The Mayor's Committee for International Friendship (MCIF) and the Lincoln Council for International Visitors (LCIV) elected officers at their joint meeting October 28 in Lincoln.
Officers elected for 2014-2015 are Lee Rockwell, President; Crystal Bock Thiessen, Vice-President; Debbie Engstrom, Secretary; Elaine Hammer, Treasurer; Lisa Lee, First Contact; Dolores Mather, Second Contact; Advisor, Brian Ridenour; Carmelee Tuma, Newsletter Editor and Public Relations Coordinator; and Sherri Johnson, Director.
Josh Davis, Assistant Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives, University of Nebraska, presented a program about the University's efforts to create opportunities for international study and research collaboration. Mayor Chris and Judy Beutler were among those attending.
LCIV provides support for the MCIF, a volunteer organization which hosts visitors from around the world. The committee arranges visits with professional counterparts and plans cultural exchanges and learning experiences to promote international understanding among the visitors and citizens in the Lincoln area. Participants are established or potential foreign leaders and are selected by American Embassies overseas to visit the U.S. to experience this country firsthand.
Any individuals interested in volunteering to help MCIF/LCIV in their mission should contact Debbie Engstrom at 402-327-9936.