The Hyundai Hope On Wheels Foundation has given $200,000 to support childhood cancer research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a grant to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

The grand comes as the Hyundai Hope on Wheels Foundation embarks on a nationwide tour in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to award $6.8 million to 26 researchers.

In Nebraska, the Hyundai Hope On Wheels Young Investigator Award was presented to James Ford, DO, an associate professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at UNMC. Dr. Ford also holds professional appointments at Nebraska Medicine and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha.

Dr. Ford will use the funding to test a novel therapy for treating osteosarcoma (OS), a type of bone cancer in children and young adults. The goal is to understand how the therapy works in OS to improve the lives of children.

Currently, children diagnosed with OS are treated using the same chemotherapy treatments as were individuals who were diagnosed with the same disease three decades ago.

Dr. Ford said he is grateful for the Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant and to Hyundai for its dedication and commitment to helping fight childhood cancer.

“Cancer is something that is so devastating to children and their families, but so many of them take solace in knowing that we are working towards a better tomorrow through research. I am grateful for Hyundai for their support in this effort,” he said.

According to Dr. Ford, there have been efforts to optimize and intensify therapies, but this has not improved outcomes. The patients with the best initial prognosis still have a roughly 70 percent overall survival rate, while those with metastatic or relapsed disease have a dismal prognosis.

“OS survivors have significant toxicity that they carry throughout their lives as a result of their treatments,” Dr. Ford said.

Others who want to support pediatric cancer research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center may contribute to the UNMC Pediatric Cancer Research Fund. For more information, contact the University of Nebraska Foundation at 402-502-0300.

The newest round of grants from Hyundai Hope On Wheels marks its 22nd anniversary and coincides with National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Its theme this year of “Every Handprint Tells a Story” details the bravery of children fighting cancer, their families and the ground-breaking research of doctors fighting for a cure.

“Throughout the country, talented doctors are working tirelessly to help kids fight cancer by conducting research or providing bedside care,” said Scott Fink, chairman of Hyundai Hope On Wheels Board of Directors. “Our goal at Hope On Wheels is to provide these doctors with the grant funds they need to perform their lifesaving work.”

There are more than 15,000 new cases of pediatric cancer diagnosed in the United States each year. With its campaign, Hyundai Hope On Wheels brings together the many stakeholders — the children, families, doctors, hospitals, advocates, supporters and others — who work to identify new ways to find a cure and improve care for children battling cancer.

This month, 26 new doctor-researchers will receive a combined $6.2 million in grants from Hyundai Hope On Wheels to support novel therapeutic approaches and innovative research options in pediatric cancer. Childhood cancer researchers depend largely on private funding to get innovative therapies off the ground and to advance treatment approaches to the next phase of testing, ultimately, bringing better therapies and cures to kids with cancer.

More information about the funding provided by Hyundai Hope On Wheels and its events throughout September in support of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is available at hyundaihopeonwheels.org.

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The University of Nebraska will receive a $5 million gift to create a new program to address some of Nebraska’s most pressing public health issues associated with water and climate.

The Water, Climate and Health program will be based in the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health and brings together experts from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska to conduct research and disseminate information on environmental issues related to water, climate and health.

Anne Hubbard

Anne Hubbard, a retired physician, alumna of UNMC and member of the University of Nebraska Foundation Board of Directors, has made a $5 million gift commitment to the University of Nebraska Foundation through her family’s foundation, the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation, to create the program.

“Until the pandemic, public health did not get much publicity, and it is significantly underfunded,” Hubbard said. “The idea of public health is to prevent disease instead of just treat it. I decided to focus on water quality after learning more about diseases in Nebraska that may be related to water. The University of Nebraska is doing important work in water quality and climate change. Human health is significantly affected by our environment. As we make the disease-environment connection, are there things we can do about it?”

VIDEO: Anne Hubbard discusses the reasons for supporting the study of water, climate and health.

Dr. Hubbard said she was particularly interested in the university’s ability to draw experts together from UNMC’s College of Public Health, Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, to address these issues.

The Water, Climate and Health program will work in three main capacities:

Research topics the program could address include:

“These are all issues that affect people around the globe,” Dr. Hubbard said.

“Dr. Hubbard’s gift to the College of Public Health and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute is transformational in nature and will directly impact the health of people in the state, region and nationally,” said Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH, Dean, UNMC College of Public Health. “Her gift will allow us to look at the spectrum of environmental issues at the nexus of water and health. All the way from what is happening in the environment that are the sources of our water to its health impacts on humans. We also will ensure we are sustainably looking at how water use occurs in our state and beyond.”

VIDEO: Ali Khan calls the gift for the new program of study transformational for the state and world.

Dr. Hubbard’s gift not only provides program start-up funds but also will make possible a named professorship and support graduate and professional students who are conducting research in water, climate and health. The student support funds are being matched by a gift from the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation, which will allow more students to receive research stipends. The gift also is meant to fund outreach to Nebraska middle and high school students and educators, to engage them in issues of public health and the environment and inspire them to pursue a career in public health.

Mike Boehm, PhD, NU vice-president for agriculture and natural resources and IANR Harlan vice-chancellor at UNL, said the gift would help students build valuable, interdisciplinary relationships early in their careers.

“This gift makes it possible for students interested in public health to work alongside students studying water quality and climate and a host of other interrelated issues,” Boehm said. “These students will be tomorrow’s practitioners and leaders, and will begin their careers with a broad understanding of the interconnectedness of water, climate and health, along with deep connections to their peers across these fields. That’s the true power of this gift.”

Jesse Bell, Ph.D., an expert in public environmental health and environmental science, has been named as the director for the new program and will hold the Claire M. Hubbard Professorship of Water, Climate and Health. Dr. Bell is currently an associate professor of health environment in the UNMC College of Public Health. With his appointment as the program director, Dr. Bell also will assume a leadership position within the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute.

“Water quality and its effect on public health is one of DWFI’s top five areas of focus,” said DWFI’s Executive Director, Peter G. McCornick. “We are very pleased to welcome Jesse Bell to our leadership team, as his expertise in connecting the effects of water quality and climate change on public health is a tremendous addition to our capabilities. Dr. Hubbard’s generous gift will foster collaboration and accelerate progress in ensuring health and quality of life under changing conditions here in Nebraska and beyond and achieving our mission of a water and food secure world.”

VIDEO: Jesse Bell talks about the importance of the impact of water and climate on human health in Nebraska.

Dr. Hubbard encouraged other donors to take advantage of the matching gift offer from the Robert B. Daugherty Foundation, as she did, to provide more financial support for students interested in studying Nebraska’s water, climate and health. Matching funds are available through 2020.

Brian Hastings, president and CEO of the University of Nebraska Foundation, said, “Anne Hubbard cares deeply not only about Nebraska, its people and natural resources, but about our planet. Her gift will support scientific research that will lead to a healthier state for all of us to live, work and play.”

 About Anne Hubbard
Anne M. Hubbard, MD, of Omaha is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a retired pediatric radiologist. She leads the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation, which was established by the estates of her late mother and father, Claire Watson Hubbard and Theodore Hubbard. Over the years the family has made gifts to UNMC, UNO and UNL, including generous support to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park and the University of Nebraska State Museum.

About UNMC’s College of Public Health
The mission of the College of Public Health is to promote optimal health and well-being through robust education, research and service in collaboration with communities in Nebraska, across the country and around the world.

About UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources strives to provide food, fuel, feed and fiber to a growing world, in a way that is environmentally sustainable and provides quality-of-life for those engaged in agriculture. IANR innovation in research, teaching, and extension education places Nebraska on the leading edge of food production, environmental stewardship, human nutrition, business development and youth engagement.

 About DWFI
The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska (DWFI) was founded in 2010 to leverage the university’s expertise and extend it with strong state, national and international partnerships. Its mission is to have a lasting and significant impact on achieving more food security with less pressure on scarce water resources by conducting scientific and policy research, using the research results to inform policy makers and sharing knowledge through education and communication.

About the University of Nebraska Foundation
The University of Nebraska Foundation grows relationships and resources that enable the university to change lives and save lives. It is ranked among the top 25 public U.S. universities for its endowed assets of $1.7 billion. During the foundation’s last fiscal year, more than 53,000 people and organizations gave $320 million to aid the university and its affiliated organizations, with 99 percent of all assets restricted to a specific use. The University of Nebraska has been named to America’s Favorite Charities by the Chronicle of Philanthropy for the last two years. More information is available at nufoundation.org.

Students in the accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center now have additional tuition support available. The College of Nursing announced that the Helene Fuld Health Trust has made a $650,000 gift commitment to help students as they prepare for nursing service.

The gift establishes the Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship as a permanently endowed fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation. Income from the fund will enable the College of Nursing to award annual scholarships to students enrolled in the accelerated nursing program.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust also provided funds to the college for immediate scholarship awards to help students until the endowment is fully funded. The college has awarded Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarships to 17 current students for this 2019-2020 academic year with awards of more than $2,000 each to help with their tuition.

The Helene Fuld Health Trust of Trenton, New Jersey, is the nation’s largest private funder devoted exclusively to nursing education and students.

Juliann Sebastian, R.N., Ph.D., said the college is “immensely grateful” to the Helene Fuld Health Trust for its support.

“These much-needed funds are a great source of help to students because accelerated programs require such a time commitment that students cannot rely on employment to provide financial support,” Sebastian said. “The 12 months they are in the program require intense, concentrated work, and having this kind of scholarship support alleviates some of the stress associated with their financial pressures. Students can then focus more on their studies and building the necessary knowledge and skills to become superb nurses.”

With the American Association of Colleges of Nursing predicting a growing shortage of nurses, Sebastian said the new scholarship fund comes at an important time as UNMC prepares graduates to help shore up the shortage of nurses in Nebraska, especially in rural areas.

“Nurses are needed now more than ever, and we thank the Helene Fuld Health Trust for providing this critical support that ultimately helps expand the nursing workforce,” Sebastian said.

The university’s accelerated BSN program is a 12-month option for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field. The College of Nursing offers the program through its divisions in Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Norfolk and Scottsbluff. In the program, students work together in location-based cohorts and participate in course lectures across all locations.

Leonhard Felix Fuld and his sister, Florentine Fuld, founded the Helene Fuld Health Trust in 1935 in honor of their mother, Helene Fuld, who died in 1923. Helene Fuld was interested in health issues, and the foundation was originally dedicated to helping those suffering from illness. In 1961, Leonhard Fuld limited the foundation’s scope to focus on improving the health and welfare of student nurses.

By Jessica Moore

The new Ngaruiya Family Fund for Undergraduate Research at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is founded on five virtues: blended international experiences, cultural adaptation, courage, leaps of faith in pursuit of dreams and the importance of connections – specifically mentorship.

The Ngaruiya family, including UNL alumnae and sisters Christine Ngaruiya, M.D., and Katherine Ngaruiya, Ph.D., established the fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation to provide one or more annual research awards to undergraduate students at the university. They initiated the fund with a gift of $2,500 with plans for future contributions.

The fund supports students who are conducting research in the areas of STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — who have an international background and understand the value of mentorships.

Drs. Christine and Katherine Ngaruiya were born in Omaha, Nebraska, where their Kenyan parents, Phyllis and Peter Ngaruiya, found a sense of community and career success. The family eventually returned to Kenya, and after Christine and Katherine graduated from high school they returned to Nebraska to attend UNL, graduating in 2005 and 2006 respectively.

Recipients of the Ngaruiya award will be selected by the International Student and Scholar Office which was also a resource for the Ngaruiya sisters while at UNL.

According to Karen Cagley, director of the International Student and Scholar Office, international students typically have limited options for financial support as they do not qualify for federal financial aid such as Pell Grants or federal loans, and there are a limited number of scholarships available. She explained that most undergraduate international students are primarily supported by their families, so receiving a privately funded award such as that from the Ngaruiya Family Fund will give more international students support to do the research they wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.

“This gift from Christine and Katherine will provide a great opportunity for international students at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to pursue their research in STEM and gain connections with successful alumni of the university,” Cagley said. “We really appreciate this gift, and we’re proud of Christine’s and Katherine’s accomplishments.”

Through the fund, the Ngaruiya family hopes to also support mentor relationships between students and faculty. One of the requirements for the scholarship is that recipients have a faculty member who is guiding them through their planned research.

Christine Ngaruiya describes the mentorship that she and her sister received at UNL as invaluable.

“My mentors became like a second set of aunties and uncles and gave so much of themselves just to see me succeed,” Christine Ngaruiya said. “My sister also had incredible experiences with truly dedicated individuals. We wanted to build on that and give back in some form or fashion, to contribute to other mentees like myself and my sister who could potentially be guided by similarly devoted mentors.”

Julia Mcquillan, Willa Cather Professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, mentored Christine Ngaruiya during her undergraduate years, assisting her with her research project. She said that this new fund will allow advancement in university research and provide students with proper recognition and support for their work.

“I love that Christine, Katherine and their family are giving back and thinking about the next generation,” Mcquillan said. “They structured something that is thoughtful to support student success and faculty success by bringing together faculty with international students.”

Christine Ngaruiya described the research award as the perfect way to honor their own mentors as well as their parents who sacrificed a lot to help their daughters achieve success. She credits those she met at the University of Nebraska for helping her become the person she is today.

“I would not be the physician I am today. I would not be the researcher I am today. I certainly wouldn’t be the mentor that I am today that they so aptly modeled,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing the growth that comes from the future recipients of this award. I’m excited to see where they will go, who they will affect and what they’ll do.”

Christine Ngaruiya is an assistant professor at Yale University in the Section of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She was a pre-medical student at UNL, studying sociology and psychology. She received a Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Katherine Ngaruiya is the owner of Kakati Consulting Group which specializes in career development, fundraising and evaluation services for nonprofits and educational institutions. She studied women’s studies and sociology for her undergraduate degree and received a master’s degree in counseling from UNL. She completed a doctorate degree in public administration from North Carolina State University.

To contribute to the Ngaruiya Family Fund for Undergraduate Research and help to advance diversity in STEM, give online at nufoundation.org/fund/01151880. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. For more information about giving, contact Steve Allen, director of development, at steve.allen@nufoundation.org or 402-458-1140.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a $250,000 investment to support the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The grant made to the University of Nebraska Foundation will support research and programming at the interdisciplinary center based in the College of Law.

“We’re thrilled to have the Knight Foundation’s support as we continue building out this new interdisciplinary focus on the regulatory challenges created by new technologies,” said Professor Gus Hurwitz, director of the Nebraska Governance and Technology Center. “Journalism and media are ground zero for so many of these challenges, and the Knight Foundation’s support in bringing them into this collaboration opens up incredible new possibilities for programming and research.”

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center studies the ever-changing relationship between law and technology, how the law can regulate technology and how new technologies affect what the law can do. The center consists of an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students and researchers across the University of Nebraska–Lincoln housed at the College of Law and working in partnership with the Colleges of Business, Engineering, and Journalism and Mass Communications.

The Nebraska Governance and Technology Center is one of 20 projects that received a total of $1.7 million from the Knight Foundation to focus on research to inform the public conversation on current issues in technology policy, including free expression online and the scale and power of digital platforms. These grants, which come amid growing debate over technology’s role in our democracy, will help ensure that society is equipped to make evidence-based decisions on how to govern and manage the now-digital — and increasingly privately-owned — public square.

The awards mark the culmination of the Knight Foundation’s $50 million commitment to catalyze new research to inform how technology is transforming our democracy. Knight’s overall investment has led to the establishment of new research centers at five universities around the country, and it is supporting a range of ongoing research at a growing network of institutions of higher learning, independent research organizations and policy think tanks focused on understanding technology’s impact on democracy and helping to inform solutions.

“As we proceed from a pandemic to an election, everything about technology is getting bigger: the companies, their role in our lives, and the debate about how to manage what we say and do online,” said Sam Gill, Knight Foundation’s senior vice president and chief program officer. “From COVID-19-related misinformation to labeled posts by the president, it’s clear that we need to chart a path forward about how to best protect democratic values in a digital age.”

The University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund supports students and employees on all four campuses in times of personal hardship.

This year, things have been especially challenging for students due to the ongoing pandemic. Some students have lost jobs, needed to find new housing, have unplanned medical bills, have families who are experiencing hardships and more. Some students didn’t know if they could continue their studies. University employees across the institution are also experiencing hardships related to the pandemic.

But generous alumni and friends have been stepping up and giving to the University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund when help from the fund has been needed most.

Here are some personal stories from those who have received needed help from the university:

Kelsie, a UNMC student in the Kearney program, lost all three of her jobs when her employers shuttered their businesses due to the pandemic. “What do I do now?” she wondered. “Working is how I pay for everything. My house, my bills, my health insurance, car insurance and school.” Kelsie’s father died during her freshman year of high school, and her mom is a single parent of three on one income. The money Kelsie received from the university crisis fund “made a huge difference” for her and her family.

Angela, a doctoral student at UNL, is disabled with a chronic illness and is raising a five-year-old son while caring for her partner, who has a traumatic brain injury and is battling brain cancer. Angela had to pause her mortgage and a loan payment and said she often feels at her wits’ end. She received assistance from the University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund and used it to pay rent and buy healthy groceries. It gave her a breather, which she’s grateful for. “I’m just at that edge all the time,” she said, “and it affects my health.”

On UNO’s campus, Rhea lost her job at the campus recreation center when it was shut down. “It was a relief to be able to get groceries and pay off some utilities that were piling up,” she said, after receiving help from the university crisis fund. Rhea said, “I wasn’t expecting to get this fund, but I’m very, very grateful that I did … words can’t even describe how this fund has helped, to be honest.”

These are real students and real members of the University of Nebraska family, and their lives were improved thanks to generous individuals who know that even the smallest donation has made a difference and continues to do so.

Applications for relief from the University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund continue to roll in. Please contribute if you’d like to join others in supporting the many students who still need help.

Thank you and best wishes for the health and safety of you and your loved ones.

Through the thoughtfulness of an old friend, a student scholarship fund honors the life of University of Nebraska alumnus and WWII veteran Robert K. Oswald of Aurora, Nebraska, who lost his life at age 23.

By Jolie Berrier

Both of my parents were of the “greatest generation.” My mom worked in a bomber plane in Nebraska during the war, and my dad was an Army Air Corps officer with the 442nd Troop Carrier Division, stationed in England and later in France and Germany.

In 2012 my elderly parents in California finally agreed to move from their house into assisted living. Mom was in hospice, and Dad’s memory was starting to falter. While moving furniture out of their home, my mother asked me to store and keep her father’s World War I footlocker. When I asked about the contents, she brushed my question aside and moved on to other issues. Eventually, the footlocker was put on a truck, contents and all, and shipped to my home in Washington state.

Approximately six months later I decided to open the chest and examine its treasures. Little did I realize that doing so would allow me to create this narrative.

Buried among the reams of sewing fabric were photos of a serviceman from World War II as well as letters, maps and photos of B-24s. Scanning the contents, I learned that an airman who died in the war was a friend of my mother’s from the University of Nebraska, and that my mom researched the story of his loss nearly 50 years later. His name was Robert K. Oswald.

In early 2013 I visited my ailing mother; although weak from a lung infection, she was still quite sharp. Quietly I asked, “So who was Bob Oswald?” She realized I’d found the items in the trunk and promptly hung her head in a sheepish sort of way. My mom looked up and said, “Oh Bob. Bob could light up a room when he walked into it.”

She told me that Bob Oswald was a navigator on a B-24 that crashed in 1945 in Southeast Asia only a few months before the end of the war. One of the letters she received from her research indicated that Bob decided at the last minute to fly an extra mission (not with his normal crew), so that he could get home sooner to be with his sweetheart. I think I asked mom if she was Bob’s sweetheart. “No, but I wish I had been,” she replied wistfully.

I asked no more questions knowing my mom was very tired and ill and that I’d uncovered a private sadness in her past. This was the only opportunity I had to talk to my mother about Bob; a week later, she passed away.

By late 2015 my unconscious 94-year-old dad was in hospice, so I was back in California sorting through paperwork and making decisions about my parents’ belongings and his care. Going through his file cabinet, I discovered a red folio with a big “N” on it. I was about to put it in the discard pile but something compelled me to open it. Inside it was a recent letter addressed to my mom from a graduate student at the University of Nebraska thanking her for the Robert K. Oswald Memorial Endowment Scholarship.

In my weary state, I suddenly remembered the old footlocker and its contents. My mother never told me about the scholarship, and the thought crossed my mind that in my mother’s search for answers to Bob’s passing, she took her sorrow and loss and used it for a good cause. And by doing so, she created a legacy for herself and for the memory of Robert K. Oswald. I don’t know whether my dad ever knew of Bob Oswald or the scholarship that my mother created in his name; my dad passed away within the week of my finding the red folio.

Over the past few years, I’ve thoroughly examined the contents of the footlocker. I learned that my mother first began researching the loss of Bob Oswald in the late 1980s by writing to Tommy Thompson, then president of the Flying Circus Association. He helped contact others who provided the names and addresses of Bob’s original flight crew.

My mother apparently wrote to some of them. Beautiful letters received from Bob Oswald’s fellow crew members gave her insight into why Bob took that last and fateful mission. Her research included letters to and from the State Department and eventually led her to a grave marker in the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky, where Bob Oswald was buried with other crew members who died alongside him. Apparently my mother went to Kentucky to put a flag on his grave, as evident by a photo of Bob’s gravestone among her papers.

Robert K. Oswald was a Second Lieutenant with the 380th Bombardment Group, 5th Air Force Division. On June 12, 1945, he was reported missing in action over Saigon French Indochina after the B-24 he was navigating was shot down. In December 1945, he was reported dead and in April 1946, his parents in Aurora, Nebraska, received his posthumous Purple Heart. There is a plaque honoring his memory in Aurora in addition to the one where he is buried in Louisville, Kentucky. Bob was 23 years old upon his death.

Without the initial help my mother received in connecting Bob’s former crew members to her 25 years ago, there would probably be little record of Bob’s life and passing. And had it not been for these few letters, photographs and clues that my mother saved in her father’s footlocker, I would never have known or been able to share this remarkable story. It’s the story of Robert K. Oswald’s sacrifice to our country and the lifelong regret over his loss that inspired my mother to learn more about him and honor him with a generously endowed scholarship at their alma mater – more than 50 years after he died.

This scholarship has never had a story behind it until now. I hope that every recipient of the Robert K. Oswald Memorial Endowed Scholarship at the University of Nebraska will now hear this story and give thanks to Bob for his service and to my mother for her admiration of Bob and her desire to honor him in this way.

Each morning, Angela, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student, wakes up at 4:30 a.m. to care for her partner, who recently resumed full-time work after he was laid off from his plumbing job due to COVID-19. She helps get him ready for work and cancer treatment. Then she homeschools her son, teaches an online class for UNL and tries to find some time in the day to work on her doctoral dissertation proposal.

Angela has applied for emergency assistance wherever she can, and her partner has applied for unemployment insurance, but it has not come through yet. In the interim, she has had to pause her mortgage and a loan payment and says she often feels at her wits’ end.

“I’m just at that edge all the time,” she said. “And it affects my health.”

Angela recently received assistance from the University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund, which she said she used to pay rent and buy healthy groceries. It gave her a breather, for which she is grateful.

The University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund was established last year to enable the university to provide financial help to students and employees impacted by record flooding across the state.

This year, it has served as a lifeline to those who have suddenly found themselves facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

To date, nearly 215 individuals, such as Angela, have received assistance to help pay for food and toiletries, or mounting bills.

You can help make critical support available to members of the NU family by providing immediate support to those in need. Here’s how.

Contributors provided nearly $1,500 to help University of Nebraska–Lincoln students and the Husker Pantry during the annual Give to Lincoln Day on May 28, 2020.

Give to Lincoln Day came at an especially important time, as the university supports those affected by the coronavirus, including food-insecure students on campus now and who will be returning to campus this fall.

Due to the unprecedented challenges students are facing, the Husker Pantry is partnering with campus dining services to provide meal tickets to students who may not otherwise be able to afford every meal. With support from alumni and friends, the Husker Pantry has been able to help many students through the meal ticket program.

“You have no idea how elated I was when I picked up food today. Thank you all for everything you do,” said a UNL student who recently used the services of the Husker Pantry and wrote to thank them.

Gifts may be made any time to help the Husker Pantry.

The Husker Pantry will also benefit from matching challenge funds made possible during the giving event by the Lincoln Community Foundation, event sponsor West Gate Bank and many other supporting organizations and donors.

Just hours before the May 28 online giving event ended, the Lincoln Journal Star reported that it was a record year for the annual event, with more than $6.6 million raised in support of nearly 450 local charities. Now in its ninth year, the event surpassed last year’s record of $5.5 million in donations.

The Lincoln Community Foundation coordinates Give to Lincoln Day in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. The purpose of Give to Lincoln Day is to promote philanthropy in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

To learn about ways to help students and others at the University of Nebraska and Nebraska Medicine who may be especially affected by the current health pandemic, go to nufoundation.org/covid19.


Today’s Give to Lincoln Day is opportunity to help food-insecure Huskers

May 28, 2020

Give to Lincoln Day on May 28 is a giving day event that encourages people to contribute to Lincoln and Lancaster County nonprofit organizations.

This year, Give to Lincoln Day comes at an especially important time as the university supports those affected by COVID-19, including food-insecure students on campus now and who will be returning this fall.

Due to the unprecedented challenges students are facing, the Husker Pantry is partnering with campus dining services to provide meal tickets to students who may not otherwise be able to afford every meal. With support from alumni and friends, the Husker Pantry has been able to help many students through the meal ticket allotment program, but it needs your help now more than ever to benefit even more students.

Help the Husker Pantry during Give to Lincoln Day at givetolincoln.com/nonprofits/university-of-nebraska-foundation.

By coming together and contributing any amount, we show our students, “We’ll all stick together in all kinds of weather for dear old Nebraska U.”

Every contribution during this event also increases the opportunity for the Husker Pantry to receive matching dollars made available by the event’s sponsors and benefactors. To qualify, make a gift by the end of day on May 28.

Another top priority for the University of Nebraska is support for the University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund. This fund enables the university to help students and employees on each campus who are facing sudden financial hardship due to crisis situations, personal hardships, and now adversities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Give to Lincoln Day 2020

The Lincoln Community Foundation coordinates Give to Lincoln Day in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. The purpose of Give to Lincoln Day is to promote philanthropy in Lincoln and Lancaster County.

Every donation makes a bigger impact on Give to Lincoln Day because nonprofits also get a proportional share of a $500,000 match fund made possible by LCF and generous sponsors.