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August 23, 2016
As I write this column, I am still trying to recover from the many activities of the past week when we welcomed the students to campus. While it is always exciting to hear the band practicing several days before the semester starts, or witness the arrival of more than 1,000 sorority women the week before classes, it is the New Student Convocation on Friday that brings together the incoming class. The excitement of nearly 5,000 students eager to begin their college career is contagious. Welcoming several hundred international students, to what must be a strange experience, adds to the excitement we all feel. Read more>>

Six departments and more than 16 programs in the Division of Student Affairs benefitted from $1,914,646 in grant and sponsorship funds during the 2016 calendar year.

“We are excited to report how successful some of our departments have been in their efforts to gain financial assistance. Most of these funds go directly to help our students,” said Vice Chancellor Juan N. Franco.  Read more>>

The arrival experience for many international students coming to the U.S. for the first time can be full of the unknown – new language, new culture, new customs, new faces, new academic environment and more. This year the international welcome team piloted increased efforts to welcome students as soon as they arrive in Lincoln. Read more>>

The campus has come alive over the past couple of weeks. Resident assistants got a jump on training, sororities completed formal recruitment, international student arrived on campus and Convocation kicked off the start of the fall semester. See photos>>

The Council of Student Affairs Directors approved an amended strategic plan for the Division of Student Affairs and extended the plan through 2019. The plan provides four strategic initiatives with multiple goals and metrics to measure progress. Read more>>

The UNL LGBTQA+ Resource Center hosted an institute for the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals on July 22. More than 60 UNL staff, faculty and graduate students participated. Sessions highlighted emerging practices in gender identity inclusion, policy, research and student support. Read more>>


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