April 17, 2019

Episode 28

Have you heard?! Episode 28 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE with special guest Garry Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council 🔥

“For 40 years or so, we’ve been smoke stack chasing — we’ve been looking for that big win that’s supposed to permeate our lives in rural places. And we’ve come to the realization that the only thing that sustains rural life are the people, and how we engage those people.”

April 18, 2019

Episode 28 Bold Voice

“If we can keep people healthier, we’re going to be more prosperous as a state,” says University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Student Regent Sarah Hotovy during the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 28.

Hotovy, a third-year medical center at UNMC from York, Neb., digs deep into rural healthcare. She hopes to dedicate her career to affordable healthcare for both rural and urban residents in Nebraska and beyond.

UNMC Student Regent discusses Rural Healthcare on Rural Futures Podcast

 

April 17, 2019 — “The University of Nebraska is an incredible institution,” said Sarah Hotovy, a third-year medical student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) from York, Neb. “It’s thriving, and it’s got incredible leadership that we’re really lucky to have,” she added.

Hotovy shared her experience as UNMC Student Regent and Student Senate President during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 28 at 15:47. The weekly podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” debuts every Tuesday, featuring a University of Nebraska student within a primary interview of a researcher, futurist or rural maverick creating leadership, technology and collaborative opportunities for rural communities across the country. This episode features Garry Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Fremont Development Council in Fremont, Neb., and it is available across listening platforms — iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

After earning her bachelor’s degree in political science and biochemistry from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Hotovy spent a year in Indonesia teaching English as a Fulbright Scholar. She became UNMC’s Student Regent and Student Senate President during her second year at the Medical Center, and she is honored to have the opportunity to connect with and represent her peers.

“I like to lead through serving others,” Hotovy said of her servant-leadership style. “My goal through leadership is to see other people be successful and do what I can to help them be successful.” By encouraging and supporting her followers, she tries to help them reach their full potential and accomplish their goals.

Hotovy hopes to dedicate her career to affordable healthcare access for both rural and urban residents. “Regardless if they live in a town of three people or 300,000 people, I think that everyone deserves access to high-quality medical care,” she said. “If we can keep people healthier, we’re going to be more prosperous as a state,” she continued.

According to Hotovy, much of her success can be attributed to the University of Nebraska. “I really felt empowered at UNMC, not only to develop my skills so that I can be an excellent clinician and take good care of patients, but also to be a leader in the future of healthcare,” she said.

“So much happening at UNMC is groundbreaking, and it has really inspired me to make sure that I’m doing the same with my career,” she added.

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About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders. ruralfutures.nebraska.edu

April 15, 2019

Episode 27

Before we launch Episode 28 of the Rural Futures Podcast tomorrow, make sure to catch up on Episode 27 with Larkin Powell, professor of conservation biology and animal ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Larkin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on wildlife management and research, and his research program focuses on landscape dynamics, animal demography and movements and decisions made by private landowners in the Great Plains and throughout the world. He has taught at UNL for 18 years, during which time he was a Fulbright Scholar in Namibia.

April 12, 2019

Episode 27

Episode 27 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🎉 and this week’s special guest is Larkin Powell, professor of conservation biology and animal ecology in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Throughout the episode, Larkin and Dr. Connie discuss opportunities within ecotourism, humanity’s affect on wildlife and natural landscapes, the benefits of precision agriculture for animal habitats and sadly, the possibility of mass extinctions of wildlife in the coming decades.

“There are all kinds of different things that can bring us another generation back, and one of those things has been the ecotourism enterprise.”– Larkin Powell

Nebraska Thriving Index Student Scholar Jordan Duffin Wong Appears on RFI Podcast

 

April 10, 2019 — A one-size-fits-all approach to policy is not successful for all rural communities throughout the state, according to Jordan Duffin Wong, a junior studying Political Science and Mathematics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). The Kearney, Neb., native joined the Rural Futures Podcast as the Episode 27 Bold Voice at 13:59.

The weekly podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” debuts every Tuesday, featuring a University of Nebraska student within a primary interview of a researcher, futurist or rural maverick creating leadership, technology and collaborative opportunities for rural communities across the country. The podcast is hosted by Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist and is available across listening platforms — iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

As a UNL Bureau of Business Research Student Scholar, Jordan works to collect data on a variety of factors affecting Nebraska’s communities for the Nebraska Thriving Index. RFI convened and funded an expanded research team for the Nebraska Thriving Index from UNL, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the Nebraska Extension Community Vitality Initiative.

“We can make comparisons that create real insights and are useful for policymakers who are trying to help the state grow,” he said.

The Thriving Index provides economic developers, local elected officials and community leaders with economic and quality of life indicators to identify thriving and lagging regions so strategic, future-focused investments can be made.

“In essence, what we’re doing is trying to collect data and use this Thriving Index to inform policymakers about what policies they need to make to best let regions in Nebraska grow,” he said.

For Jordan, participating in the Thriving Index has given him hands-on experience in research and collecting data which he hopes will set him apart from his peers as he applies for graduate school programs.

“It’s about giving myself the best possible chance to end up where I want to end up and study what I want to end up studying,” he said. “Hopefully, this is another stepping stone for me to get where I want to go.”

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About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders. ruralfutures.nebraska.edu

April 4, 2019

Episode 26

Podcast guest, Janell Anderson Ehrke’s persistence isn’t the only thing that keeps her business Grow Nebraska going 💪On Episode 26 of the Rural Futures Podcast with Dr. Connie, Janell explains how she and and her team boost Nebraska’s economy at a national and global 🌎level. Their conferences, upcoming innovation center and grants in areas such as GoogleAdwords allow entrepreneurs to take advantage of today’s tools to grow beyond their rural geography 🗺️ .

Janell is making rural cool 😎by intersecting digital marketing and motivation and we’re excited to see where Grow Nebraska can go from here! As a University of Nebraska alum, she’s excited about the future agricultural workforce (of which includes her daughter!) and the future of social media marketing 📱

April 3, 2019

Episode 26 Bold Voice

“Rural isn’t dying. It’s thriving,” says University of Nebraska-Lincoln student Haley Ehrke during the Bold Voices student segment of Episode 26. — Listen at 21:25!

Ehrke, a UNL junior studying agribusiness and agricultural and environmental sciences communication, digs deep into rural entrepreneurship. She is an Engler entrepreneur with her own marketing company and cow herd as well.

April 2, 2019

Episode 26

Episode 26 of the Rural Futures Podcast is LIVE 🔥 Join Dr. Connie as she talks with Janell Anderson Ehrke, Founder and CEO of GROW Nebraska, a non-profit marketing, training and technical assistance resource for Nebraska entrepreneurs. Janell has a love for social media marketing and she believe in the power of entrepreneurship.
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Janell is also a strong supporter for buying local and believes the internet has created an equal playing field for rural businesses. She is very focused and strongly believes entrepreneurs need to know now where they’re going and have a strong stated mission 💪

Haley Ehrke Shares Thoughts on Rural Entrepreneurship on Podcast

 

April 3, 2019 — Haley Ehrke, a junior studying agribusiness and agricultural and environmental sciences communication at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, joined her mom as Episode 26’s Bold Student Voice at 21:25.

The weekly podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” debuts every Tuesday, featuring a University of Nebraska student within a primary interview of a researcher, futurist or rural maverick creating leadership, technology and collaborative opportunities for rural communities across the country. The podcast is hosted by Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist and is available across listening platforms — iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

Haley’s mother, Janell Anderson Ehrke started GROW Nebraska when Haley was still in the hospital after her birth. “I’ve really been around GROW my whole life,” she said.

“GROW has really transformed Nebraska, and it’s really growing Nebraska’s economy,” Haley said of her mother’s non-profit.

Like her mother, Haley has a thriving entrepreneurial spirit with her own marketing company and cow herd which she has developed through the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. “Everyone can be an entrepreneur. It’s just a different point in life when you become one,” she said.

Haley, a rural native from Orleans, Neb., was also a 2018 Rural Futures Institute Student Fellow. “The Rural Futures Institute has really impacted my college experience in a magnitude of ways,” she said.

She worked in Alliance, Neb., serving Box Butte County to recruit and retain rural residents by creating seven Marketing Hometown America videos. “We are really hopeful that the videos will help attract people to Box Butte County — because it’s a great place to live,” she said.

Haley is now a student pathways intern with USDA Rural Development, and she has a real passion for rural communities. “Rural is not dying,” she said. “It is thriving!”

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About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.
ruralfutures.nebraska.edu