January-April 2019 SoC Digest

SoC in the News

01/2019

AD/PR ALUMNA PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT/CEO OF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Brandy Henderson Miller, an Ad/PR alumna, will serve as president/CEO of the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce, effective Feb. 1. You can read more in the Manistee News Advocate.

02/2019

SOC ALUMNA MARISA KWIATKOWSKI JOINS USA TODAY

IndyStar reporter and 2018 SoC Distinguished Alumna-in-Residence Marisa Kwiatkowski has accepted a position as an investigative reporter at USA TODAY. Marisa gained national attention for her role in breaking the story on the Larry Nassar/USA Gymnastics scandal.

GRANDPR FEATURED IN HOLLAND SENTINEL

GrandPR, GVSU’s student-run PR firm, was featured in the Holland Sentinel. The full article can be found at this link.

03/2019

MULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM MAJORS’ STORY TO BE FEATURED ON SCITECH NOW

Two student reporters from West Side Stories, Elliot Perpich and Sam Hall, produced a long-form science story called “Reaching for the Stars” that was picked up by SciTech Now, a web/TV program that is distributed on the PBS network throughout the U.S.

The Reaching for the Stars segment will go out in Feed #524 on March 25th and has an intended air week of April 29th.

SOC ALUMNA FEATURED IN GRADUATE SCHOOL ANNUAL REPORT

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.

Speaking Engagements

04/2019

MELBA VÉLEZ ORTIZ TO DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH AT LATINO GRADUATION

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!

Boards/Committees

01/2019

ADRIENNE WALLACE ELECTED CHAIR-ELECT OF PRSA-EAST CENTRAL DISTRICT

Adrienne Wallace was recently elected as the Chair-Elect of the East Central District of PRSA. The East Central District includes 17 PRSA chapters from seven different states. Congratulations, Adrienne!

CARL BROWN ELECTED VICE CHAIR-ELECT OF NCA SECTION

Carl Brown has been elected Vice Chair-Elect of the Communication Centers Section of the National Communication Association. Congratulations, Carl!

Book/Publishing Deals

04/2019

SOC ADJUNCT PROFESSOR RELEASES ALBUM WITH BAND SILVERSTILES

SoC communication studies adjunct professor John Bruni recently released an album with his band, Silverstiles. To read more, see this article in the Lanthorn.

Image from Lanthorn, courtesy of Silverstiles

ERIC HARVEY SECURES BOOK CONTRACT

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.

MELBA VÉLEZ ORTIZ SECURES BOOK CONTRACT

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.

COMM STUDIES MAJOR RACHEL MCMAHON TO PUBLISH BOOK

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.

Awards/Honors

01/2019

LORIE JAGER SELECTED FOR OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ADVISING AND STUDENT SERVICES AWARD

Lorie Jager has been selected as this year’s recipient of GVSU’s Outstanding Academic Advising and Student Services Award. This is a well deserved recognition of all the work Lorie does for our communication studies and health communication majors. Please be sure to offer your congratulations to Lorie the next time you see her.

GVSU STUDENTS WIN MAB AWARDS

Once again, GVSU students have won several Michigan Student Broadcast Awards. The winners are:

​College Television

  • Best Newscast, First Place: Grand Valley State University, West Side Stories – Flu Epidemic, Chalkboard Project, Geek Group, Alexandria Kelly ‘18, I-Ta Tsai, Justin Pelham ‘18, Cali Hubbard ‘18. (This represents back-to-back first place finishes for GVSU.)
  • News Feature, Second Place: Grand Valley State University, Relay for Life – Surviving Cancer, Jessica Croel ‘18, Sarah Good.

College Radio

  • Sports Announcing Team, First Place: Grand Valley State University,  GVSU Women’s Hockey vs Davenport, Paul McPherson ‘18, Nate Dreyer ‘20. (This is the fourth time in the last five years that GVSU has won this category, and the third award for this team.)

The awards will be presented on March 6 at the MAB’s Great Lakes Media Show in Lansing.

02/2019

GVSU PRSSA CHAPTER WINS PACESETTER AWARD—THREE MONTHS IN A ROW!

GVSU’s PRSSA chapter, advised by Prof. Adrienne Wallace, has won the PRSSA’s national Pacesetter Chapter Recognition three months in a row: November, December, and January! ​According to the PRSSA website, the Pacesetter designation recognizes a Chapter’s success in the areas of membership, national participation, and/or Chapter development.

Congratulations to Adrienne and our PRSSA students for their outstanding work—and for helping to further establish our Ad/PR program as a national leader.

03/2019

GVSU PRSSA WINS ANOTHER PACESETTER AWARD

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!

BROADCASTING ALUMNI WIN MAB AWARDS

Since a picture and a tweet is worth a thousand words (especially coming from multimedia journalism professor and SoC associate director Len O’Kelly):

04/2019

GVSU STUDENTS SWEEP NACC AWARDS—AGAIN!

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.

Photo from @GVSpeechLab

NSAC TEAM WINS DISTRICT COMPETITION

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.

NSAC Team at District Competition.
Photo from enLIGHTen blog