On Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler visited the School of Journalism & Mass Communication on his quest to visit every department at the University.
As part of his visit, President Kaler received a tour of Murphy Hall facilities, including the Eric Sevareid Library and the Digital Media Studios.
Following his tour, President Kaler met with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, for nearly 45 minutes to learn about projects and research happening in the department. Undergraduate students displayed projects from an app created for the Weisman Art Museum, a FOX Sports North Campaign created for the Minnesota Timberwolves, clips from the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press, magazine work and honors research projects. Graduate students and faculty showcased research about big data and hacker journalism, journalistic practices at borders, media law and ethics work and health communication research.
Following the showcase, President Kaler met with faculty leaders -- including director of undergraduate studies Kathleen Hansen and director of graduate studies Jisu Huh -- to discuss curriculum and future directions for the department.
Following his visit, President Kaler said the department showcased "great energy and important work. This is a school that is well positioned for the future."