Intercession 2016

The Communications Department will be offering two classes over the Intercession period. Find the information about both classes below.

COM 465: Bearing Witness: Images of War Past and Present 

Mike Lyons 

The course runs from Jan. 2 through Jan. 14. The first half (or so) of the course will be online – Jan. 2-7. We will meet in the classroom beginning Jan. 8.

For most of us the visual experience and memory of war comes from images. We will likely never see war first-hand so photographs and films shape our collective understanding and memory of armed conflict. This course will investigate images of war, including photographs, film and even comics and video games. These include films and photographs that depict and document several conflicts, including Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We will discuss the dual purposes of photography and film – as art and as the documentation of an event (“bearing witness”). The course will also explore the ethical choices photojournalists and photo editors make and the impact of these photos on national and global politics.

This course is neither a film course nor a photography course. We will neither be taking pictures nor spending much time talking about trends in photography or analyzing the aesthetic qualities of films or photographs. This is a course on the “mediatization” of political events.

This is a compact, two-week course. That means that, theoretically, the idea here is to jam a semester’s worth of stuff into two weeks. That’s absurd. A two-week course is a unique beast and in a course like this it is impossible to get in a semester’s worth of discussion or material. So we will focus on a few key areas and explore them deeply.


COM 372 Web Design

Andy Famiglietti

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of web design and development. Students will learn about web technologies and standards while building accessible and usable web sites. No previous experience is necessary, and the course will center on beginner/intermediate aspects of web design and markup languages–specifically, HyperText Markup Language (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3). Readings will focus on the Web’s architecture and its history, the basics of site development, and current conversations about best practices (such as responsive design, grid systems, user experience, digital video, and mobile technologies). Students will study web technologies and apply best practices to their own goals or interests–creating, for example, a personal web portfolio or a basic client project–while developing a rhetorical and technological understanding of web-based communication.

Directed Drone Lab Video

Andy put together a video from the drone lab that occurred two weeks ago. Check it out! For more directed labs on different topics see our Lab Times page on the left sidebar or check our social media sites for more frequently posted updates!



Never Going Home

Dr. Mike Lyons is hosting a panel discussion about juvenile lifers, who are men and women who have been sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles. The discussion will be held Thursday, October 8th, during free period in the Doyle Banquet Hall North, which is in Campion. See the poster below for more information on this event. Never poster (2)

Intermediate WordPress Directed Lab

Intermediate WordPress Lab

Want to improve your WordPress skills? Come to Bronstein this Tuesday (9/21) during free period to learn more about how to tweak, modify, and customize your WordPress site. We’ll review some useful WordPress plugins, learn about adding custom widgets, and see how we can alter the visual appearance of our theme by writing our own CSS. Bring a laptop to follow along with some simple exercises.

For more directed labs check out our schedule here.

Drone Lab

Come see the Communications Department’s Phantom II drone take to the skies TOMORROW 8/9 during free period and learn more about the capabilities of this remotely piloted vehicle. 8725078749_b8baf91344_z

Communications Club

Some of our students have started a club specifically for communications majors. Their first meeting is next Thursday September 10th during free period in Bronstein Hall. See more details and contact information below.

Are you seeking opportunities to be more in touch with your field? Want to build
your portfolio? Want to meet more Comm. students and faculty and eat some food?

Let us know if you will be there.

Erin Cooper
Justin Russell
Noran Salah

New America Media Film Contest

American Media and the Ignation Solidarity Network are excited to announce a new social justice film fest for college undergrads: Voices From the Margins ’15.

They are inviting young filmmakers to create short films exploring a whole breadth of topics. Including, but not limited to: poverty, inequality, migrants, refugees, race, gender, human life and dignity issues, environmental/ecology and human rights.

Entries will be judged by a prestigious panel of judges from the realms of journalism/media and social justice work. Panelists include Emmy-winning jounralist Maria Shriver, HBO documentarian Alexandra Pelosi, Washington post columnist EJ Dionne, creator of the FOX hit series “Glee,” Ian Brennan, Pulitzer winning journalist and human rights advocate Sonia Nazario, and others.

More information about the contest as well as entry submission information can be found at

The first prize entry receives camera equipment BlackMagic Design plus a
trip to Washington, D.C., to premiere the winning film before an
audience of 1,500-plus at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
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social justice conference. Other finalists will be premiered at a new
film fest at the same event.

The deadline for submissions is October 2, 2015.

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Registration for COM Majors

COM Majors

Registration is rapidly approaching, here is what you need to know.

What COM courses are being offered?

Great question. Just read this, it contains a list of all the COM courses for Fall 2015. It also contains information about courses in other departments that might be of interest to COM majors and minors as well as a list of ILCs.

I want to take a COM option course, what should I take?

There are four classes. Advanced Web Design. Physical Computing and Accessibility. Crime Justice and the Media. & Social Media and Community Engagement. If you want to know more about these courses you can read this which has information about all the courses, with descriptions of these.

Also if you are going to be a senior or junior you can take COM202 or COM 372 as an option course. (Sophomores are required to take both so they don’t count as an option course.)

I am thinking of doing an internship what should I know?

Internship, no worries we got you covered just read this.

This whole registration thing is confusing I need help.

No worries, Steven Hammer created this whole video to walk you through the process. Some of it is specifically for his advisees, but it covers everything you should need to know.

How do I get my PIN?

Your advisor should have your pin. But if you can’t reach your advisor just swing by Bronstein and ask Chris (she is on the second floor), and she will have your pin, she is in from 9am-4pm on Monday-Thursday and 9am-Noon on this Friday (March 20th) only. (But if you want to get your PIN from Chris you need to come by the office to do so, no email.)

But I thought there was going to be a party?

There is, a pre-registration party. COM faculty will be on hand to answer all your questions, cover registration information, hand out your PINS, and THERE WILL BE FOOD. So stop on by, Tuesday March 24th during free period (11:00-12:00) in first floor of Bronstein (the new home of the COM department).

But I am going to be a senior, how does that party help me?

We know you register on Tuesday, but we pretty much figure you got this registration thing down. We still want you to have some free food, so join us on Tuesday anyone and that way you can tell the other COM students what classes they should take.

Art History Courses That May Be of Interest to COM Studies Students

Fall 2015 Art History Courses

ART 101 History of Art Survey II (D1) – Joe Giuffre – T/H 8-9:15 am

ART 101 History of Art Survey II (D2) – Joe Giuffre – T/H 9:30-10:45 am

ART 104 Experience of Architecture – Dennis McNally – MWF 11:15 am -12:05 pm

ART 106 Art of Colonial Latin America – Mark Castro – W 6:30-9:00 pm

ART 204 Baroque Art & Architecture – Jeanne Brody– M 2:30-5 pm

ART 207 American Art & Architecture – Megan Straczewski – W 2:30-5 pm

ART 208 Modern Art & Architecture – Matthew Palczynski – T/H 12:30 pm

ART 212 History of Photography – Rebecca Butterfield– T 2-4:30 pm

ART 150 FYS D1 – Emily Hage – T/H 9:30-10:45 am

ART 150 FYS D2 – Emily Hage – T/H 12:30-1:45 pm

ART 150 FYS D3 – Emily Hage – T/H 2-3:15 pm