Lincoln NAACP Banquet

The Lincoln Branch of the NAACP will be holding its annual banquet on November 3rd, 2012. This event will be held at the Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th Street. The social hour begins at 6pm and the dinner will start at 6:30pm.  The theme of this year’s banquet is “Your Power; Your Decision – VOTE”. The speaker will be Frank LaMere, a Native American activitst.

Banquet tickets are $40 for adults and $30 dollars for students. Please let Dr. Simpson-Kirkland know if you are interested in attending or in sponsoring a student to attend the banquet.

Cameron Effect: 7 Acts of Compassion

Cameron Freeman, 21 years old, was killed tragically by a drunken driver in November 2010, but in his living days, Cameron wished for a better world. Out of his death arose the Cameron Effect, a season dedicated to compassion. December 7th was Cameron’s birthday. It is is historically known as Pearl Harbor Day, a day of violence, destruction, and war as is 9/1

1. The hope is that 9/11 to 12/7 will be transformed into a season of kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

You can do your part to change the world:
Pick up 7 Kindness Cards at the following locations —
* any Lincoln city Library
* any Lincoln Hy-Fee Grocery Store
* First Plymouth Church

Do 7 acts or thoughts of compassion or forgiveness and write about it or how it made you feel on the Kindness Cards. Drop the 7 Kindness Cards at any of the above locations.

These Kindness Cards will be assembled into a Kindness Quit put together by volunteers and displayed at the 84th & Holdrege Hy-Vee (where Cameron worked) and at a Kindness and Compassion Celebration at Sheldon Art Museum on Friday, December 7th.

Buckle Excellence Scholarship Fund

Since 1948, Buckle has been providing a place for young men and women with an interest in clothing, to dress, accessorize, and express themselves through their style! It has also been a place that has provided many people a rewarding, and fulfilling career. Now, through the Buckle Excellence Scholarship Fund, Buckle is providing a new kind of opportunity for young men and women headed to college at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Each year, one freshman majoring in Computer Science or Information Technology will be selected to receive a two year scholarship, in the amount of $3,000 per year. Candidates hoping to receive the scholarship must fill out the application, obtain letters of recommendation, and:

~Be pursuing a major in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS)

~Be an incoming freshman

 ~Be in the top twenty percentile (20%) of their high school graduating class

~Have a minimum ACT (or SAT equivalent) composite score of 26 (with at least a 24 in Math)

 The scholarship recipients are also provided with unique opportunities to build relationships with Buckle’s IT professionals through activities such as job shadowing, tours of the Buckle facilities, and presentations on-site. Buckle also has a student internship program for upper-level CSIS students and has hired numerous CSIS graduates over the years.

 For more information about this scholarship and for the application material, please go to

 Applications must be received by January 4, 2013 to be considered for the 2013-2014 Buckle Excellence Scholarship.

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarship

The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation offers scholarships that cover the cost of tuition, fees, and books for attendance at a public university or college in Nebraska. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to first-time, entering freshmen who are residents of Nebraska and graduates of a Nebraska high school. However, there are a limited number of scholarships so the Foundation is unable to provide awards to all eligible candidates.

 Scholarship decisions are based on a variety of factors, including a student’s financial need and academic performance. Students whose family income is up to $95,000 may satisfy the financial need criterion and are encouraged to apply. Students do not need to be Pell eligible to qualify. The minimum high school cumulative grade point average required for application is 2.5 on a 4-point scale or 80 on a 100-point scale.


The scholarship may be used at the University of Nebraska (UNK, UNL, UNO), Chadron State, Peru State, and Wayne State as well as Central, Metropolitan, Mid-Plains, Northeast, Southeast, and Western Nebraska community colleges. The scholarship provides support for up to five years for students at a four-year institution and up to three years for those attending a community college. Scholarship recipients who attend one of the University of Nebraska campuses at Kearney, Lincoln, or Omaha also become part of the Thompson Scholars Learning Community.


The application is online and must be submitted between January 1, 2013 and March 1, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.  If you are eligible and interested we encourage you to apply early in the process. More information on the scholarship is available at: