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2008.04.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - e-mail: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO School of Communication Alumni Panel Set for May 1

Omaha - Alumni from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Communication will participate in a panel Thursday, May 1, on campus.  The event begins at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. Jeremy Lipschultz, Robert Reilly Diamond professor and director of the School of Communication, will moderate the discussion.

The featured panelists are listed below:

- Josefina Loza is an entertainment reporter with the Omaha World-Herald who writes a weekly Thursday nightlife column in the newspaper's "Go!" section. She is the recipient of this year's UNO School of Communication Rising Star Alumni Achievement Award. While attending UNO, where she received her bachelor's degree in journalism, she was editor-in-chief, news editor and staff writer for The Gateway

- Matt Tompkins is the imaging director for Clear Channel Radio in Omaha and a recent graduate of UNO.  Tompkins also heads the new video production department for Clear Channel Radio and hosts the Sunday morning program "Community Matters," which airs on all five of Clear Channel's radio stations.  

- Teresa Paulsen is vice president for corporate communication at ConAgra and received this year's UNO School of Communication Alumni Achievement Award. Paulsen has nearly 20 years of experience in the communication field.  She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree in communication from UNO.

- Rudy Smith is a longtime award-winning photographer for the Omaha World-Herald and received this year's UNO School of Communication Lifetime Achievement Award.  At UNO, he was a reporter and sports editor for The Gateway.  Smith went on to cover civil rights struggles in Omaha and was instrumental in the creation of the UNO Department of Black Studies.

For more information, call (402) 554-2600.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning Oct. 8, 2008.  This celebration will recognize the partnership among the city of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community.  The centennial theme is "UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908."  This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908.  For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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