Communication News & Events
Communication News & Events
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
The College of Arts & Sciences honored Associate Professor Michael Whalen with the Bernard Hubbard, S.J., Creative Collaboration Award at the fall convocation. The award recognizes faculty with a well-deserved reputation for excellence in educating students by including them in professional research projects or creative activity, thereby transcending traditional teaching models to reach the heart of the research and creative process and, in this collaboration, for having inspired other scholars and artists.
Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014
The University honored several Communication students in June by naming their Pathway Reflection Essays some of the best of the year. Only 24 seniors at SCU receive the award.
Pathways, clusters of courses with a common theme, promote integrative and intentional learning. More specifically, they cultivate the ability to make intentional and reflective educational choices; to study a theme from a number of disciplinary or methodological perspectives; and to perceive connections and relationships among ideas. The Pathway Reflection Essay is the culmination of the Pathways experience, and allows students to examine what they have learned inside the classroom and out.
Congratulations to Victoria Rutherford for the Cinema Studies Pathway; Kaitlin Kmetz for the Gender, Sexuality, & the Body Pathway; Elizabeth Draeger for the Vocation Pathway; and Nick Ostiller for the Values in Science & Technology Pathway.
Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014
Communication majors celebrate the completion of their Senior Thesis course entitled The Science of Happiness (COMM 197) with Professor Sunwolf. The class blew bubbles in the atrium of the Arts & Sciences Building, a symbolic culmination of all the research they synthesized about happiness (getting it, losing it, keeping it). Congratulations to Blair Boone, Sabrina Brutocao, Brittany Calvo, Jaclyn Cardosa, Sylvana Dalsgaard, Paula Gonzalez, Sarah Jackson, Laura Jalalian, Alexandra Johnston, Ashley Pinnell, Jeffrey Ramos, Sasha Sommer, Caroline Stouffer, Megan Swindells, and Veronica Yu.
Saturday, Jun. 7, 2014
The new leaders of Lambda Phi Eta, the Communication Honor Society, have been selected for the 2014-2015 academic year. Contratulations to Emma Poplin (president), Lauren Bigelow (vice president), Madeleine Burr (secretary), and Jackie Bright (treasurer).
Saturday, Jun. 7, 2014
The Santa Clara University Communication Department and the Independent Film Practicum in conjunction with the Activities Programming Board Present the 5th Annual Genesis Film Festival. Join us in Santa Clara University's Locatelli Center on Friday, June 6, 2014 at 6pm to enjoy and appreciate select films of SCU students.
Genesis Film Festival 2014 Teaser Trailer
Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014
Writing in Belt Magazine, Senior Lecturer Gordon Young examines what it takes to be an urban homesteader in one of America's "shrinking cities" like Detroit, Cleveland, and Gary, Indiana. He finds that helping revive these once proud cities is not for the faint of heart.
"If you’re not financially stable, committed to years of hard work, and willing to deal with the frustrations that come with life in a city that used to build things, your psyche and your bank account will take a big hit. And you might end up hurting the very place you were trying to help when you call it quits and walk away."
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013
, a Communication major from the class of 2009, is the co-producer of the soon-to-be-released independent feature Film The Motel Life
, starring Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff and Kris Kristofferson. "Liam had that rare ability to combine technical film skills with a great sense of story and, more importantly, understood what would play in front of audiences," said Professor Michael Whalen
, who taught Liam in various Communication Department film courses.
Tuesday, May. 14, 2013
Jennifer Zeidan graduated with a Communication degree in 2009. After more than five years at Cisco TV, she recently moved on as a broadcast engineer to support the development of Al Jazeera America, a new national news network being built from the ground up. "I am excited to be part of this network," Jennifer said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
AJAM will be headquartered in New York and have 12 bureaus across the nation, including San Francisco, where Jennifer will be assigned.
"Thank you for the wonderful education that continues to move me forward in my life and career."
Work highlights: Al Jazeera America, Cisco Systems, Major League Baseball, JZ Media.
A few things Jennifer likes most about her work: I continue to be fascinated by my job. It allows me to keep up with the rapidly and continuously changing production technologies and techniques. I am also involved in various stages of production and facility designs, ranging from engineering designs, to on-location studio build-outs, to day-to-day production engineering. The variety keeps my job fresh and enjoyable.
Why Jennifer majored in Communication: From the moment I stepped foot in the studio and spoke with Steven Lee, then chair of the department, I knew that the Communication Department was the perfect fit. I appreciated the breadth and depth of the curriculum and the variety of classes I could take, everything from Minorities in the Media to Documentary Production.
The most valuable things Jennifer learned in the Communication Department: I came to appreciate the value of working with a strong team of dedicated, passionate individuals. In the world of production, you are only as good as your team, so being able to work professionally with everyone is a valuable asset. And the value of communication. Though it may be hard to believe, communication – even in a communication department in the business world – is lacking! Santa Clara University’s Communication Department does an excellent job of emphasizing the ability to communicate in order to collaborate and execute tasks effectively in the “real world.”
Jennifer Zeidan on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jzeidan
Monday, May. 13, 2013
Twitter may limit posts to 140 characters, but Communication Professor SunWolf sees it as another way to convey insightful thoughts about a wide variety of complex topics. “For me, Twitter's appeal includes a writer's needful tool — succinctness and clarity of thought that grabs attention,” she said. “It allows me to regularly talk with scientists and poets, for example, in India, Australia, South America, and Great Britain,” she said.
SunWolf created three Twitter accounts four years ago. One is for lawyers, featuring tweets about jury cases, strategies, laws, and verdicts. Another is literary and includes bits of haiku poetry, whimsy, and observations about life. @TheSocialBrain, which has more than 14,000 followers around the world, is about social behavior. It has gained so much attention from some top scientists and universities that last year the Huffington Post named SunWolf one of 30 national high-profile scientists who tweet on neuroscience.
“My Twitter accounts allow me to talk with other scholars but also with ordinary folks on the street, who are interested in the scholarship I create, from poetry to law to human behavior,” she said.
Monday, May. 6, 2013
Matt Rupel, editor-in-chief of The Santa Clara, guided the student-run weekly newspaper to a Pacemaker Award for the 2011-2012 academic year. First awarded in 1925, the Pacemaker is the top national honor for student publications and is based on "coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics." TSC was selected from a group of finalists at the National College Media Convention in Chicago in November. The judges described the paper as "superbly organized with fine typography and relevant stories for readers, direct, clear and sometimes with an appropriate dose of humor."
Matt, a senior Communication major, is now serving a second year as editor-in-chief. "I'm really proud of the entire staff for all their hard work and dedication," he said. "We used our personal experiences and everything we learned in the classroom to create a strong, ethical newspaper."
The Santa Clara was awarded a Pacemaker in 1995, 2004, and 2006. The paper was a finalist in 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2005.
The Santa Clara website: http://www.thesantaclara.com/