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 school chaplain) and Narciso Sanchez (then-campus ministry director) started ILAC in the 1970s to increase U.S. awareness of the region. Today, […]

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From couch potato to champion pugilist

No one expected nationally ranked amateur fighter Juan Vazquez, 17, to be the poster boy for how boxing can transform your life. Four years ago, the now Ralston High senior was an obese couch potato who preferred video games over physical activity. Even after his mother practically dragged him to Jackson’s Boxing Club in south […]

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Ortega follows path serving more students in OPS

Rony Ortega has gone far in his 15-year career as an educator. He worked in suburban school districts in Elkhorn and Papillion before recruited to the Omaha Public Schools by former OPS staffer and veteran South Omaha community activist, Jim Ramirez. Ortega. who’s married with three daughters, all of whom attend OPS, has moved from classroom teacher and high […]

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Art in the heart of South Omaha

hances are, you don’t know Omaha has a public high school of performing arts, It may further surprise you that South High School is that Fame-style institution. South has been the Omaha Public Schools’ Visual & Performing Arts Magnet for two decades. But the architect for the arts emphasis there, retired South drama teacher Jim […]

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NEW OLLAS director eager to engage community

Cristián Doña-Reveco knows the challenge of succeeding Lourdes Gouveia as director of OLLAS at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He’s long been an admirer of the Office of Latino and Latin American Studies she founded and is director emerita of today. “Lourdes Gouveia is a hard act to follow,” he said. “OLLAS is what […]

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