The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, August 23, 1999, Image 1

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Definitely offensive
The Nebraska offense made some strides in the first scrimmage of
the season, but the first team defense was strong as usual.
Festival of Feats
Four UNL dance students spend the summer
learning what it’s like to be professional
performers, PAGE 18
August 23,j 1999
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Goals include increasing federal funding
By Kimberly Sweet
Senior staff writer
Despite dealing with the challenges of
a budget shortfall, UNL must create a first
rate learning community, nourish research
opportunities and extend its classroom
statewide, Chancellor James Moeser said
During his annual state of the universi
ty address, Moeser told faculty members,
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stepa to deal with a budget shortfall that
could prevent the university from achiev
mgthe excellence it wants, Moeser said.
UNL received the largest increase in
eight yearsin state appropriations during
die last legislative session. But with salary
increases taking up the majority of the
increase, more than $4 million had to be
reallocated to cover increased costs.
“This reallocation has beat troubling
to some, has undermined morale and has
resulted in many questions,” he said.
To make up the $4 million shortfall, the
university will have to become less reliant
on state revalues and tuition and instead
bring in more external funding.
This includes increasing the amount of
research funds coming into the university.
To begin fulfilling this goal, Moeser
resolved to increase federal funding by $ 10
million in four areas over the next five
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Re amount of federal research money the
university currently gets. It also would pro
vide additional operating revenue.
“With such a cushion, a $4 million
reallocation would have been virtually
unnoticeable,” Moeser said
Marsha Torr, vice chancellor for
research, said the goal is reachable. By
bringing together research strengths in
individual departments, UNL will be able
to take on big research initiatives.
“It’s a very good goal,” Torr siaid “If we
can take that dispersed strength and join it
together, we are going to be very competi
Increasing retention and graduation
rates are also priorities. Moeser set a goal
of increasing freshman retention rates
from about 79 percent to 84 percent over
the next five years and increasing the six
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By Michelle $earr ; ;
Staff writer
The sun broke through die clouds just in time for
die annual Big Red Welcome late Sunday afternoon.
As students slowly waded through the sea of peo
ple on R Street, they gathered information from 250
booths about involvement, student organizations and
local businesses and picked up freebies along die way.
The welcome, which kicked off at 6 pm., followed
a freshman welcome convocation at the Lied Colter
for Performing Arts. The welcome also encouraged
involvement among incoming students as well as those
currently enrolled
“Attendance has grown significantly in the past
three years because it has included all university stu
dents and community members and has moved from
Devaney to R Street,” said Kristi Kettlehut, New
Student Enrollment member and coordinator of the
New Student Enrollment member JD Ladd, a
junior exercise science and pre-medicine major, said
about 7,000 students attended, including 4,000 to
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Paint It, red
Kelli Kellogg/DN
AFTER OUTUMM THE end zone letters after Saturday* football scrim
mage, Craig Carlson, owner of Arrow Striping Inc. In Lincoln, begins
fining them In.
Kiewit Institute dedicated
■ Omaha-based center
offers technology programs
and encourages students to
stay in Nebraska.
and Kimberly Sweet
A new building christened Saturday
with the cut of a fiber optic cable may
make a dent in the high-tech worker
shortage that pervades die nation.
At least that was the hope of US.
Secretary of Education Richard Riley,
who was on hand when a robot per
formed the ribbon cutting for the newly
built University of Nebraska Peter
Kiewit Institute in Omaha
“Our country is facing a serious,
serious shortage of qualified people to
fill high-tech positions around the
country,” Riley said. “This institute
helps to meet that challenge, and I thank
Riley was one of many dignitaries
on hand to dedicate the facility, which is
a collaboration between the University
ofNebraska-Lincoln and the University
of Nebraska at Omaha.
The institute, which is housed in a
state-of-the-art building, offers pro
grams from the UNL College of
Engineering and Technology and the
UNO College of Information Science
and Technology.
Funded jointly by the state of
Nebraska and private business and
industry donations, the Kiewit center
will help to slow Nebraska’s brain chain,
said Gov. Mike Johanns.
“Without opportunities like this,
(stopping brain drain) becomes nearly
an impassible endeavor,” he said
One student present for the dedica
tion was proof of the power the Kiewit
Institute may have in keeping smart stu
dents in state.
Dana Svendson, a third-year stu
dent at UNO, intended on going to
California for college.
But after being offered a scholar
ship, a new computer and the prospects
of attending class in the new building
that houses the Kiewit Institute,
Svendson said the opportunity was too
good to pass up.
“Attending the institute was a great
decision,” she said “Itb pretty amazing
to have all these opportunities in
UNL Chancellor James Moeser
said the Kiewit Institute would be a
good way to show UNUs dedication to
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