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2010.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

The Knowledge Network Awards Student Scholarships

Omaha - The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha (TKN) has awarded University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) student Brandon Bartling a $600 scholarship to continue his studies in communication. Bartling is a broadcasting major with a broadcast news focus, minoring in business.

This is the first time TKN has awarded scholarships. Applicants were required to supply proof of admittance to Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College or UNO (if a high school senior), a completed scholarship application, a 500-word essay, a DVD sample of his or her work and two letters of recommendation.

“This scholarship eases the financial burden of a college education,” Bartling said. “School becomes that much more affordable to me and allows me to focus on my education rather than finances. Thanks again to the School of Communication and The Knowledge Network for this scholarship.”

Bartling’s immediate plans include working on a business minor over the upcoming summer break. After graduation, he would not rule out working as a video editor at a TV station, and says his dream job would be to work behind the scenes at sporting events on a network such as ESPN or WGN. Ultimately, he wants to start his own video production business.

“Brandon was one of my students, did a very good job in my Radio Production I class and is a worthy recipient of this scholarship from TKN,” said Dr. Robert Franklin, TKN president. Dr. Franklin is also director of Media Operations for UNO Television and Classical 90.7 KVNO Radio and an assistant professor in the UNO School of Communication.

Other TKN scholarship recipients include: Tera Lutz of Creighton University; Robert Kasel of Metropolitan Community College; and Nicole Chamberlain of Omaha Public Schools. Videos of all recipients will appear on TKN in late April and early May.

TKN is a consortium of five educational institutions, which distributes a variety of educational and informational programming produced by its members for broadcast on Cox Communications and Qwest Choice TV. The consortium is managed, and facilities are provided by, UNO Television at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Members include Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Public Schools, UNO Television and Westside Community Schools.

TKN programming may be viewed on Cox Communications channels 17 and 18 and on Qwest Choice TV channels 25 and 74. Information on broadcasts of all UNO Television programs is available at http://tknomaha.org/program_guides/calendar.html. For information, contact Anne Hellbusch, marketing manager at UNO Television: (402) 554-2516.

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