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Upcoming Events

James Foley, His Legacy, and MU Theatre's Two Rooms

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thomas Durkin, friend of James Foley and the Foley family, as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, will discuss James Foley, the Foundation and the connections to Marquette University Theatre's production of Two Rooms, by Lee Blessing.

Durkin's lecture will take place on Monday, November 14th in the Helfaer Theatre from 6–7 p.m.

Welcome New Faculty Members!

Fall Semester, 2016

The Diederich College of Communication is proud to welcome three new full-time faculty members: Kristin Holodak, Young Kim and Eric Waters. Dr. Waters and Dr. Kim have joined the Strategic Communication Department, while Professor Holodak will concentrate on teaching digital media and scriptwriting courses within our Digital Media and Performing Arts Department. We are very excited and fortunate to have three new and talented faculty joining our ranks. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome!

Celebrate Diversity at Marquette

September - December, 2016

The Office of Intercultural Engagement at Marquette will hold a number of events this year that are designed to promote awareness of our rich, diverse campus and foster a spirit of inclusion. From September 15 - October 15, we will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a number of different events. The fall schedule also includes a welcome reception for our African American community, our Asian American community, LGBTQ+ History Month and Native American History Month. Contact the Office of Intercultural Engagement for more information on these upcoming events.

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.”

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.