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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a state-supported institution of higher learning located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and is the largest campus in the University of Nebraska system. The university was founded in 1869 under provisions of the federal Morrill Act. The university is known for its law school, its College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and its College of Journalism and Mass Communications. The campus also has a College of Business, a College of Engineering and the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. The university is divided into two campuses, the City Campus in downtown Lincoln (home to the non-agricultural colleges, administration buildings and a majority of the school) and East Campus (east of the city campus, the central hub of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources).
Among its colleges, the College of Education and Human Sciences is a one-of-a-kind college which features programs that span from teacher preparation and educational psychology to family and consumer science.
Additionally, the College of Journalism and Mass Communication is ranked highly amongst other journalism colleges in the nation. The student newspaper, the Daily Nebraskan is the 5th highest circulation newspaper in the state.
Points of interest
- The Great Plains Art Collection in the Christlieb Gallery is located in downtown Lincoln at 1155 Q Street.
- The Lied Center for Performing Arts is located at 12th and R Street in downtown Lincoln, on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City campus.
- The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery is located at 12th & R Streets on the University of Nebraska City campus.
- The University of Nebraska State Museum, which is popularly known as "Elephant Hall", is located in Morrill Hall at 14th & U Streets on the University of Nebraska City campus.
- The Howell Theatre and Studio Theatre, located in the Temple Building at 12th & R Streets on the University of Nebraska City campus, are home to all the of the Theatre Arts Department's performances.
- The campus forms part of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.
Distinguished alumni & persons associated with UNL
- Grace Abbott, a pioneering American social worker, attended the university in the early 1900s.
- George W. Beadle, winner of the 1958 Nobel prize in physiology and medicine received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees from the College of Agriculture in the 1920s. The George W. Beadle Center for Genetics and Biomaterials Research at UNL is named for Dr. Beadle.
- Warren Buffett, the "Oracle of Omaha" and second-richest man of the world (net worth of $43 billion)
- Johnny Carson, longtime host of The Tonight Show, who, before his death, donated 5.3 million dollars to the College of Fine and Performing Arts.
- Willa Cather, A distinguished novelist, studied at the university in the 1890s. Her novels include O Pioneers, My Antonia, and One of Ours, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923. A Willa Cather Electronic Library is available from the University.
- Aaron Douglas, a distinguished painter and leader of the Harlem Renaissance, received his B.F.A.from the university in 1922.
- Bob Kerrey, a Medal of Honor recipient in Vietnam, a former governor of Nebraska, a former senator from Nebraska, and a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (known as the "9-11 Commission").
- Ted Kooser, who was named Poet Laureate of the United States in 2004, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, took a master's degree at the University of Nebraska in 1968 and was a visiting professor in the English department.
- Ben Nelson, senator from Nebraska and former governor of Nebraska.
- John J. Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe during World War I, took a law degree at the University of Nebraska while serving as instructor in military tactics in the 1890s.
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