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have to admit, is something everyone should see at least once. We were able to learn so much during our time there and were also able to have some fun on the side. As a vet tech student I highly recommend trying to go next year. As a student your registration is cheaper and if you plan on graduating in the same year, your CE credit will roll over until after you are licensed. I personally, and I know others did as well, sat in on several of the veterinary lectures and surprisingly they were not over our heads. That just goes to show that if you put in the effort in school, it will pay off.

April 21 Horticulture Spring Preview Sale — 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., NCTA Greenhouse 21 NCTA Shaggy Show — 7 a.m., Livestock Teaching Center 21 Open House — 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 23 4-H Speech Contest — 6 p.m., Ag Hall 23 PTK Induction Ceremony — 6 p.m., 26 Horticulture Program — 7 p.m., 26 Finals Bonfire — 8 p.m., Aggie Land 27 Kindergarten Day at NCTA — 10:30 a.m., Veterinary Hospital 29 Finals Breakfast — 8 - 10 p.m., Aggie Cafeteria
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Aggie of the Month: Beth Klinetobe

NCTA Spring Preview Sale
WHEN: WHERE: WHAT: Saturday, April 21 — 9 AM - 2 PM NCTA Greenhouse Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Squash, Herbs (Thyme, Basil, Cilantro, Dill, Oregano), Sweet Potato Vine, Coleus, Calibrachoa, Lantana, Begonia, Pansy Impatiens and assorted houseplants Helps fund student trips — networking/ further education 4 packs: $2:00, 4 in pots: $3 or 2 for $5 Dishes: $12, Baskets: $12

Vet Tech Students Visit Las Vegas for Western Veterinary Conference
By: Samantha Adams, Student Guest Writer

Inside this Issue
• Vet Tech Students Visit Las Vegas • The Art of Researching Part 3 • NCTA Crop Judging National Impact • Aggie of the Month • Spring Preview Sale • Calendar of Events

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Beth Klinetobe of Grand Island, Neb., is the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Aggie of the Month for April. Klinetobe was named valedictorian of the 2011 – 2012 class earlier this month with a 3.9/4.0 grade point average. A veterinary technology major, Klinetobe plans to continue her education by transferring to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall. She is a member of Student Technicians of the Veterinary Medical Association (STVMA) and Safari club. She also serves in the student senate. Kevin Martin, Student Services-Retention Coordinator, described Klinetobe as “studious, responsible and driven.” Veterinary technology student Amelia DeJong said, “She’s very outgoing, and she’s willing to help you with whatever you need help with.”

The NACTA judging competition includes thirteen agricultural contests in separate divisions for two-year and fouryear colleges. More than fifty students and ten colleges from across the nation competed in the two-year college division of the Crops Judging contest this year. There are four categories in which students compete as individuals: 1. Agronomic Exam – a comprehensive exam over all knowledge in the field of agronomy. The exam includes 75 multiple choice questions. 2. Math Practical – an exam that encompasses all possible mathematical problems in agronomy. 3. Lab Practical – an exam that includes 75 specimens ranging from insect, disease and equipment identification; crop growth staging; pesticide labels; nutrient deficiency symptoms, fertilizer samples and more. 4. Plant and Seed Identification – a 75 specimen exam of crop and weed plants and seeds. The exam has over 150 possible species.

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At exactly 5:22 am on Saturday February talk about it. We also spent hours in the exhibit 18, 2012, Dr. Cory Heath pulled out of the vet hall where there were 500+ businesses there tech building parking lot with seven vet tech to talk about their veterinary products. In the students to make a 17 hour drive across the evenings, specific companies sponsored differwestern part of the country for five days filled ent events that were free with your registration with educational conferences on veterinary to the meetings. Events such as the comedian medicine. The students who attended were Billy Gardell from the TV show Mike and Richard Gilliam, Eliza Benteman, Jakki Nach- Molly, a concert by “Cool and the Gang”, Bear tman, Jordan Grylls from Mizer, SaMan vs. Wild, mantha Adand a dance ams, Bailey and recepObermeyer tion for both and Chelsea veterinarians Nealon. and techniThis year cians. And of marked the course there 84th anis always nual Western something Veterinary to do in Las ConferVegas. ence at Las As we Vegas’s very were there Pictured above left to right: Richard Gilliam, Eliza Benteman, Jordan own Mandawe did take Mizer, Jakki Nachtman and Samantha Adams. lay Bay Hotel advantage and Convenof the tourist tion Center. The conference runs from Sunday attractions in Las Vegas. We spent an evening afternoon until Thursday evening allowing up walking a small portion of the strip where we to 46 hours of continuing education credits. visited places such as M&M World, the Hard They have specialists from all over the counRock Café, the Coca-Cola store, and various try come to speak on topics from a range of gift shops. On the way back to Nebraska we surgery, to behavior, to clinical pathology, to were able to tour the Grand Canyon, which I radiology; any field you are interested in, they
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Article by Aaron Couch, Editor

Browsing the Web for Reputable Resources

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a student you have even more access than the average Internet user. No matter the college you go to, there are resources available to you. At the UNL website you can access these by going to “Current Student,” then “Libraries.” You can also follow this link: http://libraries.unl.edu/ resources. Here you have a huge list of available sources that I recommend you check out. Many times your state will also have resources available to you. The campus library is another excellent resource, and what many of you at NCTA may not know is that you have access to the complete library at UNL by talking to the librarian and requesting a book. UNL will mail the book and it will arrive at NCTA in a couple days and you pay nothing. Putting It All Together This can be challenging in a way different from all others and that is because the software that is needed to do papers often costs money. Students often qualify for discounts on software though and should definitely take advantage of what is offered. For example, Microsoft Office is available to students for less than $100 and I believe it currently is selling for $80. But let’s say you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford it. Welcome to being a college student, right? There are a lot of programs that are free. OpenOffice (or LibreOffice) is a free and complete alternative to Microsoft Office. By “complete” I mean it has all the same functions and even is compatible with all the same file formats that Microsoft Office has. Another great tool in researching though is being able to access your files anywhere. Web services like Google Docs and Microsoft Web Apps allow you to do that. By typing your papers, class notes, etc. in these you can access, edit, and update these documents from any internet-connected computer. No more emailing documents to yourself. No more losing or breaking your flash drive that everything was stored on. It’s all in the Cloud! Conclusion I hope that these tips have been helpful to you and can improve your productivity as a student. Many of these tools can be used in other areas of life outside of college as well, but I have found them very helpful during my time as a student. If you have any questions on this article, you can contact me through the messaging function on the Aggie Up Facebook page or at aaron.r.couch+AggieUp@gmail. com and I will be more than willing to help. Good luck!

In the last two issues of Aggie Up, I’ve covered collecting, organizing and annotating information using tools such as Evernote, Diigo, bookmarks and many others. This last part of the series covers how to find reputable sources and a few tools to help you put all the information together once you have completed researching. Finding the Right Sites Let’s start with browsing. This can be tricky, mostly because when you’re searching for things you obviously don’t know about them and many times are completely unfamiliar with the subject. This poses a danger in that you could open websites that may be harmful to your computer or at best might not be very reputable sources. A tool I use and strongly recommend is Web of Trust (WOT). WOT Web of Trust site rating window is a browser plugin Photo Courtesy of Web of Trust available for all major browsers: Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari and Opera. It ensures better safety when using the Internet by protecting you against online scams and unreliable websites, websites with unsuitable content and sites that collect your personal information without your permission. It does this by a user-based rating system on three levels: Excellent (green), unsatisfactory (yellow) and poor (red). Many times if the

website has a poor rating and you proceed to open the link you will be prompted with a message from WOT that states the site has a poor rating and gives you the option to ignore and proceed (if you know the rating is false) or “get outta there.” These ratings are also based upon four different categories: Trustworthiness, privacy, vendor reliability and child safety. As you can see, this tool isn’t just for researching, but for overall internet security and everyday browsing. You can download it at http://mywot.com. And of course, it’s free. Getting Unbiased Information Hey look at that search result! The title is exactly what you searched. Click it! Or not. Be careful about clicking these links. Web of Trust will be able to help you in this, but there is another tool that is essential in web browsing and researching. AdBlock Plus, another free browser plugin, has been around for years. It is available for Firefox and Google Chrome. It works simply as the name implies — blocking ads. The removal of ads is somewhat controversial as it is how many good websites and services are able to make money while remaining free. However, there are a lot of potential risks that can come from clicking on ads, whether it’s accidental or deliberate. My preference is just to remove them altogether, but there is a whitelist option to add specific sites to, Top: Without Adblock Plus if you prefer to supBottom: With Adblock Plus port them by showScreenshots by Aaron Couch ing their ads instead. You can download this plugin for your browser at http://adblockplus.org. Reputable Sources There are a lot of great sites available online, but as
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By Eric Reed, Faculty Advisor

NCTA Crop Judging Teams and Individuals Place in National Competition

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The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture’s first- and second-year Crops Judging teams competed in the annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) judging contest April 12 to April 14 at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. The second-year student team of Justin Loeffelholz, Wade Hawkinson, Austin Brown and Kelly Rathbone placed third, Lab Practical exam; fifth, Agronomic exam; and fifth, Plant/ Seed Identification exam. The first-year student team of Jackson Kummer, Zach Gimeson, Luke Glodowski and Ben Pelster placed second on the Agronomic exam. The second-year team also placed fifth overall. Two NCTA students won individual awards. Jackson Kummer finished first in the AgroBack Row: Austin Brown and Ben Pelster. Front Row: Luke Glodowski, Justin Loeffelholz, Wade Hawkinson, Kelly Rathbone, Zach Gimeson and Jackson Kummer nomic exam and Justin Loeffelholz placed in three of four individual events, finishing as the sixth highest individual overall in the two-year division.

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