Achievements | Graham named one of six Eisner Award judges

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Achievements | Graham named one of six Eisner Award judges

Le Sueur joins D.C. panel; Riepe earns honor
Richie Graham
Richie Graham

Richard Graham, associate professor and media librarian for the University Libraries, has been named one of six judges for the 2015 Eisner Awards.

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, known as Eisner Awards, is perceived as the “Oscars” of the comics industry. Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the awards honor creative achievement in American comic books. For more information about the other judges click here.

Graham, who is also managing editor of SANE Journal (Sequential Art Narratives in Education), an academic electronic journal dedicated to using comic books in the classroom, will review materials in 25 categories and travel to San Diego in April to meet with the other judges to finalize the nominations. The results in all categories will be announced during a gala awards ceremony at Comic-Con International: San Diego on July 10.

In 2012 Graham was nominated for an Eisner Award for editing “Government Issue: Comics for the People,” a collection of comics produced for the United States federal and state government agencies.

Other recent awards and honors earned by the UNL community include:


James Le Sueur, professor of history who specializes in France and Algeria, was in Washington D.C. on Jan. 22 as a member of a panel discussing the Jan. 7 murders of 12 employees and artists of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. Le Sueur joined four other panelists for the gathering, which included several hundred members of the media, policymakers and think tank associates.

Le Sueur has been invited by several media outlets since the attacks to lend his expertise; he has been a regular contributor of essays in The Walrus and during his time on the Jan. 22 panel, spoke about the attacks’ intellectual aspects and historic implications.


Veronica Riepe, director of student involvement, was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Mid-Level Professional Award at the NASPA IV-West Regional Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Nov. 11.

The award was presented to an individual who has been in the profession more than five years, is a NASPA member and has made significant contributions to his or her campus, the regional organization and the profession.

Riepe’s NASPA involvement includes serving as the registration chair for the 2012 and 2013 IV-West Regional Conferences as well as major speakers co-chair for this year’s conference. She was previously involved with the National Association for Campus Activities, serving as the Iowa unit coordinator and chair of graphics/publications for the Upper Midwest Region, and she was named the region’s outstanding new professional in 1998.

This column is a regular feature of UNL 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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