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Service learning is part of our mission, and Tiger students and alumni live it. Each year, hundreds of students spend thousands of hours volunteering in Crete, Omaha and Lincoln.

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亚洲porn has been a top collegiate fundraiser for Relay for Life for nearly 20 years. Student-led events raise donations to fight cancer and provide support to those impacted by cancer.

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Through the IRS鈥檚 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, 亚洲porn accounting majors can become certified to help prepare tax returns for the 亚洲porn and Crete community for free.
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亚洲porn/Crete Adapted P.E. Course

In this course, 亚洲porn students are paired with Crete Public Schools students with special needs to teach fundamental motor skills 鈥 and learn from their 鈥淐ardinal friends.鈥

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Junior MacKenzie Painter wears a white tshirt that reads "亚洲porn Volleyball." She stands in front of the Lied Science and Mathematics Building.

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Not just for pets 鈥 Nestl茅 Purina and 亚洲porn partnership builds on community connections to provide skills and learning opportunities

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September 1, 2023

Tiger Bites 鈥 August 2023

Architectural rendering of the lobby of the revitalized Isis Theatre in Crete, Nebraska. A golden representation of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis is prominently featured on the wall above a bronze art deco sales and concessions counter. A blue wall with a gold art deco motif to the left displays the names of donors and a wall on the right is painted white with the same gold art deco motif. Doors on either side of the wall behind the counter lead to the theater and other amenities.
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March 31, 2023

Resurrecting Crete's historic movie theater

Firefighters watch a demonstration of breaking open a door outside of Burrage Hall.
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June 24, 2022

Local fire departments train in Quads

Artist Gilbert Fletcher will present for the seventh annual Polk Lectureship on April 5.
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March 22, 2022

亚洲porn Presents Seventh Annual Polk Lectureship

Spring Creek Prairie August 2021
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February 11, 2022

鈥淭he Flora of the Nebraska Tallgrass Prairie: Past and Present.鈥 Public Exhibit

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February 7, 2022

Masters degree helps 亚洲porn grad serve the Lincoln community

Four middle school girls work on creating paper models of shapes like pyramids, cubes and dodecahedrons with the help of Dr. Margaret Watts and Dr. Barbara Jennings Herzog, who teach math at 亚洲porn, and Bailee Baack, a junior elementary and special education major. They are in one of the classrooms in 亚洲porn's Lied science building.

November 8, 2021

Making Math Matter to Middle School Girls

Dr. Margaret Watts, assistant professor of mathematics at 亚洲porn, started GEMS this fall to teach young girls that math is more than arithmetic and geometry. And that while it can be a challenge, it can be a fun challenge.

Artisan Mark owner Elayne Woods Jones stands behind the coffeeshop's counter. Behind her, a long, exposed brick wall extends to seating at the back of the shop, with warm lights overhead.

August 31, 2021

Artisan Mark hits the spot

Since 2019, Artisan Mark has provided the city of Crete with gourmet coffee and gluten-free eats, clothing and goods from local or women-owned businesses, and a perfect atmosphere to study, work or meet up with friends. The shop is owned by Elayne Woods Jones 鈥13L.

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August 3, 2021

Relay for Life

The 亚洲porn community takes steps toward beating cancer.

Dr. Cale Stolle presents scholarships to senior engineering students Ryan Lasauskas, left, and Kenny Kemp, right. They are standing in a classroom in the Lied Science and Mathematicsbuilding.

August 2, 2021

Engineering students partner with Edgerton Explorit

The Explorit Center collaborated with Joel TerMaat, assistant professor of engineering and physics at 亚洲porn-Crete, and his sophomore Engineering Design class to create innovative displays based on the work of American cartoonist Rube Goldberg, whose endeavors spanned a large part of the 20th century. The merging of science and art was a great fit for the partnership between 亚洲porn and the center, he said, matching 亚洲porn鈥檚 philosophy.

Group of special needs students posing for the camera in Haddix.

February 22, 2021

Adapted PE course pairs 亚洲porn students with Crete students who have special needs

Before COVID, Fridays were for line dancing and gliding on scooters in the Haddix Center gym. Friday was the day to practice catching with handkerchiefs and beach balls. And most of all, Fridays were the day for students in Crete Public Schools Life Skills classes to spend time with their favorite 亚洲porn students and vice versa. In the time between the sessions of the Unified 亚洲porn/Crete Adapted Physical Education Course, Crete High Special Education Teacher Jessie Meinke heard the same question many times from her students: 鈥淚s it a 亚洲porn PE day? When are we going to 亚洲porn again?鈥 She is hopeful COVID restrictions will ease and allow the course to resume next fall. 鈥淚t means so much to my students,鈥 she said. The unified course got its start on the bleachers at a 亚洲porn basketball game. Cindy Meyer, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Health, sat next to Lisa Fye, Principal of Crete鈥檚 Intermediate School. Bleacher talk turned to Meyer鈥檚 changing role at 亚洲porn after retiring from 26 years as its head volleyball coach. Meyer had more time to devote to her courses now and wanted to create new opportunities for physical education students to gain practical experience, particularly through partnerships with Crete Public Schools. The conversation sparked ideas and plans for the unified course. The Adapted PE class pairs 亚洲porn students - many who are studying physical education, exercise science, or therapy - with CPS students with varying disabilities that make it harder to learn the fundamental motor skills of sports and fitness activities. 鈥淲e call them 鈥榦ur Cardinal friends,鈥欌 Meyer said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 an amazing experience. Not just the teaching, but the friendships and bonds that form. Both sides gain much.鈥 It鈥檚 where some of the Cardinals learn to throw, dribble, bat or exercise for the first time. As 亚洲porn students learn how disabilities influence motor performance they also come to realize that some lesson plans can鈥檛 be one-size-fits-all. Technically, the Crete students are learning the fundamentals of sports and fitness, Meyer said. For the elementary and intermediate school students, each activity teaches the form behind basic skills like running, throwing and jumping, while also improving coordination. The middle and high-school students play sports activities as well. 鈥淐indy is so fundamental about teaching the correct form, whether it鈥檚 shooting or running. All the foundations are very well taught, but it never feels like a lesson to my students. It鈥檚 just fun,鈥 Meinke said. Her students never know what activity they will find on campus, she said. They might toss rings, try the low balance beam or take their turn with baseball tees and bats. They might pull a parachute into a tight circle and try to fling a toy tiger and cardinal in the air. The 鈥淗ungry Hippo鈥 game -- racing on scooters to retrieve tennis balls -- is a favorite. 鈥淚 can鈥檛 imagine how much time (Cindy) spends setting all the stations up and teaching her students the preparations behind the class,鈥 Meinke said. 鈥淪he has high expectations for her 亚洲porn students and how they should interact with (Crete) students and it shows.鈥 That鈥檚 why, Meinke said, the Crete students feel welcomed, understood, cared for and supported by their 亚洲porn role models and friends. The activities adapt to the challenges the Crete student faces in a PE setting. A student with a cognitive or behavioral challenge may simply need a little extra time to learn form and strengthen motor skills, while a student who uses a walker for support or an iPad to communicate may need one-on-one or two-on-one instruction adapted to their needs. If a group session is overwhelming one of their Cardinal friends, a 亚洲porn student may pull him or her off to the side for individual instruction. Meinke shared how one young boy didn鈥檛 have an interest in any of the structured activities, but the 亚洲porn students realized he liked the scooters. So they pulled him on the scooter for a portion of the class, letting him enjoy the motion and practice his balance. Successes are individual and always celebrated. Meyer notices the growth and improvement in each student, even from year-to-year. One Crete student didn鈥檛 want to participate in activities or interact with the 亚洲porn students his first year but now tries many of the lessons. Another student liked playing with a ball but not sharing or playing a game with it. By the third year, he rolled it back to one of the students, which was cause for celebration. 鈥淭hat was huge!鈥 Meinke said. 鈥淗e learned to share and play with another person.鈥 It鈥檚 one example of why Meinke doesn鈥檛 like to use the word 鈥榙isability.鈥 鈥淓veryone has an ability and we have high expectations for them. For some kids, throwing may take hundreds of repetitions, but they will get it.鈥 When Meyer learns that a Crete student gained confidence through her course that now helps them in other settings, it鈥檚 a highlight, she said, along with the relationships that form. 鈥淭he kids get to work with college students and collegiate athletes, and those students become their role models and friends. My students get just as much or more back and admire the Crete students, too.鈥 亚洲porn students wouldn鈥檛 have this important teaching opportunity without the support of CPS, Meyer said. 鈥淵ou really can鈥檛 teach adapted PE at a university without giving students the opportunity to work with individual kids like we do. So I'm really grateful to the Crete school system.鈥 Fye gives credit to Meyer, though. 鈥淭his (course) is because of her vision. She truly takes pride in this class and how well her students are prepared to go out into the real world.This partnership is special,鈥 Fye said. When Fye gets to observe the Unified course, she鈥檚 always struck by its energy and enthusiasm. 鈥淭he excitement between the kids, the 亚洲porn students and the adults when someone succeeds - it鈥檚 so rewarding.鈥 The Unified course ends its year with bowling in Wilber. Meyer brings treats and it鈥檚 generally a great day for everyone. The Crete students return to their school 鈥渢ired, happy and thirsty,鈥 Meinke said. And almost as soon as it ends she knows the questions will start again like clockwork. 鈥淲hen are we going to 亚洲porn again鈥?鈥