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Upcoming Events

Nieman Symposium: Discerning the Truth in the 2016 Presidential Election

March 27, 2017

This year’s Nieman symposium will be held Monday, March 27 from 9:30 am–4:30 pm. The subject is Discerning the Truth in the 2016 Presidential Election, and key topics include: democracy, President Obama’s legacy, citizenship, and ethics in the campaign. The conference is divided into four hour-long sessions plus a round table session at the end. Sessions start 9:45 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, and 3:30 pm for the round table. More information will be available soon.

Axthelm Memorial Lecture

April 11, 2017

Jen Lada, contributor to ESPN's digital platforms and to ESPN's College GameDay will present this year's Axthelm Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 11 in the Helfaer Theatre from 4 – 5 pm. Her talk will focus on how to be fearlessly authentic. Lada has covered important stories for ESPN, including two Auburn LSU families coming together through tragedy and the Chochran concussion story about former Connecticut quarterback Casey Cochran who suffered 13 concussions while playing football. Lada is a proud graduate from the Diederich College of Communication with a degree in Broadcast Electronics. Check out Jen Lada's bio page for more information.

Research Symposium

Thursday, April 27

To celebrate faculty scholarship and creative work, a full day of events is planned for Thursday, April 27. We kick off with the results of the undergraduate poster competition on the 5th floor of Johnston Hall at 11:30 a.m. The competition will be followed by professional keynote address from Dr. Leslie Rill and graduate alumni speaker Dr. Jacob Groshek. Both speeches will take place in Marquette Hall, Room 200 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., respectively. Additional details will be available soon.

Big Ideas

The High Value of Internships

Senior Journalism major Hannah Kirby recognizes the value of a good internship. Since starting at Marquette, she has completed three internships that have given her valuable experience for her future career. Last summer, she had 20 articles published in print and digitally while interning at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, including this featured cover story about the Pokemon Go app. Prior to her internship at the Journal, Kirby interned with Justin George, a former O’Brien fellow, who brought her to San Francisco while he interviewed families of homicide victims. In filming these vital interviews, Kirby helped give voice to people who desperately wanted to communicate the injustices their loved ones suffered but who did not have the words to tell their stories. Pictured above, Kirby was selected to introduce Justin George at the 2016 conference for O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, a testament to her valuable contributions to George's project.

Student Film Wins Local and Regional Awards

Henry Willette’s short film “Closed Mondays” started out as a class assignment for his senior-level video production class but quickly caught the attention of judges at local and regional festivals. Last spring, Willette won the best writing category at the Marquette Student Film Festival, which is judged by industry professionals in Milwaukee. Spurred on by his initial success, he entered his film in regional festivals. Willette knew he only had a 10% chance of his film being accepted as an emerging filmmaker but has been pleasantly surprised by the results. “Closed Mondays” was shown at the Milwaukee Short Film Festival, with actors Matt Nichols and Sidney Johnson taking home awards for the best actor and best actress categories. By taking his responsibilities as a writer-director seriously, Henry Willette has given local actors the opportunity to shine and truly exemplifies what it means “to be the difference.”

The Spirit of Communication at Marquette

Senior Communication Studies major Shannon McCormick embodies the spirit of communication students at Marquette. Eloquent, committed to and excited about her chosen field, she loves to conduct interviews and talk to people. As part of her capstone course, McCormick completed a large research project to study alcohol use among teens. She interviewed high school and college students as well as adults, analyzed her findings and wrote a robust research paper that incorporated several areas of communication.

Like many communication students, McCormick balances multiple commitments between her two minors in Advertising and Public Relations and working as the Media Relations Assistant for MU Athletics. Her ability to excel academically while managing a rigorous work schedule will serve her well as she transitions from college life to her professional career.

Real-World Experience Comes to Sports Promotion Class

Dr. Jim Pokrywczynski, Associate Professor of Strategic Communication, is working hard to bring real-world experience to his students. This year, “Doc Pok” and the students in his Sports Promotion Class are working with Fox Sports University and the USGA to promote the 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills next June.


The students in the Sports Promotion class are tasked with the goal of increasing awareness and excitement of the U.S. Open in Wisconsin. They work in teams and present their ideas to Fox Sports and USGA executives, and their ideas may even be utilized during the campaign. The USGA and Fox both recruit interns out of this program, rewarding stand-out Marquette students the opportunity to jump-start their careers and take their participation in the FOX Sports U program to the next level.

Communication Disciplines: One College Eight Majors

As an undergraduate, you can choose from eight majors, from creative advertising and digital media arts to the strategic disciplines of corporate communication and communication studies. If you have an investigative skill set, you might enjoy journalism or media studies, whereas strong problem solvers often find their niche in public relations. And finally, actors, directors, and technicians gravitate to theatre arts, where they can perform center stage or work behind the scenes.


You may also enroll in our Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program that allows you to choose any of these majors and earn both your bachelor's degree and a master's degree in just five years.

Faculty Dedicated to Education and Research

From Strategic Communication to Theatre and Performing Arts, Diederich College of Communication faculty brings a wide range of theoretical and artistic skills to the classroom, while seamlessly weaving ethical and social justice considerations into conversations.


Dedicated to excellence in education, faculty members regularly attend conferences and teaching symposiums to further their own development as researchers and educators. Taking a collaborative approach, they readily share what they've learned with the college.


Meet the faculty here, learn what called them to Marquette, and see what their research is all about.