Football vs. Minnesota
Dr. Rodney Bennett talks about Volleyball Day in Nebraska, how special the UNL fan and alumni base is, how he wanted to lead at UNL because of the unique commitment to public higher education in Nebraska, and how every new school year is exciting for educators.
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[00:00:00.240]That each week before each Husker football game
[00:00:02.610]had talked to the chancellor
[00:00:03.443]at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
[00:00:05.250]and he is fresh, new on the job, Rodney Bennett.
[00:00:09.150]It is great to have you and your wife
[00:00:10.920]and your family in in Lincoln, Nebraska.
[00:00:12.570]Brother Greg, it's so nice to be with you this afternoon.
[00:00:15.120]What a great day to be a Husker.
[00:00:18.240]What a great day to kick off our season.
[00:00:20.490]What a great day to follow-up on the epic-
[00:00:23.942]Epic celebration of women's contributions to sports
[00:00:28.020]and women's contributions
[00:00:29.017]across every field of human endeavor,
[00:00:31.920]and to break the world record in Memorial Stadium yesterday
[00:00:34.710]with all of those incredible Husker fans there.
[00:00:37.620]I'm glad you started there, 'cause I wasn't there.
[00:00:39.840]We came up yesterday, the team came up, so we watched it.
[00:00:42.390]It looked fantastic on television.
[00:00:44.520]My condolences to you for not being there.
[00:00:47.610]I commented to somebody
[00:00:48.870]that if you were not in Lincoln, Nebraska last night,
[00:00:51.167]you totally missed the assignment. (laughing)
[00:00:54.570]And just, and what a celebration for women's sports.
[00:00:57.360]I mean, that was just a-
[00:00:58.950]And what a great statement from the university
[00:01:00.810]to be able to present that to everybody.
[00:01:02.400]Well, you know, I think what it demonstrates
[00:01:05.070]really across the board
[00:01:06.450]is that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:01:09.210]really is one of our country's most important institutions.
[00:01:13.080]And I think that when you set aside a time,
[00:01:15.540]and the resources, and the staffing,
[00:01:18.090]to think about how we go about recognizing women's sports
[00:01:22.080]and recognizing women and the contributions
[00:01:24.240]that so many phenomenal women have made
[00:01:26.910]in every field of human endeavor,
[00:01:28.530]it really separates you
[00:01:29.970]from what so many other institutions are doing.
[00:01:32.880]And so Temple and I and our family
[00:01:34.590]are just happy to be a part of the Husker family,
[00:01:37.320]and hope that over the next, you know, many, many years,
[00:01:39.870]we'll be able to make equally contributions.
[00:01:43.200]What excited you and what attracted you to this position?
[00:01:46.890]Well, I think that, I've been asked this question a lot,
[00:01:49.470]and I actually love answering the question
[00:01:51.180]because it's an opportunity for me
[00:01:52.770]to remind all of our listeners tonight, and our alumni,
[00:01:56.490]and friends of the university all around the world
[00:01:59.190]of how special the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is.
[00:02:03.720]And I say that because we cannot take for granted
[00:02:08.340]the loyalty, and the dedication,
[00:02:10.440]and the devotion to the state and to the institution.
[00:02:14.640]This is my fifth university.
[00:02:17.610]Some might say the guy can't keep a job, he just-
You know, every so often
[00:02:21.180]he has to move along.
[00:02:22.020]That's not the case.
[00:02:22.920]I've had very long, successful tenures.
[00:02:25.260]But I think it's just a reminder to us
[00:02:27.360]of how special the state is and the university is
[00:02:31.140]that you have a fan base and an alumni base
[00:02:35.100]that really embraces what it means to support the university
[00:02:40.050]through our peaks and through our valleys.
[00:02:43.290]And I wanted to associate myself with a university
[00:02:46.599]who had that type of commitment to public power education.
[00:02:50.520]You know, we really are educating the next farmers, and ag,
[00:02:55.920]and natural resource leaders across the country.
[00:02:59.340]We are educating the next generation of engineers,
[00:03:02.640]the next generation of architects,
[00:03:04.530]the next generation of English teachers,
[00:03:07.483]and science teachers, and athletic trainers,
[00:03:10.890]and the list just sorta goes on and on and on.
[00:03:13.467]And I think that just sort of embracing
[00:03:16.290]that at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
[00:03:18.300]there's a commitment to doing that
[00:03:20.460]through the ups and the downs
[00:03:21.660]made me want to be a part of this community.
[00:03:24.743]Dr. Rodney Bennett with us,
[00:03:25.740]chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
[00:03:27.870]We're into the second week of school already.
It's hard to believe.
[00:03:30.777]What's the vibes like?
[00:03:31.860](chuckling) It's hard to believe it's the second week.
[00:03:34.890]And what a way to sort of cap the second week
[00:03:37.590]with volleyball, and an instructional continuity day.
[00:03:41.904]I have to remind all of our stakeholders
[00:03:44.190]that we were not closed yesterday as it were.
[00:03:47.460]We were hoping that everybody
[00:03:49.650]met with their faculty members electronically,
[00:03:52.140]and it was an instructional continuity day.
[00:03:55.050]And I, I'd just like to remind everybody
[00:03:57.240]that there were activities on campus
[00:03:59.700]even though we gathered all in Memorial Stadium
[00:04:02.790]for the main event.
[00:04:04.350]And I'm really glad that the day happened
[00:04:06.300]the way that it happened.
[00:04:07.320]How much fun is it for you as a chancellor
[00:04:09.210]to have that campus kinda come alive every school year?
[00:04:12.180]You know, I think it's one of the things
[00:04:13.680]that those of us in education always look forward to.
[00:04:16.350]I think that the K-12, our kindergarten teachers,
[00:04:19.475]and our middle school teachers,
[00:04:21.900]and our high school teachers,
[00:04:23.250]and for those of us that work at post-secondary
[00:04:26.220]always look forward to the start of school
[00:04:29.400]and the opportunity as educators to really influence
[00:04:33.300]and impact bright, young, eager minds
[00:04:36.690]that are ready to learn.
[00:04:37.770]They've had a good summer, or good sort of break,
[00:04:40.770]since many places do year-round school now.
[00:04:43.890]But I think it's that anticipation of,
[00:04:46.320]we have another opportunity,
[00:04:47.970]we have another opportunity to influence,
[00:04:50.550]and to, you know, influence and to inspire
[00:04:55.500]the next generation of thought leaders.
[00:04:57.600]And we take that very seriously.
[00:04:59.940]When you are working with young people,
[00:05:02.160]and you're, you know, you're sort of shaping
[00:05:04.020]and helping them to have the confidence
[00:05:06.000]to do the things that are hard,
[00:05:07.980]that maybe they can't, they think that maybe they cannot do.
[00:05:11.190]And the teachers and faculty members,
[00:05:14.340]I have said for many years,
[00:05:16.170]are the single greatest influence on a student's success.
[00:05:20.940]And I think that we have to celebrate our teachers
[00:05:23.310]and lift our teachers up.
[00:05:24.360]And I use teachers broadly.
[00:05:25.650]I use teachers, faculty members at the university setting,
[00:05:28.920]teachers primarily in K-12 setting.
[00:05:31.800]I think that we have to recognize and celebrate
[00:05:34.020]that they are the single greatest influence
[00:05:36.720]on how our students grow and develop
[00:05:38.760]and how successful they are.
[00:05:40.230]Chancellor, tonight's the first football game
[00:05:42.030]under your watch,
[00:05:42.863]it's the first football game for Matt Rhule.
[00:05:44.430]And I'm sure the butterflies
[00:05:45.435]are going through the coach a little bit,
[00:05:47.100]but I know you've had a chance
[00:05:48.330]to probably be around him a little bit.
[00:05:49.650]Your thoughts about kind of a new era now
[00:05:51.600]for Husker football?
[00:05:52.650]Well, I think that we,
[00:05:54.330]I think that we are gonna continue on
[00:05:56.760]what we started last night of excellence in winning.
[00:06:00.840]And I think that the coach, and the players,
[00:06:03.090]and all of his support team members
[00:06:05.760]understand the assignment.
[00:06:07.500]You know, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
[00:06:09.510]has a story, history, and legacy across the board,
[00:06:14.220]and obviously, athletics and football is a part of that.
[00:06:17.550]The equity that is inherent in the N
[00:06:20.340]that all of us wear so proudly, the big red N.
[00:06:23.490]And so I'm excited about tonight
[00:06:25.290]and see what Coach Rhule puts on the field for us,
[00:06:27.990]and I know that at the end of the night,
[00:06:29.700]it will be another epic, important night
[00:06:32.430]for our institution and for our athletics program.
[00:06:35.783]So nice to have you
[00:06:36.651]come on board.
Nice to meet you, Mr. Greg.
[00:06:37.830]Again, welcome to you and your family.
[00:06:39.270]Can't wait to do this every week.
[00:06:40.530]Thank you, sir.
[00:06:41.730]Dr. Rodney Bennett with us here on our pre-game.
[00:06:43.740]Matt Coatney's back with the Big 10.
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