Research/Community Development/

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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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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Marketing Hometown America

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2013     Results Researched whether confidence, capacity building and behavior toward marketing their community can be increased through a series of study circle based community-wide conversations. More details > Contributors Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel (PI), Nebraska Extension Randy …
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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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Community Gardens & Farmer’s Market for Curtis, Neb.

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014     Results This project expanded upon an existing farmer’s market course at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA). It included a community garden being developed to enhance student service-learning by making the garden available …
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Bridging the Skills Gap

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2014 Results Implemented a labor market assessment model to address skills gaps in rural communities to improve local workforces and enhance long-term economic growth. Project partners worked with ten counties in Nebraska and South Dakota and community …
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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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Social Media Plans for Small Businesses & Local Non-Profits

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016 Summary Many rural Nebraska small businesses and non-profit organizations do not have the expertise or resources to implement social media plans, which can limit their organizational reach. This project will implement a service learning component to …
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Community Engagement Education Model

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016 Summary Many semester-long, service-learning projects realize immediate impact on community partners and service-learning students, yet this has not translated into long-term community impact. It is felt the short time frame of the fifteen-week semester coupled with …
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Rural Prosperity Research Project

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2016 Summary This project will build the capacity of a cohort of rural communities to effectively create conditions for a more prosperous future by: Increasing economic opportunities through business creation Building up community assets that support a …
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Increasing Rural Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2017 Summary Much interest is being placed on the role digital platforms play on increasing civic engagement in urban communities. However, their role in rural settings is not understood but critical as well. Rural areas can and …
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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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Rural Narratives on Welcoming Communities

November 17, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2017 Summary The team will use appreciative inquiry to interview community leaders about creating welcoming communities and work with partners to develop powerful narratives, provide access to resources and disseminate best practices. Contributors Athena Ramos, University of …
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Building Capacity for Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating the Family Health and Wellness Coalition’s Community Health Improvement Plan

November 17, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2017 Summary Social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health account for 60 percent of a person’s health status. Consequently, community development can influence health and a healthy community has a significant economic impact. High rates of chronic, …
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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 …
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Catalyzing the Role of Micropolitan America in the Future of Rural America

November 17, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2014     Results Helped micropolitan areas identify opportunities and formulate research-driven plans for their future success in order to support rural economies. It developed a prototype in Nebraska with national applicability and actionability. As a result …
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