All things new and flourishing
Greetings to all!
This is a new dawn for the College of Communications – exploding with exciting new programs, degrees, centers, a strategic plan and celebrating a new dean – all innovations and goals moving the college forward.
A warm TITAN welcome to Dean William G. Briggs who took the reins on Jan. 20. Briggs comes to us after years of experience in the Cal State system and brings an understanding of globalization through his travels, programs and curriculum. His expertise and leadership skills along with his eagerness to promote work built from the former dean, Dr. Rick Pullen, strengthen the college's mission and goals. Briggs' philosophy is "students first." We are fortunate to have his leadership through these challenging and epochal times for the university and the college.
Welcome New Faculty
We welcome Professor Jay Moon from the University of Texas, Austin, where he is completing his doctoral dissertation. Moon will join the advertising faculty in the Department of Communications in fall 2011 and brings a strong background in creative advertising. His use of new communication technologies and social media tools will benefit the concentration and department.
The Department of Radio-TV-Film is offering a new MFA in screenwriting designed for students who desire structured education and professional training in screenwriting for film, television and interactive media. Congratulations to the authors of this program: Professors Jule Selbo, Ed Fink, Robert Davis, Tim Maloney, Robert Engels and Heather Osborne-Thompson.
Center for Entertainment and Tourism Communications
The Center for Entertainment and Tourism Communications will be Orange County's leading voice on issues, research and trends critical to the progress of regional entertainment and tourism opportunities. Partnering with local associations and businesses will be critical to the success of the center. Dr. Don Anderson, formerly from Purdue University, launched the center. Welcome, Don.
Center for International Communications and Media
The purpose of the Center for International Communications and Media is to promote interest, research, and more importantly, collaboration in international communications and media studies. The center will draw on the human and intellectual capital of the faculty, students and administrators of the college, offering programs that reflect their international education, research and professional expertise. Dr. Dean Kazoleas is the center's director.
A 15-member committee to develop a Strategic Plan for the college, under the facilitation of Dr. Don Anderson from Purdue University, was formed during the summer 2010 and convened during the fall semester. The committee reviewed past accomplishments, key issues, conducted a SWOT analysis with conclusions, surveyed all present students, faculty and staff, and reviewed critical factors for the college's success. The final report provides the focus for the future of the college with a five-year strategic plan and initiatives to implement its direction. The committee was chaired by Dr. Irene Matz and members from the faculty, staff, students and community. Members included Drs. Rick Pullen, Tony Fellow, John Reinard, Gail Love, Javette Hayes, xtine Burrough, Bob Davis and HyeKyeung Seung; Professors Jule Selbo and Bob Engels; Adrian Gaitan; Assistant Dean Peggy Bockman; Stacy Bradshaw and Haeran Chong (recorder).
Stay tuned for more exciting news.