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Jun 14, 2017

Associate Professor Stephen Olbrys Gencarella is featured in a story about the folklore associated with what are known as the Moodus Noises, named for a village in Connecticut. Gencarella, who is also the resident folklorist at the Connecticut River Museum, took a staff writer from Connecticut Magazine on a hiking tour he developed of Mount Tom in Machimoodus State Park, where much of the folklore of the noises originates.

Matt Reynolds '05
Jun 7, 2017

A new face will lead the UMass baseball program. But he won't be an unfamiliar one. Matt Reynolds, a 2005 graduate of the Communication program, has been selected as the new head baseball coach.

Reynolds replaces Mike Stone, who retired after 30 years managing the team. Reynolds also played and worked for Stone at UMass before, having spent two seasons playing at the school in 2003 and 2004, before serving as a graduate assistant under Stone for three seasons.

Reynolds comes to UMass after spending three years as head coach at Washington College in Maryland.

Jessica Williams '17
May 15, 2017

Jessica Williams '17 of Rockport, was one of ten students to be honored as a 21st Century Leader at Undergraduate Commencement. Williams, a double major in communication and philosophy with a minor in sociology, served as a senator in the Student Government Association and a peer advisor here in the communication department. She worked with the TEDxAmherst team to organize a 750-person conference on campus, interned at WGBH in Boston and PBS in Arlington, Virginia. She also took part in Alternative Spring Break working on service projects in El Paso.

Cassidy Kotyla and Andrea Peicott
Feb 13, 2017

When juniors Cassidy Kotyla ’18, a double major in Communication and Journalism, and Andrea Peicott ’18, a Communication major, began their final project with Professor Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., they had no idea that they were creating something much bigger. For the end-of-the-year assignment, Kotyla and Peicott created a short video titled “You Are Beautiful: A Social Experiment.”

The video is aimed at exploring people’s understanding of inner beauty, and, more specifically, is a response to the narrow conceptions of beauty that are shaped by media and advertising.

Feb 7, 2017

Erica Scharrer, Ph.D., professor and previous chair of the Comm Department, will work on community and translation of research for wide public audiences, as a 2017 Public Engagement Faculty Fellow. Scharrer's research interests include: the study of media content, opinions of media, media effects, and media literacy, particularly regarding gender and violence. This spring, she is teaching Media Violence.

Feb 3, 2017

The Department of Communication has announced a week-long summer program for high school students interested in honing their media literacy and production skills. Media Maker Academy will be taught by Professor Allison Butler, Ph.D. and will take full advantage of the department's state-of-the-art production facilities in the Integrative Learning Center.

Feb 3, 2017

The Communication Department reaffirms its commitment to diversity. In an updated statement, the department condemns racism, hate and xenophobia, while committing to understanding and confronting all forms of oppression both at UMass and globally.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION STATEMENT AGAINST RACISM, HATE & XENOPHOBIA
(February, 2017)

Professor Lisa Henderson, Ph.D.
Jan 18, 2017

Lisa Henderson, Ph.D., professor and past Chair of the Department of Communication, is a Spring 2017 Visiting Scholar with the Scholars Program for Culture and Communication at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania. Henderson studies cultural production, sexual representation, feminist media, class discourse, and ethnographic method. In 2011, Henderson received the Roy F.

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