Last weekend, Carl Brown traveled to the National Association of Communication Centers' conference, at James Madison University, with three undergraduates and two graduate students. For the first time in NACC history, a single school—GVSU!—swept all three paper competitions. The Bob and Ann Weiss Undergraduate Research Paper, the Huddy-Gunn Graduate Research Paper, and the Ferguson Faculty Research Paper awards were all claimed by the Grand Valley Speech Lab.
The Ad Club and PRSSA won a total of four awards at last week's Student Life Awards, including:
GVSU's team for the National Student Advertising Competition, advised by Prof. Robin Spring, placed third in the district-level competition this year, continuing a long-running streak of placing in the largest district in the U.S. This year's client was Ocean Spray Cranberries.
The NEH announced $18.6 million worth of grants for the coming year. If you're interested in the kinds of projects they are funding, more information is available on the NEH website.
This week, our colleague Tim Penning was accepted as a member of the prestigious Arthur W. Page Society, an organization of the top CCOs and PR pros of the largest organizations in the world.
In considering Tim's nomination, Don Stacks, legendary professor from University of Miami and Page board member, said that the best PR program in Michigan is not at UM or MSU, but Grand Valley—because of what Tim and his colleagues have done over the years to get our students involved and our program known nationally.
Please be sure to congratulate Tim on this honor!
Angie Crouch '88, an Emmy award winning journalist and GVSU broadcasting alumna has been selected to receive the GVSU Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award. The award will be presented at the April commencement ceremony. You can read more at this link.
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!