Faculty & Partner Poster Session

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Faculty and university partners are invited to present posters on “big idea” research questions that go “Beyond Boundaries” and create knowledge and action that leads to resilient and sustainable rural futures in Nebraska, the Great Plains and beyond. Posters may feature research currently underway or ideas for future research that exemplify the Rural Futures Institute’s core values:

    • Bold
    • Inclusive
    • Opportunistic and Resilient
    • Transdisciplinary
    • Capacity Building
    • Creative
    • All Serving
    • Reflective and Collaborative
    • Sustainable

 

Submitting an Abstract

Abstracts (up to 250 words) are due October 18, 2013 and must be accepted for display. The Conference Poster Committee will review the abstracts and notify presenters of their acceptance via email by October 22, 2013.

Note: Undergraduate and graduate student poster competitions will also be held at the conference.

 

Poster Format

    • Maximum poster size is 46 inches wide x 34 inches high – landscape orientation only.
    • Do not use less than an 18-point font for any text you mount.

 

At the Conference

    • Posters must be dropped off at the registration desk by 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 3.
    • Posters will be set up for display and taken down by the conference staff.
    • You must be present with your poster during the poster session and reception, 5-7 p.m., Monday,November 4.
    • Posters must be picked up from the registration desk by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

 

Dates & Deadlines

August 1 Poster competition details released
October 18 Poster abstracts due by 5 pm CST
Poster abstracts can be sumbitted via ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/generalposter 
October 22 RFI notifies presenters of acceptance
November 3 Posters must be dropped off at conference registration desk by 6 pm CST
November 4 Poster session at Rural Futures Conference
November 5 Posters picked up from conference registration desk by 4 pm CST

 

Questions?

If you have questions regarding the faculty and university partner poster session, contact Rachael Herpel at rherpel@nebraska.edu or +1-402-472-4977.

Undergraduate Student Poster Competition

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If you conduct research on “big questions” that go “Beyond Boundaries,” consider presenting a poster at the 2013 Rural Futures Conference. Posters may feature research currently underway or ideas for future research that exemplify the Rural Futures Institute’s core values defined at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/ institute. Poster abstracts should describe research that creates knowledge and action, and that leads to resilient and sustainable rural futures in Nebraska, the Great Plains and beyond.

 

Submitting an Abstract

Abstracts (up to 250 words) are due October 18, 2013 and must be accepted for the competition. The Conference Poster Committee will review the abstracts and notify presenters of their acceptance via email by October 22, 2013.

 

Poster Format

      • Maximum poster size is 46 inches wide x 34 inches high – landscape orientation only.
      • Do not use less than an 18-point font for any text you mount.

 

At the Conference

      • Posters must be dropped off at the registration desk by 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 3.
      • Posters will be set up for display and taken down by the conference staff.
      • Posters must be picked up from the registration desk by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

 

Awards

Undergraduate students are eligible for the competition if they:

      • Have had their abstract accepted
      • Registered for the Rural Futures Conference
      • Are present with their poster during the poster session and reception, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, November 4.

Award winners are determined by a team of judges who will judge the posters during the conference. The awards are:

      • First Place: $750 cash
      • Second Place: $500 cash
      • Third Place: $250 cash
      • Honorable Mention: $100 cash

 

Dates & Deadlines

August 1 Poster competition details released
October 18 Poster abstracts due by 5 pm CST
Poster abstracts can be submitted via ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/undergradposters
October 22 RFI notifies presenters of acceptance
November 3 Posters must be dropped off at conference registration desk by 6 pm CST
November 4 Poster session at Rural Futures Conference
November 5 Posters picked up from conference registration desk by 4 pm CST

 

Questions?

If you have questions regarding the undergraduate student poster competition, contact Rachael Herpel at rherpel@nebraska.edu or +1-402-472-4977.

Graduate Student Poster Compeition

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SUBMIT your poster abstract

If you conduct research on “big questions” that go “Beyond Boundaries,” consider presenting a poster at the 2013 Rural Futures Conference. Posters may feature research currently underway or ideas for future research that exemplify the Rural Futures Institute’s core values defined at ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/ institute. Poster abstracts should describe research that creates knowledge and action, and that leads to resilient and sustainable rural futures in Nebraska, the Great Plains and beyond.

 

Submitting an Abstract

Abstracts (up to 250 words) are due October 18, 2013 and must be accepted for the competition. The Conference Poster Committee will review the abstracts and notify presenters of their acceptance via email by October 22, 2013.

 

Poster Format

      • Maximum poster size is 46 inches wide x 34 inches high – landscape orientation only.
      • Do not use less than an 18-point font for any text you mount.

 

At the Conference

      • Posters must be dropped off at the registration desk by 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 3.
      • Posters will be set up for display and taken down by the conference staff.
      • Posters must be picked up from the registration desk by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

 

Awards

Graduate students are eligible for the on-site competition if they:

      • Have had their abstract accepted
      • Registered for the Rural Futures Conference
      • Are present with their poster during the poster session and reception, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, November 4.

Award winners are determined by a team of judges who will judge the posters during the conference. Awards are:

      • First Place: $750 cash
      • Second Place: $500 cash
      • Third Place: $250 cash
      • Honorable Mention: $100 cash

 

Dates & Deadlines

August 1 Poster competition details released
October 18 Poster abstracts due by 5 pm CST
Poster abstracts can be submitted via ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/gradstudentposter
October 22 RFI notifies presenters of acceptance
November 3 Posters must be dropped off at conference registration desk by 6 pm CST
November 4 Poster session at Rural Futures Conference
November 5 Posters picked up from conference registration desk by 4 pm CST

 

Questions?

If you have questions regarding the graduate student poster competition, contact Rachael Herpel at rherpel@nebraska.edu or +1-402-472-4977.

Quick Pitch Spotlight

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Do you have a big idea? Here is your chance to pitch your idea, unique concept or RFI grant concept to a full house. This spotlight session will allow you the opportunity to develop an idea, pitch it, and identify others who may be interested in collaborating or partnering on the concept. You will also receive judges’ feedback and have a chance to win the quick pitch spotlight.

 

What is a quick pitch?

A quick pitch (sometimes known as an elevator speech) is a 3-minute action-oriented description of a big idea. In this case, the goal is to (1) persuade listeners that this idea adds value to rural people or places, and (2) engage the interest of the audience and spur them to support your idea.

 

Why participate in the quick pitch?

  1. Formulate or refine a big idea that could be submitted as an RFI grant or project.
  2. Connect with other individuals that may want to collaborate on your idea (i.e. communities, partner organizations, students, and faculty).
  3. A chance to win:
        • The judges will choose the top two pitches and they will receive a prize and free registration to the next Rural Futures Conference.
        • The most popular pitch, based on audience feedback, will receive a prize and free registration to the next Rural Futures Conference.

 

What information should be included?

An effective quick pitch should address the following questions:

  1. What is your big idea? What makes it bold and unique?
    Succinctly sell the unique value attribute(s) of the outcome your idea will generate and how it relates to the RFI (see RFI core values below). Do not go into excruciating detail.
  2. What do you need to execute your big idea? Who do you need to meet and network with to better develop your concept?
  3. Do you already have partners identified?

Additionally, those pitching are encouraged to have copies of a concept paper to give to interested partners.

 

How should a quick pitch sound?

  1. The speech should not sound memorized or robotic, but it should be well rehearsed and delivered with passion and clarity. If successful, it should paint a clear and vivid picture of how your idea will impact rural futures.
  2. Organized…precisely and concisely make your point. Remember, you only have three minutes.
  3. You should be excited about what you are pitching! Your audience should be able to hear the passion in your voice.

 

Rules & Guidelines

  1. Each person will have three minutes to pitch their idea to conference participants. When three minutes is reached, a timer will stop the pitch.
  2. Judges will score the pitch.
  3. Pitches may be made by individuals or two-person teams.
  4. PowerPoint may be used but will be limited to six slides.

 

Evaluation

Quick pitches will be judged by an at-large audience vote on the participant’s ability to succinctly convey their big idea that align with the core values of the RFI. The winner of the at-large vote will receive a free registration to the next Rural Futures Conference.

Following the contest, pitchers will have the opportunity to receive feedback from a panel of reactors. The reactors will be professionals from a variety of fields, and they will use the following judging criteria to base their evaluations: originality, alignment with RFI values, futuristic, concept feasibility, and presentation.

 

Dates & Deadlines

August 1 Quick pitch details released
October 11 Description of quick pitch concepts due
Concept descriptions are limited to 400 words and must submitted by 5 pm CST via ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/quickpitchentry
October 18 RFI announces selected quick pitch concepts*
October 28 Final PowerPoint slides due to RFI
November 4 Quick Pitch Spotlight at Rural Futures Conference

*If more pitches are submitted than time allows for, then pitches will be selected based on relevance and diversity. If time slots are still available at the conference, sign-up at the conference will be allowed on a first- come, first-served basis.

 

Questions?

For questions about the Quick Pitch Spotlight, visit ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/conference or email ruralfutures@nebraska.edu.

Community Questions

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The Rural Futures Institute aspires to connect rural communities with university resources to help create vibrant futures in rural places. During the 2013 Rural Futures Conference, organizations, communities and regions are invited to pose unique, specific, challenging questions concerning the future of their place. These questions will then be posed during a conference session where attendees are invited to offer their unique insights and expertise in imagining ways to respond. Through this “mash-up” session, the Rural Futures Institute hopes to facilitate new, action-oriented partnerships that tap the potential of collaboration between communities and student interns, graduate students, faculty and service providers.

 

Community Involvement

We are asking communities to share their compelling, concise, future-oriented questions about their place. What important opportunity(ies)/issues(s)/problem(s) is your community currently facing or do you see on the horizon for your place? How would you frame these concerns in the form of a question? Some examples of promising questions might include:

      • “How can we provide quality of life amenities for both young families and older community residents with limited funding available?”;
      • “What is the formula for high quality, affordable child care in small communities?”;
      • “How do we build a community culture of entrepreneurship?”;
      • “How do we provide local access to higher education?”

Keep in mind that, for the purpose of this exercise, “community” can refer broadly to both communities of place (i.e., town, county) or communities of interest (i.e., rural firefighter’s association, ranching families, young professionals).Upon the proposal deadline, the submitted community questions will be juried. The jury committee
will select up to 20 diverse and unique community questions to be featured at the 2013 Rural Futures Conference. In addition to being featured at the conference, the selected communities will receive three complimentary registrations to the 2013 Rural Futures Conference.

 

Tips for Developing a Community Question*

      • Use 1-2 sentences
      • Identify a specific opportunity/issue/problem
      • Describe community: location, population, demographics, major assets, etc.

Use words that reflect the nature of the question (i.e., qualitative questions might use understand or discover while quantitative questions might use measure or gauge)

*Before and after submission, RFI staff can and will help frame community questions.

 

At the Conference

If your community question is selected, you will showcase your question at the Rural Futures Conference from 5-7 pm on November 4. During this allotted time, community representatives will be asked to stand by their respective community question display. Alongside the academic poster session, your big question will provide an opportunity for you to connect with others who are interested in your community’s situation. This is a unique twist to networking and will present your community with an opportunity to develop new ideas and think outside the box.

 

Dates & Deadlines

August 1 Call for questions released
September 25 Call for questions due
Proposed questions due by 5 pm CST via ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/questionproposal
October 9 RFI announces selected community questions
October 9-18 Selected communities work with RFI staff to prepare for conference session
November 4 Community questions featured at Rural Futures Conference

 

Requirements of Community Questions

      • Name of community
      • Primary contact person
      • Name and contact information of three anticipated 2013 RFC attendees (at least one of these attendees must be less than 30 years of age)
      • The question, concisely written
      • Community demographicso Identify community of place or community of interest o Population demographics
      • o Description of community (country/region/etc.)

Please note that the submission of a community question does not automatically guarantee a community’s participation at the Rural Futures Conference.

 

Questions?
For questions about the Call for Community Questions, visit ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/conference or email ruralfutures@nebraska.edu.

Executive Director Interviews

Following a national search, the University of Nebraska identified three finalists for the position of founding executive director of the Rural Futures Institute, a university-wide research, education, policy and engagement institute focused on rural growth and development in Nebraska and beyond.

The finalists visited Nebraska for interviews and meetings with university and community stakeholders. Each finalist gave a public presentation during which interested individuals learned about the candidate’s vision for the institute. The public presentations took place at the Ockinga Auditorium at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and were be live streamed for those unable to attend in person. Information about the finalists is available below.

 


Meet the Candidates

SchroederCharles Schroeder  |  curriculum vitae
President and Executive Director of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Schroeder has served at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum since 2002. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, where, among other achievements, he managed the merger of the two major beef industry organizations to create the largest, most comprehensive agricultural trade association in the United States. Schroeder formerly served as executive vice president and director of development at the University of Nebraska Foundation and director of agriculture at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science and business and production options from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Schroeder’s public presentation was held on August 7 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm CST.

 

 

IvanDavid Ivan  |  curriculum vitae
Interim Director of the Greening Michigan Institute at Michigan State University

Ivan has served at the Greening Michigan Institute – a division of Michigan State Extension focused on enhancing prosperity in Michigan – since 2012 and has served in various positions in MSU Extension since 2003. His teaching and research interests include entrepreneurship and business development, community vitality and sustainability, land policy implementation strategy, and rural assistive technology. Ivan earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture and natural resources communications from Michigan State, his M.B.A. from Penn State University, and is pursuing a doctorate in community, agriculture, recreation and resource studies from Michigan State. He is a founding member of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.

Ivan’s public presentation was held on September 3 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm CST.

 

 

MatlockMarty Matlock  |  curriculum vitae
Executive Director of the Office for Sustainability, Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, and Professor at the University of Arkansas 

Matlock is responsible for leading the implementation of sustainability initiatives across the University of Arkansas and assessing and developing sustainable practices in agricultural production to improve the prosperity of rural communities. He has served in faculty positions at Arkansas since 2001. Matlock is a board-certified environmental engineer, is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and holds a number of patents. Matlock earned his bachelor’s degree in soil chemistry, his master’s degree in plant physiology, and his Ph.D. in biosystems engineering, all from Oklahoma State University. He is owner and founder of BlueInGreen LLC, a company that provides efficient, affordable solutions for water quality.

Dr. Ronnie Green, NU Vice President and IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor recently received word that Marty Matlock, the final candidate who was to interview for the executive director position has withdrawn his candidacy. Matlock has been named as the Dean of Sustainability for the University of Arkansas. We wish him the best in his expanded role in Arkansas.