The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, July 02, 1992, Summer, Image 1

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Search continues for new vice
chancellor for research at UNL
By Steffen ie Fries
Staff Reporter
Nearly two years after it began,
the search for vice chancellor
for research at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln continues.
The search almost came to a close
a few weeks ago when Anthony Hines
accepted the position, but two hours
after his acceptance, he changed his
mind, said Herb Howe, associate to
the chancellor.
Howe said that because of the
amount of work done by the first
search committee, a new committee
will be formed this fall tocontinuc the
“This is not unusual; a search will
need to be re-opened for one reason or
another,” Howe said.
He said however that the term of
acceptance would not usually be that
Howe said that the acceptance and
subsequent decline by Hines tended
to spoil the remaining pool of quali
fied applicants.
“Up until the end, everybody be
lieves they’re all equally qualified,”
Howe said.
The make-up of the new commit
tee has not yet been determined, Howe
said, because many people are not
around during the summer.
He said that in terms of looking at
a candidate’s qualifications, several
factors would be considered.
As the vice chancellor for research,
the candidate would need experience
in administration as well as experi
ence in patents and technology trans
He or she should have a distin
guished research record of their own
and should have nationwide contacts,
Howe said.
He said that the position also would
entail a lot of contact with federal
agencies and other sources of fund
ing. Therefore, the person would need
to be experienced with grants.
The cost of the initial search to
talled around $5,000, Howe said, and
the second search should cost about
the same.
Howe said that the biggest factor
of the cost is bringing candidates to
UNL for interviews.
The position may be filled by next
spring, Howe said.
Byrne named as athletic director
By Sam S. Kepfield
Staff Reporter
NL Chancellor Graham
Spanier announced Friday that
Bill Byme, athletic director at
the University of Oregon, will replace
Bob Dcvancy as athletic director at
the University of Ncbraska-Lincoln
in January.
Spanier said Byme is a top-notch
manager and fund-raiser with an out
standing record at Oregon and in the
Pacific-lOconfcrence. Byme has been
AD at Oregon since 1984,
While there, Byme served as both
chair of the PAC-10 Executive Com
mittee and chair of the PAC-10 Bud
gelCommittee. He was named the lop
national fund-raiser by the National
Athletic Fund-raisers Association in
1985, and has also raised more than
$20 million for new facilities at Or
egon, including an athletic center.
Byme said he plans to keep the
Nebraska athletic program moving
ahead in its current direction. Al
though he previously only visited the
campus once, during a football game
in 1985, Byme said he’s been im
pressed by what he’s seen of the cam
pus during his stay this week.
“This institution offers great op
portunities for success,” Byrne said.
“The facilities here — the Devaney
Center, Memorial Stadium, the in
door practice field — are superior to
Oregon. There’s no comparison with
what I had to work with when I came
to Oregon in 1984.”
In addition, he said, UNL has a
knowledgeable staff, with dedicated
As for the displeasure from booster
groups when UNL Assistant Athletic
Director Al Papik was not chosen,
By me said the controversy shows a
keen interest in the program.
“It shows people are concerned
about the program, and want to keep
winning Big Eight championships,"
Byrne said.
Byrne will travel to meet with
booster clubs, escorted by the outgo
ing AD Devaney, to soothe feelings.
“Every time there’s a change, you
have to go out and re-establish cred
ibility,” Byrne said.
He said he plans to meet with
boosters, and communicate his goals
and leam of theirs for the athletic
“Not everyone ’sgoingtolovemc,”
Byme said, “but I’ll get the lion’s
share of patrons.”
As for issues of reorganization of
the department, gender equity in Ne
braska sports and possible cutbacks,
Byrne said it was too early to tell what
will happen.
He said he would begin to study
such issues when he arrives on cam
pus November 1 to start orienting
himself withNcbraska.
Spanicr said he wanted to defuse
criticism of the choice. He said that
despite the controversy surrounding
the search, he was pleased with the
support shown by the coaches, ath
letic department staff and the NU
Board of Regents.
Spanier dismissed rumors of an
‘Oregon connection’ by noting that
he and Byrne had met only twice
while serving at two different univer
sities in the stale.
Reactions from athletic department
staff were positive.
Bob Devaney said he was confi
dent that Nebraska athletics would
continue on the same road. He said
Byrne is an ‘‘upbeat and a very per-*
sonablc man.”
Nebraska Basketball Coach Danny
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Reaching new heights
UNL sophomore Tetsuya Mineo successfully catches a
frisbee thrown by a friend Monday afternoon on cam
Independence Day celebrations to blast ott in Lincoln
By Andrea Kaser
Staff Repot ter
I memIMaMM—"""
cspilc laws banning any cx
i ■ ploding fireworks within city
JLr limits, Lincolnitescan still feel
the exhilaration of bombs bursting in
air this Independence Day at a num
ber of professional fireworks displays
across the city.
The most popular display happens
at Holmes Lake, 70th and Normal
Boulevard, where the Lincoln Sowers
Club, the Lincoln Jaycees, and the
city itself have spent $22,000 for
roughly a 3600-shot show pul together
by international firm, Zambcllf s.
City Events Coordinator Carole
Eddins said that in previous years,
attendance at the park for the holiday
has been estimated at 40,000.
In the past, the celebration at
Hoi mes has lasted one day, w ilh games
and sports throughout the day and the
display ending die celebration in the
However, because this year is the
state ’ s 125th anniversary, the celebra
tion will last three days, beginning
Friday and ending Sunday.
The events include softball, sand
volleyball, a fun run, a car show and
even pie-eating and beard-judging
contests, among others. For more in
formation, call the the Lincoln Jay
The Holmes celebration also may
be the best opportunity to see some
chaulauquas.oid-fashioncd tent meet
ings that were once common in the
Great Plains. These will last from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m on Saturday and 9 a.m.
to noon on Sunday.
The fireworks display at Holmes
will begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday and
last for about 21 minutes. But, be
forewarned that the traffic, both auto
mobile and pedestrian, will be very
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