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SoC Alumni Shared their Perspectives During Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series

The University of Miami Alumni Association recently held its Fall 2022 Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series, “Unpacking the Midterm Elections: What's Next?,” featuring several alumni from the School of Communication. SoC alumni Joshua E. Johnson, B.S.C. ’02, Bryan Llenas, B.S.C. ’10, and Javier E. Morgado, B.S.C. ’99, joined Jorge Ramos, M.A. ’96, for a discussion moderated by Katie Phang, J.D. ’00, and hosted by Devang B. Desai, A.B. ’97, J.D. ’03. The lecture centered around the 2022 midterm elections with the panel of notable alumni experts sharing their perspectives and insights [...]

2022-11-28T16:51:38-05:00November 28, 2022|School of Communication|

Career Advice to Graduates: ‘Never Give Up!’

By Andrea Tarrab With 25 years of TV sales experience, Heather Aucoin was the perfect speaker for the Media Management Association to invite to provide career advice to students and identify current trends in the television business. Aucoin has worked for NBCUniversal since 2005, including as an account executive, a Southeast sales leader, and a national sales manager. She has collaborated with a wide range of advertisers, from Fortune 500 companies to local businesses, and managed accounts for big sports events, such as the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the [...]

2022-11-21T13:11:42-05:00November 21, 2022|Media Management|

Interactive Media Offers New M.F.A. Scholarship for STEAM Educators

By Karina Valdes With the rising need for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) educators, the University of Miami School of Communication is tackling this need head-on. Prospective students interested in earning a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Interactive Media now have the opportunity to apply for a new scholarship. The South Florida Educator Opportunity Award is presented to an M.F.A. student who commits to remaining in South Florida and teaching in a community college or public school (K-12) for a minimum of three years after graduation. "Our [...]

2022-11-17T10:13:45-05:00November 16, 2022|Interactive Media|

Cinematic Arts Professor Helms Creative Development of 360 VR Project

By Karina Valdes After great success with their last virtual reality (VR) project, the Ohio Department of Medicaid commissioned a new original 360 VR series, Medicaid Care Experience Simulation (MCarES). The series addresses health equity and cultural humility for the LGBTQ+ community, elder abuse in older adults with disabilities, and maternal infant health and intimate partner violence. Rafal Sokolowski, a recently hired assistant professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts, took the helm in creating and developing the series, working as the show runner to conceive the stories and produce scripts for [...]

2022-11-02T10:38:05-04:00November 2, 2022|Motion Pictures|

MMA Meeting: “The Sports Industry is the Intersection Between Law and Business”

By Andrea Tarrab In Oct. 2022, Ivan Parron joined the members of the Media Management Association on Zoom to discuss current issues in sports media law. Born in Miami and raised in a family of Cuban immigrants, he shared with members anecdotes about growing up in his household, his upbringing, and what led him to cultivate a great work ethic. Parron acknowledged that he was already interested in television technology at an early age. As part of his 25-year professional career, Parron worked in TV sales for Paxson Broadcasting, founded [...]

2022-11-01T13:17:49-04:00November 1, 2022|Media Management|

Film Professor Shares Top 5 Film Picks for a Spooky Weekend

By Christina Lane Christina Lane, professor in the Department of Cinematic Arts and associate dean of graduate studies for the School of Communication, shares her top suggestions for films to watch this Halloween. I love spooky films all year round, and especially during Halloween season. Here are my top 5 in no particular order: Halloween (1978) The 1978 “Halloween” is fantastic, beginning with its opening orange title credits and the iconic jack-o-lantern. I know that “Halloween Ends,” released this month, is receiving a lot of buzz, but it's hard to beat [...]

2022-10-31T12:01:19-04:00October 31, 2022|Motion Pictures|

In Memorium of Shara Pavlow

It is with a heavy heart that we share with you that one of our longstanding faculty has passed on Oct. 16. Shara Pavlow was a dedicated and active member of our School of Communication community. Having completed her undergraduate studies with the University of Miami, she left for her Master’s in Journalism with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The magnetism of our school brought her back to us in 2000, when she became one of the inaugural doctoral students with our School of Communication. She earned the [...]

2022-10-21T16:56:23-04:00October 21, 2022|School of Communication|

MMA Meeting: “Careers are not linear”

By Lee Shlomo Allison Blumenfeld, an alumna of the University of Miami and the first president of the Media Management Association (MMA), recently spoke to members of the MMA about her professional growth and transition since graduation, including her current position at Meta. In fact, learning and growth was a significant theme behind this meeting. Blumenfeld graduated from the University in 2014 with a B.S. in Media Management and History. During her time at the University, she first interned in a marketing role at TuneUp Media, a digital music company. [...]

2022-10-18T10:39:25-04:00October 18, 2022|Media Management|

Two Students and Alumnus Recognized by PRSA Miami chapter

By Jenny Hudak Arianna Gonzalez and Lexi Zisselman, students from the School of Communication, and Nathaniel Derrenbacher, an alumnus of the University of Miami, were recognized during PRSA Miami’s 35th Annual Ev Clay/PRSA Miami Endowment luncheon. Two University of Miami students and an alumnus were recognized on Friday for their scholastic achievements and contributions to the field of communications by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) at the 35th Annual PRSA Miami chapter Endowment Fund luncheon. Arianna Gonzalez and Lexi Zisselman, seniors studying public relations in the School of [...]

2022-10-18T10:20:04-04:00October 18, 2022|Uncategorized|

Lindsay Grace to Share Insights at Games for Change Summit

By Karina Valdes World leaders in gaming are converging in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, in Oct. for the Games for Change Summit to share their insights on games for social impact. The summit will connect experts in gaming for two days of discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities to globally expand the games for social change arena. Through various programs and non-profits, Lindsay Grace, Knight Chair and director of the MFA in Interactive Media, has been assisting the U.S. Department of State with its initiatives in [...]

2022-10-07T15:49:17-04:00October 7, 2022|Interactive Media|