A group of WVU Reed College of Media students planned and executed the first annual
West Virginia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America’s Hall of Fame
ceremony, which was held at the Media Innovation Center on November 16. Four public
relations professionals, including two alumni of the Media College, were inducted
during this hybrid event.
At the start of the fall 2021 semester, Teaching Associate Professor Elizabeth Oppe
saw an opportunity to engage her capstone students in a real event planning project
that would also connect them with some of the state’s leading public relations
professionals, including inductees Joe Gollehon (BSJ, 1973), Cathryn Harris, Charles
Ryan (BSJ, 1962) and Diane Slaughter.
From left to right: Jordan Stosic, Dean Diana Martinelli, Lana Aboushaar and Dr. Felicia Blow at the Plank Center DEI Summit.
College of Media seniors Lana Aboushaar and Jordan Stosic were among 10 scholarship
recipients from across the country to attend the Plank Center for Leadership in
Public Relations 2021 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Summit in Chicago.
Written by Joseph Rather, a senior in WVU's Interactive Design for Media program
In lieu of cramming for final exams, a group of capstone students put their energy
elsewhere. Instead of writing lab reports, they write code and script. Instead
of drawing up graphs, they draw concept art. Students in the Interactive Design
for Media capstone course had a unique challenge this semester: create a video
game from the ground up.
The WVU Reed College of Media and George Washington University School of Media and
Public Relations co-hosted the virtual panel event, "Who Informs the Citizenry:
Finding Trust and Truth in a Fractured Age," on November 3.
When Emily Corio was awarded the WVU IDEA Fellowship in early 2020, her plans centered around a course where students would work together on producing an in-depth podcast involving in-the-field reporting. The prestigious two-year fellowship is awarded to faculty who are innovative and entrepreneurial in the classroom, and after March 2020, Corio was forced to reimagine what that would mean for her students.
The United States has one of the highest recidivism rates in the world, with more than 75% of prisoners being rearrested within five years of release. This was a fact shared by Ashley Lough on Tuesday evening during a Reentry Simulation event, sponsored by the WVU Honors College and Honors College Living-Learning Community, WVU School of Public Health and the WVU Reed College of Media Martin Hall Agency.
Maj. Josh Poling presents the Civilian Service Commendation Medal to Julia Fraustino
(middle) and Daniel Totzkay (left).
Since September 2020, Julia Fraustino and Daniel Totzkay have been leading a team
of researchers from the West Virginia University
Public Interest Communication (PIC) Research Lab to provide data-driven messaging
to support the state’s COVID-19 vaccination initiatives. As a result of these efforts,
the duo has been honored with the U.S. Army's Civilian Service Commendation Medal.