TMU 5(17) -- August 19, 2008

Communication Scholars Johansen and Reilly Publish New Books
Ogden Book and Robinson-Moore Article Forthcoming

Kayser Professor Bruce Johansen and Associate Professor Hugh Reilly have just published important news books.

Johansen’s publications explain the global warming issue to adults and high school students. Reilly’s book offers a fresh perspective on Boys Town’s Father Flanagan.

Associate Professor Dave Ogden’s edited volume on baseball is due to be released later this month by the University of Mississippi Press. School of Communication faculty have now published nearly 50 books.

Meanwhile, Cynthia Robinson-Moore has her dissertation article, “Beauty Standards Reflect Eurocentric Paradigms-So What? Identity, Skin Color, and Black Females” accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue (vol. 4, no. 1) of The Journal of Race and Policy.

Hynes Guides First UNO Commencement
Communication Graduates More Than Two Dozen Students

Senior Vice Chancellor Terry Hynes, a communication professor, led students and faculty at the August Commencement.

College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media Dean Gail F. Baker and Dean for Graduate Studies and Associate Vice Chancellor Deborah Smith-Howell conferred degrees from the dais.

CFAM Assistant Dean and Professor Mike Hilt attended along with School of Communication Director Jeremy Lipschultz and Lecturer Rita Shaughnessy, who was recovering from a recent fall.

Two School of Communication graduate students received the Master of Arts degree: Keely Sue McAleer and Melani Rose Weale. Shereen Bingham advised McAleer’s thesis on conflict in relationships.

Alumna Busy In New Job
Perone Directs Career Unit

Michelle Perone, the new director of Career Exploration and Outreach (CEO), is busy developing campus outreach opportunities.

Perone holds the M.A. in Communication from UNO. She regularly works with School of Communication faculty on career workshops.

Local Media Cover Bomb Threat Training
Townley Photographs Media Coverage

Wendy Townley, assistant director of University Relations, monitored local media coverage of a recent police training exercise on campus.

Stan Schleifer, manager of Support Services, conducted interviews with local media following a bomb threat training exercise with the Omaha Police Department. As part of a planned training exercise, Omaha police officers were alerted to a bomb threat inside the Weber Fine Arts Building. Upon arrival, the officers learned that the threat was false. Campus Security also assisted with the training exercise.

This just in: Public Relations students from Maverick Solutions assisting the VA Nebraska-Iowa Health Care System achieved a record number of media placements for the recent Wheelchair Games at UNO.

Of Note
Excellence in Action

Alumna Jenn Mullins reported from her new job at the University of Alaska-Anchorage:

We're finally all unpacked and comfortable in the new house… I'm definitely settled into work and loving every second of it. Right now I'm two weeks out from the annual In-service. This is an all day event for faculty and staff to get on the same page with the college again. We do a guest speaker, lunch and conference-style break out sessions.

Our theme this year is finding treasure in the workplace. So we are doing a lot of pirate and treasure type things. I've made an adjustment to the college logo toreflect the theme… I'm also working on a half day web design training session for representatives from each of our 16 college divisions. This is a major restructuring plan, but thankfully I can turn it to the hands of each division and not have to do it on my own.

Dr. Ogden and Karen Weber will be happy to hear that all the training they gave me in writing a marketing/PR plan is finally coming into play for me. When I arrived,they did not have much of a plan. Just some ideas sketched out in an outline with few details. I am working on a formal plan in which I am evaluating each activity they have previously done AND asking for means of measurement. At this early stage I have already saved the college $2-3,000 and restructured several of their collateral items to fit the needs of the audience (likely producing more income in donation from industry leaders and alumni).

There are several roadblocks. I've quickly learned how far UNO is ahead of UAA. What I keep reminding myself is that as UNO celebrates it's 100th year, UAA is only celebrating its 50th. I see this as an amazing opportunity to be part of the next 50 years towards being as amazing as UNO. There is no doubt that whether intentionally or unintentionally, I was being groomed for this job. Every ounce of knowledge I have gathered over the last seven years from teaching to participating on the dean's search committee to being a teacher to being an advisor....I am using it all! I have been able to relate to the needs of this college on levels that they did not expect and offer suggestions that they had not considered. There is no doubt in my mind that I am where I am supposed to be!

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Lynnette Leonard was a source for an Aug. 9 Omaha World-Herald story on social networking websites.

Did You Know?
People in the News

Naeemah Ford (2004, Broadcasting) is competing in the Miss Georgia USA pageant. She works for CNN in Atlanta as a Radio Editor.

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Joann Kratky, business manager for CFAM's media operations, has agreed to work with the College's departments on budget management. Effective immediately, Joann will meet monthly with each department staff assistant, Dean Gail F. Baker announced. Staff assistants will meet monthly with Dean Baker and Assistant Dean Mike Hilt to review and discuss budgets.

Evidence of Excellence

1. Robert Franklin has begun his new position as general manager of UNO Television and KVNO-FM. Franklin also will teach a section of Radio Production I and is an assistant professor of communication.

2. The forensics team hosted a campus workshop on July 19. Twelve students, three coaches, and three alumni volunteers (Becky Boyer, Marty Ertz, and Teresa Oberdorfer) gathered at UNO to research speeches, select literature, and rehearse extemporaneous-speaking skills. The team is excited about welcoming three new recruits, Tessie Stednitz (Gretna High School), Blaine Miller and Luke Hoffman (both from Bellevue East High School) to the team’s roster.

Stednitz and Hoffman

Other forensics-related news includes: UNO Forensics Sep. 3 will sell School of Communication polo shirts for $20 each in the Arts & Sciences hallway, and all proceeds will be used to fund travel and operational expenses for the 2008-2009 competitive season; Selected forensics students will read poems, prose and/or drama Sep. 4 as part of the “Voices Against Violence” event, coordinated and implemented by Karen Weber and PRSSA; UNO Forensics will collaborate with the Service Learning Academy to host the annual UNO event, Constitution Day on Sep. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MBSC fireplace lounge; The team will travel to Hastings, NE Oct. 4-5 for the first tournament of the 2008-2009 competitive season; The team will host a UNO Forensics reunion in October to honor of the campus-wide centennial celebration for alumni competitors, coaches and supporters; and UNO will host the annual fall tournament with Doane College Nov. 15-16 in Crete, NE. UNo Forensics also has a new website:

The Week In Photos
Images from Around the School

Graduate students Saturday met with faculty.

A projector is installed in the new CPACS lecture hall.

The Lipschultz family sees the Cubs win!

Dates & Times
Mark Calendars for Interesting Events

20 – CFAM Retreat, College of St. Mary’s, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

21 - The annual Communication 101 session to welcome incoming students has been scheduled for Thursday, August 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in ASH 101.

26 - PRSSA Open House, MBSC, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

27 - School of Communication faculty, ASH 143 at 12 p.m.

31 – Sunday, Aug. 31, Back to School PRSSA picnic at Elmwood Park 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

3 – Forensics sells polo shirts.

4 - Thursday, Sept. 4: Student Center Plaza UNO Voices Against Violence campaign kickoff 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Mav Solutions has been contracted to plan this special event). UNO Forensics students perform readings.

5 - Friday, Sept. 5: PRSSA Day with PRSA Nebraska Professional Development Workshop Ironwood Country Club 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

15 – Constitution Day forensics speeches.

30 - Tuesday, Sept. 30: PRSSA Ethics Advocacy Panel MBSC Ballroom 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

4 & 5 – UNO Forensics @ Hastings College.

5 - Sunday, Oct. 5: La Notte Italiana (Italian Night fund raiser dinner) Swanson Hall Durham Museum 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

8 – Convocation at SPAC, 10 a.m.
CPACS Dedication, 11 a.m.
Centennial Reception, 12 p.m.

9 - HPER Groundbreaking, 10 a.m.

10 - CPACS Open House, 3 p.m.
Centennial BBQ, 6 p.m.

11 - Centennial Homecoming Open House Tailgate at 10:30 a.m.
Homecoming Football, 1 p.m.

17 - School of Communication students will be partnered on Friday, October 17 with students from Tulane, Florida State, Iowa, Missouri and St. Louis University for a day with Omaha investor and billionaire Warren Buffett.

24 - Friday, Oct. 24 to Tuesday, Oct. 28 National PRSSA Conference in Detroit.

30 - Thursday, Oct. 30 Halloween Bake Sale first floor ASH 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

15 & 16 – UNO Forensics @ Doane College.

20 - Thursday, Nov. 20 Thanksgiving Bake Sale first floor ASH 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

5 – Nebraska Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy will officiate at the CPM graduation on Dec. 5 at the new CPACS building on campus at UNO, 4 -6 p.m.

15 - High School Journalism Dinner, 6-9 p.m. at the MBSC Chancellor’s Room.

12 - Thursday, Feb. 12 Valentine's Day Bake Sale first floor ASH 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

26 - Thursday, Feb. 26, MBSC Nebraska Room Bateman team campaign event for National Banking Association College Program 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

12 - Thursday, March 12, MBSC Nebraska Room One-Five-0 and in Control Alcohol Awareness event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

31 - Thursday, March 31, MBSC Dodge Room Communication Career Development Workshop 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

23 - High School Journalism Workshop, 12 p.m. at the MBSC Ballroom.
28 - PRSSA Presentations, 4 p.m. at the MBSC Chancellor’s Room.
30 - 10 a.m. Scholarship Breakfast at the MBSC Chancellor’s Room; 5th Annual Alumni Panel at 1 p.m. at the MBSC Dodge Rooms); 54th Annual Awards Banquet, 6 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center.

8 - Friday, May 8, at the MBSC Ballroom School of Communication Graduation Breakfast 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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