Spring 2012 Contact Us

Class Notes


Carol Ann Weisenfeld
“Each Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. on WDEL 1150 AM Radio in Wilmington, Del. I do a half-hour radio program called ‘Pathways to Service.’ This award-winning program has been on the air since 2001. It is a ‘good news’ show about Rotary and other service organizations. It is broadcast over the air and simulcast on the internet. Then it is available online through  www.rotary7630.org.  It has a fairly good following in the area and around the world. In addition, for the past four years I have been a certified facilitator and coach through The Alternative Board, a peer advisory organization for business owners and entrepreneurs. And I am still running my marketing, strategic planning and communications business, called Market Tech Associates, Inc.. Am also a founder and the Executive Director of the forum of Executive Women – DE. This organization celebrated its 20th anniversary in April 2012.”


Edmund H. Weiss
has published the e-book Making Arguments: Reason in Context (eBookIt.com, May 2012), about the teaching of argumentation and debate. Mr. Weiss is the author of five books on technical and professional communication.


Art Frank writes
“My most recent book, Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology was published by the University of Chicago Press in December 2010.”


Michael D’Andrea
“I am currently creating videos focused on sociology for my students at Montgomery College in Maryland. These videos function as a communication bridge for my students. I have published articles on the subject of mediated and face-to-face learning in the Montgomery College Faculty Newsletter. These videos are really a video rubric for a class term paper, or a chapter or the title and function of a class. My favorite class is teaching Sociology of Personality.”


Eric Swartz
writes “Let me think...what have I been up to? Well, I moved to Folsom, CA, near the foothills, from the [San Francisco] Bay Area last December. No, not the prison...but I can hear the noon lunch siren if I'm outdoors at the time. Tagline Guru's [International] HQ is comfortably situated in my home. I continue to work as a verbal branding consultant. Some of my recent clients have included a golf course association based in Cancun, a business referral network from Sydney, an indy feature film with two Oscar-nominated actors released this year, and a company competing, albeit cooperatively, with News Corp. in the in-store POP display space. In April, I flew down to L.A. where I filmed my scenes for Birdemic II: The Resurrection, the sequel to Birdemic: Shock and Terror. I reprised my role as the CEO. The movie, a cult-horror flick with an adoring midnight fan base, is one of the 'best worst' movies ever made, but it has certainly cemented my standing in the genre. A dubious distinction, for sure. But it was a whole lot of fun!”


Stephen Prince,
professor of cinema at Virginia Tech, has had a new book published. Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality (Rutgers UP, 2012). It is Prince's 13th book as author or editor.


Marc Rubner
joined Innodata as Vice President, Product Marketing in Hackensack, N.J. Innodata helps publishers, information services companies and other content providers develop new products, markets and channels for their content and other digital assets.


Margaret (Maggie) Williams
has received the Woman of Distinction Award from the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.


Cate Riegner
reports that she is “going on nine years of continuous market research for Google and other major Internet companies, Netpop Research is moving to its newly rebuilt office in San Francisco. Research on Internet usage trends in China were presented at the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai in June, and were recently published on a web site in China.

Brian Colby reports that he recently joined Cornerstone Brands as the Senior Vice-President of eCommerce. Cornerstone Brands is a multi-channel retailer comprised of leading home and apparel lifestyle brands, including Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, Improvements, Smith+Noble, The Territory Ahead and TravelSmith. Over half of Cornerstone's revenue comes from its eight separate e-commerce sites. Cornerstone is a business unit of HSN, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSNI), a $3 billion interactive multi-channel retailer.


Erika Falk
just published her second book, Becoming a New Instructor: A Guide for College Adjuncts and Graduate Students (Routledge, 2011).


Jeff Niederedeppe
chaired the session “Information Processing, Message Strategies, and Media Effects: From Health Promotion to Public Policy” during the 2012 International Communication Association conference in Phoenix, AZ.


Jody Lyneé Madeira,
currently an Associate Professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, has published the book Killing McVeigh (New York University Press, 2012).


Mary Angela Bock
has accepted a position as an assistant professor at the University of Texas – Austin in the College of Communication, School of Journalism. She begins teaching there in the Fall 2012 term.

Dr. Bock also recently chaired two sessions – “Follow Me: Twitter in the News-Making Process” and “Iconic Representation: Media Images that Discipline social Discourse” during the 2012 International Communication Association conference in Phoenix, AZ. She also presented “Using YouTube in communication Theory Instruction.”

Mihaela Popescu chaired the “Extended Session: Media Literacy at the Forefront of Instruction” during the 2012 International Communication Association conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Robin Stevens chaired the session “Effects of Sexual Media Content on Adolescents” during the 2012 International Communication Association conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Magdalena Wojcieszak has published the article “On Strong Attitudes and Group Deliberation: Relationships, Structure, Changes, and Effects” in the journal Political Psychology.


Daniel Berger,
having finished is two years as the George Gerbner Post-doctoral fellow, has accepted a tenure track position at the University of Washington at Bothell, WA (about 20 miles outside of Seattle). “The Bothell campus is a relatively new and rapidly growing part of the UW system. I am excited to be joining an exciting interdisciplinary faculty of engaged scholars and excellent teachers.”

Jessica Taylor Piotrowski is now an assistant professor of communication at the University of Amsterdam, where she just completed her first semester teaching a course in both Youth and Media and Persuasion Studies.

Dr. Piotrowski, along with Matt Lapierre (Gr ’12) and Deborah Linebarger, Ph.D. (University of Iowa) published the article “Investigating Correlates of Self-Regulation in Early Childhood with a Representative Sample of English-Speaking American Families” in the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Adrienne Shaw published the article “Do you identify as a gamer? Gender, race, sexuality, and gamer identity” in the journal New Media and Society (February 2012). Additionally, a translation of her article “What is Video Game Culture,” originally published in Games and Culture, was translated into Turkish for the fall 2011 issue of Bilgi University Cultural Studies Journal KULT, the first and only refereed cultural studies journal in Turkey.

Sara Vaala presented the paper “Predicting Infants’ and Toddlers’ Exposure to Foreground Television and Videos: Mothers’ Cognitions Versus Structural Life Circumstances,” during the 2012 International Communication Association conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Rebekah Nagler chaired the session “Health Information Seeking: Integrating Theory, Method, and Application, during the 2012 International Communication Association conference in Phoenix, AZ.


Peter Busse
is working as a researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos in Peru, where he recently received a three-year grant to investigate the relationship between television and the diets of young children. Details (in Spanish) here.

Joel Penney delivered the paper “Citizen-Advertisers”: Promotional Culture, ‘mediatized’ Community Displays, and political Action during the 2012 International Communication Association conference in Phoenix, AZ.

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