Kearney Lopers celebrate 30 years since becoming a university

UNK celebrated 30th anniversary of becoming a university.
UNK celebrated 30th anniversary of becoming a university.(Hailey Mach, KSNB)
Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 10:29 PM CDT
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Kearney, Neb. (KSNB) - The University of Nebraska at Kearney held a celebration on campus Tuesday for its 30th anniversary since becoming a university. Though the first classes began in 1905, the school didn’t officially become a university until 1991. At first, UNK was called “Nebraska State Normal College,” then became “Kearney State Teacher College” and later became “Kearney State College.”

University President Ted Carter said the school’s current projects will have an impact on the entire community.

“Kearney is on the rise, it is on the rise,” Carter said. “And what’s happening here is going to, not only going to redefine education, it’s going to be the future of education.”

University Chancellor Doug Kristensen said one of the things he noticed since becoming a university is the improved quality of the students and staff on campus.

Kristensen said the school going from a state college to a university changed the course of its future.

“It was life changing for this campus, there may have not been a life left for the campus, had we not made the change,” Kristensen said. “And so, we celebrate, yeah, success, but maybe survival as well.”

The celebration brought out a large crowd for the picnic lunch and to hear Carter and Kristensen speak on the occasion.

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