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School Recognized for Academic Excellence

Quality of Teaching Also Recognized

The UNO School of Communication received two campus awards at ceremonies Nov. 16 at the Milo Bail Student Center Ballroom. The School was recognized with the prestigious Strategic Planning Award for Academic Excellence and a Departmental Teaching Award.

Jeff Bundy

Photograph Courtesy of Tim Fitzgerald

Communication won the Academic Excellence designation for its more than 650 faculty publications, development of Service-Learning and First Year Experience courses, collaboration with the Peter Kiewit Institute, student engagement in the areas of public relations/advertising and broadcasting, and innovation in its emerging areas of excellence: the Speech Center and New Media/Visual Communication, Director Jeremy Lipschultz said. The application was revised this year following work on the Academic Program Review. Chris Allen, Bob Carlson, Shereen Bingham, Sherrie Wilson and Karen Dwyer offered edits on the original proposal.

The School of Communication also was one of four previous UNO units recognized as having competed in the NU Teaching Award competition. “I'm really proud of what the whole school has done,” Chair Emeritus Hugh Cowdin said. Cowdin and the late Vi Whitsell, a Department of Communication secretary, organized the first application for a departmental teaching award more than a decade ago. Deborah Smith-Howell revised later versions of the application, and the department received a nomination for the system award.

“I don't think, back in 1975 when the Department of Communication was launched, that the late Jack Brilhart and I could have predicted what this school has become,” Cowdin said.

The two awards are on display in Arts and Sciences Hall Room 108.