16 December 2014

Professor Rera Debuts His Novel, Sign


Communication Professor Lou Rera recently gave a presentation on his novel, SIGN, at the downtown library as part of the Books Homegrown Series.   Signed copies of the book were available from Talking Leaves Books at the event following the talk.  The book is published by Netherworld Books in the United Kingdom.



Sign is a thriller about a man, his wife, his affair and a murder, with an element of the paranormal.   Rera has called it a classic crime thriller with a supernatural twist.  The author has been traveling to promote the book this fall, visiting events like the Toronto International Book Fair, and making appearance like this one on Buffalo's Off Beat Cinema.   Buffalo director Joe Blodgett won Best Director at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival in November for the short book trailer promoting Sign.  The novel is available in paperback and as an ebook from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Rera is currently at work on his second novel, The Tin Mask.


New York Editor Visits Advanced Editing Class

Lough at work on House Hunters International

New York City-based non-fiction and reality television editor Bria Lough visited Communication Professor Meg Knowles' Advanced Editing course this fall.   She screened program segments and discussed her 20 years of experiences editing reality and non-fiction television fare such as The First 48, Earth 2100, Nascar in Primetime, Science Times Documentary Series, Parking Wars and her current work on House Hunters International.

Professor Knowles and Bria Lough outside Savage Hall
Lough shared insights about working both with and without narration (as a cinema verite specialist) in documentary programs and gave advice on selecting and judiciously using music cues, creating "frankenbites" (cobbling together 2 interview segments into one smooth sentence) and answered students' questions about preparing for career opportunities as assistant editors, editors, and "preditors" (producer-editors) in the New York market.


Paid Associated Press Internships Available


The Associated Press will offer paid journalism internships in 9 cities in the USA and 10 foreign countries in the Summer of 2015.  Interns at AP attend editorial meetings and contribute to text, photo, video and interactive elements of the report over a 12 week period.

Internship applicants must be juniors or seniors in a college undergraduate program, have excellent writing skills, be knowledgeable about national and international affairs, must have relevant training in video, with supplementary specialization in text, photo, or interactive/graphics, have had a prior journalism internship or equivalent working in media; knowledge of online and social media news venues.

Application includes a 300 word essay describing the qualities and accomplishments they would bring to their internship at the Associated Press, a resume and cover letter with projected graduation date, and 3 to 5 samples of work, preferably links to audio/visual samples, including video, audio, photo and multimedia clips; and a reference letter from previous internship or employer.  Deadline for applications is January 12, 2015.

To learn more visit this webpage
The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer 2015 in nine U.S. cities (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including Bangkok, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, New Delhi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo).
Interns will contribute to AP’s text, video, photos and interactive report for 12 weeks next summer.  Interns will receive experience and training in video and at least one other format. They will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings. 
Interns will be expected to be fast thinkers and show creativity and strong news judgment. They should be strong storytellers who are able to recognize interesting news elements, suggest their own story ideas and angles and incorporate them in video, still images or text. Interns should be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects. 
Interns will be expected to keep up-to-date with news in the city or region and its relevance to national and international affairs. Responsibilities will include tracking down information, conducting interviews, monitoring social media, and covering breaking news stories, either by phone or going to the scene.  Assignments may include covering general, sports, business or entertainment spot news or features.
Interns will assist in the production of video stories, including non-linear editing and writing story summaries and scripts for broadcast.   They will research and set up video news and feature stories and join location shoots, or do their own shooting.  Interns may also assist with content management and translations.
Staff photographers and editors will supervise interns on visual storytelling techniques. Where possible, interns will accompany staff photographers on assignments, assist with arrangements in the field, and shoot photos. Interns will be trained in the use of photo editing software – Photoshop and Photomechanic – as well as transmission. 
Depending on experience and training, interns may contribute to the text news report – reporting and writing their own stories under the direct supervision of an editor.  Editors will train interns on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.  
Interns who have a background in interactive/graphics may assist in creating stories told through multimedia elements such as graphics, data visualizations, 3D animations, photos and videos. Interns should be familiar with HTML and have knowledge about web standards. Interns will be trained how to transform complex concepts into immersive and visual stories that users can quickly understand.
Training in all formats will include journalism ethics.  In addition, interns must become familiar with - and abide by - the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.
Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be:
    • current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree(juniors and seniors) or
    • current full-time graduate students or
    • students who graduate December 2014.
  • Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a 12-week internship in the assigned country prior to the start of the internship.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency speaking and writing in the English language and command of the local language of the assigned country.
  • Good general knowledge of national and international affairs.
  • Good writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors.
  • Relevant experience and training in video is required as well as a secondary format such as photos, text or interactive/graphics.
  • A prior journalism internship or experience in media.
  • Knowledge of online and social media news venues.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail; able to multi-task and manage projects as assigned.
  • Self-starter with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
Submission materials:
  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
  • Three to five examples of your work (links to a website of your video, photos, clips and multimedia work are highly preferred).
  • A reference letter from a prior internship or employer.
  • All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously, including the reference letter.
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.
AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.
- See more at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH09/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AP&cws=1&rid=3938#sthash.uerSL7Xw.dpuf
The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer 2015 in nine U.S. cities (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including Bangkok, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, New Delhi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo).
Interns will contribute to AP’s text, video, photos and interactive report for 12 weeks next summer.  Interns will receive experience and training in video and at least one other format. They will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings. 
Interns will be expected to be fast thinkers and show creativity and strong news judgment. They should be strong storytellers who are able to recognize interesting news elements, suggest their own story ideas and angles and incorporate them in video, still images or text. Interns should be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects. 
Interns will be expected to keep up-to-date with news in the city or region and its relevance to national and international affairs. Responsibilities will include tracking down information, conducting interviews, monitoring social media, and covering breaking news stories, either by phone or going to the scene.  Assignments may include covering general, sports, business or entertainment spot news or features.
Interns will assist in the production of video stories, including non-linear editing and writing story summaries and scripts for broadcast.   They will research and set up video news and feature stories and join location shoots, or do their own shooting.  Interns may also assist with content management and translations.
Staff photographers and editors will supervise interns on visual storytelling techniques. Where possible, interns will accompany staff photographers on assignments, assist with arrangements in the field, and shoot photos. Interns will be trained in the use of photo editing software – Photoshop and Photomechanic – as well as transmission. 
Depending on experience and training, interns may contribute to the text news report – reporting and writing their own stories under the direct supervision of an editor.  Editors will train interns on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.  
Interns who have a background in interactive/graphics may assist in creating stories told through multimedia elements such as graphics, data visualizations, 3D animations, photos and videos. Interns should be familiar with HTML and have knowledge about web standards. Interns will be trained how to transform complex concepts into immersive and visual stories that users can quickly understand.
Training in all formats will include journalism ethics.  In addition, interns must become familiar with - and abide by - the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.
Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be:
    • current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree(juniors and seniors) or
    • current full-time graduate students or
    • students who graduate December 2014.
  • Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a 12-week internship in the assigned country prior to the start of the internship.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency speaking and writing in the English language and command of the local language of the assigned country.
  • Good general knowledge of national and international affairs.
  • Good writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors.
  • Relevant experience and training in video is required as well as a secondary format such as photos, text or interactive/graphics.
  • A prior journalism internship or experience in media.
  • Knowledge of online and social media news venues.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail; able to multi-task and manage projects as assigned.
  • Self-starter with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
Submission materials:
  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
  • Three to five examples of your work (links to a website of your video, photos, clips and multimedia work are highly preferred).
  • A reference letter from a prior internship or employer.
  • All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously, including the reference letter.
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.
AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.
- See more at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH09/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AP&cws=1&rid=3938#sthash.uerSL7Xw.dpuf
The Associated Press is offering paid journalism internships for the summer 2015 in nine U.S. cities (including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.) and 10 international locations (including Bangkok, Berlin, Johannesburg, London, Mexico City, New Delhi, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul and Tokyo).
Interns will contribute to AP’s text, video, photos and interactive report for 12 weeks next summer.  Interns will receive experience and training in video and at least one other format. They will attend and contribute to all-format editorial meetings. 
Interns will be expected to be fast thinkers and show creativity and strong news judgment. They should be strong storytellers who are able to recognize interesting news elements, suggest their own story ideas and angles and incorporate them in video, still images or text. Interns should be comfortable interacting with a diverse group of co-workers and interview subjects. 
Interns will be expected to keep up-to-date with news in the city or region and its relevance to national and international affairs. Responsibilities will include tracking down information, conducting interviews, monitoring social media, and covering breaking news stories, either by phone or going to the scene.  Assignments may include covering general, sports, business or entertainment spot news or features.
Interns will assist in the production of video stories, including non-linear editing and writing story summaries and scripts for broadcast.   They will research and set up video news and feature stories and join location shoots, or do their own shooting.  Interns may also assist with content management and translations.
Staff photographers and editors will supervise interns on visual storytelling techniques. Where possible, interns will accompany staff photographers on assignments, assist with arrangements in the field, and shoot photos. Interns will be trained in the use of photo editing software – Photoshop and Photomechanic – as well as transmission. 
Depending on experience and training, interns may contribute to the text news report – reporting and writing their own stories under the direct supervision of an editor.  Editors will train interns on such areas as interview techniques, sourcing, databases and AP style.  
Interns who have a background in interactive/graphics may assist in creating stories told through multimedia elements such as graphics, data visualizations, 3D animations, photos and videos. Interns should be familiar with HTML and have knowledge about web standards. Interns will be trained how to transform complex concepts into immersive and visual stories that users can quickly understand.
Training in all formats will include journalism ethics.  In addition, interns must become familiar with - and abide by - the AP’s statement of values and principles governing ethics.
Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be:
    • current full-time students within two years of earning an undergraduate degree(juniors and seniors) or
    • current full-time graduate students or
    • students who graduate December 2014.
  • Must be able to show proof of legal authorization to participate in a 12-week internship in the assigned country prior to the start of the internship.
  • Must have demonstrated proficiency speaking and writing in the English language and command of the local language of the assigned country.
  • Good general knowledge of national and international affairs.
  • Good writing skills and the ability to recognize grammatical and factual errors.
  • Relevant experience and training in video is required as well as a secondary format such as photos, text or interactive/graphics.
  • A prior journalism internship or experience in media.
  • Knowledge of online and social media news venues.
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail; able to multi-task and manage projects as assigned.
  • Self-starter with the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment.
Submission materials:
  • A 300-word autobiographical essay on this topic: “The Associated Press seeks to recruit and retain a workforce that embodies a wide range of talents, experiences, achievements and journalistic skills. Please describe the qualities and accomplishments you would bring to the company as an intern.”
  • A resume and cover letter (please include your projected graduation date).
  • Three to five examples of your work (links to a website of your video, photos, clips and multimedia work are highly preferred).
  • A reference letter from a prior internship or employer.
  • All application materials should be uploaded simultaneously, including the reference letter.
The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP.
AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.
- See more at: http://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH09/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=AP&cws=1&rid=3938#sthash.uerSL7Xw.dpuf

11 November 2014

Celebration of the Life of Bill Raffel

Professor Bill Raffel

The life of Communication Professor Bill Raffel, our accomplished colleague in the Communication Department, will be celebrated and remembered this Friday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m. in the Campbell Student Union Assembly Hall.  Both music and food will be featured, along with shared memories by colleagues and friends.  All are welcome to contribute a story or share a memory.  Raffel lost a hard-fought battle with brain cancer on October 13, 2014.  He was 47 years old and is survived by his wife Eloisa.
Bill was an associate professor in the Communication Department specializing in journalism and law, and had been a member of the faculty at Buffalo State since 2001.  He was tremendously interested in the First Amendment, and focused many classes on issues surrounding freedom of speech.  Bill was also known as the host of several radio programs, most recently affiliated with WNED-FM, a classical station.   He was notably the host of a longtime Celtic program that preceded the national program Thistle and Shamrock each week on WBFO-FM.  He also worked in radio news at WEBR, WNED-AM and WBFO in Buffalo earlier in his career.  He was a lover of music and all things Celtic, and played the tin whistle with a local musical group.
A fund has been established in Bill's memory, and gifts may be made to the Buffalo State College Foundation with the notation "Communication Department Student Enrichment Fund in Honor of Bill Raffel." 

10 November 2014

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story : Beyond Boundaries

15 to Life: Kenneth's Story
15 to Life: Kenneth's Story  (2013, 52 min.) a documentary directed by Nadine Pequeneza,  will be featured this Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, as the final screening for Fall 2014 of the BEYOND BOUNDARIES: DARE TO BE DIVERSE Documentary Screening & Discussion Series. The film follows Kenneth, a young African-American man who battles for release from prison after more than 10 years of incarceration, much of it spent in solitary confinement. 
A panel discussion led by Professor Ron Stewart from the Department of Sociology at Buffalo State will take place after the film.   Also on the panel: Teresa Miller (UB Law School, Advisor to the Lifer's Group at Attica State Prison, Vice Provost of Equity & Diversity, UB); Umar Adeyola, Founder & President of H.E.A.R.T. (Helping Empower At-Risk Teens); and Craig D. Hannah, City Court Judge, Buffalo.   
ABOUT THE FILM:
In June 2000, 14-year-old Kenneth Young was convinced by a 24-year-old neighborhood crack dealer — Kenneth's mother's supplier — to join him on a month-long spree of four armed robberies. Fortunately, no one was physically injured during the crimes, although the trauma that resulted was immeasurable.

When they were caught, Kenneth didn't deny his part. It was his first serious scrape with the law. But at 15, he was tried under Florida law as an adult. Astoundingly, he received four consecutive life sentences — guaranteeing that he would die in prison. 
Does sentencing a teenager to life without parole serve our society well? The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison.
Beyond Boundaries: Dare to be Diverse is curated and organized by Communication Professors Ruth Goldman, Meg Knowles, and Mike Niman along with Jason Parker of the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity.   It is co-sponsored by the Burchfield Penney Arts Center; Buffalo State Office of Equity & Campus Diversity; and Buffalo State's Department of Communication.

Learn more about the film and to view the trailer here.

The screening will be FREE for all Buffalo State Students, Staff and Faculty and members of Burchfield Penney Art Center, US & Canada military and families, and children under 10.

For all others, Adults: $10; Seniors (62 & over): $8; (Non Buffalo-State) Students (with ID): $5
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31 October 2014

Comm Students Named Team Captains

 
Kara Goodwin
Olivia Luciani, on left





















Two Public Communication students have been named team captains for both women's basketball and women's hockey.
   Olivia Luciani has been named team captain of Buffalo State's women's basketball team for the 2014-15 season. The senior has been a member of the team since she was a freshman.
   Last season, Luciani set a school record with 57 three-pointers. In her 79 games for Buffalo State, she has averaged 7.2 points per game.

   Kara Goodwin has been named hockey captain for the second consecutive year. She has 22 goals in 51 games during her two previous years at Buffalo State. A transfer student from Division I Lindenwood University, Goodwin has a total of 33 career points.

Visitor from Osaka Explains Media in Japan

   Communication students met with Dr. Hide (hee-day) Izukawa, who spoke about "Japanese Media, Music and Culture," comparing ways in which the U.S. and Japan both produce and consume media.
   Dr. Izukawa showed video clips of Japanese news, sports programming and TV talk shows. He also discussed the role of newspapers, comparing how news is reported in the the two countries.
   An expert in Japanese popular culture, h explained the role of entertainment media, including how public relations and advertising are used by the Japanese music industry.
   Dr. Izukawa was a guest speaker in Professor Ron Smith's section of COM 450 Communication and Society, which served as a the base for an assembly involving students from several other courses. Communication adjunct professor Dr. Joshua Smith, who received his doctorate in Osaka, served as interpreter for the presentation.

30 October 2014

Marren Wins Chancellor's Award for Service

Joe Marren, President Conway-Turner

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher recently awarded Communication Chair and Associate Professor Joe Marren  the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.   Marren accepted the award from Buffalo State President Kate Conway-Turner at The Faculty and Staff Recognition Ceremony held in the Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall on October 16th, 2014.  

Marren was nominated by Professors Michael Niman and Deborah Silverman, in recognition of his extensive work on behalf of the Communication Department and also the School of Arts & Humanities, SUNY Buffalo State and the State University of New York system.  He serves as a SUNY Buffalo State representative to the SUNY Faculty Senate and has been the chair of the Senate's Comprehensive Colleges Sector.   He is a member of the Buffalo State Faculty Senate, and works on the Academic Plan Committee, which focuses on the integration of new learning and teaching technologies into academic programs.  Additionally Professor Marren is on the Arts & Humanities Teaching Enhancement Steering Committee and is the Chair of the Commencement Committee.   All this is in addition to Professor Marren's stellar leadership as the Chairman of the Communication Department.




26 September 2014

Buffalo State Ad Club Meets Sept. 30


Communication Professor Diane McFarland has announced an organizing meeting of the Ad Club of Buffalo State College on Tuesday, September 30th at 12:30 p.m.  in the Communication Department Conference Room on the first floor of Bishop Hall.  

Buffalo State's Ad Club will feature guest speakers and field trips to advertising agencies.  Copywriters and students interested in film, graphic and web based design, public relations and advertising are encouraged to attend.  The club will become a USG organization and apply for USG funding.

Buffalo State Ad Club members may want also to join the Advertising Club of Buffalo, which supports and connects communications professionals in Western New York, providing national industry involvement with a local focus.  Students are provided access to the resources (and people) they need to get in, and get ahead.  Monthly meetings like AdLab, advertised above, bring advertising professionals together to discuss trends and issues in the field.

See more about the Advertising Club of Buffalo here.

Come and join us on September 30!


20 September 2014

Mini Reunion!



Professor Deborah Silverman and Professor Joe Marren are shown with a group from the Communication Mini Reunion at Cole's on Friday night.   It was a great event, with more to come.

19 September 2014

Diversity Film Series Debuts with The Homestretch Sept 25

Production Still from The Homestretch

Communication Department Professors Ruth Goldman, Meg Knowles and Michael Niman are proud to present a three-film documentary series for this semester.  The first film screened will be The Homestretch, a 2014 documentary about homeless teens in Chicago.   The film will be presented at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.   This 90-minute documentary was directed and produced by Anne De Mare and Kirsten Kelly.  The series, Beyond Boundaries: Dare to be Diverse, is co-sponsored by the Buffalo State Office of Equity and Campus Diversity, Buffalo State's Department of Communication, the Buffalo State Office of Student Life and the Burchfield Penney Arts Center.


The Homestretch (trailer) from spargel productions on Vimeo.

Filmmaker Kirsten Kelly partnered with award winning director Anne De Mare over the course of five years to produce The Homestretch.  De Mare and Kelly produced their first film together in 2009, titled Asparagus! Stalking the American Life.  While working in Chicago, Kelly learned of the multitude of homeless teens flocking to the city.   The women were granted access to Chicago Public Schools where they sought the backstories of kids who didn't fit the "homeless" stereotype.

Kasey, Anthony and Roque are smart, ambitious Chicago teens.  Like many their age, they struggle to keep their grades up so they can graduate from high school.  What sets them apart from other teens is that after the school day ends, they don't go home.   Instead, they spend their nights looking for a warm, safe place to sleep.  They're among the 19,000 homeless students in Chicago public schools, and like so many, they've fallen victim to issues of juvenile justice, immigration, foster care and LGBTQIA discrimination.   This powerful documentary follows their stories, and those of the heroes and heroines who support them, as they work to overcome the trauma of abandonment at a very young age.  They face overwhelming odds, but the courage and conviction of these three teens defies stereotypes in this story of struggle and triumph.

The documentary has already been screened at Toronto's Hot Docs as well as Gene Siskel's Film Center in Chicago.   "Its intimacy is a reflection of its compassion…The Homestretch invites you to empathize with its subjects, to worry with them, to laugh with them, to worry about them.  It's engaging and compelling viewing," says Glenn Kenny of RogerEbert.com



After the film, a panel of local experts from the non-profit community will lead a discussion. Candice Fletcher-Pacheco, Development Director of Compass House; Marvin L. Henchbarger, Executive Director of Gay and Lesbian Youth Services (GLYS); and Jennifer Ditta, Program Manager, Second Chance Home at Homespace will be be featured at the panel discussion.

The next films in the series will be Bipolarized on Thursday, October 16th and 15 to Life on Thursday, November 13th.   For more information, visit the Beyond Boundaries Facebook page.

- by Lauren Cifra, '14 (Public Communication)

COM Reunion for Homecoming

Cole's!
The Communication Department Alumni Network presents an alumni mini-reunion at Cole's Restaurant and Bar --  Guests are welcome to enjoy light appetizers, beverages, and networking with fellow alumni on Friday, September 19 from 7-9:30.

You can attend for only $15 for alumnus/alumna and Communication Department staff, and $20 for non-alumni, significant others and colleagues.  Registration is available at the door.

Several Communication Department faculty will be in attendance, and are looking forward to socializing with both old friends and new!



BSC-TV Covers Homecoming and More



Ronnie O'Campo '15 (Media Production), current Vice-President of BSC-TV, posted this video of the Homecoming Pep Rally today on BSC-TV's YouTube page.   You can follow BSC-TV's programming on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/BSCTV3) or on Twitter (https://twitter.com/BSC_TV) and Instagram (@BSCTV3) to keep up to date on events, sports, and campus news.

Regular programming announced this fall includes:  "Pat's Food Review," "Bengal Sound," "The Light," "The Jungle," "The Game Show," and "BSC News".



22 August 2014

Brian Milbrand and Torn Space Spectacle at Silo City

Brian Milbrand
Communication Department Technical Director Brian Milbrand is collaborating for the 3rd year with Dan Shanahan from Torn Space Theater Company to produce Storehouse, a site specific spectacle near Canalside.   It will be a unique evening combining film, art and performance at Silo City on August 22-24, with shows on the half-hour from 6-9 p.m. each evening. Amanda Matthews '14 (Media Production) and Emil Goranov '16 are assisting with the production. Parts of the performance will be shot on Super-8 film, then developed and projected before the end of each half-hour as the audience moves with the performers through the former grain silos.

Scene from Storehouse

Tickets can be reserved online at Torn Space's website.   An article about Milbrand's work with Torn Space appeared here, written by Mary Durlak for Buffalo State's News and Events page.


21 August 2014

Welcome Communication Class of 2018!

Professor Joe Marren

Communication Chair, Professor Joe Marren welcomed more than 150 freshmen Communication majors to SUNY Buffalo State and the Communication Department at an Orientation session in the Student Union's Social Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

In a short presentation, Marren pointed out that Buffalo State has the largest and only accredited Communication Department in all of SUNY, and is amongst 6 accredited Communication programs in the state.   Furthermore, the Communication Department has grown to more than 900 students and is one of the largest departments on campus.  Professors from the department introduced themselves and gave advice to the incoming class.

Professors Karlis, McCray, Oyer and Bryski prepare to
welcome Communication freshmen.
Freshman then divided into 4 breakout sessions, meeting with professors from their chosen concentrations to learn more about the programs, extracurricular activities and opportunities available to  Communication students.

Media Production majors participate in a "Character Sketch"
exercise during a breakout session.

The Record is Back!

Jonny Moran '15 and Colleen Young '15

Record Managing Editor Colleen Young '15 and Executive Editor Jonny Moran '15 spoke about student clubs at the Communication  Department Freshman Orientation session today, and promoted student membership at the Record, WBNY, BSC-TV and PRSSA.  They presented freshmen in attendance with copies of the Summer Issue of the Record (hot off the presses), which features stories on Katherine Conway-Turner, the new President of Buffalo State, and construction projects underway on campus. There is also a compelling editorial on the mistreatment of journalists covering recent events in Ferguson, MO.  You can pick up a copy in most buildings on campus.

Young and Moran also promoted STRIPES MEDIA, the overarching name for the joined efforts of all four media clubs.  Stripes Media will soon have a website up and operating, as well as a Twitter Feed.  While each media organization will retain its autonomy, Young explained that there would be convergence across the groups to share stories and cross-platform outlets for news.

If you are interested in joining the Record, there are meetings at Bengal Pause on Tuesday and Thursdays on the 4th floor of the Student Union in the Record offices.