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CCI Faculty and Staff Award Program

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.

AnnMarie LeBlanc Named Interim Dean of Kent State’s College of Communication and Information

Posted Mar. 21, 2014

AnnMarie LeBlanc has been chosen to serve as interim dean of Kent State University’s College of Communication and Information, starting July 1. Todd Diacon, Kent State’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, made the announcement today.

Photo of AnnMarie LeBlancLeBlanc currently serves as director of Kent State’s School of Visual Communication Design, one of the four schools in the College of Communication and Information. She succeeds Stan Wearden, Ph.D., who announced last month that he will retire on June 30 after 30 years of service to Kent State and also will pursue a new opportunity at Columbia College Chicago as its new senior vice president and provost. A search for a permanent dean will begin later in the year.

“We are very fortunate that Professor LeBlanc has agreed to serve in this important capacity,” Diacon said. “She brings a wealth of experience within the college combined with a keen knowledge of the important issues in higher education today.”

LeBlanc joined Kent State’s School of Visual Communication Design as its director in 2007. Previously, she taught at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she served as chair of the Department of Visual Communication and Design and associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. While in Indiana, she was the recipient of the university’s Outstanding Teacher Award. She also received an SBC/Ameritech Fellowship and was honored with an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission. LeBlanc also has instructed in summer and semester-long sessions at the University of Michigan, Purdue University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

LeBlanc’s areas of expertise include color theory and traditional and digital illustration. In the past, her images have focused on ethnobotanical studies of her home region of the Louisiana Delta, the relationship of environment to folklore, and cross-cultural mythology. Her work has been included in more than 50 national and international adjudicated exhibitions, a dozen solo or two-person exhibitions and is in more than 300 private and corporate collections in the United States and abroad.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts from Purdue University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University.

LeBlanc resides in Aurora, Ohio.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Communication and Information, visit www.kent.edu/cci.

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Media Contact:
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595

Kent State Wins Big at the 2014 Akron ADDY Awards

Four creative groups across Kent State University earned 10 awards at the 2014 Akron ADDY Award ceremony, hosted by the American Advertising Federation-Akron (AAF-Akron).

Kent State’s University Communications and Marketing; Glyphix, a student-staffed design studio within the School of Visual Communication Design; Type High Press, a creative studio for experimental-student work in printmaking and graphic design also within the School of Visual Communication Design; and IdeaBase, a student-run integrated marketing communications firm in downtown Kent, all took home awards for their superior work submitted to AAF-Akron.

Kent State’s University Communications and Marketing department won two Gold ADDYs for its work on the Fashion School’s show book and app in the categories of Advertising for the Arts and Sciences and Digital Advertising.

“It is important to me that people understand the level of work we are capable of doing,” said Nick Moore, graphic design coordinator at University Communications and Marketing. “It is really rewarding when we gain a client’s trust and receive an award for the work we have produced for them.”

Glyphix won three Silver ADDYs for its promotional posters for the School of Visual Communication Design, Kent State’s Wick Poetry Center and Rough’s promotional postcards.

“It’s very meaningful to have the work of our students recognized, alongside work of professionals, by the AAF-Akron judges,” said Sarah Rutherford, creative director for Glyphix and associate professor in Kent State’s School of Visual Communication Design. “This recognition speaks to the high-caliber talent produced by the School of Visual Communication Design.”

The Kent State Type High Press won Gold and Silver ADDYs for promotional posters, both in the Collateral Material category.

“Anything I can do to publicize Type High Press is gratifying work, and getting awards for my efforts is a bonus,” said Bob Kelemen, instructor in Kent State’s School of Visual Communication Design. “It was fun to share the night with many current and former students whose work was also recognized.”

IdeaBase received Gold and two Silver ADDYs for its work done for the Kent State’s College of Communication and Information. The awards were won in the Collateral Material and Digital Advertising categories.

“This is a huge honor,” said Ian McCullough, creative director of the three awarded works by IdeaBase and graduate student in Kent State’s School of Visual Communication Design. “I think the greatest part is giving students an opportunity to get recognized for the work they produce. Even though IdeaBase is student staffed, the talent that is brought in can obviously compete at a highly professional level.”

The AAF-Akron is the local chapter for the national AAF Trade Association. The association recognizes incredible creativity, writing, design and project management in all forms of advertising across various types of mediums.

Here is a complete list of the 2014 Akron ADDY Award winners from Kent State:

University Communications and Marketing:

Gold in Advertising for the Arts and Sciences Category
FS2 Fashion Show Book
Nick Moore- Graphic Design Coordinator
Dan Karp – Executive Director, Creative Services
Susan Menassa – Senior Editorial Specialist
Elizabeth Henry – Assistant Director, Marketing Strategy and Research
Dennis Roliff – Photographer
Jason Noble – Photographer

Gold in Digital Advertising Category
Fashion School App
Nick Moore – Graphic Design Coordinator
Dan Karp – Executive Director, Creative Services
Susan Menassa – Senior Editorial Specialist
Elizabeth Henry – Assistant Director, Marketing Strategy and Research
Dennis Roliff – Photographer
Jason Noble – Photographer
Bob Christy – Coordinator of Photography
Jon Jivan – Video Production Supervisor
Dustin Lee – Video Production Supervisor

Glyphix:

Silver in Collateral Material Category
School of Visual Communication Design Promotional Posters
Larrie King – Designer
Tyler Federico – Designer
Emily Rabatsky – Designer
Valora Renicker – Creative Director
Oliver Printing Company- Printer

Silver in Public Service Category
Traveling Stanzas Poetry Bus Posters
Brent Carlson – Designer/Illustrator
Megan Bush – Designer/ Illustrator
Anthony Jandrokovic – Designer/ Illustrator
Alison Farone – Designer/Illustrator
Valora Renicker- Creative Director
David Hassler – Editor/Client
Nicole Robinson – Wick Poetry Center Coordinator/Editor
Jessica Jewell – Project Coordinator
Digital Color International- Printer

Silver in Elements of an Advertisement Category
Roughs Promotional Postcards
Alicia Jordan – Illustrator/ Designer
Vanessa Port – Illustrator/Designer
Sarah Rutherford – Creative Director

Type High Press:

Silver in Collateral Material Category
Dead Wood Revival
Bob Kelemen – designer and printer

Gold in Collateral Material Category
Best Use of Paper
Tiny Pieces
Bob Kelemen – writer, designer and printer

IdeaBase:

Silver in Collateral Material Category
College of Communication and Information Undergraduate Brochure
Ian McCullough – Creative Director
Alanah Timbrook – Graphic Designer
Danya Dargham – Graphic Designer
Isaac Versaw – Copywriter/Account Manager

Silver in Digital Advertising Category
School of Communication Studies Website Redesign
Larrie King – Creative Director
Ian McCullough – Creative Director
Shelby Muter – Graphic Designer
Alex Herbers – Graphic Designer
James Lightcap – Graphic Designer
Maren Dickey – Account Manager
Christopher Hallahan – Interactive Designer and Developer
Seth Wehr – Copywriter
Gwendolyn Gill – Copywriter

Gold in Digital Advertising Category
College of Communication and Information Commons Website Redesign
Ian McCullough – Creative Director
Shelby Muter – Graphic Designer
Chris Hallahan – Interactive Developer and Designer
Maren Dickey – Account Manager

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Photo Captions:

Photo of Kent State’s Akron ADDY winners – Glyphix and IdeaBase
Glyphix, a student-staffed design studio within Kent State University’s School of Visual Communication Design, and IdeaBase, a student-run integrated marketing communications firm in downtown Kent, took home awards for their superior work submitted to Akron ADDY Awards.

Photo of Kent State’s Akron ADDY winners – University Communications and Marketing and the Fashion School
Kent State University’s Communications and Marketing department won two Gold Akron ADDYs for its work on the Fashion School’s show book and app in the categories of Advertising for the Arts and Sciences and Digital Advertising.

KENT STATE UNIVERSITY DEAN NAMED PROVOST AT COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO

Stan Wearden of the College of Communication and Information to retire in June, assume new role July 1

Wearden2Kent, OH – Feb. 26, 2014 – Stanley 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.

He 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. He has been an active scholar with more than 30 publications and two Ohio Board of Regents Research Challenge Grants.

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 Journalism from West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va., and a doctorate in mass communication research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Columbia College Chicago is an international leader and recognized pioneer in arts and media education. With more than 120 years of deep experience teaching creative students to develop authentic voices and meaningful skills, Columbia graduates are fully prepared to launch sustainable careers in the visual, performing, media and communication arts.

Columbia College Chicago is located in the South Loop area of the city. It has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students. It occupies more than 25 buildings, mostly on Michigan and Wabash Avenues. Wearden described Columbia College Chicago as “an amazing institution with a passionate, engaged faculty, staff, administration and student body.”

He also said, “I am inspired by the vision, intelligence and commitment of Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim, who will be my new president at Columbia. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I enthusiastically look forward to working with Dr. Kim and his team to make a very special institution even greater than it is now.”But Wearden also will miss his colleagues and friends at Kent State University.

In an email he 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.”

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About the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University

Four academic programs united in July 2002 to establish the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University. The Schools of Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Library and Information Science and Visual Communication Design joined in one college to create a unique learning community and to begin a pioneering effort in integrative research and professional practice. The College of Communication and Information continues to build its reputation for collaborative, applied and theoretical research while providing a first-class education for the next generations of communicators and leaders.

Contact: Jennifer Kramer, APRjlkramer@kent.edu, 330-672-1960330-672-1960 (o), 330-714-8302330-714-8302 (c)

TeleProductions’ Staff, Satellite Truck Returning to Super Bowl to Support Live Broadcast for Latin American Television Station

Student Crew to Travel with Kent State TeleProductions’ Team to Assist with Production

Being able to tell future employers that you have helped produce the Super Bowl is a big honor. Being able to tell them you did that as a student will blow them away.

Kent State University TeleProductions’ staff members Jeff Bentley, Jason Forbes and Dan Tonelli; Dan LeBeau, an alumnus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and students Mike Donelan and Chris Nyman, will travel to East Rutherford, N.J., with the department’s satellite uplink and production truck for Super Bowl XLVIII to provide production and satellite capabilities for the FOX Mexico live broadcast of the game.

In 2013, TeleProductions partnered with PMTV, a global provider of broadcast and video production services, to offer its clients highly customized broadcast, corporate TV and entertainment needs. After a rigorous negotiation process to make sure its truck and production team met all of the technical and professional requirements, Kent State TeleProductions began working with PMTV and its clients to fulfill live broadcast needs.

“Being invited to work at the Super Bowl for a second year in a row is a significant achievement,” said Mark Bussey, director of technology and TeleProductions. “It is a clear indication of Teleproductions’ success last year and the trust they have placed in us.”

This production provides experiential learning opportunities for the students attending. Most professionals in this industry do not get to attend the Super Bowl, but Kent State University takes its students to experience production first-hand.

LeBeau will travel with the group to attend the Super Bowl for the second time. He will supervise audio and camera set-up, as well as equipment observation during the game.

Bussey said, “Teleproductions’ involvement with the Super Bowl is a testimony to its reputation, high level of professionalism and technical capability. I’m very proud of my team and the talented students who accompany them.”

Follow TeleProductions’ journey to the Super Bowl and its time broadcasting the live show on the TeleProductions’ Facebook page or on Twitter @TeleProductions #KSUSuperBowl beginning Jan. 30.

Storytelling Course Earns International Global Partnership Award

By Nicole Gennarelli

The International Storytelling course of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University, taught by Professor Gary Hanson and Assistant Professor Mitch McKenney, is the Global Partnership division winner in the 2014 Best Practices in International Higher Education Awards of the NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) International Education Knowledge Community.

This is the first time the cross-listed course of the College of Communication and Information (CCI) and JMC has been entered into international education award competitions. This semester, after encouragement from the Office of Global Education, Hanson, McKenney and CCI Associate Dean LuEtt Hanson, Ph.D., submitted applications for the course in several competitions.

“I was surprised, honored and proud of the students who have participated in the three years of International Storytelling,” Gary Hanson said. “This is an important award for the class, particularly when you look at the other universities that were involved in the competition.  I’m grateful for the support from the College of Communication and Information and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication for their continued support and encouragement of the project, as well as the strong support from the Office of Global Education.  This award is as much for those groups as it is for us.”

According to the International Storytelling application, “The International Storytelling course at Kent State University combines engaged experiential learning with international work and recreation, allowing our students to develop journalism skills while broadening their understanding of the world. Students enroll in a 15-week course, during which they learn about another country, plan and research stories they will cover in multimedia reporting teams, spend two weeks in their destination country reporting stories in partnership with students from that country, and return to produce their stories for a multimedia website available to the general public.”

Because the course is overseas for only two weeks compared to several months, it’s much more affordable for students who have always wanted to study abroad.

“This course makes it possible for students who would never otherwise consider studying abroad to have this life-changing experience,” LuEtt Hanson said. “But because the course involves serious pre-trip preparation, expectations for professional-quality work during the international portion of the course, and intense follow-up after returning to campus, the course is not viewed as a lesser experience.”

“What I love is the pioneering spirit of this course and the people involved with planning it,” McKenney said. “When we decided to go to India, we immediately set about finding a university partner, which ended up being near Delhi. In Brazil, we found and worked out the details with our partner university within weeks. We wanted to find universities with a strong interest in journalism that had students who could partner with ours. The partner school and Kent Sate students from each trip are still friends today, which is a testament to the value of these cross-cultural projects.”

The first offering of this course was in March 2011, when Kent State partnered with Shanghai International Studies University (SISU). CCI sent a journalism class to Shanghai to report stories, with the aid of SISU English-speaking students as translators and collaborators. In 2012, the course took students to Amity University in Noida, a suburb of Delhi, India. During the most recent trip in March 2013, students traveled to Curitiba, Brazil, where Kent State partnered with the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (PUCPR). Currently, arrangements are being made for March 2014 when the class will travel to Tallinn, Estonia, and partner with the Technical University of Tallinn.

“This is our first time that our class will travel to Europe,” Gary Hanson said. “Estonia has some high-technology elements that will provide for some interesting stories as well as its emergence as an independent country following the breakup of the Soviet Union.”

All universities that won a division award will be honored at NASPA’s annual International Symposium in Baltimore, Md. on March 16, 2014.

To view student work from past International Storytelling trips, visit www.datelineshanghai.com, www.datelinedelhi.org and www.datelinebrazil.org.

Scholar Recovers Lost Work by Authoress Chopin

By Meghan Caprez

Bonnie James Shaker, Ph.D.
, adjunct professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication recently recovered nineteenth-century authoress Kate Chopin’s final short story, entitled “Her First Party.”

Shaker was first exposed to Chopin in graduate school, reading her most popular novel, The Awakening, in both her master’s and doctorate programs. Falling in love with Chopin’s writing and its reflection on the novelist’s personal life, Shaker wrote her dissertation about Chopin’s publishing relationship with theYouth Companion, a magazine popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

“I hadn’t read any serious female novelists until grad school,” Shaker said. “There was this whole female literary tradition I wasn’t exposed to.”

Shaker said she felt a “lightning bolt connection” to Chopin because she could identify with the female characters’ struggle to articulate their female selves, balancing responsibilities to the family while wanting a professional career.

“I had dreams of being a professional woman and a wife and a mother,” Shaker said. “I was unprepared for the push-pull of wanting to have it all, so I could really identify with the struggle.”

After several years in the workforce, Shaker decided to return to the world of academia with a research project.

She asked her former student, Angela Gianoglio Pettitt, to help research how Kate Chopin’s original audience received her writing.

Chopin published most of her short stories in theYouth Companion, but her last story, “Her First Party,” went unnoticed by literary scholars. When Shaker and Pettitt began their first database search of Kate Chopin, they found the long-lost story within the first 30 seconds.

“We never set out to find lost work,” Shaker said. “Finding the story itself was amazing. There is this view of Kate Chopin as this melancholic retiree who stopped writing after receiving negative reviews of The Awakening, and that wasn’t the case.”

“Her First Party” was published in the Youth Companion after Chopin’s death, proving that she continued to write until she passed away, Shaker said.

“We’re in the business of myth-busting,” Shaker said. “People have this idea of what Kate Chopin was like in her last few years of life, but ‘Her First Story’ completely changes that.”