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I’m more than just an intern

I have been fortunate to work as an intern in the marketing department at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) for the past three months. Working with extremely talented and intelligent people has taught me so much about leadership and digital marketing. I’ve made updates on the BCBSNE website, designed emails, developed content

By |2018-08-09T08:27:05-05:00August 9th, 2018|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on I’m more than just an intern

Joslyn program gives patrons with memory loss the ultimate gallery experience

Sharon Martin and Mike Hughbanks share a passion for advocacy and outreach related to dementia throught Art to Remember, an interactive program at Joslyn Art Museum. Omahans Mike Hughbanks and Sharon Martin understand the debilitating nature of dementia from two distinct perspectives. At 60, Mike, former chief operating officer at Diversified Financial, brings the patient

By |2018-04-11T13:41:52-05:00April 11th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Joslyn program gives patrons with memory loss the ultimate gallery experience

Bingel Center volunteer spreads positive energy with ceramics and a ‘smile that won’t quit’

Mary Marion is more than a people person. She is a serving-people person. Her entire adult life has been spent caring for others – from the eight sons she raised to the neighbors she helps feed to the fellow seniors she impacts twice a week, every week at The Salvation Army’s Dora Bingel Senior Center.

By |2018-03-26T15:34:51-05:00March 26th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Bingel Center volunteer spreads positive energy with ceramics and a ‘smile that won’t quit’

Omaha rapper Toot, family embrace Grief’s Journey after ‘seismic loss’

Renault "Toot" Brown is on the rise. The region’s top-selling rap artist at one time is preparing to drop his first album in more than a decade. “It’s all about us dealing with it and her and who she was,” he says. “She was awesome.” “She” is Renault’s late wife, Toiya, mother of three, local

By |2017-12-14T12:14:49-05:00November 10th, 2017|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: |Comments Off on Omaha rapper Toot, family embrace Grief’s Journey after ‘seismic loss’

Saving Grace rescues leftovers to give others a good meal

Beth Ostdiek Smith has quickly become an expert at turning excess into impact. “I just felt compelled that I needed to do this, so I gave my employer a month’s notice and began putting this together,” she says. “We started with three food donors and three recipients.” Four years later, the non-profit Beth founded, Saving

By |2017-12-14T12:15:20-05:00October 31st, 2017|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: |Comments Off on Saving Grace rescues leftovers to give others a good meal

Vet who once spiraled now supports, connects comrades with similar struggles

Adam Armstrong knows about conflict – the global kind and the internal kind. “I went through some struggles, especially when I came off active duty.” A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Adam thrived on the purpose and structure that four years of active duty provided – and he spiraled without them. “When I came

By |2017-11-01T14:43:01-05:00August 18th, 2017|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: |Comments Off on Vet who once spiraled now supports, connects comrades with similar struggles

Equine therapy provides ‘blockbuster’ assist to brain, body

Diane Bemis pauses for a moment to collect herself. “I get emotional,” she says. The kind of “emotional” that bubbles up from one’s core; a wave of fulfillment triggered by an attachment to something deeply impactful. “When I come to the barn, everything else drops out of my mind. The horses make you be there

By |2017-11-01T14:36:27-05:00June 18th, 2017|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: |Comments Off on Equine therapy provides ‘blockbuster’ assist to brain, body

College Possible guides a star student toward an even brighter future

When she walks across the stage at Baxter Arena on May 25, Ana Pérez-Villagómez will make history – the first in her immediate family to graduate from high school. You won’t be able to see it on her diploma, but there is a star by her name; a figurative designation, in the works since elementary

By |2017-11-01T14:43:57-05:00May 21st, 2017|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: |Comments Off on College Possible guides a star student toward an even brighter future

Gardening, once done for survival, takes a therapeutic turn for refugee

For Lamya Ali, gardening is a refuge. “It is therapeutic for me,” she says. “It relieves stress; it is very relaxing and calming. I don’t know if that’s in my roots because my grandparents were farmers.” During the growing season, you’ll often find her near 18th and F Streets in Lincoln, tending a plot in

By |2017-11-01T16:25:32-05:00March 26th, 2017|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: |Comments Off on Gardening, once done for survival, takes a therapeutic turn for refugee

Paralympics a goal for driven teen; ‘That’s just how she’s wired,’ dad says

Molly Troxel, 15, was born with a type of live-in-the-moment fearlessness. She rock-climbs and zip-lines, has no problem singing in front of a crowd and loves to downhill ski. “I want to be a Paralympic skier,” she says. A host of health challenges? Molly was born with those too. An inherited disease called Leber congenital

By |2017-11-01T16:29:33-05:00February 19th, 2017|Categories: Community Engagement|Tags: |Comments Off on Paralympics a goal for driven teen; ‘That’s just how she’s wired,’ dad says