It is really hard to believe that the spring semester and the academic year is quickly coming to a close. I hope that all goes brilliantly as you prepare for your final exams and complete end-of-semester projects. If you need a pick-me-up during a study break, I hope you will enjoy a free drip coffee during finals week at Love Library, Nebraska Union, Nebraska East Union and the East Campus Rec and Wellness Center while supplies last.
To those who are receiving a degree May 3-4, I am especially excited to celebrate your achievement as part of the largest graduating class in the University’s 150-year history. You all have shown grit in pursuit of the glory of a highly valuable University of Nebraska degree, particularly this year in which our state and region has experienced the devastating effects of tragic hazardous weather.
I am proud of our university community’s response to the blizzards and floods, and I encourage all returning students to consider a special opportunity to assist with flood recovery efforts. A new University of Nebraska student serviceship program will place up to 50 students directly in communities impacted by the flooding. These paid serviceships, in which you would have the opportunity to earn college credit for the work, will start in late May or early June, with a maximum duration of 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. I anticipate significant interest in this unique opportunity to make a positive impact on Nebraska communities, so I encourage all who are interested to apply online soon. All undergraduate, graduate and professional students can apply.
Thank you for doing your part to make the University such a phenomenal place to study, create, and build for the future.
Finish well in the final weeks ahead – there is no place like Nebraska!