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2011.04.21 > 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 students at the 56th annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 28.

The banquet culminates a celebration of Communication Week, “Communication & Community.” The event begins at 5 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception followed by a 6 p.m. dinner at the W.H. Thompson Alumni Center. In addition to the scholarship presentations, the school will recognize the following:

• Alumni Community Service — Rita Paskowitz, master storyteller and artist in residence
• Alumni Achievement — Amy Adams, WOWT news director
• Communication Achievement — Jeff Slobotski and Dusty Davidson, Big Omaha founders
• Rising Star — Jackie Normington, Bailey Lauerman, digital projects manager
• Lifetime Achievement — Mike Moran, media consultant, Colorado Springs Sports Commission and former U.S. Olympic Committee public relations director

Several of the award winners will also participate in an alumni panel at 1 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Dodge Room. They will be joined by 1972 alumnus Paul Critchlow, vice president of public markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz, School of Communication director, will moderate the panel.

Communication Week kicked off with a record-breaking High School Media Conference April 14; more than 380 high school journalism students and advisers attended.

Events continue April 25 and April 27 with presentations by advertising students at 3 p.m. in Arts and Sciences Room 112.

Maverick PR, the UNO chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and its student public relations firm, Maverick Solutions, will hold presentations on April 26 at 4 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Chancellor’s Room.

This is followed by an Aksarben Cinema screening of “DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis,” which tells the history of Chicago's African-American community as never before — through the voices of its leading citizens, scholars, artists, politicians and business leaders. College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media Dean Gail F. Baker wrote the award-winning film, which aired on Chicago public television. A panel discussion will follow.

To make reservations for Thursday’s events, contact Mary Gum: (402) 554-2520 or mgum@unomaha.edu.

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.

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