UNK Kicks Off Year of Celebration

Written by Kelly Bartling, Assistant Vice Chancellor Communications and Community Relations

On Tuesday, March 1, UNK will kick off our “Year of Celebration,” noting the 111th anniversary of the institution’s first fall term (September 1905), and the 25th anniversary of becoming part of the University of Nebraska in 1991. Chancellor Kristensen, with his interest in history and politics, has stories of the 111 ballots it took the State Board of Education to choose Kearney as the location for a new state normal school, and of the politics of 1989 that led to the Unicameral legislating the former Kearney State College to join the University of Nebraska system.

At 4 p.m., Chancellor will deliver a lecture, “A Century Later: From 111 Ballots to Today,” in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Immediately following, he and Dean Janet Wilke will host a reception and exhibition of materials from Archives and Special Collections at Calvin T. Ryan Library that will include photos and memorabilia from the past century.

Be ready for some surprise entertainment, and opportunities to share your own story in oral-history form, during this duo of events.

If you cannot attend March 1, the exhibit will be on display at the Calvin T. Ryan through the month.

All events are free and open to the public.

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