05/10/2018 2017 Presidential Calendar
2017 Presidential Calendar
Dec.
5
Board of Regents Meeting
10 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
Nov.
29
State Chamber Board Meeting
10 a.m. | La Vista, NE
Nov.
8
IANR Growing Nebraska Summit
8:30 a.m. | Lincoln, NE
Nov.
7
UNL Faculty Senate Meeting
2:30 p.m. | Lincoln, NE
Oct.
27
President’s Advisory Council Meeting
8:30 a.m. | Omaha, NE
MAY
18
Walter Scott and Peter Kiewit Awards Luncheon
11:30 AM | Omaha, NE
MAY
16
Maxwell Arboretum’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
2:30 PM | Lincoln, NE
MAY
5
UNK Commencement
10:00 AM | Kearney, NE
MAY
4
UNMC Nursing Kearney Division Commencement
7:00 PM | Kearney, NE
MAY
4
NCTA Commencement
1:30 PM | Curtis, NE
MAY
3
Buffett Early Childhood UNMC Community Chair Welcome Reception for David Dzewaltowski
4:00 PM | Omaha, NE
MAY
3
University-wide Teaching, Research and Engagement Awards Luncheon
NOON | Omaha, NE
APR
26
TeamMates Spring Graduation
9:30 AM | Lincoln, NE
APR
26
President’s Advisory Council meeting
8:30 AM | Lincoln, NE
APR
20
Lincoln Public Schools Foundation dinner
6:00 PM | Lincoln, NE
APR
11
Water for Food Global Conference
8:30 AM | Lincoln, NE
APR
8
Omicron Delta Kappa Banquet
5:30 PM | Lincoln, NE
APR
6
Installation of UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green
11:00 AM | Lincoln, NE
APR
3
Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning groundbreaking
2:30 PM | Omaha, NE
MAR
22
Dinner in a Nebraska Home with UNL international students
6:00 PM | Lincoln, NE
MAR
6
University-wide Departmental Teaching Award Luncheon
12:00 PM | Lincoln, NE
MAR
4
Honorary membership induction into UNL Alpha Gammo Rho fraternity
12:45 PM | Lincoln, NE
MAR
3
UNL College of Education & Human Sciences Ambassadors meeting
7:30 AM | Lincoln, NE
FEB
10
UNO Mavericks hockey game reception
5:00 PM | Omaha, NE
FEB
2
WH Thompson Scholars Academic Achievement Reception
4:00 PM | Lincoln, NE
JAN
20
USSTRATCOM Strategic Leadership Fellows Program Kickoff
1:00 PM | Omaha, NE
JAN
19
Leadership Nebraska Class IX meeting
2:00 PM | Lincoln, NE
JAN
14
UNL Marching Band Annual Awards Banquet
5:30 PM | Lincoln, NE
JAN
13
Martin Luther King Jr Freedom Breakfast
Lincoln, NE
JAN
11
Agriculture Builders of Nebraska Annual Meeting
12:00 PM | Lincoln, NE
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04/10/2018 An update on budget planning from President Bounds
An update on budget planning from President Bounds

April 10, 2018

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

I am writing with an update on our budget planning. As you may know, we got good news last week when Governor Ricketts signed the state budget package approved by the Legislature with no vetoes.

Considering the fiscal challenges the Governor and Legislature are grappling with – and the scale of the cuts we faced at the beginning of the legislative session – this final budget package puts us in a relatively positive position.

We would not have gotten to this outcome without the countless Nebraskans, starting with all of you, who have lifted up their voices for an affordable, competitive public University that transforms lives and grows the economy. The chancellors and I are grateful for this remarkable show of support for our 53,000 students and the vital role of higher education in Nebraska.

“With our state funding known, we’re in a better position to carefully consider cuts that have been proposed, campus feedback, and the long-term interests of our students, University and the state.”

Let me lay out where this budget puts us, both in terms of the work we have done to address our existing shortfall and next steps that the chancellors and I have begun to discuss.

Under the signed budget, the University’s funding will be reduced $11 million this year, and next year’s appropriation will be cut about $6 million. These reductions come on top of previous cuts in state funding which, combined with our rising costs, created a $46 million recurring shortfall.

We addressed that gap with a combination of spending cuts and tuition increases, including millions in operational reductions identified by the University-wide Budget Response Teams. The teams are continuing to make progress in implementing their strategies. Their work is not easy, and it will cause disruptions, but every dollar saved in operations is a dollar less we have to find in academic cuts or tuition increases.

The additional reductions in state funding – while smaller than what we originally faced – will add to our challenge significantly. We will manage this year’s one-time $11 million cut by using our dwindling cash and drawing on the prudence campuses have exercised in limiting hiring, purchasing and other spending.

The recurring $6 million cut beginning in 2018-19 is of much greater concern, particularly as we look ahead to the next biennium and the reality of Nebraska’s continuing fiscal issues. In February each campus rolled out proposed programmatic reductions in anticipation of reduced state funds. These were painful proposals, with real impacts on students, faculty and staff.

We will have no choice but to move forward with some cuts. Each campus’ process for making reductions looks a little different and it would be inappropriate for me to get ahead of any campus decisions. I can tell you that the chancellors and I – together with the Board of Regents, campus leadership teams and other stakeholders – will be working hard in the weeks and months ahead to finalize strategies for closing our shortfall and communicate our progress to you. With our budget cut known, we are in a better position to carefully consider what’s been proposed, the feedback campuses are receiving, and what choices will allow us to meet fiscal realities while also serving the long-term interests of our students, our University and the state.

The best news is that at this level of funding, we will not need to increase tuition across the board for 2018-19 beyond the 3.2 percent increase previously approved by the Board. We’re pleased that we will remain a great value for our students and families.

Even as we acknowledge the challenges before us, the chancellors and I share a great energy about where we’re headed as a University. We have real opportunities to work with our partners in business and agriculture, the Legislature and the Governor to advance our shared goal to grow this state. As we look to the University’s next 150 years, we’re convinced our best days are ahead of us.

That confidence is a result of the work you do every day. Thank you for your contributions to the University of Nebraska.

Hank Bounds
President, University of Nebraska

04/03/2018 President Bounds’ statement on the Legislature’s budget package
President Bounds’ statement on the Legislature’s budget package

April 3, 2018

I’m grateful to members of the Legislature for their strong support of affordable, excellent education for the 53,000 students of the University of Nebraska. Chairman Stinner, Vice Chairwoman Bolz and members of the Appropriations Committee showed great leadership in making higher education a priority, and many of their colleagues in the body were passionate champions for the value the University brings to Nebraska’s economy and quality of life. While we still face difficult budget cuts, the funding approved by the Legislature would allow the University to maintain our affordability and continue our momentum in serving students and the people of our state.

Hank Bounds
President, University of Nebraska

04/04/2018 President Bounds’ statement on the signed budget package
President Bounds’ statement on the signed budget package

April 4, 2018

This budget puts the University of Nebraska in a much better place than where we were a few months ago. I am extraordinarily grateful to the thousands of students, faculty and staff, business and agricultural leaders, and Nebraskans across this state who have lifted up their voices for an affordable, competitive public University that transforms lives and grows the economy. The chancellors and I are humbled by their support.

Chairman Stinner and members of the Appropriations Committee showed great leadership and vision in making our 53,000 students and all of higher education a priority. I thank them and the full Legislature for their hard work in navigating a difficult budget while also maintaining their investment in one of Nebraska’s most important economic engines: the University of Nebraska. Because of them, the long partnership between the state and its University will continue.

The University still faces a significant budget challenge that will require difficult decisions. Together with the Board of Regents, the chancellors and I will be working hard in the near future to finalize our strategies for closing the gap. Most importantly, we’re excited to join with our many partners on a plan to grow our state for the future.

Hank Bounds
President, University of Nebraska

02/15/2018 A message from President Bounds following NU’s Appropriations hearing
A message from President Bounds following NU’s Appropriations hearing

February 15, 2018

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

Perhaps it is appropriate that I write to you on the 149th anniversary of the University of Nebraska’s founding.

Our University was created to serve the people of Nebraska through education, research and outreach.

Yesterday, in a legislative hearing room filled to overflow with students, colleagues, partners in agriculture and business, and community members, I was reminded that our mission of opening the doors of opportunity for our fellow citizens is as important today as it was 149 years ago.

Those testifying to the Appropriations Committee in support of continued investment in the University included first-generation students, like our UNO student body president, Carlo Eby, who asked senators on behalf of our 53,000 students to send a message that they care about Nebraska’s young people.

“In our next 149 years, the University of Nebraska can be an even more powerful force of change and opportunity. But we can’t do it without continued partnership with the state.”

We heard from a young wife and mother from Elkhorn, a breast cancer survivor who recalled that watching the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center being built was like seeing “hope built from the ground to the sky” and asked legislators not to walk away from that commitment.

We heard from leaders in agriculture who spoke of the University’s indispensable role in driving innovation in Nebraska’s No. 1 industry and helping to feed a growing and hungry world.

We heard from business leaders who depend on the 11,000 graduates we produce each year to keep our workforce strong.

Listening to the testimonies, hearing our students’ stories, witnessing the remarkable show of support by a broad range of University stakeholders reaffirmed my belief that in our next 149 years we can be an even more powerful force of change and opportunity for people in Nebraska and around the world.

As we told Appropriations Committee members yesterday, however, we can’t do it without continued partnership with the state.

As you recall, the Governor has recommended an $11 million cut to our funding this year and a $23 million reduction to next year’s appropriation. When you consider that we have already taken steps to close the $46 million gap created in part by previous funding cuts – including $30 million in administrative reductions and two years of tuition increases – the Governor’s proposal creates a serious challenge for us.

Even if our request to legislators to restore our 2018-19 base funding is successful, rising costs mean we will still be forced to make reductions. All campuses have begun this process and this week rolled out painful proposals for cuts, including elimination of academic programs, job reductions and retreats from our statewide presence.

While they are still proposals, subject to shared governance processes and legislative decisions on our budget, they represent the scale and gravity of the decisions we are facing. Lives of our students and colleagues have been upended. We would retreat at the very time that our workforce demands more college graduates, not fewer, and when the needs of our citizens are as great as they have ever been.

As one example, Nebraska has the second-highest rate of pediatric brain cancer in the country. We have some of the best cancer researchers in the nation working to figure out why. But if we don’t invest, the numbers won’t improve.

It’s my hope that senators found our case to be as compelling as I did. The Appropriations Committee will now begin its deliberations and has until March 9 to advance a budget recommendation to the full Legislature.

We have asked senators to think with us about what kind of future we want for our children and grandchildren. Affordable, excellent higher education has been a tradition in Nebraska for almost a century and a half. We hope they will decide to make higher education a priority for Nebraska’s future.

Thank you for all you do for the University of Nebraska. It is a privilege to serve alongside you.

Hank Bounds
President, University of Nebraska

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