Kailee Miller embodies the spirit of One Day for UNK

Kailee Miller is a UNK senior studying agribusiness. She’s also president of the Agribusiness Club on campus. (Courtesy photo)
Kailee Miller is a UNK senior studying agribusiness. She’s also president of the Agribusiness Club on campus. (Courtesy photo)

Supporters are encouraged to “Be Blue and Gold. Give Boldly” Oct. 5-6

KEARNEY – In the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Agribusiness Club, Kailee Miller and other students get the chance to tour agriculture-related businesses in Nebraska and attend industry events such as the recently held Husker Harvest Days.

“The Agribusiness Club is a good networking source,” said Miller, club president and a senior majoring in agribusiness. “Meeting students from different majors and personally connecting with professionals has opened up a lot of doors for my career.”

From the small town of Lebanon, Miller hopes to stay in Nebraska and work as an agronomist after she graduates in December. She wants more students to have the same opportunities she did to explore agriculture outside the classroom so she’s raising money for the UNK Agribusiness Club during One Day for UNK Oct. 5-6.

The Agribusiness Club is one of 59 student organizations to be highlighted during One Day for UNK. During the third annual giving event, supporters will have the opportunity to invest in UNK scholarships, the university’s three colleges, Loper Athletics, registered student organizations and other programs on campus. Gifts may be made through the University of Nebraska Foundation on the One Day for UNK website.

“One Day for UNK represents an opportunity for our alumni and friends to give boldly in support of University of Nebraska at Kearney students, organizations and academic programs,” Chancellor Doug Kristensen said. “UNK is known for its quality academics, hands-on learning and people who care. I invite everyone who cares about this university as much as I do to invest in this fantastic, involved campus community.”

With a theme of “Be Blue and Gold. Give Boldly,” One Day for UNK will use social media and other online communication to encourage philanthropic support for the university. Supporters can show their Loper pride and encourage others to give using #OneDayforUNK on social media. The 24-hour giving day will begin at noon Oct. 5 and conclude at noon Oct. 6.

UNK has set a goal to receive 1,905 gifts in honor of its founding in 1905 as the Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney. Alumni and donors have given more than $91,000 in challenge and matching funds to encourage others to give during the event.

Donors making gifts totaling $65 or more will receive a reversible UNK bucket hat to sport their Loper pride. Additional information about One Day for UNK, options for giving and tracking the event’s progress can be found at givingday.unk.edu.

During One Day for UNK in 2022, 1,783 gifts totaling $276,438 were made to support all areas of UNK. The event helped to purchase a peer-to-peer online mental health resource for UNK students; funded scholarships for the Loper track and field and cross country teams; and supported study abroad experiences for students to learn firsthand about history and law in Europe; among other priorities.

To kick off the 2023 One Day for UNK, events will be held across campus for faculty, staff and students:

  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5: Coffee and doughnuts will be served, and attendees will have a chance to win a raffle prize. The event will be held in three locations: Brewed Awakening at West Center, the Health and Sports Center (in the east/west hallway) and Bruner Hall Atrium.
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5: There will be snacks, games and a sidewalk chalk contest on the green space by Cope Fountain.

Gifts made will support Only in Nebraska: A Campaign for Our University’s Future, which has a goal to raise $3 billion from 150,000 unique benefactors to support the University of Nebraska. More information is at OnlyinNebraska.org.