Sunday, February 27, 2011

UNO Graduate Teaching Assistantships

UNO Forensics is pleased to announce that we will have a coaching/teaching GTA position available beginning in the Fall, 2011 semester. This position includes teaching 1 section of Public Speaking Fundamentals, weekly office hours, and coaching/traveling with the forensics team. Applications are due on Tuesday, March 1st.

Here is an application check-list to walk you through the process. Please contact Abbie Syrek at (402) 850-1695 or via e-mail at if you have any questions. Please feel free to forward this information along to anyone you think might be interested. We look forward to getting your application!

Graduate School Checklist:

____ Complete the Electronic Application Found at:

____ Pay the $45 application fee

You can do this online by visiting the cashiering website (link follows). In the last paragraph (above the rotating credit card) please click on "Graduate Application Fee" which is a link to a short form to pay the fee. Cashiering link:

____ 3 Letters of Recommendation

____ 500-word personal essay (saved as a PDF file) that answers the following questions:

1. Why have you chose the UNO School of Communication Master’s Degree program?

2. What are your areas of interest and research? Do you have an idea for a proposed

project, if so please describe.

3. What are your personal or professional plans after you complete the master’s degree?

What do you want to do with the degree?

____ Request an official transcript from all undergraduate institutions you attended and have it sent to UNO

____ Upload resume

School of Communication Assistantship Checklist:

____ Complete this Application:

____ Submit resume

____ Attach a personal essay (not exceeding 1 page) that answers the following questions:

1. What experience/qualifications do you have that qualify you to be a Graduate Teaching Assistant?

2. Why do you want to be a GTA at UNO? (Why do you want to teach and coach forensics?)

Application materials and other supporting documents should be addressed to:

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Office of Graduate Studies

6001 Dodge St, EAB 203

Omaha, NE 68182-0209

NOTE: Once you submit your application, it will be processed within 1 to 2 business days, at which time your mavlink To-Do list will be updated.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

UNO Takes State

It was a historic weekend for the UNO Maverick Forensics Team. For the first time in the program's history, the squad took home the title as the top individual events program in Nebraska.

Facing tough competition including several teams consistently ranked among the elite in the nation, the Mavs set personal records in terms of events that made it to finals and racked up seven individual event championships.

Results included the following:


Cameron Logsdon - 4th place
Cole Evans - 3rd place (also Top Novice)
Iven Mendoza - 2nd place
Allison Henri - State Champion

Communication Analysis

Hope Stanley - Top Novice
Blaine Miller - 7th place
Niveditha Rajagopalan - State Champion

Program of Oral Interpretation

Cole Evans - 8th place (also Top Novice)
Allison Henri - 6th place
Iven Mendoza - 4th place
Tessie Stednitz - 2nd place
Cameron Logsdon - State Champion

Extemporaneous Speaking

Niveditha Rajagopalan - 6th place

Duo Interpretation

Blaine Miller/Cole Evans - 4th place
Allison Henri/Tessie Stednitz - 2nd place
Cameron Logsdon/Iven Mendoza - State Champions

After Dinner Speaking

Joy Kathurima - Top Novice
Stephanie Larsen - 5th place
Niveditha Rajagopalan - 2nd place

Informative Speaking

Niveditha Rajagopalan - 3rd place
Allison Henri - State Champion

Prose Interpretation

Cole Evans - 3rd place (also Top Novice)
Iven Mendoza - State Champion

Impromptu Speaking

Brian Robinson - 2nd place

Dramatic Interpretation

Traelon Graham - 5th place (also Top Novice)
Tessie Stednitz - 4th place
Cameron Logsdon - 2nd place
Iven Mendoza - State Champion

Persuasive Speaking

Brian Robinson - 4th place
Niveditha Rajagopalan - 2nd place*

*By placing 2nd, Niveditha qualified for the Interstate Oratory Competition at James Madison University in Virginia. It is the oldest speaking competition in North America, and the top two finishers from each state in the country qualify to compete.

Niveditha Rajagopalan placed 3rd in Individual Sweeps, while Iven Mendoza won top overall speaker in Individual Sweeps.

UNO also won the "Quality Award," which is awarded to the team that scores the most amount of points given the size of their entry.

UNO placed first overall in the Individual Events competition.

The team will travel to Manhattan, Kansas and host a tournament on campus before turning their focus to the American Forensics Association National Tournament held at Kearney, Nebraska beginning April 2nd.