The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 16, 1998, Page 6, Image 6

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    Computer classes allow Lincoln residence
By Sandi Alswager
Staff writer
Starting this semester, UNL stu
dents can get a four-year degree
through the University of Nebraska at
Omaha aviation institute without
transferring. . 4
For the past three years, aviation
students at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln could take some
courses in Lincoln, but would have to
finish the degree in Omaha.
“It remains a UNO degree, but
(students) can complete their campus
enrollments and minors while taking
computer-mediated classes and a few
telecommunications courses in their
major area,” UNO Aviation Institute
Director Brent Bowen said
Josh Stutzman, a freshman pre
aviation major, said he was happy an
aviation program was made available
to UNL.
“These are great classes, and the
instructors are great,” Stutzman said.
“A lot of people don’t know about this
program.”
But many students are hoping that
the program can be offered through
four years of teacher instruction
rather than through computer-medi
ated and telecommunication classes,
Lincoln Pre-Aviation Coordinator
Alicia Martin said.
Martin said many students would
rather transfer to UNO after about
two years of the instruction available
in Lincoln than take the computer
courses.
By taking distance-learning
classes in Lincoln, students earn a
different degree - a bachelor of gen
eral studies with an emphasis in avia
tion.
By finishing the degree in
Omaha, students get a bachelor of
science in public administration with
the aviation emphasis.
Stutzman, who plans to finish the
program at UNO, said he wishes he
could continue to live in Lincoln.
“I hope (UNL) will do the whole
program,” he said. “It is convenient to
come here.”
Martin said the program has
grown within the past year.
“It really took off last year, and
enrollment has been rising ever
since,” Martin said.
More than 100 Lincoln students
have been enrolled in the program,
she said;
“There was a demand for the pro
gram. There are great aviation busi
nesses in Lincoln, and a lot of stu
dents were driving to Omaha (for the
program),” Martin said.
Sophomore Pedram Nabegh
switched his mechanical engineering
major to pre-aviation after he heard
about the program being offered at
UNL.
“I didn’t even know they had it,”
he said.
Nabegh said his aviation studies
were so much more interesting than
his engineering studies that he can
study twice as long without becom
ing bored.
After Nabegh completes the two
year program, he said, he will have to
transfer to UNO.
He said he wishes he could get
same degree through four years in
Lincoln that he could at UNO.
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I have great enthusiasm for the program.
It’s above our expectations.”
Brent Bowen
UNO Aviation Institute Director
Transferring will be hard for
Nabegh, who dives for the UNL swim
team. But Nabegh said his athletic
adviser will try to work something
out that will allow him to continue to
dive.
Another addition to the program
is Internet-based classes.
Martin said some students like
taking classes electronically because
they can work on the assignments at
their convenience.
The computer classes were first
offered last year, and more will be
offered next year, Martin said.
The aviation program caters to
anyone interested in aviation, Martin
said.
It involves all ground skills, intro
duction to aviation and flight training,
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with both lower- and upper-level
classes being offered
Martin said students with majors
ranging from pre-veterinary to psy
chology have joined pre-aviation stu
dents in the program.
“I have great enthusiasm for the
program,” Bowen said “It’s above our
expectations. As long as there is a
strong demand, we will continue to
provide programs.”
Interested students can register
for the courses through general regis
tration.
Students wanting further infor
mation can contact the UNL pro
gram’s offices at (402) 472-4432, or
stop by Neihardt Residence Center,
Room 2113,540 N. 16th St
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rrogram seeks minority mentors
By Dane Stickney
StaffWriter
The Lincoln Action Program is
looking for 40 to 50 volunteers of
diverse ethnic backgrounds to be
positive mentors for Lincoln youth.
The program has been providing
support for children who are at risk of
dropping out of school for the last
three years.
Program Director Tanya Smith
said the program needs more male
minorities to volunteer as mentors.
“The young men of color that we
help through tutoring and other activ
ities really need an adult mentor with
a background similar to their own.”
Each year the program pairs 60
youths with 60 adults in hopes of sup
plying much-needed support to
junior high and high school students
who are at a possible risk of leaving
school.
Those students usually are from
low-income or minority back
grounds, so there is a great demand
for mentors from all cultural back
grounds, Smith said.
The mentoring program attempts
to improve academic performance,
reduce dropout rates and enhance
self-esteem through positive one-on
one relationships.
“If there are men of color who
really want to make a difference in a
young person’s life, they should real
ly consider being a mentor. You can
really change the future by helping
one young man make the right choic
es now,” she said.
The program lasts from October
to May and requires five to 15 hours
of active involvement per month.
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Its fun to hang out with a little kid and be a
role model. It is very rewarding to see them
get excited about doing homework. They
really look up to you.,f
Katie Stark
mentor
Activities include a 90-minute tutor
ing session each week, a monthly
social or recreational activity and
quarterly support group meetings.
The youth will visit their men
tors’ place of employment or college,
and tiie mentor will visit the youth’s
school.
The program is set to start the
week of Oct. 12 with orientations
scheduled for the prior week.
Mentors must be 18 years old,
complete a volunteer application and
provide references.
Junior education major Juan
Izaguirre, a past mentor for the pro
gram, said the program rewards the
mentor as well as the student
“The program helped me grow as
a person. It made me feel good to
have a positive influence on a young
person.
Izaguirre said he helped his
assigned student with his math class.
“Math is hard in high school. I
just showed him how to do it and he
improved a lot”
“It is always a good experience to
help young people,” he said. “You
can make their life easier just by
showing them what you have learned.
I got my two cents in where it count
ed and hopefully I made a differ
ence.”
Katie Stark, a elementary educa
tion sophomore, is starting her sec
ond year as a mentor.
“It’s fun to hang out with a little
kid and be a role model,” she said. “It
is very rewarding to see them get
excited about doing homework. They
really look lip to you.”
Stark said there is more to the
program than just doing homework.
She and her student went to the mall,
played miniature golf and participat
ed in a karaoke night
“We need more university stu
dents to participate in the program,”
Stark said. “Kids need an older friend
to teach them about morals, plus it
feels good to be a positive influence.”
The Lincoln Action Program will
provide free tickets to movies and
community events. Support groups
and training are also available.
People interested in in becoming
Lincoln Action Program mentors
should contact Tanya Smith at (402)
471-4515 or stop by the Lincoln
Action Program offices at 2202 S.
11* St
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