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Judy Zieg

  • Program: Instructor, Academic Transfer

    Education/Industry Certifications: Master of Arts degree in Speech from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Bachelor of Science degree in Speech from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

    Has taught at SCC since: 1972

    Years of work experience outside SCC: Teaching at SCC's Milford Campus was my first job, and has been my only job, since graduating from college. 

    Describe your teaching philosophy.
    When people are surveyed and asked to list their fears, almost always the No. 1 item on the list is the fear of public speaking. My goal in my speech classes is to help my students feel more comfortable when they talk to people in any of a variety of communication situations, including job interviews, talking one-on-one with customers or clients, leading meetings, and making more formal presentations and speeches to larger audiences.

    Why did you decide to teach at a community college? 
    I started teaching at the Milford Campus before the community college system was established in Nebraska. And, to be honest, when I graduated from UNL, I just wanted a job . . . any job. Taking the job at the Nebraska Technical College (which later became SCC's Milford Campus) turned out to be a very good decision for me. I have been teaching here for more than 42 years, and I am proud to be a part of Southeast Community College.

    What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program? 
    I am not part of a particular technical program on the Milford Campus. I am a member of the General Education staff, and all Milford Campus students take General Education classes. Our goals are to complement and supplement their technical education and to help make them better employees and better citizens.

    What do you enjoy most about working with students? 
    First, I have developed a great deal of respect for Milford Campus students during my 42+ years here. They are becoming experts in their technical fields, and I have learned from them. I probably "know enough to be dangerous" about auto and diesel mechanics, welding, building construction, and all of the other technical programs on the Milford Campus. Secondly, watching students improve their communication skills as we go through the quarter brings me great satisfaction.

    What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member? 
    At the Milford Campus we consider ourselves a family. Just like a family, we may not always agree, but we support each other through good times and bad.   

    What has been your proudest moment as an instructor? 
    My proudest moments in the classroom come from seeing the most nervous, most "scared-of-giving-a-speech" students overcome those roadblocks and get up and give their speeches. Personally, my proudest moment occurred just recently when I received the SCC Milford Campus "Outstanding Teacher" award. Plus, I have been recognized several times with years of service awards: 25 years, 30 years, 35 years, and 40 years. Whew!

    What do you like to do when you're not teaching? 
    I enjoy spending time with my two grandsons (and I am looking forward to a new grandchild in June 2014). My favorite way to relax is reading; I always have a book going. I like to travel, and I am looking forward to doing more traveling when I retire. I enjoy playing trivia games, especially "Jeopardy!" and "Trivial Pursuit."

    What would students be surprised to know about you?
    First, that I am married to a Milford Campus graduate. Secondly, that I have been teaching here for 42+ years. Third, that I have taken the online "Jeopardy!" test to try to get on the show, and fourth, that I usually get in three miles a day when I walk the halls before school, during coffee break, and during lunch (and, contrary to some reports, I am NOT the hall monitor).