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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 2018

April 9-13, 2018

*Check back during spring semester for the 2018 schedule.


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.

*Please see below for an example of Communication Week events from the previous year.*

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 Tuesday, March 7 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 Mock Interview Day - Now Open to ALL STUDENTS in the college

          Schoonover Center, 5th Floor

Spring opportunity for Professional Development for Scripps College of Communication students! Fifty students from our five schools will have a chance to engage and learn in a 20 min. interview with feedback from a Scripps professional staff and members of the Dean’s Advisory Council.
All you need for the interview is to bring a copy of your resume and to dress professionally.
To register for this event, go to the front desk in the Schoonover Center and choose a time slot. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline has been extended! Register by Wed. at 5 p.m.!
Once registration is complete an email will be sent to each student as confirmation of your appointment.


  • 10 - 11 a.m. & 2 - 3 p.m. – Workshop: Business Resources for Researching Companies Before an Interview

Schoonover Center 276

Two, one hour workshop sessions will be held on Monday, March 27 (10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) for students about using library Business Resources for Researching Companies Before an Interview. The workshop will be conducted by Jessica Hagman from Alden Library. Open to all students.


  • 1 - 1:45 p.m. – Informal Remarks and Q&A with Alumnus Ryan Prestel

Walter Hall Rotunda, West Green

Ryan Prestel, BSC '07, green entrepreneur and CEO of JadeTrack, is a lifelong entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience in technology, product management and marketing. He has had proven success in leadership roles in the Fortune 1000 and high-growth startups.

JadeTrack helps organizations track, manage and save resources like energy and water, while reducing waste and emissions. The company uses technology and data to help our customers maximize the value of their sustainability investment.


  • 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.

*Limited spots available. RSVP required. Please RSVP by Mon., March 20 to and include your choice of beef, chicken or vegan.


Tuesday, March 28

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



  • 9 a.m. – Balancing Creativity in a Changing Digital Landscape

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Richard and Christine Olsenius are freelance photographers and multimedia producers.
Richard Olsenius is a former photographer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and freelancer for National Geographic magazine, an illustrations editor and website launch producer for National Geographic magazine, and the author of nine books, two National Geographic Field Guides, two award-winning films, six DVDs, and an award-winning multimedia CD-ROM titled “Arctic Odyssey.”
Christine Olsenius collaborated with her husband on books, films and web-based storytelling. One special project by Christine was ”Icebound: Last Voyage of the Sheila Yeates,” a long-form, web-based story. Christine also contributed with National Geographic on “Water: A Special Issue.”


  • 10:30 a.m. – Excellence in Visual Storytelling at National Geographic

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Kaitlin Yarnall is the deputy director for the Centers of Excellence in Journalism, Mapping and Photography at the National Geographic Society. Yarnall also manages the photo engineering team at National Geographic. She was the lead editorial manager for National Geographic’s 2014 groundbreaking food initiative. This multi-year platform remains National Geographic’s most commercially successful editorial initiative.


  • 1:30 p.m. – Arctic Stories

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Freelance photographer Evgenia Arbuageva frequently studies her Arctic homeland by discovering and capturing the remote worlds and people who inhabit them. Arbugaeva’s work is exhibited internationally and has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, mare, Le Monde and The New Yorkermagazine. Her photo stories include “Weather man,” “Tiksi,” “Mammoth hunters” and “Forever beautiful.”


  • 3:00 p.m. – Behind the Scenes with President Obama

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Pete Souza, Scripps School of Visual Communication, was the chief official White House photographer for President Obama and the director of the White House photo office. Previously, he had been an assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune in its Washington bureau, a freelancer for National Geographic and official White House photographer for President Reagan.


  • 5:30 p.m. – White House Photograph Exhibit and Reception

VisCom Photogallery in Schoonover Center

Pete Souza, Scripps School of Visual Communication, was the 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



  • 9:40 a.m. – No Limit Storytelling

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Will Cooper, VICE, is a Cleveland-born journalist who covers issues of race and law enforcement for VICE Media. As the son of two black police officers, he was raised with an intimate understanding of the institutional racism that exists at the core of the U.S. criminal justice system. Over the past six years, he’s used that unique insight to pen powerful personal essays, write investigative long reads, and host critically acclaimed full-length documentaries.


  • 10:45 a.m. – They Can't Kill Us All

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Alumnus Wes Lowery is a national reporter for the Washington Post, where he covers issues of race, justice, law enforcement and politics. He has been the paper’s lead reporter on the Black Lives Matter protest movement and was a member of the team awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Awards for National Reporting for their coverage of fatal police shootings. Lowery is the author of the New York Times bestseller ”They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement.” His reporting and writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated and The Guardian.


  • 2:00 p.m. – The Biggest Gang in America? Police brutality, Social Unrest and Visual Journalism in the Digital Era

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Dani Kilgo, media scholar, is a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include minority portrayals in digital and social news media, political communication, and audience effects. Kilgo’s current work addresses digital news coverage of social unrest surrounding police use of force and brutality against minority men and women.


  • 3:05 p.m. – Panel discussion with all speakers

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

The panel is a chance for all nine speakers to engage with one another and to react to the entire symposium.


  • 4:10 p.m. – Covering News in 360-Degree

Baker University Center Theatre, 2nd Floor

Robert Padavick, USA Today, is the co-creator of “VRtually There,” USA Today’s virtual reality news series. His past work history includes international editor of CNN, NBC News, Yahoo and the Center for American Progress.

Robert Padavick and WOUB Public Media graduate student Abbie Doyle will share the stage to discuss and share three topic areas. The moderator will be Eric Williams, associate professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies and co-creator of The Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab.
360-Degree coverage of events
    · USA Today’s live 360-degree coverage of the Inauguration
    · Doyle’s 360-degree documentary about the election including RNC footage, and Clinton
      and Trump rallies
360-Degree coverage for news
    · USA Today’s new 360 News Magazine VRtually There
    · Abbie’s impression as a student trying to learn the style and techniques of 360 coverage
General take on VR Journalism for 2017 and beyond
    · From Robert’s professional POV
    · From Abbie’s POV as a student trying to break in


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


Sponsored by the Central Region Humanities Center in collaboration with the School of Communication Studies and School of Media Arts & Studies


  • 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