June 29, 2007

Graduate students receive scholarships

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE — Two graduate students in Southern Illinois University Carbondale's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts are receiving scholarships for their work.

Rachel L. Gartner of Mulkeytown and Joshua W. Green of Rochester recently received the Dr. Richard M. Uray Broadcasting Scholarship. The scholarships are approximately $1,750 apiece, and are presented to students who are preparing for a broadcasting career.

"We looked at all the graduate students and they clearly seemed to have done superior work," said John L. Hochheimer, professor and chair of the college's Department of Radio and Television. "We wanted to recognize them for their hard work and success. We are delighted to be able to split award between them."

Gartner earned a bachelor's degree in radio and television from SIUC in May 2005; Green earned his bachelor's degree, also in radio and television from SIUC, in December 2005. Both are pursuing master's degrees in professional media practices.

The award has been presented for several years, and is a result of a gift the SIU Foundation received from Uray's estate.

Uray taught at SIUC from 1957 to December 1965. He left for the University of South Carolina, where he taught for another 30 years. While at SIUC, Uray was television coordinator and production director for the SIU Broadcasting Service, and operations manager at WSIU-TV, which went on the air in the fall of 1961.