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2005.04.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon April 6

Omaha – The College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will recognize five outstanding alumni Wednesday, April 6, for their contributions to the field of education during the annual Hollie Bethel Distinguished Alumni Luncheon.  It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the W. H. Thompson Alumni Center.

The event is named in honor of UNO alumna Hollie Bethel, a 1988-89 Alumni Award and 1998-99 Award of Distinction recipient.  She was also a College of Education faculty member from 1951 to 1975 and was chair of teacher education for 12 of those years.

 The following alumni will be honored at the 2005 luncheon event.

• Ted Esser

Esser is coordinator of secondary special education for Millard Public Schools.  He said that he has always wanted to work with at-risk students. Whether they were considering dropping out of school, abused by their parents or using drugs; he just wanted to help.  Esser received his bachelor's degree in secondary education, as well as a master's degree in special education and an endorsement in administration, from UNO.

• Howard Halperin

Halperin is executive director of the Wellness Council of the Midlands.  He educates employees at some of Nebraska's leading companies about the importance of living healthy lifestyles.  His innovative work and leadership led to Omaha being named a "Well City USA," one of only two cities in the United States to receive this recognition.  He received his bachelor's degree in K-12 physical education from UNO.

• Barbara Jessing

Jessing is clinical director of Heartland Family Service.  A native Californian, she has lived in Nebraska for more than 30 years and now calls it home.  She received a bachelor's degree with honors in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, her master's degree in counseling from UNO and completed family therapy training at Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kan.

• Michelle Miske McCart

Miske McCart has a variety of experience in the field of education, including elementary, middle grades and high school, and as a reading specialist and college professor.  She has taught in rural, suburban and urban classrooms from Modale, Iowa, to Chicago.  She received both a bachelor's degree in elementary education/reading and a master's degree in reading/special education from UNO.  Miske McCart received her doctorate degree in education-special education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

• Linda Placzek

Placzek is principal of Conestoga Magnet School and has presented the model of the economics themed elementary school at national conferences.  She said her third and fifth grade teachers inspired her to become a career educator.  Placek received bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary from UNO, as well as her administrative endorsement.

For more information, call (402) 554-2358.

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