The inaugural event of the Robert Mayberry Comm-Unity Series was a huge success and received significant media coverage. Read/watch more about it at these links:
This is a new feature for SoC News & Notes: a brief profile of one of our SoC colleagues and a notable aspect of their work. I'd like to include more of these profiles in the future, so please let me know if you'd like to share some information about your work with your colleagues.
Corey Anton has wide research interests, but his most recent work focuses on the role that communication technologies play in the evolution and processes of consciousness and culture. He is particularly interested in the ways that the alphabet and forms of print literacy structure and organize thought and society, and also, comparatively, how emerging communication technologies are altering orientations toward education, community, and relationships.
2017 was a highly productive year for Prof. Anton, leading to a co-edited book (Taking Up McLuhan’s Cause: Perspectives on Media and Formal Causality), four book chapters, and three journal articles. He also guest edited a special double-length issue of The Review of Communication.
Our colleague and former SoC Director Vandana Pednekar-Magal has been named Chair of the Department of Area and Global Studies in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies. She will still be teaching in the SoC (although not quite as much) and remains committed to being involved in the School. Please be sure to congratulate Vandana next time you see her!
A team of students (Aaron Robert, Brianna Olson, Brooklyn Wilson, and Erin Stehlik) advised by Adrienne Wallace placed third in the Page Society Case Study Competition for their submission entitled "Target’s Transgender Bathroom Policy: Missing the Target or Hitting the Bullseye?" More information can be found at the competition's website.
Melba Vélez Ortiz is a finalist for the West Michigan Woman Brilliance Awards, in the Tenacity category. Awards will be presented at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel on April 26. For more information, visit the WMW Brilliance Awards website.
Tim Penning's article, “High-Performing Corporate Communications Teams: Views of Top CCOs,” was published in PR Journal, a peer-reviewed journal operated by the Institute for Public Relations and available online for academics and professionals alike. He collaborated on the paper with Mark Bain, a consultant and former head of global PR for Amway and several other companies and global PR firms.