Football vs. Purdue
Ronnie Green talks about the building projects in engineering and the first class of Kiewit Scholar students. Green also talked about expanded scholarship opportunities for students in the arts thanks to a new gift from the Johnny Carson Foundation.
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[00:00:00.240]We're back here on countdown to kickoff Huskers,
[00:00:01.960]headed to a 2-35 kick today against the Purdue boilermakers.
[00:00:05.500]And as we do each and every week,
[00:00:06.910]chance to catch up with the chancellor
[00:00:08.370]from the University of Nebraska Lincoln, Ronnie Green.
[00:00:11.490]It's always good to be back,
[00:00:12.530]it was nice having a bi-week too chancellor,
[00:00:14.430]to kind of get everybody a little wet.
[00:00:16.150]I saw a lot of wedding pictures being taken on campus
[00:00:19.060]last Saturday down here,
[00:00:20.180]but it was nice to have it a bi-week,
[00:00:21.530]but good to be back home.
[00:00:23.940]It, it is, you know, a little bit of a breather
[00:00:26.645]this.. this past couple of weeks,
[00:00:28.990]and we've got another one coming up here in November as well
[00:00:31.850]to kind of get some breath under our feet so to speak.
[00:00:36.390]It's been a long stretch of games going back
[00:00:38.440]to the very beginning of the season.
[00:00:39.890]Of course, we started in week zero ahead of most of the,
[00:00:43.450]the teams in the country with our game against Illinois.
[00:00:46.197]And, and we got, you know,
[00:00:48.539]the one coming up between Wisconsin and Iowa as well.
[00:00:52.030]So we're, we're looking for a strong finish to the season.
[00:00:54.930]We have a resilient team
[00:00:56.420]and excited to see them competing again today.
[00:00:58.910]Well, let's turn our attention to some academics.
[00:01:01.450]The Nebraska engineering is certainly growing
[00:01:03.960]with major renovations and a building project.
[00:01:06.860]As part of that, you recently announced the first class
[00:01:10.470]in a new scholars program.
[00:01:12.340]What can you tell our audience
[00:01:13.500]about the new class of scholars?
[00:01:16.720]Well, in Nebraska engineering, Greg,
[00:01:19.040]of course we do have tremendous building going on currently.
[00:01:22.380]And we talked some previously
[00:01:24.640]about the two big major building projects,
[00:01:26.810]one that's in the latter half of it being finished
[00:01:29.560]with the Scott engineering center rebuild
[00:01:31.440]and addition that'll open next year.
[00:01:34.010]And then the Keywood hall, the new instructional facility,
[00:01:38.130]that's now underway and construction to be finished in 2023
[00:01:41.930]for Nebraska engineering and right alongside that,
[00:01:45.810]we're very, very pleased that we just launched
[00:01:48.590]our first class of key,
[00:01:50.270]with scholars, student recipients.
[00:01:53.380]This is a really... view.. uh...
[00:01:58.330]We think for long time to come program that was started
[00:02:01.809]by the Keywood corporations executive team.
[00:02:05.239]Not only is Keywood been the lead gift,
[00:02:08.780]for naming the new building that we have under construction,
[00:02:11.940]but their executive team has pledged a commitment
[00:02:15.540]to this new Keywood scholars program.
[00:02:17.660]It's part of developing or complete engineers program,
[00:02:21.420]in engineering to have graduates that are ready
[00:02:24.260]and eager to solve problems of global significance.
[00:02:27.200]And this first cohort and our freshman class this year,
[00:02:30.670]the inaugural inaugural cohort of the keyword scholars
[00:02:34.310]was announced last week.
[00:02:36.000]We had more than 325 applications for this new program
[00:02:41.390]and we'll select 10 new students each, each a year.
[00:02:46.820]The program is funded, as I mentioned earlier,
[00:02:49.320]about P where Keywood and sons executive leadership team
[00:02:52.520]headquartered in Omaha, of course,
[00:02:54.520]one of them north America's largest and most respected
[00:02:57.040]construction and engineering organizations
[00:02:59.670]in this inaugural cohort of 10 students,
[00:03:02.220]six of them are from Nebraska,
[00:03:03.910]four from outside the state of Nebraska.
[00:03:06.790]And this program of what it will support for them,
[00:03:10.660]is a full four year tuition,
[00:03:13.470]full scholarship for tuition with these students.
[00:03:17.060]It's supporting a book stipend of up to $750 per semester
[00:03:21.410]for the students as well,
[00:03:23.380]initial year of room and board in fall,
[00:03:26.870]and a study abroad stipend of up to $2,500
[00:03:30.550]during the course of their education.
[00:03:32.760]And, and they included importantly,
[00:03:35.750]in this Keywood scholars program are,
[00:03:39.090]two fully paid immersive learning trips
[00:03:42.140]for the students during their time as engineering students,
[00:03:46.900]and then especially crafted an internship program
[00:03:49.850]directly at Kiewit that they'll experience as well.
[00:03:53.570]So very, very excited about this new program,
[00:03:56.940]alongside of that is the addition of an,
[00:04:00.280]an additional 40 students that will become Keywood scholars,
[00:04:05.270]as part of a partnership with the Peter Cope
[00:04:07.740]with Peter Kiewit foundation.
[00:04:10.110]That we'll be announcing the first class of a year from now
[00:04:14.300]to, to add to this program.
[00:04:15.940]So a very exciting program for Nebraska engineering.
[00:04:18.240]Yeah. No doubt. Again, this is Ronnie Green,
[00:04:20.020]chancellor for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln
[00:04:22.240]here on countdown to kickoff.
[00:04:23.600]Speaking of scholarships, chancellor,
[00:04:25.540]the university made news recently
[00:04:27.010]with expanded scholarship opportunities
[00:04:29.060]for students in the arts.
[00:04:31.220]A lot of seniors out there,
[00:04:32.610]a lot of parents of those seniors out there listening
[00:04:35.260]to thinking about applying to colleges right now,
[00:04:37.240]what can you tell them
[00:04:38.100]about these expanded scholarship opportunities?
[00:04:41.830]Well, you know, Greg,
[00:04:43.380]one of our most famous all time alumni
[00:04:46.060]of the University of Nebraska
[00:04:47.820]was none other than Johnny Carson.
[00:04:50.220]We remember so well from his,
[00:04:52.760]his prominence in the entertainment industry,
[00:04:55.290]a native of Norfolk, Nebraska,
[00:04:57.440]graduate of the University of Nebraska
[00:05:00.330]in his own educational experience.
[00:05:03.260]And, the Johnny Carson foundation
[00:05:05.820]has been a strong supporter
[00:05:07.410]of our programs and the Hickson Lee college
[00:05:09.570]of fine and performing arts for some time, both,
[00:05:13.380]in terms of supporting the Johnny Carson school
[00:05:15.890]of theater and film in the college,
[00:05:19.100]as well as the new newer Johnny Carson center
[00:05:21.860]for emerging media arts through major gifts.
[00:05:25.360]And they just recently announced an additional gift program
[00:05:29.830]from the Johnny Carson foundation,
[00:05:31.870]enabling a $5 million gift to provide tuition assistance
[00:05:37.020]to even more of our students across these two schools
[00:05:41.520]in the, in the Hickson Lee college
[00:05:44.120]of fine and performing arts.
[00:05:46.540]So we are excited about that with the increased funding,
[00:05:50.560]the scholarship funding is expected to provide
[00:05:53.480]an additional 50 to 60 students scholarships annually
[00:05:57.840]totaling about $300,000 a year,
[00:06:01.780]from the current number
[00:06:03.080]of 15 to 25 students that are already or supported
[00:06:07.100]from scholarships support from the Carson foundation.
[00:06:09.630]So Johnny Carson's legacy continuing to inspire the next
[00:06:13.620]generation of artists and emerging media artists
[00:06:17.820]and film and theater students in the Hickson Lee college
[00:06:21.590]of fine and performing arts.
[00:06:23.170]Wonderful. Well, good news for everybody out there,
[00:06:25.650]listening and hope that they take advantage of that.
[00:06:28.030]Chancellor, always good to catch up with you.
[00:06:29.530]Enjoy the game today and we'll chat next week,
[00:06:31.470]before the Buckeyes, enter the field here in Lincoln.
[00:06:35.330]We're looking forward to a great game today
[00:06:37.380]against the boilermakers.
[00:06:38.510]Great to have them in town and go big red.
[00:06:41.810]Here he is. Ronnie Green,
[00:06:42.660]chancellor for the University of Nebraska ,Lincoln
[00:06:44.320]with us here on countdown to kickoff.
[00:06:46.050]Matt Coney is up next with our big 10 blitz. Stick around
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