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Many students rarely take the short bus ride from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus to campus for anything other than the UNL dairy store and bowling alley, but more and more exciting opportunities are emerging every day. is on Vine Street for UNL students.

The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources has received approval for a new undergraduate major – Statistics and Data Analysis – which is the first time in UNL history that this degree will be available for undergraduates, according to Tiffany Heng-Moss, the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

“The statistics and data analysis program is a program that will help meet the workforce needs here in Nebraska,” Heng-Moss said. “There is certainly a need in this space for employment opportunities also on a national front and on a global front.”

The college will begin accepting students pursuing this major in the fall of 2022, Heng-Moss said.

East Campus is also focused on improving its commitment to inclusive excellence and equity through the implementation of several programs, according to Heng-Moss.

The CASNR Emerging leaders in diversity is a new program meant to engage students in leadership and diversity initiatives both on and off campus, according to the CASNR website.

Minorities in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences is a national organization that relaunched a chapter at UNL this academic year. The university had a chapter years ago, but a group of current students were passionate about revitalizing the program, Heng-Moss said.

“By creating a MANRRS chapter on the UNL campus, we hope to broaden the horizons of students, thereby creating a more diverse community within the CASNR department and related career fields,” the student organization recognized by UNL MANRRS Constitution bed.

These programs ensure that inclusive excellence is always at the forefront when considering agriculture and natural resources, according to Heng-Moss.

“We always lead with inclusive excellence, a commitment that is really important in this space,” said Heng-Moss.

There have also been several updates to the facilities on the Eastern Campus. The newly remodeled Nebraska East Union features a “state-of-the-art dining room,” Starbucks, and an expanded Great Plains room. This room is a ballroom-like facility, according to Heng-Moss, which allows students to connect with each other, instructors, and counselors.

“The student affairs and union team have done an incredible job providing some of the services that you will find on the city campus also on the Eastern campus,” said Heng-Moss. “We have CAPS here. We have military and veterans services. OASIS has a pop-up window. You name it, and we find these services here on the Eastern Campus.

The learning commons of the Dinsdale family open on the Eastern Campus in January 2021. This building is analogous to Adele Learning Commons on the city campus, according to Heng-Moss. The Dinsdale Family Learning Commons contains the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program, a newly opened Dunkin ‘Donuts and a test center.

There were also renovations to Filley Hall, the former food processing center. According to Heng-Moss, this space has been converted into collaborative spaces for students, and the former Dairy Store space has been converted into an East Campus welcome center to accommodate potential students.

Filley Hall is also home to the Early College and Career STEM program, which prepares students in the areas of food, energy, water, and societal systems: FEWS – pronounced “fuse”. This program is designed to link CASNR with Lincoln Public Schools.

“Through hands-on, immersive experiences and early university pathways, the program will prepare Northeastern students in the areas of food, energy, water and societal systems,” according to the program site.

This program prepares high school students for their college education and future careers, according to Heng-Moss. With the renovations of Filley Hall, they now have a “hub”.

“There is an open invitation,” Heng-Moss said. “If our university communities haven’t had the chance to visit the East Campus in recent months, we invite you to come and explore the new facilities we have here. ”

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