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

Trent Ostrom

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

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.

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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.


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.

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

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.


UNO Ad Club

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


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

Emily Wheeler,
Ad Club President

Melodae Morris,
Ad Club Adviser



(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 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


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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