School of Communication News- January 2015

CFAM- School of Communication Fall 2014 Graduation

QueenTara Pimentel

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


2014 grads



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.


Logsdon named as a TEDxUNO speaker

camCongratulations to Cameron Logsdon, assistant coach of Mavforensics and two-time UNO School of Communication alum, who was selected as a TEDxUNO speaker!

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.


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.




MaverickPR/PRSSA awards

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

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

Outstanding Campus Event
Award of Excellence
Gateway 100th Anniversary Celebration


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


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


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



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