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Communication Week

The roots of Communication Week in the Scripps College of Communication date back to 1968, when the School of Journalism held its first Journalism Week in early May and awarded the first Carr Van Anda Awards "for enduring contributions to journalism" to Turner Catledge, Edward W. Barrett and Walter Cronkite.

In 1970, Journalism Week was changed to Communication Week to incorporate the entire college. The annual event included events, speakers and panel discussions designed to encourage student interaction with prominent leaders in the communication field and draw alumni to campus.

Over the years, the Scripps College has hosted such notable professionals as Rev. Jesse Jackson(1998), Peter Arnett (1992), Roger Ailes (1989), Ted Turner and Hugh Downs (1982). After 37 years of annual Communication Week activities, in 2006, events were no longer held during a concentrated five-day period, but spread throughout Ohio University's ten-week spring quarter. In 2013, Communication Week was reinstated to celebrate the college and its alumni. The event usually falls on the last full week of March. 


Communication Week 2014 took place March 24-28. A schedule of events held is below, and more information can be found at the following links:



School of Visual Communication


  • 2:00-2:55 p.m., Meghan Vickers, BSVC '04, Digital Marketing Manager at The Sherwin Williams Company; and Todd R. Roeth, BSVC '00, MA '04, Sr. Art Director at Resource Interactive; Baker Ballroom A 
  • 3:05-4 p.m., Midwest Photo Exchange, Baker Ballroom A
  • 4:10-5:05 p.m., Andrew Burkle, BSVC '09, Partner/Photographer at BurkleHagen Photography, Baker Ballroom A

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Scripps College of Communication

  • 3:05-4:25 p.m., Student Forum on Covering Race with Clarence Page, Multicultural Center in Baker University Center
  • 7 p.m., Ohio Communication Hall of Fame Induction and Address by Clarence E. Page, BSJ ’69, Baker Center 220 (Theater)



School of Media Arts and Studies

KATE  FARRELL web4 p.m., Open Session with Kate Farrell, Television Studio C, RTV Building, 5th floor. Kate Farrell, MA '02, Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer of sports, and executive producer of reality television, will discuss the industry. 

As a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer of documentaries, docu-series, and sports television, Kate is known within the industry for her commitment to bring authentic stories to the forefront. From profiles of world-class athletes to the challenges faced by female soldiers returning home from Iraq, Kate aligns herself with projects that empower. In her current capacity as executive producer at WE tv, she shepherds programs through production and delivers entertaining hits. Rolling Stone (2/27/14) magazine’s review of her current hit series SWV Reunited said, “…you don’t have to know anything about them to relish their wonderful reality show.” Mary Mary, back for Season 3, takes the gospel singing sister duo to the mainstream audience with record-breaking ratings. She has also executive produced My Fair Wedding, David Tutera Unveiled, Sinbad: A Family Affair, and Sanya's Glam & Gold.

As one of a trailblazing tribe of women to reach the position of producer in sports television, she has always been drawn to the high wire of live TV and is proud to have served internationally with five Olympic production teams. Her credits also include projects for major cable and broadcast TV networks including HBO, NBC, ABC, and CBS.  

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Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism & New Media
"Data Reportage: Seeing Stories in Numbers," Baker Center Theater 


  • 9 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. National Geographic: visualizing meaningful data forglobal audiences, Juan Valesco, senior editor, Arts & Graphics, National Geographic

  • 10:30 - 11:50 a.m., KEYNOTE: From Explanation to Exploration, Lisa Strausfeld, Global Head of Data Visualization, Bloomberg

  • 1:30 - 2:50 p.m., Data R People 2, John Sale, Assistant Managing Editor for Visuals, The Commercial Appeal

  • 3:05 - 4:25 p.m., Data as Context in Storytelling, Zach Wise, associate professor, Northwestern University/Knight Lab

  • 4:35- 5:55 p.m., Finding the Heart of the Story, Sara Quinn, Poynter Institute

For more information and speaker bios, please visit




Scripps College of Communication

Celebration, 6 p.m., Baker Ballroom



J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems


  • 9 a.m. 2019: A Review of the Security Threats, Michael Sidman, Signautre Client Vice President, Michigan & Ohio, AT&T Global Business Solutions
  • 9:45 a.m. Protecting Financial Institutions from DDOS Attacks, Vic Paini, technology director, Integrated Operations Center, Huntington National Bank
  • 10:30 a.m. Mobility in Enterprise, Kevin McCormick, sales engineer, Airwatch
  • 11:15 a.m. Alumni Panel, Starting and Building a Career, David Blum, Mike Johnston, Kimberly Rometo, Zach Miller and Sruti Palepu
  • locatis_web1:30 p.m. Keynote, Critical Infrastructure Protection: Government Influence on Technology and Cybersecruity, Mike Locatis, founder and CEO of Nexusist and former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for cybersecurity.
  • 2:30 p.m., Mobile Security: Can You Hack Me Now?, Damon Cockrel, mobile strategist, entrepreneur, speaker and best-selling author. 
  • 3:30 p.m., Perspectives on the Cloud - Vendor vs. User, Jim Gay, vice president, Infrastructure Deliver, Nationwide Insurance; and Dave George, general manager for southern Ohio, Frontier Communications 

School of Media Arts and Studies

7 p.m., Mountain Stage: A Conversation with Larry Groce and Friends, Athena Theater

Created in 1983 by Andy Ridenour, Larry Groce and Francis Fisher, Mountain Stage is a two-hour, weekly radio show that features performances from a wide range of artists from all musical genres recorded before a live audience, usually at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va.

Mountain StageSome of the biggest names in music have performed on the show over the years, many getting their first national exposure on the broadcast. The roster includes: R.E.M.Sarah McLachlanNickel CreekCassandra WilsonCounting CrowsPhish, Robert Johnson, Martina McBrideRalph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys, Norah JonesCrash Test DummiesBarenaked Ladies, Taj Mahal, John PizzarelliJohn MayallRichard ThompsonNanci GriffithThe Holmes BrothersOdettaArlo GuthrieYonder Mountain String BandJohn HammondJorma KaukonenBen HarperPaula Cole, Galactic, Bruce Hornsby, Koko Taylor, the Derek Trucks Band, Chris Thile, Bell X-1, Judy Collins, They Might Be Giants, Hubert Sumlin & Pinetop Perkins, Charles Brown, Little Big Town, Amos Lee, Joan Baez, Jakob Dylan, Regina Spektor, Kathy Mattea, Don Dixon, Elvis Costello, Wilco, Marty Stuart, Delbert McClinton, Ani DiFranco, and many more….

Hear stories from the creators, learn about the process and challenges of producing a music show with multiple acts in front of a live audience, and see why, after 30 years, Mountain Stage is still the place “where musicians come to play.”



School of Communication Studies


  • Arvind_Singhal_web1-3 p.m., Student workshop with Dr. Arvind Singhal, Nelson Commons Private Dining Rooms
  • 3-4 p.m., 2nd Annual Speech Competition, Bentley 240. This event will feature persuasive speeches from students in COMS 1030, Fundamentals of Public Speaking.
  • 4-5 p.m., Andersch Award Presentation and Lecture by Arvind Singhal, Nelson Commons main reception hall
  • 5-5:30 p.m., COMS Awards Reception, Nelson Commons main reception hall.

  • 5:30-6 p.m, COMS Awards Presentation, Nelson Commons main reception hall.

  • Please save the date for CommWeek 2015. It will take place March 23-27, 2015.