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Engaging Nebraska, Impacting Communities, Transforming Students

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013 Results Developed transformational curricula with civic engagement at its core by establishing a robust service learning program embedded in the College of Architecture curricula. Transformed twelve existing courses and developed new courses and programs that engaged …
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Rural Community Serviceship Program

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013     Results This project resulted in RFI Student Serviceship! Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and Nebraska Human Resources Institute heavily recruit student participants interested in entrepreneurship and leadership development. Students are placed in rural communities in …
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Juvenile Re-entry to Nebraska’s Rural Communities

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013 Results Matched college student mentors from rural towns with youth committed to the Youth Rehabilitation Centers in Kearney, Neb., and Geneva, Neb. Student mentors worked with youth on educational, employment and social skills and other goals. …
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The Rural Public Health Undergraduate Student Research Project

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013     Results Supported faculty-led undergraduate student public health research projects at Nebraska’s three state colleges in Chadron, Peru, and Wayne, as well as the University of Nebraska Kearney, as a means for introducing undergraduate students …
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Ecotourism & Agritourism Development in Nebraska

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013 Results Taught ecotourism with a strong service learning and community engagement component. Students applied ecotourism principles and developed entrepreneurial, community planning, capacity building and tourism marketing skills while engaging stakeholders in rural communities. Contributors Lisa Pennisi …
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Students Engaged in Economic Development of Rural Areas

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2013 Results Engaged University of Nebraska at Kearney students in the creation and assembly of rural economic development ideas – both their own and those of members in their rural communities. The most promising ideas were presented …
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Entrepreneurship Based Economic Development

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013     Results Piloted an entrepreneurship incubator tested predictive model with communities to identify actions communities can take to increase entrepreneurship Contributors Robert Bernier (PI), University of Nebraska at Omaha, College of Business Administration Roni Reiter-Palmon …
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Marketing Hometown America

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013    Impacts This program has led to numerous community-specific successes, expansion across the Great Plains and international attention. Research within this project has demonstrated that confidence, capacity-building and behavior can be increased in community-based leadership …
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Communities Creating Their Own Innovation & Entrepreneurship

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013 Results Attracted and retained working age populations and created entrepreneurial environments that led to community vitality through Entrepreneurial Community Activation Process (ECAP). This project tested the model on eight communities. Contributors Charlotte Narjes (PI), Nebraska Extension …
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Rural Interprofessional UNMC Student Rotations

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2015 Summary The proposed bold, creative and transdisciplinary rural rotation, grounded in public health, will allow students to work interprofessionally in teams under the supervision of a public health practitioner. During the three-week rotation students will engage …
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Rural Community Diversity Action

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2015 Summary Utilizes a service-learning approach to link University of Nebraska–Lincoln students to rural communities that are experiencing demographic shifts. The project will work in close partnership and collaboration with the Center for Rural Affairs to identify …
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Rural Community Career Development

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2015     Summary Will use established curriculum that was previously piloted and will replicate it in additional communities. The project will familiarize students with the entrepreneurial concepts to help their rural communities maintain or rebuild their …
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Volunteer Program Assessment: Bridging Rural & Urban Concerns of Non-Profit Organizations

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2015     Summary Will offer a partially internet-mediated service learning course for undergraduate students from multiple disciplines that will involve students in learning how to assess quantitatively and qualitatively the experiences and satisfaction of volunteers working …
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Developing A Model for “Quality of Life”

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2015     Summary Designed to: a) examine the factors that are relevant in determining “quality of life” (QOL) among ethnic minority populations in rural communities; and b) to develop educational tools that will help community responders …
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Translating Evidence-based, Family-based Pediatric Obesity Treatment Program for Adoption by Rural Communities

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2015     Summary Enhance rural access to a locally successful, evidence-based, family-based, pediatric obesity treatment program–Building Healthy Families. Program translation will utilize distance learning technologies to allow rural community members in Greater Nebraska, where currently available …
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Rural Sourcing

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013 Results The concept of “rural sourcing” relates to existing and start-up companies strategically locating operations in rural areas to reduce labor costs and increase employee reliability. This project built on a successful “cross-sourcing” model to recruit …
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Measuring the Impact of Youth Leadership Development

November 17, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2015 Summary Develop a psychometrically sound measure of youth leadership (including its developmental aspect) and examine its relationship to community outcomes, such as retention, civic engagement, entrepreneurial activity and community attachment. Youth leadership development, to date, has …
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Using Crowdsourcing for Leadership Development in Rural Communities

November 17, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013     Results Designed and implemented a virtual crowdlearning case-based leadership development program for rural Nebraska civic and business leaders. Case-based programs used realistic and engaging scenarios to help develop skills in leadership, creative thinking and …
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2013 RFC Concurrent Sessions

September 10, 2013
Building Vibrant Communities Through Entrepreneurship Rural community stakeholders, practitioners, students, and faculty will explore the many ways entrepreneurship can positively affect the future of rural communities. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas about how the Rural Futures Institute, …
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2013 RFC Payment

August 28, 2013
Your payment for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference has been confirmed. Thank you.
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Faculty & Partner Poster Session

July 30, 2013
Download printer-friendly call for poster SUBMIT your poster abstract 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 …
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Undergraduate Student Poster Competition

July 30, 2013
Download printer-friendly call for posters 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 …
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Graduate Student Poster Compeition

July 30, 2013
Download printer-friendly call for posters 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 …
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Quick Pitch Spotlight

July 30, 2013
Download printer-friendly guidelines SUMBIT your quick pitch concept 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 …
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Community Questions

July 30, 2013
Download printer-friendly call for questions SUBMIT your community question 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 …
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The 2012 Conference

July 15, 2013
Schedule Proceedings       Photos  |  Videos  |  More info?
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2013 RFC Agenda

June 25, 2013
Download a printable version Sunday, November 3 3:30 pm Conference Registration (available throughout the evening) 4:30 pm Welcome Ronnie Green, NU Vice President and IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor, University of Nebraska 4:45 pm Living Beyond Boundaries Video Sit back and enjoy a captivating …
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Mark your calendars for #RFC2013

June 1, 2013
Mark your calendars for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference! Set for November 3-5, 2013 at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska, the 2013 conference will bring together local, state, national and international stakeholders interested in the future of …
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Koulopoulos to keynote at 2013 RFC

May 31, 2013
The University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute is preparing for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference—Beyond Boundaries, set for November 3-5, 2013 at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. The conference will provide a platform for people from all …
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The Rural Futures Conference Highlight Reel

May 12, 2012
A video summary of the 2012 Rural Futures Conference, held May 8-10, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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