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2005.03.22 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media to Debut July 1

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will have a restructured and renamed college starting July 1.  The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the combining of the present School of Communication and KVNO/UNO Television with the College of Fine Arts to create the new UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media (C-CFAM) during its March meeting.

"This new college provides a great framework for these related academic and academic support programs," said Robert Welk, interim dean of the College of Fine Arts.  "All of the units within C-CFAM are profoundly influenced by traditional and emerging technologies, and that creates unique opportunities that can be best addressed by integrating the teaching, scholarly and professional activities."

Also approved by the Board of Regents were two new bachelor degrees—a bachelor of science and a bachelor of arts in communication.  For new students, the degrees replace those offered by the School of Communication in its former administrative site in the College of Arts and Sciences. Current students may complete their Arts and Sciences degrees or switch to the new degrees.   Eight undergraduate degrees and four master's degree programs will be offered in C-CFAM.

"Currently, our academic programs and KVNO/UNO Television have a close working relationship," said Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the School of Communication.  "We should see more innovation and opportunities for students, including development of new courses."

More than two years of faculty, staff and administrative work has gone into the development of the new college.  Currently, committees are working to develop clear policies and procedures for C-CFAM, including a faculty personnel committee to develop reappointment, promotion and tenure guidelines and an educational policy committee.

UNO's new college is not unique in its structure.  Recently formed colleges of communication and fine arts include East Carolina University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Other similarly organized colleges include Western Illinois University, Towson University, Texas State University-San Marcos and California State University-Northridge.

UNO Chancellor Nancy Belck said the components that make up C-CFAM have made important cultural contributions to both the Omaha metropolitan area and the state.  Those contributions will continue and grow.

"This new college will provide students with the essential, practical and theoretical knowledge they will need in their chosen disciplines," she said.   "C-CFAM is equally committed through its outreach activities to engage our community.  The range of the college is amazing—theater, music, print publications, art exhibitions, broadcasts of music and theatre performances, televised sporting events, and news over the air and by Internet."

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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