UNK Today | August 2014 - page 49

Today
Campus & Community
Two new majors look to the
stars, page 2
Kearney Hub
August 23, 2014
Complex bringing healthy
growth, page 3
Noteworthy donation will help
music students, page 6
Center drives to keep
Nebraskans safer, page 18
By KIM SCHMIDT
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — Kyle Harsh-
barger is taking his work
experience to the classroom in
an effort to teach University of
Nebraska at Kearney students
what he knows about crime.
“All the things I teach come
from not only what I’ve learned
academically, but in my own
experience as an officer,” said
Harshbarger, a sergeant with
the Kearney Police Depart-
ment. “I don’t teach out of a
book. I feel if you teach out of
a book, you limit yourself to
what you teach students.”
For the last seven years,
Harshbarger, a UNK alum, has
been teaching criminal justice
classes as an adjunct professor.
He teaches three-hour night
classes in investigations and
forensics and a combined class
of chemistry and forensics.
Topics he covers include the
Fourth Amendment, search and
seizure, ethics and ethics in
investigations, DNA, process-
ing scenes, ballistics, bone
identification, hair analysis, and
other topics such as lifting fin-
gerprints and analyzing blood
splatter.
Students spend much of their
time processing fictitious crime
scenes. During the 2014 spring
semester, they learned about
arson investigations.
One of the biggest experi-
ments Harshbarger has students
conduct is casting foot imprints
in the snow. Castings from
snow are some of the most dif-
ficult for police officers to lift,
so Harshbarger has students try
to figure out ways to improve
the process.
Harshbarger also teaches
students about the use of alter-
native light sources in criminal
investigations, whether it be
KPD veteran Harshbarger shares
knowledge with students
Clues
to
crimes
Kim Schmidt, Kearney Hub
ADJUNCT CRIMINAL
justice professor Kyle Harshbarger collects a blood sample from carpet. The process is just one
of many Harshbarger, also a Kearney Police Department sergeant, teaches in his classes.
It takes a university to raise a village at UNK
By JOSH MOODY
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — Plans for
development are underway for
University Village, a 104-acre
tract south of the University of
Nebraska at Kearney.
Announced in April, the area
previously used for football
practice and growing corn
will morph into what UNK
Chancellor Doug Kristensen
described as UNK’s “millen-
nial campus” with residential
and commercial areas. Kris-
tensen said earthwork could
begin as soon as this fall on
the mixed-use, public-private
partnership.
“There is that potential to do
that. Now, does it throw us off
course if we’re not doing that
by fall? No, but clearly by next
spring and summer you’ll see
THE UNI-
VERSITY
of Nebraska
at Kearney
plans to
frame Univer-
sity Village
with a grand
vista at the
intersection
of University
Drive and
U.S. Highway
30.
VILLAGE, PAGE 8
CLUES, PAGE 5
Courtesy, HDR Engineering
“All the
things I teach come from not only what I’ve learned academically, but in my own
experience as an officer.”
Kyle Harshbarger
Courtesy
STUDENTS IN
Kyle Harshbarger’s forensics class learn how to
cast shoe prints in the snow by using spray-paint. The process
also is another way law enforcement investigators can show the
direction someone traveled at a crime scene.
ONE OF
the topics Kyle Harshbarger teaches in his advanced forensic class is how to read blood spatter, the difference between arterial blood spatter, drip patterns and the direction of impact.
Getting the word out gets new
efforts, page 13
Waste audit tracks effort to
send less to landfill, page 11
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