Deb Schroeder
assistant vice chancellor for Information Technology, 308.865.8950

Jeremy Childress, network administrator for Information and Technology Services at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, has been named recipient of the 2012 UNK Technology Excellence Award.

Childress, who has been a network administrator for Information and Technical Services since 2005, supports the wired and wireless networks, as well as the cable TV infrastructure. He received $1,500 and is only the third person to receive the award. The first recipient was Kay Libbee, a UNK programmer/analyst, and last year’s recipient was Dylan Evans, a system administrator.

Childress received multiple nominations for the award. A nomination from Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) personnel noted that when MONA received grant funding from the Peter Kiewet Foundation to introduce wireless access to the Internet at the museum to give students and visitors the ability to tap into the Internet for assignments, Childress was contacted to assist in installing the equipment.

“Jeremy tenaciously and persistently pursued these tasks, utilizing all available resources to try to solve problems, especially those associated with the new system,” she said. “Even when frustrated, he maintained decorum and a sense of humor.”

Another nomination noted: “Jeremy is always willing to help with a problem, no matter how busy he is or what he is doing at the time. He has never been anything other than friendly and helpful during interactions with him.”