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Student Update


Heather Hauer's photos of the 35W bridge collapse were featured in numerous network and cable news outlets, including KSTP-TV, CNN, CNN.com, MSNBC.com and Fox 9 News. Hauer recently graduated in December 2007 with a major in strategic communication.

Erik Helin received a spring 2007 grant from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program for his project titled "The Princeton Radio Research Project and the Origins of Mass Communication Research." Helin, a senior in the professional journalism track, received a $1,550 grant for his work. His sponsor was assistant professor Michael Stamm.

Congratulations to the SJMC's Public Relations Student Society of America chapter, winner of the Outstanding Chapter Newsletter Award in the 2007 Teahan chapter awards competition.

Students in Jour 4992, Pioneer Press Practicum, were responsible for 263 bylines, 129 taglines and 16 name credits for multimedia items (audio slide shows and photos) on the Twincities.com Web site and in the Pioneer Press newspaper. SJMC lecturer Gayle "GG" Golden is the course instructor.

Senior Mark Remme wrote a feature story for Jay Weiner's special topics course Sports Writing and Reporting: More Than Games. The story, "Tubby 2.0--Tubby Smith Is Forging a New Path at Minnesota," was picked up by Sports Illustrated's college sports Web site. Remme is a double major in history and journalism.

Seijen Takamura was nominated for the American Advertising Federation's 2008 Most Promising Minority Student Award. The finalists were acknowledged for their accomplishments Feb. 5 - 8, 2008, at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. Now in its 12th year, the AAF's Most Promising Minority Students Program gives students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to network, interview and be honored by some of the top advertising agencies, media companies and advertisers in the world. The 2008 event will be featured in Advertising Age, USA Today as well as the official 2008 Most Promising Minority Student program book. Takamura is a senior, majoring in strategic communication as well as French.

In December, students in Jour 4242, Advertising Portfolio Development, a beginning portfolio course for aspiring advertising copywriters, art directors and account lanners, participated in a portfolio review session with some of the Twin Cities' top advertising professionals. The professionals critiquing the students' portfolios were Brittany Duff, formerly an account planner at Campbell Mithun and now an SJMC Ph.D. candidate; Karen Brown Knapp, strategic talent recruiter, Carmichael Lynch; Kathy Umland, VP/recruiter, Martin Williams; Tim Blevins, copywriter, Colle+McVoy; Nina Orezzoli, art director, Colle+McVoy; Joel Bratsch, copywriter, Olson; Nate Christman, art director, Fallon; David MacKereth, copywriter, Campbell Mithun; John Neumann, creative director/copywriter, freelance; and Colin Corcoran, copywriter, freelance. Duff, Blevins, MacKereth and Neumann are all graduates of the SJMC. Lecturer Jennifer Johnson is the course instructor.

Last fall, students in adjunct instructor Debra Kelley's Basic Media Graphics course, Jour 3321, interviewed Weisman Art Museum director Lyndel King to gain information to help them prepare creative briefs. As part of a class assignment, Kelley's students created brochures and Web site interface designs directed at increasing student participation in the museum's programs.

Sarah Janel Jackson presented her paper, "Hurricanes Don't Care About Black People: Katrina, Racial Inequality, and News Media Response," at the National Communication Association's national convention held in Chicago, Nov. 15-18, 2007. Jackson's paper examined the television news media's discursive framing of contemporary racial inequality. She is a Ph.D. student.

In October, Jennifer Moore participated in a panel discussion titled "Picturing the Civil War: How the Home Front Saw the Conflict" at an American Journalism Historians Association conference in Richmond, Va. She presented research concerning nation-defining, patriotic symbols used in the periodical Harper's Weekly during the Civil War. She also presented a paper and participated in a panel discussion at the Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression. The paper, "Cartoonist Thomas Nast's 1872 Crusade Against Candidate Horace Greeley," was co-authored with SJMC professor Hazel Dicken-Garcia and Bemidji State University assistant professor William Huntzicker. The panel discussion addressed minority voices in the 19th century press, and Moore focused on depictions of African-Americans as citizens in illustrated periodicals following the American Civil War. Moore is a Ph.D. student.

Last May, Ph.D. candidate Adina Schneeweis presented her paper "Difference in the Media: Pro-Social Television and the Politics of Representation" at the 2007 International Communication Association Conference, "Ethnicity and Race in Communication," in San Francisco.

Maureen Schriner, Ph.D. candidate, presented "Connected Community: Integrating Virtual and Real--a New Theoretical Model" at the 2007 International Communication Association conference held in San Francisco last May. She also presented at the ICA theme session: "Creating Communication: Content, Control, Critique."

In August, she presented "The Smokers Inside Kids' Heads: Re-examining Normative Influences of Tobacco Use on Youth" at the 2007 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention in Washington, D.C.

In November, graduate student Ashleigh K. Shelton co-presented "Shining Light Onto the Dark Side of Facebook: A Content Analysis of Online College Social Network Use" at the 2007 National Communication Association conference in Chicago. She also co-presented "Mapped-quest: Natural Video Game Controllers, Presence, and Enjoyment" for the game studies division at the 2007 International Communication Association conference held in San Francisco last May.

Ph.D. student Wonsun Shin won the Top Student Paper Award (1st place in the Jung-Sook Lee student paper competition) in the communication technology division at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held in Washington, D.C., in August 2007. The paper title was "Perceived Credibility of Job Search Sites and Users' Intention to Post Resume." She also received the Kappa Tau Alpha Research Award as an author of the best student paper.

She also presented "Addicted to Flow or Game? Exploring the Linkage Between Flow and Online Game Addiction" at the New Media Research @ UMN conference in September.

Ph.D. candidate Rebecca Bolin Swenson presented a paper titled "Kitchen Convergence: Televised Translations of Masculinity, Femininity and Food" at the National Communication Association's annual convention in Chicago. The paper was nominated and presented in the Top Papers in Feminist and Women's Studies session.