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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 26 RFI Serviceship Builds Communities and Future Leaders with UNL, UNK Students

May 18, 2018
  May 18, 2018 Chuck sat down with Tyan Boyer and Raghav Kidambi, two 2018 RFI Student Serviceship interns who will be living, working and serving in rural Nebraska communities this summer. Tyan, from Plainview, Neb., is studying exercise science …
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NU Interior Design Students Create Projects To Attract Creative Class Throughout Rural Nebraska

May 10, 2018
UNL Architecture students focused their studio projects on rural communities across Nebraska, including: Plattsmouth, Ord, Valentine, Cozad, Memphis, Firth, Brownville, Hickman, Filley, Stapleton, Ogallala, Holdrege, Franklin, Kimball, Brule, Gibbon, Pender and Johnson Lake. Chuck Schroeder, Founding Executive Director of the …
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NEWS RELEASE: Fellows Elected to Great Plains Board of Governors

May 8, 2018
LINCOLN, Neb. — May 8, 2018 — Two fellows from the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska have been elected as members of the Board of Governors for The Center for Great Plains Studies. The fellows, who will serve …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 25 Attracting the Rural Creative Class with UNL Interior Design Students and Faculty

May 4, 2018
  May 4, 2018 In this episode of Catch Up With Chuck, Stacy Spale, lecturer of interior design in the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and one of her students, Kenzie Klein, join Chuck to discuss a …
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NEWS RELEASE: Rural Impact Hub to Host RFI Fellows Panel 5/10 in Auburn, Online

May 3, 2018
LINCOLN, Neb. — May 3, 2018 — Four fellows from the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska will join the Rural Impact Hub for a panel titled, “Healthy Rural America: A panel with rural healthcare experts,” on …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 24 Entrepreneurial Opportunity-Building for Rural Nebraskans with Bill Udell

April 27, 2018
  Apr. 27, 2018 In this episode, Chuck is joined by Bill Udell of Don’t Panic Labs, a software engineering and corporate innovation company based in Nebraska that focuses on solving problems — accelerating businesses and working through challenges. Born and …
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RFI project develops conceptual white paper on youth leadership

April 25, 2018
   Read White Paper   According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States is poised to experience one of the largest transfers of leadership in its history, as evidenced by employed individuals aged 45 and over …
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KEYNOTE: The Future of the Rural-Urban Opportunity

April 23, 2018
  When it comes to the future, there are many plausible outcomes. Our choices and our willingness to explore collaborations play a major role in the future we will experience.   In her keynote address at the Omaha World-Herald Awards …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 23 High-Touch Entrepreneurship with Engler Entrepreneur Brooke Lehman

April 20, 2018
  Apr. 20, 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program senior, Brooke Lehman joins us for today’s recorded episode of Catch Up With Chuck. Brooke’s business, Dwell Dinner & Co. provides long-table dinner gatherings that take place within a …
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RFI Discusses Rural-Urban Collaboration At Tufts, Harvard

April 18, 2018
Article By: Katelyn Ideus, Director of Communications & Public Relations, Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska  RFI Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder and Associate Executive Director Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., present “The Future of Rural,” at Tufts University. …
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NEWS RELEASE: RFI Fellows Present at Community Entrepreneurship Conference in Hastings, Neb.

April 13, 2018
  LINCOLN, Neb. — April 13, 2018 — Four Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Fellows, Don Macke, Kim Wilson, Catherine Lang and Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, presented at Nebraska Extension’s Connecting Entrepreneurial Conference. The conference, held on Apr. 4 and 5, 2018, in …
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RFI-funded projects earn $490k USDA grant for high-tech youth entrepreneurship clinics

April 13, 2018
 University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty strategically connected three projects initially funded by the Rural Futures Institute to create “Rural Youth High-Tech Entrepreneurship Clinics,” a program that has earned $493,560 in funding from the United States Department of Agricultural National Institute …
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KEYNOTE: Preparing Students for an Unimagined Future

April 13, 2018
  RFI Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder keynoted the 2018 College Access Symposium hosted by EducationQuest on April 12 in Lincoln, Neb. The event provided strategies and best practices designed to increase the number of students who pursue education beyond …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 22 Crossing Cultural Divides To Create Community with Gladys Godinez of Lexington

April 13, 2018
  Apr. 13, 2018 In this episode, Chuck is joined by Gladys Godinez, a community leader in rural Lexington, Neb., to discuss the work of a committed leadership team in her community to build a welcoming and inclusive space for …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 21 Connecting Rural and Urban for the Good of Humankind at Tufts University

April 6, 2018
  Apr. 6, 2018 In this episode, Chuck is joined by Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy associate professor Timothy Griffin, Ph.D., and graduate student Kelly Kundratic. They went live from Boston, Mass., at Tufts University.  …
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NOW ON DEMAND: Microsoft GM, “Let’s Connect The World To Change The World!”

April 6, 2018
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska hosted Shelley McKinley, General Manager of Technology and Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft for a public presentation entitled, “Let’s Connect The World To Change The World,” Mar. 28. Connectivity and overall access …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 20 Creating The Future For Rural with Microsoft GM Shelley McKinley

March 30, 2018
  Mar. 30, 2018 In this episode, Chuck is joined by Shelley McKinley, General Manager of Technology and Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft. The Rural Futures Institute hosted McKinley Wednesday, Mar. 28, through Friday, Mar. 30, to share ideas on rural connectivity, accessibility …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 19 Developing Student Potential with RFI Fellow Reshell Ray

March 22, 2018
  Mar. 22, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is RFI Community Innovation Fellow Reshell Ray, who serves as the Associate Director of Student Involvement on East Campus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. In this role, Ray bridges the …
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Graphic Design, Project Management Summer Internships at RFI!

March 18, 2018
  The Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska is seeking TWO stellar University of Nebraska students to be part of our bold voice for rural. Apply April 8, 2018!   Join us in an engaged working environment that …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 18 Rural Economic Development with Neb. DED Director David Rippe

March 15, 2018
  Mar. 15, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is David Rippe, director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. He is passionate about Nebraska’s economic vitality in all parts of the state. Leadership …
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Students of RFI | Amber Ross

March 14, 2018
Article by: Amber Ross, sophomore agribusiness major at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln   Ross speaking during the student panel portion of the 2015 Rural Futures Institute International Conference My Experiences In 2015, as senior at Callaway High School, in Callaway, …
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Microsoft GM to Discuss Tech for Rural Connectivity, Accessibility, Sustainability 3/28 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Online

March 14, 2018
“Technology can be a powerful tool in helping create change and improve people’s lives,” Shelley McKinley, Microsoft Shelley McKinley, General Manager of Technology and Corporate Responsibility at Microsoft, will discuss this fundamental belief and its application for the future on …
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University of Nebraska Leaders Discuss Rural Strategies, Opportunities

March 12, 2018
 Video features: Charles Bicak, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs; B.J. Reed, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dele Davies, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Senior Vice …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 17 Creating Rural Opportunities with NU Student Shelby Riggs

March 9, 2018
  Mar. 8, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is University of Nebraska student Shelby Riggs from Mitchell, South Dakota. She is involved with the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and is a RFI Student Serviceship alum. Riggs decided …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 16 Education Leadership for the Future with UNL CASNR Dean Tiffany Heng-Moss

March 7, 2018
  Mar. 1, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is Tiffany Heng-Moss, Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Utilizing a collection of critical thinkers and …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 15 Building a Thriving Rural Community with Harry Knobbe

February 23, 2018
  Feb. 22, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is rural entrepreneur Harry Knobbe. He is dedicated to the success of his rural community in West Point, Neb. and believes in investing in the …
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Announcement: Proposed RFI Budget Reduction

February 13, 2018
  FROM | Chuck Schroeder, RFI Founding Executive Director & Connie Reimers-Hild, RFI Associate Executive Director & Chief Futurist   As many of our colleagues, advocates, supporters and friends continue to inquire into the recently proposed deep budget cut to our Institute, …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 13 The Future of Rural Leadership with Matthew and Joseph Brugger

February 9, 2018
  Feb. 8, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck are Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program students Matthew and Joseph Brugger who are passionate about their rural hometown of Albion, Nebraska. They plan to bring their commitment, mentorship and …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 12 Diversity in Rural Communities with RFI Fellow Athena Ramos, Ph.D.

February 2, 2018
  Feb. 1, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is RFI Faculty Fellow Athena Ramos, Ph.D. of the UNMC College of Public Health Center for Reducing Health Disparities, whose work focuses on health and wellness …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 11 Building Hope in Native Communities with Judi Gaiashkibos

January 26, 2018
  Jan. 25, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is the Executive Director of the Nebraskan Commission on Indian Affairs, Judi Gaiashkibos, who is a leader on Native issues. She is an enrolled member …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 10 Entrepreneurship in the Rural Future with RFI Fellow Robert Stowell

January 18, 2018
  Jan. 18, 2018 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is RFI Community Innovation Fellow Robert Stowell, J.D., founding member of Stowell & Geweke, PC, LLO. Since opening his law practice in Ord, Neb., in …
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RFI Founding Executive Director To Retire June 2018

December 21, 2017
RFI Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder announced his plans to retire in June 2018 as well as some of the plans for the Institute via today’s Catch Up With Chuck, our weekly Facebook video series.
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RFI Project Update: Building Capacity for the Family Health and Wellness Coalition

December 21, 2017
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. Faculty from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, University …
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NEWS RELEASE: RFI Faculty Fellow Jessica Shoemaker Presents at International Workshop

December 19, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. — December 19, 2017 — Rural Futures Institute Faculty Fellow Jessica Shoemaker recently presented as an invited scholar at the Legal Reforms for Indigenous Economic Growth workshop in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The workshop, held on Oct. 20 and 21, 2017, …
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RFI Project Update: Assessment of and Treatment Applied to Food Addiction

December 18, 2017
“That’s what I love about the RFI Nexus—is that it sees how we can all be stronger together.” — Martha Stricker, Executive Director of Operations, Regional West Physicians Clinic   This is a collaborative research project between Regional West Physicians …
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RFI Project Update: Nurturing High School Entrepreneurs, Transforming Local Business Owners

December 13, 2017
 We’re keeping the entrepreneurial spirit alive today as we highlight the 2017 RFI-funded research and engagement project, “Nurturing High School Entrepreneurs, Transforming Local Business Owners.” Led by Nebraska Extension specialist Surin Kim, the project brings together private partners, local businesses and …
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NEWS RELEASE: RFI-Funded Research Project Receives International and National Attention

December 12, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. — December 12, 2017 — Marketing Hometown America, a funded research project from the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska, is receiving national and international attention.  Led by RFI Faculty Fellow Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, the project is designed …
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RFI Project Update: Ending Mental Health Stigma

December 11, 2017
We’re talking brain health today. In Nebraska in 2014, 1 in 6 adults reported having experienced depression and 1 in 12 reported frequent mental distress. Studies have shown that overall suicide deaths between ages 10 and 24 double in rural areas. …
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RFI PROJECT UPDATE: Increasing Rural Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

December 6, 2017
 Now that you know more about rural broadband expert Roberto Gallardo (see yesterday’s feature!), here are the details about the 2017 RFI-funded research and engagement project he is leading with Jeremy Harris Lipschultz, professor with the UNO Social Media …
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FEATURE: Get an overview of the rural broadband issue from expert Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D.

December 5, 2017
 “The Digital Age is in full swing,” says Dr. Roberto Gallardo, assistant director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development. Hear from him about the importance of bringing rural and urban communities together to address the digital divide so …
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RFI PROJECT UPDATE: Rural Narratives on Welcoming Communities

December 4, 2017
 We are excited to share the latest about each of our 2017 RFI research and teaching projects throughout the next few weeks. First up, “Rural Narratives on Welcoming Communities,” which is led by RFI Faculty Fellow Athena Ramos of …
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RFI Connects “Fierce” Rural Innovators From Japan and Nebraska

November 6, 2017
  Article By: Katelyn Ideus, Director of Communications & Public Relations, Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska Video By: Avery Sass, former RFI Communications Intern   Rural communities in the Great Plains face similar challenges to rural communities …
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Rural Futures Institute to host panel discussion, tour with rural innovators from Japan

September 28, 2017
Rural communities in Japan and the United States face similar challenges such as recruitment and retention of young people, decline of primary and local industries, sustainability of natural resources. Similarly, entrepreneurial leaders in both countries are thinking and acting boldly …
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Nebraska Communities—Apply To Host NU Students Throughout Summer 2018

September 20, 2017
LINCOLN, NEB – September 20, 2017 – Calling all Nebraska communities! The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska (NU) is accepting community applications for 2018 RFI Student Serviceship, a program that places high-capacity NU students throughout the …
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Create The Future In Rural Nebraska—Apply for RFI Student Serviceship

September 20, 2017
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) is seeking highly-motivated University of Nebraska student leaders to help create the future of Nebraska’s rural communities through 2018 RFI Student Serviceship. A hybrid between service learning and traditional internships, “serviceships” provide students with resume-building …
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Rural Futures Institute Invests in Research, Teaching Projects to Address Critical Rural Challenges, Find Solutions

July 6, 2017
Rural mental and physical health care access, entrepreneurship and technology are among the critical topics addressed by this year’s competitive teaching and research grants through the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska (NU).
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RFI Student Serviceship Interns Start Their Rural Nebraska Experiences

June 6, 2017
For eight University of Nebraska (NU) students, this week marks the start of their “rural immersion” into four Nebraska communities. McCook, Neb., North Platte, Neb., West Point, Neb., and York, Neb., are hosting pairs of University of Nebraska at Kearney …
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RFI Student Serviceship Interns Start in Rural Communities

June 5, 2017
And they’re off! Today 10 trained RFI Student Serviceship interns are starting their nine-week experiences in rural Nebraska and Indiana communities. 2017 RFI Student Serviceship Host Communities McCook, Neb. North Platte, Neb. West Point, Neb. York, Neb. Newton County, Ind. …
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Rural Futures Institute’s Connecting Young Nebraskans Network Announces Steering Team

April 28, 2017
Connecting Young Nebraskans, a network of the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska, has announced its 2017 steering team. For the next year, the team of 17 will direct the engagement and professional development efforts of the …
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Rural Futures Institute Launches Faculty, Community Fellows Program

March 7, 2017
  LINCOLN, Neb. – March 7, 2017 – Innovation is most likely to occur where disciplines intersect and when a diverse and inclusive group of stakeholders is working hard on an issue or opportunity. The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at …
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Lectures from Visiting Presenter Paul Genho, Ph.D., Now Available

November 2, 2016
Frank and Margaret Leu Lecture Fifty Years: Looking Back, Looking Forward October 31, 2016 | UNL East Campus Over the past 50 years, there have been unprecedented changes in the beef industry, but it’s nothing compared to what’s to come …
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Results From 2016 CYN Summit

November 1, 2016
  CYN, and young leaders from the area, hosted the 2016 Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit on October 27-28, 2016 in York, NE. This was the fifth state-wide summit of the CYN network. The Summit was a unique statewide event that …
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Transformational Agricultural Systems Leader Paul Genho to Provide Leu Lecture Oct. 31, Presentation Nov. 1

October 20, 2016
Agricultural systems expert Paul Genho will visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to share insights into the beef and agricultural industries as well as lessons in leadership and entrepreneurship from his 50 years of experience in acquiring and managing agricultural properties …
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Connecting Young Nebraskans Summit in York Oct. 28 to Include More Than 225 Leaders Statewide

October 19, 2016
Futuring, coaching, sharing, managing—the list goes on for the 2016 Connecting Young Nebraskans (CYN) Summit, a time for young professionals throughout the state to come together to network and explore solutions for themselves, their organizations and their communities. Hosted by …
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Rural Futures Institute’s North Platte, Chadron Regional Forums to Highlight Successes, Address Critical Nebraska Challenges

September 9, 2016
Nebraskans are invited to attend the Rural Futures Institute’s Rural Regional Forums. Steering committee members from three Nebraska host communities have weighed in and the agendas are set. The forums in West Point, Sept. 22, North Platte, Sept. 27 and …
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