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.


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.


MavRadio Award Winners

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Matthias Jeske
Matthew Barros

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.

Ryan Matheny
Paul Dobler


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: 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.



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.


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.


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.”


 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.

cgiu2-hFrom Left: Angeela Shrestha, Ryan Nielsen, Larisa Akah, Michael Latta, Anthony Hughes, and Amissabah Johnson

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:


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.


Save The Date! side 1 postcard 2015

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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