Nebraska Talks
When Nebraska Talks, I Listen.
‘Nebraska Talks’ invites social media dialogue on the state of higher education in Nebraska.

At the outset of his tenure as the seventh president of the University of Nebraska, Dr. Hank M. Bounds led a 20-stop statewide tour in early April, Getting to Know Nebraska, augmented by additional community visits over the summer. Now—at the start of the 2015–2016 academic year, 150 days in to his administration—Dr. Bounds and the University are launching Nebraska Talks: a Digital Listening Tour in a continued effort to listen and learn from stakeholders and inform his new leadership agenda.

"This digital Listening Tour extends opportunities for engagement, conversation, and connection—with the goal of working together to shape a stronger future.”
— Hank Bounds, President
University of Nebraska

Activated via Twitter with #PrezUnplugged, Nebraska Talks invites all citizens of the state—students, educators, business owners, civic leaders, policymakers and more—to engage in open, thoughtful dialogue with Dr. Bounds about the Nebraska education landscape, particularly higher ed. Read more in the press release or in this Lincoln Journal Star news article.

Tour Overview & How to Engage

From September 14–30, 2015, Dr. Bounds will seek education and University-related questions and share real-time answers on his personal Twitter account, @HankBounds. To participate in Nebraska Talks, beginning on September 14, just tweet your questions and topics of conversation to @HankBounds, tagged with #PrezUnplugged.

Questions will range across a variety of education topics and could include:

  • Questions around transferring college credit
  • Keeping students in the state after graduation
  • Rural education issue
  • First generation students
  • International experiences for NU students
  • Online education and the need to expand broadband in the state
  • The need to increase the population base in our state
  • The UNL Chancellor search
  • Public/private partnerships and how business can work with the university to mutual goals
  • Dr. Bound’s strategy on growing NU
Skybox Giveaway

At the conclusion of the Nebraska Talks Twitter listening tour, Dr. Bounds will select two conversations to be continued, in-person. Chosen participants and their guest will have an opportunity to dialogue with Dr. Bounds in the president’s skybox at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE for the Saturday, October 24 Husker football game against Northwestern. Advancing conversations and selecting a winner will happen in three rounds: the first is based on the depth of the conversation, the second is based on thoughtfulness, creativity, and relevance, and the third is based on the opportunity for further, meaningful in-person discussion. Winners will be notified by a message on Twitter on October 7, 2015. (See Official Rules for more details.)

Memorial Stadium
Memorial Stadium, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Nebraska Talks” Winner Selected

University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds announced that he has selected two Nebraskans to join him for in-person conversations following a digital “listening tour” in which he answered dozens of questions on Twitter over two and half weeks about issues important to the university and higher education. (Read the press release for more details.)

Official Giveaway Rules