Welcome to the Department of Communication


Faculty honored for years of service:


Ralph Hanson has been with UNK for 10 years, Nanette Hogg 25 years, George Lawson 30 years, and Jake Jacobsen for 15 years. We would like to thank them for their dedication to the Department of Communication and to UNK, they truly are difference makers.

Antelope News wins two awards

Work produced in the UNK Department of Communication class JMC 343: Video at the Antelope won two Eric Severaid Awards this past weekend. The accolades consist of First Place “Soft Feature” for a story on glass blowing by recent graduate David Mueller (’17) and Award of Merit “Newscast” for the Antelope News for 11-9-17. The newscast was produced by Haley Pierce (‘20) and included work by Rachel Arehart (’18), Hanna Hake (’19), Makayla Hogenson (’18), David Mueller (’17), Rachel Smith (’18), Sydney Norris (’18), and Natalie Stanley (‘19). The class was taught by Professor Jacob Rosdail.

The winning newscast can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu88Rdmb0mM and the winning feature begins at 13:53.

The Eric Sevareid Awards are given each year by the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association to the best work done by broadcast news operations and journalists working in small, medium and large markets in a six-state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Iowa, and Nebraska. JMC 343 will be offered again in the Fall of 2018.


Advertising students out and about:


5 Advertising and Public Relations students recently attended the “Big Events in the Big O” PRSSA Regional Conference held at UNO. In addition to touring several public relations and advertising agencies, the students gained a deeper understanding of the public relations process by listening to several professional speakers and participating in career-oriented workshops. Their trip was sponsored by the UNK’s Ad/PR Club and Students in Mass Media (S.I.M.M.).

Pictured from front to back: Katie Archer, Rachel Papez, Molly Stern, Madeline Maloley, and Amelia Cooper.

Dr. Sonja Bickford, assistant professor of communication, has received a prestigious Fulbright award to represent the Communication Department and UNK as a Fulbright Specialist April 9 - May 30, 2018 as a specialist in leadership development and communication. 

The Fulbright Specialist program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The host program is administered in Finland by Fulbright Finland Foundation and the Turku University of Applied Sciences, in Turku, Finland.

The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, alongside many distinguished figures around the world. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, CEOs, and university presidents, as well as leading journalists, artists, scientists, and teachers. They include 57 Nobel Laureates, 82 Pulitzer Prize winners, 70 MacArthur Fellows, 16 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Since its inception in 1946, more than 370,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the Program.
Fulbright Specialists are tasked to establish open communication and long-term cooperative relationships. As a Fulbright recipient and a representative of the United States Dr. Bickford will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with international partners in educational, political, cultural, economic, and scientific fields, as well as local host community.

Upon her return, Dr. Bickford, plans to share her experiences, knowledge, and partnerships with UNK and Kearney communities.


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Dr. Ben Myers and Dr. Tasha Dunn attended the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI last week. They presented on the panel Modern Romance as Modern Research: Embracing the Irreverence of Popular Culture to Understand Dating in the Digital Age. 


UNK Undergraduate Research Fellowship

On March 20, 2018, four undergraduate students mentored by one of our faculty participated in UNK's 20th annual Undergraduate Research Day by presenting their research projects at the poster session. #UNK #URF #Communication #Research #Posters

Communication at Emerson Elementary
Ben Myers and Tausha Dunn at Emmerson Elementary School

Ben Myers and Tasha Dunn hung out with the Emerson Elementary 5th graders on March 13th. They helped them work on writing and delivering their science fair presentations. They had a great time, but were happy to get back to teaching college aged students.

UNK Advertising Students, Self-Defense, and Promoting Local Business
woman exercising

Dr. Sonja Bickford and students in the Advertising Campaigns class took a self-defense class before pitching plans for promoting the Nebraska School of Martial Arts. "'As far as I could tell, they all enjoyed it very much,' Cahill said of the training." Click here for the full article.

Finals Week

The Spring 2018 Finals Week is April 30 - May 3, 2018. Here to see the Finals Week Exam Schedule.

Spring 2018 Commencement - UNK Health & Sports Center - Friday, May 4th - 10:00 AM
The Department of Communication is proud to announce the list of the Spring 2018 UNK Commencement:
****denotes Summa Cum Laude
*** denotes Magna Cum Laude
**   denotes Cum Laude
*     denotes Honorable Mention

Nada Alsakhairi Kearney, NE
Rachel Arehart*** Wilcox, NE
Ryan Boyd Merna, NE
Amanda Demilt Shelton, NE
Zoe Flynn*** Broken Bow, NE
Samuel Harper** North Platte, NE
Laura Hawk**** Kearney, NE
Gavin Higgins Valentine, NE
Donald Hjort Minden, NE
Makayla Hogenson** Wood Lake, NE
Margaret Housholder* Kearney, NE
Paula Jimenez Sanchez Barcelona
Shelby Larsen*** Minden, NE
Jacob Lawson* Kearney, NE
Courtney Lieman Grand Island, NE
Clayton Loghry* Grand Island, NE
Madeline Maloley Kearney, NE
Margo McKendree Lincoln, NE
Cody Moslander Pickrell, NE
Sydney Norris Kearney, NE
Rachel Papez Kearney, NE
Kendra Peters Kearney, NE
Ivy Prater**** Kearney, NE
Aaron Reekle Sugar Land, TX
Steven Singer Odessa, MO
Rachel Smith Kearney, NE
Sydney Stadler Kearney, NE
Molly Stern**** Kearney, NE
Marilyn Synek Kearney, NE
Jessica Turek** Gibbon, NE
Lauren Wagner North Platte, NE
Angel Yuman Bojorquez Kearney, NE