MavForensics- 5th in Nation

Full Team (Image 2)For the fourth time in the last six years, the MavForensics team capped off their season with a top 5 finish. Despite having one of the smaller teams in the top 20, consisting this year of 11 underclassmen and only 3 upper classmen (with just one senior), the team completed their season by taking home the 5th place trophy in back-to-back years. Three other teams from Nebraska were in the top 20, with Doane College placing 16th, Hastings College placing 15th, and University of Nebraska Lincoln placing 9th. That marks the most schools in the top 20 from any one state in the nation and makes the MavForensics’ state championship back in February that much more meaningful.

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Abby Herbert, Catie Zaleski & Abby Hoffman

The team was led by senior Catie Zaleski, who finished ranked the sixth overall speaker in the entire nation. Catie and duo partner, Freshman Abby Hoffman, placed third overall at the tournament in Duo Interpretation. Catie also placed third in Dramatic Interpretation, with junior Abbie Herbert taking home second in the same event and placing in quarterfinals in After Dinner Speaking. Catie also advanced her Program of Oral Interpretation to semifinals (top 12 in the nation) and her Poetry Interpretation to quarterfinals (top 24 in the nation). Abby took her Prose Interpretation to semifinals and her Dramatic Interpretation to quarterfinals. Sophomore Dominic Hernandez made semifinals in both Prose Interpretation and Program of Oral Interpretation and quarterfinals in Poetry Interpretation. Sophomore T’eyrr Bynum made quarterfinals in both Dramatic Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation. Freshman Ameres Groves made quarterfinals in Program of Oral Interpretation.

In addition to the competitive success, Catie also became only the fourth “All-American” in MavForensics’ history. All-Americans are awarded based on three criteria: Competitive success, academic excellence, and service to the community. The selection is made by a national committee, who found Catie’s application among the best in the nation, awarding her a slot on the coveted team.

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Cameron Logsdon

Even the coaches were recognized, with Assistant Director of Forensics Cameron Logsdon winning the “Outstanding New Coach Award,” presented to a recipient for excellence in their first five years of coaching. Director of Forensics Abbie Syrek previously won the same award back in 2011. Only two schools in the country have had two coaches who received this prestigious award, Kansas State University and now the University of Nebraska Omaha.

 

All told, it was one of the most successful years in the program’s 10-year tenure under Syrek. Complete results are detailed below:

Quarterfinalists

  • Abby Hoffman – Dramatic Interpretation
  • Ameres Groves – Program of Oral Interpretation
  • Dominic Hernandez – Poetry Interpretation
  • T’eyrr Bynum – Poetry Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation
  • Abbie Herbert – After Dinner Speaking
  • Catie Zaleski – Poetry Interpretation

Semifinalists

  • Abby Hoffman – Prose Interpretation
  • Dominic Hernandez – Program of Oral Interpretation, Prose Interpretation
  • Catie Zaleski – Program of Oral Interpretation

Finalists

  • Abbie Herbert – National Runner-Up in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Catie Zaleski – 3rd Place in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Catie Zaleski/Abby Hoffman – 3rd place in Duo Interpretation

Overall Awards

  • Catie Zaleski – 6th overall speaker, All-American
  • Team – 5th place in the nation
  • Cameron Logsdon – Outstanding New Coach of the Year

Johansen attends conference in India

 

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Bruce E. Johansen, Isaacson Professor in Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, recently returned home from India after he was received as one of a dozen special guests from the United States, Canada, and Australia at a conference on the history and literature of indigenous peoples and dalits (untouchables). The conference convened December 14-16 at Acharya Nagarjuna University in Gunter, Andhra Pradesh state, India, about 250 miles north of Chennai (formerly known as Madras) on the Bay of Bengal.

The university is named after Acharya Nagarjuna, the principal founder of the Madhyamaka path of Mahayana Buddhism. Acharya Nagarjuna University is known for its endorsement of human-rights activism, especially for indigenous and dalit peoples at the bottom of India’s caste system. The conference had the attributes of a cultural festival and a political rally as well as an academic meeting. The campaign for improvement of dalit status (they comprise one-sixth of India’s 1.2 billion people) has similarities to the United States’ civil-rights struggle.

Johansen presented brief opening remarks at opening ceremonies December 14, attended by roughly 600 people. He also presented a plenary paper, “What Has Been Will Be: Native American Contributions to Democracy, Feminism, Gender Fluidity, and Environmentalism,” December 16. The conference, including a brief description of Johansen’s paper, was reported in The Hindu, a nation-wide newspaper, December 16 and 17.

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The conference, which was attended by several hundred scholars from several nations, with 250 presented papers, was widely covered in the press, in Hindi as well as English. The special guests were accorded celebrity status, and asked for several hundred selfies and “snaps” (photos). Johansen’s paper also was published in an Indian journal, The Cultural and Literary Nationalism of Fourth World.

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Johansen, who has heretofore maintained that he has two left feet and dances like a duck, was asked to “grace the base” (e.g. come to the stage) with other special guests, during a performance Monday evening by Kaladashini, an AGU dance troupe. He was then engaged in a solo by one of the principal dancers. He followed the dancer’s moves at an accelerating pace, then began to lead. At the end of the performance, Johansen’s dancing partner hoisted him into the air, and kissed him on the cheek, as the performers and an audience of several hundred cheered. Next, Raja Sekhar, lead coordinator of the conference (an English professor and administrative officer at AGU), hoisted him into the air, to grand applause.

Aside from aiding in discovery of his formerly dormant dancing talents, Johansen welcomed the opportunity to eat curry and chutney for breakfast (and all other meals).

Johansen also was collecting research for publication on air pollution in Delhi, which, according to the World Health Organization, is the worst in the world. While he was there, the Delhi airport closed briefly for smog, and the city’s Supreme Court outlawed the registration of large SUVs and cars with large diesel engines, maintaining that living in Delhi is like living “in an open gas chamber.”

 

Kris Krug: In Pursuit of His Dream

It is his second lap around the track.

photo 4At 27, Omaha native Kris Krug is pursuing his second bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Few people know, however, that he has more than five years of public address announcing, including lap-by-lap race car coverage and driver interviews.

His experience includes calling major events such as Knoxville Nationals, Knoxville Late Model Nationals and Knoxville 360 Nationals. He says he prides himself on his outstanding knowledge of dirt-track racing and its “storied” history.

He has also been working for E.W. Scripps Co. in Omaha since June as a promotions assistant, which includes on-site high school football game reporting.

Scripps stations include channel 94.1, Star 104.5, CD 105.9, Z-92 and AM 590 ESPN Omaha. Krug’s primary station is ESPN. Anytime the local show “The Drive” is broadcast, Krug says that he is almost always the on-site producer for it.

He also gets a little on-air time co-hosting the Sunday morning motorsports show.

“Dan Taylor, the announcer of I-80 speedway here in Nebraska, brought me on and loves to have me as a guest when I have time,” Krug says.

In the fall, Krug was the on-air reporter for the Friday night high school football show “High School Game Night.”

“I would go out to the game and sit in the press box to take notes while our show was on air, and then I would call in after each quarter was done to give an update on what’s going on.”

Krug says he was proud of this part of the job because the idea of having him cover the weekly game was his.

While Krug says he has had some early broadcasting successes, his resume can’t convey his sense of determination, his passion for the industry or his “undying initiative.”

A big sports fan when he was a boy, he wanted to be a Nebraska Cornhusker. Sometimes moms know best, though.

“My mom knew from the age of 10 that I would be a sports announcer,” Krug says. “I was always calling.”

“I found out I wasn’t big enough to play football, but I knew I wanted to be part of it,” he says. “There’s no better way to do it than to tell people what’s going on with the game.”

After attending Plattsmouth High School, he was off to the University of Nebraska Kearney to pursue a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and a minor in sports administration. He became the voice of the UNK KPLR radio station and was also sports director in 2010 and 2011.

At the time, KPLR didn’t have a sideline reporter. He created the Coach Darryl Morris pre-game show. He says he talked football for 20 minutes, welcomed fans, plugged in public service announcements and talked about the opponent.

Everything was broken down “to a tee,” he says. “I took time to study not only football, but also how things work for broadcast.”

He says that working for a campus radio station is a learning process.

“You’re going to make mistakes,” Krug says. “The whole point of having a campus radio station is to make those mistakes and then correct them.

“You have fun with it, and once you get used to it, you don’t make those mistakes anymore.”

Krug’s early success continued. As a part of a national exchange program through UNK, he was able to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville his senior year. It was an opportunity for him to meet people and make contacts. He was very much into NASCAR.

“I wanted to be in motor sports somehow. I just needed a start,” Krug says.

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Left to Right: John Gibson, the voice of the World of Outlaws,
Tony Bokhoven of CBS Sports, Australian race announcer Wade Aunger,
and Kris Krug.

His persistence paid off. In April 2012, he became the public address announcer for Smokey Mountain Speedway in Maryville, Tennessee, providing lap-by-lap coverage until September 2012. He was also featured on DirtOnDirt.com providing lap-by-lap coverage.

While in Tennessee, his mother called and told him about an opening for a sales position at KNIA/KRLS in Knoxville, Iowa.

“I drove from Knoxville [Tennessee] to Knoxville [Iowa].”

But, after determining the sales job wasn’t a fit, he drove home. Two days later, he got an offer from the station to do announcing after the on-air overnight person quit.

Krug was off to Iowa for a two-year stint at KNIA/KRLS, and with that came in-field sports racetrack coverage for Knoxville Raceway.

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Left to Right: Tony Bokhoven of CBS Sports,the lead announcer at Knoxville Raceway,
James Essex, the voice of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series, Kris Krug.

Krug says he leveraged his relationships at the track to secure the booth announcing for the raceway. He would work at the radio station during the week, and on the weekends, he would announce as an employee for the racetrack.

Krug says, “This is a huge prestigious job and a dream come true.”

After two years at KNIA-KRLS, long hours and unfulfilling pay, Krug says he realized that he needed to do more to educate himself.

“I made a call to my parents, and they supported my decision. Knoxville is only 2.5 hours away from Omaha. I’m going to get another degree,” he says.

Krug says he made the decision to go back to school after facing the “harsh reality” about the need to be diverse in his skills.

Krug has finished his first semester at UNO with a major in journalism and media communication and an emphasis in advertising and public relations. He has two more years before he graduates.

Krug says the loved his time at UNK, but he was so headstrong about broadcasting that he “didn’t care” about the other courses. “I was going to be a sportscaster,” he says.

“Broadcasting is one thing, writing scripts or announcing,” Krug says. “With PR, you are doing a lot of different things like press releases and design pieces.”

His motivation is to get the diverse skills he needs and to learn public relations inside and out.

“If I had done that at Kearney, I would have been more well-rounded,” he says.

The new “dream job” for Krug looks like a combination of announcing and public relations.

Krug says that while school has been easy for him in the past, he is enjoying the challenge at UNO and the great professors. He enjoys meeting new people, whom he studies and “stays focused” with. They will be lifelong friends.

For now, Krug is focused on broadening his knowledge and skills at UNO. And, he still is driving back and forth to Knoxville Raceway to do announcing on weekends and during the summer.

He continues to apply for positions that could prove to be his next “dream job.”

 

School of Communication News- November 2015

Student PR Chapter Named Best In Nation
by Charley Reed

OMAHA – For the third time in the last seven years, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has been named prssathe nation’s top chapter following this year’s national conference.

UNO’s PRSSA chapter, MavPRSSA, was named best out of all 344 chapters on Monday at the final day of the conference, which was held in Atlanta.

This is the third year MavPRSSA has won the F.H. Teahan Outstanding Chapter Award with previous victories in 2012 and 2009. The prize for winning outstanding chapter is $500 towards student advancement.

“These students represent the best of the best for UNO’s School of Communication,” explained Karen Weber, the chapter’s faculty advisor. “They have worked tirelessly to make sure they achieve and excel in their professional development.”

In addition to being named Outstanding Chapter, MavPRSSA also received recognition as a Star Chapter for the fourth year in a row as one of

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only 20 chapters to receive the honor, which rewards students’ efforts in professional development and community service.

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Angela Eastep

UNO seniors Angela Eastep and Trent Ostrom also received individual recognition at this year’s conference. Eastep, the chapter’s president, earned the PRSSA National Golden Key Award for excellence in their professional and academic endeavors. Ostrom, the chapter’s recruitment director, earned the Ron Culp National Mentor Scholarship worth $1,000 towards finishing his schooling.

Click here to read the entire article

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Running and Winning: League of Women Voters Workshop

Every other year, the League of Women Voters, Instructor Rita Shaughnessy’s students from Honors Public Speakingrunningwinning Fundamentals, and Service Learning all partner to hold a workshop at the Alumni Center.  The workshop is called Running and Winning.

Omaha area high school girls are chosen by their teachers and come to the all-morning workshop to interview past and present female elected officials. The girls then craft their own political campaign slogan, poster, and speech which they present.  Deborah Smith-Howell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate Studies, welcomed everyone to the workshop and judged the speeches, along with two other representatives from the Omaha community.

Shaughnessy’s students facilitated at each table and helped with myriad other things that needed attending to during the workshop, including helping the high school girls with their presentations.

After the workshop is over at 1 p.m., the girls then went on a campus tour before returning to their respective high schools.

UNO student Waverle Monroe once participated in this event while attending High School years ago. She recently did a story on this event for her class and The Omaha News.

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Journalism Student Cynthia Todd Interns in Nashville

Cynthia Todd headshot 2It happened on spring break, on her 21st birthday, during a road trip to California.

University of Nebraska at Omaha journalism major Cynthia Todd was doing the Hollywood sign hike in April with her friends when she got a “super casual” email from Anne Oakley, vice president of radio at CMT in Nashville, Tennessee.

Oakley said, “How about tomorrow?” The next day Todd had a telephone interview for a paid internship.

“I did my interview from a Disneyland lollipop shop with Mickey Mouse ears everywhere and piano music playing in the backgrounIMG_7582d,” Todd says.

The interview lasted 15 minutes. She says it didn’t sink in that four representatives of CMT were actually interviewing her.  “I was out of my element. Every aspect was random. I will always remember that interview,” Todd says.

The next day she got an offer to be the CMT Radio Network intern for on-air personality Cody Alan.

Click here to read the entire article

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UNO Media Literacy Education Program presents “The Lit Lab.”

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Students from Dr. Tyma’s Media Literacy Class

In November, students from Dr. Tyma’s Media Literacy course taught students from Lewis and Clark Middle School the basics of Media Literacy. The materials were developed throughout the semester as part of their course curriculum.  L and C students not only learned from our undergraduate students, but they toured UNO TV with Dr. Chris Allen and even recorded a promotional spot for MavRadio.  In addition, two of the UNO students used the event as an opportunity to write stories for their journalism courses and UNO TV produced a segment for The Omaha News.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1FJoWImCFY

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UNO Ad Club

The next Ad Club meeting will feature a discussion about the Best and

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Worst of Black Friday and Holiday Commercials.  This will also be a meet and greet for current and prospective members. There will be door prizes and an ugly sweater contest.

Wednesday, Dec. 2
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
CEC – Room 127

Contact:
Emily Wheeler, ewheeler@unomaha.edu
Ad Club President

Melodae Morris, melodaemorris@unomaha.edu
Ad Club Adviser

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COLLEGE RADIO STATION RAISES MONEY FOR STUDENT BATTLING CANCER

(OMAHA, Neb.) Students of University of Nebraska at Omaha’s radio station MavRadio are holding a fundraiser Monday from noon to 12:45 p.m. for a fellow classmate who was diagnosed with cancer in October.

MavRadio students will be hosting a live remote at the steps of the Milo Bail Student Center to raise awareness for Adam LaRose, who began chemotherapy treatments the first week of November.

A GoFundMe account https://www.gofundme.com/gk9h7cxg called “Help Adam Beat Cancer” was set up eight days ago by LaRose’s classmates. Within the first 24 hours, over $2,000 was raised with donations pouring in from all over the country.

The message included by students on LaRose’s GoFundMe page is:

Adam is a very special person who means a lot to his classmates at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

He served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years and now we (his classmates) want to return the favor by serving him in his time of need.

Adam was diagnosed with cancer and just started chemotherapy treatments in the first week of November.

Adam is a fighter, but we want to help him in his fight against cancer.

Our thought … if every UNO student just gave one dollar to support Adam, he could focus his energy on getting healthy – not paying bills.

We hope to reach our goal before the end of the fall semester, so we can make his holiday break a little brighter.

Help us help Adam.

In case of inclement weather the live remote will be moved inside the Milo Bail Student Center.

MavRadio is a student-run radio station that broadcasts out of the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. It is located in CPACS 106 B.

As the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s student run-radio station, MavRadio strives to enrich not only the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha but also the community of Omaha by engaging, informing and entertaining through means beyond programming.

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Faculty Publish Article

The Baseball Resbaseballearch Journal published an article by Dr. Kevin Warneke, Iowa Western Community College Professor John Shorey and Dr. Dave Ogden.  The article is titled, “Pick Wisely: A Look at Whom Select Baseball Players Choose as Their Heroes and Why” and is in the Fall 2015 issue (44) 2, pp. 57-62.  The Baseball Research Journal is the official national publication of the Society for America Baseball Research (SABR).

The Baseball Research Journal- Fall 2015

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Bruce Johansen publishes a book chapter:

book“Native American Activism and Survival: Political, Legal, Cultural.”  in Routledge Companion to Native American Literature, ed. Deborah Lea Madsen  (Professor of American Studies, Director, Department of English, University of Geneva,Switzerland). New York: Routledge, 2016, pp. 273-283.

 Dr. Johansen is also scheduled to deliver a plenary address at a world conference in India:

Plenary address: “What Has Been Will Be: Native American Contributions to Democracy, Feminism, Gender Fluidity, and Environmentalism.” This is a part of the Global Seminar on Celebrating the Ancient/Contemporary Wisdom of Fourth World (Natives/ Aboriginals/Dalits) being held on December 14, 2015 through the English Department at the Acharya Nagarjuna University in India.india johansen

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School of Communication News- October 2015

UNO MavForensics on Fire!forensics kansas

The MavForensics team has once again hit the ground running with a strong showing at the “Debates on a Plain” tournament, held on September 26-27 in Hutchinson, Kansas. Led by senior Catie Zaleski, who managed to win four individual events on Saturday alone (along with taking home the award for top overall speaker), the young team saw 13 of its 15 competitors make finals over the weekend. As the squad gears up for an exhausting but exciting marathon of competition, it’s safe to say things got off on the right foot!

The squad carried momentum from their opening weekend wins into a big showing at the “Buff Cat” tournament, hosted on the campus of Kansas State University on October 3-4, taking the total to a perfect 4 for 4 on the young season. Among the many highlights was freshman Abby Hoffman winning top overall speaker for the weekend in just her second college tournament ever. Hoffman won five events during the two days of competition. She was closely trailed by senior Catie Zaleski, who finished as the second overall speaker on Sunday’s half of competition and third on Saturday’s half. MavForensics took first place both days by winning 13 of the 22 possible championships across the weekend.forensics buff

The hot start to the MavForensics season continued, with the team posting their 5th and 6th consecutive victories on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The team traveled to the Dragon/Loper Rodeo in Kearney, Nebraska on October 10-11. Notable results included Freshman Ameres Groves placing second in individual sweeps on Saturday and tying for first on Sunday. He was joined on Sunday by Freshman Whitney Hansen, who placed 3rd overall. That makes six different competitors who have placed in individual sweepstakes across the first three weekends of competition.

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Will Riley is Director of Web at Grain & Mortar and a Web Developer at AIGA.  He spoke at AdClub’s second monthly meeting. A lot of web design majors, graphic design and public relations/advertising students showed up.

Grain & Mortar combine strategy, branding and design to online and mobile platforms. Riley was very enthusiastic about his work, even about search engine optimization (SEO). He shared his passion of web design and says technology will not be able to take over by robots because design needs “human hands”.

Join our next advertising club meeting on November 4 in room 127 in the CEC.

 

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Creative Media Capstone Spotlights Haunted Heartland
by B.J. Huchtemann

heartlandThe UNO School of Communication’s first Creative Media Capstone Class is taking place this fall, taught by Jodeane Brownlee and B.J. Huchtemann (UNO Television). The students’ second project was to create promotional audio and video spots for MavRadio’s Haunted Heartland live broadcast that takes place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 6-10 p.m.

Here are links to the student projects that show just how seriously our students are taking their role as creative professionals. With a bit of variance in skill levels in this pilot class, everyone set an ambitious goal for themselves and delivered some great work, along with companion audio promos. The videos will be running on TKN to promote the Haunted Heartland event, the audio promos are airing on MavRadio. To Listen to MavRadio: http://www.mavradio.fm/  OR  http://tunein.com/radio/UNO-MavRadio-907-s162110/

Please check out this very creative, spooky and sometimes humorous work from our students.

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“Waxx Museum Intruders”

by Adam LaRose
https://youtu.be/Vj6BhHruWrQ

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“Someone’s Watching You”

by Charles Traynham
https://youtu.be/l_rs4Eeed00

Ghost Hunt Screen Shot
“Ghost  Hunt” by Claire Sapone

https://youtu.be/1ik9viEJRxg

Oujia Screen Shot Haunted Heartland
“Oujia Board” by Connor Joyce

https://youtu.be/xPFSzPzxU14

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“A Walk in the Woods” by Paula Hupf

https://youtu.be/Q4Mn2HONo5M

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“Here’s Haunted Heartland”

by Matthew Haave
https://youtu.be/dj3XkBOe5iQ

 

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The Omaha News

omaha newsThe Omaha News, a weekly news program featuring CFAM students both behind the camera AND on the air, airs live on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. on The Knowledge Network! Check it out on Cox Channel 18 or stream it at TKNomaha.org.

 

 

 

 

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MavPRSSA earns $4,500 from La Notte Italiana benefit dinner.

Mav PRSSA members and volunteers gather for a group photo after the event. More than 75 guests enjoyed the best of Italian cuisine at the 12th annual “La Notte Italiana,” fundraiser.

The benefit dinner on Oct. 2 raised more than $4,500 in ticket sales, silent auction proceeds and donations. A portion of the proceeds will help pay for MavPRSSA’s “Say Yes to a Pack,” backpack drive for Youth Emergency Services, a nonprofit serving at-risk and homeless youth. The prssabackpackchapter plans to buy 100 backpacks filled with socks, warmers and hygiene products.

Proceeds help pay for PRSSA National Conference expenses. Nine officers and their faculty adviser will travel to Atlanta in early November. The money raised also supports other professional development opportunities, community service projects and national and state competitions.

Among the favorite entrees were mostaccioli and meatballs, sausage and peppers, penne alfredo and margherita pizza. Desserts featured Italian cream cake made by Gail Baker, dean of the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media; Italian chocolate cream love cake made by Jessica Teaford, MavPRSSA assistant creative director; biscotti made by Phyllis Stessman, the mother of MavPRSSA’s faculty adviser Karen Weber; and tiramisu made by Carrabba’s.

The guests feasted on authentic Italian cuisine donated by some of Omaha’s finest family-owned Italian restaurants such as Bella Vita Ristorante, Mangia Italiana, Orsi’s and Pasta Amore. The dinner also featured Weber’s homemade meatballs from her Sicilian grandmother’s recipe.

Italian Night Deco5The event’s silent auction earned nearly $1,100 and showcased the following packages: MavMania,” “The Greatest Fans in College Football,” “Because You’re Worth It,” “ “Pamper from Heat to Toe,” “Taste of Omaha,” “Family Staycation,” “Wine a Little, You’ll Feel Better,” and “Stock the Bar.”

“I’m grateful for “La Notte Italiana” because the proceeds are helping us buy 100 backpacks for Youth Emergency Service,” said Kelsey Johnson, PRSSA’s assistant recruitment director.

 

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Alumni Updates:

Alumnus joins Baxter Arena
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A recent graduate from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s School of Communication may have found the job of his life – at 27 years old.

Phil Manley (BS Broadcasting, 2013) is the live event video director at UNO’s new Baxter Arena.

“My specialty is live TV production,” the 2013 UNO graduate said, adding that live TV production aspects of instant replay and switching camera shots on the fly aren’t just for network television anymore.

Event venues, such as Baxter Arena, also have similar equipment to give people who attend events, like UNO hockey games, a much better experience than what was possible before, Manley said.

That love for live video production started at UNO, he said, but he didn’t start out as a broadcasting major. Beginning as a part-time computer science major in 2007 working his way through school, he didn’t change his major to broadcasting with a new media concentration until he started working at UNO-TV.

“I started working there and realized that I liked it,” he said. “That was my turning point.”

That change felt more like what he wanted as a career. “I think what I loved about computer science was all of those components,” he said. “That’s what drove me here.”

To read the entire article, go here: http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/news/2015/10/phil-manley.php

 

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Alumna Andrea Guziec Iaccheri (MA, 2011) publishes her first piece from her MA Thesis, Unplugging the power cord: Uncovering hidden power structures via mobile communication technology use within the traditional marital dyad (co-authored with Adam Tyma).  The chapter is in an edited Family Communication collection from Peter Lang publishing.  The collection has such interpersonal/family comm authors as Sandy Petronio and Jeff Child.  If you see Andrea, give her a hearty congratulations.  She has earned it!

http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=90094&cid=533

 

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Alumnus Stephen Croucher, (BA Journalism, 2000), is a full professor of communication at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He is currently the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, a Taylor & Francis journal. This year, he had his fifth book come out: “Understanding communication theory: A beginner’s guide” … published by Taylor & Francis.

 

 

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CFAM grant winners attend powwow in Los Angeles to advance Native health research
By: Susan M. Payne – School of Communication

Dr. Sherice Gearhart and Dr. Teresa Trumbly Lamsam of the School of Communication are traveling to the Hart of gearhart-lamsam surveythe West powwow in Los Angeles to collect data for their project “Finding the impact zone: Testing health news for the Native American audience.”

The Waterhouse Family Institute, which had only a 24 percent acceptance rate for the 2015-2016 school year, unanimously funded Gearhart and Lamsam’s project the full requested amount of $8,594 because it met the institute’s mission of “communication as central to the creation of positive social change.” Waterhouse Family Institute of Villanova University in Pennsylvania funds communication research around the world. For the full article: http://www.unomaha.edu/college-of-communication-fine-arts-and-media/news/2015/09/gearhart-lamsam-powwow.php

 

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UNO Hosts Conference

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Dr. Marshall Prisbell with UNO faculty and students.

Dr. Marshall Prisbell and other faculty from the School of Communication attended the annual Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) conference  hosted by UNO on October 11-13.

The conference theme is Love of Place: The Metropolitan University Advantage, and  celebrated university and community collaborations. Through reciprocal relationships, metropolitan universities provide students unique and enriching educational experiences while contributing to building and strengthening the community. Conference participants explored new strategies for sustaining partnerships and inspiring future successes by examining the symbiotic relationship between university and their love of place. The conference presentations  fostered discussion, illustrated best practices, and advanced the scholarship of engagement.

 

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School of Communication celebrates National News Engagement Day

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Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz‘s Honors Program students met via Skype Tuesday with Chicago Tribune Investigative Reporter Ray Long. The paper wrote about tax breaks in the ConAgra decision to move corporate headquarters from Omaha to Chicago. Long also explained the importance of social media in journalism today.

 

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Faculty authors chapter.

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Dr. Karen Kangas Dwyer is a chapter author, Helping Students Conquer Anxiety in the Sessions, in the Newly published book Communication Advise: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practices. Editors, Wendy Aitkins-Sayre and Eunkyong L. Yook (328 p.).

Although competent peer tutoring [at communication centers, writing centers, and math labs] depends heavily on knowledge within the particular discipline, there is certainly more to the process than subject knowledge alone. One of the most important components of tutoring in any academic area is effective communication. Research in the area of communication studies is relevant to all areas of tutoring, but is often only a minor component of peer tutoring training. This book brings together tutoring center experts and communication experts to provide research-based advice for training peer and near-peer tutors. With a broad audience in mind, these experts translate research from the fields of communication and pedagogy into advice that can be used for tutoring in any field. Peer tutoring centers or pedagogy courses in any discipline will find this book to be an effective discussion tool for encouraging tutors to consider the importance of how they communicate their advice to students.

 

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Faculty writes to NY Times

Dr. Bruce Johansen placed a letter to the editor in the New York Times, October 3. johansen lettertoeditorIt was less than 24 hours from when it web sent to print.

“Calls for Gun Control After Oregon College Shooting.” [Letter to the Editor]

New York Times, October 3, 2015.  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/03/opinion/calls-for-gun-control-after-oregon-college-shooting.html

 

 

Bruce E. Johansen also presented “Global Warming Science: What the Mass Media Are Missing” on the Book Authors’ Panel at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalists, October 11, 2015 at the University of Oklahoma/National Weather Center, Norman, OK.

 

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Speech Center Offers Fall Learn Over Lunch Series for Students

The UNO Speech Center will offer free workshops this semester on presentation skills. All students are invited to attend. Free pizza and pop will be provided. To register for one or more sessions or for more information contact the Speech Consulting Center at 554-3201 or unospeechcenter@unomaha.edu. Space is limited so you must register in advance.

Creating Visual Aids that Work: Designing Effective PowerPoint Slides

  • Date: Wednesday, October 28
  • Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Speech Center, ASH 183

Let Your Body Speak: Delivering an Effective Presentation

  • Date: Wednesday, December 2
  • Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Speech Center, ASH 183

 

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School of Communication News- Welcome Back!

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CFAM Celebrates 10 Years!

UNO’s College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media (CFAM) was formed in July 2005 following the merging of the College of Fine Arts, the School of Communication, KVNO Classical 90.7 FM and UNO Television. Though diverse, CFAM is united by the creative forces of imagination and communication, which are inseparable aspects of the same intellectual process.

In celebration of the college’s 10 year anniversary, a private kick-off event will be held at the Thompson Alumni Center on the evening of Aug. 27. The program will showcase outstanding students from each of CFAM’s academic units.

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Students Win Broadcasting Awards

The reporters and producers of MavRadio.fm earned four of six Nebraska Broadcasters Association Awards in the college category during the 2015 Pinnacle Awards Banquet Thursday, August 13.

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    Dan Downs earned gold for Best Promotional Spot Announcement for his :60 Haunted Heartland production.

  • Marin Krause received first place in Best News Story for her in-depth report on the complex and often seedy history of Wilson and Washburn in Omaha’s Old Market.
  • Kenneth Vela’s report on UNO hockey fans and the Frozen Four earned first place for Best Sports Story.
  • Michael Lucas took home gold for Best News Story regarding the way UNO students celebrate Earth Day.
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MavRadio award winners

Eleven School of Communication students joined broadcast professionals from across the region for this year’s convention. The group attended sessions featuring nationally renowned sales managers, radio consultants, legal experts and broadcast news veterans.

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Students Travel to Omanoman

Dr. Chris Allen returned to Oman with 14 students as a part of a summer International Communication course.  Students learned the history of Oman and the relationship this country has had with our own. They met with staff members of the Oman offices of the World Health Organization, the UNFPA, the National Human Rights Commission, the Ministry of Higher Education and the National Business Center. The students toured the magnificent Royal Opera House and the Sultan Qaboos Mosque, as well as Sultan Quaboos University. They learned what Oman is doing for children with special needs, and they talked to members of the press. They also visited museums, tasted the local cuisine and experienced oppressive heat, with temperatures reaching over 106 F with a heat index over 120. On a weekend excursion outside of the capital Muscat, students were able to watch sea turtles lay eggs on the oman2beach of the Arab Sea. They traveled to the ancient capital of Nizwa to shop in the souq and toured the restored 17th-century Jabreen Castle. Some of the students contributed significantly to Oman’s economy by shopping at the Muttrah Souq, where they also sharpened their bargaining skills. Dr. Allen maintained a blog while in Oman and it can be found at https://chrisalle200.wordpress.com/  if you wish to read about this and his other travels.

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Travels to London

Thirteen School of Communication students traveled to London in May as part of Dr. Chris Allen’s International Communication class, which became Global Media Communication starting with the Summer Session. Students visited a variety of media businesses and outlets, including Weber Shandwick Public Relations, the Islam Channel, the Telegraph, the U.S. Embassy to meet with the embassy’s cultural affairs officer, and the newly-formed Independent Press Standards Organization. They also took a historic tour of Fleet Street, the traditional home of the London press, although no newspapers are headquartered there any longer. The tour of Fleet Street included a stop at St. Bride’s Church, called the Journalist’s Church. Inside is a side alter that is a memorial to journalists from around the globe killed in the performance of their jobs.  It was the 15th consecutive trip to London for the class, 14 of them led by Dr. Allen.

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Professor Karen Weber and UNO PRSSA students attended a PRSA Nebraska luncheon about Omaha Police crisis communication.

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UNO Advertising Club is an informative and developmental pre-professional club open to any student who is interested in advertising, public relations, graphic design and multi-platform communication.

The UNO Advertising Club officers for 2015-2016 are Emily Wheeler, president; Sophie Ford, vice-president and creative director and Brooke Criswell, secretary and social media director.

The first meeting is:
Wednesday, September 02, 2015
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM UNO Advertising Club
Community Engagement Center Room 127

Topic:  All About Ad Club

For more information contact Emily Wheeler, ewheeler@unomaha.edu
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Melodae Morris, faculty adviser,  melodaemorris@unomaha.edu

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Dwyer’s Class Blogs about the Metro.

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Anyone who might be looking for the best place to eat, drink and have fun in the Omaha Metro Area is invited to go to our Best of the Omaha-Metro Area Community Guidebook and Blog.

Login Site: https://bestofomahametro.wordpress.com/wp-login.php

This Blog represents the Best of Omaha Metro picks by UNO Communication Studies 4550/8566 Students.

Each page shows a brief summary from student projects for Dr. Karen Dwyer’s Communication Teamwork, and Facilitation Class (CMST 4560/8566). The students formed their own consulting firms and learned, practiced, and relied on the Standard Agenda for problem solving in teamwork. In their team-firms, they practiced effective facilitation skills, strong trust-building techniques, adaptive leadership, effective meeting management, appropriate conflict resolution techniques, consensus building, and effective communication skills to complete the real-world project of creating a portfolio and writing a chapter for the Best of the Omaha-Metro Area Community Guidebook and Blog.

The UNO Course: The Communication, Teamwork, and Facilitation Course (CMST 4560/8566) examines the practices and theory associated with team problem solving, facilitation, group-decision making, and training in effective group interaction.

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Book Contributions

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Research Article Cited

Karen Dwyer and Marlina Davidson’s research article, Is 08_03_15-400Public Speaking Really More Feared than Death? on the prevalence of reported public speaking fear or anxiety was cited in the August 3rd edition of the New Yorker in the article Can’t Go On! What’s behind stage fright? By Joan Acocella that is about speech anxiety and stage fright.  Visit here to read the full article: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/03/i-cant-go-on   To read more on the research article Is Public Speaking Really more Feared than Death, see this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08824096.2012.667772

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Alum Returns

pettoSam Petto (BS 2011) has been named UNO’s Media Relations Coordinator, working in the Office of University Communications. Petto fills a role previously assumed by Charley Reed (BS, 2008; MA, 2010), who was promoted to Associate Director of Media Relations. In this position, Petto will work to bring awareness of university events and initiatives through new and traditional media by crafting targeted news releases, coordinating interviews, and contributing to social media.

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School of Communication- April 2015

MavForensics 5th in Nation.

forensics nationalUNO MavForensics placed in the elite 5 teams in the country, taking home the 5th place trophy for the 3rd time in school history. Senior Karlee Currin caps off an outstanding career by winning a national championship in Dramatic Interpretation. Junior Catie Zaleski placed 2nd in Poetry interpretation, freshman T’eyrr Bynum placed 2nd in Prose, and senior Dan Cutter placed 4th in Persuasive Speaking. Several other speaking events advanced to quarter and semi-finals, contributing to UNO’s impressive 272.5 points!

MavForensics also had two students named to the All-American team, the highest honor, which recognizes students who excel in academics, forensics, and service. Seniors Karlee Currin and Natalie Brooks were both honored with this award, which was bestowed upon them by the national committee. This makes three All-Americans in UNO history, and a first for having two in the same year (it is exceptionally rare).

MavForensics also had three students earn individual sweepstakes awards, meaning that their individual point totals placed them in the Top-20 speakers in the nation overall. Natalie Brooks earned 17th, Karlee Currin 15th, and Catie Zaleski 11th. These three awards are exceptional because they reflect the student’s cumulative performance for the weekend. With hundreds of students at the event, having three in the top-20 is exceptional.

Here are the other schools in the Top 10 (there were 86 schools total at the national tournament):

10. Doane College
9. University of Northern Iowa
8. University of Alabama
7. University of Nebraska Lincoln
6. Illinois State University
5. University of Nebraska Omaha
4. Bradley University
3. George Mason University
2. University of Texas-Austin
1. Western Kentucky University

 

Forensics Fiesta.

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If you would like to support the team and help cover expenses for the national tournament,  join us for the 3rd annual Forensics Fiesta dinner. There will be delicious all-you-can-eat Mexican cuisine and exciting items in silent auction packages. The evening will be held at Security National Bank at 101st and Pacific, Thursday, April 30 from 6:0-8:30 p.m.

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60th Annual Awards Luncheon!

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If you are interested in joining us on May 1, 2015 at 11:30, please email Michelle Thies at mthies@unomaha.edu and she will send you the information.

2015 Award Honorees will be:

Lifetime Achievement: Neil Nelkin, Former NRG Media, LLC. Op. Manager
Alumni Achievement: Kathy Denker, Assistant Prof. at Ball State Univ.
Rising Star: Kayla Scott, Major Gifts Officer at the American Red Cross

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MavRadio broadcasts from Boston.

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UNO hockey traveled to Boston for the Final “Frozen” Four last week and MavRadio had four reporters reporting and broadcasting the game live from TD Garden. There were also four students broadcasting from the studios on UNO campus.

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Ryan Matheny and Avery Wenck

Coverage began at 2:30 with host Matt Barros and reporters Adam Preister, Noah Sullinger and producer Jordan Stratman reporting from UNO campus.    At 4 pm, MavRadio broadcasted from Boston, where Ryan Matheny and Avery Wenck called the game. Reporters JR Kantor and Eric Anderson gave live updates from the arena.

MavRadio had four sponsors for this event: UNO College of Business Administration, UNO School of Communication, Sears Homes and RDC-Remodeling Dreams Construction.

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Graduate student awarded grant.

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MaryLee Moulton

Graduate student, MaryLee Moulton has been awarded the GRACA grant ($5000) for her proposal titled, “Twitter as Speech: An Analysis of the Tweets of Nebraska State Legislators” to assist her in her research. This is her first grant and is the School of Communication’s first GRACA grant awarded to one of our graduate students.

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Chao awarded grants.

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Dr. Joy Chao

Dr. Joy Chao’s proposal titled “From Professionals to First Ladies: The Role of Liyuan Peng and Michelle Obama in the Media’s Portrayal” has been awarded for Faculty Research International (FRI) grant award in the amount of $5,000.

In Fall 2014, she was awarded a 2015 UCRCA grant for her proposal titled, “I Am in the Homeless Home or I Am always on the Way Home: Formatting Identity and Imagined Community through Ethnic Media Use.”   Previously, she received a FRI grant award in 2013-2014 for $5,000, which led to the publication: Chao, C. C., & Tian, D. (2014). Disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands: Communication tactics and grand strategies. Journal of International Relations and Foreign Policy, 2(2), 19-47.

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Faculty attend BEA convention.

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Jodeane Brownlee, Sherice Gearhart, and Chris Allen

Sherice Gearhart, Chris Allen and Jodeane Brownlee were part of a panel, led by Dr. Gearhart, at the 60th annual Broadcast Education Association Convention.  The panel was titled: The Package is No Longer Enough: Incorporating Social Media into Radio and Broadcast Television classes. They were joined by Dr. Kelly Kaufhold, Texas State University; Mary T. Rogus, Ohio University; Lakshmi Tirumala, University of Cincinnati.  The discussion included real-life experiences incorporating Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other platforms in an already tight curriculum. They also shared best practices and obstacles encountered while including digital technology in the classroom.

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Sherice Gearhart

Dr. Gearhart also presented a paper she and Dr. Teresa Lamsam co-authored, “Why Health News Matters: Health Reporting in Native American Media Outlets.” This paper was awarded first place in the BEA Multicultural Division.

School of Communication News- March 2015

Editor of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly Visits

Dr. Louisa Ha, Editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly recently visited the UNO campus and spoke to students and faculty on a variety of subjects.

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On March 11, Dr. Ha led the discussion “The master student’s dilemma: Ph.D. or industry career” right after a welcome reception. On March 12, she first conveyed a talk to the faculty in the School of Communication titled “My career path from industry practitioner to academic to administrator to journal editor as a working mother” at 10 am.ha4 ha3

Dr. Ha, then, delivered a campus presentation focused Online Teaching at 4 pm. In addition, there was a presentation and discussion by Dr. Ha of “My social media research and decline in new content engagement or news media engagement? A longitudinal analysis of new consumption since the rise of social media 2009-2012” held at 6 pm.

As a professor in the Department of Telecommunications at BGSU, Dr. Ha is the founder and chair of the Emerging Media Research Cluster, which “promotes interdisciplinary dialogue and research on the political, economic, cultural, social and technological aspects of emerging media,” in the School of Media and Communication.  Her research focuses lie in media management and media convergence, new media business models, social and mobile media use, online and international advertising and audience research, according to her faculty profile on BGSU’s site.

2015-03-11 19.04.57Dr. Joy Chao, with an award from UCAT, was able to extend the invitation to Dr. Ha. Based on faculty and students’ comments, her visit and presentations did advance teaching at UNO.

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MavRadio Award Winners

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MavRadio has two students winning awards in this year’s national BEA Festival of Media Arts out of 1352 total entries.  Matthias Jeske was awarded first place for Air Personality of the Year for his show The Waxx Museum with Mister 1960, the second year in a row that Mattias won this award.   Matthew Barros earned second place for Best Comedy/Drama for his production of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado. Matthew Barros was also awarded the Abe Voron Scholarship. Thirteen students nationwide received a 2015-2016 BEA Scholarship and Matthew was one of only two students to receive this prestigious Scholarship.

MavRadio was honored with two NBA awards for student broadcasting. Ryan Matheny and Paul Dobler earned first place for Best Live Sporting Event for their baseball play-by-play and color commentary of the Omaha Mavericks versus the Nebraska Huskers. Matthias Jeske was awarded first place for Best Promotion for his 30 second Haunted Heartland promo that aired on MavRadio.

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UNO Helps the Community

Saturday, Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., students from Norris Middle, Omaha South and UNO volunteered at Omaha’s first #Milk4Kids (on Twitter) event at five area Baker’s stores on Saddle Creek and Leavenworth, 120th & Center, 132nd & Maple, 156th & Dodge, Bellevue. Shoppers were asked to stop by and donate for one gallon of milk ($3 wholesale) for the Great American Milk Drive. Omaha’s Hunger Collaborative finds that local food banks are regularly short of milk and dairy products — important nutrition for children. The group wanted to change it here in Omaha by raising awareness and funds to help our neighbors in poverty. People can also donate online:  http://milklife.com/give10996657_10153054626814259_7362792353919364301_nCraig Howell, Services Coordinator at Together, stated: According to the Hunger Collaborative Feeding America donation data kept between Hunger Collaborative and Food Bank for the Heartland the three pantries of the Hunger Collaborative received 507 gallons of milk for the year 2014.  Thus, the Saturday of the milk drive provided in one day more milk than we received in the 12 months of last year.

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Dr. Seuss Week

seussThe National Education Association (NEA) in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, celebrates the 18th annual “Read Acrosforensics seuss 2s America Day” on Monday, March 2, which is also the 111th birthday of author Dr. Seuss. UNO Forensic students read to the Indian Hills elementary students during Dr. Seuss week.

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Annual H.S. Media Conference

The UNO School of Communication will be holding the High School Media Conference on April 7, 2015. Students from around the Omaha metro come together to present their creativity in all things communication and learn about journalism at this yearly event organized by faculty member Dr. Sherrie Wilson.

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Graduate Student Received Award

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Graduate Student and CFAM Communications Specialist Noelle Blood received a Top Graduate Paper Award during the Sooner Communication Conference at the University of Oklahoma in March. The paper is titled “Oh My Gosh, Look at Her Butt; An Intersectional Feminist Critique of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.”

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 Graduate Student honored at Conference

Over 1000 university students from around the world, including Communication Graduate student Angeela Shrestha and five other students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, gathered in Florida from March 6-8 to share their passions and learn how to make their plans a reality at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference.

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In May 2015, Angeela plans to head to Kathmandu, Nepal to start up a humane education program for school children in the local community.  The Clinton Global Initiative University has honored her with acknowledging this humane education and care project as a ‘commitment to action’ during this conference.  For more information: http://www.unomaha.edu/news/2015/03/cgiu.php

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Home Matters; UNO PRSSA

A team of public relations students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha has partnered with NeighborWorks Home Solutions to help students prepare for their financial future and debunk myths of home ownership. “Our Foundation, Your Home: Preparing for a Healthy Financial Future,” was held on Monday, Feb. 23, at 11:30 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center in the Nebraska and Aksarben rooms.

A panel of three experts discussed the home buying process, how to build credit and offer other financial advice. A question and answer session followed. Panelists were Paula Danker, broker associate of Heartland Properties; Jennifer Doebelin, mortgage loan originator at American National Bank and Joe Kueper, president of NeighborWorks Home Solutions.

This event was part of the national initiative “Home Matters,” which believes the New American Dream is one where every American can live in a safe, nurturing environment with access to quality education, healthcare, public spaces and community services.

The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chose Home Matters for its 2015 National Bateman Case Study Competition. UNO students competing are seniors, Maria Brown, Madaline Eblen, Alex Jensen, Susan Payne and junior Trent Ostrom.

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2015 Award Honorees will be:

Lifetime Achievement: Neil Nelkin, Former NRG Media, LLC. Op. Manager
Alumni Achievement: Kathy Denker, Assistant Prof. at Ball State Univ.
Rising Star: Kayla Scott, Major Gifts Officer at the American Red Cross

School of Communication News- February 2015

State Champions- Forensics

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2014-2015 MavForensics State Champions

For only the second time in history, the UNO MavForensics team won the State Championship at the Nebraska Intercollegiate Forensics Association tournament. Nebraska is one of, if not the most, competitive states in the country, featuring four teams ranked in the top 20 at the annual national tournament. With only 12 students, the squad managed to eke out victory over the University of Nebraska Lincoln, a national powerhouse who had won the previous three consecutive years.

Among the highlights: For the third consecutive year, MavForensics claimed the top speaker in the state. Senior Karlee Currin won Individual Sweepstakes, with Junior Catie Zaleski coming in second. Both women were the first UNO competitors to ever advance all six of their individual events to finals.
MavForensics won individual state championships in five of eleven events. Currin and Zaleski won Duo Interpretation, Currin won Program of Oral Interpretation, Zaleski won Poetry Interpretation, Senior Natalie Schneider-Brooks won Communication Analysis, and Sophomore Doug Morris won Oratory. The top two students in Oratory advance to the Interstate Oratory Competition, the oldest public speaking contest on the continent. For the first time ever, UNO MavForensics will represent Nebraska by sending two students to the contest. Senior Dan Cutter finished second to Morris, punching a ticket to the contest at Berry University at Mount Berry, Georgia this April.

Full results are as follows:

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Natalie Schneider-Brooks – State Champion
Dan Cutter – 3rd
Duo Interpretation
Karlee Currin and Catie Zaleski – State Champions
T’eyrr Bynum and Dominic Hernandez (Freshman) – 2nd (Also Top Novice)
Abbie Herbert and Julia Quigley (Sophomore) – 6th
Oratory
Doug Morris – State Champion
Dan Cutter – 2nd
Poetry Interpretation
Catie Zaleski – State Champion
T’eyrr Bynum – 3rd (Also Top Novice)
Julia Quigley – 5th
Program of Oral Interpretation
Karlee Currin – State Champion
Catie Zaleski – 2nd
Abbie Herbert – 3rd
Dominic Hernandez – Top Novice
Prose Interpretation
Karlee Currin – 2nd
Dominic Hernandez – 3rd (Also Top Novice)
Catie Zaleski – 5th
Julia Quigley – 6th
After Dinner Speaking
Natalie Schneider-Brooks – 3rd
Karlee Currin – 4th
Bridget Hames (Junior) – 6th
Dramatic Interpretation
Karlee Currin – 4th
Catie Zaleski – 5th
Abbie Herbert (Sophomore) – 6th
T’eyrr Bynum (Freshman) – Top Novice
Impromptu Speaking
Natalie Schneider-Brooks – 3rd
Informative Speaking
Catie Zaleski – 6th
Doug Morris – 7th
Karlee Currin – 8th
Individual Sweepstakes
Karlee Currin – State Champion
Catie Zaelski – 2nd
Team Sweepstakes
UNO – State Champions

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Instructor receives Teaching Award

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Instructor Holly Miller is the recipient of the
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Top Graduate Paper

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Graduate Student and CFAM Communications Specialist Noelle Blood has been notified that she will receive a Top Graduate Paper Award during the Sooner Communication Conference at the University of Oklahoma in March. The paper is titled “Oh My Gosh, Look at Her Butt; An Intersectional Feminist Critique of Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.”

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New Book Published

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UNO TV’s B.J. Huchtemann honored

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Omaha, Nebr.­­– UNO Television producer-director B.J. Huchtemann was in Memphis, Tenn., during the third week of January to receive the prestigious Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award for Journalism for her ongoing work as a writer / columnist with Omaha publication The Reader as well as her other music journalism efforts. The KBAs are given out annually by the Blues Foundation to honor significant commitments to the blues genre. UNO Television is part of the School of Communication and the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media.

Huchtemann was one of 15 blues industry professionals honored for their long-term, behind-the-scenes work in preserving and furthering the blues in a luncheon held at the downtown Doubletree Hotel in Memphis on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Huchtemann has worked as a producer-director for UNO Television since 2000. She has been a weekly contributor to Omaha’s independent alternative journalism publication The Reader for nearly 20 years and has written for other regional and national publications since the early 1990s. Huchtemann was also among the ten industry professionals invited to judge the finals of the 31st International Blues Challenge, celebrating the talents of over 250 blues artists from around the world.B. J. Huchtemann receives Keeping the Blues Alive award for Jour

“It was a true honor to receive the KBA for Journalism, and be recognized among a group of so many accomplished individuals who have dedicated their lives to the music,” Huchtemann said. “Every recipient has a unique story of how they came to the blues and how it has profoundly impacted their lives. Being asked to judge the IBCs was also an important acknowledgement of my work, to be included on the judging panel with national and international musicians, label founders and producers was quite a distinction.”

Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the KBA Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to blues music. The KBA ceremony was held in conjunction with the 31st International Blues Challenge, Jan. 21-24, featuring the final rounds of the world’s largest and most prestigious blues music competition, as well as seminars, showcases and receptions for blues societies, fans and professionals.

The KBAs are awarded by a select panel of blues professionals to those working actively to promote and document the music. KBA Committee Chairman Art Tipaldi notes, “The KBA Committee always looks to honor longevity. This year’s slate of 15 recipients comes with over 400 years of dedicated service to spreading blues music. With so many dedicated organizations here and abroad, the committee decided to honor two blues society affiliates, one American and one international. The Blues Foundation is pleased to honor these people and organizations as a tribute to the years each has given to supporting blues music.”

To read a profile on Huchtemann in the January issue of The Reader visit this link:
thereader.com/story/seeking_the_magic_fostering_the_scene

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UNO Advertising Club students are attending the Meet the Pros event February 16th and 17th.  This annual event is sponsored by the local American Federation of Advertising chapter.  Students and faculty from schools in the region attend to hear tips from local and national advertising and marketing professionals.  Students network with the pros and share their portfolios for feedback.

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School of Communication News- January 2015

CFAM- School of Communication Fall 2014 Graduation

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QueenTara Pimentel

QueenTara Pimentel delivers the undergraduate message at commencement. QueenTara is a  nationally recognized forensics team member.

 

2014 grads

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Graduate students recognized

Bryan Hagg, M.A. 2014, has been chosen to have the top project in the School of Communication for 2014.  The project is titled “Stand and Deliver! Leading a Team with a Charismatic Purpose.”  The publication is a training manual designed for High School speech and debate coaches.

Graduate student Mary Lee Moulton was honored with a top paper award from the Master’s Education division at NCA.

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Logsdon named as a TEDxUNO speaker

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As an undergraduate student, Cameron was instrumental in elevating MavForensics to the national stage. He won UNO’s first national championship in competitive forensics in 2010 and followed it up with a second national championship in 2011.

TEDxUNO will take place on February 28, 2015 at Strauss Performing Arts Center on the UNO campus. This one-day TEDx event will explore dynamic definitions and applications of community. The goal is to explore community on campus and in the Omaha area to create a sustainable future.

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Tyma co-Authors book

bookAssociate Professor Adam Tyma co-authored Beyond New Media: Discourse and Critique in a Polymediated Age, which was released in November. (from Amazon) The book examines a host of differing positions on media in order to explore how those positions can inform one another and build a basis for future engagements with media theory, research, and practice. Herbig, Herrmann, and Tyma have brought together a number of media scholars with differing paradigmatic backgrounds to debate the relative applicability of existing theories and in doing so develop a new approach: polymediation. Each contributor’s disciplinary background is diverse, spanning interpersonal communication, media studies, organizational communication, instructional design, rhetoric, mass communication, gender studies, popular culture studies, informatics, and persuasion. Although each of these scholars brings with them a unique perspective on media’s role in people’s lives, what binds them together is the belief that meaningful discourse about media must be an ongoing conversation that is open to critique and revision in a rapidly changing mediated culture. By studying media in a polymediated way, Beyond New Media addresses more completely our complex relationship to media(tion) in our everyday lives.

Allen takes on additional role

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Dr. Chris Allen

Professor Chris Allen has been named as the General Manager for UNO Television.  Dr. Allen also teaches Advanced Broadcast Journalism and other Journalism courses and is the Executive Producer for The Omaha News.

 

 

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MaverickPR/PRSSA awards

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Sean Robinson, Michelle Meisinger, Kimberly Bailey and Trent Ostrom

MavPRSSA and adviser Karen Weber won three student awards at the 2014 PRSA Nebraska Paper Anvil Awards Gala.

Award of Merit
YES “Give Back with a Pack” Backpack Drive
MavPRSSA

Outstanding Media Relations
Campaign for a Nonprofit
Award of Excellence
We are the Power of O.NE
MaverickPR

Outstanding Campus Event
Award of Excellence
Gateway 100th Anniversary Celebration
MaverickPR

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MavForensics December and January Tournament Results

Outer Limits- Kearney NE

Team photoThe MavForensics team capped off their most successful semester in team history by winning both days of the Outer Limits tournament hosted by the University of Nebraska at Kearney on December 6-7. Sunday’s tournament marked the most finalists MavForensics has ever had on one day of competition (34) and was the eighth team championship of the year, also a new high.

Freshman Dylan Morris was the top overall speaker for Saturday’s qualifying tournament, while MavForensics competitors took home the top four overall spots during Sunday’s “showcase” tournament, where schools compete with events already qualified for nationals. The final score was Hastings College 78 points (3rd place), UNL 198.5 points (2nd place), and UNO 299 points (1st place). It was easily our biggest margin of victory at this tournament ever. Senior Dan Cutter took home top overall speaker on Sunday, with senior Natalie Brooks taking second, senior Karlee Currin taking third, and freshman T’eyrr Bynum placing fourth.

Hell Froze Over- Peoria, IL

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Although the MavForensics team has had many notable results over the last 9 years, few can compare to the squad’s achievements this past weekend, January 10 & 11. The annual “Hell Froze Over” swing is considered by many to be even more difficult than the national tournament. With only 7 MavForensics competitors traveling to the elite event, the squad placed second as a team on Sunday, with Junior Catie Zaleski winning top speaker and Senior Karlee Currin placing second. Even more staggering, MavForensics placed third overall across both days of the tournament, with Currin winning top overall speaker for the tournament and Zaleski placing third. For context, the two teams that placed behind UNO on Sunday, Bradley University and George Mason University, were the second and third ranked teams in the entire country at last year’s national tournament.

Complete results are as follows:

Hell Froze Over Day One (Sat 1/10)

Communication Analysis
Natalie Brooks (Senior) – Semifinalist

Prose Interpretation
Catie Zaleski – Semifinalist
Karlee Currin – Semifinalist

Poetry Interpretation
Catie Zaleski – Semifinalist

Persuasive Speaking
Natalie Brooks – Semifinalist

Program of Oral Interpretation
Karlee Currin – 1st place

Hell Froze Over Day Two (Sun 1/11)

Prose Interpretation
Catie Zaleski – 1st place
Karlee Currin – Semifinalist

Program of Oral Interpretation
Karlee Currin – 1st place

Duo Interpretation
Karlee Currin/Catie Zaleski – 1st place

Dramatic Interpretation
Catie Zaleski – 1st place
Abbie Herbert – Semifinalist

After Dinner Speaking
Karlee Currin – 3rd place

Poetry Interpretation
Catie Zaleski – 5th place

Communication Analysis
Dan Cutter (Senior) – 5th place
Natalie Brooks – Semifinalist

Impromptu Speaking
Dan Cutter – Semifinalist

Extemporaneous Speaking
Natalie Brooks – Semifinalist

Informative Speaking
Natalie Brooks – Semifinalist

Individual Sweepstakes
Catie Zaleski – 1st place
Karlee Currin – 2nd place

Team Sweepstakes
UNO – 2nd

Overall Individual Sweepstakes
Karlee Currin – 1st
Catie Zaleski – 3rd

Overall Team Sweepstakes
UNO – 3rd

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Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz and Abbie Syrek assisted in providing content and photos for this blog.

 

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