Alumni Spotlight: Ted Blessing
Blessing finds his place in Lincoln working on immigrant and refugee resettlement

Alumnus Ted Blessing was told that it would be difficult to find a career in refugee resettlement as programs nationwide faced budget cuts. Nevertheless, armed with college experience volunteering with a refugee resettlement organization and his education in global studies, political science, and human right and humanitarian aid—Blessing persisted. Now, he’s working as an Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for Lutheran Family Services’ Refugee Resettlement and Support Program.

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Chancellor Ronnie Green and the Ambassador of Rwanda Mathilde Mukantabana pose with Rwandan students at the end of the first Rwanda Night celebration.
First Rwanda Night celebrated culture and “second home” at UNL

On Feb. 1, the Rwandan Student Association and AgShields hosted the first Rwanda Night celebration at UNL. Spearheaded by Rwandan scholars from the CASNR CUSP program, the night included dancing, singing, a traditional play, fashion and Rwandan food. Special guests for the night included the Ambassador of Rwanda Mathilde Mukantabana, Chancellor Green and his wife, members of the Nebraska National Guard, and more.

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Mohd Nazip Suratman
International alumnus Suratman says UNL experience key to preparing him for future career as deputy vice chancellor

Mohd Nazip Suratman first came to UNL all the way from his home country of Malaysia in the mid-1990s to complete his Master of Science from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife. Suratman, now the deputy vice-chancellor for Research and Innovation at the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia, says “there is nothing more valuable than the experience I gained from completing my degree from UNL.” He credits the range of technical and professional courses available from what’s now the School of Natural Resources, and encourages students to remain motivated in postgraduate research.

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Art by Lindsey Pinkerton
Weekly Chinese Hour connects UNL students with China’s culture, history

Every Tuesday from Jan. 28 to April 21, topics like the vibrant Peking opera and tea culture are brought closer to home during Chinese Hour. From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Chinese Hour, a weekly walk-in event, takes place in Oldfather Hall, Room 1126. Fulbright scholar and Chinese foreign language teaching assistant Yi Yu coordinates and hosts the event, aiming to create a well-rounded learning experience for all students.

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Chloe Molnar
Global Studies major allows Molnar to explore deep questions and gain hands-on experience

As a child of a counselor and a therapist, global studies major Chloe Molnar has always been interested in learning about the backgrounds of different people and how that shapes opinions and personality. For Molnar, the major allows her to explore deep questions about difference in perspectives or cultural implications, as well as gain hands-on experience in learning about the world.

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Spectators watch fireworks during Charter Week, Nebraska's 150-year celebration.
Looking back on a decade of momentum

On Jan. 1, 2010, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln was still a part of the Big 12 athletic conference and had no permanent home for its research endeavors. The use of drones was the stuff of science fiction, and the State Fair had just moved to Grand Island to make room for Nebraska Innovation Campus. As the university enters a new era, Nebraska Today is looking back at the events that defined the decade and transformed campus.

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Participants from the Friends and Alumni Reception in Berlin, Germany on November 11 stand with the N150 flag in honor of UNL’s 150th anniversary.
UNL hosts third alumni reception abroad in conjunction with Governor’s trade missions

On November 11, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted its third international alumni reception in Berlin, Germany in conjunction with Governor Ricketts’ trade missions. The University also hosted receptions in Vietnam and Japan in the fall of 2019.

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The Pakistani scholars from Nebraska’s English Works! Program celebrate the completion of their two-week program at UNL.
Nebraska and Pakistan exchange comes full circle

The impact of Nebraska faculty and staff can be felt around the world, even thousands of miles away. This October and November, Nebraska played host to 25 scholars from Pakistan through the U.S. Department of State’s English Works! Program.

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The first-ever Global Huskers Festival was hosted on November 19 at Memorial Stadium. Photo Credits: Craig Chandler, University Communication.
Global Huskers Festival highlight of ISSO’s winter programming

More than 500 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the first-ever Global Huskers Festival, led by the International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO) in collaboration with other campus partners during International Education Week on November 19.

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Dr. Mary Willis’s program, “Zambia and Ethiopia: Food Security, Health and Nutrition” has hosted 8 Gilman Scholars since summer 2014; that number will now rise to 10.
17 Huskers earn Gilman Scholarship to study or intern abroad

17 University of Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate students have earned Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study or intern abroad between December 2019 and October 2020.

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