Volleyball interview vs. Purdue
Ronnie talks about the value of facilities to athletics and academics, including the significance of the recent announcements of new investments in facilities across campus, particularly to expand Nebraska Engineering.
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[00:00:02.390]Welcome back, everybody, to Husker Volleyball.
[00:00:04.440]Let's take a short break from the action tonight
[00:00:07.000]and visit with the Chancellor of
[00:00:09.160]the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Ronnie Green.
[00:00:11.090]Chancellor, how are you?
[00:00:12.170]I'm doing great, John.
[00:00:13.190]How are you?
[00:00:14.340]Doing well, in part because of
[00:00:15.690]this fabulous facility here.
[00:00:17.160]Some say it's the preeminent volleyball facility
[00:00:19.157]in the world.
[00:00:20.450]How important is the Devaney Center to Nebraska volleyball?
[00:00:22.982]Well, you know, the Devaney Center, of course,
[00:00:25.360]has its own vaunted history, if you will.
[00:00:28.370]It's the home to our basketball team for a long time.
[00:00:31.410]And when PBA was opened, and we were able to convert
[00:00:35.400]Devaney into a volleyball standalone facility,
[00:00:38.270]unlike any other in the country,
[00:00:39.970]and, as you say, maybe the world in that respect.
[00:00:43.200]Um, over 8,000 fans in this place, match in and match out,
[00:00:48.877]so it's just a very special facility
[00:00:51.810]to be able to compete in at the highest levels
[00:00:54.030]like our volleyball team does, year in and year out.
[00:00:57.500]And added to that, the Hendrix facility for basketball,
[00:01:01.770]the training facility that was added to Devaney
[00:01:03.605]a few years ago, our indoor track facilities,
[00:01:06.406]our swimming and diving facilities,
[00:01:09.120]our gymnastics facilities, wrestling, of course,
[00:01:11.548]is homed in Devaney.
[00:01:13.740]And then we're adding, as our fans would see,
[00:01:16.710]a new gymnastics training facility on the north side
[00:01:19.680]of Devaney that'll be open, here,
[00:01:21.360]in just a couple of months, um, in January,
[00:01:24.250]for both our women's and men's teams.
[00:01:26.350]Excited about that new development.
[00:01:28.640]So, facilities are a big, big part of who we are,
[00:01:32.320]um, and we're very blessed to have some of
[00:01:34.247]the very best in the world here in Nebraska.
[00:01:36.870]And some other big announcements of late
[00:01:39.370]regarding new facilities.
[00:01:40.610]You and the athletic director, Bill Moos,
[00:01:42.100]the head football coach, Scott Frost,
[00:01:43.730]had a big announcement about
[00:01:44.680]the new Nebraska football facility
[00:01:47.190]that will be built out right near the old Coliseum.
[00:01:49.730]And maybe even a bigger announcement,
[00:01:51.890]the expansion of Nebraska Engineering.
[00:01:53.820]Tell us more about these two special projects.
[00:01:55.920]Well, J.B., you know, we're kind of living
[00:01:59.380]in a really special time in the university's history,
[00:02:02.070]and as we talked about a couple of weeks ago now,
[00:02:05.150]when we made that announcement about
[00:02:06.990]the athletics expansion, the new football training facility,
[00:02:10.130]and a support facility for all of our student athletes,
[00:02:14.750]I can't find a time in our 150-year history
[00:02:18.200]of the institution when we were looking at the level
[00:02:21.220]of investment in the future of the university
[00:02:24.700]that we're seeing out ahead of us,
[00:02:26.710]so if you take from this fall,
[00:02:29.630]when we opened the new Carson Center
[00:02:31.330]for the Emerging Media Arts
[00:02:32.780]in the former Nebraska Bookstore building
[00:02:35.060]that's now up and operating,
[00:02:36.464]forward through to when these facilities
[00:02:39.530]will be completed in 2022, 2023,
[00:02:43.105]525 million dollars in investment
[00:02:48.380]and athletic facilities here at UNL.
[00:02:50.850]That's very, very exciting, obviously,
[00:02:53.250]building on our new business building
[00:02:55.490]we opened a few years ago.
[00:02:57.246]We have a new Education and Human Sciences facility
[00:03:01.130]that will be rebuilt over the next two years,
[00:03:03.820]and a new Mabel Lee Hall, 46 million dollar project.
[00:03:07.560]Uh, significant expansion of our engineering college,
[00:03:10.950]uh, that we also announced just a few weeks ago.
[00:03:14.220]Um, 75 million dollar rebuild
[00:03:16.600]of the Scott Engineering Center on city campus
[00:03:20.128]for research facilities in our College of Engineering,
[00:03:24.060]and a new 85 million dollar Kiewit Hall,
[00:03:28.230]that will be named for the Kiewit Corporation
[00:03:30.680]as the lead donor for that, uh, new facility.
[00:03:34.250]It's all new instructional facilities
[00:03:36.300]for our College of Engineering.
[00:03:37.840]160 million dollar total expansion of that college
[00:03:41.485]where we know there is huge demand
[00:03:44.070]and we want to grow that college into
[00:03:47.330]a bigger and higher-stature college of engineering
[00:03:51.170]moving forward here on campus.
[00:03:54.310]And then the athletic facilities, on top of that,
[00:03:56.786]you have a 350-some million in academic facilities
[00:04:00.433]and into be in a position to look at
[00:04:04.210]a new football all-inclusive training facility,
[00:04:07.544]um, combined with a new training table
[00:04:11.514]and a new academic support center
[00:04:13.890]for all of our student athletes
[00:04:16.080]on the site of our current track-and-field facility
[00:04:18.660]on this side of the Ed Weir Track
[00:04:21.506]that will be relocated now to north of Devaney.
[00:04:25.650]And the new track-and-field facility
[00:04:27.600]will connect all of our indoor track,
[00:04:29.350]our outdoor track-and-field all in one place, so to speak,
[00:04:33.900]with new facilities for that program.
[00:04:36.520]And this new 150 million dollar football
[00:04:40.149]and student athlete facility housing them
[00:04:44.240]right on campus, opening into the campus
[00:04:47.410]for all of our athletes, for the first time
[00:04:49.580]opening into Memorial Mall.
[00:04:51.670]It's really exciting.
[00:04:53.540]Uh, will put Nebraska back in the lead, we know,
[00:04:57.520]nationally, with the best facilities
[00:04:59.760]for our student athletes of anywhere in the country.
[00:05:02.428]Um, supported primarily by private support,
[00:05:06.480]100 million dollars being raised to support that facility.
[00:05:10.680]Philanthropically, just pretty danged exciting times
[00:05:14.540]at the University of Nebraska.
[00:05:16.000]More than half a billion dollars of new investment
[00:05:18.460]into the infrastructure here at UNL.
[00:05:20.830]That's the Chancellor, Ronnie Green.
[00:05:22.960]I'm John Baylor.
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