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Health Aide Program still going strong
■ After 43 years, the
volunteer program still
exists for students to help i
By Gwen Tietgeu
Students helping students, the
model for the Health Aide Program,
rings true in the voices of health aides,
health aide coordinators and supervi
sors even after 43 years.
Julie Lindauer, a health aide for
Pound Residence Hall, said she didn’t
really know what the Health Aide
Program was before she got involved
“I did it because a friend of mine
was going to be a health aide,”
Lindauer, a junior animal science
major, said. “Now I’m a health aide,
and I love it.”
The Health Aide Program, the
first of its kind on a college campus,
started in 1957 when the Asian flu
epidemic hit the University of
So many students became ill that
the medical director of the health cen
ter at that time, Dr. San Fuenning,
recruited 12 students to join in help
ing students with their illnesses.
Mindy Lacey, a health aide coor
dinator, said she has gained a lot of
knowledge by being a health aide.
“The things that you learn don’t
just apply to health majors; they apply
to everyone,” said Lacey, a senior psy
“It’s just a great feeling to give
back the knowledge and insight you
know to other students.”
Lacey said health aides must live
on campus, either in the residence
halls or greek houses, they must take a
health class each semester, and three
days before school starts, all health
aides come for intensive pre-training.
Lindauer said the health aide pre
training was a good start into the pro
“You are with these people for
three days, and by the end you know
you’re a part of a team,” Lindauer
Karen Weed, coordinator for the
Health Aide Program and a registered
nurse at Bryan Memorial Hospital,
said health aides are the link between
the University Health Center and stu
“It really helps the health center
having health aides out there because
they can treat a student’s minor
injuries and illnesses,” Weed said.
Weed said the health center is cur
rently in the middle of recruiting
health aides for the 2000-2001 school
“We just need people who are
interested and who want to help oth
ers,” Weed said.
“You don’t have to be a health
major to apply. We accept all majors.”
Some of the benefits health aides
receive are $12.50 a week for first
year health aides, certification in first
aid and CPR, a free Hepatitis B vacci
nation and a skin test for tuberculosis.
Lacey said some of the responsi
Asian American Week begins
Activities provides cultural experience for all students
By Margaret Behm
This week will give students the
opportunity to have fun while learn
ing about a minority that is often
ignored on campus, a student leader
Asian American Week started
Sunday and is full of activities until it
“I wanted to have a week with
information for people to learn but
also have fun,” said Nga Dinh, presi
dent of the Asian Student Alliance.
Sandra Kinoshita, adviser for
ASA, said all students have the
opportunity to benefit from the
“The week is a great opportunity
for Asian American students to be
able to show others about their cul
tures,^ said Kinoshita, academic
counselor and coordinator of multi
cultural programs for the Athletic
Department, “especially since there’s
a lot of misinformation out their
It is important for students at the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln to
learn about other cultures, Dinh said.
Students who are from this uni
versity should attend to prepare
themselves for the world outside
Nebraska, Dinh said.
“In the Midwest, there aren’t a lot
of different cultures. And most likely
you’re not going to stay here,” said
Dinh, a sophomore biochemistry
major. “When you leave, you’re defi
nitely going to see a lot of different
The week is also important to
Asian American students because it
lets them be heard, Dinh said.
“I don’t think that Asian
American students have a voice on
this campus,” she said.
Kinoshita said this university
does not count Asian American stu
dents as an underrepresented minori
ty on this campus. Because of this,
the students do not get benefits that
other minorities get, such as minori
As of the 1998-99 school year,
Asian American student^ had the
fourth-highest retention rate based
They were behind Europeans,
blacks and Latinos, she said.
Approximately four years ago, Asian
American students had the second
highest retention rate, behind only
“A huge percentage of Asian
American students are leaving with
out graduating,” she said. “There are
other schools that will offer them the
Minority students not getting
involved is part of the reason they are
not heard on campus, Dinh said.
“A lot of times even minority stu
dents keep to themselves,” she said.
“It’s hard for them to open up their
circles. The same applies to the
majority students.” ,
Students are also busy, so they
don’t have time to take part in cam
pus activities, Dinh said.
“Students are concentrating on
working and going to school, so
they’re not involved on campus,” she
This week will provide UNL students the oppor
tunity to experience and celebrate Asian Amer
Culture Center - lower level
Japanese Legend and Martial Art
Culture Center - upper level
^ Letters to Thien
UNL Love Library Auditorium
FRIDAY 8:30a.m. -3p.m.
Asian-American Student Welcome
SATURDAY 6 - 8p.m.
City Union Ballroom
9:30p.m. - 12a.m.
City Union Ballroom
free with purchase of banquet ticket
$3 without purchase
Kinoshita said her overall hope
for the week is that people will walk
away wanting to know more about
the Asian culture.
“I want people to have their inter
ests in Asian Americans piqued, so
they will learn more information in
Conference to promote recycling
Campus recycling enthusiasts are
in luck this week.
The Midwest region’s College and
University Recycling Conference is
coming to UNL this Tuesday from 7:30
a.m. to 3:45 pjn.
Dale Ekart, campus recycling coor
dinator, said he is expecting delegates
from 40-50 universities, colleges and
community colleges in the Midwest.
And the conference, which is spon
sored by the College and University
Recycling Council and the National
Recycling Coalition Inc., will address a
broad range of topics applicable to
schools of all sizes, Ekart said.
For the schools that don’t currently
have recycling programs, the confer
ence will offer sessions about the
resources, support and equipment nec
essary to start a recycling program.
And for institutions that already
have recycling programs in place, ses
sions will be offered about source
reduction, waste hauling and other
Ekart said he hopes the sessions
may give conference delegates ideas
for improving their own programs.
Erin Gruenhagen, a member of the
ASUN Environmental Issues Advisory
Council, has been helping with confer
ence preparations and will attend the
Gruenhagen said many schools,
particularly those smaller than UNL,
don’t have recycling programs in place.
“This conference will be a great
way for students to get involved with
recycling and other environmental hot
topics,” she said.
While Gruenhagen said she was
excited about the various sessions that
will be offered, she also said the swap
ping of ideas between representatives
from different schools will be valuable.
UNL students wishing to attend
any of the conference sessions can reg
ister between 7:30 and 8:15 a.m. in the
Centennial Room of the Nebraska
Union. Student registration is $20.
Those seeking more information
about the recycling conference can call
Dale Ekart at 472-6099.
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health aide coordinator
bilities health aides have include help
ing students if they injure themselves
or are sick, educating the students in
their living unit and putting on a
health program once a year.
“To give back to fellow students is
a great feeling, and it’s rewarding,”
Julie Rezac, assistant health aide
coordinator, said second-year health
aides have some additional responsi
bilities such as helping out at the
health center’s front desk and putting
on annual projects and health fairs
like the Great American Smokeout
and Body Bizarre.
Rezac said health aide coordina
tors conduct meetings, help set-up
classes, organize different projects
throughout the year and are the
liaisons between health aides and the
supervisors of the program.
Lacey said becoming a health aide
was the best thing she has done in col
“I absolutely love the Health Aide
Program,” Lacey said. “When I grad
uate in May, it’s going to feel like ^
something is missing in my life
because the Health Aide Program has *
meant that much to me.”
Lindauer echoed Lacey’s enthusi
“It’s a really good experience,”
Lindauer said. “I like being able to
help someone when they feel bad, and *
I like the feeling you get helping to
make someone feel better.”
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