In the News
Art Department launches Faculty Exchange Program
Under the leadership of Department Chair Donise English and Gallery Director Ed Smith, and in collaboration with their colleagues in the Art and Art History Department, we launched the Faculty Exchange Program this past fall semester. The Faculty Exchange Program is a critical and much needed component of Marist’s global engagement effort. As part of the new program, Alastair Strachan of Glasgow Kelvin College was on campus during the week of November 11th.
During his visit, Alastair visited numerous art classes and gave well attended talks to the Marist community. In addition, Alastair gave a special presentation to students in the Dean’s Circle. Upon his return to Scotland, Alastair distributed Marist t-shirts to Glasgow Kevin College students, and as the picture below shows, the t-shirts were warmly received.
As part of the Faculty Exchange Program, during the spring 2013 term a Marist art faculty will be hosted by Glasgow Kelvin College for a week-long visit.
Center for Sports Communication Hosts ESPN Analyst Bruce Pearl
On Wednesday, March 12, 5pm – 7pm, in the Choir Room located in the newly renovated Marist College Student Center, ESPN basketball analyst and former University of Tennessee head men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl will speak about his work on air and on the court. The talk is free and open to the public. Keith Strudler, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sports Communication, will moderate the event.
Communication Students Present Original Research at Scholarly Conference
Three Communication students will present their original research at the Eastern States Communication Association Convention in Providence, RI, this April. Presenting students and titles are:
Alexa Dalbis, "Uses and Gratification of Different Media Outlets Among College Students." Christian Diaz-Georgia: "Social Media in High School Athletics." Oliver Najnigier: "Flopping in the NBA"
Communication Faculty Publish in Prestigious Scholarly Journals
Dr. Tim Mirabito, Assistant Professor in the Marist School of Communications & the Arts published an article titled, “Displaying Disability: A Content Analysis of Person-First Language on NCAA Bowl Championship Series College Athletic Department Websites” in the Journal of Applied Sport Management, that reports on an investigation about how accessibility information is communicated on athletic department websites in the latest volume of The. The article examined how accessibility of seating and parking was presented on department websites and what languages were used to communicate to people with disabilities. Results indicate that less 56% of schools used person-first language when discussing accessible parking and seating while less than 36% of schools used person first language in text. One important implication is that athletic department personnel are often not familiar with the language preferences of most people with disabilities. “The idea is for athletic departments to funnel constituents through their websites, however, in many cases person focused language was an after- thought where it should be the primary thought” Dr. Mirabito added. Along with his co-authors, this latest publication extends Dr. Mirabito’s research on student- athletes and coaches, sport and tragedy, and intercollegiate athletics. Below is the citation:
Dr. Ryan Rogers, Assistant Professor in the Marist School of Communications & the Arts, published an article, “Old Games, Same Concerns: Examining First Generation Video Games Through Popular Press Coverage from 1972-1985,” ion Technoculture, 3, that studied potential risks and fears associated with video games. The article examined video games fears from the 1970s and 1980s that were discussed in the popular press and draws connections to more recent discussion in the press of video game fears. In particular, this study encourages the news media to take a critical examination of technophobia. Dr. Roger’s research indicates that fears related to deviant behavior, drug use and violent behavior still persist in contemporary mainstream media coverage. “Fears related to video games haven’t changed as much as they’ve shifted,” said Dr. Rogers, “whereas earlier people were more concerned with the relationship that video games had to drugs and addiction, now people are concerned with the relationship video games have with violence.” The study follows his line of research on human-technology interactions with particular attention to video game environments.
Communication Faculty Publish Research on Trends in Cyberbullying
Dr. Jen Eden, Assistant Professor in the Marist School of Communications & the Arts, and her colleagues recently published their groundbreaking work on cyberbullying and victimization among 6th, 7th and 8th graders. It was the first experimental work done in this research area on such an important and impressionable demographic.
The article, published in Health Communication, tested 425 pre-teenagers at a public middle school in the Southwest. The purpose of the examination was to assess the effectiveness of interventions as a preventative measure in increasing cybersafety while inhibiting cyberbullying.
“We were actually able to show that interventions can be effective,” Dr. Eden noted. “There have been no previous interventions tested and we were able to find some of the things that were effective and others that were not as effective.”
The study concluded that cyberbullying prevention interventions successfully decreased the likelihood of victimization among potential bullies. Additionally, the research team found that reaching potential cyberbullies in their 7th grade year presented the highest likelihood of prevention. Finally, many of the interventions emphasized the realistic consequences of cyberbullying and those campaigns were found to be the most effective.
Dr. Eden added of the work, “I'm so proud of this publication and all the hard work my co-authors put in.”
This article appears in Health Communication’s first edition of 2014. Dr. Eden co-authored the piece with colleagues Dr. Anthony Roberto, Dr. Matthew Savage, Dr. Leslie Ramos-Salazar, and Dr. Douglas Deiss. Below is the citation:
Roberto, A. J., Eden, J., Savage, M. W., Ramos-Salazar, L., & Deiss, D. M. (2014) Outcome Evaluation Results of School-Based Cybersafety Promotion and Cyberbullying Prevention Intervention for Middle School Students. Health Communication, 29(1), 1-14.
Media Center Staff Active at CCUMC
The Marist College Media Center is a member of CCUMC (Consortium of College and University Media Centers) and its leaders here on campus are leaders within the organization, representing Marist with pride.
CCUMC provides leadership and a forum for information exchange to the providers of media content, academic technology, and support for quality teaching and learning at institutions of higher education. Joey Wall, Media Center Director, and Lee Walis, manager of Technical Services, attended CCUMC's annual conference in October. J
Joey, who serves on the Board of Directors, serves on the Conference Planning Committee. She hosted the opening night ice breaker, moderated several sessions, presented on Managing Student Employees, ran a Strategic Planning focus group, and coordinated the interest group specialty tracks. After the conference, Joey manages CCUMC's YouTube channel with all the session captures. Joey also attended a full day workshop on Copyright and Applying ARL's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use. Other educational sessions of particular interest were on Employee Engagement, The Culture of Change, Leadership (Covey's Habits), Budgeting, Collaboration, and System Integration for Designers & Owners.
Lee Walis has been appointed Technical Liaison for the Annual CCUMC Conference. The Technical Liaison acts as a conduit for the hosts, vendors, and the hotel in order to supply the best possible provisions for the Conference's technical needs. Additionally, this year Lee led a discussion on Project Management and was very active in talks regarding emerging technologies and higher education.
As part of the conference, the group toured classrooms and technology spaces at MidWestern University and Wheaton College.
Congratulations to Joey, who has since been re-elected to the Board for a second term, 2014-2016.
The Blaze’s Betsy Morgan on Campus
Longtime media executive and current president of The Blaze Betsy Morgan spoke at Marist on Wednesday, Nov. 20in the Nelly Goletti Theatre as part of the School’s new Marist Media Leaders Program. Morgan talked and answered questions about her extensive work in building and expanding some of the most important brands in new media. She also commented on the challenges of leading publications on the left, right, and center of the political aisle. Prior to the presentation, Betsy met with students and faculty for an informal breakfast. Among the topics discussed were the landscape of the media industry and best practice in preparing for work in media.
Communication Scholars Acknowledged at Prestigious National Convention
Dr. Jen Eden, Assistant Professor in the Marist School of Communications & the Arts, was awarded a top four paper in the interpersonal communication category at the 99th National Communication Association (NCA) Convention held in Washington, D.C. Jen’s award highlighted many of the recognitions both she and her colleagues, Dr. Shannon Roper and Dr. Nadine Hoffmann, received at this prestigious conference.
In addition to her paper titled, “Affectionate Communication is Associated with Immunologic and Cardiologic Health Markers” that received acknowledgment, Jen also presented two other papers at the conference, “Relational Maintenance in the Digital Age: How Friends, Romantic Partners, and Acquaintances Use Multiple Modalities to Maintain Proximal Relationships” and “Development and Validation of a Facebook Relational Maintenance Measure.” She also chaired two presentation sessions and was an acting respondent for a third applied communication session.
Shannon, Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Marist School of Communications, participated in a panel discussion regarding online dating. She was one of four panelists discussing the nuances of computer mediated dating websites, with her research presentation titled, “What’s in a Name for Online Dating?” She, too, chaired a research presentation session called, “Self Presentation Skills and Communication Competence.”
Nadine, Assistant Professor at Marist College, conducted research on foreign and domestic car brands and their identification with the company’s associated country of origin. Her poster presentation, “How Do You Like my Country? The Impact of Attitudes Toward Country of Origin on Car Manufacturer Communication” was delivered Saturday morning.
The NCA Annual Convention convened from Thursday, November 21 to Sunday, November 24 in the Exhibit Hall at the Marriot Wardman Park located in downtown Washington. More than 5,000 communication professionals from over 1,000 higher education institutions attended the 2013 conference, making it one of the largest gatherings of its kind for communication practitioners in the country.
Additional information regarding the convention can be retrieved from: http://www.natcom.org/convention.aspx?id=3139.
Center for Sports Communication Selected Academic Partner for Sports Public Relations Summit.
The Sports PR Summit (@SportsPRSummit), an annual invite-only event that brings together senior PR executives, media reporters and athletes from the sports industry, announced a formal partnership with the Marist College Center for Sports Communication (@SportsComMarist) today. Through the partnership, the Marist College Center for Sports Communication will provide logistical and strategic support for the Sports PR Summit both during the annual event as well as throughout the year in-between Summits. Eventually, the partners will create a digital space for sports PR executives to converse and continue conversations that begin in person. The Sports PR Summit, working with the academic input and guidance of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication, will continue to become the most vital and recognizable space for advancing this critical and evolving field. To learn more, see http://sportscomm.marist.edu/pdfs/pr%20release%202.pdf
Center for Sports Communication hosts Yahoo Sports Columnist Adrian Wojnarowski.
On November 14, The Marist College Center for Sports Communication presents Yahoo Sports NBA writer and best-selling authorAdrian Wojnarowskiin conversation withDr. Keith Strudler, discussing his experiences in the business of sports journalism and the state of professional basketball. Wojnarowski is best known for his work with Yahoo Sports, where he has built a reputation for breaking NBA stories and cultivating top sources. Wojnarowski also serves as an NBA insider for the NBC Sports Network. Previously, he worked as a columnist for The Record (N.J.), where he was named “Columnist of the Year” in 1997 and 2002 by the Associated Press Sports Editors. For more information about the event see: http://www.marist.edu/publicaffairs/wojnarowski2013.html
Barclays’ Michael O’Looney Visits Students
Michael O’Looney, managing director and head of corporate communications for Barclays PLC in the Americas, visited with students on Thursday, November 7. Mr. O’Looney spoke in two public relations classes and held an informal luncheon for students and faculty representing communication and media arts. Michael earned a BA in Communications from Marist in 1987 and presently serves on the Communication Advisory Board. Prior to Barclays, Michael ran corporate communications for Merrill Lynch. From 2002 to 2004, Michael was deputy commissioner for public information for the New York Police Department. In that role he was the department’s chief spokesperson and a senior advisor to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Michael began his career in broadcast journalism and was an Emmy-nominated reporter for WCBS Television and a correspondent for the CBS Evening News where he covered a range of domestic and international stories. He also worked for New York 1 News, CNBC, the Financial News Network, the Money Radio Network and WIBX News Radio. Michael serves on the board of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University and the advisory board of the Coalition for the Homeless. In 2003 he was inducted into the NYPD’s Honor Legion and has appeared in the feature film City Hall and the HBO series The Sopranos.
Professor Karen Schrier interviewed by Animation Career Review
Professor Karen Schrier was interviewed recently by Animation Career Review about Interactive Media & Game Design at Marist College. In the interview, Professor Schrier discusses fast past change in the game industry, the characteristics of tomorrow's industry leaders, and she highlights Marist's success in preparing students for an exciting future in interactive media and game design. Animation Career Review is a industry leader online source for aspiring animation, design, and gaming professionals seeking info on training programs, schools and colleges, software and technology, career profiles, and profiles of the leading industry firms. To learn more about Professor Schrier's Animation Career Review interview, click on the following link: http://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/marist%E2%80%99s-college-karen-schrier-discusses-interactive-media-game-design-program
Ruder Finn Chief Ethics Officer to Address Communication Students
Emmanuel Tchividjian, senior vice president and chief ethics officer at Ruder Finn, will be addressing communication students in the Lowell Thomas Screening Room on Wednesday, October 9, at 11 a.m.
Tchividjian's talk, "The Moral of the Story: Storytelling and Ethics," will use storytelling as a tool for exploring communication ethics. The discussion is sponsored by the School of Communication and the Arts and the Marist College chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America as part of a series of Ethics Week events being held in conjunction with the School of Management.
Tchividjian is a certified compliance and ethics professional from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, as well as is a member of the Ethics & Compliance Officers Association and the New York Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. In addition, he regularly speaks about ethics, public relations and crisis communication. For example, he has appeared on CNN/FN, NY1, WGBH and New England Cable News, as well as spoken at Columbia University, New York University and Penn State, among others. Additionally, he co-authored a chapter in the Ethics and Compliance Handbook as well as writes a blog for Ruder Finn.
Prior to joining Ruder Finn, a leading independent communications agency, Tchividjian worked for the government of Switzerland and served as program director for the New England-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Boston.
New Games Lab Launches in School of Communication and the Arts The Play Innovation Lab designs and researches games and emerging media
How do we create playful experiences that help us learn, connect, and grow? The brand new Play Innovation Lab (www.playinnovationlab.com) in the School of the Communication and the Arts at Marist College seeks to answer this question by designing and researching games and other innovative media, including games, apps, and websites. The Lab, which is a consortium of faculty, students, and other Marist community members, focuses on creating and studying playable media related to learning, social change, civic engagement, ethics and empathy.
Karen Schrier, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Director of the Play Innovation Lab is extremely excited about the Lab, and its ability to show us a new perspective on games and other emerging media. “When many people think of games, they think about its violent aspects, or game addiction, because those are the issues that the news typically covers. But what about the potential of games to help us relive moments from history, to more fully appreciate the natural world, to connect with people across the world, or to reflect on our personal values? The Play Innovation Lab seeks to explore these potentials,” she said.
The Play Innovation Lab officially launches this month with a new annual event called Field Day@Marist, which is co-sponsored with the Marist Game Society (http://clubs.marist.edu/mgs/). The event will feature popular outdoor games such as “Capture the Flag” and “Manhunt,” as well as Marist student-designed games like “Zombie Ball” (designed by Brittany Jelinski, Nick Homler ’13, and Sarah-Kaitlin Perkins), “Diffuse the Bomb” (designed by Daniel Hunter), and “Stand Off” (designed by Billy Hild). The “Field Day@Marist” event runs from 2 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, Sept. 21, rain or shine, in the campus green area next to the Lowell Thomas Building on Marist College campus.
Dr. Karen Schrier, who heads the Play Innovation Lab, teaches in the Interactive Media/Game Design concentration (IM/GD), which is part of the new B.A. in Media Studies and Production (http://www.marist.edu/commarts/mediaarts/mediastudiesandproduction.html). This new major provides students with a foundation in all media—from film, video, and television, to games, mobile, and the web—and prepares students for careers in a wide range of media industries. The IM/GD concentration includes a number of courses, including “Ethics and Games” and “Participatory Media,” which consider the humanistic, civic, and social potentials of media.
As Schrier explains, “People often hear ‘games’ and they immediately consider only the programming and technical aspects—which are important—but it’s also about people. It’s about designing for people, it’s about storytelling, culture, expression and identity, just like any other medium or art form. In the IM/GD concentration and through the Play Innovation Lab, we consider how to design for human needs. After all, play is such a natural and human form of expression.”
This fall, the Play Innovation Lab will be initiating a number of research and game design projects, and is open to working with any individual, department, group, or community organization to prototype and create games and other media. All interested students, faculty, staff and other Marist community members are welcome to join the Play Innovation Lab, and there is no experience or technical knowledge necessary. Meetings are open to the community and held every Thursday from 4-5 pm in Lowell Thomas (LT 154).
For more information about the Play Innovation Lab, please contact Karen Schrier at Karen.Schrier@marist.edu.
About Marist College
Marist College, recognized for excellence by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Kiplinger's Personal Finance as a "Best Value," is noted for its leadership in the use of technology to enhance the teaching and learning process. Marist is dedicated to helping students develop the intellect and character required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.
About the Play Innovation Lab at Marist College
Founded in September of 2013, the Marist College Play Innovation Lab is a consortium of Marist College faculty, students, and alumni, led by Dr. Karen Schrier, who are engaged in the creation and research of playable media. The Play Innovation Lab investigates and innovates current and emerging media (including games, apps, and websites), with a focus on designing for social, educational, and civic needs, and using play to teach, help, heal, and understand humanity. Please see www.playinnovationlab.com for more information.