OMAHA, Neb – May 20, 2014 – The University of Nebraska (UNO) College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) honored two distinguished alumni and an outstanding corporate citizen at their inaugural Distinguished Alumni and Corporate Citizen Awards May 9, 2014.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest alumni award conferred by IS&T, honoring alumni who have gone through IS&T’s programs and gone on to become high-achieving IT leaders in their field. Honorees are Michelle Brozek (CS ’96) and Bradley Rhine (CS ’94).

The Outstanding Corporate Citizen Award recognizes organizations who have provided outstanding support for IS&T. This year’s honoree is Sue Thaden, CEO of CRi.

The following are descriptions of the award recipients’ professional accomplishments and service to the university and its alumni.

Michelle Brozek (CS ’96) – Brozek, co-owner of Method Development, works with clients nationwide to build software solutions to make businesses run more smoothly. Brozek has over 15 years of experience in IT Project Management, System Design and Software Testing. Method Development recently celebrated 9 years of custom software development and operates a SaaS Website Content Management System (CMS), WEBHORNET™.

Bradley Rhine (CS ’94) – Rhine has over 20 years of experience applying information technology assets to various domains including financial, human resources, payroll and benefits business services. He has served in a variety of technical and executive roles, with positions in sales, marketing, and engineering for product and service entities ranging from pre-IPO startups to public companies in the Fortune 500. Rhine is currently co-founder and CIO of CloudMills, providing revolutionary SaaS multi-platform data integration and process management services for human resources and related business domains.

Sue Thaden – Thaden, President/CEO of Client Resources, Inc (CRi), founded the company in 1999. CRi is a leading provider of IT Consulting and Project Services in the Midwest. Sue was the 2013 Chairman of the Board of Directors for TechServe Alliance and is a member of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Board. She has been a member of Strategic Coach, an entrepreneurial coaching program, since 2001. She is on the PKI Information Science and Technology Dean Advisory Board and is the Chair of the Women in IT Fund Task Force, both at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

About The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s metropolitan university. The core values of the institution place students at the center of all that the university does; call for the campus to strive for academic excellence; and promote community engagement that transforms and improves urban, regional, national and global life. UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908.

The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha represents the joint efforts of the University of Nebraska, the State of Nebraska, and private industry to address the growing global needs for knowledgeable professionals in Information Technology (IT). The College was established at UNO in 1996 to meet the growing demand for IT graduates in the Omaha metropolitan and surrounding area.