Boutique YMCA co-locates with the Bison of new Buena Vista High School in Omaha

BY: and - August 5, 2022

OMAHA — Teachers, counselors, cafeteria and other workers at Omaha’s new Buena Vista High School dropped in Friday to get acquainted with their new fitness-obsessed, tech-driven neighbor. That 2,800-square-foot “YMCA Express” workout space, co-located on the school’s 60th and L Streets campus, officially opens Monday. But faculty members were treated to tours and special demonstrations […]

Dunixi Guereca

Stand for Schools nonprofit names Californian with Nebraska ties as new executive director

BY: - July 26, 2022

A nationwide search has led the nonprofit Stand for Schools of Nebraska to hire a new executive director from California. Dunixi Guereca assumes the role in August. He most recently worked with the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and, prior to that, the Boy Scouts of America. Guereca has Nebraska connections, having studied political science and […]

Minds polluted? New film making rounds in Nebraska is filled with falsehoods, education experts say

BY: - July 18, 2022

On a Saturday this March, Stephanie Nantkes walked into the Civic Center in downtown Seward and found a few dozen people gathered in the meeting room downstairs, heads bowed in prayer. She found Kirk Penner, running for re-election to the Nebraska State Board of Education. She found Jessie Bremer and Jacob Bierbaum, local school board […]

OPS security guards complain about low pay, increase in behavioral issues and threats

BY: - June 28, 2022

LINCOLN — The union that represents security guards at Omaha Public Schools is appealing to a state labor court, claiming that OPS has failed to bargain in good faith over wages, job duties and “more dangerous working conditions.” The filing comes as OPS is seeing an exodus of teachers, an increase in behavioral issues and […]

UNK health students

Despite some gains, health professionals still lacking in rural areas of Nebraska

BY: - June 16, 2022

LINCOLN — Despite some recent statewide gains in nurse practitioners and pharmacists, health professionals are still lacking in many rural areas of Nebraska, a report released Thursday concluded. A health care workforce report from the University of Nebraska Medical Center based on 2021 statistics also flagged as a concern the aging of health care workers […]

Newly hired Omaha area teachers to be treated to free ‘shopping day’

BY: - June 14, 2022

An unprecedented amount of used classroom supplies were donated last school year by current school staff members to the Omaha Education Association, and they’ll be up for grabs this week by newly hired teachers in metro area public schools. The new educators will be able to select needed items to take and use in their […]

Paul Sanderford

Former NU coach Paul Sanderford inducted into basketball Hall of Fame

BY: - June 10, 2022

LINCOLN — Tiny Louisburg (N.C.) College now has two former coaches in national athletic Halls of Fame. On Saturday, Paul Sanderford, former Louisburg, Western Kentucky and University of Nebraska-Lincoln women’s basketball coach, is being inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sanderford won a national title at Louisburg […]

Thatcher and Shannon Davis

Couple’s gift boosts plan for career center at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

BY: - June 10, 2022

A $1 million gift commitment to the University of Nebraska Foundation will help support plans for a Lincoln-based “Experiential Learning and Career Development Center.”  The new center is designed to improve graduation rates and career readiness at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and its College of Arts and Sciences. The gift by Thatcher and Shannon Davis […]

Dolberg will be History Nebraska’s interim director when Jones leaves

BY: - June 6, 2022

LINCOLN — History Nebraska will have an interim executive director this summer who has worked 22 years with the group, which was long known as the Nebraska State Historical Society. Jill Dolberg, the director of historical resources and deputy state historic preservation officer, will take on the role after the resignation of Trevor Jones, effective […]

Texas school shooting prompts creation of Nebraska task force to review practices

BY: - May 26, 2022

Nebraska education leaders are forming a task force, in light of this week’s elementary school shooting in Texas, to review best practices and identify ways that classrooms throughout the state can have access to the highest standard of safety possible. State Education Commissioner Matt Blomstedt said Thursday he expects that proposed legislation could come from […]

Omaha’s Do Space offers free laptops, mobile internet access to promote ‘digital equity’

BY: - May 24, 2022

As part of an effort to promote “digital equity,” Do Space plans to distribute 945 free laptop computers, mobile hotspot devices and internet access to Omahans who don’t have access to such services at home. Applications are now being accepted for the Tech Pack program, which is supported by federal funds and allows the electronic […]

Clayton Anderson

Nebraska’s lone astronaut lands on familiar turf

BY: - May 19, 2022

Clayton Anderson is energized when he chats it up with visitors at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum — and they suddenly realize they’re talking to the real-life space hero showcased in an exhibit. “When it dawns on them, and their faces change, it’s incredible,” said Anderson, who is resettling in his hometown of […]