2008.04.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
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HPER Honors Faculty for Service to UNO
Omaha - Several part-time and joint appointment faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) were recognized for their years of service March 25 at the 10th annual School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation's (HPER) appreciation and awards luncheon. The 2008 Excellence in Teaching Awards also were presented to Glen Wragge, part-time lecturer, and Ted Anderson, joint appointment faculty member.
Wragge is an adaptive physical education teacher with Millard Public Schools. He earned a bachelor of science degree in special education with an emphasis in mental retardation from the University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) in 1984 and a master of science with specialization in adaptive physical education from UNK in 1989. He has taught the severely and profoundly impaired and helped develop curriculum in this area.
He enjoys teaching private swimming lessons to children with disabilities. A member of the board of the Nebraska Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Wragge often is a guest speaker and presenter.
Among the positive comments from UNO students, one individual said, "Glen works harder than most people I know, and he does it all for the students he is teaching and the students with special needs. A person like this truly deserves an award for Excellence in Teaching."
Anderson has been an assistant soccer coach at UNO for nine years. He received both of his degrees from UNO - a bachelor of science in education in 2001 and a master's in physical education in 2005. He began his career coaching at Burke High School from 1996-98 and 2000-01.
In the summer of 2001, Anderson was hired at UNO. He taught two first aid courses each semester until the fall of 2007, when he taught a new soccer coaching theory course. He also helped update and manage the coaching practicum. A highlight of Anderson's coaching career was witnessing the UNO soccer team win the 2005 national championship.
One of Anderson's students commented, "Ted used many examples that help people see a visual. He was also very confident in what he was teaching and took time to demonstrate things. He provided good feedback and gave clear instructions for assignments and expectations - a good model to help my teaching career."
The following individuals received certificates for their years of teaching:
- Beth Gruber, part-time faculty, and Ben Matiyow, adjunct assistant professor (five years);
- Derrin Hansen, head men's basketball coach; Donald Klosterman, head women's soccer coach; and Brad McCaslin, assistant football coach (10 years); and
- Larry Foster, adjunct assistant professor (15 years).
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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning Oct. 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908." This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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