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2011.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

The Knowledge Network Announces Scholarship Winners

Omaha - The 2011 The Knowledge Network Scholarships have been awarded to Peter Freeze, Creighton University; Risa Barrett, Metropolitan Community College; and Brandon Bartling, University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The three students were chosen based on these criteria: Current and Fall 2011 students who will attend Creighton University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha or Metropolitan Community College.

Applicants must plan to major in media production/broadcasting (TV/Radio/Film/Video Journalism) and be a student who has consistently maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Each will receive $600 to continue pursuing their degrees.

"A major component of the work we do at TKN is to mentor and encourage the next generation of broadcast journalists," said Joyce Bunger, TKN board chair. "Providing them with a venue to showcase their work is very important."

Regarding Brandon Bartling’s scholarship at UNO, Dr. Robert Franklin, TKN President said, “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”. 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.

Bob Maass, Metropolitan Community College Video/Audio Production faculty, said, “Risa is an exceptional student here at Metro and she will be graduating from the Video/Audio Communication Arts Department in May. She always has a smile on her face and is always ready to work within a team to accomplish projects. She won first place in the Art/Experimental category in the 2010 Elkhorn Valley Film Conference. Risa will be using her scholarship award while continuing her education taking classes in the Electronic Imaging and Graphics department here at Metro.”

In commenting on Peter Freeze, Dr. Eileen Wirth, professor and chair of the Journalism Department at Creighton University said, “Peter is a talented video photographer and a fine, well-rounded student who has participated in such things as our Backpack Journalism program. He's especially valuable for the work he does promoting Creighton Admissions. We are very proud of him.”

The mission of The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha, as an educational consortium, is to deliver local educational television programming for the benefit of all learners in the community. Membership Includes: Creighton University, Metropolitan Community College, Omaha Public Schools, University of Nebraska at Omaha and Westside Community Schools. The Knowledge Network of Greater Omaha broadcasts on Cox Cable Channels 17 and 18 and QWEST Choice TV Channels 79 and 25. Additional information is available at www.tknomaha.org.

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