Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Jan. 13

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Jan. 13

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Recent accomplishments by the campus community were earned by Jeffrey L. Day, Melissa Fenton, Carole Levin and Richard Sutton.


Jeffrey L. Day, architecture program director and faculty member, has a design featured in Slate’s list for “The Best Things America Built in 2016.” The full article can be found here. The Blue Barn Theatre architectural design is also featured in Dezeen, an international architecture, interiors and design online magazine. For the full article, click here. This project was conceived as a new arts hub in a rapidly changing district near downtown Omaha. The experimental theatre opens to the city outdoors through a public open space anchored with a mixed-use building. Other members of the design team include: UNL architecture lecturers Ashley Byars and Geoff DeOld, Nebraska architecture alumni Daniel Conces and Dennis Krymuza, and E.B. Min and Kristen Smith.

Melissa Fenton, Nebraska Extension educator, has been named a National AfterSchool Association Next Generation of Afterschool 2017 honoree. Fenton was one of 34 individuals active in the afterschool community nationwide who were honored for their passion, creativity and commitment to youth. In her role with Nebraska Extension, Fenton works with Click2SciencePD, which is an interactive site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff or volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs serving children and youth. Fenton was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of AfterSchool Today and will be recognized during the 2017 National AfterSchool Association annual convention in Dallas, Texas, in March. For more information on Fenton’s work with Click2SciencePD, click here.

Carole Levin, professor of history and director of the medieval and Renaissance studies program, co-edited “A Biographical Encyclopedia of Early Modern Englishwomen.” Published in December, the volume includes more than 800 biographies of women, from the famous to unknown. The project included contributions from 24 Nebraska students. For more information, click here.

Richard Sutton, professor of agronomy and horticulture, received the Green Roof Excellence Award for Research for his book, “Green Roof Ecosystems.” The award was presented during the 2016 Cities Alive Conference in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

This column is a regular Friday feature of Nebraska Today. Faculty, staff and students can submit their achievements to be considered for this column via email to For more information, call 402-472-8515

Jeffrey L. Day
Melissa Fenton
Carole Levin
Richard Sutton (center) accepts the Green Roof Excellence Award for Research during the 2016 Cities Alive Conference in Washington, D.C.

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