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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), 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.


Communication Week 2017

March 27-31, 2017

“Bring Forth the People Who Bring Forth Knowledge”

Scripps College of Communication students listen to Schuneman Symposium speaker Amos Chapple's presentation, “The Short-Lived Golden Age of Drone Photography,” on March 16, 2016, at Baker University Center Theatre during Communication Week.


Communication Week 2017 Schedule

Check back often as additional details and events will continue to be added to the schedule.

All Week

"Pete Souza Exhibit"

VisCom Gallery, Schoonover Center, First Floor

Pete Souza is an American photojournalist, formerly chief official white house photographer for President Barack Obama and the director of the White House photography office.

Previously Souza worked as an assistant professor of photojournalism in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune based in their Washington bureau, a freelancer for National Geographic, and as official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan.

A selection of his photography will be displayed in the School of Visual Communication Gallery in Schoonover Center 140 from Friday, March 3 through Friday, March 31. Open hours of the gallery are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Monday, March 27

Scripps College of Communication/GRID Lab


  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. – GRID Lab Demos & Displays

          Scripps Hall, 2nd Floor

The GRID Lab focus on the research and development of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality experience and technology, serious and educational games, simulations, computer animation, and motion capture.


  • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Scripps College of Communication Senior Mock Interview Day

          Schoonover Center, 5th Floor

STUDENTS: Watch for an email from Karen Peters, internship & student services specialist, with registration instructions.


  • 3 - 4:30 p.m. – Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day

Walter Hall Rotunda, West Green

3 - 4 p.m. - Pitch Day presentations, light refreshments will be served

4 - 4:20 p.m. - Guest Speaker Ryan Prestel, BSC '07, CEO of JadeTrack

4:30 p.m. - Winners announced


  • 6 p.m. – Scripps College Celebration

          Baker University Center 240/242

Honoring Distinguished Professor Judith Lee and named University scholars who study in Scripps.

RSVP required. Please RSVP by Mon., March 20 to


Tuesday, March 28

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism/School of Visual Communication


  • Schuneman Symposium

          Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor unless otherwise noted


       9 a.m. 6:30 p.m.

Speakers will include: Richard and Christine Olsenius (freelance photographers/multimedia producers; Kaitlin Yarnall (National Geographic Society); Evgenia Arbugaeva (freelance photographer); and Pete Souza (chief official White House photographer for President Obama and the director of the White House photo office).


School of Communication Studies

      10:30 – 11:30 a.m. – COMS/NCASC Panel

Bentley Hall 240


Wednesday, March 29

E.W. Scripps School of Journalism/School of Visual Communication


  • Schuneman Symposium

          Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor unless otherwise noted


       9:40 a.m. 6 p.m.

Speakers will include: Will Cooper (Vice); Wes Lowery (Washington Post); Dani Kilgo (media scholar); and Robert Padavick (USA Today).


Thursday, March 30

J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems


  • 10:30 a.m. – Living in a Connected World. IoT and the Impact on Society

Baker University Center 240

Light refreshments served         

Mr. Mike Kelley, chief information security officer, E.W. Scripps Company


  • 11:15 a.m. – Seize the Cloud

Baker University Center 240

Mr. Martin van den Berg, vice president, Service Line Infrastructure, Cloud, Security Sogeti USA


  • 12 p.m. – Honoring of ITS Mentors/Lunch

Baker University Center, Ballroom A, 4th Floor

Lunch served

Mr. Jim Gay, vice president, Nationwide IT Infrastructure Delivery


  • 1:30 p.m. – Management and Monitoring of IT Risk Landscape

Baker University Center 240

Mr. Robert Woeckener, AVP, IT Risk Management Nationwide, Columbus, OH


  • 2:15 p.m. – Alumni Panel

Baker University Center 240

  • Mr. Robert Ahuja, cloud consultant, Sogeti USA, Columbus, OH
  • Ms. Courtney Black, support technician, Abercrombie & Fitch, Columbus, OH
  • Mr. Anthony Wakim, IT audit specialist, Nationwide Insurance, Columbus, OH
  • Mr. Brad Tunstall, IT systems engineer, Lead Progressive Insurance, Cleveland, OH


  • 3:00 p.m. – Next Generation Infrastructure and Cloud Computing

Baker University Center 240

Mr. Matthew Leggett, director, IT Architecture Nationwide, Columbus, OH


  • 3:45 p.m. – Accenture Challenge Results Announcement

          Baker University Center 240

* Please RSVP for ITS events, including Lunch, to



School of Media Arts & Studies/E.W. Scripps School of Journalism


  • 2 - 4 p.m. – Composing the Musical Landscape

Schoonover Center for Communication 448


Central Region Humanities Center


  • 6 - 9 p.m. – Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask documentary Screening & Reception

Schoonover Center for Communication 145 & Lobby

This two-hour feature explores the life and legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar, who was born in 1872 and died in 1906. Dunbar was the first African American to achieve national fame as a literary artist.


Friday, March 31

School of Media Arts & Studies


  • 9 - 10 a.m. – Women in the Media Industry

Schoonover Center for Communication 450

Sarah Schaaf, IMGUR mentoring discussion session with female student org leaders of WIMI, ACRN and Brick City Records


  • 10:30 - 12 p.m. – Media and Social Change

Scripps Hall 016

Student Panel and Skype Session featuring Emma Schultz, Adam Little, Emily Quinn & Kim Reynolds


  • 1:30 - 3 p.m. – The Community of Media

Schoonover Center for Communication 145

MDIA alumnus Sarah Schaaf, director of community for IMGUR in conversation with MDIA lecturer Josh Antonuccio

Pizza will be served at this event.


  • 4 p.m. – Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Music Industry: Scripps Alumni Panel

Schoonover Center for Communication 450

Rachael Lacava, creative assistant, Audio Network

Anthony Lauletta, social media manager, Alternative Press

Dave Polster, vinyl mastering engineer, Well Made Music

Callie Reynolds, music designer, Orchid Music Design


  • 7 p.m. – The 48-hour Film and Animation Showcase

Schoonover Center for Communication 450