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Community application deadline for Rural Fellows program extended

Rachel Williss photographs Robert Diffendal, professor emeritus
The application deadline for communities to participate in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 2021 Rural Fellows program has been extended to March 1. Nebraska Today | January, 27, 2021

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Dr. Helen Fagan, recipient of the 2021 Fulfilling the Dream award

Helen Fagan

Dr. Helen Fagan, director of leadership engagement for the Rural Futures Institute and assistant professor of practice of agricultural leadership, education and communication, is the recipient of this year’s campus award. Fagan has a long history of activism and is currently working with the Lincoln Police Department to reform policies and to challenge implicit biases. She also works with Nebraska’s rural areas to build stronger communities through inclusive leadership.

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Dr. Hannah Sunderman in the IANR Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Hannah Sunderman

Hannah Sunderman, program director of NHRI Leadership Mentoring and assistant professor of practice with the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication is in the IANR Faculty Spotlight.

Dr. Sunderman talks about what drew her to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and what aspect of working in an educational setting she enjoys?

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Dr. Taylor Ruth in the IANR Faculty Spotlight!

Taylor Ruth

ALEC Assistant Professor, Dr. Taylor Ruth, is in the IANR Faculty Spotlight. Taylor talks about her career, what drew her to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and what aspect of working in an educational setting she enjoys the most.

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Brooke Talbott, Masters of Applied Science project: "Wild Edges"

Brooke Talbott

Brooke Talbott defends her Masters of Applied Science project: "Wild Edges", Monday, November 30 at 3 p.m. via Zoom.

Synopsis: Wild Edges is the culmination of three-years' worth of study and personal journey witnessing the restoration process of Marsh Wren Community Wetland, a saline wetland site located just north of Lincoln, Nebraska. Only about 4,000 acres of saline wetland habitat remain from the historic 20,000+ acres that covered much of the land where the city of Lincoln now exists.

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NHRI Leadership Mentoring continues to build relationships virtually

Ashley McMurchie, and leadership mentee, Lily

The program is important to both the leadership mentors and mentees, said Lindsay Hastings, research director for the program. So when COVID-19 paused many in-person activities, she and others figured out a way to keep the program going.

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Dr. Mark Balschweid is in the IANR Faculty Spotlight!

Dr. Mark Balschweid

Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication department head, Dr. Mark Balschweid, sits down with IANR News to talk about what drew him to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his career as an Agricultural Educator.

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Featured Student: Kate Osbon

Kate Osbon

Hometown: Bassett, NE

Major: Hospitality, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Minor: Leadership & Communication

What has been your favorite ALEC class and why?

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