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Ronnie Green talks about Sue Sheridan's goal of running a marathon or half-marathon in all 50 states representing a commitment she has made to improve educational opportunities for 50 children in Haiti. Fifteen years ago, Sheridan founded UNL's Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools and continues to provide leadership for the center today.
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[00:00:01.068]Welcome back, we're at halftime.
[00:00:02.530]We're in studio with Chancellor Ronnie Green
[00:00:04.570]and first of all, Happy New Year to you.
[00:00:06.810]Already the third man's game on the schedule in 2020
[00:00:09.900]and on the road in Evanston after a nice long home stretch.
[00:00:12.730]Been just about a month since Fred Hoiberg's squad
[00:00:15.760]played on the road, that time at Indiana,
[00:00:18.670]tough overtime loss.
[00:00:19.820]What do you hope to see from the Huskers today?
[00:00:22.140]Well it's good to be back
[00:00:22.999]after the first of the year.
[00:00:24.190]Happy New Year to you as well.
[00:00:26.018]We're getting ready to start classes here on Monday
[00:00:29.290]and get the Spring Semester rolling
[00:00:31.220]and of course as you said our basketball team
[00:00:33.610]is back on the road after being at home for a while.
[00:00:36.267]You know, five straight home games, you know,
[00:00:39.200]is a nice thing for them to have
[00:00:41.390]and even had that big win against Purdue
[00:00:43.210]in the middle of that.
[00:00:44.090]So, you know, we've seen this team kind of finding
[00:00:46.940]their way so far this season.
[00:00:49.000]I think they'll continue to do that.
[00:00:50.960]Kind of rebuild.
[00:00:53.250]You know, they've gone toe-to-toe
[00:00:54.530]with some big 10 power teams
[00:00:56.230]even on the road
[00:00:57.320]as you mentioned against Indiana
[00:00:58.930]and that last home game and then the big Purdue game
[00:01:01.580]that we had in December.
[00:01:03.810]So, we know that they're just looking to be competitive
[00:01:06.760]and looking for them to continue to be competitive.
[00:01:09.040]To keep getting better and learn more and more
[00:01:11.060]about working together as a team.
[00:01:13.040]Well now that we are in to a new year
[00:01:14.960]a lot of people make New Year's resolutions
[00:01:17.800]that involve exercise.
[00:01:19.227]Ronnie, is that something that you do?
[00:01:21.029]I need to do more of it right?
[00:01:23.958]I think a lot of us can say that.
[00:01:25.720]Ya, my resolutions this year, though,
[00:01:27.770]are a little different.
[00:01:28.603]Mine are kind of to live more in the fruits of the spirit.
[00:01:30.700]You know, gentleness and kindness and joy and peace
[00:01:33.890]and love and hope and those kind of things.
[00:01:36.240]But, you know, a lot of people do have exercise
[00:01:39.211]as their resolution and you know,
[00:01:41.674]we've got one of our faculty members here at the university
[00:01:45.300]who has kind of a neat story
[00:01:46.730]about what many would associate with extreme exercise.
[00:01:51.164]In the spirit of those resolutions, you know,
[00:01:54.510]Sue Sheridan, who is our Director
[00:01:56.800]of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children Youth,
[00:01:59.360]Families and Schools in our College of Education
[00:02:01.690]and Human Sciences is a center
[00:02:05.080]that is celebrating 15 years this year
[00:02:07.580]but right before Christmas
[00:02:08.811]there was some highlight about Sue.
[00:02:12.400]And the fact that since 2011 she's been running
[00:02:15.210]marathons and half marathons with a goal of running
[00:02:18.800]in all 50 states in either a full or a half marathon.
[00:02:23.020]She's up to 31 now as I understand it
[00:02:26.430]with the most recent one that she just completed.
[00:02:29.350]And she's doing it as a charity.
[00:02:32.100]So she's doing it really for a great cause.
[00:02:35.320]She combines her love of running with her love
[00:02:37.760]for teaching and improving education for young people.
[00:02:40.990]And she's doing it in all 50 states
[00:02:43.470]to match the support for 50 children in Haiti
[00:02:46.407]that are non-profit, called Elevating Haitian Education
[00:02:50.150]is helping to put through a school there in their country.
[00:02:53.233]She visited, Sue did in 2011, Haiti for the first time.
[00:02:58.800]There she met with teachers,
[00:03:00.330]learned about the struggles that they have there.
[00:03:02.956]And it was in a country that was rebuilding
[00:03:05.550]at the time after a devastating 2010 earthquake.
[00:03:08.960]You might remember that big earthquake in Haiti
[00:03:11.280]and there was a lot of coverage
[00:03:12.590]and press about that afterwards
[00:03:14.240]and it just inspired Sue to act
[00:03:16.750]and do what she could to try to make improvements
[00:03:19.895]for people there and she kind of took up this challenge
[00:03:24.560]that she was going to run 50 full or half marathons
[00:03:27.644]in 50 states and use that as a means
[00:03:31.590]to help support education in Haiti.
[00:03:34.410]That's a remarkable way that she is supporting
[00:03:36.845]education in Haiti and in her role at UNL
[00:03:39.930]she's also leading efforts to improve education
[00:03:42.640]for children across the country as well.
[00:03:44.810]What does it mean for the Center
[00:03:46.690]for Research on Children Youth, Families and Schools
[00:03:49.187]to now be in its 15th year?
[00:03:51.320]Well, Sue founded this when she came here,
[00:03:53.956]a number of years ago as a major research center
[00:03:57.720]for us on the UNL campus.
[00:03:59.890]Early childhood education
[00:04:01.350]is an area that we're known for internationally
[00:04:04.160]around the globe in this field.
[00:04:06.030]Sue and this center is much of the reason for that,
[00:04:09.494]to be really honest.
[00:04:11.890]15 years is a celebration they had
[00:04:14.480]right at the end of 2019.
[00:04:16.060]They marked that anniversary of the founding of the center.
[00:04:19.870]The center impacts lives through research.
[00:04:22.750]It advances learning and development
[00:04:24.860]in the early childhood space
[00:04:26.553]and Sue's leadership as the Director of the center
[00:04:30.030]has really been transformative.
[00:04:31.870]She has a great team that she's assembled.
[00:04:34.490]Of staff, of students, other key partners
[00:04:37.340]out in the education sector.
[00:04:39.210]It's really made the center's work possible.
[00:04:41.717]And as I remember celebrating with them
[00:04:44.820]just before the holidays,
[00:04:46.100]they had a big celebration over on East Campus.
[00:04:48.953]They have, the amount of funding that they have
[00:04:52.300]brought to this effort and to the university,
[00:04:55.140]10 fold over what's been invested in the center
[00:04:58.420]over that period of 15 years,
[00:05:00.230]has really made a difference in this field
[00:05:02.870]and in this arena.
[00:05:03.730]Can't say enough good about Sue.
[00:05:05.730]Not only for her running in 31 states
[00:05:08.470]and on her way to 50,
[00:05:09.920]but in the leadership that she's provided
[00:05:11.760]as a Director for the Nebraska Center for Youth,
[00:05:13.749]Children, Youth Families and Schools
[00:05:17.073]Chancellor, I appreciate the visit.
[00:05:18.338]You bet and go Big Red!
[00:05:20.750]Alright, Matt Coatney with you.
[00:05:22.260]We're at the half at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
[00:05:24.760]More half-time coming up in a few moments.
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