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Alumni Association links
graduates to the university
By Michelle Starr
Just because graduates have their
diplomas does not mean they have to
put the University of Nebraska
Lincoln behind them.
Graduates can sign up to become
members of the Alumni Association.
In six or seven chapters in
Nebraska, and about 50 throughout the
country, the Nebraska Alumni
Association is keeping UNL graduates
informed about their alma mater, said
Shelly Zaborowski, director of student
programs at the Alumni Association.
Graduates, such as Mike Zalman, a
1992 graduate and coordinator of the
Star City Alumni Chapter in Lincoln,
think the association is worthwhile.
“It was just the proper thing to do,”
The association provides a way for
alumni to support students and give
back to the school, he said.
Star City Chapter members deliv
ered free pizza to students working on
homecoming displays and have a table
set up during Husker Huddles at the
Wick Alumni Center, Zalman said.
Kiersten Hill, a 1997 graduate
from Hastings and member of the
Central Nebraska Chapter of the
Alumni Association that meets in
Grand Island, said she had wonderful
memories of college life, so it was
important for her to stay in touch with
activities at UNL.
She said it was exciting and impor
tant to her to hear about the changes
happening on campus.
The Central Nebraska Chapter has
only been active for about three years,
In that time it has organized migra
tions to home and away football and
basketball games, arranged to have the
Scarlet and Cream Singers perform
and many other events, she said.
Hill said without the association, it
would be difficult to know what was
With a membership to the associa
tion, which is free for the first year,
alumni will receive the Nebraska
Magazine, a quarterly publication, The
Good News, a biannual publication,
and a subscription to the newsletter of
the college the graduate received his or
her degree from. The publications are
aimed at keeping alumni informed of
events at UNL.
Zaborowski said graduates who
accept jobs outside of Lincoln are
more likely to want a membership
because they have a greater need to
stay in touch.
Among the more active out-of
state organizations include chapters in
Washington, D.C., Kansas City,
Arizona and Chicago, she said.
Other than the publications, mem
bers also will receive special invita
tions to UNL activities, die opportuni
ty to buy football tickets and a discount
card for local businesses, Zaborowski
Much more is received than special
deals, she said.
“You’re not joining for the benefits
but rather just for supporting things at
the university,” Zaborowski said.
Prospective members have a vari
ety of payment methods to choose
from for membership, she said.
A membership for the first year out
of college is free, the second year is
$15 and $35 each additional year is
$35. For students who wait to join, it
costs $35 a year, or $45 per couple.
A lifetime membership is available
for $500, or $600 per couple. This pay
ment can be made in installments over
five years, Zaborowski said.
The money from membership dues
goes toward programs such as the
Scarlet and Cream Singers, the Cather
Circle and Master’s Week.
Zalman said the price is worth it.
“I can’t think of a better way for me
to stay in touch with the university,”
Hill said, “and for me to know what’s
going on on campus.”
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By Jacob Kruger
As thousands of students move into
the next stages of their lives this week
end, area businesses will be catering to
all the visiting family and friends.
With hotels booked since the begin
ning of April, many places have extra
staff on hand to meet the needs of more
Michelle Trembley, host at the
Holiday Inn Downtown’s Green Mill
restaurant, said that on busy nights,
each area might have a few more people
un weekends sucn as graduation
when the hotel is booked, she said the
hotel also employs a few extra clerks.
“We’ll probably have two or three
extra people on hand each shift, tending
bar or serving tables,” Trembley said.
Wages aren’t the only extra money
staff might expect, she said.
“We make better money on holi
days and special occasions,” Trembley
said. “There are more customers, and
also people tend to tip more.”
Jerry Barnes, general manager at
the Cornhusker Hotel, said these types
of weekends do cause an increase in
“Graduation weekend is a real
heavy weekend,” he said. “We are
booked 100 percent, as far as rooms go,
on Friday and Saturday night”
When compared to an average
weekend, where booking is at about 75
percent, Barnes estimates that through
room rates alone, the hotel will bring in
an additional $ 15,000 to $20,000.
He said they also are booked with
more receptions and banquets.
While most tourist dollars go
toward lodging and dining, other
money is spent on graduatioa
Although it is not a large portion of
its revenue, Stan Vala, general manager
at the Nebraska Bookstore, said that
graduation does offer a little extra
“Our biggest days are home foot
. ball days,” he said, “We don’t see a
whole lot of additional business on
graduation weekend. Before then
though, we do sell cards and graduate
gifts and souvenirs.”
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