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 . . . .

Google Glass and the Future of Journalism

Guest talk by Jeremy Littau, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Communication at Lehigh University.

Photo of Young Girl Wearing Google Glass


Glassholes or fashionistas? They’re not everywhere, but with each passing week communities are seeing more people walking around with wearable media devices such as Google Glass. Lehigh University professor Jeremy Littau, who has had Google Glass for about a year now and has been experimenting with it in the classroom, will talk about the device and its uses – what it is, how it works, and what we can do with it. We’ll look at early attempts by journalists and journalism students to use this in their everyday work and talk about the possibilities (and pitfalls) that come with wearable technology, particularly devices that have built-in cameras. Also up for discussion will be legal and ethical issues that come with the spread of wearable tech.


Thursday, March 27th
Merion 174

Upper Level Topic Courses for Fall 2014

Audio Design and Production COM 473Steven Hammer:


Students in this course will explore various aspects of analyzing and producing sound, particularly in digital environments. Topics in the class will include field recording, audio editing tools and techniques, audio documentaries, sound design in film and games, podcasting, and the rhetorical effects of sound. Students will create a range of sound-based works, from a collaborative podcasting series to community-based audio documentaries.

Social Media and Community Engagement  -Aimee Knight:

Join our thinking (and doing) tank by working with the Beautiful Social collaborative. Students in this course will be actively involved in research concerning social media and community engagement with local not-for-profit organizations. Students will examine both theoretical and experiential foundations in order to understand the relationship between mediated communication and social communities. Those who complete this course will know how to apply a variety of social media theories and practices to the social web (including network theory and social network analysis). Not only will students learn how to effectively communicate to audiences through a variety of platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and Instagram), they will gain hands-on experience in content strategy and community engagement while working with a local organization. Course entry is by application. Click here to fill out an application.

Information, Materiality, and Printing in 3 Dimensions COM 473 –David Parry:


We consistently hear that we are undergoing an information revolution, living in an information age, that the abundance and ubiquity of information is changing everything about the way we live. In this class we will study this narrative, examining how information has altered the way we live, looking both at historical changes such as the telegraph, and more contemporary ones such as the relational change between material and information initiated by the rise in 3D printing. This class will simultaneously look to examine information’s changing relation to the material, and actively engage in participating in this cultural shift. We will be critiquing and making in this class.

Mystery Course COM 473 -.

We don’t know yet what this topic course will be, but it will be great (as all COM courses are). So, if you need an upper level COM course you should definitely consider this one.

Note: You can repeat COM473 for credit provided the content is different.

Information on Fall 2014 Registration

Registration is rapidly approaching, below is a host of crucial information regarding registering for classes in the Fall. I realize you all hate long reads, and probably are inclined to ignore this and hope for a tl;dr version. But please don’t. Take time and read this, it will help answer many of your questions about registration.

Most Important

We will be having two pre-registration meetings for majors and minors. You should make every effort to attend these. At these meetings advisers will be able to give you your pin, we will be there to answer questions about registration, answer questions about the classes, and offer direction on what you should enroll for.

Sophomores and Juniors:
Thursday, March 20th
Merion 174

Tuesday, March 25th
Merion 174

Major Restriction: All of the courses will initially be major restricted. This is to ensure that students who are majoring in COM have the chance to take these courses, as they need them to graduate. We have tried to offer enough classes to accommodate both majors and minors, but we want to make sure that the majors have the opportunity to register for the classes they need.

COM 200: COM 200 is the only course that will not be major restricted, as a minor you will be able to register for that class during your registration time. Note though that some of the sections will be reserved for the entering first year class of majors as they will now need to take it their first semester as a COM major. So, while there will certainly be enough spaces for all current majors and minors in 200, not all sections will be an option for you.

Registering as a COM Minor: After next years sophomores have had a chance to register we will then open up all of the courses for minors. You will still need to be a minor or a major to register for a COM course. So if you are a minor and want to take Web Design or Civic Media which will initially be major restricted once all of the majors have had a chance to register on (insert date) we will then have the registrar remove the major restriction and allow minors to fill the remaining spots.

Internship: If you are taking a Fall Internship you must register for the COM internship, COM492. This class will not be major restricted, as a minor or a major you can register for it. Please see this guide for more answers about the Internship. If you want to do a summer internship please see this guide. Note that while you can do a summer internship, you can’t do it for COM492 credit. The summer internship is just a one credit class.

Upper Level Electives: There are four Upper Level COM electives next semester. Note you can repeat these for credit even though sometimes they have the same number, as long as the content is different. You can see this for a description of these courses. Note, that Aimme Knight’s course requires an application to enroll in the class (you can fill out an application here). You can see all the upper level offerings on the post below (or later at a link in the sidebar).

Mystery Class: So if you look at the schedule you will note that there is one upper level COM course that has a sort of nebulous, less than detailed description. That is because we don’t quite know what it will be yet, right now it isn’t certain. But we promise like all COM classes it will be teh awesome. So if you are looking for an upper level COM course and it fits your time, consider this class.

Prerequisites: Note that COM200 and COM201 are now prerequisites for all other COM courses.

Summer and Fall Internships

Interested in a Summer or Fall Internship? You should read the Communications Department Internship Policy.

Internship Policy for 2014-2015:

General Requirements:

  1. Students must have completed COM200 & COM201.
  2. Students must have at least Junior academic standing.
  3. Students must be a Communications Major.
  4. Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  5. Students may take COM491 once, which counts as a COM option course.
  6. A second internship may be taken under COM49X, which counts as a general elective, but which does not count toward the core COM graduation requirements. Students taking a second internship still must attend the Internship class.
  7. Internships must involve at least 150 hours of work (across the semester) and must be related to the larger fields of Communications or Digital Media.
  8. All internships requires two letters from your employer. The first letter should be submitted with the application (at the time of course registration) and should include the following:

* Title of the internship position

* Description of the position

* Typical daily or weekly duties

* Weekly & Total hours of work

* Outcomes for the internship: What will the intern learn?

* Name & contact info for the supervisor

* Compensation: Is a stipend offered? Is there reimbursement for travel or meals?

The second letter should be submitted at the completion of the internship and should evaluate the student’s performance and professional gains.

Spring/Fall internships:

 All credit-bearing internships must be registered through COM491. This is a once-weekly 50 minute course that focuses on discussion, guest speakers, and pronominalization activities. To apply for COM491, you should:

  1. Be sure that you meet the requirements (listed above).
  2. Submit a letter from your employer (listed above).
  3. Print the internship application form. Submit the letter and form to the internship coordinator.
  4. After your materials are processed you will be able to enroll in the internship class.

Summer internships:

Summer internships are available via COM49X, a 1 credit course. We offer this course only as a way to offer academic credit for outstanding internship opportunities that require academic credit. This will not help your progress toward graduation; it is simply a means of meeting employer requirements. We encourage most students to search for paid summer internships or, if unpaid, to simply pursue non-credit bearing summer internships. That said, we understand some employers require academic credit, and we want to support students who choose that path. If you are considering a summer internship that requires credit, talk to your advisor about enrolling in the single credit COM49X. You will not be required to do any academic work during the internship; however, at the completion of the internship, you will need to submit a letter of evaluation from your supervisor and a 1500 word reflection essay describing your work and experiences.



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.