TMU 5(24-25) --October 14, 2008

Speech and Debate Reunion
Alumni and Faculty Together Again on Campus

Associate Professor Emeritus Duane Aschenbrenner returned to campus last week to visit with one of his most successful students. Aschenbrenner also shared memories with current faculty.

Barb Pickering, Randy Rose and Shereen Bingham review a photograph with Aschenbrenner.

Alumnus DeReef Greene, a 1965 graduate, spoke about his experiences on the debate team and offered examples of how it shaped his career at the first speech and debate reunion held at the Thompson Alumni Center Centennial Room Oct. 8.

UNO Forensics team members performed at the event. Dean Gail F. Baker and Director of Forensics Abbie Syrek also spoke at the Centennial UNO 100 event.

Mavs Win Big At Hastings
UNO Forensics Off to Fast Start

UNO won individual event championships and the team overall sweepstakes Oct. 4-5 in the opening weekend of public speaking competition. Sophomore Iven Mendoza earned top-speaker for the weekend by winning overall Quadrathon.

The UNO Forensics team traveled to Hastings, NE Oct. 4-5 to compete in an annual tournament hosted by Hastings College and Kansas State University. Nine UNO students and three coaches attended the event.

Results from the Hastings College Kool-Aid Classic, Saturday, October 4
Matt Eledge placed 2nd in Program of Oral Interpretation, 3rd in Prose Interpretation, 3rd in Poetry and 3rd in Duo with Cameron Logsdon. Matt placed 2nd in Quadrathon (overall speaker).

Iven Mendoza Championed Poetry and Duo with Cameron Logsdon. He also placed 3rd in Program of Oral Interpretation. Iven placed 3rd in Quadrathon.

Cameron Logsdon Championed duo with Iven Mendoza and placed 3rd in duo with Matt Eledge.

Laurie Welch Championed Communication Analysis.

Nivedetha Rajagopalan placed 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking

Cortney Griffith placed 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation.

Luke Hoffman placed 5th in After-Dinner Speaking.

Quadrathon results (top-speaker):
1st place: Travis Williamson, Doane
2nd place: Matt Eledge, UNO
3rd place: Iven Mendoza, UNO

Team Rankings:
1st place: UNO
2nd place: Doane College
3rd place: UNL

Results from the Lynne Ross KSU Memorial Tournament, Sunday, October 5
Iven Mendoza Championed Program of Oral Interpretation and duo with Cameron Logsdon. He also placed 3rd in Poetry. Iven earned 2nd place in Quadrathon for Sunday’s half of the tournament, and he was Quadrathon Champion for the weekend.

Matt Eledge Championed Poetry. He placed 2nd in Program of Oral Interpretation, and 3rd in Duo with Cameron Logsdon. Matt placed 3rd in Quadrathon on Sunday, and runner-up in Quadrathon for the weekend.

Cameron Logsdon Championed Duo with Iven Mendoza. He placed 2nd in Poetry and 3rd in Duo with Matt Eledge.

Laurie Welch Championed Communication and placed 6th in Impromptu.
Cortney Griffith placed 4th in Program of Oral Interpretation.

Quadrathon (top-speaker):
1st place: Evan McCleary, Mississippi
2nd place: Iven Mendoza, UNO
3rd place: Matt Eledge, UNO

Team Rankings:
1. UNO
2. UNL
3. University of Mississippi


1st place: Iven Mendoza, UNO
2nd place: Matt Eledge, UNO
3rd place: Evan McCarley

Team Rankings:
1. UNO
2. UNL
3. Doane

The Omaha News Returns
Broadcast Has Latest News

Executive Producer Chris Allen has launch a new season of The Omaha News, a weekly cable broadcast on The Knowledge Network, Cox 17 and Qwest 74.

The newscast recently received the donation of a professional news desk from WOWT, which is currently building a new set.

The new look for The Omaha News will debut prior to live election night coverage Nov. 4.

The Omaha News has also updated its website look. Michelle Thies is the new webmaster for She and Jeremy Lipschultz will be working with students on election day and night to produce a news blog. Karen Weber, Sherrie Wilson and Kathy Tewhill are working with students from their classes on content for the news blog.

Verizon Wireless has donated smart telephones and laptop wireless cards to help facilitate live coverage on the television show, news blog and website.

DebateWatch Continues
Presidential Barbs Fly

Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama tangled in their second debate last week, and Omaha DebateWatch participants again evaluated the quality of the arguments.

KMTV’s Joe Jordan asked for a show of hands of undecided voters – he conducted interviews for a live shot following the event.

A final DebateWatch event is scheduled for Oct. 15.

Meanwhile, the North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA) is continuing its Vote 2008 project this week. High school participants are discussing media coverage and political advertising. North High students are proposing website designs for the launch of the NOMA site in early 2009. Lynnette Leonard’s students are assisting her with the project.

Of Note
Excellence in Action

Shereen Bingham received a Civic Participation Project (CPP) Grant of $1500 for a service-learning project in her Conflict Mediation class. Students will complete a two-part project with Concord Center, an Office of Dispute Resolution approved mediation center in Omaha. In phase one, the students will spend time at Concord Center learning about the center and developing their mediation skills through practice and feedback from experienced mediators. In phase two, the students will educate community groups of young adults (age 20 - 35) about conflict mediation, and learn from them how Concord Center can reach out more effectively to community members in their age group. At the end of the semester, the students will present their findings to Concord Center with recommended strategies for reaching out to young adults.

Lynnette Leonard received a $900 CPP grant for the North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA) for an election news coverage project. NOMA is developing a community website that focuses on cultivating citizen journalism and student participation.

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Bruce Johansen will speak at the Nebraska Book Festival Oct. 18 on, "Writing About Tomorrow's News: Environmental Issues," in the Conference Room, Nebraska State Museum of Natural History, Lincoln, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

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Jeremy Lipschultz has been named book review editor for Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, which is the top pedagogical research journal in the field. Lipschultz is a long-time member of the editorial board and has published several articles in the journal. Meanwhile, a psychology researcher at the National University of Ireland Maynooth is utilizing a set of measures adapted by Michael Hilt and Lipschultz in their studies on attitudes about the elderly. Their adaptation of the Kogan Scale has received previous attention through publication and citation by international researchers. Lipschultz, Hilt, Hugh Reilly and Dave Ogden presented “Nebraska Immigration: Deliberative Polling and Opinions of Media Coverage” at the 31st Annual Global Studies Conference Oct. 3 – they plan to publish the manuscript.

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Alumnus Gene Kwak recently wrote Hugh Reilly to let him know that he has begun an Master of Fine Arts degree program at UMASS-Boston. He was one of five students selected out of hundreds and was offered the highest TA stipend. Kwak’s classes, so far, have featured Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, as well as short story legend Amy Hempel. Kwak offered Reilly “thanks again for being a great teacher.”

Did You Know?
People in the News

Freshman Adam Hilt has published two articles – one on Nebraska football and the other on Missouri’s quarterback at The articles can be found at:

Hilt’s bio identifies him as a UNO journalism student.

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The UNO School of Communication is sponsoring a distinguished lecture at the Omaha Press Club on Monday, October 20. Loren Ghiglione, Northwestern University, will speak Monday, October 20, 2008, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Omaha Press Club on his new book, CBS's Don Hollenbeck: An Honest Reporter in the Age of McCarthyism. Ghiglione is the Richard A. Schwarzlose Professor of Media Ethics at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Warren Francke will introduce Ghiglione. Tickets for lunch and the program are $12. Please contact School of Communication Director Jeremy Lipschultz at 203-7247 or for reservations.

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Bruce Johansen will debate UNO Chemistry Professor Robert Smith on global warming at the Omaha Press Club Nov. 20. Hugh Cowdin is organizing the event.

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Teresa Lamsam shared her experiences at a recent Center for Faculty Development workshop on using newspapers in the classroom.

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Ana Cruz, Holly Miller, Mary Anna Kidd and Jeremy Lipschultz attended a Blackboard Grade Center workshop Oct. 3.

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Bruce Johansen published “Limbaugh Feasts on Ignorance” in the October issue of the Nebraska Report.
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Mike Whye is writing a guidebook about Kansas. He was featured in the Marysville Advocate Oct. 2 while checking out a Pony Express historic site.

Evidence of Excellence

1. Marlina Davidson presented information about the Speech Center at “UNO Centers at a Glance” Oct. 13. She was joined by English Lecturer Dorianne Richards and Chemistry Assistant Professor Dana Richter-Egger, as they described the Writing Center and Math-Science Learning Center.

2. Karen Weber, Teresa Lamsam, Chris Allen, Shereen Bingham, Jeremy Lipschultz and Chantel Crockett attended an Oct. 13 advising refresher workshop. Katie Cameron organized the session with Jean Padrnos from the Registrar’s Office. Fine Arts advisers also attended the session focusing on the Student Information System (SIS). The School of Communication is planning to host an advising session next semester for all faculty.

The Week In Photos
Images from Around the School

Owen Forbes is keeping an eye on mom Paige Toller.

Director's Advisory Board members Joan Lukas (chair), Howard Marcus (vice chair), Amy Adams and Rudy Smith meet Oct. 11 before Homecoming festivities.

U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel makes Convocation news by donating his official papers to UNO.

Terry Hynes introduced the Convocation speakers.

Karen Dwyer and College of Education faculty enjoyed Convocation.

Terry Hynes and Warren Francke talk following Convocation.

Deb Smith-Howell attended the CPACS Building dedication ceremony.

Dates & Times
Mark Calendars for Interesting Events

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.

23 – Alumna Joan Lukas will speak to the PRSSA Induction and Senior Recognition Dinner at Caniglia's Venice Inn, 5-8 p.m.

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 Certified Public Manager (CPM)
graduation on Dec. 5 at the new CPACS Collaborating Commons on campus at UNO,
4 -6 p.m.

CFAM college meeting, Thompson Alumni Center, 3 p.m.
CFAM college Holiday Party, Thompson Alumni Center, 4 p.m.

10 – School of Communication Holiday Party, Arts and Sciences Hall 140, 11:30 a.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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