Alumna Spotlight: Anna Spethman
Husker experience, connections fuel Spethman's future career

During her time at UNL, alumna Anna Spethman made countless connections across campus and the local community with erh involvement in RSOs, UCARE research, volunteering, studying abroad and more. After funding cuts impacted her job as a refugee case manager at Catholic Social Services, Spethman continued to pursue her passion for international relations and humanitarian response by establishing the nonprofit organization Education Refuge alongside fellow Husker and founder, Jacob Manyang. Spethman currently serves as the organization’s Director of Operations and received the NAFUM Master’s Scholarship from the University of Manchester for her degree in international relations and development.

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Study in the UK on a prestigious graduate scholarship.
Information session hosted on post-graduate opportunities in the UK

Join the Office of Fellowships on Feb. 26 for a special information session on post-graduate opportunities available in the UK. Students interested in pursuing a graduate program in the UK can consider applying for the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, and Churchill scholarships. Many of these pretigious awards are due around October, but campus nomination deadlines begin on April 15.

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Workshops for hosts of international scholars, employees begin Feb. 19

The International Student and Scholar Office will offer three upcoming workshops for faculty and staff who host and support international scholars and employees, running from February to April. All workshops are free but require registration.

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Fulbright awardee in Cusco, Peru.
Students invited to learn about Fulbright Awards

The UNL Office of Fellowships, led by Dr. Laura Damuth, will begin hosting information sessions on the Fulbright awards on Mar. 12. Fulbright awards support graduate study, research, or English teaching abroad. Grants are awarded to graduating seniors, alums, and graduate students in all academic fields and in the creative and performing arts. It is never too soon to explore the Fulbright website and meet with Dr. Damuth about this extraordinary international exchange program.

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Chancellor Ronnie Green delivered the 2020 State of Our University address at Nebraska Innovation Campus on Feb. 14.
Green outlines bold course in the State of Our University address

Chancellor Ronnie Green has officially set a strategic course intended to — in the next 25 years — transform the University of Nebraska–Lincoln into an “unparalleled” public research institution in areas of access, opportunity, innovation and lifelong learning.

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Nebraska’s 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows visited the Nebraska State Capitol on July 24, where they met with Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley and received a tour of the historic building.
Young African leaders return to Nebraska in summer 2020

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is proud to announce its selection as an Institute Partner for the 2020 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. This summer will mark the fourth consecutive award to host one of the Leadership in Civic Engagement Institutes.

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Students in Jha's Intro to Lodging class participated in virtual exchange video sessions with peers from around the world.
March 3 Lunch Seminar to Discuss Virtual Exchange

Dipra Jha, associate professor of practice and director of global engagement for the Hospitality, Restaurant, Tourism Management program at UNL, is the keynote speaker for a lunch-and learn on virtual classrooms on Mar. 3. Hosted by IANR Global Engagement, Jha will share his experience in conducting courses with virtual classroom, an exciting technological and pedagogical inroad into connecting students from around the world.

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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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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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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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