Events and Outreach

What's Happening in the Diederich College of Communication

Throughout the year, the Diederich College of Communication brings nationally known speakers to campus, encouraging students and faculty
to explore vital communication issues. Faculty and graduate students also enjoy opportunities to present their research, creating a climate of intellectual curiosity in the college.


Annual Events
Lectures, symposia and conferences presented each academic year by the Diederich College of Communication

Featured Guest Speakers
Each year, the Diederich College of Communication invites a number of distinguished academics and professionals
to share their advice and experience with our community

Diederich College Initiative
This program was created by and for college faculty to initiate and sustain a variety of activities among faculty and students
that would investigate various dimensions of communication ethics, values and social justice.

The O'Brien Fellowship
The Perry and Alicia O'Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University fosters excellence in journalism
and improves the quality of news and information reaching the American public.

Community Connections
Read stories of faculty, staff and students connecting with Milwaukee area businesses and individuals

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Housed within Johnston Hall, the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service is a multimedia website that provides objective
and professional reporting on urban issues in central city Milwaukee communities

Messmer Partnership
A growing partnership between the college and Messmer High School, a Catholic high school serving a diverse, urban population,
encourages Messmer students to explore communication majors at Marquette

Urban Journalism Workshop
The Urban Journalism Workshop offers aspiring journalists a sense of the real world of news reporting. During this intensive two-week summer program, high school students use Diederich College of Communication facilities and equipment to provide content for the Urban Voice, a multi-media website capturing diverse perspectives and mirroring the converging worlds of media.

Big Ideas

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.

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, Shannon 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, Shannon 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.

MU Theatre Production Gains Regional Recognition

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has selected Marquette University's "Theatre and Social Justice Production" of To Kill a Mockingbird to perform at their regional festival. In January and February each each year, the Center's festivals offer awards, workshops, and a symposia, while recognizing the best competing productions from eight different regions. To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel and co-sponsored by Rid Racism Milwaukee, a group of organizations dedicated to breaking down racial inequalities though dialogue, advocacy and action.

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.