Sen. Kintner applauds the University of Nebraska system

2013-11-19T12:22:00Z 2013-11-19T13:05:07Z Sen. Kintner applauds the University of Nebraska system Fremont Tribune
November 19, 2013 12:22 pm

“To afford the inhabitants of this state with the means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the various branches of literature, science, and the arts.”

This was the stated goal and reason for the establishment of the University of Nebraska in the mid nineteenth century.

The origins of the Nebraska University system date back to 1857 when a group of citizens was granted permission from the Nebraska Territorial Legislature to found the University of Nebraska in Saratoga, Nebraska. This is an area in North Omaha. The group failed to establish the University in Saratoga within the granted amount of time, so Lincoln got it.

The Nebraska University system consists of four campus locations in Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney.

The University of Nebraska was founded in 1869 in Lincoln. In 1902, the University of Nebraska Medical Center was added to the state system.

In 1968, the University of Nebraska at Omaha was added into the system after it acquired the University of Omaha which was previously owned by the City of Omaha.

The latest addition was the University of Nebraska at Kearney which was added to the University System in 1991. That campus had previously been one of our state colleges.

The University of Nebraska was the first school west of the Mississippi River to offer graduate programs to its students.

For 143 years, the university of Nebraska system has been a cornerstone of the economy and growth of the State of Nebraska. It serves as a comprehensive public University for our state which educates more than 50,000 students a year.

With a mission focused on teaching, research and service, the University of Nebraska pursues its goals in a broad array of educational focuses. From agriculture to technological innovation, the University of Nebraska serves as one of the primary intellectual learning resource for our students.

The University’s graduates, its faculty and staff are major contributors to the economic development of the state. The University attracts a high percentage of the most academically talented Nebraskans.

Graduates of the University form a significant portion of the business, cultural and professional resources of the state. Professors work with business professionals to translate university research into companies and products that benefit our citizens.

Here are some numbers on our university system:

-It is estimated that the University has injected around $300 million dollars in research to the Nebraska economy.

-For every million dollars spent on research around 31 jobs are created.

-A 2006 study showed that the University of Nebraska at Omaha alone had an economic impact of over $2 billion a year.

-A recent analysis of the University of Nebraska at Kearney showed their economic impact to Nebraska’s economy is more than $650 million annually.

-Together, the University of Nebraska Medical System and the Nebraska Medical Center contribute $3.2 billion annually to Nebraska’s economy and support 19,300 jobs.

-There are 1690 students attending UNL from Legislative District 2 and 7435 alumni from the District.

Each campus in the state university system plays a different role, and has a unique focus in the system’s overall educational goals.

The Lincoln campus holds true to its original vision of being a center for research-- especially agricultural research. It’s College of Agricultural Services and Natural Resources has coined the phrase, “science with a purpose,” to prepare students for a variety of careers in modern agriculture and beyond.

The Omaha campus is centered on being a metropolitan University that is moving toward having a significant percentage of their students living on campus.

Housed at this campus is one of the premiere programs in the nations: the Peter Kiewit Institute. This unique program mixes students and businesses in joint collaborative projects in the technology sector.

The College of Business has a new state-of-the-art 120,000 square foot building called Mammel Hall. It is one of the nicest facilities in the country.

The Kearney campus is focused on undergraduate studies that feature a small town and small classroom environment. They do a great job of giving students a hands-on educational experience. Kearney also is geared toward working with first -generation college students to give them the assistance they need to prosper and succeed.

Finally, the Medical Center in Omaha focuses on medical research that is internationally recognized. Many surgical specialties have been developed at the Medical Center’s hospital. Medical personal are trained for almost all medical fields using the most advanced equipment and techniques.

Through its service and outreach efforts, the University extends its educational responsibilities directly to the people of Nebraska on a statewide basis. Nebraska has a world-class university system in our backyard and it the cost to attend compared to other schools is pretty reasonable.

Founding Father's quote:

"A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government." -- Thomas Jefferson

As always, I appreciate hearing from you on important matters. Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff for information or if I may be of assistance. Please reach me at: Senator Bill Kintner, 1115 State Capitol, Lincoln, NE 68509 (402-471-2613), or at my email:

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