UNO, tribes plan certificate in emergency management -
Published Monday, October 14, 2013 at 1:30 am / Updated at 12:09 am
Higher education
UNO, tribes plan certificate in emergency management

The University of Nebraska at Omaha will partner with the Tribal Emergency Management Association to offer a tribal emergency management certificate, the college announced last week.

The two entities signed a memorandum of understanding that allows UNO to move forward with establishing the certificate program. The program's aim is to provide nationally accredited certification to members of every tribal nation in the country, the college said.

“UNO is uniquely positioned to offer this certificate by having Native American Studies and Emergency Management programs that can work together closely,” UNO Emergency Management Coordinator Pat O'Neil said.

The certificate program will fall under UNO's emergency management degree program launched last year.

MCC solar project wins sustainability award

A solar energy project at Metropolitan Community College earned recognition last week from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Metro earned the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award for its solar power, horticulture and culinary arts integration project at the Fort Omaha campus, the college announced.

The project includes a solar lab that uses solar electric, hot water and passive solar power; a greenhouse heated in part with solar hot water; an aquaponics system for growing fish and vegetables; and a student garden on the same site used by horticulture students and culinary arts students.

The new small market farming program, which gives students hands-on experience raising animals and growing vegetables, is also part of the project.

The award was issued in the category for associate colleges with more than 5,000 full-time students.

Concordia University forms shooting team

Concordia University's outdoor club in Seward, Neb., is forming a collegiate competitive shooting team, the college recently announced.

The club is using grant money from the National Shooting Sports Foundation to form the team, which will allow the trap and skeet team to host promotional recruitment events, send the team to a collegiate shooting event and attend the 45th Annual Cornhusker Trapshoot to recruit high school shooters, the college said.

The money will also be used to purchase equipment, such as ear and eye protection, team uniforms and shotguns, which will be stored off campus.

No shooting experience is required to join the team, and all members are required to pass a certified firearm hunter education course or firearms safety course. The team plans to start regular practices and competition in the spring.

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Grant lets ISU open center on transportation research

Iowa State University will establish a Midwest Transportation Center with a two-year, $5.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The college announced the award last week.

The new center's research will focus on data-driven performance measures of transportation infrastructure, traffic safety and project construction, said Shauna Hallmark, the leader of the grant.

The grant will also support education programs, leadership development, diversity promotion and outreach efforts, according to Iowa State.

Researchers from six universities, including Creighton University, will participate at the center and work with state transportation departments to identify projects important in their areas.

ISU agriculture career day will host 230 companies

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University says its job fair this year will be its largest ever.

More than 230 companies and organizations will participate in Ag Career Day on Tuesday at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center. The event is open to the public.

The next day, companies will conduct interviews on the ISU campus in Ames.

Mike Gaul, director of agricultural career services, said more than 80 interview schedules have been established, and nearly 700 individual interviews will be conducted.

The job fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with recruiters on internships and full-time positions available with agribusinesses, commodity groups and governmental agencies.

This report includes material from the Associated Press.

Contact the writer: Kate Howard Perry    |   402-444-3185    |  

Kate writes about Nebraska's community colleges, state colleges and university system.

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