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A newsletter of the College of Media at Illinois | February 2012

Note from the Dean


The return to classes this spring semester brings with it renewed energy and ... construction? Yes. We're undergoing some changes here at Gregory Hall and it's getting interesting.

During the summer of 2009 a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) construction project took place on the east half of the building. Old, inefficient radiators and air conditioners were replaced with new, efficient radiators and central air conditioning. A number of windows were replaced as well.

This summer the west half of the building will undergo this same process. We are already seeing and - hearing - work on the restroom facilities. Right after graduation, most of the usual tenants of this facility will move temporarily to other offices on campus.

We are taking the opportunity to make other upgrades to the facility while this construction is in progress. This allows us to partially address two of our major fundraising initiatives: technology and facilities.

Technology. Keeping up with technology is vital to the College. We can't prepare our students properly if we do not have the technology to teach them. This involves classroom technology, labs, and even faculty and staff computers. We scramble each year to upgrade equipment for the students, while our faculty and staff must depend on the old stuff. Technology is a big part of being competitive in attracting students and faculty and we have to keep up. 

Facilities. Gregory Hall is a historical building and positioned perfectly on the Quad. It was built in 1939, and it hasn't changed much since then. The facility needs an upgrade. Offices and classrooms need to be more modern and efficient. The building needs to look and feel like a College of Media - full of the excitement, breaking news, and information. We look old. We need to represent the future. 

More work will be needed in the future, but it feels good to get things started.

We continue to need your financial support for these and other endeavors that serve our students, faculty and staff. You can make a gift any time here. Or, if you have other ideas, give me a call at 217-244-2596 or email

As always, I would be delighted to talk with your regardless of what's on your mind. I'll be keeping you informed as we go forward, and I hope to hear from you or see you if you visit campus this spring.

Go Illini! 
Jan, Interim Dean

Headlines  | Click for all College News  

    Charla Krupp (JOURN '75) died on Jan. 23 in New York City at age 58. Krupp was well known for her fashion and beauty savvy having served in top positions at Glamour magazine, as popular commentator on several television shows, and most recently as author of "How Not to Look Old" and "How to Never Look Fat Again." While Krupp found much success in New York City, she never forgot her connection back to her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She had a big heart for students that desired to establish careers in major media markets like New York City.


Job coach Brad Karsh, president and founder of JobBound, a company dedicated to helping students prepare for the job search and life after college, will be here to share two presentations. Professionals will participate on informative panels and share what their industries are like and how to land a job. The preceeding afternoon students can participate in a resume seminar. More information can be found here.


    Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Nakamura for being selected as one of the newest members of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) Steering Committee. As a consortium of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies represent, HASTAC supports pioneering research and scholarship in the digital era.
    PBS station WLIW, New York, the #1 market in the U.S., will air the Professor Jay Rosenstein's documentary "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" on Monday March 12th at 10 pm as part of Women's History Month. Originally broadcast nationally on PBS in June of 2011, "The Lord Is Not On Trial Here Today" is now being re-fed to PBS for broadcasts in March, 2012 to coincide with the 64th anniversary of the historic Supreme Court ruling of the case McCollum vs. Board of Education, which is profiled in the documentary.


Dennis Swanson, president, station operations, Fox Television Stations, received the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award January 24. NATPE's Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award is presented each year at a special reception during the annual NATPE Market & Conference.
    The Hollywood Reporter Senior Writer, Leslie Bruce (MS '05 JOURN), was a double winner at the fourth annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards held in downtown Los Angeles.
    The Institute of Communications Research invites alumni and friends to attend the 2012 Alumni and Friends Reunion Conference: Producing Knowledge, Pushing Boundaries: 65 Years of Communications Research, March 2-3, 2012, on the Urbana campus.

Upcoming Events  | Click for College Calendar  

You're invited to join fellow alumni at the 15th annual Chicago Illini of the Year reception and dinner honoring the best of Chicago and the University of Illinois. The College of Media is delighted that another of our own, Carol Hillsman Sagers '79 ADV, is among the honorees.
Digital Bootcamp is a new, exciting two-day workshop hosted by the College of Media. College students interested in journalism, advertising, media content creation and design in the new digital media landscape can explore the newest tools in digital media in sessions led by top industry practitioners.


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