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BroadCAST, the webinar interview series of the UNL Center for Academic Success & Transition, began in Fall, 2020 and features conversations about life, education, and the value of the liberal arts between CAST Senior Program Coordinator Dan Hutt and highly successful guests from diverse backgrounds.

All webinars are recorded for posting on the UNL CAST YouTube channel.

Upcoming BroadCAST Guests

T.J. McDowell, Senior Advisor to the Mayor

Tuesday February 14, Noon-1:00pm

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A native of Lincoln, NE, TJ McDowell is an alum of Lincoln High School, NE Wesleyan University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently Senior Advisor to Lincoln, NE Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird, and before that was Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for Student Life and Leadership at UNL. TJ previously held educational positions at Nebraska Wesleyan University and Lincoln Public Schools and also served as the Executive Director of the Clyde Malone Community Center, Program Manager at the Community Health Endowment, Executive Director of the Lighthouse, and Director of Education Outreach at Lincoln Action Program. He is an active volunteer leader in Lincoln and currently serves on the boards of the Cooper Foundation, the Foundation for Educational Services, and the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation.

T.J. McDowell

Dr. Dan Bird, Musician-Author-Educator

Thursday, March 9, Noon-1:00pm

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Born in Alabama and raised in Nebraska and Iowa, Dr. Dan Bird toured the Midwest for 12 years with the seminal Omaha rock band The Jacks and recorded the classic 1985 album, In Danger. He was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 and the Nebraska Performing Arts Hall of Fame in 2020. Also an educator, Dan earned his doctorate from the University of Nebraska in Education and spent over 20 years teaching and serving as technology trainer for the largest school district in Nebraska. The author of 2 books on spirituality from Ozark Mountain Publishing, Dan resides in Omaha, NE with his Kathie. His music can be heard at, and he actively performs with his music duo, The Bird-Mann Project.

Dr. Dan Bird