September 2016 News

Alumna Wins Award


UNO Broadcasting/New Media major and TV Crew alumna Stephanie Hearn Purcell has been out in L.A. working in production for the last six months. Her documentary, To Love & Support: The American Military Spouse, which she completed last year here in Nebraska, has just been recognized by the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards with an award for both Feature and Producer.








Award-winning Screenwriter Tony Moton Visits Capstone Creative Media Classes

Tony Moton was a mainstay on the 1990s Omaha scene as the entertainment columnist for the Omaha World-Herald. He returned to Omaha in August to stage a reading of his award-winning screenptony-moton-arriveslay, All Bets Are On. The reading was the first event in the Omaha Community Playhouse’s free Alternative Programming series. The script won the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn prize and helped Moton enter film school at UCLA, where he received his master’s degree in screenwriting in 2005. The staged reading is part of Moton’s push to get the script made into a film, which he hopes to shoot in Omaha.

During his August visit to Omaha, Moton came to UNO to talk to the School of Communication’s Capstone Creative Media students. Moton has worked as a sports and entertainment columnist, an investigative journalist and continues to work as a writer in L.A. since receiving his degree from UCLA.capstone-creative-media-students-tony-moton-talk

Moton spoke to the students about some mechanics of writing, the need for discipline in creative work and his philosophical approaches to the craft of writing. He also talked to students about the importance of finding your stylistic writing voice and creating from the heart in order to impact your audience and have your work ring true. He shared some anecdotes from his career and the real-world need for making the most of opportunities and networking. Moton touched on the need for building a professional name for yourself or creating a brand for your work and being prepared to work in many tony-moton-with-capstone-studentsdisciplines while pursuing your passion.

The Capstone Creative Media courses are team-taught by Jodeane Brownlee and B.J. Huchtemann. Moton’s appearance was organized by Capstone Creative Media co-instructor B.J. Huchtemann. Huchtemann was an entertainment scene colleague of Moton’s in the 1990s, when Moton wrote for the Omaha World-Herald and she began writing about the local music scene for The Reader.

More information on Moton and his campaign to put funding together to return to Omaha to make his film can be found at


UNO Social Media Lab hosts Professor

The UNO Social Media Lab is pleased to have hosted Professor Betty Farmer, Western Carolina University, for an inspiring talk on Tuesday, September 13, 1 p.m. at the CEC.

Professor Farmer’s students partner with a nearby community, Dillsboro, NC, in an innovative and nationally recognized engagement project that has spread across other areas of her campus:

Following Professor Farmer’s talk and questions about her engaged teaching and research, she participated in a panel featuring the Service Learning Academy and others doing innovative work across our state.bettyfarmer2



UNO Advertising Club


Leadership and other opportunities were presented by Teri Hamburger of the American Advertising Federation Omaha at the Ad Club event Sept. 7.

UNO Ad Club presents:

Dee Glantz, CreativeMark will present on Graphic Design Freelancing
Wednesday, Oct. 5
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Room 127




Faculty Speech- Notre Dame University


Bruce Johansen
gave a keynote speech: “Mother Earth vs. Mother Lode: Native Environmental Ethos, Sustainability, and Human Survival” at Notre Dame University during an international conference on Native American environmentalism, “Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge for Global Flourishing,” September 11-15, 2016.


DebateWatch 2016- #UNODW16

Final DebateWatch Card Back

  • What is DebateWatch? A national project supported by the Commission on Presidential Debates and the National Communication Association. It is designed to bring groups around the country together to view the campaign debates.
  • How does it work? Participants will watch the presidential debates as a group. A common hashtag (#UNODW16) will be available to comment on Twitter during the debates.
  • When are the debates? The first presidential debate is Monday, Sept. 26, at the MBSC Ballroom. The vice presidential debate is Tuesday, Oct. 4 and the third presidential debate, Wednesday, Oct. 19, are both at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Room 230/231. The time for all three debates is 8 to 9:30 p.m. with orientation at 7:30 p.m.
  • What should I do if I want to give extra-credit to students? In order to facilitate this potentially large event, we ask instructors to attend the event with their students.
    How long will the DebateWatch event last? Orientation begins at 7:30 p.m. The debates begin at 8 p.m. and are 90 minutes in length. The Twitter site will be open for discussion after each debate concludes.
  • Do students need to register in advance? No. However it will be helpful for us to know if you plan to give extra-credit to students attending and how many students might be participating. This will help us plan for adequate refreshments. Contact or 402.554.2204
  • Can local citizens participate in this event? Yes. Members of the community are welcome to participate!
  • Can I bring campaign materials/banners/posters to show my support for a candidate? No. This is intended to be a non-partisan event. Participants are asked to be respectful of audience members, therefore no campaign banners etc. are allowed.
  • Do I have to attend in person? No. If you are not able to attend, or choose to view the debates in a smaller group we encourage you to organize satellite events in your home or other venues throughout the community. You may follow us on Twitter at #UNODW16.
  • Contact:  Barbara Pickering,, 402.554.2204




UNO PRSSA La Notte Italiana fundraiser features an Italian feast

Since 2004, UNO PRSSA’s La Notte Italiana fundraiser dinner has offered its guests a banquet of delicious Italian fare from local restaurants and Italian-American families.

The chapter invites everyone, including the School of Communication- faculty, students and staff, to join in the festivities. This year’s benefit dinner and silent auction takes place on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Security National Bank Community Rola-notte-italiana-2016-save-the-dateom, 101th and Pacific Streets.

Among the local restaurants that have donated in the past are Bella Vita, Pasta Amore and Orsi’s Italian Bakery and Pizzeria.

The auction features baskets from sports to spa packages to “date night,” “family fun day” and “dine around the world.”

The fundraiser helps to pay for the chapter’s participation in national and regional conference travel as well as community service projects. UNO PRSSA will conduct a clothing, food and toy drive for the local nonprofit, Completely Kids, during the months of November and December. The chapter will also hold its annual Santa Paws fundraiser for Hearts United for Animals on Dec. 4 at The Bookworm.

Tickets cost $25 for adults; $15 for students with ID and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be reserved by contacting Bryonna Johnson, PRSSA president and event coordinator at or purchased at the door. Donations can be mailed in care of Karen Weber, UNO PRSSA Faculty Adviser, ASH 140, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE 68182-0112.



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