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Commission cannot yet act on
UNK wish for philosophy irngor
losophy program at UNK, and read
several letters and a statement asking
the commission to reconsider last
But the commission cannot act on
the students’ request until a proposal
for the new degree is resubmitted by
UNK officials, Martin said.
UNK philosophy officials said the
Kearney Hub reported the degree pro
posal would be resubmitted.
In other action, the commission
• To accept reviews of the physics
programs on all University of Ne
• To concur with a decision by the
NU regents to discontinue the urban
education master’s degree program at
the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
• To give $205,290 in federal
Einsenhower Professional Develop
ment Grant Program Awards to pro
vide inservice training for teachers.
Paul Kelter, UNL associate professor
of chemistry, and Robert Fuller, UNL
professor of physics and astronomy,
were among the eight recipients.
• To give $481,900 to the Central
Community College Grand Island
campus to reorganize campus space.
Winemakers begin new venture
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overcoming Nebraskans’ preference
for other beverages, conflicts with ex
isting agriculture and continental cli
mate to produce a climate conducive
to producing and enjoying fine wine.
The two are constructing the win
ery on a 10-acre portion of Jeffers’
200-acre plat in northern Lancaster
County’s rolling hills. Formerly cattle
grazing land, the site will become a
ripening grapevine-dappled land
fringed by white picket fences and
gazebos topping a ridge prime for
“Each region gives way to a dif
ferent soil type or climate ... but that
doesn’t necessarily make California
wines any better than those made any
where else,” Jeffers said.
Moore, a graduate of ecology from
the University of Califomia-Davis,
said the Nebraska winery could grow
varieties that can’t be grown in Cali
fornia and elsewhere.
Ed and Holly Swanson, owners of
Nebraska’s only current licensed win
ery, have grown their reputation on the
fact that Nebraska’s soil and climate
is favorable to award-winning wine.
Their Cuthills Vineyards, near
Pierce, was the only winery east of the
Rocky Mountains to receive a medal
at the 1995 Atlanta Wine Summit. Its
1994 Red Reserve earned a silver
medal while competing against wines
from France, California and other re
gions better known for growing
grapes, Ed Swanson said.
Jeffers said he admired the
Swansons’ expertise and had sought
their advice on their shared passion,
but also eagerly awaited a healthy
competition between the two winer
Donald Steinegger, a University of
Nebraska-Lincoln horticulturist and
professed wine connoisseur, said the
wineries’ landscapes meant more for
successful grape-growing than their
The ideal growing site is a hillside
receiving full sunliJit and good air
circulation —not in a valley with cold
stationary air and standing water, he
Vineyards in latitudes as high as
Nebraska’s are rare, but they do exist,
Steineggcr said. For example, Michi
gan and Minnesota support vineyards,
although their grapevines are planted
in sand for removal during cold
While Nebraska’s warm periods
hold long enough to render such pre
cautions unnecessary, other conditions
must be weighed.
For example, Nebraska’s winters
require planting heartier grape vari
eties than those grown in California.
The French and American hybrid va
rieties Jeffers planted are grown
mostly in New York and should do fine
here, Steinegger said.
Moore said although he could pro
duce wines similar to California’s by
mixing different varieties and quanti
ties of grapes grown, he and Jeffers
would concentrate on the red, white,
dry, semi-dry, sweet and dessert wines
made unique because of the vineyard’s
soil type and location.
“We will become our own spe
cialty,” Jeffers said. “California win
eries have theirs, but when the inter
national competition comes, you don’t
see the label, and it won’t make a bit
By Erin Gibson
Fourteen University of Nebraska ar
Kearney students Wednesday urged
the Coordinating Commission for
Postsecondary Education to reconsider
allowing a philosophy major at the
Patsy Martin, CCPE communica
tions coordinator, said the committee
denied requests for the major in Janu
The students told the commission
there was still a strong need for a phi
60V. BEN NELSON greets Sen. Dwlte Pedersen after the governor's
State ef the State address Wednesday at the State Capitel.
should stress progress
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For example, he said,
Nebraska’s unemployment rate is
the lowest in the nation. Exports
have tripled since 1990, and the
state’s economy is scheduled to
outpace the rest of the nation in the
next two years because of new jobs.
In fact, Nebraska’s economic
standing is so good, the state has a
surplus from tax revenue, he said.
This may result in a flurry of re
quests for new programs, Nelson
said, but government should use*
restraint with new spending and
concentrate instead on giving prop
erty tax cuts.
Another suggestion on how to
keep Nebraska’s economy strong
was to keep valuable employees
from leaving the state, he- said.
Nelson said he hoped to turn the
current “brain drain” into a brain
gain” by offering college scholar
ships to Nebraska residents who
plan to stay in the state for at least
five years after graduation.
The scholarships, which would
be worth up to $2,500 and be re
newable for up to five years, would
be split among NU, community and
The governor also promised to
make necessary repairs to the State
Capitol building and stressed the
importance of the $23 million Col
lege of Information Sciefice and
Technology in Omaha.
Sen. DiAnna Schimek of Lin
coln said the additional funds
Nelson talked about should be
spent on building maintenance
around the state, especially for the
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