The Douglas County Sheriff's Office recently had its 12th annual awards ceremony. Awards went to Deputy Tom Flynn, Deputy of the Year, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart; Deputy Dave Heins, Purple Heart, Medal of Valor; Sgt. Shawn Millikan, Medal of Valor, Lifesaving Award; Deputy Jay Wineinger, Medal of Valor; Capt. Steve Glandt and Christine Gabig, Medal of Merit; Deputy Harold Ohlinger, Lifesaving Award; Sandee Polsley, Civilian Employee of the Year; Sean Voral, Citizen of the Year; Sgt. Rob Jones and Deputy Stan Benke, Certificates of Commendation.
Allen Blezek, University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor emeritus in the department of agricultural leadership, education and communication, and Roger Mandigo, distinguished UNL professor emeritus of animal science and food science and technology, were named Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement honorees at the group's annual banquet Friday.
Three students have been selected as delegates from Nebraska for the National Ag Day on the Hill Program in Washington, D.C. The event allows college students to learn more about policy, natural resources and agriculture. Nebraska's delegates and the Ag Day on the Hill program are supported by the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Foundation. The Nebraska representatives are Gavin Kenney, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student from Amherst; Molly Trausch, a UNL student from Minden; and Shannon Wietjes, a Nebraska Wesleyan University student from Amherst.
Two seniors in the computer science and information systems department at the University of Nebraska at Kearney have designed and programmed an Android map application of the UNK campus. Michael Sall of Holdrege, Neb., and Joel Meyer of Norfolk, Neb., created the app to help people find campus buildings, departments and student services offices.
The Nebraska American Saddlebred Association recently had its annual meeting and awards banquet. The group presented 2011 Overall High Point awards to Aimee Bannister, adult overall high point recipient, and Delaney Fitzgerald, juvenile overall high point recipient. Ribbons for earning High Point awards during 2011 went to Nancy Danley, Laurie Fitzgerald, Mike Weston and Aimee Bannister, all adults; and Lauren Beck, Delaney Fitzgerald, Caroline Gomel, Lauren Kirk, Peyton Wheatley, Samantha Bannister, Diana Danowski, Megan Klostermeyer, Jenna Hubbard, Halle Workman, Emily Brogna, Crystian Neaman, Lyndi Skinner, Lauren Comer, Haley Sturges, Christine Smith and Delynn Uttecht, all juveniles. The association presented its first Saddlebred Spirit Award to Sue DeBoer.
Scotts Bluff County, Neb., was among the 214 government entities nationwide to earn a Sunny Award from the Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit dedicated to government transparency. The county was the only Nebraska and western Iowa winner.
Dr. Victoria F. Roche, senior associate dean in the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and professor of pharmacy sciences, recently received the 2012 Rho Chi Society Lecture Award. Rho Chi is the only academic honor society in pharmacy.
Project Harmony of Omaha has presented its "Kids First" Awards for 2012 to three area professionals honoring their "commitment and distinguished service to the children of our community." Recipients are Sgt. Lance Worley, Omaha Police Department Child Victim/Sexual Assault Unit; Brenda Beadle, chief deputy Douglas County attorney; and Sally Kaplan, clinical social worker.
American Civil Liberties Union Nebraska recently named Domina Law Group, Jeanne Kuhr, G. Michael Fenner and Sergio Sosa "Civil Liberties Heroes." The Domina group and Kuhr were recognized for their defense of student free speech. Millard South High School suspended two of Kuhr's children for wearing T-shirts to class that memorialized a slain classmate. Fenner wrote the winning brief in a free speech case decided by the Nebraska Supreme Court and has appeared in court for ACLU Nebraska. Sosa and the Heartland Workers Center were recognized for their commitment to civil liberties by focusing on the issues faced by immigrant Latinos and Latinas.
The Corporation for National and Community Service has named Hastings (Neb.) College to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. It recognizes colleges and universities nationwide whose students, faculty and staff are committed to meaningful community engagement and whose efforts produce results.
Frank McGree, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries Inc. serving eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, has been honored with the 2012 J.D. Robins Distinguished Career Award from Goodwill Industries International. The annual award recognizes a Goodwill CEO's achievements at a local Goodwill agency as well as contributions to the Goodwill enterprise as a whole.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax