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May 2, 2016
Caught on Camera and the UNL Homepage!
Brittney Merritt blushes with mariachi band members.

Brittney Merritt blushes as she is serenaded by mariachi band members at the MASA banquet on Saturday, April 16. Photo credit to Dr. Franco, this image ran on the UNL homepage the week of April 18.

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Sydney Goldberg of St. Joseph, Missouri and Nicholas Knopik of Lincoln received UNL’s 2016 Outstanding Student Leadership Awards. Juan Franco, vice chancellor for student affairs, presented the awards during an April 22 ceremony at the Van Brunt Visitors Center. As part of the award, Goldberg and Knopik will each receive a full tuition scholarship for the fall semester.  Read more>>


Four students received the William N. Wasson Student Leadership and Academic Award presented by NIRSA, the national association for campus recreation leadership. UNL now leads the nation with 74 recipients since the award’s inception in 1993 and is the only higher education institution in the nation to have at least one Wasson Award winner every year the award has been given.  Read more>>

Held April 21, the Lavender Graduation and Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community honored achievements by members of the LGBTQA+ community at UNL. The ceremony honored six undergraduates, four master’s degree graduate students and two doctoral graduate students. All participants received certificates and commemorative rainbow tassels. Read more>>

Named for Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco, the list is the equivalent to a Dean’s List for students who represent the six building blocks of character: caring, citizenship, commitment, dependability, open-mindedness, and respect. All of the recipients were nominated by a UNL community member, and were ultimately selected by a council of their peers, the vice chancellor for student affairs' Character Council. View the recipients>>

I grew up in a small town in the Panhandle of Nebraska called Alliance. We are commonly known for Carhenge, UNL alumnus and basketball star Jordan Hooper, and the BNSF Railway. We are a town with a population of approximately 8,500 people, but that number is always fluctuating. According to the 2010 Census, statistics showed Alliance as a predominately white community with 87.49% of residents (7,429 out of 8,491 people) identifying themselves with the “white alone” option on the survey concerning their race. Also only 12.34% (1,048 out of 8,491 people) of the population in Alliance was made of “persons of Hispanic or Latino origin.”

I mention the above because when I arrived on the UNL campus in the fall of 2014, I had one of the most eye opening, impactful experiences of my life. I had culture shock. Read more>>

The UNL community showed appreciation for Linda Schwartzkopf’s years of exemplary service when she was honored with the James V. Griesen Exemplary Service to Students Award April 24 during the annual All-University Honors Convocation at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.  Read more>>

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