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Good afternoon, and welcome to the 2014 UNO “State of the University.” My sincere thanks to all attending today; and please know it is an absolute privilege to stand before you as Chancellor of this great University, located in the heart of this remarkable community.

There are moments in the history of institutions that are monumental, and this is one of those very special times in the life of UNO.

Today, I will share an overview of the state of the campus; highlight the most successful fundraising effort in our 106 year history; and honor Jim and Shirley Young — genuine symbols of community leadership as well as dear friends.