TMU 8(4), March 22, 2011

Allen and Ogden lead OPC boards. Associate Professor Chris Allen is president of the Omaha Press Club board, and Associate Professor Dave Ogden heads the OPC Foundation board this year. Allen follows Wendy Townley, an alumna and part-time School of Communication faculty member. She serves as assistant director of UNO media relations. Ogden leads the foundation after serving for a year as vice president under John Prescott, an alumnus of UNO. Prescott noted the UNO Communication dominance in recent years of OPC leadership positions. The OPC foundation raises money for numerous UNO, UNL and Creighton journalism scholarships. Prescott and Allen are longtime writers and performers in the Omaha Press Club show, which is a fundraiser for the scholarships. OPC will recognize students in an April 29 dinner at the club. The club also recognizes a longtime journalist, as well as an educator making significant contributions to journalism in Omaha.

Next issue: Lynnette Leonard will be recognized with UNO's outstanding teaching award.

Promotion announced. Instructor Marlina Davidson, coordinator of the UNO Speech Center, will be promoted to lecturer, effective in August.  Davidson received her M.A. from the School of Communication and is currently working on the doctorate at UNL. Davidson has collaborated with Reilly Professor and Assistant Director Karen Dwyer and Instructor Kate Rempfer, and they recently received national awards recognizing the UNO’s oral communication program and other work. Davidson guided the creation of the UNO chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, a national honor society in communication. Davidson’s students praise her effective and innovative teaching methods. She will launch an online Interviewing course this summer for the College of Business Administration. Davidson also is assisting Dwyer in the exploration of distance education technologies.

Noodles fundraisers. The School of Communication’s national honor society, Lambda Pi Eta, hosted a fundraiser at Noodles and Company on March 2.  Executive board members, Anna Berlett, Megan Schmitz, Kristin Webb, and Mitchell Warren, along with co-advisor Marlina Davidson, worked at the event helping to roll silverware, bus tables and greet customers at the door.  The honor society raised $245 dollars to help support their goals of rewarding outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies and encouraging professional development among communication majors.  “We would like to thank our students and faculty who came to support the event, including Karen Weber, Adam Tyma, and Stephanie Buck,” Co-advisor Kate Rempfer said. Meanwhile, UNO Forensics and Maverick PR also held Noodles fundraisers.

Awards announced. Five individuals and organizations will be recognized April 28 at the UNO School of Communication 56th Annual Awards Banquet. Jackie Normington of Bailey Lauerman is the Alumni Rising Star. Associate Professor Hugh Reilly will present the award. Alumna and storyteller Rita Paskowitz will receive the Alumni Community Service Award. Director Jeremy Lipschultz will present this award. Big Omaha, created by Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson, will be recognized with the Communication Achievement Award. Alumna Wendy Townley will present the award. WOWT News Director Amy Adams will be honored with the Alumni Achievement Award. Associate Professor Chris Allen will present. Mike Moran, chief spokesperson of the U.S. Olympic Committee for a quarter century, is the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Professor Emeritus Warren Francke will present the final award of the evening. The banquet will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center on campus. 

Excellence in action. Anna Berlett, who was named a most promising minority student in national advertising competition, was mentioned in a recent issue of  USA Today. *** UNO students and KVNO staff were big winners in the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minnesota.  KVNO News Director Robyn Wisch and Media Director Robert Franklin worked with broadcasting students on several projects. A special on Darfur won in the documentary category.  A series called Voices in Poverty also won. KVNO also is receiving awards in general reporting, feature reporting, and investigative reporting. is being recognized. Broadcasting student Josh Buda, meanwhile,  will be recognized for a UNO Television feature. *** The University Committee on the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT) has awarded Assistant Professor Adam Tyma an $800 grant to travel to the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) meeting in Milwaukee. Assistant Professor Ana Cruz, in her first year as a UCAT committee member, mentored Tyma on the application process. *** Associate Professor Chris Allen’s American Democracy Project (ADP) proposal has been accepted for presentation at the national meeting in Orlando, June 2-4. “Without a Safety Net: Journalism Students Cover the Elections Lives,” explains how The Omaha News offers broadcasting students real world experiences. *** Former Graduate Teaching Assistant Stephanie Bonnett has accepted a position as a civilian intern at STRATCOM. She will be a program analyst.

Assistant Professor Cynthia Robinson on her research program

Events and photos.  

Dave Ogden is OPC Foundation President

Maverick Speech Night Before Nationals is March 30

 The Omaha News February NET2 broadcast

30 - Night Before Nationals, Eppley Auditorium, 6-8 p.m.
31 - NOMA, CPACS Commons, 4 p.m.

1 -  Lambda Pi Eta Induction, MBSC, 8:30 a.m.
- Dart Center Panel, Creighton University, 8 a.m.

5-6 - UNO Research and Creative Fair, MBSC
7 - Honors Breakfast, MBSC, 7 a.m., and Convocation, Strauss, 4 p.m. 
9 - Regional PRSSA, Mammel Hall, TBA
14 - High School Media Conference, MBSC 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
25 - Communication Week: Advertising presentations, ASH 112, 3-4:15 p.m.
26 - PRSSA presentations, MBSC Chancellor's Room, 4-6 p.m.; and DuSable to Obama screening, Aksarben Cinema, 5:30 p.m.
27 - Advertising presentations, ASH 112, 3-4:15 p.m.
28 - Alumni Panel, MBSC Dodge A and B, 1-2:15 p.m.; 56th Annual Communication Awards Banquet, Thompson Alumni Center, 6-9 p.m.
29 - Omaha Press Club Scholarship Dinner, OPC, 5-9 p.m.

- Commencement Breakfast, Alumni Center, 9 a.m., and UNO Commencement, Civic Auditorium 2-4:30 p.m.

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