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UNL

Major gift boosts nationally recognized feedyard management program at UNL

Major gift boosts nationally recognized feedyard management program at UNL

A nationally recognized program at UNL that has educated and trained cattle feedyard specialists for 25 years has received a major gift to perpetually support its mission and student interns.

Posted: Thu, Nov 6, 2014

UNMC

Leadership gift moves UNMC nursing building project in Lincoln closer to reality

Leadership gift moves UNMC nursing building project in Lincoln closer to reality

Ruth and Bill Scott of Omaha have made a leadership gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to support the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing’s new facility to be located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s east campus in Lincoln.

Posted: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

UNO

Couple sees their children and giving as the glue to their marriage

Couple sees their children and giving as the glue to their marriage

Two years ago, Mary and Rodrigo Lopez of Omaha led a Habitat for Humanity team in Haiti. It had been several years since the earthquake, and yet many people were still living in tent camps.

Posted: Thu, May 29, 2014

UNL

Engineering donor does more than just talk about Nebraska

Engineering donor does more than just talk about Nebraska

Robert McBroom, 91, talks about the Dust Bowl days and how grateful he is that his dad, and the university, gave him a better life.

Posted: Thu, May 29, 2014

FOUNDATION

Hubbard Foundation advances State Museum's outreach and service

Hubbard Foundation advances State Museum's outreach and service

The University of Nebraska State Museum has received a major gift from the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation to provide funding to establish a volunteer program, launch a new distance learning program and begin a program to help underserved populations access the museum.

Posted: Fri, Dec 20, 2013

UNMC

Donors turn lifelong nursing dream into a reality

Donors turn lifelong nursing dream into a reality

Her dream was always the same. “When I was a little girl, I remember being asked the infamous question: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’” Myrranda Essex says. “And unlike some children, I always gave the same answer: ‘I want to be a nurse.’”

Posted: Mon, Nov 11, 2013

PLANNED GIVING

Dr. Carol Swarts made a direct transfer from her IRA to support the University of Nebraska

Dr. Carol Swarts made a direct transfer from her IRA to support the University of Nebraska

Act fast, the deadline for IRA rollovers is December 31, 2013.

Posted: Fri, Nov 1, 2013

UNL

Glenn, thank you for the music

Glenn, thank you for the music

An $8 million gift from Glenn Korff creates a permanently endowed fund for the School of Music

Editor’s Note: Sadly, Mr. Korff passed away on Aug. 27. Memorial services are pending.

Posted: Wed, Sep 4, 2013

UNK

Generous Copes helped enhance the map of Kearney

Generous Copes helped enhance the map of Kearney

Donor Carol Cope left the streets of Kearney changed for the better.

Posted: Wed, Sep 4, 2013

UNL

Garden of happy tears

Garden of happy tears

She didn’t mean to cry. But Dorothy Enright did, and her tears made it hard to see the garden and its trees and shrubs, its paths where the students walk.

Posted: Fri, Aug 23, 2013

UNL

Worldwide contractor likes NU graduates

Worldwide contractor likes NU graduates

The Kiewit Corporation, based in Omaha, is one of the largest contractors in the world. Many of its employees – about 600 – are University of Nebraska graduates. Some have risen to top leadership jobs – people like Rick Lanoha, Dave Miles and former Husker All-American offensive lineman Doug Glaser. But the large number of NU grads is not just because the company’s headquarters is in Nebraska. Other units of the company – the West Coast ones in particular – have regularly recruited NU students over the years.

Posted: Wed, May 29, 2013

UNO

Buffett gives students some priceless advice

Buffett gives students some priceless advice

A young woman stood before the third-richest man in the world – Warren Buffett – one recent day and asked him about something almost everybody in the world wants. Success. This was during a live CNN interview at UNO’s Mammel Hall.) Find out his surprising answer.

Posted: Wed, May 29, 2013

2 WIN grants to assist grandparents, UNL students

Women Investing in Nebraska awarded two $93,000 grants to assist a pilot program making mental health counselors more accessible at UNL residence halls and helping the Nebraska Children’s Home Society expand its support network for grandparents.

Osbornes and Varners honored with highest development service award

Nancy and Tom Osborne and Paula and Woody Varner have been conferred the 2019 Harlan J. Noddle Award for Distinguished Development Service in recognition of the years they advocated for the university and their involvement with private philanthropy for the university.

Holthus and Raikeses honored with highest volunteer service award

Kelly Holthus of York and Jeff and Tricia Raikes of Seattle and Ashland, Nebraska, are 2019 recipients of the Perry W. Branch Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service.

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