29 September 2015

Professor Niman to Speak about Utopia

On October 2 at 3:00 p.m. in Ketchum Hall 320:  The English Department's “Conversations In and Out of the Disciplines” series presents a lecture by Communication Professor Michael Niman. He will present on “Acephalus Movements: Studying Utopia, Understanding Terror.” This is an extension of Dr. Niman's research on Rainbow gatherings, which led to the publication of his seminal book, People of the Rainbow: a Nomadic Utopia, which had a 2nd Edition published in 2011 by the University of Tennessee Press.

A short, informal wine-and-cheese reception will be held after the talk. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome.

10 September 2015

Masculnity is Topic of Screening Series Premiere

The Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse screening and discussion series is back with its first film for Fall 2015.   The Mask You Live In, directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (2015) will be screened on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring panelists Dr. Jennifer Hunt, Psychology Department;  Seth Arico, Women & Gender Studies Department and Richard Strahan, Sociology Department.

Jennifer Siebel Newsome’s first film, "Miss Representation," premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and exposed the ways in which mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.

The Mask You Live In was presented at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming our boys, men, and society at large, while urging viewers to take action. With the release of this second film (and more to come), The Representation Project steps into a bolder agenda. One that requires all of us working together to ensure equality and justice.

Beyond Boundaries is curated by Professors Ruth Goldman, Meg Knowles and Michael Niman of the Communication Department, with Jason Parker from the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity.

The Mask You Live in is also sponsored by the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity, the Communication Department,  and  the Women & Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Minor.

The film is free and open to the public.

27 August 2015

Join a Club! PRSSA and WBNY announce Interest Meetings

PRSSA 2015 Officers with Professor Silverman

If you're thinking about a public relations career, join Buffalo State's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). The first meeting is Thursday, Sept. 10 at 12:15 p.m. in Bacon Hall, room 220. We'll discuss plans for the coming year, including Meet the Professionals evening, PR pros as guest speakers at chapter meetings, a tour of a local PR agency, our student-run PR firm, and the PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta in November. Hope to see you there! -- faculty mentor, Dr. Deborah Silverman.

WBNY 2014

Interested in getting involved at 91.3 FM, WBNY, Buffalo's orginal alternative radio station?   Since 1982, WBNY has brought a unique blend of all types of music, including local, that is not available anywhere else.  We also offer a wide variety of talk shows, and most Buffalo State sports, including football, hockey, and basketball.   Our tower, broadcasting at 1000 watts, is located on top of Porter Hall on the Buffalo State campus and our studio is located in Room 220 of the Campbell Student Union.   A general interest meeting for future broadcasters will be held on Thursday, September 3 at 12:15 p.m. in Bulger West. -- faculty mentor, Dr. Ruth Goldman.

04 August 2015

Com Alumna is Editor-in-Chief of New Paper

Sara Ali (Journalism '15) has been named Editor-in-Chief of Karibu News, a new publication targeting the immigrant and refugee populations in Buffalo and Western New York.  The first issue of the paper, which will include articles in two languages in addition to English, will be published this week. 

Rubens Mukunzi, an immigrant from Rwanda, is the publisher and managing editor of the newspaper.  "Karibu" is the Swahili word for "Welcome," and Rubens intends to include stories about and also by immigrants.  Ali says that Karibu News will seek journalism interns from Buffalo State starting in the fall semester of 2015.

The Buffalo News published a story about the fledgling paper, which can be seen here

Dr. Silverman nominated as Treasurer of PRSA

Communication Professor Deb Silverman was nominated by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) to be the 2016 treasurer of the board of directors for the national organization.

Dr. Silverman is the first person from Buffalo and only the second educator since 2005 to be nominated as an officer.   Unless there is a successful challenge from the floor of the PRSA Assembly, which is unlikely, she will be elected to the office on November 7th at the PRSA National Conference.  As a local Assembly delegate, her daughter Beth will take part in the election process.   

20 July 2015

Young Alumni Spotlight: Leif Reigstad

Leif Reigstad (Journalism '14) recently graduated with honors (in the top 10% of his class) from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he earned a Master's Degree.  He is now a Staff Writing Fellow at Houston Press, an alternative weekly newspaper in Houston, Texas with a weekly readership of more than 300,000.  At Houston Press, he has  published stories about homeless veterans,  the confederate flag, and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Saunders, amongst others. 

Reigstad, a 2012 inductee to Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honor Society, was a recipient of the Dr. Julia Piquette Scholarship Award while at Buffalo State.  He was also the Sports Editor of Buffalo State's student newspaper, The Record, from 2012-2014.

09 June 2015

Young Alumni Spotlight: Katie Anderson

Katie Anderson (Journalism '13) recently won 2nd Place in the Press Club of Cleveland's 2015 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, honoring the best journalists in Ohio.  The Press Club has held these awards  for the past thirty-seven years.   Anderson received the honor in recognition of her work in the Business section of the Medina County Gazette in rural Ohio, for articles she has written about the controversial Nexus Gas Transmission pipeline, a gas delivery pipeline being proposed to run through Medina and other Ohio counties by Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp.

Anderson's latest article on the subject was picked up by the Associated Press and ran in the Chicago Tribune. You can find it here, in the Medina Gazette Online.   Katie has been a reporter at the Medina Gazette for the last year, and was previously at the Watertown  Daily Times in Canton,  New York.  She was News Editor at Buffalo State's The Record in 2012-13.  Congratulations to Katie!

27 May 2015

TFA and MP Students work on Hollywood Film

Several TFA and Media Production majors recently worked overnights as Production Assistants on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A Paramount production shooting several scenes in Buffalo.  The shoot ran from May 4-17, and took place on the Kensington Expressway near downtown Buffalo.  

Nikki Styliades '14 (Communication Studies),  Marc Smith '15 (Media Production), Kyle Mecca '15 (TFA),  Van Dinh (TFA) '16, Connor Andrew (TFA)'15, Louis Winters (TFA) '15 and Dylan Hoffman (TFA) '16 all worked on the shoot.

Some 200 people traveled to Buffalo to work on the filming; Paramount Pictures booked 2,200 hotel room nights during a two-week period, according to Mayor Byron Brown. More positions, including production assistants and light technicians, were filled locally.   Shots included helicopter and special effects including car chase scenes. 

19 May 2015

Graduation 2015

Professors Knowles, Karlis, Silverman, Niman (photobombing) and Goldman

Amber Sikes

Colleen Young
Professor Tom McCray
Jeremy Melendez and Veronica Ponce

Ronnie O'Campo

17 May 2015

Communication Graduation Awards Ceremony 2015

The Communication Department's faculty, staff, students, parents and friends gathered in Bulger Hall on May 15th for its Graduation Honors and Awards Ceremony to recognize graduating seniors.  Department Chair Joe Marren gave a short talk to graduates and those who have supported them over the course of their college careers.   Keynote speaker Professor Tom McCray, who is retiring after more than 35 years at the college, offered some words of wisdom and reminded the graduates to expect change, to take opportunities, and enjoy their careers and lives.

Professor McCray

The Dean's Award for the Outstanding Communication Student went to Brayton Wilson, a Media Production Major.   Awards for overall Outstanding Student in each discipline were given to:  Autumn Evans (Journalism), Rachel Doktor (Media Production), Charity Wimmer (Public Communication) and Adam Tefel (Communication Studies).
Brayton Wilson
Autumn Evans
Rachel Doktor

Professor Marren, Colin Volker, Professor Karlis

Colin Volker was recipient of the Charles Y. Adair Award, a $500 award for a graduating senior showing a commitment to communication.   This award was created as a memorial fund established by friends and family of a popular and legendary journalism professor who died in 2000.

Katelyn Brownell, Ni'Jae Davis, Kelly Hooven and Meghan Mahiques were recognized for earning Certificates in Sports Communication.

Honor cords were distributed to students who met the criteria of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society, and are members of Buffalo State College's Rho Psi chapter.  To be eligible for membership, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0, and a major GPA of 3.25.  Honors Society mentor Dr. Ann Liao presented the red and white honor cords to be worn at commencement.
Professor Liao with Honors Officers
Kamile Vasalauskaite
Veronica Ponce

Students among the top 15 percent of their class received a Commendation of Academic Achievement for a GPA of 3.5 and above in the major.  These included: Sarah Augustynek, Mary Braisted, Jade Costello, Rachel Doktor, Laura Doxbeck, Autumn Evans, Gregory Gelz, Jacob Harter, Kelly Hooven, Nathaniel Hughes, Adriana Hyman, Emil Goronov, Matthew Lahue, Ariel Llewellyn, Lucy Lopez, Ashley Luzak, Kelly Mackowiak, Peter Murphy, Joan Nobile, Kelly Oak, Luke Piatek, Christina Presiuso, Brandy Przybylak, Michael Puglia, Christine Stout, Adam Tefel, Kamile Vasalauskaite, Youleidy Vega, Colin Volker, Angel Waggoner, Brayton Wilson, Dominique WIlson, Charity Wimmer, Colleen Young.

13 May 2015

Student Research and Creativity Celebration 2015

Carrisa Welch '15
More than 35 Communication majors presented research projects in Arts & Humanities oral presentation or poster sessions at the Seventeenth Annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration held in the Butler Library on Saturday May 2, 2015. Students reported on projects completed in Communication and Society (COM 450),  Documentary Film Analysis (SPC 426), Independent Project in Communication (COM 495) and Muriel A. Howard Honors Colloquium (HON 400).

The Gender Glitch, Joan Nobile '15
A small sampling of Communication projects  included Carrisa Welch's poster "One Day in September: A Study in Film," Brayton Wilson's talk "Hockey Twitter: Correlating Hockey and Twitter,"  Fatoumata Toure's project, "Nappy But I'm Happy: Depictions of Black Hair in the Media," Nick Lippa's podcast, "Redskins," Taylor Stuewe's project poster, "The Roles of Filmmakers," Rachel Doktor's presentation, "Marketing to the LGBTQ Community," Michael Marden's talk: "Objectification of Women in Advertising," Dan Almasi's research poster, "Before Games Were Goldmines," Joan Nobile's documentary film, "The Gender Glitch," and Angel Waggoner's research project, "Veteran Health Concerns in Media: PTSD Awareness."

Dan Almasi '16

This year's Celebration is Buffalo State's largest ever, with over 375 presentations, art exhibits and performances.  According to organizer Dr. Jill Singer's welcome statement in the event catalogue, "students share their personal and disciplinary discovereis in the pursuit of new knowledge, deeper understandings and new works of art.  The conversations span the arts, humanities, education, natural and social sciences and computer and engineering technology."  Professor Michael Niman is the Communication Department Coordinator for the SRCC, and Communication Professors Dr. Seth Oyer, Dr. Jack Karlis, Lou Rera, and Meg Knowles, amongst others, were in attendance at the conference supporting their students' efforts. 

14 April 2015

Sports Reporter will Speak on Thursday

Tim Graham
Communication major David DeLuca has announced that Buffalo State's student newspaper, The Record, will be hosting Tim Graham of The Buffalo News on Thursday, April 16 at 12:30 p.m. in Bacon Hall 215. Graham, currently in his second stint as a sports reporter at TBN, covered the NFL for three years at ESPN, and also worked at the Las Vegas Sun and the Boston Herald. Graham also contributes to TSN 1050 in Toronto once a week.
Graham will speak to interested students about covering professional sports and the importance of enterprise reporting in the media today. In the past nine months alone, Graham broke the Darryl Talley story and led The News' coverage of the Buffalo Bills sale. 

 All students and instructors are invited.

Anita Hill Doc Caps Beyond Boundaries Series

"In an age when sexual harassment, whether at work, in the military or at school, is the stuff of almost daily headlines, "Anita" reminds us of what the world was like before society was ready to acknowledge how pervasive and devastating those circumstances are."                          - Kenneth Turan, LA Times

ANITA: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, a documentary by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, Frieda Mock, will screen at the Burchfield Penney Art Center on Thursday April 16 at 7:00 p.m, as the final event in this year's Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse Film Screening and Discussion Series.   The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Buffalo State Professor  and School Board member Theresa Harris Tigg and employment attorney Josephine Greco.

Against a backdrop of sex, politics, and race, ANITA reveals the intimate story of a woman who spoke truth to power. The film is both a celebration of Anita Hill’s legacy and a rare glimpse into her private life with friends and family, many of whom were by her side that fateful day 22 years ago. Anita Hill courageously speaks openly and intimately for the first time about her experiences that led her to testify before the Senate and the obstacles she faced in simply telling the truth. She also candidly discusses what happened to her life and work in the 22 years since.

Anita Hill’s graphic testimony was a turning point for gender equality in the U.S. and ignited a political firestorm about sexual misconduct and power in the workplace that resonates still today. She has become an American icon, empowering millions of women and men around the world to stand up for equality and justice.

Beyond Boundaries is curated and organized by Communication professors Ruth Goldman, Michael Niman and Meg Knowles, along with Jason Parker of the Office of Equity and Campus Diversity.

Beyond Boundaries: Dare to be Diverse is Co-Sponsored by:

Buffalo State Communication Department
Buffalo State Office of Equity and Campus Diversity
Burchfield Penney Art Center
Grant Allocation Committee Grant

This event is FREE and Open to the Public

28 March 2015

Alumna, Former White House Chief of Staff to Speak

Evelyn Lieberman '66 giving commencement address in 2014

Evelyn Lieberman '66, Buffalo State graduate and former White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, will speak on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center about her experience working with the biggest names in American politics.   Lieberman, who is currently the Director of Communications and External Affairs at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., was also an Assistant to First Lady Hillary Clinton, the Press Secretary to then-Senator Joe Biden, and Adviser to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

This 2015 Dr. Paul G. Bulger Lecture, titled "This American Life"  is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Lieberman was the first woman to be named White House deputy chief of staff, during which time she was a key adviser to both President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff Leon Panetta.  Lieberman's presentation will offer inspiring stories and recollections from a remarkable life in public service.

After earning her bachelor's degree in education from Buffalo State, Lieberman taught high school English in Hicksville, New York for four years, but an unforeseen move to Washington, D.C. prompted a career change.  There, she worked in public relations positions at the Housing Opportunity Council, the National Urban Coalition, and the Children's Defense Fund, before accepting an invitation to serve as press secretary to then-Senator Biden, and launching her career in government.

Lieberman, who received an honorary doctorate from Buffalo State in 2014, says: "In truth, I've been incredibly lucky.  The life I've been given has been a huge gift. Here's this poor girl from Brooklyn who has had extraordinary opportunities and great encouragement from others.  And I believe it's my responsibility to provide the same encouragement to others."

Press Coverage of WBNY's Week of Warriors

Jessica Cassick '16

An article about WBNY's Week of Warriors, a weeklong effort to draw attention to domestic violence, appeared in the East Niagara Post this week.   It focuses on WBNY's Public Affairs Director, Jessica Cassick '16 (Public Communication), who programmed an impressive array of interviews scheduled all week at the top of each hour.  Guests include Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Michael Weiner from the United Way. Week of Warriors continues through Sunday, March 30th.

Read the article here.

19 March 2015

WBNY Highlights Domestic Violence

Jessica Cassick '16 (Public Communication), the Director of Public Affairs at WBNY, has announced a week-long series of programming at Buffalo State's radio station called Week of the Warriors, occurring during the college's Spring Break, March 23 through the 27th. WBNY will be spreading awareness about Domestic Violence during an entire week of special programming.

Cassick released this statement:  

"The stigma associated with Domestic Violence is crippling. We need to learn to talk about it and be okay hearing about it! The rates of victimization are high, and if victims feel alone, ashamed, and embarrassed, it is our job to show them the light at the end of the tunnel. It can happen to ANYONE, but it doesn't have to take your life. Domestic Violence is a terrible crime. ZERO TOLERANCE ENDS THE VIOLENCE!"

WBNY will host live interviews from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, occuring every hour, at the top of the hour. Thursday there will be a 24 hour music rehearsal show put on by WBNY Music and News Directors. 
WBNY Staff

 WBNY is Buffalo's original alternative.  Since 1982, WBNY has brought a unique blend of all types of music, including local, that is not available anywhere else.   They also offer a wide variety of talk shows, and most Buffalo State sports, including football, hockey and basketball.   

WBNY's tower, broadcasting at 1000 watts, is located on top of Porter Hall on the Buffalo State campus.  The studio is located in Room 220 of the Campbell Student Union.