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Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman
Nebraska in the Big Ten
This fall, the University of Nebraskaâ€“Lincoln begins a new era in its proud history as a member of the Big Ten Conference and the prestigious Committee on Institutional Cooperation. The transition to both organizations has gone extremely smoothly (see pages 3-5). The move also means big changes for Nebraska Athletics. University and athletic department leaders share their thoughts on the Big Ten on pages 16-17. Finally, fall always brings a full slate of Nebraska Alumni Association events in Lincoln and around the country. See what we have in store on pages 6-8.
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Links Between CIC, Academic Programs Take Shape By Troy Fedderson, ’95
Break out the balloons. Strike up the band. Hang those new B1G banners. UNL is an official member of the Big Ten Conference. After a 394 day wait, the transition was completed July 1. UNL officials from academics and athletics have spent the last year meeting with Big Ten counterparts to prepare. Members of the Big Ten and its Committee on Institutional Cooperation have come to Lincoln to become familiar with UNL’s people and programs. And, by all accounts, the transition has gone incredibly smoothly.
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“We have worked for the last year to set the stage for UNL’s entry into the Big Ten and the CIC,” said Barbara McFadden Allen, director of the CIC. “At no time has any part of this transition felt forced, strained or stretched because UNL is a natural fit for the Big Ten.” UNL is indeed similar to other Big Ten universities. It is a land-grant institution like seven others in the conference, and UNL is a major research university. Nebraska is contiguous to states in the Big Ten Conference. UNL has a high percentage (around 30
The Big Ten is a historically prestigious and stable academic
percent) of faculty who have degrees from CIC universities. And
community of scholars and students, highly regarded in academic
UNL faculty and administrators have shown an intense desire for
collaboration — both across disciplines among campus units and with other institutions around the world. “This is going to be a partnership that will thrive for many, many years,” Allen said. However, UNL still has some work to do to measure up academically to Big Ten counterparts. In figures used to gauge universities’ financial, academic and research strength, UNL ranks in the lower half of Big Ten institutions. “The Big Ten is much more than a new group of teams with which we will compete,” Chancellor Harvey Perlman said. “This new relationship is an enormous leap forward for UNL academics.
Among those strength gauges, UNL does rank high in growth in both enrollment and research funding. In the last five years, enrollment has grown 13.5 percent at UNL — a figure that ranks near the top among Big Ten institutions. And, from 1999 to 2008, research funding at UNL has increased by 121 percent. That figure is second only to Ohio State University. While UNL administrators, faculty and staff are ready to work on strengthening campus academic programs, the university does boast programs that are attractive to Big Ten and CIC institutions. Those unique programs include (but are not limited to) the digital humanities project, the Global Water Institute, climate Continued on page 4
Vol. 8, No. 2 Nebraska Alumni Association University of Nebraska Foundation Nebraska Alumni Association Staff Diane Mendenhall, Executive Director, (402) 472-4218 Claire Abelbeck, Digital Communications, (402) 472-4209 Andrea Cranford, Publications, (402) 472-4229 Jenny Green, Student Programs, (402) 472-4220 Sarah Haskell, Alumni Relations, (402) 472-6541 Brooke Heck, Alumni Relations, (402) 472-4228 Carrie Myers, Venues, (402) 472-6435 Ryan Schmit, Venues, (402) 472-8912 Deb Schwab, Venues, (402) 472-6445 Shannon Sherman, Communications, (402) 472-4219 Bob Stelter, Alumni Relations, (402) 472-4246 Andy Washburn, Operations, (402) 472-4239 Kevin Wright, Design, (402) 472-4227 Shelley Zaborowski, Associate Executive Director, (402) 472- 4222 University of Nebraska Foundation Development Officers Director of Development: Matt McNair, (402) 458-1230 Major and Principal Gifts: Greg Jensen, (402) 458-1181 or Bethany Throener, (402) 458-1187 College of Architecture: Connie Pejsar, (402) 458-1190 College of Arts and Sciences: Amber Antholz, (402) 458-1182, Sunny Backlund, (402) 458-1185, or Josh Egley, (402) 458-1202 College of Business Administration: Matt Boyd, (402) 458- 1189, Sandi Hansen, (402) 458-1238, or Laine Norton, (402) 458-1201 IANR: Ann Bruntz, (402) 458-1176 College of Education and Human Sciences: Jane Heany, (402) 458-1177 College of Engineering: Karen Moellering, (402) 458-1179 or Nick Shada, (402) 458-1203 Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts: Lucy Buntain Comine, (402) 458-1184 College of Journalism and Mass Communication: Joanna Nordhues, (402) 458-1178 College of Law: Angela Hohensee, (402) 458-1192 or Ben Zitek, (402) 458-1241 Libraries: Josh Egley, (402) 458-1202 Panhandle Research and Extension: Barb Schlothauer, (308) 632-1207 Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations: Eric Buchanan, (402) 458-1161 Corporations: Kaye Jesske, (402) 458-1170 Foundations: Liz Lange, (402) 458-1229 Published twice a year, in August and February, for University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumni and friends of the university. Nebraska Alumni Association Wick Alumni Center 1520 R Street • Lincoln, NE 68508-1651 Phone: (402) 472-2841 • Toll-free: (888) 353-1874 FAX: (402) 472-4635 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: www.huskeralum.org 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: email@example.com Web site: www.nufoundation.org Editors: Andrea Wood Cranford, Viann Schroeder, Shannon Sherman Foundation Editor: Colleen Fleischer Design: Kevin Wright
Since the Big Ten announced Nebraska as a future member more than a year ago, several Nebraska Alumni Association chapters in the Big Ten states have undergone a revitalization. In addition, three new chapters have formed: Hoosiers for Huskers, Central Ohioans for Nebraska and Northeast Ohio Nebraskans.
“The Big Ten is much more than a new group of teams with which we will compete. This new relationship is an enormous leap forward for UNL academics.” – Harvey Perlman, Chancellor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Continued from page 3
study, life sciences initiative and the water center. While working with Big Ten peers, UNL faculty have been named to a variety of CIC committees and initiatives. UNL representatives have also participated in a pair of collaborative research Barbara McFadden Allen
“The interesting thing we noticed when we visited UNL was that people there want to and know how to collaborate. I cannot underestimate the importance of that.” – Barbara McFadden Allen, Director, Committee on Institutional Cooperation
projects offered through the CIC. Those projects include work to
increase with CIC membership. Books in the library will be added
“Both faculty and athletic staff at UNL have been working
to the CIC’s digital book project. The project offers more than 85
with the CIC and the Big Ten to address traumatic brain injuries,”
million books and volumes to CIC member institutions. The pro-
Allen said. “I definitely see a leadership role for UNL in that initia-
gram eclipses a similar Ivy League initiative, which offers around
60 million books.
Faculty from a variety of disciplines from across the CIC re-
And, UNL technology is also already working to support
cently participated in the first conference on international competi-
the CIC. Through an agreement signed earlier this year, UNL
tiveness. Allen said the Center for Advanced Study in International
is providing network redundancy in case CIC internet access is
Competitiveness will present a variety of opportunities for UNL
faculty. The center — which is the CIC’s first large scale collabora-
One of the first programs UNL students will encounter is the
tive research effort across the consortium — will provide research
CIC’s course-sharing program. As the name implies, the program
leadership in the study of complex international competitiveness
allows for unique courses (in particular areas of foreign language
issues that have scholarly and practical significance, particularly
study) to be offered across CIC institutions.
those with public-policy implications. 4 | GoodNUz | BIG TEN
Access to materials through the UNL Libraries will also
address traumatic brain injuries and international competitiveness.
“The earliest UNL students would be able to enroll in courses
Change Brings New Marching Orders for Band Program By Troy Fedderson, ’95 The Cornhusker Marching Band has thrown out the old Big 12 playbook. After traveling to many of the same institutions for decades, the Pride of All Nebraska has new destinations on the horizon. And in the process of choosing new travel routes, rest points and hotel reservations, officials are examining how the band operates. “We’re all excited about the move to the Big Ten around here,” said Rose Johnson, administrative technician with the band. “And, it’s been a good challenge for all of us. We are going through procedures — everything from how we travel to how we do pregame — and see where we can clean things up a bit. “It’s a great reason to refresh and renew.” Johnson has worked for the UNL band program for 33 years. She plays a role in almost every part of the program, including trying to organize the transport of more than 300 people and necessary equipment to rival stadiums. For the 2011 football season, the Cornhusker Marching Band is tentatively planning pep band trips to Wyoming,
offered by other CIC universities will be for the spring semester,” Allen said. “We are working through the registration and access process now. All of that will come and there will be some extraordinary opportunities for UNL students.” UNL-based classes are also expected to be course shares in the future. The CIC also offers a variety of study abroad opportunities for students. Through all the discussions, meetings, phone calls and e-mails over the last year, Allen said she was most impressed by UNL’s desire to collaborate. “The interesting thing we noticed when we visited UNL was
She said that spirit of collaboration mirrors the feeling between members of the Big Ten Conference and the CIC. “The Big Ten Conference is the oldest athletic conference in the nation,” said Allen. “There is a long standing, stable partnership on the athletic side. But, the presidents recognized that they are truly peer institutions with much more in common than other conferences.” She said Big Ten officials have stuck by the idea that member institutions should be powerhouses in both athletics and academics. “That sustained level of commitment is what has enabled Big
Wisconsin and Minnesota, with a full band trip to the University of Michigan’s “Big House” also in the works. Overall, Johnson said everyone she has had contact with in the Big Ten has been extremely cooperative. And, Big Ten band programs are also excited about the opportunity to come to Lincoln. “Everyone is excited about the newness,” said Johnson. “And, it’s fun
Ten institutions to collaborate in ways that are not possible in any
for all of us because we have a different
other conference,” Allen said. “We found that same spirit when we
style of marching. We are a show band
that people there want to and know how to collaborate,” Allen said.
visited Lincoln. It’s also why UNL is such a natural fit for the Big
“I cannot underestimate the importance of that.”
Ten and the CIC.”
and most of the Big Ten bands are military bands. “This season is going to be a lot of fun for everyone.” BIG TEN | Fall 2011 | 5
(Clockwise, from upper left) Big Ten Alumni Relations Institute - Four Alumni Association staff members attended the Big Ten Alumni Relations Institute at Purdue University in June to exchange ideas and learn from our Big Ten alumni association peers. Scarlet Scoop - More than 3,500 incoming freshmen passed through the Wick Alumni Center this summer during UNL’s New Student Enrollment. Students were served UNL Dairy Store ice cream and were given the opportunity to join Scarlet Guard, the Alumni Association’s student organization. To learn more about Scarlet Guard visit www.huskeralum.org/students. Nashville Huskers - The alumni association is pleased to welcome another alumni chapter to the family! The Nashville Huskers are the 67th chapter of the Nebraska Alumni Association. The group will serve middle Tennessee and be the first official chapter in the state of Tennessee. For more information about this chapter, please contact Emily Fay,’05 at firstname.lastname@example.org or search, “Nashville Huskers” on Facebook. KC Huskers - Sixty alumni and friends participated in the Kansas City Huskers’ 21st annual golf tournament on July 9. Hoosiers for Huskers - Katie Mellott (center), Fishers, Ind., receives a $1,000 scholarship check from Hoosiers for Huskers chapter president Scott Thien (right) and scholarship chairman Chuck Propes (left). The inaugural annual award is given to an Indiana student attending the University of Nebraska. An incoming freshman, Katie plans to study business and will live in Abel Hall as part of the dorm’s learning community. Nebraska-Iowa Young Alumni Event - The Nebraska Alumni Association partnered with the Iowa Alumni Association for a young alumni event in Kansas City in October. Seventy Huskers and Hawkeyes attended.
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Set Sail with the Huskers The Nebraska Alumni Association is pleased to partner with Travel and Transport Vacations and Husker Sports Marketing for the Husker Cruise 2012, Feb. 24-27. Join Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison and former Nebraska players Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier and Eric Crouch on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas for a three-night Bahamas cruise. Also traveling on the cruise will be Tommie Frazier, Aaron Graham, Zach Wiegert, Rich Glover, Alex Henery, Milt Tenopir and Charlie McBride plus cheerleader alumni, band alumni and mascot. Chartered exclusively for 2,000 Husker fans to connect, network and share their love of all things Big Red, the newly renovated ship is scheduled to depart Miami the after2011 Shane Osborn Student Leadership Award winner Alexandria Bieber (second from right) and family.
Alumni Awards Call for Nominations
noon of Feb. 24, 2012, make stops in Coco Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas, and return to Miami the morning of Feb. 27. In addition to the powdery beaches and crystal clear water of the Bahamas, onboard activities include Husker autograph sessions, cocktail parties, Husker bingo, Husker Idol, belly-flop contest, blackjack and Texas Hold’Em tournaments with former Huskers and much more. For more information, go to HUSKERCRUISE.com.
Do you know of an alumnus who is making Nebraska proud through their professional or community achievements? Do you know a student with outstanding leadership potential? Do you remember a faculty member who went the extra mile to make your academic career a success? Please consider nominating them for one of the association’s awards! Nominations can be placed online through a simple process. Visit huskeralum.org/events/awards for more information. Nominations are due Nov. 1, 2011, and the winners will be honored at a special banquet on May 4, 2012.
Association Launches New Hail Varsity Society Access to Nebraska Champions Club passes and football tickets are frequently requested by Nebaska Alumni Association members. In an effort to better meet these needs, we’ve created the Hail Varsity Society. Society members will play a critical role in supporting the mission of the Nebraska Alumni Association AND receive desired benefits. Members will: 1) Be able to purchase four season passes to the Nebraska Champions Club, a benefit
usually reserved solely for Champions Club members.
2) Have the opportunity to request and purchase season football tickets with their
annual contribution starting in 2012.
3) Support alumni association programs that benefit student recruitment,
scholarships, mentoring and national rankings—including U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of the nation’s best universities.
But what about 2011, our first season in the Big Ten? If you are one of our first three founding members of the Hail Varsity Society this fall, we’ll go ahead and give you your season passes to the Nebraska Champions Club and Ohio State tickets. To join, make a $4,000 gift per season or a $40,000 gift to lock in your benefits for 10 seasons. Cheer for our victories and support alumni programs and engagement nationwide by joining the Hail Varsity Society today. Contact Diane Mendenhall at 888-353-1874 to join or request more information.
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Win Football Tickets, Big Ten Apparel and More! Are you a fan of the Nebraska Alumni Association on Facebook? Aug. 8-22 we will accept entries to win an alumni football package to the Michigan State home game (two tickets, Nebraska Champions Club passes, and two Memorial Stadium tours). Aug. 29Sept. 2, we will host a week of giveaways. Prizes include Big Ten apparel, retro posters, umbrellas, football tickets, Nebraska Champions Club passes and more! Like us today at facebook.com/UNLalumni to stay-up-to-date on the latest details!
Jester Competition Highlights Homecoming at the Wick The Wick Alumni Center is the place to be Oct. 7 for Friday night Homecoming activities. We kick things off with Football Friday from 4:30-7 p.m. Hear predictions and insight about the Ohio State game from former Huskers and local sports media. Then stick around to watch the Homecoming parade, which will pass right by the Holling Garden. We end the night with the Homecoming Pep Rally and Jester Competition, where we’ll crown Nebraska’s biggest student fan! For more information, visit HuskerAlum.org. Football Fridays
Football Fridays Return in 2011 All Husker alumni and fans are invited once again to join the Nebraska Alumni Association at Football Fridays this fall. Our third season should be our best yet, with even more analysis from local media, Nebraska coaches and other special guests from the Big Ten Conference, new food options, more giveaways and activities for the kids. For the first time in 2011, events will feature volleyball commentary from the voice of the Huskers, John Baylor, and color analyst (and alumni association executive director.) Diane Mendenhall. We are also excited to welcome a new emcee, the Husker Sports Network’s Greg Sharpe! Football Fridays take place every home game weekend at the Wick Alumni Center from 4:30-7 p.m. For more information, visit HuskerAlum.org.
Cheer for the Huskers from Anywhere You don’t have to be in Lincoln to take part in the excitement of Nebraska football
Cather Circle Takes Life by the Horns Cather Circle is the alumni association’s mentoring and networking program for women. Each semester, alumnae return to campus to mentor current students. The theme for this fall’s meeting is “Take Life By The Horns!” Discussion topics include negotiating skills, surviving the “tough stuff,” how to get an internship and involvement through
game days. Join other University of Nebraska alumni, Husker fans and alumni chapter
community boards. The group also will engage in “speed mentoring,” a process that
members at designated Husker bars and restaurants. With more than 300 organized
allows alumnae and students to connect in a round robin setting, and a scavenger hunt
watch parties across the nation, you never have to miss a Husker victory! Visit husker-
on East Campus. If you are interested in more information about joining Cather Circle,
alum.org/chapters-networks to find the watch site nearest you.
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ROTC Alumni Plan Reunion Weekend The official Nebraska Alumni Association ROTC & Military Affiliate is hosting the 2nd annual ROTC alumni weekend celebration, Friday, Nov. 4. The weekend includes a general membership business meeting, a Football Friday event at the Wick Alumni Center and a dinner at the Nebraska Champions Club featuring guest speaker, Congressman Doug Bereuter. Admission for the Friday night dinner is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. You may register for this event by calling Pam Penner at 402-472-8933. The RSVP deadline is Friday, Oct. 21. We hope to see you there!
(Left to right) Viann Schroeder, Deb Schwab, Ryan Schmit.
Alumni Association Welcomes Three New Staff Members The Nebraska Alumni Association is pleased to announce the addition of three new staff members. Deb Schwab is the assistant director of events & catering coordinator. In this role, Schwab manages the day-to-day operations of the Nebraska Champions Club and Wick Alumni Center. Before joining the Alumni Association, she spent five years as catering manager for Chances ‘R’ restaurant at the Champions Club. Prior to working for Chances ‘R’, Schwab spent 30 years with National Bank of Commerce, Computer Division. Ryan Schmit is the assistant director of facilities and maintenance. Schmit will assist with the day-to-day operations of both the Wick Alumni Center and Nebraska Champions Club. Before joining the Nebraska Alumni Association, Schmit spent seven years working for UNL Housing in the maintenance department at Abel Hall. Viann Schroeder serves as special projects assistant. In this role, she assists with Alumni Masters Week
communications and alumni programs and oversees special projects. Before joining the
Alumni Masters Week Dates Announced Each fall, outstanding alumni return to campus to meet with students and faculty. One alumni master is chosen from each college. Alumni Masters Week will be held Nov. 2 – 4. For more information about the alumni masters and their activities, visit huskeralum.org/events/masters.
alumni association, Schroeder worked for the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for 38 years in a variety of administrative management positions in communications and business and finance.
Seeking International Alumni The Nebraska Alumni Association is seeking nominations for outstanding international alumni to share their career experiences and to serve as role models for current and potential students. We are looking for alumni who were non-U.S. citizens during their
Nebraska Alumni Blog In August the Alumni Association is launching the Nebraska Alumni Blog! The blog will feature alumni perspectives on university news, the latest in alumni events around the country and commentary from executive director Diane Mendenhall and association staff. Be sure to visit frequently for the most up-to-date information on popular association programs like athletic and international travel, Homecoming events, chapters and more. We’ll see you soon at blog.huskeralum.org.
attendance at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and who have attained noteworthy achievements through their efforts in education, sciences, technology, agriculture, the arts, business, humanities, government or other world endeavors. If you know of alumni who fit this description and would be willing to have their profile potentially appear in UNL Office of Admissions recruiting guides as well as Nebraska Alumni Association publications, please email your nomination to Brooke Heck at email@example.com. Please include the nominees’ name, address, e-mail and current employer, where applicable.
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University of Nebraska Foundation
$1.2 Million Gift for Faculty Support Provides Insurance for the Future, Says Nebraska Engineering Grad By Robb Crouch First generation college graduate and German descendent Wil Hergenrader practically grew up on the University
chair to benefit the mechanical engineering department
cially appreciated, as it helps meet a priority of the univer-
sity’s Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities
“Because Nebraska was my birthplace, there’s no ques-
to increase the university’s ability to support its teachers and
of Nebraska–Lincoln campus in the 1930s and 40s. He’d
tion about my interest in supporting those who follow, who
walk through campus from his Russian Bottoms neighbor-
choose to go to the University of Nebraska and receive the
hood just north of campus to explore, always ending up at
finest education they can get and afford,” Hergenrader said.
retain top faculty members and academic leadership for
his favorite spot: the College of Engineering.
“I’d like to do my part to help secure a professor and give
the department,” Perlman said. “The Hergenrader faculty
him or her the tools to work and stay modern and contem-
awards will translate into research and innovation, as well as
porary in this field.”
quality experiences for students working with these faculty
His comfort with the university and longtime interest in mechanical engineering—thanks largely to helping his dad at a one-man auto garage on North 10th Street—
Of the lasting nature of an endowment, which provides
helped make it a natural decision to study engineering at
consistent and perpetual support to the university, Hergen-
Nebraska, where he graduated in 1954.
rader said it’s similar to insurance for higher education. “It
Hergenrader, who lives in Memphis, Tenn., said it’s
researchers. “Their gift gives support to efforts to attract and
members. I applaud their vision and commitment to the mechanical engineering department.” Wil Hergenrader, who owned and managed a Cum-
provides insurance for the university, so it’s able to provide
mins distributorship, sang praises for the Nebraska educa-
time to give back in some way to the professors who edu-
that kind of skill and capability and outstanding leadership
tion he received. “They were really some great people who
cated and counseled him and to the state where he grew up.
over a period of years,” he said. “It’s a lasting thing, and
I have great respect for. I hope you get that kind of instruc-
He and his wife, Sally, have gifted $1.2 million to the Uni-
that’s why it’s important.”
tion and loyalty and dedication to education today,” he said.
versity of Nebraska Foundation for a permanently endowed
UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman said this gift is espe-
The Wilmer J. and Sally L. Hergenrader Chair in Mechanical Engineering will be used each year by the university to provide one or more endowed chair awards in the College of Engineering. Recipients will receive a stipend for salary, research or academic program support. Awards will be based on a recipient’s teaching or research ability and academic promise. After graduating from Nebraska, Hergenrader served in
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the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, where he also completed an
MBA degree in 1957 at Ohio State University. He met Sally
on a blind date in 1954 in Burlington, Vt., where she lived and he had gone for a summer job. They moved to Memphis in 1972 from Columbus, Ind. Aside from summer
of UNL campaign gifts are from Nebraska households/ organizations.
1 out of 3 donors to UNL are first-time donors during the campaign.
• Students • Faculty • Global Engagement • Agriculture and Life Sciences • Information Technology • Cancer Research • Water for Food
• Architectural Engineering and Construction • Early Childhood Education
49,650 47% 16,000 individuals have made donations to UNL during the campaign.
of new funds to the UNL campaign support student scholarships.
UNL students receive some form of financial aid.
jobs with General Electric, Hergenrader said he devoted his entire career to Cummins Inc., which designs and manufactures diesel engines. The Hergenraders have also been longtime supporters of the Sheldon Museum of Art at UNL through gifts of art. Devoted collectors of contemporary art, the museum featured a 1997 exhibition of their collection, including donated works. The University of Nebraska Foundation is an indepen-
new funds have been established during the campaign to support academic programs at UNL.
All statistics as of May 31, 2011. The Campaign for Nebraska began in July, 2005 and will conclude December, 2014.
dent, nonprofit organization that has connected the dreams and passions of donors to the mission of the university for the past 75 years. The foundation’s current $1.2 billion fundraising initiative, the Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities, concludes in 2014. For more information, visit nufoundation.org.
The Bud McGinley Student Award Fund
Six Siblings Honor Father Through Scholarship Fund By Colleen Kenney Fleischer, ’88
Study Abroad Gets Grant Boost The need for college graduates to have understanding of world issues and cultures are reasons the University of Nebraska encourages undergraduates to gain international experience.
Bud McGinley had a nickname for each of his six kids.
To help, the University of Nebraska
Mike, the oldest, was Mike the Pike.
Foundation granted $300,000 to UNL’s Global Gateway Program, which started
Then came Patty Watty, Kelly the Belly, Queen Erin, Kevin
three years ago to increase the number
the Brain and Dugan Donegal (County Donegal is the McGinley
of students and faculty participating in
clan’s ancestral home in Ireland).
study abroad activities.
Bud grew up in Lincoln. The oldest of 12, he entered the
“The grant resources are priori-
Marines at the end of World War II and sent his money home to
tized to help students who don’t have
his family. He attended the University of Nebraska for a few years,
study abroad experience and to support
but didn’t graduate. In 1953, he married Mary Hoffman.
faculty who haven’t led international
Then came all those kids. Bud McGinley worked hard over the years. He drove a delivery truck for a dry-cleaning company. He worked for Orkin
travel,” Chancellor Harvey Perlman The McGinley Family, 1989: (Back row, left to right) Kevin, Dugan, Kelly, Mike. (Front, left to right) Erin, Mary, Bud, Patty.
the car repossession section and rose to management. People at the bank gravitated to him. They knew him for his charismatic personality and the Marine crew cut he kept. He fell in love with banking. Says Mike: “I was in college, trying to figure out the major I should pursue and what to do and he goes, ‘You ought to think about the banking industry. People always have to have a place to put their money.’” Bud McGinley was a huge Husker football fan. One time in
In that moment, Mike realized it was coming up on a decade since the death of his dad. He prayed for a way to honor him. Then a thought came to Mike. He went to his computer and found the University of Nebraska Foundation website. He left a simple message: My family and I would like to establish a scholarship in honor of my dad … The scholarships would go to deserving banking students at
He used Mike’s.
Erin, Kevin the Brain and Dugan Donegal honored their dad
“I remember that I’m at the house and they’re all yelling at me
through a fund in his name:
that my name is on the radio, and I come running,” Mike says. “I
The Bud McGinley Student Award Fund.
won a book about Nebraska.”
Postscript: On April 28, 2011 – 10 years to the day since mother, Mary, at her home in Fort Collins, Colo. With Mike on
kids graduate from college, even though he never was able to.
speakerphone to hear it all, they handed Mary a red envelope, one
arship fund. “It says in the Commandments, ‘Honor thy father and thy
One day earlier this year, at his home in Texas, Mike happened
to glance up at a shelf and saw a small card, one from his father’s
And these words, too: In loving memory of Bud McGinley July 31, 1927 April 28, 2001
a priority of Campaign for Nebraska, a comprehensive fundraising initiative underway. The foundation awarded
grant. Made available from unrestricted donations, the grants are awarded annually to priority projects.
Inside was a document establishing the Bud McGinley schol-
mother,’” Mike says. “I felt that includes even after they’ve passed
May the roads rise up to meet you …
Supporting global engagement is
prepared by people at the foundation.
“But we lived through that.”
funeral. On the card were the words of a famous old Irish blessing.
think about the world and myself.’”
their father’s death – the McGinley kids surprised their 82-year-old
moving to Colorado. He valued education, insisting each of his
experience had an impact on the way I
than $1.1 million, including UNL’s
And then Mike the Pike, Patty Watty, Kelly the Belly, Queen
“He was big on that hair thing.”
ers and others, ‘I can demonstrate this
dad would be excited to help students.
radio station. But he didn’t use his own name.
to cut their long hair.
opportunity to say to potential employ-
seven grants across NU totaling more
They know he’d urge them to stick with it.
He also never was able to persuade his boys, back in the ’70s,
ence. It’s then our hope they have an
the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The McGinley kids felt their
the ’60s, he won a Husker trivia contest sponsored by a Lincoln
Bud McGinley loved the University of Nebraska even after
before and after their time abroad to measure outcomes from their experi-
Pest Control. He worked a lot of jobs. In his 40s, after moving the family to Colorado, he landed a good one at a bank. He started in
said. “An assessment engages students
Scholarship support for students is a priority of the Campaign for Nebraska, and a scholarship fund is a great way to honor a loved one. If you’d like to learn how to set one up, call the University of Nebraska Foundation toll-free at 800-432-3216. If you’d like to help with the Bud McGinley fund for banking students, contact Jane Heany at 402-458-1177. The McGinley family plans to raise funds over the next five years to create an endowment of $25,000, which would keep the fund for their father alive “as long as there is a University of Nebraska,” Mike McGinley says.
Taylor Hammack says it may take him years to fully understand how a study abroad experience in China expanded his horizons as an architect, and as a human. He and a dozen other aspiring UNL architects participated in the College of Architecture’s China Program. The program’s goal is to help future architects absorb China’s history and culture firsthand while learning their craft. They worked with their counterparts at Tianjin University in Tianjin, the third largest city in China. For one project, they designed ways to blend and unify three neighboring rural villages.
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Office of Research and Economic Development
Cassman Named to Head CGIAR Advisory Council By Ashley Washburn, ’02 Rising food and energy prices, possible water shortages and changing climate have led many scientists to predict a global food crisis by 2050. Despite dire predictions, University of Nebraska–Lincoln agronomist Ken Cassman is optimistic that a resurging interest in agricultural research will help both small farmers in developing countries and larger producers in developed countries grow more food. Yet such research investments will be effective only if scientists address the most critical issues and find practical solutions, especially in places with the greatest need for more food — parts of Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America, Cassman said. Cassman is thinking a lot about global food security these days. He recently was named to head the council responsible for advising a major network of international ag research centers. As the first chair of the new Independent Science and Partnership Council, Cassman will provide critical advice and expertise about the scientific merit and feasibility of global agricultural research projects
Ken Cassman. Photo courtesy of UNL Office of Research and Economic Development.
“To increase investment in agricultural research, we
During his three-year term as chair, Cassman is help-
to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural
have to know our research priorities are correct and the
ing the CGIAR Centers establish a portfolio of proven
Research, known as CGIAR.
science is being done well,” Cassman said.
research projects that leverage various organizations’
CGIAR is a consortium of 15 international research
Despite the billions of dollars invested in agriculture
capabilities. For example, he said, a CGIAR research center
centers funded by governments, foundations, and inter-
worldwide, he said Sub-Saharan Africa faces food shortages
may have expertise in improving rice varieties in Southeast
national and regional organizations. The CGIAR research
because crop yields haven’t kept pace with rapidly growing
Asia, but that expertise is also needed in Africa and even
centers work to improve agricultural productivity, conserve
populations. Getting new technologies from the laboratory
Latin America. The issue is how to establish global research
natural resources and promote policies that stimulate
to the field, and educating farmers about how to use them,
partnerships with institutions around the world to get the
is another challenge.
agricultural growth in developing nations. The research centers include organizations such as the International Rice Research Institute, the International
“Now we have a new set of challenges, and business as usual won’t result in enough food supply to feed an incredibly dynamic world population.”
Water Management Institute and the International
– Ken Cassman
A similar scenario
job done. Even with increased international concern for food
existed in the 1950s and
security, he said, “this momentum will be a flash in the
1960s, he said. Interna-
pan if we can’t show that these projects address hunger and
tional agricultural research
protect the world’s environmental resources.”
centers responded by
The council also is identifying emerging issues that
developing new “miracle
need further research. For example, scientists need to
crop” varieties and expand-
develop ways to measure the environmental performance
ed irrigation infrastructure and use of fertilizers. Together
of cropping systems that address both the need to increase
they sustained a green revolution that rapidly improved
productivity and to reduce agriculture’s environmental
lead the seven-member council, which includes leading
agriculture production throughout the world. By the late
impact. Cassman said that addressing this challenge will
researchers in agriculture, environmental sciences, rural
20th century, food was plentiful and inexpensive partly
shape his research priorities at UNL. It also will comple-
affairs and economics. Cassman is an internationally rec-
because of scientific advancements made decades earlier,
ment the work of the university’s new global Water for
ognized expert in local and global food security, crop yield
Food Institute, a research, education and policy institute
Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. The CGIAR Fund appointed Cassman in January to
potential and biofuels.
“Now we have a new set of challenges, and business as
that focuses on the efficient use of water for agriculture. “This is a huge opportunity for UNL to be at the fore-
The council’s job is to help CGIAR funders identify
usual won’t result in enough food supply to feed an incred-
agriculture development projects with the highest scien-
ibly dynamic world population,” said Cassman, the univer-
front of emerging issues, and it could expand our
tific quality and the greatest potential to increase farmers’
sity’s first Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Professor.
opportunities for international partnerships,” he said.
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Office of Research and Economic Development
International Partnership Key for Water for Food Institute A new international education partnership focused on
András Szöllösi-Nagy. “Forging such ties with the Universi-
water and food security is expanding educational opportu-
ty of Nebraska is of utmost importance to the institute, but
nities and collaborations between University of Nebraska
also for the benefit of developing countries and countries
students and faculty and their international counterparts.
Officials from the university’s Robert B. Daugherty
NU administrators began discussions with UNESCO-
Water for Food Institute and the UNESCO-IHE Institute
IHE following the first Water for Food Conference in 2009
for Water Education in Delft, The Netherlands, signed
and agreed that Nebraska’s expertise in water and produc-
the partnership agreement during the third global Water
tion agriculture and IHE’s experience in water manage-
for Food Conference in Lincoln in May. The partnership
ment focused on developing nations provide the founda-
will enable Nebraska students to study abroad and bring
tion for a strong partnership.
students from developing nations to the university. Their
UNESCO-IHE is the world’s largest international
From left, Kebede Ayele, country director for International Development Enterprises in Ethiopia, and Soumen Biswas, executive director of Professional Assistance for Development Action in India, talk with Jeff Raikes, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, during the keynote dialogue of the 2011 global Water for Food Conference in Lincoln in May. Photo by Brett Hampton.
University in Beijing in late August. The workshop will bring together experts from around the world to present
studies will focus on agriculture and water resources man-
postgraduate water education facility. It is a United
research on how to close the yield gap, which is the differ-
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
ence between actual and potential crop yield. Knowing how much food each acre of land can pro-
“The opportunity for international students to study in Nebraska — to see production agriculture at its best, to
duce is essential to increasing global food capacity without
study the High Plains Aquifer, and to have as their field
significantly expanding farmland. UNL agronomist Ken
laboratory a state that is a global food producer will offer
Cassman leads research to develop a global yield gap atlas,
an unparalleled breadth of experience,” said NU President
sponsored by the Water for Food Institute. Cassman, the
James B. Milliken. “Nebraska students will benefit from
first Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Professor, has
renowned IHE programs in water management, environ-
worked extensively with Chinese scientists on yield gap
mental science, water engineering and other disciplines,
mapping of rice and corn in China. In March, the Water for Food Institute helped orga-
gaining new insights into the global water agenda.”
nize the Indo-U.S. joint workshop in Chennai, India, on
In addition to study tours and student exchanges, the partners will develop joint Master of Science degree pro-
the global challenge of sustainably producing enough food
grams in water for food; short courses on advanced
with limited water. Sponsored by the Indo-US Science &
irrigated agriculture, water use efficiency, field measure-
Technology Forum, the institute teamed with the M.S.
ments and other topics; and collaborative research projects on the use of water for agriculture. “The development of joint education and research
University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken (left) and András Szöllösi-Nagy, rector, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, exchange pens after signing an international educational partnership agreement during the 2011 Water for Food Conference. Photo by Craig Chandler.
Swaminathan Research Foundation, an Indian nonprofit organization, to organize the two-day workshop, which included presentations by UNL faculty members and was attended by representatives of Indian government agencies.
programs with partner institutes is one of the cornerstones
Sharing information and building partnerships is an
of UNESCO-IHE’s policy to serve the world water sector
(UNESCO) ‘Category I’ Institute and operates under
with good quality, relevant education and training at a
direct responsibility of UNESCO. The institute confers
essential part of the annual Water for Food Conference,
scale required by the sector,” said UNESCO-IHE Rector
fully accredited master’s degrees and promotes doctor-
hosted by the institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foun-
ates. Since 1957, the institute has provided postgraduate
dation. The 2011 conference, May 1-4, featured more than
education to more than 14,500 water professionals from
60 speakers and drew more than 450 producers, scientists,
more than 160 countries. Ninety-six percent of graduates
industry representatives and policymakers from 24 nations.
are from developing countries. UNESCO-IHE’s mission is
The 2012 conference will be June 24-27 in Lincoln.
to educate and train professionals and to build the capacity of sector organizations, knowledge centers and other institutions active in the fields of water, the environment and infrastructure, in developing countries and countries in transition. Fostering partnerships is a strong priority for the Water for Food Institute. The institute is co-sponsoring a International participants in the 2011 Water for Food Conference check out farm equipment during a preconference tour. Photo by Brett Hampton.
workshop on yield gap analysis with China Agricultural
The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute is a research, education and policy analysis institute committed to helping the world efficiently use its limited freshwater resources, with particular focus on ensuring the food supply for current and future generations. It was founded in April 2010 with a $50 million gift from the Robert B. Daugherty Charitable Foundation.
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New Additions to Libraries’ Images & Multimedia Collections Digital and multimedia materials are important and popular scholarly resources for 21st century academic libraries. Some of UNL Libraries’ most important resources are the content of the Images & Multimedia Collections, where more than 75 collections of images, audio and video are accessed by more than 11,000 unique visitors each month. Teaching, historical and archival items are compiled by subjects ranging from architecture to athletics, tractors to government comics. Many of the collections highlight the collaboration between UNL Libraries and various units on campus. The image collec-
ulty and alumni interested in discussing new projects may contact
tions include photographs illustrating the history of UNL from the
her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-472-4547.
University Archives and tractors and other agricultural equipment
the public at http://contentdm.unl.edu. Some collections, espe-
from the Lentz Asian Art Collection includes 150 photographs
cially subjects in art and architecture, may be limited for use only
with searchable descriptions of the artwork and will house more
on campus due to copyright restrictions.
Another collaborative project to be completed this summer is the digitizing of the 300 consecutive sellout football tickets. In partnership with the Nebraska Athletic Department, the UNL Libraries is adding images
A recently uploaded collection from the Lentz Asian Art Collection includes 150 photographs with searchable descriptions of the artwork and will house more than 2,000 images when complete.
of the 300+ football tickets, corresponding program covers and game rosters. The tickets were a donation to the Athletic Department by Willis and Fran Regier of Bellevue, Neb., who recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Storing multimedia is a growing segment of the Images and Multimedia Collections digital repository. In another collaborative effort, the UNL Emeriti Association is spearheading an oral history project of filming interviews with emeriti faculty about teaching and research at UNL. Look for these videos in the future. “By publishing these amazing images from UNL, we are providing our alumni and constituencies with resources that they can use in their own work and stay connected to their university,” said Joan Giesecke, dean of Libraries.
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Access to the collections mentioned above is free and open to
from the Larsen Tractor Museum. A recently uploaded collection
than 2,000 images when complete.
Carved Ivory panel. Plaque (Ivory) with story of Chinese official (Imperial). Lentz Center, Gift of Cliff and Mary Hillegass. Object ID 1997.07.27.15
Jolie Graybill is always looking for new collections to add. Fac-
Lied Center Offers Blockbuster Season The Lied Center for Performing Arts’ 2011-12 season
Other highlights include:
includes 45 performances of 33 shows from a wide range of categories including Broadway, comedy, dance, classi-
• Comedic legend Bill Cosby as the opening act of
cal music, world music, family offerings and theater. More
• The return of Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe
than half of the 33 scheduled shows are Lied Center debuts.
• The Nebraska premiere of a new one‐man show
The upcoming season offers something for everyone,
• Japanese Taiko drumming group, Yamato, returns
lineup features the return of “MAMMA MIA!” and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” along with the Lied premieres
written by Jerry Seinfeld called “Cocktails with Larry Miller”
said Bill Stephan, executive director. The Lied’s Broadway
after standing ovations at the Lied in 2007
of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” and the hit musical
• The Munich Symphony, all the way from Germany
“In the Heights,” which won four Tony® Awards in 2008.
• The innovative theater company, Corbian, returns
The Lied will also host violinist Itzhak Perlman once again, and welcomes back pianist Kathryn Stott, who
with a double‐bill of “The Ugly Duckling” and
“The Tortoise and the Hare,” featuring their
wowed audiences when she performed with Yo Yo Ma in 2010.
signature giant luminescent puppets that entertain
“There is so much to enjoy next season, and we Bill Cosby
the season on Oct. 7
kids of all ages. For ticket information, please call the Lied Center
couldn’t be happier to bring the world’s best artists to
Ticket Office at 402-472-4747 or 800-432-3231 or visit
Nebraska,” Stephan said.
www.liedcenter.org. Second City
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10 Solid Reasons Why Nebraska Joined the Big Ten Conference By Randy York, ’71 As a countdown to Nebraska becoming an official member of Osborne
the Big Ten Conference, the oldest league in intercollegiate athletics, Randy York of Huskers.com interviewed 10 key leaders that affect Nebraska’s future success in major ways. Below are highlights of those interviews, revealing 10 reasons why Nebraska joined the Big Ten Conference. Reason 1: Husker head coaches unanimously supported
switching conferences. Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne: “My assumption a year ago was that we might have a bit of a
only are we the oldest conference, but other than the Ivy League,
hard sell with maybe 30 or 40 percent of our fans. I thought more
we have the most broadly sponsored sports and students. With
would certainly favor than oppose, but it seemed like about 90
Nebraska, we [the Big Ten] have 300 intercollegiate teams and
percent of our people embraced the move right from the start. The
more than 9,500 athletes. That would be 50 percent more than
ones who seemed to embrace it the most were our head coaches. In
any of the other 12 big-team leagues. Nebraska is a broad-based
a private meeting, 100 percent of them voted to go to the Big Ten.
institution and has academic and athletic quality and a culture that
I’m sure each one had his or her own reasons. I tried to present the
exemplifies Nebraska traditions. They focus on sportsmanship,
facts objectively. I didn’t try to sway them one way or another. I
competition and respect for the opponent. We don’t always get
just said that it looks like we’re going to have this opportunity, and
there, but we aspire to get there. We have a lot that we are proud
I didn’t want to do this if they weren’t supportive and didn’t want
of, and we do honor our past, just like Nebraska.”
to do it. The way the coaches felt about it was probably the biggest Reason 4: Nebraska is a diligent, compliance-oriented
thing with me.”
Reason 2: The timing was fortuitous to make such a move.
Faculty Athletics Representative Jo Potuto: “We’ve had that reputation forever. We have a culture of com-
Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman: “It is a little amazing when you think back about how quickly
pliance that is very clear, and there is no question. All that said, if
it happened. The Big 12 gave us an ultimatum two days before the
you have a bad actor who thinks they can get away with something
presidents of the Big Ten had actually had a scheduled meeting. If
— no matter how good you are or how good your systems are —
they hadn’t had a scheduled meeting, I don’t know if they’d have
violations can happen. We have a well-deserved reputation of doing
ever gotten together in time to make a decision or not. It was the
things right, and we want to keep it that way.”
week before our Board of Regents met, and it all just fell in line. If Reason 5: The Big Ten is now a significant part of
it had come earlier, I don’t know if the Big Ten would have been Potuto
ready to think through their options and make a decision, so it really was fortuitous timing that was quite amazing.” Reason 3: Nebraska will strengthen the Big Ten and
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Nebraska’s value system. Nebraska Alumni Executive Director Diane Mendenhall: “When we say connect, we mean it. I think it’s true that we all
stick together in all kinds of weather. Collaboration and camaraderie are part of that connection process. I think there’s a united spirit
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany:
on campus, and it’s stronger than it has ever been. Whether its aca-
“A number of things stand out. The geography and culture
demics, athletics, the Chancellor’s Office, the Nebraska Foundation
continuity factor make it easier for both of us. Nebraska knows
or the Alumni Association, we all now have very defined roles in
who we are, and we know who they are. Their program and com-
how we collaborate. We’re more together in moving this university
mitment to student-athlete welfare is reflective of who we are. Not
forward than we’ve ever been.”
all have well-rounded athletic programs. That’s why people call them traditional powerhouses - because they have their own style of play, they play in huge stadiums, and they have the whole package.” Reason 8: Big Ten basketball will excite and possibly expand the Nebraska fan base.
Nebraska Executive Associate AD Marc Boehm: “Illinois, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin are all
great institutions and traditional basketball powers, but the Big Ten also has Purdue, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana, just to name a few more. It’s exciting because everything about the Big Ten will be new to our fans — new uniforms, new players, new coaches and most of all, new traditions. This is going to be a very exciting basketball season.” Reason 9: Nebraska is fully prepared to hit the ground Reason 6: The Big Ten Network broadens the University of
Nebraska’s reach. Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman: “We try to bring more programming that centers around the
Big Ten — both live events and original programming — to passionate sports fans and Big Ten fans across the country. We have 45 million subscribers, and we pass 75 million homes.” Reason 7: Nebraska joins three other Big Ten
national brands. Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez: “You talk about brand. The brands in our league are Ohio
State, Michigan, Penn State. If you’re Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan State, you hate to admit that, but it is what it is. You throw
running in its new league. Nebraska Associate AD/SWA Pat Logsdon:
“Since the announcement that we were joining the Big Ten, the conference office has been working hard to ensure a smooth integration. For the past year, I have been involved in all Big Ten meetings, conference calls and correspondence.” Reason 10: Nebraska fans are second to none. BCS Executive Director Bill Hancock: “I’ve been going to Lincoln for 40 years, and every time I’ve been there I’ve found the Nebraska experience — in football, basketball, baseball, track and field, you name it — to be first-class in
every way. Just think for a minute about those 48 years of football sellouts. Nobody will ever top that.”
Nebraska right in there with those other three schools and we have four national brands in the same conference. They’ve all won national championships. They all have great fan support, and they
To read Randy York’s Countdown to the Big Ten Q&As in their entirety, visit Huskers.com.
Larry the Cable Guy Faces Family Chatter at Wisconsin Nebraska’s most visible fan admits there will be a bit of a strain in his household when Nebraska plays its first Big Ten Conference game ever on national TV in Madison, Wis., on Saturday night, Oct. 1. Dan Whitney, a.k.a. Larry the Cable Guy, has been married to wife Cara since 2005. She grew up on a small cattle ranch in upstate Wisconsin, and they are now the parents of two children.
an NFL brand that Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany compares to Nebraska’s collegiate brand. Wisconsin’s athletic director following a Hall-of-Fame coaching career in Madison. “Barry is awesome,” Larry the Cable Guy said. “He’s why their
“My wife has tried to trash talk, but I put the fire out before we
uniforms look just like ours. Deep down inside, he knows that we’re
ended up splitting up property and fighting over the kids,” Whitney
the real Big Red. That’s why everyone calls Wisconsin the Nebraska
told Randy York for his N-Sider column on Huskers.com, Nebraska’s
of the North. Besides, all roads to the Hall of Fame go through Coach
official athletic website. “I won, and she is “N”. However, I couldn’t
Devaney and Lincoln.”
get her to betray the Badger Band.” Whitney confessed that Cara reinforced his switch of pro football loyalties to the state of Wisconsin after Bret Favre had triggered that change in the first place. He now favors the Green Bay Packers,
Barry Alvarez, Nebraska’s former All-Big Eight linebacker, is now
Visit Randy York’s N-Sider at Huskers.com to read Larry the Cable Guy’s quips, quotes and anecdotes on Nebraska joining the Big Ten. Hancock ATHLETICS | Fall 2011 | 17
Fall 2011 Husker Athletics Schedules *Indicates conference game/meet; home games in RED. Photos courtesy of Nebraska Media Relations Office. FOOTBALL Sept. 3 Tennessee at Chattanooga, Memorial Stadium, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 10 Fresno State, Memorial Stadium, 6 p.m. Sept. 17 Washington, Memorial Stadium, 2:30 p.m. Sept. 24 Wyoming at Laramie, Wyo., 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Wisconsin* at Madison, Wis., 7 p.m. Oct. 8 Ohio State* Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 Minnesota* at Minneapolis, Minn., 2:30 p.m. Oct. 29 Michigan State* Memorial Stadium, TBA Nov. 5 Northwestern* Memorial Stadium, TBA Nov. 12 Penn State* at University Park, Pa., TBA Nov. 19 Michigan* at Ann Arbor, Mich., TBA Nov. 25 Iowa* Memorial Stadium, 11 a.m. Volleyball Aug. 20 Red/White Scrimmage, NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Aug. 26 New Mexico State at Albuquerque, N.M., 6 p.m. Aug. 27 New Mexico at Albuquerque, N.M., 8:30 p.m. Sept. 2 Colorado State at Fort Collins, Colo., 8 p.m. Sept. 3 Albany at Fort Collins, Colo., 1 p.m. Sept. 8 Weber State vs. St. Mary’s, NU Coliseum, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8 Creighton, NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Sept. 9 Weber State vs. Creighton, NU Coliseum, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 St. Mary’s, NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Sept. 10 Creighton vs. St. Mary’s, NU Coliseum, 11:30 a.m. Sept. 10 Weber State, NU Coliseum, 2 p.m. Sept. 17 Iowa State, Devaney Center, 7 p.m. Sept. 21 Penn State* NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Sept. 24 Ohio State* NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Sept. 30 Michigan State* at East Lansing, Mich., 7 p.m. Oct. 1 Michigan* at Ann Arbor, Mich., TBA Oct. 7 Purdue* NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Oct. 8 Indiana* NU Coliseum, 3 p.m. Oct. 14 Wisconsin* at Madison, Wis., 7 p.m. Oct. 15 Minnesota* at Minneapolis, Minn., 7 p.m. Oct. 19 Iowa* NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Oct. 22 Illinois* NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Oct. 28 Ohio State* at Columbus, Ohio, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 Penn State* at University Park, Pa., TBA Nov. 4 Michigan* NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Nov. 5 Michigan State* NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Nov. 11 Indiana* at Bloomington, Ind., 7 p.m. Nov. 12 Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., TBA Nov. 16 Minnesota* NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Nov. 19 Wisconsin* NU Coliseum, 7 p.m. Nov. 23 Iowa* at Iowa City, Iowa, 7 p.m. Nov. 26 Northwestern* at Evanston, Ill., TBA NCAA Tournament Dec. 1 - 3 First/Second Rounds at Campus Sites, TBA Dec. 9 - 10 Regionals at Lexington/ Gainesville/Honolulu/ Minneapolis, TBA Dec. 15 - 17 Final Four at San Antonio, Texas, TBA
2011 RED OUT Game: September 3 vs. Chattanooga The Traditions Tee is for all Husker fans to wear and benefits current NU students by helping fund the 475-RIDE program that provides a safe ride home and promotes personal responsibility.
Available for purchase at Huskers.com, the Huskers Authentic Team Store, University Bookstore, Nebraska Bookstore or any other participating Husker retailer. 18 | GoodNUz | ATHLETICS
soccer Aug. 19 Aug. 21 Aug. 25 Sept. 2 Sept. 4 Sept. 9 Sept. 11 Sept. 18 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 Sept. 30 Oct. 2 Oct. 7 Oct. 14
North Carolina, Nebraska Soccer Field, 6 p.m. Baylor, Nebraska Soccer Field, 1 p.m. Denver at Denver, Colo., 8 p.m. Arkansas, Nebraska Soccer Field, 5 p.m. Northern Arizona, Nebraska Soccer Field, 12:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Blacksburg, Va., 6:30 p.m. Wake Forest at Blacksburg, Va., 10:30 a.m. Northwestern* Nebraska Soccer Field, 1 p.m. Purdue* at West Lafayette, Ind., 6 p.m. Indiana* at Bloomington, Ind., Noon Michigan State* Nebraska Soccer Field, 4:30 p.m. Michigan* Nebraska Soccer Field, 1 p.m. Wisconsin* Nebraska Soccer Field, 4 p.m. Penn State* at State College, Pa., 6 p.m.
Oct. 16 Oct. 20 Oct. 23 Oct. 28 Nov. 2 - 6 Nov. 11 - 13 Nov. 18 - 20 Nov. 25 - 27 Dec. 2 - 4
Ohio State* at Columbus, Ohio, Noon Iowa* Nebraska Soccer Field, 4 p.m. Illinois* Nebraska Soccer Field, 1 p.m. Minnesota* at Minneapolis, Minn., 7 p.m. Big Ten Tournament at Evanston, Ill., TBA NCAA Tournament First/Second Rounds at Campus Sites, TBA NCAA Tournament Third Round at Campus Sites, TBA NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals at Campus Sites, TBA NCAA College Cup at Kennesaw, Ga., TBA
Cross Country Sept. 3 Creighton/UNO Classic at Omaha, Neb., (UNO Chili Greens Recreation Area) 8 a.m./8:45 a.m. Sept. 17 Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, Lincoln, Neb., (Pioneers Park) 10 a.m./10:45 a.m. Oct. 1 South Dakota State Classic at Brookings, S.D., (Edgebrooke Golf Course) 10:30 a.m./11:15 a.m. Oct. 14 Wisconsin adidas Invitational at Madison, Wis., (Ridge Golf Course) 1 p.m./1:45 p.m. Oct. 30 Big Ten Championships* at Champaign, Ill., (Illinois Arboretum) 10:45 a.m./11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships at DeKalb, Ill., (Northern Illinois Cross-Country Course) 11 a.m./12:15 p.m. Nov. 21 NCAA Championships at Terre Haute, Ind., (LaVern Gibson Cross-Country Course) 11 a.m./12:45 p.m. Men’s Golf Sept. 1 Creighton Dual at Omaha, Neb., (Omaha Country Club) TBA Sept. 12 - 13 Fairway Club Invitational, Nebraska City, Neb., (ArborLinks Golf Course) TBA Sept. 19 - 20 Kansas Invitational at Lawrence, Kan., (Alvamar Golf Club) TBA Oct. 1 - 2 D.A. Weibring Intercollegiate at Normal, Ill., (Weibring Golf Course) TBA Oct. 10 - 11 Firestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio, (Firestone Country Club) TBA Oct. 24 - 25 Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate at Las Cruces, N.M., (NMSU Golf Course) TBA WOMen’s Golf Sept. 12 - 13 Chip-N Club Invitational, Country Club of Lincoln, 8:30 a.m. Oct. 3 - 5 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Sammamish, Wash., (Sahalee CC) 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10 - 11 Lady Northern at French Lick, Ind., (D. Ross GC) 7:30 a.m. Oct. 17 - 18 Hoosier Fall Invitational at Carmel, Ind., (Crooked Stick GC) 7:30 a.m. Oct. 30 - Alamo Invitational at San Antonio, Texas, Nov. 1 (Briggs Ranch GC) 8:30 a.m.
How it Works: 1. Contest begins Aug. 15 and runs
until 100 new life members or
$1,000 donations have been
2. The only way to participate is to call in to the alumni association
at 888-353-1874 and register
with membership specialist
Andrew Greer. Any messages will
be returned in the order received.
3. The first five (5) responders to make
Nebraska Alumni Association – Membership
Going B1G – 2011 Fall Life Membership Drive As life in a new conference begins, we will celebrate and do something special to recognize and thank the next 100 life members or donors that Stand Up For Nebraska with membership or a gift to the Nebraska Alumni Association. We’re giving away 100 amazing prizes between August 15 and September 15 to the first 100 new life members of the Alumni Association. Even better, be one of the first five fully paid life members and you’ll get the first and only opportunity to purchase tickets to our historic Big Ten home opener against Ohio State. Life membership has many advantages. For example, life members are near the top of the list in our annual football ticket
• Five (5) first responders receive access to immediately
purchase a pair of NU-Ohio State tickets.
• The next ninety (95) respondents will be entered into a
o Five (5) pairs of Ohio State tickets made available
o One (1) double-occupancy cabin on the 2012
a gift of $1,000 or join as a fully paid
individual or joint life member will
receive the immediate opportunity
to purchase two Nebraska-Ohio
State tickets. One set of tickets per
household. Senior, recent graduate
or any other discounted life
memberships must make a gift in
addition to the cost of their
membership to total $1,000 to be
eligible to purchase tickets. Those
paying via a life member payment
plan are not eligible for the initial
five pairs of tickets, but are eligible
for the drawing for other tickets and
o One (1) Bo Pelini and Tom Osborne autographed
o Two (2) personalized Tommie Frazier signed
o Eight (8) autographed Ndamukong Suh photos
o Thirty-eight (38) commemorative “There is No
Place Like Nebraska” books
o Twenty (20) adidas apparel items
o Five (5) $50 Lied Center vouchers
4. The next ninety-five (95) life
members to join at all life
membership levels, including
o Five (5) UNL Bookstore gift certificates for $50
payment plans and discounted
o Ten (10) Stand Up For Nebraska T-shirts
memberships will be entered into
• The first three to join the Hail Varsity Society (see page 7)
a random drawing for the remaining
will immediately receive four NU-Ohio State tickets and
ninety-five (95) prizes.
season passes to the Nebraska Champions Club as a thank
5. The first three (3) Hail Varsity
you for your society contribution.
Society members will receive four
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lottery. It is one of the best ways to help permanently boost the “alumni giving” portion of our U.S. News & World Report ranking. Plus, we’ll place your name in bronze in the Holling Garden on campus. Already a life member? You can still participate in this fall’s giveaways – a $1,000 gift to the association’s Alumni Excellence Fund still qualifies you for the access to purchase tickets if you are one of the first five to respond. Want more than two tickets? Join our brand new Hail Varsity
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Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Future of UNL Wheat Breeding Program Secure By Daniel R. Moser The new relationship between NUtech Ventures and Bayer CropScience AG helps ensure the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ long-standing, highly successful wheat breeding program will continue to yield new, improved cultivars for producers for decades to come.
“We’ll be able to be a little more exploratory and perform more long-term research since we won’t be as heavily dependent upon USDA grants, which by nature must be relatively short-term. We will be able to develop very state-ofthe-art, cutting edge wheat breeding technologies. “We can’t rest on our laurels. This partnership will make our program as competitive as any program in the country and in the world, even.” – P. Stephen Baenziger, World-renowned IANR wheat breeder
World-renowned IANR wheat breeder P. Stephen Baenziger describes himself as the current steward of the university’s program. He inherited it in 1986 from John Schmidt, who he calls “one of the greatest wheat breeders of all time,” and Baenziger’s goal one day is to hand it off in as good a condition. Baenziger, 59, is not about to retire, but the new Bayer-funded Nebraska Wheat Growers Presidential Chair included in the agreement means that when he does, there should be a smooth transition to his successor. Baenziger is the first to hold the presidential chair. “When I retire, we can rehire almost immediately, given the
The Bayer collaboration isn’t the only significant recent boost to UNL’s wheat research. In January, the USDA announced a $25
funds available through this chair,” Baenziger said. “That provides a
million, five-year grant for wheat and barley research at 28 univer-
continuity that in tight budget times is almost extraordinary.”
sities, including UNL. The funding will come from the National
That continuity is significant because it takes about 12 years for a new wheat cultivar to reach the market. In addition to $2 million for the endowed professorship, the
Institute for Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. UNL’s role in the grant is to lead, with Oklahoma State Uni-
NUtech Ventures-Bayer agreement has funding for UNL research
versity, the Great Plains research into nitrogen use efficiency. Other
and education programs, including graduate assistantships that will
scientists will focus on water-use efficiency. The goal is to reduce
help educate future generations of wheat scientists. The agreement
both nutrient and water use in wheat and barley production by 10
also includes plans for the company to establish its first North
American wheat breeding station near Lincoln. That commercial operation will pay dividends for UNL, as well as students will have the opportunity to visit, work and learn there. In the last five years, Baenziger has released six new wheat cul-
“This is one of the largest USDA collaborative grants ever,” Baenziger said. While these new infusions of funding are key, Baenziger emphasized that support from Nebraska wheat growers remains the
tivars. In all, Nebraska-developed cultivars account for 65 percent
mainstay of UNL’s research, and UNL remains focused on serving
of Nebraska’s wheat acres. His germplasm resources have been used
to develop numerous wheat cultivars in other Great Plains states as
Bayer’s funding is for non-exclusive access to UNL’s germplasm that leaves UNL in control of its germplasm and able to continue
well. Of the future stability ensured by the Bayer funding, Baenziger
releasing varieties as usual. As evidence that UNL remains commit-
said: “We’ll be able to be a little more exploratory and perform
ted to constituent needs, Baenziger noted, UNL will continue its
more long-term research since we won’t be as heavily dependent
research into organic wheat breeding and production.
upon USDA grants, which by nature must be relatively short-term.
The Bayer CropScience collaboration is part of a new trend in
We will be able to develop very state-of-the-art, cutting edge wheat
which private industry is investing more money in wheat research
and partnerships with public universities to develop new wheat
“We can’t rest on our laurels. This partnership will make our
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P. Stephen Baenziger
varieties. Unlike research into other major crops, wheat research
program as competitive as any program in the country and in the
traditionally has been heavily dependent on public funding for
basic research and breeding.
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
UNL, Penn State Collaborate on Project to Support Children of Military Families By Daniel R. Moser
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense and new Big Ten mate Penn State University to develop content and provide programming for a nationwide $7 million educational program that will help prepare the children of military families to be successful as they enter the school system. The three-year project will develop and deliver early childhood
content for early childhood educators who serve military families
professional development in 13 states, focusing on children, birth
in the 13 states. The project aims to strengthen the knowledge and
through 12 years old, from military families who live off base.
practices of existing child care providers as well as to increase the
“Child care services, education and support usually are wellestablished on military bases,” said Tonia Durden, UNL Extension early childhood specialist. “However, families unconnected to bases may not have access to the same level of service and support.” Military families, including reservists and National Guard
number of such practitioners so more military-family children will have access to the services, Durden said. The first year will feature face-to-face professional development and special programs designed to educate those interested in starting a child care business. More specific training, based in part
members, face unique challenges — frequent relocation; one or
on the individual state’s needs, will be developed during the second
both parents deployed overseas; loss of income; and other stressors,
year, and a train-the-trainer approach will be developed in year
Durden said. Their children can enter the school system behind
three so the program can continue to be spread. By the end of three years,
their peers academically and so-
it’s expected that the skills of
cially because of these pressures.
more than 28,000 child and
The Child Care and Youth Training and Technical
youth development profession-
Assistance Project initially will
als will have been strength-
focus on children from Alaska,
ened, increasing the quality
California, Colorado, Dela-
of services provided to nearly
ware, Florida, Indiana, Kansas,
280,000 military children
Kentucky, North Carolina,
up to age 12. Also, each
Texas, Virginia, Vermont and
participating state will have
Washington. Total funding over
a uniquely designed training
three years is $7,045,226.
package that reflects its specific needs.
UNL Extension will work
Elbert Dickey, dean and
with counterparts at Penn
director of UNL Extension,
State University to develop and deliver content for the project. Content will be delivered to
said that while Nebraska is not one of the states initially targeted in
early childhood educators both face-to-face and online. The online
the project, it will benefit from the professional-development pack-
portion of the project will be delivered through Penn State’s existing
ages to be developed.
Better Kid Care Program. Local-level partnerships with extension
“We expect the content being developed by our extension edu-
systems in each state will help identify target audiences and provide
cators to have multiple uses,” Dickey said. “Here in Nebraska, we’ll
use it to train child care providers and those serving in out-of-school
“This is a genuine partnership among extension faculty and staff across the country,” said Kathleen Lodl, assistant dean of UNL Extension. “The project exemplifies what extension is all about — partnering with others to help people improve their lives.”
Military families, including reservists and National Guard members, face unique challenges – frequent relocation; one or both parents deployed overseas; loss of income; and other stressors. Their children can enter the school system behind their peers academically and socially because of these pressures.
programs. This fits directly with our goal of helping all children to be successful as they enter school.” Extension is a division of the university’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Nine UNL Extension and four Penn State Extension educators will be assigned to this project, creating professional development
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College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Cooperative Veterinary Medicine Program Delivers on Initial Promise By Daniel R. Moser The first class of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s cooperative veterinary medicine program with Iowa State University graduated this year, and the future looks bright. Three of the top five academically ranked students who graduated in the spring from ISU were UNL students, said David Hardin, head of UNL’s Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and associate dean of the UNL-ISU program.
The 2+2 program between ISU and UNL began in 2007. Nebraska students accepted into the program attend classes at UNL for the first two years, then move to ISU to complete their veterinary degree. The cooperative program is a national model and is attracting interest from universities in other states.
And of the 23 UNL students who graduated with the 2011 class, nine of them have found jobs in Nebraska so far, Hardin said. “I think we’re well along with the process,” he said of the program, which began in 2007. “That’s not to say there’s not a few little things to work through.” “The program’s matured and will continue to mature. Getting these students graduated and returned to the state, there’s no question that’s going to answer a lot of the questions that students have about the quality of the program.” “We’re very pleased,” Hardin added. “We’re focused on continual improvement of the two years that they’re here in Lincoln.”
Second-year Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine (PPVM) student, Matt Hille (seated) mixes reagents in preparation for a PCR assay on Shiga toxin-producing E. coli strains as part of his Summer Scholars research project in the laboratory of Dr. Rodney Moxley (standing). Dr. Moxley teaches courses in pathology and microbiology in the PPVM.
That effort includes renovation of some
Before this program, Nebraska students studied for four years
space this summer in the veterinary and biomedical sciences build-
at Kansas State University, with the state of Nebraska paying the
ing on East Campus to create a clinical teaching lab to give students
difference in rates for all four years. State funds for that program
more hands-on experience at UNL.
were reduced, forcing UNL to look for another way to offer a vet-
The 2+2 program between ISU and UNL began in 2007.
Nebraska students accepted into the program attend classes at UNL for the first two years, then move to ISU to complete their veteri-
UNL sought a proposal to work jointly with another university, and selected the ISU offer because of its uniqueness, Hardin said.
Hardin, a veterinarian himself who worked in a food animal
The cooperative program is a national model and is attracting interest from universities in other states.
practice in Missouri before going into academia, said the program was designed knowing there is a shortage of veterinarians, and U.S.
UNL has capacity for 26 students a year in the program, and
schools are struggling with ways to increase student capacity.
so far has begun the year at capacity.
“It’s really become a facilities issue,” Hardin said, adding that
While students from Nebraska ordinarily would pay the higher out-state tuition rate while attending ISU, the 2+2 program allows
schools are unable to get the money they need to expand building sizes so that more students can be admitted.
them to continue paying the in-state tuition rate during their ISU
While in Lincoln, students take basic science classes with UNL
studies. The state of Nebraska pays the difference between the two
faculty and distance classes taught by ISU faculty, Hardin said.
rates to ISU.
Clinical studies occur in the second half of the program.
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Design Concept & Strategies
Strategic Master Plan
The Lincoln Children’s Zoo has had a history of connecting to the community through large public events, philanthropic donations of admission tickets and zoo memberships, and providing a science-focused high school program called Zoo School. However, the physical site of the zoo lacks connection to its outer community. Therefore, the title of this project is “Re[bound]: Overcoming the Zoo’s Boundary to Extend Opportunity.”
College of Architecture
The main design concept uses programmatic elements relating to the zoo and stretches them out to create a visible entrance off of 27th Street, and capture main views from Capitol Parkway. Through this corridor, a series of buildings and spaces help to create a sense of place and unify the garden. These elements strive to link the flower, vegetable and zoo gardens into a single cohesive destination.
Landscape Architecture: A New, Highly Collaborative Program
Within this project’s process, initial inventory and data was collected, a visioning session was held, and the inventory was revised and analyzed for its role in creating a more cohesive site for the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. From the analysis, a framework plan based on the site’s opportunities and constraints was assembled and reworked into a strategic master plan, which highlights key operational strategies to break down the zoo’s barrier to its surrounding neighborhood, and city as a whole.
Below is the list of the strategic interventions that allow this space to come together:
1. Garden Entrance 2. Ager Indoor Nature Play Space 3. 3 Gardens Plaza 4. 3 Gardens Organic Restaurant, Green House, Outdoor Rental, Gift Shop & Administration Facilities 5. Organic Community Garden 6. Expanded Bridge Event Space 7. Zoo School 8. Pony Plaza 9. ZO&O Railroad Depot 10. Expanded Parking
ay w ark
Proposed Program Layout
New Multi-purpose Building 2,266 sq. ft.
2,266 sq. ft.
The plan also addresses the zoo’s outer boundary: the fence. In addition, many areas of the site were opened up to increase movement through out different spaces, connecting the garden as a whole.
2,199 sq. ft.
3,092 sq. ft.
598 sq. ft. 6,687 sq. ft.
restaurant gift shop administration outdoor rental green house
2,415 sq. ft. kitchen second floor
2,195 sq. ft.
Existing Administration Building science lab class room
zoo school 2 science labs/ classrooms +2000 sq. ft. 1 traditional class room 750-900 sq. ft. office/reception +250 sq. ft. computer lab 750-900 sq. ft.
first floor science lab
zoo school computer room
5 27 Street
Ca ol pit Pa ay rkw
The integration continues after the second year. Dur-
By Anna Pratt, March ’10 Some of the best city plans, parks, and public spaces
ing the second semesters of the third and fourth years,
were designed by landscape architects. They work to inte-
landscape architecture students are paired with an architec-
grate buildings and create the spaces between buildings.
tural design studio.
New programs are being started throughout the country due to growing demand for the profession.
“The curriculum for our program is unique in that it
Entrance Cooridor Section: East to West
Image from Kelsey Moline’s (BLA ’11) final landscape architecture capstone project. Image courtesy of UNL College of Architecture.
is very collaborative,” Hoistad said. “Some of our cur-
The UNL College of Architecture leadership and
riculum is developed and delivered by horticulture faculty,
faculty recognized the importance of this profession and in
some by planning faculty, some by architecture, and also by
2005 established a landscape architecture degree program.
general studies. The students have a very diverse education
This past May, the first class of nine students graduated
in their time here. They are the most experienced [in the
with the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree.
college] from a collaborative standpoint.”
“It’s exciting to be a part of the first graduating class
Because the landscape architecture program is young,
in a brand new program. Not many other students have
it is continually evolving. Student Kelsey Latshaw said she
the opportunity to give feedback to change and influence
has been able to experience the program “constantly chang-
a program like we do,” said Kelsey Moline, a BLA 2011
ing and improving.” “Some of the largest changes arrive when we hire new
graduate. The original development of this landscape architec-
faculty,” Latshaw said. “This year, we have had the oppor-
ture curriculum was a combined effort of faculty from the
tunity of working with Kim Wilson. She has brought many
architecture, horticulture, and community and regional
new ideas to the program and spends much time and effort
planning programs. Associate Dean Mark Hoistad, the
dedicated to improving our curriculum.”
original landscape architecture director, worked alongside
Wilson also helped to integrate the landscape archi-
Landscape architecture design studio students present their preliminary master plan to the Chadron, Neb., community task force. Image courtesy of the UNL College of Architecture.
Assistant Professor Bret Betnar is a recent grad from the University of Pennsylvania (MLA).
Richard Sutton, Steve Rodie, Brito Mutunayagam, Zheng-
tecture and community and regional planning programs.
hong Tang, Kim Todd, and Jeff Day to craft a truly inter-
As director of both programs, she stated, “The focus is to
disciplinary effort. Classes from horticulture, architecture,
create a place that lives and works as an interdisciplinary
as they see today’s students and tomorrow’s practitioners
and agriculture and natural resources were innovatively
community, meaning landscape architects learn to work
operating in an interdisciplinary design culture to respond
combined to form the basis for the BLA.
alongside architects, interior designers, and planners.”
creatively and critically to challenges of the built environ-
New program director Kim Wilson describes the curriculum as a combination of the sciences and arts. “To become a well-rounded landscape architect, you
Two new faculty members are joining the program. Assistant Professor Sarah Thomas is a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (MLA), and
and plants,” Wilson said. Students study the natural environment parallel to
ment. Landscape architecture will undergo its first full accreditation review this academic year (2011-12) by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). To
need to understand the natural environment: hydrology, soils,
Both new faculty are a perfect fit for UNL’s program
The members of the first graduating class of the BLA program in May 2011 were: (Top row, left to right) Zachary Fergus, Jedediah Riggle, Eric Silvey, Jorge Contreras, Jr., Justin Verbeck. (Bottom row, left to right) Eric Gustafson, Ryan Greene, Kelsey Moline, Steven Timko.
achieve accreditation, one class must receive the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and provide project documentation of the five-year program. Although accreditation is currently the main goal
design studio classes through-
for landscape architecture, the program will continue to
out the program. Unlike other
change and evolve in many ways. Student organizations
programs in the college, land-
will continue to provide feedback to program and col-
scape architecture is a five-year
lege faculty. New faculty members will be hired and new
course of study. Landscape
architecture students study
“It’s an exciting place to be,” Wilson said. “We have
alongside pre-architecture and
great students and I’m proud to be part of this
pre-interior design students in
first-year visual literacy courses and second-year elements of design studios.
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College of Arts and Sciences
Preparing for 21st Century Careers in the Intelligence Community By Jean Ortiz Jones
be the moral and legal thing to do,” said Ari Kohen, direc-
The battles being waged today from Afghanistan to Libya and elsewhere have one common thread. “I would challenge anybody to go out and find a con-
tor of UNL’s Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. The effort has gained momentum since 2009, when
flict anywhere in the world that isn’t fundamentally about
the Office of the Director of National Intelligence awarded
human rights,” said Tyler White, an undergraduate adviser
UNL a $3.5 million grant to establish the Great Plains
in UNL’s department of political science.
National Security Education Consortium — a partnership
While national security has traditionally focused on
of UNL, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton
states defending themselves from one another, the issues of
University and Bellevue University. The consortium pro-
the 21st century are fundamentally different and are forc-
vides academic, research, cultural immersion and outreach
ing new strategies in the approach to intelligence.
activities focused on national security-related topics to
“Where human rights and national security meet is really where peace is formed,” he said. That’s driving an effort to build on UNL’s internation-
GPNSEC Director Marc Warburton introduces the idea of the intelligence community to high school students.
students with diverse interests and backgrounds. White is directing academic programs for the consortium. The five-year grant has supported efforts to generate
munity to support undergraduates through the coursework and a graduate certificate in global security studies also are
ally recognized human rights and humanitarian affairs
interest among students about the field. It also has spurred
program by developing a workforce that will have the skills
the development of new curriculum across a variety of
necessary to address human rights concerns that are both
disciplines to develop culturally competent, international-
will allow them to understand what it’s like to be some-
the cause and effect of political instability.
policy-savvy, critical thinkers who can make a difference in
body else, White said.
“It makes those going into a career in intelligence more interested in and more careful about rights. Our courses necessitate thinking through what we consider to
national security efforts well into the future. The College of Arts and Sciences will roll out a minor in global security studies this fall, while a learning com-
in the works. Ultimately, the goal is to offer students the skills that
“If you can understand their motivations, you can tailor your policies or approaches in a way that will create an opening so that you can solve big problems,” he said.
College Aims to Bolster Reputation in Teacher Education By Jean Ortiz Jones Helping teachers master the content they deliver in the classroom and supporting the associated research into best practices have long been strengths within the College of Arts
Jim Lewis, and his collaboration with Ruth Heaton, a professor of teaching, learning and teacher education in UNL’s College of Education and Human Sciences. Together they revamped curriculum and created new
and Sciences. Now, the college is poised to broaden those
programs to enable prospective K-12 teachers and those
already in the field to boost achievement across Nebraska.
Among its most impactful programs are those coordi-
Similarly, the Department of English has established
nated through UNL’s Center for Science, Mathematics and
itself as a national leader in language arts teacher education
Computer Education, which has secured more than $18
and research and aspires to continue making gains that will
million in external grants to support teacher education and
strengthen classrooms across Nebraska.
cemented UNL’s reputation as a national leader in the mathematical education of teachers. With the recent hiring of science educators in the departments of chemistry and Earth and atmospheric sciences, the center is positioned to make similar strides in science
The department is home to the Nebraska Writing Proj-
Writers gathered in O’Neill and Atkinson for the Nebraska Writing Project’s Spring Writing Marathon in April. The Nebraska Writing Project hosts writing marathons throughout the year to strengthen its network of teacher consultants and to promote place-conscious teaching and writing. Photo by Jeff Grinvalds.
a cadre of teachers who are professional leaders and are willing and able to design their own best curriculum that’s going
ect. The project partners with school districts across the state
to meet and exceed anything in the local district or state
to provide professional development to K-12 teachers while
curriculum guide,” Brooke said.
sharing best practices and supporting related research. Project Director Robert Brooke estimates the statewide
The Nebraska program also has made waves at the national level with rural education, the integration of tech-
education, said David Manderscheid, dean of the College of
program, established in 1977, reaches 800 to 1,000 teachers
nology into the teaching of writing, and urban social justice
Arts and Sciences.
a year who go on to impact generations of students.
teaching, he said.
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“What the Writing Project delivers to the state is
Big Ten Means Big Time
College of Business Administration
Zorn Honored for Distinguished Career
By Donde Plowman, James, Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean, College of Business Administration The Big Ten business schools are
By Roger Simonsen
among the finest business schools in
Most faculty members who retire after a distinguished academic
the world. U.S. News & World Report
career have great memories to recount with friends and colleagues.
ranked the undergraduate business
For Dr. Tom Zorn, George B. Cook/Ameritas College Professor of
programs in the Big Ten with Michigan
Finance, his memories of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln not
No. 4, Iowa No. 34, and all the rest in
only include an amazing journey before arriving in Lincoln 30 years
between. Those kinds of rankings – out
ago, but also the recent honor of receiving the Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service award at his retirement reception in May. Zorn’s path to Nebraska started after World War II. His family
of more than 400 accredited business Tom Zorn
schools in the U.S. – are remarkable.
classes and continued that throughout his tenure. He was also
We are thrilled to be part of that group, and we know we have work to do, as
lived in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and although times had been dif-
instrumental in revising the curriculum of both the MBA program
ficult, his father managed to build a successful business. Then events
and the Ph.D. program in finance. He co-authored 21 journal
in Eastern Europe changed plans for everyone.
articles with former Ph.D. students, and several of those students
the table. BusinessWeek ranked our
made the trip back to Nebraska for his retirement reception and
MBA fourth in the nation among part-
time MBA programs. Our actuarial
“There was a coup in the country and the communists took over,” Zorn said. “My folks decided for the second time in their lives to flee the country. We went through a border town after telling the
“It was extremely flattering to get that award, and an incred-
CBA was ranked No. 64. We bring several strengths to
science program is one of the 12
authorities we were going somewhere else. Czech soldiers escorted us
ible way to end my career here,” Zorn said. “I was totally surprised
best in the U.S., according to the
into Germany and we applied to come to the United States.”
because I didn’t think that on my way out the door I’d ever get an
Society of Actuaries. Only four Big Ten
After three years in Germany, Zorn’s family arrived in America. He was 10 years old when they settled on the East Coast. When they heard there were better opportunities in California the family headed west. Zorn’s older brother Gunther, who never went to school more than a few weeks for most of his life, eventually received a high school degree and then got his bachelor’s degree from UCLA. Tom Zorn followed in his brother’s footsteps, receiving both his bachelor’s and Ph.D. from UCLA. He then began teaching at various local
award like that. To have my colleagues think that highly of me – I choke up just thinking about it.” Zorn mentored many Ph.D. students including Robert Johnson, who went on to become the head of instruction at the Chartered Financial Analysts Association – the number one licensing group in the financial industry. Dr. Donna Dudney, associate professor of finance at UNL, experienced Zorn as both a student and a colleague. “Tom has had an amazing career,” Dudney said. “He has been published in the top finance journals, but he remains approach-
able and willing to help younger faculty members as they start their
Zorn began interviewing at top notch schools such as Northwestern, Stanford and Texas. The difference between those schools and Nebraska was the people Zorn met. “I liked the people I met at Nebraska. Unlike the other schools, Dean Gary Schwendiman from the College of Business Administration kept calling me which made it feel like they really wanted me here.” Although he had already accepted an offer from the University of Texas, complications with the dean led Zorn to Nebraska. “I didn’t make a big deal about it because I wanted to come to Nebraska. I found out Lincoln is a very family-oriented town. It was
publishing careers. His footprints will be hard to fill.” One of Zorn’s greatest appreciations is having been able to work with so many outstanding graduate students. “Our graduate students were once named in the top five university departments for students who produced the most publications
ranked 40th in the country and third in the Big Ten by BusinessWeek. Our research in leadership and economic education are in the top five in the Everywhere I go, CBA alums want to hear about the Big Ten, and want to know how they can help. One way is to support the Campaign for Nebraska with a goal of $40 million. These funds will create new programs for students and aid us in attracting and retaining great faculty. It is an exciting time. Come be part of our future!
in top tier journals,” Zorn said. “That included elite schools like Yale, Harvard and MIT. “My biggest regret in retiring is that the college is ready to be part of the Big Ten, we have a new dynamic dean and I think that’s really going to be exciting. Every one of the Big Ten schools is strong in finance. For us to be associated with them is great for our students.” Unfortunately, even Zorn’s retirement was put on hold this
nice raising kids here but that wasn’t the reason I stayed. It was be-
summer as he agreed to teach one last managerial economics class,
cause I was treated really well. I liked the people in the department
where he undoubtedly provided one more spark of inspiration to
and long-time chair Manfred Peterson.”
one last business student before closing the book on his remarkable
Zorn immediately excelled teaching big auditorium lecture
undergraduate program in finance was
schools including UCLA, Cal-State Northridge and Cal-State FulAfter a temporary appointment at the University of Arizona,
schools share that designation. Our
Dean Donde Plowman
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College of Education and Human Sciences
Educational Administration Hosts Elite Group at Women in Educational Leadership Conference By Kathy L. Wesley
The 25th annual Women in Educational Administration Leadership Conference will be hosted by the Department of Educational Administration at Embassy Suites in Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 2-3, 2011. Featuring 75 presentations on women and leadership in higher education and PK-12 settings, the conference attracts attendees from throughout the United States and international settings. The leadership network of former conference par-
“The impact of the conference can best be measured
That first program was primarily a Nebraska event,
ticipants includes more than 3,000 individuals, many of
by the network created and the outcomes of people meet-
with graduate students from educational administration as
whom return year after year.
ing and developing relationships,” Grady said. “Participants
the main audience and Nebraska administrators as confer-
make contacts that lead to employment opportunities,
ence presenters. Once completed, Grady “thought she had
higher education institutions throughout the United States
University faculty members from UNL and other
develop professional friendships that lead to collaboration
the problem solved.”
bring junior faculty members and doctoral students to the
on research or writing for publication, establish mentoring
conference as both attendees and presenters. Doctoral stu-
relationships, find publication opportunities, and develop
conference grew to serve a national audience of both men
dents are provided a forum to test their research ideas and
skills that lead to new jobs or promotions.”
and women with the primary focus as leadership in educa-
dissertation topics. And conference attendees have access to
The first conference began at a time when the faculty
speakers who represent a wide range of administrative roles
of the Educational Administration Department at UNL
in higher education and PK-12 settings, authors with na-
was primarily male. As
tional reputations and other researchers and UNL alumni.
the first woman hired
Marilyn Grady, professor of educational administration, has directed the conference since it began in 1987.
in the department, it was suggested that Grady “do something” for the increasing num-
However, it was only the beginning. Over time, the
tion. It continues to be a departmental activity, and department faculty members contribute to its success. Graduate assistants play an es-
“The Women in Educational Leadership Conference will be an excellent addition for the Big Ten because of its national perspective on women and leadership.”
ber of women in the program. Grady developed a
– Marilyn Grady, Professor, Educational Administration
survey for distribution
sential role by assuring a steady flow of new ideas and contemporary attention to what matters for future leaders and administrators. Recently, the conference served as an enticement for distance
to female administrators in K-12 and higher education,
education graduate students to visit Lincoln and the
and respondents identified necessary skills as the focus for
the first conference. “Women can be isolated and not have the vision or
“Coming to the conference diminishes the remoteness of distance education,” Grady said. “Once students come
contacts to know they are not alone,” Grady said. “The con-
to the conference, they are more involved and find it easier
ference was an opportunity for women to understand the
to come back to campus.”
importance of being mentored by both women and men.”
As the university joins the Big Ten Conference, Grady is excited by the national perspective this elite group will bring. “The Women in Educational Leadership Conference will be an excellent addition for the Big Ten because of its national perspective on women and leadership.”
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College of Engineering
UNL Engineering Students’ Project to Conserve Household Energy Earns National Attention helped with the project’s wireless transmission aspects. The work also
By Carole Wilbeck Earth Day is a year-round pursuit for students in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Engineering working on the I-SAVE
involved a local utility, Omaha Public Power District. Architectural engineering student Sean Bergstedt said the I-
project. The project aims to make going green as easy as pushing a
SAVE project is important because “U.S. homes use about one-fifth
button, with results that reduce emissions and save money—start-
of the total energy consumed in the nation, and about 60 percent of
ing at home. This innovation earned national acclaim at a collegiate
that is in the form of electricity.”
competition in April in Washington, D.C. Assistant Professor Mahmoud Alahmad, who teaches electrical
Research has shown that consumers waste almost 41 percent of the power supplied to their homes, Alahmad said. When consum-
system design for the built environment with UNL’s Durham School
ers are presented with feedback on their own energy usage, they are
of Architectural Engineering and Construction, guided the team
more likely to change their energy usage behavior, with savings of up
developing the I-SAVE monitor to centrally manage energy use in a
to 11 percent reported in studies performed in the United States. “With a comprehensive approach to the energy consumption
household. I-SAVE team member Caitlin Brow, an architectural engineering student, said the UNL project is designed to “wirelessly monitor every point where energy is consumed in your house, then show you
and control in homes, we expect a 20 percent average savings in energy for consumers using I-SAVE,” Alahmad said. His team explored emissions reductions in terms of energy sav-
the energy impact and how you could reduce energy waste with a
ings per household. The average household consumes 920 kilowatt
panel board to centrally control energy use.”
hours (KWh) per month, with each KWh resulting in 1.297 pounds
“Most of the energy monitor products on the market are either
(lbs) of CO2 emissions. A household using I-SAVE could reduce
relying on the user to figure out where to take action to save energy
its energy use by 184 KWh per month. This would reduce monthly
or providing a selective/isolated approach to segments of the energy
CO2 emissions by 238.65 lbs per home, based on the assumption
system in the house,” Alahmad said. “The I-SAVE system allows
that the KWh was produced by non-renewable resources. For the
for non-essential appliances to be turned off in one action when a
average homeowner, reducing energy consumption by 15-30 percent
home’s occupant leaves.”
translates into savings of up to $450 per year.
The I-SAVE project was awarded a grant to participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s P3 competition for college teams to design solutions for a sustainable future. The goal of the EPA program is to help students
benefit people, promote prosperity and protect the planet. The I-SAVE project was
Research has shown that consumers waste almost 41 percent of the power supplied to their homes. A team of UNL engineering students is working to reduce the energy consumption. To learn more about I-SAVE, watch the video at engineering.unl.edu/ movies/i-save.
presented and judged among 53 P3 teams and appeared in this year’s National Sustainable Building Expo. P3 was also promoted by Planet Forward, a partnership with PBS that included programming for Earth Day 2011. An interview with Alahmad aired on PBS’ Nightly Business Report. Working at The Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, the I-SAVE project attracted participation beyond The Durham School, including UNL computer engineering student Xue Yi Wang who
Members of Nebraska Engineering’s I-SAVE team stand with their prototype energy monitoring device. From left to right are Evans Sordiashie, Hosen Hasna, Xueyi Wang, Tim Wisnieski, Mahmoud Alahmad, Wisam Nader, Sean Bergstedt, and Caitlin Brow. COLLEGES | Fall 2011 | 27
Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
Internship Program Helps Students Discover Career Possibilities in the Arts By Kathe Andersen
“As a nonprofit organization we are very reliant on the help of
A new arts internship program, created with funding from the
Jazz Ensemble 1.
Jazz Program Wins Awards The School of Music has won two awards in DownBeat’s Student Music Awards. The Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Associate Professor Paul
Hixson-Lied Endowment, is giving Hixson-Lied College of Fine
for classes and accomplish preparations for special events, among
and Performing Arts students valuable service-learning experience
other things,” she said. “Within the gallery internship, students can
at local arts organizations.
gain knowledge of a broad range of information from how to set
“The internships were built around not having the students do or make art, but to be involved in the community in some way that supports and promotes art,” said Hixson-Lied Dean Emeritus
up artwork in an exhibition, to artists’ relations and how to assist customers in the purchase of artworks.” Severin, who is from Cortland, Neb., worked at the Angels
Giacomo Oliva. “We have so many good opportunities for them
Theatre Company, where she helped create marketing materials,
in town, in terms of galleries and museums, theatre companies, the
conducted research, attended rehearsals and helped organize infor-
Lincoln Arts Council and the Meadowlark.
mation to prepare for an administrative transition.
Six interns were hired in the spring to work at the following
Haar, won Undergraduate College
local arts organizations:
Outstanding Performance honors in the
• Mel Severin, senior with dual majors in studio art and advertising,
large jazz ensemble category.
Angels Theatre Company
Undergraduate student Karl Lyden
interns and volunteers to prepare for monthly exhibitions, prepare
“I enjoyed every minute of it,” she said. “I learned about nonprofit organizations and how difficult they can be to run and
manage. It was a great way to apply my skills to a real-life job.” Angels Theatre Company Director Judith K. Hart said hav-
• Caitlin Donohoe, senior art history and criticism major, Lincoln Arts
ing an organizational intern was “definitely a gift” for the theatre
Council (Economic Impact Study Project)
company. “The Angels Theatre Company has no formal office, so I
• Corinne Wardian, May 2011 graduate with dual majors in art history
think Mel learned a lot about non-traditional not for profits. Our
and criticism and international studies, Lincoln Arts Council
theatre company puts women at the center of everything it does,
(Public Art Survey Project)
which seemed to resonate with Mel, and she got to know many of
Magazine Student Music Awards is an
• Abigail Lien, senior art major, LUX Center for the Arts (Education)
our theatre company members.”
esteemed competition for students to
• Toan Vuong, senior studio art major, LUX Center for the Arts (Gallery)
showcase their talent and be recognized
• Jennifer Hord, senior art major, Meadowlark Music Festival
was named the Undergraduate College Winner for Original Composition Orchestrated Work for his composition, “Downside Up.” The 34th Annual DownBeat
for their musical skills. Judging criteria is
“The idea is to help our students in the college find ways to
based on musicianship, creativity, impro-
participate in the arts through activities outside of what you might
visation, technique, sound quality and
be able to learn in the
Students applied for these internships and had a faculty sponsor. The minimum requirements were a major in the HixsonLied College of Fine and Performing Arts with at least sophomore standing, a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in their major
some of the biggest schools of music
community and to make a
in the nation. I am extremely proud of
career out of the arts,” said
“Education, while you’re in college, is more than just a series of courses and passing of juries and exams and all of that. That’s all important, but how do you connect all of that with what your life is going to be like as a member of the community and as an artist in that community?”
these students and the faculty who have
Lindsay Carr Bartlett, Arts
helped mentor them.”
Outreach Coordinator for
– Dean Emeritus Giacomo Oliva
balance, excitement and authority. “DownBeat is known as the ‘Jazz Bible’ in the jazz idiom, and these awards are very prestigious,” Haar said. “Our students were submitted against programs from coast to coast, including
The Downbeat awards are not the only recent accomplishment for the jazz program in the School of Music. The UNL Jazz Orchestra was named the Outstanding College Group at the Kansas University Jazz Festival in March. In addition, sophomore Mike Grimm won the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra Young Artist Competition this spring.
classroom, looking beyond being a band director, looking beyond being an actor. It’s a way to look at how to engage with the
the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. Vuong, who is from Omaha, Neb., worked as a gallery intern
and a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Bartlett and representatives from the arts organizations interviewed finalists, and the arts organizations then selected their interns. Oliva said the internships show students the
bigger picture of what it means to be an artist. “Education, while you’re in college, is more than just a series
at LUX Center for the Arts. He said the experience was invaluable.
of courses and passing of juries and exams and all of that,” he said.
“Overall it was one of the best experiences I had throughout my
“That’s all important, but how do you connect all of that with what
college career because I felt like I was living up to my ambitions
your life is going to be like as a member of the community and as
and putting my interests to good use,” he said. “It would be my
an artist in that community? And if a student, as a result of that,
dream job to work in that type of setting one of these days.”
comes out and then decides to volunteer their time or gets a job
His supervisor at LUX Gallery, Director Stephanie Leach Ven-
doing that, that’s a greater perk.”
detti, said the internship program was valuable to both the students and the arts organizations. 28 | GoodNUz | COLLEGES
College of Journalism and Mass Communications
Broadcasting Students Make CoJMC History With Hearst Finish Big Ten, be ready. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s broadcast journalism students are winners. For the first time in history, the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications (CoJMC) had two broadcast journalism students competing in the 51st Hearst Journalism Awards national competition, often called the Pulitzers of college journalism. Not only did they compete, one student placed second in television
About the 51st Hearst Journalism Awards Competition
news and another placed third in radio news in two divisions of the Intercollegiate Broadcast News competition. In another milestone, the College of Journalism and Mass Communications placed first in broadcast news and will receive a $10,000 check. In addition, the college finished sixth in the writing
Judges reviewed 1,160 student
competition and seventh in photojournalism. There are 112 accredited journalism programs eligible to com-
photojournalism, radio and television
story through that ambiance and sound.”
broadcast news and multimedia during
Ultimately, Hilligoss said he was happy with his work.
pete for the awards. Wade Hilligoss placed first in the “best use of radio” category,
“I think I got third in the championship because my piece was
earning a $3,000 scholarship, and finished third in radio news,
different. I tried hard to find the news peg with AT&T Park. I had
which came with a $1,000 scholarship. Brandi Kruse placed second
to work to keep it from slipping into a pure feature, which could
in television news, winning a $4,000 scholarship. The college will
have been easy given the nature of the assignment.” Kruse, now a reporter for 97.3 KIRO-FM News in Seattle,
receive matching grants. “Those wins helped lead the college to a second-place finish overall,” said Gary Kebbel, dean of the college. Hilligoss, a senior from Lincoln, and Kruse, a December 2010 graduate, were among 27 students to compete in the championships in San Francisco from June 6-9. The story assignment for both radio and television finalists was to find a story that reflected the “greening of San Francisco, representing its dedication to livability and sustainability.” Hilligoss chose to focus
Wash., was one of the few contestants to compete in the Hearst awards program two consecutive years. these words of wisdom: “Always do the unexpected. Think about the most obvious way
– Brandi Kruse
of approaching a story and turn it on its head, but don’t forget to take a step back and ask yourself, ‘Why am I telling this story? What will the viewer come away with?’” Hilligoss, who was ner-
trying any kind of journalism competition, said he had help from a
television story, Kruse talked to a variety of San Franciscans about
few UNL professors along the way but he credits two in particular:
All contestants received their assignments in the morning and were given until the end of the day to complete them. Hilligoss said
Kate O’Brian, Senior VP, ABC News; Ursula Reutin, Managing Editor, News Anchor, News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM; and Fred Young, Former Senior VP, News, Hearst Television Inc. The Hearst Journalism Awards pices of accredited schools of the Mass Communication and funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. It consists of six monthly writing competitions, three photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions and two multimedia competitions, with championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.
vous in the beginning about
recycling efforts by the San Francisco Giants baseball team. For her
in the nation in just a few years was realistic.
The broadcast news judges were:
Association of Schools of Journalism and
ronmental initiatives and
whether they thought their city’s goal to become the “greenest” city
the 2010-11 school year.
Program is conducted under the aus-
Reflecting on her experiences, Kruse offered future contestants
“I wouldn’t have been at the Hearst Awards had it not been for the CoJMC and all the great experiences I had during my time there. I am always truly proud to represent the university and to show everyone what people in Lincoln are capable of.”
his radio report on envi-
entries in 14 competitions in writing,
“Barney McCoy helped me hone my skills as a reporter, and he taught me how to make use of natural sound. Rick Alloway has helped me learn how to edit and perform on radio.” Kruse added, “I wouldn’t have been at the Hearst Awards had it
he had to wait until late in the day before he could get an interview
not been for the CoJMC and all the great experiences I had during
with the Giants, so he used that free time to collect natural sound at
my time there. I am always truly proud to represent the university
and to show everyone what people in Lincoln are capable of.”
“I would say that as a radio contestant, natural sound is a huge thing,” Hilligoss said. “The judges love for you to take them to the
COLLEGES | Fall 2011 | 29
College of Law
Lepard Leads Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Another group of faculty is interested in international women’s
By Alan Frank Professor Brian Lepard teaches tax and business planning courses at the College of Law, as well as courses like the Interna-
to co-teach a course on rebuilding societies that have experienced
mix, but not to Lepard. In fact, for him “the human rights interest
conflict. The course would be aimed primarily at practitioners, gov-
ernment officials and others who work in countries trying to rebuild
It is, therefore, most appropriate that Lepard has been named partment, of UNL’s Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and The program is named for Dr. David Forsythe of the Political
The 2011 Nebraska Law Alumni 2011, in Lincoln. There will be a number of opportunities to connect with faculty, former classmates and other alumni. In addition, several classes celebrating milestone reunion years will be recog-
their basic institutions. Lepard sees the program as building on the existing joint degree program the Law College has with the Political Science Department. “My hope is that we can formalize a concentrated program
Reunion is scheduled for Sept. 16-17,
The program is conducting discussions with the United Nations
tional Human Rights Law Seminar. That might seem like a strange
co-director, along with Dr. Ari Kohen of the Political Science De-
Calling All Law Alumni
Science Department, whose family made a generous donation to the
of study on human rights and humanitarian affairs, which would involve students taking Law College courses and other courses across the university,” he said.
program. Forsythe is one of the world’s foremost authorities on the Interna-
Lepard is also working on estab-
tional Committee of the Red Cross
lishing an extern program on human
and its work around the world. He has
rights and humanitarian affairs in which
written extensively about the protection
students can participate in human rights
of human rights and human dignity in
projects around the world. Lepard said
that the Forsythe Family Program has received a challenge grant and is looking
The naming of the program was recognized with a reception last fall
for donors who would like to support
1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976,
and featured a talk by Professor Samuel
these and other initiatives of the pro-
1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and
Totten of the University of Arkansas on
gram. Law College alumni can make a
“The Darfur Genocide: Antecedents,
donation at nufoundation.org.
nized at the reunion dinner, including:
For more information, or to register, visit the College of Law’s website: law.unl.edu/alumni/reunion.shtml. We hope to see you there!
Lepard brings to the program an
Atrocities, Accountability.” A few days later, Lepard gave a lecture, “Rescuing
extensive background in human rights.
Human Rights: The Impact of Global-
He studied international law and orga-
ization on International Human Rights
nization at Princeton University in the
Law,” that he dedicated to Forsythe.
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
Although newly named, the
International Affairs. Upon graduation
program has existed for more than
he worked with the Baha’i International
Community United Nations Office as a
a decade. It began when a group of faculty members who were interested in human right issues received a grant from the Ford Foundation for the study of human rights and human diversity. Lepard and Law College professor Anna Shavers were among that group. Among the speakers the program attracted
While at the UN, he discovered that virtually all the diplomats there who worked in the human rights field had law degrees. “So even though I swore I would never go to law school, I
to Lincoln were Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mary Robinson,
reluctantly began to rethink my plans,” Lepard said. “Around the
former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
same time, I met an international tax lawyer, and we had lunch
That funding ran out, but the program is enjoying a rebirth with the help of the Forsythe family. One issue of particular interest to the program is transitional justice, which Lepard describes as “the problem of rebuilding societies that have been traumatized by conflict, including rebuilding their justice system and their core social systems and bringing to justice individuals who have committed gross violations of the laws of war or genocide.” 30 | GoodNUz | COLLEGES
human rights specialist.
together at the UN, and he told me what he did, and it started to really intrigue me.” At Yale Law School, Lepard took as many human rights and international law courses and as many tax courses as he could. “I was hopeful that somehow I’d find a way to combine these interests and, lo and behold, teaching turned out to be the way.”
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