TMU 5(19) -- September 9, 2008

Voices Against Violence
PR and Forensics Students Raise Awareness

UNO's newly created Voices Against Violence Task Force launched a campaign September 4 to deal with the devastating effects of intimate partner violence.

Lauren Ackerman

Forensics students presented the dramatic effects from partner violence. School of Communication public relations majors from Maverick Solutions, the PR firm, and PRSSA planned and promoted the event.

The campaign, in partnership with the Omaha YWCA, will serve as an advocate and educational resource for the UNO campus. Statistics show students, especially freshmen women, are most vulnerable during the first few weeks of school.

The “Break the Silence” campaign opened with a Voices Against Violence Arts Festival at the MBSC Henningson Plaza.

WOWT's Jodi Baker and Roger Hamer, both School of Communication alumni, did a great piece on the event airing on the 5 p.m. newscast. Hamer also is a part-time faculty member in video production.

Speech Center
School Work Publicized in Gateway

The School of Communication Speech Center was one of three UNO centers featured in a September 5 Gateway article. The Writing Center and Math-Science Learning Center also were discussed. The student newspaper interviewed Marlina Davidson for the story, which focused on speech anxiety, organization, delivery, audience adaptation and expression.

Of Note
Excellence in Action

Five School of Communication faculty members recently were named by three or more graduating seniors as having positively influenced them during their time at UNO: Chris Allen, Teresa Lamsam, Holly Miller, Marshall Prisbell and Hugh Reilly! This is a record number of faculty members making this list.

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Chris Allen spoke to UNO graduate teaching assistants at an orientation session sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development. The following faculty and graduate students also were recognized for their participation in presenting at the Annual August Workshop: Lynnette Leonard, Kate Rempfer, Herbie Thompson, Barb Pickering and Marlina Davidson.

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Brittney Longwell, a graduate student and part-time instructor, will be presenting a paper co-authored with Barb Pickering entitled, "An Unconventional Look at Politics: Hillary Clinton Challenging Politics as We Know It" at the National Communication Association meeting in San Diego in November.

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DebateWatch is coming! As was done during the 2004 election, Barb Pickering is back for 2008 with four debate viewing and post-debate dialogue opportunities – September 26, as well as October 2, 7 and 15. There are three presidential debates scheduled, and the lone vice presidential debate is October 2. DebateWatch is a national teaching, service and research project. Pickering receives funding support from the Civic Participation Project.

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Lynnette Leonard is scheduled to offer a Second Life session for UNO September 25. “The Pedagogical Potential of Second Life for Higher Education” is sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development. This presentation will cut through the media hype and hyperbole to explore the instructional opportunities Second Life brings to higher education. At the session, attendees will: Understand how Second Life is being used in higher education; Explore the opportunities and challenges of Second Life for the classroom.; and Learn best practices for teaching with Second Life.

Did You Know?
People in the News

PRSSA Day was held with the PRSA Nebraska Professional Development Workshop at Ironwood Country Club September 5, Karen Weber reported.

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Teresa Lamsam is serving as a search committee member in the Department of English, as well as on the Native American Studies search committee for a new assistant professor.

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Shereen Bingham is a facilitator for the next Omaha Table Talk on October 2. Area residents meet in private homes over dinner to discuss the issue of race.

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UNO’s “Maverick Mojo: Why Fight It?” campaign has been credited with UNO’s enrollment growth this fall. New enrollment data show UNO has 1,818 first-time freshmen this semester, an increase from last year. UNO now has 14,213 students, nearly 1,000 more than attended UNO a decade ago. UNO also is taking advantage of tuition breaks for Iowa students in the Omaha area, new student housing and Thompson Learning Community funding for economically disadvantaged students. The School of Communication is offering public speaking courses in the program.
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Bruce Johansen was quoted in an Omaha World-Herald article about riding his bike to work. Johansen said he began bike commuting in his student days at the University of Washington in 1970. Johansen also published a note in The Public Pulse on global warming.

Evidence of Excellence

1. Graduate faculty recently held a colloquium to discuss core required courses. As a follow-up to the Curriculum Summit earlier this year, faculty examined program outcomes.

The Week In Photos
Images from Around the School

Karen Weber leads her students as Maverick Solutions executes another successful event.

UNO Forensics sold School of Communication polo shirts as a fundraiser.

UNO's Marching Mavericks played as the football team won the season opener against UNK.

Dates & Times
Mark Calendars for Interesting Events

15 – Constitution Day forensics speeches.

26 – DebateWatch: Presidential candidates--MBSC ballroom, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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

2 – DebateWatch: V.P. candidates, Thompson Alumni Center, 7:30-9:30 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.

7 – DebateWatch: Presidential candidates, Thompson Alumni Center, 7:30-9:30 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.

15 – DebateWatch: Presidential candidates, Thompson Alumni Center** (subject to change)

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.

20 – Northwestern University Professor Loren Ghiglion luncheon, Omaha Press Club, 11:30 a.m..

22 - Illinois-Chicago Professor Steven Jones meets with students online in Second Life.

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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