School of Communication NEWS
Western Michigan University
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Steve Rhodes here, Director of the School of Communication.

Back in the January issue, I noted that you would soon be receiving the February issue. Well now it is March – but this is not the February issue – confused???

I mentioned in the February issue that Dr. Joe Kayany is now helping me take over his role as editor of our e-newsletter -- a role I will assume as Director Emeritus.

Joe continues to do a great job as teacher but I am a slow learner – so for the time being I will work on getting out an issue every other month J

Again, if there are problems with the formatting of this e-newsletter or problems with any of the links -- the problems rest with the student, not the teacher!


Dr. Leigh Ford has been selected as the new Director for the School of Communication. Congratulations, Leigh!

Those of you who know Leigh, know that she will bring an unending work ethic, outstanding leadership skills, and a passion for the School of Communication unmatched by anyone.

For those of you who do not know Leigh, she has a long history with the School. Leigh was one of our first graduate assistants back in the early 1980s. Specifically, for the first year of her MA program with us she was the editorial assistant to Dr. Peter Northouse for our Communication Research Bulletin. Then in her second and final year in the program she was our first graduate teaching assistant under the leadership of Dr. Shirley VanHoeven (read on).

This important announcement was also covered by WMU’s Western Herald.


Dr. Chad Edwards has been selected to receive a College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (more).


Sally Helgesen, an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and leadership consultant, will present Leading in 24/7: Six Key Trends Transforming Organizations from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 in 2028 Brown Hall. This presentation will be open to the public (read more) – (look at flyer).


Three faculty published new books -- Dr. Peter Northouse, Dr. Rick Gershon, and Dr. Sandra Borden each published a new book in 2008/09 (more).


This past semester, we added a Photojournalism class to our course offerings. The course was taught by adjunct instructor Mark Bugnaski. City Life, an online Blog of the Kalamazoo Gazette, published final photo essays from two of our students – Desiree Marx and Sara Waisanen. Desiree’s work comes first so make sure you scroll down in the blog for Sara’s work (more).


Alumna Carol Frederick Steele (MA, WMU’s School of Communication, 1978, at that time Carol Rasor) has published her first book: The Inspired Teacher (more).


Under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Machiorlatti, the School of Communication held an outstanding premier of student video work completed for the Kalamazoo Youth Media Initiative (more).


In November we started a new feature in the newsletter – a place to share memories of your Bronco days. We started off the series with a picture of someone many of us love dearly – Jules Rossman. Then in January we ran another great photo of Loren Crane and Paul Yelsma– (picture)

For this February issue we have another great photo of one of our dearly loved emeriti faculty (picture).

If you have an old photo of your WMU days that you like to share, please send us an e-mail.

Thanks—Your Friends in the School of Communication



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