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Professor honored again as top educator
Kelter says respect is key to
effective classroom relations
By Kasey Kerber
For chemistry Professor Paul Kelter, the
second time’s the charm.
• For the second year in a row, Kelter accepted
ASUN’s Outstanding Educator Award, which
was presented Wednesday night.
"Hie award, founded in 1996 to honor pro
fessors for their hard work, is given to the edu
cator who receives the most student votes dur
ing the ASUN elections.
“I’m honored this year as I was last year,”
Kelter said, preceding the Association of Stu
dents of the University of Nebraska inaugura
Kelter discussed what he felt were the keys
to good teaching, and respect was at the top of
“If you just go in and give a lecture, you’re
not doing your job,” Kelter said. “A class isn’t
something to be talked down to. It’s worth the
time in class to ask what students think.”
That type of student interaction is Kelter’s
fundamental teaching technique, he said.
“If I’m asking 60 to 70 questions in a class
period, that’s normal,” Kelter said.
And the best questions, Kelter said, are
sometimes those that students don’t answer.
“If you provoke a question that brings si
lence because students are thinking about it,
it’s a good thing,” Kelter said.
Another vital technique in teaching, Kelter
said, was to “sell yourself.”
“If you look at the great lecturers on cam
pus ... they have in common that they not only
sell their material, but they also sell them
This selling of “yourself,” Kelter said, is a
“selling of your humanity.”
“Students know when a teacher cares. It’s a
team effort. We’re both in the same fight.”
Kelter said learning chemistry was chal
lenging for some students.
“Those that stay with the program end up
doing well,” Kelter said. “I try to make it clear
that if you stick with it, things will get better.”
When asked if a three-peat could be in his
future, Kelter said he faced a dilemma because,
as a research professor, he can teach only one
He has two options. Kelter said he could
teach a beginning chemistry class with 200 stu
dents. Otherwise, he said he could teach a
graduate course in chemistry with about eight
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students, who may later go on to teach classes he didn’t receive the award next year,
of 200 students. “There are a lot of deserving teachers out
Kelter said he would not be disappointed if there and it’s time we recognize them too.”
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Law & Order
A neighbor in the 3000 block
of Randolph Street watched
Wednesday night as a man dragged
his fiancee off the porch and
rammed her body into a car sev
eral times before driving away from
Lincoln Police Sgt. Ann
Heermann said the neighbor heard
yelling and screaming and went to
see what was going on. The neigh
bor gave police a description of the
car and the direction it was going.
Officers later pulled over the car
at 33rd and F streets. Heermann
said they found the woman curled
up in the back seat, crying.
Police arrested William
Lawrence, 36, of 1201 Belmont St.,
for assault and for a warrant he had
for failing to appear in court on a
charge of driving on a suspended
license. Lawrence was still driving
on that suspended license.
Lincoln police officers found a
man who was apparently the vic
tim of an assault unconscious and
lying in a puddle of blood behind
Arnold’s Tavern, 6113 Havelock
Heermann said the man woke
up early Thursday morning but was
uncooperative with officers and in
toxicated. He had a two-inch gash
across his face, the result of being
struck with an object.
Heermann said police didn’t
know details of the assault but they
were told the victim was seen in
side another person’s car going
through compact discs. She said of
ficers were unsure if the two inci
dents were related.
Danny Schafer, 34, was cited
for unlawful entry into a motor ve
hicle and taken to Bryan Memo
rial Hospital for stitches.
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