TMU 8(1), January 25, 2011

Dean Gail F. Baker welcomes teachers
High school media advisers discuss Web policies.  Omaha area media advisers joined School of Communication students, faculty and UNO administrators for a discussion on high school policies at an annual dinner Jan. 13.  Media advisers said online policies vary from school district to district.  Within a school, a particular principal or teacher may have different classroom policies.  Following the Jan. 5 shootings at Millard South High School, student cellphones were an important tool for parents to communicate with their children locked inside the school.  One parent told KETV she received a text message from her daughter telling the mother "she was OK and the only reason she was texting me from school, which is not allowed, is because there actually was a shooter in the building."  Experts say that although a school may attempt restrictive online policies for facebook and other sites, students use "work-arounds" of blocked sites. Availability of smart phones and websites that mirror blocked sites mean that it is difficult to enforce school limitations.  The School of Communication will host a panel discussion at the Apr. 14 High School Media Conference on campus.  The annual dinner with teachers previews the upcoming conference.

Jeff Pulver lectures
Tech innovator. Jeff Pulver, president and CEO of Inc. -- an Internet based consulting firm -- guest lectured Jan. 14 in Jeremy Lipschultz's Media Regulation and Freedom course.    Pulver's two-hour talk was broadcast live on Ustream and also distributed on YouTube.  This was Pulver's second university talk, as he previously was invited to a class at Stanford. publishes research and  produces trade shows and conferences.  Pulver is a leading expert on streaming audio and video technologies.   He founded the Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition, a not-for-profit group formed in 1996 to help keep the Internet Telephony Industry free from regulations.  Pulver succeeded in 2004 in convincing the Federal Communications Commission that Voice over IP (VoIP) technology should be unregulated.     Pulver, co-founder of Vonage, is active in development of Twitter as a community-building resource.  About 50 people attended the Mammel Hall talk.

Excellence in action.  Professor Bruce Johansen was featured in a Dec. 30 Omaha World-Herald article on stuttering.  He described how this developed at age eight.  Johansen said he hoped the movie "The King's Speech" would soften public attitudes about stuttering. *** Assistant Professor Lynnette Leonard Jan. 13 hosted 20 high school students and 20 UNO Communication student mentors at the North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA). *** Alumna Karina Becker helped produce "Birthday Wish," one of five finalists selected from more than 6,000 entries to air as a Doritos "Crash the Superbowl" competition. Her team produced a finalist advertisement called "Casket," which aired on the Super Bowl last year. *** Associate Professor Randy Rose and Assistant Professor Chin-Chung Chao have papers accepted for presentation at the upcoming International Communication Association (ICA) meeting in Boston in May. *** Graduate student Jen Rome received a Top Paper award from the Women's Caucus of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA).  She will present the paper in Milwaukee this April and received a $500 travel award from the University Committee on Research and Creative Activity (UCRCA).  The grant followed work on the project, which began in Lynnette Leonard's Persuasion course last year.

Did you know?  Alumnus Larry Allan Boersma, a wildlife photographer, has launched online slideshows of his award-winning work.  Boersma received the School of Communication Lifetime Achievement Award. The Ansel Adams Award recipient currently is holding workshops and talks about his photography.

Around town.

Philosopher Saul Kripke returned to Omaha

Events and photos.  

UNO's Kabul University journalism project team luncheon

Jeff Pulver joined alumni at a Jan. 14  hockey "tweetup"

15  - Career Fair, MBSC Dodge A and B, 12-4 p.m.
22 -  UNO Forensics Fundraiser, TBA
25 -  UNO Communication Red Army Hockey Night, Qwest Center, 7 p.m.


- Dart Center Panel, Creighton University, 8 a.m.
9 - Regional PRSSA, Mammel Hall, TBA
14 - High School Media Conference, MBSC 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
25 - Communication Week
- Alumni Panel, 1 p.m.; 56th Annual Communication Awards Banquet, Thomson Alumni Center, 6 p.m.

May - UNO Commencement, TBA

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