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ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ADVERTISING Kelly Jo Hinrichs recently was awarded the ASUN Outstanding Educator awanf for the small
class category for outstanding teaching. v *
Time with students
precious to professor
Editor’s Note: This is the first of two pro
files looking at the achievements of the win
ners of theASUN Outstanding Educator
Staff writer
Although her classes aren’t very large,
Kelly Jo Hinrichs said winning the ASUN
Outstanding Educator award for the small class
category was anything but small.
“I am overwhelmed,” Hinrichs said about
receiving the award. “I was in the company of
five other very talented and well-respected
teachers on our campus, and for the students to
say‘You are a person who has touched our lives,
and we want to thank you for it and recognize
you publicly for it’ - that’s pretty humbling.
That’s overwhelming.
“I truly don’t think I am outstanding.”
The award was given at the ASUN induc
tion ceremony March 29, recognizing two UNL
professors, one for a large class and one for a
small class. Students at the polls March 1 nom
inated professors. A committee selected the
Hinrichs, an associate advertising profes
sor, only has been teaching full-time at UNL for
two years. She teaches promotional writing and
a senior advertising campaigns class.
‘I’m new to he gig,” Hinrichs said.
Hinrichs said she did not choose to become
a teacher; teaching chose her while she was
working as marketing director for Cliff's Notes.
“The funny thing is, I didn’t really decide, it
M In my classes we
think, we talk we
learn, we share and
we write.”
Kelly Jo Hinrichs
associate advertising professor
just happened,” she said. “I had a call from
Nancy Mitchell, the head of our department,
and she asked if I would be interested in teach
ing a class as a part-time adjunct faculty mem
She taught for two semesters and fell in love
with the job.
“I got a chance to try it before I switched my
career path, and it just felt good,” she said.
Hinrichs said her days are full and fast
paced. She teaches three classes, is an adviser,
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save funds
■ Speaker says building within
cities instead of making new suburbs
saves money and infrastructure.
By Tony Moses
Staff writer
A professor on Thursday announced that urban
planning is no longer a communist activity.
“The question isn’t whether you’re going to live
in a planned community; it is who will make these
plans,” Eric Damian Kelly said.
Kelly is a professor of urban planning at Ball
State University, past president of the American
Planning Association, author of two books on urban
planning and former dean of the College of
Architecture and Planning at Ball State.
He spoke to nearly 25 people at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln Architecture Hall.
Kelly promoted “smart growth,” a new kind of
urban planning.
“This is a fundamentally conservative, fiscally
driven agenda,” Kelly said.
Smart growth encourages development in areas
that have an existing infrastructure.
“It’s about money,” Kelly said. “If we’re going to
* grow-smart, we’ve got to start with a plan.”
Kelly said the best way to control growth is to
control funding for public infrastructure, rather than
prohibiting growth.
Kelly said this is especially important in a con
servative state like Nebraska. He said the state
should look where it wants change and spend money
Kelly specifically pointed to government subsi
dies for new suburban developments. \
He said government subsidies make building
new houses in suburban developments cheaper than
buying houses in existing neighborhoods.
“Just having someone pay for the development
isn’t a good idea,” Kelly said.
Kelly said the cost of building infrastructure for
new developments, such as roads and sewage sys
tems, as well as the cost of expanding government
services, such as snow removal and school busing,
must also be considered.
“Smart growth is not just about spending money.
It’s about not spending money,” he said
Kelly said in order for an area to grow smart, it
must have a comprehensive plan.
“We plan because we can’t afford not to plan,” he
said. “We talk as though somehow planning is anti
Kelly said a comprehensive plan must have three
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Professor teaches students to look outside classroom
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a weekly
series of question-and-answer sessions with the
recipients of the universitywide awards for
teaching, research and creative activity. Today,
we visit with Helen Moore, winner of the
Outstanding Teaching and Instructional
Creativity Award.
ByVeronica Daehn
Staff writer
Helen Moore, professor of sociology and
women’s studies at the University of Nebraska
Lincoln, likes to teach her students outside of die
She sees the reach of her teaching extending
beyond the classroom.
Moore strives to shed light on areas that most
students are in die dark about. She works to open
her students’ eyes.
Moore’s efforts recently earned her the
Outstanding Teaching and Instructional
Creativity Award for the University of Nebraska
QHow long have you been teaching,
and what do you teach?
A I teach sociology and women’s studies.
My primary areas are stratification,
social inequality and education. So I
look at how the schools and the eco
nomic and political systems interact and the
impact on the students. I’ve been doing this for
about 25 years.
QHow did you get involved in women’s
studies and sociology?
Ain my junior year, I dropped out of col
lege and went overseas to Germany. I
worked at a factory and then traveled.
Then I came back to
the University of
California with a
desire to focus my
studies and really
move forward. I just
luckily took a course
... that changed my
way of thinking,
changed my way of
looking at the world. I
organized my next
year so I would finish a
sociology major.
MOOre 1 had an interest in
women’s studies, but I
did not get any formal training at my doctoral
program. I (put) together some classes that I was
interested in. I did it informally. There was resist
ance in those days. People didn’t want to focus on
women. It was seen as politics and not scholar
When I finished my doctorate, I began
almost a self-study. Most women’s studies facul
ty today who finished their degrees prior to the
mid-’8 Os are self-taught.
QThis is an outstanding teaching and
instructional creativity award. How
do you instill creativity into your
A I think about my teaching not just in a
particular classroom with a particular
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