Jane Renner Hood will receive the 2013 Sower Award in the Humanities. Hood will be honored by Humanities Nebraska on Oct. 30, immediately prior to the 18th annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities at the Joslyn Art Museum. The lecture is free.

Tickets for the pre-lecture reception and dinner, including presentation of the Sower Award, will be available for purchase Sept. 3. For more details, visit www.humanitiesnebraska.org.

Woodmen of the World Alpha Chapter 16, Chapter 706 and Chapter 6124 presented awards to individuals and organizations that support the community in a positive way at their annual banquet Thursday. Awards presented included:

Community Leadership: Brigitte McQueen Shew and Wanda Gottschalk

Caring for Others: Edye Godden and Jessica Haynes-Jackson

Contribution to Youth Award: Kristi Eggen

Environmental Award: Eric Williams

Community Partner Award: Open Door Mission, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Youth Emergency Services (YES)

Lifesaver Award: Dana Ratigan and Pete Andrews

Fraternal Spirit Award: Sandra Hobson and Bruce Moritz

Nebraska Fraternalist of the Year: Lisa Moritz

Six undergraduate students from four Nebraska colleges and universities recently received the 2013 Richard Holland Future Scientist Award from the Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. The students received cash prizes totaling $2,700. The students included: Karl Krieser, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Shanice Harris, University of Nebraska at Kearney; Lisa Poppe, Doane College; Lana Zhouldeva, Creighton; Gloria Larson, Creighton; and Taylor Mighell, Creighton.

At the 2013 General Federation Women’s Club International Convention, a number of Nebraska club members and high school students earned honors in a photography contest. Second-place winners were: Vicki Beilke, Sandra Gatling, Jane Swartz and Hayli Frosheiser. Third-place winners were: Lexi Reinert, Cara Landon and Sierra Wignall. Winners in the Year in Pictures calendar contest were: Elaine Oldehoeft and Judy Anderson.

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