May news from the College of Media
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Graduation gifts

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! Katie Clark, senior assistant dean for student services, hands Sabrina Lee a College of Media padfolio, a gift for graduating seniors. Lee (BS '21, journalism) was the student speaker at the College of Media Virtual Graduation Celebration, which was broadcast on Sunday, May 16. We also applaud the students who earned honors, awards, and scholarships this academic year.


College of Media News

Student in high-tech experiential learning classroom 

Hub for Brand Innovation and Advertising Technology launched

A new campus-funded initiative on strategic communication and emerging technology will connect advertising students, faculty, and brands, putting research into practice. The Hub for Brand Innovation and Advertising Technology is a partnership between the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, the Siebel Center for Design, and Technology Services at Illinois. Their proposal was selected to be funded through the Office of the Provost’s Investment for Growth program in 2020.

Ann Abdelzahar 

New eLearning specialist to enhance online and hybrid courses within College of Media

As the College of Media's first-ever eLearning specialist, Ann Abdelzahar will be partnering with faculty in each department to actualize their ideas for building innovative online and hybrid courses. This includes engaging students through videos, animations, games, audio, and photos during lessons.


Faculty Spotlight

Ben Holden 

Public school speech case is potential watershed moment for cyberbullying

A recent U.S. Supreme Court case will be a major test of the First Amendment rights of K-12 public school students as well as the authority of school administrators to discipline students for cyberbullying, according to Benjamin Holden, a teaching associate professor of journalism and media law scholar who studies free speech issues.

Amanda Ciafone 

Ciafone receives Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes sustained excellence and innovative approaches in undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning. Amanda Ciafone, associate professor of media and cinema studies, was one of this year's recipients.


Alumni Spotlight

Mort Nathan Emmy Awards 1986 

Writing comedic gold: Media alum shares stories behind The Golden Girls

Mort Nathan (BS '75, radio and TV), executive writer and producer of The Golden Girls, discusses the classic sitcom in a Q/A with self-described fangirl Abigail Bobrow (MS '19, journalism), assistant editor of the campus publication STORIED. Nathan (at right) won two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for his work on the series.


Virtual Events

Gregory Hall 

Conversation with College Leadership: Lessons Learned and Looking Forward
Wednesday, May 19
12-1 p.m.
Register to join via Zoom

Hear a conversation about what the College of Media learned during the pandemic and what fall will look like. Join College of Media Dean Tracy Sulkin; Professor CL Cole (head of the Department of Media & Cinema Studies); Professor Stephanie Craft (head of the Department of Journalism); and Professor Mike Yao (head of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising). 

Captain America special effects 

UIAA Speaker Series
Star Wars to Marvel: The Rise of the Summer Blockbuster through Special Effects

Thursday, June 10
6-7 p.m. 
Register to join via Zoom

When watching recent blockbuster films, how can we determine that the special effects were good? Learn more about recent digital effects and the aesthetics of 1970s cinematography with Julie Turnock, associate professor of media and cinema studies. She will discuss the development of the realist aesthetic, especially at the effects company Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), and show how ILM veritably invented our contemporary notion of photorealism, not only in special effects, but in the cinema and moving image capture realms more broadly.


Fund Spotlight


College of Media Innovation Fund

This fund supports a range of innovative activities that celebrate faculty excellence, faculty and student research, technology advancements, and cutting-edge pedagogy. In short, these are the sorts of activities that are the hallmark of what the College of Media does as one of the very top programs for the study of media at one of the best universities in the world. To give, please visit the College of Media giving page, click on the orange “Give Online Now” button, and select the College of Media Innovation Fund under “Champion Innovation in Media Research & Collaborations.”


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