Communication and Media Studies Department
Professor Pierson and the Smithsonian
David Pierson, Associate Professor of Media Studies, was recently invited to weigh in on the cultural significance of the Emmy-award-winning television series Breaking Bad for the Smithsonian. Artifacts from the series are now a part of the National Museum of American History’s entertainment collection. According to Pierson, the pork pie hat and Tyvek hazmat suit are indeed worthy artifacts to sit in proximity of the likes of Archie Bunker’s chair.
Professor Shedletsky at Pace University in NYC
Lenny Shedletsky, Professor of Communication, recently presented research and led a discussion at Pace University in New York City. The talk was titled, Improving Critical Thinking In Discussion And Essay Writing In Blackboard Courses: Mapping And Student-Led Discussion, and took place on June 10, 2015.
Dennis Gilbert Wins Award for Community Engagement
Dennis Gilbert, Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, was awarded the Faculty Award for Community Engagement at the first ever President's Metropolitan University Leadership Awards ceremony.
Students Receive UROP Funding
Two Communication and Media Studies students have applied and received funding for their research with faculty under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Media Studies junior Colin Cundy will work with Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies Matthew Killmeier. Timothy Sprague, senior in Communication, will work with Professor of Communication Leonard Shedletsky. “Research has always been an intense interest of mine; having the opportunity to work with a consummate professional in Dr. Shedletsky, and in addition to be awarded UROP funding, is an honor to say the least,” said Timothy Sprague, recipient and senior in Communication.
USM Media Studies Seniors Produce Documentary Films for Local Nonprofits
The hands-on service learning capstone projects provide students the opportunity to practice their skills in the field, working closely with the organizations’ staff on all levels of research, planning, and execution of documentary film production.
Advanced Production Students Host Actor Auditions
Students of the CMS 440/441 Advanced Field Video Production Spring 2015 course hosted actor auditions to cast roles for their short dramatic scenes. The finished films will be screened at the 2015 Academic Film Showcase on May 6th in Talbot Auditorium on the Portland campus.
Media Studies Students Represented in Juried Exhibition
The short documentary, A National Heritage-Schoodic Peninsula, by Alyssa Thomson, Anthony Dighello, Derek Goodrich, and Ryan Weed has been accepted into the USM Juried Student Exhibition.
Brittany Pace to Intern at Jacob's Pillow
Brittany Pace, senior in media studies and theatre, will be interning for the Summer 2015 semester at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the longest running international dance festival in the United States. Brittany, along with one other intern, will be filming all aspects of this prestigious international festival. She will also be involved with theatrical processes of many performances at the festival.
Media Studies Maine Association of Broadcasters Award Winners
Media Studies seniors Julia Giancola and Cathlin Smith have been chosen to receive the Maine Association of Broadcasters Award for spring 2015. Cat and Julia were chosen as a result of nomination from the media studies faculty at USM based on interest in broadcasting and their promise in the field. Thank you Maine Association of Broadcasters for funding this award! Read the recipients’ interviews …
Media Studies Student to Kickstart S(her)lock
Read about Media Studies senior Kate Tracy's Kickstarter campaign to fund a new web series, "S(her)lock". The series features a cast and crew of mostly USM students and aims to play with traditional gender roles and feminist theory. The Press Herald article is available here: http://www.pressherald.com/2014/12/30/usm-media-student-casting-female-lead-for-sherlock-web-series/ To check out the Kickstarter campaign, go to Kickstarter.com and search for S(her)lock.