University of Nebraska – Lincoln
The University of Nebraska at Lincoln is a public research university located in Lincoln, Nebraska. It is the oldest and largest university in Nebraska as well as being the flagship school of the University of Nebraska educational system.
The university is commonly called Nebraska, UNL, or NU and was chartered by the Nebraska legislature in 1869. At that time, it was known as a land-grant university. Land-grant universities are those entitled to receive benefits of the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890. The Morrill Acts funded universities by giving them federally controlled land that the states could develop or sell in order to raise funds for establishing colleges and universities.
Nebraska’s athletic program, known as the Cornhuskers, is a powerhouse particularly in the football arena. The Cornhuskers football teams have won 46 conference championships and 5 national championships since 1890. They play all their home games at the 85,000 person capacity Memorial Stadium and have sold out every game since 1962.
There are many notable people who’ve attended or graduated from Nebraska over the years, including but not limited to authors, football players, journalists, and television personalities
Author Willa Cather who won a Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours in 1922 was educated at Nebraska in the late 1890s.
Loren Eiseley, known as one of the preeminent literary naturalists of our time, obtained his BS in 1933 and also edited Nebraska’s literary journal (Prairie Schooner).
Football player George Flippin was the first African-American athlete at Nebraska, and he was only one of five African-American athletes throughout the USA at the time (1892). He also filed Nebraska’s first civil rights lawsuit when he was refused service by a York café.
Jim Thompson, author of the novels “The Grifters” and “The Getaway” attended Nebraska from 1929-1933 and was a frequent contributor to the Prairie Schooner.
Jesse Stearns Buscher was the first woman member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of the Washington, D.C. press corps for more than 40 years.
John William Carson (otherwise known as Johnny Carson) graduated from Nebraska in 1949 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and speech (his minor was physics). After a few minor television hosting gigs, he went on to host The Tonight Show for 30 years (1962-1992) and received six Emmy awards, the Governor Award, and a Peabody Award in 1985. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 and Kennedy Center Award in 1993.