Huskers Celebrate Vaccine Registry Grand Prizes | Nebraska today
With confetti, greetings from Herbie and personal greetings from Chancellor Ronnie Green, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosted a small celebration at Memorial Stadium on August 23, congratulating the grand prize winners of the Voluntary vaccine registry reveal.
Five students received a one-year tuition check ($ 9,872) and a faculty / staff member won a trip for two with the Chancellor and his wife, Jane, to the Husker football game in August 2022 in Dublin, Ireland.
The winning students are Alex Chytil, a junior specializing in forensic science; Sidney Vincent, second year student majoring in accounting; Dan Nguyen, junior political science student; Griselda Aragon, a major in animal sciences; and Samuel Flint, a graduate student in computer science.
The Faculty and Staff Laureate is Jenna Huttenmaier, Academic Consultant in Computer Science and Engineering.
Huttenmaier – who is now preparing to renew his passport – said it was surreal to receive the phone call about the trip victory.
“I’m really excited,” Huttenmaier said. “I received a phone call, and I have never received a phone call from the Chancellor’s office before. At first I thought I was in trouble, but no.
Vincent, who grew up in Sargent, Nebraska, got a call as she was getting ready to go shopping with her mother.
“It was a big surprise,” said Vincent. “(My parents) are very happy to know that I won’t have to spend so much money on college.”
For Chytil, a native of Omaha, the award will ease the financial burden this year in pursuing a bachelor’s degree, after starting at Metro Community College. Chytil found out after missing a phone call at work, but the financial aid office responded with a voicemail and email, expressing urgency, so Chytil eventually called back.
“She told me I won, and oh my god I can’t believe it,” Chytil said. “I’m really excited. I can afford my apartment more easily and I can spend that money on college.
All of the winners expressed hope that life will feel a little more normal this year on campus and encouraged anyone not yet vaccinated to do so to help protect themselves and the community.
“I didn’t want to be locked in quarantine for a year because it was a tough year, 2020,” said Nguyen, of Lincoln. “I got the shot because I wanted to go out and relive my life. It is for the good of the community.
Chytil overcame his fear of needles to get the shot, but knew it was the right thing to do.
“I got the vaccine because both of my parents are in the medical field, and the idea that I’m getting COVID, and maybe bringing it home for them and all of their patients terrified me, ”Chytil said. “I was really nervous, but it didn’t hurt.”
The Voluntary COVID-19 Vaccine register was announced on June 23 and the low priced giveaways – eight per week – began on July 13. The grand prize draws crown the first round of prizes. Details of a second round will be announced. Huskers are strongly encouraged to register their vaccines through the registry to help protect the campus community and be eligible for future awards.
Students, faculty and staff researching the vaccine can attend campus clinics from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 25-26 in unions in Nebraska and East Nebraska. Both will offer the Pfizer vaccine, which received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration on August 23. In addition, vaccines are available at University health center.
There is no cost to get vaccinated.