Warm Wishes and Congratulations

Posted on: December 14, 2012

grad-webWalk across campus today and you'll be deafened by the collective sigh of relief. Why? Final exams are done and the fall semester is officially over. Students are done pulling all nighters, meeting for group projects and studying—for a couple of weeks anyway. Everyone is headed home for the holidays to enjoy some down time with family and friends before another exciting semester starts in January.

Today and tomorrow are very important days for a proud group of CAS Spartans as they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. Their college careers are coming to a close; and some are going out in to the workforce while others will continue their education in graduate school. Either way, we are so proud of our students’ collegiate careers and the wonderful ways they’ve represented MSU. They now carry on the Spartan tradition.

Speaking of Spartan accomplishments and reasons to celebrate, I’d like to make a special shout out for some of our well-deserving university award recipients. Congratulations to Dr. Johannes Bauer, Media and Informationprofessor and our incoming chair of the Department of TISM beginning in January. Dr. Bauer was awarded the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award for his outstanding work both inside and outside the classroom. The nominations for the award are based on “outstanding total service to the University.”   All of us who have worked with Johannes are so impressed with the brilliance he exhibits through his research and the commitment he exhibits toward all of his students.  Bauer joined MSU in 1990 from the Vienna University of Economics where he received his master’s and Ph.D. in economics. Congratulations to Johannes for this amazing honor and everyone please welcome him in January as he leads our fabulous department of TISM!

Another big Spartan shout out to Jessica Russell and Samantha Nazione for winning the university's Excellence in Teaching awards.  The award criteria is based on instructional effectiveness, innovative teaching techniques and approaches, scholarly promise and other significant involvements and achievements.

Samantha is a three-time Spartan degree recipient; earning her bachelor’s in communication, master’s in health communication and her soon-to-be Ph.D. in communication all from MSU. Her specialty is health communication and she hopes to continue to research and teach after receiving her Ph.D. this spring. Jessica Russell joined us from California in 2010 after receiving her bachelor’s and master’s in communication studies from California State University who is also wrapping up her Ph.D. in communication this spring at CAS.

Communication Arts & Sciences students and faculty will go on to change the world. I wish you all the best of luck and the happiest of holidays.

To learn more about our college’s exceptional accolades, stay tuned for our holiday greeting!


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