UNK Family Day To Honor Student Veterans Saturday, Nov. 3

Jami Schaffnitt
coordinator of student activities at the Nebraskan Student Union, 308.865.8523

The 2007 University of Nebraska at Kearney Family Day, set for Saturday, Nov. 3, will be geared more toward a different crowd – student veterans.

Each year, the Loper Planning and Activities Council (LPAC) honors families of UNK students, based on student nominations. Jami Schaffnitt, coordinator for Student Activities, said this year the Outstanding Family Award is designated for student veterans.

“We realize the sacrifices that all families have to make; however, there is something special about the family of a Student Veteran and the contributions they’ve made to our country.”

Among the nominees for the 2007 award are the families of Adam P. Hock (Bertrand), Nathan Garst (Kearney), Amber McCrory (Kearney) and Jennifer Michaels (Gibbon). The award recipients will be announced, and the award presented, during the Family Day event.

Family Day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Family Day Program in the Fine Arts Recital Hall at 9 a.m. The Family Day Program opens with a chemistry spectacular presented by students who are members of The American Chemical Society. Entertainer Craig Karges will then challenge his audiences to the question of what is real and what is unreal, what is possible and what is impossible.

Schaffnitt described Karges’ show as a “fantastic display of illusion and psychic happenings. Tables ‘walk’ on stage and then levitate into the air. Three finger rings, borrowed from members of the audience, are linked together in a chain. It’s like ‘The Twilight Zone’ live, on stage.”

From 10:10 – 10:30 a.m., families will be hosted at college receptions. The colleges and the locations for the reception are:

  • College of Business and Technology – Sandhills Room, Nebraskan Student Union – Dr. Bruce Forster, dean
  • College of Education – Room 142, Nebraskan Student Union – Dr. Ed Scantling, dean
  • College of Fine Arts and Humanities – Second Floor Balcony, Nebraskan Student Union – Dr. William Jurma, dean
  • College of Natural and Social Sciences – Cedar Room, Nebraskan Student Union – Dr. Francis B. Harrold, Jr., dean
  • College of Nursing – Room 142A, Nebraskan Student Union – Steve Pitkin, dean
  • Deciding Students – Fireplace Lounge, Nebraskan Student Union – Mary Daake, coordinator of Academic Advising

The Lopers take on New Mexico Highlands at Foster Field at noon, with a pre-game performance by the UNK Pride of the Plains Marching Band. From 4:30-6:30 p.m., families can join their students for dinner in the commons, located in the Nebraskan Student Union.