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UNO Finds Several Homes via Social Media

By Wendy Townley, University Relations


The next time you’re catching up with family members and former classmates on Facebook and Twitter, consider also connecting online with UNO.


Just in the past year the university — along with a number of colleges, departments and on-campus organizations — have developed strong followings from current students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters in what’s becoming an easy and effective way to communicate.


With just a few clicks of the mouse, Facebook and Twitter users can find online groups dedicated to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, UNO Athletics, the Milo Bail Student Center and Classical 90.7 KVNO, to name a few.




Each social media outlet can quickly and easily provide event information, campus news, honors, awards and even stories from UNO alumni. In many cases, information that was only published in printed newsletters, sent via email or featured on department Web sites is now “pushed” to users who spend time online and become fans (on Facebook) and followers (on Twitter) of UNO.


Lessons about social media usage even are finding their way into campus classrooms.


“We’re beginning to teach our communication students social media skills, which are now needed for media and public relations professionals,” says Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz, director of UNO’s School of Communication. “Our Online Media students this past fall used Twitter and Facebook to promote their blogs.


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Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz, Director
School of Communication, CFAM


Lipschultz isn’t just talking about social media as a way to exchange information; he’s using it on campus and in the community, as well.


“I cover events using Twitter and Facebook updates,” Lipschultz says. “I’ve been told by readers that my use of iPhone photos creates the experience of being at an event.”


Here’s a roundup of social media links for a number of UNO colleges and organizations.
For direct links, visit www.unoalumni.org/links

CAMPUS RECREATION
www.facebook.com/unocampusrec

CLASSICAL 90.7 KVNO
www.twitter.com/kvno
on Facebook search for “Classical 90.7 KVNO” or visit
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=54520654578

COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION, FINE ARTS AND MEDIA
on Facebook search for “UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media” or visit www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=92052521573

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION
www.facebook.com/unocoe

CRISS LIBRARY
www.twitter.com/unolibrary
on Facebook search for “UNO Criss Library” or visit
www.facebook.com/pages/UNO-Criss-Library/121501351516

THE GATEWAY
www.twitter.com/unogateway
on Facebook search for “UNO Gateway Student Newspaper”

KANEKO-UNO LIBRARY
www.twitter.com/kanekolib

MAVCARD SERVICES
www.facebook.com/mavcard

MILO BAIL STUDENT CENTER
www.twitter.com/MiloBailSC
www.facebook.com/uno.mbsc

SCHOOL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
www.twitter.com/unospa
www.facebook.com/unospa

UNO
www.twitter.com/unomaha
www.facebook.com/unomaha

UNO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
www.twitter.com/unoalumni
www.facebook.com/unoalumni

UNO ATHLETICS
www.twitter.com/omavs
www.facebook.com/omavs

UNO BOOKSTORE
www.facebook.com/unobookstore

Reprinted with permission from UNO Magazine, Winter 2010

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