May 4, 2011

Spring Celebration 2011

On Monday, May 2, nearly 200 members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication community gathered for the annual Spring Celebration. The event honors graduating students, scholarship winners, donors, and the alumni recipient of the Award for Excellence.

Thanks to the incredible generosity of private donors, the SJMC awarded more than 75 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students, totaling nearly $460,000 for the 2011-12 school year. Many scholarship recipients, as well as their parents, were in attendance.

Scott Meyer, BA '04, received the Award for Excellence from the SJMC Alumni Society. The award is given annually to an SJMC alumnus who exemplifies excellence, leadership, and creativity in his or her chosen field. The award, first given in 1980, has been awarded to graduates of the School representing many different facets of the communications industry, including advertising, public relations, print journalism, broadcast journalism, photography, and academia.

Meyer is one of the founders of the highly respected Minneapolis-based public relations firm, Mona Meyer McGrath & Gavin. Scott's former colleagues Dave Mona, Dennis McGrath and Sara Gavin were all on hand to congratulate him on this honor.

With more than 30 years in business strategy, management and marketing, Scott has developed an international reputation as a business and marketing strategist. His background includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of Shandwick International, one of the world's top three public relations firms. At Shandwick, Scott led the integration of 16 separate companies into a unified global brand with 1500 employees in 34 countries and $225 million in revenue. He also has corporate experience with Piper Jaffray Companies, International Multifoods, US Bank, Control Data Corporation, Lawson Software and
Liberty Diversified International.

Scott's specialty is helping organizations develop a clear vision and then align its strategy and execution around that vision. He has worked with a range of clients from corporations to non-profits to governments, including Cargill, General Electric, University of
Minnesota, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, MasterCard, Eastman Kodak, Coca-Cola, Northwest Airlines, NCAA, US Bank, General Motors, Honeywell, Hewlett-Packard, McDonalds, the United States Attorney's General Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Committed to mentoring the next generation of public relations and business
professionals, Scott has taught on the adjunct journalism faculties at both the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas.

April 19, 2011

You Are Invited to Spring Celebration!


Spring Celebration will honor SJMC 2010-11 graduates, the recipients and donors
of the 2011-12 scholarships and fellowships. Featuring the presentation of the 2010-11 SJMC Alumni Society Award for Excellence to Scott Meyer, co-founder of Mona, Meyer and McGrath.

Monday, May 2, 2011
Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center
5 p.m. Registration and cocktail hour
6 p.m. Dinner served
Tickets for this event are $25 per person, visit this LINK to reserve your spot.

Students- If you have received an award, please check your email for a special registration link. Donors will be there and your attendance is highly suggested!

April 11, 2011

Registration Dates and Office Schedule Reminders

Registration for summer classes begins April 12.
Registration for fall classes begins April 14.

Please remember during the registration period, Linda Lindholm will be the only adviser in 110 Murphy Hall who will be available to assist SJMC students. Also, office hours for spring semester have been changed to 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the office may have to close during normal business hours if Linda must attend departmental or University meetings.

For these reasons, it is important to follow the guidelines below to seek help with your questions:
• If you are a journalism or individualized program major, please stop in 110 Murphy Hall to sign up for a 15-minute walk-in advising time. Due to limited office coverage, these are the only advising times that will be available in 110 Murphy Hall.

• If you are a pre-journalism major or want to check on your graduation requirements, please contact your college adviser. Pre-majors may sign up for an informational meeting in 110 Murphy Hall if they wish, but there will be many more meetings scheduled during the first two weeks of fall semester before applications are due.

• If you need an amendment to your major program plan or have other questions related to your major program or timeline, please consult with the appropriate faculty mentor listed below:

Dana Benson (professional journalism-video news only)
John Eighmey (professional strategic communication - advertising /business)
Gayle Golden (professional journalism)
Chris Ison (professional journalism)
Jennifer Johnson (professional strategic communication - advertising /creative)
Gordon Leighton (professional strategic communication-PR)
Dan Wackman (professional strategic communication - advertising/ business)

For all advising appointments, you must bring a copy of your major program plan or your APAS report. Contact information for SJMC faculty is published on a bookmark that is available in 110 Murphy Hall and on the SJMC web site. Your major requirements are available on your APAS report.

We thank you for your patience as we try to provide the best service possible to all SJMC students during this busy registration period.

April 4, 2011

You are Invited to the SPJ Monthly Meeting

The University's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will hold its monthly meeting this Thursday, April 7, at 6:15 p.m. in the Digital Media Studios in the basement of Murphy Hall. All are welcome!

March 28, 2011

Call For Entries- Did You Earn a Scholarship This Year?

The SJMC is currently seeking information about awards and accomplishments from both undergrad and graduate students to include in the 2011 Spring Celebration program. If you have something of note to include, please email-

Internship Advice and A Pizza Slice

An internship is one of the most important things you can do for your future. Do one or more internships during college to make yourself a better job candidate or grad school candidate, to improve your resume, and to learn about career options. Internships give you professional experience and help you explore your interests.

During this panel discussion, you'll hear from employers who hire interns and from CLA students who've had rewarding internships. Come hear what tips they have to offer. You're welcome to ask questions, or to just listen.

Thursday, April 7, 2011
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Coffman Union, President's Room

This event includes pizza and is free to all CLA students. You do not need to register to attend. For more information, visit the CLA Career Website.

Career Week Workshops for Graduate and Professional Students

The University of Minnesota Graduate Career Development Network is pleased
to present three workshops as part of Career Week. Each with a different focus in the job searching process and a separate registration link.

Workshop One- Identifying Job Options and Conducting a Search in a Tough Economy
The workshop will cover the job search process from start to offer. It will
address conducting a self-assessment, planning, knowing your options,
relationship-building, and offer negotiations. There will be break-out
sessions for the academic and non-academic search.
Tuesday, March 29, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Five Blegen Hall

Register HERE.

Workshop Two- Building and Formatting for Academia and Industry
This presentation will cover the difference between the CV and resume;
essential components, what employers seek, and competitively packaging your
Wednesday, March 30, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.
100 Smith Hall

Register HERE

Workshop Three- Effective Interviewing for Academia and Industry
This workshop is for graduate students/postdocs who will be interviewing
for faculty positions or in industry or private organizations. The
presentation will cover pre-interview preparation, making a great first
impression, effective responses to typical interview questions, questions to
ask of the interviewer, and memorable closure. Career counselors and staff
will be available for practice interviews.
Thursday, March 31, 4 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
101 Walter Library

Register HERE

MN Daily Alumni Association Annual Mixer and Silent Auction Event

You are invited to join the MN Daily Alumni Association at the 2011 Annual Mixer and Silent Auction Event. Come meet and network with alumni while getting a tour of TCF Stadium.

Student Tickets are $10 ahead of time and $15 at the door. Ticket price includes: soda, beer, wine, hors d'oeuvres and stadium tour. Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the MDAA Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, April 16
6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
TCF Bank Stadium, Indoor Club Room
Social Hour and Tours: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Program: 7:30 p.m.

Breaking (or Broken) News - Political Reporting in the age of Twitter & Facebook

Join the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce on March 29, from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. for our next Public Affairs Series event featuring a lively discussion starring three of Minnesota's best known and most experienced political reporters: Pet Kessler of WCCO-TV, Mary Lahammer of Twin Cities Public Television, and Bill Salisbury of the Pioneer Press.

In an era where everyone with a Twitter account has become a "reporter," how do journalists balance the need for speed with fact-checking and ethical standards? Learn how political reporting has evolved and what's coming next.

For more information about the event or to register, visit the St. Paul Chamber's website. Students may register for the discounted Chamber member price.

January 27, 2010

Ralph D. Casey Dissertation Research Award


Any doctoral candidate in Mass Communication who will have completed written and oral preliminary examinations, and filed a thesis proposal with the Graduate School by February 1, 2010 is eligible for this award. The award is made strictly on the basis of merit. Financial need is not a consideration.

As in earlier years, the Casey Dissertation Research Award application process is also used as the required "internal competition" for the Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships. Students may not apply directly for the Fellowship awards. To be considered for the Graduate School Fellowship, one must apply for the Casey Award. It is possible for a student to receive both the Casey Dissertation Research Award and a Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

To apply, submit:

1. The completed application form for the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (

2. Personal Statement of no more than one page that provides an account of the various sources, influences, and previous efforts that led to the choice of academic discipline and research area (see Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship guidelines).

3. Three copies of your dissertation proposal (usually no more than 10-20 pages in length). The proposal should clearly outline the purposes, scope, methods, and significance of the research and should include a timetable indicating anticipated completion date.

Please note that if you are selected for the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, you will be required to submit a three-page research proposal formatted to Graduate School specifications (see Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship guidelines).

4. A University of Minnesota transcript.

5. Two letters of recommendation, one from your adviser and another from a second SJMC faculty member. Both must have read and approved the dissertation proposal being submitted.


The proposal and letters of recommendation are due by 4:00 p.m., February 1, 2010.

Selection and Notification

The applications will be reviewed by a special faculty committee. Applicants will be notified of a decision by late March.

Summer 2010 Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship

The Center for German & European Studies at the University of Minnesota invites advanced Ph.D. students in the College of Liberal Arts to apply for the Hella Mears Graduate Fellowship for German and European Studies. The Hella Mears Graduate Fellowships provide summer support of up to $4,000 ($3,000 stipend; up to $1,000 travel grant) to full-time graduate students in CLA. Up to eight fellowships are available for summer 2010. Application deadline: March 25, 2010.

See the CGES website for details:

April 27, 2009

Congratulations to the NSAC team!

The University of Minnesota National Student Advertising Competition team won the District 8 competition this weekend in Minneapolis! Congratulations to the team and faculty adviser Howard Liszt! The U of M team will attend the NSAC National Competition in Washington, D.C. in June.

March 3, 2009

Congratulations Hearst Award Winners!

Stephen Maturen, First Place, Photojournalism, $2,000 award
Matthew Mead, Eighth Place, Photojournalism, $500 award
McKenna Ewen, Ninth Place, Broadcast (Television), $500 award

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program
is presented annually under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) with full-funding by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program's mission is to encourage and support excellence in journalism and journalism education in America's colleges and universities.