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


A perfect partnership Academics + Athletics = Innovative Research

When Nebraska opens the biggest entrance to its $63.5 million East Stadium Expansion Project this fall, football fans will walk through space that goes well beyond 6,200 new seats and 38 new suites. That’s because 50,000 square feet of this refashioned, modernized Memorial Stadium will be devoted to research, and that exploration of the unknown will feature the ultimate odd couple working hand-inhand ‒ academics and athletics. University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty, Nebraska Athletics staff and private sector partners will team on innovative health and performance research.Turn to page 16.

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Nebraska Alumni Association Contacts Diane Mendenhall, Executive Director, (402) 472-4218 Claire Abelbeck, Digital Communications, (402) 472-4209 Andrea Cranford, Publications, (402) 472-4229 Jenny Green, Student Programs/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, (402) 472-4219 Sarah Smith, Video Communications, (402) 472-4246 Andy Washburn, Membership/Operations, (402) 472-4239 Kevin Wright, Class Notes/Photos/Graphics, (402) 472-4227 Shelley Zaborowski, Awards/Reunions/Alumni Masters Week/ Colleges, (402) 472-4222 University of Nebraska Foundation Development Officers Interim UNL 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 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 Communication: 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 twice a year, in August and February, for University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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:

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The Nebraska Alumni Association teamed with a live Sports Nightly broadcast to draw a large Husker crowd at B.B. King’s Blues Club on the eve of the Capital One Bowl. A pep rally, including an appearance by the Cornhusker Marching Band, followed the Sports Nightly event in Pointe Orlando. Tom Osborne, former Huskers and the NU Spirit Squad and mascots held the huddle crowd’s attention at McCracken Field, just steps from the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Jim Rose interviews Tom Osborne at the Capital One Husker Huddle. Creative face painting was one of many attractions at the pre-game huddle. Husker fans cheer as Big Red takes the field at the Capital One Bowl game Jan. 1.


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Legends Scholarships Growing In 2011, the Nebraska Alumni Association joined forces with the NU Foundation and the UNL Office of Admissions on the Nebraska Legends Scholarship Program to help recruit and provide scholarships to the best and brightest high school students. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends across the country, 138 Nebraska Legends Scholarships were awarded in 2012. That number also includes scholarships provided by two alumni chapters, and the number is certain to grow as 15 alumni chapters are providing 38 scholarships in 2013. As of Dec. 18, 2012, the following alumni chapters now support the Nebraska Legends Program: • Siouxland Huskers • Idaho Huskers • Mad City Huskers • Tampa Bay Huskers • Chicagoans for Nebraska • Northern Nevadans for Nebraska • Coloradans for Nebraska (endowment) • Georgians for Nebraska • Oregonians for Nebraska • Washington Cornhuskers • North Texas Nebraskans • Kansas Cornhusker Club • South Carolina Huskers • Iowans for Nebraska • NYC Huskers

at the Nebraska Champions Club. Afternoon activities include breakout sessions on video introductions, finances and negotiation; a speaker from Gallup; and tours, all at NU Athletics’ new Student Life Complex. The event concludes with participants attending a reception and show at the Lied Center.

Alumni Career Webinars Offered The Nebraska Alumni Association is pleased to present the following career advancement webinars focused on career building and job seeking in today’s social media environment. We invite you to take part in these online events, delivering top career authors and experts to your computer for live webinars. All content is free to Nebraska alumni and friends. Upcoming Webinars Include: • LinkedIn Makeover – March 6, 7 – 8 p.m. CDT • Five Steps to Your Personal Brand – April 3, 7 – 8 p.m. CDT All you need is a computer, Smart Phone or Smart Pad to participate. You can also join an ongoing discussion about careers, career opportunities and ideas with classmates and fellow alumni. Knowing you have a busy schedule, you’ll also have access to the webinar recordings, and PDFs of their presentations anytime, via any device. To learn more and register, visit

ROTC and Military Alumni to Honor Newly Commissioned Officers The Nebraska Alumni Association ROTC and Military Affiliate will hold its third annual spring banquet April 11, in conjunction with the 2013 ROTC Joint Service Chancellor’s Review. The annual Chancellor’s Review consists of a formal pass-in-review parade of all ROTC cadets and midshipmen, and the presentation of academic and leadership achievement awards and scholastic scholarships to individual cadets and midshipmen. Through the generous donations of ROTC and Military Affiliate alumni, scholastic scholarships will be awarded to a cadet and midshipmen from each of the three service branches represented at UNL. The Chancellor’s Review begins at 3:30 p.m. in Cook Pavilion, adjacent to the M&N Building. The banquet, honoring all cadets and midshipmen who will graduate in May, will be held at the Van Brunt Visitors, 313 N. 13th St. Dinner reservations are $35 for affiliate members and $45 for non-members, and space is limited. For more information, please contact the ROTC and Military Affiliate at or the Nebraska Alumni Association at 1-888-353-1874. To register go to huskeralum. org/affiliate-groups. The deadline for registering is April 4.

For personal, hands-on career assistance, contact the NAA’s own alumni career specialist, Larry Routh, lrouth@, 402-472-8916.

For more information on the Nebraska Legends program, visit

Cather Circle Spring Meeting Set Cather Circle, the Nebraska Alumni Association’s mentoring group for alumnae and collegians, will gather March 7-8 for their spring meeting. First up: A dinner on March 7, featuring guest speaker JoAnn Martin, Ameritas CEO and president, and recognition of the Cather Collegian and Alumna of the Year and past student scholarship winners. The theme for the meeting that follows on March 8 is “Work with Me” with the focus on empowering leadership, relationship building and influence. The daylong session features committee meetings, a business meeting, a women in business panel and lunch with an etiquette workshop 4 | GoodNUz | ASSOCIATION UPDATE

All Stressed Out: More than 1,500 students came to the Wick Alumni Center to study for December finals – consuming 28 canisters of pop, 450 bags of popcorn and 250 chicken strips – the latter in a record three minutes and 26 seconds!

Yell Squad Reunion Planned The yell squad tradition at the University of Nebraska dates back to 1903 when an all-male squad was founded by the Innocents Society to promote school spirit. More than a hundred years later, the cheers are led by an all-female group. The Nebraska Alumni Association is organizing a 110th anniversary reunion for the all past and present Yell Squad members on Nov. 1-2, 2013. Alumni of the group will have a chance to reconnect with old friends and see what’s new on campus. Tentative plans call for campus tours, a Friday evening social and dinner, a pre-game event and the Nebraska vs. Northwestern football game. Serving on the reunion committee are: yell squad alumni Jeff Castle, ’83, Marietta, Ga,, Debra Kleve White, ’80, Austin, Texas; Kari “Cookie” Koziol McConkey, ’85, Gretna; and Jane Porter McLeay, ’83, Omaha; and Shelley Zaborowski and Kelsey Sievers of the Nebraska Alumni

If you were a member of the group, please complete the

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The alumni association is in the process of identifying Yell Squad alumni and coding their records accordingly.

available. You can also begin reconnecting on the Yell Squad

Enter the 2013 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, 2013. 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: • By FAX: (402) 472-9289 • Online:

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Thank You to Our Newest Life Members and Contributors to Our Programs New NAA Life Members July 1 to Dec. 31, 2012 Derek A. Aldridge and Kim S. Aldridge, Pharm.D. Dan R. Baker Carl E. and Jennifer A. Bartholomew Robert E. Bates, Jr., D.D.S. and Carol Bates, D.D.S. Jeremy M. Baum, M.D. and Laura L. Baum Rebecca G. Beard, Ph.D. James B. Beck, Jr. and Nancy J. Beck Richard A. and Patricia A. Becker Dorothy J. Bell Raymond W. Bieber, Ph.D. Billy J. Bolin Bobby C. Bolin Samuel E. Boon, M.D. and Patricia L. Boon Alex J. and Marilyn M. Borchardt Shauna L. Bose Harold B. Bowers, D.D.S. Matt B. and Sara A. Boyd Caroline L. Brauer Abbey Breinig Thomas G. Brewster, M.D. Nancy J. and Kelven Brozek Lorain C. Buethe, Ed.D. Meagan G. Bukin Gareld D. Butler Thomas R. and Norma Cambridge David J. and Lois J. Carlsen Lance P. Carlson Barbara P. and Richard L. Christensen Thomas J. and Cheryl L. Clines Melissa K. and John S. Coburn Bruce A. Colvin Ryan M. and Sarah C. Comes Tony J. Connot, PA-C Tamara L. Cullen Brian S. and Jeanette Dehning Donald L. Dickson Gail L. DiDonato, Ph.D. Luis F. Dimas Bruce L. Drake, USN Ret. Kenneth L. Dubas Dennis Duchon, Ph.D. and Dean Donde Plowman, Ph.D. Theodore A. Durant Judy L. Eggleston Dale W. Endorf Hon. Robert B. Ensz and Deborah G. Ensz Steve A. and Shirley M. Equall Bryan D. Ernest Loren E. and Vicki Fairbanks Brian K. and Rebecca L. Feller Amanda C. Ferguson Michael E. and Marcia J. Frerichs Nancy J. and Todd W. Garrelts George A. and Jane E. Gevo Tod A. Glasgow David M. Gleason, D.D.S. and Michele M. Gleason Charles L. R. Gleeson Beth A. and John Godbout Stacy L. Goodwill, D.D.S. and Dan Raymond Daryl D. Grafelman Jon P. Grenseman Jamie L. Hamaker Debora L. Hamernik, Ph.D. Erin M. Hammons Susan R. Hammons Whitney J. Hansen Brooke A. Herbig John M. and Nancy L. Herhahn 6 | GoodNUz | MEMBERSHIP

Bryan R. Hill Judith A. Hofeldt Richard T. and Mary J. Holdcroft Michael J. Hourigan Merideth K. Hueftle, Ph.D. Doris M. Huffaker Otto W. and Sarah S. Imig Shannon D. Jaeger Terry M. Jensen, D.D.S. Joan T. Johns John A. Johnson, Jr. Larissa L. Johnson Tracy E. Johnson Gerald A. and Elaine Johnston Kenneth A. Kester, Pharm.D. and Margaret K. Kester David C. Kirby William and Marlene Knoerzer Kim K. Kock Den L. Kudrna and Linda Stewart-Kudrna Mari Lane Gewecke Jason A. Lavene James G. Leising Jerome D. Leising, Ph.D. and Vestey L. Leising Christopher A. Leitner Karen K. Loftis Robert J. Long Jeffrey H. Lowe, D.D.S. and Jana F. Lowe Sharen K. Lukow Ronda K. Maloley Brian L. Mariska Carol L. Marshall Roger M. and Carolyn J. Massey Scott D. McMaster Sharon B. McNalley Andrew K. Meade Robert L. and Susan J. Medina Denise A. and Richard A. Meredith Gerald C. Miller, M.D. and Kimberly A. Miller Kimberly A. Mitchell Nancy A. Morgan Pamela J. and Michael Morrison Matthew C. Mundt Eddie A. Munoz, Ph.D. Allen M. Murphy John D. Murphy Marjorie M. Neill Daniel H. Nelson Howard P. Nelson Michael F. Ness Kimberly S. Neuwirth Bruce E. Nielsen Julie A. Norskov Adkins Tod J. Ochsner Winston W. and Amanda M. Ostergard Christopher L. Ott, Pharm.D. William R. Pedersen Robert G. Planansky Warren V. Porter John M. Powell, J.D. Toni S. Radtke J. Phillip Ramsey David M. Rasmussen Dean F. and Jessie A. Rasmussen Nancy M. Rathje Dale D. Reber Linda K. Reitan Stephanie Retzlaff Leeding Amy M. and Tom Rice David L. Ridenour and Laura A. Maurstad Ridenour Karl D. Robinson, D.D.S. Todd W. Robinson, M.D. Dustin J. Roby Wallace H. Rogers, Jr. Nathaniel Sallans

Emily E. Scheller James P. Schlichtemier, M.D. and Gloria R. Schlichtemier Richard D. Schmidt, M.D. and Judith E. Schmidt David J. and Kendra M. Schneider Donald F. Seacrest Benjamin M. and Lisa M. Sedivy Viola K. See Blair C. Slapper Georgia L. Stevens, Ph.D. Leonard W. Stone Douglas L. Straub, Jr. Christopher C. Stream, Ph.D. Steven W. Stueck Arlin R. Stutheit Gary A. Sullivan Tedde J. Taege Kent A. Taylor Thomas D. Terpstra, J.D. Gale D. and Carole G. Tessendorf Claren J. Thomas, III Josephine Thomas and Robert B. Thomas, Jr. Beryl K. Thompson Howard E. and Patricia A. Thompson Robert C. Trenchard, Jr. William C. and Joan R. Truhlsen Allan R. and Melinda R. Vyhnalek Robert E. and Jeanne A. Wallace Charles J. Weborg, Ph.D. and Lois E. Weborg Bruce S. and Mary K. Wertz Douglas A. and Beverly E. Westerberg Meghanne J. Wetta Morgan C. Whale Warren R. White Gordon K. and Jolene J. Wiegardt Kourt D. Williams, Ph.D. Dayle E. Williamson Patricia J. Winter Tsu-Hsi Yang, Ph.D. Jeffrey J. Yosten, M.D. and Lisa D. Yosten, M.D. Ronda S. Zarek James K. Zimmerman, Ph.D. Dennis C. and Ann E. Zitterkopf Recent NAA Contributors July 1 to Dec. 31, 2012 Elizabeth N. Abel John W. Adams, Ph.D. Jessica N. and Jason M. Adelaine Shirley E. Adkinson Lloyd R. Albers Patrick K. Allen Stanley L. and Virginia J. Allen Harold W. and Marian L. Andersen Amy K. Anderson, M.D. and Robert L. Anderson, M.D. Roger G. and Shirley J. Andrews Dennis J. and Kathryn E. Anstine Paul A. Archer, CPA Ronald D. Arp Howard D. Atkins Richard D. and Katherine A. Ayers Paula D. and Thomas Baack Helen F. Babcock and James C. Babcock, M.D. Henry R. Bader, Jr. William Banwell Raymond P. Barkley, Ph.D. Jennifer A. Bartholomew Kathy A. Bartlett Thomas D. and Kathryn A. Bass Barb J. and Donald P. Batie

Joanne E. Bauman Brian Bean David R. and Catherine A. Beathard Graten D. Beavers Peter R. Becker Carolyn M. Bednar, Ph.D. and Ladislav F. Bednar Shirley A. Beier Ivette M. and Lyle D. Bender Karen L. and Robert V. Beneda Joyce A. Benedict Lawrence A. Bennett Ruth E. Benson, Ed.D. Sarah Berke and Terry G. Berke, Ph.D. Mildred J. and Harold E. Bernstein Kathleen A. Best Jacqueline A. and Bernard L. Birkel Iris Bland Marjorie J. Bock Marcia A. Boden Jesse D. Boeckermann Barbara A. and Thomas L. Boeka Margaret A. Boesiger and Dwight D. Boesiger, Ph.D. Darrell R. and Lorajane Bolli Linda I. Bolton and Claude M. Bolton, Jr. Glenn M. Bonci and Joan K. Ronnenkamp Marylouise Bookstrom Linda J. Bors Mark W. Bostock Judith A. and Bruce M. Bowling Betty J. and Douglas G. Brackhan Nancy C. Brandt, Ph.D. and Robert E. Brandt, Ph.D. Ronald B. Brester Joyce E. and Kennard L. Britton Thomas L. Broad Virginia J. Brokaw Dale L. Brooks Rosemary K. Brouwer Dorothy K. Brown Gwenyth M. Brown Marie N. and Carl H. Brown Barbara Brugger and Wayne E. Brugger, PE Clarence A. Brunkhorst Robert L. Bryant, II Joy A. Bukowy Phyllis A. and Gary F. Burchfield James F. Burke, M.D. Michael L. Burks Mildred L. Burns, Ph.D. Richard J. Butler Lynette K. and Donald L. Byrnes Marilyn K. Campbell Rick Cantor LaNeta L. and Stanley L. Carlock Marion D. and Carl S. Carlson Donald A. Cass Lauren J. Caster Bruce T. Cavin Chad A. Cecrle Donald J. Chase, USAF (Ret) Richard R. Chenoweth, Ph.D. Kelly J. Chermok Billy S. Childers Fred and Gretchen L. Christensen Nadine R. and Roger E. Christensen Stephen B. Claar Amy L. and Timothy F. Clare Doris A. Clatanoff, Ph.D. Thomas S. Clayton, IV Delores F. Cleavenger Leigh A. Cleaver Mary L. and Gene E. Cochrane Cora L. Cole

Karen L. Conley and Richard F. McTygue Thomas W. Copenhaver, Ph.D. Douglas J. Cotner F. R. Cotton Sally S. Coyne James R. Crabb, D.D.S. Warren R. Crawford Lela K. Criswell and Marvin E. Criswell, Ph.D. Gretchen H. Crusick Joseph F. Cuda Sally D. and Robert J. Cunningham Robert K. Curry Gordon E. Dahlgren Wayne N. Dankert Oscar C. Decker, Jr. Bobbie S. DeLoach and William A. DeLoach, Ph.D. Maria DeLucia, Ph.D. Bernadine Denenberg and Michael S. Denenberg, M.D. LaVada Dennis Kenneth J. Diamond, Ph.D. Morton Dickson, III Gregory H. Diederich Richard A. Dienstbier, Ph.D. and Karen N. Dienstbier Lorrie F. and Francis L. Dobrovolny Violet L. Douglass William M. Dowd, P.E. Shirley A. Dowling, Pharm.D. and Jeffrey D. Dowling, M.D. Marilyn G. Downing Ed Duncklee and Laura Buchman Michele M. Eakins and Gregory L. Eakins, M.D. Rosemary G. and William S. Eastwood John R. Eby Gerry and Ed Ecker Demaris A. and Eugene G. Edwards Jodie A. Edwards and Daniel C. Edwards, USAF MariJean Eggen, Ph.D. Stanley C. Ehrlich Steven M. Eicher Susan C. and Thomas L. Eiserman Eileen C. Elles and Mark E. Elles, M.D. Jennifer S. Emanuel Richard A. Engberg Gregory L. Engler Robert O. Epp Jack L. Eriksen, Ph.D. Donald G. Erway, CLU Betty L. and Jerry L. Ewing Katrina R. Fahlin and Joel J. Thomsen Sally A. Feidman Tina M. Filipowski and Sean R. Filipowski, USN Rear Adm. Minnie M. Fischer and Loyd K. Fischer, Ph.D. Janice A. and Robert H. Fitzsimmons Heather D. Fletcher, Au.D. and Ely J. Fletcher Roxie L. Folsom Ruth E. Frank Eugene S. Freeman June A. Freeman and Fred H. Freeman, USAF Retd. Linda K. Frerichs Lois M. Frogge Jean A. Fuller-Stanley, Ph.D. Roger W. Gardner Patricia and Roger W. Garey Richard J. Geier Donald R. Geisler Douglas G. Genereux, Ph.D. Robert E. George Irma T. and Richard G. Gerlach

Carol A. Getz Richard A. Gibson, Ph.D. Sharon Gierhan and Ronald D. Gierhan, Ed.D. Cheri and Ted M. Gill Josephine A. and Leonard J. Godown Mark D. Gordon Kathy S. and Randall R. Graham Joseph J. Grasso Donald D. Graul Jeri M. and Dennis D. Gray Elizabeth R. Griffin Donald R. Grimm Sandra R. Grulke Jeanette L. and Jerry P. Guinane Frank A. Hacker Patricia D. and Richard C. Hahn Margaret J. and Russell S. Hale Robert H. Hale John F. Hamann Glenda J. and Robert T. Hammons Donald E. Hampton Jennie D. and Jeffrey C. Hanson Lorraine V. and Max A. Hanson Matthew J. Hardebeck Beverly A. and Willie L. Harper Samuel F. Hatfield, Jr. Jack C. Hawkins, Jr. Catherine and James T. Healey Troy W. Heard Gerdi G. Heath Victoria A. Hedlund James E. Heiliger Deborah G. Held C. M. Hendricks and Robert D. Hendricks, Ph.D. Jean C. and Larry D. Hennings Raymond J. Herbert Joseph A. Herz Robert A. Hewston Thomas L. Hilt M. D. Hinds and Janice E. Hinds, Ph.D. Mary J. and Ernest E. Hines Tammy J. Hinkle Terri and Dennis C. Hirschbrunner Jane J. Hirt Shirley A. and Carl D. Hobson Sandra J. and Darrel H. Hoffman Susan A. and David E. Hollman Louise B. Holt Florence C. and Burton E. Holthus Michael B. Houk, D.D.S. Edward B. House, Jr. Marty P. Howell Sandra J. Howland Jason L. Howlett Richard M. Hueschen Doris M. Huffaker Joann and William A. Hunnel Norma I. Hurd Charles B. Huston Lola and Donivan C. Huwaldt Lynnette M. Hynes Susan C. and Timothy J. Irons Terrie and David A. Irvin Renee L. and Russel R. Iwan Jon H. Jacobi Steven G. and Elizabeth A. Jacobs Kathy K. Jensen Carol A. Jensen-Linton Frank Johannsen Gerald E. John Jane and Calvin R. Johnson Kevin W. Johnson Mary B. Johnson R. D. Johnson Theresa A. and Bill J. Johnson Mary L. and Robert H. Jordan Kathryn A. and Lane L. Jorgensen Donald H. Kampbell, Ph.D. Patricia E. and Randall R. Kampfe Mark T. Kander Genevieve P. Kaplan Sandra K. Kauffman Val Kaufman and Don A. Kaufman, Ed.D. Scott A. Kaufmann Christopher J. Kavan David W. Keck and Jeannine M. Falter, Ph.D.

Wayne and Nancy L. Kehrli Jane K. and Christopher R. Kelley Rossell N. Kelley and Robert L. Kelley, Jr. Charles J. Kelly Raymond E. Kincanon Sally A. Kjelson Kathleen A. Kniss Michael D. Koehler, Ph.D. Mary F. Koopman and Theodore Koopman, USN Ret. Barbara J. Kostal Nan C. Krafka Marilyn J. Krenz and Robert J. Krenz, D.D.S. Nancy K. Kruse and Dale F. Kruse, Ed.D. Genevieve Kumpost Albert S. Labuda Wendi and Carl C. Larson Janet L. and Gary G. Latimer Peter M. Lawson Joel D. Lebsack, Ed.D. Frances P. Leeper Helen M. Leonhardt James C. Lienemann Shirley A. Lienert Carleen and Carl Lindberg Carol J. and Dan L. Lindstrom John M. Link Donna L. and F. Bert Linn Roger T. Logan Marilyn A. Lohrberg and Robert H. Lohrberg, Ed.D. Roger W. Long, Ph.D. Marilyn and Richard T. Lowery Vera M. and Daniel B. Lutz A. Ruth Macartney Vanesa A. Maddocks Ruth Magher Gary L. Mahler Kathryn J. Mahloch and Jerome L. Mahloch, Ph.D. Carl G. Mammel Nancy Mammel Carlos R. Manese, Ph.D. Beodianti S. Manning and Robert E. Manning, Jr. Donna M. Marshall Derrel L. Martin, Ph.D. and JoAnn M. Martin Barbara and Keith V. Martinson Ruth A. Massengale and Martin A. Massengale, Ph.D. Shelley L. and Kent E. Mattson Barry F. and Cleta M. McCann Linda H. McCarty and Bryan K. McCarty, J.D. Kelleen Y. McClain, D.D.S. and Timothy A. McClain Thomas W. McCormick David C. McGowan Janice E. and Duncan B. McGregor Ruth A. McMaster Michael A. McPherson, Pharm.D. and Rogene K. McPherson Martha L. Meaders and O. Donald Meaders, Ed.D. Diana L. and Allan R. Meier Harold A. Melser Calvin G. Melson Gloria A. Mendez Sharon A. and Arnold W. Messer Mary A. Messick Scott F. and Christine L. Messinger Cherie L. Metschke and Harlan H. Metschke, Ed.D. Alfred W. Metzger and Esther L. Beynon Jeffrey D. Meyer Darlene A. and Arnold C. Miller Kathy A. and Andrew T. Miller Marshall Miller Vickie L. and Kent R. Miller Rita A. and Stanley R. Mills James R. Minarick Daisy D. and J. Gates Minnick Diane H. Mitchell Dennis E. Mitchem, CPA Richard A. Moore Patricia J. Moran Ronald P. Morse, M.D.

Karen K. and Theodore R. Muenster Mary and L. K. Muller Clara Lee Mulos Mary J. Mulvaney Michael J. Mulvehill, D.D.S. Jean and Keith G. Mumby Mary E. Munns Eddie A. Munoz, Ph.D. Raymond A. Musil Helen E. Mutz and Austin E. Mutz, M.D. John D. Myers Lawrence R. Namerow Rita K. Neill Barbara G. and Brian A. Nelson Suzanne Nelson Tolman, Ph.D. and Dan E. Tolman, D.D.S. Timothy N. Neumann Mary K. Niemeier Walter and Beverly A. Nissen John R. Nolon Ben Novicoff Marianne K. Novotny, Ed.D. Douglas D. O’Brien Amy H. O’Gara Mary and John W. O’Neill Lori L. and Jon K. Ochsner Shirley J. Oliver Teri J. Oliver Cynthia A. Olson and Thomas H. Olson, Sr. Joan M. Olson and Jeffrey K. Olson, USN Retd. Karen L. and Robert K. Olson Marvin P. Olson, Jr. and Nancy Neumeyer Patricia A. Olson Stacie L. Olson and Thomas H. Olson, Jr. Thomas H. Olson, M.D. Randell B. Ortmeier Lillian M. Owens Leona Paden Donna R. and Rodney N. Page Anne B. Pagel and Alfred A. Pagel, Jr. Beverly Parsons Susan D. and Jerry W. Peckham Grant R. Peters William C. Peterson Mark A. Petri Cassandra J. and Gary A. Pietrok George A. Pinckney Stephen H. Pohl, Ph.D. Lois J. and Gale A. Pohlmann Madeline M. Polesky Keith G. Pollard Rebecca and Rudy J. Pospisil Jacqueline A. Powell and Robert A. Powell, D.D.S. Jane L. Pratt Lefferdink James J. Precht Gayle A. and Ray S. Preston Deloris M. Price Pamela J. and Thomas M. Price Marlene L. and Ivan H. Prigge Kenneth A. Putzier LaDonna J. and Gust J. Rakes Carin L. Ramsel, D.V.M. Ruth Raymond Thone and Charles Thone Diane and Richard A. Reed Geraldine F. and Donald N. Reed Judith C. and George W. Regan Larry D. and Deanna S. Reifschneider Carol J. Reiss Carolyn A. and K. Bruce Riddell Marianne B. and Joseph A. Rivkin Twyla S. Roberts Teresa K. Robertson Wendy S. Robinson Shirley J. and Barton C. Rochman Frank E. Roehl Teresa A. Romanek and David E. Rogers Elizabeth B. Romanoff Roy J. Ronnfeldt Virginia A. Rosenau and Harold E. Rosenau, D.D.S. William T. Saalfeld Manuel Salinas, Jr. Suzanne L. and Robert J. Sall Maxine B. J. and Patrick M. Sampson Sandra J. Samuelson Evelyn E. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Deanna J. Sands James R. Sargent Elizabeth M. and G. C. Sawyer Jan Scally Sherry L. and Bill C. Schilling Alyce Ann Schmidt and Walter H. Schmidt, Ph.D. Judith E. Schmidt and Richard D. Schmidt, M.D. Roberta R. and Raymond P. Schmidt Bobbi Schmidt Peterson Deena M. and James C. Schneider Jeanetta M. and Kenneth E. Schneider Harold K. Scholz Dolores M. and Guy L. Schottler Judith S. and Lowell D. Schroeder Roberta D. and Harold H. Schroeder Bradley J. Schroer Richard S. Sechrist Lloyd B. Seger Wendy and Derry Seldin Becky A. and Rex A. Seline Stacey M. and Paul J. Sellers Azelia Severs Alagappan Shanmugam Travis R. Shearer, D.D.S. Velma C. Shipley, Ph.D. and Parker L. Shipley, J.D. Adam Shires Dennis D. Shives Mary and Ronald C. Shortridge Barbara J. Shuck Warren C. Siecke Marsha A. Silvey and Chris P. Silvey, D.D.S. Robert S. Sindlar Harry V. Sirk John V. Skinner Charles B. Sklenar Sara E. Skretta, Ed.D. and John A. Skretta, Ed.D. Dora L. Smith Michael V. Smith Nancy M. Smith Nora and Wilson B. Smith Jack F. Snyder, Ed.D. Peggy J. Snyder Joseph P. Sokol, D.D.S. Margery M. Sorenson Frank R. Soukup Larry L. Sparks Mark A. Spotanski Hazel L. Sprandel, Ph.D. Wayne W. Springer Mark A. and Sheri L. St. Clair Jackie M. Stanczyk Tardy Karen A. Starr Sue Steinheider and Robb Steinheider, Lt. Col. Retd. Donald P. Steinke Timothy J. Stevens, PE Lisa M. and James D. Steward Mary E. and Rex A. Stewart Marylin M. Stewart Donna J. Stiles Alfred Stroh, Jr. Sara S. Strongin Judith A. Stuthman Douglas L. Sutton Marcia E. Swan and Marvin A. Swan, D.D.S. Marilyn J. Swanson Dale C. Sweeney Diana Tague Eisenach and Joseph B. Eisenach, M.D. Lee R. Talley Rickey D. Tank Clara E. Tao, D.D.S. and Douglas J. Colvin, D.D.S. Caroline S. Taylor Sue A. and Richard M. Tempero Athene F. Tenney Rosana M. Tesmer and Floyd S. Tesmer, Ph.D. John E. Thiel Beverly J. Thurber and E. Thomas Thurber, D.V.M. Mary C. Tipton Natalie A. and Dennis A. Toalson

Phyllis J. and Del L. Toebben Brad L. and Carrie L. Tolstedt Nancy L. and Michael C. Tooley Joan R. and William C. Truhlsen J. Carr Trumbull Shirleen J. and Lawrence S. Tucker David A. Turner Rita Turner and James E. Turner, Ph.D. Earlene G. Uhrig Shirley I. and William G. Umberger Velta Upeslacis and Janis Upeslacis, Ph.D. Alyssa M. Utecht and Matthew R. Heemstra Suzanne M. and Erik T. Van Fleet Darrell G. Vankygrifka Marcia K. and Gregory G. Vasek Mary J. and Richard A. Veed Richard S. Veys Jean C. and John R. Vincent John R. Voboril Stephanie A. Vodehnal Ruth C. Von Goetz Frederick J. Von Hollen Shirley P. Wach Stephanie Wade and Lloyd R. Wade, J.D. Carolyn M. and John J. Wagner Deborah L. and Richard L. Walentine Kenneth L. Walker Iris M. and Donald E. Wall Dorreen M. Wanitschke Richard M. Wardell Margaret S. Warner Gene D. Watson Teresa A. Way JoAnn I. Weaver and Arthur L. Weaver, M.D. Lois E. Weborg and Charles J. Weborg, Ph.D. Reicka L. and John M. Wehrman Roger E. Wehrs, M.D. Suzanne Wenke and Robert A. Wenke, J.D. Charles W. Wertz George A. Wessberg, D.D.S. Wayne E. Wessel, D.D.S. Robert L. Wetzel Kenneth J. Whitcomb Freeman White, Jr. Janet Whitla and Dean K. Whitla, Ph.D. Debra J. Wilcox Nancy J. Williams and John B. Williams, Lt. Col. Retd. Richard J. and Danette K. Wilson Bruce W. Wiseman Marcia K. and Dennis M. Wolf Joan W. Worrall Dianna L. Wright and Leonard D. Wright, Jr. Dixie L. and Brian L. Wulf Roy Yanagida Tsu-Hsi Yang, Ph.D. Charese E. Yanney Marion E. Yant and Richard S. Yant, Jr. John A. Yost Alita A. Young and Gerald D. Young, Jr. Bruce D. Young Dixie L. and Gregory W. Zabka Lee A. Zentner

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Your Ticket to the 2013 Football Season We’ve Added More Member Benefits! A-List The Nebraska Alumni Association partners with arts and athletics venues

VIP Packages — Assure Yourself a Seat

Through the annual association ticket lottery, VIP program and the Hail Varsity Society, NAA membership could be your key

NAA members may also participate in the Nebraska Alumni

to a great seat in the newly expanded Sea of Red when the 2013

Association’s VIP Football Weekend that includes guaranteed

season kicks off.

game tickets, a downtown hotel stay, Nebraska Champions Club

Our ticket system is based on membership status, involvement

passes, special tours, access and more. Just pack your red, get to

in the Lincoln and Omaha area to offer

and giving. The more involved you are with the alumni association,

Lincoln and we’ll take care of the rest. For more information visit

discounts on tickets to events (such as

the better chance you have of receiving single-game tickets of your or call Sarah Haskell at (888) 353-1874. If you’re

NU Olympic sports, Lied Center shows,


not already a NAA member, you may join at the time of your VIP

Omaha Symphony performances and others) that become available at the last minute. Receive e-mail notification of discounts a few weeks to a few days before events. Simply update your huskeralum user profile. Select “yes”

purchase. If You Are Already a Member… For current members, it couldn’t be easier – simply return the Football Ticket Request form ranking the games that interest you.

Football Season Tickets Available to Hail Varsity Society If one game just isn’t enough, a limited number of season

If the association has tickets available for a game you ranked and your membership is active, tickets will be awarded to you. You also

tickets will be made available to members of the Hail Varsity

have the opportunity to make a new 100 percent tax-deductible

Society. For a $4,000 annual donation, society members get access

A-List does not obligate you to purchase

gift or upgrade your membership on the ticket form – doing so

to purchase up to four 2013 season tickets and four Nebraska

any tickets.

moves you up the priority list. The request form is also available

Champions Club passes, and the ability to request surplus tickets

online at

for away football games, volleyball, basketball and Olympic sports.

next to the A-List option – you must be a member of the NAA. Joining the

Society membership is extremely limited. For more information

Complimentary Nebraska Olympic Sports Tickets Members of the NAA now receive four complimentary admissions to NU home Olympic sport competitions. Vouchers may be used for wrestling, gymnastics, track & field, soccer, golf, bowling and cross country. To receive your vouchers, please visit huskeralum. org and log in. Golf Discount NAA members can now enjoy deeply discounted rounds at more than 3,000 golf courses across the country. Simply select “University of Nebraska” from the drop-down menu at and enter your e-mail address. From there, you can view available tee times, courses and discounts by state, city and date.

Not a Member? Not a Problem!

or to join the Hail Varsity Society, contact Andrew Greer at (402) 472-8915.

If you want in on the gridiron action and aren’t currently a member, you can join on the request form or online at before May 1. If you really want to enhance your chances of getting tickets to a top-tier game, join as a life member

Group seating may be available for chapter and affiliate group

and consider making a 100 percent tax-deductible gift on top of

members. At least 10 chapter or group members must request and

your life membership. In addition to your game tickets, you’ll

receive tickets to any given game to be seated together, based on

enjoy member benefits such as discounts, publications like the

availability. Chapter and group leaders will work with members to

members-only Nebraska Magazine, special event invitations and

determine the group’s preferred games. Please note, any individual

more. New Life Members will also have their names engraved on

member is free to deviate from the chapter/group preference, if

a bronze plaque for the Life Endowment Wall in the garden at the

he/she has interest in other games. Contact your chapter or group

Wick Alumni Center.

leader for more information.

Another Opportunity Occasionally, tickets become available at the last minute for home and away football games and home basketball and volleyball games. Life members of the NAA are eligible to purchase these tickets by joining the Husker Hotlist. Once your name is on the hotlist, you’ll receive e-mail notification when tickets become available. To join the list, check the box on the form on page 9, or

update your huskeralum user profile by selecting “yes” next to the option for the Husker Hotlist.



Chapter/Affiliate Group Seating



PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES Please complete the form below by May 1, 2013 to be included in the football ticket lottery. Tickets are limited to one game and two tickets per household, with priority going to life members with donations, then life members, then annual members of the Nebraska Alumni Association. Involvement and service moves you to the top of your group. Completion and submission of this form constitutes an application for tickets. Members agree to purchase tickets for a single game for any game ranked below. TICKET REQUESTS Mark your preferences for home and away games on the form below. If your name is drawn to receive tickets, your credit card will be charged and you will receive mail or e-mail confirmation by July 1. The actual per ticket price will match university single-game tickets prices. Home tickets will be available for pickup at the Wick Alumni Center, the week of the game, or at the stadium will-call window on game day beginning three hours prior to kickoff. Away game tickets may be picked up at our pre-game event(s), if applicable or via FedEx for a $25 charge, sent 7 to 10 days before each game.

2013 Football ticket request form

Non-Members Complete This Section

Name______________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________________________________ City/State/Zip_______________________________________________________________________ Telephone (home)_______________________________ (work)_______________________________ E-mail Address ______________________________________________________________________ Enroll me in the Husker Hot List (must be a life member) Please charge my credit card:




VISA (No checks please)

Credit card #_____________________________________________________ Exp. date____________ Membership/Giving Status: Life Member + Donor

Life Member

Paying Life Member

Annual Member

Member ID # (See your magazine mailing label – directly across from your name)____________________ Affiliate/Chapter Name (if applicable)______________________________________________________ Additional Tax-Deductible Gift to Elevate Priority $___________________________________________

If I am awarded tickets in the lottery process, I agree to purchase tickets for a single game as ranked below. I understand my card will be charged on or around July 1, and tickets are non-refundable.

Life Membership Paid-in-Full No reminder notices, no annual dues. Add your name to the Life Endowment Wall. n Individual $1000 n Joint $1250 Life Membership 5-Year Plan Makes life membership easier to afford by billing you annually. n Individual $230/year n Joint $290/year Senior Life Membership For our alumni and friends over 65 years old. n Individual $450 n Joint $550 Annual Membership Less than a dollar per week. n Individual $50 n Joint $60 Recent Graduate Membership For our newest alumni less than three years out of college. n Individual $15 n Joint $20



Indicate quantity (maximum of two tickets) and rank your game preferences with 1 being your top choice: Home games in boldface. Quantity Price Game



1 or




Sat., Aug. 31


1 or



Southern Miss

Sat., Sept. 7


1 or


TBD UCLA (Life Members Only)

Sat., Sept. 14


1 or



Sat., Sept. 21

South Dakota State


1 or


TBD Illinois

Sat., Oct. 5


1 or



@ Purdue

Sat., Oct. 12

1 or



@ Minnesota

Sat., Oct. 26

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Sat., Nov. 2

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@ Michigan

Sat., Nov. 9

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Michigan State

Sat., Nov. 16


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@ Penn State

Sat., Nov. 23


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Sat., Nov. 30

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INVOLVEMENT and Service (if any) Postcards of Pride Volunteer Huskers for Higher Education Cather Circle Affiliate/Chapter Member Alumni Awards Committee Alumni Advisory Council Travel Program Participant Husker Rewards Card Holder Former Board Member (Chapter, Affiliate or Association) Reunion Attendee Other__________________________________ Other__________________________________ Other__________________________________ Other__________________________________ Send form with credit card info (no checks please), postmarked by May 1, to: Nebraska Alumni Association, Attn.: Football Tickets, 1520 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508-1651

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Alumni Can Help Make Cornhusker Yearbooks Searchable Imagine transcribing the story written by Willa Cather from the 1895 yearbook, or following the evolution of various fraternities and sororities. Relive the glory days in the 1924 yearbook when UNL beat Notre Dame and the Four Horsemen. Recapture the early days of different colleges and clubs such as the Palladian Society. Find your grandmother or grandfather’s class entry. Transcribe the rosters of women’s and men’s athletic teams. You can do these things and more when you volunteer to transcribe or type the content of UNL’s yearbooks at

Digital images of a century of UNL yearbooks are already online ( – the only problem is that users can’t currently search the content. The solution is at hand, and we need UNL alumni and friends to help. The University of Nebraska Libraries introduces a new tool – http:// – where volunteers like you can type the content found on each yearbook page. The transcriptions will then be merged with the digital images, making them searchable.


Anyone in the world with a computer and Internet access can help. So if you don’t live in Nebraska and have always wanted to help your alma mater – this is the volunteer opportunity for you! How to get started:

Shop the UNL Bookstore for the best selection of alumni apparel and gifts.

1. Go to 2. Click on the Yearbook project. 3. Make an account – this is not required, but we’d love to recognize any volunteers

that contribute toward the success of this project. 4. Select a yearbook and page to transcribe. 5. Start typing what you see on the page. 6. Click “Save” when you’re finished. Details are also posted on the Nebraska Alumni Associa-

tion’s Volunteer Opportunity Bank at volunteer-vob. Once the yearbooks have been transcribed, other types of documents will be added to the site for volunteers to continue the work of preserving and sharing UNL history. Warning: This is a highly addictive and fun activity.



Sheldon Museum of Art

Sheldon Museum Of Art’s 2013 Anniversary Year In 2013 the Sheldon Museum of Art celebrates the

exciting and unusual programming in the galleries (May–

50th anniversary of the museum’s landmark Philip Johnson

June). An exhibition “Look for Beauty”: Philip Johnson

building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art As-

and Art Museum Design examines the architect’s work on

sociation, the museum’s dedicated support group.

the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New

A series of exhibitions and publications focusing

York, 1960; the Amon Carter Museum of American Art,

on the strengths of Sheldon’s permanent collection is a

Fort Worth, Texas, 1961; and the Sheldon Museum of Art,

highlight of the anniversary year. The exhibitions featuring

1963 (July–September).

the Sheldon holdings are Encounters: Photography from

Major works by Alexander Calder and Jun Kaneko

the Sheldon Museum of Art (February–April); Fifty Gifts

will be installed west of the building in the sculpture gar-

for Fifty Years (July–September); and Paintings from the

den, and a number of smaller works will be featured in the

Sheldon Museum of Art (July–December).

sunken sculpture garden south of the building.

Philip Johnson’s iconic structure will be the focus of

On Saturday, June 1 the Sheldon Art Association will

The Naked Museum, a period during which all of the

host a very special anniversary party that will transform the

museum’s artwork will be put into storage to allow for

gallery spaces into works of art. For more information on the 2013 anniversaries of the


Sheldon Museum of Art and Sheldon Art Association visit or call Monica Babcock at 402472-2463.



Most people remember Tommie Frazier, the All-American football quarterback who helped lead the Nebraska football team to back-to-back National Championships in the mid 1990s. Tommie continues to be asked how he has handled the pressures of being a world-class athlete; dealing with a career-ending illness; working in the business world; and being a husband, father and friend. Let Tommie share his compelling stories that touch on teaching, teamwork, goals, leadership, adversity, peer pressure and choices with your organization. For more information, contact: TAT Enterprises / 18603 Edna St. / Omaha, NE 68136 E-mail: Phone: (877) 722-2515

University of Nebraska Foundation

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






individuals have made donations to UNL during the campaign.



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

of UNL campaign gifts are from Nebraska households/organizations.

of new funds to the UNL campaign support student scholarships.



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

UNL students receive some form of financial aid. All statistics as of November 30, 2012. The Campaign for Nebraska began in July, 2005 and will conclude in December, 2014.

UNL Physicists Contributing to Search for God Particle By Alli Benner, UNL senior

UNL physicists have contributed to a bold discovery along the path to finding the elusive “God particle.” This past summer, scientists in Switzerland observed a particle that may be the Higgs boson particle, known as the “God particle.” If it is the boson particle, this discovery could be one of the greatest achievements in physics in decades. It could explain why particles have mass. It could help us under-

testing, installation, and calibration and monitoring of the “pixel tracker” detecting the passage of charged particles. “I am very proud and excited to be part of the UNL

stand matter – and the universe. This observation was

high energy group – one that has established itself as a

made at a laboratory in Switzerland, where a super collider

prominent contributor to the experiment in so many

generates high-energy collisions of protons in search of it.

ways,” said Dan Claes, chairman of the department of

Protons are smashed together at high speeds in the center

physics and astronomy and member of the UNL experi-

of the detector, generating about 31.6 million collisions per

mental high-energy physics group.

second when operating at its peak. This created plenty of work to be divided. More than 3,000 people from 38 countries worked

Claes believes the strength of the UNL team is magnifed by the energy of his younger colleagues. The group includes five faculty members, four post-doctorate

on this discovery, including faculty and students in UNL’s

students, three graduate students and four undergraduate

experimental high-energy physics group.

students who all contributed to the experiment.

The UNL team worked on the experiment using a particle detector. They were involved in the production and 12 | GoodNUz | FOUNDATION UPDATE


“The Higgs helps us solve one corner of the puzzle,” Claes said, “but not the entire picture.”

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

Donors’ Goal: Get Students Through College Jim and Faye Rasmussen From a conversation with Jim

bec; and Edmonton, in Alberta. This was when our children Julie

By Colleen Kenney Fleischer, ’88

and Robert were young. They both were bilingual, having learned

It was very, very traumatic when I first went to school in

French. I made up my mind that after my “traumatic” experience of transferring to UNL that our kids were not going to live in just one

Lincoln. “Oh, man,” I thought. “What a big city.”

spot their whole lives. This job gave us that opportunity. We eventu-

It was 1964. I roomed with a friend from Dannebrog, which

ally moved back to Omaha.

was the same size of my hometown Elba – about 200 people. I don’t

After 25 years with Peter Kiewit I retired and we moved to Ravenna. I went into farming. I grow beans and corn. It’s an inter-

think we went anywhere for the first two weeks. My folks were farmers. They struggled to make a living on

esting challenge to see what you can raise each year. I don’t know if we have

ground that wasn’t very

Alumni Reach Out to Construction Engineering, Nursing Grad Students Students studying construction engineering or nursing at the University of Nebraska benefit from the generosity of alumnus Jim Rasmussen and his wife, Faye, who live in Ravenna, Neb. They established four funds at the University of Nebraska Foundation to support students and academic programs. Three of the funds provide support

good. They didn’t want me to

a philosophy for giving back.

for students, academic programs and

struggle. My dad always told

We just want to help get

renovations of academic space within

me, “You’re going to college.”

students through college and

UNL’s The Charles W. Durham School of

to see them succeed and make

Back in those days you

Architectural Engineering and Construction in Omaha. Another fund provides

listened to your dad, and so I

their mark in the world. We

went to college – to Kearney

want to help kids in the nurs-

for two years and then to

ing fields get advanced degrees

Lincoln for the last three. My

so we can have more nursing

folks helped when they could.

teachers – there’s such a need

for the opportunity to provide support

But I didn’t like to take too


for these areas of the university. “The

We give scholarships

much from them so I’d go

an annual fellowship award to support graduate nursing students who wish to one day teach nursing. The Rasmussens said they are glad

University of Nebraska gave us the tools

home on weekends to work.

to kids in engineering and

to function successfully in the business

I’d make enough money – a

construction management. We

and social environment,” Faye Rasmus-

dollar an hour working for a

want our scholarships to go to

farmer – to make it through

the kids in rural areas to allow

the next week or two.

them opportunities to attend college if they so desire.

I’d work all summer long

We feel grateful for the

and was able to pay for my

sen said. “It is our hope these funds will help give as many students as possible well-rounded careers so they may also contribute effectively in society.” Eddy Rojas, director of The Charles W. Durham School of Architectural

tuition, books and most of my

doors that education opened


up for us. We just want to

improved facilities are being well used

help other people that way,

and enjoyed.

Faye and I married in

to allow them to benefit from

1967. She became a nurse and

Engineering and Construction, said the

“I can’t think of a single student,

worked in pediatrics and the

the opportunities that may

faculty or staff member associated with

newborn nursery. I think she

be available to reach the goals

our construction programs who will not

fell in love with every baby. I

that they wish to achieve.

graduated from Lincoln with a degree in civil engineering in 1967. I Student support is one of the top priorities of the Campaign for Nebraska. If you, like the Rasmussens, would like to help students

job I was grateful to have. That job took us to some very interesting places. We lived in Saint John in New Brunswick; Montreal and James Bay in Que-

great facility improvements,” he said. “It is with deep gratitude that The Durham

got a job with Boeing in Wichita, but got laid off. That opened the door for me to go to work for Peter Kiewit in Omaha, which was a

experience the positive impact of these

School thanks the Rasmussen family for their contributions.” Faye Rasmussen, a native of

achieve a college degree, please contact the University of Nebraska

Kearney, Neb., worked as a licensed

Foundation at 800-432-3216 or visit

practical nurse before working at home to raise their two children. She said she

We feel grateful for the doors that education opened up for us. We just want to help other people that way, to allow them to benefit from the opportunities that may be available to reach the goals that they wish to achieve. – Jim and Faye Rasmussen

always appreciated her nursing career, and it was the impetus for directing a portion of their gift to establish the Rasmussen Nursing Future Faculty Fellowship to support future nurses.

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Ag Professor Helps Others Grow By Colleen Kenney Fleischer, ’88 The seed of the Hoegemeyer tree took root in this soil long ago. It grew strong, against long odds. It learned to thrive. The seed was a teenager, the third son of German peasants, who stowed away on a ship bound for the United States around 1870. He was 17 years old. Caspar Hoegemeyer. The Prussians had grabbed his two older brothers and forced them to fight the French. They both died in the opening battle, and Caspar’s parents were afraid he’d be grabbed next. His father and an uncle rowed him out to sea and hid him in a lifeboat of a ship bound for Philadelphia. And a better life. His parents gave Caspar as much as they could for the journey: an extra shirt, a bag of apples and, most likely, their prayers in German to survive. Caspar spoke no English. He stepped foot on Ameri-

Tom Hoegemeyer

can soil penniless and wandered the streets until he heard some Pennsylvania Dutch people speaking his native tongue. One family took him in for the winter. Then he headed west. He just started walking and didn’t stop until he arrived in the Iowa town of West Liberty. He took a job picking corn. It was all hand-picked back then. (Maybe this was the first time that Hoegemeyer hands touched corn, a crop that would come to mean so much to the family.) A few years later Caspar left on foot again, this time for Nebraska. He carried a knife, a rifle, some clothes, a spade and a hoe. He homesteaded a piece of prairie along Logan Creek, north of Hooper, Neb. He dug a home in the side of a hill. And that’s where he’d sleep the next several winters, like a seed beneath the snow. From there, the Hoegemeyer tree grew. “It was virtually just a cave, with a sod front wall, that he dug into the side of the hill,” said Caspar’s great-

Leonard Hoegemeyer

grandson, Tom Hoegemeyer, Ph.D., a professor of plant breeding at UNL. “Every time it gets 20 below, I think,

ing corn and running the family business, Hoegemeyer

‘Man, this guy was tough.’”


Two generations of Hoegemeyers, son Leonard (left) and dad H. Chris look at one of the first bags of hybrid seed.

You can’t tell the story of Hoegemeyer Hybrids, Tom said, without starting with the sacrifices each generation of

This story is supposed to be about Tom, who sits in

But Tom said you can’t tell his story without telling

his office in Plant Sciences Hall on East Campus, telling

the story of his family tree – a narrative that’s like many

H. Chris Hoegemeyer was Caspar’s son, and Tom’s

this story about Caspar. Tom was considered one of the

family stories in Nebraska, of generations planting seeds

grandfather. Chris was born in that sod house in 1878. He

most innovative self-employed plant breeders in the world.

for the next in the hope of making it stronger.

was smart. He was good with plants. He was interested in

Tom is a source of pride for NU’s Institute of Agriculture

These towns of Nebraska, big and small, are popu-

and Natural Resources, where he now works as a part-time

lated with people with similar family stories, pioneers who

professor of practice after spending most of his life breed-

thrived under harsh conditions.


the family made for the next.

seeds. It was never enough to have just one wheat variety. He had to have six. Chris attended school only until the third grade. But

he was far-sighted enough that he de-

land-grant universities would do the

cided all of his children would gradu-

research, and because they didn’t

ate from the University of Nebraska.

have the facilities or ability to make

Hybrids. Though the family no longer owns the company,

“The university has made a huge

enough seed to supply the farmers,

some young men of the family’s next generation still help

the universities contracted to train

run it.

difference to this family,” Tom said.

started.” Last year marked the 75th year of Hoegemeyer

Tom’s dad, Leonard, was the

farmers in different areas to produce

oldest. He was close in age to his sister

hybrid seed to sell to their neighbors.

crop science from UNL, feels it’s the responsibility of his

Lillian. They started their studies at

Chris Hoegemeyer was one of those

generation to give back to the university. That’s one reason

the university during the Great De-

people asked to do it.

he’s a professor now. He wants to pass on the real-world

pression. After they’d been in school

“Grandpa was a little bit entre-

Now, Tom, who received his undergraduate degree in

knowledge he acquired in the field, literally.

a few years, it became clear that they

preneurial,” Tom said. “And he loved

And that’s one reason he’s volunteering to lead the

couldn’t both afford to stay.

seeds and plants anyway, so he really

effort to raise money for scholarships and programs for

took to doing this.


So Leonard dropped out, worked

“I think we have a responsibility when we get to a

on the farm and sent every nickel

“And believe it or not, my

to his sister so she could finish her

dad was at the university when he

point in our lives where we have something to give back –

degree. Then she took a job teach-

brought the very first bags of parent

either knowledge or dollars – that we make sure that there

ing chemistry in Omaha, lived on

seed – to grow the first hybrids –

are wells dug for the next generation, to make sure that if

nothing but raw grain and stuff she

home with him on the train from

we don’t plant, we at least fertilize and make opportunities

could get from the farm, and she sent

Lincoln. He had one bag for the

available for future generations.”

every nickel she made to Leonard so

male and one bag for the female, and

he could finish his degree. Later, their

they planted 11 acres of seed that

sister Alice got her degree in nutrition.

they would make the final cross to

Nebraska. If you, like Tom Hoegemeyer, would like to help the

be a hybrid. That was their first crop

University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural

In the 1930s, Tom said, it be-

Support for agriculture is a priority of the Campaign for

came apparent that hybrid corn was going to be a wonder-

of hybrid seed they produced to sell to their neighbors.

Resources (IANR), please call Ann Bruntz at the University of

ful new technology. The vision at the time was that the

That was 1937. And that’s how Hoegemeyer Hybrids got

Nebraska Foundation, 800-432-3216.

FOUNDATION UPDATE | Spring 2013 | 15

A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP: By Randy York, ’71 When Nebraska opens the biggest entrance to its

Building Private Partnerships Osborne, 75, is eager to see completion of the athletic

Osborne’s vision, beginning with former Nebraska women’s soccer assistant coach Wally Crittenden, who developed

$63.5 million East Stadium Expansion Project this fall,

research area that will be connected to the academic

his UNL master’s of education thesis on the benefits of a

football fans will walk through space that goes well beyond

research area. Communication, cooperation and collabora-

Nebraska Sports Institute that would elevate the Huskers’

6,200 new seats and 38 new suites. That’s because 50,000

tion will be paramount to seize the benefits from research

leadership positions in a variety of performance-related

square feet of this refashioned, modernized Memorial

that will feature, among other things, Bryan Heart Insti-

areas. Doak Ostergard, director of outreach for the athletic

Stadium will be devoted to research, and that exploration of

tute, which will measure conditioning training designed to

department, used Crittenden’s creative idea to start asking

the unknown will feature the ultimate odd couple work-

improve athletic performance. Known for his pioneering

“What if?” questions regarding possible tenants in the new

ing hand-in-hand ‒ academics and athletics. University

leadership in bringing cutting-edge strength training and

East Stadium.

of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty, Nebraska Athletics staff and

nutritional research into the daily lives of his student-ath-

private sector partners will team on innovative health and

letes, Osborne envisions a more comprehensive approach

partment, was contemplating moving some of his depart-

performance research.

that can range from psychological research to motion analy-

ment’s research into the Whittier Research Center, a former

sis of athletes lifting weights and everything in between.

junior high building that UNL recently renovated to house

This partnership will mark the first on-campus, shared academic/athletic research facility in the history of inter-

Osborne also has developed a strong working relation-

David Hansen, then-chair of UNL’s psychology de-

interdisciplinary research initiatives. “What if you moved

collegiate athletics. Whether you call it an historic break-

ship with Steve Kiene, managing principal at Nebraska

your group into the East Stadium instead?” Ostergard asked

through or an opportunity of a lifetime, just understand

Global, a high-tech company which has worked closely

Hansen after a meeting on the potential for collaborative

that these two anchor tenants are the result of a unique

with Nebraska Athletics on weight and conditioning train-

research between academics and athletics. The more Han-

collaboration that follows a simple but elegant and hereto-

ing, nutrition, online athlete assessments and biomedical

sen thought about the mutual benefits of crossover research,

fore unused equation: Academics + Athletics = Innovative

research projects, including on-field, tablet-based concus-

the more he embraced the idea of moving his research team


sion diagnostics. “We’re strong believers in research and

into the East Stadium.

“That’s perfect because that’s what this will be ‒ true innovation coming from two sides that rarely work together ‒ academics and athletics,” said Prem S. Paul, UNL vice chancellor for research and economic development. “All the stars are lined up for this unique partnership, and we’re delighted to join forces with Nebraska Athletics. Our national reputation in athletics is opening doors for us in academics. I have absolutely no doubt that linking our prestigious academic and athletic programs will create opportunities we’ve never had before. Our college deans are excited, and our faculty is on board. We are prepared to work together with a man who left an incredible athletic legacy to his home state and now has the opportunity to leave an equally incredible academic legacy.” Paul is referring to Tom Osborne, now serving as Nebraska Athletic Director Emeritus. Nebraska’s Hall-ofFame football coach and three-term Congressman has been given “100 percent leadership and accountability to lead the athletic side of this relationship,” said Shawn Eichorst, who succeeded Osborne as athletic director Jan. 3, 2013. “It was an easy decision to make. Coach Osborne’s vision created this partnership. He has everyone’s trust, and his leadership and guidance will get this joint research effort off the launching pad just like we all want. I wouldn’t want it to happen any other way.”


economic development,” Kiene said, “and we’re excited to

Another cog in this partnership is Brandon Rigoni, a

move some of our best performers into the East Stadium.”

member of the Nebraska football strength and conditioning

Several performance-related thinkers influenced

staff, who completed his master’s degree at UNL and is now

Research and Athletics

Academics + Athletics = Innovative Research pursuing a doctorate in biopsychology with an emphasis

from several colleges and other campuses are expected to

in statistics. His research centers on athletic performance

collaborate on research through this broad-based interdis-

related to the human stress response system.

ciplinary center, which will employ cutting-edge imaging technology to better understand the biological underpin-

Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior

nings of behavior and performance.

Osborne, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Paul

“With CB3, we’re creating an interdisciplinary center

worked closely to make this first-ever joint research facil-

for innovative health and performance research that links

ity and unique partnership a reality. A key player in the

academics and athletics and ultimately will improve the

research effort is Dennis L. Molfese, the Mildred Francis

health and welfare of our nation’s citizens, including our

Thompson Professor of Psychology, who will direct UNL’s

student-athletes,” Paul said.

new Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior, a.k.a. CB . 3

No one has to tell Osborne the importance of such

UNL recruited Molfese in 2010 to lead the university’s

research. The game of football eagerly awaits research that

brain research efforts. Internationally known for his exper-

could supply answers needed to decrease the frequency

tise in using brain recording techniques to study the emerg-

and the overall impact of football-related injuries. Osborne

ing relationships between brain development, language

believes if solutions are not found to correct the alarming

and cognitive processes, Molfese is a leader in concussion

trend and severity of increased concussions, the game will

research. He heads the Big Ten/Committee on Institutional

be in jeopardy.

Collaboration’s Traumatic Brain Injury Research Collabora-

The Big Ten/Committee on Institutional Cooperation

tion, which has teamed with the Ivy League to study head

and Ivy League concussion research initiative is unique in

injuries in sports.

its focus on short- and long-term involvement by athletes

Approved in January by the University of Nebraska

who agree to take part. Osborne said it’s not out of the

Board of Regents, CB3 is the linchpin of the East Stadium’s

question that Molfese’s team could measure concussions

combined research. More than three dozen UNL faculty

and determine with definitive research what types of hel-

dium facility having the potential to become a center of ex-

mets could improve the safety of players who wear them.

cellence at UNL, with significant impact on funding from

Dennis Molfese. Photo by Craig Chandler of University Communications.

the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Envisioning a World-Class, Interdisciplinary Center

Foundation, the Department of Defense and the private

With four decades of experience in brain studies and

sector. CB3 will be the nation’s only facility to simultane-

development, Molfese wants UNL to establish an interna-

ously record certain MRIs, eye-tracking and event-related

tional reputation as a pioneering, world-class interdisciplin-


ary center that investigates the interface between social, biological, behavioral, engineering and neurological issues. “Putting good people together leads to good things and

Osborne: Nebraska in a League of Its Own “I don’t know of any school in the country under-

the creation of two research spaces in Memorial Stadium

taking what we are,” Osborne said. “In athletics, you’re

will be a compelling catalyst for interaction,” Chancellor

always trying to push the limits of human performance and

Perlman said, adding that the opportunity for student-ath-

endurance, and by merging our athletic mission with our

letes to use the program will provide information that may

academic mission, we can build better relationships, boost

be more broadly helpful to society than just performance.

our recruiting and retain our top athletes.”

Nebraska Global, which will have office space in the

More than four decades ago, UNL’s chancellor asked

East Stadium, is helping Nebraska Athletics design a web-

Tom Osborne to make a choice between coaching football

based information portal for parents of student-athletes – a

and teaching. If he accepted a job as a professor, he would

one-of-a-kind technology tool that will help student-ath-

be groomed to someday become the president of the uni-

letes in every phase of their academic/athletic life and also

versity. Osborne, of course, chose football, but also made

could become a game-changer for recruiting.

sure he integrated academics with athletics.

Nebraska’s brain research efforts will stretch well beyond student-athletes and could help soldiers as well as citizens. Paul, Osborne and Eichorst envision the East Sta-

Today, in his farewell tour as perhaps Nebraska’s most popular leader, Osborne is enabling a powerful crossover (Continued on page 32) RESEARCH AND ATHLETICS | Spring 2013 | 17

“Without Madonna, I wouldn’t have access to a patient population and rehabilitation scientists, and without us, they wouldn’t be able to customize mechanical systems for these kinds of therapeutic uses. We need one another to solve problems like this.” – Carl Nelson UNL mechanical engineer

Judith Burnfield, physical therapist and director of Madonna’s Institute for Rehabilitation Science, and Carl Nelson, UNL mechanical engineer, collaborated on the ICARE.

Office of Research and Economic Development

Making Strides with ICARE By Ashley Washburn, ’02

unique rehabilitation needs of individuals with weakness, move-

For people recovering from an illness or traumatic injury, learning to walk again is a major milestone.

Madonna’s Research Institute received a grant from the Nation-

Patients who use automated treadmills or robotic gait devices

al Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to support

during rehabilitation often regain their ability to walk sooner

the ICARE’s development. It is used at Madonna and other leading

because these machines provide stability, support and mass step

rehabilitation hospitals to help patients recovering from neurologic

repetition while patients rebuild strength.

and orthopedic disorders.

But at $300,000 or more, small hospitals and clinics can’t

Madonna partnered with SportsArt Fitness Inc. to manufacture

afford these machines. A partnership between Madonna Rehabilita-

and sell the device in 80 countries, including the U.S. NUtech Ven-

tion Hospital in Lincoln and UNL has yielded an alternative.

tures, a nonprofit corporation that connects UNL researchers with

Judith Burnfield, physical therapist and director of Madonna’s Institute for Rehabilitation Science, conceived the idea for an ellip-

businesses, helped commercialize the ICARE. Rehabilitation experts recognize the device’s potential. In fall

tical machine that offered the therapeutic benefits of standard gait

2011, the ICARE was a finalist for the annual international da

devices at about one-tenth the cost.

Vinci Awards, which recognize new technologies that help people

She approached Carl Nelson, a UNL mechanical engineer, to help Madonna develop the Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical system, or ICARE. The ICARE system integrates sensing and actuation components that enable the machine

overcome physical limitations. Nelson said teamwork between researchers and patient-care experts is essential. “Without Madonna, I wouldn’t have access to a patient popu-

to increase or decrease power depending on the amount of support

lation and rehabilitation scientists, and without us, they wouldn’t be

a patient needs to maintain a natural walking gait.

able to customize mechanical systems for these kinds of therapeutic

“Nelson’s leadership ensured that the technology adjusts to the 18 | GoodNUz | RESEARCH

ment control and pain,” Burnfield said.

uses,” he said. “We need one another to solve problems like this.”

Office of Research and Economic Development

Global Food Security Project Targets Local Yield Gaps By Gillian Klucas, ’91 As the world’s population explodes to an estimated 9

such as accurately converting short-term weather data

billion people by 2050, farmers face the daunting challenge

into long-term patterns and

of making the most of every acre of suitable land while pre-

scaling up local yield esti-

serving the environment.

mates. All information and

Increasing yields on existing farmland obviates turning to rainforests, wetlands and other unsuitable land. “The critical question is: Where in the world do we have existing farmland with the capacity to produce much higher,

methodologies are shared on the new public website

From left, postdoc Justin van Wart with UNL agronomists Patricio Grassini and Ken Cassman.

“The beauty of this

stable yields?” said Ken Cassman, Robert B. Daugherty

project is that it is a global project but with local relevance,”

ing hands and talking directly with the person whose paper I

Professor of Agronomy at UNL.

said UNL agronomist and co-investigator Patricio Grassini.

was highlighting for a report just a few months ago.”

To answer that question, Cassman and an international

The atlas will estimate global yield trends and food secu-

With a $2 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates

research team are developing a tool to identify areas around

rity and also help individual countries identify production

Foundation, the team is working in India, Bangladesh and

the globe where significant gaps exist between actual and po-

potential to better strategize resource allocations and trade

10 Sub-Saharan African countries. Grassini also has devel-

tential yields for different crops. Yield potentials vary widely


oped collaborations in Argentina and Brazil with funds from

and often are difficult to measure. Unlike other efforts to estimate yield potential, the

Agricultural economist Justin van Wart brings a large-scale perspective to the project. His doctoral work for

the University of Nebraska’s Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute. Securing food for the future requires accurate informa-

team’s Global Yield Gap Atlas uses a bottom-up approach.

Cassman included developing methods to scale local data

Working with colleagues at Wageningen University in the

to regional and global levels. Now, as a postdoctoral fellow,

tion and decades of planning, said Cassman, who also chairs

Netherlands, the team is recruiting agronomists worldwide

the Nebraska native finds himself in a new country almost

the Independent Science and Partnership Council, which

to identify key agricultural areas and collect data about local

every month, presenting his methods and helping to build

advises the Consultative Group on International Agricultural

conditions and farming methods. These data are then scaled


Research, or CGIAR, on the scientific merit of global re-

to the national, regional and global levels. They also are developing the necessary methodology,

“It’s amazing to work with internationally renowned agronomists,” van Wart said. “It’s kind of surreal to be shak-

search projects. “We need to do a better job than we have in the past, and that’s what the Global Yield Gap Atlas will do.”

Creating Smarter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Potential uses include gathering intelligence, inspect-

Greater autonomy would make it possible to use UAVs

ing critical infrastructure and managing natural resources.

for field research in remote locations. The lab hosted a mul-

But safety, reliability and autonomy remain barriers to

tidisciplinary workshop in 2012 to discuss the technology,

widespread commercial use. Research by UNL computer

applications and implications of UAVs. The workshop drew

scientists and engineers Sebastian Elbaum and Carrick

UNL faculty from a range of disciplines including engineer-

Detweiler, co-directors of the Nebraska Intelligent Mo-

ing, agriculture and natural resources, journalism, political

Bile Unmanned Systems Lab (NIMBUS), addresses those

science and law, who want to incorporate UAVs in their


work or study their impact.

Modern UAVs are powered by a sophisticated combiCarrick Detweiler and Sebastian Elbaum co-direct UNL’s Nebraska Intelligent MoBile Unmanned Systems (NIMBUS) Lab.

nation of computer hardware and software systems, includ-

who could use UAVs to capture aerial images and gather

ing precise algorithms that guide the aircraft to its destina-

soil and water samples.

tion. Elbaum and Detweiler are developing software and By Ashley Washburn, ’02 Unmanned aerial vehicles have long been used for

NIMBUS already partners with UNL agronomists,

devices that could lengthen flight times, enable UAVs to fly in swarms or travel through obstacle-filled locations, such

“We are just starting to scratch the surface of the lab’s capabilities for research collaborations,” Elbaum said. Funding from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific

military purposes, including reconnaissance and targeted

as forests, cornfields or mines. Reducing flight errors from

Research and the National Science Foundation supports the

attacks. Recent technological advances have made these re-

unreliable signals, which often result in crashes, is key.

NIMBUS Lab, unique in its capacity to blend research and

motely controlled aircraft less expensive, smaller and easier to operate, expanding possibilities for UAVs in civilian life.

“Our goal is to make small UAVs that can, in essence, think for themselves,” Detweiler said.

technology in software and systems engineering, robotics and wireless sensor networks. RESEARCH | Spring 2013 | 19

Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

feed a world whose

With This Gene, Silence Is Golden

population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. The potential of epigenetics to improve

By Dan Moser

other crops is unknown. It’s

Plant scientists long have known they can alter crops genetically to improve performance; they’ve been doing it

possible that most of the

thousands of years. But what if they could dramatically im-

potential already has been

prove crops by leaving the genes themselves unchanged but

reached in corn, for example, because it’s been heavily

instead change how they’re expressed in a way that would Sally Mackenzie

be passed down to future generations? That question is at the heart of research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Plant Science Innova-

hybridized. Until now, scien-

percent increase in above-ground biomass, up to a 70 per-

tists couldn’t know what percentage of improvements in

cent increase in yield in sorghum, for example.

corn was due to genetic changes and what percentage was

tion, and the results so far are encouraging. The findings,

“We changed the way the plant is expressing its genes,

expected to be commercialized in the next couple of years,

even though we didn’t change the genes themselves,”

could play a role in helping meet the world’s dramatically

Mackenzie said. The process is called epigenetics.

increasing need for food, said Sally Mackenzie, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources plant scientist.

Mackenzie stresses these key points about her lab’s • It’s not transgene-mediated modification, which is

short for MUTS Homolog1, which is present in every plant. They discovered that if they “silenced” that gene in

controversial in some parts of the world and heavily

some plants, their growth patterns changed dramatically

Besides soybean and sorghum, it seems likely there’s great potential for epigenetics to improve crops such as cotton and dry beans. “And if you could do this in rice and wheat, you could


Specifically, scientists focused on a gene called MSH1,

due, unwittingly, to epigenetics.

regulated, thus slow to reach the market. • It’s worked in several crops so far – not so-called

perhaps change the world,” Mackenzie said. “It’s promising, but I don’t want to overhype this,” Mackenzie said. Yet to be determined is whether these effects will be stable and able to be scaled up as the techniques are commercialized and expanded to more fields

– dwarfed, highly branched and behaving as if they have

model crops, but actual agronomically useful crops,

seen high levels of stress, including cold, heat, sale, drought

most importantly soybean, sorghum and millet, and and more crops.

and high light. Then, after they reintroduced the gene and

also tobacco and tomatoes.

crossbred it with a plant that wasn’t altered, the crossbred

• These changes can occur in just two generations of

plant showed signs of enhanced growth, vigor, lodge resis-

plants, rather than the 10 or more it can take for

tance, high biomass production and higher yield.

genetic modification to take hold. That’s appealing

given the sense of urgency in figuring out how to

Those changes in some cases were huge: up to a 100

Far And Away Internship By Cheryl Alberts, ’86, ’00 Alex Peyton is going beyond the regular collegiate internship in agronomy. True, he helps farmers decide

interrupted his studies as a freshman. After that deployment, Peyton returned home to work for a crop consultant and at the Monsanto Water Utilization Learning Center.

what to plant and how crops can grow better. And he does market assessments of harvested products. However, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources sophomore is doing so in Afghanistan as a member of the Nebraska National Guard third Agribusiness Development Team (ADT 3). Deployed in April, he hopes to return to Nebraska in March. Peyton’s first love was animals. Prior to graduating

“That’s what sparked my interest in agronomy,” he said. In Iraq he “caught wind of ADT 3.” He applied and was selected. “Nebraska handpicked individuals based on their experience, accomplishments and knowledge,” he explained. As an agricultural specialist in Afghanistan, Peyton works with people in roles similar to University of Ne-

from Gothenburg High School in 2008, he worked for

braska-Lincoln Extension educators in delivering research-

a local veterinarian. After basic training he enrolled in

based knowledge.

CASNR , a part of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, to study animal science. Deployment to Iraq 20 | GoodNUz | IANR

As part of a vendor assessment, ADT3’s Alex Peyton (with clipboard) documents the origin of produce as well as who shops in a marketplace in Afghanistan.

“It’s important we explore this for every potential it offers for addressing some of the challenges in agriculture,” she added. The research is funded by the Department of Energy and National Science Foundation.

Seeding Afghanistan By Cheryl Alberts, ’86, ’00 When Vaughn Hammond traveled more than 7,000 miles and 10 time zones to help farmers in Afghanistan become more selfsustaining, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension educator

Soldiering On

said nothing could have prepared him for the experience of going back a century in time. “It was completely what I expected on one hand, and completely what I didn’t expect on the other,” said Hammond. He said

Vaughn Hammond, left, shows the size of hybrid cucumber seeds and explains the benefits of planting in rows to residents in eastern Paktya Province, Afghanistan.

he knew there would be a need for education and assistance, but

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock), the province’s highest agri-

that he had no idea what else to expect.

cultural official, learn to apply for funding. He helped identify local

Hammond works with fruit and vegetable producers across Nebraska and is located at the university’s Kimmel Education and Research Center at Nebraska City. From July 2011 until mid-April 2012, Hammond was stationed in eastern Paktya Province with the Nebraska National Guard’s second Agribusiness Development Team (ADT2). Prior

needs and taught ways to present funding requests using flipcharts, generator-powered computers and writing on walls.

birthdays and everyday life go on without their parent or parents. Operation Military Kids (OMK), a ports children of families affected by all

increase farmer incomes and provide nutrition.

phases of the deployment cycle. In Ne-

Hours of preparation went into planning Hammond’s and Gardez where he lived. Outside, he and other ADT members had

in rows, rather than hand sowing as Afghans were doing, which

only 60-90 minutes in any location, on business such as follow-up

brought unpredictable growth and yield.

visits, to reduce potential contact with insurgents.

braska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension also provides OMK support.

“We were very good relations builders,” Hammond said, add-

tions of farming knowledge, Afghanistan is the third poorest coun-

ing that his beard gained him credibility, as beards are a familiar

try in the world, Hammond said. Paktya Province farms of one

part of the Afghan culture. “We tried to teach and build capacity to

or two jeribs (one-half to one acre) grow wheat, livestock, fruits,

help the farmers fend for themselves.”

vegetables and bees. Income for a farm family of seven is about

Extension now is training ADT4 for its Afghanistan mission.

$700 a year, a third of what is needed to survive.

Hammond’s mission was funded by the U.S. Department of

tary. Hammond helped village elders and the DAIL (Director of

often with little fanfare as holidays,

modern planting methods, beekeeping and more, which helped

suitable for Afghanistan, such as how to plant corn and other crops

Now, there’s an emergency response program run by the U.S. mili-

personnel sacrifice, too – often silently,

nationwide, military-funded effort, sup-

ADT2’s full military missions out of the Forward Operating Base

Until recently government provisions made up the deficit.

Children of deployed military

Projects funded include poultry and livestock training,

to departure, extension taught ADT members farming techniques

Beset by more than two decades of war that destroyed genera-

By Cheryl Alberts, ’86, ’00

Defense’s agriculture development program in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is led by Howard Buffett. See Hammond’s blog at

“Youth experiencing deployment of a parent are incredibly strong and resilient, but need support and understanding of others,” said Mark Simmons,

“Facts I learned at UNL about how plants grow or what plants

extension program director. OMK supports youth through com-

need to grow are really what have helped the most for me here in

munity education, care packages, pen

Afghanistan,” Peyton said. For especially challenging situations, he

pal programs, mobile technology labs to

said he relies on guidance from Chief Warrant Officer 2 Waylon

help children stay in contact with their

Petsche, a 2002 CASNR agronomy graduate from Petersburg.

parents, speakers’ bureau, youth camps

Peyton is keeping a journal of his day-to-day work. Upon returning home, he plans a presentation to complete his internship requirements, and getting back into CASNR . “This deployment won’t necessarily put me in front of the curve on terminology or classwork,” Peyton said, “but it will give me experience dealing with farmers who don’t have a good grasp on farming as well as how to get a project started and help the farmer

and more. In addition, in Nebraska and nationally a “Purple Up” event in April encourages people to wear purple, symbolizing all branches of the military and visibly thanking military children for their strength and sacrifices. Visit



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College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Going Global: Internships from Nebraska to Africa By Sandi Alswager Karstens, ’01, ’07

No secret here: internships are a strong component of completing a degree program in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Whether across the globe or at home in the Cornhusker state, students learn valuable skills to take back to the classroom and after graduation, to their jobs.

Bryce Vaughn

Closer to home, Melisa Konecky, an animal science and ag

Bryce Vaughn, an agricultural economics/public policy senior from Alliance, interned with ICM and Orphans Unlimited in

leadership senior from Wahoo, is the communications and market-

the southeast African country of Mozambique. Working with the

ing intern at the Nebraska Corn Board.

organization’s agriculture program from May to mid-July, Vaughn

“Growing up on a farm with corn, soybeans, alfalfa and dairy,

helped buy beans, corn and rice from farmers for the 1,700 people

I thought I knew a lot about corn, but then realized I didn’t know

in the village of Balama. He also helped build dorms for orphans

that much,” she said. Konecky said she had no idea about some of the technology

and a church, and conducted children’s programs. “Even though they don’t have much, the kids were so happy,”

and conservation activities occurring in the corn industry. “I never realized all the things that corn had a hand in, from

he recalled. Vaughn is the first recipient of the Keith R. Olsen Agricultural Zach Cook

livestock feed, ethanol, exports to other countries or producing

Policy Internship Award, named for the former Nebraska Farm

corn plastic. All these areas have a very delicate balance, and it has

Bureau president, and this past fall he was an intern for U.S. Sen.

been interesting watching them in a year of drought and how they

Mike Johanns.

have really affected each other.” Konecky works with the corn board’s social media, posting on

Zach Cook also interned in the southern hemisphere last summer. The food technology for companion animals sophomore who

Facebook and Twitter and blogging, as well as taking pictures and job shadowing. Her yearlong internship ends in May.

grew up in Pensacola, Fla., interned at Oceans Research in George, Another Husker who spent the summer by the sea is Brie

South Africa. He conducted surveys, did tracking, and identified

Myre, a fisheries and wildlife senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

great white sharks and orcas. “Every day we’d go out on a boat, chum the waters, then would have someone spotting at the top of the boat for the sharks,”

Myre interned at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach, N.C. Working with sea turtle rehabilitation, Myre helped turtles

he said. Cook helped take pictures of the sharks, marking on a sheet Melissa Konecky

recover from injuries caused by nature, humans or predators such as sharks. She also got to help out with nesting.

what he saw.

“I got a snapshot of rehabilitation and sea turtle conservation

Oceans Research also had an aquarium in which Cook helped collect marine species. The most exciting activity, he said, was scuba

in general,” Myre said. “I thought I knew a lot about sea turtles be-

diving and free diving for pyjama jacket sharks.

fore, but you can only learn so much from a textbook. Getting this

There is a chance Cook could be on the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” series next year, as the show “Shark Men” was filmed

hands-on experience really tells you what it takes to be involved in a program like this.” Myre said a job such as this would be ideal, though she first

at Oceans Research while Cook was an intern. After graduation, he hopes to work for an organization such as Discovery or National

plans to attend graduate school for marine-related research.

Geographic. Brie Myre

22 | GoodNUz | Colleges


College of Architecture

The FACTs of Carver Bank By Jeffrey L. Day, AIA “Omaha, Neb., is a segregated city with extreme disparities between

Artist Theaster Gates performed “Clay in My Veins and Other Thoughts” at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha (March 30, 2011) in the Soft Cube gallery, designed by Min | Day + FACT. Photo: Chris Machian

communities and address real problems, whether social, environmental or cultural. Design education has evolved far from its roots in apprenticeship and technical training. The College of Architecture at UNL has refocused

class and opportunity.

its mission to emphasize just this sort of engagement with

Omaha claims the great-

the real problems and difficult challenges in the rural

est number of millionaires

and urban communities that it serves. The college faculty

per capita, yet is also

believe that design education and the advancement of the

home to the highest per-

design disciplines can and should occur side-by-side with

centage of black children

direct engagement and that all communities, especially

living in poverty of any

the underserved, should benefit from the advanced design

public. (The spaces are open to the parking lot and street.)

city in the country. These

experimentation that goes on in the college.

Working closely with Carver Bank project coordinator

demographic conditions

FACT is the award-winning Fabrication And Con-

FACT students worked with UNO faculty and Omaha North High School students at the Carver Bank during Three Days of Service in October, 2012. Photo: Jeffrey L. Day

Jessica Scheuerman, students began by holding a series of

struction Team, a design-research initiative started by

meetings with Gates and McGraw, Big Mama’s Kitchen

North Omaha, the poorest and most concentrated African-

professor Jeff Day in 2001. Working with Day’s architec-

staff and other project partners, and then toured the neigh-

American community in the city.”

ture firm Min | Day, the team engages creative, non-profit

borhood with local historians. FACT and Min | Day then

clients in collaborations that span design and construction.

held a pair of design “charrettes” – intensive creative work

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts with Chicago-based

FACT is an academic/professional design lab, a “do-tank”

sessions – to generate and evaluate ideas for the Carver

artist Theaster Gates and his Rebuild Foundation. In

in which ideas and new knowledge are developed through

Bank property.

response to the neglected environment around the project

action as well as thought. Architecture, landscape architec-

site, Gates’ Carver Bank is an effort to develop a new

ture and interior design students explore the interplay of

recycled building materials available for the project. One of

cultural space for North Omaha. Students in the UNL

traditional construction practices and contemporary digital

the hallmarks of Theaster Gate’s art practice is meaningful

are starkly present in

So reads the description of a project initiated by the

Parallel with the design phase, students sourced

College of Architec-

fabrication tech-

use of salvaged materials. At Carver, FACT has repurposed

ture’s FACT program

niques, and often

used and surplus structural bricks as a paving material but

are helping realize this

team with non-con-

installed them with holes exposed to invite grass and weeds


ventional collabora-

to grow through the openings. Bright white crushed glass

tors including state

from a Council Bluffs recycling center is the sand base and

the iconic Love’s Jazz,

prison inmates on

infill for the pavers. Benches and planters built by FACT

near the corner of

two previous pro-

from charred Cedar decking define the special edges while

24th and Lake Streets

jects and high

providing seating and a place for Big Mama’s staff to grow

in Omaha, the Carver

school students in

herbs. The ongoing project includes plans for drought-

Bank project (actually

North Omaha.

resistant native planting and a series of “light stations” –

Located behind

a combination of two

Where other

The Carver Bank project, 24th & Lake Streets in Omaha. Photo: Mike Sinclair

academic design

buildings including

steel structures with integrated lighting that provide spatial definition and animate the garden at night. A small cultural institution alone cannot transform

the abandoned Carver Bank, the first African American-

studios tend to focus on ideation, conceptualization and

owned bank in Omaha) will support three primary func-

schematic design, FACT students focus on the creative op-

a long under-resourced community with serious social

tions: work space for three artists, an exhibition and event

portunities embedded in the development and realization

challenges, but Gates wants “to create a place and find

space – the center for a series of vibrant public programs,

of projects. FACT emphasizes helping students develop

the group of people who can create solutions for North

and the new Big Mama’s Sandwich Shop. The project is

abilities to interact creatively with clients, fabricators,

Omaha internally.” The project is a social sculpture that

curated and organized by Hesse McGraw, chief curator at

builders and other partners rather than training them to be

offers a road to renewal but not all of the answers – a place

the Bemis Center, with the goal of establishing a “space of

part-time builders. Emphasis is also placed on advanced,

for dialog and cultural interchange.

public participation and cultural adventure.”

computer-controlled fabrication systems where students

Artists and contemporary art institutions are increasingly found directly engaging social, environmental and political issues rather than critiquing them from the pro-

For the College of Architecture and FACT, Carver

develop computer codes to guide automated machines –

Bank is an example the kind of bottom-up creative part-

the future of the building industry.

nership that connects the three missions of the university:

At the Carver Bank, FACT is transforming a series

tected confines of the gallery. Design students are similarly

of exterior spaces intended to serve artists working in the

found working outside the studio on projects that engage

Carver Bank facility, patrons of Big Mama’s and the general

teaching, creative production (design-research) and community engagement.

Colleges | Spring 2013 | 23

Speech and Debate Grabs Second Big Ten Title

College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Uses Classics to Help People Dealing with Trauma

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Speech and Debate became two-time champions of the Big Ten Conference this past fall with its victory at the Conference Challenge Tournament held at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. When the team won at the same tournament in 2011, they earned a place in the record books as the first organization on campus to capture a Big Ten title. This year, UNL led the field with a two-day point total of 190, ahead of the University of Illinois, which grabbed second place with 56 points, and tournament host Northwestern University with 53 points. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and effort our students and coaches put in to prepare this competition,” said

By Jeanne Ortiz Jones Anne Duncan probably can’t count the times she’s read Homer’s “Iliad,” Aeschylus’ “The Oresteia” or other ancient texts central to her work as a classicist. But these days, she’s seeing them through new eyes and helping others find meaning in them, too. The UNL associate professor of classics and religious studies is invested in a unique outreach project, one that aims to help veterans grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges

Anne Duncan

of returning from combat. Benefitting, too, are those struggling “I have always believed that ‘classic’ literature is considered

with other life-altering traumas. The project is called “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives” and

great because it has the ability to speak to people across centuries

Aaron Duncan, Speech and Debate di-

is one of many across the country – the only one in Nebraska –

and cultures, but now I’m seeing it happen in a whole new way,”

rector. “None of the students on our team

organized by the New York-based Aquila Theatre Group. Aquila

she said. “I’m seeing people connect to 2,500-year-old books and

receive full-ride scholarships; none of

has partnered with classics professors in 100 U.S. cities over three

find things in them that are relevant to their lives here in 21st

years in its mission to present performances, host workshops and

century America.”

them will be drafted into the professional ranks. They compete because of their love for this university and this activity.” UNL students captured seven individual Big Ten titles. Students winning conference championships included

Aquila, which specializes in the classics and pursues outreach to

senior Lauren Schaal of Omaha in per-

traditionally underserved

suasive speaking; senior Marc Otero of

audiences, is supported

Lexington in program oral interpretation;

in this effort with a grant

junior Amanda Stoffel of Raymond in

from the National Endow-

after-dinner speaking; junior Josh Planos

ment for the Humanities.

of Omaha in poetry interpretation; junior

Duncan, in turn, partnered

Grace Kluck of Lincoln in dramatic interpretation; and sophomore Reece Ristau of Omaha and sophomore Josiah BeDunnah of Lexington in prose interpretation. BeDunnah and junior Roger Allen of Firth claimed victory in duo interpretation. UNL Speech and Debate team, 2012 Big Ten Conference Challenge Champions

More recently, they welcomed professional actors from Aquila

stimulate discussion on this important topic.

“I have always believed that ‘classic’ literature is considered great because it has the ability to speak to people across centuries and cultures, but now I’m seeing it happen in a whole new way. I’m seeing people connect to 2,500-year-old books and find things in them that are relevant to their lives here in 21st century America.”

with Dr. Christine Emler,

– Anne Duncan

associate chief of medicine

workshop where they explored the challenges and rewards of performing Ancient Greek plays to modern audiences. The actors also delivered a staged reading in which they performed selected scenes from Greek tragedies – all having to do with combat

at the Lincoln clinic to bring the events to the VA Nebraska-West-

and the warrior’s return home. Duncan also presented a public

ern Iowa Health Care System. Such activities are part of patient-

lecture on combat trauma in Homer’s “Iliad.”

centered care and focus on the patient as a whole person and not

Her goals are simple: one being to help non-academic audiences discover that ancient Greek literature actually has a lot to say

just a disease, Emler said. They began with a book club in August. Doctors, nurses,

to them about issues that are important to them, even though it

psychologists, Vietnam veterans and

seems so remote. She also hopes it will give veterans and non-veter-

widows have filled the seats, bringing

ans alike a new forum to speak and to really hear each other when

their life experiences and their eager-

they talk about their experiences, thoughts and reactions.

ness to discover new insights together.

Duncan is hopeful this new effort’s life won’t be short-lived.

Duncan is discovering, too, in com-

“Although I’m not sure what shape it would take, I’d love to

paring the Greek warrior returning

see this evolve into a longer-term community outreach project,” she

home from warfare to the experiences

said. “I feel a certain responsibility to use our unique strengths to

of those who’ve served in Afghanistan,

play a part in helping solve some major issues facing our country.”

Iraq or Vietnam. 24 | GoodNUz | COLLEGES

Theatre for a performance

College of Business Administration

Enrollment Up Big at UNL College of Business Administration By Sheri Irwin-Gish Dean Donde Plowman announced a 25.4 percent increase in first-time freshman enrollment in the College of Business Administration (CBA) this fall. The numbers buck the trend across the university of a 1.6 percent decrease in overall enrollment and reverse a 16-year trend. “These numbers not only show the second largest increase in the last 16 years in CBA, but also reverse a

Dean Donde Plowman with sophomore Sam Meier of Harland, Wis., (left) and senior Elaine Ji of Suzhou, China (right). Photo by Roger Simonsen.

five-year downward trend in new freshmen,” Plowman

which new students received at New Student Enrollment

staff members and even alumni to build on the CBA com-

said. “We have 567 first-time freshmen who are pursuing a

if they follow me on Twitter and friend CBA on Facebook.

munity idea.

major in business.”

Then they post photos in their sunglasses throughout the

“We are being much more proactive about asking

year. It’s a great way for them to start to know each other.”

students to come be a part of the CBA experience,” said

15.8 percent. Plowman said new programs, activities and

Plowman said. “Whether they see each other in the Union

Plowman. “D’vee and Sheri and their staffs have worked

promotional efforts, including an improved and expanded

or downtown, they know they are CBA related when they

together to lead this charge. Faculty, staff and students have

website, and numerous touch points with students and

see the red and black glasses.”

also helped by e-mailing and calling prospective students,

First-time transfer students in CBA also increased

and talking to students and their parents when they are in

their families were key to providing new students with not

The sunglasses were just one part of the recruitment

only the information they needed, but also a feeling of be-

and marketing plan for new students. Assistant Dean for

the building. We believe all these efforts help make them

ing part of a greater community when visiting the college.

Undergraduate Programs D’vee Buss and Executive Direc-

want to be a part of CBA.”

“One of our most successful efforts in building a community with our freshmen has been our CBA sunglasses,

tor of Communications and Marketing Sheri Irwin-Gish worked with their own staffs, admissions, faculty, CBA

THE PLACE TO BE: Regents Approve New CBA Building By Sheri Irwin-Gish The Nebraska Board of Regents approved plans for a new $84 million College of Business Administration building, making way for one of the most significant events in the history of the college, and largest academic building project in recent history at UNL. The 240,000 square-foot building will be located at 14th and Vine streets, just north of Kauffman Academic Residential Center. The building will be built through private donations and is scheduled for completion in January 2016. The Regents approval of the building coincided with

A rendering of the new CBA Building, to be located on the southeast corner of 14th and Vine Streets.

“Building a state-of-the-art facility will help us attract

said. “The new building will provide all of the things that

a 25.4 percent first-time freshmen enrollment increase and

world class faculty and students, and will help us establish

our students need to graduate from CBA best prepared for

15.8 percent transfer increase at the college this fall. The

a major footprint in the Big Ten, home to some of the

the modern work force.”

increase of students, which reversed a 16-year negative

best public business schools in the world. To continue

trend, supports Dean Donde Plowman’s vision to build a

to achieve our enrollment goals, we need state-of-the-art

Chancellor Harvey Perlman to increase enrollment at the

nationally recognized college of business.

facilities and more room to teach more students,” Plowman

university by 5,000 students in the next four to five years.

The building will also help meet the goals set by

COLLEGES | Spring 2013 | 25

College of Education and Human Sciences

Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design Celebrates Gift By Michael James This past October, Mary and John Mitchell were honored by the UNL Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design (TMFD) and the College of Education and Human Sciences at the dedication of the Mary Mitchell Fashion Studio (MMFS). Mitchell family members and close friends, department and college faculty and students, and Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery friends and supporters joined Dean Marjorie Kostelnik,

Students work on projects in TMFD class in newly renovated Mary Mitchell Fashion Studio.

illustration. At the Flint & Kent department store in Buf-

The Mary Mitchell Fashion Studio in the Department

NU Foundation Senior Director of Development Jane

falo, Mary’s career as a professional fashion illustrator was

of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design is dedicated

Heany, and TMFD Chair Michael James in unveiling the


to a fashion illustrator that celebrated designer Oscar de la

MMFS dedicatory panel and in inaugurating the exhibi-

After Mary met Kearney, Neb., native and George-

Renta called “a true artist, elegant and masterful.” It also

tion “Drawn to Fashion,” which surveyed Mary Mitchell’s

town Law School graduate John Mitchell, also of Greek

honors the generosity of both Mary and John Mitchell

career as a fashion illustrator. The exhibition, curated by

descent, a long-distance courtship ensued and the couple

who, through the University of Nebraska Foundation, en-

Professors James and Barbara Trout, ran in the Hillestad

married in 1951, settling in Kearney. Mary took classes at

dowed the Mary Mitchell Fashion Illustration Scholarship

Gallery through November. Garments from the historic

Kearney State Teachers College, now the University of Ne-

Fund and the Mary Mitchell Fashion Excellence Fund,

braska at Kearney, and this association led to her teaching

and helped to underwrite the costs of the 2012 renovation

courses in their art department.

of this primary apparel studio. Just as Mary’s mother’s gift

In 1968 the Mitchells moved to Omaha and Mary returned to fashion illustration full time, working for the

as a “rich and fulfilling” career, so the Mitchells’ gifts will,

Nebraska Clothing Company for what she described as

for generations of students to come, help them to success-

“four fabulous years.” After striking out on her own as a

fully pursue and to ultimately realize their professional

freelance illustrator, Mary continued to refine her fashion


illustration skills with clients including Topp’s, Goldstein

Mary Mitchell congratulates student award winners.

costume collection, models for select illustrations, were also

contributed to her education and to what Mary describes

Late last spring works by four student designers were

Chapman, Herzberg’s, Zoob’s, Parsow’s and Wolf Broth-

selected by a panel of four jurors in the first round of

ers. Her career flourished during a period when fashion

awards from the Mary Mitchell Fashion Excellence Fund.

illustration’s role was critical to successful commerce in

The jurors included TMFD Professor Emeritus Robert

everything from haute couture to ready-to-wear, and when

Hillestad, Tomboy Inc. creative director and designer Laura

Omaha’s fashion merchants helped to define the meaning

McGrew of Kansas City, former Harper’s Bazaar writer

of style in the heartland.

Jenna Gabriel Gallagher of Omaha, and TMFD fashion

In the 1960s and ’70s, pages of the fashion press were

design alumna Sabrina Jones. Abby George was honored

filled with drawn images that captured the energy of the

with the Mary Mitchell Fashion Award Best of Show of

industry at its peak. That period of dynamic social and

$1000 for her ensemble “Matisse;” Julia Wang won the

Mary Mitchell first showed a penchant for art-making

cultural change impacted fashion but was in turn affected

Mary Mitchell Fashion Award of Distinction of $500 for

in high school, where her talents were nurtured by the

by it. This is one of the critical dimensions of fashion in

“Structured Contours;” Crystal Hobson earned the Mary

mentorship of her art teacher and encouraged by early suc-

general: it is inseparable from the age that spawns it, and it

Mitchell Fashion Award Honorable Mention of $250 for

cess in national art competitions. An unexpected bequest

serves inevitably as a barometer of that age’s tendencies and

“A Bit Like Clockwork;” and Yang Yu received a second

from Mary’s late mother made it possible for her to attend

unique character. In “Drawn to Fashion: the Illustrations

Mary Mitchell Fashion Award Honorable Mention of $250

the Albright Art School, affiliated with the University of

of Mary Mitchell,” the post-War period of American afflu-

for “Circles.”

Buffalo, from which she graduated with a degree in fashion

ence and exceptionalism comes convincingly to life.

featured in the exhibition. Born to Greek immigrant parents in Buffalo, N.Y.,

26 | GoodNUz | COLLEGES

College of Engineering

Electrical Engineering Alumnus Drives Sustainability in UNL Course that expertise to teach engineering courses and supervise graduate

By Carole Wilbeck Don Cox, B.S. ’59 and M.S. ELEC ’60, gets the wheels turn-

research at Stanford University, where he had earned his Ph.D., but

ing for students in the UNL class he teaches, ELEC 498/898, Sec.

it was one of Cox’s sons who showed him the important possibilities

004 – Electric Vehicles. On Wednesday afternoons, the learning

of battery electric vehicles.

shifts from a Nebraska Hall classroom to a nearby parking lot, where Cox’s sleek, “radiant red” Tesla Roadster awaits. After initial oohs and ahhs, tours begin at the trunk – where

Transportation accounts for nearly one third of American energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and three-quarters of American oil consumption with crucial impacts on climate, air

the car’s batteries, power electronics and motor reside. Then, if they

pollution, resource depletion and national security, said Cox, who

wish, students take turns driving the car. After a five-minute loop

advocates battery electric vehicles as a viable way to help address

around campus, drivers return with what Cox calls “the Tesla smile.”

those challenges.

EE senior Kathleen Gegner described driving the roadster as “fun

Cox has been a member of the UNL Department of Electri-

Tesla Co-founder Martin Eberhard Visits Nebraska Engineering

cal Engineering’s Advisory Board and, when he and his wife moved

A radiant red Tesla Roadster in the

feel continues

back to Nebraska

parking lot of Nebraska Hall has earned

in the vehicle’s

from California’s

responsiveness: “It

Bay Area, he met

just takes off,” said

with Prof. Jerry


Hudgins, depart-

and fast,” with a surprisingly quiet operating noise. The sportscar

ment chair (who

This battery

admiration for its sleek sportscar lines and sustainability. The car belongs to Don Cox (in photo at left, standing, fourth from right, in gray sportcoat), who returned to Nebraska after retiring from an active career in mobile communica-

electric vehicle

drives a Nissan

tions (and most recently, teaching at

can accelerate

Leaf electric

Stanford University, where he earned his

from 0 to 60

vehicle), and


miles per hour

began shaping

Last fall, Cox taught a course on electric vehicles for UNL Electrical Engi-

in 3.9 seconds

this course. The

(quicker than

syllabus includes

most gasoline-

an introduction to

fueled sports cars),

past and present

Cox said, though

electric vehicles

its top speed is

and their evolu-


tion, plus deeper

to 125 mph.

study of the most

crowd by answering a variety of ques-

promising alterna-

tions about engineering and startups.

Cox happily offers demos of the car and answers questions, feeling that each

tive: battery electric vehicles. Class sessions delve into BEV issues

positive encounter fuels future electric vehicle ownership. His car,

including electric motors, power electronics, drive trains and battery

number 60 off the production line in 2008, cost $100,000 origi-


nally. Tesla Motors discontinued manufacturing of the two-seat

single charge?” – comes Cox’s frequent response: “It depends.” Road

Trend magazine’s Car of the Year for 2013), still aimed at the luxury

surface, vehicle speed and wind conditions – especially in Nebraska

buyer but with wider consumer appeal.

– are key factors, but he said when the car is fully-charged (which

tion, since he retired in 2012 from an active career in mobile communications, which included work as an executive director

to test drive the car. Best of all, Cox brought Martin Eberhard (fourth from left), his friend and co-founder of Tesla Motors, to speak at Nebraska Engineering. Eberhard, with degrees in computer and electrical engineering, wowed the

To the most common carside query – “How far can it go on a

roadsters in favor of sedans (its Model S was recently named Motor-

Learning about electric vehicles has become Cox’s new avoca-

neering, including field trips for students

takes three hours using the 240-volt outlet in Cox’s garage), the car typically goes 200 miles at 65 mph. EE senior Marques King said he’s enjoying Cox’s course: “It’s

and division manager of radio research at Bellcore; as a depart-

interesting and relevant,” and adds to the strength of the power

ment head, supervisor and member of Bell Laboratories’ technical

electronics program at Nebraska Engineering.

staff; and as a U.S. Air Force R&D officer. Most recently he shared

COLLEGES | Spring 2013 | 27

Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

Art Major Completes Vision Trip to Nepal Potter spent three weeks working on her own project

By Kathe Andersen

“I had taken the Art in the Community class [at

Hannah Potter, a senior art major from Lincoln, spent

when participants were prompted to pick an aspect of Tiny

UNL] before I went, and Professor Sandra Williams and I

six weeks in Nepal last summer with the Tiny Hands Inter-

Hands’ work in which to immerse themselves. She became

talked a lot about how a lot of times with kids, their sense

national Summer Vision Team, on a trip that has changed

interested in learning more about the education system

of art is a piece of paper that might get thrown away, might

her life.

in Nepal, which focuses on rote memorization instead of

get stuck up on the refrigerator for a little bit, but then

“It was just a really growing and life-changing experi-

critical thinking, including in the teaching of art. Potter

stuck in a folder somewhere,” Potter said. “But for them to

ence,” Potter said. “I feel like it has confirmed and shaped

wanted to incorporate a more creative approach to art in

see their work in a more permanent setting that’s going to

what I’ll look for in the future, in terms of how to incorpo-

the schools.

be on display for anyone who comes to the house, I think

rate the things I’m passionate and excited about.”

“Most of the art they do in the classrooms is just copy-

that developing that sense of stability was a good step in that direction.

Tiny Hands International is a Christian non-profit focused on

“The kids were just really

fighting sex trafficking and work-

enthusiastic and really willing

ing with orphans in South Asia.

to engage with it,” Potter said.

Potter learned about the organiza-

“Probably delivering the mural

tion after working on a project for

and getting to work with the

them in an advertising class dur-

kids to each hang their bird on

ing her junior year. The organiza-

the top of this mural, it was

tion estimates that 10,000-15,000

probably one of my top-five

girls are trafficked from Nepal to

life moments. Just to see them

India every year.

engaged with it was even more than I had expected.”

“Once you hear about it, you

Williams was pleased that

can’t not do something,” Potter

Potter received a Hixson-Lied

said. She heard about the organiza-

Study Abroad Support Grant to

tion’s summer trips and decided to

help her make the trip to Nepal.

apply. Eighty to 100 people from

“Art in the Community

around the country apply each

students are introduced to grant

year, and nine were selected this

writing, and we were able to help

past summer on her team.

Hannah support her scholarly

“I just think there’s some-

Hannah Potter (back row, left) and the children from One Way Children’s Home in Nepal show off the birds they created for the mural project.

thing intrinsic when someone’s

and creative research by advising and mentoring her through the

identity is taken away, Potter said. “These are not things

ing exactly something like a Disney coloring sheet. And

grant writing procedure,” Williams said. “This type of trans-

that are personal choices. When you see that brokenness or

they can copy them very well, but for them to come up

disciplinary research that involves study across the humani-

injustice, there’s just a desire for that to be set right.”

with something on their own has a lot more potential to

ties showcases the exemplary work that our students do.”

Potter arrived in Nepal on July 25. The first three weeks were spent learning about the country and the issues

stimulate creativity,” she said. So Potter helped students create a mural at one of

Potter said she learned a lot from this experience. “It was rewarding for me, even just to realize my own

firsthand. Based in Kathmandu, the team visited culturally

the children’s homes in Kathmandu. She purchased two

limitations and my own brokenness as well,” she said.

relevant sites and nine children’s homes and also went to

large wooden boards and painted a brightly colored Nepali

“It’s easy to … say, ‘Look at all the things that are wrong

one of the monitoring stations on the Nepal-India border,


with Nepal,’ but to realize there is brokenness in my own

which included a visit to a safe house. The station had intercepted 73 girls in the previous 30 days. “When we first got into the taxi, it was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’” Potter said. “It was just pretty chaotic. At first, it was a lot to take in, especially when you have street ven-

“Then, I did an art activity with the kids where I cut different shapes of birds out of a construction paper card-

That doesn’t mean that I don’t have the chance or ability

stock,” Potter said. “And we did a lesson that talked about

to respond – even if it’s just a mural. That’s not necessarily

pattern and different types of pattern.”

going to dramatically change the entirety of Nepal, but I

The children created patterns to decorate their birds

dors coming up to talk to you or you have street kids who

and make them their own. Potter then laminated the birds

ask for money or beggars on the street. … Everything is so

and hung them from the top of the mural so they floated

overwhelming …”

over the painted landscape.

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life – it might look different but that root is still the same.

do have the ability to do the small things.”

College Media Matters Blog Tags CoJMC in Top 50 A journalism industry blog places the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications on its 2013 list of the top Anna Reed’s Award-Winning Photos: (Left) Clouds of colored cornstarch covered the crowd during the “final throw” at the Color Me Rad 5K race in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in July. (Right) Nebraska’s Kale Kaiser made a diving catch in the Purdue vs. Nebraska baseball game April 22, 2012, at Haymarket Park. This photo was picked up nationally.

College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Journalism Students Place in Hearst Competition Marian Andersen Scholarships and expects to graduate in 2015.

By Marilyn Hahn, ’88, ’00 Three University of Nebraska-Lincoln journalism students are

Reed is a junior photojournalism student. She most recently

the latest winners in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, often

worked as an Omaha World-Herald fellow and has held internships

called the Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism.

with the Northeast Nebraska News Co., the Lincoln Journal Star

Faiz Siddiqui of Cincinnati placed third in the feature

and the Daily Nebraskan. Reed holds the Susan Buffett Scholar-

writing-competition. Anna Reed of Omaha placed fourth in the

ship, Peter Kiewit Legacy Scholarship, Dr. and Mrs. J.F. Daly

first of two photojournalism competitions. And Lanny Holstein

Journalism Memorial Fund Scholarship and Canfield Scholarship.

finished fourth in the radio broadcast news competition.

She has worked on in-depth photojournalism projects in western

50 undergraduate journalism schools or programs in the United States. Dan Reimold of College Media Matters said the list emphasizes digital programs and practical experience. “It is strongly biased in favor of programs exciting me in the digital journalism realm,” Reimold said, “and in some way aligned with quality campus media and professional publishing opportunities.” The UNL J School is the only journalism program in Nebraska to be accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Siddiqui received

Nebraska and Kyrgyz-

Reimold said the programs that

a $1,500 award. Reed

stan. Reed traveled to

have received ACEJMC accreditation

and Holstein received

Brazil in December

may be an imperfect but highly valuable

$1,000 awards. The

for her third pho-

metric for ensuring quality – or they

UNL College of

tojournalism study

Journalism and Mass

abroad course. Holstein, a junior

Communications will receive matching

broadcasting major,


is a native Nebraskan

Siddiqui’s win-

Faiz Siddiqui

Anna Reed

Lanny Holstein

who grew up in Sidney and attended high

ning work, headlined

must be housed within an accredited school or college. AEJMC has accredited 109 journalism schools or programs across the country. Nine standards must be met to receive accreditation by the ACEJMC: mission, governance and administration; curriculum and instruction; diver-

“War-torn veterans, their dreams, and a yoga instructor,” was one

school in Omaha (Millard North). At UNL, Holstein is active as a

sity and inclusiveness; full-time and

of 143 entries in the feature-writing competition. It can be found

member of the student newspaper, the Daily Nebraskan, and the

part-time faculty; scholarship: research,

through this link to the Lincoln Journal Star website, http://go.unl.

student radio station, KRNU. He is interested in sports journalism

creative and professional activity;

edu/cxo. Reed’s winning photos, in addition to those on this page,

and broadcasting, covering the Huskers for the paper and doing a

student services; resources, facilities

can be viewed on the college’s website,

sports talk radio show during the week. Holstein will add duties as

anna-reeds-winning-photos. Holstein’s winning news reports – “Do

a producer for a local radio station this spring. In his spare time, he

Political Debates Matter?” and “Where’s the Youth Vote?” – both of

enjoys playing the guitar and listening to classic rock.

which aired on the college’s student-run radio station, 90.3 KRNU, can be heard at and Siddiqui writes political columns for the student-run NextGen

The Hearst program is in its 53rd year. Students from 106 universities with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions. Sponsored by the

Journal (; blogs for Harumph!, the blog of

William Randolph Hearst Foundation, it consists of five monthly

archaic interjections; and articles for Complex Magazine (complex.

writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three

com). He is completing a yearlong reporting internship with the

broadcast news competitions and four multimedia competitions

Lincoln Journal Star. Siddiqui holds one of the college’s Harold and

with championship finals in all divisions.

and equipment; professional and public service; and assessment of learning outcomes. College Media Matters is a webbased resource for news and commentary about college media and is sponsored by Associated Collegiate Press.

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College of Law

Students Win National Championship in Client Counseling By Jacob Zlomke, ’13 Nebraska Law students Audrey Johnson, ’12, and Christine Baughman, ’12, won the 2012 National Client Counseling Competition and represented the United States at the Brown/Mosten International Client Consultation Competition in Dublin, Ireland. The team was coached by Professors Alan Frank and Craig Lawson. In the client counseling competition, teams of two law students perform mock interviews with a client, portrayed by an actor, before a panel of three judges from the legal and counseling professions. The client comes to the team with a legal problem relating to the area of law chosen for that specific competition. Usually the given area of law is very broad, like education law or employment law. Before the client meets with the teams, the teams receive a brief statement of what the client’s concerns might be. “Normally these are very vague,” said Johnson. “They’re coming in to see you because they have a question about their boss or something equally ambiguous.” From there, Johnson said, she and Baughman would try to anticipate what help the client might need. Once the client enters the interview room, the team is judged on a range of criteria including “establishing an effective relationship with [the] client,” “analyzing the

Christine Baughman (left) and Audrey Johnson

client’s problem,” “working as a team” and “post interview reflection,” a time after the client leaves the room during

Baughman and Johnson’s regional triumph enabled

been the high point in her experience. “Competing in the final round of the national compe-

which the team discusses in front of the judges the client’s

them to return to the national competition. This time they

problem and possible strategies and solutions.

would emerge with the national title and a trip to Dublin

tition in North Carolina was incredibly exciting,” she said.

In the competition, each team does three of these

to compete at the international level, where they finished

“We knew we were one of three teams that could win and

interviews and the top teams move on to the semi-final and

in the top half among teams representing 22 different na-

go to Ireland. Once we won, it took a little while to sink

final rounds.


in, but it was awesome to think that on St. Patrick’s Day

The partnership between Johnson and Baughman

Competing at any level, Baughman said, begins weeks

we won a trip to Ireland.” For Johnson, who hadn’t been to Europe before, the

worked exceedingly well from the start, and their record

before the team sits down with its first client. The area of

only improved with time. In the spring 2011 semester, the

law for each competition is released a few weeks prior to

Dublin experience stands as the most exciting point of the

duo won the school-wide competition and the American

the competition and preparation begins immediately.


Bar Association regional competition, and finished ninth

For school-winning teams like Johnson and Baugh-

“The best part about the international competition

in the ABA national competition during their second year

man, each level of competition involved about six practice

was meeting other law students from around the world,”

of law school.

interviews, as well as an hour or so of discussion after each

Johnson said, “I found that to be very valuable – to learn

interview during which they and their coaches would

more about how their legal systems work and just to learn

petition again – making them the first team to win the Law

analyze the team’s strong and weak points. Johnson said

more about their countries in general. They have their own

College competition two years in a row. They went on to

that for each competition Frank and Lawson would bring

styles in terms of what a client interview looks like.”

win the ABA regional competition for the second straight

in attorneys from the community to help them understand

Johnson and Baughman graduated in May 2012.

year. The Law College’s other regional team of Trevin

the competition’s area of law and to help think through the

Johnson now works as an associate attorney for a Lincoln

Preble, ’13, and Andy Hanquist, ’13, finished second in

interview problems.

law firm, while Baughman recently began her position as

The following year as 3Ls, they won the school com-

the regional. It was the first time that Law College teams had placed first and second in a regional.

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The hard work certainly paid off, and Baughman said winning the national competition last March might have

assistant director of admissions for the Law College.

Spring 2013 Husker Athletics Schedules * Indicates conference game/meet; home games in RED. Photos courtesy of Nebraska Media Relations. BASEBALL Feb. 17 USC at Los Angeles, Calif., 4 p.m. Feb. 22 Texas at Austin, Texas, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 Texas at Austin, Texas, 1 p.m. Feb. 24 Texas at Austin, Texas, Noon March 01 New Mexico, Hawks Field, 2:05 p.m. March 02 New Mexico, Hawks Field, 2:05 p.m. March 03 New Mexico, Hawks Field, 1:05 p.m. March 05 Northern Colorado, Hawks Field, 1:35 p.m. March 06 Northern Colorado, Hawks Field, 1:35 p.m. March 08 Louisiana Tech at Ruston, La., 6 p.m. March 09 Louisiana Tech at Ruston, La., 3 p.m. March 10 Louisiana Tech at Ruston, La., 10 a.m. March 15 UC Irvine at Irvine, Calif., 8:30 p.m. March 16 UC Irvine at Irvine, Calif., 3 p.m. March 17 UC Irvine at Irvine, Calif., 3 p.m. March 19 Cal State Fullerton at Fullerton, Calif., 8 p.m. March 20 Cal State Fullerton at Fullerton, Calif., 8 p.m. March 22 Illinois* at Champaign, Ill., 4:05 p.m. March 23 Illinois* at Champaign, Ill., 3:05 p.m. March 24 Illinois* at Champaign, Ill., 1:05 p.m. March 26 Kansas State at Manhattan, Kan., 6:30 p.m. March 29 Northwestern* Hawks Field, 6:35 p.m. March 30 Northwestern* Hawks Field, 2:05 p.m. March 31 Northwestern* Hawks Field, 1:05 p.m. April 02 Kansas State at Manhattan, Kan., 6:30 p.m. April 05 Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 6:05 p.m. April 06 Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 1:05 p.m. April 07 Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 1:05 p.m. April 09 Creighton, Hawks Field, 6:35 p.m. April 12 Ohio State* Hawks Field, 6:35 p.m. April 13 Ohio State* Hawks Field, 2:05 p.m. April 14 Ohio State* Hawks Field, 1:05 p.m. April 16 Arkansas, Hawks Field, 6:35 p.m. April 17 Arkansas, Hawks Field, 1:35 p.m. April 19 Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 6 p.m. April 20 Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 6 p.m. April 21 Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 11 a.m. April 23 Kansas State, Hawks Field, 6:35 p.m. April 26 Creighton at Omaha, Neb., 6:30 p.m. April 27 Oklahoma State at Omaha, Neb., 11 a.m. April 27 Oklahoma State at Omaha, Neb., 3 p.m. April 28 Rutgers at Omaha, Neb., 1 p.m. May 04 Indiana* Hawks Field, 2:05 p.m. May 05 Indiana* Hawks Field, 1:05 p.m. May 06 Indiana* Hawks Field, 12:05 p.m. May 10 Minnesota* at Minneapolis, Minn., 6:35 p.m. May 11 Minnesota* at Minneapolis, Minn., 2:05 p.m. May 12 Minnesota* at Minneapolis, Minn., 1:05 p.m. May 14 Creighton at Omaha, Neb., 7 p.m. May 16 Michigan* Hawks Field, 6:35 p.m. May 17 Michigan* Hawks Field, 6:35 p.m. May 18 Michigan* Hawks Field, 1:05 p.m. May 22 - 26 Big Ten Tournament at Minneapolis, Minn., TBA May 31 - June 3 NCAA Regionals at Campus Sites, TBA June 7 - 10 NCAA Super Regionals at Campus Sites, TBA June 15 - 26 College World Series at Omaha, Neb., TBA Bowling March 01 - 03 March 15 - 17 April 11 - 13

Greater Ozark Invitational at Kansas City, Mo., TBA Music City Classic at Nashville, Tenn., TBA NCAA Championships at Canton, Mich.

Football - Spring Game April 6, Memorial Stadium, TBA men’s golf Feb. 22 - 24 March 11 - 12 March 21 - 23 April 01 - 02 April 13 - 14 April 26 - 28 May 16 - 18 May 28 - June 02 women’s golf Feb. 24 - 25 March 08 - 10 April 05 - 07

Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate at Palm Desert, Calif. Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate at Aiken, S.C. Denver Desert Shootout at Goodyear, Ariz. ASU Red Wolf Intercollegiate at Jonesboro, Ark. Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational at Iowa City, Iowa Big Ten Championships* at French Lick, Ind. NCAA Regionals at TBA NCAA Championships at Atlanta, Ga.

Westbrook Invitational at Peoria, Ariz., 9:30 a.m. Clover Cup at Mesa, Ariz., 9:30 a.m. SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational at Dallas, Texas, 8:30 a.m.

April 26 - 28 May 09 - 11 May 21 - 24

Big Ten Championships at French Lick, Ind., 8 a.m. NCAA Regionals at Auburn, Ala.; Norman, Okla.; Stanford, Calif., TBA NCAA Championships at Athens, Ga., 8 a.m.

MEn’s Gymnastics Feb. 23 Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 5 p.m. March 03 Oklahoma, Devaney Center, 1 p.m. March 16 Iowa/Minnesota* Devaney Center, 7 p.m. March 23 Illinois* at Champaign, Ill., 4 p.m. April 05 - 06 Big Ten Championships at Minneapolis, Minn., 7 p.m. April 18 - 19 NCAA Championships at Penn Station, Pa., TBA July 08 USAG National Championship Qualifier, TBA Aug. 14 USAG Visa Championships, TBA WOMEn’s Gymnastics Feb. 16 Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 5 p.m. Feb. 22 Boise State, Iowa State, Devaney Center, 6 p.m. March 04 Iowa* Devaney Center, 6 p.m. March 09 Minnesota, Arkansas, Centenary at Minneapolis, Minn., 6 p.m. March 16 California at Berkeley, Calif., 9 p.m. March 23 Big Ten Championships* at East Lansing, Mich., TBA April 06 NCAA Regionals at TBA April 19 Semifinals at Los Angeles, Calif., TBA April 20 Super Six Team Finals at Los Angeles April 21 Individual Event Finals at Los Angeles softball Feb. 15 Feb. 15 Feb. 16 Feb. 16 Feb. 17 Feb. 22 Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Feb. 24 Feb. 24 Mar 01 March 02 March 02 March 03 March 09 March 09 March 10 March 12 March 15 March 16 March 16 March 19 March 20 March 20 March 22 March 23 March 24 March 29 March 30 March 31 April 03 April 05 April 06 April 07 April 10 April 10 April 12 April 13 April 14 April 17 April 19 April 20 April 21 April 24 April 26 April 27 April 28 May 04 May 05 May 06 May 09 - 12

Southern Utah at Tucson, Ariz., 1 a.m. Arizona at Tucson, Ariz., 5 p.m. Utah State at Tucson, Ariz., 10 a.m. Drake at Tucson, Ariz., 2 p.m. Purdue at Tucson, Ariz., Noon Oklahoma at Cathedral City, Calif. (Fenway), 8 p.m. Maryland at Cathedral City, Calif. (Fenway), 10:30 p.m. Oregon at Cathedral City, Calif. (Yankee), 7:30 p.m. Florida State at Cathedral City, Calif. (Fenway), 11 a.m. California at Cathedral City, Calif. (Fenway), 1:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Norman, Okla., 6 p.m. Oklahoma State at Oklahoma City, Okla., 11 a.m. Oklahoma at Oklahoma City, Okla., 4 p.m. Oklahoma State at Stillwater, Okla., Noon Wichita State (Game 1) at Wichita, Kan., 2 p.m. Wichita State (Game 2) at Wichita, Kan., 4 p.m. Wichita State at Wichita, Kan., 1 p.m. UNO at Omaha, Neb., 5 p.m. New Mexico State, Bowlin Stadium, 6 p.m. New Mexico State (Game 1) Bowlin Stadium, 1 p.m. New Mexico State (Game 2) Bowlin Stadium, 3:30 p.m. UNO, Bowlin Stadium, 5 p.m. North Dakota State (Game 1) Bowlin Stadium, 2 p.m. North Dakota State (Game 2) Bowlin Stadium, 4:30 p.m. Northwestern* Bowlin Stadium, 6 p.m. Northwestern* Bowlin Stadium, 2 p.m. Northwestern* Bowlin Stadium, Noon Illinois* at Urbana, Ill., 6 p.m. Illinois* at Urbana, Ill., 2 p.m. Illinois* at Urbana, Ill., Noon Creighton at Omaha, Neb., 6 p.m. Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 6:30 p.m. Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 5 p.m. Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 1 p.m. Minnesota (Game 1)* Bowlin Stadium, 4 p.m. Minnesota (Game 2)* Bowlin Stadium, 6 p.m. Wisconsin* Bowlin Stadium, 6 p.m. Wisconsin* Bowlin Stadium, 1 p.m. Wisconsin* Bowlin Stadium, Noon Kansas, Bowlin Stadium, 6 p.m. Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 3 p.m. Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., Noon Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 10 a.m. Creighton, Bowlin Stadium, 6 p.m. Michigan* Bowlin Stadium, 6 p.m. Michigan* Bowlin Stadium, 1 p.m. Michigan* Bowlin Stadium, Noon Penn State* at State College, Pa., 1 p.m. Penn State* at State College, Pa., Noon Penn State* at State College, Pa., Noon Big Ten Tournament, Bowlin Stadium

track and field Feb. 22 - 23 Big Ten Indoor Championships at Geneva, Ohio March 02 Iowa State NCAA Qualifier at Ames, Iowa, 10 a.m. March 08 - 09 NCAA Indoor Championships at Fayetteville, Ark., TBA March 22 - 23 Arizona State Invitational at Tempe, Ariz. March 30 Arkansas Spring Invitational at Fayetteville, Ark. April 06 Crimson Tide Invite at Tuscaloosa, Ala. April 13 Nebraska Quad, Ed Weir Stadium April 17 - 20 Kansas Relays at Lawrence, Kan. April 17 - 20 Mt. SAC Relays at Walnut, Calif. April 24 Pre-Drake, Ed Weir Stadium April 25 - 27 Drake Relays at Des Moines, Iowa April 25 - 27 Penn Relays at Philadelphia, Pa. April 25 - 27 Triton Invitational at San Diego, Calif. May 04 Nebraska Invitational, Ed Weir Stadium May 10 - 12 Big Ten Outdoor Championships at Columbus, Ohio May 23 - 25 NCAA Championships Preliminary Round at Austin, Texas June 05 - 08 NCAA Championships Final Round at Eugene, Ore. Men’s tennis Feb. 16 Feb. 16 Feb. 25 March 02 March 09 March 15 - 17 March 23 March 29 March 31 April 03 April 06 April 07 April 12 April 14 April 19 April 21 April 25 - 28 May 12

East Tennessee State at Johnson City, Tenn., 10 a.m. Georgia State at Johnson City, Tenn., 3 p.m. Wichita State, Nebraska Tennis Center, 2:30 p.m. Denver at Denver, Colo., Noon Northwestern* at Evanston, Ill., Noon Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic at Montgomery, Ala., TBA Illinois* at Champaign, Ill., 3 p.m. Ohio State* Lincoln, Neb., 3 p.m. Penn State* Lincoln, Neb., Noon Iowa* Lincoln, Neb., 2:30 p.m. Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 2 p.m. Indiana* at Bloomington, Ind., Noon Michigan* Lincoln, Neb., 4 p.m. Michigan State* Lincoln, Neb., Noon Minnesota* Lincoln, Neb., 3 p.m. Wisconsin* at Madison, Noon Big Ten Tournament* at Columbus, Ohio NCAA at TBA

women’s tennis Feb. 16 Illinois State vs. Colorado State, Nebraska Tennis Center, 11 a.m. Feb. 17 Colorado State, Nebraska Tennis Center, 11 a.m. Feb. 22 UALR, Nebraska Tennis Center, 4 p.m. Feb. 23 UALR vs. Wyoming at Nebraska Tennis Center, 11 a.m. Feb. 24 Wyoming, Nebraska Tennis Center, 11 a.m. March 02 Kansas State, Nebraska Tennis Center, 1 p.m. March 05 Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 3:30 p.m. March 08 Illinois* Nebraska Tennis Center, 5 p.m. March 10 Northwestern* Nebraska Tennis Center, Noon March 17 San Diego at San Diego, Calif., Noon March 21 Oklahoma State at San Diego, Calif., 5 p.m. March 31 Penn State* at State College, Pa., 11 a.m. April 05 Purdue* Vine Street Courts, 3 p.m. April 07 Indiana* Vine Street Courts, 11 a.m. April 13 Michigan* at Ann Arbor, Mich., 11 a.m. April 14 Michigan State* at East Lansing, Mich., Noon April 19 Minnesota* at Minneapolis, Minn., 2 p.m. April 21 Wisconsin* Vine Street Courts (weather permitting), 11 a.m. April 25 - 28 Big Ten Championships at Bloomington, Ind., TBA May 10 - 12 NCAA Tournament First & Second Rounds at 16 Campus Sites (TBA) May 17 - 27 NCAA Championships at Champaign-Urbana, Ill., TBA Sand Volleyball Nebraska is also competing in sand volleyball — our 24th and newest intercollegiate sport — this spring. March 14 Florida State at Chula Vista, Calif. March 15 Chula Vista Tournament at Chula Vista, Calif. March 16 Chula Vista Tournament at Chula Vista, Calif. March 17 Grand Canyon at Chula Vista, Calif. March 19 Long Beach State at Long Beach, Calif. March 21 UCLA at Santa Monica, Calif. March 22 USC at Los Angeles, Calif. Spring Volleyball March 30 South Dakota April 6 Iowa State April 12 Creighton April 20 at Wichita State

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