I live in Omaha.

Recent in Town

Monday, November 30, 2009

Lambda Pi Eta prepares for Warm Winter Drive this December

Members of the Lambda Pi Eta will host a warm winter drive before the brink of the holiday season in support of the women and families of the Lydia House.

The facility provides emergency services for women and families in need of immediate assistance. To assist its efforts, the communication honor society will be accepting campuswide donations for the Warm Winter Drive from Dec. 1 - 17.

Students gathered on Nov. 15 to wrap three boxes, which will be placed throughout the university for the warm winter clothing donations. The students gathered in UNO's Speech Center.

Megan Schmitz (left), Rachel Hohman (middle) and Jenna Zeorian (right) decorate one of the bins for the warm winter clothing drive (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).


Stephanie Bonnett (left) and Kristin Webb (right) are wrapping one of the boxes for the warm winter clothing drive (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Donations such as new or used coats, hats, gloves, mittens, earmuffs, scarves and other items used during the winter season will be accepted. These items should be taken to one of the following locations: Arts and Sciences Hall Room 140, the Criss Library entrance or the Milo Bail Student Center near the Fireplace Lounge.

Monetary donations will also be accepted by the following individuals: Mary Gum in Arts and Sciences Hall Room 140, Linda Riviera at Criss Library front desk and Melissa Berry at the Student Organizations and Leadership Office on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.

The event is co-sponsored by The Gateway and Ad Club.

(Flyer created by Jenna Zeorian, Lambda Pi Eta creative designer chair. Vice President Anna Berlett contributed to the making of the flyer.)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Poynter Institute columnist holds media workshop at UNO

The Poynter Institute's Al Tompkins presented "Cool Tools to Release your Inner Geek" to more than a dozen UNO students, faculty members and Omaha-area professionals at the Thompson Alumni Center's Centennial Hall on Nov. 20.

Al Tompkins speaking to UNO students, faculty and Omaha-area professionals during a demonstration (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Tompkins presented and demonstrated the tools of the future for online mediagoers.

"I think it's a cool time to be a journalist," Tompkins said.

He also revealed a secret to getting these cool tools for half price - misspell the name of the product on eBay.

These tools include the following:

- Mac's Final Cut Pro and VideoCue Pro for video blogging
- Flip Video Camcorder, going wireless in 2010, to produce on-the-go video footage in HD
- Utterli online program to begin mobile multimedia discussions from your mobile phone to social media sites
- Livestream online guide to broadcast your own video channel
- LiveU pack, which enables live wireless, high-quality multimedia transmission from any location
- BubbleTweet to amp up your tweets with personal messages and breaking news
- Vlingo phone application to update or send information online by speaking into your phone
- Digital SLR camera to create videos
- Contour HD Wearable Camcorder to amp up your video footage
- Mac's SoundtrackPro to eliminate background noise amd restore audio in your footage
- Qik online program to share live video from your mobile phone
- Layar augmented reality browser application, which reveals real-time digital information from your mobile phone
- iBypass online program to sneak around filtered Web sites
- Using an HTML to PDF converter to save your Web sites

"...and it's free," Tompkins said about some of the cool tools.

He said the popularity of Layar's augmented reality will skyrocket in 2010. Layar combines GPS, camera and a compass to identify your surroundings and overlay information on a mobile device screen in real time.

"Very few people know about this," Tompkins said. "It is like the mullet of 2010."

After his presentation, Tompkins spoke with attendees about online media and the journalism workforce.

The use of advanced online media tools will reshape the defintion of ethics and the news value of timeliness. With these products already hitting the market, mediagoers aren't having to wait minutes to post the latest news for media outlets. This immediacy has the ability to burden media coverage.

"Time is the enemy of truth," Tompkins said. "It's possible for you to use this for good, not evil."

One of the challenges for independent journalists is how to use online media as a business.

Tompkins said the best way to approach the situation is knowing how to shoot, write and edit.

"Just cash in on what you what you know," Tompkins said. "This is going to be a market for it."

Journalists still need to become educated in other fields of interest.

"Learn about the stuff you don't know...because you're going to cover them," Tompkins said.

Journalists need to find a niche before approaching the workforce.

"There needs to be something about you...that you're the logical choice," Tompkins said.

As for online mediagoers, it is important to remember that the story creates the most impact, not the "cool" editing software.
"It's always about the story," Tompkins said. "If the story is strong, people will always watch."

Students listen in on Al Tompkins' presentation (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Maverick PR holds bake sale to fundraise for Toys for Tots

Maverick PR held a fundraiser on Nov. 19 to support the Marines Toys for Tots campaign.

The organization's goal this year is to raise more than 400 toys.

New, unwrapped toy donations can be placed at the following collections centers: Arts and Sciences Hall Room 140, Weber Fine Arts Building Theatre Box Office and the Milo Bail Student Center near the Student Organizations and Leadership Programs Office.

Monetary donations are being accepted in ASH 140. Donations can also be mailed to UNO PRSSA, Arts and Sciences Hall 140-E, 6001 Dodge St., Omaha, NE, 68182.

The Cheesecake Factory and Blue Planet Natural Grill are also collecting toys on behalf of Maverick PR.

Maverick PR members Kristin Webb, Kelsie Olson and Ben McCall (left to right) are selling baked goods and nutritional items to raise funds for the Toys for Tots drive (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Maverick PR sold an array of items from $1.25 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to $.50 fruit (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Day Five: Maverick PR bids farewell to San Diego

Maverick PR students bid farewell to San Diego on Nov. 10 as the conference comes to a close.

View of Holiday Inn on the Bay (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Julio Badin, Disney's California Adventure park operations general manager, served as the keynote speaker at the farewell breakfast. Badin spoke the guest relations department at the tourist attraction and how to tackle public relations based upon the philosophies of Walt Disney.

Before take off, Maverick PR members made their final rounds around the downtown area.

Students Andrea Ciurej and Heather Nasif spent their final hours at the San Diego Zoo.

Ciurej and Nasif made a point to explore the giant panda research station.

Giant pandas are sleeping before lunch time (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Maverick PR students headed over to San Diego International Airport around 12:30 pacific time by taxi cab.

Students Jessica Legg (left) and Shannon Stawniak (right) wait to board the plane to Denver (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

The final view of San Diego taken from the airport (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).


If you would like to learn about the events Maverick PR attended at the national conference, or if you are a Maverick PR member looking for information on the sessions you attended, click here.

Day Four: Maverick PR wins most outstanding chapter in the nation

Maverick PR was named the most outstanding chapter out of 284 Public Relations Student Society of America chapters across the nation at the Academy of PRSSA Awards Ceremony and Dinner on Nov. 9.

The "Outstanding Chapter" award, the highest award given to any chapter, is determined based on the chapter's efforts of leadership, community and university service, professional development and internships.

The chapter has earned 11 national awards in the past six years: three third place awards and eight first place awards, Faculty adviser Karen Weber said. This, however, is the first time the chapter has been recognized as "Outstanding Chapter."

Maverick PR students Jill Sauser, Shannon Stawniak, Yan He, Faculty adviser Karen Weber, President Cassie Prestia, Kristen Martin, Andrea Ciurej (front, left to right), Jessica Legg, Janna Brock, Alicia Kettleson, Heather Nasif, Mikaela Knipe, Bre Gehrken and Sarah Waller (back, left to right) stand in front of San Diego Bay on Nov. 9
(Photo courtesy: Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Maverick PR placed first in the 2009 National Plank Center Ethics Advocacy Awards for its roundtable discussion titled "Ethics & Bad Behavior: It's All About Choices." The first-place win earned $1,000 for the chapter and $250 for its faculty adviser Karen Weber.

The discussion, held in September, featured 14 corporate and non-profit Omaha professionals who discussed ethical scenarios related to corporate blogging, employee privacy and academic honesty with students. Seniors Stephanie Bonnett, lead event planner, Andrea Ciurej and Shannon Stawniak partnered with the Greater Omaha Alliance for Business Ethics to organize the event.

Maverick PR also earned third place in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition for the event "Be a Team Player: Become an MV Donor." Seniors Alicia Kettleson and Jessica Legg organized the event held last spring. About 35 students registered to be organ donors and more than 300 students received organ donor information at the event.

Seniors Alicia Kettleson (left) and Jessica Legg (right) earned third place in the National Organ Donor Awareness Competition (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Senior Juan Carillo also earned an honorable mention for the PRSSA National Multicultural Affairs Scholarship.

Michael Steger, who stars as Navid Shirazi on the CW's hit television series "90210," made a guest appearance at the awards dinner. Steger assisted CW publicist Jeff Tobler in announcing the winners of the CW Campaign. Maverick PR did not participate in the campaign.

Andrea Ciurej and Michael Steger following the awards ceremony (Yan He/UNO PRSSA).

Before the big win, Maverick PR enjoyed a bayside lunch at Anthony's Fish Grotto.

Students Heather Nasif, Cassie Prestia, Jill Sauser, Sarah Waller, Yan He, Kristin Martin, Bre Gehrken (left, front to back), Alicia Kettleson, Jessica Legg, Shannon Stawniak, Janna Brock, Faculty adviser Karen Weber and Mikaela Knipe pose in front of a view of San Diego Bay. Not pictured: Andrea Ciurej (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

After the lunch, Maverick PR students attended the professional development sessions focusing on building a professional image, graduate work and networking etiquette.

Walter Bateman, retired CEO of the Harleysville Group, and Natalie Neczypor, marketing executive of Ernst Young LLP, lead the professional image session titled "Resumes, Portfolios & Social Media - 'Building a Professional Image on Paper, Online and in Person.'" A question-and-answer session followed the presentation.

Bateman began the session by presenting the following tips for building a professional image:

 - Define success.
 - Conduct an introspection.
 - ID your value proposition.
 - Develop a personal brand.
 - Create a vision.
 - Exploit a search strategy.
 - Delineate and execute a tactical plan.
 - Establish a network.
 - Research targets.
 - Exercise discipline.
 - Start at the top.
 - Understand your marketable value.
 - Use the king's english.

Bateman presents ways of building a professional image to PRSSA students (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).
Bateman said job seekers need to rise early, work hard and "strike oil." Before "striking oil," Bateman said you need to do the following:

- Buy one manilla folder and write job search on it.
- Define success. Start by looking at yourself. (Place your definition in the manila folder.)
- Write a paragraph about what your job would be. (Place this paragraph in the manila folder.)
- Self-analyze yourself to a CEO. (Place your analysis in the manila folder.)
- Capitalize on what values you have to offer.

Bateman said job seekers also need to engage an influential network, obtain knowledge of the economy and buzz of the business and do dilligence as a potential employer.

Neczypor concluded the session with a five-step process on securing an internship or first job.

Neczypor addresses tips on how to secure an internship or first job to PRSSA students (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Neczypor said the first step is awareness.

Job seekers need to use resumes to present he or she's future goals. A portfolio should be used to tell your story and show your experiences and how they can impact the company. A mission statement should also be included into the mix.

"You need to figure out who you are," she said.

Positioning is the second step. This involves branding, selling and networking your "body of work" to the company.

Neczypor said job seekers need to build repoire by shaking hands and carrying on general conversations, as well as set a soft agenda regarding a course of action. Job seekers should give a concise overview or "elevator pitch" of their goals and accomplishments. They should also probe by asking open-ended questions and be able to present and defend their qualities.

Be assertive at the end of the interview by asking for the job, as well as a business card to confirm your sincerity for the position. Being assertive also involves your willingness to move abroad.

"Don't sell yourself short," she said. "Nobody is going to sell you but you."

Prior planning is the third step in securing an internship or first job. This involves researching the company, practicing your pitch through behavioral-based interviewing, preparation and performance.

Neczypor speaking to students about landing an internship or first job (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Neczypor said it is important to show your coachability, be humble, cool and collected and do whatever you can to mirror your interviewer throughout the hiring process.

Job seekers should also take notes during an interview to improve their preparation skills.

The final steps are follow-up and pursuit of the position and remember the big picture.

"It's a full-time job finding a job," Neczypor said. "It needs to be your second, third or fourth responsibility."

Maverick PR ended the evening by attending the "Stay Classy PRSSA" After Party, followed by a get-together in Downtown San Diego.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day Three: Huffington Post founder addresses PRSA, PRSSA members at San Diego's Marriott Hotel

"The Huffington Post" founder Arianna Huffington addressed about 3,000 PRSA and PRSSA members at the Marriott Hotel in San Diego about her new book and streaming topics in politics on Nov. 8.

PRSA and PRSSA members crowd in front of the room Huffington will be speaking (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Janna Brock, President Cassie Prestia, Heather Nasif, Yan He, Jill Sauser and Faculty adviser Karen Weber (left to right) wait in front of the hall where Huffington will speak (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

After addressing the crowd, Huffington interviewed Wendell Potter, the Center for Media and Democracy's Senior Fellow on Health Care. Potter left his 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive for one of the nation's largest health insurance companies to advocate for health-care reform.

Huffington also held a book signing in the Marriott's San Diego Ballroom following her speech.

Arianna Huffington signing various books she has written for PRSA and PRSSA members (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Students Andrea Ciurej and Yan He purchased Huffington's book "Right is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution and Made us all Less Safe (and What you Need to Know to End the Madness)." Both attended the book signing and posed in a photo with Huffington.

Andrea Ciurej seen with Arianna Huffington as she signs Ciurej's book (Yan He/UNO PRSSA).

Yan He (left) and Andrea Ciurej (right) are seen with PRSA President Michael Cherenson after Huffington's speech and interview (Photo courtesy: Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Before Huffington's session, PRSSA students sat in officer discussions. These discussions were a time for students who hold an executive board position with thier chapter or are interested in holding a position meet with other chapters to share ideas about their position.

Officer discussions were held for the following positions: president and vice president; secretary and treasurer; PR liaision, historian and webmaster; and publications and student-run firms.

Assistant newsletter editor Andrea Ciurej (center) met with other publications officers during a boxed-lunch officer discussions (Photo courtesy: Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

After Huffington's session, professional development sessions were held regarding health care, entertainment and sports, corporate and agency PR and diversity. The sessions following involved investor relations and ethics, hospitality, travel and tourism, the bateman case study competition and speed networking, which Maverick PR attended.

The Celebrity Source's Rita Tateel, president, moderated the panel titled "Entertainment and Sports - 'Entertainment and Sports PR Roundtable.'" The panel featured four professionals, including Harry Medvet, head of public relations for Fandango, and Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times sports writer.

The Los Angeles Times' Bill Shaikin meets with students following the entertainment and sports panel (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

The evening concluded with a Pier Party.

Students gather for the Pier Party (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Day Two: Professionals talk social media landmines, media relations with PRSSA students

Professionals from the San Diego area and beyond spoke with PRSSA students at a series of sessions about the power of social media and building relationships with the media on Nov. 7.

Before the sessions began, Mona Pasquil - the western political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs and the Clinton Administration - delivered the keynote address.

Mona Pasquil addressed several PRSSA chapters on Nov. 7 (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Pasquil spoke to students about effective crisis communication and the challenges faced by today's public relations professionals.

"Think of scenarios and put them in a can," she said. "It's easy to say, hard to do."

Pasquil addressed the importance of timing when dealing with crisis communication scenarios.

"You've got to wait and you've got to think about it," she said. "You've got a millisecond."

Pasquil also addressed the importance of knowing who you are as a person and a professional.

"There are people that don't need you to save the world, but do that one thing, that one simple thing," she said. "You will be the answer to the struggles today."

Chapter roll call immediately followed Pasquil's speech.

PRSSA chapters were called upon to stand up and deliver a cheer expressing to demonstrate school and chapter pride. Treasurer Shannon Stawniak created Maverick PR's cheer.

P-R-S-S-A (clap)
From Omaha, Nebraska - Hey!
We do PR the Maverick way!
Go Mavs!
Beef - it's what's for dinner.
Dun, dun, dun.

Following role call, students participated in a series of professional development sessions.

The first session involved four workshops: crisis, event planning, media relations and social media ethics. The second sessions involved international PR, career preparation, fashion and public affairs and community engagement. The third session involved non-profit PR, entertainment, employee relations and environmental public relations.

Brigham Young University's Susan Balcom Walton, associate chair of the department of communications, and Joel Campbell, associate professor of the department of communications, both led the discussion on the power and misuse of social media.

Susan Balcom Walton (left) and Joel Campbell (right) led the discussion on social media landmines (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Walton and Campbell weighed in on the fair-use factors that comply with social media, especially blogs. Both shared material from BYU to deliver an explanation.

The following factors should be considered when determining the fair use of a copyrighted work, according to BYU's Blog Content Policy:

1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for non-profit educational purposes.
2. the nature of the copyrighted work.
3. the amount and sustainability of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole.
4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

Walton and Campbell both spoke about the importance of having blog moderation policies for your blog. They also talked about strategies on how to avoid saying regretful words online by use of the "24-hour Rule."

1. Physically leave the computer area.
2. Before sending, call someone you trust and talk it through with them.
3. Save the draft or send it to yourself and reread the next day.
4. Ask yourself: Would you say this face to face? Would you be comfortable seeing it in print or saying it in a court of law?

Regardless of the landmine experienced in social media, truth is the best defense.

"It's our job to take the high road," Walton said.

Sempra Energy's April Bolduc, public relations manager, led the discussion on public affairs and community engagement.

April Bolduc speaks before a crowd of PR students about public affairs and community engagement (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Bolduc focused on tackling a crisis and how to win over publics from the standpoint of a Fortune 500 energy service company. When a PR team reacts to a flood, for example, Bolduc gave the following tips on how to work as a team and with the media:

- Know who's going to be on your team.
- Always be prepared and run drills with your team detailing the situation.
- Understand the potential negatives of the situation.
- Monitor media calls.
- Meet for status reports and update talking points.
- Keep your officials up to date on the situation.
- Let officials know when the story will run.
- Know who you are talking to and get feedback from clients.

"The key thing is talking with one voice," Bolduc said. "How can you be the calming voice? You really need to be the expert and know how to give corners to your clients."

A presentation from Jana Hartline, environmental communications manager, and Amy Taylor, environmental, safety and quality communications, of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. was one of the final discussions of the evening.

Jana Hartline (left) and Amy Taylor (right) spoke before a group of students about the affects of environmental PR  the Toyota way (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Hartline and Taylor focused on "Environmental Public Relations - 'The Greener Side of PR.'" Hartline began the presentation by focusing on Toyota's vision for sustainability. Taylor continued the presentation with a discussion on "greenwashing" and the public relations challenges faced when tackling sustainability efforts.

Greenwashing is when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be "green" through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact, according to the EnviroMedia Greenwashing Web site.

Taylor provided some tips for tackling "greenwashing" in a business:

- Be authentic and transparent when communicating your message as a company.
- Understand the difference between educational and promotional.
- Partner with third party advocates, such as social media, to relay your message.
- Be an advocate for yourself.

After the sessions, Maverick PR dined in Old Town San Diego for a mexican dinner.

Maverick PR dines at San Diego Old Town Mexican Cafe on Nov. 7. Not pictured: Alicia Kettleson, Andrea Ciurej and Yan He (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day One: PRSSA students delve into chapter development "Saved by the Bell" style

Students from UNO's Public Relations Student Society of America learned how to spice up their chapter at chapter development sessions featuring eight themed student group presentations. UNO was among the eight schools to present on Nov. 6.

Other schools included Brigham Young University, University of Austin-Texas, Indiana State University, Roger Williams University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Utica College and Brigham Young University-Idaho.

These 30-minute presentations were based on the accomplishments of each chapter and the fundamentals to their success.

UNO informed other chapters how to become successful through service with their themed presentation "Saved by the Bell: Successful Service." Presentation members Jill Sauser, Heather Nasif, Mikaela Knipe, Bre Gehrken, Kristen Martin, Cassie Prestia and Sarah Waller sported the theme with Bayside Tiger T-shirts.

The presentation focused on the acheivements of the following campaigns: Voices Against Violence, Toys for Tots, Scouting for Food, UNO Building Bright Futures, Very Important Path and others.*

Faculty adviser Karen Weber poses with the presentation team of (left to right) Jill Sauser, Heather Nasif, Mikaela Knipe, Bre Gehrken, Kristen Martin, Cassie Prestia and Sarah Waller.

Following the presentations, all chapters at the conference were treated to a fiesta party themed "Bring Us Something PRSSA," equipped with mexican food and a mariachi band.

The fiesta is a national conference tradition, where students from each chapter bring school- or chapter-branded souvenirs to exchange with other PRSSA members.

Chapters gather for the fiesta-themed social at the Holiday Inn on the Bay's Pacific Ballroom (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Heather Nasif, Jessica Legg and Alicia Kettleson (left to right) carry on a conversation with a student from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh PRSSA chapter (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Kristen Martin (left) and Mikaela Knipe (right) enjoy the evening as the mariachi band surrounds the table
(Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Yan He (left) and Shannon Stawniak (right) get into the fiesta spirit with maracas in hand (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

*Video clips of the presentation will be available soon.

Friday, November 6, 2009

PRSSA students fly off to San Diego for 2009 national conference

Students from UNO's Public Relations Student Society of America flew off to "America's finest city" for the 2009 PRSSA National Conference from Nov. 6 - 10.

Students headed over to San Diego on Nov. 5 at 6:30 a.m. central time and arrived around 7:30 a.m. pacific time.

The conference themed "Creating Currents: Surfing the Waves of Change" in San Diego consists of interactive sessions and workshops shaped to provide young public relations professionals with the following currents of change: crisis management, media relations and entertainment, international, fashion and health care.

Keynote speakers, such as Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, will be speaking to students during sessions.

There are also career development and networking workshops for students to swap resumes and business cards. Students are also going to be honored for their hardwork and accomplishments as a chapter.

Left to right: Alicia Kettleson, Bre Gehrken, Jessica Legg, Shannon Stawniak, Heather Nasif, Yan He and Jill Sauser arrive at Denver International Airport on Nov. 5. Back: Sarah Waller. Not pictured: Faculty adviser Karen Weber, Kristen Martin, Cassie Prestia, Janna Brock and Andrea Ciurej (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

View of Downtown San Diego from Holiday Inn on the Bay, where UNO students are calling "home" during the conference (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Leading political and business thinker speaks to crowd of UNO students

A former White House aide under the Clinton Administration spoke to UNO students at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building on Nov. 4. before attending the evening Governor Series Lecture at the Joslyn Art Museum.

Matt Miller is a contributing editor at Fortune magazine, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the host of public radio's popular week-in-review program Left, Right and Center.

Matt Miller speaking in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building on Nov. 4 (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

CPACS dean B.J. Reed asked the Nebraska Humanities Council, who sponsored the lecture series at the Joslyn, if Miller would be interested in speaking to UNO students.

He spoke with students about his second book called "The Tyranny of Dead Ideas." A question and answer session followed his discussion.

Matt Miller speaking to UNO students about politics (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

News Writing and Reporting students continue on for another late night of reporting

One student from Kevin Warneke's News Writing and Reporting class faced a chilly night as he shadowed a Campus Security guard for his after-dark story.

Student Nick Cavallaro shadowed Campus Security Sgt. John Folker after midnight on Nov. 4 to learn about the late-night occurrences and security procedures after hours. Cavallaro walked around campus with Folker to learn about these topics.

While strollling the campus, Folker responded to a theft call made by another security guard.

Folker said the call involved a boyfriend who stole his ex-girlfriend's garage pass. The woman was attempting to enter the parking garage near Maverick Village without her pass. She contacted Campus Security in tears and informed them of the situation. Since she had a pass on file, Folker said Campus Security allowed her access into the garage.

Cavallaro and Folker seen in front of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building after midnight on Nov. 4 (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Folker responds to the garage pass theft call made by another officer after midnight on Nov. 4 (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Cavallaro continues his interview with Folker in Campus Security's interview room just before 1 a.m. on Nov. 4, after walking around campus (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

News Writing and Reporting students report on university occurrences after dark

Students from Kevin Warneke's News Writing and Reporting class are reporting on university occurrences after dark.

Some of the story assignments require students to be on campus after 11 p.m.

Kevin Warneke, a School of Communication professor, met with Wendy Townley, the assistant director of University Relations, and Andrea Ciurej, the editor-in-chief of The Gateway, to produce a story list for Warneke's students before the beginning of the fall semester.

Warneke assigned stories to his students in class on Oct. 26. Before assigning the stories, Ciurej introduced herself to his class and familiarized students with The Gateway. Ciurej will serve as the photographer for the students covering stories on campus after hours.

Some stories will be published in a special section of The Gateway this month.

Student Chase Spencer meets up with a custodian working the late-night shift on campus on Nov. 2 at 11 p.m. Spencer's after-dark story involves shadowing a custodian after university hours. Spencer interviewed the custodian in Arts and Sciences Hall (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Student Ainslee Kardisco interviews Mohammed Husain, Criss Library building services assistant, after midnight on Nov. 3. Kardisco's after-dark story involves reporting on library closing and security procedures. Kardisco shadowed Husain as he closed the library up for the night (Andrea Ciurej/UNO).

Monday, November 2, 2009

Tune in to University Weekly on Facebook, Twitter

Stay tuned through facebook and get the scoop on students and organizations at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Get my perspective through Twitter, as well.

Click here to become a fan today.