TMU 6(13) -- May 26, 2009

Communication Week 2009
Scholarships, honors and alumni

The 54th annual Communication Awards banquet topped all events during Communication Week 2009.

The week began with more than 350 high school journalism students and their teachers on campus for the annual workshop and awards presentation.

Outstanding Communication students were recognized during Communication Week, and the School of Communication announced more than $64 thousand in scholarships.

Alumni awards were presented at the annual banquet. Faculty and former students gathered before the dinner at a reception in the Weber Fine Arts Gallery.

Lamsam to direct NAS
Program receives support

Teresa Lamsam has been unanimously elected by the Native American Studies faculty to become the next Director of Native American Studies.

Teresa Lamsam

“I am absolutely delighted with this development,” Beth Ritter, current director and associate professor. said. “Teresa has the respect and support of our entire faculty.”

Lamsam will be the second enrolled Tribal member to hold this position since the program was founded in 1992. She has the skills to raise the UNO profile locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, Ritter said.

Rempfer hired
Instructor will continue in Speech Center, FYE

Kate Rempfer has accepted an offer to be a speech communication instructor.

Kate Rempfer

Rempfer worked this year in the Speech Center and with the FYE program. The School of Communication conducted a regional search.

Inside Art goes statewide
NET schedules student programming

Terry Dugas, Content Distribution Manager for NET, has scheduled Inside Art 102 (Nov. 2008) for air statewide on NET2 the following dates/times:

Thursday June 11 - 7:00 PM
Sunday June 14 - 1:00 PM
Thursday June 18 - 8:30 PM
Sunday June 21 - 2:30 PM

He is interested in airing other Inside Art programs, UNO Television Executive Producer Gary Repair said. School of Communication students produce the Inside Art program.

NET2 also is reviewing copies of UNO TV's documentaries plus the UNO Centennial video for possible broadcast in the future to the statewide NET audience.

Of note

Excellence in action

Bruce Johansen's "Arctic Heat Wave" was published in Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive, 1909-2009. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.

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If you missed Adam Tyma's recent KETV interview, you can see it online:

Adam Tyma

Tyma was interviewed about computer-mediated communication while online at a local coffee shop.

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Jeremy Lipschultz published an essay on digital television, computers and mobile media in the Omaha World-Herald April 30.

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Bruce Johansen published, “Why Am I Still Teaching News Writing?” New Britain Herald (CT) and Bristol Press (CT), May 4, 2009, 15. Johansen also published, “Weighing the Carbon Footprint of War.” Bristol (CT) Press and New Britain (CT) Herald, May 15, 2009, A-14. This is essentially his presentation to the Progressive conference May 1 in Madison, WI.

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Holly Miller was recognized on April 28 at the Faculty Senate/Staff Advisory Council Banquet for her four years on the Faculty Senate. Two of those years she was also a member of the Senate Executive Committee and the Senate Cabinet. April 3-6 Holly Miller attended a conference in Boston that focused on student success and student leadership. This conference supports her teaching in the Thompson Learning Community.

Holly Miller was featured in the Omaha World-Herald

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Chris Allen’s International Communication class took a tour of Fleet Street in London with guide Ann Jones.

Fleet Street was once the home of Britain's national press, including the Times, the Express and the Telegraph, among others. There are no media left on Fleet Street, but the press is collectively called Fleet Street (as in 'Fleet Street is reacting negatively today to...'). The tour lasted 3.5 hours.

Did you know?

People in the news

Tenia Padilla, a December graduate, was hired in Los Angeles as a production assistant on the new reality show on Fox – “More to Love!”

“We start the casting process in LA, and then we film toward the end of May for four weeks straight,” Padilla said.

The show airs July 28.

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Mike Whye was asked by the director of the Joslyn Art Museum gift shop to autograph ten of his Omaha Impressions books that they were going to present to a delegation of doctors visiting from China. Graduate student Yan He taught Whye how to write “Have a good trip” in Chinese, which he wrote into each book along with his typical: “I hope you had a good time in Omaha” note in English. The doctors liked the two-language comments.

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Alumna Katherine Denker, a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri, will start at Ball State University as the Basic Course Director/Assistant Professor. Denker thanked Karen Dwyer for her assistance in preparing for life as an academic.

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Cindy Smilley, executive director of Keep Omaha Beautiful thanked Hugh Reilly and his students for an excellent presentation on program marketing strategies. “I was blown away and can’t wait to show my board,” she said. Keep Omaha Beautiful is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2009.

Outstanding students 2009
UNO School of Communication

Nicole Baxley is outstanding undergraduate student in Speech Communication. The faculty describe Nicole as a committed and dedicated student who produces outstanding work and provides effective and inspiring leadership, both in and beyond the classroom. Research and writing are among Nicole’s many strengths. The papers she has written are among the best our faculty has seen from students. Nicole’s writing shows that she has a deep intellect, a sound analytical mind, and the ability to synthesize and evaluate research findings. She is also adaptive, and through her research she has skillfully applied scholarly ideas to diverse situations. Nicole has already presented her academic research at conferences and colloquia, has additional research accepted for presentation and more research under review and in progress. Nicole’s potential as a prolific researcher and scholar is exceptional. Faculty described her as an effective leader and an invaluable participant in classes. She is an energetic student who frequently takes initiative by leading discussions and exercises. She asks thoughtful and thought provoking questions that stimulate thinking and meaningful class discussion. She is a highly competent listener, a responsive participant and a respectful communicator one-on-one and in group interactions. The faculty also honors Nicole for her outstanding service and leadership beyond the classroom. Among other activities, Nicole is on the CFAM Dean’s Student Advisory Board, completed an internship in Washington D.C. as a press intern for Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, serves on the Christian Formation Committee as a youth coordinator for St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, and is actively involved in the North Omaha Media Alliance as a group facilitator and researcher.

Oustanding students were recognized at the Gallery

Cody Cheshier for the Outstanding Student in Broadcasting. Cody has a nearly perfect academic record and expects to graduate in December. He has been an active member of our award-winning National Broadcasting Society (NBS) chapter, and he was a key organizer and host committee member of the NBS regional conference held in Omaha last semester. Cody has been an active member of The Omaha News, and he played a central role in our outstanding and Eric Sevareid award-winning “Vote 2008” election night coverage – four hours live culminating with the Obama victory speech in Chicago. Cody has assisted with production of the program for most of his time at UNO. Currently, Cody is in Los Angeles interning for the Mandalay Entertainment Group. He reads scripts for creative executives and provides administrative support. Few UNO students currently take the initiative to find an internship in one of the top media markets, but Cody did. He also has freelanced for ESPN, NET and other sports broadcasts. Additionally, Cody has worked off campus for KMTV Action 3 News as a production assistant. He operates cameras, directs, edits, lights and performs control room functions for the newscast. He has struck a perfect balance between academic knowledge and professional experience. Overall, Cody is a model student.

Mikaela Knipe is the outstanding undergraduate in Journalism. She has a double major in journalism-public relations/advertising and Spanish; has had two major internships, the latest at Clarkson College; is vice president of networking for the national award-winning Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); and is assistant director of Maverick Solutions, the successful student-run PR firm. Faculty members who have had Mikaela in class are unanimous in praising her intelligence, hard work and desire to learn. She is a pleasure to have in class, always demonstrating a strong work ethic in everything she does. Professor Hugh Reilly had Mikaela in Advanced Creative Advertising and called her a “lively contributor to class discussions, a hard worker and a leader in her project group, and very well-respected by her peers.” For the 2007-2008 school year, she was selected as one of five outstanding students in the UNO Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. Mikaela has carried her strong work ethic in to her internships and PRSSA projects. In her current marketing and public relations internship at Clarkson College, she designs internal and external marketing materials, writes news releases and Web page content, and takes and edits photos. Previously, Mikaela worked as a special events and membership intern at the Durham Museum. Mick Hale, her supervisor there, gave her a glowing evaluation, saying she had done outstanding work. Last summer, Mikaela was one of two UNO students selected to participate in the American Democracy Project Student Think Tank Competition in Utah. Her group won first place for the development of an awareness and prevention campaign on student loan and credit card debt. In October, Mikaela was selected to represent the UNO PRSSA on a national conference chapter development team that did a presentation on how to pitch for clients in a PR firm. As an assistant director of Maverick Solutions, Mikaela has served in a leadership capacity for several clients, including the 28th Veterans Wheelchair Games, the UNO Voices Against Violence Task Force and the MS Society.

Graduate Students
Sally Buck, the School of Communication’s Outstanding Graduate Student, is an exceptional graduate student and scholar and a dedicated graduate teaching assistant. For the past two school years, Sally has taught lab sections of Publication Design and Graphics, earning high praise for her student-focused approach. She also taught the Media Writing Lecture class during the summer of 2008. Sally has demonstrated her outstanding academic skills by presenting three papers over the past two years at the Sooner Communication Conference in Oklahoma. In 2008, she earned the Top Graduate Student Paper Award at the conference. Her teaching and research achievements have made her richly deserving of this award.

Herbert (Herbie) Thompson has served the School of Communication as an outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant since Fall 2007. For four semesters, Herbie has taught the Fundamentals of Public Speaking class as the instructor of record, and he has served as a consultant to all students who visited the Speech Center. His teacher evaluations have been stellar or higher than most instructors or professors in our school. He has shown a genuine care for each of his students and has created several new instructional activities to reinforce public speaking concepts. For 2008-2009, Herbie also served as the Assistant Director of the Speech Center Basic Course Room, which included posting the weekly speech center schedules, identifying GTA and instructor needs related to the Speech Center, creating sample speech DVDs for all instructors, helping new GTAs learn how to lecture from the Speech Center, participating in the Speech 1110 Committee Meetings, as well as taking the minutes. All of this Herbie has contributed to the basic public speaking program while completing his Master’s Degree course work with a high GPA and being a strong support and friend to other GTAS and faculty. For these and many other contributions to the School of Communication as a GTA, we award Herbert Thompson the 2009 School of Communication Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Evidence of excellence

1. A team of UNO students from the Advanced Advertising class, Michael Durand, Kylie Allbrecht, Kayla Vavra, Kevin Laurenti and Taricka Fairgood won a Gold Pinnacle Award for their work on an advertising campaign for Rick's Boatyard Cafe. The students created a new logo and produced a radio spot, print ads and outdoor ads. It is the sixth straight year that students for the class have won a Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle awards are sponsored by the Nebraska chapter of the American Marketing Association.

From left to right: Michael Durand, Kylie Albrecht, Kevin Laurenti and Kayla Vavra.

The week in photos
Images from around the school

Hugh Reilly spoke May 17 about Standing Bear

Larry Dwyer also made a presentation

World-Herald retired publisher Harold Andersen opened the Standing Bear session

Dates & times
Mark calendars for interesting events

6 -- Omaha Press Club Excellence in Journalism Awards, OPC, 5:30 p.m.

No events scheduled.

15 -- Part-time faculty workshop and School of Communication reception, TBA

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