Department of Communication Studies - Spring 2010

On the Move


News Highlights . . .

Communication Studies To Team with ACER for 3D laptop computer

From classical singing to 21st century high tech, ACER Computers has introduced the world’s first 3-D laptop, and the computer will be on display at a gaming event to be hosted at Montclair State.  While final details are still being worked out, it will be the first time people can see the new Aspire 5738DG and then “test drive” a 3-D gaming experience. Professor LARRY WEINER is working with John Cowan, the president of M3-Media, a company based in Mendham, NJ that coordinates events for ACER Worldwide.  Montclair State students will be responsible for planning and promoting the event to the public.  James Cameron’s film, Avatar, has introduced 3-D technology to a new generation of moviegoers and other 3-D features are also scheduled for release this year.  In addition, the first television sets with 3-D technology have recently been rolled out.  Current 3-D technology will still require the use of glasses, even though a number of television sets aim to introduce 3-D without the glasses sometime this year.           



Public Relations Students to Help Promote Academy Award Winning Actress Shirley Jones’ 9/11 California Memorial

Montclair State’s public relations students are reaching across the country and within the entertainment world to help Hollywood legend, Academy Award winning actress, Shirley Jones in her effort to raise awareness for Jones’ Fawn Park; California’s memorial to 9/11. Jones has done a number of television interviews asking for donations to help support the memorial park.  During a recent trip to Los Angeles, Communication Studies’ professor LARRY WEINER worked with Jones on a project for Serius/XM Satellite Radio and approached the actress with an offer to help. “While she was ecstatic, she told me about offers to help in the past that never came to fruition,” said Weiner.  “I’m confident our students can help create the appropriate public relations materials and implement the right strategies to gain greater awareness of Fawn Park and its need for donors.”




People Spotlights . . .


DR. HARRY HAINES, Communication Studies Chair, met with Academy Award recipient Dustin Lance Black at an event in Texas and discussed plans for the School of Communication & Media Arts. Black's script for the biographical film Milk received an Academy Award in 2009. Black is now directing feature films, following his stint as a writer/producer on the HBO series Big Love. He recently provided narration on the film documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition, a look at the Mormon Church's involvement in the recent Proposition 8 referendum in California. The documentary was premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.




Communication Studies Public Relations Students Announce Impressive List of New Client Work


MSU Public Relations Management students, working in conjunction with members of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), will be performing public relations activities for a broad range of clients that include well-known healthcare and entertainment accounts. Perhaps the most well known of the new clients is the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the educational and publishing arm of the world famous opera company.  The culmination of the year’s work for the MET will be the inaugural Curtain Call Awards, which is a talent competition for high school juniors and seniors.  The finals of the semester long contest are set for June 5th.   The idea of the Curtain Call Award is the brainchild of newly graduated Communication Studies student, JENNA ROCCA. According to MET Guild Director of Communication, Jesse Cohen, “The Curtain Call is entirely consistent with our educational outreach to high schools and we expect the event will become an extremely popular annual contest."