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Chemistry professor Paul Keiter gives Kathryn Maney, a freshman biology major, extra help for Chemistry 110.
Students voted Keiter “outstanding educator’ in the recent ASUN election.
Professor ranked No. 1 with students
By Todd Anderson
Paul Kelter isn’t afraid to take risks.
Inside his classrooms at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, he refuses to limit him
self to one teaching method.
And outside the classroom, he develops
programs and writes books about his uncon
ventional ideas about education.
Kelter came to UNL from the University
ofWisconsin-Oshkosh in 1993 as a visiting
professor in the department of chemistry.
Since then, Kelter—who was originally
hired with grant money — has focused his
e ffort s on bringing the department more grant
money, along with writing books and teach
And it seems his work is paying off.
Keller was recently promoted to associ
ate professor of chemistry, a permanent po
And last month he was voted outstanding
educator by students who voted in the Asso
ciation of Students of the University of Ne
Sitting at a table during an afternoon
chemistry lab, Keltcr said the award came as
“There are better teachers on campus
than me,” he said, noting that having a 200
student lecture class might have been one
reason he was recognized by so many stu
Mostly, he said, he probably received the
award because of the time he spent withtlii^
“Time is precious. Most teachers are
pressed for time,” lie said. “1 choose to spend
as much time as permissible with students.”
“I’m more at ease spending time with
students,” he said. “I’m very fond of my
And the students in his hands-on chemis
try class, which is geared toward education
majors, seem fond of him.
Shauna Fleming, an elementary educa
tion major in the class, said Keltcr had the
qualities she wanted to have as a teacher.
“He recognizes everyone’s individual
contributions,” she said.
At the same time, Fleming said, “He sets
really high expectations, and lie lets you
•*. Despite the challenges of studying chem
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Harb captures RHA. presidency
By Heidi White
Jason Harb, vice president of RHA, says he’s
ecstatic about the opportunity to lead the asso
ciation when he takes over as
president next week.
Harb, a sophomore mem
ber of the FOCUSED party,
will replace junior Eric
Vander Woude as president
of the Residence Hall Asso
ciation next Sunday.
Harb and his running mate, junior Alan
Niet fcldt, won last week’s election by 250 votes
over sophomore Jennifer Griffin and senior
Michael Valcricn of the PROGRESS party.
“We thought that it would be close, and it
was. We really appreciate everyone who voted
for us,” Harb said.
Nictfeldt, who will replace Harb as vice
7 think we can do a lot of
good here if we get going on it
and everything goes ivell. ”
new RHA vice president
president, said he had received support from
friends and others during his campaign.
“By talking with people who we had gone
around to and were helping us out, they thought
that we’d doagoodjob.I got a lot of confidence
from everyone else,” Nietfeldt said.
He said one of their first goals was to com
plete the approval process for the RHA consti
tution, which has been under revision through
out the year.
“We need to finish up our constitution. If it
doesn’t get finished in our next meeting, then
we’ll have to wait to finish that up in the fall,”
Harb said they also planned to visit all of the
local hall governments and receive input from
them. He said he also would like to continue to
inform residence hall students about RHA.
“I think we can do a lot of g(xxl here i f we get
going on it and everything goes well,” Nietfeldt
Others elected to RHA executive board po
sitions were Mike Penney of the PROGRESS
party as treasurer and Danielle Nantkes of the
FOCUSED party as secretary.
In Thursday’s election, 27.8 percent of stu
dents living in the residence halls voted —
almost twice as many as last year’s election,
said Amy Bredthaucr, RHA election commis
By Chad Lorenz
A freshman at the University of Nebraska at
Kearney may live in Christian Student housing
instead of the residence halls, a federal court
Douglas Rader, of Trumbull, challenged
UNK’s policy requiring freshmen to live in
residence halls because he said it violated his
right to freely practice his religion.
U.S. Magistrate Judge David Piestcr released
a 35-page decision saying the policy discrimi
nated against students seeking exception on
religious grounds, said Jefferson Downing,
“Not only were UNK administrators not be
ing neutral, they were being hostile towards
Doug Rader in particular and people of faith in
general,” Downing said.
The university had granted exceptions from
the policy for health and family reasons, but
would not grant Rader an exception based on
religion. Students who are older than age 18,
married, or live with their parents in Kearney
arc automatically exempt from the policy.
Rader wanted to live in Christian Student
Fellowship housing because the environment in
residence halls contradicted his high ethical
standards. Rader testified during the trial that he
See RADER on 6
as finalist for
By Kasey Kerber
The University of Nebraska is among six
finalist universities for the Pew Leadership
Award for the Renewal of Undergraduate Edu
More than 60 universities were nominated
for the award, which contributes $250,000 to up
to three of the finalists. The award goes toward
the enhancement of existing undergraduate pro
grams for two years.
The award recognizes universities that use
innovation in undergraduate programs to pro
vide a quality undergraduate education.
Representatives of Pew Charitable Trusts
said the other five finalists had not yet been
“Tliey’re all over the country and all over the
map as far as research, nonresearch, public,
private, city and rural,” said Ellen West, pro
gram officer for Pew Charitable Trusts.
West and two other Pew representatives spent
Thursday and Friday evaluating the UNL cam
pus and meeting with university officials and
Susan Shaman, a Pew team member from the
University of Pennsylvania, said she was im
pressed with what she had seen.
“I have to say that there’s a lot of excitement
here about the new general curriculum pro
gram,” Shaman said. “We hope to look back in
a few years and see how significant the changes
have been for students.”
f West emphasized UNL’s dedication to its
“One of the things I’ve noticed here is a real
commitment to students and students’ success,”
“Usually we have to ask if a university is
student-centered,’ but here it seemed to be the
theme of every group we spoke with.”
West and Shaman said that a seven-member
Pew team would continue to evaluate other
The winners of the Pew Leadership Award
will be announced in September.
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