Article - Alumnus Dusty Jura returns to help advance UNK

Alumnus Dusty Jura returns to help advance UNK

Alumnus Dusty Jura returns to help advance UNK

Posted: mar, nov 26, 2013

KEARNEY—Nov. 26, 013—The University of Nebraska Foundation has selected Dusty Jura as director of development for the University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Education and the Athletic Department. He will help establish relationships with individuals and organizations interested in advancing the university through charitable giving.

Jura is a Columbus native and graduated from UNK in 2008 with a sports management major from the College of Education. As an Academic All-American member of the Lopers men's basketball team, he is considered among the school's top-ranking players of recent years. 

"I am excited to begin working with Dusty on development for the College of Education," said Ed Scantling, dean of the college. "As an alumnus, he understands our academic programs well, and I'm confident he will maintain the momentum we've built over the last several years."

Athletic Director Paul Plinske said, "I met Dusty my first month on campus and was impressed with his contagious personality and enthusiasm for UNK and Loper Athletics. He understands the road to success and is going to be a tremendous addition to the UNK family as we raise the resources necessary to compete in the MIAA."

Following graduation, Jura played professional basketball in Spain and Australia before starting a career in medical technology marketing.

Jura may be contacted at 308-698-5278 or 800-432-3216 and by email at

The University of Nebraska Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization raising private gifts to support the University of Nebraska for more than 77 years. In 2013, donors provided the university with $236.7 million for scholarships, medical and other research, academic programs, faculty support and facilities. The foundation's comprehensive fundraising campaign, the Campaign for Nebraska, concludes Dec. 31, 2014. For more information, visit


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