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Committee Biographies

Rusty Earl - Director/Video Producer College of Education

  • Rusty Earl is a video producer and documentary filmmaker based in Kansas. For eight years, Rusty Earl had been producing and directing documentaries for the college of education at Kansas State University and other non-profits. He has produced/directed over a dozen films on topics such as education, African American history, performing arts, and refugee resettlement. His films have aired on local and regional PBS affiliate stations. In 2013, Rusty collaborated on the short film "My Brother Hyrum" that has been seen worldwide on BYUtv. Rusty got his start in film making years ago as a junior high school teacher while attending his first film festival with students. 

Katherine Karlin- Associate Professor of English

Tom Hallaq - Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

  • Tom Hallaq's professional background is in live television producing and directing. He was part of the startup news team for KSTU Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, UT were he also produced for the Utah Jazz broadcasts. He has also worked in News Operations for WDEF-TV, CBS, in Chattanooga, TN and for KNDU-TV, NBC, in Kennewick, WA. In addition to his work at network affiliates, he has also produced and directed several award-winning, independent productions and continues to stay involved as a working freelance professional in the video industry. Dr. Hallaq earned his Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communications from Brigham Young University, his Master's of Education (M.Ed.) from Eastern Washington University and a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from Idaho State University where he was also on the faculty as an Assistant Professor.

Nick Homburg -  Instructor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

  • Nick Homburg came to Kansas State University out of the private sector where he worked as an entrepreneur in freelance photojournalism, documentary film, and photography. He is currently an Instructor with the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications where he teaches Photography, Photojournalism and Drone Photography and Video. He first started his production company FotoProMedia in 1996 concentrating on portraiture, fashion photography, model management and corporate video. Nick earned his Master’s of Science in Journalism from Kansas State University and is currently working toward a Doctorate in Adult Learning at Kansas State University.

Shreepad Joglekar - Assistant Professor & Area Coordinator, Department of Art

  • Shreepad Joglekar received his BFA from Sir J.J. institute of Applied Art, Mumbai, India, and his MFA from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. Before immigrating to the US he has worked as an Indian language font designer and advertising photographer. He has completed residencies at the Weir Farm (Connecticut), The Millay Colony (New York), and A.I.R. (Kentucky). His work has been shown in the US, Canada, China, Germany, India, and the UK. He has presented at visual art, architecture, and history conferences in the US, and the UK. Exploring natural, cultural, and intellectual environments has been a dominant theme in his work.

Ryan Otto - Digital Scholarship Librarian & Assistant Professor, K-State Libraries

Jahvelle Rhone - Media Development Center Supervisor, Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC)