September 2019 Issue
From the Executive Director
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In the News
We love seeing our grantees make headlines with the good work they do in and around our community!
- Nebraska Math Readiness Project: “Math project puts high school students a step ahead”. Six community colleges partnering with dozens of high schools across the state to improve college readiness.
- Central Community College: “Success in plain sight”. The community college improving its facilities to build the regional workforce.
- Nebraska Wesleyan: “New $29 million building at Nebraska Wesleyan is for more than just science”. New science building providing state-of-the-art education to future STEM workers.
- Blueprint Nebraska: “Nebraska a top 3 state by 2030? Make what’s good better, leaders say”. Economic development plan to promote statewide growth.
- Iowa Western Community College: “Pottawattamie Promise growth a win-win”. Scholarships and support services to help students persist in and complete their degree or certification.
- Live Well Omaha: “38-mile network unifies city’s bike paths”. Signage and improved routes to help cyclists navigate the city.
- Metro Transit: “ORBT to begin construction of new rapid bus transit system by end of month”. Launch of new public transit designed to get people more quickly across Omaha.
- Columbus Public Schools: “Stem academy building Columbus’ future workforce”. Career academy connecting schools and students with employers in STEM fields.
- Opera Omaha: “One Festival 2019”. Review of Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival
A Fond Farewell to Michael Gallagher.
We want to send out a very special thank you to our recently retired trustee, Michael Gallagher. His hard work and dedication in furthering Mr. Kiewit’s mission helped the foundation impact many lives and communities. Thank you Mike!
Welcome Diane Duren.
It is with great honor that we introduce the newest member of our Board of Trustees, Diane Duren. Diane has been a longstanding community champion, serving on numerous boards, including Omaha’s Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority (MECA), Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross, the YWCA, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center and the Arthritis Foundation. Diane had a notable tenure at Union Pacific, joining the company in 1985 where she held positions in finance, marketing and sales, and finally stepping into the role of Executive Vice President. Diane’s generous nature and philanthropic work perfectly align with our mission, vision and values.
When asked why she was excited to join Peter Kiewit Foundation’s board, Diane shared: “I believe strongly in Mr. Kiewit’s vision and the mission of the organization, which coincide with my own personal areas of passion – advancing thriving communities and the importance of education.” Diane also stated: “Coming from the railroad, which operates all across the state, I am excited to support the foundation’s impact in all of our communities.” Welcome Diane!
We are also proud to share a few accomplishments from our staff this quarter.
Jeff Kutash received a Philanthropy Forward: Leadership for Change Fellowship, Paul Ternes was selected to participate inLeadership Nebraska, Ashlei Spivey was accepted into the ABFE Fellowship, and Liz Codina has received a fellowship from Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP).