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  • What’s the best way to craft a message to convey bad news?
  • Can Twitter help your business?
  • What’s the difference between a colon and a semi-colon – and should I care?

You'll learn how to tackle a variety of today’s communication challenges when you enroll in FRIDAY University seminars offered by the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

These hands-on seminars are taught by experienced faculty members who use a variety of engaging, classroom-tested techniques and methods to make the topics meaningful and interesting. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the concepts they’ve learned in individual and group exercises in the state-of-the-art classrooms and computer labs of Andersen Hall on the UNL campus.

Registration for a half-day session is $75; but if you register for both morning and afternoon sessions, you’ll get a reduced rate of $125.

Registration and payment
Register below by clicking on the seminar(s) you want to attend. Your registration is official once we receive your payment.

  • Morning sessions: Registration from 8:30-9 a.m.; workshop, 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Afternoon sessions: Registration from 12:30-1 p.m.; workshop, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location and parking
The seminars will be held in Andersen Hall, located on the southwest corner of 16th and Q streets. Parking is available at these locations:

And if the seminar dates aren’t convenient – or you’d prefer a more customized approach – faculty members can work with your company to design learning programs to meet your specific needs. We also can develop training sessions in technical writing, science writing, advertising and promotion and Web design. Please contact Trudy Burge for more information at 402-472-7077 or

Instructor Bios

  • Mary Schieke is currently a lecturer at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln teaching Technical Communication. She has taught business and technical communication at the undergraduate level for 10 years. Prior, she spent over 15 years in the credit card/financial industry as a Training Supervisor, instructing supervisors and managers in supervisory, communication, and career development skills. She was certified in Franklin Covey's What Matters Most and Writing Advantage. Mary graduated in 2000 with an MBA from Colorado Technical University.
  • Charlyne Berens was the editor of the Seward County Independent for 14 years and is the author of two books on the Nebraska Legislature and two political biographies. As a professor at UNL for nearly 15 years, she's taught beginning and advanced reporting, principles of editing and online journalism.  She holds a Ph.D. in political science from UNL.
  • Alan Eno has worked in the graphic design and multimedia industry for more than ten years. Alan completed his undergraduate education at Andrews University in 2000, and worked as a multimedia producer for a television broadcasting company managing multimedia design projects. He then worked on fundraising/PR design for print, video and web at a non-profit printing company in Lincoln. In 2007, Alan started freelancing in video post production and print design. Alan earned his graduate degree from the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2010 and now serves on the Journalism faculty and is the website administrator for the college.
  • Bob Moyer is executive director of the not-for-profit organization the Family Violence Council (FVC) which he founded in 1996. FVC coordinates efforts in Lancaster County to stop violence against women and children. Moyer has written more than $10 million in successful grant applications to local, state and national funders. He has taught business writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1988 and was a newspaper editor for 25 years prior to starting the Family Violence Council. As a newspaper editor, he served as managing editor and city editor of the Lincoln Journal. He holds a master's degree in business administration from UNL (1986).
  • Gary Kebbel is involved in creating a Center for Mobile Media, a campus-wide initiative. He will work with faculty, students and staff from the entire campus and also may be involved with opportunities at Innovation Campus. Kebbel served as dean at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from July 2010 to June 2012.

February 1, 2013

Registration due by noon, Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Business Writing: Grammar Brush-up (morning session)
Instructor: Mary Schieke
Experts say that the ability to write is one of the most sought-after skills in business today. This workshop will offer you the tools to be an effective business communicator.
Learn how to:

  • choose strong words and write in active voice
  • write strong and grammatically correct sentences
  • implement a variety of techniques to write in a clear and concise manner
  • Sign Up

Business Writing: E-mail and Writing Process (afternoon session)
Instructor: Mary Schieke
This workshop will help refine your writing skills for the workplace so you can create effective and motivating messages that get the job done.
Learn how to:

  • Use E-Mail professionally and succinctly to communicate at work by using informative subject lines, writing complete sentences, and observing e-mail etiquette guidelines.
  • Implement a writing process where analyzing the audience, selecting an appropriate pattern, and revising and proofreading produce a clear and concise business message.
  • Sign Up

February 8, 2013

Registration due by noon, Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Grammar Tool Kit (morning session)
Instructor: Charlyne Berens
Let’s face it. Grammatical mistakes and punctuation problems can damage your credibility. No matter what your skill level, you’ll get plenty of helpful tips about language rules and concepts in this entertaining, grammar-made-easy session.
Learn how to:

  • Avoid the most common pitfalls so your messages are clear and effective.
  • Master the guidelines of punctuation and capitalization.
  • Strengthen sentence construction and learn to use words properly.
  • Sign Up

February 22, 2013

Registration by noon, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Social and Mobile Media
Instructor: Gary Kebbel

Learn the basics of social media websites and how to use them. This class is for beginners who want to know more about how to use Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Linked-In and Pinterest. It is designed to help people get started using these sites and to know how to continue after the class.
Sign Up

April 5, 2013

Registration due by noon, Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Writing Successful Grant Applications
Instructor: Bob Moyer

Learn how to write successful grant applications in tight budget times. Bob Moyer is the author of more than 50 successful grant applications worth more than $10 million. Chris Peterson has coordinated grants and offers 15 years' administrative experience with grants in the state government.
The class will cover:

  • Finding grant opportunities and determining fundable projects
  • Creating key elements in fundable projects
  • Analyzing what to say and how to say it
  • Developing and presenting budgets
  • Examples of successful grant applications will be provided
  • Sign Up

April 19, 2013

Registration due by noon, Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Digital Photography: Principles of great photography (morning session)
Instructor: Alan Eno

Everyone’s a shutter bug and many camera operators wish for more expertise. Join our group both morning and afternoon to learn more about this popular topic.
Learn how to:

  • Role as a photographer
  • Camera hardware options
  • Principles of good photography
  • Sign Up

Digital Photography: After the shutter closes: What is the next step? (afternoon session)
Instructor: Alan Eno
Learn how to:

  • End uses and mediums for photographs
  • Creative critique of photographs
  • Color correction, photo manipulation, and ethics
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Workshop attendees should bring their personal digital cameras, card readers and/or USB cables.