Category Archives: February 2011

Coombs Brings a Bit of the Bayou, Big Apple and British Football to Kent State’s Advertising Sequence


 Photo of Danielle Coombs

By Brianne Kimmel

After four years at Kent State, JMC Assistant Professor Danielle Coombs, Ph.D., recalls how she went from studying late night television to educating Kent State advertising students, while rebranding one of Britain’s infamous soccer teams.

Before coming to Kent State, Coombs specialized in uncovering consumer insights at major research groups in New York City for clients such as the Food Network, MTV Networks, Gap and Kellogg’s Special K. She completed her Ph.D. in mass communication and public affairs at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University in 2007. Her dissertation examined the political effects of late night television comedy, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

In the same year, Coombs established Sarver Research, a Cleveland-based market research firm. After completing her dissertation, Coombs began working at Kent State University in the advertising sequence. After taking interest in the World Cup, Coombs contacted Cleveland Browns and Aston Villa owner Randy Learner. Using her research experience, Coombs studies how identities are expressed through fandom, and she began her lasting rebranding initiative with the British-based Aston Villa Football Club.

Today, Coombs shares her first-hand research experience with Kent State advertising students, while continuing her work in the United Kingdom. With a master’s degree in international mass communication and a bachelor’s degree in media studies, both from the School of Telecommunications at Ohio University, Coombs has combined academia with real world application.

Her method for success is involvement outside of the classroom. “Get as much experience as possible during school,” Coombs said. Ad Club and internships are a good start, but look for additional opportunities to demonstrate advertising skills, she recommends.  In a competitive field, employers hire a person who brings more to the table than a blank resume and “good people skills.”Visit the Web for additional information on Aston Villa Football Club, Kent State Advertising Sequence and Internships.

Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

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CCI Student Focus: Professional Organizations Provide Opportunities Outside the Classroom

By Brianne Kimmel

Kent State University Students Learn From the Best in Cleveland Advertising

KSU Advertising students Isabelle Jones and Brianne Kimmel received scholarships from the annual American Advertising Federation Education Foundation Scholarship Program. Both students were second year recipients of AAF scholarships, Jones received this year’s Marcus Thomas and Wyse Family Scholarships and Kimmel was the recipient of the Arras Group and Wyse Family Scholarships.

As members of the American Advertising Federation, both students attended the annual Communications Career Day. This event provides opportunities to learn from area advertising and media professionals and network for future jobs and internships. Kimmel accepted her award at the January Luncheon on January 26th, Jones was unable to attend due to schedule conflicts.

Professional organizations, such as the American Advertising Federation, provide additional experience not available in the classroom.  Getting career advice and mentorship from advertising professionals is a vital resource for students just starting out in the field. Networking opportunities from golf outings to monthly luncheons with keynote industry speakers gives students an added knowledge of their future careers. Building your personal brand is just as important as your classroom experience, and professional organizations give you resources to market yourself to future employers.

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For additional information about joining JMC- related professional organizations, visit these organization’s sites:

Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

Award-Winning Journalist Rita Cosby Invests in Local Students, Friends of Poland Organization

By Brianne Kimmel

Renowned TV host and New York Times bestselling author Rita Cosby shared her latest book Quiet Hero with Kent State University and Kent Roosevelt High School Feb. 7.

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In Quiet Hero, Cosby uncovers her father’s heroic story as a WWII resistance fighter and prisoner of war survivor. She shared her father’s escape through the sewers of Warsaw, Poland and their recent trip back to Warsaw. Cosby empowered students to “learn their own stories because some of the best stories are told at home.” Through Cosby’s personal experiences and newly-found relationship with her father, she shared her deep appreciation for family and challenged students to do the same.

The day of events, sponsored by CCI Kent State, Kent State Friends of Poland, Kent State’s Office of International Affairs and The Ohio Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, included a program at Kent Roosevelt High School, a Kent State student media roundtable discussion, followed by a public address to more than 75 in Franklin Hall’s FirstEnergy Auditorium. Cosby ended the night with a book signing, a meet-and-greet with students and a dinner with JMC faculty and Provost Robert Frank.

Proceeds from the evening’s sales of Quiet Herobenefitted Kent State’s Friends of Poland and The Ohio Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship Program. Students of Polish decent are invited to visit the country to learn culture and language, while volunteering at an art camp for Polish students. Kent State students interested in participating in a summer exchange program with Poland are invited to apply for scholarships to assist with travel expenses.

Cosby’s book tour will make additional stops in San Diego; Washington, D.C.; and New York City. She will also be speaking this year at the Warsaw Rising Museum. Cosby, a former Fox News and MSNBC anchor, is a three-time Emmy winner, the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award.

Visit the Web for more information on Rita Cosby, theKosciuszko Foundation or Kent State Friends of Poland.

Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

Former congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Kent State University’s 9th Annual Celebration

Photo from Martin Luther King Day Celebration

By Brianne Kimmel 

This year’s celebration on January 27th focused on “Empowering the Individual, Strengthening the Community” and included an afternoon of powerful music, dance and word. Performances by Kent State’s alternative band Astro Van, the Bhutanese- Nepali Dance Group, Omo Iroko Drum and Dance Society, and Voices of Testimony Gospel Choir set the tone of the events in the KIVA, while the Kent State University Gospel Choir continued the celebration in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

 Speakers included JMC and Pan-African Studies professor Traci Williams on “A Change Go’n Come,” Kent State University NAACP President Robin Wright, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dr. Alfreda Brown, Student Multicultural Center Director Shana M. Lee and Department of Sociology Chair Dr. Richard Serpe.

Key Note Speaker Kweisi Mfume focused on empowering the individual based on his five-point program of advocacy including civil rights enforcement, educational excellence, economic empowerment, health advocacy and youth outreach.

Mfume’s background in broadcasting includes 13 years in radio and nine years as the host of the locally-award winning television show, The Bottom Line and five years as the host of the nationally syndicated NBC-Hearst TV special The Remarkable Journey. He has made guest commentator appearances on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball, Nightline and countless other news programs.

The 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will take place on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. For more information on future diversity events or to get involved contact the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 330.672.8563, by email at or visit the website at

Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

JMC Scholarship Applications due Friday

By Julie Battaglia

Scholarships are an easy way to decrease your loan debt for after graduation. Kent State University’s School of Journalism of Mass Communication offers many scholarships in various areas. Many people think it is hard to apply and obtain a scholarship, but actually it is very simple.

The application asks for three things: an essay about yourself, a portfolio of your work, and your KAPS report. Make sure to read the individual description for each scholarship you apply for and explain why you have the best qualifications for the scholarship in your essay. The essay should also indicate any organizations, professional or internship experience and whether you have financial need. After proofreading your essay, make sure to gather samples of work you have done to create a portfolio. In the portfolio you can add scripts, digital tapes (not exceeding 5 minutes), or still photos (digital on Mac-formatted CD). It is recommended to submit a digital portfolio but make sure the CD or DVD will open and files can be read accordingly. Last, sign onto Flashline and print out your KAPS report.

When you apply, you are automatically considered for all appropriate scholarships. Keep in mind when turning in the essay, portfolio, and KAPS report place them in a 9 X 12 Manila envelope with your name and major on the front. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for 20011-2012 scholarship applications is  5 p.m. in then JMC office, 201 Franklin Hall Friday, February 11, 2011.

To be eligible to apply for these scholarships you must be officially declared in a JMC major or pre-major and cannot be scheduled to graduate before August 2011. Graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply. The applicants are judged based on professional promise, grades, and need. If granted the scholarship the awards are paid directly to your university account at the Bursar’s office and will be applied to tuition and other fees. Winners will be and notified Friday, March 11, 2011 and a list will be posted outside of the Reading Room, 212 Franklin Hall the following Monday. In addition to the list an awards reception will be held Sunday, April 3, 2011. Parents and family are invited to attend the reception.

This is the link to the Scholarship Descriptions and the link to the application.

There are also university based scholarships current students and incoming freshman can apply for. To apply for one of these and for more complete scholarship information, please contact the Financial Aid office. Most of the deadlines for the upcoming fall semester are in January and February. Information was found on Kent State University’s JMC site, and below is a list of all the titles of scholarships available.

American Society of Business Press Editors Scholarship

Robert Burdock Award

Ronald Dean Clark Scholarship in Editorial Writing

Walton D. Clarke Endowed Scholarship

Edward Cliney Award. Ralph C. Darrow Award

Robert C. and Helen Westcott Dix Scholarship

Roger and Ada Fidler Scholarship

Wiliam A. Fisher Award

Al Fitzpatrick Scholarship

John Fowler Award

Trudy and Allen Goodkin Award

Lloyd W. Hanson and Harvey E. Rahn Scholars Award

JMC/Akron Press Club Award

JMC Alumni Council Legacy Scholarship

Herb Kamm/Scripps Howard Scholarship

Dick Kostic/Cleveland Press Club Scholarship

Paul Ashby Lewis Scholarship

Phil Macomber Scholarship

E. Zoe McCathrin Public Relations Scholarship

BethAnn McClain Scholarship

Robert McGruder Scholarship and Alumni Scholarship. Marge McNab Block Award

David A. Meeker Endowed Scholarship

Doug Moore Award.

Frances B. Murphey Scholarship

William H. Oliver Fellowship in Public Affairs

Paul Poorman Scholarship

Portage Community Bank Award

Murray Powers Award

PRSSA Fellowship Award

Ludel Sauvageot Scholarship

John L. Scott Endowed Scholarship

Robert K. Shaul Advertising Scholarship

Paula Slimak Scholarshi

Ralph W. and Bettie Smith Memorial Award

Robert Sorino Memorial Scholarship

Gene Stebbins/JMC Alumni Council Scholarship

Wallace H. and Peggy V. Stroud Scholarship

James M. Sutherland Scholarship

William Taylor Scholarship

Thompson Family Award

Loris C. Troyer Scholarship

Nancy E. Whitehead Journalism Scholarship

Julie Battaglia is a senior applied communication major and practicum student in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.

Kent State University lead photographer Gary Harwood shares career exhibit with Canton arts community

By Brianne Kimmel

Gary Harwood, Instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
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A well-known face at Kent State University shares his 30 year retrospective of award winning work with Canton’s Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography.

The Gary Harwood Life Behind the Lens | A 30 Year Retrospective exhibit opens February 4th for a free, one-night event featuring live music and signing of Harwood’s book Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography from  5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This exhibit running from February 4th thru May 21st will include powerful imagery from Ohio’s migrant community, the indefatigable spirit of Cuba, photographs produced for the Associated Press, and Gary’s visual essay on aging.

Harwood has received over 70 awards for his work including 2001’s University Photographer of the Year as well as placing in the 2010 Canton Luminaries Photography Competition. As an instructor at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Harwood shares his expertise to produce high-caliber photojournalism students.

Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.