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Photographer, sailor and explorer David Thoreson will speak at Peru State.

Northeast Community College hires first female president

Norfolk-based Northeast Community College announced last week that a woman will lead the Nebraska college for the first time in its 91 years.

The college's board unanimously selected Leah Barrett as Northeast's next president. Barrett is expected to take over early next year.

She is currently vice president for student affairs in the Northern Wyoming Community College District.

Northeast said Barrett has also worked at Arizona State, Boise State, Valparaiso University in Indiana and other colleges.

Peru State will host explorer DavidThoreson this week

David Thoreson, a photographer, sailor and explorer, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday as part of the Peru State College Distinguished Speaker Series.

Thoreson, who grew up in Iowa, has sailed more than 70,000 miles and explored some of the leastvisited reaches of the globe, Peru State said.

His presentation will include visual material and storytelling about his journeys and experiences with people, land and water. He will also offer an account of the impact of climate change on polar regions and ocean systems.

He has written books including a pictorial memoir, "Over the Horizon: Exploring the Far Edges of a Changing Planet."

The public is invited to attend the event, which is free.

UNO places 3rd in regional flight competition, will go to nationals

The University of Nebraska at Omaha's flight team placed third in the Region VI competition of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference.

UNO hosted the competition this month. The UNO team will go to the national competition in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in May.

The Flying Mavs finished ninth nationally last spring. The national competition tests the abilities of the top college aviation programs on the ground and in the air.

All members of the Flying Mavs are students in the UNO Aviation Institute. — Rick Ruggles

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