TMU 6(20-21) -- October 13, 2009

UNO broadcasts statewide
Numerous projects in the works 

Four episodes of the School of Communication student weekly newscast The Omaha News will air on NET2 this fall.  This is the first time that the show is being distributed statewide.

News anchors prepare for broadcast

NET2 will have two airings each -- 7 p.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Sundays -- of the four newscasts.  Additionally, all broadcasts throughout the semester can be seen live on the Knowledge Network (TKN), which is Cox 17 and Qwest 74.

Episodes of the production also can be seen via  Two newscasts from this semester are currently available.

Broadcasting students are involved in a number of other projects: Omaha Arts, which also airs on NET2, a special on aging in Nebraska, a UNO hockey documentary and an archive and documentary on Omaha's Warren Buffett.

Buffett the teacher
Communication and business students visit 

UNO School of Communication students Oct. 9 joined groups from the UNO College of Business Administration, the University of Missouri, Columbia University, the Wharton School from the University of Pennsylvania, Northern Arizona University and St. Louis University in meeting and dining with Warren Buffett.

Warren Buffett with student Anna Berlett

The day began with a private tour of the Nebraska Furniture Mart.

 UNO Communication graduate students and Bob Batt

This was followed by a two-hour question and answer session, lunch and photos with the investor.

Spring Time of Life 
Franklin has new exhibit 

Assistant Professor Robert Franklin has a UNO Art Gallery exhibit through November 6.

Bob Franklin describes project 

"Spring Time of Life: The Street Youth of Addis Ababa" is a documentary preview and photographs from his visit to Ethiopia in 2008.  Josh Krohn traveled with Franklin and captured video for his graduate project.  

All about choices
PRSSA ethics event 

UNO's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) teamed with student firm members from Maverick PR and hosted a Sept. 21 campus ethics event.

Alumna Teresa Paulsen works with students

PR professionals from Omaha lead rountable discussions about ethical scenarios.  About 100 were in attendance at the Thompson Alumni Center. 

Of note
Excellence in print and action  

Adam Tyma has published, "Pushing Past the Walls:  Media Literacy, the “Emancipated” Classroom, and a Really Severe Learning Curve" in the International Journal of Communication 3 , 891-200 (2009).

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Professor Bruce Johansen published, “The Carbon Footprint of War” in The Progressive, October, 2009, pp. 27-28.  Johansen also published "Human impact huge on climate" in the Omaha World-Herald on Sept. 23.

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Associate Professor Teresa Trumbly Lamsam served on the Native American Public Telecommunications Proposal Review Panel Sept. 19-20 in Lincoln.  The panel awarded public television funds for Native American documentaries and related media projects.  The mission of NAPT is to share Native stories with the world through the creation, promotion and distribution of Native Media.  Other panelists included academics, producers, filmmakers, PBS and Sundance Film Festival representatives.   Lamsam said serving on the panel was the best education in grant writing she has ever received. "I have been to numerous worthwhile grant-writing workshops, but the learning that takes place in an intensive real-life experience just can't be beat," she said. 

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Shereen Bingham and Hollis Glaser published their first online journal article, "Students' Perceptions of Their Connectedness in the Community College Basic Public Speaking Course," in the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 9(2), June, 2009.

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For the second consecutive year, Reilly Professor Karen Dwyer, Professor Jeremy Lipschultz and Associate Professor Dave Ogden taught the Certified Public Manager's (CPM) course on Sept. 25-26.

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School of Communication student worker Stephanie Pravecek has been elected as a Student Senator from the College of Business.

Did you know?
People in the news 

Instructor Mike Whye was quoted in the Oct. 5 Omaha World-Herald about  how the Council Bluffs photographer is printing his images on scarves.  "Umbrella Abstract" is one of five limited edition designs sold at the Joslyn Art Museum.

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UNO's Lambda Pi Eta, Psi Rho chapter, officially began in Spring 2009.  On April 23, 32 new members were initiated into the Communication Honor Society.  The following  student officers were elected:  Andrea Ciurej, president; Anna Berlett, vice president; Kevin Laurenti, treasurer; and Stephanie Bonnett, secretary.   The UNO chapter faculty advisors are Marlina Davidson, Kate Rempfer and Courtney Fristoe. 

Lambda Pi Eta has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide.  It was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas and became a part of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1988, and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995.  It is designed to: (1) Recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies; (2) Stimulate interest in the field of communication; (3) Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; (4) Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication; (5) Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and (6) Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.  Student members  must have: 3.0 cumulative GPA with 60 semester or 90 quarter credit hours completed, and 3.25 GPA for communication studies courses with 12 semester or 18 quarter credit hours completed.

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Jerilyn Kamm hosted Paul Wilson and Lynn Hall, educational representatives from The New York Times, in her Publication Design and Graphics course.  UNO's Newspaper in Curriculum project brought the pair to campus for a faculty workshop on using newspaper content in the classroom. 

Paul Wilson and Lynn Hall

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The Speech Center is off to a busy start this fall.  Marlina Davidson, Speech Center Consulting Coordinator and Kate Rempfer, Speech Center Consultant have already started working with students and faculty on oral presentation needs.  New this year, all full-time UNO faculty will be receiving a letter and brochure from the Speech Center letting them know about the services .   The Speech Center Consulting Room is also working with one of Jerilyn Kamm's Spring Publication Design and Graphics students to create new promotional materials for faculty, staff and students.

Again this semester the Speech Center will be offering three student workshops as part of their "Lunch Over Learn" series.  Below is information about the workshops

Introductions, Conclusions and Audience Centeredness
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 11:30 – 12:30 PM
Location: MBSC Jenkins Room

Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides
Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 PM
Location: MBSC Gallery Room

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Chris Allen performed in Annie Warbucks at the Chanticleer Community Theater in September.  He and Elaine Allen are seen here as cast members.

Chris and Elaine Allen
Evidence of excellence

1. Mike Whye spoke Sept. 17 about writing to the Midlands of Iowa Reading Council, which promotes literacy in Fremont, Mills and Pottawattamie Counties; its members are primarily English and reading teachers and librarians.   Their theme this year is "Reading: An Adventure of a Lifetime."  His speech was called, "Writing: Also An Adventure of a Lifetime."

2. Karen Weber and PRSSA held a fund-raiser on Oct. 4 and  raised more than $5,000 from the annual Italian Night dinner.  Sherrie Wilson, Janet Davis, Kathy Tewhill, Mike Whye, Chris Allen , Jeremy Lipschultz and Deborah Smith-Howell attended.  Friends and significant others also provided support.  Several alumni also turned out for the dinner in West Omaha.

Italian Night

3. UNO Forensics had a first place overall and several great individual performances Oct. 3-4.  Abbie Syrek  has published results on Twitter, as well as their new blog.

 4. Teresa Lamsam helped plan the Global Studies conference, which was held on campus Oct. 1-2.  Lamsam and Chris Allen chaired panels.  Dave Ogden  and Jeremy Lipschultz presented papers on a panel chaired by Arts and Sciences Dean David Boocker.

Dave Ogden

Looking in
Images from school 

Professors Bob Carlson and Jeremy Lipschultz participated in the AQIP Quality Checkup Visit Sept. 25 with chairs and directors for the campus.  The North Centeral Association's Higher Learning Commission sent two reviewers to campus to verify UNO's electronic portfolio system as part of its re-accreditation process.

Team speaks with department heads

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A few inches of Saturday morning snow forced Homecoming pre-game activities inside to the UNO Field House.

Alumnus Howard Marcus visits the CFAM table

Around town
Omaha happenings

The North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA) is gathering perceptions about North Omaha.

High school students work with UNO students

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.

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

12-15 - National Communication Association, Chicago


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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