2013: The year in (highly selective) review

A Bunch of Stuff that Happened in the Department of Communication
Rochester Institute of Technology



Keith Jenkins celebrated his first Father’s Day.

Ki-Young Lee took a leave of absence to spend the year in Korea.

Mike Johansson exemplified the department’s high seriousness when interviewed by local media on matters related to social media.


Bruce Austin was named director of the RIT Press.

Tracy Worrell was awarded tenure, at the very moment this photo was taken.


The Upside Down Book, a documentary film by Hinda Mandell and Matthew White, premiered and was named “Best Documentary” at the 2013 SNOB (Somewhere North of Boston) Film Festival.

Kelly Martin won the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Among many other accomplishments,  Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor in Communications, hosted the Kern Symposium on Liberal Arts and Business and published, with Samantha Warren and Emma Bell, the Routledge Companion to Visual Organization.

Thanks to the hard work of Elizabeth Reeves O’Connor and Keri Barone, we were a hit at Imagine RIT, with the finals of the Public Speaking Contest


and the wildly successful impromptu speech contest “RIT Communicate This!”

Ammina Kothari spent a good portion of the summer in her native Tanzania studying the use of text messaging to raise awareness about AIDS.

Helen Adamson


helped see to it that a gaggle of graduate students made it out of here alive.

Grant Cos continued his work with the Golden Link Folk Singing Society and thinks he’s secretly playing guitar in his office.

Lori Marra and Kari Cameron joined the department as lecturers.

We welcomed the two newest members of the DOC family:





We also welcomed a new student assistant


Heather Chambers

and we welcomed back the indispensable


Hayley Stauss

The department hosted the Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication for the tenth consecutive year, coordinated by Rudy Pugliese.  Since 2004, the conference has drawn more than 300 speakers from 27 colleges and universities from across the U.S.

David Neumann scored tickets for Phish at Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve.


Andrea Hickerson, with Vic Perotti of the Saunders College of Business, received a second grant from the Knight Foundation to fund a Digital Journalism Incubator at RIT starting in Spring 2014.

Xiao Wang continued an impressive output of publications on the role of cognitions and emotions in guiding one’s intentions to perform social and health behaviors.

Melinda Beyerlein


continued to help keep at least one faculty member sane.

That is, your harmless drudge, who spent much of the year adjusting to a new role.


Happy New Year to a truly remarkable group that makes it a pleasure to come to what only we could call work.


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