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may 2018

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April 2018

Prof. Sargent Conducts Training Workshop on "Workplace Conflict"

In the first of a new Professional Development Series sponsored by the Administrative Faculty Senate, Dr. Meg Sargent conducted a training workshop on "Workplace Conflict" for members of the SCSU administration and staff (April 18, 2018).

Prof. Sargent Presents Award at Celebration of Excellence

As the past recipient of the J. Philip Smith Outstanding Teaching award, Dr. Meg Sargent presented the award to this year's new recipient at the annual Celebration of Excellence ceremony (April 16, 2018).

Bob Reiss Visits Digital Production Facility for Interview

Bob Reiss, a bestselling author of 23 books, as well as a journalist, a former Chicago Tribune reporter and former correspondent for Outside Magazine, visited our Digital Production Facility for a sit-down interview with SCSU professor, Dr. Sarah Roe. His work has been published in The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, Parade, Rolling Stone and other national publications.

To view the 12-minute interview, please click on the following link.

Reiss Interview 4-2018

March 2018

Visit From LJMU

Two faculty members and 5 students from Liverpool John Moores University visited our campus. They met with our students, filmed different aspects of SCSU and what it's like to study abroad here. Some LJMU students were even interviewed for an SCSU TV segment.

Prof. Sargent on Good Morning Connecticut

Dr. Meg Sargent, Associate Professor of Communication, was interviewed March 12, 2018 on Channel 8's 9 a.m. newscast: Good Morning Connecticut, about how a surprising percentage of college students are frustrated over faculty use of cell phones during class time. The interview – by Channel 8's health reporter, Jocelyn Maminta – was based on previous research that SCSU students had conducted at 11 different colleges and universities in Connecticut, as well as a recent study that Meg coordinated. The earlier research was coordinated by Meg and Bonnie Farley-Lucas, Professor of Communication.

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COM 422 Works with Academic Success Center

Working in collaboration with the Academic Success Center, students enrolled in COM 422: Professional Communication Training & Development (taught by Dr. Meg Sargent) partnered with the Center, provided training workshops to Success Navigators and Peer Tutors.

November 2017

Prof. Savelli Presented at the National Communication Association Conference

Prof. Savelli attended the National Communication Association conference and made three presentations: 1. "The impact of personal and relational experiences on intentions to attend Alcoholics Anonymous" 2. "Life isn't Fair, let's talk about it: Managing classroom conversations about social justice issues" 3. " 'Great Ideas for Teaching Students': Introductions based on social media investigations"

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Prof. Taylor and Prof. Savelli went to Liverpool to visit out partner school, Liverpool John Moores University. They worked with the Media Production department to discuss ways that we can collaborate in the future, including projects that students from both schools could work on simultaneously.

May 2017

Capstone projects - April/May 2017

@SCSURespect did an amazing job with their Respect Women campaign. By conducting a workshop at a local elementary school, they were able to instill this powerful message in the youth in our community. 

#RespectWomen logo                             Respect Women Q&A

The Life is Ruff campaign created awareness for dogs in need in the New Haven area while obtaining generous donations of pet supplies. 

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7th Annual southern connecticut university film festival (SCUFF)- may 4, 2017 

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Congratulations to the winners! 

Documentary – "George Demaio", Daniel Zumpano
Narrative – "Flicker", Alexis Villa
Experimental - "Nosedive", Alexis Villa
Community - "Rotary", Connor Etter
Best of Show - "Flicker", Alexis Villa





Prof. savelli Presented at Teaching Academy

Prof. Savelli presented at SCSU's Teaching Academy. Her presentation was titled "Bridging the gap between theory and practice using social justice projects: A roundtable discussion."

April 2017

Honors convocation - April 30, 2017

Award for Academic Excellence in Communication: Brandon Brush
Lawrence E. Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement:
     Advertising and Promotions: Shantal Collins
     Film, Television and Digital Production: Brandon Brush
     Interpersonal Communication: Ashley Blackwell
     Organizational Communication: Rose Martin

Congratulations everyone! 

Dr. Meg Sargent was Awarded the  J. Philip Smith Award for Outstanding Teacher

This is Dr. Sargent's second time receiving this award (her first being in 2009) and we couldn't be more proud. She received outstanding recommendations from her students for her ability to engage, educate, support, and motivate them. Dr. Sargent's hard work was celebrated during a ceremony with her peers. 


We continue to maintain a strong relationship with ESPN. Mike Bay invited members of their Production Staff, including Mo McKeekin (SCSU Alum), Brian Costello, and Keith Monnette to his Studio Production class (COM 359) on May 9th to watch the class record their final news broadcast with Kent Pierce's JRN 311 class. Mike reports the feedback from the ESPN staff was "extremely positive and the best part was that they also interacted directly with the students during the production, which helped support and reinforce the value in what [the students] were learning." Following the recording, the ESPN representatives led a recruitment meeting from 3:30-5:00 in our Digital Production Facility with 21 students from COM and JRN in attendance. The ESPN representatives provided an overview of their "Production Operations Associate" program, answered student questions, evaluated resumes, and provided helpful hints about how students should prepare themselves for careers in the broadcast industry. After further discussion between Mike Bay and ESPN recruiter (and SCSU Alum) Brittany Kelley, the plan is to expand this relationship further by holding this visit each semester and to involve ESPN personnel (especially alumni) in future advisory and assessment activities.

March 2017

Top Paper Award

Prof. Savelli received a Top Paper Award in the Theory and Methodology Division of the Eastern Communication Association for her presentation: "The effect of direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs on consumer behavioral intentions: A literature review and proposed methodology"

top paper award

January 2017


Dr. Sara Baker with some of her students lobbying for public education at our capital. 

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congratulations to alex Ferrarese for winning the logo contest!

Here is the winning design: 

Winning Logo