Gerontology program suits busy lives -
Published Monday, October 21, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 8:42 pm
Gerontology program suits busy lives

The University of Nebraska Online Worldwide is now offering a graduate certificate in gerontology, with a concentration in interior design.

The new, fully online program is taught by faculty from both the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It is geared toward working professionals, according to the university.

“Designing for an aging population is about creating spaces that fit the needs of older adults. As people age, they want to remain in their homes,” said Julie Masters, professor and chairwoman in the UNO department of gerontology, in a press release.

“This program is designed to prepare people to create environments that allow older individuals to live in comforting and supportive environments.”

College of St. Mary serves up new tennis team next fall

A tennis team will begin competing at the College of St. Mary next fall, the college announced last week.

It will be the eighth athletic team at the Omaha women’s college and will be part of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The team, known as the Flames, will compete on newly renovated tennis courts, and a search for a head tennis coach will begin this month.

For more information, visit or contact the college’s athletic Office at 402-399-2400.

Grace University center will offer low-cost counseling

Grace University leaders cut the ribbon Friday on a new center where graduate students will offer free and low-cost counseling.

The Grace University Counseling Center is located at 825 Dorcas St.

Graduate-level counseling students will work under faculty to serve clients as part of degree requirements.

University faculty will also serve clients through a tiered fee structure, according to the university.

UNMC names new director of physical therapy program

A University of Nebraska Medical Center physical therapy education professor has been appointed director of the physical therapy program, the medical center announced last week.

Joe Norman joined the UNMC faculty in 1992 and has participated in $6.5 million in funded research projects, according to a press release.

He is a co-investigator on a National Institutes of Health grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute examining the impact of exercise adherence on the cardiovascular health of people with heart failure.

“He brings incredible experience to the role and is immensely well respected by colleagues at UNMC and nationally,” said Kyle Meyer, senior associate dean of the School of Allied Health Professions.

Interim nephrology chief at UNMC gets permanent job

The interim division chief of nephrology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has been permanently appointed to the role, the medical center announced last week.

Troy Plumb, who is a UNMC graduate, returned to work there in 2004 and started the nephrology fellowship program in 2007. He was selected after a national search.

$10,000 scholarship available for UNO student

The developer of the Nebraska Crossings Outlets announced last week that it is starting a $10,000 scholarship at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

OTB Destination will award the scholarship for the spring 2014 semester to an already enrolled UNO student. The scholarship will be one in a series of scholarships for local college students, according to a press release.

OTB Destination signed an agreement last month for the outlet mall, scheduled to open in Gretna next month, to be known as the “Official Outlet Center of Nebraska Athletics.”

Students or their parents can enter to win the scholarship by playing the Nebraska Crossing Outlets style game at Entries are limited to one per person, and scholarship winners will be announced on Christmas Day, according to OTB Destination.

UNO prof to lead group of public policy schools

A UNO professor has been named president of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

Ethel Hill Williams, director of the School of Public Administration and Reynolds Professor of Public Affairs at UNO, assumed the role this month during the network’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. Her term will last through 2014.

Norfolk college starts work on technology building

Northeast Community College broke ground Thursday on a new applied technology building in Norfolk, Neb.

The $9.1 million facility will include classrooms, faculty offices, labs, storage areas and a student lounge, according to the college.

In a press release, Lyle Kathol, dean of applied technology, said the new facility will allow five training programs to expand their curriculum and bring in more training from throughout the region.

The building is expected to serve 200 students and take two years to complete. Classes will start in the new applied technology building in spring 2016.

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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