Tyan Boyer appears on Rural Futures Podcast with International Futurist Thomas Frey

October 16, 2018 — “Rural means everything to me,” says Tyan Boyer, an exercise science major at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

Boyer, a Wayne, Neb., native, shared his passion and vision for rural communities at 20:35 of Episode 13 of the Rural Futures Institute’s weekly podcast launched today with featured guest Thomas Frey, international futurist and Executive Director of the Da Vinci Institute.

The podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” is available on iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, GooglePlay and Spotify.


I think a lot of my characteristics and the things that are important to me and the values that I have are because of the rural aspect,” Boyer says. “I love the closeness with rural, I love the ‘know-your-neighbor’ aspect that we have, that I think tends to be forgotten in bigger cities.”

Beyond his podcast appearance, Boyer has demonstrated his dedication to rural Nebraska communities by participating as a Rural Futures Institute Serviceship student during the summers of 2017 and 2018 in McCook, Neb.

Along with fellow UNK exercise science majors Collin Fleecs and Bradley Schoch, Boyer ran Teaching Health Exercise Technology and Aquaponics (THETA) Camps to bring education about health, exercise, technology and aquaponics to rural areas in Nebraska. The camps were created out of a RFI-funded teaching and engagement project led by an interdisciplinary team of UNK faculty.

“The opportunities and the people that I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had — I would not have been able to have those without this serviceship,” Boyer says. “I met so many great people from all over the state, so many contacts for the future … I don’t really think that there’s a price you can put on that.”

RFI Student Serviceship details are available at http://ruralfutures.nebraska.edu/serviceship.


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.