Recent faculty accomplishments: July 2021

Sunday, July 4, 2021 - 8:00am

Assistant Professor Chris Graves was the featured guest on the “Piketon Massacre: Return to Pike County. The Victims Need a Voice” (Season 2, Episode 6).

Assistant Professor of Practice Monique Farmer wrote a June 2 PRSay article on the importance of a thoughtful public relations strategy to an organization’s success. 

A 2020 study by Kelli Boling was highlighted in a June 5 NBC News article on Americans’ love of true crime multimedia. 

Lecturer/t Brian Reetz presented at the Parkinson's Foundation Volunteer Leadership Summit on July 1.

Dean Shari Veil was a keynote speaker at the International Emerging from Emergencies conference on July 2. 

Associate Professors Valerie Jones and Changmin Yan received a University of Nebraska Collaboration Initiative Grant for their project titled Reducing loneliness in aging adults with mild cognitive impairment through smart assistant-powered technology: Testing intervention efficacy, optimal delivery modality, & mediation pathway. 

Professor Barney McCoy had an article, In the Trenches: College Student Online/Remote Learning Experiences During the Covid-19 Pandemic, published in the July edition of the Journal of Media Education. His research found that more than two-thirds of students report that they learned less because of the shift to online learning. He was interviewed by KCTV in Kansas City about his 1981 reporting on the collapse of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. He also produced a report for Nebraska Public Media on the return of a WWII sailor to Nebraska.  The sailor, Louis Tushla, died in Pearl Harbor, and his remains were identified last September. 

Associate Professor of Practice Michelle Hassler was a panelist on July 16 at the Solutions Journalism Educators Academy, a two-day training on teaching solutions journalism at the collegiate level. Hassler and three other educators – all former participants in the academy – discussed how they teach solutions journalism in their respective programs. Hassler participated in the first academy in 2018 and has since taught a solutions journalism graduate course and incorporated solutions journalism in the undergraduate reporting classes she teaches. She also has presented several solutions journalism workshops to media groups. The academy is an initiative of The Catalyst Project at the University of Oregon, in partnership with the Solutions Journalism Network.

Chris Graves Headshot
Chris Graves, assistant professor
Monique Farmer Headshot
Monique Farmer, assistant professor of practice
Kelli Boling Headshot
Kelli Boling, assistant professor
Brian Reetz Headshot
Brian Reetz, lecturer/t
Shari Veil Headshot
Shari Veil, professor and dean
Valerie Jones Headshot
Valerie Jones, associate professor
Changmin Yan Headshot
Changmin Yan, associate professor
Barney McCoy Headshot
Barney McCoy, professor
Michelle Hassler Headshot
Michelle Hassler, associate professor of practice