Campaign for Nebraska E-newsletter - July 2014

Campaign for Nebraska. Unlimited Possibilities

The Campaign for Nebraska: Unlimited Possibilities

Grant and Stephanie

Startup couple got their start at UNL

She was gorgeous. She was brainy.

She was great at Cranium.

"Ella's got a good competitive spirit," John Wirtz says, smiling at Ella, his wife of seven years.

She laughs.

"That's a nice way to put it," she says.

They don't remember the moment they met. But they know where they met — in the middle of UNL's City Campus somewhere inside the Kauffman Academic Residential Center, home to the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science & Management.

It's where the young power couple in the startup world started out.

And where they fell in love.

Jennifer Alquicira

Student wants to thank those who fed her hunger

What's it like to be hungry?

Jennifer Alquicira, a sophomore at UNO, can tell you.

"Being hungry is just kind of sad," she says, "because it's hard to go out so many, times and your stomach's growling. It makes it harder because sometimes when it happens, I feel judged that way."

Jennifer wants to thank all the people who gave to the Maverick Food Pantry this past May during Omaha Gives! The effort raised $2,060 for the pantry, located in the heart of the new Weitz Community Engagement Center at UNO.

Jennifer wants to thank those people from the bottom of her heart.

And her stomach.

Sergio Ceja

First-in-family college student understands education's importance

Sergio Ceja is a beefy guy, one who loved playing football at Lexington High. He's never been afraid to work hard.

The past three summers since graduating from high school, the UNK student has worked as a "beef pusher" at Tyson Foods back home.

What's a beef pusher?

"You push beef that's on a rail for eight to 10 hours a day," he says, "and it's like pushing a football sled eight to 10 hours a day. I love it, because I was getting paid very well to basically do exercise.

"But sometimes, when you're really tired, and you don't want to be working, I think back to my coach and I hear him say, ‘Sergio, chop your feet! Chop your feet!' and it'd get me through the day."

He paid for his college computer that way.

But this summer, he has a much different job.

Ian Chapo

Why they give

Ian Chapo, new UNL grad.

Ian Chapo, new donor.

The 22-year-old graduated with majors in economics and political science on May 10.

Eleven days later, he made his first gift to the university — one for the Model United Nations Fund, which supports the Model United Nations student group he belonged to at UNL.

Find out why he gives.

And why, last spring break, he pretended to be from Pakistan.

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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