TMU 6(6) -- March 3, 2009

KTA induction
Top students are recognized

The School of Communication’s Kappa Tau Alpha honor society inducted new members at a Feb. 26 breakfast ceremony.

KTA 2008-09 initiates

Family members joined UNO students at the event.

Chris Allen is UNO’s KTA adviser. School Director Jeremy Lipschultz and Associate Professor Sherrie Wilson also attended the event. This was the third annual event since the School was approved as the nation’s 93rd chapter.

KTA is one of the oldest honor societies and invites students in the top 10 percent of their class with course work indicative of future success in the journalism industry.

Collaboration science
Leonard presents Second Life

Lynnette Leonard was one of a small group of invited presenters Feb. 27 at the 3rd Annual Advances In Collaboration Science Research Seminar.

The event was held at the Collaborating Commons area in the new CPACS building on the UNO campus.

Round-table discussion on collaboration

Keynote speaker Eduardo Salas from the University of Central Florida spoke about human systems integration.

Professor Salas

Leonard demonstrated the School of Communication Second Life classroom and her collaboration with faculty and students in Michigan and Maine.

Lynnette Leonard presents

Leonard’s students have been collaborating on projects with students from other campuses by using the virtual environment of Second Life. She received funding for the project last year from the Center for Collaboration Science.

Dean of journalism
Return visit to campus

Veteran broadcast journalist Wally Dean returned to campus Feb. 25-26 to meet with students producing The Omaha News and guest lecture in the Media Ethics course.

Wally Dean says journalists can do serious stories

Dean has worked in the industry for 40 years and currently serves as director of broadcast initiatives for the Committee of Concerned Journalists. Over the last three years he has presented CCJ’s Traveling Curriculum to more than 3,000 journalists at 40 broadcast newsrooms and at newspapers that include the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun.

Dean is a co-author of We Interrupt this Newscast (2007). The book is the most extensive analysis ever of local TV news content.

Dean is a frequent presenter at Associated Press Managing Editor NewsTrain conferences and has trained at several Univision Spanish-language stations. He has been a consultant to NewsLab.

Dean was a staff producer and news assignment manager at the Washington Bureau of CBS News for 14 years. Prior to that, he was a reporter, anchor, executive producer and associate news director at WOWT-TV in Omaha. During this time he taught broadcast news writing at UNO.

Of note
Excellence in action

School of Communication researchers have published an article in Basic Communication Course Annual #21 (2009). The article is, “Connected Classroom Climate and Communication in the Basic Course: Associations with Learning” by Marshall Prisbell, Karen K. Dwyer, Robert E. Carlson, Shereen G. Bingham and Ana M. Cruz (pp. 145-177)

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Mike Whye landed the cover story on the March/April issue of Nebraska Life magazine about the Nebraska Balloon Club.

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Bruce Johansen contributed a cover story on Native Americans and Casinos ("Indianie I Kasyne") to Tawacin, a magazine on American Indian arts and issues, published in Poland (winter, 2009).

Did you know?
People in the news

Ana Cruz was called to be an expert witness on family and culture for an attorney who works at Legal Aid of Nebraska. She also continues to interpret for Boys Town. The judge, before sentencing the juvenile offender, often asks Boys Town to conduct a full evaluation (e.g. medical, psychological, and physical) of the juvenile offender. Cruz is called to interpret for the Hispanic parents when the Clinical Specialists conduct their psycho-social part of the interview. Cruz also recently reviewed a record-breaking 26 papers and three panel sessions for the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association in preparation for the annual meeting in November.

Evidence of excellence

1. David Ogden presented, “From Middle School to the Majors: Who is Coming Down the Pipeline of Baseball?” at a School of Communication colloquium Feb. 27.

Dave Ogden shows data

Ogden has published widely on the subject and recently was interview by a National Public Radio program.

The week in photos
Images from around the school

The Omaha News can be seen on Cox 17 and Qwest 74

Dates & times
Mark calendars for interesting events


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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