Carolina Rodriguez (COMM ‘16) skillfully combined her public relations coursework and professional wakeboarding career at a competition in Monterrey, Mexico. After a class on media relations tactics, Rodriguez approached the sports reporters to offer an interview and captured this cover of GP Sierra Madre Magazine in September 2014. This picture was taken the first week of September at a Mexican National Wakeboard Championships. Carolina placed 2nd in the competition and ended up on the cover of this local magazine by following the advice professor Nancy Salisbury had given her about the importance of strong media relations. "I'm very happy to see good results of my everyday work as a professional athlete and also as a communication student," Carolina said.
A behind-the-scenes look at the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge took place when Courtney Billingsley, Senior Development Manager of the ALS Association Austin Chapter, guest spoke to students in Nancy Reiter-Salisbury's Principles of Public Relations course. She covered the local momentum, media relations and stakeholder communication tactics that she and her team managed since the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on July 29, 2014. She attributed the overwhelming success to adhering to the foundation of public relations, creating the right message and delivering it to the right audience. According to Billingsley, "People are giving because they were asked. People are giving to a story. People are giving to their neighbors."
COMM • TOGETHER
Get Involved !
Would you like to get to know your fellow classmates and become more involved in your major?
Are you interested in a leadership position or becoming an active member of one of the student organizations in Communication?
Then, join us Tuesday September 16th at 6:00 PM in Fleck 305!
We'll be recruiting officers and members for both the Communication Society (CoSo) and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
Find out what opportunities CoSo and PRSSA can provide.
Pizza, snacks, and beverages will be provided.
The Communication Society (CoSo) has a near 20 year history on the St. Edward's campus. The organization provides social and networking opportunities for Communication Majors but anyone with an interest in Communication is welcome to join. We have provided the Portfolio Party and Resume Workshop each year as well as joining with PRSSA to sponsor the "Career Night." CoSo is active in Student Life, winning the "Student Life Organization of the Year Award" just 2 years ago. We have been part of the Involvement Fair and the Big Event as well as many special events and community service projects of our own. Members have attended the National Communication Association meetings in Chicago and Orlando. For more information contact Faculty Sponsor Dr. Shannan Butler at email@example.com
The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is the foremost organization for students interested in public relations and communications. This student organization seeks to advance the public relations profession by nurturing generations of future professionals. PRSSA advocates rigorous academic standards for public relations education, the highest ethical principles and diversity in the profession. PRSSA is made up of more than 11,000 students and advisers organized into 300 plus chapters in the United States, Argentina and Colombia. PRSSA has a rich history of support from its parent organization, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the world’s largest organization of public relations professionals. Through this partnership PRSSA is able to offer professional development and networking opportunities and help launch your career in public relations. Members have attended the PRSSA National Conference and the National Assembly for many years. For more information contact Faculty Sponsor Dr. Corinne Weisgerber at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Communication department recently received notice that two of its Communication alumni were accepted at Georgetown University and The George Washington University School of Law and that they will be starting their graduate studies there this fall. Collin Phillips, '12 who received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Africa after graduating with a BA in Communication, will be entering The George Washington University School of Law this fall. Laura Werthman, another Communication alumnus was accepted into Georgetown University's graduate program in Communication Culture and Technology.
On August 12th, Dr. Corinne Weisgerber engaged in an international collaboration by joining a colleague at the University of Cologne in Germany in hosting #EdChatDe, a weekly Twitter chat on education. #EdChatDe is the German version of the popular #EdChat, a weekly Twitter conversation that any educator can join to discuss and learn about current teaching trends, how to integrate technology, transform their teaching, and connect with inspiring educators worldwide.
The August 12th chat marked the first time #EdChatDe was hosted on two continents simultaneously. Dr. Weisgerber who speaks German as her first foreign language, moderated the chat in German and simultaneously translated chat questions into English.
The chat drew educators at the K-12 and higher education level from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the UK, Denmark, Sweden and the U.S. (a map of all the participants can be viewed here).
A full transcript of the chat is available on the EdChatDe website.
Anais Cruz, a junior majoring in Communication with a specialization in Public Relations and Advertising, shares her experience as a Community Engagement Intern for the City of Austin.
Anais found the position by attending a job/internship fair last spring at St. Edward's University. Throughout her internship, she planned and organized a major community project, managed a weekly blog post, and strengthened her Spanish by translating and writing. One exciting assignment she was able to work on was a news script that aired on Univision 62.
Each week, Anais wrote a minute-long news script in Spanish that advertised Citywide family events. Her supervisor, Marion Sanchez went on air each week using the news script Anais wrote. Anais was lucky enough to tag along with Marion to the Univision 62 news station to see her work in action.
"I was able to see what a news room looked like and how it all operated. My favorite part was being able to see the work I've done come alive," Cruz said. "Maybe my next internship could be at Univision!"
On Monday, April 28, Assistant Professor of Communication, Teri L. Varner was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor Award. This is the second consecutive year that the Dean's office staff has nominated Dr. Varner for Outstanding Faculty Advisor for the School of Humanities. This prestigious award is presented to faculty members who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students. Winners from each school will receive a plaque at the Honors Night Ceremony. One overall winner will represent St. Edwards University and receive a $250 stipend and a plaque at the Honors Night Ceremony.
Any faculty member who fits in the following category:
• Academic Advising – Secondary Role
Faculty members whose primary responsibility is teaching, and who spend a portion of their time providing academic advising services to their students.
Each school’s selection committee will evaluate nominations on the evidence of qualities and practices that distinguish the nominee as an outstanding advisor. Such evidence may include:
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Availability to students, faculty, or staff
• Frequency of contact with advisees
• Evidence of student success rate, by advisor or department
• Advisee or departmental evaluations (summary data)
• Caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff
• Participation in and support of proactive advising to build strong relationships with students
• Facilitating student progress toward academic, learning, and personal goals through developmental advising
• Mastery of institutional rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
• Participation in and support of advisor development programs
• Responsiveness to the needs of particular student constituencies
• Club sponsorship(s)
Communication Professors Scott Christopherson and Innes Mitchell conducted a pre-departure orientation on Monday, April 7, for students studying abroad with them in Scotland this summer. Under Professor Christopherson's supervision, the students will be filming a documentary focused on the Scottish Referendum for Independence.
Volunteers from Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless speak to Professor Mitchell's Perspectives on Atheism class
Angel Lugo, Bryan, and Carol, three volunteers from Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless, spoke about the mission of their organization in Dr. Innes Mitchell's Perspectives on Atheism class on Monday, April 7. Mona Chemis, a student in the class, made the contact with Angel and is organizing her group to participate in a forthcoming food giveaway with ATXAHH for a course assignment.
The Quarterly Journal of Speech, a peer-reviewed National Communication Association journal, published a positive review of Associate Professor of Communication Dr. Teresita (Tere) Garza’s book chapter, “The Rhetorical Legacy of Coyolxauhqui: (Re)collecting and (Re)membering Voice.”Dr. Garza’s contribution was noted for challenging “traditional ways of knowing” (Mercado Thornton, pp. 516, QJS vol. 99, Issue 4).
Dr. Garza’s chapter was published in the book Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de una Voz? edited by Michelle A. Holling and Bernadette M. Calafell and published by Lexington Books (a division of Rowman & Littlefield).
Since it’s publication the book, in which Dr. Garza’s chapter appears, has been added to over 200 libraries throughout the world, including collections in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.
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