Service to country and community was bedrock to Officer Kirk Tynes. He began his career with the Omaha Police Department in 2004 and was named 2008 Officer of the Year by the Omaha Coalition of Citizen Patrols.
Officer Tynes died on April 26, 2010 after a brief battle with stomach cancer. Assigned to the Southeast Precinct at the time, he served the citizens of Omaha for more than five years. Officer Tynes was also a 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force. While stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, he was named Honor Guard Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. Officer Tynes is survived by his wife of nearly 20 years and three teenage children.
FRED & PAMELA BUFFETT CANCER CENTER
First funded by the National Cancer Institute in 1984, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated cancer center in Nebraska. Formerly the Eppley Cancer Center, the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center was established by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to coordinate all cancer research activities across the entire university. While the core of the cancer research activities of the Cancer Center is based on the UNMC campus in Omaha, the cancer center also has members at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Iggy Sumnik is a multimedia artist working and living in Detroit, Michigan and Omaha, Nebraska.
Iggy creates ceramics, sculptures, prints, and more. His technique focuses on texture and balance, and includes an intricacy and depth that permeate his work. Sumnik’s art is aimed at provoking thought about the environmental impact of modern culture. Hand building identifiable objects, life size or larger, connects me to our culture and the natural world.
Manipulating these objects and ideas represents the human tendency to alter our environment. Through the use of pattern, bright color and familiar objects, the artist is able to connect with the past while documenting the present for the future.
Upon completion of a three-year apprenticeship at Jun Kaneko Studio in 2008, Sumnik has been maintaining his own studio, showing work, and teaching the art of ceramics to youth in both Omaha and Detroit.