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  • 1. Communicator College of Communication Arts and Sciences 2009 Leadership Pages 3-5 2009 Alumni Awards Pages 8-9 Career Resources Page 23 bally lly to glo  loca p act:  im  an k ing Ma
  • 2. INSIDE THIS COMMUNICATOR 2009 Communicator The Communicator is published each year by the College of 3 CAS Alumni Board President Communication Arts & Sciences for alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college. College of Communication Arts & 4-5 CAS Leadership Sciences, 287 Communication Arts & Sciences Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 Email: 6-7 Major Gifts Dean Pamela Whitten Editor: Kirsten Khire 8-9 The Celebration Contributors: Edward Cohen, Bridgette Gregory, Phyllis Kacos, Andrea Kovac, Nicole Marble, Tom Oswald, Brittany Smith 10-11 Alumni Stories Designer: Colleen Maxwell Covers/illustrations: Alex Smith Photographers: Kevin Fowler/ 12-13 Children’s Central dharma bum graphics, Christa Milster, Amanda Ross, Jordan Sweet Printing Manager: MSU Printing 14-15 ICT in Tanzania Printing: Dobb Printing Copyright © 2009 Michigan State University 16-17 Impact in Mexico College of Communication Arts & Sciences All rights reserved.™ 18-19 Film/Media Arts Initiative College Alumni Board Ed Cohen, President Carla Wilson-Neil, Vice President Lee Scott, Treasurer 20-21 Journalism Milestones Lindsay Warren, Past President Jim Alexander Thomas Baldwin David Coelho 22-23 Amazing Internships Nancy Crawley Brian Hamrick Jeff Lambert Matt Martyn 24-25 Student Awards Barbara Mason Angela Massenberg Erika Myers Diane Neal 28 Upcoming Events Jana O’Brien Steve Schram Ed Swiderski There’s even more in our online edition:
  • 3. CAS ALUMNI BOARD PRESIDENT Ed Cohen, BA Telecommunication, PhD Mass Media At pretty much every turn, you’re hearing or reading about the economy and for nearly all of us, the twists of employment statistics, business downturns (especially in Michigan), and the monumental changes in the media landscape are having an effect. As president of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences Alumni Board and as someone directly involved in the radio business, I have a first-hand view. In these uncertain times, it’s important to continue to support our students, our college and its mission. Of course, direct financial significant contribution in his or her field? You a faculty member currently in the college who support is most appreciated, but there are can nominate that person for an outstanding helped change your life. other ways you can be involved with the alumni award. For more than 30 years, the The college is on the ascent. Thanks to the college. For example, did you know that part college has put a spotlight on the wonderful great work of former Dean Chuck Salmon and of your MSU Alumni Association dues come contributions of alums who have made a interim Dean Brad Greenberg, the foundation is back to the college? If you’re not an MSUAA difference. As board president, I had the in place for future growth under our new dean, member, consider joining now. The benefits are great pleasure of meeting this year’s winners Pamela Whitten. All of us on the board are worthwhile and it shows your support not only and introducing each of them at both the excited and energized by Dean Whitten’s recent for MSU, but also for our college. commencement ceremony and the alumni appointment and you’ll read more about her in You can connect to the college and with awards dinner in May. this issue of the Communicator. fellow alums through a number of options. Speaking of nominations, the Alumni Board Be part of the college. We want your support Whether you choose LinkedIn, Facebook has taken on the commitment to permanently and your involvement in whatever way works or visit the college’s website (www.cas.msu. fund the Faculty Impact Award. I’m sure you best for you. Thank you. edu), you’re part of a much bigger community remember many of the faculty that helped shape For more info on how to get involved, contact of more than 40,000 alumni throughout the your MSU experience and your career. This Andrea Kovac at world. There is no need to tell you the value award gives us the chance to let the best of the of networking, but you should be aware this CAS faculty know how much they gave us and Cohen meets a student at the college’s Speed network already exists and can help you. to do so in a very tangible way. And you can be Networking event in February. Do you know a CAS alum who has made a part of the Faculty Impact award by nominating Amanda Ross/CAS ThANk yOU TO INTERIM DEAN GREENBERG University Distinguished Professor Emeritus Bradley Greenberg served as interim dean of the college during the national search for a permanent dean. An MSU faculty member since 1964, Greenberg served as chairperson of the Department of Communication from 1978 through 1983. He also chaired the Department of Telecommunication from 1984 through 1990. He was honored with the title of University Distinguished Professor in 1990. To contact Dr. Greenberg, email Interim Dean Bradley S. Greenberg hands a diploma to a new CAS graduate in May. Kevin Fowler/dharma bum graphics 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 3
  • 4. hONORING DEAN SALMON’S 5 yEARS Charles Salmon, the seventh dean in the history of the college, is in the midst of a two- year appointment in Israel, where he is teaching, cultivating new international partnerships, and launching several new research and outreach projects in the Middle East. Prior to his departure, members of the MSU community and friends of the college turned out on Jan. 12 to bid farewell and to honor him for his five years of leadership as dean. Merri Jo Bales, college alumni board president from 2003-2005, welcomed guests and introduced speakers MSU Trustee Faylene Owen; MSU Provost Kim Wilcox; the college’s first alumni board president Edward Deeb; veteran MSU administrator and host Jim Potchen; Director of the Health and Risk Communication Center Sandi Smith; and Interim Dean Bradley Greenberg. Jim Spaniolo, the college’s sixth dean and Potchen, a former dean from Johns Hopkins faculty for their achievements, and grateful for current president of the University of Texas- who has been an MSU department chair for their support.” Arlington, flew up from Texas to attend the more than thirty years, told Salmon, “You are Prior to becoming dean of the college, event. Also in attendance was Ned Brandt, the one terrific dean. I know because I’ve worked Salmon served as Director of the Mass Media person most responsible for establishing the for most of them.” PhD Program; founding Director of the MA college’s first named professorship in its (then) Ed Deeb presented Salmon with the Program in Health Communication; Senior 40-year history. This honorary position, the Ellis Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Associate Dean; Associate Dean for Graduate N. Brandt Professorship in Public Relations, Food and Beverage Association for “outstanding Education and Research; and Associate Dean was awarded to Salmon in 1994, and was and unselfish dedicated service to Michigan for Undergraduate Education. He was awarded instrumental in his recruitment to MSU from State University and Michigan’s young people.” a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and conduct Emory University. Staff members from the dean’s office debuted research in Israel in 2001, which resulted in MSU Trustee Faylene Owen wished Salmon a surprise video tribute that they crafted in the book, Into the Fire: A Post-9/11 American in well, saying, “Your peers respect you, your honor of Salmon and some of the highlights of Tel Aviv. students adore you, and because your heart is in the past five years. To contact Dr. Salmon, email salmon@msu. the right place, this is why they feel the way they Salmon recalled fond memories of his edu. do about you. We expect your time away from service as dean. “I have been blessed with the us to be very temporary, and that you must opportunity to work with the most dedicated The MSU community honored former dean return to us.” and effective dean’s office staff on campus, to Charles Salmon during a special reception on MSU Provost Kim Wilcox, an alum and collaborate on research with some of the greatest Jan. 12. Here, Salmon (second from left) with former Alumni Board presidents Gary Mescher, faculty member of the college, presented minds in our field, and to enjoy the sense of Bill Castanier, Merri Jo Bales, and Edward Deeb. “Ode to a Dean,” a poem he wrote in honor community that characterizes our college. Jordan Sweet/CAS of Dean Salmon. I am very proud of our students, alumni and “I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with the most dedicated and effective dean’s office staff on campus, to collaborate on research with some of the greatest minds in our field, and to enjoy the sense of community that characterizes our college.” 4 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 5. INTRODUCING DEAN whITTEN Pamela Whitten, who has served MSU for Health Care Studies (1998-2004), director of more than 11 years, is the eighth permanent the Health Risk and Communication Center dean of the college. (2004-05) and program director of MSU’s Whitten, a longtime professor and most Family Research Initiative (2006-07). recently associate dean of the college, was Prior to coming to MSU, Whitten was on approved by the MSU Board of Trustees on faculty at the University of Kansas Medical June 19. Her appointment was effective July 1. Center where she launched and administered a “Pamela’s academic credentials, telemedicine program for the state of Kansas. administrative history, and active research and Before joining academia, Whitten worked teaching agenda will serve her well in her new in the private sector as director of corporate role as dean,” said MSU Provost Kim Wilcox. communications for an American bank in Whitten is a professor in the college’s Germany and public relations director for a Department of Telecommunication, metropolitan hospital. Information Studies, and Media, and served as Whitten’s research interests have focused associate dean for research and graduate studies mainly on the use of technology in health for the past several years. care, specifically telehealth and telemedicine. In her administrative role, Whitten directed She is interested in using technology to bring the college’s Research Office and oversaw She began her MSU career in 1998 when health services and education to underserved all graduate programs and opportunities in she was appointed assistant professor in the populations. the college. Department of Telecommunication. Moving Whitten earned a bachelor’s degree from In her faculty position, Whitten is quickly up the ranks, Whitten was promoted to Tulane University, a master’s from the University responsible for conducting technology and associate professor in 2001 and full professor in of Kentucky and doctorate from the University health-related research, as well as teaching 2004. She also has served as a research fellow of Kansas. graduate and undergraduate courses. in the College of Human Medicine, Institute of MESSAGE FROM DE AN whITTEN I look forward to working very closely with our exten dean of the college. In my sive network of loyal, de first year, I seek to facilita dicated alumni in my ne te evolution of the colleg w role as forward. Some of my go e and continue to prope als include: l the college • continuing to focus the College of Communicatio reputation in the areas of n Arts & Sciences. The health & risk communica college has top rankings tion, new communicatio and a high intercultural communica n technologies, and intern tion. Those areas are na ational/ • advancing our college tural areas of focus for ou by finding new ways an r college and we can bu d sources for fundraisin ild on them. state universities are rec g and support. MSU an eiving less state support d many other advancement office. We than ever. We have a str can help you as alumni ong alumni base and we and friends and we ask have a strong students and programs that you help us when yo need your support. u can. Our • developing our college’s resources and people. In increasing economic do recognition that the comi wnturn, I want to ensure ng year will most likely inc that our personnel maint lude an many accomplishments ain a sense of fun and pri . We are an amazing co de in their touch very soon. llege, and I encourage yo u to pay us a visit and ge t back in To contact Dean Whitten , email pwhitten@msu .edu. 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 5
  • 6. Software company provides major in-kind donation to department Faculty from the Michigan State University questions and then present the findings in a positively affect our rankings,” he said. Department of Advertising, Public Relations, visually appealing and professional manner,” “We are pleased to offer Michigan State and Retailing have received a major in-kind Good said. University XP3 Suite, our data analysis/ software donation. Faculty member Jessica Carlo said the presentation software, as it will help to prepare In April, Interactive Edge donated more gift also will help students gain a competitive the future leaders in the consumer products, than $757,000 worth of the latest version of advantage as they approach the tight labor food and retailing industries with the best business software called XP3 for classroom use market upon graduation. in class technology to prepare them for the to leverage data more effectively. A previous “XP3 is a professional industry-level, SAP- opportunities ahead. Interactive Edge strives software donation by the company has been certified software used by companies such as to be on the cutting edge with updates that used in classes over the past few years with Anheuser-Busch, Diageo, Dr Pepper Snapple allow for more effective use of many different tremendous benefits, according to Group, Quaker Oats, Gatorade, and many data sources including our latest integration the department. more. Job interviewers were really impressed with space management and shopper insights The upgraded software will allow students with former students’ use of professional-grade data,” said Zel Bianco, president and CEO of in the department to better analyze and present analytical tools,” Carlo said. Interactive Edge. data in a way that is consistent with industry Rich Tibbals, director of technology and For more information about Interactive practices, said Linda Good, faculty member and facilities in the college, says such gifts greatly Edge, go online to associate chair of the department. enhance the opportunities for students – both For more information on making “Our department is very grateful for this today and in the future. contributions, contact Cara Boeff, director of continued support from Interactive Edge, which “Our college is constantly seeking to provide advancement, at helps our students tremendously. With this state-of-the-art technology solutions in the software, we are able to prepare students to both classrooms and labs, and such tools also help query databases to identify answers to research us to recruit future students and can even help Fundraising Campaign suCCessFul The Knight Center for Environmental Journalism successfully concluded its $2.2 million fundraising campaign by raising $150,000 for its endowment during the past year. “The center raised $450,000 Join us at 2 pm on Friday, with $150,000 in matching funds October 16 (during MSU during the past three years from Homecoming weekend) for more than 1,600 donors. This the dedication of the Three capital campaign has been very Mothers Patio, made possible challenging — particularly during by a gift from Richard Bush the past six months — because and Patricia McGuigan, of the ongoing recession,” said this year’s CAS Honorary Knight Center Director Jim Detjen. “I sincerely thank all of our Alumni Award winners. Bush many donors whose generosity envisioned the patio as a during a difficult economy has way to honor three mothers, enabled us to reach our goals,” scholars, and Spartans in he said. his life: Ruth Cady Bush, Phyllis Spring Petrullo, and For more information on the June Bercin Snyder. This Knight Center, go online to special celebration will occur before the MSU Homecoming Parade. Join us! 6 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 7. Entrepreneur gives in commercial roofing. In 1999, after 19 years in the business, Whaley began to seek back to advertising out entrepreneurial ideas to develop his own and environmental company. “A friend in the terrazzo flooring business said ‘help me out, let’s make this more journalism artistic,’” Whaley said. They began creating samples – and trying to create a new market. Then in July 2002, he read an article in the Tim Whaley has been in Texas for the past Dallas Morning News that changed his life. A 26 years, but his Spartan connections have Plano, Texas company was seeking markets to never been stronger. use their crushed glass. Whaley (BA ’81 Advertising) is founder “I thought, why not use recycled glass for and CEO of EnviroGLAS, a recycled glass the flooring, instead of cutting marble out of a manufacturing company that produces mountain? Why not recycle and help create a customized flooring and counters made sustainable product?” he said. of recycled glass from many sources. Whaley worked closely with his mentor EnviroGLAS products have been featured in Mattia Flabiano Jr. of American Terrazzo national media and on HGTV programs such Company to get the idea off the ground. He as Dream Builders, Small Space, and Red, Hot developed a patent in 2004, and applications and Green. And his work recently garnered a of the new recycled floor began – from a city Texas environmental awareness award. office vestibule, a sustainable school, and After receiving a letter and questionnaire more recently the MSU Stadium entrance and from Michigan State University to submit a Chemistry Building entrance. career update, Whaley responded and the “MSU has really stepped out about reconnection process began. In the process, he designing with sustainable materials,” Whaley rekindled his MSU spirit. says, “and I’m very proud to be part of that Over the past year, Whaley has pledged commitment.” a generous cash contribution to the MSU In 2007, Whaley established EnviroGLAS, Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and now makes products from crushed and Retailing, and to the Knight Center for mirrors, beer bottles, aluminum shavings, Environmental Journalism. Both gifts are very stained glass, mother of pearl, and clear glass meaningful to Whaley, who is a member of the – all that otherwise might go to the landfill if Beaumont Tower Society. not recycled by other companies. Whaley is “As an advertising student at MSU, I an active member of the U.S. Green Building remember the exact details of my Advertising Council. He is also working with Kohler to 486 course, a client campaigns course still develop products using recycled porcelain. going strong today. Our team’s client in 1981 Recent developments with IKEA mean his was Michigan Asparagus. That semester, I products will be more available than ever. learned a lot about asparagus and a lot about “It’s a gratifying experience and a win-win advertising. The course was one of my most for the environment and the clients. We create memorable while at MSU and helped me products that are conversation pieces and truly develop skills to get my first job.” one of a kind,” Whaley said. In April, Whaley participated as a client for For more information about EnviroGLAS, the same course he was in 28 years ago. go online to “It was an amazing full circle feeling passion for the environment and his company’s For information on making contributions, to be on the other side of the table giving green stance. His gift will help support student contact Cara Boeff at students feedback about their presentations, internships in environmental journalism. which were amazing,” Whaley said. “We are “I believe it’s very important to leave Tim Whaley (BA ‘81 Advertising) showcases hoping to implement fresh ideas from these your mark. As I reflect on what I learned, it the EnviroGLAS flooring at the MSU Stadium presentations.” happened to be here at MSU. I’m validating entrance. Jordan Sweet/CAS Whaley’s commitment to the Knight Center that in my pledges,” he said. for Environmental Journalism matches his Whaley’s career began at Owens Corning 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 7
  • 8. the celebration Left to right: Frank Boster, Andrew MacMillan, Bradley Greenberg, Mark Hollis, Merri Jo Bales, Jan Lewin, Ed Cohen, and David Weitzner at The Celebration in May. Kevin Fowler/ dharma bum graphics On May 9, friends of the college ANDREW MACMILLAN (BA ‘99 JAN LEWIN (PhD ‘94 Audiology and Speech gathered for The Celebration: 2009 Telecommunication), Rising Star Alumni Award, Sciences), Outstanding Alumni Award, Alumni Awards Banquet at the Kellogg Vice President of Product Management for Associate Professor in the Department of Head Oracle Enterprise Content Management: “I think and Neck Surgery and the Director of the Center. This year, the college honored the college’s new programs are enabling people Section of Speech Pathology and Audiology at nine outstanding individuals. Alumni to go into fields like product management and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Board President Ed Cohen served as application architecture—I think those are some Center: “This honor really represents one of the emcee for the event. Here are some of the jobs that companies are looking to fill.” most memorable events of my career.” thoughts from their speeches. MARK HOLLIS (BA ‘85 Communication), DAVID WEITzNER (BA ‘60 Advertising), RICHARD BUSH AND PATRICIA Outstanding Alumni Award, Athletics Director Outstanding Alumni Award, active teaching MCGUIGAN, Honorary Alumni Award, founders for Michigan State University: “I didn’t have a professor at USC and former president, of the Organ Donations Communication chance to go through commencement as an Worldwide Marketing for MCA/Universal Initiative, the Three Mothers Patio, and The Art undergrad as our basketball team was playing Studios: “Throughout my career, the one thing of the Start course. On giving: “Giving opens up on the road and I was a manager at the time, that I have always held to, I learned here—the a positive, whole new way of thinking in your life so yesterday was my first chance to go through efficacy of the relationship between a brand and and the profound feelings it brings with it – those commencement, and it was a very special a consumer…I owe it to Michigan State.” are strong and deeply rewarding feelings about moment for me.” helping others and helping something that you FRANK BOSTER, Faculty Impact Award: truly love; we receive a gift, when giving.” MERRI JO BALES (BA ‘77 Communication), “Nietzsche pointed out that students repay us Outstanding Alumni Award, Director of Strategy poorly if they remain students always. Perhaps CHRIS HANSEN (BA ‘71 Telecommunication), Development, Communication and Integration a corollary is that they repay us well if they Outstanding Alumni Award, correspondent for Consumers Energy: “When I think about this become peers and colleagues. If so, then my for NBC News’ Dateline NBC: “I can tell you college and this university, I am always proud to former students have repaid me very well.” honestly that I owe a lot of my success to the say—Go Green.” education and training and experiences that I Listen to each winner at had right here at Michigan State University.” msucommarts 8 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 9. LeFt: Chris Hansen talks to MSU students. Hansen received a 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award. beLoW: 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award recipient Jan Lewin in her lab. Above: Professor Frank Boster in class. Boster received the 2009 Faculty Impact Award. Right: Mark Hollis with an MSU student athlete. Hollis received a 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award. beLoW: 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award winner David Weitzner with an MSU Merri Jo student. Bales, far left, with former dean Charles Salmon and alum Edward Deeb. Bales received a 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award. 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 9
  • 10. alumna inducted into the Cable hall of Fame Susan Packard (BA ‘77 Advertising/Honors and Fine Living. Prior to her current post, she chronicling the contributions of women to College, MA ‘79 Advertising) was inducted was president of worldwide distribution for the the cable and telecommunications industry. into the Cable Hall of Fame on Oct. 16 at a Scripps cable brands. Contemporary Economics, a high school celebration held in Denver, Colo. Susan began her cable career at HBO then textbook, profiled her as an entrepreneur in Packard is president of brand outreach for moved to NBC to help found CNBC. She the field of media specialization. Cablevision Scripps Networks, responsible for aligning brought her extensive experience to HGTV. magazine cited her as one of “12 Most Powerful corporate citizenship activities with the business Under Packard’s helm as chief operating officer, Women in Cable,” and CableWorld magazine agenda of Scripps Networks, a division of E. HGTV became one of the fastest growing cable honored her among “The Most Influential W. Scripps. Her work maximizes the value of networks in television history. Today HGTV Women in Cable.” Most recently, she was the the lifestyle brands to the parent company, is available in more than 95 million U.S. homes recipient of the 2007 YWCA Tribute to Women clients and to the consumer. The brands include and distributed in 170 countries and territories. Award in the business and government category. HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Susan helped to build Scripps Networks to a In 2004 she became the first woman elected Living TV Network and Great American market value of over $6 billion. to serve on the board of directors of Churchill Country (GAC). Susan has been recognized by industry Downs, Inc. (the Kentucky Derby). Susan was cofounder of HGTV and served in peers, colleagues and employees as an innovator, Susan was named an Oustanding Alumni many leadership roles, including chief operating pioneer, role model and mentor. She received Award winner of the college in 2003. officer. She also served as president of Scripps the Woman of the Year award by Women in To view pictures from the event, visit www. Networks New Ventures, where she oversaw Cable & Telecommunications (WICT) and the development and launch of DIY Network was profiled in Modern Visionaries, a book Commencement 2009: Honoring our newest alums After going On May 8, the college added another 1,200 A to the NCA graduates to the 41,679 alumni from the college Final Four, over the past 54 years. MSU men’s Almost 1,100 undergraduates and more than basketball player 100 graduate students became part of the college n Goran Suto alumni family at commencement ceremonies that graduates day. ree with a deg Interim Dean Bradley Greenberg welcomed in reta iling. r/ attendees to the undergraduate convocation. Kevin Fowle The featured speaker at the undergraduate dhar ma bum ceremony was Hollywood executive and graphics alum David Weitzner, who has almost 50 years of experience and leadership in the entertainment industry. Weitzner also received the college’s 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award at commencement. Ashley Rittenhouse, a communication senior, sang The Star Spangled Banner and MSU Shadows accompanied by the MSU Wind Symphony. Sandra Szymanski, a communication senior, spoke on behalf of her student class. Students Stephanie Barth, an advertising senior, and Christine Sheffler, a communicative sciences and disorders senior, were recognized for their 2009 Board of Trustees Awards. College Alumni Board President Ed Cohen introduced the 2009 ABOVE: The College of Alumni Award recipients and the winner of the Communication Arts & 2009 Faculty Impact Award, Professor Frank Sciences commencement on Boster of the Department of Communication. May 8. Amanda Ross/CAS At the MSU advanced degrees ceremony, the featured speaker was Dan Rather, former LEFT: Dan Rather met anchor of CBS News. Rather spent the afternoon journalism students during a visit to CAS before speaking with students in the college, and he personally at the advanced degrees congratulated master’s and Ph.D. students at the ceremony. Amanda Ross/CAS advanced degrees ceremony. Commencement ceremonies are online at 10 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 11. Telecasters’ 20th anniversary a successful production By BriTTany SmiTh Network. Drive. Patience. These are three things that will help anyone trying to break into the media industry, according to six panelists at a recent college event. On Oct. 11, more than 80 Michigan State University alumni and current students attended MSU Telecasters: Alumni Bash & The ShoW 20th Anniversary at the Communication Arts & Sciences Building. The event kicked off with a panel, which consisted of Hollywood director Greg Harrison (BA `92 Telecommunication), freelance producer/production company owner Richard top: The ShoW reunion S. Hansen (BA `95 Telecommunication and included memories English), Conan O’Brien Show writer Aaron from alumni, networking Bleyaert (BA `01 Telecommunication), session, and a celebration reception. CEO/Technology Architect Kevin Daymont Jack Tarantino/CAS (BA `88 Telecommunication, MA `91 LeFt (LeFt to Right): Telecommunication), reporter/anchor for Bob Albers (advisor), WXYZ Channel 7 in Detroit Christy McDonald Pam Saunders (alumna), (BA`94 James Madison College) and actor Jeff Ryan Alloway (executive producer), Stella Cash Witzke (BA `92 Communication). (Alumni Association), Following the discussion was a luncheon, Maureen Enright (alumna) and David studio tour, and networking session. The Cooper (executive event concluded with a discussion on the set producer) with the of The ShoW. “This industry is hard, but easy,” official MSU Telecasters Alumni Group charter in said Bleyaert to current students. “Nothing is May. Kevin Fowler/dharma beneath you, so do even the smallest task. Keep bum graphics that fire alive because it will take years to get to the place where you can do what you’re doing as a stepping stone for student producers wanted to do as a career. I had a passion for it.” right now (in the Telecasters).” and crew interested in careers in television. Aside from The ShoW, as executive producer The panel talked about their own experiences Students gain hands-on experience by creating, and senior David Cooper explained, the entire making it in the industry and advice for future producing, writing and starring in their own organization is a strong foundation for students. anchors, television producers and writers. “This productions. Today, Telecasters produces “Not many people can say they produce their is not like a banker where you work 9 to 5. When three shows, including The ShoW that was own shows,” says Cooper. “I wanted to do this you first start out, expect to work weekends and created in 1988 by Harrison and Scott Grayson since middle school. Telecasters definitely gives holidays. You have to work your way up,” said (BA ‘90 Telecommunication). Taking the you the experience.” McDonald. “But it’s worth it because you’re a ordinary happenings of college dorm life and As a result of the reunion’s success, MSUAA touchstone to those in your community. You get transforming it to the small-screen, The ShoW is granted MSU Telecasters a charter. The group to start fresh every day.” the nation’s longest-running college sitcom. is now an officially-recognized Alumni Interest The event connected alumni and students “I’m blown away that it’s still going strong,” Group. To join, go to involved with MSU Telecasters. The said Grayson. “It took a lot of time, but doing this alumni. organization was created in the early 1950s show convinced me that this was something I “I wanted to do this since middle school. Telecasters definitely gives you the experience.” —David Cooper 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 11
  • 12. MSU and Michigan Children’s Trust Fund come together to fight child abuse By Tom oSwald A student presents promotional Michigan State University and the campaign Michigan Children’s Trust Fund have ideas to the Michigan formed a partnership to determine just how Children’s much power the media have over children. Trust Fund. Jordan Sweet/ The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund is CAS working with MSU Children’s Central, a research collaborative in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing. They are studying marketing messages and free Internet games aimed at children. The ultimate goal of the three-year project, said department chairperson Richard Cole, is to better understand the power of the media on children and to turn this information into new methods of protecting children. Paul Shaheen said preventing child abuse, targets for marketing messages,” Rifon said. “This affiliation provides hundreds of in all forms, “requires a greater and broader “It’s time we aggressively pursue research MSU students and faculty members with an attention to advocating for positive and programming that respects our families opportunity to become actively involved in treatment of all children in the state. While and that demands the ethical treatment of research, outreach and educational efforts we can’t let our guard down on the need to children by our society.” aimed at reducing child abuse and neglect prevent what we normally think of as child The collaborative also will provide in Michigan and supporting the ethical abuse, it is time we expand our thinking to funding for as many as 25 faculty treatment of its children,” Cole said. “It gives include the more subtle form of abuses that “innovation awards” over a three-year the department faculty and students a clear may be occurring. period. These grants will stimulate child- mission and new energy for developing and “TV programs, advertising, and free abuse prevention-related pilot studies of using powerful promotional skills to make a online and rental video games that may be MSU faculty members in more than 20 real difference in our state.” harming our children are important areas to departments across the campus. As part of the collaboration, the Michigan investigate, and we are fortunate to have a Professor Emeritus Bradley Greenberg, Children’s Trust Fund is providing a three- relationship with scholars at MSU who are longtime media effects researcher, and year grant worth $370,000 which will allow so willing and able to help us in this effort.” two faculty members of the Department faculty to continue to conduct research The Children’s Trust Fund is a statewide of Advertising, Public Relations, and and pursue additional funding on a variety nonprofit organization dedicated to the Retailing – Nora Rifon and Elizabeth Taylor of issues related to the prevention of child prevention of child abuse and neglect. The Quilliam – also will serve as co-chairs of abuse. fund’s board is housed within the Michigan an international conference on child abuse MSU research interests include the Department of Human Services. Since 1982, prevention and the ethical treatment of short- and long-term effects of media and the fund has raised more than $60 million children in East Lansing in November 2009. marketing on children. Other areas include and has provided support to more than 6 The Journal of the American Academy of the identification of effective advertising million Michigan children and their families. Advertising has appointed Rifon to serve and other communication efforts to prevent The MSU Children’s Central research as co-editor of a special issue of the journal child abuse; the promotion of fundraising collaborative is composed of faculty members dedicated to exploring issues relating to and volunteering activity to support local from the College of Communication Arts and potential harm of media and marketing on and statewide efforts to prevent child abuse; Sciences, under the direction of advertising children. and Internet safety and security for children. professor Nora Rifon. For more info, go online to Children’s Trust Fund interim director “Children are the most vulnerable “It’s time we aggressively pursue research and programming that respects our families and that demands the ethical treatment of children by our society.” —Nora Rifon 12 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 13. Students volunteer as summer interns at Michigan non-profits By niCole marBle Classes in social marketing, promotions and sponsorships, and integrated campaigning Forty undergraduate students in rely on clients, normally small to mid-sized Among the summer Michigan State University’s Department of businesses, to provide real-world marketing internships: Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing communication experiences. • MCTF’s offices (Lansing) have accepted volunteer internships working At the conclusion of the spring semester • CTF affiliates around the state in non-profit agencies as a result of efforts classes, Nicole Marble, an APRR project • Detroit Historical Society (Detroit) • Michigan Federation for Children stimulated by the department’s relationship manager and graduate student, inventoried and Families (Lansing) with Michigan’s Children’s Trust Fund students in these and other classes about • Grand Rapids Symphony (MCTF). their interest in spending part of their (Grand Rapids) The students, mostly undergraduates, are summer vacation helping the Children’s • Brighton National Addiction getting a unique opportunity to build their Trust Fund and its local affiliates around the Foundation (Brighton) resumes with on-the-job communications state get the word out on child abuse. “More • American Diabetes Association (Detroit) projects designed to prevent child abuse and than 100 students stepped up,” said Marble. • JARC (Farmington Hills) support other important community efforts, Due to the overwhelming response, • Gateway Counseling Center said Richard Cole, professor and department the MSU department and MCTF (Madison Heights) chair. jointly approached Michigan Non-Profit • The Baldwin Center (Pontiac) The project to place student interns in Association (MNA), a statewide coalition of • Lewton Elementary School non-profit agencies is an outgrowth of the more than 1,100 Michigan-based non-profit (Lansing) • American Red Cross (Lansing) unique relationship between MSU and organizations. Cole, a former volunteer MCTF, the foundation that serves as the board chair of MNA, describes non-profit state’s child abuse-prevention agency. agencies as a perfect place for students to Three MSU communication-related gain real-world marketing communication classes developed student-directed projects experience, and in some cases, “these aimed at the prevention of child abuse volunteer assignments turn into full time during the most recent MSU semester. jobs for young graduates,” he said. 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 13
  • 14. ICT Global Corps students head to Tanzania By BriTTany SmiTh install one computer and connect it to four monitors in the school. ICT Corps has At Michigan State University, computers gone to Tanzania twice since, each time for and the Internet are fixtures in everyday life two weeks. The students not only put their for students. Students even have the Internet technological skills to work, but also their on their phones. So imagine a world without cultural skills before leaving the program. computers or the luxury of the Internet. Students learn basic Swahili as well as Sounds unfathomable right? Tanzanian culture and history. Yet, for a small, rural town in northern “The idea is that students will get Tanzania, that is not a far-fetched dream. international experience that they can use That’s reality. And for the past year, MSU has for the rest of their lives and learn about been attempting to bring this town into the different people and cultures. It’s a true world of technology. With everything going eye opener.” said Telecommunication, online, including newspapers, classes and Information Studies and Media Associate even paying bills, it has become a necessity Professor Jennifer Olson, who is also part of to have at least basic computer skills. the ICT Corps. The Information & Communication Olson, who has spent the last 10 years Technology (ICT) Corps is a working on research projects in East Africa, multidisciplinary group that has been focused on the social aspect of the project. working on a project in Tanzania. ICT Corps “This was a very satisfying experience is a collaboration of the Department of because my past work is researching, but Telecommunication, Information Studies, this was different,” said Olson. “We brought and Media with the College of Engineering. them something that was more than just Their first project: installing computers at results, something they could utilize. It was Baraka, a primary school outside Arusha, fun.” DeMaagd. “We’re hoping to expand to other Tanzania. According to DeMaagd and Olson, developing countries, but this is a start.” For MSU faculty and students involved, the students at Baraka had never seen a For more information, contact Kurt the harsh environment is a challenge, computer before. Some had never even DeMaagd at or but changing the lives of the children has heard of one, which really gave them and Jennifer Olson at overshadowed everything else. “We wanted MSU students a glimpse into the lives to develop a system to improve the lives of of millions of poor people who live in Above: MSU students raise a solar panel to the students. This school had no power grid, developing nations. Both returned to the install on the school. Courtesy photo no water and poor infrastructure,” said Kurt village in May for three weeks along with DeMaagd, telecommunication, information MSU students as part of a new study abroad studies, and media assistant professor who program. The next step is to study how the traveled to Tanzania for the project. computers impact the students. In December, DeMaagd, along with “It changed my world because you see the engineering faculty and students from MSU developmental challenges and experience and University of Dar es Salaam helped the frustrations they go through,” said “we brought them something that was more than just results, something they could utilize. It was fun.” —Jennifer Olson 14 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 15. Kurt DeMaagd (fifth from right) and Jennifer Olson (far right) with residents of Arusha, Tanzania and with MSU students and colleagues. Courtesy photo An MSU student shows a Tanzania resident a new solar panel. Courtesy photo “It changed my world because you see the developmental challenges and experience the frustrations they go through.” —Kurt DeMaagd The MSU study abroad group in Tanzania. Courtesy photo 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 15
  • 16. Multidisciplinary faculty team makes impact in Mexican community By BriTTany SmiTh For the last decade, communicative sciences and disorders associate professor Peter LaPine and his students have traveled to a clinic in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico to improve the speech of people with cleft palate, a mouth deformity. Now he is also trying to improve their health and social conditions and he has some fellow faculty to help. Communication Associate Professor Maria Lapinski and Journalism Associate Professor Manuel Chavez have started traveling with LaPine to this vastly growing city, located near Cancun. Lapinski is trying to improve prenatal care and Chavez is working with the local media to better inform the public about health issues. “We are trying to understand how culture influences people’s decisions and I feel our work is making an impact,” said Lapinski. In an area where many residents live in poverty and with a government-regulated media, access to proper medical care has become a huge challenge. Lapinski went to Playa in November and interviewed pregnant women to find out if they received prenatal care that the Mexican media ignore. MSU is trying to do something from medical experts. about that.” Most of them did not. He said part of the problem is the government is very strict on the “We think that one of the reasons cleft palate is so common here information they’re willing to release to the public, but the media must is because of poor prenatal care,” said Lapinski, who studies health demand more. By informing, people become empowered and issues can communication and social influences in diverse environments. be solved. “Many of the women we talked with do not have access or do not use “They have to be more proactive. Journalism is about being the prenatal care that is available. We wanted to do something preventive watchdog, not the lapdog,” said Chavez. “We know the door is closed, and getting information about women’s beliefs and behaviors about but you still have to fight. Just kick it in.” pregnancy is a start.” To learn more and contribute to the Playa Project, contact Peter Lapinski plans to return to the clinic and using their feedback, find LaPine at 517.432.7044 or options for pregnant women so they can receive prenatal care. Chavez wants to better inform people about health issues, such as cleft palate. Chavez studies international media, particularly in Latin Above, LeFt to Right: A parent and child in Mexico with MSU students America, and he went to Playa to meet with other college professors and Jennifer Riehl, Krystie Rojek and Tamra Ross. Courtesy photo journalists to change how health is reported. “There are about four or five newspapers in Playa and most of the coverage was on politics and soccer,” said Chavez. “There are a lot of environmental and health issues like lack of safe water and cleft palate “We’re trying to understand how culture influences people’s decisions and I feel like we’re making an impact.” — Maria Lapinski 16 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 17. MSU facu lty Peter Osteopath LaPine, a ic Medicin lumna Th e in Mexic eresa Ca o. Courte rpinelli, a sy photo nd MSU fa culty Larr y Prokop fr om the C ollege of Q&A with alumna Theresa Q: yOU WERE A TRANSLATOR AT THE CLINIC. HOW LONG HAVE yOU BEEN FLUENT IN A: The experience was very positive – especially for my daughter. For me personally, it was a thrill to be able to work with staff efforts of MSU’s doctors and grad students. They bring not only their expertise, but they also give hope to those children with health issues SPANISH? and students from my alma mater! and their parents. Carpinelli (BA ’82 It felt good to be part of such a Communication), a A: After studying Spanish at MSU noble project and meet Spartans Q: ANy OTHER THOUGHTS? translator at the clinic in (as part of my Latin American involved in helping people in need Mexico where Peter LaPine studies) and then the intensive right here in my community. A: I’d like to say it was a real worked in March. Carpinelli Spanish with the Overseas Study pleasure to meet Dr. Peter Lapine is managing editor of The USA TODAy Mexican program, by the time I started Q: IN yOUR VIEW, HOW IS and his students. Also, it was Caribbean edition. residing in Cancun my Spanish MSU TRyING TO MAKE A a chance for me to show my was pretty good. However, I’d CHANGE FOR THE BETTER daughter not only the importance Q: HOW LONG HAVE yOU have to say that I still needed FOR THE PEOPLE OF PLAyA of helping others, but that by BEEN LIVING IN MExICO? practice to improve my vocabulary. DEL CARMEN? knowing two languages, she can So, I’ve probably been fluent for serve as a link between people. A: I’ve been living in Cancun, the past 20 years. A: I’ve just recently become aware The work she saw being done by Mexico since 1984. I first arrived in of MSU’s involvement in Playa del MSU down here has inspired her Mexico on Jan. 7, 1982 as part of Q: HOW WAS THE Carmen since a friend of mine is to continue with efforts to benefit MSU’s Overseas Study program. ExPERIENCE WHILE AT THE now working in the administrative the clinic. At that time I studied Spanish CLINIC? WHAT DID yOU GAIN office at the Angel Notion clinic. and the Mayan culture for one FROM IT? From what I could see, the local semester in Merida, Yucatan. population greatly appreciates the 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 17
  • 18. Film and media arts initiative makes community impact By KirSTen Khire The college’s film and media arts initiative has received a boost this year. The college has long offered quality degree programs for film- related careers. The college has a solid group of alumni involved in the film business, ranging from actors to producers to sound designers to directors and storytellers. In January 2009, former dean Salmon appointed former Discovery Films executive Andrea Meditch as head of the initiative. During spring semester, CAS was alive with visiting documentarians as part of the Doc Series organized by Bob Albers of the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. Speakers included Macky Alston, Marketa Luskacova, and Andrea Meditch. All presentations were department, says the training program is a free and open to the public. wonderful example of state partnership – with Then in March the college partnered with economic benefits. Lansing Community College and Capital “This training partnership demonstrates Area Michigan Works! to prepare Michigan our commitment to community outreach, residents seeking employment in the state’s and also to the growth of the film industry in growing film industry. Michigan,” Steinfield said. Michigan enacted an aggressive film The MSU department worked with LCC incentive program in April 2008, which faculty to provide 80 hours of training to through the end of last year, saw 35 film and prepare Michigan residents who are seeking TV projects completed, amounting to more jobs in the film industry, such as production than $125 million in economic activity. assistants and other below-the-line film jobs. With a grant of $195,000 from the state The program graduated 60 Michigan residents of Michigan, Capital Area Michigan Works! in June. oversaw a joint training program between Competitive scholarships from Capital TOP: Documentarian Macky Alston speaks in MSU’s Department of Telecommunication, Area Michigan Works! covered the full cost of the college during the Doc Series. Information Studies, and Media and Lansing the program for the students selected. Courtesy photo Community College’s Digital Media, Audio, ABOVE: Michigan residents at MSU during and Cinema program to provide on-campus the Michigan film training certificate program. film production training. Christa Milster/CAS Charles Steinfield, chairperson of the MSU “This training partnership demonstrates our commitment to community outreach, and also to the growth of the film industry in Michigan.” —Charles Steinfield 18 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 19. Director celebrates Students and faculty receive Emmy awards big at the Oscars Andrea Meditch, a noted film executive producer whose credits include the 2009 Oscar-winning film Man on Wire and Oscar- nominated film Encounters at the End of the World, has joined the college as director of the Film and Media Arts Initiative. The new initiative is designed to work collaboratively with Michigan’s burgeoning film industry. Specifically, she will serve as a liaison between the college and the film industry, with much of her work focusing on Several Michigan State University the film industry’s needs related to work force, student-produced and faculty-produced and what kind of training/education people programs received 2009 regional Emmy need if they want to work in the film industry. awards by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Meditch is working with the Michigan Sciences at the awards ceremony on Film Office and industry leaders to create June 6. opportunities for MSU students, while Andrea Meditch The student-produced news TV program Focal Point based in the MSU helping to grow Michigan’s film and media arts and captured the praise of critics coast-to-coast School of Journalism received an Emmy industry. during its theatrical run. in the category of student production: “There is a great deal of film and media Meditch was at Discovery from 1995 news for Show #4, featuring post-election coverage from fall 2008. arts activity occurring across multiple media to June 2008 where, prior to being vice “It feels great to have MSU recognized platforms at the university. Bringing the activity president of Discovery Films, she was head of for the quality work they do to prepare us and energy together is key to creating increased development for the Discovery Channel. There for our fields of study,” said Matthew Myall, a Focal Point reporter and recent journalism opportunities for students and faculty. This will she brought in such hit series as Myth Busters, graduate. pave the way for the concentration of expertise and such internationally recognized special The students listed on the Emmy to reach out to the broader public and to events as The Real Eve. In 1995, she helped award are: • Matthew Myall (journalism) industry,” Meditch said. launch and build, one of the • Pavel Kofman (journalism) Meditch comes to MSU from Maryland- first big content sites on the Internet, eventually • Brent Krzystan (telecommunication, based Discovery Films, the theatrical arm serving as editorial director. information studies and media) • Brandie Hansen (journalism) of Discovery Communications, which She has served on select industry advisory • Anisa Abid (journalism) she launched and built, overseeing the boards, including Cinema Eye, and as a • Courtney Williams (journalism) development and production of Discovery trustee for the International Documentary “It feels amazing to be recognized for all of our hard work,” said Brandie Hansen, a Films’ portfolio of theatrically released Association. She has juried numerous film Focal Point reporter and journalism senior. documentaries. festivals, including most recently the U.S. “I love being able to say that I’m a part of an In addition to executive producing Man on Documentary jury at the 2009 Sundance Film Emmy award-winning team.” Their faculty advisor is instructor Bob Wire, which received a 2009 Academy Award Festival. Gould of the School of Journalism. and took both the jury and audience awards Meditch earned a doctorate in linguistic Instructor Troy Hale, who teaches in for World Documentary at Sundance 2008, anthropology from the University of Texas the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, received an she executive-produced the Oscar-nominated, at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree Emmy in the category of Education/Schools award-winning Encounters at the End of the in communications from Northwestern for an MSU Marching Band story that ran on World. University. the Big Ten Network and MSU Today TV. For more info, go online to www.mi- She also executive-produced the Emmy- To reach Andrea Meditch, email nominated In the Shadow of the Moon, which won the World Documentary Audience Award ABOVE: MSU students at the Emmys with faculty member Troy Hale, center. at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and the Courtesy photo TOP: Andrea Meditch with the 2009 Oscar for documentary Grizzly Man, which won the Best Documentary for Man on Wire. Meditch was Alfred P. Sloan award at Sundance in 2005 executive producer of the film. Courtesy photo 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 19
  • 20. MSU J-School’s ReThink News Summit starts a conversation By BridgeTTe gregory Journalists, Michigan State University’s School faculty and e of Journalism took a step toward a new students shar pe rspectives journalism community on May 11. Almost of on the future 20 Michigan journalism experts took part journalism at the summit. in the daylong session, the beginning of a Christa Milste r/ conversation that will continue and heighten CAS during the school’s coming centennial celebration. (see article below) The panel discussed how to commit or do journalism while maintaining core values, such as fairness, accuracy, balance, ethics, and deadline, as well as generate revenues to support the enterprise and attract news consumers, viewers, and readers. They presented ideas answering the question, challenged each other and answered the studio and online audiences’ questions. One group talked about creating a new device for journalism. Another discussed the possibility of philanthropy and micropayments got involved by using the summit’s Twitter, blog resources,” said Morgan. “Marshalling a whole to pay for news. And the third group explained or looking at photos on Flickr. bunch of resources will help new ideas.” He ways to revamp the current newspaper and Janet Mason, general manager of WZZM, hopes the members of the panel can start newsroom. thought it was great to have MSU leading testing the ideas soon in newsrooms. The studio audience was comprised of local this event. She said many organizations have For further information on the summit journalists, faculty, students, and other members been trying to come up with a new newspaper and to continue the conversation, visit www. of the community. To encourage the use of model and having a third party will help new journalism the school taped the summit the synergy. The archived version of the summit and streamed it live on As Jonathan Morgan, another panelist and is available for further viewing at www. many as 84 people were watching the discussion multiplatform editor at the Detroit News online and chatted and tweeted about it. Others agrees. “Universities have a lot of CELEBRATE 100 yEARS O JOURNALIS F M EDUCATIO In the 2009-2 N AT MSU! 010 academic celebrating 10 year, the Schoo 0 years of jour l of Journalism nalism educat will be ion at MSU. The first class was in the Agr became a Sch iculture College ool of Journalis in 1909. We fo m in 1929-30. rmally We will be cele brating throug visits by alum hout the acad ni, a special ho emic year with effort to raise mecoming ce lectures, our endowmen lebration, and efforts (creativ ts to support a dedicated e, professiona students, facu l and scholarly lty research ), training and For more info, technology. go online to jr 1920 | TheCommuniCaTor | 2009| 2009 | The CommuniCaTor
  • 21. Journalism student receives national Hearst Championship Michigan State University journalism musician Peter Coyote. We were required to student Kelly House has won first place and write a news story based on the information a $5,000 scholarship in the Hearst National gathered in the interview, as well as a profile of Writing Championship. Coyote,” House said. In April, House won first place in college House, who has a summer internship at spot news writing in the 49th annual William the Louisville Courier-Journal, has spent four Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism semesters working at the State News. She said Awards Program and advanced to the June winning the championship was only part of the championship. reward. House was one of 24 finalists who “It was nice to win, but the best part of the participated in the 49th annual Hearst experience was interacting with my peers from Championships this June in San Francisco other colleges and getting to know industry where they demonstrated their writing, professionals and soak up their knowledge. photography, radio and television skills in The whole experience – from the assignments, rigorous on-the-spot assignments. The to the people I met, to the time spent in San assignments were decided by media Francisco – is one I’ll never forget,” House said. professionals who judged the finalists’ work stories in two days, so it was definitely pretty In 2006, Melissa Domsic (BA ‘07 throughout the year and at the championships. stressful. For the first story, we were told to go Journalism) received the first place national Winners were announced during the final to Golden Gate Park, find a story and write it. writing championship award. awards ceremony on June 6. I wrote about how the city’s budget crunch House, who will be a journalism senior in was visibly affecting park services and projects. Kelly House at the championship. the fall, said it was an intense couple of days. The second and third assignments centered Photo courtesy of Jakub Mosur/Hearst “As finalists, we reported and wrote three on an interview with activist, author, actor and A new film hopes to bring understanding to Dearborn communities ALUM WINS PULITzER By BridgeTTe gregory M.L. Elrick (BA ‘90 Journalism), along with the staff of the Detroit Free Press, has won a 2009 Pulitzer Faculty from the college will present a new Prize in the local reporting category. documentary film this fall, called Arabs, Jews Elrick and fellow Free Press and the News. reporter Jim Schaefer were the The film premieres on Sept. 21 on WKAR. first to uncover incriminating text The film covers Metro Detroit reaction to messages between former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his news coverage about the 2006 war in Lebanon. chief of staff Christine Beatty. Dearborn has the largest population of Arabs Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to two outside the Middle East. The film aims to counts of obstruction of justice on show the evolving relationships between Arab- Sept. 4 and served four months in Americans, journalists and Jewish-Americans has ruptured the long standing relationship jail. in Dearborn. between the Jewish and Arab communities in The two reporters were honored in April at the Michigan Journalism Geri Zeldes of the School of Journalism Metro Detroit.” Hall of Fame ceremony with a is the producer and Bob Albers of the The 30-minute film features interviews new award, the 1st Amendment Department of Telecommunication, with MSU academics, students, and reporters Watchdog Journalism Award. Information Studies, and Media is the director. from both the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, The college has at least seven They have been working on the film since 2007 Arab American News, Jewish News, and Arab previous Pulitzer Prize winners, through an MSU grant. American National Museum. including faculty member Eric Freedman, and alumni Richard “All of us have learned a great deal about Cooper ‘69, Andrew Guy ‘96, the effect of events and problems outside our Howard James ‘58, Beth McCoy Filming the documentary. Courtesy photo borders on those of us who live within the U.S.” ‘03, Ariel Melchior Jr. ‘62, and Jim said Albers. “The conflict in the Middle East Mitzelfeld ‘84. 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 21
  • 22. From Conan to India, students find rewards in amazing internships By BriTTany SmiTh Student Michael Jordan in the Telecommunication, Information Studies Late Night and Media senior Michael Jordan didn’t have Show chair in New York. much internship experience. Courtesy photo Yet, he landed his first one at the Late Night Show with Conan O’Brien in New York City during spring semester 2009, a major accomplishment when other students have two and three internships prior to being considered. According to Jordan, it was an event he helped plan in October that opened the door for him. “During the MSU Telecasters 20th anniversary, I met one alumnus who now works at the Late Night Show,” said the Baio, program, she packed her bags for Bombay. It Lewis said the internships have helped her Mich. native. “I told him I was interested in wasn’t being in a foreign country that made it to narrow her career interests. television production and working there. He hard for Bobade “Before I came to Michigan State, I didn’t told me to send my resume and he was able to to adjust, who is even know what get me in.” originally from public relations was. Jordan used his connections, but he also Bombay and I worked at the Free had qualifications. He is the web director and moved to Lapeer, Press and freelanced associate director of MSU Telecasters, an Mich. in high at the State News and organization where students produce, write, school, but rather I didn’t really enjoy direct and star in their own shows. the work culture. that. I still wanted to “This internship has been amazing. It’s great “I’m familiar write, but I wanted to see the production side of things and also with Indian culture, to interact with how show business is managed,” said Jordan. BOBADE but it was the work people more and “Telecasters helped me a lot because I’m used environment that was help plan events. So LEWIS to making television and when producers use hard because you work longer hours there, yet my advisor suggested certain terms, I know what they’re talking it’s more laidback,” said Bobade. “I learned that public relations and I fell in love with it. I love about.” working overseas, you have to be patient and networking with people and meeting people of Jordan is one of hundreds of MSU students learn to adapt to the work environment. But different cultures, making them feel at ease.” who landed an internship this year. The college it was amazing because I learned real-world To develop internship opportunities or for emphasizes the importance of having at least experience. I still keep in contact with my co- more information about internships, contact one internship before walking across the stage workers.” Paul Jaques at at commencement. Jenni Lewis, a senior majoring in journalism For retailing senior Shweta Sharad Bobade, with a PR specialization, has had five her internship took her all the way to Bombay, internships. The Southfield, Mich. native began India last summer. interning right after high school. She worked at Aditya Birla Retail Limited, “My first one was at the Detroit Free Press the a division of the $28 billion corporation summer after I graduated high school. Others Aditya Birla Group, as a supply chain intern. included one at Bailey & Associates and last Bobade heard of the internship while studying summer it was at General Motors. Besides my abroad in Europe and sent her resume to the Free Press internship, the others were public corporation. Right after her study abroad relations internships,” she said. 22 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 23. 䌀 䄀匀 䤀渀琀攀爀渀愀琀椀漀渀愀氀 䤀渀琀攀爀渀猀 栀椀瀀猀 ㌀㔀 ㌀  ㈀㔀 ⌀ 漀昀 猀 琀甀搀攀渀琀猀 ㈀  ㄀㔀 ㄀  㔀   ㈀  㘀ⴀ㈀  㜀 ㈀  㜀ⴀ㈀  㠀 ㈀  㠀ⴀ㈀  㤀 夀攀 愀 爀猀 DID you know? Our college’s placement rate is one of the highest of all colleges at MSU, and the 2008 placement rate is an all-time high of 93 percent. Are you a recent graduate or long-time alum looking for employment? Check out these resources! AlumnI CAreer resourCes (for Alums who GraDuATeD more ThAn 1 yeAr AGo): • Contact the MSU Alumni Association: • Go online and find social media links: • Join a regional alumni club: sTuDenT InTernshIp AnD CAreer resourCes (for sTuDenTs AnD AlumnI of pAsT yeAr): • Visit the Career Services Office in Room 181 Communication Arts & Sciences Building • Go online to MySpartanCareer for internship and job opportunities: • Contact your department’s internship coordinator for opportunities • Get a mentor. Email Paul Jaques at for more info. • Sign up for Speed Networking in February. Email Karin Hanson at PRSSA president wins prestigious award and internship By BriTTany SmiTh “I asked him about public relations and a paid, three-month internship at one of once he went into what it was about, I knew it Edelman’s offices this summer. would be something I would be interested in,” “It was nice to see that the company values One talk with a neighbor would change said Lucido. the same things I do,” said Lucido. “I always Nick Lucido’s life forever. If it wasn’t for that one conversation, he emphasize to PRSSA about the importance of He didn’t know much about public relations would have never achieved as much as he has at honesty, ethics and genuine hard work. I was and he was about to MSU. In only three years, the advertising junior glad Edelman saw that in me.” enter his freshman has many public relations accomplishments. None of this would have been possible year at Michigan He is president of MSU’s chapter of the without the College of Communication Arts & State University. He Public Relations Student Society of America Sciences, according to Lucido. He likes the fact came to found out (PRSSA), works in the advertising department that MSU has a public relations specialization that this neighbor of the State News and writes a blog, where he because it allows students to have a focus on owned a public posts his take on the PR world. other majors, a growing trend in the field. relations firm in However, his efforts reached a pinnacle “MSU doesn’t just hand things to you, but Troy, Mich. and the on Feb. 9 when he was named recipient of the professors and advisors here will give you LUCIDO allure of this field the 2009 Daniel J. Edelman/Public Relations the tools for you to succeed. No one has ever drew the Sterling Heights, Mich. native in Student PRSSA Award. turned me away; they’re always here to help.” almost immediately. Lucido received a $1,500 cash award and 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 23
  • 24. MSU takes first place at national sales competition MSU students including Matt Bishop, second from left, and Darcy Dittrich, far right, at the sales competition. Courtesy photo By BriTTany SmiTh an incredible amount of preparation and their hard work paid off,” said Jennifer Rumler, the sales communication specialization coordinator. On the eve of the launch of the sales communication specialization “From the moment Matt and Darcy learned of the competition, they at Michigan State University, a four-member team won first place at the gave themselves over to the cause 110 percent.” National Sales Competition at Indiana University on Sept. 26. The Department of Communication collaborated with the Communication junior Darcy Dittrich and communication/ Department of Marketing in the Eli Broad College of Business to create mass media senior Matt Bishop were on the team, along with two a sales communication undergraduate specialization in an effort to fulfill MSU marketing students. They faced stiff competition from 14 other the demand for communication and leadership skills in the sales field. universities, including Ohio State University, the University of Illinois Dittrich hopes the new program will give MSU students an edge. Farm and last year’s winner, the University of Houston. Bureau Insurance and Chicago-based logistics firm C.H. Robinson The team gave a 20-minute presentation seeking to convince the Worldwide are among corporate supporters of the sales communication buying team of a fictitious grocery store, a panel of executives from specialization. Phillip Morris and judges, to purchase their brand of bottled water and “Students will be able to boast that not only are they trained effective sell it in their stores. Each team had only 20 minutes to sway the panel’s communicators, but they understand the basis of any organization opinion, and yet they had little preparation time. They received their through their sales knowledge,” Bishop said. “Students are going to 100-page case a week prior to the competition. realize that every company is selling something, so if they understand “It was an extremely in-depth case so we spent almost six hours a day sales, the opportunities are endless.” preparing,” said Bishop, of Troy, Mich. “We researched industry trends of By taking first place, it only benefits students and companies, products, trends of the buyer’s industry and studied the case laboriously.” according to Rumler. Nevertheless, the team delivered, adding in a PowerPoint “Winning a national sales competition is a terrific recruiting tool presentation detailed with statistics, facts and pricing figures. They won for our program both in terms of attracting high-quality students and first place, as well as earning a $2,000 prize and a year’s worth of bragging corporate partners,” Rumler said. rights as “National Champion.” “I couldn’t be more pleased for the students. All four of them did “Students will be able to boast that not only are they trained effective communicators, but they understand the basis of any organization through their sales knowledge.” —Matt Bishop 24 | The CommuniCaTor | 2009
  • 25. Students win undergraduate research awards Congratulations to the 2009 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum award winners - 16 from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. This year’s event was the largest in MSU history with 600 students participating in the forum - almost 100 from the college. First-place award recipients received $100. Award-winning oral projects: Valeria Inwald - Anxiety and Achievement: Investigating the Impact of Test Anxiety on College‐ Level Students Andrew Vallentine, Nick Constantine, Peter Corriveau, Carly Ludtke - High Step: A Story of the Spartan Marching Band Andrea Pollitt, Mathew Mason, Daniel Shillair, Bruno Sommer- Sphere: An Experiment in Simplifying Gameplay, Scope, and Controls in Video Student team wins 2nd at AAF Games to Facilitate Greater Player Immersion MSU students won second place at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Student Award-winning poster projects: Advertising Competition (6th District Regionals) in April. There are 35 students on the MSU AAF team. Of that group, the five students who Marleah Dean – Content Analysis of Breast presented at the competition were Shannon Sytsma (AAF president), Lauren Niebauer, Erik Cancer Websites Meath, Nate Erickson, and Nina Altadonna. Faculty advisor David Regan said, “I was so very proud of how our five-person Bethany Davis, Carly Fleming, Nicole Lysak, Emily presentation team performed as well as the entire class. They were clapping and wishing Schneider, Miranda Sperry - Improving the Facebook other schools ‘good luck’ and ‘best wishes’ all the time. They are an incredible group that Mobile Interface to Increase Usability truly worked together as a team this past school year!” Eighteen teams were at the district competition from universities in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. Reena Jain - An Exploratory Study of the The teams created a campaign for Century Council, a non-profit organization trying to combat binge Relationship Between Students’ Facebook Use and drinking on college campuses. Offline Political Activity Sytsma said the competition was very close. “Our team has spent the entire year working on this campaign, with a lot of long hours Jonathan Moore - Cabbage Quest on nights and weekends. We missed first place by 1.7 points, which is really close on a 100-point scale.” Systma said last year MSU won third place for their AOL Instant Messenger campaign, and two years ago MSU won second place for the Coca-Cola campaign. Students place 2nd in Bateman PR competition Five Michigan State University students Consumer Bankers Association and their of America selected Loyola’s campaign for first- received second-place honors in May in the public information program—College Bound place honors and awarded MSU and University 2009 Bateman Case Study Competition. Aid: Hit the Books Running. Hit the Books of Maryland second and third, respectively. The national competition, organized by the Running addresses barriers to attending “This is the first time in MSU PRSSA Public Relations Student Society of America, college and aims to raise awareness of college history that the Bateman team has gone to the involves student teams competing to show affordability and accessibility for middle and finals, and we are very proud of this second- their public relations skills to benefit a non- early high school students and their parents. place distinction,” said Fineis, competition profit cause. Teams from MSU, Loyola University, director of the team. Philip Bator, Lindsay Bacigalupo, Elizabeth and the University of Maryland were MSU was the only full-volunteer team that Catalano, Monica Fineis, and Melissa Hackett chosen as finalists from 77 entries to present did not receive class credit for their work. The were the team members of MSU’s team, their campaigns in person before judges team was awarded $1,500 for their PRSSA supervised by advisors Amber Shinn and Russ in Washington, D.C. A panel made up of chapter. White. representatives from the Consumer Bankers This year’s sponsor and client was the Association and the Public Relations Society 2009 | The CommuniCaTor | 25
  • 26. michigan state university College of Communication Arts celebration & Sciences the “I’ve learned to appreciate the successes and be brave enough to accept the failures. After all—it’s only by failure that you can really measure success. And when you accept the joy of not knowing, you can experience the revelation of surprise.” - David Weitzner, 2009 Outstanding Alumni Award } recipient Nominate an alum or friend for a 2010 CAS Alumni Award. Deadline September 25, 2009 } Nominate a faculty member for the 2010 Faculty Impact Award. Deadline January 29, 2010 Nomination forms are available online at:
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  • 28. Communicator College of Communication Arts & Sciences Michigan State University 287 Comm Arts Building East Lansing, MI 48824 There’s even more in our online edition: Save these dates and go online to for more info September 9 – Earn, Learn & Intern event September 25 – Deadline for CAS alumni award nominations October 15 – MSU Grand Awards October 16 - Dedication of Three Mothers Patio (2 pm) October 16 – MSU Homecoming Parade (6 pm) October 16 – CAS Alumni Homecoming Bash (6:30 pm) October 17 – MSU Green and White Brunch February 19, 2010 - Speed Networking May 8, 2010 - The Celebration: CAS Alumni Awards