TMU 6(5) -- February 24, 2009

Two state champs
Eledge & Ruet first, Mavs second

UNO Forensics scored an impressive second place finish, and two Mavericks were crowned champions at the annual Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association (NIFA) state tournament Feb. 14-15.

UNO jumped one spot from its place the last two years in the Individual Event team sweepstakes by defeating Doane College. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln squad, which has more members, again won first place.

Team members are second in state

Matt Eledge was the state champion in Program of Oral Interpretation. He also placed 2nd in Duo with Cameron Logsdon and 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation. Eledge placed 3rd in overall individual Quadrathon (the top-speaker award).

Matt Eledge and Buey Ruet are state champs

Cameron Logsdon “broke” all five of his events to final rounds, which is a tremendous accomplishment. He placed 3rd in Poetry, 2nd in Duo with Eledge, 4th in Duo with Iven Mendoza, 4th in Dramatic Interpretation and 5th in Prose.

Mendoza placed 2nd in Poetry, 2nd in Program of Oral Interpretation, and 4th in Duo with Logsdon.

Laurie Welch placed 3rd in Communication Analysis. Tessie Stednitz placed 5th in Program of Oral Interpretation.

Buey Ruet was the Champion of Oratory for the 3rd consecutive year. This qualifies him to compete at Interstate Oratory as one of two representatives from the state of Nebraska – the other finalist Alia Mohsen from Hastings College. Interstate Oratory is the oldest public speaking competition in the nation and will be held at the University of Mississippi in April.

NOMA launches web project
UNO students mentor high school bloggers

The North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA) project began its second semester Feb. 19 with a working session.

NOMA students plan photographs

Graduate student, alumna and Girls Inc. employee Angel Martin is collaborating with undergraduate Bre Gehrken and a team designing the NOMA logo. Teresa Laux of Omaha North High Magnet School and her group are developing a website for NOMA.

Undergraduate Nicole Baxley heads a team of students developing a NOMA blog. Emily Mwaja of Girls Inc. is assisting students gathering and editing photographs.

Lynnette Leonard coordinates NOMA project

UNO Project Director Lynnette Leonard has launched a open source social network site for group members to share work between NOMA meetings, which are scheduled every two weeks this semester on the UNO campus.

Remembering an Omaha broadcaster
OPC Scholarship recognizes a UNO student

The Omaha Press Club will award a $1,000 scholarship this year to honor Terry Mason, an Omaha broadcaster who died at age 53.

“A small group of his friends and former colleagues decided to create a scholarship in his memory through the Omaha Press Club Foundation,” Alumnus Howard Marcus said. A one-time award will be made to a current UNO student at the OPC Scholarship Banquet, scheduled for April.

Mason’s real last name was England, and he was a UNO broadcasting graduate. The award will honor him by going to a UNO junior or senior with a demonstrated commitment to radio broadcasting, Marcus said.

Of note
Excellence in action

Chris Allen has been elected to the Omaha Press Club Board of Directors. The associate professor in the School of Communication has been an OPC member since joining UNO in 1996.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant Sally Buck will present two papers at the Sooner Communication Conference Mar. 13-14 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman: “Toys and Tots Part Duex: A Survey Approach to Understanding Parental Mediation Techniques Among Mothers with Varying Economic Statuses” and “What Does the Way Television Advertisements Portray Women Communicate Nonverbally?: A Review of Literature Reveals Stereotypes.” The papers were written in courses taught by Teresa Lamsam and Marshall Prisbell.

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Sherrie Wilson will participate Aug. 4 in a AEJMC panel discussion, “Ethical and Legal Issues Governing Internships,” which is part of the ICIG Boot Camp at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication national conference in Boston. The group is looking forward to drawing upon Wilson’s many years of experience in guiding UNO’s successful program, Dana Saewitz of Temple University said.

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Kevin Warneke, an alumnus and adjunct instructor, has published an article on writing with brevity and clarity in the latest edition of Tactics, which is the journal of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA). The article focused on using simple, exact words.

Did you know?
People in the news

Chris Allen and Ana Cruz participated in Writing Across the Curriculum workshops this year. Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Deborah Smith-Howell thanked Allen for his leadership in the WAC initiative. It is designed to promote incorporating writing assignments into advanced courses. WAC has twin objectives – using writing tasks to promote students’ understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students’ development as writers (learning to write). WAC participants received $250 each directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses. A recent seminar helped participants develop a rubric for assessing papers, WAC Coordinator Nora Bacon said.

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A Feb. 9 article in the Omaha World-Herald featured comments from Assistant Professor Adam Tyma. “Facebook: The 25 things I hate about you” focused an annoying aspects of social networking websites. “I’m sick of all the applications that are a complete waste of time,” Tyma said.

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Dave Webber conducted the Omaha Symphony as they played the University of Nebraska fight song during the 2009-10 Subscriber Preview Event at the Holland Performing Arts Center Feb. 22.


Evidence of excellence

1. Adjunct Instructor Christina Navis is connecting one of her Public Speaking Fundamentals sections to the Synergy project, which links student cohort groups across courses. “Synergy of Human Interactions and Ideas” students will simultaneously enroll in SPCH 1110, HIST 1010 and ENGL 1150. Faculty members will collaborate on connecting assignments in World Civilization and English Composition with the speech communication basic course this fall.

2. The Midlands Business Journal published an article last week about the UNO School of Communication/Verizon Pilot Program, which uses donated cellphones and laptop air cards to broadcast live stories on The Omaha News.

3. Bruce Johansen published a Feb. 11 opinion on global warming in the Omaha World-Herald.

The week in photos

Images from around the school

The KANEKO-UNO Library at 12th and Jones St. in the Old Market has opened. Criss Library Dean Steve Shorb demonstrated media technology in the sleek educational space during a Feb. 21 open house.

Steve Shorb shows KANEKO media space

The downtown library features seminar and small group discussion areas, and UNO plans to schedule classes in it.

Sandy Lipschultz enjoys Kaneko art works

The KANEKO also will host a series of major speakers.


Jeremy Lipschultz teaches online with Adobe Connect

Adam Knowlton and Abbie Syrek coach the forensics team

Faculty use Digital Measures program for annual reviews

Deb Smith-Howell, Owen and Paige Toller enjoy a baby shower

Dates & times
Mark calendars for interesting events

26 – KTA, MBSC, 7 a.m. & Wally Dean on campus – lunch at MBSC, 11:15 a.m.

12 – UkNOw Choices, MBSC Nebraska Room, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

16 National Organ Donor Awareness event, MBSC Plaza, 11:30 a.m.

– High School Journalism Workshop, MBSC Ballroom, 12 p.m.

– PRSSA Presentations, MBSC Chancellor’s Room, 4 p.m.

– Scholarship Breakfast, MBSC Chancellor’s Room, 10 a.m.; 5th Annual Alumni Panel, MBSC Dodge Rooms A & B, 1 p.m.; Reception, WFAB Art Gallery, 4:30 p.m.; 54th Annual Awards Banquet, Thompson Alumni Center, 6 p.m.

5 – UNO 2009 Service Award Ceremony, MBSC, 11:30 a.m.

8 - Communication Graduation Breakfast, MBSC Ballroom School, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; Commencement, Omaha Civic Auditorium, 2 p.m.

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