The Princeton Review has listed Creighton University as one of the nation's top 378 colleges and universities in its 2014 edition of its annual college guide.

Creighton students reported “they were pleased with the choice to attend a great Jesuit university focused on academics and creating well-rounded students, especially with smaller class sizes that allow for frequent discussions,” the guide says.

UNL prof will assess parent program to help kids graduate

Kids with emotional and behavioral disorders are more likely to miss school, fail classes and drop out than any other group of students with disabilities. University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers are evaluating a new program that uses parent-to-parent support to encourage families to get the help they need to keep kids in school.

A four-year federal grant enables UNL researchers to evaluate the Parent Connectors Program. The team, led by Kristin Duppong Hurley, research associate professor of special education and communication disorders, will assess the program's effectiveness and, if proven valuable, will help expand the program.

Nationally, only 40 percent of students with emotional and behavioral disorders graduate from high school. The Parent Connectors Program was designed to help children with significant conduct and impulse problems, such as lashing out at teachers or fighting with classmates. These kids also frequently skip school and receive disciplinary action at school.

Briar Cliff names new VP for student development

Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, has named Louise Paskey vice president for student development.

Paskey will be responsible for residence life, career development, counseling and health services, security, campus life, campus ministry, student leadership and Charger athletics.

Nebraska Methodist College gets grant for nurse program

Nebraska Methodist College will receive nearly a million dollars in federal grant money to help address the nation's nursing shortage by providing loan forgiveness for graduate students who go on to teach nursing.

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program will provide loans to help registered nurses who are completing their graduate education to become nurse faculty. Loan recipients who go on to become full-time faculty at an accredited school of nursing may receive up to 85 percent of the loan forgiveness over four years.

The University of Nebraska Medical Center received $22,504 for the same program.

Public forums scheduled for SCC president search

Southeast Community College has scheduled four public forums to solicit feedback as it prepares to hire its next president.

Jack Huck, the current president, retires next June.

The schedule:

» Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to noon, Jackson Hall Conference Room on the Beatrice campus

» Aug. 21, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Room V-103 on the Lincoln campus

» Aug. 22, 11 a.m. to noon, Dunlap Center Rooms A and B on the Milford campus

» Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Room V-103 on the Lincoln campus

Registration open for UNL's Chemistry Day

Registration is open for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Chemistry Day on Sept. 28.

More than 120 Nebraska high school juniors and seniors and their parents and teachers are expected to attend UNL Chemistry Day. The event is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and features a variety of hands-on activities, guided tours of research labs, a look at career opportunities in the field of chemistry, and a chance to win scholarships to study chemistry at UNL.

The event is free to attend, but registration must be received by Sept. 23. All events will take place at Hamilton Hall.

For complete event details, including information about the scholarships, or to register, visit or contact Peg Bergmeyer at 402-472-3514 or

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