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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 25, 1997)
Nelson distributes grants
GRANTS from page 1
“This latest report shows that
Nebraska’s economy is strong and that
Nebraskans deserve a permanent
income tax cut.”
The report also indicated that of the
20,000 new full-time jobs created each
quarter, metropolitan and smaller, more
rural communities share an almost
The survey is a joint project of the
state departments of Economic
Development and Labor and the Bureau
of Business Research at UNL.
Nelson said that the grant money
given to the projects would only help
Nebraska business revenues to grow.
Some of the 18 projects that
received grant money Wednesday
■ Panhandle Targeted Tourism
Marketing: $15,378 to design and dis
tribute marketing materials to boost
tourism in 11 Nebraska counties.
■ Nebraska Good Life Dairy
Initiate: $25,000 to conduct a dairy
summit to expand the state’s dairy
industry and create a one-stop dairy
assistance and information center.
■ North Central Business
Administration: $23,500 to establish an
association that will promote economic
development and job opportunities in
Boyd, Brown, Cherry, Holt, Keya Paha
and Rock counties.
Thanks to the Partnerships foi
Economic Development Act, $1 million
has been made available for fiscal years
1997-98 and 1998-99, said JoAnn
McMannus of the Nebraska
Department of Economic Development
She said that as long as certain
requirements are met, and the goaMs an
economic development project, an>
group of communities can apply for the
“This is the very core of what eco
nomic development can be about,’
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The Toughest Job You*!! Ever Lovg?
By Erin Gibson
With about 800 days left until the
year 2000, university representatives
are working to assess the impact of
whether their departments’ comput
ing hardware or software will cease
to work correctly - or at all - after
11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 1999.
Gary Aerts, the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln’s Year 2000 coor
dinator, said at the Year 2000 Task
Force meeting Wednesday in the
Nebraska Union that every element
of campus must be aware that older
computer files, software and hard
ware may not survive the turn of the
century without major adjustments.
Stored computer files may be
lost, Aerts said. Some software appli
cations may stop working, and hard
ware problems might shut down a
The problem is not a myth, he
said, but a call to action.
“You can go through the year
2000 without doing anything, and
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“But there’s a certain amount of work
you’re going to have to do or you’ll
leave yourself exposed.”
These problems can exist in any
equipment that has embedded com
puter chips, including personal and
mainframe computers, VCRs, auto
matic teller machines, credit-card
swipe machines and microwaves.
Every campus department should
appoint a representative to identify
which of its computers and other
machinery could be affected by the
new millennium date, and make
inventories of all computing hard
ware, software and files.
. Then, they must assess the impact
longer functions cdrrectly after 2000,
then develop a plan to address the
To figure out whether a machine
is compliant, Aerts suggests checking
the Web site <http://www.miter.org>,
which lists many hardware and soft
ware vendors and whether their prod
ucts are compliant.
Owners of noncompliant
machines may need to contact the
vendor before making software or
hardware updates, he said.
When all machines in a depart
ment are certified year-2000 compli
ant, department officials must sign a
letter attesting to their compliance to
Kent Jiendrickson, UNL associate
vice chancellor for Information
Services, Aerts said.
If a machine is not compliant,
problems could range from wrong
dates on documents to software
applications ceasing to function.
Some applications run on a timed
license, and they stop working when
the computer’s operating date
exceeds the license. So an application
licensed between 1995 and 2001 may
stop working if the computer system
cannot operate using a date after
Aerts said he is most worried
about old computer files kept by
departments at the university. There
is no guarantee that some files will be
readable after 2000, he said.
Large files kept by student infor
mation services will be well-tested
for compliance by the end of the cen
tury, he said. Otherwise, bad student
records could corrupt the student
loan payment process, and the uni
versity’s legal and financial responsi
bility for computer malfunctions
could be tremendous.
The Year 2000 Task Force meets
again Oct. 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the
Nebraska Union. Those interested in
sending new representatives, or sign
ing up on the task force’s e-mail list
server should contact Aerts at 472
7690 or e-mail him at:
Campus rec loses leader
mu.; irom page i
“We want to add more stability to
organizations, and produce better
leaders,” Ostermeier said.
Fullerton’s love of the outdoors
began with the monthlong camping
trips his family took when he was
“Both my parents were teachers,
so we took these trips every summer,”
. Fullerton said. “At this new job, I will
have the chance to do that with my
v Fullerton started working for
f* UNL while he was still a student in
£ |he late ’70s. He worked as a trip
leader for Outdoor Adventures, and
wrote for the Daily Nebraskan,
v Then, after completing a master’s
degree in public administration at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha and
working with other outdoor pro
grams, Fullerton returned to UNL as
-•assistant director of Outdoor
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: During Fullerton’s tenure at
Outdoor Adventures, the program
has expanded to meet students’ needs
with more trips and the addition of
the Adventure Challenge Ropes
-Course and climbing wall, he said.
“I feel that I have had a positive
influence on students through our
activities,” Fullerton said.
In college, the out-of-class activi
ties are as important as the in-class
activities, Fullerton said.
“We offer students the chance to
become more well-rounded.”
A lot of times students get some
thing out of an Outdoor Adventures
trip they didn’t expect, Fullerton said.
“When you are out in the woods it
is a great time to think about what
you want to do with your life,”
r unerion sam.
The campus rec gives everyone a
chance to participate, Fullerton said.
“It is one thing to be a spectator,”
Fullerton said. “It’s another to be a
participant in your life.”
As a part of campus rec’s staff,
Fullerton’s expertise and attitude
have been invaluable, Campbell said.
“He has had a profound impact on
campus, and he will be sorely
missed,” Campbell said.
One year after he started with
campus rec, Fullerton saw the open
ing of the new Lee and Helene Sapp
Campus Recreation Center.
“This facility is a blessing for stu
dents,” Fullerton said. “It gives stu
dents a place to recreate the energy
for their lives.”
As Outdoor Adventures assistant
director Fullerton has also had the
opportunity to become involved in
For the past four years Fullerton
has been planning the International
Conference on Outdoor Recreation
and Education, which will be at the
University ofYucatan in Mexico.
One of the highlights of
Fullerton’s career at UNL was the trip
to Nepal and the Himalayas, which he
led in 1990.
“It was a professional highlight to
lead a trip like that, but while I was
away my wife and I adopted a baby
back home,” Fullerton said. “I left as
an outdoor leader, and came back a
In all of Fullerton’s work he
encourages people to strive beyond
“People can do more than they
think they can if they push them
selves and get the support they need,”
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