Baseball vs. Creighton
Ronnie Green discusses how students at Nebraska get unique opportunities to learn outside of the classroom and access to global thought leaders and performers. Ronnie also discussed a student recognized as Goldwater scholar and two students receiving honorable mention recognition by the Goldwater Foundation.
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[00:00:00.230]I thank you, Ben.
[00:00:01.210]Glad to be joined by the chancellor
[00:00:02.700]for the University of Nebraska, Ronnie Green.
[00:00:04.500]Spring semester just about over.
[00:00:06.099]We're in the middle of dead week right now,
[00:00:08.100]finals are next week, we had the Spring game.
[00:00:10.580]Lot of folks certainly excited about Husker football.
[00:00:12.761]The same dynamic, though, exists with students
[00:00:16.510]excited to learn from Nebraska faculty.
[00:00:18.870]Tell us about a unique opportunity that took place
[00:00:21.359]this month for Nebraska music students.
[00:00:23.414]Well, Greg, we talk all the time about
[00:00:26.110]how our students get experience while they're students,
[00:00:29.150]beyond the classroom here, and in this particular case,
[00:00:33.761]we have a student who has had the opportunity
[00:00:37.080]to learn from the very best in the field
[00:00:39.019]in the area of music, Mariah Hellstrom
[00:00:42.432]who is a senior in the Hixson-Lied College
[00:00:45.530]of Fine and Performing Arts
[00:00:46.700]and is a music major from Omaha.
[00:00:48.660]She was drawn, she says, to the university
[00:00:51.567]because of her opportunity to study
[00:00:55.090]with one of our renowned faculty, pianist Paul Barnes,
[00:00:58.048]who is very well known as a quite talented pianist himself.
[00:01:02.734]And in her words, one lesson with him and she knew
[00:01:05.600]that she had to be at Nebraska, it's where she was going,
[00:01:07.986]and now here four years later,
[00:01:10.170]she's preparing to graduate here shortly
[00:01:12.490]with her degree in music, and one of the cool things
[00:01:16.670]she's been able to do is she's capping
[00:01:19.780]that four year experience in music with the chance to learn
[00:01:23.120]from world renowned composer Philip Glass
[00:01:26.663]who is a mentor and has been a mentor throughout,
[00:01:29.872]I think, his life Paul Barnes,
[00:01:32.240]the faculty member that she was so drawn to.
[00:01:35.260]He's a long time friend of Paul's
[00:01:36.659]and Philip Glass is considered
[00:01:39.422]one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century,
[00:01:45.330]so a real opportunity for her.
[00:01:47.477]He was on campus about a week ago
[00:01:51.162]for a world premier of his new piano quintet
[00:01:54.135]that was performed at the Lied Center
[00:01:56.170]and was arranged and developed by no other than Paul Barnes,
[00:01:59.698]through his work with Mr. Glass.
[00:02:03.800]So, in the days leading up to that performance,
[00:02:06.222]our students in the School of Music were able
[00:02:10.370]to have the opportunity to interact with Dr. Glass,
[00:02:14.336]observe firsthand his preparation for recital,
[00:02:17.170]to learn from him in that environment.
[00:02:19.230]We often do that with our Fine and Performing Art students.
[00:02:22.290]And Mariah was part of that, so she got to cap
[00:02:25.190]all of her four years with that amazing experience
[00:02:28.290]to work with a world renowned composer like Philip Glass.
[00:02:31.510]So, her next step, off to graduate school
[00:02:34.120]to pursue further work in the music world.
[00:02:37.500]What a fantastic story and a great opportunity
[00:02:40.700]given to her by the folks here
[00:02:42.890]at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
[00:02:44.270]It's an annual Springtime tradition here
[00:02:46.650]for a prestigious national and international scholarships
[00:02:49.620]to be announced for Husker students.
[00:02:51.730]Sounds like those are starting to be announced for 2018.
[00:02:55.050]What do we know so far?
[00:02:57.053]Well, we've been very successful over the years
[00:03:00.470]and a couple of major scholarship programs
[00:03:02.630]that are very national, competitive types of programs
[00:03:05.850]like the Truman Fellows, like Fulbright Scholars
[00:03:09.381]that go and study around the world,
[00:03:11.710]and there's a category called the Golden Water Scholarships
[00:03:15.630]that we also have had a lot of success in our students,
[00:03:18.680]very nationally competitive arena
[00:03:20.369]for them to present themselves as effectively as they can,
[00:03:24.910]to win one of these prestigious scholarships,
[00:03:27.200]and very, very happy for Aaron Halberson
[00:03:30.189]who is a junior psychology and biology major
[00:03:33.270]hailing from Syracuse, Nebraska,
[00:03:34.930]down the road here in Southeast Nebraska,
[00:03:37.904]who is one of this upcoming years'
[00:03:40.414]Gold Water Scholarship awardees.
[00:03:42.786]It's the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship
[00:03:46.365]in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering
[00:03:49.520]in the United States and he will be one
[00:03:52.370]of only about 200 college sophomores and juniors
[00:03:55.690]in the nation to be named the Gold Water Scholar this year,
[00:03:59.280]so it's quite an honor.
[00:04:01.054]He is, in particular, noted for his part
[00:04:04.752]in cognitive neuroscience research.
[00:04:07.650]We just had a symposium on this on campus here
[00:04:10.089]a few weeks ago on an annual symposium
[00:04:14.050]on motivation that's focusing in neuroscience research
[00:04:17.720]in our department of psychology, and he's been engaged
[00:04:20.510]in that undergraduate research in that area
[00:04:23.010]for more than two years, working on his senior honors thesis
[00:04:26.430]on visual, statistical learning with
[00:04:28.640]Professors Johnson and Limb in the psychology department.
[00:04:32.400]We had two students who also received honorable mention
[00:04:35.553]in that Gold Water Scholarship competition,
[00:04:38.260]which again, is a big honor nationally.
[00:04:41.350]Lauren Lesiak who is a chemistry major from Lincoln
[00:04:44.600]and Mark Nail who's a mechanical engineering major
[00:04:47.190]from Leawood, Kansas, both of them
[00:04:49.910]also heavily engaged in undergraduate research on campus.
[00:04:54.612]Lauren's worked in a chemistry lab
[00:04:57.010]led by Doctor Clifford Stains
[00:04:58.830]since she was in high school at Lincoln High,
[00:05:01.380]and Mark has researched the use of drones
[00:05:04.030]in new applications with our faculty
[00:05:06.240]in computer science and engineering
[00:05:07.650]with Doctor Zelbalm and Detweiler,
[00:05:09.922]and so you look at this talent and you think,
[00:05:13.350]wow, where these young people are going to go
[00:05:16.220]in their future and being recognized
[00:05:18.250]at a very high level nationally here.
[00:05:20.370]We're very, very proud of them
[00:05:21.760]and congratulate them on their awards.
[00:05:23.480]That is fantastic.
[00:05:24.340]Again, congratulations to them and thank you
[00:05:26.540]for highlighting those wonderful students
[00:05:28.570]here at the university.
[00:05:29.780]It won't be long until you'll be passing out
[00:05:31.390]those diplomas here in a couple of days.
[00:05:33.090]That's right, favorite time of the year,
[00:05:34.869]big ceremony for us coming up with again,
[00:05:36.880]one of our largest graduations ever
[00:05:39.630]in the history of the university.
[00:05:42.000]This may be, I believe, we think,
[00:05:44.151]based on our numbers for next year,
[00:05:46.630]this is the last May graduation
[00:05:48.600]we'll be able to have in one ceremony
[00:05:50.600]at Pinnacle Bank Arena, hard to believe.
[00:05:53.530]We've outgrown, already, that facility.
[00:05:56.007]That's a good problem to have
[00:05:57.960]and we're looking forward to commencement
[00:05:59.830]coming up here very soon.
[00:06:00.870]Great, good luck.
You bet, go big red.
[00:06:02.411]First pitch, Huskers and Blue Jays coming up next.
[00:06:04.960]This is the Husker IMG Sports Network.
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