Football interview - Purdue
Ronnie Green talks about strong starts to the season by the volleyball and soccer teams and the special meaning of homecoming. Ronnie also talks about the celebration of service event this past week, in which faculty and staff are recognized for their of service to the university.
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[00:00:02.150]Another kick off here on the Huskers Sports Network.
[00:00:03.900]Again, we're headed to a 2:40 kick today
[00:00:05.313]between the Huskers and the Purdue Boilermaker
[00:00:08.020]and we are joined, as we are each and every week
[00:00:10.220]by the champs of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln,
[00:00:12.140]Ronnie Green, can't believe this month is almost over.
[00:00:14.750]It's flown by, but there's been some good things
[00:00:17.810]going on with the athletic department,
[00:00:19.240]particularly in some of our female sports.
[00:00:20.850]Oh, absolutely, Greg.
[00:00:22.100]You know, it's hard to believe we're out here
[00:00:23.460]at the end of September already.
[00:00:24.810]The trees are changing, leaves,
[00:00:26.330]I was noticing this week in town.
[00:00:29.230]Lots happening, oour volleyball team is having a great
[00:00:31.729]level of success in the top five,
[00:00:34.070]and with only one loss on the season
[00:00:36.470]to the national championship rematch from last year.
[00:00:40.530]Our soccer team's at the top of the conference currently,
[00:00:43.210]and doing really well, including pulling in late at night
[00:00:45.640]here recently due to a rain delay.
[00:00:49.420]Purdue is coming in this week, obviously,
[00:00:51.270]with a big win last week against Boston College
[00:00:54.200]and I know our team is really hungry to win today,
[00:00:57.570]and we're looking forward hopefully to a great day for them.
[00:01:01.110]Not ideal that we started the year off
[00:01:03.380]with that lightning storm
[00:01:05.370]that we had the weekend of the Akron game.
[00:01:07.660]Good to see that we've got a rescheduled game
[00:01:09.730]now in October, we're looking forward to it.
[00:01:12.680]Looking forward to a great day of football.
[00:01:14.350]We are playing Purdue today.
[00:01:15.270]If memory serves, last year, I think, you went to Purdue
[00:01:17.640]and you spoke or did something before we played them.
[00:01:20.430]Hey, you got a pretty good memory, Greg!
[00:01:23.240]Yeah, actually, we were there last year speaking,
[00:01:27.330]giving lectures on campus the day before the game
[00:01:30.840]in West Lafayette, and a chance to visit with a lot of our
[00:01:34.720]colleagues there at Purdue, and we got a lot of our
[00:01:36.610]colleagues from there here with us today.
[00:01:39.440]In fact, I've got the former provost of Purdue,
[00:01:41.920]a good friend, who's a Nebraskan.
[00:01:43.550]His name's Vick Blecktenberg,
[00:01:45.800]grew up in Butte County, Nebraska,
[00:01:47.460]and he's back to cheer on both teams today.
[00:01:50.200]Fantastic, well, it has been homecoming week.
[00:01:52.100]That's a special time on our campus, isn't it?
[00:01:54.470]Absolutely, you know, big tradition.
[00:01:56.641]We've had for a long, long time,
[00:01:59.660]we celebrate homecoming along with all of our over 200,000
[00:02:03.210]living alumni all over the world.
[00:02:06.270]Not all of them get to come back, right,
[00:02:08.620]but they tap in, in various ways.
[00:02:11.660]You know, we've got alumni in Shanghai, China
[00:02:14.360]and in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Berlin, Germany,
[00:02:16.833]Istanbul, Turkey, tapping in,
[00:02:19.270]watching the games with us all around the world.
[00:02:23.700]We have a lot of activities that lead into homecoming.
[00:02:26.724]I was walking down campus earlier this week
[00:02:29.990]and you heard the hammers going and the stereos pumping
[00:02:33.771]as the students were making the displays for homecoming
[00:02:37.940]and getting ready for the parade that we had last night.
[00:02:40.710]And the homecoming court of course, a highlight of the game.
[00:02:44.450]So it's a real meaningful experience to our alums,
[00:02:47.910]and great to be at homecoming this week.
[00:02:50.210]Some of my favorite memories are from homecoming week
[00:02:51.703]when I was back as a student.
[00:02:53.200]Now I know you regard another event from this week
[00:02:55.140]as a very special one.
[00:02:56.300]The celebration of service for university faculty and staff.
[00:03:00.050]What's that all about?
[00:03:00.980]Yeah, so, we have 6,117 employees at UNL.
[00:03:05.650]A lot of dedicated servants
[00:03:07.860]to our campus, faculty and staff.
[00:03:10.570]Many who have been here for a long time with us.
[00:03:14.340]So every year we pause, at the beginning of the school year
[00:03:17.770]in this first month, to recognize folks who have been
[00:03:22.130]with us five years, 10 years, 15 years,
[00:03:24.430]on five-year increments of service.
[00:03:26.920]And we kinda culminate that with a ceremony
[00:03:30.900]where we recognize those longest-serving members
[00:03:35.300]of our faculty and staff.
[00:03:36.530]We had that on Tuesday this past week,
[00:03:38.310]our celebration of service.
[00:03:39.910]And we recognize a group who have been here
[00:03:42.140]45 years with the university.
[00:03:44.970]We recognized five people who have been here 50 years
[00:03:48.890]as members of the faculty and staff.
[00:03:52.470]Alan Peterson in mathematics, Ed Becker in philosophy,
[00:03:56.660]Roger Bruening in educational psychology,
[00:04:00.900]and Brett Rattcliff in entomology,
[00:04:04.360]and Jackie Wilkin in sports medicine in Husker athletics.
[00:04:09.060]Can you imagine?
[00:04:09.893]50 years serving the University of Nebraska.
[00:04:13.560]We're really proud of that, proud of the employees
[00:04:15.970]that we have on all three of our campuses here in Lincoln.
[00:04:18.630]City Campus, East Campus, Innovation Campus,
[00:04:21.030]and all 93 counties spread from end to end
[00:04:23.550]in the state of Nebraska.
[00:04:24.730]So a great time celebrating and thanking our people
[00:04:27.590]for their service to the University of Nebraska.
[00:04:29.930]They're the backbone of any university,
[00:04:31.890]and to a man or woman,
[00:04:33.670]I know they love being around the students.
[00:04:35.810]It's what keeps them probably going everyday.
[00:04:37.650]That's absolutely right.
[00:04:38.700]And meeting the mission that we serve every day
[00:04:40.840]for the people of the state of Nebraska,
[00:04:43.360]as the state's flagship university,
[00:04:45.550]I'm very proud of our people.
[00:04:47.020]And good game today, we're looking forward to, go Big Red.
[00:04:50.190]Let's get a win, right?
[00:04:51.150]Absolutely, absolutely, looking forward to it.
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