TMU 6(22) -- October 20, 2009

First in the nation
UNO students edit ground-breaking newsletter 

News editing students of Kathy Tewhill are working this semester on the first issue of an Alzheimer's newsletter called News and Views.

Kathy Tewhill and the students

"This is the first online newsletter in the nation devoted exclusively to the needs of those with young-onset Alzheimer's," Tewhill said. 

The editing students' project for the Alzheimer's Association of the Midlands will serve the needs of a young-onset support group, health care professionals, care centers and public service agencies in Omaha and the area.

Tewhill's 18 students are working in four groups with each classmate gaining writing and editing experience throughout the semester.

The students met with Clayton Freeman, program director for the client.  Jason Sibson, a student, has an internship with the association and is serving as editor in chief for the newsletter. 

Influencing students
Communication is a leading program 

Six School of Communication faculty members were recognized by three or more graduating seniors as having most positively influenced them during their time at UNO: Hugh Reilly, Ana Cruz, Karen Weber, Chris Allen, Marshall Prisbell and Dave Ogden.

"This is an amazing accomplishment," Director Jeremy Lipschultz said.  "Our faculty continue to demonstrate that placing students first is the highest priority in our unique academic culture." 

Of note
Excellence in print and action 

Assistant Professor Robert Franklin, general manager of UNO Television, was featured in the Oct. 6 issue of the Omaha World-Herald about his clothing drive for homeless youth in Ethiopia.

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Associate Professor and Graduate Program Chair Barbara Pickering attended a workshop on "International Issues in Graduate Education" Oct. 9 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  The event was sponsored by Provost and Dean of the Graduate College Linda Pratt and the four campus graduate deans, including UNO's Deborah Smith-Howell.  The plenary speaker was Diana Carlin from the University of Kansas.  She is the former Dean of Graduate and International Studies office at KU.  In addition to the plenary speaker, Pickering attended the break-out session on "Best Practices" for dual, joint and collaborative international graduate programs.  Graduate faculty from UNO, UNK, UNMC and UNL attended. 

Did you know?
People in the news 

UNO Forensics Director Abbie Syrek has been interviewed by The Reader.  "In addition to covering the team's success, they also wanted to include a call to action to encourage the community to support the program," Syrek said.

UNO alumnus Kenny K.O. Onatolu is continuing to impress coaches, players and Minnesota Vikings fans.  Onatolu is in his first year on special teams and defense for the undefeated NFL team after playing football in Canada.

Courtesy Minnesota Vikings and the NFL 

Onatolu was featured in a Vikings Web open microphone video recently in which he used communication skills learned in UNO speech communication classrooms.  He called the Monday Night Football video "an inside look" when he posted it on Facebook.

Evidence of excellence 

1.  Professor Bruce Johansen, will be inducted Oct. 29 into the University of Washington Department of Communication Hall of Fame in Seattle.  Johansen holds the doctorate from the program and earlier worked as a journalist for the Seattle Times.

2.  Maverick PR is collaborating with UNO Voices Against Violence and the Omaha YWCA to host a forum on intimate partner violence Oct. 27 in the MBSC Nebraska Room at 11:30 a.m.  This year, the event will examine multicultural views and "alarming trends" showing that partner violence continues to increase across all groups. 

Looking in
Images from school 

Mike Hilt, professor and assistant dean, helped lead KVNO's fund drive.  Chris Allen joined Hilt during the last two Friday afternoon broadcasts.

Mike Hilt

Mark Dail, a part-time instructor from UNO Television, lectured about documentary production in Chris Allen's mass communication course.

 Mark Dail

Jerilyn Kamm, Adam Tyma and Jeremy Lipschultz presented a School of Communication colloquium on online course instruction.  Karen Dwyer planned the program, which focused on using two course software programs: Blackboard and Adobe Connect.

Jerilyn Hynes Kamm

Around town
Omaha happenings

Two dozen UNO students met with Omaha investor Warren Buffett -- the billionaire offered advice and bought steak lunches.  

Jeremy Lipschultz, who led School of Communication and College of Business Administration students for the third year, said the annual event offers students a unique opportunity to meet one of the most interesting people in the world.  UNO students were joined by business students from the University of Missouri, Columbia University, the Wharton School from the University of Pennsylvania, Northern Arizona University  and St. Louis University.

Dates and times
Upcoming events

22 - Group Advising, ASH 107, 4-6 p.m.
26 - Group Advising, ASH 107, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
27 - Maverick PR intimate partner violence forum, MBSC Nebraska Room, 11:30 a.m.
30 - PR Theory Research  Colloquium, ASH 110, 10 a.m.

4 - Group Advising, ASH 107, 9-11 a.m.

12-15 - National Communication Association, Chicago


5 -  Award-winning KARE-11 Minneapolis news reporter Boyd Huppert's workshop, Collaborating Commons,  9 a.m.
9 - Holiday party, Arts and Sciences 140, 11:30 a.m.

23 - Alumni Night on the Ice, Qwest Center, 5:30 p.m.

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