KRVN Chat with the Chancellor
Ronnie Green discusses UNL's fall 2019 enrollment, the university's involvement in the Nebraska State Fair, recent facility announcements for Nebraska Engineering and for Athletics, the search for the next Executive Vice Chancellor and Homecoming.
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[00:00:00.160]Brandon Benitz with the Rural Radio Network
[00:00:01.970]in our weekly Chat with the Chancellor
[00:00:03.790]here in the Fall 2019 semester.
[00:00:06.070]This week, once again,
[00:00:07.040]joined by a special guest,
[00:00:08.240]Dr. Ronnie Green,
[00:00:09.170]the Chancellor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
[00:00:11.860]Chancellor Green, the census headcount numbers
[00:00:14.410]for the NU system
[00:00:15.350]were released a few weeks ago.
[00:00:16.870]What can you tell us about those numbers at UNL?
[00:00:21.130]We were very, very pleased
[00:00:23.080]that our enrollment this fall
[00:00:25.070]kept us in the 25,000 plus category
[00:00:28.090]for the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
[00:00:30.460]But particularly, our freshmen class
[00:00:32.163]is the most academically capable class in our history.
[00:00:35.720]Saw an increase in the average ACT score of our students.
[00:00:39.420]It's also the most diverse freshmen class
[00:00:41.550]that we've ever had,
[00:00:42.590]and we're very pleased about that diverse
[00:00:44.530]in terms of where the students come from,
[00:00:46.510]diverse in terms of ethnic background,
[00:00:49.030]and under represented minority background.
[00:00:50.709]Almost 19% of our freshmen class
[00:00:54.210]is in the under represented minorities group,
[00:00:57.130]and we're very, very pleased about that.
[00:00:59.250]Similar size class to what we had last year.
[00:01:01.743]It's what we expected in our enrollment this fall.
[00:01:04.540]An increase in both resident and non-resident students,
[00:01:08.000]domestic non-resident students,
[00:01:10.120]where we saw a significant change in our enrollment,
[00:01:12.810]which contributed to a slight drop of about 1.9%
[00:01:16.533]from the previous year
[00:01:17.827]within our international enrollment.
[00:01:19.800]We had grown to nearly 12% of our overall enrollment
[00:01:23.210]at the University
[00:01:24.270]coming from 136 countries around the world,
[00:01:27.620]and this year we did see a decline,
[00:01:30.040]kind of across the board,
[00:01:31.500]in international enrollment
[00:01:33.010]both a consequence, we believe,
[00:01:35.040]of more difficulties in obtaining visas
[00:01:38.330]to come and study in the US
[00:01:40.050]under the current political climate
[00:01:41.780]that is out there internationally.
[00:01:43.630]And we saw that
[00:01:44.660]particularly in our first year student enrollment
[00:01:47.330]at the undergraduate level.
[00:01:49.130]We are pleased, though,
[00:01:50.900]when you look at this competitively in the marketplace
[00:01:53.929]compared to our peers and the region
[00:01:56.358]in the states of Iowa,
[00:01:58.100]in the state of Kansas,
[00:01:59.290]and the state of South Dakota, around us,
[00:02:01.630]that our enrollment was the strongest of all of those.
[00:02:05.210]You look across the border to Iowa State,
[00:02:07.530]our sister land grant university, if you will,
[00:02:10.170]in the state of Iowa.
[00:02:11.410]They saw a 5% decline in their enrollment this year,
[00:02:14.570]following a 3% decline last year.
[00:02:17.390]Also experience in the significant decrease
[00:02:19.980]in international enrollment
[00:02:21.390]that I mentioned earlier for us,
[00:02:23.470]and similar levels in South Dakota.
[00:02:25.890]Similar levels in Kansas.
[00:02:27.670]So we're pleased to kinda be punching above our weight,
[00:02:30.770]so to speak,
[00:02:31.603]in terms of the enrollment that we've seen.
[00:02:33.970]Additionally, these last two years,
[00:02:36.560]so we had peak enrollment.
[00:02:38.116]Our record enrollment
[00:02:39.750]was just over 26,000 students in 2017,
[00:02:43.510]and as a consequence of that,
[00:02:45.680]and growth over the previous years prior to that,
[00:02:48.940]we had record graduation numbers the last two years.
[00:02:52.440]So this past academic year,
[00:02:54.520]we graduated nearly 5,800 new graduates of UNL.
[00:02:58.360]About 350 more than our previous historical record
[00:03:02.330]that was the year before,
[00:03:03.890]where we had had about a 200 student increase
[00:03:06.510]prior to our previous record.
[00:03:07.990]So with record graduation numbers
[00:03:10.870]on the one end of the pipeline,
[00:03:12.550]some pressure on international enrollment
[00:03:15.040]on the other side of the pipeline of our students,
[00:03:17.270]we feel really, really pleased
[00:03:19.150]to be at 25,332 students on campus this fall.
[00:03:24.080]And, again, with that most academically capable
[00:03:27.680]and most diverse freshmen class we've ever had.
[00:03:29.780]So feeling pretty good about the student body at UNL.
[00:03:33.440]Actually, was with a very large number of our freshman,
[00:03:36.580]principally, and sophomore classes on campus.
[00:03:39.582]And I just look out at them
[00:03:41.100]and see the potential that they have,
[00:03:43.170]and just could not be prouder of our student body at UNL.
[00:03:46.680]Dr. Green, as a follow-up to that.
[00:03:48.080]At your State of the University address,
[00:03:49.740]back on January 15,
[00:03:51.360]you identified some goals for the university to achieve
[00:03:56.320]One of those,
[00:03:57.153]an enrollment growth,
[00:03:57.986]to nearly 29,000 students,
[00:03:59.960]with an incoming first year class of 6,500.
[00:04:03.070]What are those steps that UNL is taking
[00:04:05.010]to meet those metrics?
[00:04:06.920]Well, Brandon, we do hope for increased enrollment
[00:04:10.360]in the future.
[00:04:11.300]I will tell you that we're tempering our expectations
[00:04:14.960]there a bit
[00:04:15.793]based upon the international changes that we're seeing
[00:04:18.590]nationally in enrollment,
[00:04:19.990]and then the out years ahead
[00:04:21.250]that may impact our ability
[00:04:22.740]to meet those numbers, certainly.
[00:04:24.940]But we are both increasing our recruitment efforts
[00:04:28.440]for students in the state,
[00:04:30.410]as well as outside the state of Nebraska,
[00:04:33.303]and in the international markets,
[00:04:35.810]targeting particularly important partner countries
[00:04:40.090]We're bringing that international enrollment
[00:04:42.160]to the university.
[00:04:43.890]I will say that the competitive marketplace
[00:04:46.920]in enrollment nationally in higher ed,
[00:04:49.140]as I was saying a moment ago
[00:04:50.530]that we're seeing currently,
[00:04:52.300]there is some pressure in the marketplace
[00:04:54.990]for the number of graduates,
[00:04:56.850]the number of high school graduates domestically in the US.
[00:05:00.090]And we certainly know that in Nebraska.
[00:05:01.837]Our number of high school graduates is relatively flat,
[00:05:05.580]so seeing the expectation for increased enrollment,
[00:05:09.130]we know that we're gonna be looking for additional
[00:05:11.480]out-of-state enrollment at the university
[00:05:13.960]to be able to meet that growing enrollment need
[00:05:16.560]that we have ahead of us.
[00:05:17.690]So we're working hard at recruitment,
[00:05:19.630]and hope to benefit from that in the years to come.
[00:05:22.920]Dr. Green, you and I almost literally ran into each other
[00:05:26.420]on the sidewalk the last Sunday at the State Fair,
[00:05:29.060]and then you spent a day,
[00:05:30.040]a couple of days later,
[00:05:30.940]at Husker Harvest Days.
[00:05:32.280]Of course, both the university and the Nebraska State Fair
[00:05:34.750]both celebrated their 150th anniversary this year.
[00:05:37.720]So talk, if you would, about those ways
[00:05:40.410]that UNL is connected with
[00:05:42.420]and contributes to the State Fair,
[00:05:44.590]and then also give us a review
[00:05:46.610]of your day at Husker Harvest Days.
[00:05:48.910]We have had a long and intertwined history
[00:05:52.230]between the University of Nebraska
[00:05:53.543]and the State Fair of Nebraska.
[00:05:55.580]As you said, both of us are celebrating
[00:05:57.967]our 150th anniversaries this year.
[00:06:00.680]So we started in 1869,
[00:06:02.840]and the fair celebrated that in great ways this year.
[00:06:05.840]Even fighting the kind of weather that they had
[00:06:07.980]during the state fair this year,
[00:06:09.406]particularly during that first weekend and week of the fair.
[00:06:13.070]But we've been long time partners,
[00:06:14.880]including when all the years the fair was here in Lincoln.
[00:06:17.850]The campus being intertwined with the state fair,
[00:06:20.640]and that hasn't slowed down at all since
[00:06:23.120]the moving of the state fair to Grand Island in 2010,
[00:06:26.350]and be successful now that they've the run in Grand Island.
[00:06:30.160]We're interconnected in a lot of ways regularly.
[00:06:33.380]The state fair celebrates the success of youth,
[00:06:36.640]as you know, heavily in agriculture in the state.
[00:06:39.725]Our youth development programs in 4H
[00:06:42.385]through Nebraska Extension
[00:06:44.210]as part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:06:46.740]is a powerful force in the state.
[00:06:49.160]We have one of the strongest
[00:06:50.830]4H and Extension programs in the country
[00:06:53.520]here in Nebraska,
[00:06:54.740]where currently one in every three age-eligible youth
[00:06:58.040]across the entire state of Nebraska
[00:06:59.780]are part of 4H.
[00:07:01.010]And in a majority of our counties,
[00:07:03.080]77% of our counties,
[00:07:05.370]that number is one in two
[00:07:07.190]of every age-eligible youth are a part of the 4H program.
[00:07:10.437]So, of course, the fair is a showcase for 4H
[00:07:14.210]throughout its run,
[00:07:15.400]both in terms of exhibition,
[00:07:17.270]on the Ag side, live stock, crops,
[00:07:20.030]in the family and consumer sciences area,
[00:07:22.660]in nutrition, in stem fields,
[00:07:24.647]as well science, technology,
[00:07:26.580]engineering and mathematics.
[00:07:28.420]So, 4H certainly is a big part of our relationship
[00:07:31.590]with the fair.
[00:07:32.720]Over 10,000 4H exhibits were there this past year.
[00:07:36.393]2,500 exhibitors from every county
[00:07:39.000]from across the state.
[00:07:40.450]With our 150th anniversaries being coincidental this year,
[00:07:43.950]we also did a number of very special things.
[00:07:46.190]You mentioned when I ran into you at the fair,
[00:07:48.710]was involved with some of those.
[00:07:50.830]The N150 exhibit, traveling exhibit,
[00:07:53.990]that we've had across the state this year,
[00:07:55.970]that speaks to the history of the university
[00:07:58.330]was there during the fair for its run.
[00:08:01.690]We also had a number of special events.
[00:08:04.270]There was a special N150 lecture
[00:08:06.310]that was held during the fair
[00:08:07.710]in the Raising Nebraska exhibit there
[00:08:10.140]having to do with the history of college football, actually,
[00:08:12.750]which also is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year
[00:08:16.750]in that sport.
[00:08:18.060]129 years of that
[00:08:20.270]here at the University of Nebraska, as well.
[00:08:23.350]There was a pep rally associated with the N150.
[00:08:26.560]Our Corn Husker Marching Band traveled to the fair
[00:08:29.640]on that Sunday of Labor Day weekend,
[00:08:31.960]to have a parade and a celebration of Husker spirit
[00:08:35.830]during the fair.
[00:08:36.663]That was a really special moment.
[00:08:38.105]And then during Husker Harvest Days,
[00:08:40.180]just a week or so later,
[00:08:41.600]I was also out in Grand Island
[00:08:43.670]with the governor
[00:08:44.640]talking about some of the trade issues
[00:08:46.650]that are currently front and center
[00:08:48.730]for so much of our state,
[00:08:50.200]and for the agricultural industry, in particular.
[00:08:52.820]The university was able to engage, of course,
[00:08:55.190]with agriculture through our exhibits
[00:08:57.190]at Husker Harvest Days.
[00:08:58.230]So at the fair
[00:08:59.180]and Husker Harvest Days,
[00:09:00.270]that kind of three week period, if you will,
[00:09:02.330]four week period of the year;
[00:09:04.320]always an important one for the university,
[00:09:06.560]and a very special one this year
[00:09:07.990]relative to the fair
[00:09:09.470]and us both celebrating our 150th anniversary.
[00:09:13.010]Brandon Benitz with the Rural Radio Network
[00:09:14.857]and a special edition of Chat with the Chancellor this week.
[00:09:17.718]Talking with special guest, Dr. Ronnie Green,
[00:09:20.350]the Chancellor at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
[00:09:23.300]Chancellor, back on September 16,
[00:09:25.230]the Chairman and CEO of Peter Kiewit Sons, Incorporated
[00:09:28.060]joined you to announce their support
[00:09:29.720]of a significant expansion of Nebraska engineering.
[00:09:32.580]A $20 million commitment as a contribution
[00:09:35.490]to an estimated $85 million engineering facility
[00:09:38.390]planned for Lincoln.
[00:09:40.060]Then this past Friday,
[00:09:41.500]the university announced a major expansion
[00:09:43.300]of its athletic facilities.
[00:09:44.820]Tell us more about the Kiewit gift,
[00:09:47.490]both of these new facilities on campus,
[00:09:50.310]and how both benefit the university itself.
[00:09:54.263]I can't remember a time in the university's history,
[00:09:56.700]certainly in my nine years I've been back at UNL,
[00:10:00.480]and as I screen through the 150 year
[00:10:02.595]history of the institution,
[00:10:04.750]where there was a bigger couple of weeks
[00:10:06.600]than we've had at UNL
[00:10:08.150]over the past couple,
[00:10:09.600]where announcements of and planning for
[00:10:13.320]the level of investment,
[00:10:15.960]and facilities to support our students,
[00:10:18.200]our academic programs,
[00:10:19.480]and athletic programs has happened.
[00:10:21.230]And it's very, very exciting for us.
[00:10:23.900]A total of $525 million in investment
[00:10:27.710]in the UNL campus, broadly.
[00:10:30.000]That is either just opened,
[00:10:32.100]like our new Carson Center
[00:10:33.380]for the Emerging Media Arts
[00:10:34.580]that just opened last month here on campus,
[00:10:37.358]through to 2023,
[00:10:40.030]when all of these facilities that will be completed.
[00:10:42.670]A total of $357 million of investment
[00:10:45.990]on the academic side of the institution,
[00:10:48.400]including the large engineering project you mentioned.
[00:10:51.410]And a $155 million investment
[00:10:54.019]in new athletics expansion
[00:10:56.520]that we announced last Friday with Husker Athletics
[00:10:59.270]for a new football training facility,
[00:11:01.590]as well as new training table.
[00:11:03.220]And academics facilities
[00:11:05.140]for all of our student athletes on the campus.
[00:11:07.930]So very, very exciting there.
[00:11:10.010]The athletic facility
[00:11:11.490]will be a 350,000 square foot facility, as I mentioned,
[00:11:15.120]for football training.
[00:11:16.500]It's a all-inclusive for the Husker football program,
[00:11:19.940]to be attached to the northeast corner of Memorial Stadium
[00:11:23.240]on the current side of the Weir Track and Field facility
[00:11:27.423]Will open into the campus itself,
[00:11:30.110]connecting the athletic programs
[00:11:31.960]to the academic programs directly across the campus.
[00:11:35.810]And as I mentioned,
[00:11:37.310]a big portion of that facility will be the training table
[00:11:40.440]for nutrition purposes of all of our student athletes
[00:11:43.430]and our academic (mumble) facility, as well.
[00:11:46.470]So a very exciting announcement there.
[00:11:49.100]To be supported $100 million of that privately,
[00:11:52.340]from private fundraising in support of our student athletes.
[00:11:56.260]And then on engineering,
[00:11:58.160]we're in the midst of a $160 million expansion
[00:12:01.580]of the Nebraska College of Engineering
[00:12:03.350]here at the university.
[00:12:04.691]This is the sole Engineering College
[00:12:07.070]for the State of Nebraska,
[00:12:08.550]with facilities here on UNL's campus,
[00:12:11.580]as well as at UNO and the Peter Kiewit Institute,
[00:12:14.870]and the 2+2 program at UNK
[00:12:17.270]that is now part of the College of Engineering, as well.
[00:12:20.900]The expansion is to grow the College of Engineering
[00:12:24.210]from about 3,300 students to
[00:12:26.830]we're hoping in excess of 6,000 students
[00:12:29.570]over the next six, seven year time period,
[00:12:31.930]and a significant investment
[00:12:33.610]both in faculty and in facilities.
[00:12:36.610]The expansion of facilities includes two phases.
[00:12:40.300]The first phase is a reconstruction
[00:12:43.230]of the Scott Engineering Center
[00:12:45.330]on the UNL Campus in Lincoln.
[00:12:47.900]The part of that facility that's been known as The Link
[00:12:51.140]that was built in the 1980s
[00:12:53.090]is now being taken down and rebuilt
[00:12:55.960]with a new 91,000 square foot facility
[00:12:58.620]attached to the Scott Engineering Center,
[00:13:00.610]and then a complete renovation
[00:13:02.160]of the Walter Scott Engineering Center.
[00:13:04.500]That's a $75 million project
[00:13:06.800]that has started this month,
[00:13:08.660]and is anticipated to be open in 2022
[00:13:12.120]that will significantly grow the Research Enterprise
[00:13:15.120]of the College of Engineering.
[00:13:16.380]It also will house
[00:13:17.610]the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
[00:13:19.617]and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
[00:13:23.480]And then we announced about two weeks ago,
[00:13:26.300]as you mentioned,
[00:13:27.270]a significant lead gift
[00:13:29.060]for a new, instructional facility
[00:13:32.160]that will be a 180,000 square foot new building
[00:13:35.450]dedicated to instruction,
[00:13:37.350]as well in the Construction Management Program
[00:13:40.020]of the college
[00:13:40.888]that will be known as Kiewit Hall,
[00:13:43.230]where the lead gift
[00:13:44.420]is coming from the Kiewit Corporation.
[00:13:46.820]Of course, a well-known name
[00:13:48.680]that's synonymous with excellence.
[00:13:50.470]They built the roads, really, that connect the world.
[00:13:53.030]Our interstate system was largely developed
[00:13:55.400]by the Kiewit Corporation,
[00:13:57.260]and we're very proud to have them, now,
[00:13:59.040]as a partner with the college
[00:14:00.218]on this new building.
[00:14:02.000]It's an $85 million facility
[00:14:04.210]that will all be supported by private philanthropy,
[00:14:07.350]to be built with.
[00:14:08.540]That project's slated to be completed in 2023
[00:14:12.250]to house the new instructional facilities.
[00:14:14.180]It will actually be attached to the Engineering Complex
[00:14:17.580]on the UNL campus,
[00:14:19.270]go across the current 17th Street,
[00:14:21.620]and close that as a new Engineering Plaza
[00:14:23.990]for the UNL City Campus
[00:14:25.903]on land that actually, today, is owned by Nebco
[00:14:29.530]by the Abel family.
[00:14:31.070]They're donating that land,
[00:14:32.750]and are supporters of the college.
[00:14:34.640]Ironically, just next door to Abel Hall,
[00:14:37.190]that is named for the Abel family, as well,
[00:14:40.130]on land there that the Abel's had in their family.
[00:14:42.870]So, exciting to build our College of Engineering
[00:14:45.990]to new levels,
[00:14:46.990]both in size and in stature.
[00:14:48.990]We believe that is an absolute need
[00:14:51.970]and number one priority
[00:14:53.220]for the University of Nebraska system.
[00:14:55.730]Interim President Fritz and previous President Bounds
[00:14:59.140]both identify engineering as the number one priority
[00:15:02.670]for the university overall, currently,
[00:15:05.660]and we're very excited about being able to develop that
[00:15:08.460]as part of this bigger package of,
[00:15:10.450]as I said, over $500 million
[00:15:12.580]in investment in the campus in the years out ahead.
[00:15:16.010]Dr. Green, this past Monday,
[00:15:17.650]candidates for the next Executive Vice Chancellor
[00:15:20.500]for Academic Affairs position
[00:15:22.000]began to visit campus,
[00:15:23.150]and hold public presentations, among others.
[00:15:26.400]This is an important leadership position on campus,
[00:15:28.790]so tell us exactly what this Executive Vice Chancellor
[00:15:33.110]what the portfolio for that position looks like,
[00:15:35.750]and what you are looking for in a successful candidate?
[00:15:39.360]Well, the Executive Vice Chancellor position
[00:15:41.430]is a critically important position for the university,
[00:15:44.530]and for the flagship campus,
[00:15:46.160]because it essentially is the academic leader position
[00:15:50.070]for the university.
[00:15:51.320]So, in many places, it would be called the provost.
[00:15:54.810]We don't call it the provost here.
[00:15:56.300]We have a system provost at the university system level,
[00:15:59.410]but this is the lead academic person
[00:16:02.130]for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:16:04.090]It reports directly to me, as the chancellor.
[00:16:07.270]Oversees all of the academic colleges of the university,
[00:16:11.240]with the exception at UNL of the College of Ag Sciences
[00:16:14.220]and Natural Resources,
[00:16:15.430]that reports to the Vice Chancellor
[00:16:17.480]for the Institute of Ag and Natural Resources here
[00:16:20.630]as part of I and R.
[00:16:22.260]But all of the other academic colleges,
[00:16:24.720]the eight academic colleges spanning
[00:16:26.660]Engineering, Law, Education and Human Sciences,
[00:16:29.240]Fine and Performing Arts, Arts and Science,
[00:16:31.234]Architecture, Journalism and Mass Communications,
[00:16:34.810]across the board.
[00:16:36.350]And, as well, all of the academic support services
[00:16:39.970]for our students.
[00:16:40.803]So Student Affairs,
[00:16:42.260]all of the Student Affairs leadership of the campus,
[00:16:44.597]and the auxiliaries of the Student Affairs programs
[00:16:47.580]like Housing, Dining, Campus Unions, and so forth,
[00:16:50.910]as well as Student Success.
[00:16:53.140]So both our enrollment and recruitment,
[00:16:56.390]financial aids and scholarships,
[00:16:58.530]as well as student retention, graduation, success
[00:17:02.136]in all ways across our students.
[00:17:04.710]And then the Graduate School, also,
[00:17:06.960]reports up through the Executive Vice Chancellor.
[00:17:09.610]So, obviously, a very critically important position for us.
[00:17:13.330]We're searching for it,
[00:17:14.470]and the departure of Donde Plowman,
[00:17:16.590]who held that position for the last three years
[00:17:19.140]here at the university,
[00:17:20.800]she is now the Chancellor
[00:17:22.390]of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville,
[00:17:24.550]their flagship campus in Tennessee.
[00:17:26.650]And we've been recruiting the position
[00:17:28.470]since the announcement of her departure
[00:17:30.133]happened in May.
[00:17:31.840]We're very pleased that that search has been aggressive,
[00:17:35.360]and also very fruitful.
[00:17:37.290]We announced four finalists for the position last week,
[00:17:41.390]and the first candidate is actually interviewing on campus
[00:17:44.920]with three more candidates
[00:17:46.251]slated over the next two and a half weeks
[00:17:48.762]as the campus kind of does their dilegence
[00:17:51.520]around who the best leader would be for this position
[00:17:55.903]So we're very pleased to have those four
[00:17:58.450]highly qualified candidates coming to us
[00:18:01.080]to look at the position,
[00:18:02.090]and I can tell you without a doubt
[00:18:04.030]that having this person as the partner
[00:18:06.170]in the position that I have,
[00:18:07.420]I'm very anxious, as well.
[00:18:09.036]I'm excited to have that next person identified
[00:18:12.140]to come and provide great leadership for the university.
[00:18:15.810]Chancellor, we've covered a lot here in our conversation.
[00:18:18.830]So I'm gonna leave you with the last word.
[00:18:20.700]What else is going on around campus this week?
[00:18:23.770]As you're airing today,
[00:18:25.800]you know we're right in the middle of homecoming.
[00:18:28.150]We had a huge week, last week,
[00:18:30.210]leading up, with obviously a lot of excitement
[00:18:33.040]about the announcements that we talked about earlier.
[00:18:36.140]Excitement about a big game with Ohio State.
[00:18:38.580]Excitement about ESPN GameDay and Athletics.
[00:18:40.847]It's just a lot of excitement.
[00:18:43.220]And then we went right into homecoming week, this week.
[00:18:46.210]And now we're sitting right in the middle of homecoming,
[00:18:48.460]as we speak here, and excited about that.
[00:18:52.330]Also, it's kinda the end of our 150 year celebration year.
[00:18:57.020]We've been celebrating
[00:18:57.960]since the beginning of the calender year.
[00:18:59.570]Homecoming's kinda the fall bookend on that celebration
[00:19:03.230]that we've had all this week,
[00:19:05.020]and then had a great event with Corn Stalk
[00:19:08.330]recreated on campus during that week,
[00:19:10.930]and just a lot of excitement around homecoming.
[00:19:13.000]It's just an exciting time
[00:19:14.780]to be at the University of Nebraska.
[00:19:16.710]There's just tremendous momentum at the moment,
[00:19:19.750]in every respect.
[00:19:20.960]And that 150 year mile marker's
[00:19:23.500]been a great thing to celebrate,
[00:19:24.860]but we're even more excited about what the future holds
[00:19:27.410]in this next era for the state's university.
[00:19:30.470]It's just the momentum is palpable.
[00:19:32.260]So, exciting times at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:19:35.690]That was Dr. Ronnie Green,
[00:19:37.280]the Chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
[00:19:39.330]once again, joining us as a special guest
[00:19:41.330]on our Chat with the Chancellor
[00:19:42.820]here in the Fall 2019 semester.
[00:19:45.340]With the Rural Radio Network,
[00:19:46.990]this is Brandon Benitz.
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