TMU 9(9), October 23, 2012

PRSSA wins top chapter. UNO public relations students won the top national award for the second time in four years. In San Francisco, UNO PRSSA won the Dr. Frederick H. Teahan Outstanding Chapter for 2012 from the Public Relations Student Society of America. Adviser Karen Weber said the recognition places UNO PRSSA atop more than 300 chapters in the United States and abroad. 

UNO Forensics off to great start. The School of Communication's competitive public speaking squad won its  first four sessions and several individual titles in early season tournaments. The team has traveled to Hutchinson, KS, Mankato, MN, and Creighton University in Omaha. UNO hosts a tournament Oct. 27-28. UNO Forensics is coming off two consecutive fifth place national finishes and a national individual champion at Interstate Oratory last spring. 

Academic excellence. Associate Professor Paige Toller has co-authored with Lynnette Leonard "Speaking Ill of the Dead: Anonymity and Communication About Suicide on," Communication Studies 63(4), 387-404 (September-October 2012).

Assistant Professor Chin-Chung Chao has published "Testing News Trustworthiness in an Online Public Sphere: A Case Study of The Economist's News Report Covering the Riots in Xinjiang, China," Chinese Journal of Communication (October 2012); and co-authored with Dexin Tian "Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Disputes in Cyberspace: U.S. Hegemony and Chinese Resistance," Journal of Politics and Law 5(2), (2012).

Associate Professor Hugh Reilly's book Bound to Have Blood was nominated for the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) award. The book examines the newspaper coverage of several key events in the Plains Indian Wars and analyzes the reporting of the period. Native American depictions reinforced negative stereotypes. "The concept of this book is unique," MPLA wrote. "Using research from many different sources, the author compares and contrasts the atmosphere of the time with the reporting of the incidents... It is an entertaining read, yet it is also a scholarly work derived from a great amount of research."

Professors Mike Hilt and Jeremy Lipschultz will have their book Mass Media, An Aging Population, and the Baby Boomers re-released this year as a paperback. The book is part of the Routledge Communication Series.

Assistant Professor Adam Tyma hosted two  Second Life virtual environment sessions for students in the Computer-Mediated Communication course. Second Life allows students to put theories and research into practice, Tyma said. "As an avatar-driven environment 'people' in Second Life not only communicate through text, but also through objects, characters and personalities they create." Tyma is developing visual communication and culture courses and a new minor.

Alumni updates. The 9th annual Italian Night dinner brought several alumni back for the Maverick PR and UNO PRSSA fundraiser Oct. 19. Faculty and administrators also attended. The dinner featured donated Italian cuisine and a silent auction. Students also showed off their new national PRSSA top chapter award. The event raises funds for student travel and professional development.

Andrea Iaccheri is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant at Ohio University. She is taking her first three doctoral courses this semester. She reports that her UNO graduate theory and methods courses prepared her for work at the next level.

Howard K. Marcus published a story in the Omaha World-Herald about the River City Rodeo.

Videos and photos.

Brett Koehn previews Division I basketball for The Omaha News

Chris Allen chaired an Omaha World-Herald talk
on Afghanistan at the Omaha Press Club
 Lambda Pi Eta hosted Wayne State students and faculty

PRSSA national award

Conflict Mediation Bake Sale

October colors returned to Nebraska


6 -- The Omaha News Election Night Special, NET2, 7 p.m.

2-3  -- School of Communication Academic Program Review Site Visit, ASH 140, TBA




12-14 -- PRSSA Regional Conference, Mammel Hall, TBA.
15-19 -- Communication Week

2 -- 58th Annual Communication Awards Banquet, Thompson Alumni Center, 5 p.m.

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