22 November 2015

Mayor Brown Honored at Honors Society Induction

Mayor Byron Brown '83
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown ('83, Public Communication) was inducted into the Communication Department Hall of Fame on Friday November 20th in a ceremony in the Savage Television Studio.   Brown is in his third term as mayor of Buffalo, a former New York State Senator, and member of the State University of New York Board of Trustees.  He was recognized for excellence in the public communication field.
Inductees with Mayor Brown

At the same event, a group of Communication majors were inducted into Buffalo State's Rho Psi Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association's official honor society.   Students inducted into the honor society must have an overall GPA of 3.0 with at least 60 credits completed. They also must have a major GPA of 3.25 and must have completed at least 12 communication department credits taken at Buffalo State.

2015 Lambda Pi Eta Members include:  Morgan Anderson, Taylor Baudendistle, James Bittler, Scott Bonesky, Errika Brooks, Labria Burgess, Melissa Burrowes, Christian Cassillas, Leah Cunningham, David DeLuca, Jessica Dick, Victoria Elias, Megan Fagyas, Diego Felix, Jessica Feliz, Jacquelyn Fricano, Tiffany Gaines, Gregory Gelz, Annaliza Guard, Kristy Hakes, Mary Huges Adrianna Hyman, Omolara Iroko, Nicole Kihl, Derek Kramer, Maris Lambie, Markiya Lee, Troy Licastro, Lindsay Mathias, Georgia Mavrogeorgis, Kayla McDougall, Alyssa McNamara, Jestine Meggett, Meaghan Michel, Patrick Miller, Julie Mogavero, Shontay Morgan, Ryan Mullen, Logan Nelson, Sarah Nizinkiewicz, WIlliam Parsons, Alyssa Pepe, Devon Pettygrove, Jordan Quattrini, John Reed, Clifton Robinson, Ashley Rodriguez, Stephen Rubach, Kurtis Russ, Edygadiel Sanchez, Timothy Schmidt, Iyana Shepherd, Ashley Smith, Molly Smits, Erika Taylor, Jessica Terrell, Allen Thorogood, Marcus Trueheart, Charles Walker, Brianna Weyand, and Ronald Wright.  

Honors Society Officers with Professor Liao

Mayor Brown and Chairman Joseph Marren delivered speeches at the ceremony, and Communication Honors Society Officers Devon Brady, Erika Taylor, Kyla Hunter and Jessica Feliz presented the Aristotilian notions of ethos, logos and pathos that guide the society.

Kyla Hunter and Labria Burgess

Also at the ceremony,  Buffalo News Scholarship winners, Noah Neacsu and Emily Niman, were announced.  Each will receive $1,000 from the newspaper.   The Dr. Juliette Piquette Communication Award winner Labria Burgess also received a $1,000 scholarship. 
Emily Niman (Public Communication)

12 November 2015

Out in the Night Documentary Tonight at 7!

BEYOND BOUNDARIES: DARE TO BE DIVERSE Screening & Discussion Series Presents:  Out in The Night (2014, 82 min), a documentary directed and produced by Blair Dorosh-Walther, Giovanna Chesler, and Mridu Chandra and Yoruba Richen, on Thursday November 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Out in the Night presents the true story of a group of African-American lesbians who were charged with gang assault and attempted murder for fighting back against a violent attacker in Greenwich Village, New York. The award-winning Out in the Night examines the sensational case and the women's uphill battle, revealing the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.

Post-Film Discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Susan Cahn, Professor of History, SUNY at Buffalo and Communication Professor Dr. Ruth Goldman.

Trailer: http://www.outinthenight.com/

Out in the Night is sponsored by: The Office of Equity and Campus Diversity,
The Communication Department, The Burchfield Penney Art Center, and PBS's POV Series

The film is free and open to the public.

Professor Silverman Named Treasurer of PRSA

Professor Silverman with Beth Silverman
Associate Professor Deborah Silverman was elected as 2016 treasurer of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) at its annual Leadership Assembly in Atlanta, GA on Nov. 7.  She is the first national PRSA officer hailing from Buffalo. 
Silverman is currently finishing her second two-year term as director at large on the PRSA Board of Directors (2014-2015; 2009-2010) and is immediate past chair of PRSA’s Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS). 

 Previously, she served as PRSA Northeast District chair, chair-elect, and Northeast District conference chair, bringing the district conference to Buffalo for the first time; on the Commission on Public Relations Education; and on the Buffalo Niagara PRSA chapter’s Board of Directors as its Assembly delegate. 
At Buffalo State, Silverman teaches undergraduate courses in public relations and directs the PR track of the multidisciplinary master’s degree. Her current scholarly research focuses on the role of ethics in the PR curriculum and workplace. She is the faculty advisor for Buffalo State’s PRSSA chapter and previously founded the PRSSA chapter at another SUNY institution, the University at Buffalo. 
 Silverman was a PR practitioner for over 20 years, mainly in higher education and nonprofit organizations, before becoming a full-time educator in 2002. She  is the recipient of several awards, including the Distinguished Service Award (Buffalo Niagara PRSA), Outstanding Practitioner of the Year (Buffalo Niagara PRSA), Faculty Appreciation Award (SUNY Buffalo State), and Outstanding Faculty Commitment to Service Learning Award (SUNY Buffalo State).
Her daughter, Beth Silverman, is also active in PRSA with the Buffalo Niagara chapter. She has been nominated as the chapter’s president-elect for 2016 and currently serves as one of the chapter’s Assembly delegates and a professional advisor to Buffalo State’s PRSSA chapter. She is employed as communications manager for the Buffalo State Alumni Association. 
The Buffalo Niagara PRSA chapter’s two delegates to the Leadership Assembly, at which Deb Silverman was elected treasurer, were Beth Silverman and Deb’s former Buffalo State student Devon Slobodzian ’11, now an award-winning PR professional at Gelia.

28 October 2015

TFA Students Win Locally, Will Compete in SUNY Wide Film 48 Fest

TFA majors Jacob Marciniak and Avery Maycock are the recent winners of the Buffalo State incarnation of the 48 Hour Film Festival, in which teams competed to make a short film over the course of a weekend.   The winning team received a scholarship from LensGoPro and T-shirts for their team.   They will take their film, "Press,"  to the statewide SUNY 48 Hour Film festival to compete against other winning teams from SUNY Alfred, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Cayuga Community College, SUNY Oswego and SUNY New Paltz with screenings between October 30 and November 1.

A 7 day voting period will begin on November 1, and anyone can vote for the winning film by going to film48.weebly.com.  "Press," written and directed as a team by Marciniak and Maycock, is a short film about the fallout of a fraternity hazing incident.  Watch the film above.

The SUNY Film 48 website fills in some history of this event: "The SUNY Wide Film 48 Competition began with the simply goal of strengthening and unifying the SUNY film community. Before the initiative began, a few universities individually held 48-hour competitions around the state, but now we are centralizing and merging those efforts to help bring the student film community in New York just a bit closer. The Film 48 experience is one that helps young filmmakers understand the moviemaking process in an entirely new way as you are forced to think quick, execute efficiently and deliver on time. It's no easy task to create a film in 48 hours, but those that make it usually emerge on the other side feeling incredible."

TFA major Lindsey Utnik organized the 48 Hour Film Festival at Buffalo State.

24 October 2015

Professor Karlis Comments on Virginia Shooting

Communication Professor Jack Karlis weighed in on Time Warner Cable News about the Virginia shootings of  news anchors Alison Parker and Adam Ward, and the impact of social media in the wake of such incidents.  Karlis, whose research includes social media,  advocates for stronger gatekeeping on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Watch his recent televised interview here.

21 October 2015

Speed Network with Professionals on October 22!

Professor Deborah Silverman has announced an engaging evening presentation by PRSSA.  Students interested in communication careers are invited to the annual event called "Network with Communication Professionals" on Thursday, October 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Bulger Communication Center North.

The free event will feature two hours of speed networking with a dozen local communication professionals in sports, entertainment, nonprofit PR, banking, PR agencies, special events planning, higher education, newspapers, radio, and television. Refreshments will be served.

Students can talk to the pros to learn how they launched their communication careers, and in turn, get advice on how to start their own careers. Students should dress in business casual and bring their résumés.

The annual event is hosted by Buffalo State's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

19 October 2015

Stanton Hudson featured on CSPAN

Communication Professor Stanton Hudson recently appeared on CSPAN's "Buffalo Weekend" to give a tour of the Theordore Roosevelt Inaugural Site in Buffalo.  In addition to his work as a Lecturer at Buffalo State, Hudson is the Executive Director of the Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Site, and  had a distinguished career of more than 20 years in public relations as a principal of Hudson & Associates Public Relations Counselors.  Hudson teaches a variety of public relations and communication courses at Buffalo State, including Media Literacy, Media Writing, Principles of Public Relations & Advertising, Public Relations Writing, and Campaigns in Public Relations & Advertising.  

 You can watch his presentation here:  http://www.c-span.org/video/?327666-1/theodore-roosevelt-inaugural-historic-site

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