Rural Futures Institute names new chief - Omaha.com
Published Monday, September 30, 2013 at 1:30 am / Updated at 7:15 pm
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Rural Futures Institute names new chief

Charles P. “Chuck” Schroeder, president of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, has been named executive director of the University of Nebraska's Rural Futures Institute.

In a press release, Schroeder said he is excited to work with Nebraskans and others to help rethink and revitalize rural life.

Schroeder, a native of Palisade, Neb., will start Dec. 1.

He has been with the museum in Oklahoma City since 2002 and served as chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association for more than six years. He also served as executive vice president and director of development at the University of Nebraska Foundation and director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Grace University sees highest enrollment in 30 years


Grace University's enrollment is at its highest level in more than 30 years, according to the Christian college.

Enrollment this year is 368 students, compared with 314 in 2012. New undergraduate enrollment rose to 161 from 104 last year.

In the last year, the college added undergraduate programs in English, pre-law and communication studies as well as new graduate programs, president David Barnes said in an emailed statement. Women's soccer and baseball programs were also added this year for the first time, and Barnes credited the new offerings with the enrollment boost.

UNO professor honored for community work

A professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha was honored for his community engagement and teaching efforts during a regional conference this month, the college announced.

Paul Sather, director of UNO's Service Learning Academy, was awarded Nebraska's Community Engagement Professional of the Year at the Heartland Campus Compact Conference.

Sather was recognized for “having an outstanding impact on the institutionalization of service learning and community engagement within Nebraska,” according to a press release.

Creighton names Malik to Scheerer Chair in Math

Creighton University has named the first recipient of the Frederick H. and Anna K. Scheerer Chair in Mathematics on Oct. 24.

Davender Malik, a Creighton professor of mathematics, will be inaugurated at 3 p.m. at the Mike and Josie Harper Center and be the 38th endowed chair at the university, according to the college.

Malik has been with Creighton since 1985. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Delhi University in India; a master's degree in pure math from the University of Waterloo in Ontario; and master's and doctoral degrees from Ohio University in computer science and mathematics.

Community colleges launch series of sustainability talks

Metropolitan Community College and Central Community College this week are launching a new series of talks on sustainability.

Jordan Garfinkle of Waste Management Sustainability Services will present “Moving Forward: Personal Transportation and the Environment” on Thursday.

The lecture at Central Community College-Columbus will be live-streamed at MCC's Fort Omaha and South Omaha campuses from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public or can be viewed online at www.mccneb.edu/cps/green/slps.asp.

The series will be monthly and seeks to bring sustainability-minded perspectives to Nebraska and foster discussion on topics related to sustainability, energy and the environment, according to the college.

Foundation aims for $2.5 million for independent colleges


The Nebraska Independent College Foundation has announced a campaign to raise $2.5 million for Nebraska's independent colleges.

The campaign comes on the foundation's 60th anniversary, and foundation board member Mac Hull announced he would match up to $2.5 million in gifts and contributions.

“The generous gift from Mac Hull is a significant investment in the mission of the Foundation to educate Nebraska high school students to the many opportunities afforded by the state's independent colleges and universities,” James Johnson, president of the Nebraska Independent College Foundation, said in a press release.

The Nebraska Independent College Foundation is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Omaha that solicits financial support for scholarships at member institutions including Bellevue University, College of St. Mary, Nebraska Wesleyan University and Union College.

Ag college invites potential students for tours, discussion


The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture invites potential students and their families to tours and discussions about their programs on Oct. 12.

Lunch will be served to students and a drawing will be held among paid applicants for a $500 scholarship. Information on campus resources, including costs and financial assistance, will be available.

The college, part of the University of Nebraska system, offers majors in agribusiness, horticulture, veterinary technology and agricultural production systems. For more information, contact Tina Smith in admissions at 1-800-3CURTIS (1-800-328-7847).

Contact the writer: Kate Howard Perry

kate.perry@owh.com    |   402-444-3185    |  

Kate writes about Nebraska's community colleges, state colleges and university system.

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