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National American Indian Heritage Month

Posted by doubetsr on November 11, 2016

Written by Rochelle Krueger, Curriculum Librarian

The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James, a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state to get endorsements from 24 state governments to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

Some interesting facts:

There are 567 federally recognized Indian tribes.
Source:    Bureau of Indian Affairs, 2016

There were 1,792,840 American Indian and Alaska Native households in 2015 (households with a householder who was American Indian and Alaska Native alone or in combination with another race). Of these, 38.1 percent were married-couple families, including those with children.
Source:  2015 American Community Survey

82.7% of the American Indian and Alaska Native population, alone or in combination, age 25 and older that had at least a high school diploma, GED certificate or alternative credential in 2014.

14.1% of single-race American Indians and Alaska Natives age 25 and older had a bachelor’s, graduate or professional degree in 2015.|
Source:     2015 American Community Survey

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UNK Veteran’s Day

Posted by doubetsr on November 10, 2016

Written by Sam Doubet, Technology Coordinator

UNK ROTC, UNK Marching Band, and LPAC sponsor an event to celebrate Veterans day Friday, November 11.  Students are encourage to attend the event that will be held at the flag poles by Cope fountain from 12:30 – 12:50 PM.  Gordon Sumner will be the sponsored speaker.


Gordon Sumner










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UNK Fall Break

Posted by doubetsr on October 14, 2016

Written by Sam Doubet, Technology Coordinator

The Calvin T. Ryan Library’s hours during October 15-18, 2016, which includes UNK Fall Break, is as follows:

                                     CTR Library

Saturday, October 15         Closed
Sunday,   October 16         Closed
Monday,   October 17         7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday,  October 18         Regular Fall semester hours resume.

For more information on library hours please visit our hours page.
On behalf of everyone at Calvin t Ryan library, have a fun and safe Fall Break.

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Don Welch 1932-2016

Posted by doubetsr on August 17, 2016


“After I die,think of me occasionally.I want to see the worldthrough your eyes.”(1)

A Nebraska iconic poet and retired UNK English professor Don Welch died at the age of 84 in his home last Saturday.  How does one write a tribute to such a great man?  I can only follow his advice and put one word after the other to see where it leads.  He has long since retired however, decades later is still leaving lasting impressions upon the Kearney campus.  To quote Shaun Friedrichsen, a recent UNK graduate and Fairbury news editor, “I am forever grateful for that stability, which allowed me to get to where I’m at today.“  It is not just the statue that rests in honor of his contributions for years to come, it is the lasting imprints of wisdom and advice to the UNK community.  It is we that will take care to honor him, in his absence, by creating memorable air.


About your classrooms

“The unimaginative believe there are no rooms which remember those who absent them,

That absence vacuums everything in its sleep.

Not so. For years what moves in a classroom are its vital ghosts.

It’s true, those who hated these rooms or suffered them impassively are gone.

Not you.  The good memory of yourselves is what you’ve earned to.

For you these classrooms have been the ivory of a narwhale’s tusk,

And you our scrimshaw artists intricate at work.

You have honored us by taking such remarkable care.

Few shape absence into memorable air.”

Don Welch


To read more about Don Welch follow the links below.

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New York Times digital editions now available to UNK students and employees

Posted by Jon Ritterbush on July 14, 2016

Written by Jon Ritterbush, E-Resources and Serials Librarian

The Calvin T. Ryan Library is pleased to announce that online access to The New York Times is now available to any student or employee using a UNK email address. This new resource is funded by the library’s credit hour fee and by the American Democracy Project at UNK.

The New York Times may be accessed on- or off-campus using a standard web browser or the Timesmobile app available for a variety of devices.  This site license provides online access to the Times’ archives dating back to 1851 as well as access to “Today’s Paper” a virtual replica of today’s print edition.  Access to the U.S., International, Chinese, and Spanish language editions are available as is the Times’ growing collection of video content.

To login and access the Times, UNK students and employees must first register with a UNK email address (i.e. or at the following link:

Once registered, this UNK email address and password of your choosing will be valid for one year after which a user may renew their pass using a UNK email address.

This link to register and login to the New York Times is also available from the library’s “Articles & Databases” alphabetical listings.  Please ask a librarian if you have any questions regarding registration or access to The New York Times.

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