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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

News Briefs

Media Specialist Joins TeleProductions
By Amanda Azzarelli

TeleProductions 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 Communication.

Originally 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.

As a 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 approach.

“I liked the fact that I could start working in that studio my first week on campus,” he said.

That 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.

LeBeau 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.

“It 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 well.”


College Accepting Nominations for Faculty, Staff Awards
By Nicole Gennarelli and Alyssa Mazey
The 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 Awards.

Five awards will be bestowed to the winners at the All Schools Retreat in August:

  • Distinguished Teaching Award: Nominate professors who are full-time tenured faculty members with seven or more years of teaching experience in CCI.
  • Outstanding 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.
  • Distinguished Service Award: Nominations for this award should provide superior service to the school(s) and/or college.
  • Distinguished Advisor Award: Nominate an advisor who goes ‘above and beyond’ in his/her helpful and positive attitude regarding the guidance of students.
  • Distinguished Scholar Award: Only Kent State tenure or tenure-track faculty members can make nominations.

Each award winner will receive a certificate and $500 honorarium.

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 address. Nomination forms can be found online. All nominations will be held in the strictest confidence.

Important Dates

Retirement reception for Dean Stan Wearden, Ph.D.
4 to 6 p.m.
Friday, May 2
Kent State Hotel & Conference Center


IdeaBase Advisory Board Meeting
5 to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 7
IdeaBase office, downtown Kent


Advanced Degree Ceremony (Ph.D. and Master's)
6 p.m.
Friday, May 9

Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Commencement of All Colleges
Speaker, Jerry Sue Thornton, Ph.D., president emeritus of Cuyahoga Community College


Baccalaureate Degree Ceremonies
1 p.m.
Saturday, May 10

Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center
Speaker, 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
Business Administration
Communication and Information


Contact us with comments or suggestions at ccikent@kent.edu. 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 publication. To reach the team, email ccikent@kent.edu or visit the marketing team Web page.

Jennifer Kramer, APR, Editor
College of Communication and Information
Kent State University
Phone: 330-672-1960

Join the Provost Diacon, College of Communication and Information as they recognize the 30-Year Career of Dr. Stan Wearden

WeardenStanStanley 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.

Join 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.

Wearden 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.

Some key successes during his tenure as dean of the College of Communication and Information include:

  • Increasing college graduate enrollment by 27 percent in four years.
  • Growing international graduate enrollment by 160 percent and international undergraduate enrollment by 287 percent.
  • Forming a college-wide, integrative Ph.D. program.
  • Creating 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.

Wearden 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 Hill.

In 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.

College Widely Represented at Annual Graduate Research Symposium
Graduate 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.

Those from the College of Communication and Information who participated include:
Brian Massie
, Communication Studies

“Setting the Stage: Black Operations as a Communication Tactic”

Andrea Meluch and Dr. William Oglesby, Communication & Information
“Physician-Patient Communication Regarding Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs: A Systematic Review of the Literature”

Qinyu E, Communication Studies
“A Content Analysis of Abortion Advertisements in China”

Larrie King, Visual Communication Design
“Private Labels and Personal Care: A Focus on Store Brand Package Design and Consumer Attitudes”

William Kelvin, Communication Studies
“A Content 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

Twenty-one 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.

Both events were part of JMC’s Student Success Week celebration.

KTA 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.

JMC 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.”

After inducting the JMC students, Fruit, assisted by JMC Professor Gary Hanson, inducted Wasbotten into the honor society.

Inductees recognize the importance of this honor – and of the academic success that led to it.

“It’s 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 Program.

Junior 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.”

Senior 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.”

This year’s KTA inductees are:
Alicia Balog; Chase Bonhotel; Kirsten Bowers; Meghan Caprez; Megan Corder; Ian Flickinger; Jeremy Herbert; Emily Kaelin; Kayllee Koller; Jason Kostura; Angel Mack; Mariam Makatsaria; Lillian Martis; Matthew Merchant; Ashley Newton; Tyler Pina; Lyndsey Schley; Kelsey Smith; Sara Vulpio; Endya Watson; Liberty Wesley

Top Scholars
During 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.

“It’s 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.

Fitzpatrick 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)


Student Success Celebrated at School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Annual Awards Ceremony

JMC students who earned national, international or regional recognition were honored at JMC’s annual award ceremony on Wednesday evening, as part of Student Success Week.

Forty-seven 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.

“We 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.”

The 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 Arts;
  • 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; and
  • 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.

Faculty 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
It was an evening for the record books.

JMC’s 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.

The 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 leaders.

“Our 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.

Wasbotten 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.

Donor 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.

“The 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.

During 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’

The 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.”

Wasbotten 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.”

He closed the evening by quoting Lady Gaga: “If you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place.”

“The time to begin fulfilling your revolutionary potential is now, and the place to begin is here, at JMC,” Wasbotten said.



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