Peru, NE, United States

Peru State College
Peru, NE, United States

Peru State College is a public four-year liberal arts institution located in Peru, Nebraska, in the Midwest region of the United States. Founded by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1865, making it the first and oldest institution in Nebraska, it would undergo several name changes before receiving its current name.The college is organized into three schools, each supporting a different set of majors, including a graduate program, plus an extensive online education program that is credited with the college's most recent successes. It occupies over twenty buildings on a beautiful 104-acre campus known as the "Campus of a thousand oaks". Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 17, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its ranking of Nebraska’s best colleges for 2017. Of the 20 four-year schools included on the list, Creighton University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Doane College Crete and Hastings College were the top five schools. Of the 9 two-year schools included in the ranking, Western Nebraska Community College, Mid-Plains Community College, Metropolitan Community College, Northeast Community College and Southeast Community College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “A strong educational foundation can open a lot of doors when it comes to starting a new career,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “These Nebraska colleges and universities have distinguished themselves by providing excellent service to student through quality degree programs and career resources.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Nebraska” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also analyzed based on additional metrics including program offerings, employment services, academic counseling, opportunities for financial aid, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Colleges in Nebraska” list, visit: Nebraska’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bellevue University Chadron State College Clarkson College College of Saint Mary Concordia University-Nebraska Creighton University Doane College-Crete Grace University Hastings College Midland University Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Nebraska Wesleyan University Peru State College Union College University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska Medical Center University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wayne State College York College Nebraska’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Central Community College Little Priest Tribal College Metropolitan Community College Mid-Plains Community College Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Nebraska Indian Community College Northeast Community College Southeast Community College Western Nebraska Community College ### About Us: was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

News Article | October 31, 2016

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - October 31, 2016) - Pinnacle, one of the nation's leading multifamily management firms, announces the promotion of Valery Carter to a regional property manager position with oversight for six apartment communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. She brings 17 years of multifamily experience with apartments, condos and retail space to the North Texas team. Carter reports to Toni Rials, regional vice president, who is currently responsible for a 9,314-unit portfolio. "Valery has proven herself to be a strong leader, mentor and operator," said Rials. "I am so excited to watch her career grow and know that she will benefit the entire Dallas team with her operational expertise, strong customer service skills and in depth understanding of Pinnacle's operating platform." Carter began her career as a leasing agent in Omaha, Neb., and was quickly promoted to a property manager role. From the onset, she learned to orchestrate all facets of a large unit property while motivating employees to do their best work and focusing on resident satisfaction and retention. Carter finessed her management skills at three separate companies -- Gaines Investment Trust, The Lund Company, and The Richdale Group -- prior to joining Pinnacle in 2015. As a property manager for one of Pinnacle's largest communities in Dallas, Carter not only oversaw all elements of operations but she also placed great emphasis on instilling the company's mission to maximize positive interactions with team members, customers and clients. She advanced at developing high-performing teams, driving revenues and providing consistent and prompt resolution for community residents. Carter brings each of these talents to her regional position. Carter is a graduate of Peru State College in Peru, Neb., where she focused her studies on business administration, management and real estate. She is currently working on her Certified Apartment Manager certification through the National Apartment Association. Pinnacle Property Management Services, LLC, ("Pinnacle") is a privately held national real estate provider specializing in third party management of multifamily residential communities. As one of the nation's preferred third-party managers, Pinnacle's portfolio includes over 165,000 residential units and 2.5 million square feet of commercial assets. With the Corporate headquarters located in Dallas, Texas, Pinnacle has more than 4,000 employees located in 32 states. For more information, visit

Protomagalhaensia cerastes n. sp. is described from nymphs and adults of the Pallid cockroach, Phoetalia pallida. Gamonts of Protomagalhaensia species are elongate and serpentine in general shape, but associated gamonts of P. cerastes are considerably smaller than those of other species of Protomagalhaensia. Primites and satellites of P. cerastes average total lengths of 323.1 μm and 317.9 μm, respectively; whereas similar stages range from 400.0 μm to 650.0 μm in the other 4 species within the genus. All species of Protomagalhaensia possess dolioform oocysts. Oocysts of Protomagalhaensia granulosae and Protomagalhaensia serpentula also possess apical corner spines or knobs that are absent in the oocysts of Protomagalhaensia wolfi, Protomagalhaensia blaberae, and P. cerastes. The oocysts of P. granulosae possess a lateral depression unique among members of the genus, while P. cerastes and P. wolfi possess distinct polar plates absent in other members of the genus. Oocysts of P. cerastes are notably smaller than those of P. wolfi in both length (7.3 μm vs. 9.2 μm) and width (4.5 μm vs. 5.5 μm). © 2010 The Helminthological Society of Washington.

Metacercariae of Panopistus pricei (Brachylaimidae) are common parasites of 2 species of terrestrial gastropods (Neohelix albolabris; Webbhelix multilineata) in southeastern Nebraska. Field data were collected to determine if individuals of N. albolabris and W. multilineata function as ecologically equivalent second intermediate hosts of P. pricei along a transect on the western edge of the Missouri River. Metacercariae were recovered and measured from samples of 30 snails of each species collected at each of 6 sites; whole kidneys from snails of both species were examined to quantify microhabitat use. Microhabitat use of P. pricei did not differ between host species; in both N. albolabris and W. multilineata, metacercariae were concentrated in the primary ureter and occurred throughout the kidney proper. Prevalences and mean abundances did not differ between host species at any site, nor did the relationship between parasite abundance and host size. Prevalences and mean abundances across sites were positively correlated between host species. At 2 sites, demographics of metacercariae differed between host species, suggesting short-term differences in the history of encounters with cercariae in the environment and differences in transmission to shrew definitive hosts. Overall, N. albolabris and W. multilineata appear to be equivalent and required second intermediate hosts of P. pricei in the area studied. © American Society of Parasitologists.

Prosorhynchoides fabulus n. sp. (Trematoda: Bucephalidae) is described from the intestine of white bass Morone chrysops (Moronidae) collected from the Neches River in the Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas, U.S.A. The new species is characterized by a relatively large cirrus sac extending anteriorly to the level of the ovary and cecum, a mouth nearly exactly midbody, obliquely arranged testes, a serpentine excretory bladder limited to the hindbody, and small size (<500 m). The extent of the cirrus sac distinguishes P. fabulus n. sp. from most other species in the genus in North America. The new species displays similarities to Prosorhynchoides carvajali, Prosorhynchoides labiatus, and Prosorhynchoides megacirrus in the extent of the cirrus sac but differs from these species in combinations of the location of the vitellaria, position of the pharynx and mouth, extent of the excretory bladder, arrangement and position of the gonads, and body size. © 2016 The Helminthological Society of Washington.

Protomagalhaensia blaberae Peregrine, 1970 is redescribed from the type host, the Bolivian cockroach Blaberus boliviensis. Complete morphometric data on all life cycle stages is presented, the taxon is stabilized with the deposition of new voucher specimen material, and P. blaberae is distinguished from all other species in the genus (Protomagalhaensia cerastes, Protomagalhaensia granulosae, and Protomagalhaensia wolfi). Species of Protomagalhaensia are distinguished by differences in relative metric ratios, morphology of oocysts, and by relative metric ratios of mature gamonts in association. The status of Protomagalhaensia serpentula is considered and the taxon is determined species inquirenda. © The Helminthological Society of Washington.

Protomagalhaensia granulosae Peregrine, 1970, is redescribed from the type host, the discoid cockroach, Blaberus discoidalis. Complete morphometric data on all life cycle stages is presented, and P. granulosae is distinguished from other species in the genus and stabilized with the deposition of new voucher specimen material. Species of Protomagalhaensia are distinguished by differences in relative metric ratios, morphology of oocysts, and by relative metric ratios of mature gamonts in association. © 2011 The Helminthological Society of Washington.

Complete synoptic redescriptions, including complete morphometric data for all life cycle stages, species recognition characters, and differential comparisons are presented for the 4 gregarine species comprising Blabericola. Blabericola cubensis (Peregrine, 1970), Blabericola haasi (Geus, 1969), Blabericola migrator (Clopton, 1995), and Blabericola princisi (Peregrine, 1970) are redescribed from their type hosts, i.e., the discoid cockroach Blaberus discoidalis, the lobster cockroach Nauphoeta cinerea, the Madagascar hissing cockroach Gromphadorhina portentosa, and the Bolivian cockroach Blaberus boliviensis, respectively. These gregarine species descriptions are stabilized through deposition of extensive new voucher collections. Species of Blabericola are distinguished by differences in relative metric ratios, morphology of oocysts, and by relative metric ratios of mature gamonts in association. This work is discussed as a model for morphological species descriptions in the Eugregarinorida including the 6 principles for morphological gregarine species descriptions, i.e., a centroid and population variation approach, adequate sample size, partitioning developmental variation and sexual dimorphism, recognition and minimization of fixation and physiological artifacts to eliminate false morphotypes, and comparative data sets across multiple life cycle stages. © 2012 American Society of Parasitologists.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: PHYLOGENETIC SYSTEMATICS | Award Amount: 443.00K | Year: 2010

The project surveys and documents the biodiversity of North American cockroaches and their gregarine parasites. This is the first comprehensive survey of North American cockroaches since 1917 and the project will discover and describe 60-120 new parasite species. These parasites of insects, although closely related to the malarial parasites of humans, do not infect vertebrates. Of the 72 cockroach species known in North America, only 8 infest humans. The project discovers and documents cockroach and gregarine diversity through field survey, preparation of permanent museum collections, and the generation and analysis of morphological and molecular data. The project quantifies the effects of host species diversity and the environment on speciation using controlled studies of parasite development and experimental cross-infection of parasites among host species.

The project examines a basic question of biodiversity: what roles do host diversity and environmental conditions play in the formation and persistence of parasitic species? These questions underlie all biodiversity survey and their solution is key to understanding the formation and persistence of biodiversity as well as techniques for rapidly discovering and describing new species. Pragmatically, the project builds a specimen base to investigate and monitor the effects of climate change on biodiversity: cockroach distributions are delimited by climate but have not been surveyed in almost a century. The PI is in a small, rural, undergraduate institution. The project will train several undergraduate students who will likely choose to pursue careers in science as a direct result of their research experience.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: EXP PROG TO STIM COMP RES | Award Amount: 267.00K | Year: 2013

This project tests whether streams and lakes in the Big Thicket National Preserve (BTNP) in East Texas harbor a higher diversity of animal species than streams and lakes in surrounding, unprotected areas. This will be accomplished via a comprehensive survey of the parasites of fishes in the BTNP and the surrounding area that encompasses the historical range of the Big Thicket. Parasites will be utilized as indicator species for overall biodiversity and community interactions, and is expected to include at least 220 parasite species from 8 animal groups and at least 95 species of fishes.
The project will greatly accelerate discovery of new species in an area under intense human pressure, provide critical, informative tests of the utility of conservation preserves in protecting natural ecosystems, and will help inform future decisions regarding conservation design and protection of natural resources. In addition, the project will enhance the nations public museum holdings of parasite and fish specimens (at least 1,600 new lots of specimens), enhance infrastructure for research and education of students in STEM disciplines at a small, rural college, provide opportunities and effective avenues for student advancement towards careers in the sciences, and contribute to ongoing research and conservation endeavors, including the Big Thicket All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory coordinated by the National Park Service.

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