Faculty Notes

Advertising faculty

Nancy Mitchell participated in a panel at the Southwest Marketing Association Conference in San Antonio March 16. She presented research on building relationships with older adults through advertising.

Linda Shipley continues to serve on the editorial advisory board for Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, which means she reviews at least one manuscript a month for publication in the journal. She also serves on several campus committees: Honorary Degrees, Admissions and Advising, Assessment Steering Team and Recruitment Steering Team. Her work with the architects and construction team for Andersen Hall has kept her busy this winter and spring. Renovation of the building starts the end of May 2000 with the expected move date being August 2001.

Clancy Strock, a member of the advertising faculty in the early 1990s, is retired and living in Gainesville, Fla. He continues to write a column for Reminisce magazine and has supervised the publication of seven Reminisce books. He also keeps an eye on the athletic program at the University of Florida.

Broadcasting faculty

Rick Alloway conducted a session on communication skills for Youth Leadership Lincoln (the high school version of Leadership Lincoln) in December. He also produced a series of radio public service spots in March for Community Development Week on behalf of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. He was master of ceremonies for the awards presentation at the Nebraska Press Association convention in April and attended the Northwest Broadcast News Association convention in Minneapolis the same month. He continues to be host of a weekly a cappella radio show, “Vocal Chords,” which is also now available in live streaming audio form on the Web on the 90.3 KRNU web site at http://krnu.unl.edu. The show is from 8 to 10 a.m. (-06:00 GMT) Friday mornings. Alloway will be featured in a faculty profile in the 2000-2001 UNL undergraduate bulletin.

Laurie Thomas Lee was the Top 3 Division Paper award recipient at the annual AEJMC convention in New Orleans in August 1999 for her paper “Privacy, Security and Intellectual Property: Proprietary Interests over the Internet.” She was a panelist at the National Cable Television Association Academic Seminar in Chicago in June 1999, speaking on “Interdisciplinary Approaches/Possibilities/Challenges to Cable Telecommunications Education.” She is the author of several entries submitted to the Encyclopedia of Radio, to be published by Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers in 2001.
She was a panelist at the annual Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas in April, speaking on “Privacy Issues” since the 1996 Telecommunications Act, and was the moderator for the Intellectual Property Ownership and Scholarly Communication symposium at NU in March.

Peter Mayeux has completed three more items for inclusion in histories and encyclopedias. “Chet Huntley” and “Military Post Publications” are commissioned essay entries for the Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, edited by David J. Wishart and to be published by the UNL Center for Great Plains Studies in 2002. “John Ambrose Fleming” and “Heinrich Hertz” are commissioned essay entries for the Encyclopedia of Radio, edited by Christopher H. Sterling. Publication by Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers is expected in summer 2001. “Samuel F.B. Morse” is a commissioned essay entry for Makers of Western Culture, 1800-1914: A Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences. Editors are John Powell and Derek Blakeley. Publication is expected in 2000 by Greenwood Press.
Mayeux continues to work with the International RTNDA Educators Task Force to form closer working relationships between full-time broadcast journalists and journalism educators. The task force is planning special sessions for broadcast news students, faculty and working professionals at the September RTNDA International Conference in Minneapolis.
In March, Mayeux was interviewed by phone by Bill Mitchell, online editor and marketing director at the Poynter Institute. Mitchell asked for comments to update Mayeux’s 1996 study of media convergence in Midwest markets (Omaha, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago).
Mayeux is also serving as an unpaid consultant to the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln as it works to establish a radio service in the diocese, which stretches across the state, south of the Platte River.

Jerry Renaud received an honorable mention from the ConAgra/Nebraska Broadcasters Association awards competition in “Service to Children” for a video on Archeology and Nebraska. Renaud was elected president of the Northwest Broadcast News Association to serve from April 1, 2000, to April 1, 2001. He serves on a universitywide task force for learning communities and on the university’s curriculum committee. He is working with Professor Jim Paulson at South Dakota State University on a documentary about the American bison and with Smith Hayes Financial Services Inc. to create investment videos for clients. He worked with Rick Alloway, Vance Payne and Norm Schaeffer to get KRNU-FM on the Internet and with Alloway to begin broadcasting NU women’s softball games on KRNU-FM.

Tom Spann’s textbook, “Fundamentals of Television Production,” is now available for adoption by colleges and universities around the world.The book is published by Iowa State University Press. Spann is currently reviewing page proofs for the 9th edition of “Broadcasting in America,” which he hopes will be out in time for adoption this fall. It will be published by Houghton Mifflin. Spann was recognized this spring for service on the NU Judicial Board and is completing terms on the University Academic Planning Committee and the University Curriculum Committee.

News-editorial faculty

John Bender has been selected for the ASNE Excellence in Journalism Fellowship, which places journalism educators in newspapers for six-week work experiences. He will first spend a week in June at the ASNE headquarters in Reston, Va., for training and preparation for his work experience. Then he will spend six weeks in Milwaukee working at the Journal Sentinel. Most of his work will be on the copy desk, but he will also do some reporting. “After 20 years of teaching and research, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to reacquaint myself with the world of daily journalism,” Bender says.

Charlyne Berens received the Ph.D. in political science from NU in May. Her dissertation was titled “Power to the People: Nebraska’s Unicameral Legislature and the Populist/Progressive Ideal.” She presented a paper, “Role of the Newspaper in Framing Debate on a Political Initiative” at the Western Social Science Association convention in San Diego on April 29. She was also invited to be an adviser for the NU chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. She serves on a special NU committee, “Paying for the Good Life,” which is working to help Nebraskans understand and set priorities on public policy issues.

Mike Stricklin and George Tuck will offer a digital imaging workshop at the Federal University of Piauí in Brazil this summer. Professional journalists — both television and print — have been invited to participate. As far as anyone can tell, this will be the first such workshop in northern Brazil, Stricklin says.

George Tuck received the 2000 Service Award presented by the Journalism Student Advisory Board during J Days ceremonies on April 14. He had three photographs on exhibit in the central office of the vice chancellor for academic affairs during the spring semester. Four of Tuck’s photos were selected for “Visions of the Prairie: The Great Plains at the Dawn of the Millennium,” a group exhibition in Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery during March and April 2000.
In March, Tuck attended the two-week Shoot and Edit class of Platypus Workshop at the University of Oklahoma. Conducted by the National Press Photographers Association, the workshop is designed to teach print photojournalists to shoot video for use on Web sites and on television. The term “platypus” was first applied by Time magazine photographer Dirck Halstead to a new breed of photojournalists who will be shooting for a variety of media using both still and video photography. The first week covered the basics of video shooting and editing. The second week the class was combined with the Television Workshop, which was for working television videographers.
Tuck was elected a full professor at the Federal University of Piaui, Brazil, where he will teach a class in photographic ethics during June 2000. He taught a course with Mike Stricklin at that university in 1998.
Tuck received an award in April for 30 years of teaching at UNL.

COJMC faculty recognized by Parents Association

Rick Alloway, a member of the broadcasting faculty, was honored by the UNL Parents Association for the 10th year for his contribution to students.
Five other members of the COJMC faculty were also recognized at a ceremony on Friday, Jan. 28. The Parents Association solicits nominations through a special mailing asking NU parents to nominate a member of the university faculty or staff who has made a significant difference in their son’s or daughter’s life.
The other faculty members honored this year were: Kelly Jo Hinrichs, Stacy James, Meg Lauerman and Nancy Mitchell, all advertising; Charlyne Berens, news-editorial.
A total of 180 UNL faculty and staff received award certificates at the January ceremony.