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Family first Danny Granillo honors late father by completing education. page 2

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Revenge is hers Professor’s book explores women, revenge in Shakespeare. page 2

At your service Geraldine Stirtz uses experience to teach others about service. page 3

Irish song DeAnn LoCasto learns tunes in traditional way songs handed down. page 6 Rick Brown, Kearney Hub

Here for kids Jan Moore’s love of helping hearing-impaired children brought her to UNK. page 7

MICK JOHNSON, piano technician for the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s department of music and performing arts, usually keeps pianos in the best shape possible — except when a student composition major wanted to saw a piano in half as part of a performance. “I told him he could do whatever he wanted as long as he provided his own piano,” Johnson said with a laugh.

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“I also do some rebuilding work on some of the older instruments.” Johnson thanks the beginning of each season for his job security. “The pianos go way, KEARNEY — Touch and tone. Most pianists seek instruments according to way out of tune with each seasonal change because of the humidity,” he said. “Every those two qualities, piano technician Mick time we go through a change of seasons, I Johnson said. Touch defines how the piano responds under basically have to tune each piano twice — the musician’s fingers, including the dynamic once just to get the piano close to where it range, the speed of the repetition and the type should be and then to actually fine tune it.” Johnson accomplishes the first tuning with of tone color the instrument can produce. the help of an electronic tuner. He also uses The tone depends on the size and make of an application for his iPhone that he said the piano, Johnson noted. “A 9-foot piano is going to have much more works better than his dedicated tuner that cost volume and tone than a 6-foot piano,” he said. five times as much. The second tuning is done by ear. During that As piano technician for the University of process, Johnson uses his 16 years of experience Nebraska at Kearney’s department of music as a piano technician to make fine adjustments. and performing arts, Johnson keeps up with One common situation in the last several about 55 pianos. He works out of a shop in years involves some new technology falling the basement of the Fine Arts Building. “My responsibilities are to keep our invenIN TUNE, PAGE 6 tory of pianos in tune and repaired,” he said.

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PIANO TUNING involves an understanding of aesthetics, physics and numbers. “It’s just math,” said Johnson, who cares for and tunes 55 pianos in the Fine Arts Building.

“LAST YEAR at a recital we actually sawed a piano in half.” Mick Johnson

Still excited Sherry Crow wants to know why kids lose excitement for school. page 10

NEBRASKA STATE Patrol Col. Dave Sankey, left, and his wife, Colleen, are Kearney State College grads. Their son Drew Sankey, right, is following in his parents’ footsteps at the school. Kim Schmidt, Kearney Hub

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the 1986 Kearney State College graduate was promoted from major to colonel, the commander, of the State Patrol. He replaced Bryan Tuma who served as the colonel for nearly six KEARNEY — Dave Sankey never really wanted to be at the helm of the Nebraska State years. Sankey began his UNK career in 1981. He Patrol. “Honestly, I never set a goal to be colonel,” played football on the offensive line as a guard and tackle for retired coach Claire Boroff. said Sankey, 48, in a recent visit to the Uni“I built a lot of good relationships and met a versity of Nebraska at Kearney campus. lot of great people,” he said. “I met a lot of But that’s what happened in March when

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good people that I still have lasting friendships with.” During college, Sankey met Colleen Regan of Ewing, a guard for then-coach Dan Wurtz’s women’s basketball team. Sankey graduated in 1986, joined the State Patrol a year later and was stationed in Fremont where he worked traffic. Regan gradCOLONEL SANKEY, PAGE 5

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Example for the future Granillo believes his degrees, career would please his dad By LACEY McPHILLIPS Hub Intern KEARNEY— Jesus “Danny” Granillo’s father didn’t want to see him end up at the meatpacking plant where his father worked until his death in 2006. Granillo, who was born in Mexico and moved to Lexington when he was 4, became the first person in his family to graduate from college when he received degrees in criminal justice and industrial distribution with a minor in psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in May. His older sister began her education at UNK, but because of financial reasons wasn’t able to finish. His father worked at Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. in Lexington, and his mother was a stay-athome mom. “Many of my other classmates and friends … always thought that their path was to end up in Tyson meatpacking plant, because that is where our parents worked and it was kind of seen like a family business,” Granillo said. He estimated that 15 high school classmates now work at Tyson or somewhere similar. But that wasn’t where his parents wanted him to work. At a Cultural Unity Conference at UNK meant to motivate high school students to pursue higher education, Granillo met Juan Guzman, the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Guzman later took the time to visit Granillo’s family in Lexington. “That took me by surprise,” Granillo said. “I never would have thought that someone from UNK would take the time to meet my family.” Granillo began his education at

Guzman thought it was a good choice for him. “He’s really good at presenting himself in a professional manner. He has a lot of initiative and is very outspoken. He could probably sell you a pack of gum if he wanted.” In addition to working, Granillo also participated in many organizations on campus. He was a member of the Industrial Distribution Organization, the Criminal Justice Organization, Epsilon Pi Tau Honor Society and Hispanic Student Association. He volunteered at the Nebraska Cultural Unity Conference and served as volunteer chair for one year and instructed a CPR class at Fort Kearney Red Cross. In Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, he served as president, vice-president, treasurer and sergeant of arms and was chairman of many committees. “My graduation day was both a sad and happy day — sad because my dad was not there to see me graduate,” Granillo said. “But it was a very happy moment, too, Courtesy because this is what my mom JESUS “DANNY” GRANILLO, supported by his sister, left, mother, top right, and nieces and nephews, became the first in his family and dad always wanted me to accomplish.” to earn a college degree when he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in May. In July, he began working for Eaton Corp. in San Antonio. He economy faltered and he realback in. Otherwise, he said, “I frame, and I was not really in UNK in 2005 as a criminal justhe mood for a social life after ized it would be difficult to get a completed an internship with tice major and psychology minor don’t know if I would have job in the criminal justice field. the company last year. losing my dad,” he said. “I come back.” with dreams of working for the He will spend one year in a So he decided to get a secdecided that the best thing that Granillo had been working FBI or other federal agency. training program for technical ond degree. I could do is keep busy with part time at a clothing store. During his second year, on sales. Jose Perea, a friend and an Oct. 10, 2006, Granillo’s father With the added responsibility, he school work and keep up with “That’s a very prestigious was forced to increase his hours. my responsibilities by working industrial distribution major, died unexpectedly. place to get a job,” Guzman said. took Granillo to an annual full time and contributing as He worked full time, some“When my dad passed “I think my dad would be awards banquet. The program the head of my household.” away,” Granillo said, “I had to times up to 50 hours a week. very proud of this job and to and professors impressed This continued for about “I got half an hour lunch go from being a regular college nine months before he was able Granillo, and he found another say that I am his son,” Granillo break and two fifteen-minute student to now being the head said. “I don’t think he would to return to part-time work and calling. of my household and in charge breaks,” Granillo said. “I used have enough words to describe “If it wasn’t for this good focus on his studies again. of taking care of my mom and every minute of them to do how proud he would be of me.” As Granillo began looking for friend and fraternity brother, I homework. providing for her.” jobs in fall 2008 in anticipation would not have known about “I did not have much of a Instead of taking a break e-mail to: the major,” Granillo said. of graduating in May 2009, the from college, Granillo jumped social life during that time

Seemed a little daring Tassi completes book on Shakespeare, women, revenge By SARA GIBONEY

UNK ENGLISH professor Marguerite Tassi recently published a book, “Women and Revenge in Shakespeare: Gender, Genre, and Ethics,” which she suspects explores a facet of the bard’s plays that few others have closely examined.

Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — Is there a virtue in vengeance? University of Nebraska at Kearney English Professor Marguerite Tassi addresses this question and others about revenge in her recently published book “Women and Revenge in Shakespeare: Gender, Genre, and Ethics.” “There’s just something fascinating about revenge,” Tassi said. “I like to see revenge as having the potential to be virtuous, a positive force in society as it is related to justice. But there is that part of revenge that is very dark and illegal and can be extremely violent and unstoppable.” The idea for her book began to emerge while Tassi taught a graduate level course, Shakespeare and the Theater of Revenge, in 2005. “While it’s true that there are not many literary female fig-

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ures from that period, there are violent avengers and there’s not a prominent character type, I still found it surprising that nobody had really tried to explore that area and look at all the different roles that could be taken, other than victim, in a revenge narrative,” Tassi said. “I thought, ‘This may very

well be a new topic in Shakespeare studies.’” Tassi began studying the female characters in Shakespeare’s plays. “I found that there were quite a number of those characters that either took active revenge of some kind or tried to urge some other character to

take revenge for them or at least just cried out for vengeance,” she said. She also studied the way critics looked at revenge in Shakespeare’s plays. “I found that the way critics looked at the revenge plot really downplayed women’s role in revenge or even neglected to see how women had the will or the desire to take revenge,” Tassi said. After discovering that other scholars hadn’t seriously pursued the topic of women avengers in Shakespeare, Tassi decided to write a book. “I felt like all of a sudden this huge avenue opened up that was worth pursuing. I decided that I’m going to write a book on Shakespeare, which was kind of a daring thing to do,” Tassi said laughing. Her research began with the comedy “Twelfth Night,” in which a female servant is the avenger. “From there, I was able to see that there were other come-

dies of Shakespeare’s that deal with revenge as a major theme, plot device, and there were some other female characters that were pretty serious, somewhat playful about revenge,” Tassi said. A theme that Tassi discovered in her research was how often the female characters’ desire for revenge was a desire for justice. “Usually, the political system is corrupt or something has gone wrong in the community or in the family, and so revenge is a kind of wild form of justice,” Tassi said. Female characters also sought revenge to protect family members or close female friends. “Often, a big issue that comes up for women is the protection of their virtue or chastity,” Tassi said. “A violation has taken place, a rape or an attempted seduction, a situation in which their honor has been compromised, and so something has to be done to set

things right.” Male characters often sought revenge to protect their own honor, she said. “I found myself surprisingly moved by the plight of the female character,” Tassi said. “I felt that as I was writing the book I was really exploring some tumultuous emotional material and that it just started to matter more and more to do this type of analysis.” Tassi has taught at UNK for 14 years. She previously taught at Middlebury College in Vermont. She received her doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif., her master’s degree from the University of Vermont and her bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. Tassi is originally from Baltimore. Among the classes that Tassi teaches is Women in Revenge in Western Literature. email to:

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UNK Today: Personalities GERALDINE STIRTZ also coordinates the AmeriCorps program, which included linking Matt Jones of Kearney with the National Audubon Society’s Rowe Sanctuary. Jones helped middle school students create notebook covers with colored shaving cream in June during Rowe’s Flying Higher ecology camp.

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KEARNEY — Geraldine Stirtz learned early in her life about the importance of community service. The lessons were taught at home by her parents, a Missouri Synod Lutheran minister and home economics teacher and reinforced during her upper elementary years at a parochial school tied to the country church her father served between Wayne and Wakefield. The service message also was part of her education at Concordia High School and Concordia University in Seward. “That being a Christianbased campus, we were always involved in looking at service-based things,” she said. Since 1990, Stirtz has used her passion for service as coordinator for the University of

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uated in 1987 with a degree in fitness and leisure management. The couple married in July 1988, and Sankey later transferred to Omaha, where he continued to work traffic. During that time, his wife was earning her degree in occupational therapy from Creighton University. In 1996, Sankey transferred to Seward where he was promoted to sergeant supervising road troopers. In 2000, he moved to Lincoln where he was promoted to lieutenant and commanded the Internal Affairs Division and served as the State Patrol’s legislative liaison to the governor. In 2004, he became a captain, and in 2006 he

was promoted to one of three majors and put in charge of the Investigative Services Division. “When I got to the rank of major, I think I realized that I had a real aptitude for leading the agency, and it became apparent that was something I had an interest in,” he said. In 2009, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel, and became colonel on March 2. Sankey credited Loper football for helping to prepare him for his job today. “When you’re part of an athletic team, especially, you learn things like discipline, teamwork, the importance of paying attention to detail. All of those things carry over to our job in law enforcement and building confidence,” he said. “All of those things are important.”

The Sankeys say they were surprised when their oldest son Drew, 21, followed their footsteps and decided to attend UNK. Drew was recruited in 2010 by coach Tom Kropp to play basketball. “Colleen and I were a little surprised that he would want to go to the same college his parents did, but he did,” Sankey said with a chuckle. The Sankeys spend a lot of their free time following their children’s sports. Austin is 16 and Regan is 12, and in addition to watching Drew play for the Lopers, the Sankeys also traveled to Kearney to watch Austin play in the Mr. Basketball tournament at the Health and Sports Center. “It’s kind of fun to come back and see all the changes,” Colleen Sankey said. email to:

Education: 1981 graduate of Lincoln Southeast High School; 1986 graduate of Kearney State College with a degree in criminal justice with a political science major. Family: Wife, Colleen Regan; sons, Drew, 21 of Kearney, and Austin, 16, and Regan, 12, both of Lincoln. Organizations: St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, State Troopers Association of Nebraska, FBI National Academy. Hobbies/interests: Following kids’ activities, snow skiing, golf and boating.

COLLEEN SANKEY, 46 Education: 1983 graduate of Ewing High School; 1987 KSC grad with a degree in fitness and leisure management; 1994 graduate of Creighton University with a degree in occupational therapy. Organizations: St. Michaels Catholic Church. Hobbies/interests: Following kids’ activities, snow skiing, golf and boating.

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UNK Today: Personalities DeANN LoCASTO, a senior music composition major from Upland, studied abroad at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. LoCasto studied traditional Irish music and learned to play the tin whistle and bodhran. She played the tin whistle on the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast DeAnn LoCasto of Ireland.

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west are competing for these positions,” Park said. UNK is able to send only one student per year. KEARNEY — For DeAnn LoCasto chose to study in LoCasto, music crosses all Ireland because it is an Engboundaries. lish-speaking country and In the spring semester because of the music. LoCasto, a sen“They have beautiful music. ior music comThat’s why I went there — position major because I love playing different from Upland at instruments and writing for the University them,” LoCasto said. of Nebraska at LoCasto received the BenKearney, studied jamin A. Gilman International abroad through the Mid-AmeriDeAnn LoCasto scholarship, which helped pay travel expenses and tuition. ca Universities While at Cork, all the classes International program at UniLoCasto took focused on playversity College Cork in Cork, ing, studying and writing Ireland. Ann Marie Park, international music. Studying abroad education study abroad adviser, allowed LoCasto to learn more about forms of music, one of said Ireland is one of the most her greatest passions. popular choices for students. “Even in junior high and high “People throughout the Mid-

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school, I would ask the band instructor, ‘Can I take this instrument home this weekend?’ I would come back and want to play it in the band. I played four or five instruments between seventh grade and my senior year in high school,” LoCasto said. The tin whistle and bodhran, Irish traditional instruments, were two of the instruments LoCasto learned to play while studying at Cork. LoCasto soon discovered that Irish methods of learning to play music are much different than American methods. “A lot of the Irish traditional music is traditionally not written down. People memorize the tunes and they trade tunes. They just get together, and they learn and they just come and play,” LoCasto said. During her stay in Ireland,

LoCasto also wrote and arranged an Irish-style piece for UNK’s Thorton String Quartet. The quartet performed it in April. Because there is limited room for students to live on campus in Cork, LoCasto lived off campus on Washington Street near the historic English Market. Living off campus allowed LoCasto to get more involved and ingrained in the community. “It was just really neat to experience a different country and to feel what they feel from a total different perspective,” LoCasto said. During her stay, LoCasto and her husband, Fred, a minister who traveled to Ireland to do ministry, became involved with the Changed Life Ministries church.

“What we did when we went there is we found a ministry and church that we liked. We tried to get involved the best we could to help out,” LoCasto said. LoCasto explained that the church was new, and she shared her love of music with the congregation. She wrote a song for the congregation and also helped in other ways. “They didn’t have any way to play music. They were just playing with CDs. We contacted our church back home in Grand Island, and we asked them if they would like to do anything for the church. So they sent money to the church and bought them a keyboard,” LoCasto said. Studying and living in Ireland broadened LoCasto’s musical horizons. “My mind has opened up

more. When you go to another country, you see things you didn’t realize,” LoCasto said. “I just think experience is invaluable.” Although LoCasto has left Ireland, Ireland hasn’t left her. She has begun to learn how to play the Low D whistle and she and her husband are still in touch with Changed Life Ministries. LoCasto has hopes to return to Ireland and perhaps to study in Spain. LoCasto’s travels have helped her to realize that no matter where she goes and what language is spoken, she will always be able to understand the music. “Music goes over the barriers,” LoCasto said. email to:

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half,” he said. “Sure enough, they agreed to come up and saw the piano as the pianist played.” The instrument, which cost about $500, was owned by the student. “I told him he could do whatever he wanted as long as he provided his own piano,” Johnson said, emphasizing that he is in the business of tuning and repairing instruments instead of destroying them. While Johnson can distinguish the subtleties of pitch change, he doesn’t claim to be an accomplished keyboardist. “You’d be surprised at how many technicians out there don’t really play that much piano,” he said. “In some

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THE UNIVERSITY OF Nebraska at Kearney works with Cochlear Corp. to provide equipment for students to gain more experience working with patients with deafness and cochlear implants at UNK’s Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. Jan Moore, an audiologist and associate professor of communication disorders at UNK, said that cochlear implant improvements include a remote control for volume and Bluetooth compatibility.

Hooked on deaf kids Moore works most with adults, but children are her passion By ASHLEY LEEVER

in hearing loss in children. Moore worked as a speech pathologist for eight years and KEARNEY — Jan Moore is is teaching for the first time at UNK. a kid at heart. Moore began working with Moore, an audiologist and associate professor of commu- cochlear implants, a surgically implanted prosthesis that goes nication disorders at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, into the inner ear for people who have profound deafness, in brought her love for children 1996. Her expertise in the and her expertdevice has given new opportuise in cochlear nities to people with hearing implants to UNK’s Speech, impairment in central Nebraska. There are cochlear implant Language, and Hearing Clinic. surgeons in Omaha and the Before Moore Denver area, but people who are hearing impaired had began helping nowhere between to do followthe hearing Jan Moore ups on their implants. Once impaired, she majored in biology at the Uni- Moore came to UNK, implant patients were able to come to versity of Central Arkansas. the Speech, Language, and But there was something Hearing Clinic for their followmissing. ups. Moore began to explore “We set the parameters of speech pathology. It was there she began to discover her pas- the device on the computer so the electrical stimulation the sion to help hearing-impaired person gets isn’t painful. We people. Moore received her degree in set the parameters of the device so that average conversational speech pathology and special education. She began working speech will be audible to them but not too loud,” Moore said. at a public school in Arkansas Moore works with patients where she worked with five to activate and reprogram their hearing-impaired students. “They were all very eager to implants and helps them learn learn and express themselves,” how to use their devices. Learning to use the device with Moore said. “That’s when I really got hooked on deaf kids. a telephone and using different communication strategies are They were just wonderful. I just a few of the things Moore just loved them.” teaches her patients. She went on to pursue her “We also work with patients master’s degree and doctorate

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donate equipment for student training to the university. Graduate students get handson training in the clinic by working with people with hearing loss and with these devices. That gives students experience with a pretty rare kind of population group, Moore said. “When I went into speech pathology I wasn’t expecting to do audiology, but the classes really helped me because hearing is a big part of speech,” said Mikayla Faltys of Clarkson, a graduate student majoring in speech pathology. Moore regularly helps four adult implant patients. She said she loves all her patients but helping hearing-impaired children has always been her pasCourtesy sion. A COCHLEAR IMPLANT is a surgically implanted prosthesis Moore hopes that over time that goes into the inner ear for people who have profound deafshe will be able to expand her ness, said Jan Moore, audiologist and associate professor of work at UNK to help hearingcommunication disorders at UNK. The cochlear implant includes impaired children and their a sound processor (1), which captures sound and converts it parents who may not have the into digital signals. Digital signals (2) go to the internal implant resources that people who live (3), which converts signals into electrical energy. The energy in larger cities typically have. goes to an electrode array inside the cochlea (4) where elec“I would like to do more. As trodes stimulate the hearing nerve, bypassing damaged hair I stay here longer, I hope to figcells, and the brain perceives signals as sound. ure out what we can do to provide additional services to peoMoore said. in terms of figuring out what ple in the state — whether it’s a Along with helping patients they are having trouble hearing in terms of speech sounds. So, at the clinic, Moore teaches all weekend workshop for parents the courses about deafness and or a weeklong camp for kids we will figure out which who are in late elementary or sounds they are having trouble working with deaf people. middle school,” Moore said. When Moore came to UNK, with, and we do a lot of drill A year ago, Moore began Cochlear Corp. agreed to work with those sounds,”

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working with the School of Psychology and Counseling to start a summer camp for hearing-impaired children. When she applied for a grant, the application was denied. But being turned down hasn’t stopped Moore. She hopes to start small with a weekend program and eventually have a weeklong program. Moore said a camp would help hearing-impaired children with reading and communication. The camp would also help parents to learn to communicate with their children as well as how to navigate the school system. Moore is enjoying her stay at UNK. “I like the close relationship I have been able to develop with both students and the clients we serve. I love them because they really just need a way to communicate and learn language that bypasses or is accommodated by their hearing loss,” Moore said. Moore’s patients and students are excited for the goals Moore hopes to reach in the future. “She tries to add different things to give us hands-on experience. Before she came we didn’t have much for audiology,” Faltys said. email to:

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UNK Today: Personalities

On her way to a career Advice from a grad: ‘Get involved’ BY LACEY McPHILLIPS

Oelsligle has known since her sophomore year in high school that she wanted to go into medKEARNEY — A small-town icine and be a general practigirl with big small-town dreams tioner. She said she has always had — that’s Kelli Oelsligle. After just three years at UNK, a fascination with medicine, Oelsligle graduated in May 2011 and a career in medicine would with a degree in psychobiology. allow her to practice at the cenThough many students don’t ter of small town Nebraska life. She comes from a family of decide on a definite career path until they are well into college, seven children in Tilden, which has a population of about 1,000 people. Oelsligle loves the small-town atmosphere. Oelsligle’s oldest sister attended UNK and had a great experience. “I thought it would be a good fit for me, too,” Oelsligle said. A visit to campus solidified her decision, and the next three years confirmed that it was a good one. To all future and current students at UNK, Oelsligle’s advice is to get involved. “That is how you will meet people who have similar interests,” she said. “You can expand your social circles that way.” She lived on campus her first two years and quickly became involved.

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ident in her final year. “She was a great leader as president of Psychology Club,” club adviser Krista Fritson said. “She’s organized, punctual, responsible. She’s a self-starter. She takes initiative, yet she’s a team player — so she has good leadership skills but is willing to let other people take part of it and work together as a group.” Oelsligle and other members of the Psychology Club’s executive board coordinated several programs each year. One of the biggest was an annual six- to eight-hour seminar for profesCourtesy sional counselors. Oelsligle organized and KELLI OELSLIGLE, second from left, volunteered for Campus recruited students to receive Kitchen, eventually serving as undergraduate coordinator. training as volunteers for KearShe regularly volunteered at as undergraduate coordinator. ney’s Spouse/Sexual Abuse Campus Kitchen and particiCampus Kitchen prepares Family Education Center, pated in Health Science Club, and delivers healthy meals to which provides a safe house Psychology Club, and Loper agency- or church-referred peo- for family members or victims Programming and Activities ple and families in the Kearney. of domestic violence. Council while maintaining an “I just think it’s a great Oelsligle also made a differalmost-perfect GPA. organization,” Oelsligle said, ence in smaller ways. In the Of all the organizations, she “It’s really cool to see that you psychology department, Oelsaid she was most passionate really make an impact.” sligle and other members of about Campus Kitchen. She Oelsligle also held executive the club’s executive board was a leadership team member positions in Psychology Club. sponsored a way to recycle for her first two years on cam- In 2009-2010 she served as the paper — a material UNK does pus. In 2010-2011, she served historian, and she became pres- not normally recycle.

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In addition to involvement in organizations, Oelsligle shared her knowledge of the sciences with other students as an academic peer tutor in biology, psychology and chemistry. She enhanced her own education by participating in the Undergraduate Research Fellowship for all of her three years at UNK. She worked with mice to try correcting problems associated with exposure to depleted uranium. Oelsligle will continue her education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. She said her extracurricular involvement helped when she applied to medical school. “It’s good to be involved outside of classes,” Oelsligle said, “especially having volunteer items on your résumé — they really like to see that.” In addition to her résumé, Fritson said, Oelsligle also has the personality to succeed. “She’s kind and caring,” Fritson said. “She is willing to go the extra mile to help people.” email to:

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completion of their servicelearning experiences as well as functioning as the primary university-community organization liaison to coordinate service-learning projects.” Stirtz originally planned to be a parochial school teacher, but work on her bachelor’s degree was interrupted by marriage and family priorities. She and her husband, Jerry, now a Minden attorney, moved from Seward to Lincoln where he attended law school. She returned to college after their children were in high school, finished a degree in communications at Kearney State College in 1989 and earned a master’s of education degree from UNK in 1991. During an internship with the Kearney United Way, she was part of a project to bring together family services providers. “I was always interested in human relations and that type of thing,” Stirtz said. She also was part of a team that assembled an “Agency Yellow Pages” for the central Platte area that’s now in its seventh printing. The opportunity to build a service-learning program at UNK resulted from a state Department of Education rule change for teacher certification. Stirtz said the 50 hours of field experience required before students could begin student teaching was raised to 100. She said the value of community services experiences in the learning process for teach-

never had the experience of working with people they don’t know,” she said. Although Stirtz considers a student’s interests in making a service-learning match, she said, “I challenge them to select something that will give them a new experience. … It’s supposed to take you beyond your little world.” She knows the experience has “scared some of them to death.” Other students can get her help in making a service-learning connection. Stirtz said international students often use the experience to work on their language skills or develop ties in the community. She also links UNK students and others in the community to AmeriCorps opportunities. There were 22 in AmeriCorps positions this summer. A brochure describes AmeriCorps as a federally funded program featuring a campus-community partnership between the UNK Office for Service-Learning and the Kearney Area Community Foundation. Stirtz described the program as an opportunity to serve one’s community and country while earning a small stipend and an education award — the paying off of student loans at the end of the service contract. She continues her own community service activities through entities such as St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden, the LCMS Lutheran women’s mission group and the Kearney Concert Association board.

ers was questioned. The answers came from Tom Walsh, then a UNK College of Education faculty member, who knew the program was working well in other states. “I can argue all kinds of things about the value of this to our teachers” to better understand issues for families and children, Stirtz said. She created an online graduate credit course for teachers to learn and apply service-learning in their classrooms and now teaches UNK faculty to use service-learning in their courses. Stirtz helps teacher education students identify a project that addresses a community need and then links them to service-related positions at museums, schools, youth programs, nursing homes and other community organizations. There typically are 180 to 200 students in a fall semester and around 150 in the spring. Students must write papers that describe what they learned about serving others and how they could use service-learning in their own classrooms. “One of the major benefits is to let them (UNK students) see how they can become a better citizens,” Stirtz said, and what a difference even little things can make. The required service-learning hours have been cut to 15, which she said has reduced the number of participating agencies. Stirtz said even 15 hours can seem daunting to young adults without previous experience around diverse groups of people. “We have so many young people who come from small rural communities … who have

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Finding answer to ‘why’ Quest to intrinsically motivate kids brings librarian to UNK BY LACEY MCPHILLIPS

it? They start playing hide-andseek in the library instead of looking for books.’” She researched the subject, KEARNEY— Sherry Crow but realized that she didn’t left her dream job as a school have enough knowledge to figlibrarian to discover why kids seem to lose their curiosity and ure it out on her own. “I prayed about it and really excitement to learn. Crow, assistant professor and sought what God would have me do in my life,” she said. “I coordinator of felt the tug and direction to the School study this further.” Library Science That is when Crow went Graduate Proback to school to earn her docgram at the Unitorate. “I really had no intenversity of tion of becoming a professor,” Nebraska at she said. “I just wanted to Kearney, worked as a Sherry Crow know the answer to that question.” librarian for She wrote her dissertation on more than 25 years before intrinsic motivation. To make coming to UNK. She worked as an elementary kids lifelong learners, she said, they have to be intrinsically school librarian in Colorado motivated rather than motivatand was named Colorado School Librarian of the Year in ed by grades and other outside forces. 2004. After giving a survey to 100 “I was at the top of my fifth-graders, she discovered game, loving what I was that only nine of them were doing,” she said, when somestill intrinsically motivated. thing started to bother her. “I found some of them that “I was watching these kids,” put up with what was going on Crow said, “They’re happy at school but then went home with school, they love coming and found things out on their to the library and getting own,” she said. “We can do books. And then in about the better. The librarian is the permiddle of third grade, I saw changes in them, and I thought, fect person to make that happen.” ‘What are we doing to these She integrates many of the kids? Why do they come to us strategies and principles for excited and then start to lose

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country and the world. The program has students from China, India and Italy, she said. Crow’s next big project at UNK is getting the program nationally recognized — a process that involves aligning coursework and projects to national standards and proving it with a lot of paperwork. In June, she had a reference book published that she had been working on for several years with co-authors Nancy Pickering Thomas and Lori Franklin titled “Information Literacy and Information Skills Instruction: Applying Research to Practice in the 21st Century School Library.” Thomas, Crow’s doctorate mentor, wrote the first two editions of the book. This is the fourth book Crow has published, though she said this book was much more scholarly and research-based Courtesy than the previous three. As a break from her scholarSHERRY CROW tells a story to librarians in Belgrade, Serbia, where she went in 2005 to present American techniques of chil- ly studies, Crow said, she likes being in the air. She has gone dren’s librarianship. She said the librarians were shocked at her hot-air ballooning four times. storytelling “chaos” of yelling and falling on the floor. During spring break this year, she went skydiving in Arizona. motivating kids into her class- library science. It is an online “I’ve always wanted to,” she degree program designed for es. said. “I decided my kids are K-12 teachers who want to She began working as an now grown. I decided I could become school librarians. adjunct for UNK in 2006 and jump out of a plane, and if I Crow said the exciting part moved to Kearney in fall 2009 died, that would be OK.” of the program is recruiting to teach and coordinate the She loved it. “Something students from all over the graduate program for school

about being in a plane and then not being in a plane,” she said. “It’s a stunner.” In her first position as a children’s librarian, she became a storyteller—something she loves to do. “It’s part of everything I do,” Crow said. “Now I teach a class on it — I love it.” The last time she participated in storytelling was during a storytelling festival at the Museum of Nebraska Art. Her favorite part about storytelling is the audience’s reaction. She said she prepares for hours before performing to make sure she has all of her inflections down. But when she performs, her act changes depending on the audience. “I have a story that I roll on the floor and kick,” she said. “If the audience is reacting to that, then I keep kicking.” But her real passion remains finding a way to keep kids excited about learning. “If storytelling will get me there, great,” she said. Someday, she said, she would like to return to a library to work. “I have a dream to be a bookmobile librarian,” she said. “So maybe in retirement I’ll do that. Or travel the country telling stories. Who knows?” e-mail to:

Remarkable opportunity Conference performance in Korea inspires cellist Rogoff By ASHLEY LEEVER Hub Intern KEARNEY — Noah Turner Rogoff believes music is a universal language. Rogoff, a music and performing arts assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, traveled to Seoul, South Korea, for a cello performance at Ewha Womans University on June 28. He applied to the College Music Society International Conference for a performance and discussion of music for cello by Isang Yun, a noted Korean composer. “The conference was a great motivator to study the piece in depth and get my thoughts collected. The fact that it was in Korea was an added bonus,” Rogoff said. This was not the first time Rogoff has done international music research and performances. He spent a summer playing with a chamber orches-

the music of Taiwanese composer Ma Shui-Long. For Rogoff, who has been playing the cello since he was 4, being able to perform in Korea was an opportunity that was not only thrilling but also was a learning experience. “This was my first opportunity to present at an international conference, so it was exciting. The chance to be immersed in Korean culture definitely had a positive effect on guiding my understanding of this music,” Rogoff said. The piece he performed was titled “Glissees.” It was composed in 1970 for solo cello. Courtesy The title refers to something slippery. NOAH TURNER ROGOFF, a music and performing arts assis“It’s a reference to some of tant professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, perthe special ways Yun asks the formed Isang Yun’s “Glissees” for the solo cello at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, on June 28.

tra in Brazil and received a research grant at the Arnold Schoenberg Center in Vienna, Austria. Ting-Lan Chen, music and

cellist to make sounds in this piece,” Rogoff said. Rogoff said his presentation focused on connections between this piece of music and a few aspects of traditional Korean thought about harmony in the universe. Playing the piece where it was created was inspiring, Rogoff said. While in Korea, Rogoff had an opportunity to perform at a preschool in Suwon. For many of the students, it was the first time they had met an American and or heard a cello in person. “The children seemed quite amazed by the whole experience. This would be true for most American kids, too, but the fact that I was the first Westerner they had met added

a whole new layer,” Rogoff said. Rogoff describes performing in a foreign country as similar to performing in the United States. “Music is a universal language, so the experience is very similar for both the audience and the performer,” Rogoff said. Performing was not only exciting to Rogoff, but it also was a way for him to gain experience and spread his knowledge to his students. “Being an active performer is vital to effective teaching. It serves as inspiration for students and keeps me inspired, too,” he said. email to:

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