Campaign for Nebraska E-newsletter - August 2014

Campaign for Nebraska. Unlimited Possibilities

The Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities

Dr. Charles and Judy Fritch

Grateful couple wants to give back for million dollar education

The trees were tall, some over 100 feet high.

The loggers who climbed them wore spikes on their shoes and chainsaws strapped to their waists. One of them was Dave Fritch's dad. He was a fit and healthy 40–year–old when, one February day, long ago, he was cutting the base of one of those trees.

Its top was partially cut. He didn't know that though. The vibrations from his chainsaw must have knocked it loose.

It fell on his head.

Knocked him down.

Dave was just 21 when he had to sign papers to take his dad off life support.

"That was a very difficult time," Dr. Charles "Dave" Fritch says this day decades later, in a phone interview from his California home. "But that really changed my life – in wanting to do more things for other people.

"Sometimes, the worst possible tragedies can turn into the biggest positives."

It changed his career path, too.

Trip to Israel is 10-day history lesson

For six UNO students this summer, their classroom was the Dead Sea.

It was Galilee.

It was the dinner table of a man in a secretive religion.

It was the Wailing Wall.

It was a bank of the Jordan River.

It was a bus that looped them around the Holy Land.

It was all of Israel.

Ilene Steinkruger

Donors create scholarship for students in crisis

Ilene Steinkruger and her late husband, Milton, struggled to pay for college long ago.

Ilene's dad had died young – he fell off a ladder – when she was just a girl. She started working to help her mom pay the bills as a sixth-grader.

She worked her way through college in Kearney. One of her jobs was at a restaurant called Grantham's. That's where she met her husband.

Milton, once a football recruit at Nebraska, had seen his scholarship end when he broke his punting leg and the doctor didn't fix it right.

"He stayed at UNL a semester and then came to Kearney to take his pre-mortuary college basics," Ilene says. "He had to work real hard while studying. He worked at the funeral home just a block away from Grantham's.

"One day while I was working, he walked in and winked at me, and that was it!"

They both faced crises when they were young.

That's why they created this unique scholarship.


Gift will bring the best of Broadway to Nebraska

UNL's Lied Center for Performing Arts has received a $4 million gift from the estate of Glenn Korff to help bring top Broadway shows to Nebraska.

The gift establishes the Glenn Korff Broadway Endowment at the University of Nebraska Foundation to forever enhance the Lied Center's Broadway programming, visiting artists program, commissioned theater projects and more.

In honor of his legacy and support, major Broadway productions at the Lied Center will be part of the newly created Glenn Korff Broadway Series.

The gift comes a year after Korff, a Nebraska native and UNL alumnus, announced an $8 million gift to the university for the Glenn Korff School of Music at the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. The gift created a permanently endowed fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation to provide annual support for students, faculty and programs. In recognition of this investment, the school was named in his honor.

Learn more about this generous gift.

Law student Daniel Gutman

Internships allow law students to work and learn on the road

If only this desk could talk.

Just consider the conversations it's heard, wonders Daniel Gutman, and the words that were pressed into it by its important owner.

The University of Nebraska law student from Omaha sits behind the very well-used desk on the first day of his internship in New York City. He hopes to land a career as a public interest attorney, so the opportunity to take this internship is perfect, really.

"I am specifically interested in challenging policies and practices that disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of our society," he says.

Daniel and other law students are finishing up summer internships for a variety of public interest and public service organizations, but they couldn't have done this alone.

Learn why this desk is important and who's making these internships possible.

Doug Cook

Remembering Doug Cook

Funeral services for University of Nebraska Foundation's creative marketing specialist Doug Cook were held Aug. 5 in Hickman, Neb. at the Hickman Presbyterian Church. Doug died unexpectedly on Aug. 1, at the age of 60.

Doug joined the foundation in 2007, after working for more than 20 years in marketing at the Lincoln ad agency Bailey Lauerman.  Doug's creative talents were behind many of the foundation's marketing and communication efforts, including unique mailings, creative invitations, advertising, videos and more.

Doug is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kim, his son, Corey, and his daughter, Kaley. He was especially proud of Kaley's upcoming trip to study in the Czech Republic as the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Corey had recently become engaged and is in graduate school at the University of Missouri. 

"Doug's creativity and strong values will be greatly missed," said Brian Hastings, the foundation's president and CEO.

Memorial gifts, in care of the family, may be made at

Campaign for Nebraska. Unlimited Possibilities

The University of Nebraska Foundation is involved in a comprehensive fundraising campaign to fund university priorities such as student scholarships, faculty recruitment, research and program support. The campaign will conclude in 2014. To learn more about the Campaign for Nebraska, or to contribute, go to

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The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 77 years. In 2013, donors provided the university with $236.7 million for scholarships, medical and other research, academic programs, faculty support and facilities. The foundation's comprehensive fundraising campaign, the Campaign for Nebraska, has raised more than $1.5 billion for the university and concludes in 2014.

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Thank you

"As a person ages, things can come and go, but an education can never be taken away. That's what makes this scholarship such an amazing gift. Thank you."

- Tyler Jueden

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