In This Issue of CCIKent Candid
May 2, 2014
1. Join the Provost Diacon, College of Communication and Information as They Recognize the 30-Year Career of Dr. Stan Wearden
2. CCI Points of Pride
3. College Widely Represented at Annual Graduate Research Symposium
4. JMC Inducts 22 New Kappa Tau Alpha Members; Names 2014 Top Scholars
5. Student Success Celebrated at School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Annual Awards Ceremony
6. Journalism School's Annual Scholarship Dinner Celebrates Record-Setting Year
Media Specialist Joins
welcomed Dan LeBeau as its newest
media specialist earlier this month. As media specialist, LeBeau will primarily
support broadcast engineering in the School of Journalism and Mass
from Canton, LeBeau earned his Bachelor of Science in electronic media from
Kent State University in May 2013. During his second semester as a student on campus, he started working for
TeleProductions, the university’s video production department. Upon graduation,
LeBeau took a job at Case Western Reserve University and continued to work for
Kent State TeleProductions as a freelance employee. When a full-time position
with TeleProductions opened up, he decided to apply for it.
student, LeBeau was drawn to Kent State because of Franklin Hall’s studio, then,
the most high-tech studio he visited, and the School’s immediate hands-on
liked the fact that I could start working in that studio my first week on
campus,” he said.
led LeBeau to enroll as a student at Kent State.
“Now, I’ve essentially come full-circle,
supporting the same studio that influenced my decision to enroll at Kent State
in the first place,” LeBeau said.
said he is very grateful for all of the opportunities he received as a student
at Kent State and as a member of the TeleProductions staff. He enjoyed working on student-produced and
directed newscasts and using the university’s mobile video production and
uplink truck, which was contracted to provide broadcasts for ESPN productions
and the Super Bowl.
was very apparent to me that TeleProductions and the School of Journalism and
Mass Communication put an incredible amount of effort into making learning
opportunities available to students, which is a big part of why I’m proud to
say I work here,” he said. “I hope to be able to provide many of the same
opportunities that I enjoyed to current and future Kent State students as
Accepting Nominations for Faculty, Staff Awards
By Nicole Gennarelli and Alyssa Mazey
College of Communication and Information is proud to announce the fourth annual
CCI Faculty and Staff Awards program. The CCI Faculty and Staff Awards Program
was established in 2011 and modeled after the Kent State Distinguished Teaching
Five awards will be bestowed to the winners at the All
Schools Retreat in August:
Teaching Award: Nominate professors who are full-time tenured faculty
members with seven or more years of teaching experience in CCI.
Teacher Award: Nominate a professor who is a non-tenure track or part-time
faculty member with a minimum of five consecutive years teaching in CCI.
Service Award: Nominations for this award should provide superior service
to the school(s) and/or college.
Advisor Award: Nominate an advisor who goes ‘above and beyond’ in his/her
helpful and positive attitude regarding the guidance of students.
Scholar Award: Only Kent State tenure or tenure-track faculty members can
Each award winner will receive a certificate and $500
Nomination forms should be turned into the College
office, Rm. 131 Moulton Hall, by 5 p.m. on June 27 and may be sent through
campus mail or emailed to the College email
Nomination forms can be found online. All nominations will be held in the strictest confidence.
for Dean Stan Wearden, Ph.D.
4 to 6 p.m.
Friday, May 2
Kent State Hotel & Conference Center
to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7
IdeaBase office, downtown Kent
Degree Ceremony (Ph.D. and Master's)
Friday, May 9
Athletic and Convocation Center
Commencement of All Colleges
Speaker, Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D., president emeritus of Cuyahoga Community
Saturday, May 10
Athletic and Convocation Center
Richard Brandt, director of the
Iacocca Institute and the Global Village Program at Lehigh University
Processional for the Colleges of:
Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology
Communication and Information
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Special thanks to CCI Kent State graduate assistant Nicole Gennarelli
and spring marketing assistants Amanda Azzarelli, Morgan Barba, Meghan
Caprez, Patrick Hogan and Alyssa Mazey for contributing to this
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Jennifer Kramer, APR, Editor
College of Communication and Information
Kent State University
Join the Provost Diacon, College of Communication and
Information as they recognize the 30-Year Career of Dr. Stan WeardenStanley
T. Wearden, Ph.D.,
dean of the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University,
has been named senior vice president and provost of Columbia College Chicago,
effective July 1. Wearden will retire on June 30, 2014, after 30 years at Kent
State, five serving as dean.
Provost Todd Diacon, leadership of the College of Communication and Information
and representatives from its many schools and departments at a farewell
reception for Dr. Wearden from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Kent State Hotel and
Conference Center. There will be a brief program at 4:30 p.m.
began his career at Kent State in August 1984 and spent 20 years on the faculty
of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, rising from assistant
professor to professor. During that time, he also served for 11 years as
coordinator of graduate studies, served as chair of the Institutional Review
Board, and won the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002. Immediately prior to
becoming dean, Wearden served for five years first as interim director and then
as director of the School of Communication Studies.
key successes during his tenure as dean of the College of Communication and
college graduate enrollment by 27 percent in four years.
international graduate enrollment by 160 percent and international
undergraduate enrollment by 287 percent.
- Forming a
college-wide, integrative Ph.D. program.
education-abroad scholarships and programs and increasing education-abroad
participation in the college by more than 1,500 percent.
- Opening a
student-operated integrated marketing communication firm, IdeaBase, that
serves both university and external clients from off-campus commercial
space in downtown Kent.
holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wheeling College (now Wheeling Jesuit
University), Wheeling, W.Va. His graduate work includes a Master of Science in
Journalism from West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va., and a doctorate in
mass communication research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
an email Wearden sent to colleagues, he said: "I am excited about this new
opportunity, but of course that excitement is tinged with sadness because I
have loved, and will continue to love, Kent State University and all the people
here with whom I have had the privilege of working. I will miss you, and I hope
you will stay in touch with me in the future."
Points of Pride
SLIS alumnus Christopher
J. Korenowsky, M.L.I.S. ’03, has been named director of
the Worcester (Mass.) Public Library. His previous experience includes
serving as executive director of the New Haven Free Public Library, director of
professional development for the Ohio Library Council and service manager of
the Columbus, Ohio, Metropolitan Library.
Represented at Annual Graduate Research Symposium
Student Senate’s 29th Annual Graduate Research Symposium took place on Friday,
April 11. The Research Symposium displays, recognizes and celebrates research
and scholarship across all disciplines and gives both graduate and
undergraduate students experience presenting in an academic setting, receiving
interdisciplinary feedback regarding their work, networking with faculty and
peers, and earning a mark of distinction for their resume or curriculum
vitae. The Research Symposium includes oral and poster presentations, a
keynote address by an esteemed member of Kent State University's faculty or
administration and an awards luncheon with monetary prizes given to the best
presentations in each category.
from the College of Communication and Information who participated include:
Brian Massie, Communication
Stage: Black Operations as a Communication Tactic”
Andrea Meluch and
Dr. William Oglesby, Communication & Information
Communication Regarding Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs: A Systematic Review of
Qinyu E, Communication
Analysis of Abortion Advertisements in China”
Larrie King, Visual
Labels and Personal Care: A Focus on Store Brand Package Design and Consumer
William Kelvin, Communication
Analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Most-Viewed Video Public
Service Announcements on its YouTube Web Page”
Judges from CCI included: Andrea Meluch, COMM Assistant Professor Catherine Goodall, Ph.D., COMM
Associate Professor Mei-Chen Lin, Ph.D.,
Jenny Rosenberg and Shelley Blundell.
JMC Inducts 22 New Kappa Tau Alpha Members; Names 2014 Top Scholars
JMC students and Director Thor Wasbotten
were inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA), the national honor society for
journalism and mass communication on Wednesday, and a senior electronic media
major and senior journalism major tied for JMC’s top scholar award – the first
time in more than a decade that this honor has been shared.
events were part of JMC’s Student Success Week celebration.
recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass
communication. KTA is the seventh oldest honor society in America, and Kent
State’s chapter will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. Only
the top 10 percent of students in the junior and senior classes are eligible for
induction and become lifetime members.
Professor Jeff Fruit, a KTA member
and Kent State’s KTA advisor, presided at the induction ceremony and told
students, “You are the cream of the cream of the crop.” With the privilege of
membership comes significant responsibility, Fruit told them. “The letters KTA represent the English words
knowledge, truth and accuracy. That is the purpose of our society.”
inducting the JMC students, Fruit, assisted by JMC Professor Gary Hanson, inducted Wasbotten into the
recognize the importance of this honor – and of the academic success that led
great to be surrounded by people who understand the value of learning. I like
being engaged in the whole college experience. What you learn in the classroom
is important, but what you learn about yourself is just as important,” said Jason
Kostura, a graduating senior who will soon join ESPN’s Content Associates
PR major Endya Watson believes KTA
offers connections and opportunities. “It’s good to be connected with other
journalists. I look to see opportunities – ways to get involved.”
electronic media production student Tyler Pina, who plans a career in film and
TV, recognizes that induction into KTA is a “huge honor. I’ve worked really
hard, but I wasn’t expecting it [KTA induction]. It’s great to be part of this
amazing group of students.”
year’s KTA inductees are:
the KTA ceremony, graduating seniors and KTA members Katherine Boetger and Kelli Fitzpatrick were honored as JMC’s top scholars for 2013.
Both had grade point averages of 3.97.
nice to be recognized for all the hard work and for our endeavors,” said
Boetger, who hopes to work in TV production and program development.
agrees. “Four years of hard work paid off. I made the most of my time here, and
I’m glad I pushed myself in the hardest journalism classes, like Print Beat
Reporting.” She will begin work as a Disney communications intern after
graduating. Last year, Fitzpatrick had an American Society of Magazine Editors
internship at Reader’s Digest.
Photo: For the
first time in more than a decade, two graduating seniors, Kelli Fitzpatrick
(right) and Katherine Boetger, tied for the JMC top scholar award with GPAs of
3.97. (Photo by Dave Foster)
Celebrated at School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Annual Awards
students who earned national, international or regional recognition were
honored at JMC’s annual award ceremony on Wednesday evening, as part of Student
student honorees won, placed, or were nominated in the most prestigious
national, international and regional intercollegiate award, fellowship,
internship and scholarship programs. Another 24 advertising majors were
recognized for their entry in the highly competitive Collegiate Effie Awards,
in which JMC doubled its number of entries from 2013, and made its first entry in
the international Young Ones creative competition.
have had an amazing year, and we have much to celebrate,” said JMC Director Thor Wasbotten. “In the Hearst Foundation awards, which are
often called the Pulitzer Prizes for collegiate journalism, JMC students finished
in the top 10 four times, in four different competitions.”
long and impressive list of JMC’s 2013-2014 academic year awards includes:
- Ranking fourth in the nation in the Hearst
photojournalism competition – the highest ranking Kent State has ever attained;
- Placing ninth in the nation so far in the
ongoing Hearst writing competitions;
- Winning a gold medal and two Awards of
Excellence in the College Photographer of the Year awards, the largest student
photography competition in the world;
- Winning TV Station of the Year – for the
second year in a row – in the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media
Association (ACP/CMA) awards;
- Winning third place in the multi-camera
live-to-tape category in the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of
- Achieving six first-place wins in the SPJ
Mark of Excellence Awards;
- Winning an honorable mention in the Public
Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA’s) Bateman Case Study
competition, and being named a PRSSA Pacesetter chapter;
- Winning College Innovator of the Year award
in the Associated Press Media Editors’ award;
- Earning two top honors and two awards of
excellence in the Ohio News Photographers Association competition;
- Winning a News21 fellowship for only the
second time in JMC’s history;
- Winning two Dow Jones internship;
- Winning a Pulliam fellowship;
- Winning two Student Law Center internships;
- Earning six of seven John S. Knight
scholarships from the Akron Press Club.
“Your work this academic year – so well
supported by JMC faculty – is respected by your peers and industry leaders.
Your work is deeply relevant. And the real experiences you are attaining will
take you far in the future,” Wasbotten told the honorees.
members Dave LaBelle, Mitch McKenney,
Sue Zake, John Butte, Wendy Wardell and
Tim Roberts presented award certificates to the students, commending their
work and professional growth. The specially designed certificates featured a
rendering of the iconic StarSphere 2010 sculpture in front of Franklin Hall,
which symbolizes global communication and the First Amendment.
Photo: The JMC
student award ceremony recognized students who participated in national,
international and regional awards. (Photo by Graham Smith)
Journalism School’s Annual
Scholarship Dinner Celebrates Record-Setting Year
was an evening for the record books.
annual Scholarship and Award Dinner on Thursday evening set two important new
records: More than $65,000 in
scholarships and financial awards, the highest total ever, were given to 54
undergraduate and graduate students, also the School’s highest total ever.
ceremony enabled JMC scholarship recipients to spend the evening
with the generous donors who made their scholarships possible. JMC donors reflect
the diversity of the JMC family itself: alumni, faculty, parents, siblings and friends of former students, JMC
Professional Advisory Board (PAB) members, and media and communication industry
donors believe in supporting and sustaining high-potential, hard-working
students. Our donors understand that a college education can transform lives,
provide hope and opportunity, and build better citizens,” JMC Director Thor Wasbotten told the donors,
students and guests who celebrated in the Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony.
also announced that this year, JMC’s endowment reached an all-time high of $4.6
million – an increase of $1.2 million in a single academic year. The amount
includes more than $1.8 million in endowed scholarships. “Let me put these
figures into perspective: through the extraordinary generosity of our donors,
we achieved a 35-percent increase in the JMC endowment and a 118-percent
increase in endowed scholarship funds,” he said.
support also enabled the School to launch a new financial award program, the
Promising Scholar Awards, which will benefit the 10 strongest freshmen entering
JMC in fall 2014. The new awards are renewable for up to four years if the
students remain in good academic standing at JMC.
Promising Scholar Awards allow us to recruit some of the strongest high school
students in the nation – students who have demonstrated not only academic
achievement but also leadership skill and community service,” Wasbotten said.
the evening, Wasbotten shared highlights of JMC’s academic year, including
JMC’s strong performance in prestigious intercollegiate
journalism competitions and national internships and fellowships.
‘Pay it Forward’
evening included a moving speech by Cindy Schulz, a magna-cum laude graduate
of JMC, chairman of the School’s Professional Advisory Board and scholarship
donor. Schulz offered students three
pieces of advice: “Know that you are
smart, be proud of who you are and where you came from and pay it forward.” She
spoke of growing up in the projects on the west side of Cleveland and
attending Kent State with the help of scholarships and financial aid. “As a
scholarship recipient myself, I can tell you it is just as good to be a
benefactor as it is to be a recipient,” Schulz said, encouraging students to
“make a pledge today to give back to other students when you can.”
urged students to follow Schulz’s example: “When each of you is in a position to do so, reach back and help lift up
another JMC student.”
closed the evening by quoting Lady Gaga: “If you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better
time to begin fulfilling your revolutionary potential is now, and the place to
begin is here, at JMC,” Wasbotten said.
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