The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, November 05, 1997, Image 1

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Academic Senate
rejects King holiday
By Sarah Baker
Assignment Reporter
The Academic Senate heard a presentation
Tuesday about improving conditions at UNL for
minorities, and then put itself in the minority by
voting down two popular proposals for calendar
The votes were against proposals to observe
Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a holiday
and to institute a mid-semester fall break.
The senate also heard a presentation from
the Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of
People of Color that stressed the group’s strate
gy to reduce the loss of minority students.
“We are losing minority faculty members as
fast as we can get them,” the presentation stated.
UNL Chancellor James Moeser said he
thought the vote on King’s birthday was an
unfortunate action by the senate.
“I am sad about the outcome of this vote
because it is going to be misinterpreted by die
community,” Moeser said. “It is going to be
seen as a lack of sensitivity to the diversity in
Lincoln. Symbols like this are loudly heard.”
Amy Rager, an Association of the Students
of the University of Nebraska representative,
said UNL students endorsed the changes over- ■
“I just find it really ironic that the senate
turned down this proposal after discussing the ,
climate (for minorities) of this university,”
Rager said. “This was one big thing the senate
Please see SENATE on 6
By Sarah Baker
Assignment Reporter
Months of discussion and numerous
rewrites preceded the Academic Senate’s
approval Tuesday of a new post-tenure review
The senate passed the new policy with a
vote that was one short of unanimous.
The senate first passed a motion to replace
the old proposal with the newly amended pro
posal the senate discussed at its last meeting.
Chancellor James Moeser expressed his
appreciation to the faculty senate at the meet
ing. ;
“I appreciate both the quality of the debate
on the proposal and the decision the senate
made on the vote,” Moeser said. “This shows
the finest qualities of our faculty.”
Moeser said he thought die proposal was a
good cme.
“I will continue to vigorously support the
document without any changes by the Board of
Regents, I promise you that,” Moeser said. “I
am deeply appreciative of the result of this
process. The senate should be proud of them
The purpose of the post-tenure review poli
cy is to make sdre that once professors are '
tenured they are still maximizing their contribu
tions to the university.
The policy also makes sure faculty mem
bers are achieving their professional goals, and
lets the public know tenured professors are held
accountable for their performance.
The Academic Senate has discussed the new
policy since early last year.
The proposal has been through many differ
ent stages after faculty senate members dis
cussed changes they wanted and the post-tenure
review committee rewrote portions of thetlocu
ment according to the senate’s discussion, 'pie
revised and amended policy is now submitted to
the NU Board of Regents for its approval.
Richard Edwards, senior vice chancellor for
academic affairs, said the final document was
the result of hard work.
“We have confidence in the proposal and we
think it portrays exactly what the post-tenure
process is intended to be,” Edwards jsaid. “We
hope both the faculty and adrninistration can
work together to make the system work effec
tively.” ^
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Please see TENURE on 6
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JOEL WATTS, a Vital employee, paints the outsida of a birdhouse Masker red. Watts and
otter Vital employees are involved In aH stages of production for the Nebraska lego bird
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By Kelli Lacey
Staff Reporter
When 35-year-old Michael
... Rakestraw moved from Grand Island to
Lincoln four months ago, his goal was
to live independent of his family’s care
and work a job of his own, despite his
cerebral palsy.
He’s found a way to do that with
Vital* a company that provides voca
tional training for adults with mental
retardation and other mental deficien
cies. It is a supervised workshop whose
clients - and employees - make bird
houses and bird feeders colored bright
red and emblazoned with the Huskers’
Go Big Red logo.
Vital hires people aged 19 and older
who have graduated from Lincoln
Public Schools. Jobs at Vital are step
pingstones for the adults to get connect
ed to jobs in the competitive market,
said Rob Carter, general manager of
“Our goal is to make it as much like
a normal job as we can,” Carter said.
Carter said he wants clients to per
form their jobs at Vital the same way
they would for any other job.
“If I don’t come to work every day, I
would lose my job,” he said.
Some clients at Vital have gone on to
jobs such as working in restaurants and
cleaning in department stores.
Please see VITAL on 12
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By Erin Gibson
Senior Reporter
Nebraska native Paul Carlson,
UNL’s associate vice chancellor for
business and finance, announced he
would leave the university in January
to assume a higher position else
Carlson will leave after 14 years
at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln to become vice president for
finance and administration at
Augsburg College, a Lutheran liberal
arts college in Minneapolis.
Carlson, who was bom and reared
in Nebraska, said he accepted the
position at Augsburg because of its
prestige. Bui he still loves UNL, he
“The people here are great,”
Carlson said. “It’s going to be tough
to leave the people, because they’re
such dedicated people.”
But “I think it’s time for me to be
a vice president somewhere,” he said.
Carlson said he will face many of
the same challenges at his new col
lege that he grapples with at UNL.
Augsburg, a downtown campus
with a 2,700 enrollment, must
increase faculty salaries, increase
technology spending add solve a
high-dolhtr problem with deferred
maintenance, he said.
It sounds like UNL, he said,
“except we don’t have chapel every
day here ”
Also, at the Lutheran college,
Carlson can give his time and exper
tise back to the faith that has support
ed him, he said.
Carlson was UNL’s interim vice
chancellor for business and finance
in 1995, before the university hired
Melvin JonesKto permanently fill the
position. After tjiat year* Carlson
returned to his position as associate
vice chancellor, which he had hel<L
since 199?.
Carlson first came to the Office of
Business and Finance as the director
of operations analysis in 1983.
But he wasn’t a stranger to the
university at that time.
He had received a bachelor’s
degree in business and accounting in
1967 from the university, before
seeking a Master’s of Business
Administration degree from the
University of Montana-Missoula.
He then taught at Montana briefly
before working in a Minneapolis
accounting firm.
Carlson returned to UNL as a vis
iting professor for one year starting in
1976. He later worked at the
Nebraska Department of Revenue
until April 1983, when he returned to
He has worked toward a doctorate
in educational administration ever
since, in addition to fulfilling his
work-related duties.
Carlson now negotiates most
UNL contracts and manages nine
areas of university operations, includ
ing the University Bookstore,
Parking Services and Landscape
When Carlson leaves in early
1999, Glen Nelson, acting assistant to
the vice chancellor, will assume his
duties until a successor is named.
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