Homecoming weekend at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications

Friday, October 7, 2022 - 5:00pm

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications had a lot to celebrate during UNL’s 2022 Homecoming weekend. 

On Thursday, Sept. 29, Norberto (Rob) Ayala-Flores, 1984 graduate, was honored as a multicultural homecoming distinguished alumni at the multicultural social sponsored by the Nebraska Alumni Association and the Alumni of Color Network.

Flores is the president and owner of Puente Marketing in Kansas City, MO. As a first-generation Latino he’s passionate about helping his clients make connections between the growing Latino market and the U.S. advertising industry.

At Puente, Flores builds connections between Hispanic consumers and general market brands based on cultural insights, relevant messaging and targeted analytics. He also currently serves on the board of Resurrection Catholic School in KCK, The University of Kansas Medical Advancement Board, The University of Kansas-Edwards IMC Advisory Board, Kansas City Ad Club and The Center for Practical Bioethics.

On Friday, Sept. 30, we hosted our annual homecoming celebration at Andersen Hall. Alumni from all across the country joined us for an evening of drinks, conversation, hors d’oeuvres, yard games and a photo booth.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the students in the UNLimited Sports experience lab program hosted the first pregame show live from the Pepsi UNLimited Sports Lab.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, Channel 8 KLKN-TV hosted a Congressional District One debate between State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks and Rep. Mike Flood at Andersen Hall.

Since the debate was at Andersen Hall, a handful of College of Journalism and Mass Communications students were able to practice what they had been learning this semester in their Experience Lab programs.

Student broadcasters from Nebraska Nightly helped set up and produce the livestream on Channel 8 and student reporters from Nebraska News Service covered the debate and took photos throughout the evening.