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    Last month Dusty and the SPN crew hosted their annual Big Omaha conference, now part of the Big Conference Series.  They hold three events a year (in KC, Des Moines, and Omaha) showcasing some of the creative entrepreneurial talent locally and nationally.  I wrote a little about why I love Big Omaha so much in one of my weekly pregnancy updates and want to just say that I’m so very proud of what my husband does and all of the things he believes in.  We both care deeply about Omaha (and surrounding communities) and I feel so lucky to be a part of such a fun event.  Of course, one of the funnest parts of the conference is that they have a photo booth at the actual conference and then have booths set up at the parties they hold each night.  You can also check out my posts on the past four Big Omaha events here.

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  • In May Dusty helped host Silicon Prairie News’ Big Omaha Conference. It was another huge success and here are some pictures from the three day event.

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  • Big Omaha 2010

    May 12, 2010

    This is year two for Big Omaha and it was a huge success.  Dusty and the Silicon Prairie News crew worked year-round to prepare for the event.  This year the event brought together 500+ entrepreneurs, innovators and creatives to hear a dozen nationally-recognized speakers of the like. The goal of the event is to inspire attendees to follow their passions, build the businesses they love and strengthen their creative communities.

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  • Conference in San Diego

    December 7, 2008

    This November, I spent four days in San Diego for a communication conference and really enjoyed the warm weather.I gave three presentations but found plenty of time to do some sightseeing.I went on a trolley tour of the city, walked on the beach, visited the zoo and tried some of the wonderful food.

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  • Going Back to School

    October 24, 2008

    I found out this past spring that I was accepted to UNL’s Communication Studies doctoral program. I didn’t waste any time getting back into the rhythm of things and started taking classes this summer. I took a small group communication theory class where I learned all about the workings of small groups and how people communicate in groups. It was an intense three week course but I really enjoyed the discussions and opportunity to learn new things in my field.

    This semester I’m taking an organizational communication theory class. It’s been equally as rewarding as my first class. I’m driving one night a week to Lincoln. I’ve been very luck that the weather has been good and I’ve found a couple of other girls from Omaha that are carpooling with me. Everyone asks how my classes are going and it’s always hard to answer because most classes are a combination of one exam and one major paper and those don’t come until the end of the semester.

    For those of you wondering or who might not know, when you get into a PhD program you must choose a concentration in your field. As of right now, my concentration is organizational communication with a secondary concentration in instructional communication. This really just means that I’ll be taking classes that are focused in these areas.

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  • Teaching A New Class

    October 19, 2008

    Teaching at UNO is going great. I feel so lucky to be doing something I’m so passionate about and enjoy so very much. Last spring and summer I got to teach a new course, it was all about interviewing. If you can believe it, you can take a course all about the different types of interviews. I’ve been teaching public speaking for so long that I had forgotten how difficult it is to create a new syllabus and teach something new. It was very challenging and very rewarding.

    This summer I had an accounting student say to me that she didn’t think this class would be very beneficial but in the end, thought it was one of the best classes she took and would tell all of her friends that they should take it. It was a great compliment to hear that from someone. I try to make all of my classes applicable to everyone but to hear the really re-affirms what I’m doing.

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