Wednesday, December 06, 2006

2006/2007 Football Season Husker News #14 12-6-06

Hey Bay Area Husker Fans!

A disappointing loss to the Sooners last Saturday (we outgunned 'em in most categories, but didn't outscore 'em), but we definitely had a good season that shows our football program is moving in the right direction. And although its not the Fiesta Bowl, we are still playing in a top shelf bowl game on New Years Day. Look out Auburn, the Huskers are Cotton Bowl bound and ready for a final victory to cap off a good year.

And while you're waiting for the "Bowl Season" to get started, check out our #1 ranked Volleyball team. After two victories in Lincoln in the first round of the NCAA Championships last weekend, the Lady Huskers are now headed to Florida later this week to play San Diego again in the Regionals. If they win there, they will be headed back home to play in the final four in Omaha. Check the info below for game times and HuskersNSide radio and video broadcasts. Also some good info from the Alumni home office below as well. Happy reading!

Hope you are all settling in for another Bay Area "winter" (looks like a little rain for the next week or so), and have most of your Christmas shopping done by now :o) If not there's some good Husker merchandise still available for Christmas delivery from the merchants highlighted on our website...see the links at: . You can also still contact the UNL Dairy store for some great Husker sausage and cheese for holiday gifts at: . And while you're at our website, check out the other cool stuff Brian has included on the best website in the UNL Alumni system!

Go Big Red (White and Blue),

P.S. A member of the UNL Foundation fundraising team and long time friend of our chapter, Cindy Devoe, is moving on to greener pastures with the Lincoln Foundation. We wish her well in her new adventures, and hope she still gets a chance to come out here for a future picnic or Founders' Day event. Good Luck Cindy!


The AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic announced on Sunday afternoon that the 2007 game will pair Nebraska against the Auburn Tigers. The 2007 Cotton Bowl is set for New Year’s Day with kickoff at 10:40 a.m. CST and the game televised on Fox.

“The University of Nebraska proudly accepts the opportunity to play in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic," Athletic Director Steve Pederson said during the formal announcement via teleconference. "We are thrilled to be coming to Dallas. It has been too long, and we are thrilled to be going back there."

Nebraska’s appearance in the Cotton Bowl marks the Huskers’ first trip to Dallas for the game in 27 years, dating back to a loss to Houston in the 1980 Cotton Bowl. Nebraska also appeared in the Cotton Bowl following the 1964 and 1973 seasons.

“This is certainly a pleasure and an honor to be participating in this year’s Cotton Bowl Classic against Auburn," Head Coach Bill Callahan said. "We have a tremendous respect for Auburn and for what they have achieved the last several years under Coach (Tommy) Tuberville. He and his staff represent a lot of class. We are just really excited to go down to the Dallas area, an area where we place a lot of emphasis on our recruiting, and also to compete against a top-caliber SEC team in Auburn."

Auburn will enter the AT&T Cotton Bowl with a 10-2 record and ranked 10th in both the USA Today Coaches poll and the Associated Press poll. The Tigers were ranked as high as second in the polls in early October and own victories over second-ranked Florida and No. 4 LSU. Auburn’s lone setbacks this season came against Arkansas and Georgia. The matchup with Auburn will mark Nebraska’s fourth game of the season against a top-10 opponent, its most since also meeting four top-10 teams in 1995.

The Tigers are among the nation’s best defensive units, ranking seventh in scoring defense and 25th in total defense. Offensively, Auburn has a strong rushing attack, ranking fourth in the Southeastern Conference in that category.

Tommy Tuberville is in his eighth season as the head coach of the Tigers and has guided Auburn to a bowl appearance in each of the past seven seasons. Over the past three years, Auburn has compiled the third-best record in college football (32-5), trailing only USC and Texas, who also appeared on the 2006 Nebraska schedule.

Nebraska owns a 3-0 series advantage over the Tigers, including a 13-7 victory in the 1964 Orange Bowl. The Huskers also defeated Auburn in the regular season in 1981 and 1982. Nebraska’s bowl appearance will be the school’s 44th all-time postseason trip, the fifth-most in NCAA history. Nebraska has played in several January bowl games in recent years, but this year will mark Nebraska’s first bowl game on New Year’s Day since a 24-17 victory over Miami in the 1995 Orange Bowl.

Tickets for the Cotton Bowl are available on, in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office (Stadium Parking Garage) or over the phone by calling 1-800-8 BIG RED. Nebraska’s allotment of tickets for the Cotton Bowl is 12,500, with tickets costing $90 each.


Nebraska's Blackshirt defense held Oklahoma to just 42 yards rushing in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Big Red Review is your source for a complete postgame recap of Nebraska's Big 12 Championship Game battle with Oklahoma on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. provides a complete game story, stats, notes, quotes and photos.

Nebraska vs. Oklahoma Recap
Nebraska vs. Oklahoma Final Game Statistics
Nebraska Quotes
Nebraska Postgame Notes
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Audio Highlights from the Husker Sports Network
Nebraska Season Statistics
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Excerpt from the Recap:

Kansas City, Mo. - No. 8 Oklahoma played nearly mistake-free football and Nebraska was unable to capitalize on several second-half opportunities, as the Sooners won the 2006 Big 12 title with a 21-7 victory over the No. 19 Huskers at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday night.

In a game dominated by both defenses, the Sooners bent throughout the night but broke only once to drop Big 12 North Champion Nebraska to 9-4 on the season. Big 12 South Champion Oklahoma improved to 10-2 on the year with the victory and earned the conference's Bowl Championship Series berth to the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.

The Huskers will also earn a spot in a New Year's Day bowl by accepting an invitation to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

Although Nebraska lost by a pair of touchdowns on the scoreboard, the Huskers generated more offense and balance throughout the night. Big 12 Offensive Player-of-the-Year Zac Taylor threw for 282 yards, while NU generated 84 yards on the ground despite playing from behind for more than 59 minutes on the night. The Huskers finished with 366 yards of total offense.

The Sooners managed just 307 total yards, including 265 yards through the air and just 42 yards rushing despite leading from start to finish. While Nebraska was able to move the ball, OU's defense was able to create turnovers. Taylor threw a season-high three interceptions, after throwing just four interceptions in the first 12 games this season. The Huskers also lost two fumbles on the night, while the Blackshirts were able to force just one Oklahoma turnover despite playing solid defense throughout the game.

Oklahoma's only sustained drive proved to be the back-breaker for the Huskers. OU used a 10-play, 99-yard drive midway through the third quarter to stop Nebraska's comeback effort. The Huskers, who nearly buried the Sooners in the end zone for a safety on second down, surrendered a 35-yard completion from OU quarterback Paul Thompson to Jermal Greshman on third-and-10. Thompson and the Sooners capped the drive with a three-yard pass to Malcolm Kelly, his second touchdown catch of the night.

Thompson completed 19-of-34 passes for 265 yards, two touchdowns and one interception on the night. He hooked up with Kelly on 10 of the 19 completions, as Kelly produced 142 receiving yards, including a 66-yard catch to give the Sooners a 14-0 first-quarter lead.


Brandon Jackson was honored as a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the Associated Press Thursday.

Lincoln – Senior quarterback Zac Taylor earned his second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year honor, and senior defensive end Adam Carriker and junior I-back Brandon Jackson also were named to the 2006 Associated Press All-Big 12 First Team Thursday.

Taylor swept the conference Offensive Player of the Year awards after being tabbed by the league’s coaches earlier this week. Carriker also was named a first-team selection by the coaches, while Jackson earned his first career first-team mention following a second-team pick by the coaches. Jackson has started at I-back each of the last eight games and leads Nebraska this season in both rushing (881) and all-purpose yardage (1,293).

A pair of Husker sophomores also claimed their first career conference accolades, as I-back Marlon Lucky and offensive tackle Matt Slauson were named to the AP’s second team. Lucky earned a share of the all-purpose player position with Oklahoma State freshman Perrish Cox after the two tied in the voting. Slauson became Nebraska’s only offensive lineman selected to either first- or second-team All-Big 12 this season.

Several other NU players were given honorable mention notice by the AP, including: junior center Brett Byford; senior center Kurt Mann; senior offensive guard Greg Austin; junior wide receiver Maurice Purify; senior defensive end Jay Moore; senior linebacker Stewart Bradley; junior linebackers Corey McKeon and Bo Ruud; junior strong safety Tierre Green; and junior cornerback Cortney Grixby.

In other Husker awards news, redshirt freshman Ndamukong Suh was named to The Sporting News’ 2006 Big 12 All-Freshman Team as the squad’s lone defensive tackle, as the team featured only three defensive linemen and four linebackers.

A native of Portland, Ore., Suh has provided Nebraska with one of the Big 12’s top reserves on the defensive line this year while playing behind starting tackles Ola Dagunduro and Barry Cryer. Suh has totaled 18 tackles on the season, including eight for loss, and ranks third among all Huskers in sacks with 3.5.


Dane Todd earned Academic All-America honors for the second consecutive year Thursday.

Nebraska senior fullback Dane Todd has been selected as an ESPN the Magazine second-team Academic All-American, as announced on Thursday. The award marks the second straight year Todd has been honored as an Academic All-American, following his first-team selection in 2005.
A Lincoln native, Todd graduated in May with a degree in biological sciences and completed his undergraduate work with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. Todd has been enrolled in graduate courses this semester and plans to pursue medical school next fall.

Todd’s selection continues Nebraska’s tradition of being the nation’s leader in Academic All-Americans for football and all sports. The Husker football program leads the country with 86 academic All-Americans, including 62 first-team selections, most recently Todd and center Kurt Mann last season.

The Huskers have had at least one Academic All-American in 20 of the past 21 seasons.Todd is the first Husker to earn Academic All-America honors in consecutive years since defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch was a first-team selection in 1999 and 2000.

The Nebraska athletic department boasts 235 Academic All-Americans across all sports, including junior volleyball standout Sarah Pavan, who was named volleyball’s Academic All-American of the Year earlier this week.

On the field, Todd is in his second season as Nebraska’s starting fullback. He has caught two passes, including a touchdown, out of the backfield, and serves as a lead blocker for a Husker running game that ranks 18th nationally, averaging better than 180 yards per game. Earlier this week Todd was honored for his efforts on the field, being named the first-team All-Big 12 fullback by the league’s coaches.

Todd is also a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, was named to the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team earlier this fall and is a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy.

Todd was one of three Big 12 players named first or second team Academic All-American.


Former Husker specialist Josh Brown booted an NFL-record fourth game-winning field goal this season.

Demorrio Williams (Atlanta)—Williams posted two tackles in the Falcons 24-14 win over the Washington Redskins. Williams has totaled 82 tackles, including 54 solo, one interception and one pass breakup through 12 games this season.

Sam Koch (Baltimore)—Sam Koch averaged 47.1 yards on seven punts while also booting a long of 61 yards and pinning one inside the 20-yard line as Baltimore blanked fell to Cincinnati 13-7. The Seward, Neb., native has averaged 43.4 yards on 69 punts this season, including pinning 21 inside the 20-yard line, as Baltimore stands at 9-3 to lead the AFC North.

Cory Ross (Baltimore)—Ross was not active for the Raven’s game against Cincinnati, but continues to practice with Baltimore.

Chris Kelsay (Buffalo)—Kelsay snagged three solo tackles as the Bills fell to the Chargers 24-21. Kelsay has racked up 45 tackles, including 31 solo, and added five sacks and four pass breakups through 12 games this season.

Mike Minter (Carolina)—Minter led the Panther’s defensive attack with seven tackles, including six solo, as the Panthers fell to the Eagles 27-24. Minter has snagged 69 tackles this season, including 48 solo, while adding one interception and four pass-breakups.

Mike Rucker (Carolina)—Rucker totaled three solo tackles, a sack and a forced fumble as Carolina fell to Philadelphia 27-24. Rucker has totaled 35 tackles so far this season, including 23 solo, while adding 4.5 sacks and three pass breakups.

Mike Brown (Chicago)—Brown was sidelined with a season-ending injury in Week 8.

Kyle Larson (Cincinnati)—Larson averaged 46.2 yards on six punts as the Bengals edged the Ravens 13-7. The former Husker specialist also had a long of 52 yards and pinned one inside the 20-yard line.

Ralph Brown (Cleveland)—Brown was active but did not record a tackle as Cleveland topped Kansas City 31-28 in an overtime thriller. Brown has totaled 26 tackles, including 24 solo, while adding seven pass breakups through 11 games this season.

Daniel Bullocks (Detroit)—Bullocks totaled two tackles as the Lions fell to the Patriots 28-21. Bullocks has totaled 63 tackles this season, including 47 solo, as well as one sack and three pass breakups.

Dominic Raiola (Detroit)—Raiola made his 75th consecutive start at center for the Lions, blocking for a 22-38, 314-yard, one touchdown performance from quarterback Jon Kitna in Detroit’s 28-21 loss to New England. Railoa, a Rimington Award Winner in 2000, anchored a Detroit offensive line that allowed receiver Mike Furrey to snag 123 yards on nine catches.

Cory Schlesinger (Detroit)—Schlesinger played in his 179th career game at fullback and recorded one tackle as the Lions fell to the Patriots 28-21.

Ahman Green (Green Bay)—Green racked up 102 yards on 14 carries as Green Bay fell to the Jets 38-10. Green has totaled 790 yards rushing while also gathering 250 yards in the air through 10 game this season.

Kris Brown (Houston)—With the game tied at 14 following the third quarter, Brown made three consecutive field goals from 42, 47 and 39 yards, respectively to secure a 23-14 Texans’ win over the Raiders. Along with his two extra points, Brown tallied 11 points on the day.

Zach Wiegert (Houston)—Wiegert suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the fourth-quarter loss at Jacksonville in Week 10, and underwent reparative surgery the following week.

Will Shields (Kansas City)—Shields recorded his franchise-record 219th consecutive start at right guard for the Chiefs in Kansas City’s heartbreaking 31-28 overtime loss to Cleveland.
Shields headed up a blocking effort that led to a 24-32, 297-yard, four touchdown performance from Trent Green.

Russ Hochstein (New England)—Hochstein played center for a New England offensive effort that included a 27-38, 305-yard performance from quarterback Tom Brady as the Patriots edged the Lions 28-21.

Le Kevin Smith (New England)—Smith was not active but continues to practice for the 9-3 Patriots.

Josh Bullocks (New Orleans)—Bullocks posted a tackle and an interception in New Orleans’ 34-10 win over San Francisco. Bullocks has racked up 58 tackles, including 45 solo, two interceptions and three pass breakups through 12 games this season.

DeJuan Groce (New Orleans)—Groce was active but did not record a tackle in the Saint’s 34-10 win over the 49ers. Groce has totaled nine tackles, including eight solo, after being active in seven games this season.

Scott Shanle (New Orleans)—Shanle recorded a team-high seven tackles, including four solo, New Orleans’ 34-10 win over San Francisco. Shanle has snagged 80 tackles, including 57 solo, through 12 games this season after totaling 45 through the entire year in 2005. Shanle has also added three sacks and one pass breakup so far this season.

Adam Treu (Oakland)—Treu played in his 155th career game with Oakland, serving as the squad’s long snapper, as the Raiders fell to the Texans 23-14.

Fabian Washington (Oakland)—Washington recorded two solo tackles in Oakland’s 23-14 loss to Houston. Washington has recorded 24 tackles, including 23 solo, while also adding six pass-breakups and three interceptions after being active in 10 games this season.

Correll Buckhalter (Philadelphia)—Buckhalter had two catches for 25 yards and five carries for 17 yards on the ground in the Eagle’s 27-24 win over the Panthers. Buckhalter has racked up 254 yards on 65 carries rushing and 234 yards on 22 receptions through 12 games this season.

Ryon Bingham (San Diego)—Bingham was active but did not record a tackle in the Chargers’ 24-21 win over the Bills.

Carlos Polk (San Diego)—Polk recored one solo tackle in San Diego’s 24-21 win over Buffalo. Polk has totaled 34 tackles, including 26 solo, while adding one sack, through 12 games this season.

Josh Brown (Seattle)—Brown booted a game-winning field goal as time expired to edge Denver 23-20 on MNF, marking an NFL-record four times this season that Brown has booted a field goal to win the game for the Seahawks. Brown also made two extra points in the Seahawks’ eighth win of the season.

Grant Wistrom (Seattle)—Wistrom snagged two tackles, including one solo, in Seattle’s 23-20 win over Denver. Wistrom has totaled 28 tackles, including 22 solo, while also adding four sacks and one pass breakup through 12 games this season.

Barrett Ruud (Tampa Bay)—Ruud recorded one solo tackle as Tampa Bay fell to Pittsburgh 20-3.

Kyle Vanden Bosch (Tennessee)—Vanden Bosch snagged four tackles, including one solo, as the Titans edged the Colts 20-17 for the team’s second comeback thriller win in a row that saw the Tennessee score 10 fourth-quarter points as well as a game-winning field goal with seven seconds remaining. Vanden Bosch has totaled 50 tackles, including 35 solo, through 12 games this season, while also adding four sacks.

The Huskers travel to Florida for this weekend's NCAA Regional
NCAA Gainesville Regional Schedule
Dec. 8: Nebraska (29-1) vs. San Diego (26-5) • 1:30 p.m. Pacific
Minnesota (25-7) at Florida (30-2) • 4 p.m Pacific
Dec. 9: Friday’s Winners • 1 p.m. Pacific

Radio: All Nebraska matches will be carried on the Husker Sports Network (B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Omaha) and
Live Stats: and
Live Video: TBA
Television: Saturday’s Regional Final will be shown on ESPNU (Ch. 609 on DirecTV, Ch. 148 on Dish Network; Ch. 220 on Cox Cable in Omaha)

No. 1 Huskers Continue Title Quest in Florida
After winning the first two rounds at home, the No. 1 Nebraska volleyball team travels to Gainesville, Fla., for NCAA Regional action this weekend. The Huskers will take on No. 14 San Diego (26-5) in the first of two regional semifinals on Friday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific).

Fans can listen to Friday’s match on selected Husker Sports Network stations, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Omaha and KRVN 880 AM in Lexington and on If NU wins on Friday, it will face the winner of Friday’s second semifinal between No. 7 Florida and No. 9 Minnesota Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. with a berth in the national semifinals at stake.

It is the 13th straight year that Nebraska has reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament, as NU is now 66-22 (.750) in its 25 NCAA Tournament appearances, ranking second among all programs in both wins and winning percentage.

The Huskers (29-1) advanced to the Sweet 16 win with a pair of wins over the weekend, including a 3-0 sweep of Northern Iowa on Saturday. In that match, the Huskers hit a blistering .423 as a team and had three players - Jordan Larson, Sarah Pavan and Tracy Stalls - all register at least 10 kills. NU was also stout defensively, holding both of its foes under .100 hitting on the weekend.

The Huskers will see some familiar faces in the Gainesville Regional, as Nebraska faced San Diego (26-5) in the season opener and also defeated Minnesota in the non-conference portion of the schedule. San Diego, which won the West Coast Conference with a 13-1 mark, is led by WCC Player of the Year Kristen Carlson, who averages a team-best 5.09 kills per game to rank among the national leaders in that category. Carlson had 27 kills and 17 digs in USD’s five-game win over Duke on Saturday, as the Toreros reached the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years.

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Nebraska Head Coach John Cook met with the media this afternoon.

Nebraska Volleyball Coach John Cook met with the media on Tuesday to discuss the Huskers' trip to Florida for the NCAA Regional.

Head Coach John Cook

Opening statement:
“As a coach I’ve been thinking a long time about what I’d say, as we get close to this regional, I’ve been thinking about this day since January, knowing that this will be a defining moment weekend for our team. The message I have for them is the same message I have for you guys, which is that we’ve done everything possible to prepare for this weekend. Our players have done everything that’s been asked of them, and I think we’re in a great position mentally, physically, and team-wise to go down there and have our best weekend of the year. If we do that, we’ll be in Omaha. We know that we’ve sold out (the Qwest Center), so there’s nothing left to do but go down there and play lights-out in terms of confidence, and make it happen.”

On having to travel to the Florida regional to reach the National Semifinals:
“We knew we would have to be in a regional somewhere on the road, and it didn’t matter where. Our focus going in has got to be going in and winning a match against San Diego. We can’t worry about anything else besides our side of the net. I just know our team is going to have a tremendous amount of confidence just knowing that they’ve done everything they can to prepare, and that’s all you can really do as a coach, and that’s all you can ask for. These kids have sold out this year.”

On whether it is an advantage to have played San Diego already this season:
“We looked at the tape, and we had some different lineups and people in different spots. It was so long ago it could have been last year for all that matters. The good thing is that we have a comfort level with actually having played them, so that helps, and it will help us in our preparation.”

On the pressure to win a regional at home:
”We’ve had a regional at home, and I’ll tell you what, there is a lot of pressure when you have a regional at home, because you know how important it is to have that opportunity to play, and you don’t want to mess it up. For this team, we’ve been a great road team this season, and I think if you look statistically, we might have been a better road team than we’ve been at home. So it does take that distraction away and the expectations that everybody assumes you’re going to win because you’re at home, so it takes that pressure away from you. It’s just going to be us and a few fans going down there, so I like that fox-hole mentality.”

On the importance of defense in the NCAA Tournament:
“I think defense does win championships, and that’s how you pressure teams, with your defense. In volleyball it’s about not letting them get kills, and bringing the ball back up, and continuing to attack. If you look at the Big 12 Football Championship game this weekend, Oklahoma played great football even though we were in their half of the field most of the night. I think football, volleyball, and basketball coaches will all tell you that defense is what puts you in position to win championships. That’s something we started from day one (of the season), trying to be a good defensive team.”

On having to travel to the regional during finals preparation:
“There are some things they have to take care of academically, and fortunately our travel has been arranged to let them go to school Wednesday. But overall there is just a lot of excitement for this weekend. We’re happy to be in a position where we get to go to a regional. It’s showtime, so it is exciting.


Jordan Larson was one of four Huskers named to the AVCA All-Central Region team.

Lincoln – Four members of the No. 1 Nebraska volleyball team were honored Wednesday with selections to the AVCA All-Central Region team. The honorees included junior right side hitter Sarah Pavan, sophomore outside hitter Jordan Larson, redshirt freshman setter Rachel Holloway and junior middle blocker Tracy Stalls. It is Pavan’s third consecutive first-team selection, while the other three players were all honored for the first time in their careers.

Pavan was honored for the third consecutive season, averaging a Big 12-best 5.12 kills per game, while ranking among Big 12 leaders in points per game (6.02, first) and service aces per game (0.31, eighth). The Big 12 Player of the Year, Pavan has produced seven matches with at least 20 kills, including a season-high 24 kills in three contests.

Stalls earned her first AVCA All-Central Region award by averaging 2.65 kills and 1.44 blocks per game in 30 matches this season. She leads the Big 12 and ranks 10th nationally in hitting percentage (.406) and is fourth in the league in blocks. Stalls has reached double figures in kills in 10 matches, including a career-high 16 kills and 12 blocks at Colorado on Nov. 11.

Larson garnered first-team honors this season, averaging 4.25 kills and 3.39 digs per game. She is among Big 12 leaders in service aces (0.48/gm, second), points (5.22, third), kills (fourth) and digs (10th). Larson, the co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, is the only player in the league’s top 10 in kills and digs and has a team-best 20 double-doubles.

Holloway rounds out the quartet of honorees, as one of three freshmen (redshirt or true freshmen) selected to the team. She averages 13.47 assists, 2.62 digs and 1.17 kills per game, ranking third in the Big 12 and 10th nationally in assists. Holloway has helped NU lead the country in both kills per game and assists per game, while ranking second nationally in hitting percentage.

The Huskers return to action on Friday afternoon, as they take on No. 14 San Diego. First serve from Gainesville, Fla., is set for 3:30 p.m. and the match will be carried on B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Omaha and on

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Leonardo Lebas, a first-year doctor of musical arts student in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, has been awarded the 2006-07 UNESCO-Aschberg Fellowship for Artists.
Lebas, who is the recipient of a Hixson-Lied graduate fellowship at UNL, will be a resident composer at the Conservatorio de Las Rosas, which is located in Morelia, Mexico, for three months from March to May.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln alumnus Jay Keasling, a professor of chemical engineering and bioengineering and a synthetic biologist now at the University of California, Berkeley, was named Scientist the Year by the international science magazine Discover. The December Discover issue features profiles on the nation's top scientists in its annual look at the top minds in scientific research. Keasling, a 1986 graduate of UNL with a double major in chemistry biology and a native of Harvard, Neb., earned top honors.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln sophomore advertising major Dan Sheppard of San Juan, Puerto Rico, placed second nationally in the 30 Seconds of Fame viral video ad contest sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill. He won a $5,000 prize and a matching $5,000 will be awarded to the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Paul Barnes, associate professor and co-chair of piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, received the Nebraska Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year Award at the association's state conference in Hastings in September. The award was given to Barnes to recognize his great success with his students in piano competitions, as well as his own active performing career.

Erick Zamora, a graduate student in engineering mechanics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is UNL's first GEM National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science fellow. Fellows earn graduate school fellowships, paid internships and career networking opportunities through the National GEM Consortium.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music lecturer Jonah Sirota won third place and $2,500 in the Walter W. Naumburg Viola Competition in New York City Oct. 18. Sirota is a member of the Chiara String Quartet, artists-in-residence at the School of Music.

Charles Braithwaite, senior lecturer in communication studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has won the Western States Communication Association's Master Teacher Award. This award is given to educators who represent sustained excellence and innovation in college teaching.

The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently completed a two-year Institute of Museum and Library Services grant that helped to fund the conservation of six of its outdoor sculptures.The Sheldon received $50,000 in federal money to provide conservation treatments for the outdoor sculptures.

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