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UNMC seeks donations
for transplant program
OMAHA (AP) — Nationally ranked or
gan transplant programs at the University
of Nebraska Medical Center could have a
new home if a proposed $43 million center
The medical center will send project
plans to the state Health Department within
a month for a state review. Medical center
officials want major gifts from private do
nors and have obtained a $6 million fcd
* eral grant.
“The real story here is not brick and
mortar, although that’s important,” said
U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey, D-Neb, who helped
obtain federal funds. “It’s the expertise at
the University of Nebraska Medical Cen
The medical center’s bone marrow trans
plant program for cancer therapy is 11 years
old and has done 1.442 transplants, includ
ing the largest number for treatment of can
cer of the lymph system at any facility in
The liver transplant program is one of
the six busiest in the United States. It will
have been around 10 years next July and
has performed 1,025 liver transplants.
The team also has done 26 other types
of organ transplants at the medical center
* and 662 kidney, pancreas or combined-or
gan transplants at Clarkson Hospital.
About 75 percent of the patients come
from states other than Nebraska or from
A commitment to developing national
excellence in specific programs began at the
insistence of Dr. Charles Andrews, UNMC
chancellor from 1983-91.
He supported programs that could excel
. rather than funding programs at equal lev
els. That policy has been continued by cur
rent Chancellor Dr. Carol Aschenbrener.
Other things also have helped.
Dr. Neal A. Vanselow, medical center
chancellor from 1977-82, began a profes
sional fees plan to compensate faculty doc
tors. And the department of internal medi
cine placed all of its doctors on salary, rather
than basing pay on earnings from seeing
“These two things make it possible to
reward people for doing the right things —
research and teaching — as well as caring
for patients,” said Dr. James Armitagc, di
rector of the bone marrow program and
chairman of internal medicine.
The programs also arc known for an
unusual sense of cooperation.
About two years ago the bone marrow
transplant program gave part of its seventh
floor space to the liver transplant program.
“They needed beds of their own,"
C. Edward Schwartz, hospital director,
said, “In my 30 years at various hospitals
I’d never seen anybody make such an offer.
Hospital beds are like gold to a specialized
UNL graduate enrollment
doubles at College Park
GRAND ISLAND (AP) - Enrollment at
graduate-level courses offered by the Univer
sity of Nebraska-Lincoln at College Park has
increased to 15 students, and that could help
save the programs.
Last year, six students were enrolled in six
UNL graduate courses.
The state Coordinating Commission on
Postsecondary Education granted permission
for the courses to continue for the 1994-95
school year but expressed concern about the
“The commission advises that it will ap
(>rove UNL participation in the center (Col
ege Park) only if there is substantial improve
ment in enrollments and/or efficiency,” said a
July letter to University of Nebraska President
L. Dennis Smith.
College Park Director Rich Bringelson,
College Park Board Chairman Jan Thayer and
coordinating commission member Chris
Peterson of Grand Island were pleased with
the increased enrollment.
“It’s definitely a move in the right direc
tion,” Ms. Peterson said.
The commission didn’t establish any spe
cific numerical goals for UNL graduate courses
at the education complex in Grand Island, but
the improved enrollment is a good sign. Ms.
“We are not required to look at enrollment
until January.” Ms. Peterson said. At that time,
the commission will have figures for fall and
spring semester enrollment.
The commission probably will be interested
in overall graduate-level enrollment and the
enrollment numbers for individual graduate
classes, Ms. Peterson said.
Ms. Peterson and Thayer attributed the
larger UNL graduate enrollment this fall to
“Rich (Bringelson) has not had time to
market the courses, because they’ve been so
busy just getting set up,” Ms. Peterson said.
“It shows what they can do in just a short
amount of time.”
Ms. Thayer said she thinks the institutions
also are learning which graduate courses are
in demand in central Nebraska
Of the 15 students, one is enrolled in a mass
communications class, which is part of the
journalism program; six are taking classes re
lated to engineering, including three people
in a groundwater engineering class, two in
principles of operations research, and one in
applied physical metallurgy and design; and
eight are in a contemporary nutrition class,
which is part of the interdepartmental master's
program in home economics.
The graduate enrollment figures do not end
with UNL, Bringelson said. There are 172 stu
dents taking graduate courses from the Uni
versity of Nebraska at Kearney, which puts the
total graduate enrollment at College Park at
Bringelson said the 172 students enrolled
in UNK graduate courses “is pretty consistent
,(with enrollment from past years). It’s been
Chambers to propose immigrant bill
OMAHA (AP) — A state senator
says he will again propose legislation
next year to protect immigrant work
ers recruited to Nebraska.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha
said the measure would require em
ployers whose work force is more
than 10 percent non-English speak
ing to absorb some costs related to
out-of-state recruitment efforts.
Employers who bring workers
from more than 500 miles away also
would have to provide return trans
portation if the employee decides to
leave the job within four weeks.
A work-site interpreter and case
worker to help find community ser
vices for workers also would be re
“These people are exploited for
economic purposes,” Chambers said
Measures sponsored by Chambers
in 1991 and 1993 failed. Critics said
the legislation would place an undue
burden on businesses.
Chambers has said state and fed
eral lawmakers should look into the
recruitment of south Texas residents
by Midwest meatpacking and pro
Workers in those industries are
covered by federal safety, discrimina
tion and minimum wage laws, but
recruiting practices arc not as closely
Teen drug use increases
SCOTTSBLUFF (AP) — More
teen-agers arc using drugs, but
there is hope younger children
might avoid drugs if prevention
efforts continue, officials said af
ter reviewing a survey of youths.
The survey in Scotts Bluff and
Banner counties was sponsored by
Educational Service Unit No. 13.
It was conducted in July by the
Buffalo Beach Co. in Lincoln.
Answers from 990 students in
the eighth, 10th and 12th grades
were compared with similar sur
veys done in 1987 and 1990.
The survey showed the percent
age of students who had used al
cohol in the past year increased
from 54.3 percent of boys in 1990
to 59.6 percent this year. Among
girls, it increased from 50.9 per
cent in 1990 to 54.3 percent in
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1 Museum interim director appointed
From Staff Reports
A UNL professor has been named to serve
as interim director of the University of Ne
braska State Museum.
John Janovy, the Paula and D.B. \bmerdis
tinguished professor of biological sciences at
the University of Ncbraska-Lincoln, was ap
pointed to the position after Hugh Genoways
resigned last week. Genoways had served eight
years as the museum's director.
Janovy served as interim director for the
museum in 1984 until Genoways was hired in
Janovy has served on the UNL faculty since
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organization's constitution. This month, the
International Student Organization council and
the Association of Students of the University
of Nebraska both passed a revised version of
the organization's constitution.
Park also asked the court to decide whether
the new election should be limited to candi
dates from the April 7 election or whether it
should be open to new candidates
Park has said the court’s decision to rule
the first election invalid was wrong, because
election rules were followed in accordance with
the constitution ariowith tradition.
He also has said the student court was bi
ased because Mohammad Shahin, who brought
the case to the student court, was an ASUN
member at the time Earlier this semester,
Shahin resigned his membership in ASUN for
reasons unrelated to the case.
International Student Organization Presi
dent Boon Lee Lim, who retained his position
as a result of the court's decision, also was an
AbUN member. Lim is an AbUN graduate
senator and chairman of the international stu
Shahin, who lost in the invalid presidential
election, said he filed the case against Lim
because Shahin thought the first election was
Shahin. a graduate student in industrial
engineering, said he proved in court that one
person voted twice during the election and
other voters took ballots away from the elec
tion table, returning them later. He said he also
proved that an authorized person was stand
ing by the election table asking voters to vote
Shahin also said the court was not biased.
“I don't know how he can say that it was
biased.” he said. “The legislative branch does
not control the judicial branch at all "
Shahin said he would comply with the
court's latest decision calling for a new elec
tion by Nov. 4. He said he had not decided yet
whether he would run for president in the new
Lim said the International Student Organi
zation would follow the court’s order and hold
a new election by Nov. 4.
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