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WELCOME TO THE 2011
EDITION OF OUR COLLEGE’S
This magazine is written just for you,
the friends and alumni of the college. It’s
one way we share many of the college’s
accomplishments during the year. This
year, there are many points of pride.
The National Research Council issued
its evaluation of graduate programs naming
ours the best communication college
in the country. Of 83 communication
doctoral programs that participated we
were the only university that had two
programs in the top 10, both of which are
in this college.
Alumni Craig Murray and Linda Chapman
Stone received prestigious MSU Grand
Awards. Marcie and the late Ed Schalon
were honored for their philanthropy to the
university at the awards ceremony.
As of January, Diane Neal became our
Alumni Board president. Diane is a true
advocate for our college and a wonderful
leader of our board. Jef Richards began his
role as the new
chair of the Department
also in January.
This past year, we conducted searches
for seven new faculty members. As fall approaches,
we will welcome these talented
scholars to our college. You can learn
more about them on page 21.
This fall, we launch our new integrated
media arts program in the Media
Sandbox. This program will be a boon to
creative students who want to start early
and learn fast about all of the multimedia
tools in high demand by employers today.
Read about it on page 20.
Our researchers are hard at work on
projects that seek to enrich and improve
our lives. Our faculty members submitted
116 grant proposals last year - more
than the number of faculty we have. This
summer, our graduate students received
more than $100,000 in funds to conduct
independent summer research, with expectations
to publish and present at conferences.
In addition, your support helps to
guide much of our activity and progress,
and we are thankful for all contributions.
This year, expendable funds were donated
by alumni allowing immediate internship
scholarship opportunities for 25-30
students – across the U.S. and the world.
We are working to build our pipeline of
alumni, corporations and foundations
who want to be more active and support
the college’s fi nancial future. There are
many ways to
make this happen,
have a talented
team who can
answer every question you might have.
This team includes our new alumni relations
professional Lauren Lepkowski (BA
As we move forward with our goals,
we want you to be involved. We know we
can do it. We have a plan. We have a team.
We have proud alumni. We are Spartans.