Melba Vélez Ortiz's "Maatian Ethics in a Communication Context" will be published by Routledge Press, the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Congratulations, Melba!
Rachel McMahon, the GVSU communication studies major who received press earlier in the year for her (unpaid) work writing quizzes for Buzzfeed, has signed a contract with Simon & Schuster for a book entitled "What Kind of Quiz Book Are You?", which will be published in July. For more information, see this Detroit Free Press article.
Eric Harvey received a contract to write "Who Got the Camera: Rap, TV, and the Rise of Reality" for the University of Texas Press. The book traces the collision of race, crime, journalism, media, music and celebrity from 1986 to 1996, and explains how that period decisively shaped our current moment. Congratulations, Eric!
Students from GVSU's Ad/PR program, led by Prof. Robin Spring, claimed a win at the National Student Advertising Competition for District 6, which includes Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. They will now move on to the semi-finals for a chance to compete at the national competition in June. For more details, read this post on the enLIGHTen blog.
SoC communication studies adjunct professor John Bruni recently released an album with his band, Silverstiles. To read more, see this article in the Lanthorn.
For the second year in a row, GVSU students have won top paper honors in both the undergraduate and graduate categories at the National Association of Communication Centers conference. Jeannine Lane and Vivian Niestrom won the Huddy-Gunn Top Graduate Paper Award, and Hannah Karwat and Dominic Cassisi won the Bob and Ann Weiss Top Undergraduate Paper Award. This is an outstanding achievement that further solidifies GVSU's reputation as having one of the best speech labs in the country.
Melba Vélez Ortiz will give the keynote speech at GVSU's Latino graduation on April 26. This is an exciting event, as GVSU will be graduating the largest class of Latino students in its history. Congratulations, Melba!
M.S. in Communications graduate Pasha Shipp was featured in GVSU's Graduate School Annual Report. As you can see from the piece (included below), she had great things to say about the program.
After a national search, the School of Communications is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Besel will be joining GVSU this summer as the School's fifth Director. Besel is currently Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at Cal Poly, and he will assume his new role at GVSU on July 1.
Last month, I reported that GVSU's PRSSA chapter had won Pacesetter Chapter Recognition three months in a row. Well, it's now four months in a row. Congratulations to PRSSA and Prof. Adrienne Wallace for their outstanding work!