Six grants to receive funding
With an outstanding response to the Teaching and Engagement Development Grants Request for Proposals, each of the 33 submitted applications were evaluated by three reviewers. Those receiving the highest evaluations were forwarded to a final review team who, in consultation with NU Vice President Ronnie Green, selected the following proposals to receive funding.
1. Ecotourism and Agritourism Development in Nebraska
- Lisa Pennisi, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Human Dimensions, School of Natural Resources
- Nicole Wall, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, National Drought Mitigation Center
- Michelle Kang, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Tourism Marketing
- Tom Field, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Director Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program
- Twyla Witt, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Tourism Development & Byways Consultant
- Caleb Pollard, Valley County Economic Development & Ord Area Chamber of Commerce
- Rick Edwards, Center for Great Plains Studies
- Janell Anderson Ehrke, GROW Nebraska
This project aims to develop a course, to be taught in May, that will incorporate ecotourism, tourism marketing, entrepreneurship, business plans, visitor services and the Community Capitals Framework for community engagement. The long-term goal is to assist rural landowners and communities in increasing economic and community capacity by developing successful ecotourism ventures that enhance environmental sustainability while also educating and developing undergraduate students.
2. Engaging Nebraska, Impacting Communities, Transforming Students
- Jeff Day, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
- Lindsey Bahe, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
- Bret Betnar, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
- Tim Hemsath, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
- Peter Hind, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
- Sharon Kuska, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
- David Karle, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
- Sarah Thomas Karle, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
- Yunwoo Nam, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
- Zhenghong Tang, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, College of Architecture
This project aims to establish the infrastructure for a robust service-learning program embedded in curricula. Engaging ten faculty from architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and planning programs, the team proposes establishing a learning community that is faculty led and service-learning based. This learning community will spend the next two years transforming twelve existing courses, as well as developing new courses and programs, that engage students in service-learning projects across the state.
3. Juvenile Re-entry to Nebraska’s Rural Communities
- Anne Hobbs, University of Nebraska Omaha, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Julie Campbell, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of Criminology
- Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Youth Rehabilitation Centers
This project aims to extend traditional Nebraska Health and Human Service policy through broadening the academic paradigm and activating community engagement by matching college student mentors from rural communities who are attending the University of Nebraska with youth committed to the Youth Rehabilitation Centers in Geneva and Kearney, Nebraska.
4. Rural Community Serviceship Program
- Tom Field, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program
- Reshell Ray, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Student Involvement
- Linda Major, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Center for Civic Engagement
- Linda Moody, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Center for Civic Engagement
- Lindsay Hastings, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Nebraska Human Resources Institute
- Milan Wall, Heartland Center for Leadership Development
- Kurt Mantonya, Heartland Center for Leadership Development
This project aims to create a partnership to help students learn and intern with communities in a hybrid approach to service learning. The major elements will include the development of a summer course, followed by a summer serviceship, a reflection period, and then research. This program delivers an interdisciplinary partnership delivery system that focuses on issues identified by the community coupled with the infusion of innovative, entrepreneurial student teams tasked with building workable solutions in concert with university faculty and specialists alongside community leaders and mentors. The combination of discipline, community engagement, and leadership training/experience creates human capacity and opens the door for active recruitment of new graduates and young professionals into the fabric of a rural community.
5. The Rural Public Health Undergraduate Student Research Project
- Patrik Johansson, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, Rural Health Education Network
- Sonja Russell, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, Rural Health Education Network
- Jill Mack, Chadron State College, Physical and Life Sciences
- Kyle Ryan, Peru State, School of Education
- Peggy Abels, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Health Sciences
- David Peitz, Wayne State College, Chemistry
This project will address Nebraska’s rural public health professions workforce shortages by integrating teaching and professional service, in addition to reflective activities structured to link the service experience with the learning of the student. Community-based research projects will address identified rural public health priorities and needs in partnership with a community-based organization. In addition, the representation of undergraduate students will provide a forum for expression of rural youth voices, while finding solutions to existing public health issues in rural Nebraska. Having students conduct public health research with their communities will also further existing institutional goals toward institutionalization of community engagement and service learning.
6. Students Engaged in Economic Development of Rural Areas
- Kaye Sorensen, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of Mathematics
- Marc Albrecht, University of Nebraska at Kearney, Department of Biology
University of Nebraska at Kearney undergraduates will create and assemble rural development ideas that are collected by students and rural stakeholders. Students will identify promising economic development opportunities and will present these novel and creative ideas to the communities with ideas for implementation.