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GREATER OMAHA CHAPTER CHAPTER - Dec 17, 2013
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Holiday Mixer Highlights STEM Support

In December, the chapter held its 2nd Holiday Mixer at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue, Nebraska. Nancy Crews, chapter vice president of academics, commented that the Holiday Mixer presents a great opportunity for the chapter to show program sponsorsí dollars at work by awarding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) grants. Crews added these grants provide area schools with a much-needed shot in the arm for STEM programs that need a little financial assistance to help improve. Crews also pointed out the next undertaking for the chapter will be in spring where several scholarships will be awarded to deserving students that meet the selection criteria.

Event Photographs:

Nancy Crews, chapter vice president of academics, and Master Sgt. Gregory Buthorne, USAF, chapter treasurer, do some final preparations for the 2nd Holiday Mixer in December.
Nancy Crews, chapter vice president of academics, and Master Sgt. Gregory Buthorne, USAF, chapter treasurer, do some final preparations for the 2nd Holiday Mixer in December.
Col. Eric Bjurstrom, USAF, chapter president and commander, Defense Information Systems Agency Field Office at the U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, provides welcoming remarks for the chapterís 2nd Holiday Mixer, an event held in December to give back to program sponsors and the membership.
Col. Eric Bjurstrom, USAF, chapter president and commander, Defense Information Systems Agency Field Office at the U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, provides welcoming remarks for the chapterís 2nd Holiday Mixer, an event held in December to give back to program sponsors and the membership.
STEM grant recipients recognized at the December Holiday Mixer are (l-r) Tamara Vering, Guardian Angels High School, West Point, Nebraska (9th-12th grade earth science, physical science, nutrition, chemistry and physics); Kristin Kacerik, Mary Our Queen Catholic School, Omaha, Nebraska (7th-8th grade science); Abigail Brockhouse, St. Cecilia Cathedral School, Omaha, Nebraska (7th-8th grade science); Douglas Bertelsen, Gretna High School, Gretna, Nebraska (9th-12th Science, Rocketry and Computer Club); Col. Bjurstrom; Linda Sweeting, St. Maryís School, Bellevue, Nebraska (7th-8th grade science); Stephen Hammersky, Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue, Nebraska (9th-12th physics, robot programming and design, engineering, innovation, network security, computer science and Java programming); Daniel Parkinson, Bellevue West High School, Bellevue, Nebraska (9th-12th computer science, A+ PC hardware, and robotics); and Crews. All educators received $1,000 based on their submissions for the STEM grants to bolster related programs in area schools.  Not pictured, but also a recipient is Karen Jelinek, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, Omaha, Nebraska (6th-8th grade math and science).
STEM grant recipients recognized at the December Holiday Mixer are (l-r) Tamara Vering, Guardian Angels High School, West Point, Nebraska (9th-12th grade earth science, physical science, nutrition, chemistry and physics); Kristin Kacerik, Mary Our Queen Catholic School, Omaha, Nebraska (7th-8th grade science); Abigail Brockhouse, St. Cecilia Cathedral School, Omaha, Nebraska (7th-8th grade science); Douglas Bertelsen, Gretna High School, Gretna, Nebraska (9th-12th Science, Rocketry and Computer Club); Col. Bjurstrom; Linda Sweeting, St. Maryís School, Bellevue, Nebraska (7th-8th grade science); Stephen Hammersky, Gross Catholic High School, Bellevue, Nebraska (9th-12th physics, robot programming and design, engineering, innovation, network security, computer science and Java programming); Daniel Parkinson, Bellevue West High School, Bellevue, Nebraska (9th-12th computer science, A+ PC hardware, and robotics); and Crews. All educators received $1,000 based on their submissions for the STEM grants to bolster related programs in area schools. Not pictured, but also a recipient is Karen Jelinek, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School, Omaha, Nebraska (6th-8th grade math and science).

For more details regarding this event contact:
Gregory Campbell
402-292-7047

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