CoJMC Students Mark Nebraska State Chamber's 100th Anniversary

The Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce honored six University of Nebraska-Lincoln students at its annual Business Hall of Fame Banquet February 3.

The Nebraska Sate Chamber commissioned a magazine to mark their 100th anniversary with a look back at the state chamber's contributions to Nebraska's success.

Students honored at the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce

From left: Rich Bailey, Joe Weber, Emily Sears, Griffin Jelinek, Emma Petrie-Smith, Kinsley Fisher and Amy Struthers. Not pictured are Marcy Pursell and Scout Richters.

Amy Struthers, an associate professor of advertising and public relations, recruited students to research, report, write and design the Centennial magazine for and about the state chamber.

"We were able to give our students real-world experience and, at the same time, earn money to benefit our students of the future," Struthers said.

The state chamber donated $2,000 to the College of Journalism and Mass Communications' general scholarship fund.

Joe Weber and Charlyne Berens, also members of the J school, assisted with the project. Weber teaches business and economic reporting; Berens is an associate dean and teaches honors courses about freedom of expression, reporting and editing. Both have been team members for several journalism depth reporting magazine projects.

2012 Century

The students who were honored include:

Lincoln—Kinsley Fisher, designer; Griffin Jelinek, project manager, writer and researcher; Emily Sears, writer and researcher; Scout Richters, writer and researcher
Omaha—Marcy Pursell, editor and writer
Sioux City, Iowa—Emma Petrie-Smith, writer and researcher
The project was coordinated by the State Chamber Centennial Celebration Committee under the direction of past Chamber chairpersons Rich Bailey, Bob Harris and Tom Whalen. Every chamber member will receive a copy of the Centennial magazine.

About the Nebraska State Chamber
The Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the largest statewide business association that represents the business community before the Nebraska Legislature. The chamber's membership consists of businesses, organizations, non-profits, associations, chambers of commerce and individuals.