As soon as Rick arrived on campus in 2008, he began “rebuilding the wheel” in UNK’s Fine Arts Center. His efforts resulted in an upgrade of the Recital Hall’s recording system to the highest possible standards, and in a complete redesign of audio routing for amplification and communication distribution systems in the Drake Auditorium. “He has elevated the quality and consistency of sound tremendously,” says William Jurma, Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Humanities. “His attitude is positive and altruistic and he is a pleasure to work with.”
Pictured: Chancellor Doug Kristensen, Elle Scholwin, Richard Scholwin, Regent Whitehouse
In 2011, Rick earned commendation for achievement in sound design at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work with the UNK Theatre and Dance Program production of Corn Man. His abilities and accomplishments have led to a continual expansion of duties that now include serving as production engineer for the campus radio station and the Department of Communication; guest lecturing for radio workshop and audio production courses; overseeing live sound set-ups, remote and athletic broadcasts, and production of station imaging; serving as lead audio engineer consultant for campus public address events, event web streaming, and facility upgrades; troubleshooting campus audio systems; engineering sound systems for events such as commencement and convocation; and mentoring students in the Thompson Scholar Program and Audio Assistant Work-study Program. The UNK community has come to depend on Rick and the trust and respect his colleagues have in him is well-deserved.
With Rick is his wife, Elle, a senior lecturer at UNK. Congratulations, Rick, on your exemplary work at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.