Donors from varied backgrounds have made big differences for students and faculty in the School of Communication. The SoC has been the beneficiary of support from alumni, parents and other friends of the school. Through gifts that support student scholarships or internships, provided support for distinguished faculty and research, or built some of the finest collegiate communication facilities in the country, donors have left an immeasurable impact on our school, its students and faculty. Read below to learn some examples of how generous donors supported the SoC.

  • Professor Michel Dupagne, Ph.D., recognizes the importance of scholarships in helping talented students in the School of Communication achieve their dreams. In 2005, he and his brother Alain established the Lucy Chatelain Endowed Communication Scholarship in memory of their mother. “I believe that providing scholarships to those in financial need is critical to the long-term success of the University of Miami,” he says.

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  • The University of Miami’s Department of Cinema and Interactive Media at the School of Communication has received a two-year grant of over $405,000 from the Friends of Stark Parks in conjunction with the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation.

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  • James Hoffman, A.B. ’80, has made a $50,000 pledge that will create the James Hoffman Family Endowed Speaker Series in the School of Communication at the University of Miami. The gift will be used to fund an annual lecture on the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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  • Through his award-winning documentaries, outreach to local non-profits, and wide-ranging teaching activities, Professor Edmund Talavera strives to make the world a better place. As chair of the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media in the School of Communication, Talavera enjoys creating promotional videos for the University of Miami, organizing alumni fundraising events, and making personal donations to the Momentum2 campaign.

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  • Television director and producer David Nutter, who has directed hit television shows including Game of Thrones, Homeland and Entourage, has given a significant gift to support the School of Communication’s First Feature Film Fund, as part of the University of Miami’s Momentum2 campaign.

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