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.

Professor Smith Hits 25 Years

Ron Smith

Public Communication Professor Ron Smith was honored at a ceremony last week for his 25 years of service on the Buffalo State faculty. President Katherine Conway-Turner hosted a luncheon for 32 employees who have served the college for a quarter century.

Smith joined the Communication department in 1990 after a 20-year career in journalism and public relations. He previously taught at Syracuse University, where he earned a master’s degree in public relations.

During his time at Buffalo State, Smith has taught 16 different graduate and undergraduate courses and spearheaded the creation of Buffalo State's master’s program in public relations. He served as department chair for nearly eight years and was interim associate dean for the School of Arts and Humanities for more than two years. He also is the founding director of the department’s American Indian Policy and Media Initiative.

Smith has written three textbooks on public relations, coauthored one in media writing, and edited one on American Indian media issues. 

14 March 2015

Journalism Grad Speaks on Campus

Matthew Bove '13 (Journalism), a multi-media journalist on WKBW-TV's Eyewitness News, will make a presentation on campus about last November’s "Snowvember" storm.  He and Aaron Mentkowsi, a meteorologist at WKBW-TV, will speak about the challenges and issues with reporting during the storm. 

Matthew Bove '13
The two newsmen will take you back to the four days in November when our region was smothered by back-to-back lake effect snow events, resulting in up to seven feet of snow.  Professor Stephen Vermette (Dept. of Geography and Planning) will also give a brief presentation on the storm's meteorology.

Matt is a lifelong native of Western New York and a graduate of both Niagara Wheatfield High School and Buffalo State College, where he earned his degree with honors in journalism with an accreditation in sports journalism.  Matt interned at both WKBW and YNN before taking a job as editor and photographer at Channel 7.

This event, hosted by The Geography & Planning Department, is scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd, in room A209 of the Classroom Building.   

Sponsors include the Faculty-Student Association, the Arthur W. Gielow Meteorology Fund, and the Department of Geography and Planning .

07 March 2015

Professor Rera to Speak about 21st Century Publishing

Professor Lou Rera will take part in an open discussion of  Publishing in the 21st Century sponsored by Just Buffalo Writing Center on Sunday March 8, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.  The event, which is free and open to the public, will also feature authors Eric Gansworth, Brigid Hughes, and Janet McNally.   Just Buffalo is located at 468 Washington Street at Mohawk in downtown Buffalo. 

Rera, who is an Associate Professor in the Communication Department and the Television and Film Arts Program at Buffalo State, teaches media production for film, television and digital distribution. He is also a professional designer, media producer, writer and musician. His first novel, SIGN, a supernatural crime thriller, was published by Netherworld Books in June 2014. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), The Short Fiction Writers Guild and Just Buffalo Literary Center. In 2013, three of his stories appear in Queen City Flash, an anthology of Western New York Flash Fiction edited by Gary Earl Ross. His collection of flash fiction: There are no doors on a cocoon, was released in 2008. His work has been published in ArtVoice, online in The Writer’s Eye and in Twisted Dreams. Lou is writing his second novel titled, The Tin Mask, a story of a young man that makes an unusual discovery in his great grandfather's storage trunk.

Eric Gansworth (Onondaga) was born and raised at the Tuscarora Nation. A writer and visual artist, Gansworth includes paintings in each of his books and often includes text in visual art shows. His tenth book, IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE, a Young Adult novel, was published in 2013, and he recorded the audiobook in 2014. He is Lowery Writer-in-Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  His books include EXTRA INDIANS (American Book Award, NAIBA Trade Book of the Year), and MENDING SKINS (PEN Oakland Award). His play, RE-CREATION STORY was selected for the Public Theater’s Native Theater Festival, in NYC. In addition to numerous group shows, he has had solo visual art exhibits at Colgate University, Niagara University, Bright Hill Center, SUNY Oneonta, among other art spaces. His work has appeared in KENYON REVIEW, BOSTON REVIEW, PROVINCETOWN ARTS, SHENANDOAH, among other periodicals and has been widely anthologized. 

Brigid Hughes is the founding editor of the magazine A Public Space and A Public Space Books, as well as a contributing editor for Graywolf Press. Previously, she was the executive editor of The Paris Review, where she succeeded George Plimpton. A recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for editing, she has worked with such authors as John Haskell, Leslie Jamison, Jack Livings, Yiyun Li, and Jesmyn Ward. She lives in New York City.

Janet McNally’s poetry and fiction has appeared in publications including Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, Mid-American Review, Ecotone, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, New Ohio Review, and Best New Poets 2012. She has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame and has been awarded a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She won the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry Prize, judged by Ellen Bass, and her book of poems Some Girls will be published in the fall of 2015. She teaches creative writing at Canisius College.

Communication Student Wins Grant

Joan Nobile '15
Communication major Joan Nobile '15 (Media Production) is the recipient of a 2015 grant from the Small Grants Program of the Office of Undergraduate Research supporting research, scholarly and creative activities at Buffalo State College.  The award will support her work on a documentary film titled "The Gender Glitch," that examines women in the video gaming community and inquires how they are treated in the subculture.  It will include an exploration of the harassment of female gamers.  The documentary will include an interview with Dr. Jennifer Jenson of York University, the co-editor of Loading: The Journal of the Canadian Games Studies Association, and a leading expert in the field of gender and gaming. The grant will support Joan's travel to Canada to conduct this important interview, as well as digital storage space for the project.

"The Gender Glitch" film project, mentored by Professor Meg Knowles, is an outgrowth of research conducted in Professor Michael Niman's Fall 2014 Race, Class and Gender in Media course (SPC 333), which culminated in a paper entitled "Gaming and Misogyny: Female Representation in Video Games."  

The Small Grants Program provides up to $400 to assist undergraduate students in carrying out research and creative activities during the academic year.   The award is designed to defray the costs of travel, supplies and other materials necessary to conduct a project.  Students can apply for a small grant in October and February each year.  See the Undergraduate Research website for more information.

05 March 2015

Words of Wisdom from Professional Achievement Awardees

Honorees Rose Ciotta, Jonathan Gill, Jeff Ventura and Mary Pasciak, with Chair Joseph Marren

The following is the text of honoree Mary Pasciak's keynote address to Communication Students at the Honors Convocation on Friday, February 27, 2015.  She offered advice from each of the four professional honorees recognized at the ceremony.   In addition to Mary Pasciak '97, the Professional Achievement Award for Excellence in Journalism was conferred upon Rose Ciotta, and the Professional Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Relations was conferred upon Jonathan Gill '95, and Jeff Ventura '99
Thank you, Joe! It’s such an honor to be here today. 
Buffalo State has done so much to shape me as a person and as a journalist, both during my time as a student here and then as an adjunct instructor. When Jan Ramsey asked me to teach my first class here many years ago, I focused so much on what I would teach the students. At the time, I had no idea how incredibly much the students were going to teach me. It was such a gift to work here. This department is blessed with so many very smart, talented, creative, energetic and inspirational young people.
Congratulations to all of the students being recognized here today! You have worked hard to get here. I hope that you take some time to breathe and feel good about that. If you choose to, you will shape the future of communications – and with it, the world. 
At this point, I am the only thing standing between you and the refreshments in the room. As a working journalist, I share your appreciation of free food, so I’m going to try to keep this pretty brief.
I’m humbled to be here today in the company of Rose, Jeff and Jonathan. In the small world that’s Buffalo, I actually have a connection to each of them. I knew Jonathan many years ago, when we were both students at Kenmore East High School; he was a year ahead of me – much cooler than I was, and a three-sport athlete and captain of the soccer team.
When I attended Buff State, Rose was my instructor for computer-assisted reporting. She taught me one of the most important lessons I’ve ever learned in journalism: beyond whatever quotes you get, there is a greater truth to be learned, and very often it lies in the data. Thanks to her, I acquired many of the skills that have helped me get that much closer to the truth in my reporting.
And although I don’t think I’ve ever met Jeff, for a long time, I was within two degrees of separation from him here at Buff State. For many semesters, I taught the reporting class here. Countless students of mine found their way to Jeff, looking for information for their stories. He always made time for them, and he treated them with patience and respect.
Joe and Nan asked the four of us to offer our thoughts about what will help you succeed, once you leave this campus and start your journey in the professional world.
We can distill that advice into five simple lessons.
Lesson #1: Work hard.
Jeff told me that in his class, he stresses the importance of developing skills that can be used in many different jobs.  He said: “Although many students taking my course don’t intend to follow a career path in sports PR, I try to show them that the skills they will practice and develop in my course – writing, promotion, crisis management, public speaking, and so on – will be useful skills in a variety of career paths. 
“I think it’s important to understand that the academic experience is designed to develop and reinforce skill sets.  Then, starting your career and establishing yourself in the field has to do with continuing that strong work ethic, gaining and excelling in hands-on work experiences, presenting yourself and your abilities well, and establishing and maintaining relationships.“
Lesson #2: Be humble.
Grads need to pay their dues.
Jonathan said: “There’s a sense of entitlement that our generation didn’t have. Today’s grads need to respect the learning that can go on in a low-paying, non-profit job. They need to act like professional employees before their skills and abilities can be appreciated and rewarded. They need to understand that a great work ethic still goes a long way, because most business owners are a generation older than they are.”
Jeff added: “Developing a successful career is often a process that takes time and hard work and a willingness to do things that others may not be willing to do.”
Lesson #3: Dive in.
Don’t go on to grad school right away, Jonathan said.
He said: “I feel very strongly that if you enter grad school right away, much of the learning is repetitive and you come out with a degree and no experience – overpricing you as an entry-level employee. One more benefit of not attending grad school right away is the opportunity to dip your toes into career waters to make sure you like it and want to do it long-term.”
Lesson #4: Keep learning.
Rose said: “My best advice is to arm yourself with technical skills. Yes, you need to know how to write, report, interview. But, the most successful person in this new media landscape is the one who has other tools in their tool box.
“The first one is social media. You will be expected to use all of it, especially on breaking stories.
“But you also need to venture into computer skills:  Excel and Access for analysis, mapping if you can get it. And, web skills. Journalists who can do data analysis and put up an interactive database on the web site are very rare.
“Those with advanced web skills, even if their journalism experience is slim, are shooting up to the major companies like the NY Times, Washington Post, and so on.
“For insight, students should get themselves to a NICAR conference (that’s the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting).  That's where media is at and you need to be able to play in that sandbox.
“So, my bottom line advice for students is to make room in your schedule to take web design and coding; learn data analysis on top of all of your journalism. Those may be the skills that get you not only in the door but give you a valued place at the table.”
Lesson #5: Be fearless.
I’d like to take what Rose said and build on it. Having a place at the table is great – but why stop there? One day, you can be the one sending out the dinner invitations.
I agree completely with everything that Jeff, Jonathan and Rose said. You need to work hard and pay your dues and demonstrate that you know how to apply the excellent skills that you have and will continue to develop.
To that, I would add, you need to prove to the people you work for and the people you work with that you understand the rules, and you’re smart enough and good enough to play by those rules effectively. You need to earn their respect.
But that’s not enough.
Whatever aspect of communications you are thinking about pursuing, I guarantee you that the landscape is in flux. People don’t get or share information the same way they used to. I remember when I was a student here, logging onto those monochrome computers in Butler Library to get on this thing called the Internet. At the time, all I knew about it was that you could find all of Ani DiFranco’s lyrics there. Things are so much different now. My son, Max, is eight years old. He will tell you that you can find the answer to anything in the world on Google. And you can learn how to do anything at all by watching a YouTube video. 
This is either a very scary time to work in communications, or a very exciting time. It’s up to you how you want to view it.
Be one of the people shaping the landscape. The existing rules have served us well for a long time, but some of those rules are being broken every day as the field continues to evolve. The old farts you will work for won’t have all the answers. Sometimes, they won’t even be sure what the right questions are. 
Find your voice and use it. Break the rules. Innovate. 
So there you have it. Work hard. Be humble. Dive in. Keep learning. Be fearless.
Thanks for bearing with me tonight. I wish you all a very exciting and fulfilling career. Go do something awesome!