Collegiate Awards

Mike accomplished what no other CFAM graduate ever has!
1- Outstanding Theatre Graduate
2- Outstanding CFAM Graduate
3- CFAM Deans Award

CFAM College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media

CFAM Dean Michael Hilt, Mike Burns & Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold

Mike Burns earns CFAM Dean’s Award at 2019 Honors Convocation.

Each year, UNO recognizes excellence and student achievement at its Student Honors Convocation.

Not only are students from each department and school recognized, but a select number are also chosen for college-wide and campus-wide awards. This year, 14 different students were selected for these awards not only their academic achievements but also their contributions to the university and community.

As a college Freshman, ‘All the world’s a stage’ initially meant nothing to Mike Burns. Just months later, thanks to a suggestions from a professor to get involved with UNO Theatre to help with his screenwriting class, he became familiar face on stage on and off campus.

Mike, who graduated magna cum laude with a BA in theatre in December 2018, appeared in many UNO theatre productions, including Dracula, Shakespeare’s Dog, Marat/Sade, and The Clearing. He also worked at SNAP! Productions, Omaha Community Playhouse and Benson Theatre.

“Even from the very beginning, UNO felt like home and totally embraced me with open arms,” he says. “To receive the CFAM Outstanding Student Award is amazing. It is a very humbling experience and means that all the hours of hard work and dedication it took to the very end has paid off.”

Since graduating, the Omaha native has been recognized nationally by the Broadcast Education Association for his original radio drama “A Dark Night in Arkham” and his voiceover work for UNO MavRadio’s “Haunted Heartland;” he also participated in a tour with the Stella Adler: Art of Acting Conservatory in Los Angeles. His future plans include performing in “The Woodsman” this summer at the Bluebarn Theatre and shooting a new local film called “CHIT.”

Mike says he has very simple advice for current and future students:

“You are enough. You have something special that no one else on the face of the planet has. Don’t try to change yourself to fit what someone else wants. Trust yourself.”


2019 National Audio Competition
Broadcast Education Association

Image may contain: Mike Burns, smiling

BEA’s international digital media and broadcast competition
for faculty and students. Over 300 participating schools and
over 1,500 annual entries from around the world.

Student Audio Competition
Comedy or Drama Category
1st Place: Michael Burns, University of Nebraska at Omaha
A Dark Night in Arkham
Faculty Audio Competition
Radio Station Promo, PSA, Commercial Category
Award of Excellence: Michael Burns & Jodeane Brownlee
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Haunted Heartland 2018 Promo


Actor, Director & Voice Over

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