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Emily Frenzen shares her rural communication, entrepreneurship experience on Rural Futures Podcast

November 28, 2018
     November 28, 2018 — Emily Frenzen, a junior agricultural and environmental sciences communication major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln grew up on her family’s farm in Fullerton, Neb., where she gained a passion for photography. Growing up …

 

 

November 28, 2018 — Emily Frenzen, a junior agricultural and environmental sciences communication major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln grew up on her family’s farm in Fullerton, Neb., where she gained a passion for photography.

Growing up in a rural community fostered her entrepreneurial spirit which sparked the creation of her photography business through the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.

Frenzen shared her rural story during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 19 at 11:24. This episode features Marji Guyler-Alaniz, a photographer who founded FarmHer to share the stories of women in agriculture, and it is available across listening platforms — iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

During his segment, Frenzen shares the insights she gained after working, serving and living in McCook, Neb., for 10 weeks during summer 2018 as a Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Serviceship student. With her partner Sage Williams, she worked with the High Plains Museum to assess its assets and create a plan of action. She also assisted in creating a mastermind alliance and intern program in McCook.

“Serviceship was really challenging, but that was so awesome because there was so much growth that came with that,” Frenzen says. “We really had to step out of our comfort zone and make connections within the community, and it was really up to us to make a lot of those decisions.”

For Frenzen, it was the opportunity to network with the RFI staff, University of Nebraska faculty and community leaders that drew her to RFI Serviceship. “I just have all these awesome people in my back pocket that I know I can reach out to at any time,” she says.

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Clayton Keller shares his passion for rural-urban collaboration on Rural Futures Podcast

November 21, 2018
  November 21, 2018 — Born in the rural Rockies of northern Idaho and raised in the rural countryside of Ohio, University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) public administration graduate student Clayton Keller says, “Rural has been a part of my …

 

November 21, 2018 — Born in the rural Rockies of northern Idaho and raised in the rural countryside of Ohio, University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) public administration graduate student Clayton Keller says, “Rural has been a part of my life for my whole life.”

When asked to answer the questions of Why Rural? Why Now? during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 18 at 11:50, he answers, “Because tomorrow is too late.”

The weekly podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” debuts every Tuesday, featuring a University of Nebraska student within a primary interview of a researcher, futurist or rural maverick creating leadership, technology and collaborative opportunities for rural communities across the country. The podcast is hosted by Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist and is available across listening platforms — iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

During his segment, Keller shares the insights he gained after working, serving and living in Columbus, Neb., for 10 weeks during summer 2018 as a Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Serviceship student. With his partner Amber Ross who was featured as a Bold Voice in Episode 12 of the Rural Futures Podcast, he worked with the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce and the Columbus Area Future Fund — two organizations that taught him that it is possible to rally an entire community around a single identity.

“With globalization and its increasing influence on worldwide culture, there is an ever pressing need to keep up,” he says. Partnerships are key to making sure nobody — in rural or urban — gets left behind, according to Keller.

“All too often we think it’s too difficult to bring people together and to try to make things happen,” he says. “Yeah, it’s going to be hard, but that doesn’t make it impossible.”

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Sydney Armbruster intersects housing and healthcare on Episode 17 of Rural Futures Podcast

November 14, 2018
    November 14, 2018 — “I really have a passion for helping people,” says Sydney Armbruster, who hopes to be a physician assistant in a rural community one day. The Fall City, Neb., native is a senior disease and …

 

 

November 14, 2018 — “I really have a passion for helping people,” says Sydney Armbruster, who hopes to be a physician assistant in a rural community one day.

The Fall City, Neb., native is a senior disease and human health major at Peru State College. She shares her rural experience in healthcare and housing in the Bold Voices student segment at 13:53 of Episode 17 of the Rural Futures Institute’s weekly podcast launched today with featured guest Christiana McFarland of the National League of Cities.

Expecting to be placed in a rural community after becoming a Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Serviceship student in 2018, Sydney was surprised to learn she would spend her summer in Omaha, Neb., with the Omaha Municipal Land Bank.

The Omaha Municipal Land Bank is a local governmental nonprofit organizations that was established by the Nebraska Legislature to develop housing strategies for regional organizations in rural communities across Nebraska.

“Once I got to Omaha, I learned a whole new world that joined housing and healthcare,” she says. With the Land Bank, she got an inside view of how important housing is to a community and witnessed the critical connections between health and housing.

“It made me grow as a person and will definitely shape how I practice medicine in the future,” she says of her RFI serviceship experience. “It definitely opened my horizons to what the world has to offer and how many people are working for positive change in the world today.”

The RFI podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” is available on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

RFI Student Serviceship details are available at http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/serviceship.

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Raghav Kidambi from India shares his rural-urban perspective on Rural Futures Podcast Episode 16

November 6, 2018
     November 6, 2018 — Raghav Kidambi, senior management major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, is from a “town” of seven million people. Born and raised in Chennai, located in the southeastern part of India, Kidambi had never …

 

 

November 6, 2018 — Raghav Kidambi, senior management major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, is from a “town” of seven million people.

Born and raised in Chennai, located in the southeastern part of India, Kidambi had never experienced a rural community, let alone a rural community in the United States.

That is until he became a Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Serviceship student in summer 2018. He talked about his experience and why it is important to his future in the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 16 of the Rural Futures Podcast [13:20], available across listening platforms.

“When people leave rural societies for urban centers, we’re losing a huge amount of workforce when it comes to agribusiness and agriculture and things that are necessary — that are the backbone for the country,” he says. “And not just in America, but this is happening everywhere in the world.”

Raghav worked, served and lived in Seward, Neb., for 10 weeks, creating a newcomer engagement strategy, complete with an events guide and web page.

“Going into a rural community is something special by itself, because there’s a lot more meaning attached to what you’re doing,” he says during his podcast interview. “Your work is going to affect not just you but literally a community that you get to spend time with on a daily basis.”

The RFI podcast, Rural Futures with Dr. Connie, is available on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud,Google Play and Spotify.

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Trevor Harlow discusses rural-urban collaboration on Episode 15 of Rural Futures Podcast

October 30, 2018
October 30, 2018 — Trevor Harlow, senior political science and environmental studies double major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), doesn’t shy away from perspective-gaining experiences. Raised in Waterloo, Neb., a village of approximately 1,000, Harlow knew an urban …

October 30, 2018 — Trevor Harlow, senior political science and environmental studies double major at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), doesn’t shy away from perspective-gaining experiences.

Raised in Waterloo, Neb., a village of approximately 1,000, Harlow knew an urban setting was what he needed for his college experience. But during his time at UNO, he has reached out to rural areas of Nebraska as a Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Serviceship student and today as a featured student on the Rural Futures Podcast.

I think it’s really important and really critical to look at those different societies, those different ways of living in those different communities based upon the urban and rural pipeline, and see how they interact and how they affect the overall functioning of a society,” he says during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 15 at 15:00.

The weekly podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” debuts every Tuesday, featuring a University of Nebraska student within a primary interview of a researcher, futurist or rural maverick creating leadership, technology and collaborative opportunities for rural communities across the country. The podcast is hosted by Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist and is available across listening platforms  iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

During his segment, Harlow shares the insights he gained after working, serving and living in Red Cloud, Neb., for 10 weeks during summer 2018. With his partner, Trenton Buhr of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Harlow created a comprehensive economic development plan for the community. The target areas for growth within the plan are housing, business development, quality of life and tourism.

“It’s been one of the biggest impacts I’ve had in college, I would probably even say the biggest impact, honestly,” he says of his RFI Student Serviceship experience. “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, and I wasn’t really sure how I wanted to go about doing it. But just getting an opportunity just to work in that kind of setting, city planning, developing a plan, critically analyzing a community and looking at its benefits and what it can improve upon, that really got me thinking about that the public administration route is what I want to do — that’s the future I want to pursue.”

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About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.
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Brierly Kuhudzayi discusses Nebraska’s impact on his future in Zimbabwe during Rural Futures Podcast

October 23, 2018
October 23, 2018 — It is all thanks to a Lexington, Neb., native that the University of Nebraska has had the opportunity to build a meaningful, long-term relationship with the likes of University of Nebraska–Lincoln graduate Brierly Kuhudzayi. The by-chance …

October 23, 2018 — It is all thanks to a Lexington, Neb., native that the University of Nebraska has had the opportunity to build a meaningful, long-term relationship with the likes of University of Nebraska–Lincoln graduate Brierly Kuhudzayi.

The by-chance meeting at a conference in Washington, D.C., led Kuhudzayi, originally from Harare, Zimbabwe, to a job on a farm in central Nebraska, “on the spot with no agriculture experience.” And it was there that he was introduced to not only farming, but the culture and leadership responsibilities within rural communities.

Kuhudzayi talks about his Nebraska experience, entrepreneurial journey and advice for students at 12:39 in Episode 14 of the Rural Futures Podcast, which is available on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google Play and Spotify.

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“I kind of just fell in love with it,” he says about agriculture and rural communities. “While I was doing it, I started thinking about doing a master’s degree. I met up with Tom Field of the Engler [Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program], and he recommended a master’s in community development, because I had future plans of going back to Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe, we’ve got a variety of economic and social problems, and I wanted to play my part.”

During his graduate school experience, Kuhudzayi encountered the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska, serving as a RFI Serviceship student in 2016 in Cozad, Neb.

Kuhudzayi has now established his own agriculture enterprise in Zimbabwe, and, during the podcast interview, he paints a picture of the landscape, infrastructure and culture of his country that is so much different than Nebraska, yet so much the same as well.

“If you think about Africa, and you think about less economically developed, or developing countries, or whatever the case may be, you kind of think that Africa’s a few steps behind,” he says. “And we know in terms of technology, or the amount of value added for agricultural, we might be a few steps behind, but in terms of the people, and in terms of the community, and in terms of the coming together that’s needed for the community, we’re not so different.”

RFI really helped me dig into that. RFI allowed me to put into practice all of the things that I was learning in my community development program.”

Kuhudzayi’s interview makes up the “Bold Voices” student segment of Episode 14, which features Howard Liu, M.D., Interim Chair of Psychiatry and Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. With host Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist, Dr. Liu addresses the critical area of mental health care access for rural communities and mental health self-care.

Audio, guest biography and episode transcript available at http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/episode-14-psychiatrist-howard-liu-intersects-mental-health-workforce-access/.

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About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.

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Tyan Boyer appears on Rural Futures Podcast with International Futurist Thomas Frey

October 16, 2018
October 16, 2018 — “Rural means everything to me,” says Tyan Boyer, an exercise science major at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Boyer, a Wayne, Neb., native, shared his passion and vision for rural communities at 20:35 of Episode …

October 16, 2018 — “Rural means everything to me,” says Tyan Boyer, an exercise science major at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Boyer, a Wayne, Neb., native, shared his passion and vision for rural communities at 20:35 of Episode 13 of the Rural Futures Institute’s weekly podcast launched today with featured guest Thomas Frey, international futurist and Executive Director of the Da Vinci Institute.

The podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” is available on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, GooglePlay and Spotify.

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I think a lot of my characteristics and the things that are important to me and the values that I have are because of the rural aspect,” Boyer says. “I love the closeness with rural, I love the ‘know-your-neighbor’ aspect that we have, that I think tends to be forgotten in bigger cities.”

Beyond his podcast appearance, Boyer has demonstrated his dedication to rural Nebraska communities by participating as a Rural Futures Institute Serviceship student during the summers of 2017 and 2018 in McCook, Neb.

Along with fellow UNK exercise science majors Collin Fleecs and Bradley Schoch, Boyer ran Teaching Health Exercise Technology and Aquaponics (THETA) Camps to bring education about health, exercise, technology and aquaponics to rural areas in Nebraska. The camps were created out of a RFI-funded teaching and engagement project led by an interdisciplinary team of UNK faculty.

“The opportunities and the people that I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had — I would not have been able to have those without this serviceship,” Boyer says. “I met so many great people from all over the state, so many contacts for the future … I don’t really think that there’s a price you can put on that.”

RFI Student Serviceship details are available at http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/serviceship.

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About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.

ruralfutures.nebraska.edu

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Amber Ross appears on Rural Futures Podcast with Simple Strat Founder Ali Schwanke

October 10, 2018
   October 10, 2018 — “I wouldn’t trade my experiences with RFI for anything,” says Amber Ross, junior agribusiness major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The Callaway, Neb., native says she is “just your typical small-town girl” during the Bold …

 

October 10, 2018 — “I wouldn’t trade my experiences with RFI for anything,” says Amber Ross, junior agribusiness major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

The Callaway, Neb., native says she is “just your typical small-town girl” during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 12 at 07:05.

The weekly podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” debuts every Tuesday, featuring a University of Nebraska student within a primary interview of a researcher, futurist or rural maverick creating leadership, technology and collaborative opportunities for rural communities across the country. The podcast is hosted by Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist and is available across listening platforms — iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

Beyond her podcast appearance, Amber has demonstrated her dedication to rural Nebraska communities by participating as a Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Serviceship student during the summers of 2017 and 2018 in West Point, Neb., and Columbus, Neb.

“The Rural Futures Institute has offered me a lot of different opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten any other way,” she says while reflecting on her time with RFI.

When asked to answer the questions of Why Rural? Why Now? during the segment, Amber puts on her futurist hat. Believing that rural communities will become the trendy place for her generation to live, she says, “It’s going to be cool to be in rural.”

“Because rural is cool,” Bold Voices host and Rural Futures Podcast production specialist Katy Bagniewski adds.

According to Amber, growing up on her family farm in a rural town of 500 people developed her work ethic and taught her time management skills. Her experiences with the Rural Futures Institute as a Serviceship student and an office intern have contributed to her passion for rural development, and she hopes to be a community developer after graduation.

Read more about Amber in her Students of RFI feature »

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About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.
ruralfutures.nebraska.edu

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