Dean's Update: June 2022

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 4:45pm

Dear Alumni and Friends,

We had a wonderful turnout for our KRNU 50th Anniversary Party. Alumnus and DJ D-Wayne and live music from The Garage Band, featuring Emeritus Professor Jerry Renaud, kept us rocking throughout the evening. We even had a specialty drink called The Red Phone to remind us of our Avery Hall days! Check out this video from the event with some of our big name KRNU/KNUS alumni reflecting on their time in college radio.

You can continue to support KRNU by donating to the KRNU Excellence Fund or purchasing apparel from the KRNU store until June 30. As an example of how important KRNU is to our college and our state, listen to the new podcast series "93 Counties" produced by our advanced audio content creation class. Each episode is a story from one of Nebraska's 93 counties, both rural and urban counties from the panhandle to the Missouri River.

I’m excited to share that the college recently received the College Journalism Award at the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Book and Journalism Awards for the “Being Black in Lincoln” depth reporting project. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in collegiate journalism that focuses on social injustices and human rights. This is the second time a depth reporting project from the college has been honored with a Kennedy award.

The generous $4.65 million gift to establish the Deepe Family Endowed Chairs in Depth Reporting will ensure we maintain preeminence in depth reporting for generations, while supporting the launch of our new Society of Professional Journalists chapter. This incredible story about the life and legacy of CoJMC alumna Beverly Deepe Keever and her family, written by CoJMC alumnus Carson Vaughan, and featured in the summer issue of the Nebraska Quarterly by CoJMC alumna and editor-in-chief, Kirstin Wilder, is worth the read.

This newsletter is filled with stories about our amazing students like Dulce Garcia who received the Bailey Lauerman Student Opportunity Scholarship and Ashleigh Kawaoka who won the Bailey Lauerman Design Diversity Challenge, Zach Wendling who received the O.J. and Christie Nelson Dream Big Award, Mai Vu who received the Nebraska PRSA Scholarship, Cole Peterson who received the Dana and Lynn Roper Internship Award, Emma Dostal and Claire Wiens who received the Kris Malkoski Internship Award and Jack Coil who received the J. Steve Davis Jump Start Award

We are also featuring superstar alumni like Lise Olsen who recently released her first book Code of Silence: Sexual Misconduct by Federal Judges, the Secret System that Protects Them and the Women Who Blew the Whistle, Bill Bennett who received the CoSIDA Lifetime Achievement Award and these Huskers who are making career moves.

We’ll be hosting alumni networking events in Denver and Detroit in the coming months. I hope you can join us if you are in the area!

Go Big Red!


Dean Shari Veil