TMU 8(11), October 18, 2011

"Terrific Ten" meet Chicago media pros. Ten School of Communication students had unprecedented access to top newspaper, radio, television and public relations professionals Oct. 2-4 in Chicago. Jeremy Lipschultz and Karen Weber organized the trip. Alumni and friends of the School sponsored each of the undergraduate and graduate students.  They toured WGN-TV where veteran anchor Robert Jordan allowed them to sit in on the evening news. Students also were in the FOX Chicago newsroom for their morning newscast. The groups met with reporters and editors at the Chicago Tribune and sat in on a morning news editorial session. At Trump Tower, the students visited an 89th floor penthouse condominium and talked about marketing and PR. The three-day trip concluded with a two hour session at Edelman with Chicago President Rick Murray, who was keynote speaker last year at Omaha 10-10-10. The students also met with Phil Gomes and Chuck Hemann -- two high-level Edelman strategists. A group photo album is available on the UNO School of Communication Facebook page.

"Terrific Ten" Video

UNO Forensics scores early win. Coming off a fifth place national finish, School of Communication  orators began 2011-12  competition by winning their first tournament at Hutchinson, KS. UNO was first on both days of presentations, doubling scores of second place finisher Kansas State and third place team Nebraska-Lincoln. Follow individual and team results at UNO Forensics on Facebook during every weekend of competition.

Next issue: PR Summit

Alumni news. Wendy Townley has joined The Steier Group as a campaign manager. Kevin Warneke also joined the Omaha firm earlier this year. *** Gerald Forbes has been hired by Omaha Steaks as a training specialist.  

Excellence in action. Assistant professors Lynnette Leonard and Adam Tyma presented a paper at the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) meeting in Seattle. Following two rounds of review, "It's Not All Zeroes and Ones: Constructing Online Identity Assembly Theory" has been accepted to be published in conference proceedings. The pair first presented work in this area in 2009. Leonard, who is teaching this year in Bulgaria, returned to the United States for the presentation. *** Four graduate students -- Pamm Killeen, Jen Rome, Nick Klotz and Alex Vogt -- had their panel accepted for presentation in March at the Central States Communication Association meeting in Cleveland, OH. Assistant professors Joy Chao and Paige Toller advised the students on "Bridging Communication Disciplines and Increasing Diversity."   
Assistant Professor Ana Cruz had her paper, "Development of an Educational Model for Detainees Awaiting Deportation: A Community-based Partnership Between a Correctional Center and Metropolitan University accepted for publication in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement*** Four UNO PRSSA chapter leaders presented best practices at the national conference in Orlando, FL. The creative PowerPoint slideshow featured suggestions for operating an award-winning chapter and student firm. *** Dean Gail F. Baker's award-winning documentary DeSable to Obama received three Chicago Emmy nominations, including  Outstanding Achievement for Documentary Programs. The awards dinner is in November. *** Associate Professor Dave Ogden is one of two College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media faculty recommended for faculty development fellowships. Ogden plans to finish a book during his fellowship next fall.

Drew Swartz filed this Occupy Omaha report for The Omaha News

Events and photos. Joy Chao has become a member of the Suburban Rotary Club of Omaha. She was an active Rotarian In Taiwan and conducts research on female leadership.  *** Student-led Mav Radio returned to the airwaves via HD Radio broadcasting. Listeners can tune to KVNO 90.7 HD, or visit and click "Listen Here." More than 20 students and UNO professors play music and offer talk programming from the Milo Bail Student Center on campus. Mav Radio airs live newscasts at 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Instructor Jodeane Brownlee, Director of Media Robert Franklin, and KVNO staff advise UNO radio students.

Mav Radio

Tyler Barton worked in the ESPN truck at a
recent Huskers game

8th Annual La Notte Italiana Maverick PR dinner 

Fall colors in Nebraska

The calendar.

27 -  North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA), Collaborating Commons, 4 p.m.

28 - PRSA Nebraska Media Relations Summit, Thompson Alumni Center, 11:30 a.m. 

 8 -  The Omaha News live election special, TKN, 7 p.m.

11 - Technology training, Arts and Sciences Hall, 11:30 a.m.

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