LINCOLN — Metropolitan Community College is introducing a new logo today, modernizing its familiar “M.”
The college worked with Omaha's Oxide Design Co. to refine its brand and visual identity.
“Metropolitan Community College has undergone a tremendous transformation in the last 40 years, and this updated brand is another sign that MCC continues to move forward,” said MCC President Randy Schmailzl.
The new visual identity will appear on the MCC website immediately. Other branded items, including building signs, vehicles, letterhead and more, will be replaced over several years.
The previous “M” had been used since the early days of Metro in the 1970s.
New CU program helps low-income students
Creighton University has launched an initiative to help low-income high school students prepare for college.
The Ignatian College Connection — named for St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits — will provide nine months of workshops, campus visits, mentoring and community service opportunities to participants. Two participants will be selected for full-ride scholarships to Creighton.
The program is open to high school sophomores and juniors who qualify as low-income, first-generation or underrepresented minority students. They must have a minimum grade point average of 3.3.
ISU joins nonprofit alleviating hunger
Iowa State University has formed a partnership with Heifer International, a development nonprofit organization based in Little Rock, Ark., to use science to alleviate hunger and poverty around the world.
It is the first agreement made by Iowa State's new Global Food Security Consortium.
The goal is to use Iowa State's research strengths and Heifer International's development expertise to get students as well as faculty involved in interdisciplinary efforts to supply food and nutrition, said Max Rothschild, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
UNK entrepreneur in residence named
Patent attorney Allen Groenke has become the new entrepreneur in residence at the University of Nebraska at Kearney's College of Business and Technology.
His job is to identify potential startup companies and turn them into commercial ventures operating in central Nebraska. He works with UNK faculty and students and outside companies to develop business models, conduct market research and prepare investor pitches.
Entrepreneur in Residence is a new program connected with other UNK economic development programs, such as the Center for Rural Research and Development and the Nebraska Business Development Center. It is funded through the University Technology Development Corp., an affiliate and parent company of NUTech Ventures, which supports the transfer of university inventions into the marketplace.
Report: Latino vote could go Republican
Is the Latino vote attainable for the Republican Party?
Yes, says University of Nebraska-Lincoln political scientist Sergio Wals. In a new report published in the journal Electoral Studies, Wals found that Mexican immigrants who are more politically invested are center or center-right in their political ideologies.
That means that at least this segment of the Latino electorate is generally more conservative on the political spectrum, he said, despite what electoral trends in U.S. elections have shown.
“If Republicans were to work on outreach strategies and intelligent ways to incorporate this population into their platforms, I definitely think they would fare a lot better than they have in the past,” Wals said.
Wals' findings are based on a national survey of 399 Mexican immigrants and a survey-embedded experiment of roughly 1,000 Mexican immigrants in Texas and Indiana.
Gottula named UNK communications chief
Todd Gottula has been named new director of news and internal communications at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Gottula previously served as vice president for communications for the Viaero Event Center and Tri-City Storm hockey team in Kearney. He worked 14 years as a reporter and editor at the Kearney Hub.
Bellevue U. in top 5 for online affordability
AffordableCollegesOnline.org has ranked Bellevue University as one of the nation's most affordable institutions offering online degree programs. The university earned a top-five ranking in ACO's official ranking released last week.
“Our strategy centers on providing the most cost-effective and relevant degree programs to our students,” said Bellevue University President Dr. Mary B. Hawkins.