It has been our tradition and privilege each fall to celebrate the hundreds of faculty and staff marking important milestones in service to the university. Due to the current restrictions on large gatherings, we got creative with how we could celebrate in a different way than our usual big event. Even in the face of great adversity, we have so much to celebrate.

Join the virtual celebration on this site with videos, shareable graphics, quotes from some of our award honorees and the complete list of Huskers celebrating a milestone year at the university. If you are part of this year’s celebration, be sure to find yourself in the cupola mosaic photo above!

In this video, Chancellor Ronnie Green and other university leaders share congratulations to honorees of the 2020 Celebration of Service.

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Shareable Graphics

Cheers to your milestone year at Nebraska! Download a graphic that associates with your number of years of service to the university and share on social media to show your Husker pride.

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2020 Honorees

Any success of our university is achieved because of the talent of our people. See a full list of 2020 honorees whose talent and dedication we have the privilege of celebrating this year."

5 Years of Service

Working at Nebraska while the university was celebrating the N150 was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences. There are so many moments that stand out from that year, but the one that I will always remember was being part of the Homecoming committee and planning the first Cornstock Festival. Watching families and students celebrate Homecoming together with Hannah Huston’s voice filling the Memorial Stadium loop all while a Ferris wheel light up the sky is a memory I will never forget.

Taylor DeMaro, Digital Community SpecialistUniversity Communication
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20 Years of Service

My "thank you" message would be to my wife and family.  My job requires a great deal of travel and I have missed out on some events over the years.  All of them understand what my job means and have supported me regardless of where I may need to be in a given week.

Brian Fuchs, Associate GeoscientistSchool of Natural Resources
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15 Years of Service

Working in Nebraska means I have the opportunity to empower youth and citizens to make their lives better and Nebraska an even better place to live, work and play.

Brandy VanDeWalle, Extension EducatorNebraska Extension
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5 Years of Service

One of my many favorite moments was being a part of the universities new brand launch "In Our Grit, Our Glory," and holding launch events on city and east campus!

Lauren Becwar, Project ManagerUniversity Communications
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10 Years of Service

A place to do great research and teaching activities.

Edward Harris, ProfessorBiochemistry
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40 Years of Service

Helping future generations fulfill their dreams.  It also helped me fulfill my dream of receiving a bachelor's degree while working full time due to the wonderful tuition remission benefit. 

LaRita Lang, Administrative CoordinatorComputer Science & Engineering
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30 Years of Service

I enjoy working with all my colleagues who are like an extended family to me.

Chuck Burr, Extension EducatorNebraska Extension
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10 Years of Service

I get to visit alumni at aerospace companies, NASA, and other organizations - engaging with our alumni and research partners takes me to exciting places all over the world

Elsbeth Magilton, Executive Director of Technology, Security, and Space Law Initiatives Law
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5 Years of Service

I am very proud that I am able to work with youth across the state to help them find their potential. 

Sarah Paisley, Extension EducatorNebraska Extension
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45 Years of Service

The most exciting this is knowing how much time my family has put in working at the University. My mom served 15 years in dorm kitchens and then transferred to Custodial. My dad worked 11 years as Custodial. My wife started out as a student worker in the kitchens and continued working at the training table for a total of nine years. Add my 45 years that makes a total of 80 years of service from my immediate family. Quite a record if I may say so.

Donald Puckett, Custodian II SpecialistCustodial
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15 Years of Service

In every role, helping others has been a driving force. Whether I was helping the university communicate, helping prospective students make the best decision, helping my staff members succeed, or helping agencies serve Nebraska's homeless, I have enjoyed many opportunities to serve others. 

Sally Buchholz, Community Services Administrative AssistantCenter on Children, Families, and the Law
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10 Years of Service

When I came to Nebraska to school after being born in Colorado and living my secondary school years in Wyoming, I might as well have been named president of the United States. As a first generation college student, my dad was so proud that I went to his home state for school. He didn't live to see what I would become, but I'm sure working at NET, as an employee of the university, would have made him just as proud.

Brandee Weber, Producer IINET-University Television
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5 Years of Service

Nebraska is my alma mater and a place I have the greatest fondness for. I grew up at Nebraska and being able to give back as an employee is tremendous. I've had the good fortune of working with some very talented and compassionate people but having an opportunity to work at Nebraska while my son is a student at the College of Engineering is the ultimate memory.

Phillip Carter, External and Community Relations CoordinatorCollege of Engineering
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35 Years of Service

Through my work, I have gained many professional skills in communications, leadership, and teaching. I have been able to share my passion and knowledge with Nebraskans in the northwestern part of the state as well as connect with others around the state and nation. Working at a career helping people improve rural communities has been very satisfying. 

Jenny Nixon, Rural Prosperity Nebraska Extension EducatorIANR / Nebraska Extension / Panhandle Engagement Zone 1 / Northern Panhandle Accountability Region / Sioux County
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10 Years of Service

I get to work with students, faculty members and also a lot of external stakeholders as well. My work with the US Intelligence Community and the US Strategic Command has been more than I could have ever imagined.

Tyler White, Associate Professor of PracticePolitical Science
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“Thank you to each and every member of our world-class faculty and staff. Thank you for everything you do every day on behalf of all of our students and all Nebraskans everywhere.”

Chancellor Ronnie D. Green