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We in ISU’s School of Communication (COM) have published our sixth digital newsletter for alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the School. In this issue, the stories include:
• COM Faculty and students Handle the Pandemic
• RSOs in COM combat COVID-19 challenges
• Update on The Vidette’s Rebirth
• Alumni engagement challenges and triumphs
• Awards for COM Redbirds as semester ends
• WZND continues to impress with national awards
• Collaborative effort in communication class fosters community
• Fulfilling a dream: Broadcast Hall of Famer Sandra Torres
Graduate Program Newsletter (fall 2020 edition)

This fall 2020 edition of our newsletter was challenging to produce, particularly because of changes in doing our work because of the pandemic’s effects on almost everything. We also persevered though other difficulties, the details of which are not worth going into here and contributed to its later-than-usual production.

Through it all, the students remained diligent in their work and resilient in their attitude. The students, whose stories are in this issue, are Joanna Cardona, Kathryn Del Rosario, Lily Gerth, and Isabelle Thompson. Other stories, which were released recently and separately, were written by Nick Erickson and John Moody.

We publish this e-newsletter up to three times a year, and the team is staffed by students who can also work on other communication matters for the School. Like our previous issues, we look forward to keeping in contact better and more often with you.

If you have any story ideas for future issues or feedback about this issue, please contact me directly.

Go Redbirds!

Peter M. Smudde, Ph.D., APR, Obl.OSB
Professor & Associate Executive Director

laptop with a virtual meeting

Knowing that online teaching and learning would be the new norm for the fall semester, some faculty were excited to have their fall classes completely online, but others were a bit nervous. And the adjustment wasn’t just about online teaching and learning–they had to also complete research projects and contribute service work.

ISU Forensics Team stands outside Bone Student Center.

As the fall semester closed in, RSO leaders stepped up in order to have continued organizational success.

The Vidette Building on Illinois State University's campus.

Although The Vidette has continued to be successful, in recent years the revenue and supplemental funding has declined. In response to this decline, a committee has been formed to determine how to transition from print to digital.

Group photo for story

Due to the protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, connecting with alumni made that reaching out challenging. One School of Communication alumna is at the heart of this important work.

Fell Hall as seen from the Quad

The School of Communication (COM) is excited to share great news about several COM Redbirds who have earned awards recognizing their excellence in their work.

Student in radio station booth

WZND continues to be award winning and was highlighted in three different categories in the 2020 National Student Production Awards.

Woman in classroom.

Megan Koch ’03 teaches COM 223, formally known as Small Group Processes, ironically to a large group of over 200 students. That’s a challenge in a normal year and even more so since the class moved online due to the threat of coronavirus.

Portrait of woman

The thought of moving away—again—was a bit unnerving for Sandra Torres ’06.