Campaign for Nebraska E-newsletter - March 2014

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Campaign for Nebraska. Unlimited Possibilities

The Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities

Sophie hines

Scholarship recipient has designs for success

Remember this name: Sophie hines.

You may see it on your underwear someday.

"People ask me what I do and I say, ‘I make underwear.'"

She laughs.

"It ‘weirds' most people out."

Pretty things are the passion of Sophie Hines, a UNL junior who designs and sews her own line of lingerie and loungewear and is growing her own online business.

Find out more about Sophie, and a donor who's helping her reach for her dreams.

Dick Holland

Berkshire Hathaway investor invests in Omaha

Dick Holland didn't ever expect to be rich rich.

But the Omaha native met Warren Buffett back in the day, when Buffett was just beginning his journey to billionaire status. Dick could see the two were on the same page, so he and his wife invested as much as they could with their friend.

"I want to thank you for making us rich," he told Buffett years later.

But the Oracle of Omaha said that, no, he didn't make them rich:

"You did! You never sold."

Find out how Dick Holland has been enriching Omaha ever since.

Turkey on the 4th of July

Four University of Nebraska students had studied Turkey more than almost anyone else in the world their age. But then they spent a few weeks in that country last summer, and their textbooks opened wide.

They walked inside.

They sipped tea with people they met – the Turkish always seemed to make time for tea with friends.… They haggled with vendors in Istanbul's grand Bazaar…. They stood in the Hagia Sophia – a huge domed basilica far older than a thousand years, and passed through a doorway where once only emperors could go.… They visited ancient mosques and climbed to a monastery on a mountaintop.… They saw big, Nebraska­like farms with modern equipment. But they also saw farms with stone homes and thatched roofs and people cutting down crops with scythes.…

They spent the Fourth of July in turkey.

And celebrated it in a way they'll never forget.

Parker Loghry

Students say the most grateful things

"If I could ever say anything, face to face, with the people who gave me the money to chase my dreams… it would be a very long handshake and possibly a hug," says Parker Loghry, a Thompson Scholar at UNK.

"I would just look them in the eye and say, ‘You have no idea.'"

Want an idea of the power of your gifts to the University of Nebraska? Check out this video filled with grateful faces (and a few tears, too.)

Michael Lechowicz

Reinvigorating rural people and places

Many different shoes stepped beyond a grand boundary.

Nikes. Sandals. Cowboy boots.

Wingbacks. Comfortable pumps.…

The people from all walks of life who wore those shoes walked into the grand ballroom of the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln one day last fall united with one grand goal – to reinvigorate rural America.

Among the crowd was UNK junior Michael Lechowicz, who wore dress shoes as he stood by his poster during the poster competition.

His poster told how he and other members of a student business group at UNK called Enactus had worked with high school students and others in Cody, Neb., to develop a business plan for a grocery store.

It tied for first in the student category of the contest.

Find out the cool thing Michael did with his $750 prize money.

Fire at UNO displaces students, destroys belongings

On Wednesday a two-alarm fire displaced 42 University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students and severely damaged the residence hall they call home.

The fire in the Scott Village building on UNO's south campus caused the residence hall's roof to collapse and left heavy smoke and water damage.

The building's residents include undergraduate and graduate students, some of whom are international students. None of the students were seriously injured.

The University of Nebraska Foundation currently is accepting donations to help these students in replacing items lost in the fire.

Find out how you can help.

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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Campaign priorities

Student Support
Early Childhood
Water for Food
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Architectural Engineering and Construction
Global Engagement
Faculty Support

Campus-based priorities

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of Nebraska at Kearney

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