Virtual activities available to keep Huskers connected to campus

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Virtual activities available to keep Huskers connected to campus

Daffodils bloom in front of Nebraska's Love Library on April 6.
Craig Chandler | University Communication
Daffodils bloom in front of Nebraska's Love Library on April 6.

With in-person classes canceled and campus nearly empty, it’s easy to feel disconnected from life at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

To help students, faculty and staff get through this challenging time, many campus organizations have brought their services online. Check out a few of those opportunities, which range from virtual art and museum adventures to socializing over Zoom, below.

Coffee Talks on Zoom

Hosted by Student Involvement, Coffee Talks bring together domestic and international students to chat about campus life, culture and more. While the talks originally took place in the Nebraska Union, they have continued on Zoom from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Monday and Thursday.

Faculty and staff are also welcome to join in on the conversations. Those interested in participating can visit go.unl.edu/coffee-talks.

Virtual Lunch Hour with ISSO

Nebraska’s International Student and Scholar Office is hosting weekly Virtual Lunch Hours to connect with students and answer any questions they may have. The office will provide a new discussion topic each week to get the conversation started.

ISSO’s Virtual Lunch Hours take place from noon to 1 p.m. each Friday. The sessions can be accessed via Zoom at go.unl.edu/lunchwisso.

Online activities with Morrill Hall

Annie Mumgaard, virtual learning coordinator at the University of Nebraska State Museum, leads a virtual field trip about mammoths and elephants for an elementary classroom.

Morrill Hall’s doors are closed to the public, but the museum is allowing families to continue exploring and learning through a variety of online activities. The activities include hands-on experiments that children can complete with few to no supplies, virtual field trips, virtual planetarium shows and natural history-themed learning sessions on Facebook.

Live performances from the Lied

Paul Barnes
Courtesy | Lied Center
Paul Barnes, Marquerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, will be featured in the Lied Live Online concert series on April 24.

The Lied Center for Performing Arts has created a new online series, “Lied Live Online,” that features local musicians performing live from their homes and studios. Upcoming performances include Flamenco guitarist Daniel Martinez on April 11, soul artist Josh Hoyer on April 17, and Paul Barnes, classical pianist and Marquerite Scribante Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, on April 24.

Digital Sheldon collections

Huskers can browse Sheldon Museum of Art’s entire collection from the comfort of their home through a free online database. The database allows users to search by a specific category or artist, check out the museum’s current exhibitions and view the university’s outdoor sculpture collection.

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