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Reng awarded for classroom innovation


Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture faculty member Cory Reng, DVM, was recently honored with the Hollings Family Award. Criteria for earning this award include innovation, impact, and program quality for students. Reng certainly uses innovative methods in her courses. Last spring, she implemented a creative coffee maker into her chemistry courses; the appliance runs off of methane gases produced by her cattle. Students were able to help her build and operate this coffee maker for the chemistry classes, learning applications of the Ideal gas laws and how to produce chemical heat.

Reng has also impacted the Veterinary Technology program at NCTA through her efforts in offering equine dentistry to veterinarians and veterinary technicians across the nation. This summer, students from as far away as Europe are signed up for these courses.

The Hollings Family award is geared to reward UNL's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources faculty, the Nebraska University Cooperative Extension faculty, and NCTA faculty. The award was created by the Hollings family in 1990 to honor their pioneering parents; the German-Danish pioneer farm family settled near Wood River in the 1870s. John Holling was a 1912 NU electrical engineering graduate who oversaw naval construction during World War I and later worked with the U.S. General Accounting Office. Gustave Holling was a graduate of the NU College of Agriculture and continued to farm the family land.

For more information about the Veterinary Technology program at NCTA, call 1-800-3CURTIS.

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