U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-Nebraska), recently introduced a House Resolution recognizing the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 150th anniversary.
Fortenberry represents Nebraska’s First Congressional District, where the university is based.
His colleagues, Don Bacon, a Republican representing the Second Congressional District, and Adrian Smith, a Republican representing the Third Congressional District, co-sponsored the resolution.
“There is no place like Nebraska. And there is no university like the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, which celebrates its 150th anniversary as a pioneering land-grant institution educating generations of civic, business and ag leaders in the values of The Good Life,” Fortenberry said. “Here’s to 150 more.”
The resolution lauds the university for its $2 billion-plus annual impact on the state, for adding more than 5,000 new graduates to the work force each year, and for its research leadership, among other accomplishments.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the flagship, land-grant institution of the University of Nebraska system. It was established as the University of Nebraska on Feb. 15, 1869, when the Nebraska Legislature passed and Gov. David Butler signed legislation to create it. It was designated as the University of Nebraska–Lincoln after the University of Nebraska system was created, which now includes the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
“Whereas: ‘There is No Place Like Nebraska:’ Now, therefore, be it resolved that the House of Representatives recognizes the 150th anniversary of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln; (and) commends the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for its status as a leading public university that excels in academics, athletics and quality of life for students,” the resolution reads.
Earlier in March, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution introduced by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) and Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) recognizing the 150th anniversary.