Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Jan. 6

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Achievements | Honors, awards, publications for Jan. 6

Recent accomplishments by the campus community were earned by Rhonda Fuelberth, Hope Wabuke and the Nebraska livestock judging team.


  • Hope Wabuke, assistant professor of English, is one of 37 writers to receive a $27,000 individual creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. The 2017 fellowships are in poetry. More than 1,800 applied for the honor. Wabuke is a writer, essayist and poet born in exile to Ugandan refugees. Her creative and scholarly work explores the literature of African scattered around the globe as well as larger questions related to immigration and refugees. For more information on Wabuke, click here.

  • Rhonda Fuelberth, associate professor of music education, received the Nebraska Choral Directors Association 2016 Nebraska Outstanding Choral Director of the Year award. The award recognizes 10 years or more teaching experience, high performance and literature standards, participation in association activities and promotion of choral music in the community. For more information, click here.


  • Nebraska’s livestock judging team finished its 2016 season with a fourth-place overall finish at the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. At the national event, the Nebraska team finished as the top team in hogs, third in performance cattle, and fifth in both sheep and reasons. The contest featured 30 collegiate teams competing in 13 events. Also this season, the Nebraska team finished first in cattle at the American Royal competition in Kansas City. This was the first time since 1976 that a team from the university won the cattle competition the contest. The team is coached by Brad Bennett and Kinsey Freeman, bot assistant extension educators. For more information on the season, including individual honors earned, 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

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