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Our cover, contributed by Craig Chandler of UNL, features University of Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green visiting with students in the Adele Hall Learning Commons in Love Library on the UNL city campus. As chancellor, Green is CEO of the flagship of NU’s four-campus system. He reports to NU President Hank Bounds, though his constituents number 1.9 million Nebraskans.

See Cynthia Peterson’s cover story on this website to learn about Green’s long and winding road to UNL, the challenges he has faced in his first two years as chancellor and the university’s upcoming 150th anniversary (N150) in 2019.

Around town …

This month’s Around Town section begins with the announcement of a fundraising campaign for new theater seats at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Ross director Danny Ladely announced the campaign as 200 Friends of the Ross members gathered at the theater to celebrate another year of film.

A $250 donation will be matched by the Friends board to cover the entire cost of one plush new seat. Partial donations are also encouraged. The seats will have retractable tables as UNL uses the theater as classrooms. Learn more about the campaign and the Ross in the article titled "Mary Riepma Ross Theater launches campaign for new seats in both theaters" on this website.

I enjoyed covering some outdoor activities this past month, such as the annual Wine & Howl event at Deer Springs Winery that raised $6,000 for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors. LAA operates a low-cost spay/neuter program and an income-based pet food bank. Some of the dogs at the event romped in small swimming pools, even though the weather was pleasant with highs in the low 80s but breezy. At one point, the wind blew the admissions tent out into the parking lot. Mary Douglas, LAA’s president, quipped that the only damage was the sunburn she got from having no tent! See event details and my son John’s photos on this website in the article titled "10th annual Wine & Howl event raises $6,000 for LAA."

A new outdoor event was the Bites, Bikes & Bison fundraiser for the Pioneers Park Nature Center. Activities included three bike routes, some of which stopped at White Elm Brewing Co. for discounted drink specials. Back at the Nature Center, the cyclists found food trucks and other vendors, a picnic area with yard games, a yoga class, a Strider bike course for kids and hayrack rides to view the bison. See more on this website in the article titled "Bites, Bikes & Bison event supports Nature Center."

And speaking of exploring the outdoors, in this issue Gretchen Garrison highlights the Oregon Trail across Nebraska. See her article on this website.

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