Football interview - Minnesota
Ronnie Green talks about the excitement building for men's and women's basketball with scrimmages coming up allowing fans to get a preview of the teams. Ronnie also talks about the university's role in a partnership with Grand Island Public Schools in a new program to support student preparation for higher education.
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[00:00:01.510]Welcome back, Countdown to Kickoff here
[00:00:02.600]in the Husker Sports Network today the Huskers host
[00:00:05.100]the Golden Gophers of Minnesota, joined now
[00:00:07.480]by University of Nebraska-Lincoln chancellor Ronnie Green.
[00:00:10.200]I can't believe, we just finished up fall break
[00:00:12.410]earlier this week, this thing is flying by.
[00:00:14.740]Does it go as quick to you?
[00:00:15.930]Oh it sure is, I mean,
[00:00:17.260]the semester's half over already,
[00:00:18.780]we're halfway through the fall,
[00:00:20.216]and I don't know if we're gonna have fall
[00:00:22.410]or whether we missed fall.
[00:00:23.310]You know, it's snowin' the last week, it's kinda hard
[00:00:25.759]to figure out which season we're actually in, but, yeah
[00:00:29.720]our students got a little bit of break this week.
[00:00:32.490]They're back and charged at it again.
[00:00:34.860]Good for them, and then good luck on the back half
[00:00:36.630]of the semester for all those students.
[00:00:38.470]Well coming up in the next couple days,
[00:00:40.340]fans are gonna get a chance to see our basketball teams.
[00:00:42.710]Both our men's and women's teams with the exhibitions
[00:00:45.710]and just kinda open practices at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
[00:00:48.780]And people are excited about this!
[00:00:49.820]What's your look out for this?
[00:00:50.990]Oh, absolutely, and as we approach November
[00:00:53.950]you know you start thinking about Basketball season.
[00:00:56.220]And we got a exciting basketball season coming up.
[00:00:58.940]We thinking both our men's and our women's teams,
[00:01:01.260]Coach Miles and Coach Williams are all
[00:01:02.960]excited to get on the floor.
[00:01:04.860]And I know our fans are as well.
[00:01:06.570]We got scrimmages coming up this next week.
[00:01:09.780]You get a look at both of those teams in action,
[00:01:12.790]and see 'em in PBA.
[00:01:14.673]We're very, very fortunate here.
[00:01:17.490]We always talk about great Husker nation is , but you know
[00:01:20.300]we're in the top end of basketball attendance
[00:01:23.040]in the United States in the great arena that we have at PBA.
[00:01:26.650]And I know folks are real excited to see
[00:01:28.510]the teams both get on the floor here in the next week.
[00:01:30.840]Yeah fantastic, the men have sold out,
[00:01:32.220]the women are way ahead of their ticket sales
[00:01:33.940]from a year ago, so folks are certainly excited.
[00:01:36.090]We talk each and every week about the impact that the
[00:01:38.080]university chancellor has on Nebraskans across the state.
[00:01:42.120]Another great example of that was announced earlier
[00:01:44.460]this week out in Grand Island with a new federal
[00:01:46.530]grant to improve student education outcomes.
[00:01:49.190]How is the university involved in this?
[00:01:51.870]Well, this is a really big deal.
[00:01:53.060]I was very pleased to have the opportunity
[00:01:56.530]to be up first of this past week.
[00:01:59.040]With the long, big group of partners,
[00:02:02.700]with the Grand Island public schools and a new federal grant
[00:02:05.720]that was just awarded to the Grand Island public schools.
[00:02:08.607]$6 million through the department of education
[00:02:11.620]for what's called a GEARUP Grant.
[00:02:13.568]GEARUP is an acronym meaning Gaining Early Awareness
[00:02:17.910]and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.
[00:02:19.930]So it's all about getting students in the K-12 system
[00:02:24.380]ready for college, ready for higher education,
[00:02:27.100]to be successful going on with their education.
[00:02:31.190]We're a part of that grant project that is a six
[00:02:34.640]year grant, total of $13.7 million.
[00:02:38.267]$6 million from the federal government
[00:02:40.090]and matching funds from a number of partners,
[00:02:42.570]including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:02:44.670]And Central Community College out in that area
[00:02:47.300]of the state and Grand Island.
[00:02:49.090]That will offer a way for students to have what
[00:02:52.170]we're thinking of is three hundred and sixty degree
[00:02:54.423]full round them support, during the first
[00:02:57.750]year as students go from high school in to college.
[00:03:02.750]Very unique, it's the first one of one of these
[00:03:04.890]grants ever awarded to a system in Nebraska,
[00:03:07.840]so very exciting to be a part of that.
[00:03:10.320]And it will involve over a thousand
[00:03:13.350]students in the Grand Island public school
[00:03:15.540]system in the sixth and seventh grades.
[00:03:17.720]So every student that is a sixth and seventh grader
[00:03:20.910]this coming year will be involved in this effort.
[00:03:24.710]They'll work with those students all the way through their
[00:03:27.360]high school period of time, including at the university,
[00:03:31.520]tagging onto what we've already had for a long time
[00:03:34.430]here with the Nebraska College Preparatory Academy.
[00:03:37.230]Grand Island Senior High was the first
[00:03:38.970]high school involved in that with us 12 years ago.
[00:03:42.990]So we've been doing this on a smaller scale
[00:03:45.820]with students in that high school since 2006.
[00:03:49.010]Now it will be with that whole cohort,
[00:03:51.300]of sixth and seventh graders.
[00:03:52.880]Very excited about it, very excited about the partners
[00:03:55.530]that are involved in it, very excited about a summer
[00:03:58.410]bridging program that students will have here at UNL.
[00:04:02.160]And their families will have at UNL to help
[00:04:04.820]them navigate the higher end landscape.
[00:04:07.400]Special relationship between the university
[00:04:08.990]and Grand Island then, that community.
[00:04:10.590]Yeah, absolutely, and being the university for the state,
[00:04:14.580]you know, I shared with the folks there earlier in the week
[00:04:18.800]on Grand Island that we currently have 450 students
[00:04:22.800]at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:04:24.680]who are from Grand Island,
[00:04:25.920]from Hall County and Grand Island.
[00:04:27.940]About 400 undergrads and about 50 students studying
[00:04:31.040]for advanced degrees from that part of our state.
[00:04:33.930]And so to see something like this,
[00:04:36.330]where we know the opportunities that are ahead
[00:04:39.990]for students and access to higher education,
[00:04:42.560]and the need for that higher education,
[00:04:45.360]is real exciting to see and congratulate
[00:04:47.930]the Grand Island schools and all of the partners
[00:04:50.870]involved in this, including industry
[00:04:53.180]and economic development and government,
[00:04:56.180]and the university as well.
[00:04:57.450]It's very exciting to be part of.
[00:04:59.400]Well with the state fair out there a lot of UNL
[00:05:01.850]exhibits are usually set up in the state fair.
[00:05:03.500]Great to see you, let's get a win today,
[00:05:04.960]does that sound alright to you?
[00:05:06.100]Oh absolutely, we've got our friends
[00:05:08.700]from Minnesota in town.
[00:05:10.430]We love our Minnesota fans and our Minnesota friends,
[00:05:13.760]but, you know, we wanna win too, so, go Big Red!
[00:05:17.550]Ronnie Green with us here on Countdown to Kickoff.
[00:05:19.900]Matt Cody's back with our big ten blitz,
[00:05:21.970]that's coming up next.
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