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News & Events 2010-2011

Stelter lands book deal, appears in documentary

Posted June 29, 2011

Brian Stelter '07 has landed a book deal. Top of the Morning, a history of television's morning talk shows, will be published in 2013. Stelter also appears in the recent documentary "Page One: Inside The New York Times." View the trailer. Stelter has worked at the Times since graduating from the Mass Communication & Communication Studies Department in 2007. While at Towson, he edited The Towerlight and began the blog TV Newser.

MCCS honors top students at annual banquet

Banquet 2011 Posted May 17, 2011

Over 50 top seniors and scholarship winners were recognized at the department's annual Student Recognition Award Banquet, held Friday, April 29, 2011, in the Auburn House Pavilion. Seniors were chosen by professors based on their GPA (3.25 and above) and their contribution to the classroom. "Most importantly for us, you've made an impression on your professors," lecturer and banquet chair Jenny Atwater told students at the event. "There was a list of students we had to choose from and we chose you, because each of you has made a difference in our classrooms." View the video.

NewsTrust Baltimore recognizes Towson students

Posted May 9, 2011

Forty five students were recognized as Certified Student Reviewers by the founder and staff of NewsTrust Baltimore.

Three students were also given special recognition for their contributions to the site: Devin Hamberger won the News Hound Award for writing the most reviews, Daniel Rodgers won the Top Student Researcher award for posting the most local stories from a diversity of sources, and Anthony E. Laus won the Most Trusted Reviewer award for having the highest rated reviews.

Like its national counterpart, NewsTrust Baltimore encourages participants to post, rate, and review local news in order to find the best local journalism. Reviewers are in turn also rated by NewsTrust community members. Towson journalism classes partnered with the site when it launched a two-month pilot project Jan. 31 focused on Baltimore.

Towson student chosen to cover ONA as multimedia reporter

Posted May 6, 2011

Jeremy Bauer-Wolf has been selected to work in the Online News Association's student newsroom during the Sept. 22-24 convention in Boston. Bauer-Wolf was one of 20 students selected from 143 applicants. He is one of nine Towson students selected in the last six years to work as a multimedia reporters covering the annual convention.

MCCS grad lands job at National Press Club

Havilah R. Ross '10
Havilah R. Ross '10

Posted April 28, 2011

Havilah R. Ross '10 is working as a recruitment manager at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Ross is responsible for recruiting new members, planning and promoting events and assisting the club president. Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. In her spare time Havilah also writes as “Commuter Girl, DC” on Facebook which follows her daily
commute into the city, a pursuit she plans to turn into a blog.


Professor comments on Trump's political exposure

Dr. Amy Becker
Dr. Amy Becker

Posted April 26, 2011

Dr. Amy Becker was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor regarding financial mogul Donald Trump's political aspirations for the 2012 presidential campaign.

"There is a serious place for politicians who were once celebrities," Becker said. It's just not clear if Trump can fill that role in 2012, wrote the Monitor.

Read the full story.



Over 200 students attend Networking Fair

Posted April 26, 2011

The annual MCCS Networking Fair April 14 attracted over 200 students looking for jobs and internships. Students met with potential employers, submitted applications for internships, and attended resume crituqe sessions. Exhibitors included Girls' Life Magazine, the Investigative Voice, NewsTrust Baltimore,, WCBM, and CareFirst. Fox45 morning news anchor Patrice Harris was one of four panel speakers.

Public Relations students visit from Russia

Posted March 15, 2011

LETI students
Thirteen students and three professors are visiting from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Thirteen public relations majors from St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University are participating in public relations and advertising classes this week at Towson University.

Students are making presentations about social media, advertising and the day in the life of a St. Petersburg student to our students over the course of their stay from March 14 to March 25.

They are also presenting an analysis of a public relations case study about Black and Decker created by IMRE in Sparks, Md., a public relations agency. The campaign analysis, presented at the agency, is the culmination of a semester-long effort carried out by the students as part of their final year of studies.

Faculty accompanying the students include: Dr. Nina Gigauri, dean of humanities, Dr. Lyudmila Azarova, public relations department chair, and Dr. Tatiana Sheremetieva, professor.

One more scholarship available for fall 2011

Posted March 10, 2011

The scholarship committee is soliciting applications for the Patrick John O'Connell Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship recognizes the most promising Mass Communication students with a special interest in broadcast journalism, cinematography, journalism or public relations. Requirements include a 3.0 GPA, a faculty recommendation, and a 500-word essay explaining why you would be an oustanding representative of the major. The application deadline is April 1. Candidate interviews will be conducted April 8. Scholarship applications are located online.

Professor Norton co-hosts NY Times Talk

Professor Norton
Professor Carol Norton

Posted March 4, 2011

Professor Carol Norton will co-faciliate a New York Times Talk Tuesday, March 15. The discussion topic is, "The Impact of Lobbyists on Public Policy Decisions." Jennifer Gajewski, assistant to the president for governmental relations, wil co-host the discussion. The monthly NY Times Talk lunches are designed to promote civic skills such as critical thinking, persuasion, reasoned argument, and civilized and respectful debate. The discussion is held noon to 1 p.m. in the University Union. Free pizza is provided.

Networking Fair to be held April 14

Posted March 1, 2011

The annual MCCS Networking Fair will take place Thursday, April 14, from noon to 3 p.m. in the University Union. The event, sponsored by the Public Relations Group, is a chance for students to network with professionals from local industries and to investigate jobs and internships. The event is free for students and vendors. Parking, food and beverages are provided. Vendors who would like to reserve a table should email by April 1.

MCCS students lobby Annapolis legislators for increased TU funding

Posted Feb. 24, 2011

MCCS students participate in Tiger Pride Day

Students from Assistant Professor Dr. Dionne Clemons’ Public Relations Writing and Strategic PR Campaigns courses joined Towson University’s Student Government Association to lobby legislators during Tiger Pride Day, Feb. 17. Each of the 27 students was assigned a state senator and delegates from Maryland districts to lobby on behalf of Towson for increased funding. State representatives and Towson administrators, including President Robert L. Caret, also met with students during lunch.


Dr. Becker video spotlight

Dr. Becker discusses public opinion research on TV

Posted Feb. 22, 2011

Assistant Professor Dr. Amy Becker appeared on WMAR ABC2 Feb. 17 to discuss her research on attitudes toward same-sex marriage among older and younger voters. She also discussed the legislative battle to legalize same-sex marriage currently underway in Maryland. View the video.

Towson debaters win first-round bids in National Debate Tournament

Posted Feb. 22, 2011

Ben Crossan and Fernando Kirkman were awarded one of the first round bids in the National Debate Tournament, one of the most prestigious awards in policy debate.

"You cannot attend unless you win your way in," said Jillian Marty, the debate team faculty adviser. "Very few schools achieve this goal. Ben and Fernando have worked hard all year long and beat Harvard University in order to secure their ranking."

Crossan and Kirkman defeated Harvard at a National NCAA-style tournament held the weekend of Feb. 4 in Lexington, Ky. Crossan was named the 4th individual speaker and Kirkman the 14th individual speaker out of a total of 318 speakers. They finished the weekend 6-2. Five other first-year Towson debate teams also attended the tournament and finished the weekend 3-5.


Visiting professor takes up residence in MCCS

Dr. Kim
Dr. Seongcheol Kim

Posted Feb. 10, 2011

Dr. Seongcheol Kim, a professor in the School of Media and Communication at Korea University, will be in residence in at Towson University through the end of August. Dr. Kim received his B.B.A. and M.B.A. from Seoul National University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Telecommunication from Michigan State University. Before joining Korea University, he worked for the SK Group, the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Korea Adavnced Institute of Science and Technology. His researchi nterests include media management and new media.


Five scholarships available for Fall 2011

Posted Feb. 9, 2011

The MCCS department is offering five scholarships for undergraduates for the Fall, 2011, semester.

The scholarships available include the Brian Billick Sports Communication Scholarship ($1,000), the Elizabeth Wainio Communications Scholarship ($3,000), the George F. Rogers, Jr., Memorial Scholarship ($1770.50), The Jamie Parker Memorial Scholarship ($3,909), and the Steven and Laura Mass Communication and Communication Studies Scholarship ($246).

Applications will be accepted through March 4. Application instructions are online.


Applications sought for tenure-track position in Communication Studies

Posted Feb. 2, 2011

The Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Communication Studies. The primary teaching responsiblity is Communication Research with an emphasis on quantitative methodologies. Additional desired areas of expertise include interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and communication theory. For more information and application instructions, see the position announcement.


Journalism classes partnering with NewsTrust

Posted Feb. 2, 2011

Journalism classes are partnering with the news aggregation and rating site NewsTrust, which launched a two-month pilot project Jan. 31 focused on Baltimore.

Like its national counterpart, NewsTrust Baltimore encourages participants to post, rate, and review local news in order to find the best local journalism. Reviewers are in turn also rated by NewsTrust community members.

Towson's link to NewsTrust was widely reported in the news along with the site's other media and educational partnerships. Professor Stacy Spaulding told The Baltimore Sun she'll use the site in MCOM 407 Writing for New Media. Students will post and review articles as they research reporting projects. Later in the semester they'll post and rate the stories they write for class.


Debate team places in two events

Posted Feb. 2, 2011

The debate team competed--and placed--in two events Jan. 29 and 30. At the Columbia University Round Robin, Ignacio Evans and Ben Morgan won second place in the team category. Morgan also won fourth place as speaker. At John Jay College in the intermediate breakout divsion, Jasmine Owens won first place speaker, and Sofi Martinez won 10th place. In the varsity division, Lucas Oliveria won third place speaker, and Jean Michele Habinez won 10th place. A complete list of the debate team's 2010-2011 awards is online.


Sign up now for Tiger Pride Day 2011

Tiger Pride Day 2010
The students and professors who participated in Tiger Pride Day 2010.

Posted Jan. 31, 2011

Tiger Pride Day is Feb. 17. Sign up with Professor Carol Norton if you'd like to represent MCCS on a day-long trip to Annapolis lobbying legislators on behalf of TU. Lunch is included.

Last year, two sections of MCOM 331 students attended Tiger Pride Day, making the 2010 event the biggest in 11 years. Each student was assigned a state senator and delegates from Maryland districts to lobby on behalf of Towson for increased funding. State representatives and Towson administrators, including President Robert L. Caret, also met with students during lunch.


IRTS Multicultural Career Workshop 2010
MCCS Junior Olivia Obineme (left) with CBS newsman Russ Mitchell.

Students attend career workshop in New York City

Posted Jan. 31, 2011

Two MCCS students were selected to attend the International Radio and Television Society Multicultural Career Workshop in New York City last November.

During the two-day event, junior Olivia Obineme and senior Kenneth Stukes met with media professionals, including CBS anchor and reporter Russ Mitchell. They also attended a career fair that included representatives from NBC, ABC, Sirious Satellite Radio and Discover Communications.

"I networked with so many people throughout the industry," Obineme said. "It was truly a great opportunity."


New additions to faculty families

Posted Jan. 24, 2011

Congratulations to our faculty members on these recent births:

Penelope Quinn Potter
Penelope Quinn Potter Davis
  • Evan Zian Chang was born on Dec. 15, 2010, to Dr. Lingling Zhang and her husband Hua Chang.
  • Ian Gabriel Salow was born Dec. 16, 2010, to Dr. Teodora Carabas and her husband Robert Salow.
  • Penelope Quinn Potter Davis was born Dec. 31, 2010, to Dr. Jennifer Potter and her husband Stephen Davis.

And congratulations also to Dr. Hua Jiang and her husband Yongjing Jiang, who are expecting a baby June 24.


Representing Disability by Beth A. Haller, Ph.D.Professor Beth A. Haller authors disability studies book

Beth A. Haller authored the book, Representing Disability in an Ableist World: Essays on Mass Media (Advocado Press, August 2010). It covers her 20 years of research into disability and mass media, with chapters on advertising, news, entertainment television, film and Internet/new media. The book is available at Advocado Press.



Notebook with penDepartment sponsors High School Journalism Day

Over 120 students from a dozen Maryland high schools attended High School Journalism Day Oct. 9. Nine of the 12 workshop presenters were student editors of The Towerlight. Video summaries of each workshop are online at Maryland Journalism.

Towson Students Place at Speech Tournament

The Southern and Northern Atlantic Forensics Union hosted a tournament on Towson's campus Sept. 27. Erika Walther earned 4th place in Impromptu Speaking. Jean Michel Habinez earned 6th place in Informative Speaking and the Towson Speech Team earned 2nd place in Limited Team Sweepstakes.


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