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2007.04.05 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2243 - email: rbrown@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO School of HPER Honors Faculty at Annual Luncheon

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) held its ninth annual appreciation and awards luncheon March 26 to honor part-time and joint appointment faculty. Each year, the school selects a member of the part-time faculty and a member of the joint appointment faculty for the Excellence in Teaching Award. The 2007 recipients are Mary Waugh-Taylor, part-time faculty, and Lisa Schniepp, joint appointment faculty. Both recipients received a plaque signifying this honor.

Waugh-Taylor received her B.F.A. from the University of Utah and has been an instructor in ballet, jazz and modern dance at UNO, the Jewish Community Center and the Omaha Modern Dance Collective. She also is choreographer-in-residence for The Moving Company, UNO's modern dance company.

In 2001, Waugh-Taylor and the Moving Company participated in the Dance Grand Prix in Cesana, Italy, where the Moving Company received a second-place trophy at the International Dance Festival and marked the first time the student company performed outside the United States. She also brought her own company, Mary Waugh-Taylor Dancers, and her dancers received first place in the jazz/hip-hop competition, and she a first-place award in choreography.

One student nominator said, about Waugh-Taylor, "She goes above and beyond instructing students during class time; she offers her free time to help those seriously interested in learning. Always encouraging, I believe many students (to which dance is quite foreign) now realize and recognize the athleticism and artistic value dance holds. Besides her dedication in the classroom, she provides many opportunities for students and community members to experience the hard work and creativity that go into preparing a dance piece, allowing students to participate in pieces she choreographs. Her unique contribution to the university is one of the things that makes UNO such a diverse place, and I believe she is well deserving of recognition for her continued devotion."

Schniepp received her B.S. in athletic training and exercise science from Minnesota State University of Mankato in 1999 and her M.S. in exercise science from UNO in 2001. In addition to teaching, Schniepp is the coordinator for the first aid classes. She has taught "Prevention & Care of Athletic Injury" and "Fundamentals of Athletic Training." Schniepp also is the liaison with the American Red Cross for current certification procedures and meets with First Aid instructors at the beginning of each semester to keep them up-to-date with current policies.

In discussing her teaching philosophy, Schniepp said, "I believe in holding students responsible for their own education; they need to work in order to reach their goals. I believe in hands-on teaching and practical application to real-life situations. I strive to make it fun and interesting, to give them a well-balanced education and to prepare them to be well-rounded professionals in the workplace."

One student nominator said, "Lisa is a caring ACI [Accredited Clinical Instructor]. She will always make time to help you out with any problems in schooling or life. She has become a mentor and a close friend in the Athletic Training Facility."

The School of HPER also recognized Stephen Brennan and Connie Marinovic for five years of teaching; Ron Hopp, Denise Kreski and Glen Wragge for 10 years of teaching; and Edsel Buchanan and Todd Samland for 15 years of teaching. Each recipient received a certificate.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Scott Curtis at 554.2761 or jscurtis@mail.unomaha.edu.

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