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quarterly meeting on february 27

The Latino-American Commission will host a Quarterly Meeting on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

The meeting will take place at El Centro de las Americas, Room 162, located at 210 O Street in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The meeting will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Time will be allocated for public comments within the first hour of the meeting. We encourage those wishing to speak to call our office ahead of time, in effort to provide better accommodations.

The agenda for the Quarterly Meeting will be kept concurrent and made available for public inspection at the Commission's office. For further information, please contact us at (402) 471-2791.

cesar chavez proclamation

Cesar Chavez Day Proclamation and Shirt Drive by the Nebraska Latino American Commission and Proteus, Inc.

Governor Ricketts will be signing two Proclamations on Wednesday, March 9th at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Building in Lincoln. One Proclamation will observe March 31st as Cesar Chavez Day and the other will observe March 24th to March 31st as Farmworker Awareness Week in Nebraska.

The public is welcome to attend the signing ceremonies on March 9th.

In addition, NLAC and Proteus Inc. are partnering to collect long-sleeved shirts to give to farm workers in observance of these two observations. The shirts may be new or gently used and will be given to the farm workers at the Proclamation signing ceremony.

For a printer-friendly copy of the shirt drive, click here.

dream big academy accepting student applicationsThe University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration is accepting applications from high school Juniors for the 4th annual DREAM BIG Academy to be held July 10 - July 15, 2016.

Applications are now being accepted, the deadline for applications is March 4, 2016.

The Academy is open to current high school juniors who are: First-generation college students or receive free or reduced lunch, have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and are interested in a business field.

Students who are accepted will receive free room and board at a UNL Residence Hall and all meals will be provided. The UNL College of Business will teach students about the business world allow students to:

  • Network with peers, business leaders as well as UNL faculty and staff
  • Tour local businesses
  • Align skills with their career goals
  • Present their ideas in a professional context
  • Learn about opportunities at UNL
  • Be mentored by UNL college students


Students can apply online, or be nominated by an educator. For both, click here.

latino commission seeks adobe houses in scottsbluff county

Are there any adobe houses left in Scotts Bluff County? Help us with the search.

The Nebraska State Historical Society and the Nebraska Latino American Commission are looking for examples of this Mexican-American tradition brought to Nebraska.

A local effort to locate adobes still standing is being led by Chabella Guzman of Scottsbluff, a Commissioner of the Nebraska Latino American Commission.  

Historically, Latino agricultural workers who traveled to the Scottsbluff area prior to the 1950s would build adobe houses to live with their family for the duration of their work. Many families chose to settle in the area permanently and the adobe houses became permanent homes and new neighborhoods. As time passed, many of the houses were sold and demolished. NLAC and the Historical Society is working together to locate, identify, document and preserve the remaining adobe houses.

Once identified, the buildings may be placed in the National Historic Registry and included in publications on immigrant and settler dwellings. State historical markers are another possibility for the homes.

Members of the public who live in an adobe house, know someone who lives in an adobe house or know where adobe houses are located in Scottsbluff or other areas are encouraged to contact Rev. Sorensen at:, NLAC Commissioner Chabella Guzman at:, or Bob Puschendorf at the Historical Society at 402-471-4769 or email:

The Society is also creating a Spring internship position for a graduate or undergraduate student to research these houses for this project. The student can be studying Architecture, History, Latino history, Ethnic Studies, Great Plains History or a similar area to qualify for the internship. Interested students are encourage to contact Bob Puschendorf at 402-471-4769 or email:

For more information contact: Bob Puschendorf of the Nebraska State Historical Society, 402-471-4769 or or Jasel Cantu of the Latino American Commission, 402-471-2791 or


The State of Nebraska Governor's Office has released a list of current and upcoming openings on Boards and Commissions that are appointed by the Governor.

If interested, please complete the online application prior to the end of the month of their deadlines. Upcoming Deadlines:

February 2016:
  1. Capital Facilities Planning Committee
  2. Board of Engineers & Architects
  3. Board of Geologists
March 2016:
  1. Aeronautics Commission
  2. Advisory Committee on Aging
  3. Conveyance Advisory Committee
  4. Commission on Problem Gambling - Legislative Confirmation
  5. State Racing Commission - Legislative Confirmation
  6. Veterans Advisory Commission

April 2016:
  1. Capitol Commission
  2. Capitol Environs Commission
  3. Historical Records Advisory Board
  4. Nebraska Information Technology Commission - Legislative Confirmation
  5. Professional Practices Commission
  6. Racial Profiling Advisory Committee
  7. ServeNebraska / Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission

May 2016:
  1. Dry Bean Commission
  2. Nebraska Latino American Commission
  3. Motor Vehicle Industry Licensing Board
  4. Natural Resources Commission - Legislative Confirmation
  5. Board of Trustees - State College System 
June 2016:
  1. Accountability and Disclosure Commission - Legislative Confirmation
  2. Corn Development, Utilization & Marketing Board
  3. Exchange Stakeholder Commission - Legislative Confirmation
  4. Commission on Housing and Homelessness
  5. Library Commission
  6. Nebraska Center for Nursing
  7. Tourism Commission - Legislative Confirmation
  8. Wheat Development, Utilization & Marketing Board
  9. Women's Health Initiative Advisory Council

For a printer-friendly copy, click here. For a list of Board positions that are open due to resignations or unfilled positions, click here. To apply for a position, click here.

If you have questions about requirements for any of the Boards or Commissions listed please contact Kathleen Dolezal at 402-471-1971 or email:

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