Philadelphia Film Festival Volunteer Opportunity

The Philadelphia Film festival (October 16-26) is an international film festival that houses films and guests from around the world to venues throughout the city of Philadelphia for 11 days. During these days there will be various screenings and special events. This event depends on dedicated volunteer to help with publicity and day-to-day operations. There are many great opportunities volunteering for this event like, meeting new people, getting to be a part of a Philadelphia tradition, and experiencing the Philly arts scene in a new way.


To sign up just visit  Click on the tab labeled “Sign Up to Volunteer! – Click Here” to fill out the Volunteer Sign Up Form. All questions and concerns can be directed to Alex Gibson the Volunteer Coordinator at or 267 239 2941.

See below for the volunteer positions available

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To ensure that the festival runs as smoothly as possible, we need the help of dedicated volunteers to work as ushers, box office personnel, and more. Volunteering is a unique experience and the perfect way to meet new people, be a part of a Philadelphia tradition, and see some amazing films for FREE!  Volunteering for PFF is perfect for both individuals and groups. 

      • Positions Include:
      • *Theater Operations // Greeters & Ushers
      • *Box Office
      • *Membership
      • *Special Events

After each shift, volunteers receive a voucher that can be redeemed for films during the Festival and throughout the year.

You will also be asked to sign up for a Volunteer Training Session.  All volunteers are encouraged to attend training.  Training is required for volunteers interested in Box Office or Membership

Hammel's Foundation Internship Opportunity

This opportunity is centered around gaining knowledge of running a non-profit foundation in the Philadelphia area. The internship includes but is not limited to: event planning, marketing, merchandising, creativity for promotions and events, and day to day tasks of running a non-profit. For more information check out the Hammel’s Foundation attachment for contact info and deadlines.


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Students First Day 3D Printing

Today Dr. Parry’s 3D printing class got the chance to try out a basic design on the printers in the classroom. The students were excited to get started and watch the process. Unfortunately, 3D printing can take some time especially if the machine is not heated to the correct temperature at the time of printing. The students patience was tested as they eagerly waited for the machine to begin. The first attempt at the design failed, however, after bringing the part that lays the plastic closer to the heated board the students saw a success.


Here’s a quick video just so you all can see how the printer works

3D Printing Video

Digital Media and Protest in China

As part of the big symposium on campus commemorating the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Square, a really great panel will discuss the development of digital media and the Web in China. Entitled “Aftermath: China Since 1989. Digital media and dissent since 1989.” The discussion is 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Wolfington Teletorium, Mandeville 112.
The panel features:
Yang Guobin – Professor of Sociology and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of The Power of the Internet in China: Citizen Activism Online. 
Maura Cunningham – A Ph.D candidate in modern Chinese history at UC-Irvine and former editor of The China Beat. A Saint Joseph’s University graduate, her work has appeared in Forbes, Dissent, Los Angeles Review of Books and Time Asia.

Wu Guoguang – A professor at the University of Victoria and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, a Luce Fellow at Columbia. He was previously an editor at the People’s Daily and a government official who helped draft China’s policy on political reform in the mid 1980s. He later resigned in response to the government’s handling of Tiananmen Square.
Communication Studies professor Mike Lyons will moderate the discussion.

Open Lab Hours (4/22-4/30)

 Open Lab Hours

If you need help on projects or just to come and work in the lab here are the hours for the next two weeks

Tuesday 4/22: Free Period (Sara); 5:00-6:00 (Aimee)

Wednesday 4/23: 5:00-6:00 (Tim)

Thursday 4/24: Free Period (Sara)

Monday 4/28: 1:00-3:00 (Mike)

Tuesday 4/29: Free Period (Sara); 5:00-6:00 (Aimee)

Wednesday 4/30: 6:00-7:00 (Dave)

Open Lab Hours


Starting next week we will be having open lab hours if you need help on projects or just to come by and work in the lab. Check back here for an updated schedule each week. Here are the hours for next week!


A Contest for COM Students

Beautiful Social, the Communication’s department civic engagement program is getting big. We need are rolling out a new website over the summer. But before we do what we really need is a logo for Beautiful Social. This is where you all come in. We are having a contest to see which of our students can design the best logo for Beautiful Social.

What you need to do:

  • Take a look at the Beautiful Social Website.
  • Design a Banner Logo/Main Image and . .
  • Design a Small Logo. (Think something that could be used as a Twitter Logo)
  • Try to have your design reflect the idea of using media for civic good.
  • Submit it by April 15th (email to

What do you win:

  • First your design will become the Beautiful Social Logo. It will be on the website, our T-shirts etc . . . (how awesome is that)
  • Second will be some great prize, no we don’t know what it is, but we promise it will be cool. Like Tim will write a video game about you, or Dave will 3d print you something, or . . . .

WWW: Word, Worship, and Web

As part of its series of programs to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), The Department of Theology and Religious Studies presents a panel discussion of the first two documents the Council issued: the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy and the Decree on the Media of Social Communication. Both were monumental documents, bringing English and popular music styles into the liturgy, while the other affirmed the right to speech and to information. Together these documents shifted Catholic understanding of communication be it through art, music, ritual, or technology in a way that still challenges people today.

Come to the Science Center, Room 300 on Thursday, February 27, at 11:00 am to hear the panel 

Check out the flyer for more information: Liturgy and Media panel flyer

Panel Includes:

Dr. James Caccamo, Associate Professor of Theology, specializing in Catholic social thought and the ethics of media and technology

Fr. Thomas Daily, the John Cardinal Foley Chair in Homiletics and Social Communication from St. Charles Seminary.

Dr. Gerard M. Jacobitz, Assistant Professor of Theology, specializing in sacramental theology, phenomenology and hermeneutics, and music and liturgy.

Survey for Fall Semester 2014

Communication Majors and Minors, instead of us planning the schedule for next semester and hoping to offer the courses you want, we thought we would do things a bit different. Before registration we thought we could ask you what courses you want us to offer. So take the survey below and help us to plan the courses you need.

Note: There are separate surveys for Majors and Minors.

These surveys need to be completed by Sunday, February 23rd or your needs might not be met.