Erika works on a computer in the College of Business
Erika works on a computer in the College of Business

At Nebraska, we don’t rest on our strengths — we stretch them. And through the Clifton Strengths Institute, students do just that by discovering and developing their natural talents and determining how they can build them for success. Sit down with management major Erika Casarin to learn how the institute is helping students maximize their talent and prepare for the future.

How would you explain The Clifton Strengths Institute to someone outside the College of Business community?

The Clifton Strengths Institute (CSI) is a community of individuals who value the power of strengths. We are a proponent for personal growth and development by using the Clifton Strengths Assessment, an online tool that helps you discover what…


Jayven smiles as he rests in the shade against a tree
Jayven smiles as he rests in the shade against a tree

For Pride Month, we’re featuring students who are making an impact on campus and beyond. This week, meet Jayven Brandt, a secondary social science education major with minors in history, music, and human rights and humanitarian affairs from Kearney, Nebraska. On campus, he’s helping others through his involvements, an impact he hopes to continue after he graduates and becomes an educator.

You said you’ve known you’ve wanted to be an educator from a young age. Talk a little bit about that and why you’re passionate about it.

My whole life I’ve known I have wanted to educate others. I love the idea of changing lives for the better and leaving my legacy through the achievement of others. My focus in my educational journey is human rights…


The Lincoln skyline with the state capitol in the distance on a sunny day
The Lincoln skyline with the state capitol in the distance on a sunny day

It’s summertime, and suddenly our schedules are wide open! Turns out that without class, campus activities and sports, we’ve got a whole lot of free time. We could stare at the TV screen all day, or we could get out and explore LNK. Check out some of our favorite ways to spend the summer below.

Explore

Did you know that Lincoln is home to 130 miles of trails? That’s a lot of ground to cover! Grab your helmet and lace up your sneakers — oh, and don’t forget your water bottle. You can take your own bike, or rent one from…


For Pride Month, we’re featuring students who are making an impact on campus and beyond. This week, meet Emily Cheramie, an English major with minors in art, math, and women and gender studies from Georgetown, Kentucky. As a walk-on for Husker Rifle, Emily is using her platform to advocate for others and ensure being queer in athletics is normalized.

Talk about learning to embrace your sexuality and working to ensure others don’t experience bullying/discrimination like you did.

I grew up in a pretty conservative household. Living in the south, attending church every Sunday, and going to Catholic school from 5th-12th grade didn’t help much either. I was never exposed to the LGBTQ+ community, at least never in a…


For Pride Month, we’re featuring students who are making an impact on campus and beyond. This week, meet Nick Harp, a PhD student in the Department of Psychology from Knoxville, Tennessee. Through his involvements, Nick works to advance representation and support for LGBTQA+ folks at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and in the community.

What prompted you to found UNL’s chapter of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals? Is there anything particular you’re proud of from your time as president?

Thanks for the great question. There were several factors motivating my decision. First, I came from an institution where the state legislature voted to defund the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, including the LGBTQA+ Center, which regularly lands it on a list of the most unwelcoming campuses…


The capital city is rich with museums for every interest. From art to automobiles and even roller skating, here are ten museums to check out in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Pink flowers bloom in front of Sheldon Museum of Art on a sunny summer day
Pink flowers bloom in front of Sheldon Museum of Art on a sunny summer day

Sheldon Museum of Art

It’s hard to travel across the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campuses without getting a taste of the museum’s art. A perfect place for a study break, the on-campus Sheldon Museum of Art has collections of 13,000 artworks with ever-changing exhibits. More than 30 of Sheldon’s monumental sculptures are exhibited throughout city and east campuses.

National Museum of Roller Skating

Lincoln is home to the the largest collection of roller skating artifacts and textual materials in the world! Just…


Love Library peaks out behind trees
Love Library peaks out behind trees

Even though you might be off campus this summer, you don’t have to feel any Husker homesickness! You can bring the Big Red feeling to wherever you are in the world. Read on to see a few of our favorite ways to make anywhere feel like campus.

#1 At-Home Runzas

Let’s be honest, nothing tastes as good as a warm Runza during a chilly day in Memorial Stadium. Though you might not be able to replicate the exact feeling, you can still bring one of Nebraska’s best dishes home with a homemade Runza. This recipe provides all the steps you’ll need to make…


In collaboration with the College of Engineering

Emily smiles for the camera
Emily smiles for the camera

For APIDA Heritage Month, we’re featuring students who are making an impact on campus and beyond. This week, meet Emily Ritzdorf, a May 2021 graduate in architectural engineering from Howells, Nebraska. Through her involvement in the College of Engineering, she introduced K-12 kids to STEM, helping inspire the next generation of engineers.

Describe a bit about your personal and/or professional background.

I am originally from China and was adopted by my parents as a baby. Nebraska is the only place I have ever called home. I grew up in a small town of about 500 people where my mom was my 2nd-grade…


By: Megan Fehr

An aerial of East Campus
An aerial of East Campus

Hi, I’m Megan and I’m extremely indecisive. Fun fact: I’ve changed my college major 4 times now. They say “3rd time’s the charm” and well, I guess it wasn’t quite the 3rd time for me. I’m crossing my fingers that this time, the 4th time, it’s the one! I’m a sophomore studying agricultural education leadership, which is not far from where I started two years ago. It’s been a unique and interesting ride getting to where I am now.

Major #1: Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communications

I went into college as excited as could be. I majored in agricultural and environmental sciences communications, which…


Chau smiles at the camera as she poses outside the College of Business
Chau smiles at the camera as she poses outside the College of Business

For APIDA Heritage Month, we’re featuring students who are making an impact on campus and beyond. This week, meet Chau Nguyen, a May 2021 graduate in accounting from Lincoln, Nebraska. Through her leadership on campus and through the Asian Student Union, she helped students embrace their cultural identity and acted as a catalyst for change.

What is it like to be a first-generation student?

Being a first-generation student can be scary. Like anything else new, it can be intimidating going into something with little knowledge or experience from family members. It’s a challenge because, in a way, you’re at a disadvantage compared to others. A lot of it was…

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