Research/Teaching & Engagement/

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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Addressing the Rural Shortage of Mental Health Providers Through a Virtual Mentorship Network

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014 Results Connected rural students and members of their communities with behavioral health professionals through a virtual network. Students and behavioral health mentors discussed behavioral health topics of interest. Students benefited from the mentor-mentee relationship and learned …
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Rural Community Engagement & Leadership Program

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014 Results Undergraduate students engaged with rural high school students to identify issues in the students’ community, leading to the creation of a service learning project to address those pre-identified issues. This project built the leadership capacity …
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The Great Question Challenge

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014 Results Mobilized rural youth to take an issue of global importance, identify the affects it has on their rural community, and implement a solution. In 2014, the Great Question theme revolved around food insecurity. Student teams …
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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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Principles of Community Engagement in Public Health

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014     Results Created an online public health curriculum and course work for undergraduate students enrolled at rural Nebraska campuses. It was offered as an option to those students who were interested in the health profession …
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Justice by Geography: Issues that Inequitably Impact Rural Youth

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2014 Results Educated University students interested in the juvenile justice field on the unique juvenile justice and legislative issues facing rural communities. Students were placed with a rural juvenile justice professional or agency for two months to …
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The Nebraska Hayseed Project

December 5, 2017
Research & Engagement, 2014     Results Celebrated our state’s rural communities through performing arts, a collection of oral histories and an exploration of Nebraska farm life. Undergraduate students conducted oral history interviews in rural communities which engaged statewide conversations …
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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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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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Art at Cedar Point

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016 Summary Art at Cedar Point is a transdisciplinary program which blends art and science through undergraduate field courses and artist residencies at Cedar Point Biological Station in western Nebraska. This innovative project will allow students to …
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HealthVoiceVision

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016     The November 16, 2017, episode of Catch Up With Chuck featured this project! Summary YouRhealth is a new innovative and bold initiative that creates a learning community that includes civic engagement by transforming Lexington …
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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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Health, Exercise, Technology & Aquaponics Day Camps

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2017     Summary “Teaching Health, Exercise, Technology, & Aquaponics (THETA) Day Camps to Grow Future Health Professionals” is a collaborative project developed by a team of seven faculty members at the University of Nebraska at Kearney …
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Systems Thinking for Sustainable Future

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2017 Summary This project provides an opportunity for youth to develop system-thinking skills by understanding how food, energy and water systems are interconnected. Undergraduate students from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Engineering will design and develop …
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Ending Mental Health Stigma & Promoting Mental Health Among Rural Nebraska College and University Students

December 5, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2017 Summary The growing shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas, alongside the rising number of rural college and university students who experience mental health difficulties, calls for a comprehensive public health approach to addressing underlying …
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Understanding Hispanics & Sense of Community

November 17, 2017
Teaching & Engagement, 2016 Summary This mixed methods research study will be conducted within two Nebraska counties to better understand the assets and the challenges associated with being Hispanic/Latino in rural Nebraska. This project addresses community concerns that were identified …
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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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