UNK Today | August 2014 - page 64

Top stories at the University of
Nebraska at Kearney in the past year
The University of Nebras-
ka at Kearney announced
in April it would begin
moving forward on Uni-
versity Village, a plan that has
been in the works since 2008.
University Village will be a
mixed-use private/public part-
nership featuring student and
residential housing, full-ser-
vice restaurants, retail areas,
athletic facilities, and more.
The first structure built on the
south campus will be student
housing, which will replace
the aging University Heights
apartment complex. The second
priority is to build a child
development center.
According to UNK, the
development of University
Village will take place over the
course of 10 to 20 years and
will cost $400 to $500 million
upon completion.
For more details — including
quotes from UNK Chancellor
Doug Kristensen — read the full
story on page 1 of this section.
The new UNK Wellness
Center opened in early
August, and a grand
opening is scheduled for
Aug. 27. The $6.5 million facil-
ity was funded with a combina-
tion of student fees, university
funds and private donations.
The new 19,000-square-foot
facility will add much needed
space for growing departments
such as the exercise science
program. Included in the new
facility are a demonstration
kitchen, a physical activity and
wellness lab, a fitness center
that has more than doubled
in size and equipment, and a
rock wall. Planning for the new
facility began in 2005 when
students adopted a student
wellness fee to raise funds to
construct the new center.
A full length story about the
new Wellness Center can be
found on page 1 of Tuesday’s
Best Years, the first installment
of UNK Today.
By next fall UNK will
open the new Health
Sciences Education
Complex as part of a
collaborative partnership with
the University of Nebraska
Medical Center.
The new facility will offer
seven new programs in nursing
and allied health sciences.
The $19 million building on
UNK’s West Campus is under
construction. Walls still are
going up, and it is expected that
the exterior of the building will
be completed before winter
so that construction crews can
move inside and focus their
efforts there.
According to a study by
the Center for Public Affairs
Research at the University of
Nebraska at Omaha the expect-
ed economic effect is $30.5
million annually.
For more details see page 3
of this section.
The biology department
at UNK received major
kudos in April when it
received the University-
wide Departmental Teaching
Award, an award that is given
to the top department in the
University of Nebraska system.
Along with recognition, the
biology department will receive
$25,000 in funds that can be
used at its discretion.
Faculty in the biology depart-
ment credited an emphasis on
undergraduate research and
strong online offerings, includ-
ing a master’s degree that can
be completed online.
Including this year’s award,
UNK has now received the
Universitywide Departmental
TeachingAward five times since
the honor was established in
The award went to UNK’s
Chemistry Department in 1993,
the Psychology Department
in 1999, the Political Science
Department in 2003, and the
Marketing and Management
Information System Depart-
ment in 2012
UNK may soon be a
tobacco-free campus
following an email poll
sent out by Peer Health
Education that resulted in 66
percent of students voting to
ban all tobacco use on campus.
In February, 1,381 students
voted for the tobacco-free pro-
posal with 710, which is 34 per-
cent, voting against it. A large
percentage of UNK’s 7,000-plus
students did not vote.
The ban would apply to all
tobacco products and would
not allow for any designated
smoking areas on campus.
At present there is no date
for the ban because it must be
presented to the Chancellor’s
Cabinet, which will then decide
which governing body — Stu-
dent Body Government or the
Board of Regents — will be
assigned to review the plan.
To date this issue has not been
brought before the Student
Body Government or the Board
of Regents.
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Campus & Community
Josh Moody, Kearney Hub
study section on infectious diseases, Univer-
sity of Nebraska at Kearney students Bridget Best and Nick
Behrends test antibiotics in Biology 103. In addition to offering
general education biology classes to students, UNK has almost
700 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled as majors in
the award-winning biology program.
Ryo Suzuki climbs the rock wall in the new Well-
ness Center. The rock wall is one of many fitness opportunities
for students in UNK’s new workout space.
Sciences professor Greg Brown, right, observes UNK student Blake
Millsap as he completes a treadmill workout in the new Physical Activity and Wellness Lab. The
Physical Activity and Wellness Lab was previously known as the Human Performance Lab.
Courtesy, UNK Communications
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