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2018 HUB UNK Things To Do inside Loper Leaders welcome first-year students to campus. Loper Leaders are a group of returning students who help freshmen move in and assist with the transition to college during Blue Gold Welcome Week. Corbey R. Dorsey, UNK Communications By ANDREW HANSON Hub Intern KEARNEY —A student’s first 40 days at college are some of their most important and is a message emphasized by the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Student Affairs staff. Because of that, UNK’s Division of Student Affairs rolls out the carpet in order to encourage meaningful involve- ment for freshmen during their first six weeks on campus. UNK’s Dean of Student Affairs Gilbert Hinga said, “In higher education, we consider the first six weeks to be very important in terms of establishing new patterns of success in the transition from high school or wherever a student comes from.” The Blue Gold Welcome Week has evolved into six weeks worth of activities designed to encourage student involvement. “There’s programming throughout those six weeks to keep them engaged,” said Brette Ensz, assistant director for first-year programs. “The majority of it is social, making sure they’re getting out of their rooms and meeting other people and people who are different from them.” A fair with representatives from UNK’s 150-plus student organizations also occurs at the beginning of the semester. The different types of groups are all over the map, Hinga said, but they vary from an academic Artistic abilities empower others By TYLER ELLYSON UNK Communications KEARNEY — Josh Arias sees the world differently. His mind constantly is wandering, taking visual snapshots of the things around him. These images show up in the sketchbooks he fills with random doodles and project ideas. It could be a new sneaker design, a quick portrait of someone sitting across the room during a meeting or the start of a mural that covers a Kearney building. Art is therapeutic for Arias – a way to escape from a bad day and share his emo- tions. “It helps me take care of my mind,” the 26-year-old said. “I’m at my happiest and I’m at my best when I’m doing some kind of artwork and painting. That’s how I Corbey R. Dorsey, UNK Communication UNK alumnus Josh Arias has helped create a number of public murals in central Nebraska, including the American flag on the Kearney VFW Club at 2215 First Ave. First six weeks on campus dedicated to student involvement 40 days to find niche “There’s programming throughout those six weeks to keep them engaged. The majority of it is social, making sure they’re getting out of their rooms and meeting other people and people who are different from them.” Brette Ensz, assistant director of first-year programs FIND A NICHE, page 3 Kearney Hub Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 Arias uses talent to connect with YRTC youths ART EMPOWERS, page 3 Explore rural communities and find unique stops along way. page 4 THE THIRD OF 4 FEATURE SECTIONS HIGHLIGHTING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY

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