10/02/2017 Husker Halftime
President's Halftime Show: Husker Sports Network

Each week during football season, University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds chats with Voice of the Huskers, Greg Sharpe, during halftime. This gives Husker fans a weekly update on what's going on at the University. You can listen to past interviews below.

A Welcome to Husker Fans

Read President Bounds' welcome to fans--found below and in all the 2017 Husker football programs.

Bounds 2017 Welcome
President Bounds being interviewed by Greg Sharpe in booth during halftime of a game
NU President Hank Bounds and Greg Sharpe doing a live interview in the Husker Sports Network broadcast booth during a Nebraska home game.


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08/21/2017 A back-to-school message from President Bounds
A back-to-school message from President Bounds

August 21, 2017

To the Students of the University of Nebraska:

Today you begin the next chapter of your academic journey. For some, this is the final year before you earn your degree. Others are new to the University of Nebraska family.

To each of you: I’m glad you’re here. You’re a valued member of the university community.

I’ve gotten to meet many of you at back-to-school events over the past few days and throughout my time as president. You impress me each time with your talents, goals and energy. You are more than 52,000 strong, each with your own unique story. You come from all 93 Nebraska counties, states across the country and places around the world. You bring great diversity in all its remarkable forms. Many of you are the first in your families to attend college. I know what it means for you to be here.

“I’ve met many of you throughout my time as president. You impress me with your talents, goals and energy. You are more than 52,000 strong, each with your own unique story.”

Together, you’re the next generation of health care professionals, farmers and ranchers, business leaders and entrepreneurs, teachers, artists and scientists. I’m certain one of you will have the next “big idea” for a revolutionary startup company. One of you is going to figure out how to improve crop yields to feed the world’s hungry population. One of you is going to develop a treatment for a disease that today claims too many lives. As alumni, you’ll change our communities through civic engagement and public service, you’ll travel the world as ambassadors for Nebraska and the United States, and you’ll create new knowledge and insights that will move our world forward. That’s the power of a University of Nebraska education.

Here, you’ll learn the skills you’ll need not just to get the jobs of the future, but to create the jobs of the future. You’ll learn in our laboratories and classrooms and fields – not just facts and figures, but through hands-on experience, led by faculty who are among the best in the country. You’ll have opportunities for meaningful research, internships and study abroad. You’ll find passions you didn’t know you had.

Some of the most important lessons will be taught when class isn’t in session. You’re going to live and study and work with people whose backgrounds and beliefs are very different from your own. It won’t always be easy or comfortable. But it’s an experience that a great university must provide its students. As we uphold our commitment to the open exchange of ideas that is part of any free society, we must also ask ourselves what we can do to become a more welcoming, inclusive and tolerant university. There can be no more important priority than the safety and well-being of every member of our community. I challenge each of us in the year ahead to find ways to build the more excellent university that I know we can be.

Here’s to a year of learning, discovery, new friendships and opportunity. I’m excited to meet many more of you in the months ahead. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and to keep up with me by following @hankbounds. Have a great first day of classes, and thank you for choosing the University of Nebraska.

Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D.
President, University of Nebraska

07/24/2017 President Bounds announces prestigious graduate fellowship recipients
President Bounds announces prestigious graduate fellowship recipients

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced today the six recipients of 2017-18 Presidential Graduate Fellowships. The prestigious fellowships are awarded to a select group of NU graduate students each year on the basis of high scholastic performance and personal accomplishment. Fellows receive a stipend provided through the University of Nebraska Foundation that allows them to pursue their studies full-time.

This year, fellowships are presented to two students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, two from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and two from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The recipients are pursuing advanced degrees in exercise science, English, pharmaceutical sciences, biochemistry and molecular biology, sociology, and child, youth and family studies.

“Students who receive Presidential Graduate Fellowships are among our best and brightest. They are outstanding ambassadors of the University of Nebraska and I’m certain we’ll see great things from them in the future.”

“Students who receive Presidential Graduate Fellowships are among our best and brightest. They are outstanding ambassadors of the University of Nebraska and I’m certain we’ll see great things from them in the future,” Bounds said. “We’re fortunate to enjoy a level of private support that permits these talented students to fully devote themselves to their studies and research.”

This year’s Presidential Graduate Fellows are:

University of Nebraska at Omaha:

Jenny Kent

Jenny Kent, of Enfield, England, a Ph.D. student in exercise science/biomechanics. Kent earned her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nottingham and M.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Surrey, both in England. She developed an interest in researching lower limb prosthetics while working at a U.K. military rehabilitation center with individuals who had undergone traumatic amputation. Drawing on concepts from her coursework in mathematical chaos and motor control, she is specifically interested in better understanding how prosthesis users adapt and control their movement, in order to inform prosthetic prescription, design and rehabilitation techniques. Since arriving at UNO she has worked on a number of projects investigating locomotion and fall risk, and coordinated a team of undergraduate and graduate students working on NIH-funded research exploring balance interventions for people with amputation.

Kristine Langley Mahler

Kristine Langley Mahler, of Ralston, a master’s student in English. Mahler is currently conducting research, funded by a Graduate Research and Creative Activity grant, on immigration and inhabitation on native land through the lens of her French-Canadian ancestors. As an associate nonfiction editor for both Pithead Chapel and Profane, two online journals, she reviews dozens of submissions each month to write feedback and select pieces for publication. At the University of Iowa, where Mahler earned her bachelor’s degree, she was editor in chief of earthwords, the university’s undergraduate literary journal. Mahler has published a number of nonfiction pieces and has won awards for her writing, including Crab Orchard Review's Rafael Torch Award in Literary Nonfiction. Mahler carries a 4.0 GPA.

University of Nebraska Medical Center::

Fei Yu

Fei Yu, of China, a Ph.D. student in pharmaceutical sciences. Fei Yu’s primary research interest is in the development of polymers for drug delivery systems. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southeast University in Nanjing, China, and did graduate work at the University of Houston in Texas. At UNMC, she has explored polymers to deliver drugs and genes for cancer treatment under the mentorship of Professor David Oupický. She has published several research papers and will continue her research on combination drug delivery based on polymers.

Brandon Griess

Brandon Griess, of Hartington, a Ph.D. student in biochemistry and molecular biology. Griess’ research focuses on the interaction between breast cancer cells and the surrounding normal cells, especially a subset of immune cells, called macrophages. He studies treatments used to activate the macrophages to target and kill cancer cells. Griess earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At UNMC, his research has received support from the National Institutes of Health and UNMC’s competitive graduate student assistantship program. He has received UNMC’s prestigious Berndt Graduate Student Travel Award, an Excellence in Oral Presentation award, and an Outstanding Performance Stipend. Griess has served as a teaching assistant and personal tutor at UNL.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Brandi Woodell,

Brandi Woodell, of Vivian, Louisiana, a Ph.D. student in sociology. Woodell studies how factors such as family support, community involvement and social discrimination affect the health disparities between sexual minorities and heterosexuals. She is especially interested in contributing new knowledge and insights about the health of “hidden” minority populations. For example, her dissertation aims to identify key resources available and missing from the lives of sexual minorities and heterosexuals in rural areas in order to develop strategies for better health-related outcomes. Woodell has been published in peer-reviewed publications and has given presentations at local, regional and national conferences. Her goal is to have a career in academia.

Aileen S. Garcia-Avanzado

Aileen S. Garcia-Avanzado, of the Philippines, a Ph.D. student in child, youth and family studies. As a teacher in her native Philippines, Garcia witnessed firsthand how important education is to improving lives and fighting poverty. Her experience there solidified her interest in investigating how psychological and educational concepts can be integrated in order to promote higher achievement among low-income children. At Nebraska, Garcia has worked with a range of fellow students and faculty in teaching, research and extension in order to apply an interdisciplinary lens to her studies and gain a broad understanding of how poverty impacts family dynamics and child development. She has co-authored papers, led research projects, and is currently working on her dissertation on parental involvement in education among low-income families in the Philippines.

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07/28/2017 UNL Gymnastics Consultant Selection
06/08/2017 An update on budget planning from university leadership
An update on budget planning from university leadership

May 30, 2017

To the Faculty, Staff and Students of the University of Nebraska:

As you likely know, the Legislature has concluded its session after finalizing a two-year budget package for the state, including funding for the University of Nebraska. With our state appropriation known, we can move forward on other pieces of our budget, including tuition increases and the cost reduction efforts we began earlier this year.

The outcome of the legislative session is not what we had hoped for. Between reductions approved by the Legislature and additional cuts from Governor Ricketts’ vetoes – and when unavoidable cost increases like health insurance are factored in – we will face a recurring budget shortfall of $49 million by summer 2019.

While this is a challenging budget situation, your good work has helped ensure that our state funding was not reduced more deeply. Your efforts in serving as outstanding ambassadors for the university, in inspiring Nebraskans to speak out in our support, and in reminding the people of our state of the vital work we do in teaching, research and service have made a difference. We’re truly appreciative.

“We must view this challenge as an opportunity to think together about what kind of university we want to be in the future.”

Our budget situation and the increasingly competitive higher education landscape mean we will have to adapt quickly. We must do everything we can to emerge as a stronger university, even better positioned to join with our partners to grow Nebraska’s economy and quality of life.

Later today the University will release its proposed 2017-18 operating budget, including our plans for addressing our shortfall. The budget will go before the Board of Regents on June 1. Here are the key elements, in advance of their wider release:


We know students and parents are working hard to invest in a college education. The proposed budget sets tuition rates for the next two years to help students and families plan, and includes tuition increases. In 2017-18, most resident undergraduates would pay $10 to $12 more per credit hour. In 2018-19, a typical resident undergraduate would pay $6 to $7.50 more per credit hour. This is subject to change if our state funding is cut further.

We do not make this recommendation lightly. As you know, state funding and tuition are the major sources of revenue for university operations, and moderate increases in tuition will help us close our budget gap while maintaining the quality of education our students deserve. The increase preserves our affordability, especially considering that we will increase need-based aid at the same rate as tuition. Our campuses will remain a great value compared to similar institutions.

Cost Reductions

In January, we shared a university-wide process for re-imagining our operations. Our goal was to reduce spending, while also positioning us to deliver on our mission. This will help us as we face a future in which resources will continue to be limited.

Nearly 100 of our employees served on Budget Response Teams that recommended cuts in areas like finance, human resources, IT and travel. We are grateful for their hard work, and we will continue to engage stakeholders on cost reduction ideas as we analyze implementation options. Based on our conversations with team members, we project we could realize up to $30 million in savings over the next several years – savings that will help us protect our academic core.

Reducing our operating costs by this amount will be challenging. But with challenge comes opportunity – to be more collaborative, to become more productive, and to create the kind of university we want to be. We’re going to be totally focused on the future – engaging Nebraskans about what their university can do to continue to grow the economy, meet the needs of the workforce, improve lives as we have done for nearly 150 years.

We invite you to join us in that conversation. Please continue to send your ideas and questions to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’ll update you when new information on our budget planning is available and in the meantime, we look forward to your ongoing ideas and input.

Thank you for all you do for the University of Nebraska.

Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D.
President, University of Nebraska

Jeffrey Gold, M.D.
Chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Interim Chancellor, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Ronnie Green, Ph.D.
Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Doug Kristensen, J.D.
Chancellor, University of Nebraska at Kearney

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