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News about events, ser vices and people of interest to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln alumni and friends Fall 2013


Gearing Up For Fall Festivities

Fall is just around the corner, and for your Nebraska Alumni Association that means Football Fridays, reunions, homecoming with the jester competition, a volunteer leadership conference featuring the second annual CORNYs awards, the Young Alumni Academy, Alumni Masters Week, Scarlet Guard student activities, Cather Circle, career webinars, Nebraska Legends events, athletic and adventure tours, and Nebraska watch parties at alumni chapters across the nation. Check out our complete fall schedule on page 3.

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Football Friday Moves to the Railyard We’re taking the Nebraska Alumni Association’s traditional Football Fridays to Lincoln’s exciting new entertainment district in the historic Haymarket this fall. Join us at the Railyard, just southeast of the new Pinnacle Bank Arena, at 5 p.m. on the day before each home football game (except Iowa) for children’s activities, live entertainment, appearances by former players and the Husker Spirit Squad, some Sports Nightly live broadcasts and more. Here’s a look at what else we’re doing alumni tour-wise and in Lincoln this fall: AUGUST *25 26-Sept. 6 30 31

Join Us For Homecoming 2013 Campus will be abuzz Sunday, Sept. 29, to Saturday, Oct. 5, with a Huskers Around the World theme and homecoming week activities for students, alumni and friends. One of the newer and more popular attractions – the homecoming jester competition sponsored by the Nebraska Alumni Association and Scarlet Guard – takes place Oct. 4, immediately following the parade and pep rally on the Union Plaza. Students will compete in front of celebrity judges to be crowned “UNL’s Biggest Fan,” and the winner will make an appearance on the sidelines during pre-game festivities the next day. This is the fourth year for the jester competition. Homecoming activities open to alumni and the public include: • Donating blood (time and place TBD) • Football Friday, Oct 4, 5 p.m. in the Railyard, Haymarket district • Homecoming parade, Oct. 4, 6 p.m. (The Wick Alumni

Center’s Holling Garden provides the perfect viewing spot.) • Scarlet Guard’s homecoming pep rally and jester competition immediately following the parade at approximately 7 p.m. on

the Union Plaza (north side of city union, 1400 R Street). Scarlet Guard, the NAA’s student organization, will once again

compete as a registered student organization in: • Monday Night Live (skits) • Blood drive • Homecoming parade • Homecoming jester competition Watch for more details as they become available at

Nebraska Legends Barbecue Taste of Europe Cruise tour Football Friday at the Railyard Nebraska Champions Club game day (NCC members)

SEPTEMBER *5 Scarlet Guard Meet and Greet 6 Football Friday at the Railyard 6 Young Alumni Academy application deadline 7 Nebraska Champions Club game day (NCC members) *10 Nebraska Legends Scavenger Hunt 13 Alumni Advisory Council (AAC members) 13 Football Friday at the Railyard 14 Nebraska Champions Club game day (NCC members) 19-20 Cather Circle Fall Meeting (CC members) *19 SG Third Thursday Social 20 Football Friday at the Railyard 21 Nebraska Champions Club game day (NCC members) 29-Oct. 6 Homecoming week OCTOBER 2 “Career Management” webinar 3 CORNYs Awards Banquet 4 Volunteer Leadership Conference 4 Homecoming Pep Rally, Jester Competition 4 Football Friday at the Railyard 5 Nebraska Champions Club game day (NCC members) 5 Honors Program Alumni Reunion 10 Young Alumni Academy (YAA members) 10-18 Pearls of the Mediterranean tour 11 Football Friday at Purdue 11-12 Daily Nebraskan Reunion 15-22 Mosel, Rhine & Main Rivers tour *17 SG Third Thursday Social 24-27 Minnesota football tour 25 Football Friday at Minnesota NOVEMBER 1 ROTC Fall Reunion 1 Football Friday at the Railyard 1-2 Yell Squad Reunion 2 Nebraska Champions Club game day (NCC members) 6 “Networking” career webinar 8-10 Michigan football tour 13-15 Alumni Masters Week 14 Young Alumni Academy (YAA members) 15 Football Friday at the Railyard 16 Nebraska Champions Club game day (NCC members) *21 SG Third Thursday Social 29 Nebraska Champions Club game day (NCC members) DECEMBER 4 “Elevator Pitch” career webinar 12 Young Alumni Academy (YAA members) *15-19 All Stressed Out Study Hall at Wick Alumni Center *Student activities

Vol. 10, No. 2 Nebraska Alumni Association University of Nebraska Foundation Nebraska Alumni Association Contacts Diane Mendenhall, Executive Director, (402) 472-4218 Claire Abelbeck, Digital Communications (402) 472-4209 Andrea Cranford, Publications, (402) 472-4229 Derek Englebart, Chapters/Travel (402) 472-4228 Jenny Green, Scarlet Guard/Travel, (402) 472-4220 Andy Greer, NCC/Chapters/Hail Varsity, (402) 472-8915 Sarah Haskell, Cather Circle/Travel/Chapters, (402) 472-6541 Carrie Myers, Venues, (402) 472-6435 Larry Routh, Career Resources, (402) 472-8916 Viann Schroeder, Special Projects/HHE/VOB, (402) 472- 3390 Shannon Sherman, Communications/eNUz, (402) 472-4219 Sarah Smith, Video Communications, (402) 472-4246 Andy Washburn, Membership/Operations, (402) 472-4239 Katie Williams, Events/Legacy Program, (402) 472-8918 Kevin Wright, Class Notes/Photos/Graphics, (402) 472-4227 Shelley Zaborowski, Awards/Reunions/Colleges, (402) 472-4222 University of Nebraska Foundation Development Officers Interim Director of Development: Joe Selig, (402) 458-1230 Major and Principal Gifts: Greg Jensen, (402) 458-1181 College of Architecture: Connie Pejsar, (402) 458-1190 College of Arts and Sciences: Amber Antholz, (402) 458-1182, Joye Fehringer, (402) 458-1187 or Victor Martinez, (402) 458-1185 College of Business Administration: Matt Boyd, (402) 458- 1189, Sandi Hansen, (402) 458-1238 or Laine Norton, (402) 458-1201 IANR: Ann Bruntz, (402) 458-1176 or Josh Egley, (402) 458-1202 College of Education and Human Sciences: Jane Heany, (402) 458-1177 College of Engineering: Karen Moellering, (402) 458-1179 or Amy Ferguson, (402) 458-1203 Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts: Lucy Buntain Comine, (402) 458-1184 College of Journalism and Mass Communications: Joanna Nordhues, (402) 458-1178 College of Law: Angela Hohensee, (402) 458-1192 or Ben Zitek, (402) 458-1241 Libraries: Josh Egley, (402) 458-1202 Panhandle Research and Extension: Barb Schlothauer, (308) 632-1207 Corporations: Kaye Jesske, (402) 458-1170 Foundations: Liz Lange, (402) 458-1229 Published once a year, in August, for University of NebraskaLincoln alumni and friends. Nebraska Alumni Association Wick Alumni Center 1520 R Street • Lincoln, NE 68508-1651 Phone: (402) 472-2841 • Toll-free: (888) 353-1874 E-mail: Website: University of Nebraska Foundation 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300 • Lincoln, NE 68508 Phone: (402) 458-1100 • Toll-free: (800) 432-3216 FAX: (402) 458-1298 • E-mail: Website: Editor: Andrea Wood Cranford Foundation Editor: Colleen Fleischer Design: Kevin Wright


New Cather Circle Members, Fall 2013 The Nebraska Alumni Association

Cather Circle Partners with Baylor Evnen The Nebraska Alumni Association

More Career Webinars on the Horizon Last summer, we unveiled our new and improved Alumni Career Advancement Program designed to provide alumni and friends the opportunity to grow and enhance their careers with programs,

is pleased to announce a new partnership

online tools and even our own alumni career specialist available for

with Lincoln law firm Baylor, Evnen, Curtiss, Grimit & Witt, LLP,

private coaching sessions.

welcomes 31 alumnae and 38 UNL

and introduce the Cather Circle Speaker Series presented by Baylor

students to Cather Circle this fall.

Evnen. The new partnership, Cather Circle’s first, will support

of career webinars featuring experts and career authors on a variety

programming for the alumni association’s mentoring, networking

of topics. We are pleased to follow that up with another round of

and professional development program for female students and

Wednesday webinars during 2013-2014:

New alumna members represent 11 states and Washington D.C., and a variety of backgrounds and professions, including advertising, agriculture, business, teaching, entertainment, entrepreneurs and more. Members are selected

One of the most popular features of this program was a series

alumnae, with an emphasis on participation from alumnae and students of the UNL College of Law. The three-year Baylor Evnen speaker series kicks off at the

• Oct. 2 – “Career Management” Peter Weddle,

recruiter, HR consultant and business CEO turned


for their accomplishments in their

fall Cather Circle meeting, Sept. 19-20, with a keynote address

careers and civic activities and for their

by Nancy Hunter Denney, inspirational author of “Zing!™ 21

speaker and recipient of a Consummate Speaker of

interest in mentoring current students.

Insights on Maximizing Your Influence.” Members will also learn

the Year award

Alumnae – Rosemary Abendroth, Ieva

about exciting new research taking place on campus from Prof. Bill

Augstums, Dana Boden, Jill Choate,

Velander, choose from a number of breakout sessions, and attend a

Elevator Pitch Champion and author of the book

Sara Clegg, Tarina Cox, Carrie Davis,

Thursday evening golf outing.

“The New Elevator Pitch”

Toni Dutton, Cindy Fleming, Suzanne Fries, Jane Green, Brooke Heck, Suzanne Hince, Karen Kassebaum, Pam Leeper, Jessica Marsh, Cindy McCaf-

• Dec. 4 – “Elevator Pitch” Chris Westfall, National

A special reception for College of Law faculty, Baylor Evnen

• Jan. 8 – “Entrepreneurism” Ben Casnocha,

associates and guests, and Cather Circle members interested in the field of law will be held Sept.18, on the eve of the fall conference.

entrepreneur, blogger and co-author of “The Start-Up of

You” among other books • Feb. 5 – “Career Management” Richard Bolles, author of

frey, Molly Merrell, Heidi Mortensen, Barbara Nissen, Mitzi Ritzman, Rachel

• Nov. 6 – “Networking” Melissa Giovagnoli, career

Yell Squad, late ’70s

Sheehy, Shannon Sherman, Amanda

“What Color is Your Parachute” • March 5 – “Networking” Ivan Misner, founder and

Sjuts, Kelli Smith, Barbara Thomas,

chairman of BNL, the world’s largest business

Andrea Trinklein, Diane Vigna, Beverly

networking organization • April 2 – “Leadership” Al Duncan, award-winning

Westerberg, Vicki Westerhaus, Maggie Yost.

Students – Sarah Agee, McKenzie

Cassie Cheek, Taryn DeMaro, Emma

Dickinson, Kimberly Dugger, Nikki


Grossman, Fen Hanrahan, Alexandra

• June 4 – “Job Search Techniques” John Boyd, speaker,

Herink, Julia Jackson, Alyssa Jacobs,

Amanda Johnson, Harmony Jones,

Kianna Moore, Molly Nelsen, Kathryn Painter, Amanda Petersen, Nicci

president of The Academies, including Career Coach Academy, Job Search Academy and Leadership Coach

Elgin, Melissa Fenton, Taylor Ficek, Tiler

Lee, Christine Lee, Elizabeth Menhusen,

skills, character education and youth empowerment • May 7 – “Twitter” Susan Whitcomb, founder and

Bailey, Lauren Bejot, Brooke Busboom,

Melanie Kerr, Samantha Lauf, Catherine

youth advocate, publisher and authority on soft

CEO and author of “Selling You” All webinars take place at 7 p.m. central time and are free to

Yell Squad Affiliates The Yell Squad Alumni are the Nebraska Alumni Association’s

alumni and friends. You’ll also have access to the webinar recordings and PDFs of their presentations anytime. All you need is a computer, Smart Phone or Smart Pad to participate. You can also

Poehling, Bridget Reichenbach, Sunny

newest official affiliate group. Led by Jeff Castle of Marietta, Ga.,

join an ongoing discussion about careers, career opportunities and

Russell, Mairead Safranek, Isabel Salas,

1983 UNL graduate and NAA life member, the group will serve all

ideas with classmates and fellow alumni.

Ashley Siebler, Jaimie Sigler, Kaitlin Slat-

Yell Squad alumni and will make their public debut Nov. 1-2 with

tery, Trisha Spanbauer, Ashley Stone,

a reunion celebrating the squad’s 110th anniversary.

Taryn Zastrow.

In addition to Castle, members of the reunion committee include Kari “Cookie” Koziol McConkey, ’85, Gretna; Jane Porter McLeay, ’83, Omaha; and Debra Kleve White, ’80, Austin, Texas. Reunion registration begins Sept. 3 at


To learn more and register, visit

The Nebraska Alumni Association hosted alumni staff members from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin for a three-day Big Ten Alumni Relations Institute in Lincoln June 17-19.

Follow the Huskers to Charleston

Introducing a New Benefit for Husker Alumni and Friends

Be a part of a key early-season trip for the Nebraska men’s basketball team. Join other alumni and fans as we

Nebraska alumni and friends can now earn great

travel to South Carolina to cheer on Coach Tim Miles and

rewards, enjoy award-winning customer service and sup-

the Huskers at the Charleston Classic Nov. 21-25.

port the Nebraska Alumni Association and our mission to

The classic features an eight-team field, including UAB, Clemson, Davidson, Georgia, UMass, Nebraska,

advance the University of Nebraska-Lincoln by signing up

New Mexico and Temple. The tournament’s bracket format

for the new Husker Discover it card. The custom-designed card features Discover’s cash

includes 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The

rewards program, including access to Shop Discover, an

two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off

online shopping portal offering cash-back bonuses on pur-

in a championship game on the final day of competition.

chases at more than 200 online retailers. In addition, with every purchase, you’ll be giving back to your alma mater

Miles and the Huskers return three starters from a

through the Nebraska Alumni Association.

team that went 15-18 in Miles’ first season, including

“We are excited to join with Discover to promote the

guard Ray Gallegos and forwards David Rivers and Shavon Shields. Gallegos, who averaged 12.5 ppg in 2012-13, led

University of Nebraska-Lincoln by involving its students,

the Big Ten in 3-pointers per game and ranked second in

alumni and friends in innovative alumni programs and

school history with 83 3-pointers, while Shields averaged

services,” said Diane Mendenhall, executive director of the

8.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a true freshman.

NAA. During select seasons and events the card will also

Rivers started NU’s final 17 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. To learn more about the NAA four-night tour to Charleston, including a Saturday Nebraska-Penn State football watch party, visit

Scarlet and Cream, the university’s official ice cream flavor, was the favorite of the 3,400 students and parents who attended this year’s Scarlet Scoop in conjunction with New Student Enrollment. During the 24-day event we welcomed 560 new members to Scarlet Guard and went through 135 gallons of UNL Dairy Store ice cream.

feature bonus reward opportunities on Nebraska-related purchases such as gifts to the NU Foundation and items bought through the athletic department, campus bookstore and alumni association. For more information on the card, please visit www.


J or call 1-800-204-1336 and use invitation code KCR8 to apply directly for the Husker Discover it card. ASSOCIATION UPDATE | Fall 2013 | 5

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Thank You to Our Newest Life Members and Contributors to Our Programs New NAA Life Members Jan. 1 to June 30, 2013 Nancy A. Admire Joanne Allen Patrick K. Allen Jennifer A. Amend George E. Andrews, II Roger K. and Barbara G. Annin V-Etta M. Auman Rasheed M. Azzam, Ph.D. Shari L. Bahensky Guillermo A. and Jody Bailey Matthew J. Bailey William H. Bancroft, M.D. Leonard P. Barker Dennis M. Barton Jack A. Bassler Troy A. Bauer, Ph.D. and Kay A. Bauer Robert H. Becker Diana M. Bee Ernest A. Berry Sharon M. Berry Roger J. and Sherry J. Blood Lyle W. and Phyllis A. Blue Edward M. Boden Marc N. Boggy, M.D. and Karen C. Reynolds William W. and Kimberly J. Booth Elliott T. Bottorf and Melissa Smidt Amy S. Bouska Raymond K. and Marilyn K. Bradsby Alex E. Brandes Bryan D. Bredthauer, M.D. and Gertrude A. Bredthauer Roger D. Breed, Ed.D. and Judy K. Breed Jeremy M. Britton James D. Brooke, M.D. Steven E. Buck, Lt.-Retd. Sandra K. Buckendahl Deena M. Bunzel John R. Burgeson Jeffrey W. Burianek and Jill S. Reel, M.D. James W. Canney Donald J. Carlyon Chad M. Carpenter, D.D.S. Roger L. and Barbara J. Carpenter Perry A. and Vicky L. Case Eric D. Cecrle Gary L. Chingren, M.D. Philip T. Christenson Thurman B. Clendenin, Jr. Carol S. Cole Nicholas F. and Chelsea L. Conway Richard B. Cory Richard F. and Denise Costello Melissa A. Crabb Ned H. Criscimagna, Lt. Col. -Retd. Bob J. and Patricia L. Crisler Shannon M. Cummins, Ph.D. and Clay D. Stevens Judith L. Cunningham Hailey E. Daehnke, Ph.D. Kathryn A. Dagerman C. Mark Dalton Becky A. and Erich H. Deitenbeck De Ann M. Demo Brandi J. Dimmitt, D.D.S. Jon D. Dittenber and Alicia J. Kelley-Dittenber Ronald F. Divoky Wayne E. Dolezal Kyle D. and Elizabeth Doperalski Richard J. Doyle, Jr. Lawrence F. Drbal, Ph.D. 6 | GoodNUz | MEMBERSHIP

Douglas F. Duchek Stanley G. Ebner, Ph.D. Michael C. Eldorado Kenneth O. Elvik, Ph.D. Virginia A. Eman Wheeless, Ph.D. Tennent W. Emmons, III Jennifer L. and Derek J. Engelbart Gregory L. Engler Mildred G. Esten Joshua A. Fagan James A. Fairbanks Harold and Linda Farrier John H. and Carole Feek Byron G. and Janice L. Fegley Polly J. Feis Jay A. Fennell Wayne L. Flowerday Clifton N. Foster, Ed.D. Clarice A. Fredenburg Cory A. Fredenburg Jason L. Fredenburg Elizabeth J. Frerichs Thomas J. and JoAnn J. Fretz Steven J. and Meggan M. Gangwish Roger W. and Patricia Garey Wayne G. and Kathy M. Gates Masoud Ghohestani, O.D. Donald W. Gilliland Sandra K. Gonzales Michael L. Goodin, M.D. Pamela G. and Merlin J. Green Matthew A. Greenquist, Ph.D. and Suzanne M. Greenquist, D.O. Stephen H. Grosserode Virginia M. Haba Shane K. Halverson Nicholas J. and Rachel L. Hanson Suzanne M. Hastedt Byron K. and Barbara C. Heier Gary B. Hembd Richard D. Hentzen James F. and Rene L. Hinman Wayne J. Hinrichs Carl D. and Shirley A. Hobson Chad J. Hoge, D.D.S. and Mikala A. Hoge, D.D.S. Gregory R. and Debra D. Hohl Richard L. and Margaret M. Holman Creighton E. Holscher Robin G. and Mary B. Holtmeier Stephen J. Hoth Craig D. Hundt, Sr. and Vicky L. Hundt Donivan C. and Lola Huwaldt Judson J. and Kaye L. Jesske Barbara J. Johnson Muriel C. Johnson Robert C. Johnson Daniel S. Jones Darin D. Katzberg Joyce A. Kaufmann Christopher R. and Jane K. Kelley Harry F. and Elizabeth A. Kenyon Ruth Kiekhaefer Harnapp Donald J. and Donna C. Kinlin Marissa M. and Jason Kivett Karen L. and David C. Knaup Merle C. and Elna Knuth William G. Kochanowicz Norman D. Koester Karl H. Kostbahn Bradley D. and Erin L. Kraus Lynn E. Krelle and Michael Gaither Steven K. Krueger, M.D. and Judy A. Krueger Dale F. Kruse, Ed.D. Jeffrey L. Kucera Angela R. Kuhlman

Russell L. and Jerri L. Kumm Jonathan T. Kurtz Julie A. Lancaster Goodman Kelsey L. Larson Sean P. Lauretti Gary E. Lee Linda Leising Marilyn K. Lieurance Carlos E. Lopez, III Robert J. and Donna J. Lundberg Verniel R. Lundquist David R. Madigan Edward D. Maisey, D.D.S. Michael W. Manning Dwight J. Mayberry, Ed.D. Evan E. Miller, Ed.D. Connie L. Milliken Elizabeth J. Moderow Margaret A. Moore Billy E. Moslander Todd G. and Brenda K. Mundhenke Daniel S. Murow Anna L. Nelson Duane L. and Cindy Nelson Scott R. Niday Alan W. Nielsen, Ph.D. Gary O. Oakeson Donald D. Oelsligle, Ph.D. and Jean L. Oelsligle Anne L. O’Keefe, M.D. Sarah D. Oliverius David C. and Agnes A. Olson Garry L. and Patricia E. O’Neill Justin C. and Alison L. Osborne Allen F. Ostdiek Kenneth M. Parkison Mike Pate Janet K. Patterson Leonard E. Pavelka Brad J. Pearson Larry L. Peltz Caroline E. Pierce Lerro Shane A. Potter Margaret A. Poupard Edward J. Pressler Joseph W. Preusser, Ph.D. Emily M. Pribyl and Wade E. Thornburg Jason J. Proskovec Larry D. Real Kara S. Reiber Aralyis C. Reid Richard A. Reinhardt, D.D.S., Ph.D. and Pamela S. Reinhardt Ronald L. and Linda K. Reiser William C. and Linda K. Reitan Patrick M. and Kirstin J. Ricketts Rance D. Ristau Tanya M. Rodecker Wendt Gerald W. Roller Marcia S. Rost Susan J. Roubal Robert W. and Beverly K. Rueter Derek C. Ruyle Roger D. Ryon David J. Sandfort Harry L. Schawl, III David J. and Sharlyn L. Scheer Allan H. Schmidt, Ed.D. Dean D. and Judy Schnitzler David E. Schoneweis David A. Schroeder Donald H. Schroeder, Ph.D. Laura A. Schulte Heidi L. Schulz Francis G. Schwarting, Ph.D. and Kathleen R. Schwarting Betty J. Schwarz

Cheryl A. Shafer Michael G. and Kathleen Shaw Adam N. J. and Rachel A. Sheehy Justin T. Sheets and Melissa C. Sheets, D.D.S. Shannon R. Sherman Shelby D. Shutts David H. Sieh, Ph.D. Dennis M. Sievers, Ph.D. Paul D. Smith Peter M. Smith Michael C. Smuin, D.D.S. Eyitejumade A. Sogbesan Jerry G. Spears Keith G. and Julia E. Stafford Lawrence J. Stephens, Ph.D. George F. and Emogene M. Sullivan Bruce E. Taylor, M.D. and Debra J. Taylor Todd J. Tessendorf, M.D. and Lisa Tessendorf Gerald G. Thalken, D.D.S. Dwight E. Theobald Eric S. Thomsen, M.D. and Mary J. Thomsen Ronald L. Traudt Victor D. Turley Sam Ushio Nick F. and Pam M. Vollers Frederick J. Von Hollen Ralph E. Waddington Patrick F. and Anastasia Wagner Thomas W. Weber William A. Wells Tara S. and Phillip Wenta Terry A. and Kristi L. West Janice M. Wiebusch Victor A. Wilkerson, Ph.D. and Kristi Wilkerson Brent D. and Janelle M. Williams Dave C. Wohlfarth Dianne E. and Larry Wolterman Joha H. Won Louis A. and Nancy B. Worm Billy M. Wright Joshua P. Wunderlich Irvin Yaffe Michael D. Zaidman Timothy P. Zuraff Recent NAA Contributors Jan. 1 to June 30, 2013 Donor(s) Linda A. and Jerry D. Adams Richard M. Alden Jennifer A. Amend Marlow J. Anderson Muriel E. and Rolan E. Anderson Ryan J. Anderson Patricia C. Armstrong Tracey L. and David A. Ash Beverly and Donald K. Atkins Neal K. Bachman Shari L. Bahensky Tracy J. Bargman, Ph.D. Thomas D. and Kathryn A. Bass Susanne L. Bathgate and Tim E. Bereuter Karen K. and Michael F. Baumert Rachel I. Bayless Steven W. Beard Steven L. Becher Elvira A. and Philip F. Beckenhauer Kenneth Beckman Suzanne E. Beerthuis Ivette M. and Lyle D. Bender

Katherine J. Bennett and Gary G. Bennett, Ed.D. Jane R. and Claude E. Berreckman Mark E. Bishoff Genie R. and Gaylord L. Bishop Douglas L. Black Susan R. Black Robert J. Boardman Carolyn S. and Jack D. Braley Debora K. Braun and Martell W. Gangler Joyce E. and Kennard L. Britton Stephen S. Brockmann Larry S. Brooks Audrey B. and Norman J. Brown Janice and Norwin W. Bruening Phyllis J. Bryant Candace K. and Mark E. Burge Thomas D. Calder Gary R. Carlson Ed.D. David K. Carter Carol S. and Michael T. Cast Dennis K. Cerny Anne T. Chan and Albert K. Chan, Ph.D. Billy S. Childers Duane C. Chunka Carol A. Ciebien Sara G. and Andrew A. Clegg Lenore E. Coats Kerry R. Coil Jill M. Combs Janice K. Connor and John T. Connor, II James E. Cook Phyllis I. Cook Richard L. Corey, Jr. David G. and Linda C. Cotts Geniece M. and John C. Courtright Gretchen H. Crusick Elaine K. and Stephen L. Culhane Suzanne M. and Shane T. Czarnick Eleanor M. Daniel and Arlie V. Daniel, Ph.D. Josephine A. Day Gladys M. Dederman Roy Deguchi Maria DeLucia, Ph.D. Mary A. Dick Langrock, D.D.S. Bonnie L. and John R. Dietze Gloria B. and Roy G. Dinsdale Rosemary Dixon ArVella F. and Howard P. Doerr Margaret and John Jay Douglass Jessica M. Duff Vera Q. Dulaney Michael R. and Dorothy A. Duncan Ladd L. Duryea James V. Ebel Jodie A. and Daniel C. Edwards Linda J. and Ronald L. Eilers Jon A. and Ronald K. Einspahr Jeanine H. and Stephen R. England Floyd A. Erickson Jr. Keith R. Erickson Dennis L. Ernest Michael L. Erwin Tami S. Eshleman Rebecca L. and Michael C. Evers Sheri A. Farrar Charles F. Farritor Melissa A. Feldhaus and Rodger W. Feldhaus, Ph.D. Mary J. Flamme Arlene M. Fleischer Marilyn A. Fontane, Ph.D. Amy H. Forss Ian C. Forsyth

Matthew R. Frank Nicole M. Franta George D. Fraser, Jr. Thomas D. French Richard Fritz Lois M. Frogge Peggy H. and Michael R. Furrow Krystal L. Gabel Garnet A. Gardner and Paul J. Gardner, Ph.D. Rose T. Garey William E. Gerdes Gregory G. Glunz Roger V. Goggins Barbara E. Gottschalk Diane K. and Scott A. Gronewold Janet L. Grosvenor Beverly K. and Steven E. Grueber Gerald A. Gruhn Cindy A. and Delwin J. Gustafson C. S. Gutshall and Barbara J. Gutshall, M.D. Aaron and Dina L. Haberer Clarissa D. Hackett, D.V.M. Janis M. Haggstrom and John A. Haggstrom, M.D. Cheryl L. and Grant N. Hansen Ramon D. Hansen Matthew J. Hardebeck Barbara L. and David G. Hartmann Linda S. Hartmann and Alfred E. Hartmann, M.D. Ellen M. Haskins Ava L. and Robert C. Hastert Fred H. Hawkins, Sr. Helen L. Hayes and Orin R. Hayes, M.D. Monty L. Heidenreich Gary B. Hembd Marilyn J. Hendrickson Debra L. and Stephen P. Hennings Eugene H. Hennings Joan T. and James R. Henscheid Janice L. and Robert F. Herbek Betty L. and Donald L. Heuermann Alice M. Hickey John W. Hiemer Bryan R. Hill Jeffrey Hill Donna and Lloyd D. Hinkley Doris R. Hoff Sharon C. and Jerold L. Hoffman Nancy J. and William F. Holloran Dennis W. Homolka Sharon G. and Jeffrey J. Houchin Lawrence M. Hubka Livia M. Hummel, Ph.D. and Ned W. Hummel Katherine A. Humphrey and Stephen R. Humphrey, D.D.S. Billie G. Hunck Richard D. Hunt Renee L. and Russel R. Iwan Christine A. Janis Richard J. Janousek Lynda A. and Paul E. Jasa Ronald L. Jiede Dorothy F. Jobes Sandra J. and Lon R. Jochens Linda M. and Gerald E. John Joan T. Johns Charlotte H. and Cyrus A. Johnson Connie J. Johnson Donald E. Johnson Irene C. and Larry C. Johnson Patricia A. Johnson and Edward C. Johnson, Jr. M. Colleen Jones Susan K. and Mark N. Jones Juliann B. and Gary D. Jurgenson Michael W. Kalisek John E. Kastl Kurt A. Kechely Terry W. Keeler Nancy J. and Thomas J. Keene Charles J. Kelly Janice M. Kenner and James R. Kenner, Jr.

Kathryn A. Kerst Delores and Theodore L. Kessner Lois R. Kiefer Mary and Scott W. Killinger Richard T. Kingman MeLea and Scott D. Kinkaid Kurt K. Kinlund Linda and Richard R. Klabunde Genene Kluck Donald C. Knudson Kurt W. Korth Gregory P. Kramer, D.M.D. Keith G. Kratochvil Dorothy and Ronald J. Krejci Pamela Krieger-Fritschi and Steven L. Krieger Anita M. and William J. Krondak Jessica A. Kumke Barbara C. and Fredrick M. Kuncl Randal A. Kusek Steven G. Kushner Barbara J. and Kent A. Kuwitzky Nancy L. and Ronald R. Lamberty Renee L. and Jason L. Lamprecht Rebecca A. Laverdure and Ed W. Wiley, Ph.D. Joseph D. Law, III Matthew and Jolene A. Leask Julie and F. Steven Leonard James O. Leslie Cynthia A. and William W. Lester Barbara A. Lichtenberg Doris L. and Bruce K. Lindley Donna L. and F. Bert Linn Corliss L. and John E. Lovstad Desi D. Luckey-Rohling Harriet C. Ludwick Bruce A. Luehring Rachel M. Luptak Bayer and Jacob L. Bayer Marylou J. Luther Imparato Suzanne B. Mahoney and Joseph A. Mahoney, Jr. Tyler W. Mainquist Elynn R. and Michael S. Malone Charlene Manes Michael W. Manning Becky J. and Jeffrey W. Marshall Carol D. Marshall Jason R. Marshall John C. Martin Cheryl D. and Richard D. Martinsen Patrick E. Matoole, M.D. Edith M. Matteson Mary G. Mayer Rochelle L. Maynard Barbara A. McCaslin Bradley D. McClatchey Alice C. and Kenneth R. McElhose Eleanor and J. Paul McIntosh Evelyn V. McKnight and Thomas A. McKnight, M.D. Harvey G. McMillen Cheryl R. McMurtry Nancy J. and George S. McQueen Christiane G. and Oliver K. Meininger Linda E. Meints William D. Messick Jeffrey D. Meyer Kevin S. Meyer Adrienne L. and Edward F. Mickells Sarah Y. and David J. Miles Heather L. and Eric C. Miller James K. Miller Judith A. and Thomas C. Miller Lorraine K. and Steven J. Miller Sarah B. and Roy D. Miller Sharon F. and John H. Miller Talmage E. Miller, Jr. Thomas J. Milliken Everald E. Mills, Ph.D. Sylvia L. Minshall-Dyer and Randy L. Dyer, Ph.D. Lynette R. Miserez Donnie G. and Roger A. Moellendorf Mark A. Molacek Karrie R. Moore and David T. Moore, D.D.S.

Miriam C. Mueller and Karl J. Mueller, Ph.D. Eddie A. Munoz, Ph.D. Pam Munter, Ph.D. Ann M. Myers and David J. Myers, Ed.D. Charles L. Myers Jacquelyn and Leland E. Myhre Catherine A. Nelson Clark G. Nichols Jolaine M. Nielsen Marilyn Nielsen Claudia L. and Kenneth E. Nitzel Ronald E. Noden Janice E. and Larry B. Novicki Frederick L. Nuffer Marcia J. and James D. Ochsner Arlyce M. Olsen Charles C. Olsen Elaine and Stephen J. Olson Laura F. Olteanu and Horatiu Olteanu, Ph.D. Arlene J. and John P. O’Neill Kristine K. and Michael R. Ostermiller Carolyn S. and Robert R. Otte Paul L. and Nancy J. Oxley Maggie Pavelka Susan D. and Jerry W. Peckham Sally J. Peel Larry L. Peltz E. Wesley F. and Andrea G. Peterson Mary H. and Ronald A. Plageman Virginia L. Plummer and Alan L. Plummer, M.D. Madeline M. Polesky David A. Portwood, D.D.S. Rebecca and Rudy J. Pospisil Diana M. Prauner Virginia and Donald J. Primrose Melodie K. Puffer Kathleen M. and David S. Pugel Faye and Jim D. Rasmussen June A. and Armond B. Reagan Cassandra M. Rech and Branden R. Rech, D.C. Ronald R. Reed Kathryn J. Reedy Benjamin Rehmar Chloe Reutzel and Emil W. Reutzel, Jr. Paula J. Rhodes Joseph K. and Sheryl F. Roberts Michael D. Roe Susan L. and Kenneth D. Rood

Judith and William M. Roper Ann M. Rosenberg Joshua A. Roth Clara P. Rottmann, Ed.D. Kay Rubendall Erma L. Rusch Shelia and Richard E. Russell Susan J. Saip Christine G. and Michael L. Salmon Bonnalyn Salomons Maxine B. J. and Patrick M. Sampson James M. Sanduski Myra M. Satterfield Jennifer M. Sauer, M.D. and Andrew N. Sauer Jean H. Sayles-Jacobson and Leland M. Jacobson Harry L. Schawl, III Sherry L. and Bill C. Schilling Barbara K. Schlothauer and George H. Schlothauer, D.D.S. Catherine M. and Richard C. Schmoker Richard L. Schnier Susan I. and Lyle K. Schoen Helen S. Schreiber and John M. Schreiber, D.D.S. Barbara A. Schuldt, Ph.D. Kathleen R. Schwarting and Francis G. Schwarting, Ph.D. Nikki J. and Rex J. Scott June E. and Vernon B. Scoville Carol N. and Rhett R. Sears Victoria R. and John W. Sehi Debra J. Seibert Karen R. and Morris W. Sergent Robert T. Shanahan JoAnn M. Shemek, Ph.D. and Patrick L. Shemek Marilyn F. and Charles J. Sherfey Ruth Shipler and Glenn Shipler, Jr. Adam Shires Irvin W. and Marcele A. Skelton Curtis D. and Anita A. Smith Kelley P. and Tod J. Smith Lawrence C. Smith Steven C. Smith Kathryn K. Sneed and Elbert L. Sneed, Jr. Barry L. Snyder Justin L. Songster Spencer P. Spires Thomas L. Stahly Fern I. Stainbaugh Decker and Richard K. Decker

Jackie M. Stanczyk Tardy Karen A. Starr Janet M. Starrit Kari A. Steinberg Donald P. Steinke Joyce K. and Donald J. Stephens Mary R. Stewart Faith M. Swanbom and Jon E. Swanbom, D.D.S. Joe E. Swanbom, D.D.S. Joyce D. and Frank E. Swanson Kimberly A. Swanson Judy A. Taylor Catherine M. and Gaylen L. TenHulzen Stephanie L. Tennant William T. Terry Elaine and Karl R. Tews Martha M. Thibault Eileen G. and Gilbert L. Thomas Sandra N. Thompson Theresa Thornton Jacqueline L. Tobin Dorothy M. Truhlsen and Stanley M. Truhlsen, M.D. Cindy A. and David J. Vavak Mary J. and Richard A. Veed Kathryn A. Vollmer James W. and Sandra K. Vyhlidal Ralph E. Waddington Carol A. and Gwen S. Walcott Deborah L. and Richard L. Walentine Samuel K. Walton, Jr. Lois E. Waring Scott Weber Tracy L. Weigand Derrolynn D. and Richard F. Weller Tessa M. Wells, DPT and Nathan G. Wells Marcia A. White Walter Wick Georgia L. and Jerome W. Wilks Dustin J. Will Millie Williams and Joseph D. Williams, Jr. Mark S. and Laurie A. Windisch John F. Wirth Susan E. and Gerald R. Wirth Rose M. and Gene R. Wissenburg Beth L. Woerner Alvin W. Wolfe, Ph.D. Annette and Irvin Yaffe Jane T. Yates John A. Zeman

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ALUMNI AWARDS Nebraska Alumni Association

Nebraska Alumni Association Awards Program

// Awards Nominations

The alumni awards program is designed to recognize outstanding alumni, students and former faculty from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in several categories. Alumni Awards

Alumni Achievement Award Established in 1974, the Alumni Achievement Award honors alumni who have a record of outstanding achievements in a career and/or civic involvement. The association seeks to recognize alumni at all stages of their lives and careers, including young alumni. Outstanding International Alumnus Award Established in 2006, this award honors alumni who were non-U.S. citizens during their attendance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and who have attained national/ international prominence through their efforts in education, sciences, technology, agriculture, the arts, business, humanities, government or other world endeavors. Alumni Family Tree Award Established in 1995, the Alumni Family Tree Award honors one family per year that has at least three generations of University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduates and at least two family members with a record of outstanding service to the university, the alumni association, their community and/or their profession. Distinguished Service Award Established in 1940, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes alumni who have a record of distinguished service to the Nebraska Alumni Association and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Student Awards

Shane Osborn Award Established in 2002, this award recognizes students who share the characteristics of Lieutenant Shane J. Osborn, a 1996 UNL graduate who courageously piloted a U.S. reconnaissance plane to a safe crash landing after it was hit by two Chinese fighters and subsequently endured an aggressive interrogation by the Chinese Government. The Nebraska Alumni Association is pleased to honor Lt. Osborn annually by recognizing a student who demonstrates similar characteristics in his or her daily life including courage, integrity, honesty, humility and faith. The award is not limited to students with ROTC involvement. The winner of the award will also receive a $500 scholarship stipend.

Doc Elliott Award Established in 1986 to honor a retired University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty or staff member who has exhibited a record of exemplary service, whose caring has made a difference in the lives of students and alumni and who has gone beyon d traditional expectations. Recipients must be former faculty or staff members of UNL who have been retired at least five years.

Howard and Judy Vann Student Leadership Award Established in 1998, The Howard and Judy Vann Student Leadership Award recognizes undergraduate students who have shown exceptional leadership capabilities through energetic participation in student activities, commendable classroom performance, and the personal integrity, perseverance and sense of honor demonstrated by those who successfully lead their peers. The winner of this award will also receive a $250 scholarship stipend.

Rules: 1. Recipients MUST attend the awards ceremony to receive an award. If a recipient is unable to attend during the year in which they were selected, they may defer to the following year. 2. The fact that an individual has previously received an alumni association award in another category does not preclude him/her from receiving another award. 3. The awards committee will accept nominations from any alumnus, friend or alumni affiliate organization of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 4. The awards committee retains and considers nominations for three years or until selected. 5. If a recipient is deceased, a representative of the family may accept the award. 6. The deadline for submitting nominations is November 1 of each year.

Instructions: 1. Complete the award nomination form. Be sure to indicate for which award you are placing this nomination. 2. Submit a letter of nomination describing the nominee’s accomplishments and why you believe he/she is deserving of the award. 3. Send the completed form and the letter of nomination to: Alumni Awards, Nebraska Alumni Association, 1520 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508-1651. Nominations may also be placed online at

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Retired Faculty Award

UNL Professors Are Key Ingredients in OLLI’s Success OLLI greatly appreciates the contributions that

By Grace Larson, ’76, OLLI Marketing Chair

• Ed Schmidt, emeritus professor, physics and

many current and retired UNL professors have made and

astronomy, is coordinating a course on astronomy.

pointing. You order the same entrée at another restaurant

continue to make toward OLLI’s growth and popularity.

• Bob Haller, emeritus professor, English, and Bob

and it is terrific. The difference? Maybe it’s a special ingre-

The following professors are just a sample of the excellent

Stoddard, emeritus professor, anthropology and

dient in the recipe – a key ingredient that ensures quality

“faculty” of OLLI:

You order an entrée at one restaurant and it is disap-

• Kwakiutl Dreher, associate professor, English and

and leaves the diner wanting to return for more. Such is the case with OLLI at UNL. OLLI has some

ethnic studies, has facilitated discussions of novels

very special ingredients in the form of current and retired

and films.

UNL professors who ensure the quality of OLLI’s courses

Politics of Religious Diversity. Others from UNL serving as instructors this fall include: • Bob Kuzelka, emeritus associate professor, School

• Shane Farritor, professor, mechanical and materials

and leave lifelong learners wanting to register for more

engineering, has taught classes on railroad technology and surgical robots.


of Natural Resources, will teach a course entitled

“Central Platte River Science and Management.” • Scott Anderson, professor, School of Music, will

• Vanessa Gorman, associate professor of history,

The word is out about OLLI and it is growing! In 2010-11, OLLI at UNL saw a 24 percent increase in

has taught courses on the Roman Revolution,

membership. In 2011-12, the growth rate was 13 percent.

culture and society.

The growth rate for 2012-13 has surpassed 13 percent and

• Fayrene Hamouz, associate professor, nutrition and

OLLI currently has more than 1,000 members. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) promotes lifelong learning by providing stimulating courses,

teach a course entitled “From the Outside Looking

in: The Band and America in the 1960s and 70s.” • Carolyn Ducey, curator of collections, Interna-

health science, has taught courses including Food

tional Quilt Study Center & Museum, will teach a

Senses, International Cuisine, Kids in the Kitchen

course entitled “Quilt History: Real and Imagined”

and an Adult Entertainment Series.

with IQSCM staff members Marin Hanson, cura-

tor of exhibitions, and Jonathan Gregory, assistant

special events and varied opportunities designed specifically

geography, are coordinating a course on the

This fall, several courses will have been developed and

for lifelong learners, primarily those 50 years and older.

coordinated by current and retired professors. These are

curator of exhibitions.

Courses are non-credit and have no tests or grades. OLLI

the people with the ideas that become a diverse menu of

If you are interested in learning more about OLLI,

at UNL is one of 115 lifelong learning programs supported

intellectually stimulating courses. Among the fall course

please contact the OLLI office at 402-472-6265, e-mail:

in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation on university and

coordinators are: or go to the OLLI website.


college campuses across the country.

Enter the 2014 Nebraska Magazine Writing Contest and compete for a byline!

The Categories

• Alumni Profiles: Write about a Nebraska grad with an interesting hobby or career.

• Nostalgia Pieces: Tell us about a memorable student activity you participated in at UNL, or write about a favorite professor.

The Prizes Three prizes will be awarded in each category, and the winning articles will be published in Nebraska Magazine.

• 1st Prize: $500

• 2nd Prize: $250

• 3rd Prize: $100

The Details Articles must be 750 to 1,000 words in length, typewritten. Entry deadline is April 15, 2014. Submit entries, along with the author’s name, address and phone number.

• By mail: Magazine Writing Contest, Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508-1651. • By e-mail: • Online: FOUNDATION UPDATE | Fall 2013 | 11

University of Nebraska Foundation

Quilt House Receives $8 Million for Expansion, Endowment By Robb Crouch

The James Foundation also donated $1 million to

Guests from around the world who visit the Interna-

establish a permanent endowment, and annual net income

tional Quilt Study Center & Museum will soon see even

from it will provide a stipend for the executive director for

more inside thanks to planned expansion of the museum.

salary, research or program support.

The Robert and Ardis James Foundation made a $7 million

“Because of the vision and generosity of Bob and Ardis

gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation’s Campaign

James, our university has become the most important place

for Nebraska for expansion of Quilt House on UNL’s East

for the scholarly study, research and curated exhibition of


quilts as an international art form,” said Chancellor Harvey

An addition on the west side of the building of about


12,400 square feet will feature new gallery space for more

Quilt House, made possible with private support,

exhibitions as well as additional room for quilt collection

opened its current 37,000-square-foot building in 2008 as

storage and care, education and museum operations.

a focal point for the study, conservation and exhibition of

About his continued investment, Robert James said

quilts. The building was designed by world renowned Rob-

Quilt House is dedicated to the people of Nebraska, to quilt

ert A.M. Stern Architects of New York with local architects

lovers and to those who have helped recognize quilts as true

Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture of Omaha.

art. “It is helping the world comprehend a previously under-

appreciated form of art,” he said. “That’s what it’s done, and


that’s what Ardis and I always had in mind.”

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKALINCOLN Amount Raised Toward $550 Million Campaign Goal




of UNL campaign gifts are from Nebraska households/organizations.


individuals have made donations to UNL during the campaign.


of new funds to the UNL campaign support student scholarships.

new funds have been established during the campaign to support academic programs at UNL.

UNL students receive some form of financial aid. All statistics as of May 31, 2013. The Campaign for Nebraska began in July, 2005 and will conclude in December, 2014.







of donors to UNL are first-time donors during the campaign.

• • • • • • •

Students Faculty Global Engagement Agriculture and Life Sciences Information Technology Cancer Research Architectural Engineering and Construction • Water for Food • Early Childhood Education

Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. Pamela met Fred through the Buffetts (Warren’s and Fred’s fathers were brothers). Pamela’s older sister, Sally, was a high school friend of Susan Thompson, who later became Mrs. Warren Buffett. Susan hired Pamela to babysit the Buffett children, which ignited her passion for working with children. “She was just sensational with the kids,” Warren Buffett told the World-Herald. “She got to be a good friend of mine and Susie’s. She went on trips with us and did all kinds of things. She was a member of the family.” Later, she and Fred had two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. For 15 years, Pamela taught elementary school. She reflects upon her years in education fondly. “My time spent as an elementary school teacher is one of my greatest gifts,” she said. “I am enormously grateful for the meaningful education I received at UNL.” At a celebration the night of the groundbreaking,

Fred “Fritz” Buffett and Pamela Bartling Buffett

University of Nebraska Foundation

UNL Grad Gives to Cancer Center in Memory of Husband He was a marathon runner. He could run like the wind. He was fit. He had a famous name: Buffett. Fred “Fritz” Buffett grew up in Omaha and was a first cousin to billionaire Warren Buffett, the CEO and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.

Pamela Buffett spoke in a video interview with much feeling about her late husband and the rest of her Buffett family. She thanked Warren Buffett, “the greatest money doctor, the kindest person, who has helped me and my husband Fred along this journey in life.” She thanked Warren’s late wife, Susan Buffett Sr. “She influenced my heart and my soul at a very early age. Susie cared about and taught us the lessons of ‘every person was important,’ ‘every person mattered,’ ‘every person deserved love.’ And Susie sits on my shoulder every day of my life, whispering in my ear the lessons that we all should know in life.”

He was kind. Fred’s wife, UNL alumna Pamela Bar-

“Fritz fought a courageous cancer battle until the very

And she spoke of Fred. “He had a kind and sensitive

tling Buffett, ’64, told the Omaha World-Herald he was

end,” said Warren Buffett’s daughter, Susie, who repre-

heart to all those around him,” she said. “So the perfect

a “glorious” man. But none of that could cure the kidney

sented Pamela Buffett at that press conference. “It is truly

tribute to him is a cancer center on the soil that he loved –

cancer that afflicted him. Like many families, the Buffetts

exceptional for Pamela to make this gift in his honor, for

in Omaha, Nebraska.

ended up losing a loved one to cancer. Fred died of cancer

the benefit of potentially thousands upon thousands of

in 1997 at age 60.

cancer patients worldwide.

Pamela Buffett recently gave a gift in tribute to him

“These patients will benefit from the research advances

and to his Nebraska roots – the lead gift for a cancer center

that will be developed here, as well as the outstanding

at the University of Nebraska Medical Center that will

patient care that will be delivered.”

be named the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. It

“As I see his name alongside the University of Nebraska, my heart will swell with pride.”

The center will integrate state-of-the-art cancer

The gifts to the cancer center support the University of Nebraska Foundation’s comprehensive fundraising campaign,

will place Nebraska “at the leading edge of cancer care,

research with state-of-the-art cancer care. It will allow

the Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities. To learn

research and education,” UNMC Chancellor Harold M.

UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center to recruit and

more, visit or to make a gift, contact

Maurer, M.D., said at a May 3 news conference highlight-

retain the very best cancer researchers and clinicians in the

the University of Nebraska Foundation at 800-432-3216.

ing the name of the new center – the largest project ever at



In addition to cancer, the $370 million project includes a plan to update the outpatient services at UNMC. In all, the project is expected to provide 4,657 new jobs


to the metro area, infusing $537 million annually into the economy. Pamela graduated from Omaha Central High. She studied elementary education at the University of FOUNDATION UPDATE | Fall 2013 | 13

University of Nebraska Foundation

Meet Husker Hombre Paul Favela, ’11 “You can’t be an old school Mexican cowboy,” he said, “without

By Colleen Kenney Fleischer, ’88 His sombrero is big.

having a really legit mustache.” “Hombre” means “good guy.” Somebody on a Husker website

His mustache is black. (Wax keeps it curled just right.) His bandolier is loaded with corn, not bullets.

first suggested the name. Favela liked it right away. He thought it

They call him the “Husker Hombre.”

was hilarious – the perfect mix of Nebraska and the Old West. “The joke is that in English, the ‘h’ in ‘Husker’ and ‘Hombre’

“Hey, Hombre!” they shout to him during Husker games at Memorial Stadium. “Go Big Red!” he shouts back, slapping high-fives.

alliterate,” he said. “But in Spanish, the name doesn’t alliterate at all because there’s no ‘h’ sound in Spanish.” Favela said there would be no Husker Hombre if not for the

This Mexican cowboy came up from South Texas six years ago and found a home in Nebraska. His real name is Paul Favela, who

scholarships he has received over the years – both as an undergradu-

in real life is a third-year dental student in Lincoln and a 2011 UNL

ate chemistry major at UNL and now as a dental student at UNMC.


(The College of Dentistry is located on UNL’s East Campus, which

“I’ve never had anything bad said to me, which surprised me at

makes it convenient for the Husker Hombre to get to the stadium.) “Throughout my whole stay here in Nebraska, with having the

first,” Favela said. “But when you really think about it – and about Husker fans – it really shouldn’t be surprising.” You can see him and his amigos sleeping outside the stadium

best time I’ve ever had and having such a life-changing experience, I’ve always wanted to say thanks to all the donors and everybody in-

the night before games so they can get the best seats. Feel free to give

volved in the scholarship process because without that first scholar-

them coffee, he said, if you see them there in line some cold morn-

ship, this wouldn’t have been possible.” Favela hopes to start a dental practice in Nebraska someday.

ing. You can see him during games in the south end of the student

And a family. He met the woman he’ll marry in Lincoln. Last season, he told

section. You can see him on TV when the Huskers play at home – he’ll point a giant ear of corn at the camera or do the “bones” with his

her he’d propose if the Huskers won 10 games, which they did. They’ll marry this December. The Husker Hombre said he’ll hang up his sombrero when he’s

arms and look menacing. But there’s usually a smile under that mustache because Memorial Stadium is one of his favorite places to be. “It’s always fun to see people who are excited for Husker football just like me,” he said. “Looking out at the stadium – it’s just the best. It’s what I live for. You see that everybody is cheering for the same crew of kids out

done with dental school. But he’ll never stop supporting the Huskers. He plans to give back to the university and its students someday, he said, because people gave back to him. “This is what is supposed to happen in my opinion – you bring

there, the same team, the same idea and the same institution. We’re

kids from all over the country, from South Texas like me – people

all there to support the football team and the school. And we’re there

who have never been to Nebraska before – and you show them what

because we’re Huskers.”

Nebraska is about and they’ll stay. I think that’s good for the state.

What is a Husker Hombre? It’s just him acting kind of ridiculous on Saturdays, Favela said. It’s fun for him and the other fans. The Hombre was born one spring game after Husker Coach Bo

“The state is going to have one more dentist now, thanks to everybody who’s ever helped me out.” Gracias. And Go Big Red!

Pelini made a joke about a “peso defense” – not quite a nickel, the coach said. Favela saw a sombrero sitting in his garage. He wrote “peso” on

Supporting talented students like Paul Favela – a.k.a. the “Husker Hombre” – is a top priority of the Campaign for Nebraska.

one side and “defense” on the other and wore it to that spring game.

If you’d like more information about how to help, contact the

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University of Nebraska Foundation at 800-432-3216 or visit

Over the summer, he created the first outfit. His mom back in

Victoria, Texas, stitched together the red jacket with the corn bandoliers. He started growing the mustache. His dad’s mustache became the model.

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Blue Man Group

I Love Lucy® Live on Stage

Lied Center for Performing Arts

Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Lied Center Announces 2013-14 Season For its 24th season of world-class performing artists, UNL’s Lied Center for Performing Arts will present 51 performances of 31 shows from a wide range of genres including Broadway, classical music, dance, theater, world

West Side Story

music and jazz, comedy, holiday performances, folk music and shows for families. The lineup includes: SEPTEMBER 27-29 Blue Man Group OCTOBER 2

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company

16-20 Love, Loss, and What I Wore 23

Van Cliburn Gold Medalist


Riders in the Sky


Dream Carver

12-13 Memphis 15

Jim Belushi & The Chicago Board of Comedy


Cirque Dreams Holidaze


Canadian Brass Christmas





Take 6


West Side Story


Martha Graham Dance Company




The April Verch Band



Ramsey Lewis/John Pizzarelli: The Nat King Cole



Béla Fleck/Abigail Washburn, the Del McCoury


25-27 A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement – The Church


Rock of Ages


John Mueller’s Winter Dance Party: Tribute to

Buddy Holly



Cleveland Orchestra


Basement Ladies

Moscow Festival Ballet: Cinderella


Blue = Broadway

Orange = Family


Red = Theater

Brown = Dance


Pink = Holiday

Green = Folk


I Love Lucy® Live on Stage


Ireland’s Dervish

Purple = World Music and Jazz

Turquoise = Popular and Comedy




Arnaldo Cohen, Piano


Wayne Brady

For more information, call the Lied Center Ticket Office


Soweto Gospel Choir

at 402-472-4747 or 800-432-3231, or visit the website.


David Krakauer: Ancestral Groove

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle

Black = Classical

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Office of Research and Economic Development

Early Career Faculty Earn NSF Awards By Gillian Klucas

Jinsong Huang

From preventing software snafus and improving solar technol-

tiny mesh tubes called stents sometimes leads to strokes or heart

ogy to research to improve human health and treat ailments, UNL

attacks when vascular cells react by making new cells that restrict

faculty continue to win prestigious National Science Foundation

blood flow.

CAREER awards. These five-year awards support research by junior faculty research, teaching and the integration of education and research.

models to understand the changes cells undergo and how those

Recent UNL winners are:

changes relate to alterations in arterial tissue structures.

The technique also could be used to interpret other clinical observations, such as aortic aneurysms and traumatic brain injuries.

today’s silicon-based solar cells with organic polymers, or plastics,

Devising Gene Delivery Tools

With a $400,000 CAREER award, Huang, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, is improving the poly-

Gene therapy holds tremendous potential, but requires an effective, safe method of delivering genes to cells. Angela Pannier, associate professor of biological systems engi-

mer’s efficiency as a semiconductor. By inserting ultra-thin layers

neering and a member of the Center for Nanohybrid Functional

of ferroelectric polymers, inexpensive materials that hold large

Materials, is using a $419,051 CAREER award to develop 3-D

permanent electrical polarizations on each side, he’s able to increase

nanostructured surfaces to use as gene delivery tools. The surfaces

a solar cell’s internal electric field. That, in turn, generates more

have columns, and the spaces between columns can be loaded with

electrical current.

DNA, similar to a toothbrush holding toothpaste. Touching the nanostructure to the cell unloads the DNA. She’s also designing

will lead to new applications and greatly expand the ability to

nanostructured surfaces that alter cells to make them more recep-

capture the sun’s energy.

tive to receiving genes.

Tackling Software Glitches Developing today’s complex computer software involves

This method allows a cell to use genes without incorporating them into its chromosome. Potential uses include reducing

thousands of people working – sometimes at cross purposes – in

post-surgery inflammation, promoting bone integration after a hip

numerous countries. Resolving inevitable glitches is expensive and

implant and treating genetic diseases.

time-consuming. With a $500,000 CAREER award, Anita Sarma,

Studying Coenzyme Q

assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is develop-

Gilles Basset, assistant professor of agronomy and horticulture,

ing software to help programmers work more efficiently, which will

studies coenzyme Q, an elusive micronutrient found in nearly all

reduce costs and software defects.

organisms, including humans. This vital compound is so fragile

Sarma uses data-mining techniques to analyze the effects various tasks and file changes had on previous programming efforts.

that conventional research approaches can’t reveal many aspects of its production.

That information allows her to make predictions about future pro-

With a $784,820 CAREER award, Basset, a member of UNL’s

gramming, from which she will develop software that can analyze,

Center for Plant Science Innovation, is harnessing computer power

in real time, the current development situation and identify the

to identify the genes involved in coenzyme Q synthesis. Using bio-

best next task. So when a programmer finishes a task, the program

informatic techniques, such as comparative genomic data mining,

analyzes what is happening and suggests tasks that avoid conflicting

he looks for associations within the entire genetic makeup of dif-

with others.

ferent types of organisms. Organisms that synthesize coenzyme Q

Sarma’s solution will be available as a plug-in for Eclipse, a

should have genes in common that are missing in those that don’t.

software development program.

Additional techniques further narrow the list of gene candidates by

Unraveling Clues to Prevent Restenosis

identifying similarities in how genes are expressed.

Linxia Gu uses powerful computers to better understand the biological mechanism of restenosis, a debilitating and sometimes fatal complication of a common treatment for coronary heart Gilles Basset

treatment options, and help manufacturers design better stents.

and clothing, will harness the sun. Scientists are working to replace

Organic polymer solar cells’ low cost and increased pliability

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This knowledge will help researchers improve prevention and

inexpensive and pliable that nearly any surface, including windows

which are cheaper and more flexible, but less energy efficient.

Angela Pannier

mechanical and materials engineering and a member of UNL’s Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience, is building computer

Jinsong Huang thinks solar energy devices will become so

Linxia Gu

With a $406,248 CAREER award, Gu, assistant professor of

who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding

Harnessing the Sun

Anita Sarma

disease and other conditions. Propping open clogged arteries using

Basset’s research may lead to improving plant-based foods and human health.

UNL physicists involved with the new Center for NanoFerroic Devices, from left, are: Alexei Gruverman; Peter Dowben, CNFD associate director; Kirill Belashchenko; Xia Hong; and Evgeny Tsymbal, CNFD director. Not pictured, Christian Binek. Photo by Craig Chandler / University Communications

changes the level of resistance as electrons pass between electrodes. Measuring that resistance would allow the device to read the polarization direction, and thus, the information it contains. A second initiative relies on UNL physicist Christian Binek’s work with spintronics, which manipulates electron spin, in addition to charge, to store information. Traditional magnetic memory devices use a current to generate a magnetic field and change the magnetic direction, which is the binary method of storing information. Binek’s team discovered how to switch magnetization using voltage instead. The magic ingredient is chromia, the oxide form of chromium, which can be magnetized with voltage. Bringing

Office of Research and Economic Development

UNL to Lead $7 Million Nanoelectronic Collaboration

a nano-thin film of chromia into contact with a ferromagnetic material and applying voltage switches the material’s magnetization direction. The center’s third initiative, led by Ilya Krivorotov at the University of California, Irvine, carries information not just by switching the spin direction, but also by generating spin waves. Much like a sound wave carries information

This joint research with five other universities will

through time and space, a spin-wave device would be able

$7.125 million research collaboration involving six univer-

help transform basic university discoveries and knowledge

to interpret information carried on a spin wave, which can

sities and an industry consortium to develop a new genera-

into actual devices, in collaboration with industry. UNL

also be generated using low-energy voltage.

tion of electronic devices.

is partnering with researchers at the University of Califor-

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln will lead a new

All of these methods have the potential to go beyond

nia, Irvine; University of Wisconsin-Madison; University

today’s semiconducting systems, which would greatly

tute of Standards and Technology awarded a UNL physics

at Buffalo, SUNY; University of Delaware; and Oakland

expand computing potential, Tsymbal said. But he empha-

team a five-year contract to lead a new Center for Nano-


sized the need for collaboration among researchers and with

Semiconductor Research Corp. and the National Insti-

Ferroic Devices as part of the Nanoelectronics Research Initiative.

Advances in silicon-based technology have made electronics ever smaller, faster and less expensive. But industry

industry to take these fundamental principles out of the laboratory and into specific devices.

“Our faculty’s leadership of this collaborative research

experts believe this technology will reach its limit within

Prem Paul, UNL vice chancellor for research and

endeavor sponsored by a leading research consortium and

the next decade. That’s because today’s electronics use an

economic development, agreed: “This university-industry

the federal government is the latest recognition of UNL’s

electric charge to store and process information. Charges

consortium partnership brings together critical funding

strength in nanotechnology and materials science,” Chan-

leak energy, generating heat and limiting the number of

and expertise to transform the basic research discoveries at

cellor Harvey Perlman said.

transistors that can be packed onto a chip. They also use

universities into a new generation of innovative devices to

energy, reducing battery life.

benefit society.”

The center will harness the significant advances UNL and its Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

The new center will pursue three promising alterna-

UNL physicists Kirill Belashchenko and Xia Hong also

(MRSEC) have made in exploring nanomaterials with

tives. Each takes advantage of unique, nano-scale properties

are members of the new center. Industry partners involved

unique properties that may prove the key to surpassing

that require much less energy, which would enable more

in the projects include IBM, Intel, Micron Technology,

the limitations of current technology, said UNL physicist

compact and powerful devices.

Texas Instruments and GlobalFoundries.

Evgeny Tsymbal, who co-directs the new center with UNL

In one initiative, UNL physicist Alexei Gruverman will

Semiconductor Research Corp. is the world’s lead-

physicist Peter Dowben. The National Science Foundation

lead a team based on his and Tsymbal’s work focused on

ing university research consortium for semiconductors

funds UNL’s MRSEC.

nano-thin ferroelectric oxide, a material with both positive

and related technologies. The Nanoelectronics Research

and negative polarization directions that can be reversed

Initiative and the collaboration with the National Institute

University of Nebraska-Lincoln because the new center is a

by switching voltage, which doesn’t generate heat. That

of Standards and Technology are managed by the Nano-

natural continuation of the research that we’ve been doing,”

duality is important because the polarization direction can

electronics Research Corp., a special purpose subsidiary of

said Tsymbal, who is also MRSEC’s director. “Now we’re

be read like a binary code to store information. Gruverman

Semiconductor Research Corp.

rising to a new level.”

and colleagues have shown that reversing the polarization

“It’s extremely important that we have MRSEC at the

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Stories by Dan Moser

Nebraska-grown Tomatoes IANR researchers are working with ConAgra Foods to test the feasibility of growing processing tomatoes in Nebraska greenhouses. ConAgra Foods, based in Omaha, is the first private business to announce plans to be a tenant of Nebraska Innovation Campus. The company already is using East Campus greenhouses in horticulturalists and food scientists. Eventually, it will use space in the NIC greenhouses. ConAgra Foods’ tomatoes are field grown in California for the company’s

The Clark Enersen Partners

cooperation with UNL agronomists,

Hunt’s canned tomatoes line. If Ne-

Architectural sketch showing the first four buildings, now in construction at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

braska greenhouses prove promising

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

for growing tomato varieties used in

Nebraska Innovation Campus

canning, the company could conduct year-round research in Nebraska at every stage. “We are discussing the possibility of

Dan Duncan keeps a list of potential partners for the Nebraska

doing some canning of these test tomatoes at the NIC. This would be everything from peeling the tomatoes, preparing

is on board for fall too. Terence Bowden’s first steps are to spend

than 60.

some time listening to faculty and students to get some perspec-

“Those range from they’re going to be there to probably un-

them for the can and then steps needed for food safety of canned products,” said Mike Parker of ConAgra Foods Research

working with community leaders and then form a business plan to

of the 232-acre private-public research campus taking shape on the

shape the future, Duncan said.

“For over a year I’ve been selling a PowerPoint,” Duncan said.

tunity with the NIC when it comes to

“That’s all I’ve had to sell.”

research and development on our Hunt’s

Not so anymore. The first private partner, Omaha-based

products.” So far, the project has one full-time

ConAgra Foods, committed to the campus last fall and construc-

ing on the project through the UCARE (Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences) program. “We believe there will be more opportunities as the NIC facility is built out,” Parker said. “We are definitely excited about the opportunity to create a talent pool of students with experience on our products.”

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Sinclair Hille Architects

staff person at UNL, with that likely to grow. In addition, two students are work-

tive on what support is needed for starter companies; he’ll also be

likely but still worth considering,” said Duncan, executive director former Nebraska State Fairgrounds.

Quality & Innovation. “We see oppor-

tion was proceeding apace this summer. A new business accelerator

Innovation Campus. One day last winter, he figured it was more

The conference facility.

In another recent development, the Nebraska Alumni Association will manage and run NIC’s conference facility, and the first university tenants of the campus will be the Department of Food Science and Technology. Bottom line: In the last year, Duncan has much more to sell

Hybrid Popcorn Research ConAgra Foods also will be popping up at the Nebraska Innovation Campus with research into popcorn hybrids. Working with IANR scientists, the effort aims for more effective and efficient breeding of new commercial varieties for ConAgra’s Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn, said Mike Parker of ConAgra Foods Research Quality & Innovation. Three full-time jobs are anticipated initially, as well as support staff, Parker said.

than a hazy concept with pretty

“The UNL research team is still

artist’s renditions. He compares

determining which projects will be

ConAgra’s agreement to efforts to fill

best for the program and once those

a shopping mall by landing that first

are identified, there will be graduate-

big anchor store.

level positions needed to support this research,” Parker said. “Additionally,

There’s plenty of interest, Dun-

there will be work opportunities in the

can said. “I could be leasing a lot

popping lab and popcorn fields.

of space now if we had it available. now for this kind of space.” Phase I of construction comprised about 300,000 square feet of space, divided among four buildings

“We are very excited to be at the

The Clark Enersen Partners

People are out there looking right

that includes lab, greenhouse and of-

front of this innovation wave being created in Lincoln. We see huge value in leveraging the expertise and creativity that the university cultivates,” he added. More ventures between ConAgra Aerial sketch of first four buildings.

Foods and UNL are likely.

fice space, a 400-seat conference room and a restaurant. The design incorporates two historic Fairgrounds structures – the 4-H Building and the Industrial Arts Building. Twenty-five years from now, it’s envisioned there will be 2 million square feet of space with up to 7,000 people “living, working

“We’re being very focused on the

Duncan said private industry will be drawn by the opportunity to work with university faculty and bright students. He said he also expects Innovation Campus to be a student recruitment draw. “We’re going to give students mechanisms to start their own

and playing” there. That’s a pace of about 80,000 square feet of

businesses. We’re going to have internships with these companies,”

new space a year, Duncan noted.

he said. “I’ve heard from students who already own their own busi-

“This is a very aggressive growth plan.” Duncan said there’s only about 96 acres of buildable space,

nesses who are interested in space where they could meet clients.”

initial projects to ensure both sides understand how it will work and can show value delivered to their respective sides. ConAgra Foods has such a diverse portfolio, we definitely see opportunities for future exploration with UNL,” Parker said.

Yes, much more than a PowerPoint now.

so construction will have to average three stories in what will be a “dense urban-type environment,” except with more green space. Amenities such as restaurants, gym, dry cleaners and living space will be key too, he said.


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Real-time Market Action Plans are underway for an agricultural economics commodities trading room, providing real-world experience under faculty direction and supervision. Just as chemistry students have labs for conducting scientific experiments, a commodities trading room will allow ag economics students to analyze portfolios, develop and test trading strategies, and develop risk management strategies in a dynamic learning environment, said Larry Van Tassell, head

Professor Richard Sutton with Salvador Lindquist, landscape architecture senior from Lincoln.

College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Up on the Rooftop By Cheryl Alberts, ’86, ’00 Nebraska’s state grass could be rising to new heights. Little bluestem (Schzachyrium scoparium), along with other tough native Nebraska grasses, are top contenders for topping off green roofs, said Richard Sutton, who teaches horticulture and of IANR’s Department of Agricultural Economics. Providing university students with

landscape architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Green roofs have been around for ages,” Sutton said, citing pioneer sod houses. His five-year study with undergraduate

a real-time commodities training market

research students and four Lincoln collaborators details the how-

increasingly is becoming the norm na-

to’s and costs of seeding native grasses onto rooftops, and provides

tionwide, Van Tassell said.

insights for the green roof course he teaches.

The room will provide faculty and students a place to conduct research and, combined with courses in a new commodities trading option, give students advanced training in markets, merchandising, futures and options.

“Green roofs represent a man-made ecosystem,” Sutton said,

hopes more green roofs are considered for new construction. His study covered plant species, season, spacing, biomass, mainte-

noting on a 105-degree day last year he found a giant praying

nance and cost. He calculates labor and native grass seed to plant a

mantis on the green roof of the Arbor Day Foundation in Lincoln.

1,000-square-foot rooftop six inches deep runs 79 cents per square

It had retreated from rooftop sedum into its cooler native grass.


Green roofs could attract other beneficial insects such as wild bees, whose annual pollination value is worth millions of dollars, he said. Stormwater control is a key green roof advantage, slowing run-

That compares to $5 per square foot to plant sedum, a flowering exotic most often used for green roofs. By complementing sedum with native little bluestem, blue or hairy grama, sand dropseed or dryland sedges, Sutton said green

off through its medium of heat-expanded lightweight shale, sand

roofs can better withstand heat, drought and wind, with little or no

and compost, he said.

water and fertilizer.

Acting as a giant sponge, the green roof absorbs water until saturated, then slowly releases overflow. This lessens the load on storm sewers, reducing flooding. The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources professor 20 | GoodNUz | Colleges


College of Architecture

A New Generation of Makers: Building Creative Confidence in Undergrads By Sarah Thomas Karle, assistant professor We are all creating all the time, both consciously and

The course will be co-taught in the fall by Brian Kelly, assistant professor of architecture, and Ian Cottingham,

unconsciously, but our understanding of how, and our

assistant professor of practice and associate director for

confidence in the process, can be mysterious or suppressed.

Design Studio at Jeffery S. Raikes School of Computer

The truth is that the best scientists, entrepreneurs, engi-

Science and Management. The course, developed in col-

neers, soldiers, CEOs, sports coaches, hockey players and

laboration with UNL blended learning coordinator Sydney

architects are all creative. Creativity includes being attuned

Brown, will implement innovative blended learning educa-

to the people and culture you are immersed in and having

tional strategies.

Students are encouraged to create physical representations to advance their ideas.

the experience, wisdom and knowledge to frame the real problem and, more importantly, the ability to create and enact solutions. In a time when creativity is the foundation for innovation, our primary responsibility as educators is to prepare a generation of students to rise with the challenges of our times. This coming academic year, the College of Architecture in collaboration with the Jeffery S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management will offer a course for freshman students focused on developing creative intelligence. Intended for students with little or no design experience, the course introduces central issues and approaches to design as an interdisciplinary process. This process, which has been called design thinking, was developed for students ranging in age from kindergarten to post-professionals at Stanford’s Hasso Platter Institute of Design. It draws on methods from engineering and design and combines them with ideas from the arts, tools from the social sciences, and insights from the business world. At UNL, undergraduate students will work collaboratively using a design thinking process to address relevant and real-world challenges beyond the campus. During the semester students will be asked to utilize

Students are taught visual communication skills ranging from freehand drawing to digital and physical model making strategies. Students in the College of Architecture receive a gestural drawing lesson from Design Drawing Instructor Chip Stanley.

their creative problem-solving abilities to address challenges ranging from logo design to the design of intellectual property. The goal of the course is to teach design as a systematic, practice-defining method of creative innovation. The process is intended to become a normal way of problem-solving, not the exception. In a time where creativity is the source of value, where entrepreneurs drive growth and where social networks are the building blocks of the economy, we look forward to educating the next generation of UNL graduates to enter the workforce with creative confidence. Student learning extends beyond the campus through expert interviews and field trips. Students in the College of Architecture receive a behind-the-scenes Capitol tour from Capitol Architect Robert Ripley.

The studio environment creates a collaborative atmosphere where students and faculty together generate unexpected ideas by reframing challenges.


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College of Arts and Sciences

Doppler on Wheels Gives Students Rare Opportunity By Deann Gayman, University Communications As the skies blackened and a storm moved into south-

tions during the week prior to the trip to decide which direction they would go in order to intercept a storm. As

fieldwork, something that can’t be done in a classroom. “I want them to get experience working with a

western Oklahoma on a Saturday in late March, a group

Houston described it, “the students really got to flex their

cutting-edge piece of instrumentation and forecasting with

of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students were patiently

forecasting muscles.”

purpose,” Houston said. “If you make the wrong decision,

watching it, tracking its course. They weren’t situated in a lab, reading secondary data

The students had a clear and direct focus: to find the kind of storm and conditions that would provide data for

you don’t get your data.” Griffin said the assignment and subsequent trip with

from weather stations, but were on the ground in Lawton,

each of their individual projects. Of course, there’s no such

the DOW is also a lesson in patience and acceptance.

Okla., ready to deploy their own state-of-the-art equip-

thing as a one-size-fits-all storm, so students worked all

Since very few students in the class had been storm chasing


week to predict where the best storm for their collective use

before, he said much of Saturday before the storm hit was

would roll in.

spent worrying if there would actually be any activity.

These 17 students from Adam Houston’s radar meteorology class had waited all day to intercept a weather sys-

“The fact that we were able to intercept that storm was

“There is that ‘bust potential’ as they call it, and learn-

great,” Houston, associate professor of Earth and atmo-

ing to deal with that and taking it in stride is very impor-

Now, it was time to go.

spheric sciences, said. “When you catch a supercell, that’s a

tant,” Griffin said.

On the heels of this storm, the students used the

big deal.”

tem and a supercell thunderstorm was within their midst.

Doppler on Wheels to get real-time data that none of the

The DOW was on loan from the Center for Severe

But the supercell was exactly what they were hoping for, so the experience was a very positive one for Houston

Weather Research and the National Science Foundation.

and his students. And it’s not one that many undergradu-

As a mobile Doppler radar, the DOW collects detailed

ate students get to have, which makes it even more valu-

said, and not one he was fully prepared for, even though

information on atmospheric phenomena. Every other year,

able, Griffin, a meteorology and mathematics major from

he’d been storm-chasing before.

Houston teaches the Radar Meteorology course and puts

Omaha, said.

students had ever worked with firsthand. It was an astounding experience, senior Casey Griffin

“It’s an extremely unique opportunity,” he said. “It’s an

“It was a lot more complicated and difficult than I

in a request to use the DOW. Houston challenges each

thought it would be,” he said. “There’s a lot of training and

student in the class to come up with a project that uses

experience that most undergrads don’t get at other schools

background that’s needed before working with an instru-

data collected with the DOW to support the student’s

across the nation. There’s no meteorology that you can

ment like this. It’s very sensitive equipment and it’s spent

hypothesis. The cutting-edge technology provides many

really do in the lab. This was true fieldwork, working with

its life being exposed to the elements. There were worries

important lessons in the class. Not only are students able

instrumentation and trying to make the best decisions with

that we would have problems.”

to learn how to use the technology as well as the data that

the information you have.”

As a group, the students made meteorological predic22 | GoodNUz | COLLEGES

can be attained from it, but they also get a valuable dose of


College of Business Administration

MBA Online Program Ranked No. 3 for Veterans

Architects Selected for CBA Building Plans for a new state-of-the-art College of Business Administration building

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln MBA program is ranked No. 3 for Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans, according to a new U.S. News & World Report listing. To achieve the veteran-specific ranking, schools had to already be on the respective U.S. News & World Report listing for best online programs. The UNL MBA Online program was ranked second in the Big Ten and 17th in the nation overall.

at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln took another step forward with selection of project architects. On March 15, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture of Nebraska as architects for the new building. The planned $84 million facility makes way for one of the most significant events in the history of the college and represents the largest academic building project in recent history at UNL. With approximately 240,000 square feet, the building will include space for interactive learning, collaboration, conferences, competitions and other events; program-specific state-ofthe-art classrooms; “one stop” student support services; and improved and expanded technology that will support current and future business programs. The building will be constructed at 14th and Vine streets, just north of Kauffman Academic Residential Center. The entire project will be privately funded through donations. In the last three years, the College of Business Administration has seen a dramatic increase in enrollment, including a 25.4 percent increase in fall

Brett Whorley

One recent example of how the program complements the

2012 in freshmen and a 15.8 percent

Duty) in 2012 for the Navy’s E-2C Hawkeye Community and was

career of a veteran is Brett Whorley, who needed a Big Ten MBA

directly responsible for the coordination, instruction and evalua-

program that could accommodate his job as a naval officer. He

tion for 60 Hawkeye aircrew.

found what he was looking for at UNL.

“The UNL MBA allowed me to study on my schedule while

increase in transfer students. Robert A.M. Stern Architects is one of the world’s leading architecture firms with wide experience in residential, commercial and institutional work.

“In the fall of 2009, I had just returned from sea duty in

working full time. I also wanted a program that had a founda-

Founder of the firm, Robert Stern is

Japan,” Whorley said. “I needed a solid flexible MBA program to

tion as a traditional ‘brick and mortar’ education with a good

dean of the Yale School of Architecture.

meet my needs, and UNL fit perfectly. I was able to accomplish

reputation. The program has already paid dividends in my current

Based in Omaha, Alley Poyner

my class projects and discussions in my free time on travel, and

position at U.S. Naval Central Command staff where I work in the

Macchietto Architecture is a 25-year-old

between obligations as a flight instructor.”

current operations department,” he said.

design firm with extensive academic

Although online education is sometimes perceived as being

Whorley grew up in Knoxville, Tenn., and attended Georgia

not as compelling as the classroom experience, he found his experi-

Tech on a Navy ROTC Scholarship and earned an undergraduate

ence at UNL to be very engaging.

degree in international affairs.

“The online courses exceeded my expectations,” he said. “I

“I chose the international business specialization with my

experience and an open studio culture. “During a recent visit to Lincoln, Robert Stern and I discussed the new building and what it is like being deans at Yale and the University of Nebraska,”

thought the communication would be mostly one way. However,

MBA degree and appreciated the international management and

the collaborative online venues facilitated interaction at a level I

finance courses. The ability to use the knowledge I learned in those

are so thrilled for the guidance of these

never thought would be possible from a distance.”

classes to have intelligent conversations and build a good rapport

national experts in business school

has been invaluable.”

design in planning our new facility.”

Whorley believes completing a graduate degree is a must for a naval officer. He was named Naval Flight Officer of the Year (Shore


said CBA Dean Donde Plowman. “We

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College of Education and Human Sciences

CEHS Brain Research a Balancing Act By Brad Stauffer Balance. With it our lives our normal. Without it our lives are anything but.

Getting athletes safely back in the action and helping individuals more quickly lead normal lives after concussions is the focus of one-of-a-kind research by Julie Honaker and her team.

From an athlete’s perspective, balance is make or break. Without exceptional balance, Taylor Martinez would not have run for more than a thousand yards and thrown 23 touchdown passes for the Husker football team last season. Now think about brain concussions and their potentially debilitating results. The effects can alter the course of a team’s season, or

Ph.D. student Jessie Patterson secures a safety harness as test subject Paul Patterson stands on a forceplate surrounded by a moveable screen. The device measures center of gravity or balance, as the forceplate or screen moves. Sensors in the forceplate detect body sway through weight distribution in the feet. Ph.D. student Robin Criter is at the controls of the computerized dynamic posturography system.

the course of an individual’s life. Getting athletes safely back in the action and helping individuals more quickly lead normal lives after

Molfese, an internationally recognized expert in research that links

concussions is the focus of one-of-a-kind research by Julie Honaker

the brain and behavior, will direct CB3. Molfese will be a collabora-

and her team through the Department of Special Education and

tor in Honaker’s research, and the combined resources of CB3 hold

Communication Disorders in the College of Education and Human

great promise for concussion research. “To our knowledge, this is the first study to combine neuro-


psychology and vestibular,” said Honaker. “It’s also the first facility

Honaker, a clinical audiologist who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati and also completed a post-doctoral fellow-

to house concussion research within an athletic facility. It’s really

ship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., is an expert on balance

cutting edge.” The body’s sense of balance is managed through the vestibular

disorders. Research on concussion, she noted, has emphasized the cognitive aspect of the brain, and much progress has been made. But

system and works in conjunction with sensory systems such as vi-

less is known about other concussion symptoms such as imbalance

sion, touch, hearing and the skeletal system. The vestibular system

and dizziness, the two most common symptoms other than head-

involves integrated structures of the inner ear and brainstem and


communicates with other structures within the brain to execute coordinated movements of the eyes, head and body. Honaker and her

“I want to understand why athletes are truly dizzy and have instability following injury,” said Honaker. “I can hypothesize, but

research team hypothesize that these structures may be compromised

I want to prove it or redefine the question to better understand.

after a head injury causing impaired balance. Student athletes who have a history of brain concussion are

When we better understand we can start to tailor interventions, and

screened to help establish research baselines. Assessment questions

rehabilitation techniques can be better defined.”

provide data for symptoms, overall mood, fatigue level and other

Don’t expect this research to be a one and done study, she said, CEHS researcher Julie Honaker passively moves the test subject’s head as electronic monitors track head movement. This test measures the subject’s visual acuity by his ability to read information on a computer screen during head movement. If vision is blurred, it indicates a potential problem with the inner ear system, brain or both.

but rather a step in the right direction. A large data pool and replica-

variables for study. Additionally, athletes participate in a variety of

tion is necessary and that takes time. Fortunately, Honaker and her

tests to measure walking gait, assess balance and posture, and track

colleagues have a readily available source of data subjects – Univer-

eye and head movements. Sophisticated eye tracking technology is used to measure gaze

sity of Nebraska athletes.

stability, how well subjects follow a target and other factors. A cam-

“Having support from athletics is great,” said Honaker. “It’s really Coach (Tom) Osborne’s vision to have a research complex to

era integrated into goggles detects the darkest part of the eye to track

make athletes the best they can be in the classroom and on the field.”

pupil movement. Researchers can even manipulate head movement to possibly provoke irregular eye movements, called nystagmus. Eye

Osborne, recently retired as athletic director, will soon see a big piece of his vision completed. The Center for Brain, Biology and

movements, Honaker said, could tell researchers where concussion-

Behavior (CB3) will open this summer in the new expansion project

related problems are coming from. Ultimately, this CEHS research could better identify who is

on the east side of Memorial Stadium. Honaker’s balance research lab will shift from The Barkley Memorial Center on East Campus to

susceptible to residual effects after head injury and lead to improved

the CB3 facility.

support for the needs of head injury patients. Honaker also hopes

The 22,000-square-foot center will include state-of-the-art brain

that her research may someday lead to more protective athletic

imaging equipment, and research will involve numerous academic

equipment and provide better insights about when it’s safe for con-

disciplines, creating a research facility unlike any other. Dennis

cussed players to return to play.

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College of Engineering

Downtown Upgrade: Durham School Students Help Nonprofits Improve Facilities Street – is where “men and women with limited financial

and building envelope modifications that improve the

resources heal the wounds of substance abuse and become

indoor environment. Incorporating appropriate Leadership

as the new arena, offices and residences are exciting for

productive, contributing citizens,” according to the CP

in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits was

UNL Durham School of Architectural Engineering and

mission statement.

another expectation.

By Carole Wilbeck Sure, Lincoln Haymarket development projects such

Construction community members to be involved in, but

In a project overview and during site visits, Wentz’s

The 12-20 page project papers (with additional

that’s not the only need for construction expertise in the

students learned the realities of CP operations: “Our

bibliographies and spreadsheets on heating and cooling


building has been utilized for the past 70 years for a variety

loads and water consumption) were augmented by teams’

of functions, most not aligned with the services that our

20-minute project interviews with CP representatives.

ARCH 333 / CNST 305 class helps a local organization

agency provides today. Additionally, several of the services

Each team also provided a “drawdel” – half model, half

with planning for facility needs: renovations that may not

we provide require specialized operating areas. Some of

drawing – depicting proposed wall and roof sections.

be glamorous but make a big difference in the quality of

these have been added within the building as capital fund-

day-to-day services for local people in need. This hands-on

ing has been available, some have not. The building’s in-

to pursue LEED Gold certification, without significant

work benefits the selected nonprofits and provides real-

frastructure … has been a drawback to its functionality to

cost increase for the client. Wentz and CP representatives

world learning that integrates prior courses’ concepts for

some extent … and questions about how to improve those

praised one group’s unique approach to the kitchen and

upper-level Durham students.

infrastructure issues impact decisions about how best to

dining aspects, co-locating them on the same floor and

Each year, Durham School Professor Tim Wentz’s

Several teams pushed beyond LEED Silver levels

use the building to meet service additions going forward.”

adding commercial equipment from the project wish list,

site, a campus historical building’s return to functional

Cornhusker Place also stipulated renovation costs should

while keeping to the budget parameters and sacrificing

use, and a 1910 church becoming a community center. He

not exceed $100-$130 per square foot.

only under-utilized space.

Wentz has led student team engagement for a daycare

chooses worthy organizations where students can “apply

On the Blackboard course hub, students studied the

“The class did a phenomenal job of understanding

the fundamental concepts of mechanical systems to solve

Request for Proposal about the project and expectations.

our needs and the needs of our clients,” said CP Executive

an identifiable set of problems.” He has found that, with a

Crucial in each student’s grade (and the primary deliver-

Director Phil Tegeler. “We will use the classwork to move

half-dozen teams of three or more students, multiple ap-

able for CP as the “client”) was the team response, focusing

ahead in our discussions about next steps for our building.

proaches yield varied problem-solving outcomes each term.

on energy efficiency and sustainability factors to minimize

The university’s partnership in this project is greatly appre-

resource consumption in HVAC and plumbing systems,

ciated and will have lasting impact for our programs.”

The 2012-13 location – Cornhusker Place at 721 K

First Suh Scholarship Awarded Matthew Stier of Blair is the first recipient of the scholarship established by former Nebraska and current Detroit Lions standout Ndamukong Suh in 2010, at the college from which he graduated. Stier will begin studies at UNL this month in construction management, the major Suh pursued at UNL. “I’ve always been interested in engineering, and I chose to study construction management at UNL because of the hands-on learning,” he said.

(Left to right) Ndamukong Suh with Matthew Stier; Eddy Rojas, director of UNL’s Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction; and Tim Wei, dean of the College of Engineering.

portunity and enjoys his experience at UNL,” Suh said.

and said he valued the positive influence of his experience.

The Ndamukong Suh Scholarship provides $10,000

Suh has extended his philanthropy by helping Detroit’s

for an aspiring engineer to study at UNL. Before becom-

inner-city youth with a focus on education, health and

on tours of the UNL engineering buildings, Memorial

ing the second overall pick in the 2010 National Football

wellness. He has provided supply-filled backpacks, visited

Stadium and other campus locations. They ended the day

League draft, Suh pledged a $2.6 million gift to UNL, with

students in multiple schools and made hospital visits in

with a reception hosted by the Suh Family Foundation at

$600,000 dedicated to an endowment fund to support the

the community. He also has offered support in his parents’

UNL’s Lied Center for Performing Arts.

dreams of future engineers.

homelands of Jamaica and Cameroon, including the adop-

On May 18, Suh accompanied Stier and his family

“My hope for Matthew is that he runs with this op-

As a UNL student, Suh was a scholarship recipient

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Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

UNL Senior Presents at International Horn Symposium By Kathe Andersen It is rare feat for an undergraduate college student to present at a conference sponsored by the International Horn Society. But that’s exactly what UNL School of Music senior

connections that led to the couple’s hiring for the “Les Misérables” touring production. “I remember I was at work when my wife got the phone call from the contractor asking if we were interested,” Cohen said. “I about had a heart attack. The show is

Steven Cohen did at the 2013 International Horn Sympo-

something that had been a part of me since I was 11. I lost

sium (IHS) in Memphis, Tenn, on Aug. 1, when he pre-

my father when I was 14 … [and] that show really car-

Steven Cohen

sented “From ON stage to UNDER it: Transforming from

ried me through the loss. There are instances on tour that

chops, is very scary.”

an Orchestral to Pit Hornist and Back,” providing a look

I literally would just start crying because the show is that

into the world of professional pit/Broadway horn playing. “It is very uncommon for an undergraduate student

Another difference is the number of people that you work with.

powerful.” Describing Cohen as a “fantastic” horn player, Mat-

“You go from the orchestral setting of working with

to present at the IHS,” said associate professor of horn

tingly said, “He has performed in a wide variety of musical

100 people to the pit orchestra, which is typically much

Alan Mattingly. “Occasionally a graduate student will give

settings. He is also an active freelancer in the area, playing

smaller. The most I’ve worked with in a pit was in ‘South

a presentation, but by and large, only professional horn

numerous productions in Lincoln and Omaha.

Pacific,’ and that was 22 people,” Cohen said. “What’s

players and teachers at the peak of their careers are chosen to present.” Cohen grew up in Great Neck, N.Y. He began study-

“He is definitely not the ‘typical’ undergraduate stu-

asked of you within your part is a lot more. You’re dealing

dent. Steven can offer great insight to horn players about

with smaller numbers, so you have to create a big deal of

the differences between playing on stage with an orchestra


ing at Mannes College The New School for Music, but

and playing under the stage in the pit of a musical produc-

But Cohen has a passion for playing in the pit.

took leave in May 2010 to join the touring production of


“People don’t think about it much. You listen to show

“The 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables.” He

While they share some similarities, playing in a pit orchestra offers some challenges not typically found in the orchestral setting. “There are a lot of vary-

January 2012 until he began studying at UNL. The production was a special one for Cohen, who was introduced to “Les Misérables” when he was 11 years old. “I fell in love with the show immediately,” Cohen said. “My dream job from that point on was to play the show.”

A contractor hires touring musicians. Cohen’s

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He also appreciates having the opportunity to change people’s lives through music. “This music has the ability to transform people. The emotional experience is there,” Cohen said. “Even if you’re

do within the pit setting that

an amateur horn player, there are so many things you can

you’re not asked to do in the

do to really give a full performance because you’re part of

orchestral setting normally,”

what’s going on. It’s not just what’s happening on stage.

Cohen said. “Also the way that

You, as a player, especially if it’s a really significant horn

the horn is used in the pit, be-

part, have moments in that horn part that drive the entire

cause of its unique versatility,

show. It was my job at ‘Les Mis’ to bring those moments to

your part could be a horn part,

life because when it was our time to shine, we had to really

but you could also be filling in


third saxophone.”

performed as principal horn there from November 2010 to

“That’s what pushed me to do this.”

ing styles that you’re asked to

the role of second trumpet or Steven and Jill Cohen perform outreach for school children in November 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio, during the “Les Misérables” tour. Photos courtesy of Steven Cohen.

tunes on the radio, but what went into that?” Cohen said.

Playing in the pit also typically means more playing.

“One of the differences I like to point out is the time that you’re going to be spending playing,” Cohen said. “Most orchestra concerts are two hours in length with an intermission, and you play them three or four times per

But he also believes there is no such thing as a perfect performance. “You can play every note, every single way you want to, but there’s a whole other spectrum because of what’s happening on stage,” Cohen said. Cohen strives to get that emotional reaction from the audience. “That’s a complete performance for me,” Cohen said.

week at the most. With a show, you’re looking at playing

“It’s understanding yourself as a musician and bringing

eight times a week for three hours at a time with two shows

your feelings forward through your playing. It’s painting a

on Saturday and Sunday. Your body is utilized differently.

picture of what’s happening on stage through your playing.”

The physicalness of keeping up with it, especially with your


College of Journalism and Mass Communications

When in Rome ... By Cody Broder, J Alumni News staff It is a phrase many people use without knowing the meaning firsthand. For the last three years, the Newman Center has given University of Nebraska-Lincoln students the opportunity to truly understand what the popular phrase means. Among the 19 Catholic students who went on this year’s spring break trip to Rome, Italy, were two College of Journalism and Mass Communications students – Emily German and Wyn Wiley. The collegiate ministry chapter of UNL’s Newman Center – The Fellowship of Catholic University Students – sponsored the

Witness to History


Stephen Driscoll, an Omaha native

Father Ben Holdren of the Newman Center works with his

who is studying broadcasting, journalism

brother at the Catholic News Agency in Rome to make the trips

and global studies, was in Rome as a

happen. He first began taking students to Italy in the spring of

Catholic News Agency intern when Pope

2011 when a student who wanted to see the sights brought up the

Benedict XVI announced his resignation

idea. He took 33 the first time and 70 the second.

on Feb. 11. Driscoll helped to cover Car-

German and Wiley were looking for an opportunity to go on a

dinal Bergoglio’s election as the Bishop

mission trip in the Central America region, but according to Wiley, none of the trips they were looking into aligned with UNL’s spring break schedule.

of Rome on March 13 and inauguration Wiley and German pose before one of the many fountains in Rome. Photo courtesy Emily German.

as Pope Francis on March 19.

German, who graduated in May with a degree in advertising and public relations, said, “We felt like it was the best option.” Holdren estimated the participants began meeting before winter break to coordinate the trip. “Most of the trips are very loosely planned beforehand,” Holdren said. “Then it’s opened up to the students to see if there is anything that they would like.” Nowhere in the group’s plans, though, was the papal audience for journalists on March 16 and the Inauguration Mass of Pope Francis on March 19, when the group was in Rome. German, who went to Rome while in high school, said she noticed several differences. She said it was busier and there was more excitement, decorations and security around St. Peter’s Square. “There was a jubilant feeling because we were all excited about the new pope and all the really cool things that go along with that.” Wiley said it was a melting pot of people from different areas. “There were so many people from everywhere around the world,” the senior advertising and public relations major said. “It was really cool to see the city come alive as a cultural hub and see so many people excited for one event.” Along with the UNL group, which consisted of Nebraska college students and adults from the FOCUS program, German recalled interacting with people from many areas of the world, including Spain, Brazil and Japan. Even though there were racial and lingual barriers between people, German said everyone was friendly because they knew they were all there for the same reason. After spending the majority of their trip in Rome, the stu-

dents took a day trip to Florence, Venice and Milan, Italy. German said she possesses something valuable that allowed her to take something extra away from the trip: A “hunger” to learn of different cultures and languages. “Experiencing another culture allows you to open your mind in a new way,” she said. “There is no way you could experience another culture from your own home, state or country.” “I guess something I didn’t expect was how much I would learn about history,” said Wiley. “Rome is pretty neat because it’s chalked full of the present day, the past and everything in between.” After months of preparation and excitement, airplane rides and train rides, the trip was over and the students were back in the

Wiley and German attended a papal audience for journalists in Paul VI’s Hall of the Vatican during their trip to Rome, Italy, March 14-24. Photo courtesy Wyn Wiley.

United States. “I think Rome and all of Italy lived up to the hype,” Wiley said. “It was even better than I expected because I got to spend the trip with a great group of friends and new friends.” Now in Florida studying to become a FOCUS missionary, German, who graduated with a double concentration in art and history, said she did something she “never thought she would be able to do” by going on the trip. Wiley said it is always a great idea to experience different areas of the world if you can. “Truly YOLO (You Only Live Once),” the senior said. “Take every opportunity you can to travel and surround yourself with friends.”


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College of Law

Law Training Leads to Alternate Career From time-to-time, Christopher (Topher) Hansen, ’85, executive director of CenterPointe and recipient of the 2012 Executive of the Year award from the Association of Nonprofit Executives, is asked to return to the College of Law to talk to students interested in “alternate career choices.” He tells them to figure out what they are good at, to know

A Trio in Concert Law Dean Susan Poser joined two

people who have both mental illness and addiction issues. The im-

how they are wired, to find out “what trips their trigger,” and then

portant thing that we do that is different from what a lot of organi-

be willing to follow that journey. For Hansen, that journey took

zations throughout the country do is that we integrate the mental

a somewhat circuitous route, but then it brought him to Center-

health and addiction issues. When they’re in with the therapist it’s


not just mental health or addiction; it’s both all wrapped together.

Many people influenced Hansen along that journey. One was an instructor he encountered as an undergraduate student at UNL’s

... Many of the people we work with are homeless or on the verge of being homeless. People who are on the street are not going to get

internationally known members of the

Centennial College. He suggested that Han-

better. So we have four units that are identi-

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra – violinist

sen should volunteer at a drug crisis line

fied for people who are chronically homeless

Eileen Siegel and cellist Kari Ravnan

that had recently started. That appealed to

and others that are transitional. The housing

Hansen because growing up he had friends

is subsidized so that they never spend more

with drug problems and he developed “an

than 30 percent of their own income. We

innate sense of how to be a helper among

provide a comprehensive and holistic plan

my peers and a predisposition to handling

that involves vocation and housing and

crises that I didn’t understand at the time.”

substance and mental health.”

– to present a private concert at the Lied Commons in July. With Poser on the piano, the group performed Franz Schubert’s Trio in B flat major, D.898. Siegel began playing the violin at the age of 5. A native of Chicago, she has lived in Norway since 1988 when

Two years later, Hansen was the crisis line’s

she won the associate concertmaster

first paid director.

position for the Oslo Philharmonic. She

When the CEO position at CenterPointe opened up, Hansen didn’t apply for it even though he was serving as the interim.

The next step on Hansen’s journey was

has been soloist with her orchestra on

with Lincoln Public School’s SKIP program,

It seemed like it would be “too much rigma-

many occasions and has taught at the

which provided drug and alcohol-related

role, too much junk, too much time spent

Barratt Due Institute in Oslo for the

intervention to children in the school sys-

writing grants and preparing budgets.” Two

past 20 years. Poser and Siegel met in 1975 at the Interlochen National Music Camp and have been close friends ever since. The daughter of the late Audun Ravnan, professor of piano at UNL for

tem. After a brief time as a counselor with

events led him to change his mind.

Christopher Hansen

His dad told him to take the job and

the organization that is now CenterPointe, he returned to UNL to complete his undergraduate education and

do it the way that worked the best for him. The second event was

then enrolled at Nebraska Law.

when he was watching “The Lion King” “for the 497th time with

Hansen joined the Healey and Weiland law firm upon his

my little ones.” Simba sees his father, Mufasa, in the clouds and

36 years, Kari Ravnan toured with her

graduation to pursue his interest in trial work. But, he ultimately

Mufasa says, “You need to rise to be who you were born to be.”

father and has appeared as soloist with

found that the passion he thought he would have for it was not

Hansen knew he had to take the job.

European and American orchestras.


She is founder and artistic director of the Horten Chamber Music Festival and has a special interest in teaching chamber music. Poser, dean and the Richard & Catherine Schmoker Professor of Law

He decided he was in need of a change, and the Lincoln Lancaster Drug Project was looking for a director of development. He was already doing legal work for the agency, so he proposed that he be hired to do both jobs. One of the first things he did when he was hired was change

“I have found my bliss. I am involved in a fairly sophisticated, intense, political, creative, very business-oriented world of healthcare, and I love every second of it.” As executive director, Hansen cannot provide legal representation to the organization. Yet he calls on his legal training every day. “I would not be here if I had not gone to law school. No ques-

the name. CenterPointe was born. The development job put Han-

tion in my mind. It developed my thinking in a way that gave me

sen “in the position of thinking broadly about the organization.

the capacity to imagine, to problem solve. I problem solve every

the piano since she was a child. She

I was able to understand what our donor base was, what kind of

single day. What you don’t understand in your first year of law

took lessons from Professor Ravnan in

future we had and where we fit on the continuum of non-profits.

school and sometimes into your second year is how your brain is

1995 and continues to study music, a

It established my vision about what we needed for this agency to

being trained.”

longtime avocation for her.


at the University of Nebraska College of Law since May 2010, has played

Here is how Hansen describes CenterPointe: “We provide active treatment, rehabilitation post-treatment and housing for

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Fall 2013 Husker Athletics Schedules * Indicates conference game/meet; home games in RED. Photos courtesy of Nebraska Media Relations. Football Aug. 31 Wyoming, Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m. Sept. 7 Southern Miss, Memorial Stadium, 5 p.m. Sept. 14 UCLA, Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m. Sept. 21 South Dakota State, Memorial Stadium, TBA Oct. 5 Illinois,* (Homecoming) Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m. Oct. 12 Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 7 p.m. Oct. 26 Minnesota* at Minneapolis, TBA Nov. 2 Northwestern,* Memorial Stadium, TBA Nov. 9 Michigan* at Ann Arbor, Mich., TBA Nov. 16 Michigan State,* Memorial Stadium, TBA Nov. 23 Penn State* at State College, Pa., TBA Nov. 29 Iowa,* Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m.

volleyball Aug. 24 Red/White Scrimmage, Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Aug. 30 Louisiana-Monroe at St. Louis, Mo., 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31 Auburn at St. Louis, Mo., 10 a.m. Aug. 31 Saint Louis at St. Louis, Mo., 7 p.m. Sept. 6 Villanova, Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Sept. 7 Georgia, Devaney Center, 2 p.m. Sept. 12 St. Mary’s, Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Sept. 13 Dayton, Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Sept. 14 Iowa State, Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Sept. 22 Texas at Austin, Texas, 1 p.m. Sept. 27 Northwestern* at Evanston, Ill., 7 p.m. Sept. 28 Illinois* at Champaign, Ill., 7 p.m. Oct. 4 Minnesota,* Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Oct. 5 Wisconsin,* Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Oct. 11 Michigan* at Ann Arbor, Mich., 6 p.m. Oct. 12 Michigan State* at East Lansing, Mich., TBA Oct. 18 Indiana,* Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Oct. 19 Purdue,* Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Oct. 23 Iowa,* Devaney Center, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 Ohio State* at Columbus, Ohio, 6 p.m. Oct. 30 Illinois,* Devaney Center, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2 Northwestern,* Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Nov. 8 Wisconsin* at Madison, Wis., 7 p.m. Nov. 10 Minnesota* at Minneapolis, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15 Michigan State,* Devaney Center, 7 p.m.

Nov. 16 Michigan,* Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Nov. 22 Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 6 p.m. Nov. 23 Indiana* at Bloomington, Ind., 6 p.m. Nov. 27 Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 7 p.m. Nov. 30 Penn State,* Devaney Center, 7 p.m. NCAA Tournament Dec. 5 - 7 NCAA 1st and 2nd Rounds at Campus Sites, TBA Dec. 13 - 14 NCAA Regionals at Lincoln; Los Angeles; Champaign, Ill.; Lexington, Ky., TBA Dec. 19 NCAA National Semifinals at Seattle, TBA Dec. 21 National Championship Match at Seattle, TBA

CROSS COUNTRY Sept. 6 Augustana Twilight at Sioux Falls, S.D., 8 p.m. Sept. 21 Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational Pioneers Park, 10 a.m. Sept. 28 Roy Griak Invite at Minneapolis, Noon Oct. 19 South Dakota Invite at Vermillion, S.D., 10 a.m. Nov. 3 Big Ten Championships* at West Lafayette, Ind., 10:45 a.m. Nov. 15 NCAA Midwest Regional at Ames, Iowa, 11 a.m. Nov. 23 NCAA Championships at Terre Haute, Ind., 11 a.m.

Men’s Golf Sept. 10 - 11 Sept. 22 - 23 Oct. 8 - 9 Oct. 22 - 23 Oct. 26 - 27

Fairway Club Invitational Nebraska City, Neb. (ArborLinks Golf Course) 8:30 a.m. D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate at Normal, Ill. (Weibring Golf Course) 8:30 a.m. Firestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio (Firestone Country Club) 7:30 a.m. Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate at Las Cruces, N.M. (NMSU Golf Course) 9 a.m. Price’s Give ‘Em Five Invitational at El Paso, Texas (Butterfield Trail Golf Club) 9:30 a.m.

women’s golf Sept. 9 - 10 Chip-N Club Invitational, Wilderness Ridge, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 16 - 17 Minnesota Invitational at Minneapolis, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23 - 24 Marilynn Smith/ Sunflower Invitational at Manhattan, Kan., 8:30 a.m. Oct. 19 - 20 Hoosier Fall Invitational at Florence, Ind., 7:30 a.m. Oct. 27 - 29 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Las Vegas, 9:30 a.m.

SOCCER Aug. 16 Aug. 23 Aug. 25 Aug. 31 Sept. 2 Sept. 8 Sept. 13 Sept. 15 Sept. 19 Sept. 22 Sept. 27 Sept. 29

Colorado College, Nebraska Soccer Field, 4 p.m. Southeast Missouri State, Nebraska Soccer Field, 6 p.m. Cincinnati, Nebraska Soccer Field, Noon BYU at Provo, Utah, 8 p.m. Utah State at Logan, Utah, 2 p.m. Arkansas at Fayetteville, Ark., 2 p.m. San Francisco at Lawrence, Kan., 1:30 p.m. San Diego at Lawrence, Kan., 10:30 a.m. Michigan State,* Nebraska Soccer Field, 2 p.m. Denver, Nebraska Soccer Field, 1 p.m. Northwestern* at Evanston, Ill., 7 p.m. Illinois* at Champaign, Ill., 1 p.m.

Oct. 3 Iowa,* Nebraska Soccer Field, 4 p.m. Oct. 6 Michigan,* Nebraska Soccer Field, 1 p.m. Oct. 11 Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 6 p.m. Oct. 18 Wisconsin* at Madison, Wis., 7 p.m. Oct. 20 Minnesota* at Minneapolis, 1 p.m. Oct. 25 Ohio State,* Nebraska Soccer Field, 4 p.m. Oct. 27 Penn State,* Nebraska Soccer Field, 1 p.m. Nov. 1 Indiana,* Nebraska Soccer Field, 4 p.m. Big Ten Tournament Nov. 6 - 10 TBA at Champaign, Ill., TBA

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Nebraska’s Ultimate Triple Play By Randy York, ’71 When it comes to modern facilities, Nebraska rarely

ground adjacent to the Nebraska Innovation Campus. UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Nebraska Director

has felt it takes a backseat to anyone in college athletics.

of Athletics Shawn Eichorst announced the project in mid-

One of a handful of NCAA Division I schools that does not

July, and construction will begin in May 2014.

use taxpayer money or student fees to support its athletic

If location, location, location are the three most im-

program, the Huskers have relied on a sold-out Memorial

portant words in real estate, Nebraska is doing everything

Stadium for 50 consecutive years to feed their hunger to

possible to prove that execute, execute, execute are the three

achieve overall excellence. Tom Osborne, a driving force

most important words in the upgrading of athletic facili-

behind that magic carpet ride for a quarter century as head

ties. Here’s a closer look at Nebraska’s Ultimate Triple Play:

seats on top of the new skyboxes, from one sideline to the

football coach, wasted no time taking on that commitment during a five-plus-year stint as Nebraska athletic director. Before his retirement last January, the Hall-of-Fame coach

It promises to be twice as loud because there will 15 rows of

East Stadium Blends Old and New Let’s give Nebraska’s athletic brain trust the respect

had put together a master plan that will unveil Nebraska’s

it deserves. With one major expansion area still available,

ultimate triple play this fall:

athletic leaders and sports architects were in complete

other. For the first time, Nebraska opponents will be looking at a true wall of red that will produce surround sound like never before. The new East Stadium interior holds more than

agreement when they decided they could honor and respect

52,000 square feet of research space – including the Center

1. An expanded East Stadium that will boost

the traditionalists at the same time they could “wow” the

for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) directed by Dr.

Memorial Stadium’s ability to accommodate

futurists. Those who thought this last major expansion

Dennis Molfese, one of the world’s foremost experts on

92,000 fans in Nebraska’s ongoing NCAA record

would be just another round of more suites and seats grow-

concussion research, and the Nebraska Athletic Perfor-

of 325 consecutive sellouts since 1962;

ing out of more concrete to increase game-day crowds from

mance Laboratory (NAPL) directed by Judy Burnfield. CB3

85,000-plus to 92,000, will learn otherwise when they step

is an academic-based initiative, and NAPL is athletic-based.

inside Memorial Stadium again this fall.

They will work collaboratively on research to enhance the

2. A joint venture public project with the City of

First and most importantly, the existing East structure

performance, safety, health and well-being of both student-

Lincoln to open the downtown Pinnacle Bank

Arena that already has produced a first in

was protected as is. Its shell was preserved and expansion

Nebraska men’s basketball history – a 2013-14

became a separate building over the existing structure. The

NAPL will use high-tech tools to analyze an athlete’s

season sellout of more than 15,000 seats – a mile-

timeless quality of the old will still warm, exalt and stimu-

performance so that the effect of different training inter-

stone that was achieved a full six months before

late those fans who have been filing into Memorial Stadium

ventions can be determined. Technology-driven tests on

Nebraska plays its first game inside that state-of-

for decades in this, the 90th anniversary of the stadium.

helmets and footwear are examples of ways to maximize

the-art arena; and

The carefully planned stadium makeover, however, will be a real game-changer on game day for two reasons: 1) The

3. An innovative Devaney Center project that will

East Stadium will be twice as high as it was last year; and 2)

double the capacity for Nebraska women’s

volleyball and wrestling and markedly upgrade the

facilities for women’s and men’s gymnastics in a

$20 million extreme makeover of a 37-year-old

building. The new facility will give the Huskers the

opportunity to expand the nation’s longest sellout

streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.

After 12 years of sellouts, Nebraska’s powerhouse

volleyball program now will seat just short of

8,000 fans with all reserved seats sold in advance,

plus a chance to accommodate up to 400 standing-

room-only ticket buyers. In addition to these three aggressive construction ini-

tiatives, a new $20.4 Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex has been approved. It will be built on 28 acres owned by UNL on the former site of the Nebraska State Fair camp30 | GoodNUz | ATHLETICS

East Stadium

athletes and people in the community.

safety and performance. “Other projects will be more long-term,” Burnfield said, pointing to researching factors that may predict inju-

ries or chronic conditions. In other words, what the lab uncovers will

least 10,000 for their season opener, but don’t be surprised to see

be relevant outside athletic facilities, according

that total go higher when Lincoln and surrounding communities

to Burnfield, whose NAPL group also will col-

understand that history will be made and an outdoor festival will

laborate with the Institute for Rehabilitation

surround all the indoor action.

Science and Engineering at Lincoln’s Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. NAPL recently received a significant

Pinnacle Bank Arena

host Florida Gulf Coast. The women are expecting to draw at

The Huskers’ day-night doubleheader will celebrate the impor-

17, the only day

Public Schools and with the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame

of the year that

Foundation. Before the women’s game, several area school districts

ogy because the research work will benefit

will participate in a Pep Rally that will promote education, sports-

people of all ages, not just student-athletes.

manship and responsible choices.

those served in the environment,” Burnfield said. “We’ll be doing research not only while student-athletes are in

On July

tance of life skills. Nebraska Athletics is partnering with the Lincoln

grant to purchase state-of-the-art technol-

“We’re driving our research by the needs of

‘Team Jack’ Wins an ESPY

Miles was truly surprised when Nebraska sold out its season so quickly.

none of the major North American professional leagues had a game scheduled, a 7-year-old pedi-

“We’re blessed with tremendous fans who want to see a winner

atric brain cancer

Jack Hoffman and Taylor Martinez

our academic program, but also as they age. Our goals are to help

and are excited about their new surroundings,” Miles said, remind-

patient from

athletes perform optimally while reducing their risks of injuries and

ing everyone that it takes more than sold-out signs to create a

Atkinson, Neb., shared the spotlight with

complications later in life.”


the biggest stars and greatest legends in

“I want everybody who bought tickets to show up, and I want One Miles’ Dream Comes True: A Season of Sellouts If you’re looking for the upset in Nebraska’s ultimate triple

everybody to shout at the top of their lungs when they get inside that arena,” Miles said. “This is just the first step in a whole lot of

play, let the record reflect a triple-name answer … Pinnacle Bank

steps we need to be a championship-type team. That’s the goal.

Arena. After all, Nebraska football has an ongoing NCAA record of

Selling out is very important in my book, but it’s just part of getting

50 consecutive years of home game sellouts. Husker volleyball has

the wheels to turn up that hill we will all start climbing, and we’re

its own ongoing home-game sellout streak of 12 consecutive years.

going to do that together.”

all of sport. Jack Hoffman, the recordholder for the longest touchdown in Nebraska Spring Football history, won the ESPY Award for “Best Moment” in sports over the past year. When he received the coveted ESPY, he was surrounded by his family, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez and Husker wide receiver Kenny

Men’s basketball? Well, let’s just say Big Red fans need not dig into

Bell at the nationally televised ceremony

any record book or archive. No Nebraska men’s

at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. An ESPY Award is different than a

or women’s basketball team has ever sold out a

Grammy for music, an Emmy for televi-

season, let alone accomplished such a feat six

sion, an Academy Award for film or a

months before the season opener. It is one Tim

Tony Award for Broadway. Award winners

Miles dream that already has come true, thanks

are selected exclusively through online

to a well-orchestrated marketing campaign that

fan balloting. Big Red fans undoubt-

helped unite Huskers across the state.

edly led the charge and did more than

As tactical and strategic as he is creative,

their fair share supporting Jack, but let’s

Miles can’t wait to launch a new era of Nebraska

be honest here. With nearly 8.1 mil-

basketball at Pinnacle Bank Arena, and look

lion views of the YouTube

who’s coming to Lincoln for the opening game

Devaney Center

– Florida Gulf Coast (FGC), the only No. 15

the views ESPN accumulated in its own national voting process, Jack is a semi-

seed to ever reach the NCAA Sweet 16, which FGC did last March. Four starters return from that team, and

‘New’ Devaney Era Already Delivering Big Dreams

Miles is counting on a certain level of March Madness permeating

John Cook dreams big, but even a perfectionist can be sur-

the Downtown West Haymarket Area on Friday, Nov. 8, the night

prised, if not shocked, when he sees a renovated Bob Devaney Cen-

before Bo Pelini’s Huskers play Michigan in the Big House.

ter. Wearing a hard hat and walking through a certifiable mess in

Please don’t anyone forget that Pinnacle Bank Arena is also the

video of Jack’s most famous run, plus

mid-July, Nebraska’s ultra-successful head volleyball coach said his

national hero and, perhaps, even a bit of an international celebrity by now. The Hoffman family thanked Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini “for having the guts to put a 7-year-old in a football game,” Rex Burkhead “for all he’s done

new home of the Nebraska women’s basketball team. Connie Yori, a

jaw dropped when he caught a meaningful glimpse of the Devaney

recent National Coach of the Year, has recruited the likes of WNBA

Center’s extreme makeover. Like everyone else, including promi-

rookie Lindsey Moore and legitimate first-team All-America candi-

nent national recruits, Cook couldn’t help but shake his head. “You

ing Jack a part of the team,” all the fans,

date Jordan Hooper, who will enter her senior season after playing a

just look up, and it’s really cool,” said Cook, whose own new office

especially Husker fans “who supported

lead role in the USA Basketball Women’s World University Games

makes him a “neighbor” to five sold-out luxury box suite owners on

Jack in this fight and voted for Jack,”

gold medal this summer in Russia.

the south side of a remarkably reconfigured facility.

and ESPN for helping Jack and his family

Talk about glitz, glamour and game-day atmosphere. The

Those who know Cook understand his meticulous nature. He

Nebraska women will be the first to play inside Pinnacle Bank

sees every last detail as a strategic piece of the puzzle. This make-

Arena, hosting UCLA at noon on the same day that the men will

over is designed to make Nebraska volleyball one of the few NCAA (Continued on page 32)

for Jack over the past two years,” the entire Nebraska football team “for mak-

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The Huskers have 15 regular-season home matches in their in-

all the traditional trappings of the Coliseum, Nebraska volleyball’s

augural season inside the new Devaney, including six against teams

beloved home for nearly four decades. At the same time, he wanted

that reached the NCAA Sweet 16 last year. Nebraska will host

the new facility – which volleyball shares with women’s and men’s

first and second-round NCAA matches, plus serve as one of four

gymnastics and wrestling – to dazzle players, coaches, opponents,

regional hosts that will determine the 2013 NCAA Final Four.

fans, recruits and national television cameras. He wanted a worldclass facility so unique that it could only happen at Nebraska. Exhibit A in that evidence is Cook’s own office. Where else

Nebraska finished 26-7 and ranked No. 7 in the 2012 final ratings. The Huskers fell one match win short of making the Final Four and return only two starters from that team. Their 2013 re-

can a head coach look south and see the State Capitol building

cruiting class, however, was ranked No. 1 nationally, and all eyes are

and then turn around and see the playing court below? That court,

focusing on the perennial goal.

thanks to the generosity of Bill and Ruth Scott, will carry the name

John Ingram, Nebraska’s associate athletic director in charge of

of his predecessor, Terry Pettit, when Nebraska hosts Villanova in

capital planning and construction, has been excited about all three

its first official match at the Devaney Center on Sept. 6. Why Vil-

major construction projects – the East Stadium, the Pinnacle Bank

lanova for such a historic game? Because Pettit’s daughter, Emma, is

Arena and the Devaney renovation. “I’ll be honest. I’m most excited

the Wildcats’ setter, and Cook knows all about how tough it is for a

about the transformation of the Devaney Center from a 37-year-old

coach’s daughter to lead a team at the highest collegiate level. When

facility that had fallen behind the times to a world-class venue for

Pettit’s name commemorates this new facility, Husker fans will do

volleyball, wrestling and women’s and men’s gymnastics. It’s going

what only they can do – cheer enthusiastically for two things at the

to change the game for all four programs.”

same time, even if one is wearing a different uniform.

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