All posts by Stacy Landry

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Fake news is, well, much in the news these days so consider this post to be our department's contribution to the new milieu.

It is remarkable how people consistently find a way to use communication media and other types of innovations in new and unanticipated ways. We see this often in organizational communication studies, in the blossoming field of social media research and of course front and center in anecdotal and journalistic reports of human behavior. The tendency of people not to adopt and use innovations as intended by the designers of innovations plays out across settings and contexts of all types. Call it what you like: Reinvention, adaptation, user creativity, decentralization. Individuals have their own motivations and purposes-uses & gratifications-for new technologies, programs, practices and knowledge that others have communicated to them.

Changes in social media environments and the collectivities that comprise the groups and crowds that inhabit them are grist for the mill of academic research. A number of our graduate students and faculty use the social media ecosystem as the basis for their work. And accelerating rates of change in this ecosystem pushes us to find faster ways to conduct studies before the landscape shifts from under one's feet. Having a sense of what's next in social media and consumer use of communication technology is part of what's great about having undergraduate students with us at Michigan State. Their behavior (and the behavior of their little sisters and brothers) and the ways that they learn to critically assess their behavior and that of their friends and family helps the rest of us to know what to study.
There are constants, of course. The magnetic personality, the persuasive speaker, the opinion leader, and the maven seem to operate across new and old contexts of communication. But the dissemination of information and thus the acceleration of change have become sudden and sometimes, dramatic in both rate of change and outcomes.

If you want to study the future, study communication.

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Call for Applications: Trifecta Pilot Funding Grant Award

Posted on: August 7, 2016

Trifecta seeks to stimulate new or emerging interdisciplinary research collaborations between faculty in the colleges of Communication Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Nursing at MSU. Pilot funding will be used to help create innovative, interdisciplinary research projects that will lead to increased applications and successes in external funding, presentations and publications, and visibility for the Trifecta initiative at MSU.

Improving health outcomes and healthcare organization and delivery (including enhanced outcomes, reduced and stabilized costs, and improved access) are significant societal issues, especially in populations experiencing health disparities.  The complexity of delivery models, diversity of populations, existence of large-scale societal inequalities, and development of healthcare solutions require interdisciplinary approaches to make advances in these areas.

The Colleges of Communication Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Nursing at Michigan State University have joined forces to create a Trifecta—a winning partnership of three innovative colleges. With support and investment from all three colleges, MSU’s provost, and vice-president for research and graduate studies (VPRGS), Trifecta is a launch-pad for groundbreaking interdisciplinary projects that will develop cutting-edge computing and communication technologies to improve health care and outcomes and address health disparities.

A maximum of $10,000 per project is available. Eligible expenses include: support for graduate or undergraduate research assistants, supplies needed to conduct the research, course releases, travel for data collection, incentives for participants, and other expenses that are needed to carry out the proposed research activities.

Deadline for Applications: Friday, September 30, 2016
Awards will be Announced:  Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Get the full details about the grant >

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CSD Student Interns with Lansing School District

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Restaino_CristinaName: Cristina Restaino
Hometown: Itasca, Illinois
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Lansing School District
Location: Lansing, MI
Amount of time at internship: January-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
While picking a career path, I knew that I wanted to find a field where I could help individuals across multiple populations with diverse needs. Coming from a home where multiple languages are spoken, I have always been especially amazed by the idea of different languages and how they allow people to communicate. A family friend, who is a speech-language pathologist, introduced me to the field while I was in high school. After completing observations at her job, I was intrigued by the difference that clinicians are able to make by helping individuals to achieve their goals. I decided to pursue the field of speech-language pathology as it combined my passion of helping others with my interest in the areas of communication. The diversity of communication disorders that speech-language pathologists can help treat allows them to have endless opportunities. I wanted to select a career path that would allow me to continue learning throughout my entire career.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May of 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Speech & Hearing Science and a minor in Spanish. I was so excited to be accepted into Michigan State's master's program and to attend another Big 10 school. I have learned so much during my first year of graduate school through both my classes and first clinical placement. I am very thankful for the opportunities that Michigan State offers by setting up students with internships out in the community in order to gain real-world experiences. I am looking forward to my first medically-based clinical placement this summer where I will be at a sub-acute rehabilitation center/skilled nursing facility in downtown Chicago.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
This semester, I completed my clinical placement at Willow Elementary School in Lansing. Additionally, one afternoon a week, I provided therapy services at a Head Start program in Lansing. I worked with children ages 3-9 with a variety of communication disorders and a range of severity levels. I gained experience working with children in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, and cognition.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
Over the course of the semester, my placement in the school setting helped me to grow both personally and professionally as a future SLP. I learned so much about the process of providing special education services to children in the school setting and gained valuable experience in evaluating and treating students. My supervisor, Jodi Cohen, has worked in a variety of settings and is very knowledgeable in all aspects of communication disorders. She provided me with great feedback throughout the semester which I then used to improve my skills and become more confident in my abilities to become a speech-language pathologist.

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MSU Students from ComArtSci Debut Documentary Films at Studio C!

Posted on: April 28, 2016

Two new short documentaries by Michigan State University student filmmakers will premiere Thursday, April 28, at Studio C! Theatre, 1999 Central Park Drive, in Okemos, Mich. Screening for the two documentaries begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

The documentaries "Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City," and "Eudaimonia: A Cultural Exploration of Happiness " are student-led projects completed during the Documentary Design and Production course-a capstone class in MSU's documentary specialization curriculum. Students met twice a week for 15 weeks in addition to filming outside of class. Senior Video Specialist Bob Albers teaches the course.

"These are our best students, and the films they create are not 'student' films but rather professional level work that deserves to be seen in a professional environment," said Albers, adding that the films address current subjects that are relevant to social and political conversation. "Studio C is that kind of environment, and the students themselves do all of the production, marketing and event planning."

From Flint PRINT-1"Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City"
How does Michigan go from having the biggest and best regional water and wastewater system in the world to poisoning an entire city with lead? This documentary examines the effects of lead and lack of fresh and clean water on Flint residents, the culpability of government officials, and the impact of race on the ongoing crisis.

Director: Elise Conklin
Producer: Liv Larsen
Director of Photography: Izak Gracy
Lead Editor: Lauren Selewsky
Gaffer/Key Grip/Colorist: Jenna Ange

Finalposter"Eudaimonia: A Cultural Exploration of Happiness‬"
What is happiness? How is it defined and experienced in different cultures? This documentary takes a look at happiness through a cultural lens, and explores the experience through conversations with people from Greece, India, Africa and the United States.

Producer: Madison Amalfitano
Director of Photography: Truman Lorick
Designer/Videographer: Katherine Pertuso
Editor: Lindsey Spitlzley

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CSD Interns with Waverly Community Schools

Posted on: April 27, 2016

Choi_Joni-wpName: Joni Choi
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Waverly Community Schools
Location: Lansing, MI
Amount of time at internship: January- April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
I first became interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist after I researched careers in the health field. I always knew that I wanted to stay within the healthcare field, but I didn't know what I would have a passion for until I found speech-language pathology. I shadowed many speech-language pathologists and became really interested in the various work settings and populations that I would be able to work with.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
After graduating from Ohio State, I was excited to continue my education to become a speech-language pathologist at Michigan State. I have enjoyed learning through the graduate program and working with my classmates. My first clinical internship has been a great experience and I enjoy working with the pediatric population. I am looking forward to the future internships through MSU's graduate program.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
My current internship is at Colt Early Childhood Education Center in the Waverly School District. I work with mainly kindergarteners and some preschoolers who are in general education and special education classrooms. Some areas that I've been able to gain more experience in are articulation, language, and augmentative alternative communication.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career:
My internship has helped prepare me for my career by giving me the opportunity to gain clinical skills while working with the pediatric population. Through my supervisor, I learned how to work efficiently and grow professionally as a student intern. My supervisor has given me multiple opportunities to learn and grow under her guidance, which has helped me learn more about the school setting along with becoming more comfortable as a student intern.

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Journalism Grad Pursuing Career in Storytelling, Human Rights

Posted on: April 25, 2016

journalism graduate Irum IbrahimBy Kelsey Block

Recent journalism graduate Irum Ibrahim has always had a passion for storytelling. She began her college career studying business at Oakland University, but she soon switched to Michigan State to pursue journalism.

"I always knew I loved it, so I was fighting against myself," she said.

As a student, Ibrahim worked at The State News and The Red Cedar Log. During the summer of 2015, she also worked as an editorial intern for Hour Media's DBusiness Magazine. She wrote and edited stories that were published online as well as in the daily newsletter.

Ibrahim's most memorable day on the job was the day HGTV's "Rehab Addict" star Nicole Curtis visited Detroit to give a tour of a mansion she was remodeling.

"It was hands-on type of work. I was able to ask questions alongside the Detroit News and Free Press and Channel 4," she said.

She first heard of the opportunity with DBusiness through an email sent by journalism professor LA Dickerson.

"I had just finished the State News and a documentary, so this was the next thing," Ibrahim said. "I wanted to dabble with all sorts of journalism. I had done print and video and this would be magazine."

Ibrahim received the Susan B. Goldman Journalism Internship Award in connection with her time at DBusiness.

"I don't know how hard it would have been without that because my internship was unpaid and because I was taking classes, I didn't have any other income," she said. "It was really helpful to have that scholarship."

Now working full time, Ibrahim offered some advice for ComArtSci students: build as many connections as possible.

"Talk to your professors every opportunity you get. Go to office hours whenever you have a relevant question," she said. "Make sure you know what you want so you can have a narrow vision when you're looking for career opportunities. It will be easier to find something you appreciate and enjoy that will help you in the future with your career goals."

For Ibrahim, those goals include traveling and writing about human rights. She currently works as a communications and outreach coordinator for Muslim Family Services in Detroit and as a blogger for The Huffington Post.

"What I'm doing right now is helping me get where I ultimately want to be, which is working in the human rights area of journalism," she said.

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CSD Student Interns with Clinton County RESA

Posted on: April 20, 2016

Baldwin_RachelName: Rachel Baldwin
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company: Clinton County RESA
Location: St. Johns, MI
Amount of time at internship: January - April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
My grandmother is a retired speech-language pathologist, which is how I initially knew about the field. I grew up listening to my grandmother's stories about how rewarding the profession was and how much she loved her job. Early in my undergraduate experience I took an introduction speech pathology course and shadowed an SLP in a school setting. Those experiences solidified my love for all the different aspects of the field and my desire to become a speech pathologist.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I cannot believe my first year of graduate school at Michigan State is almost complete and I absolutely love being part of Spartan Nation! I completed my undergraduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where I minored in child studies. Michigan State's unique four rotation internship program has given me the opportunity to focus my internships around my interest of working with children in a variety of clinical settings.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently interning with Michigan's Early-On service program at Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency (CCRESA), which provides in-home visits for children birth to age three. My caseload includes children with a range of disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, expressive/receptive language delay, hearing impairment, articulation impairment, apraxia, and other developmental disorders.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
This experience has highlighted the importance of family-centered therapy to me because I work closely with families on a daily basis. I also collaborate with other professionals and see the benefit of working in a team. Learning the multifaceted perspectives of a team has supported my understanding of the Early-On service program and I can see how working in a team setting would carry-over to future internships.

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PRSSA, Hubbell Connections Help COMM Major Land Music Festival Internship

Posted on: April 15, 2016

margeaux-koepele-meridian-entertainment-2015When she was in high school, Margeaux Koepele started a Twitter account dedicated to her favorite band, One Direction. She had no idea how helpful one fan social media account would eventually turn out to be.

Soon after starting the account, Koepele gained enough popularity that three members of the band-- Louie Tomlinson, Niall Horan and Liam Payne--followed her.

Koepele, a communication and public relations junior, originally started out studying dietetics at MSU. But she didn't feel like it was the right fit. Her parents, however, knew her talents were geared toward another field. They had the Twitter account to prove it.

"My parents would always tell me that my Twitter account was the stupidest thing I'd ever done, but that I was really good at it," Koepele laughed. "So when I was reconsidering my major, I took a few COMM classes. I've since decided this is definitely where I was meant to be. And while you don't want to listen to your mom, she's usually right."

Koepele said she talks about running the account in every interview.

"It's different, and I realized whatever you can do to set yourself apart is amazing," she said.

Koepele still loves One Direction, but she no longer spends her time tweeting about pop stars. Instead, she's been an active member of PRSSA and has worked for Hubbell Connections, a student-run PR firm.

She's also had a number of work experiences. Last year, she won the Quinn Franks internship award as a result of her internship at the Common Ground Music Festival and Meridian Entertainment Group.

From January through July, Koepele worked as a marketing intern, directing social media efforts, designing promotional materials and writing press releases for the festival.

"There's all that back work that people don't think about like booking and trying to make people get excited about this opening act that maybe no one has ever heard of," she said.

Koepele's most memorable day on the job was also her most stressful. Headliner Meghan Trainor canceled her appearance the day before the concert because of a medical issue, leaving the Common Ground crew scrambling.

"To say I wasn't terrified would be a complete lie," she said. "But we learned from the best. We came up with someone to replace her and shifted the entire acts on the main stage back."

The crew managed to divert a catastrophe and the rest of the festival went off without a hitch.

"That experience set the tone for the rest of the week," Koepele said. " We thought 'like well, I got through that, I will make it through this week.' I learned so much."

Finding her direction

Koepele first found the job working with the Common Ground festival on MySpartanCareer. For some reason, the name of the company, Meridian Entertainment Group, rang a bell. It turned out that Koepele had a friend who worked for Meridian, so she reached out to her for basic information about the job.

Although that personal connection was helpful, Koepele said it was the solid foundation of skills she'd learned in class and through PRSSA that helped her get the job.

"(PRSSA and Hubbell) really changed everything for me. I realized these are students in my college on the executive board for a national organization," she said. "If you don't have experience, you should look for it in the college. That's why PRSSA, Hubble, any of these organizations exists. They're there not there only to give you something to add to your resume but to give you the peers and the professional contacts."

Koepele said her favorite thing to do when she's not in class on a Friday is to job shadow fellow communicators. She's made connections in a number of places - from the Detroit Red Wings to General Motors to Meijer and Gordon Foods.

"It's something I never would have had the guts to do or had the resources to do if I hadn't become an active member of the college," she said.

This summer, Koepele is heading off to an internship with Delta Airlines. Landing that summer internship wasn't easy, though. Koepele said she interviewed for several internships, only to get turned down.

"I was getting really discouraged and feeling really bad for myself because I didn't think it all would be worth anything to anybody," she said.

Then, she went out on a limb and applied to Delta Airlines. It was out of her comfort zone and far from home, but she thought it was worth a shot. Her hunch was right.

"I ended up getting something awesome and now I feel so good. My hard work paid off," she said. "Something good will come. It will all work itself out, which is what my dad was saying to me two weeks ago. I was like 'yeah whatever.' But everyone is good enough and you need to have passion for what you're doing. Just because they don't pick you doesn't mean you weren't an amazing candidate."

By Kelsey Block

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MSU Sales Leadership Minor Preps Students for Careers in Business-to-Business Sales

Posted on: April 14, 2016

Abbie Newton, Senior Journalism Major with a Minor in Sales Leadership, placed first in the 2016 National Collegiate Sales Competition.A 100 percent placement rate for graduates would be enough for many collegiate advisers to close the deal on a sales program with prospective students.

But for advisers with the MSU Sales Leadership Minor, a perfect placement rate is only part of the pitch.

Ask Jennifer Rumler, managing director of the Sales Leadership Minor program and internship coordinator for the Department of Communication-both within the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Rumler can call up tons of facts and stats for students who inquire about careers in sales-particularly those that result from the 18-credit minor.

"When we let students know that 70 to 80 percent of all entry-level jobs for college graduates are going to be sales jobs, that's pretty convincing," says Rumler. "Then I ask students this: 'do you want to go into a job and wing it? Or do you want to have sales education behind you and ramp up?'"

Rumler came on board in 2008 to help facilitate the rise of the program to national prominence as one of the best sales leadership programs in the country. Today, the now 7-year-old program stands as the only of its kind to leverage the strengths of two nationally-ranked colleges: The Eli Broad College of Business and the College of ComArtSci-as well as multiple corporate partners.

Up to 50 students are accepted in the program each semester, for a total of 100 each academic year. The program promotes and enhances the field of professional selling and sales management through education, research and outreach. Dozens of corporate sponsors from national and international arenas invest in program, providing both financial support and internship opportunities for students.

"It's a win for companies, and it's a win for our program, and it's a definite win for our students," says Rumler. "About 40 percent of our students go into their senior year with a full-time job lined up because of these types of relationships."

MSU alum Evan Kline is among those who experienced a tremendous "return on investment." The 2012 graduate in advertising specialized in sales communication, and stepped into a job almost immediately after commencement-at which he was a featured speaker for the College of ComArtSci.

"The program prepared me for my career by helping me to learn to dig deeper," says Kline, a biopharmaceutical sales representative with Amgen. "The program also enhanced my perception of a sales career by providing meaningful content and relationships."

While at MSU, Kline was among students bringing home the hardware in national sales competitions. Students and teams from MSU Sales Leadership Minor program boast strong performances at both fall and spring competitions, and have garnered four national team sales championships in the last eight years.

Recently, an MSU student team added more trophies to the case with first- and third-place wins in the 2016 National Collegiate Sales Competition in Kennesaw, Ga. The tournament-style competition is the largest in the world, attracting 134 student competitors from 67 universities across North America.

Journalism senior and sales leadership minor Abbie Newton placed first in the individual competition, while marketing senior and sales leadership minor Patrick Conway reached the quarterfinals. Their combined efforts propelled the MSU team to third among participating universities. Two additional students from the MSU Sales Leadership program played vital roles in the team's success, including finance major Emmie Ashwell and marketing major Matthew Mergener. Associate Professor of Marketing Douglas Hughes coached the team, assisted by marketing doctoral student Blake Runnalls.

Those types of successes, Rumler says, represent the caliber of the Sales Leadership Minor program as well as the dedication of students pursuing sophisticated sales careers through MSU.

"That success doesn't come without a lot of hard work and dedication," says Rumler. "Our students put in time in and out of the classroom, and understand that sales people are the front line of any business. In reality, nothing happens in any company until something is sold."

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CSD Student Interns with Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary

Posted on: April 6, 2016

Franklin_EmilyName: Emily Franklin
Hometown: Lansing
Graduation Date: Spring 2017
Company: Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary
Location: Flint, MI
Amount of time at internship: January-April 2016

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
After completing my undergraduate degree with a major in biology, I took time off from school to explore master's programs in various fields that fit my interests. At the same time, I took the opportunity to pursue my love of world travel and applied to teach English in South Korea. In my preparation for teaching English, I came across the field of linguistics, which sparked my curiosity. I took the Introduction to Linguistics class at MSU and became fascinated with the field that combined science and language. While teaching English in Korea, I searched different professions related to linguistics and came across speech language pathology, which encompassed all my interests from biology to the English language.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
I completed my prerequisite classes for Communicative Sciences and Disorders at MSU in the spring of 2015 and began the CSD graduate program in the fall of 2015. In my first semester I joined Dr. Cao's research lab and declared a thesis track. I am currently working on a cross-linguistic comparison study between English and Chinese speaking children. This past January I began my first clinical placement in the school setting and am looking forward to my first medical placement this summer.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
I am currently placed at Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary school in Flint. I work with students, ages five to twelve years old and with a wide range of communication disorders. I have gained experience in articulation disorders, language disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, hearing impairment, pragmatic disorders and AAC devices.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
My experience at this internship has given me the opportunity to practice and refine skills learned in the classroom as well as develop new practical skills such as billing and behavior management. I greatly appreciate all the advice and therapy ideas that I have received throughout my time at my internship. Furthermore, I have learned a lot about myself through firsthand experience; I discovered strengths and weaknesses that I would have never realized in the class room.

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