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2008.05.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Hilt Named Assistant Dean for College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

Omaha - Michael Hilt, professor and interim general manager for Classical 90.7 KVNO and UNO Television, has been appointed assistant dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Dr. Hilt’s appointment is effective July 1.

Dr. Hilt will continue to maintain general oversight of the media operations and lead the integration of UNO’s television and radio stations into the academic enterprise. Dr. Hilt will assume additional duties within CFAM, including coordinating strategic planning, outreach, community partnerships and grant writing. Dr. Hilt brings more than 20 years of administrative, academic and industry experience to this position.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to serve UNO and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media as assistant dean,” Hilt said. “I look forward to working with Dean Baker and my colleagues in CFAM."

Robert Franklin has been named CFAM director of media operations, also effective July 1. In this role Dr. Franklin will oversee the daily operations of KVNO and UNO TV and will teach courses in the School of Communication.

Dr. Franklin comes to UNO from Arkansas State University, where he currently serves as station manager for KASU-FM. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in Heritage Studies from ASU; a MA degree in English/Communication from Jackson State University and a BS degree in Radio/TV from JSU.

"I am excited about the opportunity to work with the talented professionals at KVNO, UNO TV as well as teach and mentor outstanding students at UNO,” Franklin said. “I look forward to working with faculty, staff and learning more about and working with the community at large."

The CFAM director of media operations will report to the assistant dean.

“The new structure allows UNO TV, KVNO and the entire college to take full advantage of the talents, abilities and experiences of two outstanding professionals,” said Gail F. Baker, CFAM dean. “We gain depth in all three of our strategic missions—focus on students, academic excellence and community engagement.”

For more information, call (402) 554-2762.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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