MNU, NNU alumni win regional Emmys
Friday, November 1, 2013
St. Louis, Missouri
By Sarah Glass for NCN News
Three Nazarene university alumni recently won Emmys at the Mid-America Regional Emmy Gala on October 5 in St. Louis.

Greg Sheffer, a 1993 graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University; Bryan Rich, MNU Class of 2006, and Lee Rudeen, Northwest Nazarene College (now University) Class of 1990, collaborated on several films for the documentary series Olathe — The City Beautiful. Sheffer won Emmys in the historical documentary, cinematography, and writing categories. Rich and Rudeen, former Church of the Nazarene Global Mission Communications videographers, each won Emmys for cinematography. Rich received an additional Emmy in the historical documentary category.

Each five- to 10-minute film in the series tells the stories of people, places, and events in the city of Olathe, Kansas' history. The project began in 2005 when Sheffer approached the Olathe Historical Society with the idea for a film series. The series' first volume, completed in 2011, contained three films and won Emmys in the historical documentary, cinematography, and writing categories.

Rich and Rudeen received Emmys for a film on the third volume. Titled A Foundation to Build Upon, the duo's film documents the childhood of Kansas City, Missouri, urban developer J. C. Nichols, who grew up in Olathe.

The series' second and third volumes won a total of eight Emmys at the 2013 regional gala.

According to the Mid-America chapter's website, it is one of 19 regional chapters of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the standard-bearers for excellence in the television broadcasting industry and the gatekeepers of the prestigious regional EMMY® Awards.
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