Dean's Update: October 2022

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 3:15pm

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Thank you to all those who joined us for our Homecoming Celebration! We had a wonderful turnout of alumni and had the opportunity to show off the work-in-progress on our new studio and newsroom. The Ribbon Cutting on the new Don and Lorena Meier Studio will be on Nov. 17. Please join us if you are in the area! 

I know not everyone can make it back to Lincoln, that’s why I’m coming to you! Last Thursday we had 20 alumni tucked into the Lauritzen West Room of the Omaha Press Club for Drinks with the Dean. We have another 20 alumni who have RSVP’d so far for a reception on Monday night in New York City. I’ll be in the city with about 25 current students touring media outlets and agencies. The students are so excited to meet with our incredible alum in the Big Apple. If you’re in the NYC area and would like to join us at the reception, please RSVP for NYC.

In November I’ll be in Grapevine, Texas for the PRSA Educators Conference. If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area or are in town for the PRSA ICON Conference, please join me for cocktails and conversation. RSVP for Dallas.

We also have an opportunity for you to meet with our students virtually. On Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m., you can Zoom in to learn about the new Experience Lab program, hear from current students about what they are working on in and out of the classroom and ask questions about what college life is like today. Please RSVP for the virtual Student Showcase.

Want to get even more involved? We are putting together Alumni Curriculum Review Committees. You will receive an outline of our curriculum, syllabi for all required classes and a summary of electives and special programs. We’ll then convene a Zoom meeting to discuss the curriculum with faculty. Please complete this form to join a committee.

In the last month we hosted a congressional debate in Andersen Hall and promoted Democracy Day. We named our new Editorial Board and our inaugural Student of the Month. We were awarded our first Edward R. Murrow Award and multiple Broadcast Education Association On Location Awards. We celebrated inspiring female leaders, long-serving faculty members, and our wonderful donors and scholarship recipients. We also said goodbye to former faculty member Trudy Burge, alumni Brian Aust and Cassie Brenner and advertising and public relations student Nick Bisesi

This newsletter also features stories written by our alumni for the Nebraska Quarterly, including stories about athlete Name, Image and Likeness by Tony Moton, Operation Safe Harbor-Ukraine by Mandy Haase-Thomas, Multicultural Homecoming by Victoria Baker and the Evolution of Campus Fashion by Mekita Rivas.

We have a ton of authors who graduated from the CoJMC, and we want to feature all of you! While we might not be able to track down all the articles written by our alumni, we are going to try to track down all of your books. If you have ever written a book—fiction, non-fiction, textbook, etc.—we want to know. Please complete this form to share your book information with us and we will put together an article for an upcoming newsletter.

If you have a story idea you would like to share with us for the newsletter, please let us know. We are your alma mater, and we want to hear from you!

Go Big Red! 


Shari Veil in the Agency