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LoperCats fix up feral felines 2019 THE THIRD OF FOUR FEATURE SECTIONS HIGHLIGHTING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT KEARNEY THINGS TO DO Kearney eateries offer delivery for hungry students. page 8 HUB UNK Corbey Dorsey, UNK Communications Now retired University of Nebraska at Kearney assistant professor Sherry Morrow helped implement the LoperCats program on campus. Through the program, she and other volunteers feed feral cats at seven feeding stations across campus. By ERIKA PRITCHARD Hub Regional/Image Editor KEARNEY — Local cat lovers are working to control the feral cat popu- lation at the University of Nebraska at Kearney campus and its surrounding neighborhood. Since 2016, members of the UNK organization, LoperCats, have been feed- ing and paying for veterinarian services for the cats. Sherry Morrow, a retired UNK assistant professor, also has used her own money to help control the feral cat population on campus and in her neigh- borhood near the university since 2000. Morrow said when she learned about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Husker Cats, which controls the feral cat population on its campus, she and other faculty and staff advocated for a Loper- Cats program. Fellow cat lover and retired UNK Chief Information Officer Debbie Schro- eder helped to start the UNK organiza- Group traps them, gets them healthy, then feeds them LOPERCATS , page 7 “What happens, if you don’t have a program, is the feral cats multiply and disease spreads.” Sherry Morrow By LORI POTTER Hub Staff Writer KEARNEY — Two big com- munity-University of Nebraska at Kearney events are most closely associated with Blue and Gold Welcome Week: the Blue and Gold Community Showcase on cam- pus and Destination Downtown. However, there are many more special events on the Aug. 23-29 calendar that focus on giving new students practical help to transition from high school to college and opportunities to make new friends. One goal, according to First Year Program assistant director Brette Ensz, is to help freshmen get to know people right away and start understanding the UNK community and Loper Life. This year’s welcome week theme is “Anything But Ordinary.” “We thought that fit our campus and our students. We think we are unique and special,” Ensz said. “We stand out at UNK.” She joked that the Blue and Gold Community Showcase event that’s centered around the UNK bell tower is “lovingly called by students the free stuff day.” Businesses and organizations will have booths set up 5-8 p.m. and the Chancellor’s Picnic is 5:30-7 p.m. Aug. 23 — the Friday when new students move into Brette Ensz WELCOME , page 6 Welcome to the family UNK Communications, courtesy At top, University of Nebraska at Kearney students enjoy a concert at Blue and Gold Welcome Week’s annual Destination Downtown event. It will be 7-10 p.m. Aug. 29 this year. Above, an early welcome week event on Aug. 23 will be a parade of class of 2023 students from near the UNK Bell Tower to the Health and Sports Center for a welcome convocation. UNK plans three fun events to get students’ school year started the best possible way