Montclair State University Newsletter

Volume 1, Issue 5/June 2014
Congratulations to the Class of 2014!
On Sunday, May 18, students in the School of Communication and Media joined other students in the College of the Arts -- art and design,dance, music and theatre -- for the college's convocation ceremony. Commencement for the university took place in the Izod Center on Friday, May 23.


Student Media Projects
WMSC Summer Schedule Begins
WMSC's summer schedule is underway! WMSC Programming Director Silas Kezengwa reports that listeners can expect an enhanced summer line-up which will include the latest in news, sports and the best music.
PR Students Work With Entrepreneurs

Public Relations Management students presented their strategic plans to its three "real world clients" on Thursday, May 8. The clients were: HindSait, a company that provides predictive analysis services; ToothPyck, an online oral care retailer; and Eye Candy, a company that manufactures and sells its own costume jewelry.

Graduate Student Wins Top Award

Demmy Calivas, a graduate student in the Public and Organizational Relations program, won the Top Graduate Student Paper award at the 18th Annual Conference of the New Jersey Communication Association, held on April 12 at Kean University.

Upcoming Events
From the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center

The  Center is establishing a three-day Sports Business Academy this summer (Aug. 11-13) in partnership with Lunar Sports. The seminars are designed for high school and college students looking to gain insight into the business of professional sports. Guest speakers will include executives from the New York Giants, New York Yankees, HBO, Showtime and 

Chiz Schultz, who began working on a documentary on Lorraine Hansberry for PBS 26 years ago just received a $500 thousand
NEH grant for post production.  Schultz is confident he can match the grant from private donors and a Kickstarter campaign which will begin shortly.

Two SCM faculty members are recipients of 2014 Montclair State Professing Excellence Awards, which are bestowed to "highlight and acknowledge those educators who make meaningful contributions to our students' lives both inside and outside the classroom." Congratulations to Philip Bakelaarwho won an Outstanding Dedication to Student Education award, and Susan Skoog, who won an Outstanding Education Practices award. Read more about the awards here.
Michael J. Meindl has finished creating motion-graphics and editing a series of videos for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. These videos highlight the work of scholars who are part of the African Studies Association's Presidential Fellows Program. For more information about the Carnegie Corporation of New York, visit

Roberta Friedman is going to be shooting another Waltz piece in Milan this summer at the invitation of the Film School in Milan, Italy. See more about "Cosmopolis: 49 Waltzes for the World" here. 
"Found In Time," directed by Professor Arthur Vincie, shot by Professor Ben Wolf, and edited by Professor Daniel Loewenthal, just won "Best Feature Film" at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival!  The film will be released on streaming/VOD in August.  

Hugh Curnutt and Todd Kelshaw presented "Mr. Colbert goes to Washington: News, ideology, and political participation in the post-network era" on April 28, as part of the Provost's and the University Senate's Cross-disciplinary Lunch Series. 


Joel Penney's new research article in the journal Convergence has now been published online. The title is "Motivations for participating in 'viral politics': A qualitative case study of Twitter users and the 2012 US presidential election." 


Dr. Bakelaar recently spent three days in Grand Rapids, Michigan participating in organizational merger talks involving two national disaster relief agencies with budgets of over 2 billion dollars. One of the initial participants was David L. Myers the Director of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships. 


In addition to his summer artist residency in Amsterdam, Karl Nussbaum and his wife, JL McNutt, have been awarded another summer artist residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  
Past SCM Events
Famed Yankee Willie Randolph Signs Books
On May 23, former Yankee second baseman, Willie Randolph was the guest for a discussion of his career.  The talk was followed by a book signing.  
Best of Student Films Celebrated

As part of the Montclair Film Festival, a showcase of the best of the student films produced at the BFA Filmmaking program was celebrated on May 2 with their own screening, "New Visions from MSU." The event was held at the Bellevue Theater in Montclair.

Tony Award Winner Laura Benanti Headlines Autism NJ Fundraiser on May 1

Tony award winner Laura Benanti helped the Public Relations Student Society of America have its most successful ever fundraiser for Autism New Jersey, raising nearly $2,500 dollars for the state's largest autism advocacy group.  Joining Benanti was comic Sunda Croonquist, performer Gia McGlone, 11-year-old Jodi DiPiazza, and the Montclair Encore.
April 30 Colloquium With Interactive One's Mike Rich
Mike Rich, COO at Interactive One. which describes itself as the leading digital platform for the Black, Latino and new urban communities, discussed his career and current work. The full story is here.
Innovating the Local News Ecosystem Symposium
On April 24 and 25, media leaders from across the country gathered at the MSU conference center for a day of keynotes and break-out sessions that touched on the major trends and innovations impacting local media.  The story can be found here .
Academy Award Winning Chris Newman Visits

As part of SCM Sound Week, Academy Award winning sound engineer Chris Newman conducted a sound recording workshop for all SCM students on April 25. His film credits include "The Godfather," "Amadeus," "The Exorcist," "The Silence of the Lambs," and "The English Patient" among a host of others. 

Emmy Winner Eliza Paley Visits
On Wednesday, April 23, Emmy Award winner Eliza Paley visited the senior sound design class to show her work and critique student work. Paley is known for her sound design on "True Detective."
Academy Award Winner Skip Lievsay
The April 22 Film Foruml featured Oscar winning sound design and mixer Skip Lievsay. Lievsay has worked with filmmakers and directors including the Coen brothers, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Jonathan Demme and Robert Altman. In January 2007, he received two Academy Award nominations-for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing-for his work on Joel and Ethan Coen's "No Country for Old Men." The full story can be found here.
April 16 Colloquium Featured NHL's John Dellapina
John Dellapina, VP of Communications for the NHL, and, prior to that a sports writer for the Daily News, was the April 16 Colloquium guest. More information about his visit can be found here.
Lambda Pi Eta Symposium on April 11
Lambda Pi Eta held its 3rd Annual Symposium and Induction Ceremony. The honors society for undergraduate students in the Communication Studies area awarded its annual awards in communication studies and inducted new members were inducted. Academic papers were also presented by distinguished LPH inductees. 
Alumni & Friends Supporting the SCM
School of Communication and Media graduates share a lifelong connection with each other, the School and Montclair State University.  
We therefore work closely with alumni and friends, faculty and staff, corporations and foundations, and campus development professionals to create fundraising programs and opportunities that help the School continue strengthening its role as a regional leader in developing critical leaders in the evolving fields of communication and media. 

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Christine A. Lemesianou
Associate Director



The Record reported on May 11 that the outlook for this year's college graduates in obtaining jobs is much more promising than in recent years.  The online story is here.

WiredJersey is a Website project produced by the students of the School of Communication and Media. 

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NJ News Commons is a School of Communication and Media initiative to strengthen the voice of New Jersey by helping news organizations work cooperatively. 

The Montclarion

The Montclarion is the weekly, independent student newspaper of Montclair State University.  The Montclarion aims to provide an outlet for young journalists to hone their reporting skills and learn about newspaper layout and design.

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