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Almuna opens West Coast Make-Up Academy

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Alumna Makeup in the Spotlight 

Clifton Heights native Erica Johnson was one of the first students in the Communications program at the (then) School of Communications and Theater. When she started at Temple at 23 years old, she never dreamt her story would unfold to a future as a makeup artist and co-founder of a West Coast makeup academy.

After she graduated high school, Erica started working as a bartender, giving little thought to going to college. At the age of 21, she started classes at Delaware County Community College, where she spent two years before transferring to Temple and going on to graduate in 2005.

Despite the fact that she took a break between high school and college, she never felt the worries of non-traditional students. She admits that she missed out on the campus activities since she was a commuter. She felt, “a little out of the loop. Where everyone was hanging out on campus, I was driving to school every day. It was a completely different experience for me.”

Although she was born and raised in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, she felt her calling was somewhere else. After some time, Erica started to drift to the other side of the nation. “Living outside of Philadelphia, I realized that there’s a mindset here to graduate, get married, and have kids, go to grad school, have a career, and work 9-5. There’s so much pressure to do the ‘right thing’ that once I left, my life really kind of took off,” she says with a hint of hope and anticipation in her voice. She detailed the beginning paths of her career for me, starting with a job she was given in Los Angeles, California. She worked red carpet events, the last shred of her childhood dream of becoming an actress.

Much of her time spent at Temple was dedicated to being in front of the camera and studying what it takes to get there. “I took a couple of theater classes, and thought ‘this is definitely what I want to do’, but for some reason, I was drawn more to the television classes and the science behind it. I just wanted to quit school and be an actress, and my mom’s like, ‘I will kill you!’” she laughs.

Her career in makeup never followed a linear path. While she was perusing the acting scene in LA, she knew it was a good spot for her to be in. Due to conflicting circumstances, however, she moved back home to Pennsylvania, where she began to see herself coming into makeup artistry. “I had some friends that asked me to do their makeup for a TV pilot they were shooting, and I said ‘it’s kind of different when I’m doing makeup when we go out and now you’re asking me to do makeup on set?’ It’s a completely different style that I don’t know how to work with; you have to work with lighting and cameras. I had no idea what I was doing at the time but I was loving every second of it. At the end of the day, I was like, ‘wow, I love this, this is what I want to do’.”

It was then that she decided to pursue makeup school to add to what she already knew. While she was busy trying to put a career together, other things in her life made it difficult to proceed. Erica was faced to relocate back to the East Coast. Just when she thought circumstances could not be worse, she received a phone call from a friend who lived in Las Vegas. On a whim, she flew out to spend a weekend with her friend, only to find her heart was in Vegas.

After relocating yet again, Erica started doing what she knew best: bartending. She knew she could not douse her passion for makeup, so she found an advertisement to work as a makeup artist at a local photography studio. Four months later after working with the couple who owned the studio. They asked her to partner with them in founding a makeup academy, and thus Optionz Makeup Academy was born. “I remember the first class I taught was three hours long, and I had no idea what I was doing but I just powered through everything in my kit, and teaching whatever I thought was relevant.”

Today, her story reads a little differently than she thought. “I thought I was going to marry someone who’s an actor, I’m not going to have to work anymore, like I thought that was my story,” she admits. Though she’s far from those days, she owes a lot of her success to the place it all started: Temple.

“I felt a little lost going there (Temple) because I was a little older than everyone else around me. I really struggled from the beginning. [Dr. Gratson] was so motivating from day one to get me to think outside the box and get me to find out what my major could do, and that I didn’t have to be book-smart to make something happen. The program itself drew me because I felt like I did have the flexibility and freedom to take all these different classes that were a part of me.”

Erica and her thriving makeup academy, Optionz Makeup Academy, is living proof that with enough willpower, a good foundation (pun intended), and a strong desire to follow a passion, anything and everything is within reach. It is a rare thing to find what it is a person loves and to make a living from it, but this alumna is a clear example that it can be done. “When I see a client tear up because they didn’t know they could look so beautiful – that’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.”

By Kandace Kohr

 

 

Major of Distinction Scholar Real-World Ready

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By Kandace Kohr, 2014

Senior Communication Studies major Megan Carter will be one of two students in the program graduating from its Major of Distinction Program in the spring of 2014. In a quick Q&A session, we hear more from her about her journey to becoming language proficient in French and her growing love for screenwriting.

Kandace: Why did you decide on the Communication Studies Program?

Megan: I came into SMC undeclared as a freshman, declared myself an advertising major my second semester at Temple, and then the new Communication Studies program was created. It sounded perfect for what I wanted–flexibility and a diverse choice of classes. I finally felt like a major tailored to me came to fruition right when I needed it.

K: What aspects of the major of distinction attracted you? How did you pick it?

M: I realized as soon as I declared CMST, I wanted even more freedom outside of the tracks. And the requirements were right up my alley. Continuing French was a worthwhile challenge, and I had this amazing chance to try everything I wanted and more. It coincided perfectly with the classes I took for my Writing Certificate through the English department. I not only was able to practice literary writing, but also writing for media. I could take theater classes to learn to write for the stage (Playwriting) and perform spontaneously (Improv) and even practice writing for film with my senior thesis. Which is exactly what I did.

K: What will you do with your Major of Distinction.

M: I have a pretty decent portfolio graduating out of Temple. The world is my oyster as far as I can tell. I will no doubt continue to write as well as stay involved in theater. My big dream is to write comedy for TV. If I can be half as successful and brilliant as Mindy Kaling, I’ll be set.
K: Can you explain what you’ll be doing after graduation?

M: Right now I’m working as a Content Writing Intern at KicksUSA. I write shoe release blogs and get to learn about sneaker culture with a cool group of people. On the side, I’ll be submitting scripts as long as stamps still work. I’ll also probably be hitting up some open mics around Philly soon to practice stand-up. I want to keep doing Improv whenever I get the chance. So basically, everything.
K: As I understand it, you’re involved in the LGBT activities/groups around campus. Can you tell me a little more about that?

M: My junior year I was lucky enough to become president of Temple’s Queer Student Union. I was very proud of the group of people who served on the e-board. I was inspired to meet and chat with so many beautiful, dedicated student advocates. I left knowing we set a new standard for LGBTQ awareness and presence at Temple, from hosting the very first drag show on campus to spreading the story of Edie Windsor who returned this year to be honored as an Alumni Fellow!

K: Do you comingle your involvement with LGBT groups with your major, or Major of Distinction in particular?

M: I have all kinds of LGBTQ-identified friends in just about everything I’m involved with. The queers are everywhere! I am always working to create more bisexual and genderqueer characters in my writing in the hopes of encouraging more representation on stage and on screen.

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WOW, Communication Studies has had one amazing year!

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Recently, Temple Lambda Pi Eta Alpha Beta Upsilon Chapter held its second annual gala to celebrate the induction of 23 new fully funded members. These members include Megan Carter, Thomas Clement, Dana Dever, Jennifer Donahue, Emmett Drueding, Alexandra Fleming, Stephen Foster-Feeley, Sarae Gdovin, Jared Groff, Amos Hanna, Chris Krochak, Tyler Lauletta, Katie Leva, Kelly Lucas, Mary Martin, Peter Orbach, Nadia Ouazzi, Julie Seidman, Brittany Smith, Katherine Taylor, and Caitlyn Warakomski. These students represent not only the best of our program, but also the best of Temple.

For the second year in a row, the induction ceremony was held at McCormick & Schmicks in Center City Philadelphia. In the shadow and grandeur of both City Hall and the Ritz-Carlton, the new inductees enjoyed good conversation and a fantastic dinner. Julie Sideman accepted her nomination and became the second chapter president. Also of note, was a nod to Nadia Ouazzi and Alexandra Fleming who were also mentioned for their service throughout the year. We are all very excited for this powerful group of woman to take over as the new executive board. Dr. Scott Gratson hosted the event with help from Chapter President Tyler Treml10305955_10203977484264299_3896953753630188032_n and National Undergraduate LPH Chair Justin Dowdall. They were graciously joined by Dean David Boardman, Dean Kim Guyer and Dean Deborah Cai. This year, Dean Boardman joined the fold and accepted his membership into the chapter at the conclusion of the event. The Dean’s office has shown Alpha Beta Upsilon incredible support that has been both rewarding and humbling.

We thought that intertwined with this celebratory atmosphere, it would be nice to review all the amazing things that our chapter has accomplished over the last year. Honestly, Temple LPH has done so much that it is hard to fit it all in one article. As a group, we have presented at 12 national conferences, including the Harvard University Undergraduate Research Conference, the DePaul Honors Conference, and the National Communication Association Conference in Washington, D.C. We sent eight students to the Eastern Communication Association Conference and took home a top paper award!

Beyond conference attendance, we also have a publication coming out in the scholarly reviewed LPH Journal for Undergraduate Studies. One of our members sits on the National LPH Advising Board, and three of our members are graduating with a major of distinction within the program. A few of our members will be graduating magna and summa cum laude. If that is not impressive enough, we also have a member that will be traveling to Russia on a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship and one of our members was a Fulbright finalist to study in the UK. We held two pear-teaching posts, and in our spare time, we helped host the Temple undergraduate research and creative arts symposium, while simultaneously accounting for five of the presentations. Internally, we also received three Temple Lew Kline Scholarships and three CARAS Grants for creative work and scholarship.

Mike and KimBeyond scholarship, we have done amazing media work. One of our members has had her photography published by numerous local magazines and was able to photo shoot Elton John and Pink. Her work in band photography has received regional attention and we are all excited about her future. We have also ventured into popular press with an article coming out this spring in the Philly Gay News. Professionally, we are working at some of the top internships in the country, including the U.S. White House this Fall and KicksUSA. Our members are both the SMC graduation speaker and the runner up. We took part and hosted the Lavender Graduation, an opportunity to highlight the vast diversity regarding sexual orientation. Oh, by the way, I almost forgot… we also won an Emmy!

With all this in mind, it is no surprise that Temple LPH members took home three of the 13 Temple Diamond awards this year. This was a particularly special night, as the Diamond Award is the highest honor that the university bestows on its undergraduates for service, scholarship, and community leadership. With hundreds of applications sent in, seeing LPH represented at that level highlighted the dedication and demands that we look for in our members. It is worth noting, that Temple LPH raised the standard of entrance beyond the national minimum requirements to push and inspire our future member towards greatness.

However, what we are the most proud of are the many service projects that we have undertaken. Most notably, we ran a major clothing drive and a film festival to support transgendered homeless youth. As a result, we raised 30 large bags of clothes and 50 lbs. of new toiletries. We also fundraised for the Philly Aids Walk, coming in second place for money raised by a university group second only to the University of Penn Aids Center. In addition, we volunteered at a local inner-city organic farm. One of the most fun days we experienced this year, was spent together at Philly Aids Thrift Store, sorting clothes and just generally helping out.

Beyond this, we invested in our future. Temple LPH has now instituted a new program called Pipeline. This program mentors and 10294224_10152388011987450_227470864081473614_nbrings into the fold high preforming freshman and sophomores that show excellence and dedication to the study of communication, civic engagement, and leadership potential. It was through Pipeline that we sent eight fully funded students to present at ECA. Six of the students sat on a panel focused on the Pipeline program, which demonstrated how other schools could institute a similar program. This was a great accomplishment. Still, the best part of the trip occurred on the ride home when the upper classmen and underclassmen strategized about our next steps!

With a focus on scholarship and community engagement, we have created an environment and culture of excellence that has already affected so many lives. The proof is in the pudding. Two of our junior members, both recipients of the prestigious president’s scholarship, just took home a top honor at the Temple MSP awards for their critical work concerning the effects of new media addiction and self-perception. We will be working on getting these incredible scholars to NCA this year in Chicago and beyond!

What this all means, is that Temple LPH has accomplished much, but we know that have much left to do. From our collective vision, and the endless support of our faculty advisor, we have been able to recognize that it is only by living a productive and fearless life that we can make this world a better place. We look forward to seeing this work continue in the future and see no reason why it will not. With Julie, Alex and Nadia at the helm; and Max, Lauren, and Rhiannon close behind, we are indeed in for a few surprises. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about LPH, Pipeline, or just want to network, please contact Julie Sideman (President) or Lauren Ruhnke (Junior Advisor).

 

 

 

 

 

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Temple series earns national college TV award

Celebrity presenter Matt Bomer poses with Jaime Sweet, FMA senior; Michael Busza, COMM senior; and Jen Parmer, MSP '13.

A series created at Temple University has earned the bragging rights of being called the best in the nation after winning a College Television Award April 23.

One of the Guys, Temple’s first web-based sitcom, is written and directed by seniorcommunications major Michael Busza and produced by Jen Parmer, MSP ’13, and Jaime Sweet, a senior film and media arts major. The story of three gay friends and their straight roommate, it earned the top prize in the Best College Series category for its third episode, “Twenty-Somethings.”

The three Owls were among the most promising television producers in America at the 35th Annual Television Academy Foundation’s College Television Awards Gala at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood, Calif. The award was presented to them by actor Matt Bomer, best known from the USA Network’s White Collar.

Our heads are still spinning. It is a gigantic honor, and we will never forget this experience,” Busza said in an email from Hollywood the day after the event.

Parmer, too, was still reeling from their win. She recalled in an email that, just a year ago, being named a College Television Award finalist was merely a dream.

“Being out here among the top collegiate film producers from some of the top schools has been incredible and we are honored to be among them representing Temple,” Parmer said.

The series was created in a “Producing and Directing” class led by Kristine Weatherston, assistant professor of media studies and production.

One of the Guys is the best college series in the country because from concept to creation, the passion put forth from the entire cast and crew on the series translates directly to the audience into a comedy of heart, soul and story,” said Weatherston, also the show’s executive producer.

Time to network, time to learn
Even beyond the excitement of their award, Busza said they were able to rub elbows with some impressive Hollywood professionals.

“It was so powerful and overwhelming to have members of the Academy approach us to share that our show was innovative, well-written, well-directed and well-produced,” Busza said. “They told us they want to see our show on a prime time broadcast, that we’re taking the comedy of the moment and making it our own, and that our show is as professional as anything they’ve seen.”

For Sweet, their time in Hollywood beyond the awards ceremony proved invaluable.

“It’s been an incredible experience to be recognized by the Academy Foundation, as well as have the opportunity to listen, learn and network with industry professionals as well as all of our fellow nominees,” she said. “One of the big takeaways from Tuesday’s nominee summit was that, at the core of what we do as media directors and producers, is to be storytellers. The story, and the characters within a story, are the reasons we follow a series.”

Scott Gratson, director of the communication studies department, has been a mentor to Busza throughout his time at Temple.

“I know that Mike’s goal has always been to create a better sense of inclusion for the LGBTQ community,” he said. “Through his directing, he has combined creative work with advocacy. The result has been fantastic.” 

Soon, the reality of being the best college TV series in the nation will set it for the production team, but for now, they’re still buzzing.

“Things like this don’t just happen,” Busza said.

The series’ first four episodes can be viewed online at oneoftheguysTV.com. Episode 5 will debut April 29 and episode 6 will be added in May.

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Communication Studies Students Team Up to Present Award-Winning Paper at ECA

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Tamas Mizsei (far left) and Julie Seidman (to the right of Mizsei) present at the 2014 TURF-CreWS

Photo courtesy of Sofiya Ballin

Bridging the gap between academic subjects has become something of habit for Communication Studies students. As many would attest, Communication Studies students have a way of connecting and thinking outwardly, in other words “thinking outside the box”. Two students in particular have certainly provided evidence for that characteristic.

Senior Julie Seidman and sophomore Tamas Mizsei have come together based on their mutual interest in the dynamic Russian political landscape to focus on gender rights in Russia. Seidman, who studies Communication Studies (Major of Distiction) and Russian concurrently with a minor in German, wrote a paper for her Russian capstone class that would in turn inspire the pair’s presentation at the 2014 Temple University Research Forum and Creative Works Symposium (TURF-CreWS). Mizsei says he was inspired to join Seidman, “when [she] mentioned she had just written about the Russian protest punk band ‘Pussy Riot’.”

With the help of Seidman’s faculty advisor Olia Prokopenko, Seidman and Mizsei chose to focus on the Russian protest band, Pussy Riot, as Seidman explains, “because they outwardly call themselves feminists in a society that is generally very unaccepting of feminism, western feminism in particular. The gay propaganda laws in Russia are utterly outrageous, and I wanted to study them in the greater context of Russian history and identity.”

Mizsei, a Communication Studies major, finds his interest in the ongoing civil rights issues in Russia, and felt exploring the topic further gave him all the more ammunition to embark on a paper that would later win an award for top undergraduate paper from the Eastern Communication Association. Seidman and Miszei will be travelling to Rhode Island in April later this month to present their work to the ECA conference.

Since presenting at TURF-CreWS, the two are eager to present their research to ECA. Both say that it gave them good experience in presenting in an academic setting. Mizsei, who admits he has never presented at an academic conference before, says he, “looks forward to the opportunity to test my mettle in national academics; I very much wanted a way to distinguish myself academically outside of letter grades.” Seidman tells that the experience presenting among her peers and faculty members was good practice. “Now we feel more confident to present our paper at ECA.”

 

Kandace Kohr, 2014

 

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Cross Cultural CMST Core Class

Still looking for a Cross Cultural CMST core class **for the Fall**?

Consider: STRC 2672 Global Communication and Leadership

Just need to take it and fill out a petition as required!

 

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Making dreams of studying abroad a reality

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For many students, an experience studying abroad is a dream come true, and for most, it’s a one-time opportunity. For Janice Durrant, Communication Studies major with a Spanish minor, she’s turning her dreams of studying abroad into a reality.

Her first opportunity came to her in the summer of 2013 when she studied with Dr. Gratson in New York City. Originally, she took on the internship component of the program, but found that she wanted something more. She began a personal project of self-discovery and ancestral tracing in one of New York City’s largest Latino communities, Spanish Harlem.

“My grandmother was born in Puerto Rico, so I wanted to gain a little bit more about my culture. When they came from Puerto Rico, they were in Spanish Harlem at that time.” When Janice talks about the Spanish Harlem that she studied today, she says it was nothing like what it was when her grandmother left it due, in part, to the gentrification of the area. Her project honed in on the residents, and she worked to collect as many voices as she could to tell the stories her grandmother and those like her lived.

Throughout her session in New York City, Janice compiled the stories she had captured into a blog, which she still operates today. Aside from her blog and the testimonials of Spanish Harlem’s residents, she says she loved the “passport component” of the study away experience the most. “You really get to see the city by going out and exploring; without that, I wouldn’t have gotten what I did from Spanish Harlem.”

Janice decided to take her journey to define her ancestry one step further by studying abroad in South Africa. She decided to keep the fire burning to find out more about where her father came from: Port of Spain, Trinidad. By studying abroad in South Africa, she says it is the next best thing to studying her dad’s homeland. “I just want to see the other side of my ancestors.”

The number of hits her blog has received far exceeded her expectations, and now she hopes to keep that going as she publishes about her experiences and adventures in South Africa. Throughout the experience, she hopes to gain a little piece of South Africa that she can call her own. “A lot of people use the media as an outlet to allow them to [dictate] what a country is or what the people in the country are going through, and I want to figure out firsthand, for myself, what this country is like.”

However, such a great opportunity does come at a hefty cost. To keep her dream nourished, she has taken up fundraising through a website called GoFundMe, and has raised more than $1,800 to date. “It’s just a blessing in disguise.”

This article is the labor of Kandace Kohr.

 

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We have oodles of classes to add for your consideration!

Dear Students,

As you are preparing for registration, I write with some great news. We have been working with the CMST Working Group and the Chairs of the School of Media and Communication.We have oodles of classes to add for your consideration!

We are pleased to note that the following courses will be added to the tracks. Read as: Along with the courses that are already in the CMST tracks, you can add the following as well as options for you to take. Pre-reqs still apply but you now have a ton of choices.

Also, we have a new class for the Analysis core: STRC 1165, Public Speaking.

Now, there is a small issue: You just have to fill out a form called a petition that you can get from Advising in 9 Annenberg Hall. On it, just make a note of the class that you are taking and for what track (or that you are taking Public Speaking), circle the class below and drop it off at my office in Annenberg Hall 9C. No appointment, no phone call, no email required. Just drop it off and you are certain that it will be accepted if you are picking classes from the following list.

I want to thank the Chairs of Journalism as well as Media Studies and Production, Drs. Andrew Mendelson and Nancy Morris, respectively, for their support and all of the students, particularly Justin Dowdall,  who assisted with this proposal. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Under the Analysis Core:

STRC 1165 Public Speaking

Under Media  Environments:

JRN 3403 Documentary Photography

JRN 3505 Experimental Journalism

JRN 3709 the Entrepreneurial Journalist

JRN 3705 Gender and American Mass Media

JRN 3702 Race and Racism in the News

JRN 3401 Photography

MSP 4226 Public Media

MSP 4324 Video Game Industry and Culture

MSP 4446 Psychological Processing of Media

MSP 4497 Media and Children

MSP 4541 Mobile Media

MSP 4454 Public Information Campaigns

MSP 4226 Public Broadcasting

MSP 2421 Media Popular Culture

MSP 3421 Technology and Culture

MSP 4445 Media Images and Analysis

MSP 4453 Information Society

MSP 3421 Technology and Culture

MSP 4153 Media Criticism

MSP 4252 Law and Ethic of Digital Media

MSP 4324 Video Game Industry and Culture

MSP 4541 Mobile Media

MSP 4446 Psychological Processing of Media

MSP 4497 Media and Children

MSP 4496 Global Media

Under Global Society:

JRN 3709 the Entrepreneurial Journalist

JRN 3403 Documentary Photography

JRN 3401 Photography

JRN 3403 Documentary Photography

JRN 3505 Experimental Journalism

JRN 3705 Gender and American Mass Media

JRN 3702 Race and Racism in the News

MSP 3421 Technology and Culture

MSP 3471 Media and Culture Differences

MSP 4496 Global Media

MSP 3473 Media and the Environment

MSP 3296 Travel Writing

MSP 3421 Technology and Culture

MSP 4445 Media Images and Analysis

MSP 4453 Information Society

MSP 3421 Technology and Culture

MSP 4153 Media Criticism

MSP 4252 Law and Ethic of Digital Media

MSP 4324 Video Game Industry and Culture

MSP 4541 Mobile Media

MSP 4446 Psychological Processing of Media

MSP 4497 Media and Children

MSP 4496 Global Media

Under Policy Regulation and Advocacy 

JRN 3704 Ethical Issues in Journalism

JRN 3709 the Entrepreneurial Journalist

JRN 3401 Photography

JR 3403 Documentary Photography

JRN 3505 Experimental Journalism

JRN 3705 Gender and American Mass Media

JRN 3702 Race and Racism in the News

MSP 4252 Law and Ethic of Digital Media

MSP 4425 LGBT Representation in the Media

MSP 4497 Media and Children

MSP 4453 Information Society

MSP 3473 Media and the Environment

MSP 3577 Communication and Development

MSP 4226 Public Media

MSP 4454 Public Information Campaigns

MSP 4221 Info Tech Policy

MSP 3421 Technology and Culture

MSP 4445 Media Images and Analysis

MSP 4453 Information Society

MSP 3421 Technology and Culture

MSP 4153 Media Criticism

MSP 4252 Law and Ethic of Digital Media

MSP 4324 Video Game Industry and Culture

MSP 4541 Mobile Media

MSP 4446 Psychological Processing of Media

MSP 4497 Media and Children

MSP 4496 Global Media

 

 

 

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Julie Seidman Wins Russian Critical Language Scholarship

Senior Communication Studies student Julie Seidman has recently received the Russian Critical Language Scholarship through The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State! The applicant pool was highly competitive, making this a huge accomplishment. Julie will be spending two months in Russia this summer where she will be participate in an intensive Russian language program. This is a prime example of the diversity of excellence in CMST and Temple University.

rus “The CLS Program is part of a larger U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.”

Julie’s kindness and hard work has made a splash in the department. She has been working closely with the LPH Leadership Board on multiple civic projects and will be attending the Eastern Communication Association Conference this April. There she will be presenting her paper “The Russian Orthodox Church: Dissidence, State-controlled Sexuality, and Resurgent Nationalism in Post-Soviet Russia” co-authored with Tamas Mizsei (CMST).

This paper is the winner of The McCroskey & Richmond Undergraduate Scholars Conference Top Paper.

She is also currently working on a publication with Dr. Scott Gratson and Justin Dowdall concerning conceptions of home and violence against the LGBTQI community in Russia.

We are all so proud of her and can’t wait to see the amazing pictures from Russia this summer. For more information on the scholarship that Julie has received please visit http://www.clscholarship.org/.

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Video Game Scholar Attends Undergraduate Honors Conference

Tyler Treml has been accepted to the 40th Annual DePauw National Undergraduate Honors Conference.

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For a second year in a row, Temple University’s Communication Studies Program is sending a representative to one of the oldest and most respected communication and media studies undergraduate honors conference in the nation.

“For 40 years, the DePauw National Undergraduate Honors Conference for Communication and Theatre has gathered top undergraduate students and exemplary scholars in communication studies together for an intensive weekend of scholarly dialogue. The various goals of the conference include networking and the chance to share ideas with leading scholars, but all other goals are subordinate to the primary goal of supporting undergraduate research.”

- DePauw University

Tyler’s work has thus far primarily focused on narrative discourse and videogames. He is currently working on his major of distinction thesis that goes deeper into this framework using the Naughty Dog developed title, The Last of Us. The Last of Us is a 2013 game revolving around a post-apocalyptic journey across the continental United States. Tyler has been IMG_1440focusing on how The Last of Us can be situated into a narratological lens, how this can speak to the game’s artistic merit, and ultimately how the industry will shift as a result.

Tyler will be a getting chance to study and work along side Sarah Vowell, who is the New York Times bestselling author of six books on American history and culture, and was a contributing editor to NPR’s This American Life. Visiting scholars include, Cheryl Black of the University of Missouri, Patrice Buzzanell of Purdue University, Kathleen Turner of Davidson College, and Mary Beth Oliver of Penn State University.

Tyler will be graduating with a Major of Distinction at the end of the Spring 2014 semester.

 

 

 

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It is our pleasure to inform you that Communication Studies Program has had yet another paper accepted to a national communication conference. These students will be presenting the paper “Collaborative Reflection: Undergraduate Mentorship, Scholarship & Civic Engagement: Creating a Pipeline of Success in Temple University’s Communication Studies Program” at The 2014 Eastern Communication Conference.

The panel consists of six stellar undergraduates that represent both senior honors mentors and freshmen president’s scholars. This paper was the product of a collaboration of the Diamond Peer Teachers Program, the Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society, and the CMST Pipeline Mentorship Program. We look forward to keeping you up to date on our progress and sending many pictures and stories! Thank you so much for your continued support.

ECA Authors/Participants:
Tyler Treml
Justin Dowdall
Darragh Friedman
Lauren Runhnke
Rhiannon Wright
Jessie Rachel Panick

Way to go, students! #commstudies

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