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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.


Students Win Broadcasting Awards

The reporters and producers of 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 receiving award.

    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.


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  if you wish to read about this and his other travels.


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.


11755380_10153463434839259_5542021420863535510_nPRSSA Attend Luncheon

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,
Melodae Morris, faculty adviser,


Dwyer’s Class Blogs about the Metro.


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.

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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.


Book Contributions

School of Communication facbook indianulty Hugh Reilly, Teresa Lamsam, and Bruce Johansen contributed entries and editing to a new two-volume set on Native American culture to be published September 30 by Greenwood Press. The 300,000-word (800 page) set contains an entry on Native American figures of speech that have become part of English by Reilly, and one on Osage economic culture by Lamsam. Several other UNO faculty also contributed. Johansen was general editor of the books, and wrote about 80 percent of their roughly 250 entries.


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:   To read more on the research article Is Public Speaking Really more Feared than Death, see this article:


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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