Though the pandemic has restricted where we can go and what we can do this fall, there are still plenty of safe ways to explore campus and stay connected with others.
Here are a few socially-distanced, outdoor or virtual activities to take part in during the month of September.
All in-person activities follow University of Nebraska–Lincoln COVID-19 protocols, requiring facial coverings and six-feet of space between each person.
Take a walking tour of campus sculptures
City and East campuses feature more than thirty outdoor sculptures from Sheldon Museum of Art. Huskers can take a walking tour of the sculptures, and learn more about their meaning and history, through this map and informational guide created by Nebraska Today.
Peruse plants on East Campus
The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum will hold plant sales from 12 to 4 p.m. each Friday at the East Campus Greenhouse throughout the month of September. The sales will feature native or regionally-recommended perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs.
Bike and drink coffee with the Outdoor Adventures Center
Nebraska’s Outdoor Adventures Center is hosting Friday Morning Coffee Rides from 7 to 9 a.m. each Friday throughout the month of September. The rides will start at the Outdoor Adventures Center, wind through bike paths around town and end with the group enjoying coffee or tea at a set location.
Visit the renovated Dairy Store
Last spring, the university’s Dairy Store moved into a new, larger location on East Campus. Now situated at 114 Food Industry Complex, the renovated space features a view of Legacy Plaza and an entrance area honoring Nebraska’s dairy farmers.
Before you go, be sure to check out the store’s top five ice cream flavors.
Engage in conversations on diversity and inclusion
Students, faculty and staff have several opportunities to engage in conversations on diversity and inclusion this month.
Husker Dialogues, hosted by the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services and designed to help first-year students foster meaningful conversations on inclusivity, are taking place at 7 p.m. on Zoom throughout September. Staff and faculty can volunteer to serve as conversation guides for the event.
Dish It Up, also hosted by OASIS, takes place from 12 to 1 p.m. every Tuesday via Zoom. The interactive series allows members of the campus community to come together and share their personal views, learn from others and engage in civil discussions concerning current events, topics affecting students’ lives and national or international happenings.
Connect with employers during virtual career fairs
This fall’s career fairs, which are typically held in-person at the Nebraska Union or Pinnacle Bank Arena, are going virtual. Students will need to register and select which employers they would like to talk with via video beforehand. The fairs will feature large group sessions of up to 50 students, as well as 10-minute one-on-one sessions with recruiters.
Learn about indigenous culture through an online film festival
Vision Maker Media, a broadcast division associated with Nebraska’s PBS and NPR stations, will host an online, five-week film festival featuring stories of American Indian, Alaska Native and worldwide indigenous people Aug. 31 through Oct. 5. Subjects include female empowerment, activism, and LGBTQA+, youth and environmental issues.