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CURTIS, Neb. – Ron Rosati, dean of the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture at Curtis, plans to retire Aug. 5 from NCTA. Rosati was tapped as head administrator for the University of Nebraska’s sole two-year institution in July 2013.
Before completing his University of Nebraska service at year-end, Rosati will serve as senior advisor for the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) in Kigali, Rwanda. Opening in September, RICA is an English language institution dedicated to educating and inspiring a new generation of innovators in agriculture in Rwanda.
“Under Ron Rosati’s leadership, NCTA truly reached new heights in providing academic and financial access to higher education, as well as career preparation in the ag and veterinary technology industries,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president for agriculture and natural resources, and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“I want to thank Ron for his exemplary service and dedication over the past six years and wish him the best as he transitions into retirement.”
Kelly Bruns, director at NU’s West Central Research and Extension Center based in North Platte, has been named NCTA interim dean, while continuing to serve in his WCREC role. Bruns will lead NCTA campus administration with associate dean Jennifer McConville.
“It has been a privilege for me to serve NCTA as dean,” Rosati said. “The college is an exceptional place to work due to its small size, focus on agriculture and veterinary technology, and its emphasis on experiential learning.”
Rosati is a native of New York and has earned degrees in agricultural education and agronomy. He earned his doctorate from Iowa State, masters and bachelor’s from Cornell University, and associate degree from SUNY Farmingdale. Prior to moving to Nebraska, Rosati served in administrative capacities as provost at Southeast Missouri State University, provost at Alfred State College, State University of New York, and was a dean at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.
Rosati taught agricultural engineering technology and aquaculture for 19 years at Texas A&M University–Kingsville, Illinois State University, The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute, and Iowa State University.
Rosati led strategic initiatives at NCTA including a 28.5% enrollment growth from 2013-2018, increased fiscal strength from deficit to fiscal health, and added academic programs in agricultural welding, equine industry management, a general agriculture online degree certificate, and partnerships in dairy and poultry management.
“NCTA has been recognized nationally for the quality of its academic programs and the success of its graduates. It’s been very rewarding for me to work with the faculty and staff who are responsible for those successes,” Rosati said.
Other administrative progress at NCTA the past six years included developing new procedures and policies for advising, admissions, registration, student payment procedures, student transfers, academic catalogs, student and employee handbooks, and Title IX and ADA compliance.
Increased appropriations by the Nebraska Legislature enabled significant campus progress in programs, student resources, and pay equity for faculty. New initiatives in public relations and recruiting, federal approval for enrolling international students, and reaccreditation were further benchmarks.
Bruns, who holds a doctorate in animal science, has served as director of WCREC since Nov. 2015. Jerry Volesky, longtime range and forage specialist, will serve as interim associate director at WCREC.
A national search will be launched to identify a new permanent dean of NCTA.
Sheriff Kapperman advises that on October 28 th , 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m theFurnas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of terroristic threats at 720 7 th Street,Beaver City, Nebraska. The reporting party stated that Mark Hutchens, 56, of BeaverCity, Nebraska had fired a b.b gun at her and threatened to burn her house down. Anarrest warrant was filed for Mr. Hutchens for Third degree assault in a menacing manner
Nebraska volleyball assistant coach Jaylen Reyes has been selected to be an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Volleyball Collegiate National Team for the upcoming Japan Tour.
The squad, featuring 12 players who are still in college, will tour May 19-30 in Japan where it will have a series of training sessions and matches. The tour is unique in that the U.S. will play against Nippon Sport Science University, one of the best collegiate volleyball teams in Japan, as well as Japan’s Women’s 20 and World University Games teams.
BYU women's volleyball head coach Heather Olmstead will serve as head coach. Reyes played at BYU and was an assistant coach for the men's team there from 2016-18 before joining the Huskers in 2018.
In his first year on the Nebraska staff as an assistant coach, Reyes made a huge impact in helping the Huskers to a fourth-straight final four and an NCAA runner-up finish with a team that included eight newcomers. Reyes coordinated Nebraska's blocking and defense and led the Huskers to their best opponent hitting percentage since 2005 (.144). That mark led the Big Ten, and Nebraska held 13 opponents to their season-low hitting percentage. In conference play only, the Huskers averaged 2.89 blocks per set, the most in the Big Ten.
Under Reyes' guidance, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins hit .421 during the season, the third-highest mark in school history, and she was an AVCA first-team All-American. Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach had 177 total blocks, a Nebraska freshman record and the eighth-highest total by a Husker in the rally-scoring era. Outside hitter Mikaela Foecke was also an AVCA first-team All-American, bringing Reyes' total of All-Americans coached to seven in four years as an NCAA Division I assistant.
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Lincoln – University of Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby was one of 66 players invited to the 2019 NBA Combine, as the NBA released its list of invitees on Wednesday. Roby becomes the first Husker invited to the NBA Combine since Terran Petteway in 2015.
A 6-foot-8, 228-pound forward from Dixon, Ill., Roby enjoyed a breakout 2018-19 campaign, setting career highs in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg), assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.3 spg), while averaging 1.9 blocks per game to help the Huskers to 19 wins and a second straight NIT appearance. He made 35 starts and finished among the Big Ten leaders in blocked shots (third), steals (ninth) and rebounding (14th) and was the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in both blocked shots and steals.
Roby tallied three double-doubles – all in Big Ten action - and had a career high 28 points in Nebraska’s NIT win over Butler. It was one of five 20-point games for the junior forward. His 66 blocked shots in 2018-19 tied for ninth in school history, and he joined Venson Hamilton (1997-98 and 1998-99), as the only Huskers to put together consecutive seasons of at least 50 blocked shots and 50 assists.
Following the combine, Roby will have until Wednesday, May 29th to withdraw from the NBA Draft and preserve his collegiate eligibility.
The 2019 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 20th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Lincoln – Behind a big night from Isaiah Roby, the Nebraska men’s basketball team won its second straight game with a 59-50 victory over Northwestern Saturday night at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Roby filled up the stat sheet while producing his third double-double of the season. He scored a game-high 19 points, pulled down a game- and career-high 16 rebounds, tied his season high with a game-high five blocks and added a pair of assists and two steals. With Nebraska’s offense struggling early in the second half, Roby scored the Huskers’ first 10 points of the period and finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds in the second half alone.
In addition to Roby’s performance, James Palmer Jr. chipped in 13 points – his 22nd straight game in double figures – and dished out six assists, one shy of his season high. Glynn Watson Jr. added 12 points and six rebounds. Nebraska shot only 32.8 percent from the field, but the Husker defense had seven blocks and eight steals while forcing 15 Northwestern turnovers. The Wildcats shot only 34.5 percent and were just 5-of-25 from the 3-point line en route to its second-lowest total of the year.
With its second win of the week, Nebraska improved to 15-11 on the year and moved to 5-10 in Big Ten Conference play. Northwestern (12-13, 3-11 Big Ten) was led by a double-double from Dererk Pardon (13 points and 12 rebounds), while Vic Law scored 15 points and Anthony Gaines added 10 points.
Nebraska led for much of the first half, taking a 28-23 lead into the locker room. The teams traded baskets during a hot start, before a 6-0 run gave the Huskers a 14-9 lead eight minutes into the contest. Five straight points from Northwestern trimmed the lead to one with eight minutes left in the half, but Thomas Allen knocked down a three and Palmer connected on three free throws to give Nebraska its biggest lead of the half at 26-19. The Huskers scored only two points over the final six minutes of the half, but the Husker defense limited the Wildcats to just four points during that stretch.
Roby was the only Husker to score a point in the first eight minutes of the second half, as Northwestern battled back to take the lead. After Roby opened the period with a layup, five quick Wildcat points trimmed the Husker lead to two. Roby answered with a 3-pointer but another 5-0 spurt gave Northwestern a 36-35 advantage with 14:27 left.
After a two-minute scoreless drought, Roby put Nebraska back on top for good with a 3-pointer with 12:08 to play. Northwestern trimmed the lead to one with eight minutes remaining, but the Huskers put the game out of reach with an 11-0 run. Watson scored the final five points of the run, as his 3-pointer gave Nebraska its largest lead at 53-41 with 3:52 to play.
Despite playing its starting five the entire second half, Nebraska had plenty of energy on the defensive end. The Huskers held Northwestern scoreless for more than five minutes during their 11-0 run. After a Northwestern basket cut the lead to one with 8:18 remaining, the Wildcats did not make another field goal until more than seven minutes later, when a Pardon dunk made the score 55-47 with 1:05 to play, but that was as close as Northwestern would get.
Following a pair of home wins this week, Nebraska hits the road to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on FS1 with the Husker Sports Network providing live radio coverage.
Lincoln – University of Nebraska forward Isaiah Roby announced Wednesday afternoon that he has decided to remain in the 2019 NBA Draft. Roby finished his three-year Husker career with 786 points, 530 rebounds and 154 blocked shots, a total which is sixth in school history. He will look to become the first Husker basketball player drafted since Venson Hamilton in 1999. The 2019 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 20th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Roby, a 6-foot-8, 228-pounder, enjoyed a breakout 2018-19 campaign as Nebraska made its second straight postseason appearance. He established career highs in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg), assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.3 spg), while averaging 1.9 blocks per game. He made 35 starts last season and finished among the Big Ten leaders in blocked shots (third), steals (ninth) and rebounding (14th). Roby was the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in the conference in both blocked shots and steals. Roby tallied three double-doubles – all in Big Ten action - and had a career high 28 points in Nebraska’s first-round NIT win over Butler. It was one of five 20-point games during Roby’s junior campaign. His 66 blocked shots in 2018-19 tied for ninth in school history, and he joined Venson Hamilton (1997-98 and 1998-99), as the only Huskers to put together consecutive seasons of at least 50 blocked shots and 50 assists. Roby moved into the starting lineup midway through the 2017-18 campaign, sparking the Huskers to a 10-2 Big Ten finish, as the Huskers set a school record with 13 conference wins. The Dixon, Ill., product averaged 8.7 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game while ranking fourth in the Big Ten in blocked shots at 2.0 per game. He also shot 40 percent from 3-point range, including 52 percent in conference action. Roby had four double-doubles as a sophomore, including three in conference play.
Lincoln – Behind a career-high 22 points from Isaiah Roby, Nebraska snapped a two-game losing streak with a 70-64 win over Penn State Thursday evening at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Roby had 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added season bests in both rebounds (11) and blocked shots (four) to propel the Huskers (12-4, 2-3 Big Ten) to its 20th straight home win dating back to last season.
Glynn Watson Jr. added 19 points and three assists, while James Palmer Jr. added 11 as the Huskers shot nearly 50 percent from the floor, but could not subdue the Nittany Lions until the end.
Clinging to a 58-57 lead, Watson scored eight straight points for the Huskers, the last being a 3-pointer with 2:15 left that staked the hosts a 65-61 lead. Penn State got to within 66-62 after a Mike Watkins free throw just under 20 seconds remaining, but Roby salted the game away hitting four straight free throws in the final 17.2 seconds.
Nebraska’s defense held Penn State to just one field goal in the final 2:51, as the Nittany Lions shot just 36 percent, but used a 46-32 advantage on the glass and a 17-4 advantage in second-chance points to stay in the contest.
Josh Reaves led four Nittany Lions (7-9, 0-5 Big Ten) in double figures with 20 points, including four 3-pointers, while Lamar Stevens and Myles Dread added 13 apiece.
The first 20 minutes was closely contested, as neither team led by more than five points and NU took a 33-31 lead into the locker room. Nebraska shot 48 percent from the floor, including 6-of-11 from 3-point range, but Penn State hung around by outscoring the Huskers, 5-0, on second-chance points and going 4-of-7 from the line, while NU got to the line just twice in the opening 20 minutes.
Nebraska trailed 19-14 with 9:14 left in the half before the Huskers rallied. Roby had five of his 10 first-half points in the surge, tying the game at 21.
PSU would eventually push the margin to 26-23 before Thomas Allen single-handedly keyed a run with seven straight points, as NU pushed the margin to 30-26 after a steal and layup with 3:18 left in the half.
PSU would run off five straight points, taking a 31-30 lead on a Reaves 3-pointer, as he scored 11 first-half points. Nebraska would answer behind a banked-in 3-pointer from Watson to give the Huskers a two-point lead going into the locker room.
Nebraska stretched the two-point halftime lead to four after a Watson basket, but PSU went on an 8-1 run, as consecutive 3-pointers from Reaves gave the Nittany Lions a three-point lead and forced a timeout with 17:06 left.
Nebraska then regained the lead with an 8-2 run of its own, as Watson’s 3-pointer gave the hosts a 44-41 lead with 14:35 left. From there, neither team could pull away, as their team led by more than five points until the final 15 seconds.
Nebraska returns to action on Monday, Jan. 14, as the Huskers travel to Indiana. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 p.m. (central) and will be carried on the Husker Sports Network and on FS1.
The United States women's volleyball national team won the Pan American Cup title on Sunday with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 29-27) sweep of Dominican Republic in Trujillo, Peru.
Former Huskers Kadie Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes were on the U.S. team and played big roles for the Americans throughout the tournament. Rolfzen was named the Pan Am Cup's best attacker, posting double-digit kills in three of the five matches she played in. Wong-Orantes was voted the best libero. She had a match-high 19 digs in the title match.
Former Huskers have had an impressive run of international success over the past couple weeks. Last weekend, Kelsey Robinson, Jordan Larson and Mikaela Foecke were crowned champions with the U.S. National Team at the Volleyball Nations League in China. Also last weekend, former Husker Sarah Pavan clinched a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after winning Canada's first-ever gold medal at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships.
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The McCook Bison Boys golf team competed in the Ron Coleman Invitational at Heritage Hills golf course in McCook on Tuesday April 16th. It was a very pleasant day weather wise with some windy conditions late in the round.