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NLAC Pio named Employee of the year

The Nebraska Latino American Commission’s Public Information Officer, Jasel Cantu, has been named the Commission’s 2014 Employee of the Year.

As the Public Information Officer (PIO), Cantu’s role includes overseeing the Commission’s website and organizing the Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration among other duties.

“Jasel has done an excellent job in her role as Public Information Officer,” said NLAC Executive Director Dr. Arturo Spindola, “She deserves this recognition and we are certainly proud of her.”

October is Nebraska Employee Recognition Month. State agencies are allowed to select one employee and one supervisor of the year for every 500 people employed by the agency. Employees and Supervisors/Managers of the Year are nominated by their Agency, Director, Board or Board members.

“I am honored and thankful to everyone who nominated me,” said Cantu. “I am very proud of my achievement.”

Cantu’s nomination included recognition of her work quality and commitment, “She organizes, coordinates, evaluates and distributes information on current events and social activities that impact all residents in Nebraska communities. An excellent writer, she has done a good deal of work for the Commission in producing text for many public relations brochures and informational pamphlets, including the Commission’s Quarterly Newsletter. Jasel exhibits commitment to quality in carrying out job responsibility, and is a notable asset to the mission and function of the Commission.”

A total of 108 employees were recognized for their professional excellence at a ceremony held October 28, 2014 in the State Capitol Rotunda.  

Honorees received an award, an Admiralship, had their photo taken with Lt. Governor John Nelson and attended a reception at the Governor’s Residence following the ceremony.

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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.

The Latino American Commission is currently not accepting applications for Commissioner. The responsibilities of a Commissioner includes attending our Quarterly Meetings, participating in general discussions and meeting with state legislators concerning legislation affecting Latinos. Our meetings take place in different cities throughout the year. Commissioners are reimbursed for travel expenses and overnight lodging. Applicant qualifications include being a good civic citizen/steward with an awareness of local issues, and have a strong desire to get involved with issues concerning Latinos within the state of Nebraska.

Commissioner duties include providing direction and evaluation concerning policies affecting the Latino population in the following areas: existing programs, proposed legislation, educational needs and impact of new immigration meetings.

Commissioners are appointed by the state Governor for a period of three years.

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

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

NET special segment on Dia de los Muertos

NET Television presents a special segment of "Nebraska Stories" on Dia de los Muertos celebrated in Nebraska. Dia de los Muertos is, above all, a celebration of life. Come with us to the Sheldon Museum of Art and the Bancroft Gallery in South Omaha as we look death in the eye with humor, music, dancing—and art.

NLAC collaborated with NET to help bring the special segment to the public, "Nebraska Stories" available in its entirety below:

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