Exciting Spring for CAS in the Works

Posted on: February 4, 2014

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When I arrived at MSU 30 years ago, it never occurred to me that one day I would sit in the dean's office of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS). But sometimes events provide unexpected opportunities. As most of our CAS News readers have probably heard by now, as of Feb. 1, I was appointed to serve as acting dean. I am honored to have the opportunity to join with CAS faculty and staff to navigate this transition period from Dean Pamela Whitten to the future.

During the past five years, we have seen the college grow and flourish. We are enjoying an increase in research funding; greater collaboration across campus and around the world; and creative new programs and opportunities for students, faculty and alumni to engage with each other. As we search for a new dean, our goal is to continue the high-quality interdisciplinary research and teaching that has come to define our college.

In the next month, I have invited the associate deans to try their hand at writing the blog for the CAS News, and they have all eagerly agreed. I also extend that opportunity to our department chairs and school director during the following months as a way for you to get to know them better and to learn what's going on in their respective departments as well.

If you follow CAS closely, you know spring is one of the busiest times of the year. We have many events in the works that you may find interesting.

Coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 11, is the 2014 Ellis N. Brandt Lecture on Public Relations in the Public Interest. Dr. Glen Nowak, director of Grady College's Center for Health and Risk Communication at the University of Georgia, and former head of media relations for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention will be this year's lecturer. His topic is "Communication about Health, Medicine and Science: How Hard Can That Be?" Prior to joining the Georgia faculty, Nowak worked for 14 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The event will be held in CAS Room 147 with a reception beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, Feb. 21, CAS Career Services will host the first "CAS Connect" to help our students explore options with alumni and employers who are interested in networking with prospective interns and employees. Booths will be set up throughout the first floor with employers who offer careers in advertising, media, information technology, journalism, sales, marketing, public relations, communications, multimedia and entertainment, and more.

After a successful debut of the Spartan Sports Journalism Classic (SSJC) last April, which was co-hosted by then Dean Pam Whitten and MSU Athletics Hall of Famer and NBA champion Steve Smith, the second annual SSJC is scheduled for Thursday, April 10. Smith, a sports analyst for Turner Sports, NBA TV and Big Ten Network, has agreed to host the event a second year. We will invite more than 25 outstanding sports journalism alumni again this year to participate in classroom discussions and speed coaching.

CAS and WKAR will showcase our highly regarded sports journalism faculty and students, as well as the array of MSU alumni serving as top sports reporters and commentators around the country today. In addition, "Current Sports," the new local show on both WKAR TV and Radio, will be highlighted. At last year's event, we announced that School of Journalism alumnus Al Martin would be the host of "Current Sports." This year, Martin will return and share what it's like to host a daily radio show and a weekly TV show recorded before a live audience.

These are just a few of the many events scheduled between now and May graduation. Please check the CAS events calendar and join us if you are in mid-Michigan. And don't forget to mark your calendar for our annual Celebration event, Saturday, May 3. Celebration is an opportunity for the college and the Alumni Board to honor outstanding alumni, present the Faculty Impact Award, and announce the student winners of the Media Sandbox Creative Challenge.

To read more about Acting Dean Steve Lacy, see the article, "Acting Dean Lacy Well Versed at Being both Scholar and Leader."

 

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