Football interview vs. Northwestern
Ronnie Green talks about Homecoming week leading up to the football game versus Northwestern. Green also spoke about the significantly high level of investment in academic and athletic facilities at Nebraska and highlights of momentum across several academic colleges.
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[00:00:01.248]We welcome you back.
[00:00:02.081]Countdown To Kickoff here on the Husker's porch
[00:00:03.680]that mark Homecoming Day game
[00:00:05.390]against the Northwestern Wildcats here today.
[00:00:07.660]And as we do each and every week,
[00:00:08.730]a chance to sit down with the chancellor
[00:00:10.820]from the University of Nebraska, Ronnie Green.
[00:00:12.690]I know Homecoming's a happy time around here.
[00:00:14.727]It's been a real festive week.
[00:00:17.250]What have some of the highlights been
[00:00:18.400]around campus this week?
[00:00:19.690]Well, we kinda elevated Homecoming a little bit this year,
[00:00:22.100]Greg, for the 150th anniversary of the university
[00:00:25.610]and the 150th anniversary of college football, same time.
[00:00:29.260]And so we had a big week this week
[00:00:31.540]getting up to the game today.
[00:00:33.299]And yesterday, big cornstalk festival on the mall
[00:00:38.650]and we're kind of bringin' back a little bit
[00:00:40.980]of the old yesteryear on the cornstalk
[00:00:42.880]that used to be out on the east campus back in the day,
[00:00:45.270]as they say.
[00:00:47.210]Lot's of fans carrying over from last week
[00:00:50.130]when we had that big week leading into the Ohio State game.
[00:00:54.710]Game day back on campus for the first time in 12 years
[00:00:58.000]is a big deal
[00:00:58.880]and it kind of opened up our Homecoming week
[00:01:01.350]if you want to think of it that way.
[00:01:03.270]And we're just looking forward to a big weekend
[00:01:06.070]with the football game this afternoon
[00:01:07.940]and volleyball with Wisconsin tonight.
[00:01:10.240]A big Homecoming weekend for the University of Nebraska.
[00:01:13.200]No doubt and we welcome all the alums
[00:01:14.380]who've made it back into town to check out the campus.
[00:01:17.060]You did have some unbelievably big news last week
[00:01:20.100]with the announcement regarding
[00:01:21.130]the new Nebraska Athletics Facility.
[00:01:23.470]You've recently announced
[00:01:24.500]about the Nebraska Engineering Department
[00:01:26.180]with their plans for expansion in the new Kiewit Hall.
[00:01:28.960]What does the additional facilities announcement,
[00:01:32.620]as it pertains to athletics, mean for the university?
[00:01:36.240]Well I said to a lot of folks over the last few weeks
[00:01:39.640]and leading up to the big announcements we had last week
[00:01:42.940]that I can't remember a time or find a time
[00:01:46.290]in the university's history
[00:01:47.870]when we've been makin' this level of investment
[00:01:50.540]in the future of the university
[00:01:53.790]for a total of over $520 million of investment
[00:01:58.740]and new facilities
[00:02:00.310]over the next three to three and 1/2 years
[00:02:02.620]for the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
[00:02:04.910]Over 350 million in academic facilities
[00:02:07.360]like the big new engineering project
[00:02:10.050]that we talked about here recently
[00:02:12.020]with the announcement of Kiewit Hall being built
[00:02:14.330]for the College of Engineering.
[00:02:15.677]$160 million investment over two phases for that college
[00:02:20.250]and a lot of other projects on top of that on the campus.
[00:02:24.950]And then our big announcement last week
[00:02:28.820]of the athletics expansion
[00:02:30.697]and the building of a new football complex,
[00:02:33.930]new training table, new academic programs area
[00:02:37.790]for all of our student athletes on campus
[00:02:41.290]that's a very, very exciting development.
[00:02:43.017]$155 million project,
[00:02:45.300]relocation of the track and field facilities
[00:02:47.790]up to innovation campus is part of that as well.
[00:02:52.120]So very exciting expansion.
[00:02:54.410]You know, we expect to compete
[00:02:56.650]both athletically and academically at the university
[00:03:00.510]and these investments in both sides of the house
[00:03:03.930]are really, really critical for us as we move forward.
[00:03:07.940]And we'll once again, we believe, lead the nation
[00:03:11.200]in terms of the facilities that we have
[00:03:13.960]for our student athletes here,
[00:03:15.600]and it's very, very exciting for us.
[00:03:17.570]Well you've mentioned engineering.
[00:03:18.480]With Kiewit Hall expected to be open up in 2023,
[00:03:22.130]we've heard you in the past talk
[00:03:23.320]about the Carson Center for Emerging Arts
[00:03:25.590]which launched this fall.
[00:03:27.510]Give us some other highlights
[00:03:28.630]of things that you have seen goin' on around campus.
[00:03:31.640]Well, you know, there's like I said
[00:03:33.770]a huge amount happening.
[00:03:35.240]You mentioned the Carson Center for the Emerging Media Arts
[00:03:37.760]that we just opened this academic year.
[00:03:40.120]A new facility for them in the former Nebraska bookstore.
[00:03:43.280]First class of students in that world-leading program
[00:03:46.620]and new kinds of media and virtual reality,
[00:03:49.620]augmented reality, 3D reality, holograph imaging,
[00:03:54.330]in telling stories.
[00:03:56.330]So big level of excitement of the building of that program.
[00:04:00.110]Our College of Law ranks 6th
[00:04:02.780]out of 201 law schools nationwide
[00:04:05.450]and job placement this past year,
[00:04:07.110]94% of the graduates getting placed in a job
[00:04:10.190]immediately upon graduation.
[00:04:12.610]Our College of Arts and Sciences,
[00:04:14.070]the largest college on our campus,
[00:04:16.250]just launched a new program
[00:04:17.750]called College of Arts and Sciences Inquire
[00:04:20.290]for students to dive deep
[00:04:21.920]into society's emerging topics
[00:04:23.810]with thought leaders and peers.
[00:04:26.140]Architecture, College of Architecture,
[00:04:28.550]our students are creating a new edge interior facility
[00:04:31.760]at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha.
[00:04:35.360]They routinely are our architecture college's works
[00:04:38.950]across the state in designing facilities
[00:04:41.940]and designing things with towns and cities in the state.
[00:04:44.890]Just another example of that.
[00:04:47.010]Our College of Business, their career center
[00:04:50.220]was one of three winners
[00:04:51.860]in the National Career Innovation Showcase just recently
[00:04:55.510]for its very innovative peer coaching initiative
[00:04:58.780]of the students in the college.
[00:05:00.800]Agg Engineering, longtime leader here in the university.
[00:05:03.810]One of the top Agg Engineering programs in the country.
[00:05:07.630]Our students on a quarter scale tractor team,
[00:05:10.640]where they build a quarter scale tractor, were champions
[00:05:14.070]at the International Quarter Scale Tractor
[00:05:15.920]Student Design Competition just recently in June this year.
[00:05:20.130]Our College of Journalism and Mass Communications
[00:05:22.160]celebrating their 125th anniversary this year,
[00:05:25.610]launched a new common core
[00:05:27.570]that further integrates news and strategic communication
[00:05:31.030]as part of that curriculum.
[00:05:33.530]We've got a New Teachers Scholars Academy
[00:05:35.590]as part of our College of Education in Human Sciences.
[00:05:37.990]The first 40 students that are involved in that program
[00:05:41.900]with full level of scholarship support for them
[00:05:45.270]to encourage even higher ability students
[00:05:47.900]going into secondary and elementary education careers.
[00:05:51.840]So a tremendous number of exciting things
[00:05:54.570]across the university this fall
[00:05:56.960]and certainly led by these big facilities investments
[00:06:01.160]that we're now calling the Next Time of Cranes in Lincoln,
[00:06:06.090]as we'll see cranes from Memorial Stadium
[00:06:08.340]all the way over across the campus
[00:06:11.140]over the course of the next few years
[00:06:13.340]and it's very, very exciting for us.
[00:06:15.040]My goodness, just all kinds of things happening here
[00:06:17.340]on the campus,
[00:06:18.173]and we certainly appreciate you updating us on that.
[00:06:20.690]And we'll chat next week up at Minneapolis
[00:06:22.530]when we go up to take on the Gophers.
[00:06:23.780]Enjoy the game today!
[00:06:24.710]Well, it's a big homecoming game.
[00:06:26.980]I hope it's not like the Northwestern game
[00:06:28.540]a few years ago and we had that Hail Mary at the end.
[00:06:31.320]That'd be fine too,
[00:06:32.430]but we're looking forward to a great game
[00:06:34.960]and a great weekend.
[00:06:35.793]Go Big Red!
[00:06:37.020]Ronnie Green with us here on Countdown to Kickoff.
[00:06:38.820]Matt Coatney's up next.
[00:06:40.480]He'll have the Big 10 Blitz straight ahead.
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