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2009.04.27 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

School of Communication Celebrates Communication Week

Omaha - The School of Communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will award more than $65,000 in scholarship money to 36 students at the 54th annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 30.

The banquet culminates a celebration of Communication Week, “Celebrating a Century of Communication.” The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Thompson Alumni Center. In addition to the scholarship presentations, the school will recognize the following individuals:

Robert Reilly Diamond Professor — Dr. Karen Kangas Dwyer, professor, School of Communication
Distinguished Service – Marcia Adler, director of UNO Health Services
Alumni Community Service — Dave Webber, WOWT sports director
Alumni Achievement — Barbara Chandler, director of business and technology, Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago
Communication Achievement — Tom O’Connor, public affairs, University of Nebraska Medical Center
Rising Star —Katie Kassebaum, public relations director, Boy Scouts of America, Mid-America Council
Lifetime Achievement — Terry Forsberg, UNO public address announcer

Other events on Thursday include:

A scholarship recipient breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Chancellor's Room.

An alumni panel at 1 p.m. in the MBSC Dodge Room. Panelists are: Amy Adams, news director for WOWT; Leia Baez, Sarpy County reporter for the Omaha World-Herald; Stephanie Buck, corporate trainer for Werner Enterprises; and John Prescott, media director at the Global Innovation & Strategy Center, U.S. Strategic Command.

An alumni reception is 4:30 p.m. in the UNO Art Gallery, inside the Weber Fine Arts Building.

Students from Lynette Leonard’s Persuasion class will present a poster session on Wednesday, April 29, at 10 a.m. in the MBSC Dodge Room.

Communication Week at UNO kicked off with the High School Journalism Workshop on April 23, where a record 360 high school journalism students and advisers attended, the first induction of Lambda Pi Eta and the North Omaha Media Alliance (NOMA) reception.

Events continued Tuesday with presentations by Maverick PR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, its student public relations firm, Maverick Solutions, and the VIP (Very Important Path): Your Backstage Pass to College campaign.

To make reservations for Thursday’s events, call Mary Gum at (402) 554-2520.

The School of Communication is the 2009 recipient of one of the University of Nebraska’s most prestigious honors, the University-wide Departmental Teaching Award (UDTA).

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes 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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