Watch 2015 Commencement addresses for the School of Communication.
Commitment to Excellence Award
Assistant Dean Dr. Shawna Cooper-Gibson was selected as a recipient of the Loyola University Chicago Commitment to Excellence award for the month of June.
Don Heider, the dean of the School of Communication, remarked: “Professor Gilda Parrella has been an amazing colleague who always brings tremendous integrity to whatever she does. She is well regarded by her colleagues, and for the past four decades has touched the lives of innumerable students.”
“I think both David and Scott really touched on the power of their work. This is a form of storytelling that no one really talks about,” said Meghan Ashbrock, who managed the event. “I think there’s a lot of power in imagery and I don’t know that political cartoonists always get that type of attention.”
“The work of the Loyola students greatly enhanced RHA’s online strategy for reaching our supporters,” said Joel Africk, the association’s president and chief executive officer. “Everyone from lung cancer patients to children with asthma will benefit from our work with Prof. Kruvand’s class.”
The Education Issue
“I had amazing teachers that had real world experience in broadcasting and in print. Having people who knew what they were talking about really paved the way for me being in the city of Chicago.”
Daria Taylor wants to make movies, but not the shoot ’em up blockbusters that Hollywood churns out every year. Instead, she wants to work on projects that focus on social justice and ethical behavior. To that end, she’s creating a website that will help parents pick positive films for their kids to see—and hopefully, change how people view the movie-making industry.
Murphy said the trip renewed her sense of the importance of children’s literature as a way of understanding the world and our connection to it.
The awards recognized the best collegiate journalism of 2014 from Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.
“Cheryl has a way of moving about the professional world that I really admire.” she said. “Seeing a woman be able to take the Chicago business scene by storm is really inspiring.”
“It turned out to be this beautiful collection of all different people, all different backgrounds, all different beliefs, but they had that common Chicago working persona.”
“All the various categories that students were recognized in, that’s pretty telling about the program we have here at Loyola.” Goheen said. “It just reflects that’s it not just one area, but the whole school.” Out of the 92 schools that entered the competition, only a few won five or more awards.
“Three things made this opportunity irresistible: The School of Communication’s focus on media integrity in the digital age, the chance to integrate leadership skills and values into an already strong curriculum, and Loyola’s commitment to social justice."
"It always starts with people…if we don’t get the people talking to us, we don’t get the story."
Social media is what “announces the church to the world,” but that the ultimate goal of using it is to call people to the table. -Rocco Palmo
"We have to make our society more understanding of how they get news. When we just had mainstream media, you didn’t have this many choices, but conversely, you didn’t have the same problems."
The career fair provided an invaluable opportunity for students to meet with so many prospective employers at one time. By seeing former Loyola students behind employee tables who attended the career fair themselves, students were provided with real-life examples of how opportunities the SOC provides can be important first steps in starting a career.
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