Film Scholar: Sam Umland’s Intrigue for Pop Culture, Media Drives Research

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By TODD GOTTULA The modest, two-story house on First Corso Street is where it all started. This is where Sam Umland and other boys in Nebraska City played baseball on a backyard diamond built by his father. Complete with pitcher’s mound, bases and backstop. This is where Sam regularly rode his tricycle to the home of his grandparents, who lived just down the street. And this is where his mom, Sarah, read to him and nurtured his love of books. “I grew up surrounded by family. … [Read more...]

Personalized Treatment: Miechelle McKelvey’s Creativity Benefits Speech Therapy Patients

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By SARA GIBONEY, UNK Communications Miechelle McKelvey’s stroke patient, a farmer and rancher, wasn’t interested in the generic flash cards she used during his speech therapy. Hoping to help him succeed in therapy, McKelvey took a trip to the local farming supply store in search of items that would be of interest to her patient. She then created flashcards using photographs of farming and ranching tools and equipment. “When he saw those, he lit up,” she said. “He was more enthusiastic … [Read more...]

Dr. Doomtown: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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By JAN TREFFER THOMPSON SEE – colossal destruction on a scale never before dreamed! WATCH – a community unaware of its impending doom. Eating dinner, going to school, watching TV. Citizens who can’t be killed … because they were never alive! THRILL – to shops, movie theaters, homes built in the shadow of atomic bombs set to rain terror from above. It’s Amazing! It’s Shocking! It’s ... “Doomtown.” “Doomtown.” If the title of Doug Waterfield’s painting series sounds as if it belongs … [Read more...]

Cemetery Desecration: Carol Lilly Uncovers Significance, Symbolism of Yugoslavian Gravestones

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By Sara Giboney As Carol Lilly walked through a cemetery in former Yugoslavia, she couldn’t help but be fascinated by the elaborate gravestones all around her. Speaking with locals, she was struck by the emotional intensity with which they spoke about the destruction of the grave markers in their communities. Seeing the physical and emotional impact the Yugoslav wars had on cemeteries sparked an immediate interest in Lilly, and years of research have followed. Lilly, director of the … [Read more...]

Intrinsic Motivation: Sherry Crow Telling the Story of Lifelong Learners

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By JAN TREFFER THOMPSON Questions start as soon as they enter the room – everything from “how high is the moon?” to “How many kinds of bugs are there?” Some may walk shyly, while others run, but all are eager to find the treasure they know is on those shelves. Kindergartners introduced to the school library see a place of wonder and unlimited possibilities. They can’t wait to open the books, watch the videos, turn on the computers, and ask the librarian to help them unlock all that … [Read more...]