TMU 5(21) -- September 23, 2008

Thompson Learning Community Launches
Miller Teaches Public Speaking Course

UNO’s Thompson Learning Community (TLC), which promotes academic success of Buffett Foundation scholars, is serving 78 new scholarship recipients this semester.

Holly Miller assists TLC students in the Speech Center.

School of Communication faculty member Holly Miller is teaching a section of Public Speaking Fundamentals in the new UNO program. Nearly two-thirds of the students receiving tuition scholarships are first generation college students, Jerry Cederblom, program director, said.

Jerry Cederblom speaks to TLC faculty and staff at a luncheon last week.

Miller is one of eight UNO faculty members teaching the special Thompson sections this semester, and she is one of seven teaching a TLC course next semester.

The program places students in cohorts, employs extensive advising, offers peer mentoring and cultivates community activities among its members. TLC students will attend workshops on study skills, grades, information technology and other aspects of learning.

UNO Hosts DebateWatch 2008
Pickering Schedules Four Campus Events

Omaha residents will voice their opinions on the issues after viewing the presidential and vice-presidential debates at a series of non-partisan events sponsored by the School of Communication and the Civic Participation Project.

UNO will host DebateWatch 2008 on Friday, Sept. 26 at the Milo Bail Student Center and on Thursday, Oct. 2, Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Thompson Alumni Center. The orientation for the event begins at 7:30 p.m., and the debates will last 90 minutes, beginning at 8 p.m.

Small group discussions will follow the debates. Parking will be available in any campus parking lot for the first event and at the Thompson Alumni Center for the other three events.

DebateWatch brings citizens together to view the debates and then participate in small group discussions. “We want to know what Omahans think first-hand,” said Barbara Pickering, associate professor of Communication at UNO. “We want to get people talking to each other first,” she said. “This is why we will not view the post-debate commentary before the small group discussions begin.”

The first presidential debate will focus on domestic policy, and the third presidential debate will focus on foreign policy. The second presidential debate will be a town hall meeting format, and it will include issues raised by the audience. The vice-presidential debate will focus on both domestic and foreign policy.

The Commission on Presidential Debates and the National Communication Association are sponsors of DebateWatch 2008. UNO is one of the 123 universities participating in the project. Students who participate in DebateWatch have shown an increased knowledge of political issues, and are more likely to vote, especially when participating in discussion groups that include people of all ages.

“We're hoping to get a large turnout, both from the student body and the community,” Pickering said. “We encourage everyone of voting age in the community to attend these non-partisan events, and let their voices be heard.” For more information on DebateWatch at UNO, contact Pickering at or at 554-2204.

Of Note
Excellence in Action

Three faculty members have received School of Communication support of their applications for Faculty Development Fellowships in the 2009-10 academic year: Chris Allen, Shereen Bingham and Marshall Prisbell have proposals under review by the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. Allen has plans for writing a broadcast history book, Bingham is launching a new research project on mediation in family and parenting, and Prisbell is developing a workbook on great teaching techniques.

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Chris Allen spoke last week to students at Westside High School about mass media issues.

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Lynette Leonard and Adam Tyma are guest lecturers this semester in the Communication & Technology doctoral seminar. Jeremy Lipschultz is again teaching Ph.D. students in the Information Technology program. He serves on several dissertation committees.

Did You Know?
People in the News

The Omaha News launches a new season of broadcasts this week on The Knowledge Network (TKN), which can be found on Cox 17 and Qwest 74. Students will again air a live election special, and Hugh Reilly will provide analysis. Verizon Communications has agreed to provide smart phones and laptop access cards, so that the newscast can serve as a demonstration project for the technology capabilities in campus broadcasting.

Evidence of Excellence

1. Lynnette Leonard and the North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA) are working with high school students from Omaha North and Girls Inc. to provide UNO campus access during the election season. Students will attend DebateWatch and broadcasts of The Omaha News, as planning continues for the launch of a community-based website.

La Notte Italiana
PRSSA Fundraiser Tickets on Sale

Tickets are now on sale for Italian Night PRSSA benefit dinner.

La Notte Italiana, the annual benefit dinner sponsored by the UNO chapter of PRSSA, will be held Sunday, Oct. 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Swanson Hall of Durham Museum.

The dinner features authentic Italian cuisine from more than 20 local restaurants. This year the event will include live music and a silent auction. All proceeds help the chapter pay for student travel, competitions, service projects and special events – including the School of Communication Graduation Breakfast.

Tickets cost $25 for adults; $15 for students; and $5 for children under 12. They can be purchased through Karen Weber, PRSSA faculty adviser, in ASH 140-E, a PRSSA member or at the door. For more information, contact Weber at 554-2246 or

The Week In Photos
Images from Around the School

Karen Weber and public relations students prepare the student organization
room for upcoming work.

Dates & Times
Mark Calendars for Interesting Events

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.

3 – Blackboard Grade Center training, ASH 110, 11 a.m. - 1 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, 7:30-9:30 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.

20 – Northwestern University Professor Loren Ghiglione 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.

4 The Omaha News election special, TKN Cox 17/Qwest 74, 7 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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