Staying Up All Night for a Good Cause

On Feb. 23, I volunteered to stay up all night to help a local nonprofit during the ninth annual PhilADthropy, where students like me create campaigns and other communication pieces in 25 hours.  The event kicked off at 11 a.m. at the University of Miami School of Communication’s courtyard with speeches by assistant professor of practice in the Department of Strategic Communication and PhilADthropy founder, Meryl Blau, and dean of the School of Communication, Dr. Gregory J. Shepherd. After the 11 nonprofits were introduced, a lunch sponsored by the event's charter sponsor Markham [...]

Ninth Annual PhilADthropy is Launching to Help Local Nonprofits

Eleven leading non-profit organizations from South Florida were chosen to participate in the Ninth Annual PhilADthropy at the University of Miami School of Communication, where students create vibrant campaigns and other advertising materials in one 25-hour, coffee-fueled marathon for some of the most deserving local non-profits. Meryl Blau, lecturer in the Department of Strategic Communication at the School of Communication and the founder of PhilADthropy, says one campaign from last year’s event that really stood out was focused on Shake-A-Leg Miami (SALM). SALM works to improve the health, education, and [...]

Fall 4C Pilot Grants Awarded

A total of eight faculty members spread across six departments were awarded 4C Pilot Grants by the University of Miami School of Communication Center for Communication, Culture, and Change. These grants are awarded three times per year to fund interdisciplinary projects that align with the mission of the center and are designed to provide data to compete for external funding from private, foundation, and government sources. Margaret Cardillo, lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, along with Caleb Everett, professor in the College of Arts & Sciences and chair [...]

Research Grant Recipients Announced

A total of five faculty members spread across three departments were recently announced as the 2017 – 2018 recipients of the Creative Activity and Research Grants. The funding supports work that will result in clear and prominent scholarly and/or creative accomplishments that support the enhanced reputation of the School of Communication. Wan-Hsiu “Sunny” Tsai, William Hughes, and Juliana Fernandes from the Department of Strategic Communication, Victoria Oreggo Dunleavy from the Department of Communication Studies, and Michelle Seelig from the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media were selected by an interdisciplinary [...]

Creative Juices Flowing at Student-Run Consultancy

A new student-run consultancy is ready to take on clients at University of Miami School of Communication. Orange Umbrella Student Consultancy recently opened, offering an array of services to clients including public relations, advertising, interactive media, film production, research, and web design. The name for the consultancy was inspired by the orange umbrellas that dot UM’s campus and denotes the diverse student workforce and services provided under one umbrella. The consultancy employs students from a variety of disciplines including film, advertising, business, and public relations. “The word umbrella in the [...]

Communication Meet-Up a Success for Students and Employers

Last week, more than 160 University of Miami School of Communication students, faculty, and alumni filled the Frances L. Wolfson courtyard to mingle with industry leaders and network with specialists in film, multimedia, design, public relations, journalism, and various other communication fields.  Students met with representatives from more than 20 organizations including ESPN, Yahoo, and Fox News. Each company rep was able to speak with students one-on-one to discuss their organization’s corporate culture, the opportunities available, and how interested students could get involved. According to first year public relations student [...]

Network and Meet Recruiters at the Third Annual Communication Meet-Up

If you’re planning your next step after graduation, stop by University of Miami School of Communication’s Third Annual Communication Meet-Up on March 22. This annual recruiting and networking event connects students and alumni with professionals from a variety of communication fields. “The Communication Meet-Up brings tremendous benefits to our students. It provides a comfortable environment to practice their networking skills which is crucial to succeeding in this industry, and many advance to being interviewed, and even get hired directly through the event for great internships and jobs,” says Kebrina Maharaj, [...]

PhilADthropy is Back Helping Local Nonprofits

Beginning at 11 a.m. on February 10, students of all majors will embark on a journey most others will never experience. For 25 grueling hours, participating students will give everything they have to create brand new advertising, public relations, and marketing materials for local nonprofits during the eighth annual PhilADthropy.  School of Communication professor and founder of PhilADthropy, Meryl Blau, says the feeling students get from using their learned skill set to give back to the community is unique to the 25-hour marathon. After the long night, clients are presented [...]

FilmGate Interactive Media Festival Coming to UM

Uniting groundbreaking technology with interactive storytelling, FilmGate Interactive Media Festival is coming to University of Miami School of Communication for a three-day immersive conference. Already in its fourth year, this is the first time University of Miami is co-sponsoring and hosting FilmGate, the first festival in the United States to focus exclusively on interactive storytelling. Diliana Alexander, executive director for FilmGate, chose University of Miami School of Communication to host the festival because “not only is it the only school in Florida with an interactive department, but we have collaborated [...]

SoC Unveils Two New State-of-the-Art Centers

University of Miami School of Communication ushered in the interactive age with the dedication of two new centers on Friday, December 2. The school officially opened the Koenigsberg & Nadal Interactive Media Center and the Robert & Lauren Mann Broadcast Center in a unique ceremony emphasizing interaction and technology. UM trustees, donors, guests, and friends watched the ribbon cutting on two flat screen TVs in the school’s courtyard before touring the new facilities. Gregory J. Shepherd, dean of the School of Communication, opened the ceremony by thanking the university’s Board [...]