Malaika Foundation and Nebraska Educator News

International flags flying atop the MAMA

Midwestern African Museum of Art, Culture and Resource Center (MAMA) Opens in Lincoln, NE

On October 16, 2016 the MAMA Museum was opened by the first African President to visit Nebraska - the former President of Malawi, Dr. Joyce Banda. The Chair of the Lincoln City Council, Leirion Gaylor Baird, welcomed the 200 participants. Seth Mock, the founder of the museum, says “the establishment of this museum is to provide Nebraska with a historical and positive perspective of Africa, with the art creativity, resources and programs for the state”.

Dr. Joyce Banda

Dr. Natalie Hahn and Dr. Joyce Banda

Dr. Natalile Hahn and friends

Three young girls

Dr. Joyce Banda and friends

Man and woman at MAMA

Young girl at MAMA

Group and international flags

Carved statue at MAMA

Gentleman with statue


The Malaika Foundation Designate Nebraska Global Education Scholars for 2015 Workshops

Outstanding Nebraska educators have been chosen as Global Education Scholars to organize Global Education Workshops in the Fall of 2015 focused on:

+ Nebraska State Standards and Global Education
+ Curriculum Development with a global focus
+ Global Education Resources
+ Fellowship and Grant Opportunities
+ U.S. Global Education Networks and Professional Associations
+ Using Technology to Connect Students with Schools and Scholars Globally

Nebraska teachers were invited to attend workshops in Lincoln, Kearney and Omaha lead by Global Education Scholars Dr. Sarah Thomas, Dr. Patrick Hayden Roy, Kevin Witte, Mark Gudgel and Darin Jensen.

Dr. Sarah Thomas

Dr. Sarah Thomas: with her student, Jillian Harpster, and daughter, Samantha, at the Great Wall.

Dr. Patrick Hayden-Roy

Dr. Patrick Hayden-Roy: Fulbright Scholar to Germany. Spree River-Berlin.

Kevin Witte

Kevin Witte: Japan Visit, 2013.

Mark Gudgel

Mark Gudgel: with students in Rwanda.

Darin Jensen

Darin Jensen: English Instructor at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, NE.

University of Nebraska Sig Ep Fraternity Travels to Ecuador with Dean Jacobs

Malaika Board Member Dean Jacobs organized “a trip of a lifetime” for 11 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. As they helped deliver much needed school materials to rainforest students, they met indigenous tribes and explored the Amazon Rainforest. Read this fantastic story to learn more.

Dean is available for talks of adventure and exploration at Nebraska schools. He is the most popular of all guest speakers for Malaika events.

To view the excitement of Dean’s visit to a school, check out this documentary about his visit to Iowa Schools.

Dean Jacobs with SigEps in Ecuador

Dean Jacobs with members of the University of Nebraska Sig Ep Fraternity.

Kenneth Morrison

Dean's selfie with children from the rainforest.

A Tribute to Malaika’s Founding Donor, Mr. Kenneth Morrison

The Malaika Foundation give special tribute and recognition to Kennneth Morrison of Hastings NE, the founding and most generous donor for global educational programs in Nebraska. He financed five Global Education Workshops for 1,200 Nebraska Teachers. The Kenneth Morrison Fellowships were granted to students and teachers who traveled to 23 countries on five continents.

Mr. Morrison was an international agricultural entrepeneur with investments in shrimp and pork production and U.S. grains. He was a major philanthropist for Nebraska and a great supporter of the Cornhuskers Football Program.

He died on January 6th at the age of 93. He was Malaika’s best frend and will be lovingly remembered. It was his vision and contributions that established Malaika.

Kenneth Morrison and Natalie Hahn

Dr. Natalie Hahn with Kenneth Morrison.

Kenneth Morrison

Kenneth Morrison

World Savvy and the Institute for International Education, IIE, Welcomes New Partnerships with Nebraska Colleges and Universities

The Malaika Foundation hosted a Global Education Consortium, September 25th, with 58 representatives from nine Nebraska Universities and Colleges, Nebraska Department of Education, Lincoln Public Schools, Opportunity Education,Lincoln Community Foundation, and Malaika Board, Ambassadors and Council Members.

World Savvy presented opportunities for the Global Competence Certificate, a 15 month online graduate level certificate in collaboration with Teachers College-Columbia University and the Asia Society. Dr. Allan Goodman, President, International Institute of Education,IIE, and Wagaye Johannes, Project Director for the Generation Study Abroad video conferenced the many advantages for Nebraska Colleges and Universities to join Generation Study Abroad to increase the numbers of undergraduates traveling abroad and information on fellowships for global studies. Malaika Board Member Dean Jacobs told the group about his adventuresome travels to over 50 countries and strategies for exciting exploration in the classroom.

World Savvy

Ken Simon, Director of Programs & Dana Mortenson, Co-Founder and Executive Director, World Savvy - preparing youth to thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.

Kim Cox and Laura Snell

Malaika Foundation Webmaster Kim Cox, Secret Valley Media Labs and Laura Snell, World Food Prize Nebraska Youth Institute Coordinator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Dean Jacobs and Kelli King

Malaika Foundation Board Members-Dean Jacobs, world explorer and photographer and Kelli King, Program Coordinator, W.H. Thompson Scholars, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Ken Simon and Dana Mortenson

World Savvy Team - Ken Simon and Dana Mortenson, Natalie Hahn, Malaika Foundation President, Doug Christensen,Chairman of the Malaika Board of Directors and Nancy Biggs, Chair-Education Department, Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Dr. Natalie Hahn

Consortium attendees

Doug Christensen

Consortium attendees


Larry Johnson

Summer 2014 Global Educational Travel to Three Continents College of Education & Human Sciences, UNL, and Malaika Fellows

The profits from the Gala to Support Global Education, September 27, 2013, provided seven global fellowships for students in the College of Education and Human Sciences, UNL. The recipients included five students from Lincoln: Natalie Cooper to France, Mary Dawson to Ethiopia, Haley French-Sloan to India, Taylor Gee to Ecuador and Lindsay Wayt to China. Selena Kugler from North Platte traveled to India and Montanna Westling from Ashland traveled to China. An additional five global fellowships will be offered for 2015.

Montanna Westling in China

Montanna Westling, Family Science Major from Ashland in China.

Mary Dawson in Ethiopia

Mary Dawson, 2014 Fellow to Ethiopia, a Dietetics major from Lincoln.