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Message from the Director 2011 - By Dr. Gary Hicks Dear Alumni and Friends of the Department of Mass Communications, I am extraordinarily happy to be able to begin this, my second column for the Mass Communicator as department chair, with the news that the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication has unanimously approved our department for full re-accreditation. Re-accreditation occurs every six years and entails a massive amount of work on the part of the department’s staff and faculty. The first major step is the creation of a self-study by the department, followed by a visit to the department by a site team of mass communications academics and professionals. Recommendations are given and votes taken at two levels within the accrediting body. The result: SIUE’s Department of Mass Communications retains its place among the 113 mass communications and journalism programs worldwide (only one of five in Illinois) to be accredited. READ MORE

Shotgun graduates, but have a solid foundation By Mark Motley
President, Mass Communications Alumni Board
VP Communications at the Simmons Law Firm
We mass communications graduates are a funny breed.

Not quite so prudent as our fellow classmates who chose the business school’s marketing or speech communications programs, yet sensible enough to have not majored in English (most of us only minored, of course), mass communications graduates occupy a unique space of professional real estate.

It’s a neighborhood nestled somewhere between political science — with its straight lines and neatly manicured lawns — and the theatre department, who, much to the city’s chagrin, simply pitch a tent and refuse to build.READ MORE

SIUE alumni prove a mass comm education applies in many fields 2011 - By Aren Dow & Kellen Ozanich (Scroll over the pictures to read the cutlines)Recycling advertising skills
SIUE alumnus Chad Hurley graduated in 2000 with no intention of finding a job in mass communications. While he was an undergraduate, he worked at a local refinery south of campus in Alton, Ill.  It was there that he developed an idea for a recycling business that salvages metal.

“How it all got started was the idea of opening it up to the public,” Hurley said.

He said he came to SIUE because he was low on funds, but knew he needed a college education. He graduated with a business major and his minor study was in mass communications. 

‘In a world where…’: SIUE graduates win Emmy award 2011 - By Aren DowFormer SIUE students were honored with a Mid-American Emmy Award in October 2010 for their work on the movie trailer spoof “Academic Integrity” that includes a voiceover from voiceover great Don LaFontaine. The trailer was created in a summer 2008 independent study class with Mass Communications professor Cory Byers. Brent Roth, Alex Trepka and Preston Gibson —dubbed the “Crafty Batch”—alongside Rebecca Mead and Kyle West won in the student production, non-news category, where they were up against two groups from the University of Arkansas. READ MORE