The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is rolling out the red carpet to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its formation.
On Feb. 15, exactly 150 years from the day the Nebraska legislature passed the act that established Dear Old Nebraska U, the university will hold a Charter Day Open House at the Wick Alumni Center and Nebraska Dairy Store, as well as an N150 performance gala at the Lied Center for Performing Arts.
The festivities begin with the 10 a.m. to noon open house at the Wick Alumni Center, 1520 R St. The sesquicentennial celebration moves to the Dairy Store on East Campus to unveil the new Nifty 150 ice cream flavor from 1 to 2 p.m.
The gala, “A Celebration of Music and Milestones,” begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center. The Charter Week grand finale is a sesquicentennial multimedia concert showcasing the university’s history with more than 300 artists, two world-premiere musical works, fireworks and a toast to the next 150 years.
“Music and Milestones” is hosted by Jeff Zeleny, a Husker alumnus, native Nebraskan and senior White House correspondent for CNN. It will include appearances from other notable alumni and actress Marg Helgenberger. Tickets for the gala are required and available through the Lied Center box office.
The open houses at the Wick Alumni Center and Dairy Store are free and open to the public.
Hosts for the Wick Alumni Center open house include Chancellor Ronnie Green, college deans and select Husker coaches. The event will feature a display of objects from the university’s history, including charter documents; a model of University Hall, the first building on campus; national championship items; a proclamation reading; N150 cupcakes; signing and purchase opportunities for the new “Dear Old Nebraska U” sesquicentennial book; video booth to record and share Husker memories; photobooth; public signing of the N150 flag before it begins a global journey; and an opportunity to participate in the inaugural 24-hour “Huskergiving Challenge.”
Featured open house speakers include Green; Shelley Zaborowski, executive director of the alumni association; Kevin Hanrahan, president of the faculty senate; and Hunter Traynor, president of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska.
The Dairy Store celebration will include Nifty 150 ice cream for all guests, photobooth, N150 pins, calendars and the N150 flag. College deans will join the chancellor for the afternoon celebration.
The Charter Day celebration caps the university’s Charter Week observance, Feb. 11-15.