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News about events, ser vices and people of interest to the Universit y of Nebraska – Lincoln alumni and friends Fall 2015


NIC Grand Opening and Football Friday Set for Oct. 9

Alumni can tour Nebraska Innovation Campus facilities during their Grand Opening, in conjunction with the Nebraska Alumni Association’s Oct. 9 Football Friday. See page 3 for more details. In the photo above, plant molecular physiologist Harkamal Walia and graduate student Malachy Campbell use plant phenomics to discover sources of drought tolerance in rice and wheat. Read more about the NIC Greenhouse Innovation Center and Walia’s research on page 18.

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Today is the day learning turns into leading. K AYE SHELTON, TEX AS Educational Studies, Specialization in Educational Leadership & Higher Education, PhD University of Nebraska–Lincoln “My today started when I realized I could be a student and a working mom. My children were in school when I went back for my bachelor’s. I was busy with PTA, attending my sons’ activities and working full time. Then I decided to earn my graduate degree and my research centered on my passion for online education. So when I decided to pursue my PhD online, the bar was set high. What I found was incredible. The University of Nebraska made it possible for me to juggle a PhD program and the rest of my life. I wasn’t just going through the motions. My research made a difference and is being used across the US and internationally.”

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Football Friday Moves Back to Campus Kick off home football weekends this fall with Football Fridays,

In this renewed venue, Football Fridays will include various

the Nebraska Alumni Association’s family friendly event series. In-

mixtures of the following:

vite your friends and family and connect with Husker football fans

• Appearances by former players, Husker coaches and other

from around the country at these fun-filled evenings!

special guests

We’ll be holding five Football Fridays at the Wick Alumni

• Visits from cheerleaders, Scarlets, mascots and the pep band

Center, 1520 R Street; one at the Nebraska Innovation Campus

• Husker football analysis from local media and former players

Conference Center, 2021 Transformation Drive, in conjunction

• Additional entertainment and music

with the NIC Grand Opening; and three on the road.

• Food and drink available for purchase

Join us in the newly remodeled Holling Garden at the Wick Alumni Center for the following Football Fridays: Sept. 4 (BYU),

• Giveaways and children’s activities On Oct. 9, enjoy Football Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the NIC

Sept. 11 (South Alabama), Sept. 25 (Southern Miss), Oct. 23

Conference Center. We’ll celebrate the Nebraska Innovation

(Northwestern) and Nov. 6 (Michigan State).

Campus Grand Opening with public tours before and during the

Just in time for the football season, the garden sports new furniture and signage, and a larger event space. The aging pergolas have been removed and shaped beds now emulate the garden’s hallmark sculpture, Prairie Wind. Turf and paths have been added for study/ meeting space. Seven trees have been preserved, with two trees and

huddle, in addition to our panel of football experts previewing the next day’s football game with the Wisconsin Badgers. As always, home Football Fridays are free and open to the public. We’ll also be taking Football Friday on the road three times

more than 200 plants and grasses added inside the garden and along

this fall. Join us for Football Friday before the Miami game (Sept.

the outer walls.

19), the Minnesota Game (Oct. 17) and the Rutgers game (Nov. 7). Visit for more information.

Holling Garden | Wick Alumni Center Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center

Vol. 12, No. 1 Nebraska Alumni Association University of Nebraska Foundation Nebraska Alumni Association Contacts Shelley Zaborowski, Executive Director, (402) 472-2841 Brooke Busboom, Venues, (402) 472-4202 Alex Cerveny, Student and Alumni Programs, (402) 472-8936 Andrea Cranford, Publications, (402) 472-4229 Derek Engelbart, Chapters/Travel, Football Friday, (402) 472-4228 Paul Goedert, Venues, (402) 472-8912 Jordan Gonzales, Student Programs, (402) 472-4219 Sarah Haskell, NWLN/Travel, (402) 472-6541 Ryan Janousek, Venues, (402) 471-8937 Jessica Marshall, Communications, (402) 472-4220 Carrie Myers, Masters Week/Awards/Affiliates/Colleges, (402) 472-6435 Heather Rempe, Digital Communications, (402) 472-4209 Larry Routh, Career Resources, (402) 472-8916 Deb Schwab, Venues, (402) 472-6445 Andy Washburn, Membership/Operations, (402) 472-4239 Sara Werner, Executive Assistant, (402) 472-8933 Katie Williams, Marketing/Communications, (402) 472-8918 Hilary Winter, Social Media, (402) 472-2841 Kevin Wright, Class Notes/Photos/Graphics, (402) 472-4227 University of Nebraska Foundation Development Officers Sr. VP, UNL Development: Joe Selig, (402) 458-1195 Asst. VP, UNL Development: Amber Antholz, (402) 458-1182, Matt Boyd, (402) 458-1189 Major & Principal Gifts: Lucy Buntain Comine, (402) 458- 1184, Greg Jensen, (402) 458-1181, Karen Moellering, (402) 458-1179 Architecture: Connie Pejsar, (402) 458-1190 Arts & Sciences: Joye Fehringer, (402) 458-1187, Amy Kloefkorn, (402) 458-1175, Victor Martinez, (402) 458-1185 Business Administration: Todd Mattox, (402) 458-1238, Laine Norton, (402) 458-1201, Cameron Andreesen, (402) 458-1191 Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources: Ann Bruntz, (402) 458-1176, Josh Egley, (402) 458-1202 Education & Human Sciences: Jane Heany, (402) 458-1177, Amanda Byleen, (402) 458-1192, Stephanie Kaczor, (402) 458-1172 Engineering: Amy Ferguson, (402) 458-1203, Mark Versen, (402) 458-1174 Fine & Performing Arts: Connie Pejsar, (402) 458-1190 Journalism & Mass Communications: David Belieu, (402) 458-1180 Law: Joanna Nordhues, (402) 458-1178 Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science & Management: Laine Norton, (402) 458-1201 Nebraska Legends Scholarship Program: Kaye Jesske, (402) 458-1170 Libraries: Susan Norby, (402) 458-1183 Interdisciplinary Research: James Keim, (402) 458-1140 Corporations: Kaye Jesske, (402) 458-1170 Foundations: Maggie Stuckey, (402) 458-1229, Jaci Klein, (402) 458-1255 Published once a year, in August, for University of NebraskaLincoln alumni and friends. Nebraska Alumni Association Wick Alumni Center 1520 R Street • Lincoln, NE 68508-1651 Phone: (402) 472-2841 • Toll-free: (888) 353-1874 E-mail: Website: University of Nebraska Foundation 1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300 • Lincoln, NE 68508 Phone: (402) 458-1100 • Toll-free: (800) 432-3216 FAX: (402) 458-1298 • E-mail: Website: Editor: Andrea Wood Cranford Foundation Editor: Colleen Kenney Fleischer Design: Kevin Wright UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see

Cheer the Huskers on the Road

Fall 2015 NAA Events AUGUST 20-31 Adventure Tour, Spain’s Costa Verde Adventure Tour 29 Scarlet Guard Meet and Greet SEPTEMBER 4 Football Friday, Wick Alumni Center 5 NCC Game Day, BYU 11 Football Friday, Wick Center 11-12 Husker Women’s Golf Reunion 12 NCC Game Day, South Alabama 18-20 NAA Athletic Tour to Miami 18 Football Friday at Miami 19 Husker Huddle in Miami 20 Nebraska Legends Kickoff 24 CORNYs Chapter and Affiliate Awards 24-25 Volunteer Leadership Conference 25-26 College of Dentistry Alumni Reunion 25 Football Friday, Wick Center Homecoming Parade, Campus Homecoming Pep Rally and Jester Competition, Union Plaza 26 NCC Game Day, Southern Mississippi 26 CASNR Alumni Football Reunion 26-Oct. 5 Adventure Tour, Greek Isles Odyssey OCTOBER 9 Football Friday, NIC Conference Center 10 NCC Game Day, Wisconsin 15-18 NAA Athletic Tour to Minnesota 16 Football Friday at Minnesota 17 Husker Huddle at Minnesota 17-25 Adventure Tour, Italian Riviera 20 Young Alumni Academy Kickoff, Wick Alumni Center 22-23 Nebraska Women’s Leadership Network Fall Conference 23 Alumni Advisory Council 23 Football Friday, Wick Center 23-24 Husker Swimming and Diving Reunion 24 NCC Game Day, Northwestern Football at Purdue 31

The Nebraska Alumni Association has planned pre-game Husker Huddles for two football games on the road this fall. The September 19 huddle precedes the Nebraska-Miami football game and will be held outside Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The October 17 huddle precedes the Nebraska-Minnesota game and will be located at the McNamara Alumni Center next to TCF

Stadium in Minneapolis. Both huddles feature Dueling Pianos, the Husker Spirit Squad, face painting and special guest appearances. The cost is $35/ person, including entry and buffet, with a cash bar available. Space at these events is limited. For more information, visit

NWLN – Discovering Unique Strengths The Nebraska Women’s Leadership Network, formerly Cather Circle, is gearing up for an eventful fall conference Oct. 22-23 focused on discovering and celebrating everyone’s unique strengths. Gallup will train attendees to identify and put their entrepreneurial strengths into action, no matter their stage in life. Members will also enjoy plenty of networking and social time. Additionally, NWLN is now accepting membership applications year round. Students and alumnae may learn more and apply online at

Shindig with the Chancellor

NOVEMBER 1 Alumni Award Nominations due 4-6 Alumni Masters Week Football Friday, Wick Center 6 NCC Game Day, Michigan State 7 13-15 NAA Athletic Tour to Rutgers 13 Football Friday at Rutgers 14 Husker Huddle at Rutgers 19 YAA at IANR on East Campus NCC Game Day, Iowa 27 DECEMBER 10 YAA at Athletics


The Nebraska Alumni Association hosted a Shindig with Chancellor Harvey Perlman for young alumni in Omaha in July.

Meet Our Staff

Heather Rempe

Jordan Gonzales

Carrie Myers

The Nebraska Alumni Association is pleased to introduce our latest staff additions and changes. Heather Rempe is our new assistant director of digital

Andy Washburn

Derek Engelbart

Hilary Winter

Kassi Woods

Ashley McClintock

relations assistant at UNL Career Services. He will oversee

Alumni Masters Week, the Awards Banquet, alumni career

all student programs and events, including the student

advancement, college and university relations and affiliate

membership program, mentoring, social events, advis-


communications. She has returned to her hometown

ing and Scarlet Guard. A 2012 University of Nebraska

from Overland Park, Kansas, where she was membership

at Kearney graduate where he served as student body

Washburn is now associate executive director for opera-

specialist for the National Auctioneers Association. A 2003

president and student regent and held leadership roles in

tions, Derek Engelbart is associate executive director for

UNL graduate (journalism – advertising), Rempe is also a

several student organizations, Gonzales is currently pursu-

alumni relations and Hilary Winter is assistant director of

former member of the Cornhusker Marching Band and the

ing a master’s degree in higher education administration

digital strategy and public relations.

alumni pep band. She will maintain and update husker-

at UNL. He replaces Ashley Stone who is now a life skills, build and send email communications, pull and

coordinator for the NU Department of Athletics.

analyze data, and coordinate web with print communica-

A few promotions have also been announced: Andy

In addition, Kassi Woods, Nebraska Legends graduate assistant, is now located at the Wick Alumni Center and

Carrie Myers, formerly director of venues, has moved

Ashley McClintock, UNL senior in hospitality, restaurant

tions and social media. Rempe replaces Claire Abelbeck

to the position of director of alumni engagement. A mem-

and tourism management from Lincoln, is an intern for

who is now an interactive producer at Swanson Russell,

ber of the alumni staff since 2010, the 2003 and 2011

the NAA venues team.

Lincoln advertising agency.

UNL grad will assume responsibilities formerly handled by

Jordan Gonzales joined the staff as assistant director of student programs in July after working as an employer

Shelley Zaborowski, who is now the NAA’s executive direc-

Watch for more announcements in the fall issue of Nebraska Magazine.

tor. Myers is in charge of the Alumni Advisory Council,

Enter the 2016 Nebraska Magazine Writing Contest and compete for a byline!


The Categories • Alumni Profiles: Write about a Nebraska grad with an interesting hobby or career. • Nostalgia Pieces: Tell us about a memorable student activity you participated in at UNL, or write about a favorite professor.

The Prizes Willa Cather

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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, 2016. Submit entries, along with the author’s name, address and phone number. • By mail: Magazine Writing Contest, Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R Street, Lincoln, NE 68508-1651. • By e-mail: • Online:


Join the Progress. Your Membership Matters Big in the Big Ten.





In percentage of Big Ten alumni who are members of their alumni associations, Nebraska jumped from 9th place in the Big Ten in 2011 to 4th in 2013. Your support will help the trend continue in 2016.

25,132 Members - An All-Time High This year the Nebraska Alumni Association reached an all-time membership record of 25,132 members across the globe. This significant achievement means increased prominence within the Big Ten and a stronger network of support for the university we all love. As we celebrate our membership milestone, we invite you to celebrate with us as we continue reaching new heights. We’re looking forward to what the future holds and continuing to serve you!

Why Membership Matters The NAA’s mission is to support the achievements and aspirations of the

publication featuring news from

University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We do this through programs, events and

community at-large.

outreach initiatives aimed at connecting and engaging future Huskers, UNL

membership can help you grow professionally. With access to an alumni career

students, alumni, fans and friends. Our programs exist because of the support

counselor and NAA-sponsored programs and networking events, membership

of loyal NAA members. When you become a member, you’re helping keep

allows you to make the most of our extensive community of alumni professionals.

our community strong for future generations of Huskers, as well as positively

In total, NAA membership includes more than 40 benefits, discounts, and programs

affecting the university’s U.S. News & World Report ranking.

designed to maximize your connection to our alma mater.

The Benefit to You

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We’re extremely grateful for the support our members provide, and because

Show your Nebraska love! Become an NAA member today by filling out and

of that we offer benefits and discounts only members can enjoy. NAA

returning the form on the adjacent page with your payment enclosed or by visiting

members receive a subscription to Nebraska Magazine, an exclusive

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campus and highlights from the alumni

In addition to fostering campus connections, NAA

THE FACTS: NAA membership supports current students, alumni and friends, and Husker families everywhere.

Select Membership Type: ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP Less than a dollar per week.

LIFE MEMBERSHIP PAID-IN-FULL No reminder notices, no annual dues.

LIFE MEMBERSHIP 12-MONTH PLAN Pay monthly for one year.

Membership supports the Nebraska Legends Scholarship Program. In 2015, Legends scholarship recipients made up 10% of UNL’s incoming freshman class.

LIFE MEMBERSHIP 36-MONTH PLAN Paid monthly for three years.

LIFE MEMBERSHIP 5-YEAR PLAN Make one annual payment for five years.

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The NAA supports 90 chapters and groups across the globe, helping alumni and friends find Husker connections everywhere.

The NAA engaged more than 140,000 alumni and friends through various programs and events in 2015.

Future Huskers grew to 2,500 members. The program allows young family members of Husker alumni to receive Husker-themed birthday cards and gifts each year.





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Thank You to Our Newest Life Members and Contributors to Our Programs New NAA Life Members July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 Richard R. Abood Connie L. and William R. Adams Jeffery B. Aden Shirley E. Adkinson Patricia E. Aldridge, M.D. Caroline S. Allen DeEtte A. Anderson and Forrest P. Anderson, Jr. Donald and Coralie Anderson Elaine A. Anderson, Ph.D. Marcia A. Anderson, Ph.D. Jacob C. Andrews Penelope M. Ashenfelter Mary S. Atkins Brian T. Austin, Ph.D. Elizabeth J. and Robert M. Bania Richard A. Barnes Carol L. and Norman A. Barney Bryan A. and Laura A. Barrett Edward J. and Kathryn A. Barta Christine M. Carbon-Bartels and Steven S. Bartels John E. Bateman, O.D. Jack L. Bauer Lois M. Beal and Jack L. Beal, Ph.D. Adrian C. and Steven W. Beard Catherine A. Beathard Craig L. Beauchamp Danny J. Becker Amy J. Beckner Kenneth D. and Patricia S. Beebe William E. Behrends Lauren E. Beitel Donald L. Bellows, Jr. Marcus A. Bender John W. Benson Julia M. and Russell P. Bernt Lois L. Bettis Duane W. Biede Joe and Lyndsey Bilka Danielle L. Bishay and John H. Bishay, M.D. Susan R. Black Daniel A. Blake Karlen Q. Bleyhl Gary D. Blomstrom Martin G. and Sandra P. Blount Byron N. Blunk Nathaniel Bobert Michael P. Boeka Brooke M. Bolin Gregory P. Bosn Terry D. Boucher Jonathan N. and Wendy S. Boumstein Leon W. Brand Amanda L. Brandenburgh Allan L. and Lynn A. Brandt David R. Brandt Rosanne J. Bratz Robert M. Braude, Ph.D. Eubert G. Brown, PA Ann K. and David D. Bruntz Lynne M. Buchanan, Ph.D. and Richard L. Harms Kenneth B. Buckius Darla J. and Homer M. Buell Ann M. Burkholder Trentee L. and Matthew Bush Nancy L. Cairns Peter R. Carlson Sydney A. Carlson Matthew D. Carper and Jessica S. Tok Gordon L. Carriker, Ph.D. Donald A. Cass Mitchell V. Cassels Bryan F. Cast Chad A. Cecrle Martin V. Cerny Melvin R. Cerny 8 | GoodNUz | MEMBERSHIP

Laura A. Cerveny Annie and Stephen H. Chan Jacqueline and Richard W. Chapin Matthew D. and Karen Chebatoris Kerry L. Childe Harold D. Childers Brian L. Christensen Paul R. Christensen Nathan Clabaugh Carolyn E. Clark Marissa C. Clow Byron C. and Darcy L. Clymer Jill B. and Steven M. Cohen William B. and Trudy S. Connors Adrian C. Contreras Thomas C. Cook Mary H. Copple and Edward Copple, Jr. Betty J. Copsey and Jack E. Copsey, Jr. Kyle D. Correll Cynthia A. and Edgar C. Cowling Ronnie D. and Sharon C. Crispin Matthew D. Cunningham Elizabeth S. Dallas Gladys Danahy C. B. Davis, Ph.D. Frederick C. Day, Ph.D. Deanne E. De Lima Ella Mae Decker and Oscar C. Decker, Jr. Barbara and Donald D. DeRiese Thomas E. deShazo, Jr. Barbara K. Detlefsen Matthew R. Dimmitt Kerry M. Distefano Patricia E. Dodson Cheryl R. and Donny J. Duart Karin A. Durkee David L. Dux and Heidi A. Diefes-Dux Daniel A. Dvorak and Matthew C. Wenz Donna M. and Randall D. Eastwood Karen K. and Richard R. Eberspacher Sherri L. Eddie David R. Eigsti Kandy K. Eisenbarth and Michael D. Eisenbarth, P.E. Dean E. Eisenhauer, Ph.D. Ron R. Ellis, Ph.D. Rick A. and Sally A. English Alice A. Epstein, Ph.D. Roger L. Erickson Richard L. Esquivel Densel D. Fankhauser Dorothy M. Farr, Ed.D. and Roger R. Farr, Ed.D. Emily A. Fay Kristen R. Fenske Jordan C. Fischer Jeffrey T. Fitchett Aubrey D. and Connie L. Fitzke Janice A. and Robert H. Fitzsimmons Pamela L. and Roger A. Fleury Dawn J. Foote and Gregg A. Foote, M.D. Michael T. Foster Arnold R. Foulk, Jr. Clarence N. Foxworthy Jason D. Gaare Randall W. and Sherry Gangwish Mary E. Garcia Amanda L. and Brandon M. Garrett Kurt E. and Sarah L. Gauger Richard G. Geier Annette K. and Myron D. Gerlach Dale L. Gibbs, FAIA CMsgt (Ret) Gerald N. Gibson and W. Ellen Gibson Doris J. and Curtis G. Gierhan Joseph O. Gilg, M.D. Gary D. and Maureen D. Gilmour Samuel G. Gomez Elsie M. Gonsholt Robert L. Goodman Lynda H. and Thomas J. Gorman

Pamela S. Gossin, Ph.D. and Victor T. Wilson, M.D. Casey J. Gossman Stephen E. Gound Robert M. Greco Keith J. Gredys Kyle J. and Maggie P. Groteluschen Janice A. Gurney Ardean G. Hagemeister Carla L. Hall and Glenn G. Hall, Jr. Katherine J. Hall Gary L. Ham Penny Hamilton, Ph.D. and William A. Hamilton, Ph.D. Donna K. Hammack and Gary N. Hammack, Ed.D. Robin J. and Wes R. Handley Charlene K. Hansen and Doyle D. Hansen, M.D. Jordan L. Hansen James L. Harms James M. and Roxanne Harris Harvey L. Hartman Gary L. Haseloh Wilbur A. and Sarah K. Hass Eugene J. and Mary E. Hassenstab Joel L. Haver Tyler Hayes Greg L. and Linda J. Heiden Willard W. Heiser, Ph.D. Pamela J. Hemann Kelly A. Henderson and Scott J. Henderson, M.D. Matthew T. Henderson Richard D. and Debra D. Henderson Timothy A. Henkel Alice C. Henneman and Dave W. Palm, Ph.D. Connie B. Hennies and Maj. Gen. Clyde A. Hennies, Retd. Gary R. Hewitt Robert A. Hill and Mary Alsup-Hill Chad S. and Jennifer B. Hilyard Sara M. Hinds Misti D. Hogan Jack L. and Sheryl F. Hohensee Nicholas I. Holle and Monica E. Sorensen Carolyn Holmquist and August C. “Jack” Holmquist, III James N. Hopkins R. Bradley Hoppes, Ph.D. Anna M. Horst Ann Hou Edward B. House, Jr. Anne C. Hoy Smart Paul J. Hrnicek Trisha Hudson Sasha E. and Chad R. Huggins Ronald E. Hull, Ed.D. Jane H. Humphrey Joel W. Hupp Ronald R. and Shirley Huss Patricia M. Hust Don D. and Donna J. Hutchens Allan S. Irwin, Retd. Heidi D. Isernhagen Barbara J. Jacobson, Ed.D. Kurt R. Janke Marcia K. Janssen and Larry L. Janssen, Ph.D. Cathy A. and Marvin B. Jaques Kerry P. Jarvi Brandon S. Jenison Ellen J. Jensen and Bruce W. Jensen, M.D. Mary K. Jensen and Louis R. Jensen, Ed.D. David M. and Kayda A. Johnson George O. Johnson, U.S. Army Natalie Johnson Susan A. Johnson Janet L. Jones Kenneth E. Jones Margaret C. Jones Amy J. Jurgens and Donald M. Pearl, Ph.D.

Connie Karges Ryan C. and Maria L. Kavan Trent L. Kelso Wendy K. Kempcke Betty J. Kennedy Joyce B. and Patrick J. Kennedy Robert T. Kerbs, D.C. Patricia L. Kerrey Roger B. Keslar Carla S. Ketner, Ph.D. David N. Kingsley, M.D. Amber D. and Bryan A. Kinnan Gary L. Kohn Jason T. Koler Elizabeth R. Kosier Lynette D. Kramer, M.D. and Todd F. Kramer Susan M. Kreifel Kevin W. and Jane L. Kremer Edward J. Kripal Duane M. Kristensen Owen D. Kroese Chad E. and Halley A. Kruse Ken A. Kujath Leah L. Lambert and Dr. Dennis L. Lambert Jeffrey R. Lane Scott A. Langemeier Charles R. Langhoff Zachary F. LaPuma Gregory T. Largen Sheena L. Larsen Tony R. Larsen Jonathan M. Larson Michael D. Lee Lawrence G. Lefler, DPM Sylvia L. Lell Larry D. Lepin Lorele A. Lesoing Dittoe and Doug Dittoe Christine K. Lincoln Michael D. and Teresa H. Lippincott Julie E. Lodes Marsha Lommel Linda A. Lyon Michael H. Lyon Tyler W. Mainquist Sudhir S. Malhotra, Ph.D. Jill and Randall S. Malick Cynthia M. Maller and Steven C. Maller, D.D.S. Jayne M. Malone Karen A. Mangan Caroline S. Marciano Dale Marples Dallas L. and Steven J. Martens Regina Martin and Benjamin O. Martin, M.D. Eric R. and Jeri L. Mason Virginia L. May Susan McBride Krab Crinda K. McConville Robert B. McDonald Emily Z. McElravy and Larry R. McElravy, Jr. Mary D. McGhee Michelle L. McMullen Carol S. and Richard L. McNeel Amy L. Meger Jodie A. Meis Heath M. Mello Noel R. Menard David J. Mennenga, PE Jacquelynn D. and Mark D. Meyer Rickie D. and Susan K. Meyer Tricia A. and Ryan Meysenburg Mitchell L. and Megan B. Milanuk Cynthia A. Miller Elmer H. Miller, Ph.D. John R. and Patricia L. Miller Linda A. Miller Matthew A. Miller Rodney V. and Janice Miller Patrick M. Miner David O. Mohr Mary C. Moler, Ph.D.

Bruce J. Monke, Ph.D. Charles L. Moore Peggy A. and Scott S. Moore Patricia J. Moran Scott E. and Jean Morgan Sterling J. Moritz, Jr. Jill R. and Wayne A. Mortensen DeEtta D. Moss Kathryn L. Mueller, Ed.D. Mary E. Mullen-Ferzely Jane E. Munn Jennifer L. Murphy Nancy A. Murphy J. Roger Myers, J.D. Karen M. Nagle James M. and Paula E. Nanos Justin A. Nelson Raymond E. Nelson Thorwald L. Nelson Wes E. Nelson Tarah L. Neujahr Bryan Robert L. Newton Jeanne E. and Ronald H. Niederhaus Kara R. Niemeir Michael J. Nixon Steven H. Nootz Matthew V. Norris and Lauren A. Perry Janice J. and Larry D. Novak Larry D. Nuss Jack K. Nyquist, Ph.D. Sara D. Ochsner Amy H. O’Gara Janis L. Ohmstede Jeffrey J. Oliver Jane Olson John W. Olson Michael J. Olson David R. and Susan Oppliger Linda D. Orr and George W. Orr, M.D. Lawrence G. Orvis Pamela S. Otto Kathryn M. Painter Pamela S. and Randal R. Palmer Suzanne M. and William D. Palmer Ginger G. Parker and John W. Parker, III Bonnie L. and Calvin F. Paschold Gale L. and Vesna V. Paulsen James F. Pedersen, J.D. Richard L. Pedersen, D.D.S. Ramona K. Peshek, M.D. Daniel L. Petersen Edelbert F. and Susan E. Phillips Ronald W. Phillips Linda A. Phipps and Jeffrey P. Phipps, Sr. Brian E. and Diane M. Pillard Thomas R. Piper Sandeep S. Pisharody and Shuchi Sharma James M. Plate, M.D. Gale and Julie L. Pokorny Dawn and Douglas J. Polt Jill A. Poole, M.D. and Brian D. Poole Christopher L. Potter and Eric O. Contreras Colin M. Priebe Coyne M. and John F. Quinn Gust J. and LaDonna J. Rakes Eric J. Rasmussen James H. and Pamela Rathe Joshua T. Rauner and Paige D. Skolnik Joseph W. Record Warren L. Reimer Joan C. Reine Stephen L. Remmenga Bernard P. Rempe Sharon J. Reynolds Byron G. Richard James Ritzman Lois M. Roach Sara R. Robbins Misty D. and John Robertson Bruce T. Robeson Brent A. and Heidi J. Robinson

Nebraska Alumni Association Richard L. and Susan M. Robinson Leroy V. Rockwell and Shirley K. Rockwell, Ph.D. Jeffrey S. Rose, M.D. Jennifer M. and Aaron C. Ross Elizabeth G. Rost Betty J. and Terry A. Rowe Betty A. and Stanley L. Rudeen Sterling M. Ryder Kenneth S. Sakurada Chad E. Sands Norman J. Schafer, M.D. Stanley G. Schaffer Claudia M. Schleppenbach Keith J. Schmidt Carol J. Schroeder Gerald E. Schuman, Ph.D. David T. Schweitz John J. Scott, III Deborah K. and William H. Seiffert Megan C. Shada Kevin H. Shaughnessy, Ph.D. Nancy J. Sherwood Jeffrey E. Skinner Danielle F. Smith David A. Smith Larry J. Smith Matthew C. Smith Michael V. Smith Norma D. Smith Richard P. and Susan K. Smith Delbert E. Snoberger Jack F. Snyder, Ed.D. Adam G. Soles John M. and Lindsey M. Spehn Kallie M. Speltz Cary R. Spencer, Ph.D. Shelly L. Stansbury Frederick K. and Linda L. Starrett Kari A. Steinberg Donja K. Stephenson Angela L. and Travis S. Stiens Russell B. and Michelle A. Stigge Darlene G. and David W. Stitt James R. Stork Carol C. Suggs and David L. Suggs, Ph.D. Mallory J. Suhr Charles M. Summers, USAF (Ret) Douglas L. Sutton Sheadon R. Svoboda Lowell L. and Mildred R. Swanson Dale C. and Judy L. Sweeney Sherryn E. and Charles J. Talbitzer Connie E. and Timothy W. Talbott Scott D. Taubenheim Glenn W. Thiel, Ph.D. Thomas D. Thiessen Heidi J. Thurber and Lee T. Thurber, M.D. Brian T. Thurnau Jacqueline L. Tobin Risa A. and Robert L. Tomek Charles A. Tomlinson Daniel Torrens, Esq. Julie Trask Clifford J. and Julie J. Trausch Dara L. Troutman David O. Uhrig Clancie P. Valverde Linda Van Meter Dwaine W. Van Pelt Maria L. VanOeveren and Lucas S. VanOeveren, M.D. Breanna R. Velander, D.D.S. and Paul W. Velander Andrew L. Vermeer Nyla J. Villager Steven J. Volin, M.D. Bette M. Votaw George T. Vrabel Gary L. Waddington, M.D. Berneeta L. Wagoner James L. and Mary B. Walker Kaitlan N. Walker Wade M. Walters Naomi I. Warner, Ph.D. and Jerry A. Warner Matthew R. Washburn Aaron D. and Kristi L. Weaver Kenneth L. R. Weaver, Ph.D. Megan E. and Richard D. Weibye

Susan L. Weidner Robert L. Wetzel Charles A. and Kelsey B. Wiiest Bradley A. Wilbur, D.D.S. Kristina M. and Ryan B. Wilhelm Marjorie J. Willeke, Ed.D. Glenda A. and Philip A. Willnerd Eileen M. Wills Randy C. Wilmes Sara J. Wilmes Bonnie K. Wilson, Ph.D. and Stanley F. Wilson Scott M. Wilson Randle L. Winter John R. Wisniewski Terry L. Witt Debra M. Wolken Benjamin Woodburn Steven A. Yoder Elinor K. Yost Suzanne L. Young Gary L. Zoubek Walter M. Zumbrunn, Jr. Sustaining Life Donors July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 Joan E. Adkins and Richard E. Adkins, Jr. Barbara J. and Dennis R. Ahlman Reta M. Alberti Mr. Felipe Rodriguez and Col. (Ret) Linda Aldrich Patrick K. Allen Stanley L. and Virginia J. Allen Richard G. Ambrosek Carol and Stephen D. Andersen Harold W. and Marian L. Andersen Elizabeth M. Anderson Judith E. Anderson and Ralph M. Anderson, Jr. Sidney E. Anderson, Jr. Harry B. Andrews, M.D. Roger G. and Shirley J. Andrews Dennis J. and Kathryn E. Anstine Charles R. Anthens Hazel M. Anthony, Ed.D. Sarah J. Applegate Paul A. Archer, CPA Lt. Col. Larry W. Armbright (Retd.) and Natalee C. Armbright Carol L. Arnold Charles M. and Susan K. Arnot Ernest S. and Mary E. Arrigo Helen N. Asche Richard E. Asche David A. and Tracey L. Ash Joel H. Wiens and Elena Asquith Dennis W. Auker Gary L. and Kathryn E. Austin Paula D. and Thomas Baack Helen F. Babcock and James C. Babcock, M.D. Marilyn R. Baer Gloria M. Baird and James C. Baird, III William Banwell Harriett Barber and Harris W. Barber, M.D. Jeanette E. and Thomas B. Bare Tracy J. Bargman, Ph.D. Diane S. Barnard and Col. Roger H. Barnard Kathryn A. and Thomas D. Bass Catherine M. Bassett and Craig A. Bassett, M.D. Patrick L. Bassinger Kris S. and Steven H. Bastron Thomas E. Batenhorst Merle D. and Miriam K. Bauer Kathleen R. Baugh Joanne E. Bauman Joanne K. and Michael J. Baxter Catherine A. and David R. Beathard Graten D. Beavers James B. Beck, Jr. Phyllis M. Beck Thaddeus E. Beck, Jr. Elvira A. and Philip F. Beckenhauer S. John Bednar, Jr. and Dixie Westerlin-Bednar Shirley A. Beier John T. and Lori L. Belford Judith A. Belitz, D.D.S. Katherine J. Bennett Lawrence A. Bennett

Ruth E. Benson, Ed.D. John S. Bentley, Jr. Douglas K. and Louise A. Bereuter Mary L. and Robert J. Berghel Linda M. Berney and Virgil E. Berney, Jr. Harold E. and Mildred J. Bernstein Ernest A. Berry Edward J. and Palmer D. Bierl Ted J. Biggerstaff, Ph.D. Erik A. Lundquist and Nancy A. Biles David A. Billig Bernard L. and Jacqueline A. Birkel Carol J. Bischoff Gaylord L. and Genie R. Bishop Debra A. Bitzer James A. Bloom, D.D.S. and Margaret Bloom Marcia A. Boden Betty L. and Robert H. Boecking Barbara A. and Thomas L. Boeka Barbara S. Boettcher, Ph.D. Barry L. and Shelley R. Bogseth Richard K. Bokemper, D.D.S. and Theresa M. Bokemper Darrell R. and Lorajane Bolli Claude M. Bolton, Jr. and Linda I. Bolton Marylouise Bookstrom Linda J. Bors Richard B. Boyer, J.D. Betty J. and Douglas G. Brackhan Raymond K. Bradsby Judy K. Breed and Roger D. Breed, Ed.D. Pamela J. and Randall S. Breinig Barthold J. and Mary I. Brinkman Joyce E. and Kennard L. Britton Jeanne and Thomas E. Brogan Virginia J. Brokaw Dale L. Brooks Ann E. Brown Carl H. and Marie N. Brown Gerard D. and Mary M. Brown Gilbert A. and Joyce L. Brown William R. Brown Janice and Norwin W. Bruening Clarence A. Brunkhorst Robert L. Bryant, II Robert W. Bucco, Jr. Darlene F. and Lt. Steven E. Buck (Retd.) Kurt F. Buckley, Ph.D. Robert D. Buckner, Ed.D. Mark A. Buell Gary F. and Phyllis A. Burchfield Charles J. and Susan A. Burda James F. Burke, M.D. Richard M. Burke Joseph G. Burrus Guy F. and Wanda M. Bush Donald L. and Lynette K. Byrnes Kathryn A. and Ralph E. Cadwallader Thomas D. Calder George and Willa J. Cammack Kendall Campise Kathleen M. and Stanley C. Carlow Darlene M. and Gerald E. Carlson Earl V. Carlson, M.D. Jeffrey R. Carlson Abby N. and Jesse L. Carman George P. Carpenter, Jr. Bridget and Timothy W. Carroll David K. Carter Norma D. Carter and Robert L. Carter, Ph.D. Carol S. and Michael T. Cast Shan E. Cavoretto Dennis K. Cerny Albert K. Chan, Ph.D. and Anne T. Chan Judith A. and Steven C. Chase Kenneth L. and Patricia A. Cheloha Richard R. Chenoweth, Ph.D. Edward K. Chess, Ph.D. and Mariann A. Chess Billy S. Childers Nadine R. and Roger E. Christensen Duane C. Chunka Stephen B. Claar Iris A. Clamp Amy L. and Timothy F. Clare Linda L. Clare and Patrick E. Clare, M.D. Carol E. Clark Dolores M. Clark and John W. Clark, Ph.D. John G. Clarke

Doris A. Clatanoff, Ph.D. Charles R. and Linda Clatterbuck Lodeen D. Clausen Neal S. Clausen Delores F. Cleavenger Sara G. Clegg Lynne A. Cobb Colby L. Cochran Jill B. and Steven M. Cohen Drs. Douglas J. Colvin and Clara E. Tao William F. Colwell Stephen R. Comer Richard F. McTygue and Karen L. Conley Michael E. Connealy Kevin M. Conway Connie R. and James E. Cook Patricia S. and Steven R. Corder Richard L. Corey, Jr. Margaret A. Corkle, Ed.D. Charles W. Corning Curtis P. Cote Douglas J. Cotner David G. Cotts Geniece M. and John C. Courtright Jane P. Crabill Dorothy J. and Raymond E. Crawford Lisa M. Crist and Ross L. Crist, D.D.S. Lela K. Criswell and Marvin E. Criswell, Ph.D. James P. and Rebecca J. Crofoot Chalmers A. Cromer, Ed.D. Gretchen H. Crusick Robert J. and Sally D. Cunningham Robert K. Curry W. Allen Daggett Gladys Danahy Joseph R. Daniel and Linda H. Daniel, M.D. Ward S. David Mary J. Davis Myrna J. Davis TaraLea R. Davis and Timothy L. Davis, D.D.S. Gerald D. Decker, Ed.D. and Mary B. Decker Gladys M. Dederman Betty J. and Jeff L. Deets Roy Deguchi James L. Deterding, M.D. Nancy A. and William G. Dexter Rosemary Dixon David E. Dodrill, D.D.S. and M. Anne Dodrill ArVella F. and Howard P. Doerr Steven L. Dohring Jisella A. and Timothy K. Dolan John Y. Donaldson, M.D. and Linda L. Donaldson Col. Douglass W. Donnell USAF (Ret) and Frances M. Donnell John Jay and Margaret Douglass Drs. Jeffrey D. and Shirley A. Dowling Patricia L. Downey Marilyn G. Downing Pamela K. Doyle and Richard J. Doyle, Jr. Jeffrey S. and Vicki R. Drake Lyle A. Dreher Meredith A. DuBois Douglas F. Duchek Vera Q. Dulaney Frank H. and Mary P. Dupuis Theodore A. Durant Harold K. Eaton Col. Daniel C. and Jodie A. Edwards Lumir J. Ehernberger, Jr. Stanley C. Ehrlich Bill L. Ehrman Bertrand L. Ehrmann, Jr. Geraldine L. Eicher Judith A. Eicher Gerald R. and Pauline Eigsti Arlen W. Seeman and Terri L. Eilers Terry L. Eischen Joseph B. Eisenach, M.D. and Diana Tague Eisenach Michael L. Elam Donald L. and Ramona A. Ellison Jennifer S. Emanuel Karen L. and Larry C. Emerson William E. Engelkemier Gregory L. Engler Ann W. and Woodrow E. Eno Deborah G. and Hon. Robert B. Ensz

Floyd A. Erickson, Jr. Keith R. Erickson Deanna L. Eversoll, Ph.D. and Duane A. Eversoll Betty L. and Jerry L. Ewing Sheila M. Exstrom, Ph.D. J. J. Thomsen and Katrina R. Fahlin Sheri A. Farrar Charles F. Farritor Sean R. and Tina M. Filipowski Keith C. Finkral, Ph.D. and Linda M. Finkral Thomas D. Fisher Beth M. and Ronald L. Fitzke Lynn M. Fleming Valda Flynn Marilyn A. Fontane, Ph.D. Genevieve M. Fountain Carolyn J. and Donald C. Fox Carolyn S. Francis and Dr. Charles W. Francis Kenneth D. Frank, Ph.D. and Mary M. Frank Clarice A. Fredenburg Eugene S. Freeman Thomas D. French Linda K. Frerichs Carol J. L. and Larry S. Frost Michael R. Furrow Pamela K. Gaare James A. Gallant Marilyn A. and Robert L. Gangel Rodney K. and Jane A. Gangwish Mildred M. Gardner Roger W. Gardner Dr. Patrick J. Salerno and Jeanne R. Garner Salerno Donald R. Geisler Aristippos Gennadios, Ph.D. William E. Gerdes Carol A. Getz Charles J. Gibson, M.D. Ronald D. Gierhan, Ed.D. and Sharon Gierhan Cheri and Ted M. Gill Mark T. Gilles Rebecca A. Givens Kay and Robert B. Glantz Tracey L. and W. Douglas D. Glaser Charles L. R. and Madelyn K. Gleeson Gregory G. Glunz Sandra K. Gonzales Michael L. Goodin, M.D. Robert L. and Barbara J. Goodman Mark D. Gordon Stephen E. Gound Billie C. Grace and Dr. Daniel L. Grace, Jr. Kathy S. and Randall R. Graham Bruce B. and Jeanne Graves Dennis D. and Jeri M. Gray Drs. Matthew and Suzanne Greenquist Jon P. Grenseman Diane K. and Scott A. Gronewold Michael D. Gross Barbara G. and Kris A. Grosshans Stephanie A. and Thomas W. Grossman Janet L. Grosvenor John E. Ground Beverly K. and Steven E. Grueber Gerald A. Gruhn Sandra R. Grulke John F. Guettler, Jr. and Sally Guettler Fred A. Guggenmos, III and Mary Anne Guggenmos Marlene A. Guroff Virginia M. Haba Clarissa D. Hackett, D.V.M. Benjamen E. and Nicole A. Haffke Janis M. Haggstrom and John A. Haggstrom, M.D. Patricia D. and Richard C. Hahn Robert H. Hale Jerald E. and Karen Hallock K. Steven Halter John F. Hamann Antonine L. and Miroslav M. Hamersky Brian C. and Carey L. Hamilton Linda E. Hammer, Ph.D. Douglas L. Hammerseng Glenda J. and Robert T. Hammons E. William Hancock, M.D. Cheryl L. and Grant N. Hansen Geraldine F. and Michael F. Hansen ASSOCIATION UPDATE | Fall 2015 | 9

Nebraska Alumni Association Kathy A. Hansen, RDH Ramon D. Hansen Donald G. Hanway, Jr. and Nadine Y. Hanway Matthew J. Hardebeck Lawrence L. Harms, M.D. Ruth Kiekhaefer Harnapp and Vern Harnapp Carlos Harrison Ted L. Harshbarger Larry S. and Marcia Hartley William E. Hartung Michael A. Hasenkamp John W. Hasselquist Kenneth D. Hatch, M.D. Maurice R. Hawthorne Helen L. Hayes and Orin R. Hayes, M.D. Cheryl L. and Joe T. Hazel Michael C. and Nancy K. Heald Catherine and James T. Healey Troy W. and Merinda Heard Robert A. Heckman, Retd. Matthew R. Heemstra and Alyssa M. Utecht Monty L. Heidenreich James E. Heiliger Janis J. Heim Deborah G. Held Larue G. Hemberger Marilyn D. Henderson and Robert J. Henderson, M.D. C. M. Hendricks and Robert D. Hendricks, Ph.D. Gordon L. Henke Mary E. and Thomas J. Henning Eugene H. Hennings Jean C. and Larry D. Hennings Janice L. and Robert F. Herbek Raymond J. Herbert Betty L. and Donald L. Heuermann Marjorie O. Heyne John W. Hiemer Robin D. Hile Barbara A. and Tod D. Hilgenkamp Drs. Don and Janice Hinds Ernest E. and Mary J. Hines Donna and Lloyd D. Hinkley Peggy A. and Wayne J. Hinrichs Dennis C. and Terri Hirschbrunner Richard D. Hitz Carl D. and Shirley A. Hobson Jerold L. and Sharon C. Hoffman Brian N. Hoglund David E. and Susan A. Hollman Nancy J. Holloran Elaine A. and Gerald L. Holmberg Burton E. and Florence C. Holthus Dennis W. Homolka, CPA Carol S. and Stephen K. Honey Julian W. Hoschouer, Jr. Marty P. Howell Fred J. Howlett Karmen E. Hoxie and Michael H. Hoxie, D.D.S. Judith A. and Robert C. Huber Richard M. Hueschen Joann and William A. Hunnel Donna L. Hunt Richard D. Hunt Mary Sue Hutchins Donivan C. and Lola Huwaldt Nicholas A. Hytrek Craig D. Irvin David A. and Terrie Irvin Renee L. and Russel R. Iwan James R. Wefso and Dr. Cameon L. Jacobson Jane W. Jameson Christine A. Janis Richard J. Janousek Lynda A. and Paul E. Jasa Jean S. Jeffrey Karen K. Jennings and Ronald D. Peoples, Jr. Kent L. Jensen Dale J. Jindra Lon R. and Sandra J. Jochens Gerald E. and Linda M. John Joan T. Johns Betty J. and Eldon L. Johnson Bill J. and Theresa A. Johnson Charlotte H. and Cyrus A. Johnson Ernest E. Johnson, M.D. and Muriel P. Johnson Kevin G. Johnson 10 | GoodNUz | ASSOCIATION UPDATE

Kevin W. Johnson Margaret A. and Richard A. Johnson Monte C. and Phyllis R. Johnson Wesley C. Johnson Calvin G. Johnston, Ph.D. David H. Jones and Jean E. Jones, Ph.D. Larry L. and Norma J. Jones M. Colleen Jones Diane Jonsson Kathryn A. and Paul W. Judd Lucille F. and Raymond E. Judds Alfred L. Kaisershot, Ed.D. Gregory A. Kalal, D.D.S. and Kathryn Kalal Michael W. Kalisek John T. and Miriam Q. Kamino Donald H. Kampbell, Ph.D. Richard L. Kant, O.D. and Cynthia Kant Genevieve P. Kaplan Don A. Kaufman, Ph.D. and Val Kaufman Scott A. Kaufmann Terry W. Keeler John Kehm Christopher R. and Jane K. Kelley James R. Kenner, Jr. and Janice M. Kenner Dennis L. Kern Delores and Theodore L. Kessner Mary and Scott W. Killinger Raymond E. Kincanon Richard T. Kingman MeLea and Scott D. Kinkaid Robert D. Klein Connie K. Klemm Louis W. Klemme, D.D.S. Diane K. Klima and Edward J. Klima, Ed.D. Claudette M. and James W. Klimes Glenda and Steve Knoche Donald C. Knudson Kim K. Kock Howard M. and Sharon L. Kooper Mary F. Koopman and Cmdr. Theodore Koopman USN Ret. Charles H. and Jackalyn J. Koopmann Kurt W. Korth Barbara J. Kostal Gregory P. Kramer, D.M.D. Dorothy and Ronald J. Krejci Adena M. and David R. Kreutz Judith and Roger K. Krhounek Barbara A. Kricsfeld and Barry L. Kricsfeld, M.D. William C. Krommenhoek Richard and Sharon L. Krueger James H. and Sandra Kruger Susan and Arden Krugerud Dale F. Kruse, Ed.D. and Nancy K. Kruse Daryl T. Kubotsu Michelle L. Kunzman Aelred J. Kurtenbach, Ph.D. Barbara J. and Kent A. Kuwitzky Lucien L. Lafond, M.D. Phyllis and Ronald L. Lahm Richard A. Lahr Cheryl A. Lambrecht Jason L. and Renee L. Lamprecht Roland P. Langemeier Janet A. and Lyle C. Larsen June C. Larsen Gary G. and Janet L. Latimer Elba F. Lau and Glen F. Lau, M.D. Lorraine R. Lau Alan A. Lawrence, M.D. and Aurie M. Lawrence Karyl J. Leach Joel D. Lebsack, Ed.D. Michael D. Lehn Jerry D. Leikam Michelle D. Leitner Nancy A. Leonard Helen M. Leonhardt James O. Leslie Barbara A. Lichtenberg Twyla J. Lidolph David L. Lienemann James C. Lienemann Shirley A. Lienert Donalene Linch and Harry J. Linch, D.D.S. Donna L. and F. Bert Linn William W. Lippstreu, D.D.S. Roger T. Logan

John S. Lohse, Ph.D. Charles F. Long, Retd. Arlene I. and Wayne W. Lorenz Richard W. Loseke Marilyn and Richard T. Lowery Gurpreet K. Lucas and Dr. Jerrold J. Lucas, Jr. Desi D. Luckey-Rohling Harriet T. Ludwick Bruce A. Luehring Marlen R. and Linda Luff Sharen K. Lukow Donna J. and Robert J. Lundberg Verniel R. Lundquist Marylou J. Luther Imparato Amrita Mahapatra and Sabyasachi Mahapatra, M.D. Kathryn J. Mahloch Carl G. and Marilyn Mammel Nancy Mammel Curtis K. Mann James P. Mannix Annabelle Marsh and William R. Marsh, M.D. Becky J. and Jeffrey W. Marshall John C. Martin Cheryl D. and Richard D. Martinsen Barbara and Keith V. Martinson Martin A. Massengale, Ph.D. and Ruth A. Massengale Kent E. and Shelley L. Mattson Belinda K. Maxwell Constance B. and Thomas O. May Dwight J. Mayberry, Ed.D. James E. Mayer, II and Leslie J. Mayer Donna V. and Lloyd D. McBeth Barry F. and Cleta M. McCann Richard A. McElravy, Retd. Carolyn M. McGath and James D. McGath, M.D. David C. McGowan Elaine T. McGrath Marilyn A. McIntire Eleanor and J. Paul McIntosh Drs. Ronald H. and Mary E. McKnight Cheryl R. McMurtry Drs. Robert E. and Kathleen A. McPherson Christiane G. and Oliver K. Meininger Steven L. Meints Diane S. and Rich B. Mendenhall Renee J. Mentzer David K. Merrick, M.D. and Mary K. Merrick Marlene A. and William L. Mersch Arnold W. and Sharon A. Messer William D. Messick Cherie L. Metschke and Harlan H. Metschke, Ed.D. Eileen and Robert T. Meyer LaNelle M. Meyer Richard C. Meyer, Ed.D. and Sheila R. Meyer Linda J. Miers, DSN Andrew T. and Kathy A. Miller Arnold C. and Darlene A. Miller James K. Miller Judith A. and Thomas C. Miller Leslie M. Miller Margaret H. Miller and Lt. Col. Roger L. Miller (Retd.) Marshall Miller Talmage E. Miller, Jr. and Yvette Miller Connie L. Milliken Robert F. Mitchell, Jr. Richard C. Moderow Tyson O. Moeller Judith A. Moomaw Richard A. Moore Barbara L. Morrison Genevieve M. Mortell Joseph A. Mortensen, USMC Ronald C. Moyer Karen K. and Theodore R. Muenster Clara Lee Mulos Mary J. Mulvaney Jessica W. Murray John D. Myers Jacquelyn and Leland E. Myhre Mark E. Nabity Michael L. Naden Rosalee M. Nagele Suresh K. Namala LaRee D. Naviaux, Ph.D.

Marjorie M. Neill Rita K. Neill Drs. Dan E. Tolman and Suzanne Nelson Tolman Catherine A. Nelson Douglas D. Nelson Thorwald L. Nelson Virginia R. Newman Phillip N. Nguyen Joseph F. and Tamara L. Nields Alan W. Nielsen, Ph.D. Jolaine M. Nielsen Mary K. Niemeier Betty L. Nieveen Ronald E. Noden Daniel A. Nollette, Retd. Ben Novicoff David W. and Leslie A. Nuckolls Douglas D. O’Brien Dennis L. Ochsner James D. and Marcia J. Ochsner Barbara and Densel W. O’Dea Michael J. and Nancy C. O’Dowd Joan O’Holleran and Michael S. O’Holleran, M.D. Dean M. and Joan S. Olander Jakub M. Oleksy Shirley J. Oliver Teri J. Oliver Doris and Keith R. Olsen Charles R. Sass and Dr. Sharon Olson Sass Agnes A. and David C. Olson Cynthia A. Olson and Thomas H. Olson, Sr. Elaine Olson and Capt. Stephen J. Olson Joyce M. and William S. Olson Karen L. and Robert K. Olson Thomas H. Olson, Jr. Pamela R. Omann Garry L. O’Neill John P. and Kathleen Opitz Carolyn C. and John W. Orchard Carolyn K. Orr Teresa M. Otte Kristen M. Otterson Wesley A. Paap Raymond M. and Ruth Pallesen Anthony R. Pantano, M.D. Constance A. and Daniel C. Pappas Steven L. Patrick Linda K. and Roger K. Patterson Lucinda I. and Owen A. Paulson William Paxton and Patricia Greene Paxton Norma J. Pearson Jerry W. and Susan D. Peckham James M. Penney, D.D.S. and Mary L. Penney Chancellor Harvey S. Perlman and Susan Perlman Charlotte K. Perry Joan H. Perry Grant R. Peters Glen L. and Judy D. Petersen Mary A. Petersen and Dr. Paul M. Petersen William C. Peterson Mark A. Petri Dixie D. Phillips Elaine A. and Ted L. Phillips Verlyne L. Phillips and Wayne H. Phillips, M.D. Joan M. Pieper and Timothy J. Pieper, D.D.S. Cassandra J. and Gary A. Pietrok George A. Pinckney Elda E. Pincus Mary H. and Ronald A. Plageman Shirley M. Plakidas Alan L. Plummer, M.D. and Virginia L. Plummer Jeanne M. and Raymond R. Poage Gale A. and Lois J. Pohlmann Keith G. Pollard Leroy G. Poppe Rebecca and Rudy J. Pospisil Marietta A. Poulson Jacqueline A. Powell and Robert A. Powell, D.D.S. John M. Powell, J.D. Jane L. Pratt Lefferdink Diana M. Prauner James J. Precht Donna Prescott Mosher

Gayle A. Preston Pamela J. and Thomas M. Price Vince K. Price David S. and Kathleen M. Pugel Jerry L. and Margaret A. Puls Ann M. Quinlan Orville R. Raabe, Jr. Marilyn S. Ragland and Tom R. Ragland, III Kirk S. Ramsey Jane K. Randall Faye D. and Jim D. Rasmussen Charles Thone and Ruth Raymond Thone Carol M. Reed Donald N. and Geraldine F. Reed George W. and Judith C. Regan Willis Regier Thomas V. Reigle David H. Rempe Chloe Reutzel and Emil W. Reutzel, Jr. Merna R. Richardson James K. Rieker Dave M. Riley Ada S. and Leslie A. Roberts Teresa K. Robertson Michael D. Roe Marcia B. and Timothy T. Roesler Carol A. Roeth and Frederick W. Roeth, Ph.D. Donald L. Rogers, Ed.D. and Ferne M. Rogers Drs. Joseph J. and Lynn H. Roh Detta M. Rohn Carlson Elizabeth B. Romanoff Jenny A. and Mark A. Romohr Gary R. Rosenboom Betty L. Rosene and Philip G. Rosene, M.D. Anita M. Roth Clara P. Rottmann, Ed.D. Barbara A. Rounsborg and Gerald W. Rounsborg, M.D. Kay Rubendall James P. and Susan L. Ryan James R. Saalfeld Kalee A. and Mark J. Sabata Christine S. Sales Bonnalyn Salomons Maxine B. J. and Patrick M. Sampson Deanna J. Sands James M. Sanduski Guy L. Sapp, Jr. Myra M. Satterfield Sarah Sawtell Elizabeth M. Sawyer Jan Scally Laura C. Schabloske Patricia F. and Dewey Schaffer Bill C. and Sherry L. Schilling Drs. Marlene A. and Richard J. Schilling Randy R. Schilling Gloria R. Schlichtemier and James P. Schlichtemier, M.D. Allan H. Schmidt, Ed.D. and Sandra M. Schmidt Alyce Ann Schmidt and Walter H. Schmidt, Ph.D. Harvey L. Schmidt Capt. Raymond P. Schmidt and Roberta R. Schmidt Richard L. Schnier Dolores M. and Guy L. Schottler Bradley J. Schroer Ruth Ann A. Schultz Francis G. Schwarting, Ph.D. and Kathleen R. Schwarting Mark L. and Mary Pat Schwartz Susan A. Schweitzer Linda L. Scott Clista K. Seals and Steven E. Seals, M.D. Carol N. and Rhett R. Sears John W. and Victoria R. Sehi Becky A. and Rex A. Seline Casey J. Setsodi Rachelle L. Setsodi Everett D. and Grace R. Shackelford Megan C. Shada Alagappan Shanmugam Rachel A. and Adam N. J. Sheehy JoAnn M. Shemek, Ph.D. and Patrick L. Shemek Jay A. Shiba Dennis D. Shives

Nebraska Alumni Association Wayne T. Siebenaler Bryan D. Siebler William L. Siegel Frank O. Simon, Jr. and Mardell L. Simon Theodore L. Simonson Robert S. Sindlar Jeannine K. Sindt and Roger P. Sindt, Ph.D. Harry V. Sirk Irvin W. and Marcele A. Skelton Jane H. Skinner Rapp Charles B. Sklenar Charles S. Skoglund, D.D.S. and Louise K. Skoglund Beverly B. Smith Carolie and Daniel A. Smith Kenneth B. and Thelma V. Smith Marlene E. and Milton L. Smith Barry L. Snyder Joseph P. Sokol, D.D.S. and Retha Sokol Larry L. Sparks Spencer P. Spires Mark A. Spotanski Hazel L. Sprandel, Ph.D. Margaret A. Spray Mark A. and Sheri L. St. Clair Jane and Robert D. Stachura Philip T. Starck Jo E. Stark Karen A. Starr Janet M. Starrit Richard C. Steinfeld, Ph.D. Kathryne A. Stelzer and Mark E. Stelzer, M.D. Lawrence J. Stephens, Ph.D. J. D. and Nellie F. Stewart Mary E. Stewart John C. and Judith A. Stohlmann Dianne M. and John E. Stokes Deborah J. and Todd A. Stork

Donald L. Stroh, Ed.D. and Ramona J. Stroh Dawn Strohschein, D.D.S. Lois D. Struve Virginia M. Stuermer, M.D. William C. Stutz Maureen R. Svagera Marcia E. Swan and Marvin A. Swan, D.D.S. Frank E. and Joyce D. Swanson John D. Swanson, M.D. Kimberly A. Swanson Marilyn J. Swanson Lee R. Talley Mickey L. Tank Rickey D. Tank Drs. Luh C. and Helen G. Tao Gerald F. and Jeanne M. Taylor Lt. Col. James S. Taylor (Retd.) and Marion L. Taylor John C. Taylor Judy A. Taylor Sarah L. Taylor Barbara K. Tellatin Richard M. and Sue A. Tempero Athene F. Tenney F. E. and Gary L. Tesar Floyd S. Tesmer, Ph.D. and Rosana M. Tesmer Elaine and Karl R. Tews Dwight E. Theobald Martha M. Thibault John E. Thiel Marcus A. and Nichole M. Thies Gene L. and Susan J. Thomas Margaret L. and Samuel V. Thomas Darrel D. Thomssen Theresa Thornton Beverly J. Thurber and E. Thomas Thurber, D.V.M. Harry J. and Mary F. Tilley

Dennis A. and Natalie A. Toalson Del L. and Phyllis J. Toebben Gary L. Toebben Brad L. and Carrie L. Tolstedt Kyle L. Tonjes Michael C. and Nancy L. Tooley Thomas J. Trausch Dorothy M. Truhlsen and Stanley M. Truhlsen, M.D. Joan R. and William C. Truhlsen J. Carr Trumbull Teresa L. Tsou Allen I. and Mary E. Tully Dale C. Tutt Phyllis B. Unger Charles and Joan Uribe Rebecca Vahle and Van E. Vahle, M.D. Erik T. and Suzanne M. Van Fleet Amy L. Van Horne and John E. Van Horne, Jr. Dorothy Van Hove and Eugene D. Van Hove, M.D. Mark L. Vanicek, D.D.S. and Nancy A. Vanicek Gregory G. and Marcia K. Vasek Mary J. and Richard A. Veed Irving and Gail A. Veitzer Chase J. Vendl, III John B. and Karen R. Vering Richard S. Veys Jean C. and John R. Vincent John R. Voboril Marvin W. and Mary Vollertsen Frederick J. Von Hollen Jean M. and John G. Vondras Kay F. Vorheis Ronald E. Voss, Ph.D. James W. and Sandra K. Vyhlidal Julie A. Waggoner Carolyn M. and John J. Wagner

Carol A. and Gwen S. Walcott Max L. and Patricia J. Waldo Deborah L. and Richard L. Walentine Michelle R. Walenz Robert L. and Shirley E. Walgren Anna M. and Wade Walkenhorst Kenneth L. Walker Donald E. and Iris M. Wall Rita A. Walrath Samuel K. Walton, Jr. Dorreen M. Wanitschke Elizabeth L. Ward E. Jean Ware Margaret S. Warner Laura A. Waters Gene D. Watson Marilyn L. Watson Dean M. and Teresa A. Way Arthur L. Weaver, M.D. and JoAnn I. Weaver Barbara and Donald R. Weber Charles J. Weborg, Ph.D. and Lois E. Weborg Derrolynn D. and Richard F. Weller William A. Wells Donald E. and Eunice Wendelin Hon. Robert A. Wenke and Suzanne Wenke Charles W. Wertz Gladys L. West Kenneth J. Whitcomb Scott C. Whiteford, Ph.D. Walter M. Wick Gregory D. Wiest Debra J. Wilcox William L. Wilke Georgia L. and Jerome W. Wilks Eric M. Williams, M.D. and Kathleen C. Williams Irene A. Williams Millie Williams and Dr. Joseph D. Williams, Jr.

Dayle E. Williamson, Retd. Carol and Douglas A. Willoughby Danette K. and Richard J. Wilson Michael B. Wilson, D.D.S. William E. Wimmer Jennifer A. Wintz John F. Wirth Barbara A. and Victor J. Witkowicz Ann E. Woldt and Thomas J. Woldt, Ph.D. Dennis M. and Marcia K. Wolf Michael L. and Susan L. Wolfe Barbara J. and Stanley J. “Jerry” Wolpa Marilyn A. Wood Barry E. Woodrow Dianna L. Wright and Leonard D. Wright, Jr. Marion A. Wright Sheryl L. Wright and Capt. Walter F. Wright, III Roy Yanagida Tsu-Hsi Yang, Ph.D. Charese E. Yanney Marion E. Yant and Richard S. Yant, Jr. Clayton K. Yeutter, Ph.D. and Cristena B. Yeutter Alita A. Young and Dr. Gerald D. Young, Jr. Barbara Young James L. and Jodi L. Young Dixie L. and Gregory W. Zabka Donald V. Zeiss, Ed.D. and Janice Zeiss Lee A. Zentner Allen H. Zikmund James K. Zimmerman, Ph.D. and Maria T. Zimmerman Marilyn F. and Rodney G. Zwygart

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OLLI Offers ‘Begin with the End in Mind: The Next Chapter’ By Patricia Saldana-Neumann Last year, the Department of Gerontology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Osher Lifelong Institute (OLLI) at UNL and Tabitha hosted a three-part

whether our own or a loved one’s. It is a scary, even taboo, subject for many. It can also be a reminder of our own mortality. This is normal. “While it can be difficult to initiate these conversa-

life and to live life thinking about your story, your legacy.” New this year is a live Webcast option to allow more people to learn and participate in this educational series. The series is free and open to the public. However, whether

series dedicated to end-of-life planning. This popular series

tions, ultimately, they can be an invaluable gift to those

you attend in person or watch the Webcast, registration is

returns in 2015 with three new sessions. “Begin with the

you love,” said Dee Aguilar, OLLI coordinator. “Decisions


End in Mind: The Next Chapter” will focus on estate

about end-of-life care are deeply personal and talking

planning, legal issues of aging, and advanced directives and

with your loved ones, your healthcare providers, and even

watch and listen to these sessions online,” said Aguilar.

protecting your end-of-life wishes. Sessions are scheduled

your friends are all important steps to make your wishes

“We know that not all people are able to attend in person,

for Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and Nov. 13 at Nebraska Educational

known,” said Aguilar.

so offering a Webcast is another way to provide this infor-

Telecommunications, 1800 North 33rd Street, Lincoln.

Planning for the end of life can be difficult. By decid-

“We’re excited to offer the chance for participants to

mation to viewers in their homes.

The series is a continuation of the curriculum developed by

ing what end-of-life care best suits your needs when you

the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Aging and Lifespan

are healthy, you can help those close to you make the right

thinking about end-of-life issues in a new way. “End-of-life

Community of Practice.

choices. It’s nice to think that you can trust everyone to

doesn’t have to be just about death, but more about affirm-

do the right thing. The truth is that if you don’t have your

ing and celebrating life,” said Knecht. This series expands

this series, so we knew that there was a strong interest

wishes formalized, there may be a debate over what is the

upon that concept and will provide insights for all indi-

in the community for this educational opportunity and

“right thing.”

viduals wherever they are on the aging journey.

“We had overwhelming success last year in offering

worked with OLLI to offer a follow-up,” said Jennifer

“Tabitha is very excited to work with OLLI in bring-

Ultimately, the organizers hope participants go away

For more information and to register, contact the

Knecht, vice president of marketing and communications

ing this series to life,” said Knecht. “We work every day to

Osher Lifelong Institute (OLLI) at UNL at 402-472-6265,

at Tabitha. “The sessions provided this year expand on the

help educate and advocate for the dignity, independence

visit or email

exploration of end-of-life issues, inviting people to think

and well-being of elders, and this series marries to that mis-

differently about death and dying,” said Knecht.

sion perfectly. This series invites participants to lift the veil

Few of us are comfortable talking about end-of-life,

off the often negative stereotypes associated with end-of-



University of Nebraska Foundation

Unlikely Friendship Grows, Leads to Fruitful Harvest By Colleen Kenney Fleischer, ’88 The boy was an only child. The big red barn on his parents’ farm near Fairbury, Nebraska, was one of his best friends. So was the garden, which was next to the barn. The boy spent many hours playing alone in the barn and tending to his garden. He planted tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini … He watched his garden grow. He grew. Out of high school, he went for a stint in the Navy and then he returned to Nebraska and enrolled at the university in Lincoln. He studied accounting. He earned his Ph.D. and became an economics professor at his alma mater. He bought a house in Lincoln. He had friends from his fraternity days. But after his parents died, he kept to himself for the most part. Maybe because he was so used to being alone, he liked it that way – only him and his house in town and those few friends.

Carstens’ beloved barn, garden and pickup.

“One thing led to another,” Kelly Jo said, “and the world started opening up to him.” They learned his history. He loved to tell stories of his Navy days. He invited Kelly Jo and her family to his farm near

tables he’d bought for the occasion from Sam’s Club. “We had everything you could think of,” Kelly Jo said. “Zucchini, spaghetti, stuffed tomatoes, grilled tomatoes. Somebody made a bean salad. He grilled chicken breasts, and we did kebabs with some of the vegetables on it.

Only him and his farm.

Fairbury. They saw the big red barn and the garden. They

“It was a good Nebraska farm picnic.”

The neighbors on his street in Lincoln watched him

saw an old metal chair where he liked to sit and look at his

About five years ago, he phoned Kelly Jo one after-

pull his pickup into the driveway. The back of the truck was loaded with produce from his garden. Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini … But those neighbors stayed away. The man seemed to be a character, and he barked sometimes at their kids.

noon to tell her good news – he’d survived cancer! But his

garden. Bobbers grew to love the Hinrichs girls and the two

health continued to fail. She and Mark took him to the

Fordham boys who, like bookends, lived in the other house

ER. When he couldn’t live alone anymore, they helped him

next door. The people on the street grew to love him, too.

move into Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and then to

He’d still bark at the kids sometimes, but you could tell he

Tabitha Health Care’s long-term care unit.

About 17 years ago, a new family moved in next door to him. They saw his pickup pull up, and as he was unpacking the back of it one day, they said hi. They asked about his garden. At the time, the woman also was teaching at the university, as an adjunct. Her husband had been in the same

“...And he mustered the energy to say, ‘I’ve realized at this point in my life, that giving to others of your time and resources can change their lives. And my life has been changed by you and your family. So let’s do something to change people’s lives. What should we do?’”

fraternity as the man – Sigma Phi Epsilon. Maybe those They visited him at Tabitha a lot. One Christmas Eve,

bonds helped break the ice, and the new neighbors learned

loved having them around now. He made wooden puzzles

the man’s name, Robert Carstens.

and little clackers and toys for them in his workshop out

they brought him Bloody Mary’s and played bartender for

back. He became part of their holidays.

him and a bunch of other residents who’d gathered in the

And his nickname, “Bobbers.” Bobbers learned their names, too: Kelly Jo and Mark Hinrichs. He started offering his garden’s produce to the Hin-

Maybe he started to see that he needed other people, too, Kelly Jo said. One summer, Bobbers had an especially bountiful

living room area, not realizing that the minister was just about to arrive for the Christmas Eve service. When he came, they were toasted. And Bobbers thought it was hilarious.

richses, and they’d all sit on the tailgate of his pickup and

harvest. With his blessing, the Hinrichs family and their

have a cold drink and talk while the two Hinrichs girls ran

friends – who by then had become his friends, too – took

Kelly Jo smiles at the memory.

around on his grass.

the produce back to their homes and returned later with

“I saw a tear roll down Bobbers’ cheek.”

dishes for a neighborhood potluck feast. They set it all up

He died in August of 2012. He was only 69, Kelly Jo

Other neighbors started to see this, and they’d stop by, too. 12 | GoodNUz | FOUNDATION UPDATE

on his driveway, which he’d covered with white plastic

said, but his body gave out.

Clifton Foundation, Gallup Donate $30M to CBA for Don Clifton Strengths Institute

She tells this story to honor her friend, and to highlight what he did before he died. “I’ll never forget this moment,” she said. “Bobbers had his lawyer and I come over to sign documents, get things

is used in most of the Fortune 500 companies along with

(in his estate) set up. And he mustered the energy to say,

hundreds of schools and universities.

‘I’ve realized at this point in my life, that giving to others

In making this gift, the donors are partnering with

of your time and resources can change their lives. And my life has been changed by you and your family. So let’s do something to change people’s lives. What should we do?’” Kelly Jo suggested that he leave money to send young people to college, because education had been so important to him. She also suggested that he help people going through tough times, as he did with cancer. Bobbers left Kelly Jo in charge of handing out the money from his estate, which to her surprise came to a significant amount. So she gave his money to students studying agriculture – significant, life-changing amounts. She gave his money to do random acts of kindness for people with cancer. She gave his money to a cancer fund at UNMC. Recently, she gave a significant amount of his money to his alma mater’s Nebraska Legends program, which provides scholarships to help recruit and retain top students to UNL – students from Nebraska and the nation who show great potential but missed out on top academic scholarships. She gave the gifts in his name. She feels blessed that her family got to know him, and to share his story. And she imagines her friend now, sitting on his metal chair beside the big red barn, watching the seeds he planted grow.

Robert Carstens, 1964

CBA, which is focused on preparing students to become By Robb Crouch The Clifton Foundation and Gallup announced a

ends program at UNL, please go to to give online to the Nebraska Legends Scholarship and Recruitment Fund or contact the University of Nebraska Foundation’s Kaye Jesske at 800-432-3216.


organizations and the world. The Don Clifton Strengths Institute will support the

$30 million gift on June 5 to the University of NebraskaLincoln to establish the Don Clifton Strengths Institute to

following programs and activities: • Don Clifton Strengths Lab. Creation of the world’s

further the mission of the late Donald O. Clifton through a long-term partnership with the College of Business Admin-

largest strengths lab that will provide enhanced training, education, workshops and coaching on


strengths-based leadership. The lab will also sup-

This collaboration will also provide the world’s largest Strengths Lab, housed in the new $84 million,

port undergraduate degree programs in management

240,000-square-foot College of Business Administration

and entrepreneurship for CBA students and a

building set to open in 2017. “The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was the birth-

proposed minor in leadership available to all UNL students. • Early identification and acceleration of Nebraska

place for Don Clifton’s early strengths research, which later culminated into the now world-famous Clifton

builders. Enable the early identification of high-

StrengthsFinder,” said Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of

achieving students with leadership and entrepre-

Gallup. “We are proud to be creating this Clifton Strengths

neurial abilities and offer enhanced training and

Institute as a model that can be replicated at universities

opportunities for them.

around the world.”

• Research support. Support faculty and student

The Don Clifton Strengths Institute will support UNL

research in strengths, leadership, management and

in the early identification and accelerated development

other areas of business. It also makes available to

of thousands of future high-achieving leaders, business

faculty and students the Gallup World Poll and US

builders and gifted entrepreneurs. The focus will be on an individual’s strengths, a mission to which Clifton dedicated

Nightly tracking data for research and publication

his life.

and will make possible joint conferences on strengths leadership with UNL faculty and Gallup.

“Don Clifton believed that nothing would change hu-

• Survey methodology research graduate degree. The

man development, and subsequently the world, more than

current degree program will continue to be sup-

if every living person knew their strengths and maximized

ported by Gallup with the addition of Gallup World

them,” said Connie Rath, president of the Clifton Founda-

Poll access integrated into the program and will be


administered through CBA.

For two decades, Clifton was a popular instructor and If you also would like to help support the Nebraska Leg-

high-achieving leaders who want to make an impact on

“This partnership is a rare intersection of the business

researcher at UNL, where he first began his experimenta-

and academic community to create a collaborative relation-

tion with strengths. He was chairman of Selection Research

ship focused not only on the legacy of a great American,

Inc. and later chairman of Gallup. Clifton was recognized

but a great philosophy adopted by leading companies,

with a Presidential Citation from the American Psychologi-

societies and educational institutes around the world,”

cal Association as the Father of Strengths-based Psychology.

said Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Dean of

His research led to the Clifton StrengthsFinder, a pow-

CBA. “The Don Clifton Strengths Institute is created with

erful online assessment released in 1999, which has helped

a focus on identifying and maximizing talent and to help

more than 10 million people worldwide discover, under-

Nebraska, the nation and the world to identify the next

stand and maximize their innate talents. The accompanying

generation of high-achieving leaders, entrepreneurs and

book, “StrengthsFinder 2.0,” was named Amazon’s No. 1

business builders.”

bestselling book in 2013 and 2014. Clifton StrengthsFinder FOUNDATION UPDATE | Fall 2015 | 13

laboratories.” The redevelopment will also include a working paleontology laboratory for UNL researchers with an observation window for visitors. “Redeveloping and opening the museum’s fourth floor is a long-standing priority to enhance the learning experience for our museum visitors,” said Prem S. Paul, vice chancellor for research and economic development. “The educational opportunities will help translate research at UNL for Nebraskans and expand their understanding of the state’s resources and natural history.” Like other areas of the museum, the new exhibit space This artist rendering of an exhibit called “Nebraska Biodiversity of the Past” shows what one of the multiple new fourth floor museum exhibits may look like (courtesy of Reich+Petch Design International and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture).

NU State Museum Announces Fundraising, Lead Gifts for Major New Exhibits By Robb Crouch Visitors to the University of Nebraska State Museum

In addition, Mark and Diann Sorensen of North Platte, longtime museum benefactors and co-chairs of the mu-

will become a platform for distance learning, using two-way videoconferencing technology to help take the museum into classrooms across the state. “We are especially excited about partnering with Nebraska’s zoos, parks and natural areas with the new indooroutdoor connections we can make with two-way live video,” Grew said. “This will enhance the Morrill Hall visitor experience and enable us to share our gallery resources with statewide audiences.”

will soon be able to experience Nebraska and natural history

seum’s last fundraising campaign, have established a fund

in entirely new ways because of major enhancements in

designated for the fourth floor project. The Friends of the

of the building will be added to accommodate updated heat-

store for the iconic museum at the University of Nebraska-

University of Nebraska State Museum have also pledged

ing and air-conditioning systems and electrical equipment.



Restrooms and office support spaces will also be upgraded,

The museum has announced plans for an $11.4 million

The gift commitment from Ruth and Bill Scott is a

As part of the redevelopment plan, an area on the roof

and the museum will be equipped with a new fire suppres-

privately funded redevelopment that will add new exhibit

$3 million challenge grant for the initiative, which will be

space with the theme “Cherish Nebraska.” It will show-

awarded once the remaining $2.9 million is donated by

case the evolution of life and natural systems of the region

other individuals and organizations to help completely fund

as the home for the University of Nebraska State Museum

through exhibits on geology, paleobiology, parasitology,

the project.

of Natural History. The first, second and third levels of the

weather and climate, and Nebraska biodiversity and ecosys-

“This redevelopment represents the next great renewal

sion system throughout the building. Since its dedication in 1927, Morrill Hall has served

building have been used for museum exhibits as well as

tems past and present, with many of the exhibits including

of the state museum, and we are tremendously grateful to

administrative offices and the Mueller Planetarium. Last

hands-on activities.

the museum’s generous benefactors for making this project

renovated in 1963, the fourth level has been home to offices,

a reality,” said Director Priscilla Grew. “This project will

classrooms and laboratory space.

After being closed to the public for more than 50 years, the fourth level of the historic 1920s-era Morrill Hall will

transform Morrill Hall into a completely unified museum

be transformed into state-of-the-art exhibits using modern

building, and the fourth floor will feature all new exhibits of

Museum is the state’s premier museum of natural history

technology. Preliminary plans include the installation of

a standard comparable to those at the Smithsonian.”

and has a statewide mission to engage in research, teaching

innovative and interactive science exhibits that will be on par with other leading museums and expand educational opportunities for visitors of all ages. The redevelopment will

Preliminary plans call for construction to begin in 2016 with a public opening planned for 2018. “The State Museum’s research collection of mammal

Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State

and public outreach. The museum is focused on promoting discovery in natural science, fostering scientific understanding and interpretation of the Earth’s past, present and future

provide nearly 20 percent more exhibit space available in

fossils and that of the American Museum of Natural His-

and enhancing stewardship of the natural and cultural

Morrill Hall for visitors to explore.

tory in New York are ranked as the top two collections in

heritage of Nebraska through world class exhibits, collec-

the country,” Grew said. “Our parasitology collection ranks

tions and special events. The museum is accredited by the

tions and represents the largest ever private investment in

second only to the Smithsonian. The new space will allow

American Alliance of Museums and became a Smithsonian

the museum. The University of Nebraska Foundation has

us to showcase the latest research and highlight amazing

Affiliate Museum in 2014.

so far received leadership gift commitments of $8.5 million

animals of Nebraska’s fossil past that are not now included

in support of the initiative from the Theodore F. and Claire

in the other floors of Morrill Hall. In the new parasitology

M. Hubbard Family Foundation, the Claire M. Hubbard

gallery, visitors will engage in a simulated lab experience

Foundation and Ruth and Bill Scott of Omaha.

showing how science is conducted in the museum’s research

The project will be funded entirely with private dona-



Johnny Carson Theater Renovation Unveiled By Carrie Christensen The Johnny Carson Theater in the Lied Center for

Carson was born in Corning, Iowa, in 1925 and grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska. He served in World War II in

Performing Arts has been renovated to include a new

the Navy before enrolling at the University of Nebraska in

entrance, expanded lobby, new theater floor and more – all

1947. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949 with

made possible through the generosity of the Johnny Carson

majors in radio and speech and a minor in physics.

Foundation. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Johnny

“I got my start in the Temple Building and have never forgotten the impact of my academic studies at the Uni-

Carson maintained a strong relationship with his alma

versity of Nebraska on my life and career,” Carson said in

mater. In 1988, as construction of the Lied Center neared

November 2004, just a little more than two months before

completion, he provided a major gift to help finish the

his death on January 23, 2005.

multi-million dollar endeavor. The Johnny Carson Theater,

Over the years, UNL has received more than $13 mil-

the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. The updates to the Carson Theater include a tribute area honoring Carson’s life and legacy at the university. The renovation also greatly enhances patron amenities, provides

a black box theater which is utilized for intimate perfor-

lion in total philanthropic support from Johnny Carson and

more space and comfort for productions and serves as an en-

mances, master classes and experimental projects, was

his foundation. As a memorial to him and his generosity, the

try to the arts quadrant of the UNL campus, where Carson

named in his honor.

university in 2011 renamed the Department of Theatre Arts

spent much of his time.

Quilt Museum Opens New Addition, Expands Exhibits By Laura Chapman The University of Nebraska Lincoln’s International Quilt Study Center and Museum at Quilt House publicly unveiled its new expansion on June 5. The 13,200-square-foot addition was made possible by a $7 million gift from the Robert and Ardis James Foundation. The Jameses were also instrumental in founding the quilt center when they donated their extensive collec-

International Quilt Study Center and Museum

tion of around 1,000 quilts to the university in 1997 and later made the lead donation to build the museum, which

“The expansive new gallery provides us flexibility in design-

unique digitally developed fabrics, derived from elements

opened in 2008. The collection now consists of more than

ing our future exhibitions. The additional storage space will

of the natural and built environments, give form to his ex-

4,500 pieces that span more than four centuries and 25

give us room to grow our impressive and unique interna-

aminations and interpretations of human experience. James

countries. It is the world’s largest publicly held collection of

tional collection. We are excited to incorporate this new

describes his studio quilts as visual poetry invested with


space in our future growth.”

layers of meaning. “Ambiguity and Enigma” is his first solo

Both the building and the new addition were designed

The addition doubled the museum’s gallery and storage

exhibition at the museum and runs through Feb. 20, 2016.

by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York with Alley

space and includes a new digital gallery. The new storage

Poyner Macchietto Architecture of Omaha. The design is a

will help to accommodate the museum’s growing interna-

the expanded gallery, features 29 quilts representing the

metaphor for quilts. The front of the building with its glass

tional collection of quilts and patchwork.

breadth of the center’s collection. The pieces in the exhibi-

“Getting to Know You,” the inaugural exhibition in

In celebration of the new addition, the museum

tion were selected by the center’s curators, affiliated scholars

intended to act as batting, or the middle of a quilt, and the

opened two new exhibitions: “Ambiguity and Enigma: Re-

and audience members, including UNL students and social

offices represent the back of a quilt. The Reception Hall is

cent Quilts by Michael James” and “Getting to Know You.”

media followers. The exhibit runs through Feb. 6, 2016.

windows represents the front of a quilt, the galleries are

even shaped like the eye of a needle. “The architects took a holistic approach to the expan-

Michael James is recognized as a leader in the studio quilt movement that began in the 1970s. Today, he

sion and created a gallery experience that looks, feels and

continues to create innovative quilts combining printed

flows as one,” said Leslie Levy, the quilt center’s director.

and painted fabrics with hand-engineered construction. His


FOUNDATION UPDATE | Fall 2015 | 15

Office of Research and Economic Development

New Federal Data Center Expands Research Possibilities By UNL Office of Research and Economic Development Starting this fall, researchers at UNL and partner uni-

and Urban Development and other federal sources. “From a research point of view, these centers are veri-

versities will be able to explore pressing social and economic

table gold mines,” said John Anderson, Baird Family Profes-

issues in richer detail, thanks to a new regional Research

sor of Economics and the center’s executive director.

Data Center at UNL. The Central Plains Research Data Center is a partner-

“Having this wealth of federal and regional data available on campus provides unique opportunities for analytics

ship with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Center for Economic

and training across social, behavioral, economic, geographi-

Studies. It’s one of 18 Federal Statistical Research Data

cal, environmental and health-related contexts,” said Prem

Centers nationwide that are jointly funded by the Census

S. Paul, UNL vice chancellor for research and economic

Bureau and the National Science Foundation. UNL won a


$300,000 NSF grant to launch the center. The University

“UNL is proud to lead this multi-state partnership,

John Anderson, Baird Family Professor of Economics, is the center’s executive director.

“This center will be transformative for researchers by enabling them to do the kind of studies in the social

of Nebraska Medical Center, Iowa State University, the

which will enhance our university’s focus on social sciences

and behavioral sciences that they haven’t been able to do

University of Iowa and the University of South Dakota are

research,” Paul said. “This center fills an important gap in

before,” Anderson said.

regional partners with UNL in the center.

our central region.”

The center opens this fall in UNL’s Whittier Research

In social or economic research, aggregate data provides

UNL faculty have identified a diverse range of potential projects using the center’s data. For example, Anderson

Center. A U.S. Census Bureau employee will manage this

a valuable broad view, Anderson said. But individual-level

plans to tap confidential data to study income inequality,

highly secure facility. Only researchers who receive govern-

information is essential for exploring issues in greater depth.

particularly how individuals move up and down the income

ment clearance and who agree to protect the sensitive data

Secure research data centers provide qualified researchers

distribution over time. Other potential projects include

will have access.

with approved projects easier access to a rich cache of sensi-

merging center and U.S. Department of Agriculture data

tive individual information.

to study food distribution problems; integrating data from

The center provides researchers in the social, behavioral, health and life sciences across the region a secure envi-

The new center is a cornerstone for UNL’s new Social

UNL’s National Drought Mitigation Center to explore

ronment to access a rich cache of restricted federal infor-

and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium, which aims

regional drought experiences; and researching minority

mation. This includes restricted-use data from the Census

to enhance interdisciplinary research in these fields campus-

health disparities to analyze disease incidence and treatment

Bureau, National Center for Health Statistics, Bureau of

wide. Accessing individual-level data enables sophisticated

program effectiveness.

Labor Statistics, National Center for Education Statistics,

analysis of social, economic and other issues to better ad-

Department of Transportation, Department of Housing

dress challenges facing the region and the nation.

Fostering Early Math Learning

Robert Belli, psychology; Eric Thompson, economics; and Anderson are co-investigators for the NSF grant.

Ruth Heaton, project leader and Gilmartin Professor of Math Education. Research shows rote counting and memorization don’t help preschoolers develop the higher-level mathematical reasoning skills needed for later academic success. Young

By Ashley Washburn, ’02

children should be learning to recognize patterns and

Playing with blocks may, like learning to count, help

shapes, understand quantity and develop number sense,

prepare preschoolers to succeed at math.

Heaton said.

Giving early childhood educators tools to foster math

Lessons that feel like play – stacking building blocks,

learning in 3- and 4-year-olds’ everyday activities is the

exploring shapes, using measuring cups, playing with

aim of Math Early On. During the two-year pilot project,

recycled materials or exploring nature – can instill these

UNL researchers are devising and assessing professional development activities for preschool teachers at three Educare schools in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. More than 700

concepts. Victoria Molfese, Ruth Heaton and Carolyn Edwards visit Lincoln’s Educare program at Belmont Elementary School.

With a $528,071 grant from the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Math Early On builds on what UNL research-

Nebraska children attend Educare schools, which serve at-

math concepts that young children should be learning

ers learned from their successful Primarily Math program

risk children from birth to age 5 and their families.

and how these ideas might play out in multiple settings,

for K-3 teachers.

We want to help teachers better understand the big 16 | GoodNUz | RESEARCH

whether it’s in the classroom or during outdoor play,” said

Incorporating proven research is central to Educare’s

Nanotech Center Earns $9.6 Million to Continue Research and teaching, learning and teacher education. Two other

tions that, like spintronics, can be read out as a binary code

limits, UNL’s Materials Research Science and Engineering

affiliates are at North Carolina AandT State University and

using less energy than current technology.

Center is among the elite groups researching a new genera-

the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As modern electronics approach their functional

tion of electronics and computing technologies.

The work is driven by Tsymbal’s theoretical predica-

UNL MRSEC faculty collaborate with industry,

tion and Gruverman’s experimental demonstration of

national laboratories and other scientists, both in the U.S.

quantum tunneling across nano-thin ferroelectrics. When

National Science Foundation to continue support for its

and internationally. They work closely with UNL’s Center

voltage is applied, electrons are able to tunnel through a

nanotechnology research, outreach and industry collabora-

for Nanoferroic Devices, established in 2013 and funded

barrier, creating a current with resistance.

tions through 2020. It was one of 12 universities nation-

jointly by a consortium of industrial companies, known as

wide to receive grants in the latest round of competition.

the Nanoelectronics Research Ini-

The center received a $9.6 million grant from the

Through this center, UNL physicists, chemists and en-

tiative, and the National Institute

gineers collaborate to study nanostructures and materials.

for Standards and Technology to

Established in 2002 with a $5.4 million NSF grant, UNL’s

develop device applications.

center earned an $8.1 million grant from NSF in 2008 to continue its work. “With this award from NSF, we continue to be part of

“Our MRSEC scientists are doing research at the frontiers of materials and nanoscience, and al-

a prestigious group of institutions recognized for our exper-

though this is very basic research, it

tise in materials research and education through the MR-

leads to advanced technologies and

SEC program, which includes Columbia, Harvard, MIT,

products that affect our everyday

the University of Chicago, Penn State and Ohio State,”

lives,” said Prem S. Paul, UNL vice

said UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman. “The achievements

chancellor for research and eco-

of our materials researchers are highly valued by U.S. and

nomic development. “An important

international scientific communities.”

part of the center’s work is develop-

The center’s new name – Polarization and Spin Phe-

ing collaborations with industry

nomena in Nanoferroic Structures, or P-SPINS – reflects

and national laboratories to focus

its expanding focus on nanoferroic materials, which may

on potential applications.”

one day transform electronics and computing technologies.

The team showed that reversing the polarization

Evgeny Tsymbal, (far left) director of UNL’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, with colleagues (from left) Shireen Adenwalla, seed projects leader; Axel Enders, associate director/education director; and research group leaders Christian Binek and Alexei Gruverman. All are UNL physicists.

The center’s success is based on

UNL’s MRSEC includes 18 UNL faculty from the

several major accomplishments in understanding the prop-

dramatically changes the resistance through the tunnel

departments of physics and astronomy, chemistry, electrical

erties and performance of nanomaterials, key steps toward

junction. Measuring that resistance would allow devices

engineering, mechanical and materials engineering,

improving computing power and creating advanced tech-

to read the binary polarization direction and, thus, the

nologies, said Evgeny Tsymbal, George Holmes University

information it contains.

Professor of Physics and MRSEC director. These discovermission, said Carolyn Pope Edwards, Willa Cather Professor of Psychology and Child, Youth and Family Studies. Supported by the Buffett Fund, Educare aims to narrow the achievement gap through full-day, year-round educational programs. The University of Nebraska’s Buffett Early Childhood Institute is an Educare Lincoln research partner. Victoria Molfese, Chancellor’s Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies, said one goal is helping educators become more confident in recognizing math learning opportunities in their classrooms. Researchers will assess teachers’ and students’ beliefs about their math abilities. The team hopes the project becomes a model for the nation’s 21 Educare schools, including Educare Winnebago (Nebraska), which opened in 2014 as the first to serve an American Indian reservation.

ies have led the center to focus on two key areas. UNL physicist Christian Binek leads the magnetoelec-

Each of these nanomaterials holds promise for overcoming the limitations of traditional silicon-based electronics. Harnessing nanomaterials would enable smaller,

tric materials and functional interfaces research group. It’s

more powerful and less expensive computers and other

based on Binek’s work with spintronics, which manipulates

electronics. Other applications include more energy-effi-

electron spin to generate power and store digital informa-

cient solar panels and refrigeration.

tion. Traditional magnetic memory devices use an electric

“Our niche, which I think is very exciting in terms of fundamental science, is very important from the point of

current to reverse the magnetic direction, which is the

view of applications,” Tsymbal said. “It’s a focused research

binary method of storing information. Binek’s team dis-

area where we’re leading the field.”

covered how to switch magnetization using voltage instead,

The latest NSF funding also supports expanding

which doesn’t generate heat and thus opens the avenue to

the center’s traditionally strong education and outreach

energy-efficient computing.

programs. UNL physicist Axel Enders will lead several

This team now is developing voltage-powered logical and memory devices. UNL physicist Alexei Gruverman leads the polarization-enabled electronic phenomena research group. This research takes advantage of nano-thin ferroelectric oxide, a material with both positive and negative polarization direc-

ongoing and new initiatives, including those designed to encourage women and minorities into materials science research.


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Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

UNL Researchers Link Plant Phenotypes to Genetics with New Technology Stories by Haley Steinkuhler Plant biologists estimate the total number of plant

development in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This platform is aimed at linking genomic and

species to be roughly 250,000. Plants not only beautify

gene expression data with intricate plant phenotypes across

our environment but they also provide the oxygen that we

plant growth scales. One of those foundational elements is

breathe and our essential food.

the LemnaTec Scanalyzer3D system.

Given their integration in and importance in every-

The system uses a series of conveyor tracks to move

day life, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has long been

plants on a computerized schedule from greenhouse bays

committed to plant science, research and innovation. Most

through a controlled environment chamber where multiple

recently this has been further realized in the construction of

cameras can capture images in the visible, infrared, flores-

an automated plant phenotyping facility in the new Green-

cence and hyperspectral range of each plant. It is capable

house Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus.

of measuring mature plants from model species to larger

tunity to integrate research information with Nebraska

crop species, including corn. Electronic scales and robotic

Extension through the research and extension centers across

from the Nebraska Research Initiative, provides cutting-

stations can weigh, water and apply nutrients to the plants.

the state.

edge technology for studying plant characteristics, or ‘phe-

The conveyor system will support 672 pots by the end of

notypes’ at high resolution and with automated through-


The facility, which was made possible through funding

put. There are only a handful of such facilities in the world,

UNL researchers continue development of programs

The new Greenhouse Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus features 45,000 square feet of greenhouse and headhouse space.

Harkamal Walia, associate professor and plant molecular physiologist in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, was part of the team that envisioned the phe-

according to Archie Clutter, dean of UNL’s Agricultural

capable of analyzing the images captured by the system.

notyping facility idea more than five years ago. Walia is now

Research Division.

Once linkages of genetic traits to important plant phe-

conducting research on drought tolerance and salt tolerance

notypes are discovered, the greatest opportunity lies in

using the technology. “Our job is to disseminate those up-

for farmers and producers in the state of Nebraska around

validation of results in real cropping systems and getting

stream discoveries, which can have long-term downstream

drought and disease tolerance, which really reflects the

new solutions and tools in the hands of Nebraska farmers

impacts on food production,” he said. “These findings are

needs of farmers around the world,” said Clutter. “This

and managers. Increasingly, these steps will come through

critical in our ability to make crops that are more resilient

technology can be used to address those needs and sustain

collaborations with private sector partners.

to climate change in the future.”

“This is about recognizing some of the greatest needs

global food security.” The facility’s greenhouse incorporates foundational elements in a unique and powerful phenomics platform under

“One of the things that makes the UNL so unique is

The phenotyping facility is expected to enhance oppor-

the ability to tie cutting-edge research to application,” said

tunities for UNL to partner with the private sector. Beyond

Clutter. The structure within IANR provides the oppor-

using the technology to capture images, companies

New Exhibit Focuses on Your Food and the Families Who Grow It Agriculture is more than a one-person job. There is a

history of agriculture,” said Kathleen Lodl, Associate Dean

lot more to producing food than fields and farm animals.

of Nebraska Extension. “We want youth to not only under-

Raising Nebraska is a new exhibit designed to let people see

stand where their food comes from, but also their ability to

agriculture from virtually every angle; from water conserva-

impact that production with careers in agriculture.”

tion to soil health, from animal well-being to food safety,

The exhibit is on the Nebraska State Fairgrounds in

from invention to innovation and from economic impact to

Grand Island and debuted at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair.

global hunger.

Since its opening, the exhibit has continued to evolve and

Raising Nebraska is a 25,000-square-foot interactive

this year will include an outdoor learning space. The space

experience focused on “Your Food and the Families Who

is shaped like the state of Nebraska and features a wide vari-

Grow It.” The exhibit is designed to help visitors better

ety of crops, plants, trees and grasses positioned in the areas

understand and appreciate the advancements, impact and

of the state in which they are prevalent. Walkways through

global leadership of Nebraska agriculture.

the space represent the major river systems in Nebraska.

“We believe that this is one of the only exhibits nationwide that focuses on the future of agriculture versus the 18 | GoodNUz | IANR

Raising Nebraska is designed to help visitors better understand and appreciate the advancements, impact and global leadership of Nebraska agriculture.

Just a few of the features visitors experience inside the exhibit include an interactive house showing how Nebraska

IANR Faculty Growth Leads to New Opportunities Since the beginning of 2012 the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has hired 122 faculty members

literacy, stress biology, computational sciences, healthy

as part of a faculty growth initiative, resulting in a 24

humans, healthy systems for agricultural production and

percent increase in tenure-track faculty positions. This

natural resources, and drivers of economic vitality for Ne-

represents the largest increase in IANR faculty since the

braska. In addition, many faculty positions are being filled


to strengthen core areas across all departments.

The need to grow occurs during a renaissance for Ne-

IANR said Harlan Vice Chancellor Ronnie Green. “This

growth and prosperity in recent years. Demand for gradu-

growth leads to new research, collaborations and oppor-

ates from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural

tunities to grow our graduate programs, while creating

Resources is unparalleled. CASNR maintains the highest

unique graduate opportunities for furthering Nebraska

graduation rate of any University of Nebraska-Lincoln


college. There is also tremendous growth in private giving

velop expertise in processing and interpreting those images.

for IANR programs through the University of Nebraska

State-of-the-art technology, coupled with the expertise of

Foundation. These successes stem from IANR’s world-class faculty

ful future partnerships when it comes to plant science

and staff, along with the continued support of state and

research at UNL.

federal partners. Stakeholder commitment has allowed

The NIC Greenhouse Innovation Center, where the

for the current investment in new positions that will help

phenotyping facility is located, currently features 45,000

meet the enormous food and natural resource security is-

square feet of greenhouse and headhouse space. The green-

sues facing Nebraska and the world.

houses are heated and cooled with sustainable energy. The

These new faculty members represent the future of

braska agriculture, which has experienced unprecedented

can collaborate with UNL researchers who continue to de-

UNL faculty researchers, provides the potential for power-

Faculty hires have been made in the areas of science

IANR leadership shaped the faculty growth initiative by examining what was important to Nebraska, and identifying how IANR can provide support in these areas.

This strategic investment in Nebraska’s and the world’s future clearly identifies UNL as a major current leader

IANR leadership shaped the faculty growth initiative

in the U.S. land-grant university system in agriculture,

center features state-of-the-art computer environmental

by examining what was important to Nebraska, and iden-

natural resources and human sciences. The recent focus

controls and 22-foot eave height to allow for optimal air

tifying how IANR can provide support in these areas said

on faculty growth firmly plants IANR’s flag as a commit-

circulation and accommodation of mature crop species.

IANR Associate Vice Chancellor Ron Yoder. “We need to

ted world leader in teaching, research and service leading

When fully completed, the center will include 60,000

make faculty hiring decisions based on what is good for

to sustainable food, fuel, water, landscapes and improved

square feet of greenhouse space connected to 80,000 square

IANR as a whole,” he said.

quality of life for people.

feet of office and wet lab space.

farmers put food on the table, a theater inside a grain bin

viduals and families, school groups, trade teams, agribusi-

showcasing short films about agriculture in Nebraska, a 50-

ness and others. A Nebraska Extension educator is available

foot walkable map of the state and a virtual combine ride.

onsite throughout the year to provide agricultural literacy education to visiting groups.

The exhibit is already receiving international recognition. The International Association of Fairs and Exhibi-

Support from the industry has helped take the exhibit

tions named Raising Nebraska the best overall agricultural

from concept to reality. Private partners such as Cargill,

exhibit in its division (250,000 – 500,000 fair attendance).

Reinke Manufacturing Co., the Farm Credit Services of

The exhibit also won a Gold Apex Installation award for

America and the Nebraska Corn Development Board are

Nanonation at the Digital Signage Expo, an international

just a few that have provided funding for the exhibit.

education conference and trade show.

Raising Nebraska is a joint effort of the Institute of

With so many hands-on and educational elements

Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Nebraska State Fair

within the exhibit, it has become a popular site for field

and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

trips and other events. Nebraska 4-H uses the space for after-school programs such as “Engineering for Everyone,” a program aimed at teaching fifth- and sixth-grade youth about how things work. The site is an ideal stop for indi- The interactive dinner table within the exhibit’s Agri-House shows how Nebraska growers put food on the table.


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College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Endless Opportunities with New Degree Program who have their career goals established,” said CASNR professor

By Haley Steinkuhler Morgan Tranmer hopes one day to help farmers in developing countries adopt better practices in their fields. The UNL sophomore determined that a dual degree in entomology and agronomy, along with a minor in global studies, would

and associate dean Tiffany Heng-Moss, who is currently serving as Tranmer’s faculty adviser. Once in the program, students are required to complete 120 course credit hours, including at least nine hours of coursework in

help her accomplish this career goal.

international studies. Strong emphasis

When Tranmer realized that this

is also placed on research and experien-

would mean completing more than

tial learning. Integration of the subject matter

170 course credit hours, she knew

The goal is to give students the opportunity to reach their academic and professional goals in concentration areas not available within existing curricula. Students focus their degree and select courses across multiple areas to create an individualized program of study.

she needed a new plan. She needed

in diverse curriculum will be realized in

to find a way to pursue her diverse

the degree program’s capstone course

interests while integrating these areas

and through experiential learning.

of study.

These experiences are possible through

Tranmer is now the first student

strong partnerships with industry lead-

in the new integrated science degree

ers. Dow AgroSciences has committed

program within the College of

to contribute to the program through

Agricultural Sciences and Natural

internships and other experiential

Resources. The program allows

learning opportunities, in addition

students to create their own unique

to their scientists serving on student

interdisciplinary program of study

advisory committees. The program was designed to

leading to a Bachelor of Science

readily lend itself to partnerships with

degree in integrated science.

business. “Partnerships with business

The goal is to give students the

are vital, as they enhance the education

opportunity to reach their academic

offered at UNL and provide students

and professional goals in concentration areas not available within existing curricula. Students focus

Morgan Tranmer is the first student in the new integrated science degree program within CASNR.

their degree and select courses across multiple areas to create an

with greater access to potential employers,” said Heng-Moss.

At the completion of the program, students should be able to

individualized program of study. Tranmer will be taking a variety of

apply interdisciplinary approaches to critically analyze key issues

courses from international agriculture to entomology.

related to food, energy and water. For Tranmer, that means apply-

“The ability to build a well-rounded course schedule that’s unique to my interests is what I really like about the integrated science degree program,” she said. Potential students have to complete an intense approval process prior to entering the program. First, they create a selfassessment outlining their interests, strengths, abilities and career

ing her knowledge from the classroom and experiential learning to help lead transformation in third world countries. “Farmers in those regions have the knowledge, they just need the tools and someone to teach them how to implement best practices,” she said. The need for this program was recognized as the demand for

goals. They then consult with a faculty member to determine if an

professionally trained individuals in agriculture continues to grow.

existing degree program satisfies their personal and professional

The United States Department of Labor predicts significant growth

interests. If no existing degree program aligns with their self-assess-

in selected food, energy, water and environmental sectors over the

ments, students can continue the process by identifying an advisory

next several years. This program is an example of how the Univer-

committee to help them design their program of study and develop

sity of Nebraska-Lincoln is responding to the workforce by provid-

a degree proposal. Students then present their degree proposal to

ing highly skilled professionals to benefit growth in both rural and

the advisory committee, which has to approve the core concentra-

urban Nebraska.

tion areas and program of study prior to the proposal going to the CASNR Dean’s Office for consideration by the CASNR Curriculum Committee. “This program can be ideal for self-motivated individuals 20 | GoodNUz | COLLEGES


College of Architecture

Architecture Graduate and Biking Enthusiast Takes Solo Tour of Europe By Kerry Vondrak So what does a student pack for a whole semester studying abroad? Perhaps one might jam some books, clothes, a camera and a good pair of walking shoes into a large suitcase?

whenever I found a view or object that was inspiring. I could stop for a picnic wherever it looked comfortable and talk with people in the places I passed.” With a well-laid trip itinerary, Plessing made her way through

Well yes, and a bike in Rachel Plessing’s case because she

France and Italy. She started in St. Malo in northwest France and

planned on bike riding across Europe after completing the London

rode southeast through the countryside to the Loire Valley where

study abroad program with Architecture Professor Rumiko Handa.

she toured several beautiful chateaux. Later, she took a train to

After all, she needed a break with the hectic schedule she’d been

Grenoble, at the base of the Alps, and rode her bike over the Alps

keeping over the last several years. As an undergraduate, Plessing

into Italy. She spent a few days in Lake Como before taking an-

worked on dual Bachelor of Science degrees, one in architecture

other train south to bike through Tuscany.

and the other in civil engineering – a busy schedule to say the least. “I decided to go on my cycling trip solo,” Plessing said. “Part

“I really liked the various hill towns in Tuscany,” she said. “The densely packed buildings within the town walls made for great

of the reason is I couldn’t find anyone crazy enough to join me.

spaces, including narrow winding streets and large piazzas. It was

The choice to travel alone was great because it provided me with

fun to simply wander through the different streets.”

plenty of freedom to choose the pace I wanted, to stop, to eat, to

As she traveled from town to town and through the country-

photograph, or to tour as I pleased. In the end it allowed for a truly

side, it was hard not to see the buildings and landscape colored

unique and personalized experience.”

by the architectural lens. The architectural education just doesn’t

Seeds of this idea actually came from various areas but perhaps

abroad program in the spring was the prefect precursor for the

dergrad research experience with Architecture Emeritus Professor

second half of her trip.

While an undergrad, Plessing worked on a state of Nebraska

“London was an absolutely wonderful city to live in,” explained Plessing. “After living in the Midwest my whole life, it was

architectural guidebook. A good portion of her time was dedicated

a great experience to live in a large city, especially one with so much

to researching the architectural history of Omaha, including its


architectural landmarks and historic districts, so it is not too sur-

“My greatest architectural take away from the study abroad

prising that sometimes the conversations turned to travel. Sawyers

program was a new perspective on the urban environment: how

would often talk about his extensive world travels with great enthu-

people occupy space and use their environment. It definitely has

siasm and detail. He also led the study abroad program for six years

had a huge impact on how I view the priorities of building and

– ’72, ’82, ’89, ’96, ’99, and ’06. Recommending the program to

urban design.”

Rachel was an obvious choice. “Keith is the person who really encouraged me to study abroad and inspired me to find a way to explore the world,” Plessing said. How physically straining is riding a bike across Europe? For Plessing, it was not too bad. Bike riding has been one of her longtime passions. In fact, during the summers she would race bikes.

At the end of her trip, Plessing’s family met her in Rome United States. Plessing returned to UNL to finish that dual degree and, later, her Master of Architecture, which she completed in May 2015. Now Plessing has an architecture intern job lined up in Denver, Colorado, at the architectural firm H+L. After her internship,

to handle the pancake-flat city of London but the hills of Tuscany

her goal is to become a licensed architect. “I’ve especially enjoyed

and the French Alps were, to say the least, a bit more challenging.

working on healthcare and educational buildings, so specializing in

to not only see some of Europe’s iconic landmarks, but to really see and understand the world between landmarks. It took me off

those areas of design is something I may pursue.” However before her internship ends, don’t be surprised to see Plessing hitting the rocky biking trails of Denver.

the beaten path, which is where some of the most beautiful places tended to be. Riding has always helped me relax, and the casual pace made it easier to discover things I would not have noticed from a tour bus, car or train. It allowed me to stop and take photos


where they spent a week together before heading back to the

With all that experience, Plessing was already physically fit enough

“I’ve always loved biking, and it seemed like the perfect way


fade away on vacation; in fact, it solidifies. Perhaps Plessing’s study

the genesis of the endeavor happened during her UCARE unKeith Sawyers.



x 1) Plessing poses on the access road leading to Civita di Bagnoregio in central Italy 2) The French Alps 3) A scene from the Italian countryside in Tuscany 4) Lake Como, as viewed from the municipality of Varenna, in north central Italy

COLLEGES | Fall 2015 | 21

College of Arts and Sciences

Bloom touts the fictional study as an admirable example of rare collaboration between a theorist and experimentalist. However, the post concludes with a foreshadowing of the episode’s plot: “And Leonard and Sheldon, if you are reading this post – don’t look at the comments. It will only be trouble.” — Ken Bloom about a blog he posted for the Feb. 5 episode of “The Big Band Theory”

Bloom’s Blog Featured in ‘Big Bang Theory’ Episode By Scott Schrage, University Communications A UNL physicist involved in recreating the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang also played a hand in a 2015 episode of the CBS show that bears its name.

said, ‘Yeah that’s an interesting idea. Let me talk to the producers.’ They liked it, so we ended up doing it.” Bloom classifies himself as an experimentalist, having contrib-

Ken Bloom, associate professor of physics and astronomy,

uted to the Large Hadron Collider experiments that accelerated

wrote a blog post that served as a key plot point in the Feb. 5 epi-

particles to nearly the speed of light at the CERN laboratory in

sode of “The Big Bang Theory.”

Switzerland. The resulting collisions have simulated conditions of

The post, which Bloom published on a real blog named

the universe mere nanoseconds after the Big Bang, yielding evidence

Quantum Diaries, discusses a research paper “authored” by central

for the Higgs boson – a particle long theorized to explain how other

characters Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter.

particles gained their mass.

In it, Bloom touts the fictional study as an admirable example

The pair’s work with physicists who propose such theories,

of rare collaboration between a theorist and experimentalist. How-

Bloom said, inspired Saltzberg’s conception of the blog post and

ever, the post concludes with a foreshadowing of the episode’s plot:

Bloom’s writing of it.

“And Leonard and Sheldon, if you are reading this post – don’t look at the comments. It will only be trouble.” That trouble comes in the form of negative feedback from a

“Leonard is an experimenter; Sheldon is a theorist,” Bloom said. “The blog post is about how it’s really very unusual for experimentalists and theorists to collaborate, and how they come from

commenter known as GeneralRelativity – later revealed as theoreti-

very different worlds. But (in this fictional universe), here’s this

cal physicist Stephen Hawking – whose trolling drives Sheldon and

very interesting example in this paper I came across from these two

Leonard to defend their research.

young guys at Caltech.”

Bloom’s involvement with the episode came about by accident.

Bloom said he’s seen only a few episodes of the series, which

His longtime friend David Saltzberg, the show’s science adviser and

has become one of network television’s most-watched comedies dur-

a fellow professor of physics at the University of California, Los An-

ing its eight seasons on the air.

geles, wanted to bolster the plot by mentioning a real physics blog.

“I don’t really watch any TV,” Bloom said. “No disrespect to

Saltzberg contacted his colleague about gaining permission to refer-

television – I just don’t have the time. I knew roughly who the

ence Quantum Diaries, which Bloom has written for since 2008.

characters were, but I did double-check everything to make sure I

As one of many international particle physicists who contribute

had the names right.”

to the blog, Bloom didn’t have the authority to grant that permis-

To read Bloom’s blog post, http://www.quantumdiaries.

sion. But he did have an idea for the post itself, which was initially


conceived as a simple mention in the episode. “Once I started thinking about it, I said, ‘Why don’t we just write a real blog post on the site, and then there will be something 22 | GoodNUz | COLLEGES

out in the real world?’” Bloom said. “I suggested that to David, who


College of Business Administration

Construction on CBA Building Commences with Groundbreaking By Kimberly Smith

ously and graciously provided the funding for this magnificent

Marjory Bell Starts Something Big at CBA By Jennifer Snyder Growing up in Big Ten territory, Marjory Bell always wanted to further her education at one of the schools in the prestigious conference. The

project,” said Plowman. “This building is truly being built by our

sophomore management major from

Building at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln launched with a

alumni for future alumni. I thank each and every one of you for

Oak Park, Illinois, ultimately chose the

ceremonial turning of dirt on March 4. An estimated 350 attended

your generosity, for your belief in us and in this dream. We will be

University of Nebraska-Lincoln College

the ceremony held at the Kauffman Center at 14th and Vine

good stewards of your gifts.”

of Business Administration after visiting

Construction of the new College of Business Administration


The new building will celebrate the college’s more than 100year legacy of educating business leaders by providing a place for

The ceremony emcee was Donde Plowman, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean, and included remarks from the fol-

innovative teaching and technology. It will offer interactive learning

lowing dignitaries: UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, NU Interim

in state-of-the-art classrooms, one-stop student support services

President James Linder, NU Regent Howard Hawks, President and

and space to host many events.

CEO of the NU Foundation Brian Hastings, Capital Campaign

the campus based on a recommendation from a family friend. “I decided to attend UNL because of its long history of educating and graduating successful alumni,” Bell said. “I knew

“CBA has always made a large contribution to the business tal-

that CBA was the right

Chair Tonn Ostergard, and freshman Marjory Bell. Rocktavo, a

ent that has driven Nebraska’s economy. This building assures that

fit for me after I met the

UNL student a capella group, performed and The Big Red Alumni

our future business leaders will have the benefit of a contemporary

esteemed faculty who

Pep Band led attendees outside to break ground.

education,” said Perlman. The new building will also have an impact on the college’s

The $84-million, 240,000-square-foot CBA building is

ability to recruit top students and faculty to Nebraska.

the largest academic building project in recent history at UNL. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York and Alley

“With this facility, we will better serve the needs of our stu-

Poyner Macchietto Architecture of Omaha, the building is funded

dents, and that in turn will help us attract even more of the best

exclusively from private donations from CBA alumni and business

and brightest young people from and to Nebraska. When they see


what we have to offer, not only this building but our faculty, they

“The one thing that makes this building unique and absolutely

will want to be here,” said Hawks.

amazing is our partners – our alumni and friends who have gener-

personally cared about Bell

my success and led me

to invaluable opportunities.” She will be a member of the first class to start something in the new $84 million, 240,000 square-foot CBA building expected to open in 2017. Bell ultimately wants to manage a company and realizes the value of receiving part of her education in the new building before she starts her career. “The amenities the new building will offer include innovative classrooms with new and improved technology which will help me acquire the skills needed to lead a corporation and further develop my leadership skills,” she said. “CBA will be the primary place for me to learn, talk with advisers and professors, and meet with friends and classmates.” Bell was honored to speak on behalf of the Class of 2018 at the CBA Groundbreaking Ceremony on March 4. Attending the ceremony and meeting the people who made this building a reality was the highlight of her freshman year. “The groundbreaking was impactful and a special moment for me. It’s awesome and incredibly special to be a part of the first class to utilize the new building. My classmates and I can take

Breaking ground for the new CBA building are (left to right) UNL Senior Vice Chancellor Ellen Weissinger, CBA Dean Donde Plowman, NU Regent Howard Hawks, CBA capital campaign chair Tonn Ostergard, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, Interim NU President James Linder and NU Foundation President and CEO Brian Hastings.


pride in the fact we will be the first class to graduate from the new building. It will definitely make our senior year unforgettable,” said Bell. COLLEGES | Fall 2015 | 23

College of Education and Human Sciences

Listening Tour Another CEHS Outreach Tool By Brad Stauffer

At some point in your life, you probably heard your mother say, “You have two ears and one mouth. Use them proportionally.” Mom’s admonition is actually pretty good advice. With the intent to listen more than talk, the College

truly valued their education at the University of Nebraska-

The College of Education and Human Sciences has current research and outreach activities in nearly every county in Nebraska. For an interactive map, visit

of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) is traveling

Lincoln, and that they wanted to stay connected,” Kostelnik

Nebraska to engage face-to-face with alumni and educa-

noted. “They wanted to see more of us more often in their

and CEHS faculty and staff is the type of interaction that

tion leaders. This fall, Dean Marjorie Kostelnik and faculty

communities – to strengthen our relationships so we could

inspires new ideas, new partnerships and better connections

and staff across CEHS will make stops in northeast, north

better understand and respond to their needs.”

central and western Nebraska to hear what former gradu-

One of the needs shared by a group of local school su-

This honest dialogue between school leaders, alumni

between academia and the field. Listening is what’s important here. As noted management expert Steven R. Covey,

ates of the college are doing with their UNL degrees and

perintendents was recruiting UNL graduates into teaching

the creator of “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” has

how CEHS can continue to serve them.

positions. A concern was expressed that teaching candidates

said, “Most people do not listen with the intent to under-

may have a misperception about life in western and rural

stand; they listen with the intent to reply.” CEHS’s listening

our state effectively, we need to stay connected with our

Nebraska. Exposing pre-service teachers to the culture in

tours are truly an outreach to listen, but with the intent to

graduates and those we serve across Nebraska,” said Kostel-

rural communities at different points during their educa-

respond to what is shared.

nik. “Has the education we’ve provided served them well

tion might be a mutually beneficial strategy, they suggested.

“To help us remain relevant to our students and serve

“The listening tour has me thinking about mutual strategies,” said Sherri Jones, chair of the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders. “Not just what we could do on our end, but collaborating with alumni and leaders in western Nebraska communities to understand their needs in schools, hospitals and health care facilities. How can we best respond and share those needs with our students? Can we find ways to help students realize the potential of rewarding career opportunities in all parts of our state?” Besides education and health care, there are other fields that intersect CEHS and western communities – child and family development, merchandising, tourism, gerontology, various areas of research and, of course, Nebraska Exten-

Alums visit with CEHS faculty and staff in North Platte last March. Pictured (left to right) Roz Hussin, CEHS instructional design tech specialist; Linda Rousey, CEHS grad; Tami Eshleman, associate superintendent, North Platte Public Schools. Graduates included classes from the 1960s to as recent as 2011, representing a variety of professions.

sion. “Our mission as a college is to enhance the lives of individuals, families, schools and communities and to strengthen the relationships among them,” said Kostelnik.

in their professions? Have we missed something that would

“It would be great to get UNL students to come to

help them enhance the lives of Nebraskans? What can we

western Nebraska and shadow a teacher for a week,” said

do better to meet their needs and fulfill our mission?”

one North Platte-area superintendent. “And we’d welcome

As the grass was greening up and the Sandhill Cranes signaled a change of seasons last March, a college delega-

a rural setting.” Finding teachers to come to smaller communities is

Platte. Over a meal and seated at round tables, small groups

an increasing challenge. Some school districts in western

of graduates got reacquainted with their college and were

Nebraska are lucky to get a handful of applicants. Getting

invited to share experiences. The assembly included now-

them to stay is yet another challenge.

lishing their careers, having graduated as recently as 2011. “What they told us – loud and clear – was that they 24 | GoodNUz | COLLEGES

are all better for the experience.” Mom, you were right after all.

the opportunity to come to campus and speak about life in

tion turned west on I-80 and made stops in York and North

retired graduates from the 1960s and some who were estab-

“Our listening stops help bring our mission to life, and we

If you would like more information about CEHS listening tour opportunities, please contact: Brad Stauffer Director of External Affairs College of Education and Human Sciences 402-472-7572

“Our retention program is find them a house, a spouse and a car,” joked one school leader, but there was probably some truth there, too.


College of Engineering

Leveraging and Utilizing Academic Horsepower job or work on my Ph.D.,” said Tomasevicz, who received bachelor (2003) and master’s (2006) degrees in electrical engineering from UNL. “I thought, maybe, I’d do some coaching: bobsled or even football.” “I want our freshmen, through this class, to learn how to be more receptive to everything that’s going to come,” Jones said. “They also need a baseline skills set and habits in the engineering problem-solving process and interpretation of data. We need to make sure they get that very foundation, for whatever their future holds. It transcends all majors.” The class, which debuted in Spring 2015, introduces

Students in Karen Stelling’s Engineering 200 class build towers out of dry spaghetti, tape, string and marshmallows during a team-building exercise.

students to the basics of engineering, touches on numerous disciplines, and focuses on Tomasevicz’s unique strengths

helps freshmen focus on personal goals and values as well

and experiences.

as professional and personal objectives. Led by lecturer

“From a student’s perspective, the hook of the class is that everything we do, everything we talk about will be

projects, write journals about their experiences and, for the

based on sports and athletics – real-world applications, in

final, create their own personal leadership philosophy.

that sense,” said Tomasevicz. Tomasevicz’s students hear from guest speakers, including USA Bobsledding engineer Bob Cuneo, and take

Curt Tomasevicz

field trips to expose them to real-world combinations of By Karl Vogel

athletics and engineering.

Engineering graduates across the country are enter-

Expanding on the introductory engineering lessons taught in Tomasevicz’s class, the college has also introduced

skills for success. A greater number of industry executives,

a sequence of four leadership classes that teach non-engi-

however, are seeking new employees who also possess es-

neering skills.

and materials engineering, helped develop the two middle classes in this sequence – Engineering 200 and 320. The sophomore-level class teaches students how to within the frameworks of sustainability and etiquette, both in the U.S. and abroad. Students in the junior-level class, which will debut in fall 2015, build on teamwork skills as they learn individual

This, Jones said, will help students be set up for suc-

The UNL College of Engineering is addressing these

Karen Stelling, professor of practice in mechanical

function in teams, workplace expectations and working

ing the professional world with the technical and scientific

sential non-technical skills.

Carmen Zafft, students participate in service-learning

cess throughout the rest of their lives.

leadership, risk management, ethics and the basics of scheduling, estimating, budgeting and contracts.

industry needs in part by crafting new classes to help prepare students for their professional careers. Olympic gold medalist Curt Tomasevicz has joined the faculty

The next steps taken by the

The class, which debuted in Spring 2015, introduces students to the basics of engineering, touches on numerous disciplines, and focuses on Tomasevicz’s unique strengths and experiences.

and is teaching a new introductory engineering class, Intro to Engineering: Athletics, devel-

college in this curriculum, Jones said, will be revamping the capstone course and likely creating a certificate program to recognize students who have taken all four courses.

“The students of today are so talented academically,”

This sequence of classes, Jones said, is going to have an

oped with David Jones, associate dean for undergraduate

Jones said. “But it’s sort of like they are an overpowered

impact not only on the students, but also “raises the bar”


car with bad tires: They can’t get the traction they need to

for the college as a whole.

make the progress they want to make. These courses lever-

“Our faculty should be excited and buy into this

ding’s national team, which led him to two Olympic

After a 10-year career as a member of USA Bobsled-

age that academic horsepower and utilize it so students can

because as this group progresses through the curriculum,

medals, Tomasevicz’s future was uncertain. His life took

actually make progress on being the engineers they want

they’re going to be better students in the classroom. We

an unexpected turn when he returned to UNL as keynote

to be and solve the problems that we, as a society, need to

can ask more of them if we prepare them better, not only

speaker for the annual E-Week in February 2014.

have them solve.”

technically but as people,” Jones said.

“I didn’t know whether I wanted to get a full-time

The sequence begins with Engineering 100, which


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Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

Glenn Korff School of Music Goes Global with Webcasting By Kathe Andersen

More than 4,000 unique users from all over the world watched more than 102,000 minutes of 39 concerts webcast this academic year by the Glenn Korff School of Music. In addition, 1,500 people watched more than 6,000 minutes per month of the archived videos posted on YouTube. “It’s been a remarkably happy success,” said Glenn

The live webcasting of concerts, done in partnership

Korff School of Music Director John W. Richmond as

with Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET),

he summed up the first full year of webcasting selected

helps expand the reach of the Glenn Korff School of Music.

concerts. The idea for webcasting began many years ago. When

Calling NET “the treasured partner,” Richmond said that most of NET’s webcasts have covered things like the

the Glenn Korff School of Music hired Jeff O’Brien as their

Nebraska Legislature or the Nebraska Supreme Court, with

information technology associate in 2012, he, along with

small audiences tuning in briefly – measured in seconds.

David Bagby, the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Per-

“But the average stay on many of our webcast events is

forming Arts’ Information Technology Services Manager,

more than 30 minutes,” he added, “which is simply un-

began researching what other schools were doing.

heard of in their webcasting experience.”

The model O’Brien settled on was patterned after Indiana University’s model. “Back in the 1980s, they contacted their local PBS station and said, ‘We have this Recording School. Why don’t

When the School received the Korff Endowment, they were able to move forward more quickly with their plans for webcasting. Three cameras were installed in Kimball Recital Hall

we use our students to record our concerts and you push

and two in Westbrook Recital Hall room 119. Eventually,

them live on the radio,’ and that built into television and

Richmond would like to have seven cameras in Kimball,

then live-streaming,” O’Brien said. “That connection spoke

with two installed in the summer of 2016 and two more in

to me. If I were a student, I would want to come to this

the summer of 2017. These will provide an overhead angle

school and be a part of this endeavor because it’s where the

to zoom in on a pianist’s hands or even the score of the

future of broadcasting is. Everything is live-streaming.”

conductor, side stage angles and one angle that looks out to the conductor’s face and into the audience. “All of these ideas are not original,” Richmond said. “They are the result of talking with people who have been doing this for a while and asking what they’ve learned, and benefitting from their advice.” Webcasting is helping to grow the audience for Glenn Korff School of Music concerts. “If we hoped to have 300 folks attend an ensemble concert we might produce in the Kimball Hall, that’s good,”

Greg Smith (left) and Steven Cohen work in the control booth at NET during a live webcast of a DMA recital of Masayoshi Ishikawa on April 7 in Westbrook Recital Hall. 26 | GoodNUz | COLLEGES

Richmond said. “But then you

see another 200 people tune in via a live webcast, both locally and from far away. Suddenly you realize you’re really expanding your audience. That’s pretty great.” Webcasting also significantly impacts recruiting. “Now prospective students can say the person I might study saxophone with is doing a saxophone recital on a webcast,” Richmond said. “And they tune in to see how this professor plays. Or they can do that for the Chiara String Quartet if they’re thinking of studying chamber music.” It also helps current students whose families do not live nearby see them perform. “The stories I love are the ones where students say, ‘my parents watched me do a performance, and they’ve never been able to see me play before’,” Jeff O’Brien said. Hixson-Lied Professor of Piano Mark Clinton was featured in the first webcast on Sept. 18, 2014. “I was extremely gratified to learn that hundreds of people from several different countries listened to significant portions of my recital,” Clinton said. “I believe this ongoing effort is a major component of ‘getting the word out’ about the quality of music making that consistently takes place in the Glenn Korff School. Once the performances are archived on YouTube, they become another important component of our recruiting strategy as well.” Professor and Director of Choral Activities Peter Eklund said his experience with webcasting this year has been nothing but positive. “We have received many, many positive remarks from around the country and the globe,” he said. “It has increased our presence, and the attention our ensembles are receiving with the YouTube archiving is helpful.” Brian Reetz, the promotion and publicity coordinator for the Glenn Korff School of Music, said webcasting helps fit Glenn Korff School of Music concerts into people’s busy lives. The average time each individual person watched a concert during the fall semester was 27 minutes. By spring, the average had increased to 37 minutes. For concerts like the Wind Ensemble and Campus Band, the engagement number was closer to one hour. And for the Chiara String Quartet, they had an engagement of 96 minutes. Reetz said they intend to build on the success of last year’s webcasting. “It was a learning experience this year that without Dr. Richmond’s vision and Jeff O’Brien’s knowledge and capabilities would not have come to fruition,” he said. “Now we can see that we’ve reached nearly every country in the world. Suddenly, we’ve become global.”


College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Student Ad Agency Celebrates Five Years of Business By Amy Struthers This spring, Jacht Ad Lab celebrated five full years of operation as the student ad agency, public relations firm and content creation studio in the University of NebraskaLincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications. From an ambitious concept to a thriving enterprise in a few short years, Jacht has served as a practicum experience for hundreds of students from across the UNL campus while providing professional advertising, PR and marketing work for their clients. Jacht is a unique hybrid of a startup business and a college class in the Advertising and Public Relations sequence, a model created by associate professor Amy Struthers. “It

and Railyard being built, and to be able to learn about all

was time to move our program to a new level of visibility,”

the startup activity from being around our investors.”

said Struthers. “The goal was to become the top advertising

Jacht’s first client was the Nebraska Dairy Association,

It’s the best commercial we ever had for the ballet.” The agency provides a wide range of services with an emphasis on digital and mobile platforms. “Jacht is staffed

whose goal was to encourage dairy farmers from California

with digital natives who are immersed in new forms of

to move to Nebraska. Jacht developed a new brand identity

communication,” said Struthers. “We work together to tell

2010 with 13 students. At the end of that first semester, a

for the association, including a logo, a variety of printed

our clients’ stories through the best channels in ways that

final presentation by the class outlined a plan for an immer-

materials and a trade show booth. Client Jeff Keown said,

will engage their audience.”

sive real-world educational experience that would strive to

“Our booth at the World Ag Expo in California was the

be a self-sustaining business. This entrepreneurial approach

best one there. We had so many people stopping by to get

munications research and creating strategic plans as well as

caught the interest of attendees from Nebraska Global,


developing social media campaigns and producing stop mo-

and public relations program in the nation.” The agency began as an exploratory course in the fall of

a $37 million venture capital firm. “We loved what the

As the Pinnacle Bank Arena began to take shape, Jacht

Students have gotten experience conducting com-

tion animation. They’ve built Buzzfeed quizzes, animated gifs, billboards and direct mail.

students and faculty proposed to do,” said Patrick Smith,

was asked to manage their social media during construc-

COO of Nebraska Global. “We immediately wanted to

tion, created collateral materials for trade shows to book


events, and developed the “Green Arena” campaign to

big part of our work,” said spring 2015 CEO Kaylan Ma-

inspire recycling at events. Client Charlie Schilling remem-

loley, a marketing major. “We have added content creation

braska Global’s Haymarket location. The former Salvation

bers with pride the success of Jacht’s work for the arena’s

to our services and love working with clients who are ready

Army building was undergoing a complete renovation when

management company, SMG. “We had the most talked

to let us manage their social media communities.”

Struthers and her students first visited their new workplace.

about promotion at a huge key booking event that helped

But when Jacht moved in, they found themselves in a rap-

us open with great acts,” said Schilling. “Now the Green

disciplinary collaboration, with students from journalism,

Arena campaign is helping us tell the story of our

advertising, public relations and broadcasting working on

That support included the offer of office space in Ne-

idly changing neighborhood and a building full of software developers. Students and faculty benefited from constant interaction with members of Lincoln’s

leadership in sustainability.” When the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company wanted special work for

“Video production and photography are becoming a

The cross-campus incubator is committed to inter-

teams beside students from graphic design, film and new media, agricultural communications, hospitality, marketing, management, business administration and accounting. “It’s an exciting community of practice,” said Struthers.

startup community, a hard-charging

the 30th anniversary production of

mix of entrepreneurs and coders.

The Nutcracker, they came to Jacht.

“It’s hands-on, fast-paced learning, with real work, real

“We were part of the whole ex-

“We had a record year for ticket sales

deadlines, real clients and real money.”

citing Haymarket scene,” said Jacht’s

thanks to Jacht,” said Lyn Wineman,

first student CEO Cori Schwabe,

chair of the board. “It was a 22 per-

now working in New York City as

cent increase over the year before,

a digital marketing manager. “It

and ticket sales came early. Plus the

was incredible to watch the arena

television commercial is so unique.


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College of Law

Bornstein to Head LawPsychology Program By Loguen Blazek, ’16 Dr. Brian Bornstein, professor of psychology and law, has been named the new director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Law-Psychology Dual Degree Program by the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Joseph S. Francisco. “I appreciate that Professor Bornstein has agreed to return early from his current faculty leave to assume this important role in the program,” said Francisco. Bornstein is in his 15th year at UNL and previously served as associate director of the program. His research accomplishments

The Law-Psychology Program is a collaboration between UNL’s Department of Psychology and the College of Law. Founded in 1974, it is the country’s oldest and most prestigious program of its kind. In October 2014, the program celebrated its 40th anniversary with a conference that, in part, recognized past directors, professors Bruce Sales, Gary Melton, Steve Penrod and Rich Wiener.

include 12 books, more than 140 articles and book chapters and a strong record of extramural grant funding. Bornstein’s research and teaching contributions have been recognized with the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement Award in 2013 and the American Psychology-Law Society Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award in 2011. Bornstein’s research efforts focus primarily on how juries,

Brian Bornstein

especially in civil cases, make decisions and on the reliability of eyewitness memory. Additional areas of focus are in applying

Bornstein, too, acknowledged the work of Wiener and past

decision-making principles to everyday judgment tasks, as in medi-


cal decision-making and distributive and procedural justice. He teaches courses on human memory, psychology and law, decision-

“Previous directors of the UNL Law-Psychology Program

making and the history of psychology at the graduate and under-

have been outstanding scholars and leaders, and I am honored and

graduate levels.

humbled to be selected to join that group. The program has an impressive history and an exciting future, thanks in large part to the

The Law-Psychology Program is a collaboration between UNL’s Department of Psychology and the College of Law. Founded

support it receives from the College of Law, the Department of

in 1974, it is the country’s oldest and most prestigious program of

Psychology and throughout UNL,” Bornstein said. “I look forward

its kind. In October 2014, the program celebrated its 40th anniver-

to working with colleagues and students at the Law College as we

sary with a conference that, in part, recognized past directors, pro-

continue to build on our past successes.” Dean Susan Poser expressed her excitement in the new ap-

fessors Bruce Sales, Gary Melton, Steve Penrod and Rich Wiener. Francisco thanked Bornstein’s predecessor for his work in this

pointment. “Dr. Bornstein is an outstanding and prolific scholar and

role. “We appreciate [Wiener’s] many years of service as the pro-

researcher whose work is known nationally and internationally,”

gram director and look forward to his continued engagement in

Poser said. “As a longtime faculty member and associate director,

the Law-Psychology program,” he said. Weiner resigned as director

he has made significant contributions to the program already. I am

to continue his teaching and research work with the program and

looking forward to working with him to continue to enhance the

the Psychology Department.

work and stature of the Law-Psychology Program.”


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New Facilities Honor Trailblazers, Excite Coaches, Inspire Hall-of-Famers By Randy York, ’71

Thanks to a high number of generous donors who helped Nebraska convert a soccer and tennis complex dream into a $20.4 million reality, Big Red supporters across the country and around the world will understand the impact that the late Dr. Barbara Hibner has had on the University of Nebraska’s Athletic Department. Hibner served Nebraska Athletics for nearly three decades as the women’s director of athletics and senior woman administrator,

Regents for their leadership and support of this wonderful project.” Omaha’s Bill and Ruth Scott were the trailblazers who set

blending a tenacious vision with a respectful approach. For the last

the tone for the capital campaign to build the new soccer facility.

15 years, Nebraska Athletics has presented an annual scholarship in

Both UNL graduates have been very generous supporters of the

her honor and established an annual Dr. Barbara Hibner Trailblazer

schools within the University of Nebraska system, and both are

Award to recognize an individual, a family or a business leader who

devoted Husker fans who are particularly passionate about bolster-

has provided outstanding support and generous contributions to

ing women’s athletics. As devout volleyball fans, they donated the

Nebraska women’s athletics.

lead gift that revitalized the Bob Devaney Sports Center and created

Nebraska’s newest athletic complex – named Hibner Stadium

Terry Pettit Court. As enthusiastic women’s soccer fans, Bill and

and Barbara Hibner Field for soccer and the Sid and Hazel Dillon

Ruth Scott also donated the lead gift that triggered the momentum

Tennis Center – will provide “much-needed on-campus practice

to name and honor Hibner.

and competition facilities for our women’s soccer and men’s and

Donors Step Up to Support Hibner Stadium and Field, New Dillon Tennis Center When there’s a need, the University of Nebraska’s major donors respond. Nebraska Athletics thanks the following major donors who helped make Hibner Stadium, Barbara Hibner Field and the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center a reality:

“When providing philanthropic support for athletics at the col-

women’s tennis programs,” Nebraska Director of Athletics Shawn

lege or the high school level, their focus is frequently on helping

Harold and Marian Andersen, Omaha

Eichorst said. “It will immediately improve the practice and game-

women and girls who participate,” said John Scott, who oversees his

Don and Nancy Bouc, Denver, Colo.

day experience for our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans and

parents’ foundation. “They try to give women and girls what they

will assist each program in recruiting the nation’s best and bright-

need to compete at a high level. Soccer is their latest investment and

est prospective student-athletes to the University of Nebraska. We

became an ideal way to honor Dr. Hibner’s vision and leadership.”

are very grateful to Chancellor (Harvey) Perlman and the Board of

Pettit, Nebraska’s longtime head volleyball coach, said the (Continued on page 30)

Gregg and Sharon Classen, Elkhorn Mark and Debra Classen, Medina, Minn. Sid and Hazel Dillon, Fremont Charley and Margie Eisele, Omaha Tom and Mary Hendricks, Pipe Creek, Texas Lloyd and Donna Hinkley, Lincoln Jeff Jackson, Omaha Roger and Margaret Miller, Lincoln Bill and Lisa Roskens, Omaha Bill and Ruth Scott, Omaha Larry and Sheryl Snyder, Lincoln Bill White, Milford Michael and Gail Yanney, Omaha

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Barbara Hibner Field

ATHLETICS (Continued from page 29)

Nebraska soccer program.”

most important thing about receiving the Trailblazer Award

novation Campus, the new soccer facilities include one

portunity to recruit top talent throughout the nation to this

was having Barbara Hibner’s name on it. “She fought in

outdoor, lighted, full-sized competition field with seating

great institution.”

the trenches for women at a time when there was not the

for approximately 2,500 spectators. The grass for the soccer

public support that there is today,” Pettit said. “She had the

field was laid in the fall of 2014 and will be ready for the

us to be able to conduct practices and host matches indoors

courage to lobby, negotiate and at times annoy people in

Huskers to take the field before the 2015 fall season. The

and outdoors,” he said. “It will create a better learning envi-

power so that women could become pole vaulters, basket-

facility includes a game-day-only dressing room, meeting

ronment and will allow for more one-on-one time with our

ball players and gymnasts. Those same battles led to other

room and showers for the women’s soccer team.

student-athletes. It’s one of the best facilities in the country.

significant opportunities as physicians, entrepreneurs and community leaders.”

Located on 28 acres directly north of Nebraska In-

Prior to building new combined facilities for soccer

for the indoor and outdoor tennis facilities,” Jacobson said. “Having a facility of this magnitude will enhance the op-

McDermott concurs. “This is a dream come true for

When kids come in, they’re like ‘Oh, my gosh! This is the

and tennis, Nebraska practiced and competed on a soccer

best facility I’ve seen.’ I think this finally puts us on the

field located in the interior of the Ed Weir Track and Field

same playing field with major programs that have top-tier

that Hibner helped launch and championed. Nebraska

Stadium. The 71x115-yard field was the smallest competi-


Softball Coach Rhonda Revelle, the all-time winningest

tive soccer field in the Big Ten and the only field in the

coach in Nebraska Athletics’ history, remembers Nebraska

conference without lights.

Naming the soccer complex is a tribute to a program

Athletic Director Bill Byrne (1993-2002) asking Hibner to

In addition to Hibner’s name on the soccer stadium

The facility for the men’s and women’s tennis programs includes 12 lighted outdoor courts and six indoor courts with a combined total of 1,400 seats for spectators. The

analyze women’s sports that would fit Nebraska and help

and field, Nebraska’s sprawling new indoor/outdoor facili-

indoor courts were completed in April 2015, enabling the

the Huskers comply with Title IX requirements in terms of

ties proudly honor the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center.

men’s and women’s tennis teams to practice inside this

participation, scholarships, equipment, training, facilities

The combined state-of-the-art facilities were fully funded

past spring. The Dillon Indoor Tennis Center features new

and other benefits. “Dr. Hibner did all the research locally,

through private donations and provide Husker student-

dressing rooms, showers and team rooms for both the men’s

regionally and nationally and was definitely the catalyst for

athletes with elite practice and competition facilities that

and women’s tennis programs and includes new offices,

women’s soccer becoming a sport here,” Revelle said.

will immediately rank among the nation’s best.

meeting rooms and a satellite sports medicine treatment

Kerry McDermott and Scott Jacobson, Nebraska’s

area for student-athletes.

Possibilities Excite Coaches Walker,

longtime head tennis coaches, have waited patiently and

McDermott and Jacobson

embraced the excitement following the University of

plex is built will benefit student-athletes while making good

Nebraska Board of Regents’ decision to build a combined

use of land that was not practical to be developed for In-

of the Year, is closing in on a quarter-century milestone

soccer and tennis facility. With 33 years of experience

novation Campus. “It also provides a much better view for

and is the only head women’s soccer coach in University of

as the Husker men’s tennis coach, McDermott has the

those on Innovation Campus than the existing landscape,

Nebraska history. His tradition-rich program has won 10

second-longest tenure among active Big Ten Conference

so it’s a win for everyone,” Perlman said.

conference championships, qualified for two NCAA Elite

head coaches. Jacobson has served a quarter-century as the

Eight and six NCAA Sweet 16 appearances.

Husker women’s tennis coach.

John Walker, college soccer’s 1996 National Coach

“It has been more than a 20-year dream to have

McDermott coached Steve Jung, a first-team All-

Chancellor Perlman said the land on which the com-

New Facilities Inspire Hall-of-Famers Latham, Jung and Shaffer

our team play in a soccer specific stadium near our own

American and runner-up at the 1989 Men’s Singles NCAA

campus,” Walker said. “The return of night games, a closer

Tennis Championship. Jacobson coached Mary Weather-

their excitement to move into their new homes this summer

proximity of fans to the action, and improved fan amenities

holt, the runner-up at the 2013 Women’s Singles NCAA

are three legendary Hall-of-Fame selections in the 2015

will greatly enhance the game-day experience for both play-

Tennis Championship before adding a prestigious Top Ten

inaugural Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame class – Christine

ers and supporters. Everyone in the soccer program is very

Award, the highest individual honor the NCAA bestows.

Latham (soccer) and fellow All-Americans Steve Jung (men’s

thankful for our administration’s support and generosity to make this project a reality. It’s monumental for the 30 | GoodNUz | ATHLETICS

The Dillon Tennis Center is a game-changer for student-athletes, coaches, fans and recruits. “We’re grateful

Joining coaches Walker, McDermott and Jacobson in

tennis) and Liz Mooney Shaffer (women’s tennis). Latham played at Nebraska from 1999 to 2002.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she became a rare three-time All-American. The 2000 Big 12 Player of the

Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center

Nebraska men’s tennis has been bumped around to all kinds of different facilities in Lincoln. Now they have a state-of-

Year helped Nebraska sweep the conference regular-season

the-art indoor/outdoor facility on campus. I think that’s

and tournament titles, then repeated as the league’s Player

awesome and can’t wait to see it in September when I come

of the Year in 2001. Latham also helped the Huskers make

back for the BYU football game.”

four NCAA Sweet 16 appearances and take one trip to the

Shaffer, a native of Englewood, Colo., is now a mother

Elite Eight. She remains Nebraska’s all-time leading scorer

of six living in Omaha after competing at Nebraska from

with 69 goals and 29 assists. She played internationally and

1983 to 1986. A four-year letterwinner for the Husker

professionally and earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in

women’s tennis program, she earned All-America honors in

sociology from the University of Nebraska in 2005.

1984, teaming up with Cari L. Groce in doubles to earn the

Before serving as a television analyst/commentator

first All-America accolades in program history. The first Ne-

during the 2015 FIFA World Cup this summer, Latham

braska women’s tennis player in the NCAA era to notch 50

called Walker “a pioneer” in recruiting talent from Canada.

Husker men’s tennis history. He earned All-America

singles wins, 50 doubles wins and 100 combined victories,

“John started that trend of recruiting players from outside

accolades as a senior in 1989 and was a first-team Academic

she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Admin-

the United States,” she said. “Other coaches caught on and

All-America selection that same season. Jung finished as

istration from the University of Nebraska in 1986.

started recruiting the same way. I think the new facility will

the runner-up at the 1989 NCAA Singles Championship

help Nebraska recruiting tremendously. I can only imagine

and teamed with his brother, Stuart, to qualify for the 1989

complex,” Shaffer said. “I literally was awestruck. What

what it will be like to be one of the top soccer players and

NCAA Doubles Championship. Jung earned a Bachelor of

an incredible facility and what a powerful recruiting tool

get the opportunity to play in one of the best collegiate fa-

Science in Business Administration from the University of

this will be for future athletes. Back in the early ’80s, I was

cilities and to learn from one of the best collegiate coaches.”

Nebraska in 1989 with a major in finance.

amazed walking into the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It

Jung, a native of Hacienda Heights, Calif., played at

“I’m really excited for Nebraska’s men’s tennis pro-

“I had the privilege to tour the new tennis and soccer

was one of the coolest places I had ever seen. In much the

Nebraska from 1986 to 1989 and is the Huskers’ only All-

gram,” Jung said, “because having a top facility like they

same way, but with a much greater magnitude, this new

American and the only CoSIDA Academic All-American in

just built will be a good showcase for recruiting. For years,

facility is going to attract some serious talent to Nebraska!”



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