UNO Finds Several Homes via Social Media
UNO Magazine (Winter 2010)
By Wendy Townley
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 are even 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. Our Online Media students this past fall used Twitter and Facebook to promote their blogs,” said Dr. Jeremy Lipschultz, director of UNO’s School of Communication, housed in the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media. “In our case, we created a UNO School of Communication Facebook page that almost immediately attracted nearly 250 members. Alumni are very excited about real-time updates on campus activities.”
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 said. “I’ve been told by readers that my use of iPhone photos creates the experience of being at an event.”
UNO on the Web
Here’s a roundup of social media links for a number of UNO colleges and organizations.
Campus Recreation: www.facebook.com/unocampusrec
Classical 90.7 KVNO: www.twitter.com/kvno; on Facebook search for “Classical 90.7 KVNO”
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media: Search for “UNO College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media” on Facebook
College of Education: www.facebook.com/unocoe
Criss Library: www.twitter.com/unolibrary; on Facebook search for “UNO Criss Library”
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
UNO Bookstore: www.facebook.com/unobookstore