Michael J. Boehm
Michael J. Boehm

Cool, crisp mornings. Husker games. Hundreds of new faces, eager to learn. There is truly nothing quite like our college campus in the fall.

This fall has been an especially exciting one as the Massengale Residential Center on East Campus welcomed its first students. Between the variety of living spaces, the interactive learning and engagement zones, and the beautiful views of the Maxwell Arboretum, our students are in for a special experience. I enjoyed the opportunity to help move a few of our students into their new home on campus, and marveled at how mutually excited the students, parents, and our university staff are for the future.

That shared excitement stems from a real need for these students in our agriculture and natural resources industries. The opportunities in sustainable food production, water use efficiency and global marketing are endless. We need the best thinkers, inventors and doers to make our state a global leader in those areas.

To address those opportunities, we have prioritized the areas of healthy humans, science literacy, stress biology, healthy systems for agricultural production and natural resources, computational sciences, and drivers of economic vitality for Nebraska.

We are striving to excel in these areas, but with your involvement, we can go further and have a greater impact. As we continue to strategize in these areas, we encourage you to become a part of the conversation.

We welcome your feedback, ideas, engagement and support in our ongoing endeavor to make your university a global leader in these key areas. Learn more by going to go.unl.edu/GrowingNebraska.

Moving into residence hallThank you for sharing in our passion for education and advancing the state of Nebraska. Whether it be through the recruitment of your children or neighbors to the university, your partnership in advancing our discovery agenda, your participation in an extension or 4-H program, or through your generous giving of your time, talent or treasure; we thank you!

Stop by campus in Lincoln soon, or visit one of our many research and extension sites across Nebraska, and experience all your university has to offer. Of particular interest, might be the recently opened Veterinary Diagnostic Center on campus. The state-of-the-art facility is already buzzing with students and researchers, and the excitement about the potential of the new space is tangible.

If you do stop in Lincoln, you'll probably find me out roasting marshmallows with our students by the new fire pit at the Massengale Residential Center, or enjoying an ice cream cone at our Dairy Store, which is celebrating 100 years this year. Every day is a good day, in the good life!

Michael J. Boehm, Ph.D.
Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Nebraska
IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor,
University of Nebraska–Lincoln