You may have read the article in this morning's Lincoln Journal Star about Tuesday's listening session on East Campus. The report is true that I have delayed the Phase 2 announcements of further budget reductions. The delay for a short time is necessary for me to gain a degree of personal confidence in what our next round will look like. I know uncertainty is not a healthy situation but I need more time to work through some of the details of the next round of reductions. I will let you know as soon as I can what the new date will be. I should think it will be within the next two to three weeks.
I also wanted to pass along two items of good news to you.
First, Admissions reports that there are seven students with perfect 36 ACT scores who have been admitted to UNL for fall. Nationally, one in 8,300 high school students taking the exam achieves a perfect score. It is unusual to have more than one in this category in a year, so seven is very rare. UNL's undergraduate programs are continuing to attract promising students.
One of our students, Megan Spilinek, a senior in Business Administration, this week was named a Truman Scholar. The award recognizes her commitment to a career in public service, and comes with a $30,000 scholarship, which she plans to use to attend law school. Last semester Megan received the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement - one of only four given annually nationwide, and the second-highest award an Air Force ROTC cadet can achieve. Megan, from Weeping Water, is a three-year Air Force ROTC scholarship winner, and is a member of the Honors Program.
As we move through this budget nightmare, it is critical that we keep our focus on creating a positive and exciting future for Nebraska and for all our students.
One final note. The University of Nebraska Foundation has agreed that if individuals make pledges to the Budget Impact Fund for faculty and staff affected by these reductions with gifts to be made over a two-year period, the Foundation will, on the basis of the pledges, make the funds immediately available for use. Any gifts you might wish to make can be sent to the Foundation and designated for the UNL Budget Impact Fund.