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Companies come to UNL seeking employees
By Rebecka Hyde
Usually, graduating students have
the burden of looking for jobs. But
many companies now are trying ways
to encourage UNL students to come
to them for interviews and jobs.
One such company, Koch
Industries, based in Wichita, Kan., is
known for its active recruiting at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Koch had a Discovery Day last
Thursday and Friday to allow 25
UNL students to meet employees, get
an overview of the company and see
its day-to-day operations.
Koch Industries, the second
largest private corporation in the
United States, actively recruits UNL
students for positions in finance,
marketing, agriculture, engineering
and accounting by getting involved in
activities such as the Big Red
Welcome, activities fairs and clubs.
Koch has hired 20 UNL graduates
in the past two years and is one of the
top 20 employers hiring UNL gradu
ates, UNL’s Career Services said.
Others include Andersen Consulting,
John Deere, Lockheed-Martin and
Geri Cotter, assistant director of
Career Services, said most companies
do not recruit to the extent Koch has.
Most companies will conduct on
campus interviews and select students
for a home office visit, but Koch has
recruited on a much larger scale.
“Koch has worked very hard to
get a presence on campus,” Cotter
said. “They are very innovative in
their recruiting techniques.
Lockheed-Martin, a Denver-based
aerospace engineering company, has a
less aggressive recruiting strategy.
Howard Roe, manager of univer
sity relations, said Lockheed-Martin
concentrates its recruiting efforts
through Career Services. Recruiters
arrange interviews through Career
Services and participate in the career
fair. They recruit from 65 to 70 col
leges across the country.
Companies that have established
name recognition don’t need to do as
much to create interest about their
company or encourage potential
employees, said Roger Peterson, a
student who interviewed with
Lockheed-Martin in September.
“I think that Lockheed-Martin is a
well-known company in the industry,
and their name speaks for itself,”
Peterson, a senior electrical engineer
ing major, said.
Koch’s recruiting strategy is differ
ent in that its recruiters, who work in
teams, try to attract students they know.
Koch has a team of recruiters that
seeks potential employees at UNL, as
well as 10 other Midwestern schools
including the University of Kansas,
Kansas State University, Texas A&M
University and the University of
Koch began recruiting at UNL
about 10 years ago. The UNL recruit
ing team will consist exclusively of
UNL graduates. Now alumni from
different universities are working on
the UNL team.
Koch Industries began as an oil
refining company, but now includes
business with refined products,
chemicals, oil services, gas liquids,
material and asphalt-based products,
agriculture and real estate.
Koch offers many opportunities
to students, said David Leach, a
national technical marketing leader.
Leach said within six months to a
year new employees earn major
responsibilities. Koch employees oper
ate as if they were running their own
small business, with the responsibility
to make decisions and take account
ability for those decisions.
Career Services estimates that com
panies like Koch have increased their
interviewing schedules at UNL by 20
percent over the last year. Career
Services recommends that all seniors
register in its center. The $25 fee
includes the ability to participate in on
campus interviews, inclusion in
employer-requested resume referral
and access to job listings on the
Internet. Students seeking teaching
jobs get 10 credential sets for the fee.
Career services has been contact
ed by 1,398 organizations requesting
resumes so far in 1997.
Malone Center feeds holiday needs
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coat drive ip dozens of
coats tothe Maone center and lets the
families-pfek out coats they may need
Dionne Parks, head of child care at the
tions still ran be accepted at the Malone
“Ypdfiever know what someone’s
going through,” Massie said. “\bu never
know what their circumstances are; and
you never know if you're the person feat
just might make them orhreakthem. -'
' “I might be the last person they arfe
coming to ask for help, and iff would say,
’Well, you should have pi|de the dead:
line,’ thk could be the difference between
the person living or dying. So, no matter
what, I’ll help them out,” Massie Said,
through Monday from 9 arm. to 9 pm.
OhThursday and Friday, the volunteers
will be helping to unload trucks, sort
canned goods and make up the baskets.
Saturday is the distribution day, butjpe
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center is asking for volunteers Sunday
to give food to late applicants or walk-in
needy. On Monday, the excess food will
be taken to the needy.
On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
the families will come in and pick up the
baskets. On Sunday and Monday, vol
unteers will make up the remaining bas
kets and deliver them to the elderly.
' Individuals can still donate money
and/or food to the Malone Center
“Finally, when we go home and we
sit down at the table for our
Thanksgiving dinner, those of us at the
Malone Center know that we’ve done
all we could, and that we’ve served all
that we could,” Massie said.
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The following is a list of goals ASUN has set, and the progress it has made.
1. Continue commitment to diversity issues through sponsored events and
increased communication with the campus community.
-Human Rights Comrriltee Chaiwoman Sara Russel said her committee was looking into the dwersity
education offered to inoomirig students. She said many students come to Ihe University of Nebraska
Lincoln unexposed to dversity, and her committee was exploring ways to help new students better deal
with diversity. She said the dversity education would not only hdt> students wide at UNL, but also when
they graduate. That’s Ife,” Russel said, life is diverse.’ Russel said her committee, the Student Impact
Team and Speaker of the Senate Viet Hoang were also considering fokjwup projects to sypplement
the forum held last week after Coretta Scott Kingls speech. She said the committee was also working
with Rob Hotoum, a representative from the Residence Hal Assoclalion, to improve concilions tor
Handicapped students to a parking lot across from Ihe Calher and Pound residence hals. Russel said
the parktog lot hastiandcapped parking spaces, but there is no way for handcapped people to leave
the paridng lot because of a “steep gradenf and stairs. She said people on the students with dsabiies
subcommittee would also examine City and East Campuses, to evaluate handfcapped accesstoity.
Russel said the sexual orientation subcomnftte would also be nwrpened for membership because the
committee only has tvvo members. She said without tocreased membership, the committee would have
a hard time getting anything done.
c. improve interaction among campus stuaent governing ooaies: aouim, me
Residence Hai Association, Inter fraternity Counci and the PanhofcnicCounciL
—ASUN President Curt Ruwe sad senators from ASUN and RHA soicited donations from NU football
fens walking to the game this weekend, with proceeds going to the Huskers Helping the Homeless
program. Ruwe sad the groups raised $1,500 for the program that helps soup kitchens in Nebraska.
3. Work for the implementation of a parking class.
- Ruwe said ASUN dkl not attend Tuesday's Parkng Ack^ory Board meeting because senators wanted
to artinue work wft Tad McDowel, dfrector of Parkii^ Services, to organize a proposal they can present
they can present to the parking board at a later date. Ruwe said “smaT increases in parking permits, or
the implementation of an appeals fee, could offset the possbte loss of revenue Parking Services would
incur because of the dass.
4. Address pedestrian safety concerns in the 14th and Vine streets area.
- Ruwe sato Kim Todd, assistant to the chartoelor for community affairs and campus planning, wfl present
the Antelope Valey plan to ASUN Dec. 3. The plan would dramaticatiy change the flow of traffic around
campus, essentially eSminating many pedestrian safety concerns. Ruwe said the senate would vote on
a proposal showing support for the plan at the Deo3 meeting. He said Government Liaison Committee
Chakman John Wiechmann is continuing to follow up on the meeting ASUN had with city officials where
they ctisatssed improving crosswak safety.
5. Work to seek more student input in the student fee allocation process.
-Ruwe said Scott Francis, newly appointed ASUN pubic relations representative, would attend the ASes
meeting Tuesday to inform them about the fees atocation process. He said Francis would visit other
meetings as wel.
6. Lobby for the university to continue research to develop a fall break policy.
- Ruwe said the University of Nebraska Calendar Committee^ decision not to make a decision regardrg
the fall break and Martin Luther King Jr. holiday oould have been because of ASUN’s extensive lobbying
and surveying. He said the results of 500 surveys, in which 90 percent of students s^ported both hotels,
were presented to the committee. Petitions inducing 1,006 student sigiaflures requesting the observance
of the King break were also presented. He said ASUN and SIT would continue to work to “gather student
inpuf and devise ways the university can feasfoly instate these breaks.
7. Work toward a regent’s bylaw change to allow student organizations to
apply for funds from the University Program Council once every two years
rather than once every four.
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8. Research advising policies on campus and gather student input in order
to look for ways that advising can best serve student needs.
-Academic Committee Chairman Erik Hoegemeyer and his committee are in the final stages of their
advising project, Ruwe said. He said the committee wodd colect data from advising surveys, and turn
the data into a “useM product’ He said they would work Ihrough Thanksgiving break to produce a
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statistical analysis of data
9. More efficiently inform students of services that ASUN provides and what
it accomplishes for students.
-Ruwe said Francis and Steve Culen of the Advertising Club were continuing work on an advertising
campaign promoting ASUN. He said the campaign would spedlicaly target two groups of people ASUN
typicaly has a Tiard time reachjng”-yajnger residence hal students, andoff-campus students. Ruwe
said the newly redesigned ASUN Web page should make is debut by Thanksgiving.
10. Successfully create a more integrated campus community through the
implementation of the Student Impact Team and the University Leadership
-Ruwe said the GLC would meet Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Nebraska Unioa He said the topic of the
meeting would be toe reintroducfion of the Comhusker yearbook, which was dscondnued ii the 1970’s.
He said another topic may be announced. SIT met Tuesiay at & 7 pm in the Nebraska Union. Ruwe
said SfT Chairwoman Caine Pierce and her group ware “realy making things happen in the student
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