College of Communication Arts and Sciences

POINTS OF PRIDE

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John Besley, Associate Professor and Ellis N. Brandt Chair in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations, received a $310,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how scientists both view and communicate with the public.

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Sonya Song, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Media and Information, was one of only 20 people to be named to the 2014-2015 class of Berkman fellows by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

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Faculty and staff members from the college and WKAR took home two Emmy Awards presented by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy for Best Documentary in the Cultural Documentary category went to Associate Professor of Journalism Geri Alumit Zeldes and Specialist Troy Hale, who has a joint appointment in the School of Journalism and Department of Media and Information, for their documentary, "Imported from China." For Best Special Events Coverage (other than News or Sports), the Emmy went to WKAR Executive Producer Tim Zeko and Television Station Manager Susi Elkins for WKAR's broadcast of "The 29th Annual Silver Bells in the City."

 

Daniel Hamburg and Greg Monahan, both journalism students, won student Emmy Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their work with Focal Point, MSU's student-produced newscast. Hamburg won in the Newscast category while Monahan's award was in the Sports category.

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Six papers by faculty and graduate students from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences received top paper awards at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA).

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Shelia Cotten, Professor of Media and Information, was named the first Director of Trifecta as well as Interim Director of the MSU-Sparrow Center for Innovation and Research (CFIR).

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Two journalism classes received first and second place honors in the 2014 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Student Magazine Contest in the Online Magazine category.

Advertising graduate Henrik Blix was one of six students recognized with Board of Trustees' Awards for having the highest grade point average at the close of their last semesters in attendance as undergraduates at MSU.

School of Journalism students earned more Mark of Excellence Awards than any other journalism program that submitted entries for the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) Region 4 competition, with a total of 22 entries receiving Mark of Excellence Awards. Eight of those entries were designated regional winners and advanced to the national competition.

Laura Swanson, media and information senior, was one of only two students across the nation to receive a $1,800 iAspire Grant, a national award for students who are working to affect change on the issue of sexual violence on college campuses. As a 2014 recipient of this award, Swanson was flown to Los Angeles to appear on the nationally syndicated "Dr. Phil Show."

Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media Saleem Alhabash was the first person to ever receive the Mary Alice Shaver Promising Professor Award, a national award established by the American Academy of Advertising (AAA) to honor junior faculty who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in advertising teaching and research.

Department of Media and Information Assistant Professor Susan Wyche and Professor Charles Steinfield were awarded $99,787 by USAID's Development Innovation Ventures to produce and pilot educational and entertaining ("edutaining") short films to increase cell phone literacy among smallholder farmers in Kenya.

Journalism student Cody Harrell was one of only three students nationwide to receive a Future Teacher Scholarship from the national Journalism Education Association (JEA). Harrell and his barbershop quartet, G-Fours, also won the district competition in the collegiate qualifiers and traveled to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete against other quartets from around the world in the 2014 International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest.

Chen Lou, media and information studies Ph.D. student, was awarded the 2014 Top Poster Award in the Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Division (ComSHER) at the 2014 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference.

Several ComArtSci students were recognized with statewide awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and with scholarships from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) at the 2014 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in downtown Lansing.

Six papers by faculty and graduate students from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences received top paper awards at the annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA).

Journalism major Gabriela Saldivia was among a select group of students who traveled to Seattle, Wash., to work alongside National Public Radio (NPR) for NPR's Next Generation Radio, a one-week, college student-focused, multimedia training project designed to give aspiring journalists an opportunity to work one-on-one with professional mentors.

Creative Advertising major Patty Szczepanski was one of five students in the state of Michigan selected to receive a 2014 Adcraft Foundation scholarship, and of those five, she was the only one chosen to also receive the Doner Scholarship.

Nine CAS students received MSU's Outstanding Senior Award during the senior reception. Presented by the Senior Class Council, Outstanding Senior Awards honor seniors who have shown both personal and academic achievement at Michigan State.

The documentary, "Missing Moon Rocks," directed by Troy Hale, Specialist with a joint appointment in the Department of Media and Information and School of Journalism, was nominated for Best Short Documentary at the 2014 Orlando Film Festival.

Associate Professor Darcy Greene and Specialist Jeremy Steele, both School of Journalism faculty members, were honored for their outstanding work advancing community engaged learning at MSU and presented with MSU Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards.

Karin Hanson, Director of Employer Relations and Professional Transitions, received MSU's Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award.

School of Journalism Editor in Residence Joe Grimm was the 2014 recipient of the Fairness In Media Award presented by the Michigan Muslim Community Council. Grimm and Emily Brozovic, Creative Producer in IT Services, Teaching and Learning, also teamed up to receive an honorable mention in the 2014 Michigan State University AT&T Faculty-Staff Instructional Technology Award program for their creative course, JRN 491, Brand You: Public Relations Topics in Journalism.

Shelia Cotten, Professor of Media and Information, was named the first Director of Trifecta as well as Interim Director of the MSU-Sparrow Center for Innovation and Research (CFIR).

William H. Dutton began as the new Director of MSU’s Quello Center. Dutton was the 2014 recipient of the William F. Ogburn Career Achievement Award presented by the Communication and Information Technologies section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA). He also was the lead author of three reports released last year by the World Economic Forum on strengthening trust, transparency and privacy in personal data usage.

Students from the Game Design and Development program exhibited at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, Calif., as part of the Pure Michigan booth.

Recent Advertising graduate Matthew Franks and Communication student Erica Tackett took home top awards presented by the Central Michigan Public Relations Society of America (CMPRSA) at the 2014 PACE Awards Ceremony. Franks received the Student Practitioner of the Year Award and Tackett was awarded the George Brown Memorial Scholarship.

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