Women's basketball interview vs. Michigan State
Ronnie Green talks about the winter sports season winding down and a few remaining opportunities to watch teams in Lincoln. He also talks about how Charter Week was an activity-filled opportunity to celebrate 150 years of the university impacting the state of Nebraska.
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[00:00:01.440]Matt Cody with you.
[00:00:02.360]We're at halftime, Michigan State.
[00:00:04.070]We are talking with Chancellor Ronnie Green,
[00:00:06.170]and, Chancellor, always nice to have you with us
[00:00:08.700]as we're wrapping up
[00:00:10.020]this third weekend in February,
[00:00:11.670]and getting to that point in the year
[00:00:12.660]where the opportunities to catch Husker
[00:00:14.850]women's winter sports
[00:00:16.400]team's week are dwindling.
[00:00:17.477][Chancellor Ronnie Green] Yeah, it's
[00:00:19.079]kind of hard to believe the women's team season's
[00:00:19.912]coming down to a close here pretty soon.
[00:00:22.390]We've got senior night a week from tomorrow
[00:00:24.430]coming up for our women's team.
[00:00:26.020]And it's kind of hard to believe
[00:00:27.810]that the year is already passin'
[00:00:29.200]by this fast but we got lots goin' on,
[00:00:33.123]with women's gymnastics
[00:00:34.290]that are competing in the Devaney Center twice more,
[00:00:37.056]both on March the 2nd and the 16th.
[00:00:40.167]Another chance to see our perennial
[00:00:42.150]women's bowling team,
[00:00:43.170]our powerhouse bowlers,
[00:00:45.000]the weekend of March 1st through the 3rd
[00:00:47.350]for the Big Red Invitational,
[00:00:48.890]and so lots goin' on.
[00:00:49.990]You can always check huskers.com
[00:00:51.660]for the activities that are going on
[00:00:53.860]with all of our teams in their seasons.
[00:00:55.620]Oh absolutely, well.
[00:00:56.639]This past week was a big one
[00:00:59.213]in case anyone missed it,
[00:01:00.580]on Friday the 15th,
[00:01:02.700]the University of Nebraska celebrated
[00:01:04.240]the 150th anniversary of Charter Day,
[00:01:07.460]when the university was created back in 1869.
[00:01:10.679]What did this week mean to you
[00:01:12.840]and really everyone on campus?
[00:01:14.400]Well, it's a big deal.
[00:01:15.410]A hundred and fifty years is a long time
[00:01:17.780]in anybody's book and there's been
[00:01:19.250]a huge amount of impact over those fifteen
[00:01:21.490]decades of the state's university,
[00:01:23.510]that was founded here on
[00:01:25.470]February the 15th 1869.
[00:01:27.780]So, just a couple a days ago.
[00:01:30.120]We technically celebrated that 150th
[00:01:34.420]and we had a huge week
[00:01:35.680]surrounding that birthday party.
[00:01:38.180]Lots of activities on the campus,
[00:01:40.350]and across the state,
[00:01:41.870]uh with an outpouring of Husker spirit
[00:01:44.260]like we saw on Thursday,
[00:01:45.520]when we lit the state up red.
[00:01:46.967]And it was called Glow Big Red.
[00:01:49.480]We had open houses on the campus
[00:01:51.450]on the birthday date itself on Friday,
[00:01:54.430]both on city and East Campus
[00:01:56.520]where we had opportunity
[00:01:58.200]for both leaders of the university
[00:02:00.197]and the public and our students
[00:02:01.910]and our alums to visit,
[00:02:04.230]and then we had a big event
[00:02:07.010]on our Music and Milestones celebration
[00:02:09.510]of our faculty with music
[00:02:11.711]and with readings
[00:02:13.300]and with dance
[00:02:14.770]that celebrated the history
[00:02:16.540]of the university and the performance
[00:02:19.015]at the League Center that was
[00:02:20.530]really phenomenal and an awesome opportunity
[00:02:23.143]to see all of that talent,
[00:02:26.150]and you know we had the opportunity
[00:02:28.860]to open a new part of the
[00:02:30.100]Nebraska State Museum so Moral Hall,
[00:02:32.470]Elfin Hall, as everyone like to refer to it.
[00:02:35.930]We've been at work for
[00:02:37.100]the last several years
[00:02:38.560]renovating the fourth floor of that building
[00:02:40.930]that opened officially this week.
[00:02:44.270]On Valentine's night,
[00:02:45.580]they had a big celebration
[00:02:46.840]of the new Cherish Nebraska exhibit
[00:02:49.010]that's significantly expands
[00:02:51.622]the insight into our state,
[00:02:54.410]the insight into this really special
[00:02:56.060]place of Nebraska and the geology
[00:02:58.280]and the water and the animal
[00:03:00.170]and wildlife species that are part
[00:03:02.550]of that new exhibit.
[00:03:03.570]So just a tremendous, exciting week
[00:03:06.510]celebrating that Charter anniversary
[00:03:08.610]and the kickoff again
[00:03:09.900]of our 150th anniversary year in 2019.
[00:03:12.540]Ah, just so many exciting things.
[00:03:14.310]I was gonna ask,
[00:03:15.670]what else is on the calendar
[00:03:17.210]in this big 2019 year of
[00:03:18.616]150 years of the university?
[00:03:20.535]Well, a couple of things
[00:03:21.820]and this were also debuted,
[00:03:24.330]one of them during this past week.
[00:03:26.660]We have a new book that was commissioned
[00:03:29.650]and developed to help us celebrate
[00:03:31.111]the 150th anniversary.
[00:03:32.730]It's called Dear Old Nebraska U,
[00:03:34.980]and it celebrates the history of the university
[00:03:37.740]over these fifteen decades,
[00:03:39.270]in telling the story of 150 objects
[00:03:41.839]that also relate to that longterm
[00:03:45.330]history of the university.
[00:03:47.020]So exciting book that's out there now
[00:03:48.890]that came out this week officially
[00:03:51.520]and people were being able to enjoy that book.
[00:03:54.120]We also have a series of
[00:03:56.490]Chancellor's Lectures, they're called.
[00:03:58.520]We usually do two of these a year,
[00:04:00.210]one in the spring,
[00:04:01.070]and one in the fall.
[00:04:02.380]We've expanded that this year to have 12 of them,
[00:04:05.180]one per month,
[00:04:06.510]that deal with the history
[00:04:08.390]and the impact of the university.
[00:04:09.890]We started our first one in January
[00:04:12.140]with Charlene Barrons,
[00:04:13.280]the retired professor
[00:04:14.470]from our Journalism College,
[00:04:16.560]who gave a lecture on the unicameral,
[00:04:18.560]the Nebraskan unicameral,
[00:04:19.830]and the history of that,
[00:04:20.880]and how that developed
[00:04:21.890]and the success that it's had.
[00:04:23.680]And then this past week,
[00:04:25.160]we had our second one
[00:04:26.650]with Kay Logan Peters,
[00:04:28.310]who is with University Libraries
[00:04:30.290]and is a historian as well,
[00:04:32.480]and she her lecture was around the
[00:04:35.940]and how the campus
[00:04:36.990]has developed from one building
[00:04:38.800]on 11th and S Streets,
[00:04:40.240]what was known as Old University Hall,
[00:04:43.350]and she told that story
[00:04:44.830]of how the buildings have developed
[00:04:46.540]and changed and the architecture
[00:04:47.815]of those buildings,
[00:04:49.031]including what it was like
[00:04:50.690]to be in University Hall
[00:04:51.950]with a virtual reality experience,
[00:04:53.810]of a model,
[00:04:54.643]and actual scale model
[00:04:55.476]that we have of that building
[00:04:57.240]that stood on campus from 1871 to 1943.
[00:05:01.374]So, exciting lectures.
[00:05:03.720]They'll be twelve of those,
[00:05:04.640]ten more to come
[00:05:06.000]during the remainder of the year
[00:05:07.530]that tell the history
[00:05:08.610]of the university and its impact
[00:05:10.600]over these fifteen decades.
[00:05:13.550]Well, always a pleasure talking
[00:05:14.447]to you, Chancellor,
[00:05:15.890]and we hope we can do it again soon.
[00:05:18.760]Absolutely and one thing I forgot to mention,
[00:05:21.010]Matt, we also have a statewide exhibit
[00:05:24.407]that is touring the state
[00:05:27.030]during this year,
[00:05:28.010]and we kicked that off
[00:05:28.890]this past week as well,
[00:05:31.270]that tells in eight panels,
[00:05:33.360]a little bit of the history
[00:05:34.620]and the impact of the university.
[00:05:36.410]That's actually going to the capitol.
[00:05:37.246]It will be in the State Capitol
[00:05:39.050]here in the next couple a weeks.
[00:05:40.880]After its spent this last week
[00:05:42.640]on the campus as part
[00:05:44.220]of our charter week.
[00:05:45.053]So exciting times.
[00:05:46.480]You know, light the state up red
[00:05:47.970]as we did this past week
[00:05:49.190]and we're very excited about our 150th anniversary.
[00:05:51.430]Go Big Red!
[00:05:52.263]Go Big Red!
[00:05:53.096]I'll make sure I'll get over
[00:05:53.929]to the capitol and see that.
[00:05:54.762]That sounds very interesting.
[00:05:56.428]Chancellor Ronnie Green with us
[00:05:58.094]Michigan State and Nebraska.
[00:05:59.170]We'll have more in a few moments.
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