That same weekend, part of the team competed at Concordia. In Saturday competition, Blaine Miller won the dramatic interpretation and overall sweepstakes award. Mendoza and Griffith teamed for first places on both days. On Sunday, Miller won an individual sweepstakes, as the squad finished in third place.
Competitor in the spotlight, By Cameron Logsdon. Blaine Miller is a sophomore on the UNO Forensics team majoring in Secondary Education with emphases in History and English. He graduated in 2008 from Bellevue East High School, where he served as a captain for the forensics team.
During UNO's 2009-10 season, Blaine has competed in five events. This year his persuasive speech analyzes the foreign and domestic implications of the ever-growing Evangelical influence in the United States military. As of January, Blaine had four of his five events qualified for the American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) to be held in April at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. When he is not competing or memorizing dates and dialogue, Blaine spends his time relaxing at home with his roommates, two of which are also competitors on the UNO speech team. He also has a part-time job as a DJ at Skate City in Bellevue. Blaine has a particular interest in video and computer games and can rarely be found during downtime without his laptop nearby.
Seminar to explore journalism’s brave new world. An international leader in interactive media, David Mathison is the featured speaker at the University of Nebraska at Omaha February 26. Mathison, author of Be The Media, will speak at 2 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center. That evening Mathison will appear at a no-host dinner at the Omaha Press Club. Members are invited to attend this informal networking dinner by making reservations and requesting seating with the OPC Foundation group. Mathison also will speak the next day at a skill-enhancing Saturday morning seminar. The event will be held at Creighton University’s new Apple Authorized Training Center to give participants experience with the latest communication tools. The seminar is made possible by OPC-Foundation’s partnership with Creighton and the UNO School of Communication.
4 - North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA), CPACS 104, 3:30 p.m.
12 - Strategic Planning Forum, MBSC Ballroom, 8:30 a.m.
16 - PRSSA Mardi Gras Bake Sale, ASH, 11:30 a,m,
17 - PRSSA Lunch & Learn with PRSA Pro, ASH 107i, 12 p.m.
18 - Maverick PR Fundraiser Dinner, Indigo Joe's, 7 p.m.
23 - PRSSA Eating Disorders Week Event, MBSC, 11:30 a.m.
26 - David Mathison, Be The Media, Thompson Alumni Center, presentation, 2 p.m.
27 - Omaha Press Club Foundation Workshop, Creighton, 9 a.m.
3 - Kappa Tau Alpha Induction, MBSC, 7 a.m.
5 - Center for Collaboration Science Research Seminar, CPACS, 8:30 a.m.
15 - Spring Break Week
27 - OPC 2010 Show, Mid-America Center Council Bluffs, 5:30 p.m.
16 - OPC Scholarship Dinner, Omaha Press Club, 5:30 p.m.
22 - High School Media Conference & PRSSA National Organ Donor Awareness Event, MBSC, 11:30 a.m.
26 - Communication Week Events (April 26-29)
27 - Mav Solutions, MBSC Chancellor's Room, 4 p.m.
28 - National Advertising Competition, St. Louis
29 - Scholarship Breakfast, MBSC Chancellor's Room, 9 a.m.; Alumni Panel, MBSC Dodge Room, 1 p.m.; 55th Annual Communication Awards Banquet, Thompson Alumni Center, 6 p.m.
7 - Commencement Breakfast, Thompson Alumni Center, 9 a.m.; Commencement, Civic Center, 2 p.m.