Afghanistan journalism project. The University of Nebraska at Omaha School of Communication, in collaboration with the UNO Center for Afghanistan Studies, has entered into a cooperative agreement with Kabul University to offer journalism faculty and student exchange programs beginning in 2011. The $1.3 million award over three years begins with a needs assessment, curriculum development and travel by Afghans to Nebraska next year. UNO has worked with KU since 1976. This is the first project that partners UNO's International Studies program with the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.
Lambda Pi Eta chapter award. Faculty advisers Marlina Davidson and Kate Rempfer, as well as student president Anna Berlett, are celebrating national recognition for our new Lambda Pi Eta chapter. UNO received the "Rookie Chapter of the Year" award for Lambda Pi Eta. In addition to an award plaque, the Rookie Chapter of the Year will receive a $200 cash prize from the National Communication Association (NCA) in recognition of the successful execution and adherence to the principles and mission of the honor society. Rempfer and Davidson will receive the award at the NCA meeting next month in San Francisco. In their first year, the chapter initiated about 30 students per semester and hosted a group from Wayne State. Other events included: a clothing drive for The Lydia House, Earth Day activities, partnerships with the Gateway student newspaper and the UNO Ad Club, and encouragement of students to present undergraduate research papers at conferences.
Fourth PRSSA NODAC first place and Teahan award. The UNO PRSSA Chapter team competing in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition captured UNO's fourth first place award since 2004. UNO won the award in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010. UNO also won a NODAC third place during this period. Team members Jennifer Lane, Cartia Mazzoni and Jessie Wees raised awareness through publicity and a campus event. UNO PRSSA also was presented with the Teahan Award for Service at the national conference in Washington, D.C. Adviser Karen Weber took students to the Newseum, a museum devoted to journalism history. UNO PR students received public relations instruction from Weber, Dave Ogden, Hugh Reilly, Jerilyn Kamm, Sherrie Wilson, Chris Allen and our entire School of Communication faculty. "Put simply, the combination of writing skills, research skills, planning emphasis, oral communication, and critical thinking works," Director Jeremy Lipschultz said. "We are extremely proud of the fine accomplishments of UNO PRSSA on projects throughout the year."
Faculty ASTD presentations. Assistant Director Karen Dwyer participated on a panel at the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD). Dwyer was joined on the panel by Ralph Lassiter, vice president and national director of Training and Organizational Development for HDR, Inc., Terry Nigh, manager of Organization Development for Children's Hospital & Medical Center, and Dan Schaecher, assistant vice president of Field Operations for Group Protection (GP) Sales at Lincoln Financial. Dwyer also distributed brochures to promote the Human Relations and Training graduate certificate program. Four former students are active members or officers in the Nebraska ASTD, including Christine Mixan, Sarah Julius , Dolly Mott (now teaching communication classes at Southwest Community College in Lincoln), and UNO Instructor Kate Rempfer.
UNO Forensics off to a 6-0 start. UNO's competitive speakers and orators have finished in first place all six days of three weekends of tournaments in Hutchinson, Manhattan and Newton, Kansas. The team, which finished eighth in the nation in 2010, defeated the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Doane College, and Kansas State over the three weekends. Individual results are available at their team at their blog.Click here!
Omaha 10-10-10 attracts national crowd. UNO students learned about the latest developments in social media, backpack journalism, consumer engagement, international media law, and the science of public relations at a three-day conference last weekend. Omaha 10-10-10 featured panels and conversations with some of the top innovators in the nation. Denver television journalist Kevin Torres showed how he covers events as a backpack journalist. Edelman Chicago President Rick Murray offered a path for future public relations professionals -- one that includes teams of specialists. Craig's List founder Craig Newmark, via a video chat, told Director Jeremy Lipschultz that we need to use technology to have a more open government that helps people, such as veterans. The conference opened with a Skype video chat with Melanie James, a lecturer at Newcastle in Australia. It was 15 hours ahead of Omaha in Newcastle, as the Spring season was beginning there. The conversation helped emphasize the global nature of a connected world. Local business people also discussed a variety of topics, including the impact of technology on politics and law enforcement. Lipschultz also interviewed Vonage founder Jeff Pulver, as he was heading from a 140 Conference in Los Angeles and to one in Detroit this week. Students from Maverick Solutions learned about social media by planning and promoting the event. Alumni Dirk Olson from Denver, Juan Carrillo, WOWT-TV News Director Amy Adams, Bridget Weide Brooks, Joan Lukas, Howard Marcus, Andrea Ciurej, Josie Loza, and Wendy Townley also were active in events during the conference. University of Oregon Professor Kyu Youm, vice president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, spoke about free expression at an Omaha Press Club dinner. The event received coverage from Silicon Prairie News, the Omaha World-Herald, the Gateway, KVNO, KIOS, The Omaha News and other media. Portions of the conference program were broadcast live on Ustream online, and highlights are available on YouTube and Facebook. Visit Omaha 10-10-10 or join the conversation on facebook.
Excellence in action. Associate Professor Cynthia L. Robinson has received a copy of her recent Encyclopedia of Identity entry. *** Adam Tyma has a forthcoming article "Connecting with what is out there! Using Twitter in the Large Lecture," based on his Introduction to Mass Communication class, in Comm Teacher. *** Vision Press in Alabama has published the 2011 Edition of Communication and the Law. Jeremy Lipschultz authors the New Communication Technology chapter, as he has done for more than a decade. The book has been adopted by more than 40 universities across the nation. *** Former UNO Associate Professor Hollis Glaser has received tenure and promotion to full professor at the Burrough of Manhattan Community College in New York. *** Former Instructor Mary Anna Kidd has received her doctorate from the University of Kansas and is a senior lecturer at the University of Texas at Tyler *** Bruce Johansen reviewed the book, Michael V. Wilcox. The Pueblo Revolt and the Mythology of Conquest: An Indigenous Archaeology of Contact. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009, in the Journal of American History, September, 2010, 491-492. He also published a book chapter, a reprint from SIMILE, "Putting the Moccasin on the Other Foot: A Media History of the "Fighting Whities." in C. Richard King, Ed. The Native American Mascot Controversy: A Handbook. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2010, 163-178.
Alumni Notes. Paul Freelend is in Beijing working for the China Daily. He recently left Jakarta where he worked for two years. Prior to this, he was in Hawaii.
UNO held a dedication ceremony for the new Mammel Hall Oct. 15. University President James B. Milliken and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman spoke at the event. He is seen here being interviewed by broadcasting student Josh Buda. Mammel Hall, funded by a donation from businessman Carl Mammel, represents that largest single gift to UNO and the first new building construction in 15 years. Undergraduate Nicholas Britton, a business student and Mammel Scholar, mentioned that his speech before a large crowd was a step up from the experience he received in Public Speaking Fundamentals. The 120,000-square-foot building has a three-story grand atrium, interactive touch-screen video displays, a two-story, 196-seat auditorium and glass-walled classrooms.
22 - Lunch with Buffett, TBA
25 - Drop-in mass communication advising, ASH 107, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
27 - Drop-in mass communication advising, ASH 107, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
3 - Mass Communication faculty curriculum working session, Thompson Alumni Center, 9 a.m.
25 - Communication Week
28 - 56th Annual Communication Awards Banquet, Thomson Alumni Center, 6 p.m.