Football interview vs. Iowa
Ronnie Green talks about the momentum of the fall semester with the opening of the Carson Center, the university's participation in the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, the expansion of the College of Engineering and the Go Big facility for athletics announcement. Ronnie also talks about what's ahead, including the rollout of UNL's five-year strategic plan.
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[00:00:02.110]We're back on Canada Kick Off.
[00:00:03.323]1:31, the kick off time for today's game,
[00:00:06.490]the Black Friday matchup between the Huskers
[00:00:08.700]and the Hawkeyes for the Hy-Vee's Hero trophy.
[00:00:11.420]So we're about an hour and 10 minutes away from that.
[00:00:13.630]And as we do each and every week, a chance for us
[00:00:15.330]to sit down during Canada Kick Off and chat
[00:00:17.530]with the chancellor from the University
[00:00:18.780]of Nebraska-Lincoln, Ronnie Green.
[00:00:21.273]Did you find your way to some turkey yesterday?
[00:00:22.961]Oh, we sure did.
[00:00:23.794]We had a great day, all of our family gathered around
[00:00:26.840]for Thanksgiving, and children in from the East Coast.
[00:00:29.790]And so, it was a great day, great Thanksgiving.
[00:00:32.550]I hope everyone across Husker nation had the same.
[00:00:35.520]Hope everybody's being safe today too,
[00:00:36.890]a lot of snow out in the middle part of the state,
[00:00:38.990]and I know those folks are making their way to Lincoln.
[00:00:40.600]We hope that they travel safe.
[00:00:42.210]This is our last weekend of the (mumbles) for football.
[00:00:44.870]Volleyball, will wrap-up tomorrow night
[00:00:46.549]at the Devaney Center.
[00:00:47.970]Our matchup today with Iowa's for the Heroes trophy.
[00:00:51.230]This is especially meaning this year, is you think
[00:00:53.310]of all the heroes who came together across our state,
[00:00:56.020]when we had those horrific floods back in March.
[00:00:59.300]Well you know Greg, sports bring people together
[00:01:02.330]in a way hardly anything else does.
[00:01:04.210]And in Nebraska, that's a whole new level, as you know.
[00:01:08.000]You remember really well in the spring,
[00:01:09.750]right after we'd had the massive flooding
[00:01:12.010]and the bomb cyclone event in Nebraska in March.
[00:01:14.730]And at our spring game, when we honored the heroes
[00:01:17.148]that were first responders to that.
[00:01:19.940]And again, at the beginning of this season.
[00:01:21.590]So it's been a year like that for our state.
[00:01:24.270]So especially at this time of Thanksgiving,
[00:01:26.287]and we kind of look back on the year and we're thankful
[00:01:29.620]that, for what we have and what we've been blessed to have.
[00:01:32.760]And even in times of crisis, like we've had
[00:01:36.610]with so much flooding across the state this year,
[00:01:39.850]we're thankful for Nebraskans and for the response
[00:01:44.120]that we've had through that.
[00:01:45.650]And you know, it is kind of the end
[00:01:47.530]of the fall sports season, today our last home game here
[00:01:50.840]at Memorial Stadium, hopefully more to come.
[00:01:54.120]We'll see how today goes.
[00:01:56.140]And volleyball closing out
[00:01:58.870]close to the end of their season
[00:02:00.330]with Maryland and Ohio State here this weekend
[00:02:02.159]the woman's volleyball team, or woman's basketball team,
[00:02:05.113]meant to say, playing out in California tonight
[00:02:08.740]So sports just bring us together in a way that
[00:02:11.310]very few things do and especially at Thanksgiving this year
[00:02:14.408]we think a lot about how blessed we really are, no doubt.
[00:02:17.537]This is the last week in November
[00:02:19.360]the calendar will flip on Sunday to December the first
[00:02:22.640]at what point, at a point when much of a busy fall
[00:02:26.050]semester has been completed, you got dead week coming up
[00:02:28.820]then finals coming up. What are some highlights
[00:02:30.600]in terms of plans to set into motion
[00:02:32.810]in the interest of our state?
[00:02:34.250]Well, you know Greg it's hard to believe we're
[00:02:36.830]counting down to graduation almost coming up here
[00:02:39.140]in about three weeks. So we've got about three weeks
[00:02:41.270]down to that until that exciting time of year when
[00:02:43.960]we graduate the next set of Huskers out with their
[00:02:46.023]completion of their programs, and its just been a phenomenal
[00:02:49.980]year for us a phenomenal semester for us
[00:02:52.452]at Nebraska's big ten line grand flagship
[00:02:55.820]university here at UNL.
[00:02:59.610]On top of what our students do everyday
[00:03:02.020]and our faculty do everyday this' been
[00:03:03.950]a particularly interesting fall, in opening
[00:03:07.000]things like the Carson Center, that we talked about
[00:03:09.340]the big opening of that here, and out last home game
[00:03:11.900]weekend against Wisconsin a few weeks ago,
[00:03:14.038]the tech-collaborative that we're working and the
[00:03:17.500]state toward looking how we can grow more tech trained
[00:03:23.320]professionals in the state, and here at the university
[00:03:27.240]we are very much a part of that effort where we currently
[00:03:30.870]have about twenty-nine hundred of our students
[00:03:32.850]engaged in study toward ares that will fill those
[00:03:36.630]big demand areas in the state of Nebraska and beyond, and
[00:03:39.960]looking to grow that significantly. Our big announcement
[00:03:42.510]about our collage of engineering this fall obviously with
[00:03:46.010]the hundred and sixty million dollars in growth, and that
[00:03:49.223]collage and facilities and the launching of the first
[00:03:52.180]phase of that, along with the second phase
[00:03:53.890]the naming of Keiwit Hall to be built
[00:03:56.700]here in a year, the "Go Big" project in athletics
[00:03:59.283]obviously. So just so many big and good things happening
[00:04:03.800]here at the university, as we kinds finish this
[00:04:07.440]105th anniversary year, and now we are starting into that
[00:04:10.260]next hundred and fifty anniversary years. It's just a
[00:04:12.960]wonderful time here at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:04:15.650]You picked a good time to be the Chancellor here
[00:04:17.390]I mean you've had that mile stone year
[00:04:19.010]of a 150th anniversary.
[00:04:20.880]What has that meant to you, and in your
[00:04:23.370]view do you anticipate any effects of having experience
[00:04:25.871]this year on the future of the university?
[00:04:28.490]Well, you know this graduation will
[00:04:30.610]kinda be the bookend of the 150th anniversary year
[00:04:33.960]we have been celebrating it all calendar year,
[00:04:37.760]actually living in this 151st year as we've celebrated it
[00:04:42.460]you know this institution has such a phenomenal history
[00:04:46.390]such a phenomenal impact that it is had, not only here
[00:04:49.580]in Nebraska, but all throughout the world in those
[00:04:52.480]fifteen decades understanding and learning about that
[00:04:56.770]history this year I think has been exciting for the campus
[00:04:59.740]community, for the Husker alumni community throughout the
[00:05:02.795]world, but we're even more excited about this new era
[00:05:08.560]that we're entering into as well. Launching a new
[00:05:12.370]vision for the university that we're launching with a
[00:05:15.250]new first five-year strategic plan, we're calling it the
[00:05:17.867]"End 2025" plan, we'll be rolling that out.
[00:05:21.410]The completed plan that we've been working on throughout
[00:05:24.210]this year, in January and February of 2020.
[00:05:28.570]So, big exciting things ahead for us as we continue to be
[00:05:33.030]a world leading land grand research university here at UNL.
[00:05:36.850]Its been a wonderful year reflect back at 150 years
[00:05:40.490]of this amazing institution, and we know that the future
[00:05:43.770]is so so bright. Hopefully, we have some fun here today
[00:05:48.070]at the stadium.
[00:05:48.903]Well, you know I have to be a little bit
[00:05:50.810]reminiscent . It kinda feels like last weekend in Maryland
[00:05:54.583]It kinds looks foggy, of course, this is a lot
[00:05:57.140]better place to be looking out on this stadium instead
[00:05:59.572]of our friends there in Collage Park. But, looking for a
[00:06:04.070]great effort like we had last week that people were so
[00:06:06.930]excited about. I think our guys are ready and we're hoping
[00:06:10.810]for a great big game today that will take us on into the
[00:06:13.973]I talked to several of the folks who were on the
[00:06:15.350]trip with you as a big group last week of
[00:06:17.320]boosters and supporters who went back
[00:06:18.810]with you, they had a wonderful time.
[00:06:21.380]You know I have been on several of the trips
[00:06:23.050]like that, that we have done through the last
[00:06:25.050]several years and this one was really special.
[00:06:27.880]Not only because, the game was such a wonderful game
[00:06:30.290]to be part of, but there were so many things in Washington
[00:06:33.263]D.C. that the group got to do together and learn about
[00:06:37.760]together. You know the biggest fan, I think one of
[00:06:41.839]the biggest fans, learned about was Clarence Thomas
[00:06:45.549]and we talked a little about that last week in pregame,
[00:06:49.090]watching the game with him was an experience I gotta tell ya
[00:06:54.880]people laugh about how serious my wife is as a fan
[00:06:57.510]the two of them sitting beside one another was a
[00:06:59.780]spectacle to watch, trust me, it was just a lot of fun
[00:07:04.070]and we're looking forward to a great one today to
[00:07:06.150]finish out the home season and go big red.
[00:07:08.640]Very good, Ronnie Green with us
[00:07:09.690]here on a count down to kick off.
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