By Tom Hanaway (@tomhanaway)
Welcome back students, faculty and staff to another school year. And hello to all of the UW Oshkosh Journalism alums who are reading this post.
There are a lot of new and exciting changes and improvements happening this academic year, which the department chair, Professor Mike Cowling, asked me to pass along to you.
One major addition was upgraded computers in Clow 148 and 150. Newer computers were brought in to replace the older models. All computers, including those in Clow 128, are now equipped with Creative Suite 5, giving students access to the most recent editions of vital journalism software, like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Flash.
The faculty are also working on revisions in the journalism curriculum as part of the department’s effort toward re-accreditation. This will include the development of a strategic plan and improved methods of assessment.
Other significant changes involved personnel. The department has a new associate professor to teach advertising classes, Dr. Jin Kyun Lee. Dr. Lee, born and raised in South Korea, began the fall semester teaching two sections of Ad, Copy, Layout and Production. In the spring, he will teach the advertising competition class as well as Principles of Advertising and Visual Media Design. Dr. Lee received his doctorate in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.
Another major change is that Cindy Schultz is the new department program assistant, replacing Judy Schultz (no relation) who retired last June after more than 40 years of service. Cindy joined the journalism department after working in the social work department for several years.
Helping Cindy this year are three returning student assistants, along with three new student assistants. Student assistants are usually journalism majors who help faculty and staff with their work and related duties.
The department is also continuing its social media initiative. Dr. Sara Steffes Hansen is again helping the department enhance its offerings in the world of social media with our blog, Twitter account and Facebook fan page.
Since the former student social media coordinator for the department, Melanie Stepanek, has graduated and now currently works in the admissions office at UWO, I have been chosen to continue her work and maintain the department’s online accounts.
If anyone is interested in writing a post for this blog, regardless if you are a student, graduate or faculty member, please contact me and let me know. We are always looking for people to share their experience and knowledge with other members of the UWO Journalism community.
I feel that this will be one of the most interesting and electrifying semesters yet for the department because of our new professors, new courses, new computers and new student helpers. Keep checking our blog regularly for updates from professors, students, alumni and more.