Celebration of Service 2019
Chancellor Ronnie Green leads a university-wide Celebration of Service, honoring nearly 1,000 faculty and staff, on Sept. 18, 2019.
“Our community is one of 6,500 faculty and staff who work hard every day to deliver on our mission of enthusiasm and heart,” Green said. “This event is an opportunity to celebrate the talent and dedication of our people.”
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[00:00:05.430](Machine generated captions) Imagine the bravado the courage, the creativity and the outright grit that our founders had to have
[00:00:17.040]to establish a
[00:00:17.960]university in 1869.
[00:00:28.410]This year 2019 marks the 150 year anniversary of the University of Nebraska and what an incredible opportunity to reflect on all the amazing things that have happened in that time frame.
[00:01:11.910]I Pete Ricketts governor of the State of Nebraska do hereby proclaim to University of Nebraska charter week
[00:02:16.020]is no place like
[00:02:18.900]dear old Nebraska.
[00:02:32.460]Good morning everyone before these fine young musicians get too far away Let's have another round of applause for the university's first steel drum band Nebraska Steel.
[00:02:46.440]Under the direction of Dr. Dave Hall, Nebraska steel is comprised of graduate and undergraduate percussion majors in the Glenn Korff School of Music and the Hixson Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts and they are truly a fine ensemble. Good morning. My name
[00:03:00.060]is Rick Alloway. I'm an associate professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. And it's my great pleasure again to join you for our 2019 celebration of service. I am honored to be able to spend some time with the people who make the university a great university and to reflect for a few moments on your years of service. Just think one year ago, we were barely a month into the 2018 2019 school year, one year ago and eager group of freshmen were settling into their dormitories and other class schedules. One year ago, faculty members were making their first assignments of the new semester and staff members were busy keeping all the offices and systems on campus humming and the new school year, while administrators were already starting long range planning for the following year. One year ago, the Husker football team at a new head coach Scott frost returned to campus though his first home game was a rainout. We were getting ready to welcome journalist and author john Meacham to the lead
[00:04:00.000]Center as the first speaker of the 2018 2019 EN Thompson forum series. We were mourning the recent losses of Aretha Franklin and john mccain. confirmation hearings for the nomination of bread Kavanagh's, the US Supreme Court were at times contentious. While here on campus planning was wrapping up for a year of celebration, honoring the 150th anniversary of the university's founding. And the UL honors program had a new home, but still had a director named Patrice one year ago. Sometimes it seems like things never change. And yet a lot has happened on our campus. And in our lives during the past 12 months a year sounds like a long time, but it goes by very quickly. And then another one does and another. And before we know it, we've invested a large portion of our lives in our jobs. Well, it's that investment that we come together today to recognize and to celebrate and to honor, because the university is a collection of wonderful people. Sure, there are a lot of great buildings that you and l and we define much of the campus by location, right, we say, Oh, that's across from the stadium, or that's the building east of the Student Union. But while this year's graduates will remember lots of things about the physical setting of their college education, they've been influenced most not by the structures, but by the people within those structures, the faculty and the staff who made a difference in their lives. So that brings us back to today's celebration. And there's a certain amount of irony in the fact that while the university community is in constant flux, as seniors and graduate students move on and freshmen take their place, we're supposed to move people through here. Today, we honor those folks who have not moved on, but who have stayed instead. And we're all the better for the fact that you have stayed here at UL, long term employees provide continuity, consistency and context to a campus that is otherwise largely defined by constant change. You provide a collective memory of how we got to where we are the history, if you will, of UL. So it seems appropriate on these occasions as we honor employees who have served us well from five to 50 years, that I might perhaps put your service record into some sort of historical context to remember the way we were. So let's start our little journey down short term memory lane with a look just a few years back as we honor those among us who are celebrating their five year employment anniversaries this year. 2014 seemingly not that far in the past. It was a big year for technology and media. Several companies launched their own versions of the smartwatch, major television networks and now streaming services as more and more viewers look to become cord cutters, and Amazon considered using drones to deliver your packages. Online. The battle for net neutrality was heating up and we learned about some new software programs like back off heart bleed, shell shock and poodle. Those words fun ways to watch cat videos. They were programs that hackers used to exploit holes and internet security protocols. The explosion and social media sites caught the attention of ISIS as well which use their various social platforms to showcase the group's gruesome acts of brutality, forcing some serious discussions about free expression. It was a busy year for ISIS. The group took control of several major cities in Iraq and posted videos of beheadings including that of American James Foley. The largest outbreak ever recorded of the Ebola virus caused over 6000 deaths in parts of Africa. And also mark the first case of the disease reported and the first death in the United States. The University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha started providing revolutionary new treatments to Ebola patients. The Black Lives Matter movement sought to bring attention to the strained relationship between the African American community and law enforcement agencies. The 22nd Olympic Games took place in Sochi, Russia, and people recording video of themselves being drenched with ice water raised $115 million for ALS research through the ice bucket challenge. The number of taxi rides dropped 65% because of the advent of ride sharing services like Uber, several more states legalize same sex marriage and Colorado became the first state in the Union to legalize recreational marijuana, perhaps sparking a resurgence of interest in john Denver song Rocky Mountain High. It was the year we lost Philip Seymour Hoffman Harold Ramis, Shirley Temple, Mickey Rooney, Pete Seeger, Maya Angelou, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, Joan Rivers and Joe Cocker on campus here in School of Rock or among their shows playing at the LEAD Center for the venues. 25th anniversary Jerry Seinfeld, Paula pound stone and foreigner also graced the stage that year. UNL management major Quaid Edwards was one of 21 contestants to receive a golden ticket to the Hollywood auditions of American Idol. Students return to campus for the spring semester to find lots of renovations underway in both the Nebraska Union and the Rec Center. A UL study showed that higher education does not drive students away from their faith, particularly during finals week. Apparently, university spent much of the year searching for a new president of the system ultimately selecting Hank bounds. A shorter search led to the hiring in December of a new Husker football coach named Mike Riley, a realistic replica of the world's largest snake Titanic Boa, an ancient creature some 48 feet long weighing up to 2500 pounds settled in for an eight month exhibit and moral Hall. Hopefully not feeling nearly as ancient our first group of honored University employees settled in on campus that same year let's have our five year employees stand so we can recognize you for your service and offer our congratulations.
[00:10:03.390]In 2009, something seemed very familiar Israeli forces battle Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, and some things seem very new Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice elsewhere in the courts that your General Motors filed for bankruptcy. Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in jail for his role in a Ponzi scheme, causing the late Robin Williams to quit made off was the name Not a clue. And Illinois governor Rob Blagojevich was removed from office and banned from ever holding public office in that state again, that your several international airports began using full body scanners that could see through travelers clothing. Perhaps Cleveland's Metro Park Zoo should have made use of that same technology a routine physical exam of a 400 pound female tortoise that had come to the zoo in 1955 revealed that she was actually here. We lost some familiar voices in 2009. Guitar virtuoso Les Paul, also the King of Pop Michael Jackson, and TVs Walter Cronkite and radios Paul Harvey and Ted Kennedy former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara televangelist Oral Roberts, and funny man soupy sales. Another funny guy Jay Leno ended his 17 year run as host of The Tonight Show or so Conan O'Brien thought. here on campus delete center celebrated 20 years of great performances on the football field a boy named su earned honors as the 2009 Associated Press college football player of the year. It's a big year for technology work was underway on the new Innovation Campus. $8 million for the National Institutes of Health helped expand the ken Morrison Life Sciences Research Center, and the US Department of Energy grant funded innovative nanotechnology research. Another important investment that year was the hiring of a group of innovative employees who today are celebrating 10 years of service to you and now let's have our 10 year honoree stand and be recognized with our congratulations
[00:12:15.210]2004 was a year of troubling headlines in Spain. 10 bombs exploded on commuter trains in Madrid during rush hour, killing 202 people and injuring thousands. A massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra caused tsunami waves to hit the coast of a dozen Asian and East African countries that killed over 140,000 people. The war in Iraq headed into its second year and caused a major rift between the United States and France. Over the French decision to stay away from the conflict. French fries became freedom fries, bottles of French wine ended up down the sewer. President George W. Bush won reelection and appointed Nebraska Governor Mike Joe hands as a secretary of agriculture. Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty that nine felony counts and was eventually acquitted. Another courtroom a jury found Martha Stewart guilty of four counts of obstruction of justice. She was sentenced to time behind bars where she kept yourself busy folding intricate designs and the towels of the prison laundry. The World War Two Memorial opened in Washington DC while closer to home it was another dry year for Nebraska farms. And when the storms did come they were often violent, like the one that sent a tornado ripping through Hallam. It was the year we lost Ronald Reagan, Yasser Arafat, Marlon Brando, Ray Charles, Julia Child, and Superman, Christopher Reeve. And it was the year we gained a new president of the University of Nebraska system, JB Milliken, who replaced Dell Dennis Smith, and we had a new head football coach as the bill Callahan era started. The UL police at new digs at 17th and our street and students had new end cards and new ID numbers as the campus switched away from using social security information. UNL held his first dance marathon to benefit the children Miracle Network and the moratorium of a different kind or a marathon marathon I should say have a different kind began for our first group of next group of honored employees are celebrating their 15 year service anniversaries today. Let's have all of our 15 year employees stand and let us thank you for your service. Congratulations.
[00:14:26.820]The single most burning question on the minds of everyone in 1999 was when exactly did the new millennium begin? Would it be 2000 was a 2001? A lot of time was spent on that one Oh, and where we all ready for y2k. Remember that 1999 was the year the name of a school would come to represent terror when the Columbine shootings claimed 15 lives in the name of a woman Monica would come to represent scandal in the White House. President Clinton faced impeachment over that affair. Michael Jordan retired after 13 years with the Chicago Bulls. JOHN F. Kennedy Jr. was killed in a plane crash King Hussein of Jordan died of cancer at 63 we lost movie director Stanley Kubrick movie critic Gene Siskel and movie legend George see Scott, things were looking up on campus in 1999 first year, enrollment was up to seven up 7.1% CPA launched a new program in business ethics and society and the College of Journalism and Mass Communications was planning for a move to a new building. Internet to was up and running, greatly expanding the reach of that series of tubes. In town the city council discussed widening the street and expanding the F street recreation center the state of Nebraska turned 132 and celebrated with new license plates described by one as ugly enough that dogs stopped Chasing Cars. It was the year the FDA approved Celebrex to treat arthritis. The development that no doubt met with an enthusiasm by our talented group of employees celebrating 20 years of hard work and dedication to the university. Let's have all of our 20 year employees stand up and let us thank you for your service.
[00:16:19.440]In 1994, the University welcome the new president when l Dennis Smith took the reins from Martin Masson Gail in March, President Smith inherited a system that was already thriving. Unlike the startup program that new women's soccer coach john Walker would begin building that year. It was a big year for the big screens as Husker vision was unveiled at Memorial Stadium and soon we'd all get shivers when the tunnel walk music started. In the fall of that year, Star Tran began offering free bus service to UL students, faculty and staff and the advent of a dial up registration system enroll meant the long lines at the registration counters now students could hear I'm sorry that class is closed from the comfort of their own homes. Nationally 1994 brought some surprises. 47 year old George Foreman beat 27 year old Michael Moore for the World Heavyweight title oj simpson surrender to police after the nationally televised low speed chase and Michael Jackson Marie Presley tied the knot was the year the world series was cancelled when major league players went on strike over salary caps. And in 1994, a new group of university employees not concerned about salary caps joined the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Let's have our 25 year colleague stand and let us recognize you for your service. Congratulations.
[00:17:45.110]In 1989, the University was again undergoing a change in the presidency. You can tell a pattern here with the departure of Raul Ruskin's on the City Campus the lead singer for the Performing Arts hosted its grand opening with an impressive array of showbiz talent. across campus to the north hoofers of a slightly different variety enjoyed another grand opening of the new Campus Recreation Center. So big year for huge headlines the fall of the wall between East and West Berlin the massacre in Tiananmen Square, the massive earthquake that rock Northern California, the oil from the world's largest tanker spilled and followed over 500 square miles of waterways. George Bush became the 41st president in a year, the time and Warner Communications merged into the world's largest media and entertainment conglomerate, the year when Pete Rose was charged for betting on baseball, when Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Chrissy ever retired from sports. And when 42nd Street closed on Broadway, while Batman unfurled his wings in the theaters 89 was the year we lost Lucille Ball Sugar Ray Robinson, Gilda Radner, Laurence Olivier, Irving Berlin and Betty Davis. It was the year Dick Clark retired from American Bandstand after spending 33 years as a teenager, you could buy a loaf of bread for 60 cents Make sense? wash it down with a two liter of pop for a buck 51. And it was the year that minimum wage got his first boost since 1981, skyrocketing to $4 and 65 cents an hour. Happy to be making at least a little more than that with a group of new university employees who joined our system in 1989. Let's have them stand now as we salute their 30 years of service with our congratulations.
[00:19:34.140]In 1984, the NU Foundation began a major fun drive that would pay for building the new lead singer noted Husker fan mad Mike recorded his first single which feature those classics Big Red fever attack, and I love being a Husker. Another singer, you might have heard that that's something that same year is 26 year old Michael Jackson had the best selling album in the world with thriller. Skateboarding was suddenly hot again and new words have begun to sneak into Nebraskans vocabulary, strange words like cross training and facts and share where it was a tough year around the world news reports of the famine in Ethiopia is done to us all. A chemical factory storage tank leaked at least 2000 killed at least 2000 people in Bhopal, India and scientists warned us about the threat of global warming while in Washington DC. Scientists announced they had identified the virus they believe caused AIDS. Carl Lewis was the star of the 84 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Though the Russians and most of their allies stayed home. President Ronald Reagan was handily reelected to a second term while Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguards. And there was plenty of good news and good help to be found at the University of Nebraska that here today we honor those employees celebrating 35 years of service. Please stand and let us thank you for your dedication with our congratulations.
[00:21:08.360]1979 was the year in which true life seemed as scary as science fiction. on the big screen Sigourney Weaver slugged it out with a creepy silvery monster an alien. in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania real life accident the nuclear power plant on Three Mile Island had the world holding its breath. Scientists were hard at work that year in the UK engineers invented the catalytic converter to reduce automobile pollution. While in the US scientists came up with the first pin with truly erasable ink a boon in classrooms at UML and elsewhere. Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister in 1979. Well, Mother Teresa of Calcutta won the Nobel Peace Prize. heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali hung up his gloves. All that Spry spinach eat and sailor Popeye barely felt his 50th birthday. If you had money to buy in 1979 the top seller worldwide was a puzzle of small brightly colored squares called Rubik's Cube. If you had a lot of money to burn, the first edition Sony Walkman could be yours for only 165 bucks. The air cushion sneaker was invented that year soon to be worn by a newly hired coach at UML freshman football coach Frank solace. And it was 40 years ago this year that our next fine group of university employees earn their first paychecks at UNL. Please stand and let us recognize your 40 years of service to the university.
[00:22:45.510]We will now honor our longest serving members of our university community and we'll ask Chancellor Ronnie green to come to the stage he'll be assisted in the distribution of awards by Marci Newman and Kelly white from human services. University employees serving 45 years we'd like to ask you to make your way to the stage instructed by the ushers to receive your award and have your photo taken with Chancellor green. By the time our 45 year employees joined the UL workforce in 74. Almost every product in America had begun to carry a bunch of tiny little lines called barcode and link in the impact of inflation cause some people would never considered it before to turn to the city secondhand stores for less expensive clothes. Several UNL students that year chose to go without clothes completely as streaking became popular for a while at least until the first freeze. In December of 1974. At the request of the UL women's Action Group, the English Department announced plans to offer courses in women's studies starting the following year, and words and expressions like aerobics chauvinist pig laid back and junk food were beginning to be heard on campus, while some students began wearing innovative new athletic shoes from a new startup called Nike. The Summer of 74 Hank Aaron Brooke Babe Ruth long held home run record while Richard Nixon was forced out of office over the Watergate scandal. Paul Newman and Robert Redford one seven Oscars for the sting, while scientists warned of another more permanent sting that Flora chlorofluorocarbons were causing in the ozone layer. Car airbags were introduced that inflated the snap of a bumper while Henry Winkler's character, the Fonz, again turning on the jukebox with a snap of his fingers on happy days. And in 1974, the first personal computer the Altair 800 was launched in the US, nobody really thought it would go anywhere. But we're glad that our 45 year old UNL or 45 year UNL employees chose not to go anywhere either are honored to have several of them with us this morning. And as I introduce each one will ask them to come forward and receive their award and have their photograph taken with Chancellor green we begin with Dr. can do a professor of geography.
[00:25:08.910]Next, Sharon hospital South Central ag research lab.
[00:25:30.780]Charlene Henninger University TV
[00:25:48.900]ginger Mills from Animal Science. Congratulations.
[00:26:08.460]Dr. Gordon Scholz, Professor of community and Regional Planning
[00:26:25.470]Sandra sterkel from agricultural economics.
[00:26:54.600]Dr. David Wishart, Professor of geography
[00:27:14.220]and a very special recognition for our own Herbie Husker from athletics.
[00:27:29.460]Kirby was created by artist Dirk West and first appeared on the cover of the Huskers media guide in 1974. And soon after, became the university's official mascot.
[00:27:46.410]We have some 45 year recipients who were unable to be with us but we'd like to recognize them. Dr. Charles and Sorgi from educational psychology Josephine for two to from the College of Law and Patricia Smith from payroll services. Let's get them all of our 45 year recipients a round of applause.
[00:28:10.380]Now we'd like to invite our 50 Year award recipients to come forward to the stage as we celebrate your careers which started in 1969, which might be forever summed up most memorably by those triumphant words. That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and into history. He would later be joined on the lunar surface by Buzz Aldrin, while the Forgotten third crewman Michael Collins drove around the block so to speak back up on the command module. Another more earthly threesome made news that your to Bert Ernie and Big Bird showed up on TVs and Lincoln for the first time as Sesame Street was launched. Barbra Streisand while the slightly older audiences and the hit Music Hello Dolly. While The Inbetweeners had their own interactive musical a three day peace and Rock Festival on Maxie Edgar's farm in New York, Woodstock would spawn a movie soundtrack, several rock careers and Wavy Gravy announcing to the crowd that what we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000 other 1969 achievements, Brazilian soccer star Pele scored his 1,000th goal. The supersonic jet Concorde one broke the sound barrier and the Boeing 747 jumbo jet became the largest and heaviest aircraft. Gold in my era became the leader of Israel Durward be woody Varner became the leader of the University of Nebraska, replacing Secretary of Agriculture Clifford harden, as the University of Nebraska turned 100. It was the year of the Maxi skirts and the start of Maxie contributions to the University of Nebraska by our group of new faculty and staff celebrating their 50 years service anniversaries today. We're pleased some of them could join us this morning to let us recognize them. As we introduce each one by name, please come forward and receive your 50 year recognition from Chancellor green. We begin with Michael Subic from Husker genetics.
[00:30:31.650]George corner from the University of Nebraska State Museum.
[00:30:48.510]Dr. Lawrence Parker's Professor of Chemistry.
[00:31:08.160]And Dr. James Steadman, Professor of plant pathology.
[00:31:29.970]Let's congratulate these amazing colleagues for their service.
[00:31:39.210]And at this point, Chancellor green has a few questions for these colleagues about their 50 years of employment at the university.
[00:31:48.030]Can you all imagine 50 years of time, in one position, give these folks a big round of applause.
[00:32:00.690]Last year, we started asking our 50 year servants a few questions about kind of what the university was like and what they've seen happen. So these three have agreed to do that with us this morning. So I'm going to start with Jim Stedman. Jim has been in plant pathology and the Institute of Ag and natural resources, the world's leading department in that arena for all those years. And it's seen a lot of change in the university. What's the one thing that you would point to that you're proud of stuff in your scholarship in those 50 years?
[00:32:36.060]I think working with all of the people, we have a Grammy or to culture and playing paths are all in one building. And people have worked together. And that includes a faculty and includes students and includes those that work in those labs as technicians. And I think that that has been to me, the most impressive thing that I've had to work with is all these people pull that we're always helping.
[00:33:02.970]Let's thank Jim Stedman for 50 years. So
[00:33:10.740]Richard likes to go by George understands with George, you've been at the museum, and you've been a collections lead there for 35 years of those 50 years. We all know elephant Hall and we all think about the State Museum. What a treasure that is for Nebraska and for the world. How How have you seen that evolve? over your 35 years? How much change Have you seen? Oh gosh,
[00:33:33.900]there's been a lot of change just in the exhibits throughout the throughout the years. Elephant Hall is as remarkably thank goodness stayed pretty much the same, which is what I'm really proud of too. If you want to just go and contemplate the world just go and sit on the bench in the middle of moral Hall and, and just look at the look at the proper city and skeletons.
[00:33:59.130]Ski Georgia round of applause 50 years of service to Nebraska State. And Professor Larry Parker's Department of Chemistry a longtime scholar and the department in arts and sciences, Larry Hamilton Hall bears a kind of a transformed chemistry over that period of years as well. And chemistry What do like Jim, what would you point to as the the thing that you really are proud of as an accomplishment and scholarly contribution to the field of chemistry?
[00:34:32.340]Well, of course, I when I came, I looked out and saw Hamilton Hall being built, we hadn't moved into it yet. And instead I was given one of the most prestigious labs in Avery. It was room one in the basement I shared with my grows, it had marble walls, and was the old men's room.
[00:34:56.850]We do things efficiently at Nebraska. Yes.
[00:35:00.000]And 10 of us were crowded together doing research and one of the most productive times because we were looking forward to moving into Hamilton. And that finally happened the next year.
[00:35:12.840]Let's give Larry a big round of applause Dr. Lawrence Park Park flowers Parker's
[00:35:31.290]you know, I don't know about you. But when you sit and you listen to Rick Galloway, the voice of kr and you we all appreciate Rick so much 34 years himself, his service to the University of Nebraska. But it begins to date you doesn't it? As you sit and you listen through that kind of five year news reel of things that happened in the five years and sort of the 10 years hence, both locally and nationally. You know, I have to say I'm now to the point where I remember it all. So some of you in the room will relate to that hearing Michael Jackson's Thriller, my favorite piece of music, Rick, thanks for mentioning that. Let's give Rick a big round of applause and our token of appreciation.
[00:36:25.770]You know, we're a big institution. And we have a big mission, a big mission of transforming the lives of the students who are here on this campus, the students who come to us for their education, whether that's undergraduate education, whether that's graduate education or professional degrees that we serve, the mission that we have in research and the contributions and scholarship and creative activity and bettering our world, through those innovations that come out of our research our engagement with this state, as a land grant university, you saw the the video at the beginning, celebrating our hundred and 50 years of service to this state. It's kind of fitting that we're in this building today. And there was some intent on that, in having our celebration of service this year in this Coliseum. Anybody can can tell when this was built. know the history here. When the 50 year people were recognized a few minutes ago, in 1969. This building posted the President of the United States. This building hosted Bobby Kennedy, who spoke from this platform behind me I've heard people tell the stories about that history. And about it's that that history. RR Coliseum as we know it today was started in 1924, which was the year after Memorial Stadium was actually opened. In honor of world war one it was finished in 1926. This building 435,000 to construct this building that we've used over that, you know, over that long period of time hands, you know, you heard us talking about $85 million new engineering building, put those in context, the difference in those dollars over that period of time. We talked about in our new strategic plan that will be launching this coming year that this is a place where every person and every interaction matter. And I want to thank each of you, there are over 1000 people who are recognized this year in our service awards, thousand 55, to be exact. And over that period of time of the service and the commitment of the faculty and the staff that we honor with those awards today. That's over 15,000 total years of service to this institution. I want to thank you from the bottom of our heart, because everything you do here does matter. Every life you touch here, matters. That doesn't matter whether you're a faculty member in a classroom or ally up. It doesn't matter whether you're a staff member, from our business services side through our auxiliary side through our accounting side through our landscape services, through the taking good care of our facilities and the plant that we have here. Every person and every interaction matter at this institution. And thank you for your contributions to excellence of the University of Nebraska Lincoln a big round of applause for everyone that's being recognized for their service to our institution. Now, I want to especially point to two groups of people. You heard Rick mention in his mark his remarks over those five year time intervals of people who were lost in that particular year. A lot of them cultural icons or leaders in the in the world that were lost during that time period, when He also mentioned people that were brought on, I want to just take a moment to pause this year because over the last 45 days, we have lost four faculty members from our campus who were iconic at the University of Nebraska in so many ways like all of our 2200 faculty or but in this last period of time, it's not lost on me that we have lost four icons here on our campus. They include David Swanson, who was our Director of the Holland Computing Center, who we lost in a tragic automobile accident in the late part of the summer. They include Mary Bomberger Brown, a renowned ornithologists and faculty member in our School of Natural Resources. They include Michael combs, long time prominent faculty member in political science, and our College of Arts and Sciences. And they include more. More recently we've lost four prominent faculty members, Tony storehouse Xeros in physics, who last year, you will remember was a 45 year recipient of the Service Awards here at the university. So just a moment of silence to remember all of those people that we have lost, including these four from our faculty this past year.
[00:41:35.520]And as well, we've welcomed a lot of new people to our to our faculty and staff this year 150 new faculty 400, over 400 new staff to our ranks, and we welcome them, and we look forward to great years of service ahead. Thank you for what you do for the University of Nebraska, it is a great time to be here at the University. I'm going to close was just reiterating another line of words that's on one of our buildings. I talked about 1924 and 26. And this facility, and I mentioned 1923 and Memorial Stadium, you know the words that are on the west side of Memorial Stadium. Everybody kind of recognizes that that line of words that are printed. That statement that was made by hardly Alexander who was a philosophy student here at the University of Nebraska in the 1920s. He made those words come to live, where he said, it's not the victory but the action. It's not the game, the goal but the game, in the deed, the glory, it's in your deeds every day, that makes this university a great place. And we thank you for it. Go big red.
[00:43:01.460]Don't fall asleep.
[00:43:05.960]waking up at six 630 every morning,
[00:43:08.690]music push through the drill.
[00:43:10.170]We don't have that grid. You'll give up
[00:43:17.070]need to engage problems and ways to help people that's really rewarding.
[00:43:27.600]a hard year I did a 14 month intensive program.
[00:43:32.610]They take pride in their work, whatever it takes to make.
[00:43:38.640]Live it breathe it, think it.
[00:43:43.590]To me What makes Nebraska special is the people humble, but competitive.
[00:43:51.870]I know the campus I know the climate. And the world strives for
[00:43:58.590]setbacks and challenges. But this sister doesn't give up.
[00:44:04.800]Graduation services staff are passionate about the work that they do.
[00:44:15.540]On a complex project, sometimes we have to go back to the drawing board. But we work hard and we get it done.
[00:44:26.460]And they all have great
[00:44:32.520]anything's possible if you put your mind to
[00:44:36.930]what I'm doing is really making a difference. So I just kept going.
[00:44:42.720]And I tell my students it
[00:44:53.310]gives me more joy to see a student really being successful, that Nebraska the intensity with which we challenge each other matches the goodwill in which we look out
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