TMU 6(25) -- December 1, 2009

Top communication students
Lambda Pi Eta induction

School of Communication faculty members recognized top students at the second annual Lambda Pi Eta induction ceremony.

Lambda Pi Eta induction in November

Instructors Marlina Davidson and Kate Rempfer advise the student group.  School Director Jeremy Lipschultz offered the keynote address, "What I've Learned from my Facebook Friends."

PRSSA senior night
New members take oath

UNO's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) said goodbye to five seniors at a November dinner.

PRSSA seniors with adviser Karen Weber

PRSSA since 2004 has won 11 national awards -- eight first place and three third place awards.  In 2009, the chapter was recognized as the top chapter in the nation, winning two first place and one third place national awards.

Santa Paws fundraiser 
Benefits animal rescue 

UNO PRSSA will hold the fourth annual Santa Paws fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 6 at The Bookworm in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific Streets.

Pet lovers can bring their furry friends to the bookstore from 1 to 3 p.m. and have a picture taken with Santa Claus for $15.  A print copy and CD copy of the photograph are included; all proceeds will be donated to the Hearts United for Animals animal shelter.

Hearts United for Animals is a national no-kill shelter, sanctuary and animal welfare organization dedicated to the relief of suffering. Their major areas of effort are to end overpopulation of domestic animals and the suffering of dogs in large breeding establishments. Hearts United for Animals is a 501(c)(3) organization that receives no government funding and exists solely on donations and the all-volunteer staff. 

Of note
Excellence in print and action 

Holly Fredrickson was awarded a competitive internship at ConAgra.  She told Hugh Reilly that it is an exciting experience writing scripts to test software.  She will eventually experiment with technical writing and process documentation. 

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Mike Hilt, assistant dean, was guest on Cathy Wyatt's,  “The Art of Aging” program on KCRO 660 AM.  They discussed the School of Communication, College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media, as well as the "Aging in Nebraska" public affairs program.  The show is scheduled to air on NET2 in early January.  The program aired in November on Cox 17/Qwest 74 The Knowledge Network (TKN).

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Eleven School of Communication faculty members attended the National Communication Association (NCA)  95th  Annual Convention, November 12-15, 2009 in Chicago.  Karen Dwyer was installed as chair of the NCA Communication Apprehension and Competence Division.  Dwyer also presented one of the Featured Panel Discourses of Stability and Change: Communication Apprehension and Competence Five Years Out Panel—Ties that Bind and Tensions that Create Growth.  Dwyer was presenter and chair of Avoiding Communication: Interventions for Communication Anxieties and Reticence Panel, and she was paper presenter for The Lab-supported Basic Course and Oral Communication Assessment: Use of an On-line Instrument.  Dwyer and Marlina Davidson presented, Speaking Across the Curriculum and the Speech Center: Getting the Faculty Involved.    Davidson, Dwyer and Kate Rempfer presented, Short Course Presenter: Conquer Your Speech Anxiety: Employing a Model that Works for Students. Dwyer is a member of the NCA 2009 Legislative Assembly.  Chin-Chung Chao was also elected to the Legislative Assembly and one other national office.

Did you know?
People in the news 

Dave Webber,  retired WOWT sportscaster is being roasted as the Omaha Press Club's next "Face on the Barroom Floor."  Alumni Amy Adams, WOWT news director, and John Prescott are among those speaking at the Dec. 1 event.

Alumnus Kenton Bruce Anderson is an adjunct instructor at Buffalo State College, SUNY and doctoral student at the University of Buffalo.


Karen Weber was keynote speaker at the Who's Who reception at the Student Center.  As Adviser of the Year Weber joined Chris Allen and Hugh Reilly who have had the honors in the past.

Evidence of excellence 
   1.  Journalism student Nicole Baier was named MVP in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association for Women's Soccer for 2009.   She plays forward and led the conference with 43 points, 16 goals and 11 assists.   She's also on the First Team of the All-MIAA Conference.  Click here!

   2.  ITSC (InterTribal Student Council) will sponsor a BBQ pork sandwich fundraiser on Friday, December 4.  BBQ sandwiches are $5 or you can get a "combo" (add chips and soda) for $6.  You can pre-order by either emailing or phoning  Michael Leading Horse   (;  402-340-5876).  Proceeds go to the Spring UNO  Pow Wow.  

   3.  UNO's Human Resources Office gave muffins to veterans on campus.  Bob Carlson and Mike Sherer received the treats in recognition for their service to the nation.

Looking in
Images from school 

Mike Hill, film editor for Ron Howard, spoke in
Chris Allen's Mass Communication course

Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute spoke to faculty,
staff, students and alumni

Around town
Omaha happenings

Lauritzen Gardens features a downtown 
Omaha replica

Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times
spoke at  KANEKO

Dates and times
Upcoming events


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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