graduate education
and continuing education in engineer
Davis Clements was expected to
be appointed as director of UNO’s
engineering program, but Leitzel did
not give Clements’ recommendation
for appointment to the NU Board of
The decision was delayed not be
cause of a personal preference, she
said, but because officials have not
yet decided the fate of the UNO engir
“It’s not a very stable situation
over there,” Leitzel said.
The UNO engineering program is
now part of the University of Nebras
ka-Lincoln’s College of Engineering
and Technology. For most engineer
ing programs, students can take the
first two years of courses in Omaha,
but must complete their degrees at
Civil engineering and technical
programs are the only programs stu
dents can complete at UNO. Techni
cal programs include construction
systems, electronics engineering and
industrial systems technology.
Officials are exploring many op
tions that include creating a separate
engineering college for UNO.
It’s not a very stable situation over there.
senior vice chancellor for academic affairs
That option, Leitzel said, would be
costly because it would call for the
hiring of a new dean and staff mem
University ofNebraska Regent Don
Blank of McCook said he would be
against creating a new school at UNO.
“That would be one of the last
things I’d want to do,” he said. “I
don’t rule it out, but if we’re going to
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All Moeller, an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, uses creative techniques to help her college
students reach their own students.
Show, not tell
Curriculum and instruction professor changes shape of teaching
By Stacie Hakel
Anyone who’s taken a class taught by
Ali Moeller knows she teaches
using a different method.
Moeller, an assistant professor of
curriculum and instruction in UNL’s
teaching college, trains her students to .
teach using shapes, sizes, colors, history
Called method teaching, Moeller’s
technique helps students see things
concretely and thus learn at a quicker
pace, she said. The teacher shows the
student, and doesn’t just them tell them
the information, she said.
“The teacher becomes a facility...
someone you go to as a resource," she
said. “Not someone of knowledge who is
going to pass that knowledge on to you."
Moeller, who is the only lull-time
foreign language specialist in Nebraska,
teaches graduate and undergraduate
courses in foreign language methods,
educational foundation and research
With a doctorate degree in German
literature, Moeller said she found that
method teaching worked well with young
foreign language students who were trying
to learn foreign words and grammar.
“If you immerse kids in language and
allow them to construct ... they will learn
much quicker,” Moeller said. “It’s not to
teach Spanish as a separate entity, but to
reinforce the tool—kind of like learning
“It is a content-based education, and
the kids just love it,” she said.
Moeller has taught elementary school,
junior high, senior high and now teaches
college classes, which she says enables
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get help kicking
urge to smoke
Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of
stories focusing on UNL’s efforts to lower
health care costs and promote better health
for faculty and students.
By Ted Taylor
With the start of the new no-smoking
policy on campus, the University
Health Center is offering student and
employee smokers free classes on how to quit
UNL’s new “Clean Air” policy prohibits the
use of tobacco products in aU university-owned
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campuses. Residence hall rooms for students
who smoke are the only exception to the policy,
which went into effect Aug. 1.
David Bower, the University Health Cen
ter’s alcohol and drug prevention specialist,
said turnout at the classes had been great.
“When the no-smoking policy went in effect
on Aug. 1, we needed a free program on campus
to help students, staff and faculty quit smok
ing,” he said.
The class does charge $5 for use of class
materials, but the money is given back if the
person stops smoking completely.
Bower said 33 students and faculty members
attended the June session, and nearly 140 have
signed up or started courses for August and
September. The majority of those attending are
University of Nebraska-Lincoln employees, he
“We offered one class in June and July and
have two classes this and next month. October,
we’re not sure about yet,” he said.
The course lasts six weeks. Students meet
twice the first and second weeks, once the third
week and once at the end of the second month.
Participants are asked to give up smoking
completely during the first week of the class.
Bower said the class had four main objec
• to provide a support-group forum for
participants to discuss their feelings about smok
• to educate partipants about the benefits of
quitting and the risks of continuing to smoke.
• to modify behavior that triggers partici
pants to light up.
• to teach students to remain smoke-free.
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HIV-negative ID cards spread false sense ot security
Condom can offer
t protection - not
card, official says
By Steve Smith
sink* Report* _
When it comes to identifica
tion cards that show the hold
er has tested HIV-negative,
state and local officials are telling
Nebraskans they can’t believe every
thing they read.
Virginia Wilkinson, AIDS program
administrator for the Nebraska De
partment of Health, began warning
people this week about a Colorado
company selling identification cards
that show the cardholder allegedly
has tested negative for HIV, the virus
that eventually leads to AIDS.
Wilkinson said the cards offered
students and the general public a false
sense of security.
"An individual who tested nega
tive for HIV a few weeks or months
ago may be infected today," W ilkinson
The cards are sold by a Leadville,
Colo., company known as the HIV
Negative Recording Service,
Wilkinson said. To receive an HIV
negative card, individuals must fill
out an application, send a recent pho
to and the original copy of HIV-neg
ative test results to a post office box.
The card costs $8.50.
Wilkinson said she doubted that
people who tested for HIV in Nebras
ka had copies of their test results.
The counseling and testing sites
sponsored by the Nebraska Depart
ment of Health do not use names with
the tests, she said. The only way to
obtain written results is through test
ing by piivate physicians.
In addition, having a recent HIV
test with negative results does not
necessarily mean someone is free of
HIV infection, Wilkinson said. A neg
ative result simply means a blood test
turned up no HIV antibodies at that
Antibodies usually develop about
two weeks to three months after expo
sure to HIV, Wilkinson said, but they
could take as long as six months.
Wilkinson said the card took ad
vantage of the public’s fears about the
HIV status of others, but didn’t pro
vide them with any real protection.
“You can* t tell by looking at some
one whether that person has HIV or
not,” she said. “It may take years to
develop symptoms of AIDS.
Wilkinson said condoms, not ID
cards, were the best protection against
“Taking responsibility for your
actions is very important,” she said.
Individuals need to realize the risks
of becoming HIV-positive, she said.
Wilkinson said the company re
sponsible for the cards had suspended
issuing them for now. But she said her
office was still alarmed about any
existing ID cards.
“I would be quite leery of anyone
who showed you a card that said they
were HIV-negative,” she said.
Pat Tetreault, the sexual counsel
ing coordinator at the University
Health Center, agreed.
“Even if someone tests negative,
it’s going to contribute to a false sense
of security,” Tetreault said. “I’m afraid
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