On Sunday, May 19, the Annenberg School for Communication held its annual undergraduate graduation ceremony, honoring the Communication majors graduating from the University of Pennsylvania. This year's graduation speaker was alumnus Dylan Hewitt (C'14, G'15). In addition to recognizing each graduate, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Felicity (Litty) Paxton presented the following awards.
Corey Berman C’20, a junior Communication major, was honored with FactCheck.org’s inaugural Brooks Jackson Undergraduate Fellowship Award on May 3. The award, named after the fact-checking organization’s co-founder, honors an undergraduate research fellow at FactCheck.org who has done exemplary work in fact-checking and most embodies the talent, spirit, and integrity of Brooks Jackson.
President Donald Trump's plan to end the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, called the "deal of the century," is scheduled to be released in June. On Wednesday, a group of undergraduate Communication majors held a mock press conference on this plan.
On April 10 and April 17, fourteen Communication majors presented senior theses to a group of classmates, faculty, and staff. These Penn seniors wrote an honors thesis and/or a Communication and Public Service (ComPS) thesis. All will graduate with honors at Annenberg’s Communication major graduation ceremony next month. The students will also present their Communication theses at a poster session held in the Annenberg School Plaza Lobby next week.
The family pets — Ellie, an elderly dog, and two cats Felix and Ilsa — greet everyone warmly. Communication majors gradually fill up the dining room as a round of brief introductions gets underway. Shortly after, dinner is served and conversations flow, with topics ranging from spring break plans to research the guests are working on. Whether Thai, Indian, or Chinese cuisine, the conversation is just as diverse as the dinner menu.
As part of Professor Emily Falk’s Fall 2018 Academically Based Community Service course COMM 310: The Communication Research Experience, Communication majors Hadeel Saab (C’20) and Anna Waldzinska (C’20) partnered with Penn Leads The Vote (PLTV) to conduct research into increasing voter turnout for the U.S. midterm elections.
From the secrets of ancient magic to the discovery of sacred animal cults in Egypt, Expedition, Penn Museum’s exclusive members’ magazine, has covered the latest findings in the field of archaeology and anthropology for the past 60 years. Last fall, the magazine welcomed Communication major Christina Griffith (C’20) who was hired as the assistant editor and recently promoted to associate editor.
Over winter break, while many undergraduates were busy catching up on sleep, Communication major Amanda Damon (C’19) was collecting data on immigration and civil rights legislation and reform for her senior honors thesis. For months, she had been corresponding with librarians and archivists at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas and the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California in preparation to visit them in January.
Dylan Hewitt (C’14, G’15) has been named one of New York’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by City & State magazine in 2017 and is currently the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for Scott M. Stringer, New York City Comptroller.
Nick Joyner (C’19), a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, is one of this year’s recipients of the Thouron Award.
A graduate exchange program between the United Kingdom and Penn, Thouron scholarships provide funding for postgraduate study abroad. Each year, as many as 10 students from the UK receive Thouron awards to attend graduate schools at Penn, and as many as eight Penn seniors receive scholarships to attend a graduate school of their choosing in the UK.