TMU 8(8), July 26, 2011

Holly K. Miller
Miller to work on faculty projects. Lecturer Holly Miller has been appointed by UNO Academic Affairs to coordinate projects for the Center for Faculty Development during the 2011-12 academic year. Miller will continue to teach classes in the School of Communication. "Currently, I am planning the fall workshops for all new full-time faculty, part-time faculty and graduate assistants," she said. "I look forward to building new campus connections via this assignment."

Angel Martin
(photo courtesy KVNO)
Broadcast honors at KVNO.  School of Communication graduate student Angel Martin and KVNO News Director Robyn Wisch won a Nebraska Broadcasters Association (NBA) award for "Voices: People in Poverty." The recognition follows KVNO awards in the Omaha Press Club (OPC) competition, as well as regional acclaim from the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA). KVNO has established a growing number of opportunities for students to work in the expanding KVNO newsroom.  In the NBA competition, Anne Hellbusch also received an award for the Service to Children/Public Service Announcement, "Kids in Concert." General Manager Robert Franklin announced the awards. KVNO News on Classical 90.7 strives to offer complete, in-depth coverage of Omaha and features reporting not heard elsewhere in the media market.

Next issue: The Year Ahead

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
held hearings on the UNO campus in May

Gary Repair teaches Kabul
University TV professors
UNO School of Communication Year in Review. The 2010-11 academic year featured National Communication Association recognition, international work with Kabul University journalism professors, national PRSSA awards, regional broadcast dominance, and Maverick Speech/UNO Forensics team and individuals honors. "We've established a culture of academic excellence," Director Jeremy Lipschultz said. "It's a foundation contributing to a move by UNO and Omaha toward international prominence."

School of Communication faculty received
UNO Service Awards in May
Excellence in action. Assistant Professor Cynthia Robinson's manuscript, "Hair as Race: Why Good Hair May Be Bad for Black Females," has been accepted for publication in    The Howard Journal of Communications. *** Robinson and Assistant Professor Ana Cruz have been appointed to the University Committee on Excellence in Teaching at UNO. Cruz, meanwhile, has been invited to join the editorial board of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. UNO alumnus Stephen Croucher is editor of the journal. *** UNO again will be well-represented at the National Communication Association (NCA) conference.  Graduate students Henry Nixon, Andrea Iaccheri, Abby Freeman and Paul Falkowski will present papers in New Orleans Nov. 17-20. The students worked with Assistant Director and Reilly Professor Karen Dwyer on instructional communication research. Iaccheri also had a second paper from Assistant Professor Adam Tyma's class accepted for NCA presentation. *** Communication students again have been selected to participate in a day with Omaha investor Warren Buffett.  In October, the UNO students will be grouped with students from Boston College, Villanova, Kansas, Brigham Young, Dayton, George Mason and UNL, which is Buffett's alma mater. UNO has an ongoing project called, "Mr. Buffett the Teacher," which focuses on interviews with Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway investors, and financial media. Students, faculty and staff are working on a documentary and archive.  This is the fifth year for the student visits.  *** UNO Television has produced, "The Life of Harold Dow," which airs in late July and early August on NET 1 and 2. Dow, was remembered as a CBS News reporter who began his career at UNO and KETV.  UNO Television earlier aired the documentary "Overweight State" on NET. *** Maverick Solutions promoted the launch of the Elmwood Fitness Park in June. Kristin Neemann, Carly Beckman, Cristina Hillmer, Janae Hofer and Tanner Johnson coordinated event planning and media relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield and the UNO College of Education School of Health Education. *** Assistant Professor Adam Tyma was interviewed by KVNO about Google+ *** Director Jeremy Lipschultz conducted interviews with NET Radio, the Omaha World-Herald, and WOWT-TV in stories about the death penalty, mobile media, and viral videos *** University of Nebraska President J. B. Milliken has approved Assistant Professor  Lynnette Leonard's request for a leave of absence to teach and do research in Bulgaria this year. The School of Communication received approval to hire Kellie Corti, a University of Denver Ph.D., to teach Leonard's courses at UNO. Milliken also approved a second year of leave for Associate Professor Teresa Lamsam. She is teaching at the University of Kansas.  The School received approval to re-hire Jodeane Brownlee for a second year of full-time teaching.  She is helping to cover journalism and broadcasting courses, along with UNO Television staff, while Associate Professor Chris Allen travels to Oman on a Fulbright Award. Allen also was at the Poynter Institute in Florida for several days in July to participate in the "Teachapalooza" workshop, which focused on new media skills and practices.

Alumni notes. Karl Johnson is a staff supervisor at UNO Criss Library *** Jasmine Maharisi has been hired as Public Information Officer for the Administrative Services at the State of Nebraska. She will be based in Lincoln coordinating communication. *** Pete Soby presented, "Video Storytelling" to  PRSA Nebraska at a July luncheon. *** Shannon Stawniak is Project Management Coordinator at the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Partnership. If you have a new job title, please let us know.

Kelsey (Zach) Sevening, Smart Ads Project
Manager at Yahoo! (center), spoke to
Social Media Metrics students in June

Dean Gail F. Baker (right)
Prestigious honors. DuSable to Obama, Chicago’s Black Metropolis, a documentary co-written by Dean Gail F. Baker has received the prestigious Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club -- the nation's largest Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapter. The documentary team interviewed about 40 residents, scholars, artists and politicians for the project.  It has aired on public television stations across the nation.

Events and photos. 

Chase Moffitt, WOWT, featured a UNO class
in a story about viral videos

Large crowds attended  
Shakespeare on the Green

The North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA)
celebrated another exceptional year
Hugh Reilly (right) read from his book
at a Joslyn Castle event (photo by
Howard Marcus
Jackie Normington (left) at the
Communication Week Alumni Panel
with Paul Critchlow (center) and
Rita Paskowitz (right). Mike Moran
also spoke at the event (photo by
Ed Watkins
Warren Buffett answered media
questions before the annual meeting,
as the UNO Buffett Project team
recorded comments

The calendar.
17 - CFAM Retreat, Thompson Alumni Center, 8 a.m. 

22 - UNO classes begin

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