Thank You To Our Partners | Peru State College

With Gratitude

During this month of Thanksgiving, we take some extra time to share our gratitude for all of our partners — individuals and communities of place and practice. Thank you for all you do to bring forward the research and hands-on work for thriving rural communities of the future.


The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska understands that to truly make a statewide, regional, national and international impact for current and future residents of rural communities, we must partner with the boldest, action-oriented thought leaders and achievers around the world.


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Today, we especially thank Peru State College.


RFI Faculty Fellow, Kyle Ryan

Kyle Ryan, Ph.D., Professor of Kinesology and creator and co-director of the Children’s Health, Activity & Nutrition Community Engagement (CHANCE) Initiative through Peru State College, has been a research, teaching and through partner for several years. In this introductory video, he describes where his passion for rural America comes from, his focus on obesity intervention and prevention with pediatric groups and his relationship with RFI.


Research & Teaching Projects


RFI Student Serviceship, Sydney Armbruster


Hometown: Falls City, NE

Campus: Peru State College

Major: Disease & Human Health

Serviceship Community: Omaha Land Bank


Thank you, Peru State College, for generating important action in rural Nebraska and for bringing your knowledge and talents together with the University of Nebraska.