Department of Communication Studies - Fall/Winter 2010


News Highlights . . .

Public Relations Students to Help with Fund-raising for Breast Cancer Center

The Ellen H. Lazar Shoppe on Fifth, located in the Breast Cancer Center of Hackensack University Medical Center, caters to the special needs of people with cancer, selling breast prostheses, specially designed mastectomy bras, lingerie, bathing suits, skin and hair products, wigs, scarves, and turbans, as well as other items to help meet physical and psychosocial needs of those with cancer.

A grant to help the shop subsidize its operations expired this year, and the Lazar Shoppe on Fifth now faces a shortfall in funding. A team of Montclair State students majoring in Public Relations will help the shop highlight its important mission for cancer patients and survivors, while also helping by raising funds for the store to continue operations. The scope of the work will include press releases, feature stories, the creation of a media kit, and other public relations projects.

Inaugural Curtain Call Award Showcases NJ’s Outstanding High School Classical Singers

The first Curtain Call Award competition was held in the Jed Leshowitz Recital Hall at the John J. Cali School Of Music on Saturday, June 5. Conceived as a partnership between the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Montclair State University last summer by students in the Communication Studies Department, the competition showcased New Jersey’s top classically trained high school juniors and seniors. Sarah Merten, a senior at Bernards High School, was selected as the event’s very first winner. For the full article, click here.

Congratulations 2010 Communications Graduates and Award Recipients!

Montclair State University’s College of the Arts held its Convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 15 at the University’s Amphitheater. Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree, and words of welcome and greeting were offered by President Susan A. Cole, Board of Trustees member Rose Cali, and Dean Geoffrey Newman. Michael Price received the Leonardis Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. Fourteen students received awards in Communication Studies. For full article, click here.

More People Spotlights . . .


Prof. HARRY HAINES attended the first state “summit” on health communication and the arts. He also served on the Scholarship Committee of New York Women in Communications, as well as served as a member of the Graduate Council, the Council’s Subcommittee on Policy, and the council’s committee on the assessment of Montclair State graduate programs.

Prof. CHRISTINE LEMESIANOU presented a total of five papers at meetings of the National Communication Association and the Eastern Communication Association, and published a book chapter co-written with Professor Todd Kelshaw.

Prof. TODD KELSHAW presented a total of three papers at meetings of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Eastern Communication Association. He also published three book chapters.

Prof. HUGH CURNUTT had a manuscript accepted by Communication Quarterly and was interviewed for important press articles in the New York Times Magazine and in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Prof. YI LUO presented a paper at the International Public Relations Research Conference and applied for two research grants.

Prof. LARRY WEINER guided student teams in their very significant achievements with the Andy Kaufman Awards, the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Curtain Call Awards, the Maureen Fund for Ovarian Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, and the New Works Initiative of the Theatre and Dance Department.