• January 2, 2018

    Student Veteran Completes Degree While Deployed

    Melissa Rahorst finished her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice this December, but she was missing from among the nearly 1,500 people who walked across the stage Dec. 16 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln to collect their University of Nebraska–Lincoln diplomas.

    That’s because Rahorst is a military police officer serving in the Nebraska National Guard. Though she can’t say where, for the past seven months the 21-year-old sergeant has been stationed at a base outside the continental U.S., nearly 2,000 miles from Lincoln. The university delivered her degree to her parents, Ron and Kathy Rahorst of Cortland, Nebraska.

    On Dec. 21, however, Rahorst's unit received a surprise holiday visit from Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Adj. Gen.Daryl Bohac. The two delivered a package from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln: a certified copy of Rahorst’s degree; red, white and blue honor cords used to designate the graduation robes of Nebraska’s military graduates, and a congratulatory letter from Chancellor Ronnie Green.

    “We are so proud of you and what you have achieved,” Green wrote. “We hope in some small way we brought the ceremony to you.”

    Full story: news.unl.edu
  • December 18, 2017

    Scholarship for Military Dependents

    At least one scholarship worth $2,000 will be awarded at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected on a prorated basis, so more scholarships will be awarded at those stores with larger numbers of applicants. A total of 700 scholarship grants will be awarded this year.

    To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a dependent, unmarried child, younger than 21 — or 23, if enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university — of a service member on active duty, a Reserve or Guard member, retiree or survivor of a military member who died while on active duty, or survivor of a retiree.

    Applicants should ensure that they and their sponsor are enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database and have a military ID card. The applicant must attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university, full time, in the fall of 2018 or be enrolled in studies designed to transfer to a four-year program.

    Applications must be hand-delivered or shipped via the U.S. Postal Service or other delivery methods to the commissary where the applicant's family normally shops.

    Applications cannot be emailed or faxed.

    Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps service members and their families, administers the program. Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit, scholarship management services organization, manages and awards the scholarships.

    * Additional information, including the application itself as well as the question for the required essay, will be available when the program opens for the year at www.militaryscholar.org.

    Full story: militaryscholar.org
  • December 11, 2017

    Scientifically, The Best Ways To Prepare For Final Exams

    Finals week can be a stressful time for all students–I know it is for me. So, knowing how to properly prepare for finals is the key to avoiding stress and acing every single one of your exams. Of course, all students would love to relax by receiving massages or by the healing power of dogs before finals (I sure would!). But, we all know this isn’t really possible. There needs to be a uniform way to assess our performance as students and it has to happen at some point (hence, “finals”). So how else can we lower stress and know that we’re on the right track to excel in each course? Well, here are some proven methods that will have you focused and better prepared for final exams. 1. Say NO to cramming: Study in intervals! Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is more beneficial than cramming. Distributing learning over time typically benefits long-term retention more than a short period. 2. Say YES to cardio: Science says that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether you’re dancing, jogging or busting a sweat by walking, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress. Very important! 3. Eat superfoods/antioxidants: Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. Research suggests that high-carb, high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (oatmeal is more fulfilling than cereal). But what you eat a week in advance matters, too. When 16 college students were tested on attention and thinking speed, then fed a five-day high-fat, low-carb diet heavy on meat, eggs, cheese and cream and tested again, their performance declined. The students who ate a balanced diet that included fruit and vegetables, however, held steady, says Cameron Holloway, a senior clinical researcher at the University of Oxford. When you study, your brain consumes glucose, so take a five-minute break every hour to let your body produce more fuel for your studying. Eating a healthy snack is very beneficial and can make a significant difference (almonds, fruit, and yogurt are good choices). 4. Alternate study spots: Shake up your finals routine! Spending all night in the library can be draining. According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. In an experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms — one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard — did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Why? Supposedly, the brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time. Try alternating your study spots between the library, a study room, and a quiet coffee house. 5. Time management: Cramming causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and ultimately boost your test performance. 6. Avoid the all-nighter: Almost every college student pulls an all-nighter, but it is a bad idea. Based on a 2008 study by Pamela Thacher, Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Lawrence University, all-nighters impair reasoning and memory for as long as four days. As a result, you will receive lower grades. But that’s not all; you would then be forced to wake up earlier than expected–and that’s bad too. According to Dan Taylor, director of a sleep-and-health-research lab at the University of North Texas, this will interfere with rapid-eye movement (REM), which aids memory. So, get a good night’s sleep and expect to perform better on tests. (Quick tip: Review the toughest material right before going to bed the night before the test. It makes it easier to recall the material later, adds Taylor!) 7. MINIMIZE distractions: Research shows that while many teens prefer to study while listening to music, texting friends, or watching television, they are less likely to retain information that way. If you must listen to music, stick to instrumental music and consider downloading these study tools to keep you focused! 8. MAXIMIZE practice-testing: You may have thought highlighting, re-reading and summation would be effective ways to study. Think again! A 2013 study, Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques, found that these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance. Practice testing through the use of flashcards, or taking practice exams was observed to be a highly effective studying technique.
    [By Shaniese Alston, University at Albany - State University of New York, 2013]

    Full story: blog.suny.edu
  • December 6, 2017

    UNL & MVSC Top 10 Military Friendly Online Schools

    According to data from the U.S. Department of Defense, roughly 1.3 million men and women served in the military in 2016. A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau also reveals there are 21.8 million veterans of the armed forces.

    In response to these high numbers, the federal government has launched several programs and initiatives aimed at veterans and active-duty military personnel who wish to attend college and earn an accredited degree. The National Conference of State Legislatures notes that more than 900,000 veterans and military service members received education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs between 2000 and 2012; the largest increase was recorded between 2009 and 2010, after the Post 9/11 GI Bill® took effect; one provision of this bill ― known as the Yellow Ribbon program ― is designed to reduce out-of-pocket tuition costs for individuals who have enlisted since 9/11. Additionally, a joint program known as Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) eases the credit transferral and degree completion processes for active-duty and military reservist students. Other academic perks include ‘prior-learning’ credits awarded for those who have completed official military training, dedicated student organizations for veterans and active-duty service members and financial aid opportunities reserved for students with an armed forces background.

    A participant in the federal GI Bill® and Yellow Ribbon programs, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers support to students interested in continuing their education after periods of active service. UNL made the maximum possible commitment to the Yellow Ribbon initiative, helping students bridge the financial gaps that arise when tuition and fees exceed the assistance offered by the post-9/11 GI Bill®.

    The school’s administration maintains a dedicated Military & Veteran Success Center, which offers student aid, tuition assistance, and academic support programs. In addition, the UNL Student Veterans of America provides mentorship services, work-study programs, and peer-based community resources to all members of the UNL community, including those who study online.

    Another policy that makes UNL one of the top military-friendly schools online is its generous transfer credit policy. Both academic and military training experiences can be applied towards certain UNL degrees; to be considered for these transfer credits, a student must provide a valid Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214) form.

    Full story: bestcolleges.com
  • December 1, 2017

    3 Student Veterans Recognized For Integrity & Leadership - Named To The Franco's List

    Aaron Bouma, Chris Haidvogel, and Alex Kniowski were among the thirty-one University of Nebraska-Lincoln students to be recognized as outstanding agents of character and integrity by being named to Franco's List.

    Students who attain the highest level of academic achievement are recognized by their academic dean through the Dean's List. Similarly, Franco's List — named for the late Juan Franco, vice chancellor for student affairs from 2006-2017 — recognizes students at Nebraska who demonstrate characteristics essential to being a person of integrity. Franco's List awardees represent six building blocks of character: caring, citizenship, commitment, dependability, open-mindedness and respect. All recipients were nominated by a university community member and selected by a council of peers, the vice chancellor for student affairs' Character Council.

    Full story: news.unl.edu
  • November 30, 2017

    Welcome Heroes Into Homes - Lincoln, Nebraska

    Heroes Into Homes is a nonprofit Veteran service organization that helps homeless Veterans into homes. Working directly with the VA and VA HUD/VASH counselors in Lincoln Nebraska in a coordinated effort between many other organizations, Heroes Into Homes has a goal to supply new and gently used furnishings and everything needed to turn an empty apartment into a home in the new 70 room apartment complex that is currently under construction at the VA campus.


    Heroes Into Homes needs your help to accomplish this enormous task. We are asking the general public and corporations to get involved in any way you can. If you have ever said or thought there should be no homeless Veterans this is a way you can help us help them.

    To make a donation go to https://heroesintohomes.org/ and fill out the form or call 402-217-1101 for more information.

    With your help we can all work together to end Veteran homelessness.

    Thank you

    Full story: heroesintohomes.org