SNU Alumnus Receives Emmy

BETHANY, Okla. (July 28, 2010) - Southern Nazarene University is proud to announce that alumnus, Toby Rowland (Class of 1995),has received his first individual Emmy Award of his career.

Rowland, sports reporter for NEWS 9, received the Award for his sports news feature “Disabled Athletes Show Courage, Compassion at Endeavor Games.”

"It was such an honor to be asked to participate with such an inspirational Oklahoman as Benny. And now to see his story recognized across the United States is really gratifying,” says Rowland.

Rowland said, "The greatest lesson I learned at SNU is how to find and tell a good story. Jim Wilcox, Dr. Pam Broyles and Marcia Feisal did a great job of emphasizing writing skills. They would repeatedly remind me that the people who excel in journalism, especially on television, are the people who know how to tell a good story. That sounds so simple, but it's true. I've always tried to seek out great stories and then get out of the way and let them tell themselves."

Rowland lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Jennifer, their two boys, Trevor andPayton, and daughter Chloe.

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