The Metropolitan Community College board approved a property-tax increase for residents in Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties during its monthly meeting last week.
The board voted 9-1, with Dave Newell opposing, to increase the tax levy from $0.085 per $100 of assessed valuation to $0.095 per $100 of assessed valuation. That means homeowners will pay $95 on a home valued at $100,000.
UNL renames School of Music in honor of donor Glenn Korff
University of Nebraska regents have approved renaming the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's School of Music the Glenn Korff School of Music.
Korff, who died in August, had given $8 million before his death to the University of Nebraska Foundation to support the music school.
“The naming of the school in Mr. Korff's honor elevates the School of Music to a new level and is the beginning of the next exciting chapter in its proud history,” Charles O'Connor, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, said in a press release.
UNK conference to focus on social media, globalization
The University of Nebraska at Kearney will hold a conference Tuesday and Wednesday on the role that social media and the Internet play in globalization.
The James E. Smith Midwest Conference on World Affairs will be held in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room and is free and open to the public. Speakers include experts on Internet censorship in China, social media and democratization in the Middle East and Africa, and Internet and cyber-racism.
“It's important that we understand what's going on all over the world and begin to understand different countries and different cultures,” said Bonnie Payne, international education outreach coordinator and event organizer.
Harry Wu, a human rights activist and director of the China Information Center who spent 19 years as a political prisoner, will give the main address at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
UNO's College of Public Affairs chooses new associate dean
Theresa Barron-McKeagney, director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, has been named an associate dean.
Barron-McKeagney has led the Grace Abbott School since 2004, according to a UNO press release.
Barron-McKeagney, an alumna of UNO and UNL, will lead the College of Public Affairs and Community Service. She succeeds Sara Woods, who recently became UNO's lead community engagement official.
The college said Barron-McKeagney has pioneered several programs, including one that confers a dual degree with the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
McCook to host former American League chief
Gene Budig, Major League Baseball's American League president from 1994 to 1999, will address McCook Community College students and employees on Friday.
Budig, who attended McCook Junior College before transferring to UNL, served as president of Illinois State University and West Virginia University and chancellor of the University of Kansas before becoming AL president.
He has written a book, “George Norris, Going Home: Reflections of a Progressive Statesman,” which will be published in November.