COMMConnection

August 29, 2023

COMMConnection August 29, 2023

Welcome to the COMMConnection, the bi-annual newsletter for the

Department of Communication.

We are wishing you a successful and healthy semester!

 

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Donate to the Department: Click “Give" on our main website 

Join the Mason COMM Society or update us: please email the Undergraduate Program Coordinator: medmond3@gmu.edu

 

 

Welcome: Letter from the Chair

Hello and welcome to the Fall 2023 newsletter! 

 

We are looking forward to an exciting year for MasonCOMM! I am absolutely thrilled to have joined this vibrant department, and am honored to serve as our new department chair. I am grateful to Dr. Anne Nicotera and colleagues for having led the department through a period of growth and success, and to all of the students who make it thrive. The dedicated and talented members of this incredible community demonstrate the vital importance of Communication through their teaching, research, service, and professional work. I am eager to collaborate with all of you to continue to build upon the department’s many strengths and accomplishments. I invite your ideas and see a very bright future for MasonCOMM!

Congratulations to those who graduated in May and August 2023, and to those looking forward to graduating in December 2023! Welcome to our MasonCOMM alumni community! We hope that your connection with us will be lifelong. 

Come visit us on campus, participate in upcoming events, and like and follow MasonCOMM to stay updated. We also want to know what you’re up to, so send us your news and let us know if we can help in your professional journey.

Wishing you all the best,

Kim Meltzer 

Department News

Here's a re-cap of the Spring and Summer 2023 semesters!

Thank you Dr. Anne Nicotera!

Thank you Dr. Anne Nicotera!

The Department of Communication wanted to share a huge THANK YOU to Mason COMM faculty member Dr. Anne Nicotera for all of her hard work and dedication to Mason COMM as the department Chair.  Dr. Nicotera’s tenure as Chair of the Department of Communication has come to an end and she will be on a much deserved break this year, but she will return to the Mason COMM faculty next year to teach!

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#MasonCOMM Fall 2023 Course Booklet

#MasonCOMM Fall 2023 Course Booklet

See what Mason COMM classes are being offered this Fall 2023!

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Meet the Communication Advising Team!

Meet the Communication Advising Team!

Check out our Mason COMM Advising Team!

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Join the Mason Communication Ambassadors!

Join the Mason Communication Ambassadors!

The Mason COMM Ambassador program is open to all COMM majors and minors who want to get real-world experience supporting, promoting, and marketing our programs.

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2022-2023 Mason COMM Undergrad Award Winners

2022-2023 Mason COMM Undergrad Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2023 Mason Communication award winners!

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2023 D.C. Health COMM Conference

2023 D.C. Health COMM Conference

This past April, the Department of Communication hosted the D.C. Health COMM Conference. The 2023 theme was “Health Communication for a Changing World”. The conference speaker was Mason COMM faculty and Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication, Dr. Ed Maibach.

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Mason COMM Alum Tony Skinn named Head Coach of GMU Men's Basketball

Mason COMM Alum Tony Skinn named Head Coach of GMU Men's Basketball

The Department of Communication is so proud of alum Tony Skinn (Communication, 06') on being named the new head coach of the Mason men's basketball program!

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Honors in Communication Students Present Research at ECA

Honors in Communication Students Present Research at ECA

On Friday, March 31, three of #MasonCOMM’s brightest stars presented their Honors in Communication Research (COMM 490/491) findings at the annual Eastern Communication Association’s (ECA) 114th conference in Baltimore, MD. Tashianna Patterson, Mariam Masood, and Amberly Silva-Arriaga each presented their original research study in a 75-minute poster session to students and faculty from around the nation.

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Nicolette Freeman Visits Multimedia Storytelling Class

Nicolette Freeman Visits Multimedia Storytelling Class

Nicolette Freeman spent time with Prof Jannery's COMM 369: Multimedia Storytelling Class. In this session Freeman shared with students her path to success and discussed her chapter in the book, Luminary Leadership: How Top Entrepreneurs Lead in Business and Life.

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Student News

See what #MasonCOMM students have been up to this past spring and summer!

 

Congratulations to all of our 2023 Spring and Summer graduated students!

 

 

 

A Mason legacy pursues passion for journalism

A Mason legacy pursues passion for journalism

Four years ago, Brad Byrne walked across the stage of EagleBank Arena for his high school graduation. This week, he will once more cross the EagleBank stage as a George Mason University graduate.

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Two communication students win big with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Two communication students win big with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Vincent Vinh Nguyen and Julian Lee, two students in the media production and criticism concentration in the Department of Communication, were recognized for excellent student productions by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, National Capitol/Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

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Mason doctoral student wants her voice to inspire others

Mason doctoral student wants her voice to inspire others

Communication PhD student Briana Davis wants to create a dialogue about the impact of trauma and culture on learning.

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Dr. Rochelle Davidson Mhonde Receives Abby Prestin Dissertation of the year

Dr. Rochelle Davidson Mhonde Receives Abby Prestin Dissertation of the year

Dr. Rochelle Davidson Mhonde Receives Abby Prestin Dissertation of the year

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#MasonCOMM senior Ricky Chang uses his COMM skills at NASA

#MasonCOMM senior Ricky Chang uses his COMM skills at NASA

“NASA has given me the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself,” said Chang. “During my internship, I’ve been able to communicate my love of space, science, and discovery to those who haven’t found that spark yet, while furthering NASA’s mission and vision.”

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#MasonCOMM students tour WJLA-TV, Channel 7 to reveal "the inner workings of regional broadcasting"

#MasonCOMM students tour WJLA-TV, Channel 7 to reveal "the inner workings of regional broadcasting"

"I was inspired. Seeing it in person made me feel more motivated," said Margarita Orange, a junior whose concentration is in Media Production. "It just confirmed everything that I'm doing."

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Mason Debate Team brings home the gold

Mason Debate Team brings home the gold

For two Mason freshmen, Megan Rodak ‘26, BA Global Affairs, and University Scholar Nathan Stolzenfeld ‘26, BA Government and International Politics, March meant not only keeping up their respective 3.7 and 4.0 GPAs during midterms, but also preparing to win two national debate titles.  

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Faculty News

See what #MasonCOMM faculty members have been up to this past spring and summer!

 

  • Thank you to Dr. Anne Nicotera for her service as the past Chair of the Department of Communication! 
  • Meet the NEW Journalism Coordinator: Brenna Maloney!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Richard Craig for being awarded the 2023 GMU United Bank Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion!
  • Congratulations Dr. Meg Tucker who was nominated for a 2023 Academic Advisor of the Year award for her work with our undergraduate Communication majors!
  • Professor Rodger Smith becomes the NEW Head Academic Advisor for the Department of Communication!
  • Faculty Promotions:
    • Congratulations to the Mason COMM faculty members who received promotions this year!
      • John Kotcher: Instructional Associate Professor (research)
      • Lynette Leonard: Instructional Associate Professor
      • Kimberly Meltzer Weisman: Professor
      • David Miller: Senior Instructor
      • Lance Schmeidler: Senior Instructor
      • Rodger Smith: Senior Instructor
      • Megan Tucker: Instructional Associate Professor

 

 

Catherine Wright Awarded 2023 Teacher of Distinction

Catherine Wright Awarded 2023 Teacher of Distinction

The Stearns Center Teachers of Distinction are faculty members who are finalists for the Teaching Excellence Award, and who are recognized across campus for their exceptional teaching and their commitment to teaching-related activities.

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Ed Maibach speaks at the 2023 Planet Forward Summit

Distinguished University Professor and Director of Mason’s Center for Climate Change Communication Ed Maibach speaks about how to expand the number of people who acknowledge climate change.

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CHSS faculty inspire first-generation high school students in summer lecture series

CHSS faculty inspire first-generation high school students in summer lecture series

The lecture series, part of Mason’s Summer Early Identification Program (EIP), was designed to encourage student-faculty interaction and cultivate student understanding of the real-world importance, impact, and applications of the humanities and social sciences.

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Mason COMM faculty research featured in Klimareporter article

Sergei Salmoilenko and John Cooks research study, titled "Developing an Ad Hominem typology for classifying climate misinformation" featured.

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Fall 2023 Upcoming Events

Mason COMM Student Welcome Back (Ice cream social!)

All students are invited to join #MasonCOMM to welcome the new Fall 2023 semester!

Clock Icon for Tuesday, September 12, 2023 11:30 AM to  3:30 PM EDTTuesday, September 12, 2023 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT

Map Icon for Horizon Hall, 5200 KitchenHorizon Hall, 5200 Kitchen

Welcome to Fall 2023 #MasonCOMM! We are happy to welcome all of our current students (both majors and minors!), incoming freshman, transfer students, and also prospective students (students who are undeclared and/or looking to switch majors!) to the Department of Communication! Enjoy free snacks and #MasonCOMM swag, as well as meet and mingle with the #MasonCOMM faculty, staff and learn more about our COMM student organizations!

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2023 Communication Career Forum

Hosted by Mason COMM and the Insight Committee: all event information and registration can be found here!

Clock Icon for Tuesday, October 24, 2023  8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDTTuesday, October 24, 2023 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

Map Icon for Johnson Center, Lettered Meeting Rooms/West LoungeJohnson Center, Lettered Meeting Rooms/West Lounge

The 2023 Communication Career Forum will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 in the Johnson Center lettered meeting rooms. Network with career professionals in the communication field! Register here to secure a spot for the mentoring and resume workshop sessions. Open to all Mason students and alumni.

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Cram, Cookies, & Cocoa!

De-stress before finals week with Mason COMM!

Clock Icon for Tuesday, December  5, 2023  1:30 PM to  3:30 PM ESTTuesday, December 5, 2023 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

Map Icon for Horizon Hall, 5200 KitchenHorizon Hall, 5200 Kitchen

"COMM" de-stress with the Department of Communication before finals week! All students are welcome to take a break from studying for finals and decorate gingerbread cookies with the Dept. of Communication faculty and staff! Bring a friend!

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