The Norman Transcript

Education

October 10, 2012

Mike Boettcher awarded news and documentary honors for feature

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma journalism professor and decorated foreign correspondent Mike Boettcher gave his two most recent Emmy Awards to the university Tuesday afternoon.

Selected by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Boettcher’s news package, “American Valor: Home of the Brave,” was awarded two News and Documentary Emmys for outstanding feature and best story in a regularly scheduled newscast Oct. 1 in New York City.

“American Valor: Home of the Brave” aired on ABC’s “Nightline” over the 2011 Memorial Day weekend. Boettcher’s coverage was produced during a year-long effort in which he and his son, Carlos, used videos and photos to detail the personal stories of those serving on the front lines. Delivering lectures via Skype, Boettcher, along with OU journalism professor John Schmeltzer, helped students produce news stories with his material in a course titled “Afghan 101.”

“Today is another example of the kind of innovative things happening in this college,” OU President David Boren said. “This was a team effort between ABC News, Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, Professor John Schmeltzer and the students in the ‘Afghan 101’ course. We’re extremely proud that Mike has made history.”

Boettcher said his donation of the Emmys was in recognition of the students who participated in “Afghan 101,” whose efforts he said “kept me and my son inspired to press on during our two years in Afghanistan.”

“When we first dreamed of doing this ambitious project, it was the generosity of the Sarkeys Foundation that turned the dream into a reality,” Boettcher said. “They invested in our students, and public service was the only dividend they expected.  The entire college worked hard to meet those expectations, and the two National Emmys are proof of that.”

“American Valor: Home of the Brave” is available on YouTube. Information and student stories are available on afghan101.ou.edu.

 

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Education
  • honor_roll.jpg Local students make the grade

    Norman Public Schools has released the most recent honor rolls. Click a school to see if you know a student who made the grade.

    View honor rolls for Norman High School | Norman North High School
    Alcott Middle School | Irving Middle School | Longfellow Middle School | Whittier Middle School

    June 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Hope Trunk travels to Norman

    The rustle of paper could be heard as students meticulously folded one crane, then another and another Friday afternoon. After reading the inspiring story, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,” Cleveland Elementary School fifth graders ...

    April 19, 2014

  • Little Axe students eligible for GEAR UP University

    Little Axe Public School students entering the ninth-12th grade in the fall 2014 are eligible to apply to GEAR UP University, a summer academic and leadership program available only to 24 state school districts during June 2014....

    April 18, 2014

  • Record number of NPS students selected for Duke program

    A record number of Norman Public Schools seventh-graders have been selected for Duke University’s Talent Identification Search for State and National Recognition. Fifty-one students were identified via a competitive testing process for ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Free Employment Law webinar offered by MNTC

    On May 6, Moore Norman Technology Center’s Business Development Center will host a free webinar titled “Employment Law — The Basics.” The hourlong webinar, led by Robert Norman, Esq., attorney with Cheek & Falcone PLLC, and Greg Kieson, ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Norman High Speech and Debate Team wins state championship

    Briar White’s heart pounded in his chest as he clasped the hands of several classmates and Booker T. Washington High School was announced as the second-place finisher. White said he was elated to hear second place announced because he ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Norman High, North named top schools in nation

    Norman High and Norman North have once again been identified as two of the most rigorous high schools in the state and nation. The Washington Post’s 2014 Most Challenging High Schools list, the first of annual national high school ...

    April 16, 2014

  • Norman teachers excited about professional development

    Norman Public Schools’ teachers are focused on students and want to take advantage of professional development, Beth Spears, director of Staff Development and Student Achievement, said was the overall response teachers had to a recent ...

    April 15, 2014

  • MNTC to host board meeting this week

    The Moore Norman Technology Center Board of Education will meet in a regular board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on the Norman campus, 4701 12th Ave. NW....

    April 15, 2014

  • Dar Local students win contest

    Three Norman students were rewarded first place for trying their hands at fiction essays for the Oklahoma Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest. Sean Cheng, Karina Feng and Keever Jane Greer wrote captivating ...

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo