Next year is the University of Nebraska’s 150th anniversary (N150). For those 150 years, the university has served its mission as a land grant university through teaching, research and outreach. Legislator Augustus Harvey wrote the university’s charter in 1869, defining its governance and structure with six colleges. Both houses of the Nebraska Legislature passed the bill establishing the university on Feb. 15, 1869, and Governor David Butler signed it into law the same day.
“We’re working hard at having a full year of celebratory events and activities beginning January 1,” said Chancellor Ronnie D. Green. “The formal anniversary is February 15, Charter Day. That will be a big week of activities, including the inaugural Founders Day event that will continue annually thereafter. A famous alumnus is expected to be the featured speaker.”
The inauguration of the Academic Hall of Fame is of particular note.
“The athletic department did that with a physical structure, and we’re planning to mirror it on the plaza near the southeast corner of the stadium for our Academic Hall of Fame. It will be easily accessible at all times,” said Green. “Academics and athletics side by side. Our concept is to name the first 15 individuals – one per decade of the university’s history to date, and add annually from there.
“Then there’s this whole N150 Commission strategic planning group we announced last March,” added Green. “The commission is expected to finalize its work by Thanksgiving, and we’ll unveil it February 15. I’m very excited about it all.”
• Look for special pop-up classes open to all.
• The university will encourage groups and individuals to do 150 minutes of community service in honor of N150 and then publicize their accomplishments.
• Homecoming 2019 will be an especially big celebration.
• One of the celebration’s themes is Much more is yet to come. “The future is ours, and it’s in good hands – Big Ten, Big Red hands,” Green said.