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May 22, 2007
The University posthumously awarded Cole Campbell an honorary doctorate of humane letters at the Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony, May 18, on the historic University Quadrangle. Campbell was Reynolds School of Journalism.
Campbell, a nationally distinguished journalist and educator, was pursuing a doctorate at the time of his death. He died following a single-vehicle automobile accident, January 5, 2007.
University President Milt Glick presented Campbell's wife, Catherine Werner, and son Clarke, 2, with a four-foot, white hood. The academic regalia signifies that the wearer has received a master's, doctoral or other advanced degree in journalism.
Campbell was remembered as a visionary whose leadership of the Reynolds School created endowments for faculty positions.
His is credited with pioneering new forms of journalism, including public journalism and new media, that engage citizens and their communities and enhance the relationship between journalism and democracy.
In recognition of Campbell's leadership, the Associated Students of the University of Nevada established five ASUN Cole Campbell Memorial scholarships. ASUN president Sarah Ragsdale and past president Jeff Champagne presented the scholarships to Reynolds School student recipients at the Savitt Awards Banquet, May 8.