TMU 6(24) -- November 17, 2009

We're number one
PR students claim top chapter award

The UNO chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was named the most outstanding student PR group in the nation at a national conference in San Diego.  

PRSSA students in San Diego
(Photo courtesy Andrea Ciurej)

UNO PRSSA also won a first place award in an ethics advocacy competition.  PRSSA's September event is explained in this video.

UNO PRSSA also claimed a third place award in the National Organ Donor Awareness Compeition (NODAC), which UNO has won three times before.  Karen Weber, adviser for PRSSA and Maverick Solutions, has been recognized by the campus, Omaha PRSA professionals and the national PRSSA for her work. 

PRSSA and the student-run firm Maverick Solutions plan and present numerous events throughout the year, including the recent Voices Against Violence panel in October that focused on intimate partner violence.

UNO PRSSA since 2004 has "won 11 national awards -- eight first place and three third place awards -- pretty awesome within a six-year span," Weber said.  The campus chapter has bested large campuses with much larger budgets.

Homeless in Nebraska
Radio documentary tackles challenging issue

Robert Franklin, assistant professor and general manager for UNO Television and KVNO-FM, is teaching his radio production class the art of documentary production.

The students, with the assistance of community partners, produced an hour-long program and launched a Facebook page.  Community partners attended the recent premier.

Students premier the program Homelessness In Nebraska

KCRO radio in Omaha has agreed to broadcast a half-hour version of the student production.

Of note
Excellence in print and action 

Reilly Professor Karen Kangas Dwyer was the featured speaker in October at the Nebraska Court Reporters Association annual meeting in Omaha.  Her talk was called, "Effective Public Speaking without Fear."  She also presented a research report on program assessment at the Creighton Institute.

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Three School of Communication faculty members were awarded University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) travel grants to attend the National Communication Association (NCA) meeting last week in Chicago: Assistant Professor Lynnette Leonard, Instructor Abbie Syrek and Assistant Professor Chin-Chung (Joy) Chao.  Graduate student Charley Reed also presented a NCA paper.

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The UNO Television production "UNO 100: Central to our City" has won a Silver Davey award in the history and biography category.  Producer Mike Pacholski, a School of Communication part-time faculty member, developed the program for the UNO centennial celebration last year.

Did you know?
People in the news 

Professor and Dean Gail F. Baker is a consultant to DePaul University in Chicago.  She is helping the campus design its public relations curriculum.

Instructors Marlina Davidson and Kate Rempfer are collaborating with Wayne State College, which will host an undergraduate communication research conference April 19.  The advisers to UNO's Lambda Pi Eta honor society, the Psi Rho chapter, are encouraging undergraduate attendance at the 2010 conference.


Associate Professor Sherrie Wilson and Professor Jeremy Lipschultz attended the AIM Institute's 2009 IT Futures Forum.  The guest speaker was columnist for The New York Times David Pogue.  He also appears on CBS Sunday Morning, is @Pogue on Twitter and maintains a popular blog.

Sherrie Wilson met Pogue

Evidence of excellence 

1.  Instructor Courtney Fristoe will be collaborating with Benson High School on a service-learning student project in Public Speaking Fundamentals.  Benson also is the newest campus partner in the North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA), which features UNO students working with high School students from Girls Inc. and Omaha North Magnet School.

Graduate student Angel Martin assists on a NOMA project

2.  The second class of students from the Nebraska Certified Manager Program graduate at a campus ceremony on December 4.  Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy will present at the 4:30 p.m. event in the Collaborating Commons.  School of Communication faculty members Karen Dwyer, Dave Ogden and Jeremy Lipschultz are founding faculty members in the innovative program housed in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS).

3.  Alumna Kristin Gilger is assistant dean at the Cronkite School, Arizona State University.  The campus recently opened a new building in Phoenix.

4. Karen Weber was invited by Chancellor John Christensen to help represent UNO at the YWCA Paint the Town Orange dinner on November 12.

5. Alumna Jill Bruckner Robberts published an article in The Reader on UNO Forensics.  Director Abbie Syrek, also a Communication alum, has led the team to two consecutive 13th place national finishes in highly competitive public and oratory events.

6. Instructor Janet Davis presented a paper at the 15th Annual Women's and Gender Studies Conference at Truman State University.  She prepared for the talk in Speech Center.  "Marlina Davidson was very helpful when I was preparing the presentation," Davis said.

Looking in
Images from school 

Chris Allen, Mike Hilt, UNO TV staff and students produced
Aging in Nebraska for TKN and NET 2

Alumna and Omaha World-Herald staffers Cindy Gonzalez and Josie Loza
meet over lunch with Gateway staff

Mike Hilt and Chantel Crockett answer questions from
high school students interested in attending UNO

Senior Quarterback Greg Wunderlich played his final home game

Around town
Omaha happenings

Winter approaches in Nebraska 

Dates and times
Upcoming events


17Mike Hill, film editor, speaks to JOUR 1500, 4 p.m. CPACS Lecture Hall.
18 -  Lambda Pi Eta Induction, ASH 378, 8:30 a.m.
19John Blizek, the Discovery Channel, ASH 306, 6:30 p.m. & Nicholas Kristof, KANEKO, 7 p.m.

20Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute Workshop, Thompson Alumni Center, 8:30 a.m. & PRSSA Senior Dinner, Security National Bank, 6 p.m.


4 -  Certified Public Manager (CPM) Graduation, Collaborating Commons, 4:30 p.m.

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.

26 - David Mathison, Be The Media, Thompson Alumni Center, 11 a.m.

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