Department of Communication Studies

ON THE MOVE, Fall 2009

News Highlights . . .

Rev. Al Sharpton Discusses Media and Activism with Communication Class

Reverend Al Sharpton met with students in the Communication Studies Department’s introductory class this past spring. Chairperson Harry Haines and veteran New York journalist Wayne F. Gillman facilitated the visit. Rev. Sharpton talked about his life as a political activist and about the complex relationships that community organizers have with media organizations. Sharpton’s MSU appearance came days after the Federal Election Commission fined him and his National Action Network for violations of election rules during the 2004 presidential election.


Dead Like Me: Life After Death Movie Receives First Public Showing

On Saturday, May 9, the Montclair State University Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter sponsored the first public viewing of the movie, Dead like Me: Life after Death. The film is a sequel to the Showtime television series, Dead Like Me. The star of both the series and the movie, Ellen Muth, was the MSU/PRSSA special guest for the event. Muth signed autographs prior to the showing, with the proceeds going to the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Maryland. She eagerly took part in a question and answer session after the film. For the full article, posted last spring, click here


Montclair State University Students Make “Real World” Connections

The Communication Studies Department at Montclair State University is beginning to build an impressive legacy of partnering with outside organizations -- from creating a number of communication products for Lorena Ochoa and her foundation in 2007, to developing a “First Time Homeowner” public relations proposal for K. Hovnanian Homes in 2008. This year’s senior MSU Public Relations students developed PR proposals for, among others, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, the Seeing Eye Institute, and the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame. On May 20, representatives from the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Seeing Eye Institute visited the Montclair campus to receive the Second Annual Appreciation Awards. The event also signaled the beginning of a wider partnership between outside groups and College of the Arts departments. For the full article, posted last spring, click here.


People Spotlights . . .


published an article entitled "'A Fan Crashing the Party:' Exploring Reality Celebrity in MTV's Real World Franchise" in the summer 2009 issue of the journal Television and New Media.

YI LUO, a newly appointed colleague in Communication Studies, completed her dissertation, "Public Relations and Sense-making During Organizational Change in Multinational / National Organizations in China."

HARRY W. HAINES, Department Chair, revised his essay entitled "Soldiers Against the War in Vietnam: The Story of Aboveground" for publication in a four-volume collection entitled Vocies from the Underground: Insider Histories of the Vietnam Era Underground Press to be published next year by Michigan State University Press.

TODD KELSHAW had three recent publications: Kelshaw, T., Lazarus, F., & Minier, J. (Eds.) (2009). Partnerships for service-learning: Impacts on communities and students. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass; book chapter, published in July): Kelshaw, T. (2010). Public delibration and the rhetorical "real": Balancing accomplishment and complication in republican-democratic structures. In B. Warnick and M. Smith (Eds.), The responsibilities of rhetoric. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. Pp. 117-128; and a book chapter, published in June): Kelshaw, T. & Lemesianou, C. A. (2010). Emerging online democracy: The dynamics of formal and informal control in digitally mediated social structures. In T. Dumova & R. Fiordo (Eds.), Handbook of research on social interaction technologies and collaboration software: Concepts and trends. Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing. Pp. 404-416.


In March, MSU Communication Studies students were showcased at the New Jersey Communication Association conference. Presentations consisted of:

  • MALORIE PEASE: “Environmental communication: A Vehicle for Change, Growth, and Economic Stimulation.”
  • NES ELIPENAHLI: “The Rhetoric of Health Communication: How Media are Making ‘Health Talk’ More Open and Personal.”
  • EILEEN CRUZ: “Getting to Know You, Dating in the 21st Century: Important Dimension of New Dating Trends and Technologically Founded Romance.”
  • JESSICA BUTLER: “From Typewriters to Instant Messaging: the Technology Impact on Workplace Communication.”
  • CLAUDIA BOGRIS: “If You Need Me, Call Me: How the Advent of Personal Communication Technology has Changed Family Dynamics.”
  • CHRISTINE AZZOLINO: “Gender Role Stereotypes in Advertising.”
  • AGNIESZKA ZIAJA: “Fear Appeals in the 2008 Election.”
  • YISEL LOPEZ: “Exploring New Media Success During the 2008 Presidential Campaign.”