Roni Shelley Perez staking her claim as Nebraska’s next ‘Broadway baby’

Nebraska is far from the theater capital of the world, yet many natives have trod the Broadway boards – from Henry Fonda to Sandy Dennis to Andrew Rannells. Actress-singer Roni Shelley Perez, 21, hopes to join their ranks. The Omaha Marian and University of Nebraska at Omaha...
Posted On 02 Feb 2018

Immigrant Legal Center: New Name, Same Mission

“We decided to choose a more descriptive name that would make it easier for our clients and the community to know who we are and what exactly it is that we do,” said Emiliano Lerda, Executive Director of the Immigrant Legal Center (ILC), formerly known as Justice for our...
Posted On 27 Jan 2018

Finding home

David Catalan long searched for a place to call home before finding it in Omaha four decades ago. Born in San Diego, Calif. and raised in Arizona, the former business executive turned consultant has served on many nonprofit boards. It’s hard to imagine this sophisticate who...
Posted On 27 Jan 2018

Omaha Design Center: A contemporary location for social events

In the City of Omaha there is a building that makes us remember the large minimalist spaces of the best cities in the country. It is like entering a New York loft, with open spaces and the warmth needed to host a big party for family and friends or an event or meeting that will...
Posted On 19 Jan 2018

Suarez’s winding hoops road takes him to Omaha, where he plays for the Top 25 Creighton Bluejays

Many collegiate student-athletes transfer. But playing for three different schools, as Creighton senior men’s basketball center Manny Suarez has done, is unusual. All four transfers on the CU team roster have a story. In the case of Suarez, he graduated early from Division...
Posted On 19 Jan 2018

Christmas Miracle

“Santa Claus isn’t coming this year,” said Marcos Gonzalez to his kids along with his wife, with tears in his eyes. To their three youngest he explained that “due to a mistake we didn’t put the letter for Santa Claus in the mail and now it is too late to send it. We’re sorry, but...
Posted On 12 Jan 2018

Unparalleled opportunities: Tapping into the trades Part 2

Even though she grew up around blue-collar workers, those types of jobs were never presented to Baxter as options for employment. Her generation, like many others, was told they needed to get a four-year degree. The result of that advice? There’s now a huge gap and plenty of...
Posted On 03 Jan 2018

Unparalleled opportunities: Tapping into the trades Part 1

“It’s kind of exciting to have a student visit Metro who doesn’t think college is an option for them, then they see one of these classrooms and say ‘this is exactly what I want to do and I can do it here at MCC,’” said Aubrey Baxter, Enrollment Specialist for the Trades at...
Posted On 27 Dec 2017

Health and Healing Through Culture and Community Part 4

In everything NUIHC does, great emphasis is placed on observing Native traditions. It even occasionally hosts funeral services, most recently for Zachary Bearheels, the mentally ill man tasered and punched multiple times by Omaha police last June before dying in custody....
Posted On 27 Dec 2017

Boxing coach Jose Campos molds young men

Jose Campos grew up a fight fan and competed as an amateur. For years now, he’s applied his ring savvy teaching the Sweet Science at Jackson’s Boxing Club, 2562 Leavenworth Street, where he’s head coach. He’s worked with kids-adults, amateurs-pros,...
Posted On 22 Dec 2017