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

Health and healing Through Culture and Community Part 3

The organization works closely with local colleges and universities. Some Native post-secondary students mentor Native high schoolers. “We want our kids to see that this is possible – that this is something they can get to,” Tamayo said. NUIHC convenes an All Nations...
Posted On 22 Dec 2017

ILAC bridges cultural and health barriers

Creighton University’s Institute for Latin American Concern facilitates service-learning immersions in the Dominican Republic that forge deep bonds between participants and inhabitants of that poor island nation. Cuban exile Jesuit priests Ernesto Travieso (then-medical...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

Omaha Catholics celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe

With a new anniversary of the manifestation of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe on the horizon, Omaha Catholics join the rest of the world in worshiping and paying tribute to the guadalupana by paying a special visit to the many churches that showcase her image. “The Virgin has...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017

Health and healing Through Culture and Community Part 2

In Omaha, NUIHC offers mental illness counseling and drug-alcohol addiction treatment. The brick building houses 10-in-patient beds. The campus includes five transitional living units across the street owned by the Winnebago tribe and leased back to NUIHC. “When people...
Posted On 19 Dec 2017