Foundation Provides Record $89.5 Million to University of Nebraska
The University of Nebraska Foundation announced Friday at its annual meeting of trustees it transferred a record $89.5 million to the University of Nebraska's four campuses during its last fiscal year. Most of the funding provided aid for student scholarships, campus and building improvements, academic programs and research.
The fundraising year was the foundation's third best, having received $104.7 million in total gifts, bequests and life insurance proceeds. Last year was the organization's best year, and 1997 was its second best.
The market value of the foundation's assets for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007, totaled $1.6 billion. The total return on the foundation's main endowment fund, which is a portion of its total assets, was 17.6 percent for the year.
"The many people who care about this university must be given recognition for their support," said Terry Fairfield, University of Nebraska Foundation CEO. "On behalf of the students, teachers and staff—as well as the many others whose lives are touched by the activities of the university—we cannot thank them enough for their devotion."
The benefits transferred to the university include more than $35.7 million for campus and building improvements and $24.3 million for academic programs. More than $15.4 million was directed to benefit students through scholarships, graduate assistantships and fellowships, and almost $4.5 million was directed to faculty assistance. University research programs received $6.8 million.
A vast majority of donors direct how their gifts are to aid the university, Fairfield said. The gifts include endowed funds, which provide annual income to benefit the university, as well as expendable funds available immediately to the university.
The foundation shared examples of how private support helps the university. They included:
- Teachers and students at UNO benefit from the James R. Schumacher Chair of Ethics and the Schumacher Scholarships within the Service Learning Academy. Schumacher, of Omaha, provided the funding to recognize outstanding faculty and students committed to increasing knowledge, awareness and application of the principles of ethics, tolerance and understanding. "Private support allows us to make sure certain things happen and not just wish things would happen," Director Paul Sather said.
- Students at UNK, such as senior Criss Salinas Jr. of Schuyler, receive tuition assistance from the Dream Scholar Program. The program was established with an anonymous gift to provide scholarships to Nebraskans who are the first in their immediate family to attend college. "The Dream Scholarship has given me opportunities I could have never imagined," Salinas said.
- Professor Maher K. Tadros is the first recipient of the Leslie D. Martin Professor of Civil Engineering at UNL, which is a named endowment in honor of alumnus Les Martin that provides resources to the Department of Civil Engineering. Tadros is a mastermind behind new bridge technologies now used for bridge construction in the United States and places around the world. "I am very grateful to [Les Martin's] family and friends for making this award possible," Dr. Tadros said.
- Family practice physician Angela Brennan, M.D., of St. Paul and others have the Mellam Family Scholars Program to thank for providing needed scholarship support while studying at UNMC. The scholarship, funded by the Mellam Family Foundation, honors the legacy of Leo and Laural Mellam by assisting students interested in rural family medicine. "I knew since high school I wanted to pursue a career in family medicine," Dr. Brennan said.
Foundation Election Results
The foundation announced at its annual meeting the results of leadership elections. Harley Bergmeyer of DeWitt was elected chairman of the board for a two-year term and replaces Tom Henning of Lincoln whose term concluded. Larry Arth of Lincoln was elected chairman elect.
Robert Krohn of Omaha and Kathryn LeBaron of Lincoln were elected to the board of directors for three-year terms. The following board members were re-elected to three-year terms: Claire Johnson of Los Angeles, Ronald Harris of Lincoln, Butch Brown of Kearney and Larry Arth of Lincoln.
The following board members were appointed to head committees: Claire Johnson to administrative; Tom Henning to audit; Mike Dunlap of Lincoln to development; Nancy Keegan of Los Angeles to finance; Brian Hamilton of Grand Island to grants; and Peter Whitted of Omaha to nominating.
The foundation introduced the following new trustees who were elected for six-year terms: John and Sonia Breslow of Scottsdale, Ariz., William and Cynthia Lester of Lincoln, Glenna Luschei of Carpinteria, Calif., and Roger and Ann Severin of Lincoln.
The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for 71 years. It provided $89.5 million last year—the most ever—for students, faculty, academic programs, research and campus capital improvements.
The foundation's 2007 annual report and audited financial statements are located on its Web site at http:/www.nufoundation.org.
Coach, Two Athletes Earn Spots In UNO Athletic Hall of Fame
A coach and two standout athletes who helped their teams achieve new heights will be the newest inductees at the 32nd Annual UNO Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Mary Yori, the winningest softball coach in school history, wide receiver MarTay Jenkins and softball pitcher Michelle Manthei Kankousky will be honored for their accomplishments at the event, to be held at the DoubleTree Downtown Hotel. The banquet, which is open to the public, is $50 per person, or $500 for a table. Reservations may be made by phoning 554.2506. A 6 p.m. social hour will precede the 7 p.m. dinner. The program will begin at 8 p.m.
Yori, currently the head softball coach at Colorado State University, led the Mavericks to a 459-158 record during her 11-year career at UNO from 1989-99. Her teams won four straight North Central Conference (NCC) and NCAA II regional titles from 1994-97. The Mavs finished third twice, fifth once and in 1996 advanced to the championship game. The program produced eight All-Americans and two first-team College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-Americans. She was named the national coach of the year in 1994 and 1996 by the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association. Her teams reached the NCAA II regionals 10 straight years.
Jenkins played two seasons for the Mavericks, leading the team in 1996 with 36 catches for 848 yards and eight touchdowns. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the opening game of 1997 after catching a 32-yard touchdown pass. He passed up on the NFL draft the next spring in order to complete his college career with the Mavericks and caught 66 passes for 1,420 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1998. He also averaged 25.4 yards on kickoff returns, including one for an 89-yard score and rushed for four touchdowns and 219 yards. Jenkins helped the Mavs win NCC titles both years he played, their first league championships in 12 years. Drafted in the sixth-round of the NFL draft by Dallas, he later went to the Arizona Cardinals and set league records for kickoff return yards and average.
Manthei Kankousky was a first-team All-American in 2001 when she pitched the Mavericks to the NCAA II championship. She was 88-28 over her 1998-2001 career, striking out 526. She recorded 34 career shutouts. In 2001, she went 28-3 with a 0.81 earned run average and struck out 219 in 215 innings. In 2001, the Mavericks had to battle back from the loser's bracket and Kankousky won two clutch games to put UNO into the title match-up with Lewis University.
Next SPR October Brown Bag Today
Representatives from the Nebraska Humanities Council will discuss funding opportunities and answer questions for UNO faculty and staff at today's (Oct. 24) Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (SPR) brown bag session. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.
SPR holds brown bag sessions throughout the academic year featuring research- and creative activity-related topics. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Participants are invited to bring a lunch and questions.
For more information, call SPR at 554.2286.
"Shakespeare Behind Bars" Workshop on Campus Today
Curt L. Tofteland - founder and artistic director of the Shakespeare Behind Bars program at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Ky. - will showcase the award-winning film "Shakespeare Behind Bars" at workshops planned for today at UNO and Thursday, Oct. 25, at Creighton University.
"Shakespeare Behind Bars" discusses the creative process and power of art to heal and redeem. The film documents an approach which aims to encourage the development of interpersonal life skills that contribute to inmates' successful reintegration into society.
Nebraska Shakespeare is conducting the workshops with the intent of initiating a Nebraska "Shakespeare Behind Bars" program in 2008. The remaining workshop schedule is listed below.
Today, Oct. 24
UNO - Weber Fine Arts Building (WFAB)
- Refreshments and reception
UNO Art Gallery (WFAB, first floor)
- Film screening and discussion
UNO Theater (WFAB, first floor)
Thursday, Oct. 25
- Film screening and discussion
120 Rigge Science Building
(Parking at LIED Center available)
For more information, contact Nellie MacCallum with Nebraska Shakespeare at 556.4396 or nmaccallum@nebraska.
Campus Researchers Featured in Showcase
The University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA) continues to feature faculty members who have received UCRCA funding in the display case on the second floor of the Eppley Administration Building during October.
For the week of Oct. 22-31, the following faculty are featured:
- Guoqing Lu, biology;
- Steven Shultz, economics; and
- Jennifer White, health, physical education and recreation.
The displays include posters and other research artifacts.
The mission of the UCRCA is to encourage research and creative activity by UNO faculty. The committee places special emphasis on seed grant funding for projects potentially leading to external funding, and on grants to new faculty to help them establish programs of research/creative activity. To learn more about the UCRCA, visit http://www.unomaha.edu/spr/ucr.php.
The UCRCA is administered by the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research. For more information, call 554.2286.
HR to Offer Oct. 25 FMLA Workshop
Human Resources will present an overview of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Milo Bail Student Center Gallery Room.
The FMLA Act obligates certain employers, such as the University of Nebraska, to provide family and medical leave to their employees. The hour-long overview will start at 9 a.m.
The workshop will help employees understand the provisions of the FMLA Act, and highlight the university's leave policies, procedures and forms used.
To register, contact Human Resources at 554.3665.
Women's Studies Colloquium Series Continues Oct. 25
Shannon Holland, assistant professor of communication at UNO, will present "The Enigmatic Lynndie England: Gendered Explanations for the Prisoner Abuse Scandal at Abu Ghraib" Thursday, Oct. 25, at the next Women's Studies Colloquium. Her talk is set for 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. in 311 Arts and Sciences Hall.
The event, sponsored by the Women's Studies Colloquium Series, is free and open to the UNO community and the public.
For more information, call 554.3834.
Ecoutez! Continues Oct. 25 with Male Vocal Ensemble Cantus
The 2007-08 Ecoutez! Series at UNO continues Thursday, Oct. 25, with a performance by the male vocal ensemble Cantus. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.
Tickets cost $15 and will be available at the door. All students are admitted free of charge with identification. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the concert.
"Ecoutez! is committed to bringing the highest caliber of established performers and emerging artists to the metropolitan area," said Roger Foltz, a professor of music at UNO and coordinator of the series. The word "ecoutez" is French for "listen." KVNO Classical 90.7 FM is the media sponsor for the series.
Cantus has performed a coast-to-coast U.S. tour, including debut performances in New York City; Hartford, Conn.; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minn., and San Francisco. Their repertoire spans many periods and genres, including Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, contemporary sacred works, art songs, folk music, spirituals, jazz standards and pop.
The ensemble's members are frequent clinicians at festivals, high schools and colleges across the country. Cantus has four CDs on Cantus Recordings, including their latest recording, "Let Your Voice Be Heard" (2001), a collection of music from cultures around the world.
For more information, call 554.3427.
Abilities Days Oct. 25-26 at UNO
A talk by Chad Crittenden, a "Survivor: Vanuatu" cast member, will kick off Ability Days at UNO on Thursday, Oct. 25. Ability Days, sponsored by the Network for disAbled Students, takes place on campus over two days, Oct. 25 and 26.
Crittenden will give his presentation from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room. During the filming of "Survivor," he shocked his competitors when he revealed he only has one leg. More information on Crittenden is available at http://www.campuspeak.com/speakers/crittenden.
On Friday, Oct. 26, the Eastern Nebraska Wheelchair Basketball Association will play against a team from UNO in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building gym. Faculty, staff and students can sign up to play, work the sidelines or watch and cheer. The event runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
For more information, call 554.2711 or 554.2368. The Network for disAbled Students is a Student Government agency.
Flu Shot Clinics Set for Oct. 26-Nov. 2 on Campus
UNO Student Health Services (SHS) will host several flu shot clinics on campus this fall for faculty, staff and students. A flu shot costs $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Faculty reimbursement may be possible through Blue Cross Blue Shield for those who bring their insurance cards.
The flu shot clinic schedule is listed below.
Friday, Oct. 26
- The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute Dean's Conference Room (Room 100 A)
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
- Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building (main hallway)
10 a.m. to noon
- Scott Residence Hall Study Room (near cafeteria)
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
- University Village Clubhouse
12:30 to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
- Student Health Services (Milo Bail Student Center, first floor)
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2
- Criss Library (main floor)
8:30 to 11 a.m.
For more information, call SHS at 554.2374.