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.

Calendar

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

Welcome, Dr. Kimo Ah Yun!

The Diederich College of Communication is proud to welcome Dr. Kimo Ah Yun as our new dean. Dr. Ah Yun has been the associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Sacramento since 2012, and he previously served as the department chair of Communication Studies, as well as the director for the university's Center for Teaching and Learning. He has received numerous top awards for his research papers, and he is an expert in interpersonal communication, instructional communication and social influence.


Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new dean! We look forward to Dr. Ah Yun's leadership, and we are excited for him to start his new position on July 1. He has exciting plans for our college, which you can read about in his interview with our very own MU Wire.

Michael Beiermeister Wins a WBA Student Leadership Award

On February 27, faculty member Barbara Volbrecht had the honor of presenting a Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Student Leadership Award to Michael Beiermeister, one of her very own students. In her letter of recommendation to the WBA, Volbrecht noted that as the sports director at MUTV, Michael has worked tirelessly to increase coverage of student-produced shows. While sports broadcasting is a fast-paced industry, Michael takes time to create in-depth features and help other students learn valuable reporting, directing and producing skills. In addition to mentoring fellow students, Michael is working to take the station to Flagship status for Marquette Club Hockey and pursuing more live streaming of Marquette Lacrosse games. Other WBA Student Awards for Excellence included MUTV, MU Radio, and the Marquette Wire.

Undergraduate to Present Research at Upcoming Conference

Courtney Powers, a senior in the Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's program, has uncovered potentially groundbreaking research. She wrote a prospectus for a paper on the subject of how the nature of relationships are evolving due to self-disclosure on social media. Powers believes that relations are moving more quickly from non-intimate to intimate levels since social media users are revealing more about themselves online. Her professors recognized that Courtney's proposed research would generate interest in her field and encouraged her to submit her findings. They were right: she has been selected to present her paper on her proposed research at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Research Conference (UHRC) this April.

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.