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Temple student overcomes strokes to pursue PhD

In her academic pursuits, Melissa Meade, has studied communication, learned a second language and examined how the brain processes language.

As a result, she had a pretty good idea why she lost the ability to speak after a series of strokes in 2007 at just 30 years old.

In spite of the brain trauma she suffered, Meade is now working toward her doctoral degree in media and communication from the Temple University School of Media and Communication.

The irony of the endeavor isn’t lost on her.

“They experience of losing all ability to communicate brings a very humbling aspect to … Read more »

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SMC faculty, students to present at ICA conference

Eleven faculty and students from the Temple University School of Media and Communication will present at the International Communication Association conference in London June 17-21.  They are:

SMC faculty:

Deb Cai, “Culture and Intercultural Experience as Predictors of Decision-Making Styles”

Jan Fernback, “Copyright and Digital Piracy”

Matthew Lombard, “Diverse Perspectives on Presence and Telepresence: An Introduction”

Patrick Murphy, “Media and the Politics of the Earth”

Donnalyn Pompper, “Outnumbered Yet Still on Top, but for How Long? Theorizing about men working in the feminized field of public relations in the U.S.” (Winner, best paper in the

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Presence: When media mimics real life

Academics from around the world converged in Philadelphia in October to further examine how media can mimic real-life interactions.

Temple University was the site of Presence Live 2012, an annual conference hosted by the International Society for Presence Research (ISPR).

“Presence, short for telepresence, happens when people use technology and overlook at least part of its role in the experience, as when a telepresence conferencing system makes us feel as if we’re face-to-face,” explains Temple School of Media and Communication Associate Professor Matthew Lombard, president of ISPR.

Lombard was one of the first to identify presence through his graduate work … Read more »

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Proposed budget would mean dramatic cuts for Temple

Saying that “the day of reckoning has come,” Gov. Tom Corbett on March 8 presented a sobering budget proposal that will have a dramatic effect on Temple University and the other state-related universities if approved by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

In an unprecedented move, the governor recommended that the Commonwealth appropriation for Temple be cut more than half, from $178.5 million in the current fiscal year to $82.5 million in the new fiscal year, which starts July 1. Similar reductions are being proposed for the other state-related universities: the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and Lincoln University.

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FMA professor’s new film to screen in Arizona

Canyonlands, a new film by Associate Professor Roderick Coover, FMA, MMC, will be featured at the University of Arizona symposium, Hidden Cinema of the Southwest and Mexico on Feb. 25, and at the Bisbee Central School Project on Feb. 27. The film exami...
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February graduation speakers announced

The School of Communications and Theater has announced the speakers for its Feb. 4 graduation ceremony to be held in Lew Klein Hall at the Temple Performing Arts Center (formerly the Baptist Temple).

In celebration of the graduation venue, the featured speaker will be Lew Klein, an adjunct professor at Temple for nearly 60 years, chair of the SCT Board of Visitors and a legend in the television industry. Notably, Klein served as the executive producer of American Bandstand and, in 1970, he co-founded Gateway Communications, which owned four television stations. He is also the namesake of the Lew Klein … Read more »

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Feb. 4: SCT Graduation Ceremony

SCT Graduation Ceremony for August 2010 and January 2011 Graduates

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center (formerly the New Baptist Temple)
Date: Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
Time: 1 p.m.

Graduates are asked to arrive at noon. To honor August 2010 and January 2011 graduates for completing our academic program, the School of Communications and Theater has scheduled the following events:

  • Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Graduation Ceremony
  • Light refreshments following the ceremony will take place in the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in the Lower Level of the Performing Arts Center

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TUTV launch celebrated in Annenberg Hall

The School of Communications and Theater and Temple University entered a new era of hands-on educational experience and community outreach Nov. 11 with the ceremonial launch of TUTV.

The new cable television station, housed in the Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center in Annenberg Hall, televises content created at SCT and from throughout the university.

At 6 p.m., Temple University President Ann Weaver Hart appeared on TUTV to welcome its viewers, including almost 125 guests who were celebrating the launch in Annenberg Hall’s Joe First Media Center.

“TUTV offers outstanding learning experiences for Temple students, who will assist in … Read more »

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SCT honors GMA’s Robin Roberts, five alumni at Lew Klein Awards

Robin Roberts, the anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, joined five School of Communications and Theater alumni in the spotlight Oct. 21 at the 10th Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Awards.

The annual event celebrates the success of the school and its alumni and honors one media professional with the Excellence in the Media Award. Proceeds from the event support approximately two dozen student scholarships each year, allowing SCT students to study abroad or complete independent study projects.

The 2010 Alumni in the Media honorees represent the varied professions for which the School of Communications and … Read more »

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MMC announces program director change

Professor Matthew Lombard has been elected to a two-year term as director of the Mass Media & Communication (MMC) program. The MMC community owes a great debt of thanks to Professor Carolyn Kitch, who has served the program so well in that role for the last five years, and is now director of SCT’s Study Away programs.

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