Football halftime interview vs. Purdue
Ronnie Green talks about the university's partnership in the Nebraska Tech Collaborative. Ronnie also talks about a new opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in research with faculty earlier in their time on campus.
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[00:00:00.220]This is the University of Nebraska
[00:00:02.500]President's Half-Time Show.
[00:00:04.030]The University of Nebraska, committed to education,
[00:00:07.200]research and innovation that helps create a better future.
[00:00:13.233]We welcome you back, Ross-Ade Stadium
[00:00:15.210]in West Lafayette, Indiana.
[00:00:17.530]14-10 Purdue with the lead at the half.
[00:00:19.160]Joined now by University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:00:21.210]chancellor, Ronnie Green.
[00:00:22.484]A couple of weeks ago, major announcement that
[00:00:24.620]the Huskers are gonna take their show on the road in 2021,
[00:00:28.020]headed to Dublin, Ireland.
[00:00:29.270]That sounds like a pretty good time, doesn't it?
[00:00:30.900]It sure does, Greg.
[00:00:32.100]You know we were gonna join the likes of Boston College
[00:00:36.290]and Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.
[00:00:37.570]They've done that game over the last few years
[00:00:40.568]and looking into the next couple in 2021 in Zero Week.
[00:00:45.100]At the start of the season we'll be there in Dublin
[00:00:48.411]with all the Irish.
[00:00:51.390]Kicking off with Illinois.
[00:00:52.860]You know, moved the game that was later in the season.
[00:00:54.637]It was gonna be a November game.
[00:00:56.720]It got moved into Zero Week to play the Fighting Illini.
[00:01:00.590]We're really looking forward to maybe upwards
[00:01:02.440]of 30,000 of Husker Nation being there.
[00:01:05.390]It'll break the record.
[00:01:06.223]I think they said 28,000 was the previous record
[00:01:08.422]for a team to take their fans to Ireland,
[00:01:12.330]so we're looking forward to a big kickoff in 2021.
[00:01:14.640]It should be great.
[00:01:15.473]It was supposed to be an Illinois home game,
[00:01:16.810]so Nebraska will still have seven home games in 2021.
[00:01:19.679]Chancellor, we recently heard about a major
[00:01:21.608]tech workforce initiative for the state,
[00:01:23.730]and the university is a major collaborator on this.
[00:01:26.090]What can you tell us about this?
[00:01:27.271]Well, Greg, there is a big change
[00:01:30.490]in the workforce that's occurring and it's happening
[00:01:33.340]all over the country and is happening in Nebraska as well.
[00:01:36.280]We know that there's a need for 10,000 new employees
[00:01:40.229]in the tech arena, the information technology
[00:01:44.010]and greater information technology area.
[00:01:46.429]And a new collaborative is kicked off.
[00:01:49.040]We announced just recently on October 14th
[00:01:52.073]a Nebraska Innovation Campus with the Aksarben Foundation,
[00:01:55.077]the Omaha Chamber of Commerce,
[00:01:57.090]the Lankenship Parker for Economic Development,
[00:01:59.590]it's called the Nebraska Tech Collaborative.
[00:02:01.885]Private industry, civic groups, government groups,
[00:02:06.456]higher education, working together to address the needs
[00:02:10.840]of how we're going to grow the tech work force in Nebraska.
[00:02:14.325]So excited about that,
[00:02:16.065]we also, the University are a big part of that,
[00:02:21.530]by the people we already have engaged in those majors,
[00:02:24.940]about 2900 of our 25,332 students at UNL currently
[00:02:29.940]are in areas that will work in this space.
[00:02:33.891]We know that we want to grow that as well,
[00:02:37.015]we've talked about the growth in our college of engineering
[00:02:40.570]that we have planned, and the big announcement
[00:02:42.730]just a few weeks ago of growth and facilities
[00:02:45.215]that we're building for our college of engineering.
[00:02:47.797]We're also growing the computer science aspect
[00:02:50.272]of that college, what's been our department
[00:02:54.080]of computer science and engineering
[00:02:55.740]is being converted into a school of computing
[00:02:58.422]this coming year will be housed
[00:03:00.993]within our college of engineering,
[00:03:03.379]looking to grow our enrollment there
[00:03:06.240]into a student body of 2500 studying computer science,
[00:03:09.893]computer engineering, software engineering,
[00:03:12.570]we have the only software engineering major in the Big 10,
[00:03:15.819]one of the very few in the country
[00:03:17.950]that we started a few years ago.
[00:03:19.680]So those programs, we're looking to be a big part
[00:03:23.260]of this Nebraska Tech Collaborative,
[00:03:25.350]and a big exciting thing kicking off
[00:03:27.410]with that group here in the state.
[00:03:30.763]We know that Nebraska students get a lot of opportunities
[00:03:33.660]to be a part of real life research work.
[00:03:35.340]Tell us about the new program this year
[00:03:37.240]making it possible for students to start even earlier
[00:03:39.948]during their time on campus.
[00:03:41.750]Well Greg, we are really proud of the fact
[00:03:44.240]that the University of Nebraska is one of the leaders
[00:03:47.270]in undergraduate research nationally,
[00:03:49.330]we have had a long-standing program called UCARE,
[00:03:53.710]Undergraduate Creative Activities
[00:03:55.430]and Research Experience program at the University,
[00:03:58.210]where students work directly with faculty
[00:04:01.160]in research labs across the campus
[00:04:03.480]as undergraduate students,
[00:04:05.260]directly engaged in those efforts,
[00:04:07.110]including publishing their work,
[00:04:08.660]so we're very proud of that effort,
[00:04:10.953]we're launching a new part of that effort this year
[00:04:15.430]that's called the First Year Research Experience
[00:04:18.100]that's extending that opportunity to freshmen
[00:04:20.300]who qualify for federal workstudy assistance,
[00:04:24.640]and helping with their education,
[00:04:26.200]and it will allow them to dive
[00:04:28.510]straight into their areas of interest
[00:04:30.320]as soon as they step foot on campus.
[00:04:32.964]It's a response to what we know is a need
[00:04:35.580]in our first year students, and the desire to maximize
[00:04:37.737]learning opportunities with them through the University.
[00:04:40.960]So, looking forward to this new part
[00:04:43.780]of the UCARE experience, when the first year program
[00:04:47.050]first cohort this fall, first 50 undergraduate students
[00:04:50.340]who are a part of this first year experience this year,
[00:04:53.120]led by Justina Clark, who is our director
[00:04:55.840]of undergraduate research at the University,
[00:04:58.003]and looking at her leading another great initiative for us
[00:05:01.527]of the students to be able to stretch their strengths
[00:05:04.030]through undergraduate research experience.
[00:05:06.400]That is fantastic,
[00:05:07.270]thank you so much for sharing that.
[00:05:08.760]Now your chore is to get us some points
[00:05:10.470]here in the second half.
[00:05:11.740]Well, we just are looking for
[00:05:14.249]a little better start to the second half,
[00:05:17.708]you know, we got off to a good start that first half,
[00:05:20.410]and looking for the players to come out
[00:05:22.240]and put this win into the books.
[00:05:24.840]Appreciate it, thanks for coming in.
[00:05:25.673]Yeah, Go Big Red.
[00:05:26.860]Ronnie Green, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:05:28.560]chancellor with us here at halftime.
[00:05:30.250]We've got more halftime coming up next.
[00:05:31.980]This is the University of Nebraska
[00:05:33.922]President's Halftime Show.
[00:05:35.760]The University of Nebraska, committed to education,
[00:05:38.446]research and innovation that helps create a better future.
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