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SCOLA Founder to be Inducted into Journalists Hall of Fame

The late Rev. Leland “Lee” Lubbers, S.J., will be one of five “journalism legends” inducted into the Omaha Press Club Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 4.

From 1965 to 1993, Fr. Lubbers taught the history of art and sculpture at Creighton University. While at the University, he discovered how satellite dishes could capture foreign television broadcasts. Creighton students soon were viewing Russian programming via a satellite dish Fr. Lubbers purchased in 1981.

Fr. Lubbers was named director of the Creighton Satellite Network, establishing and serving as the first president of SCOLA (Satellite Communications for Learning). Today, SCOLA, which Fr. Lubbers moved to McClelland, Iowa, in 1993, retransmits television broadcasts from more than 80 countries in 70 languages via satellite and the Internet. The broadcasts, including news and entertainment programming, are available to schools and college campuses as well as cable television subscribers throughout North America.

Fr. Lubbers’ work will be recognized at a 6:30 p.m. awards ceremony at the Omaha Press Club. Other honorees include include Ninette Beaver, John Gottschalk, Gary Kerr, and Lee Terry. Reservations may be made by calling 402.345.8008.