Football interview - Iowa
Ronnie Green talks about student-athlete success in academics. Ronnie also talks about recognizing high school student achievement in the greater Omaha area and making scholarship offers to all students attending the event. Ronnie also talks about recognizing achievement of high-performing first-year students at Nebraska.
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[00:00:01.570]We welcome you back, Countdown to Kickoff here
[00:00:03.110]on the Oscar Sports Network,
[00:00:04.240]heading to an 11:05 kick today
[00:00:06.030]for the season finale for the Big Red as they take on
[00:00:08.601]the Iowa Hawkeyes.
[00:00:10.350]And we are sitting down as we do each and every week
[00:00:12.360]with the Chancellor of University Nebraska Lincoln,
[00:00:15.780]Happy Thanksgiving, hope you had the chance
[00:00:17.174]to consume some bird yesterday.
[00:00:20.060]We sure did, like I think everybody's on the post-day
[00:00:23.970]of Thanksgiving, and givin' thanks for all the blessings
[00:00:26.940]we have everyday in our life.
[00:00:29.400]It's a great time of year, and great to be here
[00:00:31.980]for football game today.
[00:00:33.450]Absolutely, you received some really good academic news
[00:00:36.520]regarding Husker student athletes about a week ago.
[00:00:39.860]What can you tell our audience?
[00:00:41.380]Well you know we're very, very proud
[00:00:43.070]of our student athletes across the board
[00:00:45.860]and what they do on the field and the arena,
[00:00:48.950]in their sports, but we're also very very proud
[00:00:51.340]of the academic success of our student athletes as a whole.
[00:00:55.200]We often say it's the best place to be a student athlete
[00:00:58.100]in the country and we believe that,
[00:00:59.720]and we've continued to see excellence and growth
[00:01:04.740]in our graduation success rate
[00:01:06.660]that's calculated across all of our sports
[00:01:08.920]and this was a special year because
[00:01:11.640]after seeing six consecutive years of growth in our GSR,
[00:01:16.330]the goal had been to break the 90% threshold,
[00:01:19.330]and we broke it this year.
[00:01:20.730]So I know all of our Husker athletics folks
[00:01:24.110]are very excited about that,
[00:01:25.170]the University's very excited about it.
[00:01:28.110]So we're now in that upper tier
[00:01:30.000]of the Big Ten in our academic success,
[00:01:33.500]so we have nine of our sports who had a perfect 100% GSR,
[00:01:38.360]which is something to be celebrated,
[00:01:40.030]including women's basketball, women's gymnastics,
[00:01:42.670]rifle, soccer, softball, women's tennis,
[00:01:45.880]volleyball, men's gymnastics, and men's tennis,
[00:01:48.810]and we have three teams that over the last 14 years
[00:01:52.440]since the GSR has been calculated,
[00:01:54.620]have achieved a perfect score every year.
[00:01:57.430]Our women's basketball program, our women's tennis program,
[00:02:01.650]and our volleyball program's all are in that elite category.
[00:02:05.430]So just really great to see Nebraska continue to be leader
[00:02:08.900]in the classroom as well as on the field and in the arena.
[00:02:12.100]No doubt, well sticking with subject student achievement
[00:02:14.450]I hear you hit the road this past weekend to help recognize
[00:02:17.450]the achievements of some Nebraska high school students
[00:02:20.050]and extend the offer of scholarships.
[00:02:21.570]How many students were involved in this?
[00:02:23.450]Well we had a big day this past Sunday in Omaha,
[00:02:27.210]at the CHS Center there in Omaha.
[00:02:30.730]This is the fifteenth year that we've had
[00:02:32.980]a Nebraska achievement reception
[00:02:35.500]for students across the greater Omaha area.
[00:02:38.080]All of the high schools across greater Omaha.
[00:02:41.080]Man this was a really big one,
[00:02:42.730]so we talked about, I know Amber Williams,
[00:02:45.680]our director of enrollment and management for the university
[00:02:50.110]started this when she came here 16 years ago.
[00:02:53.680]And she talked about how there were a couple 100 people
[00:02:55.950]that were involved in that first one 15 years ago,
[00:02:59.250]about 100 students and some of their families.
[00:03:02.660]On Sunday we had 1,700 people at the CHS Center,
[00:03:07.400]from all across, pretty much every high school
[00:03:09.680]in the greater Omaha area, 550 students,
[00:03:13.360]and their families and educators,
[00:03:16.070]recognizing their academic achievements.
[00:03:17.980]So these are all seniors, currently seniors,
[00:03:21.160]finishing their secondary education,
[00:03:25.843]coming to higher education in the coming year in 2019.
[00:03:30.370]So we recognize them and made a scholarship offer
[00:03:33.600]to each and every one of them.
[00:03:35.670]About half of those students first generation students,
[00:03:38.217]and their families to be able to go to college,
[00:03:41.020]or look at going to college,
[00:03:43.200]they all received scholarship offers of $1,000 or more
[00:03:47.340]to come to UNL in the fall.
[00:03:49.110]And then the other half, students who have families
[00:03:51.500]that have been in involved in higher education,
[00:03:54.780]also received scholarship offers,
[00:03:56.630]so it was really cool to be able to shake their hands
[00:04:00.070]and to meet them, and to see the huge talent
[00:04:03.120]that will be coming to University and what we think will
[00:04:05.700]be our biggest entering class ever in our 140 year history
[00:04:09.820]when they come here next fall.
[00:04:10.990]Ah, that's exciting, really fun to hear about that.
[00:04:12.960]You know one of the great benefits
[00:04:15.800]of joining the Big Ten Conference was being able
[00:04:17.700]to be named a Big Ten university which I think is now
[00:04:20.160]helping you attract students
[00:04:21.330]from across the country as well, right?
[00:04:24.792]We continue to see growth in our enrollment overall.
[00:04:29.180]For students from Nebraska and in students
[00:04:31.820]that are coming to us from all over the world.
[00:04:33.500]You know we, this year almost 26,000 students at UNL,
[00:04:38.680]the biggest out of state enrollment we've ever had
[00:04:41.760]in our history so overall, of our undergraduate
[00:04:44.220]and graduate students we're about two thirds in state
[00:04:46.850]Nebraska students coming to us from all over the state.
[00:04:49.660]And about a third from all over the world.
[00:04:51.570]Literally every state in the US,
[00:04:53.290]136 countries around the world represented on our campus.
[00:04:57.770]This year our growth in out of state students,
[00:05:01.550]another 5% almost growth in our
[00:05:03.720]out of state student population.
[00:05:05.990]From Pennsylvania and Texas and California and Tennessee,
[00:05:08.790]really across the board.
[00:05:10.320]And another thing we had this past week
[00:05:13.760]is we recognized students in our freshman class,
[00:05:17.220]so those who started with us this semester,
[00:05:19.910]who were that near perfect, or perfect ACT scores
[00:05:24.710]in their entrance, National Merit finalists, academically.
[00:05:29.330]We have 65 of those students on our campus this fall,
[00:05:33.100]and that number continues to grow,
[00:05:35.470]It was in the 40's a year ago,
[00:05:38.040]so seeing that level of not only where they're,
[00:05:40.630]the students are coming from,
[00:05:42.270]but for that level of talent all across
[00:05:44.870]our campus is really exciting.
[00:05:46.451]Oh that's fantastic.
[00:05:47.284]Well we certainly have enjoyed sitting down with you
[00:05:48.960]each week during the football season,
[00:05:50.870]we'll visit a few times during basketball,
[00:05:52.780]but cannot believe final exams aren't too far away at all
[00:05:56.110]once the kids get back on campus on Monday.
[00:05:57.880]Yeah when you hit the Thanksgiving time frame, right,
[00:06:00.606]it almost seems early, right,
[00:06:02.360]for us to have celebrated Thanksgiving this week,
[00:06:04.760]and then you're looking right down the pipe
[00:06:06.590]at the end of the semester
[00:06:07.930]for students coming back next week,
[00:06:10.420]to finish up their course work while working toward
[00:06:12.500]that December 15th graduation for many of our students.
[00:06:17.480]It's been a great year and we're looking forward
[00:06:19.470]to a great 2019 around the corner.
[00:06:22.150]Our 150th anniversary here of the University,
[00:06:24.930]big year for us so Happy Thanksgiving
[00:06:28.200]to everyone this weekend.
[00:06:30.250]Ronnie Green with us here on Countdown to Kickoff.
[00:06:32.250]Matt Kotney's back with the Big Ten Blitz, that's next.
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