TMU 6(26) -- December 29, 2009

Johansen honored
Washington Hall of Fame

The University of Washington has inducted Professor Bruce Johansen into the Communication Alumni 2009 Hall of Fame.

Johansen was recognized for his work in Seattle as a journalist, his contributions as an author and his remarkable teaching at UNO.  Johansen recently published "Zaszczyl  Czy Obraza? Indianskie Maskotki.” [“Why Do They Use Indian Mascots?” ]   Tawacin [Poland] 87 (Fall, 2009): 19-26.

TV journalist teaches storytelling
Campus and profession collaborate

UNO was host to a National Press Photographers Association session with KARE 11 feature reporter Boyd Huppert.

Huppert's Minneapolis "Land of Ten Thousand Stories" segment has won national awards.  He was NPPAs first Journalist of the Year in 2006.

UNO students and working journalists were also treated to videography tips from Dave Hamer and alumnus Roger Hamer.

Group communication
New off-campus project

Instructor Kate Rempfer's Small Group Communication and Leadership students worked at Burke High School on clay sculpting projects.

Small Group Communication students

The team island activity applied decision making, team identity and leadership concepts from the course textbook.  

The class also competed in weekly team challenges designed to promote competition and creative team output.  One such challenge was a dollar pitch activity.  Each student brought $1 to class and in groups they had to create a pitch (persuasive argument) on how the money collected should be spent.  

Project Linus students

The class voted on using the money to make a children's blanket donation to Project Linus.  Project Linus is a non-profit organization which provides comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans.

Of note
Excellence in print and action 

Jessica Morrish, a Communication graduate teaching assistant, has won a competitive thesis summer scholarship.  The award provides funding to research her project during the summer months.

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Randy Rose, associate professor, was quoted in a Reader article about UNO.  Alumna Jill Bruckner Robberts authored the cover story.  Rose said UNO administrators and faculty understand the metropolitan university mission.  "We do not try to exist on an insular oasis apart from the community we serve," Rose said.

Did you know?
People in the news 

Bob Franklin, assistant professor and KVNO-FM general manager, reports that his radio production student project aired on KCRO-AM 660 on December 5 and 12.

Alumnus Cody Cheshier has returned to Los Angeles, where he interned, and is now writing about Hollywood on the editorial staff of Young Hollywood.

Undergraduate in broadcasting Jake Buckingham has been hired as a paid intern with ABC News.  He will work primarily for ABC's 20/20 and Primetime and be based at ABC's World News Headquarters in Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. This is a lucrative and very competitive position with Disney, which selects about eight paid interns each year.

Evidence of excellence 
1. Teresa Lamsam and Hugh Reilly spoke at the annual Union Pacific panel for Native American high school students.
2. Communication alumnus Mike Moran, who for years was spokesperson for the U.S. Olympic Committee, was recently featured in The Denver Post.  Currently, he is writing a book on his experiences.
3.  Molly Kresha, a December graduate in Speech Communication, was selected as the Strategic Development Intern for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
4.  Jeremy Lipschultz published his annual "New Communication Technologies" chapter in the 2010 edition of Communication and the Law (W. Wat Hopkins, ed.).  The textbook has been in use by 87 universities including Purdue, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Oregon, Maryland, Ohio State and Syracuse.

Looking in
Images from school 

Margie Sturgeon is a web editor at a Sioux City TV station

Around town
Omaha happenings

Alumnus Dave Webber at the Omaha Press Club

Dates and times
Upcoming events


23 - Alumni Night on the Ice, Qwest Center, 5:30 p.m.
27 - Certified Public Manager 2010 Reception, MBSC Chancellor's Room, 5 p.m.

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

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