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Department of Communication Newsletter



"It's a wrap" for First Georgia Film Academy Course in Columbus

The inaugural Columbus class in the Georgia Film Academy certificate program recently completed the first course in the two-course series. The 20 students expected to complete the certificate program this summer will gain on-set experience working on a film production in Columbus while learning from industry professionals.

CSU was the first institution in the University System of Georgia to offer the certificate program, which is housed in the Department of Communication. The department offers the program in collaboration with Springer Theatre. Students complete an introductory six-hour course in basic production using industry-standard equipment and a 12-hour course on the set of a professional production.

Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director of the Georgia Film Academy, discussed the $6 billion film and television production business in the state and the potential economic impact on Columbus and the region at the Department of Communication's Spring Speaker Series, held March 22 at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Stepakoff also presented a master class in story development for Communication and Theatre students.

WCUG Launch Honors Station Benefactor

Community and political leaders, family and friends joined James "Jimbo" Martin at the ribbon-cutting and launch of 88.5 WCUG Cougar Radio April 21. Martin, partner-owner of PMB Broadcasting, donated the full-power station to the Department of Communication in 2015.

The station went on air in mid-summer 2015 with a limited variety of pre-programmed music and as a teaching laboratory for students interested in radio broadcasting. Today, the student-operated station offers an alternative in local radio. Programming includes a variety of music formats, news, sports and talk radio.

The event concluded with the unveiling of a plaque naming WCUG The Martin Studios, in recognition of Martin's generous gift and his continuing support of the Department of Communication.


Department of Communication Achievements


Faculty Achievements:

Dr. Danna Gibson and Dr. Chris McCollough (Communication) were part of a team of authors who produced a chapter in the second edition of "Lucky Strikes and a Three Martini Lunch," a collection of communication research on the impact of AMC's Mad Men. The first edition was ranked 3rd in circulation among research publications on the television series, globally.

Dr. Danna Gibson (Communication) worked with Lynne Webb and former CSU instructor Laveda Joseph on a chapter titled, "The ADHD-Diagnosed Child: Does Family Communication Environment Contribute to the Decision to Medicate?" in Olson and Fine's Examining the Darkness of Family Communication: The Harmful, the Morally Suspect, and the Socially Inappropriate, produced through Polity Press.

Dr. Chris McCollough (Communication) is being published in the June issue of Journal for Academic Excellence, a regional research journal on best practices in pedagogy. He wrote a case study on the Non-Profit and Civic Engagement (NPACE) Center's positive impact on teaching, learning, research, and program reputation. McCollough was also interviewed by the Dallas Morning News about the public communication practices of the Texas Department of Public Safety and its handling of a potential scandal about public surveillance.

Dr. Mariko Izumi (Communication) was interviewed by Japan's National Broadcasting Company, NHK, for a documentary on WWII to air in August. She will also travel to Japan this summer to give a guest lecture at Kumamoto Gakuen University in Japan on "Mediums of Collective Memory: Transnational Travelings of Remembrance."