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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Cap One Recap Vol. 10, No. 1 Nebraska Alumni Association University of Nebraska Foundation
Nebraska Alumni Association Contacts Diane Mendenhall, Executive Director, (402) 472-4218 Claire Abelbeck, Digital Communications, (402) 472-4209 Andrea Cranford, Publications, (402) 472-4229 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.huskeralum.org
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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 huskeralum.org/careeradvancement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@ huskeralum.org, 402-472-8916.
For more information on the Nebraska Legends program, visit nufoundation.org/nebraskalegends.
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
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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!
• 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: email@example.com • By FAX: (402) 472-9289 • Online: huskeralum.org/
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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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Nebraska Alumni Association
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
huskeralum.org 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
moves you up the priority list. The request form is also available
Champions Club passes, and the ability to request surplus tickets
online at huskeralum.org/fmo.
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 www.pifgolf.com 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 huskeralum.org 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.
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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
Paying Life Member
Member ID # (See your magazine mailing label â€“ 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
2013 NEBRASKA FOOTBALL TICKET REQUEST FORM Rank
Indicate quantity (maximum of two tickets) and rank your game preferences with 1 being your top choice: Home games in boldface. Quantity Price Game
Sat., Aug. 31
Sat., Sept. 7
TBD UCLA (Life Members Only)
Sat., Sept. 14
Sat., Sept. 21
South Dakota State
Sat., Oct. 5
Sat., Oct. 12
Sat., Oct. 26
Sat., Nov. 2
Sat., Nov. 9
Sat., Nov. 16
@ Penn State
Sat., Nov. 23
Sat., Nov. 30
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
For Office Use Only: 4NAA13â€˘TIX
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 http://transcribe.unl.edu/.
Digital images of a century of UNL yearbooks are already online (http://yearbooks.unl.edu/) – 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:// transcribe.unl.edu – 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 http://transcribe.unl.edu. 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 https://huskeralum.org/ 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.
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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
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 sheldonartmuseum.org 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (877) 722-2515
University of Nebraska Foundation
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKALINCOLN 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.
campaignfornebraska.org/unl 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.
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“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,
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 campaignfornebraska.org/UNL.
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-
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-
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.
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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
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.
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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
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-
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.”
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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
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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 www.yieldgap.org.
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.
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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
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
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 vaughninafghanistan.blogspot.com.
“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 nebraskaomk.org
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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.
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
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.
casnr.unl.edu Brie Myre
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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
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
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-
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
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
resistant native planting and a series of “light stations” –
a combination of two
The Carver Bank project, 24th & Lake Streets in Omaha. Photo: Mike Sinclair
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.
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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
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
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-
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.
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
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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-
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.,
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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.”
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
back to Nebraska
parking lot of Nebraska Hall has earned
in the vehicle’s
Bay Area, he met
just takes off,” said
with Prof. Jerry
and fast,” with a surprisingly quiet operating noise. The sportscar
ment chair (who
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-
drives a Nissan
tions (and most recently, teaching at
Stanford University, where he earned his
from 0 to 60
miles per hour
Last fall, Cox taught a course on electric vehicles for UNL Electrical Engi-
in 3.9 seconds
this course. The
an introduction to
fueled sports cars),
past and present
Cox said, though
its top speed is
and their evolu-
tion, plus deeper
to 125 mph.
study of the most
crowd by answering a variety of ques-
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
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-
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
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).
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
Journalism and Mass
abroad course. Holstein, a junior
Communications will receive matching
is a native Nebraskan
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, http://journalism.unl.edu/
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 http://go.unl.edu/60g and http://go.unl.edu/q9w. 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 (nextgenjournal.com); 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
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
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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A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP (Continued from page 17) between academics and athletics – an idea that was buried deep in his heart when he returned to Nebraska to teach a leadership class in UNL’s College of Business Administration. Nearly six years later, Osborne is nurturing an idea whose time has come, an idea in which he’s invested heavily to see it through. “Tom Osborne has been such a great leader for all of us – in athletics and academics,” Paul said. “He listens to our faculty and has brought them on board with objectives and goals they all believe in. We’ve already learned so much from him collectively, and we’re excited to continue working with him and Shawn Eichorst collaboratively. Like Tom, Shawn listens and learns and leads. They’re both interested in the same thing – getting things done and getting them done right. It’s going to be a great partnership.” After spending a considerable amount of time in the athletic department in the last year, Molfese gets pumped just thinking about the challenge facing him and his entire team. “We’re all ready to go out and kick some serious neuro-butt,” he said.
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