KATHY BRADSHAW, associate professor, presented research about the international content of network television news in August, received the 2012 Presidential Award from the American Journalism Historians Association in October, and learned about fundraising at the annual meeting of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication in February. She heard from former students Joe Stoll, Colleen Whewell, and Nicole Humphrey, and all have new jobs. Alumni Shannon Carney, Courtney Wheaton, and Marlee Teedt spoke to students in her broadcast journalism classes.
NANCY BRENDLINGER was on faculty improvement leave last year. The associate professor spent six months living in Tajikistan, in central Asia, where she worked to improve her multimedia skills and researched potential environmental communication curriculum. While abroad, Brendlinger met with journalists and immersed herself in the Tajik culture by teaching, and learning from, those she met during her stay. [READ MORE]
CATHERINE CASSARA started the year in a big way. During opening-day ceremonies, the university awarded the associate professor the teaching diversity award. Cassara also coordinated a spring break trip to Paris with students, her sixth, for the International Media Seminar. She was elected to the teaching committee of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. After 20 years at BGSU, she continues to change cultural views one student at a time. [READ MORE]
JIM FOUST is now lead author of Video Production: Disciplines and Techniques, one of the most popular video production textbooks in the country. The book was released in its 13th edition in Fall 2012. Foust also created a series of demonstration videos that are featured online to supplement the text. His article, “’So Vivid a Crossroads’: The FCC and Broadcast Allocation, 1934-1939,” will be published in the Spring 2013 issue of Journal of Radio and Audio Media. He has also been promoted to Professor at BGSU and will be on faculty improvement leave for the 2013-2014 academic year.
JULIE HAGENBUCH was promoted to lecturer.
MIKE HORNING, assistant professor, put together a journalist’s “scavenger hunt” game for the BGSU Center for Teaching and Learning Fair. He used a mashup with Google Forms, Fusion Tables and Geolocation. The basic idea is that students complete a series of tasks over the semester using their phones and social media. The completed game puts their work on a Google Map. The demo is still in development, but Horning Mike plans to integrate the game into his reporting courses. [LINK to demo]
TERRY RENTNER will be completing her five-year term as director of the School of Media and Communication on June 30. Among her accomplishments, she is most proud of her role in facilitating a new building for the School. During her tenure she developed and maintained strong alumni relationships, hired outstanding faculty, increased student media participation, and established the Richard A. Maxwell Project, dedicated to the study of sport media and communication. As part of this initiative, BGSU will be the home to the annual NFL Journalism and Communication Boot Camp. She also expanded the current MA program to include distance-learning courses. The program is targeted toward industry professionals and can be completed 100 percent online or as part of a blended program. She also developed the “Intersections in Health and Wellness Conference” at BGSU that brought together interdisciplinary research and health programs across campus. She developed Media and Communications Day, now in its fourth year, as a recruitment tool for the three undergraduate departments. Outside of her role as director, she continued to teach and conduct research. She is co-investigator on three grants, totaling close to $1 million. These grants focus on suicide prevention, high-risk drinking, and misuse of prescription drugs among college students. She will be on faculty improvement leave for the 2013-2014 academic year to conduct research and develop programming on all three grants.
RHONDA SEWELL, an adjunct, did more than just teach classes. The former reporter for The Blade and current media coordinator for the Toledo-Lucas County Library, hosted the Pulitzer Prize winning “Tiger Force” journalists for a special interview session, spoke in other journalism classes about her career, and advised the BGSU student association of black journalists. The multi-talented woman does poetry readings, volunteers in the community and is working on a children’s book. [READ MORE]