Career expo highlights initiative’s support, career opportunities for Rwandan students
Zilfa Irakoze recently looked back on her undergraduate career in Lincoln as an international student from Rwanda and expressed gratitude. Irakoze was referring to the range of supports given to students participating in the CASNR Undergraduate Scholarship Program. Through the CUSP initiative, Rwandan students come to the university to study integrated science, preparing for careers across the agriculture sector in their home country.
Research hones in on health care barriers for Yazidi community
Lincoln is home to the largest population of Yazidi refugees in the United States, numbering in the thousands. Among them is Husker Falah Rashoka, who served the United States Army in Iraq. Now, as a doctoral student in nutrition and health promotion at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, he's turned a research lens toward helping his community overcome barriers to health care.
Fundraiser generates ‘tsunami of goodwill’ for Ukraine, refugees
A University of Nebraska–Lincoln group's desire to give back bloomed into an evening of support for Ukrainian refugees. Organized with support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the University Honors Program, a UNL for Ukraine fundraiser held April 27 drew dozens to Lincoln's Yia Yia's pizza parlor.The event featured a silent auction, chance to donate, music from the band Montage, and speeches by those impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Digital project captures Nebraska’s Holocaust stories
As Nebraska lawmakers debated the future of Holocaust education in the state this spring, a team from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln developed a multidisciplinary digital humanities research project titled “Nebraska Stories of Humanity: Holocaust Survivors and World War II Veterans.”
NU State Museum opening exhibit featuring Japanese friendship doll
The University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall will open a temporary exhibit on April 30 featuring Miss Mie, a Japanese friendship doll that came to the museum in 1928. Miss Mie arrived in the United States from Japan in 1927 as part of the Friendship Doll Mission. Japanese children sent 58 Torei Ningyo ("dolls of gratitude," or friendship dolls) in response to the gift of blue-eyed dolls sent by U.S. children to Japan. The friendship dolls traveled to 479 cities across the country before finding homes in museums and other institutions.
Gulchuk answers call to assist fellow Ukrainians
Tatyana Gulchuk will forever remember the faces and stories — especially the grandmas. The finance coordinator with the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's Big Red Business Center was among a handful of Nebraskans who recently rushed to the Polish border to assist Ukrainian refugees fleeing from the ravages of the Russian invasion.
UNITE brings indigenous grad celebration back to campus
Celebratory drum beats, jingling bells, song and friendship rose on the winds cascading across the University of Nebraska–Lincoln on April 23. For the first time in three years, students from UNITE — the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Intertribal Exchange — hosted their annual powwow to honor recent and upcoming Native American and indigenous graduates (from kindergarten through college). The event, which drew hundreds from across the Great Plains to the grassy knoll west of the Willa Cather Dining Center, was believed to be the first powwow held since the global pandemic started in 2020.
TAPP brings new tool to students, parents and teachers in Brazil
As students in Brazil slowly return to in-person learning following the COVID-19 pandemic, some are being introduced to a program designed to foster parent-teacher partnerships to help boost children's academic and social and emotional success. Renata T.M. Gomes, graduate student in the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, is leading the effort to bring Teachers and Parents as Partners (TAPP) to Brazil.
Global education center at Louise Pound Hall unites Global Affairs offices
Previously spread throughout the campus, offices that provide international student support services at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will soon become accessible in the same building. The university announced in November 2021 that they have secured $5 million in funding from a private donor to transform Louise Pound Hall into a global education center. The center will bring together all four units of Global Affairs, including the International Student and Scholar Office, Global Experiences Office, Programs in English as a Second Language and Office of Global Partnerships and Initiatives.
Fulbright award to expand Jones’ social connectedness research
Fred and Gladys Seaton Professor Valerie Jones received a Fulbright Global Scholar Award on April 1 to study the use of emergent technology in facilitating social connectedness for aging adults in the United States and Australia. She is the first professor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications to be named a Fulbright Scholar since 1999.