Professor Emerita Bourne Morris releases third book, RSJ announces scholarship in her name

Professor Emerita Bourne Morris releases third book, RSJ announces scholarship in her name

Bourne Morris, Reno resident and Reynolds School of Journalism professor emeritus for the University of Nevada, Reno will introduce her third novel, “The Red Queen Rules,” to the community at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec., 14, at Sundance Books and Music in downtown Reno. The event is free and open to the public. “The Red Queen Rules” is the third installment of her Red Solaris Trilogy suspense series. The series addresses the problems of campus violence.

“The Red Queen Rules” focuses on the potential violence that faces a university when a white supremacist is invited by a student group to give a speech on campus. Free Speech or hate speech? Red Solaris must confront her own feelings about an issue that challenges the very core of American education. Campus safety versus the First Amendment. At the same time, her beloved Detective Joe Morgan goes underground to rescue a child and suddenly disappears into the dangerous world of sex trafficking.

In his review, author Don Hardy wrote: “Morris hits it out of the park with this third novel…it is smart, fast-paced and utterly contemporary.” Author Ann Ronald calls the book “the best Red Queen mystery yet.”


RSJ Professor Emerita Bourne Morris

After her retirement from the University in 2009, Morris began to write a series of academic mysteries. The first “The Red Queen’s Run” was published in 2014. Her second book, “The Rise of the Red Queen” was published in 2015.

Professor Emerita Bourne Morris taught in the school of journalism from 1983 to 2009 after a successful career in New York advertising that culminated in the presidency of Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency in Los Angeles. Her professional work broke boundaries for women in business and her academic career helped hundreds of students succeed in their chosen professions.

Because of the impact Morris has had on hundreds of Reynolds School students the School has created a strategic communications scholarship in her honor.

Morris began her career as a writer for Ogilvy Advertising. She joined the Reynolds School faculty as a full professor in 1983. Her academic career focused on helping students aspire to always do their best in an ethical and thoughtful way. In addition to teaching, she served for six months as director of affirmative action and, in 2003, was elected chair of the University of Nevada, Reno Faculty Senate.

Morris’ long and notable career has been marked with numerous accomplishments and successes in both her professional life and during her tenure at the Reynolds School.

“The Reynolds School would not be what it is today if not for Morris’ influence and guiding hand,” Dean Al Stavitsky said. “The establishment of the Bourne Morris Scholarship in Strategic Communication will ensure that her legacy continues and that her support of students remains an important part of the Reynolds School well into the future.”

The Reynolds School values donors and relies on their gifts to enhance educational possibilities and student opportunities. If you would like to make a donation to the endowment, contact Laurice Antoun-Becker at or 775-784-4184.

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