University of Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska is one step closer to finding a chancellor as the final four candidates ready themselves to navigate an intense interview process over the next two weeks.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Four finalists have been selected after a national search for a new chancellor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Several of the University of Nebraska's biggest projects at its Lincoln and Omaha campuses are being built through private partnerships that don't use public bidding.

Greg Echlin

Basketball takes over again at CenturyLink Center tonight, but the arena was the epicenter of women’s volleyball over the weekend.  As Omaha Public Radio’s Greg Echlin reports, the price of admission turned out to be well worth it for Husker fans.


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A record crowd turned out for Thursday night’s semifinals of the NCAA women’s volleyball championship and saw the Huskers advance to the championship. 

In the first NCAA women’s volleyball championship in Omaha since 2008, the Huskers will play the second game of the doubleheader.  The Kansas Jayhawks are bracing themselves for a crowd that won’t be in their favor.


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska says it will expand its research into food systems, health and the environment through a new multicampus initiative called Food for Health.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The president of the University of Nebraska system is working to deal with racism on campus and improve the college experience for all students.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students has launched a campaign to raise awareness about beer sales in Whiteclay, a Nebraska town on the border of an officially dry South Dakota Indian reservation.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Faculty Senate is opposing a state senator's proposal to eliminate gun-free zones on college campuses.

Research being done at the University of Nebraska could lead to strategies and recommendations for combating the spread of nuclear weapons.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Foundation says it has raised more than $200 million in gifts and pledges for the third straight year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — As University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlman nears retirement, he's focusing on what he's helped the school accomplish during his tenure.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A first-year student from Arizona is accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old student in a dorm at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials say enrollment in the University of Nebraska system has risen 1.2 percent over last year to hit a 22-year high of more than 51,800 students.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska at Kearney says it will enact new student housing policies and pay $140,000 to settle a Justice Department lawsuit that accused the university of violating federal law by not allowing assistance animals in student housing.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska is offering 150 scholarships to high schools for students who want to enroll in the Nebraska Virtual Scholars program.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska president is proposing tuition increases for the next two school years after two years of tuition freezes for resident students.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha-based Baxter Auto is paying $4 million over 10 years for naming rights to the University of Nebraska at Omaha's new arena.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Foundation has bought an $895,000 house in Lincoln for the University of Nebraska president.

For the 7th year in a row, enrollment at the University of Nebraska at Omaha has grown.

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The University of Nebraska was recently awarded $980,000 from the U.S. Energy Department as part of its new nuclear energy innovation investments program. 

he UNO Aviation Institute was awarded the Loening Trophy yesterday afternoon during a formal presentation.

“A Love of Place: The Metropolitan Advantage” is the theme of the 2015 conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

UNO will host the conference.  Chancellor John Christensen says the coalition is comprised of 70 institutions across the country. 

He says between 250 and 350 leaders from those universities attend the conference each year. 

Omaha native Meghan Mercier will speak at UNO tomorrow.  Mercier will share her experiences working as a Foreign Service Officer with the US State Department. 

UNO’s Political Science Department hosts the presentation.  Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, UNO professor of political science, says Mercier’s visit is part of the Hometown Diplomats Program. 

When UNO dropped its wrestling and football programs last year, students who were recruited were left without an opportunity to play, or take advantage of other scholarship opportunities. 

This morning, attorney Mike Degan of Husch Blackwell filed a lawsuit on behalf of 13 former UNO football players and recruits.  The lawsuit is being filed under Nebraska’s public records act. 

Degan says he filed the lawsuit after several unsuccessful attempts by the law firm to get UNO to share its documentation about the decision to terminate football and wrestling.

US News and World Report has ranked five UNO graduate programs in the top 20 nationally.

John Bartle is the Acting Dean for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO.  He says the rankings show how strong UNO is at the graduate level.  

Bartle says the rankings are done by deans and directors of graduate programs.  Five programs within public administration were recognized, including criminology and criminal justice, social work and business.

UNO’s 7 Days of Service began on Saturday and continues through Friday.

Bri Exstrom, PR Student at UNO, says this is the 10th anniversary of 7 days of service. 

Held during spring break, the 7 Days of Service offers UNO students and community members the opportunity to work on 12 projects with 14 nonprofit organizations. 

Exstrom says volunteers will be working with the Stephen Center, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, among others.

UNO has a long history of working with military and veteran students as well as their families.  In the fall of 2010 UNO’s Mav USO office conducted a survey of military and veteran students. 

The results of the study showed that military and veteran students knew UNO had a lot of great programs and services to support them. What they didn’t know was how to access those programs. 

Hayley Patton, Director of Military and Veterans Programs at UNO, says that will change in a few weeks as UNO opens a new military and veterans university services office to assist these students.

UNO’s Department of Black Studies is hosting its 11th annual Malcolm X Festival Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th.

Peggy Jones, Assistant Professor in the Black Studies Department, says this year’s theme is “Juveniles and Justice: Law and the Prison Industrial Complex.”  She says the two-day event will feature a mix of presenters and topics, including poverty, youth and the law. 

Jones says Ameena Fort-Matthews is the guest speaker.  Fort-Matthews was featured in the documentary film, “The Interrupters.”

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