Football vs. Ohio State
Ronnie Green talks about Veterans Day gameday activities and breaking ground recently on the on-campus tribute to veterans in front of the Military & Naval Science building. Green also talks about the NCPA and an opportunity award admission to students in the Academy at Omaha North and Omaha South and collaborative research between UNL and UNO on engineering and bridge safety.
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[00:00:00.400]Welcome back Countdown to Kickoff,
[00:00:01.800]Huskers and Buckeyes headed for an 11:05
[00:00:04.410]kick today, and as we do each and every week,
[00:00:06.100]a chance to sit down with the chancellor from
[00:00:08.050]the university of Nebraska Lincoln, Ronnie
[00:00:09.550]Green, it's a Husker-Buckeye day.
[00:00:11.600]Not only do we have this football game coming
[00:00:13.330]up here in just over an hour, but the
[00:00:14.520]volleyball teams are going to get together
[00:00:15.960]tonight in Columbus, should be a fun day of activity.
[00:00:19.140]Always great when
[00:00:20.040]we have the opportunity to play our friends from
[00:00:21.890]the Ohio state university. Um, Christina Johnson,
[00:00:24.930]my colleague, their reasonably new president at
[00:00:27.510]Ohio state joined there last year.
[00:00:29.400]I've gotten to be very good friends with
[00:00:30.609]Christina, and so, we have a rivalry going on
[00:00:33.440]about, you know, playing each other and -
[00:00:35.960]so great to have the Buckeyes here at
[00:00:37.820]Memorial Stadium today and in front of the home
[00:00:40.010]crowd of course, and, for our volleyball team
[00:00:42.790]to be in Columbus tonight, two powerhouses in
[00:00:45.780]the Big 10, of course, in this stretch for
[00:00:47.530]volleyball, playing a pretty tough schedule in the
[00:00:50.780]Big 10 currently with those four highly ranked teams.
[00:00:54.550]So, great day against the Buckeyes,
[00:00:57.030]looking forward to the game here today.
[00:00:58.440]The first time they've come since we've been
[00:00:59.700]in the league, we're playing a day game
[00:01:00.880]against them, it's always been at night.
[00:01:02.570]Veteran's day, Chancellor, is coming up later
[00:01:04.670]in the week, one of my favorite pregame shows
[00:01:06.620]by the pride of all Nebraska, the Husker
[00:01:08.340]marching band, is coming up here
[00:01:09.610]in just a little bit to honor all four
[00:01:11.510]branches of the military. It's one of
[00:01:13.240]my favorite pregame ceremonies.
[00:01:15.310]Yeah, it sure is.
[00:01:16.230]And a lot of our Husker nation will remember
[00:01:19.240]three years ago when we celebrated the 100th
[00:01:21.500]anniversary of the end of World War I,
[00:01:23.370]Armistice day, our stadium - Memorial stadium,
[00:01:26.410]of course built in honor of World War I,
[00:01:29.780]and in that time period, remember, you know,
[00:01:31.830]we dedicated the plaques inside of east stadium
[00:01:34.890]there that honor all of the UNL alumni that
[00:01:38.990]were part of World War I, and just yesterday
[00:01:41.660]we broke ground on a new veterans tribute here
[00:01:45.360]at the end of Memorial Plaza in front of the
[00:01:47.881]Military Naval Sciences building,
[00:01:51.200]a new entrance for that building,
[00:01:53.180]and a new tribute to all veterans from Nebraska
[00:01:56.540]that our students will have the opportunity
[00:01:58.460]to go through every day.
[00:01:59.710]I'm excited about that, and of
[00:02:01.350]course celebrating the service of all of
[00:02:03.210]our veterans to our country this weekend.
[00:02:05.680]We appreciate all the men and women
[00:02:06.930]who serve our countries. You've had a busy week,
[00:02:08.770]you had a chance early in the week to
[00:02:09.840]congratulate some Nebraska high school
[00:02:11.640]students for doing some big things
[00:02:13.880]as part of the Nebraska College Preparatory
[00:02:16.220]Academy, what can you tell us about the time
[00:02:18.130]you spent with some students up at Omaha?
[00:02:19.910]Well, Greg, the Nebraska College
[00:02:21.730]Preparatory Academy, we're very proud of here
[00:02:24.330]at the University. We started this actually
[00:02:26.288]in 2006 as a joint partnership with Grand Island
[00:02:30.150]Senior High School in Grand Island.
[00:02:32.300]Added three more high schools over
[00:02:34.290]the years in 2008 added Omaha North High School,
[00:02:38.350]2017, just four years ago, added Omaha South
[00:02:41.840]and Winnebago high school up in the
[00:02:44.470]Northeast corner of the state.
[00:02:46.730]This is a program that, where students
[00:02:49.740]commit with their families - students who
[00:02:52.750]are almost all first gen, almost all from
[00:02:55.470]underrepresented minority populations to
[00:02:58.910]commit during their high school years
[00:03:01.450]to preparing themselves to be
[00:03:03.360]successful for university work.
[00:03:06.970]And, when they finished their senior year and
[00:03:10.770]they've qualified all those requirements,
[00:03:12.790]if they gain admission to the university,
[00:03:15.540]academically, come with a full scholarship
[00:03:19.160]level of support for them to come to
[00:03:21.230]the university of Nebraska Lincoln.
[00:03:22.660]So I was really excited this week to be
[00:03:24.830]at two of our partner high schools in Omaha North
[00:03:28.510]Tuesday morning, this past week and
[00:03:30.590]Omaha South Tuesday afternoon,
[00:03:32.370]to celebrate with those cohorts of students.
[00:03:34.970]We had 19 graduating seniors at Omaha North,
[00:03:38.760]who completed all those requirements that we
[00:03:40.780]presented their admissions to, for the university
[00:03:44.470]next fall, we had 30 in Omaha South.
[00:03:47.220]This is just the second senior class from
[00:03:49.560]Omaha South that's completed that program
[00:03:51.940]and NCPA. The first classes here this
[00:03:54.510]fall very, very successful. I can't tell you
[00:03:58.690]the impact that NCPA has had, you know,
[00:04:01.110]amongst the highest graduation rate students
[00:04:04.230]in the university, you know, graduate at the
[00:04:06.660]very highest rate. We have students who are
[00:04:10.400]winning national awards. We had an Omaha North alum
[00:04:13.740]last year, graduated last year,
[00:04:16.020]who was selected as a Gilman Scholar
[00:04:17.910]internationally to travel and work internationally now.
[00:04:21.674]So, just exciting day, I couldn't have,
[00:04:23.990]it was a lot of fun to be at Omaha North and
[00:04:28.010]Omaha South and to celebrate with those
[00:04:30.040]students and all of their cohorts.
[00:04:31.860]So all of their freshmen, sophomore,
[00:04:33.750]junior students were there as well
[00:04:36.550]that are part of the program.
[00:04:38.000]We've been supported very, very strongly
[00:04:41.210]and increasingly so over the last number of
[00:04:43.850]years in financial support for the NCPA program
[00:04:48.050]as well, the Sherwood Foundation, the Kiewit
[00:04:50.440]Foundation, the Trencher Foundation from El
[00:04:54.710]Paso has made major gifts in support of
[00:04:57.420]scholarships for these students.
[00:04:59.600]Or recently we just announced last week,
[00:05:01.590]an estate gift that is coming to the
[00:05:03.110]university from the Mackey family
[00:05:04.910]that also is contributing here.
[00:05:07.020]So the question I got from Cheryl Logan,
[00:05:09.220]the Omaha Public Schools superintendent,
[00:05:10.950]who was with us earlier this week was,
[00:05:12.920]how are we going to expand this?
[00:05:14.110]Or how are we going to get this into
[00:05:15.530]the next few high schools? And
[00:05:16.750]we're working on that as well.
[00:05:18.000]Oh, that's fantastic. Great news.
[00:05:19.420]Congratulations to all those young
[00:05:20.820]folks and their accomplishments.
[00:05:22.740]You and I talk often about collaborating
[00:05:25.040]efforts between the universities within the
[00:05:27.380]system: UNL, UNMC, and on their research.
[00:05:30.590]You recently announced a new project led by
[00:05:32.260]faculty at UNL and UNO that could have significant
[00:05:35.290]impact on the safety of drivers crossing
[00:05:38.120]bridges all over, not just Nebraska, but the
[00:05:39.730]United States. Where is that project headed?
[00:05:42.510]Well, Greg, we,
[00:05:44.020]actually in Nebraska Engineering, College
[00:05:46.620]of Engineering here at UNL, is housed both at UNL
[00:05:50.630]and we also have several of our
[00:05:52.270]departments that have housing at UNO,
[00:05:54.470]where students on the UNO campus also were
[00:05:58.100]able to complete their engineering education.
[00:06:00.290]Civil engineering, mechanical and materials
[00:06:02.160]engineering, electrical and computer engineering
[00:06:04.670]all have those dual campus sites.
[00:06:07.690]So, we did just announce UNL and UNO researchers
[00:06:11.840]were awarded a five million dollar Department of
[00:06:14.430]Defense Army Corps of Engineers grant for
[00:06:17.055]research in bridge safety, particularly around,
[00:06:20.720]you know, we have some decaying infrastructure.
[00:06:22.700]We know that in Nebraska as well around our roads
[00:06:25.830]and bridges in particular - safety of bridges,
[00:06:27.900]you might remember the Minneapolis bridge
[00:06:29.660]collapsed here a number of years ago that got
[00:06:32.730]a lot of national attention.
[00:06:34.590]So, this is a project that is joint,
[00:06:38.820]led by Dan Linzell, one of our associate deans,
[00:06:42.590]actually, in the college of engineering,
[00:06:44.200]civil environmental engineer here at UNL, and
[00:06:47.160]Robin Gandhi, in information science and technology,
[00:06:49.963]a faculty member at UNO in their college
[00:06:53.140]of information of science and technology who
[00:06:55.220]will lead the research project together.
[00:06:57.950]They'll use rural Nebraska bridges as full-scale
[00:07:01.150]test beds to conduct research and development
[00:07:04.460]relating to data collection at the bridges,
[00:07:07.800]using the internet of things including sensors on
[00:07:11.490]aerial vehicles and more, they'll have involved
[00:07:15.000]secure data processing and management from the
[00:07:17.570]bridge to the cloud, visualization and analytics
[00:07:20.900]of data using machine learning, and socio-technical
[00:07:24.240]impacts from that work such as fairness
[00:07:27.090]of data, algorithms, strength and truth of data,
[00:07:31.490]and analysis and decision support systems.
[00:07:34.590]Been very strongly supported in this work by US
[00:07:38.050]Senator Deb Fischer, our senior member
[00:07:40.050]of the congressional delegation from Nebraska.
[00:07:42.270]She's the ranking member of the Senate Commerce
[00:07:44.410]Surface Transportation subcommittee,
[00:07:47.420]and a high ranking member of the Senate
[00:07:49.700]Armed Services committee as well.
[00:07:51.560]And she was instrumental in her office in helping
[00:07:54.100]to advance and develop this project with us.
[00:07:56.990]So we're excited about that,
[00:07:58.580]this joint work between information science
[00:08:00.700]and technology, and civil and environmental
[00:08:02.770]engineering components of the University of
[00:08:05.280]Nebraska college of engineering and the
[00:08:07.550]University of Nebraska at Omaha.
[00:08:09.260]Very good, impressive stuff there. Well,
[00:08:11.210]enjoy the game today and I know your wife's going
[00:08:13.310]to have you busy tonight watching some
[00:08:14.580]volleyball, so enjoy the full day.
[00:08:16.770]Yeah, she sure will.
[00:08:18.090]So, looking forward to a great game today
[00:08:20.590]on both fronts here in Lincoln and in Columbus.
[00:08:22.930]Go Big Red.
[00:08:23.763]There he is, Ronnie Green, with us here on
[00:08:25.070]Countdown to Kickoff. Matt Coatney is back
[00:08:26.850]with our Big Ten Blitz. It's next.
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