TMU 7(14) -- November 23, 2010

National communication honors. Instructors Marlina Davidson, Kate Rempfer and Reilly Professor and Assistant Director Karen Dwyer received a Most Interactive Scholar award for their National Communication Association (NCA) presentation in San Francisco. They presented at the national conference on helping students overcome speech anxiety. Dwyer and Davidson also received the NCA Program of Excellence Award 2010 for UNO, which was recognized as the top basic speech course program. Additionally, Dwyer presented a short course to about 50 people on her multidimensional model for conquering speech anxiety. Dwyer is chair of the NCA Communication Apprehension & Competence Division, presented at a forum, participated as a member of Legislative Assembly, and chaired a top paper panel.

Assistant Professor Chin-Chung Chao received a Top Paper award from the Association for Chinese Communication Studies at NCA. The work received one of the highest rankings and evaluations by reviewers. Chao's graduate students Cheryl Lewis and Shelli Inness presented papers developed in Chao's Quantitative Research seminar last spring. Chao, Assistant Professors Ana Cruz, Cynthia Robinson and Associate Professor Teresa Lamsam also collaborated on a NCA conference presentation. Chao had five presentations and attended two short courses. School faculty members Professor Marshall Prisbell and Assistant Professor Paige Toller also participated at the NCA meeting. Recent alumnus Charley Reed presented three NCA papers and received a Top Paper award.

Reed receives Carter thesis award. Charley Reed, recent alumnus and part-time faculty member, is the recipient of the 2010-11 Elton S. Carter Award for Excellence in a Masters Thesis. Reed's thesis, "Agents of Chaos: An Analysis of the Poster Campaign for 'The Dark Knight' as an Example of Corporate Culture Jamming" was judged by internal and external reviewers in campus-wide competition. Assistant Professor Adam Tyma, Reed's thesis adviser said: "Reed has presented an uncanny way to connect various methodological and theoretical perspectives in a way that complement each other AND add to the overall understanding of his focus of analysis." Interestingly, the second committee member Associate Professor Hugh Reilly also won the award in 1997. Reilly is the only other School of Communication recipient of the prestigious award. Last year, alumna Sally Buck was runner-up for the award. Reed's thesis will be forwarded onto the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Award competition later this year. Reed will be recognized on Wednesday, March 16 at the Elton Carter Graduate Studies Honors Reception.

Media Literacy in Education Program (MLEP). Assistant Professor Adam Tyma's innovative media literacy program recently featured a Saturday seminar for teachers. Representatives from area schools, non-profits, and libraries came to learn about the MLEP. It was designed in Tyma's Media Literacy course over the past three years. Students provided 10 minutes seminar training on each of the six modules within the program in a carousel-style training seminar.

The MLEP training seminar was co-sponsored by the Service Learning Academy. Graduate student Jessica Bernhardt was the print materials producer and designer, developing the binder handed out to participants.
Online speaking. Award winning UNO Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) chapter officers, members and advisers were featured teleconference speakers October 28. President Anna Berlett, Jenna Zeorian and Mitch Warren, as well as Marlina Davidson and Kate Rempfer, described what makes for a top chapter. LPH chapters, members and advisers were invited to listen in while UNO discussed chapter activities and projects. The teleconference was sponsored by NCA.

Washington journalist visits campus. Former ABC Nightline reporter Amos Gelb, program director for The George Washington University Semester in Washington Journalism Program met with faculty and spoke to students about changes in media. Students from classes taught by Karen Weber and Jeremy Lipschultz met for a combined session with Gelb. His students "live in DC just blocks from the White House" and intern at such places as CNN, TV Networks, The Smithsonian Magazine, Sirius-XM radio, Congress, government, New Media Strategies and other pr agencies, non-profits and thousands of others.

Mammel Hall speaker offers high marks to speech teacher. Lecturer Rita Shaughnessy's Public Speaking Fundamentals former student Nicholas Britton represented College of Business Administration undergraduates in a Mammel Hall dedication speech before the University of Nebraska president, the Nebraska governor and hundreds in the audience. "You were a big part of the reason I was able to obtain the award and also contributed to my ability to speak," Britton told Shaughnessy. "I will be thinking of the significance that our working together has had in my life." Britton also serves as president of UNO's Honors Program Student Advisory Board.

Social media is a hot topic on campus. Criss Library hosted a forum November 5 on "Social Media in the College Classroom." Adam Tyma shared his insights and ongoing research on 21st century technology and its impact in the university setting. Tyma also moderated a panel in the Introduction to Mass Communication course November 3 on "Advertising, Branding, and Social Media." Tyma invited Dusty Davidson of BrightMix and Megan Hunt of Princess Lasertron to talk about social media with Lecturer Jerilyn Kamm and Wendy Townley, assistant director of University Relations and part-time instructor. "The worlds of marketing, advertising and public relations have been acutely changed by one thing: social media," Tyma said. The event was updated on Twitter, using the hashtag #JOUR1500Pnl3.

Excellence in action. Part-time instructor Kevin Warneke presented a paper at the Midwest Academy of Management’s 53rd annual conference, which was held in Grand Forks, N.D. The paper focused on how sometimes multiple attempts are necessary when using influence tactics. He wrote the paper for a class in his UNL doctoral program and presented it with Jay Barbuto. *** Professor Bruce Johansen has a new book, The Iroquois, one volume in a series: The History and Culture of Native Americans. New York: Chelsea House, 2010. This is an overview of Iroquois history for young people. Johansen's work in the Progressive magazine also has made the Project Censored list. *** Mike Whye published a cover story in the November/December issue of Nebraska Life magazine. The article and photographs are about the Hot Shops Art Center just North of downtown Omaha. The magazine also is publishing one of Whye's photographs in its 2011 calendar. *** Anna Berlett is one of two Nebraskans among 50 named by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) to the national 2011 Most Promising Minority Student Program. She was nominated by Professor Hugh Reilly. *** Lynnette Leonard participated in two recent campus teaching workshops one on budgeting for teaching technology, and another on publishing.

Photo gallery. Visiting Scholar Jian Kang Zhang, dean at ZheJiang University City College, participated in the UNO International Education Photo Contest and Exhibit. His photographs were displayed at Criss Library through November 30. They showed a free public-bicycle service in Hangzhou, China.

Jian Kang Zhang was featured in a QianJiang Evening News article on his visit to see Omaha billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The newspaper has a circulation of 1.3 million. The article mentioned the annual UNO trip with business and communication students, as well as organizer Jeremy Lipschultz. "I think it is a good thing," Zhang said, "for improving the popularity of UNO in China."

Kate Rempfer, Karen Dwyer and Marlina Davidson at NCA

Cynthia Robinson, Ana Cruz, Joy Chao and Teresa Lamsam at NCA

PRSSA Backpack Drive concludes
UNO Television St, Cecilia's Panel, CPACS 101, 5:30 p.m.

2 - UNO Forensics Fundraiser, Royal View Hall, 13th & Phelps, 5-7 p.m.
- Mass Communication faculty curriculum working session, Thompson Alumni Center, 9 a.m.
5 - Santa Paws, Bookworm, 87th & Pacific, 1-3 p.m.
9 - PRSA Awards Gala, LaVista Embassy Suites, 6 p.m.
11 - PRSSA Induction/Senior Night, Omaha Press Club, 6 p.m.

13 - High School Media Advisers' Dinner, MBSC, 6 p.m.

22 - UNO Forensics Fundraiser, Royal View Hall, TBA
25 - UNO Communication Hockey Night, Qwest Center, 7 p.m.


25 -
Communication Week
- Alumni Panel, 1 p.m.; 56th Annual Communication Awards Banquet, Thomson Alumni Center, 6 p.m.

May - Commencement

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