Transfer Nebraska

The Transfer Nebraska website offers a way to help students better prepare for college, especially if they are taking dual credit courses. With more than one-third of college students transferring at least once*, this is a site that all students should hear about.

Some things for you to know about Transfer Nebraska:

  • Over 70,000 course equivalencies are shown in Transfer Nebraska.
  • Nebraska’s five University of Nebraska campuses, three state colleges, and eight community and tribal colleges show transfers with many in-state and out-of-state institutions.
  • By taking a dual credit course from one college, students can see the colleges to which the course may transfer.

United States Youth Senate Program’s Hearst Scholarship

The United States Senate Youth Program enters its 54th year of providing high school juniors and seniors with an extensive orientation of all branches of the Federal government and the opportunity to receive a $5,000.00 scholarship.

The United States Youth Senate Program information and application will no longer be mailed to schools in Nebraska.  The information and application is now available online at –


Completed applications must be received by the Nebraska Department of Education by October 2nd, 2015.

JAMbassadors at Joslyn

JAMbassadors are Joslyn Art Museum’s high school volunteers. JAMbassadors have opportunities to work with local artists, assist with youth art classes, interact with Museum visitors at public events, and help with many behind-the-scenes tasks. JAMbassadors help make the Museum a special place in our community while gaining valuable life skills. To learn more, please visit

To become a JAMbassador, you must be at least 14 years old and in the 9th-12th grade. Volunteers complete a two-hour training session at the beginning of each school year, and contribute a minimum of fifteen hours of community service during the JAMbassador year (October 2015-October 2016).

For additional information or to apply, please click here.

For questions about this program, call (402) 661-3839 or click here to e-mail the Studio Programs Manager.

SportQuest Playing with Purpose Scholarship Program

The SportQuest Playing With Purpose Scholarship Program is a national program that honors and encourages high school student athletes who excel athletically, academically and have committed their life to following Christ. Through scholarships, college exposure, community and national recognition, and more, we want to see them succeed and make a difference in this world.

The Playing With Purpose message encourages athletes to serve rather than being served, to lead with humility and engage culture.

Accepting Applications: September 1, 2015
Application Deadline: February 1, 2016

Applying student athletes must meet ALL of the following criteria:

1. Currently a high school sophomore, junior or senior
2. Maintains a minimum “C” grade average or higher

3. Currently a varsity level athlete in one or more sports

4. A committed follower of Jesus Christ

Eligible students may apply at

Camp Erin

Camp Erin is a three-day, overnight bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their life, such as a parent, sibling, family member or friend. Facilitated by professional staff and trained volunteers from the Mourning Hope Grief Center, Camp Erin Lincoln is offered free of charge to all bereaved youth seeking support.

At Camp Erin, youth have the opportunity to be around other kids who have experienced similar loss. The retreat weekend will help bereaved youth share their grief experiences in creative ways through arts and crafts, time to talk and share, perform outdoor games and challenge courses, participate in memorial activities and even share a campfire experience.

The 2015 Camp Erin Lincoln will be held on Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27 at Carol Joy Holling Camp in Ashland, NE.

To register, parents or guardians must complete an application for EACH child or teen who would like to attend. Applications are accepted until all available spaces are filled. Space is limited, so we encourage you to return the completed application as soon as possible.

UNK’s Criminal Justice Conference

The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Kearney is changing the date of its Annual Criminal Justice Conference to Oct. 5th, 2015.  High School seniors/juniors (and their parents) who would be interested in coming, may attend the conference for free.  It will be held at the Nebraskan Student Union building, Ponderosa Room, with registration starting at 8:00 AM, Career Fair opening at 8:00 AM and the conference starting at 9:00 AM until 3:15 PM.  In addition to the below speakers, we will have different criminal justice related agencies present at our adjacent Career Fair, which your students are also invited to attend.

*Please be advised that these presentations are geared to university students majoring in Criminal Justice.  The presentations may be too graphic and disturbing to some students who are not interested in Criminal Justice.

Students will receive a 20% discount on their meal at the Student Union for lunch. The cost for each individual will be $6.77, which includes tax, for an all you can eat buffet.

If you have any questions, please contact Joe Carlson at or 308-865-8510.

Criminal Justice Conference Schedule:
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

  • 08:00 – 09:00 AM  Conference Registration  &   Career Fair
  • 09:00 – 09:15 AM  Conference Welcome
  • 09:15 – 10:30 AM  T. Huntington, Ph.D:  “Death, Crime, and Entomology (focus on the use of insects for the estimation of time of death), postmortem intervals: Part I”
  • 10:30 – 11:00 AM  Career Fair and Break
  • 10:00 – 12:00 PM  T. Huntington, Ph.D:  “Corpus Delicti: Death, Crime, and Entomology: Part II”
  • 12:00 – 12:30 PM  Career Fair and Break
  • 12:30 – 01:30 PM  Lunch
  • 01:30 – 02:45 PM  Dr. Mcardle: “Emergency Medicine as it relates to Law Enforcement.”
  • 02:45 – 03:00 PM  Closing

Biographical information on each speaker:

Timothy E. Huntington, Ph.D., D-ABFE, is an Associate Professor of Biology and Criminal Justice at Concordia University, Nebraska and one of 17 board-certified forensic entomologists. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska where his research focused on the ecology and physiology of forensically important blow flies. His current research and publications in the area of forensic entomology focus on the use of insects for the estimation of postmortem intervals. Dr. Huntington also serves as a reserve deputy sheriff for the Seward County Sheriff’s Office.

As a forensic entomology consultant Dr. Huntington has consulted on more than one hundred death investigations spanning fourteen states and four countries for various state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as for defense practices and private companies. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, a Charter Board member and treasurer of the American Board of Forensic Taphonomy, and a member of the Entomological Society of America, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, North American Forensic Entomology Association, and the Nebraska Chapter of the International Association for Identification.

Dr. McArdle is a board certified emergency medicine physician currently in clinical practice in Colorado Springs, Co. He has extensive trauma management over his 35 year medical career including training at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit, the first Trauma Center in the nation. He has had extensive pre hospital care experience as both an ambulance attendant and flight medic. In 1993 he was the medical advisor for the Aurora Colorado Fire Department and has trained Aurora Police Officers in the academy as well as part of a HIDTA Gangs class. In 993 he was a consultant for the inception of the Colorado Spring Fire Department Tactical Medical Team assignment to the Police TEU.

Dr. McArdle is a Colorado POST certified peace officer. He has worked for the Denver Police as a Reserve Officer working primarily District 2 Patrol which covers the Northeast section of Denver since 1995. In 2008 he was awarded that departments Distinguished Service Cross for apprehending 4 of 5 juveniles simulating an armed car jacking while off duty.

As a long time student of emergency medicine as it relates to law enforcement operations he has attended and taught with many programs. His involvement with the National Tactical Officers Association dates back to 1989. He was an instructor for the CONTOMS program hosted jointly by the Uniformed Services Medical School in cooperation with the U.S. Park Police. He was a graduate of their first SERT (Specialized Emergency Rescue Training). In 2001 he developed a block of training Medical Considerations for the Law Enforcement 1st Responder program for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. A charter member of the Department of Homeland Security training when the program from the Office of State & Local Training at FLETC was assimilated. He was the first physician graduate of the Law Enforcement Mountain Operations School hosted at Priest Lake, Idaho. Recently he was invited to participate in 3 Summits on Preventing Mass Casualty Violence at FLETC.

He has continued to expand his training of both civilian and military police in the Fort Carson region as well as within the US and Canada. He is currently the Chair of the Physician Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is developing on line training at his web site:

USD’s New Sport Marketing & Media Degree

A new undergraduate degree in sport marketing and media at the University of South Dakota will help fill demand in the sport and sport entertainment industry, which Bloomberg News said is growing at nearly 5% percent annually and is projected to approach $68 billion by 2017.

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the new program, which will start offering classes this fall at USD’s Vermillion campus. It will teach broad skills in marketing, advertising and public relations, event management, and law/ethics. New graduates will be prepared to work in high school and college athletic departments, advertising and public relations firms, merchandising companies, professional sports teams, athletic facilities and the news media.

“I think that this new major is a very viable one that has great value in the sports marketplace,” said USD alumnus John Gillis, associate director of development for the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Michelle Van Maanen, chair of USD’s Media & Journalism Department, said the program is unique to the region, and the university expects to eventually graduate up to 15 sport

marketing students each year. Beyond basic media and marketing principles, the program allows students to specialize and pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Classes will be taught through four existing majors: kinesiology, media & journalism, communication studies and business marketing.

“This sort of combines the best of all those programs into a targeted degree that all the industry information indicates is greatly needed, not just in our region but everywhere,” Van Maanen said.

The major will prepare students for careers in event and facility management, advertising and public relations, sports news, scoreboard creation, and leadership and finance. Van Maanen said it will give students the basic skills needed to enter the field but also the background to become leaders in sport management that will make them marketable throughout their careers.

For more information on courses, curriculum and requirements, visit the Sport Marketing & Media section of the USD Catalog.

Updates from the University of Pittsburgh

New Application with Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)

The University of Pittsburg  is  excited to introduce self-report to its Fall 2016 application which just opened this month. The self-report section will include courses, grades, grade-point averages (and rank-in-class where available). If students don’t have access to grades online, you may receive transcript requests in order to apply to Pitt. The SRAR is not required, but we strongly encourage students to complete it. Students that do not complete the SRAR will be required to submit an official high school transcript. All students that enroll at the University of Pittsburgh are required to submit a final, official high school transcript. For more details about the application process, visit

Guidance Counselor Office Hours

Do you and your student have questions about:
Self-Reported Academic Record?
Application and admissions processes?
Outstanding application items?

Call us! Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 – 11 AM, starting August 24, 2015 through May 5, 2016.

Kerri J. Meeks-Griffin is ready to answer your calls. Contact her at 412-624-0770. Office Hours have been designed specifically to answer questions from students.

Save the Dates for Fall Visits

Picture Yourself at Pitt will be held three Saturdays only:

* October 24
* November 14
* December 5

For students who can’t attend Picture Yourself at Pitt, information sessions and campus tours are available Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday Information Sessions. Students can get more information at

2015-16 Grading Period Calendar

Students and families are reminded that if a student withdraws after Week 5 of each term, the student will receive a F as a grade for the class that is being dropped.

  • Term 1: F will be given for withdrawals between September 17th through October 14th
  • Term 2: F will be given for withdrawals between November 21st through December 22nd
  • Term 3: F will be given for withdrawals between February 10th through March 4th
  • Term 4: F will be given for withdrawals between April 20th through May 15th

For more information about the 2015-16 Grading Period, please click here.