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We’re joined today by Bill Udell of @DontPanicLabs, a software engineering and corporate innovation company based in Nebraska that focuses on solving problems — accelerating businesses and working through challenges. Chuck is talking to Bill about the vision of the company as well as how its principles apply to rural communities in our region. Join us! ...

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We are proud to welcome 24 collegiate-level students and 11 communities to this year’s serviceship experience, providing an opportunity to connect current and future leaders and mentors in acts of service and work toward common goals.

Details of community projects and student bios at: ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/2018serviceship/

Community localities include:
Alliance, Neb., Columbus, Neb., Cozad, Neb., Kimball, Neb., McCook, Neb., Neligh, Neb., Norfolk, Neb., Red Cloud, Neb. and Seward, Neb.

Communities of practice with statewide scope include: Black Hills Energy and Omaha Land Bank.

Students will train at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln May 14 - 18 and start their 10-week experience May 21.

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The students participating come from hometowns large and small — from Crofton, Neb., town of approximately 800 people, to Chennai, India, population 4.647 million. Students’ areas of study include agribusiness, disease and human health, exercise science, hospitality, political science, public administration and more. They also range from freshmen to graduate students, and each pair was created to intentionally connect complementary skill sets and varying backgrounds and experiences.

In terms of communities and projects, students will problem-solve and create opportunities within the areas of housing, community recruitment, community planning, welcoming, economic development and more. They will participate and lead projects that will include strategic planning, event planning, assessment creation and analysis, visioning and marketing. Thank you to the host teams and lead mentors (listed within the descriptions below) for all you are doing to prepare for this experience and all you will do to lead and mentor these students throughout the summer!

This year marks an important milestone in the growth of our program by more than doubling the number of student and community participants in one summer experience. We have also extended our reach beyond rural localities, to communities of practice through partnership with the Omaha Land Bank and Black Hills Energy, both of which aim to serve the state of Nebraska as a whole through their work this summer.
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The wise use of natural resources is crucial in growing and sustaining a vibrant rural sector. Today, the fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and work towards a cleaner rural future! 🌎💚 #EarthDay #EarthDay2018 ...

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program senior, Brooke Lehman joins us for today's recorded episode of Catch Up With Chuck. Her business, Dwell Dinner & Co., recently earned runner up at a recent pitch competition hosted by Nebraska College of Business. They discuss student entrepreneurship, the importance of creating community, and harvesting high-touch, high-tech relationships. Tune in! 💡 ...

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