Thursday, December 19, 2013

Season’s Greetings from the School of Communications


Howard University Happy Holidays on YouTube
Prof. Shane Gooding's students in Media, Journalism and Film (MJFC) created the video. Enjoy!

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
with SOC students
Student engagement. Students Taryn Finley, Megan Sims, Tonesha Townsel and Daniel White made a fine showing for SOC with columnists from the Trotter Group. Joe Davidson at the Washington Post invited students to a session and reception at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and a training session and NAACP panel at the Washington Post in December. He also included students and faculty in a meeting with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. According to Professor Yanick Rice Lamb two students attended each day, and represented SOC well by being personable, asking great questions and making insightful comments.
Congratulations to Joan C. Payne, professor and interim chair of Communication Sciences and Disorders on the completion of her book. Her book, Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders Assessment and Treatment: A Comprehensive Ethnobiological Approach provides insight on the types, prevalence and assessment of neurogenic language disorders; new technologies and therapies; and clinician resources.
The December 2013 Edition of the Howard University Alumni Association (HUAA) E-Newsletter

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

School of Communications happenings

The academic renewal spirit continues in the School of C!
Over the next several months, students will experience upgrades in the technology available throughout the School.  A new lab fee is being used for technology enhancements such as software for ePortfolios, new computers, software upgrades, white boards and projectors for classrooms, and a new monitor screen in the entryway to the CB Powell Building. These improvements support the School’s renewal and reorganization laying a foundation for the future success of our students.

Several of our PRSSA students enjoyed a recent visit to the Pentagon. They were hosted by Caroline D. Wilson, Deputy, Community Outreach, Navy Office of Information.
Annenberg Honor students and alumni make great strides. Jordan D. Stewart, class of 2014, television production major was accepted to present his thesis at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii from January 10-13, 2014. His thesis, "Uniting the Divided: Film as an Intervention for Rebuilding Family Relationships" analyzes the 2004 film "Spanglish" and its themes, symbols, and motifs as it relates to rebuilding family relationships. Eddie Holiday, class of 2010, legal communications major.  He graduated in 2013 from Howard University School of Law and recently passed the bar in Florida.  He is currently Assistant State Attorney in Miami, Florida.
Vanessa Rozier, class of 2009, print journalism. She is a public diplomacy officer in the U.S. Foreign Service

Congratulations to alumna Ju-Don Marshall Roberts. She was recently appointed director
Photo courtesy of Montclair State website
of the
Center for Cooperative Media, an initiative of the School of Communication and Media, at Montclair State University. Roberts has served as general manager and senior vice president of, senior vice president and executive editor of, and spent 17 years at the Washington Post and .



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Associate Professor Silvia Martinez of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorder was named a Fellow at the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in Chicago. The Fellow recognition is the second highest honor in the national organization.

Jamison Harris, graduating senior and President of Howard University’s nationally ranked Mock Trial won the Top Ranking Attorney Award at the Tobacco Row Competition hosted by Duke University.  The team competed against 24 schools, which included Harvard, Georgetown, Columbia, Penn State and University of Maryland.

The School of C team, the ENF Rangers, made it to the Top 4 Finals of the Ford HBCU Challenge Grant!  The students will travel to Detroit in early December to present their proposal before a panel.  Associate Professor Paula Matabane, faculty advisor for the team, says at a minimum the team could receive $10,000 in  scholarships, but expect to win -- $50,000 in scholarships and $25,000 in equipment (cameras, iPads, etc.) dedicated to the project.  The project can be reproduced every semester through a class or field experience. The team’s proposal is for a service learning project where five of our students (MFA graduate and undergraduate students) will develop a teaching curriculum to train 6th graders to make short videos on some environmental community issue.  A parent-student-community forum at each school would facilitate the community moving on solving the issues identified by the kids!  The goal is to get the films cablecast, on YouTube, etc.  We are proud of the ENF Rangers and Dr. Matabane.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

School of C New Annual Fundraising Campaign, Awards and Publications
The Howard School of Communications has launched a new Annual Fundraising Campaign: $150 for the 150th HU Anniversary yearly gift until 2017. We are seeking support from alumni and friends of $150.00 yearly to the school’s annual fund. The gift is restricted to the School of Communications for use with student scholarships, study abroad and programs. The campaign kicked off at the 2013 Homecoming reception. Join us in spreading the word and supporting the School of C!  Your gift can be sent by check payable to Howard University SOC, Office of the Dean, School of Communications, 525 Bryant Street NW, Washington, DC 20059, or online at:

Social Media is the focus of the new book: Social Media: Pedagogy and Practice edited by Kehbuma Langmia, Tia Tyree, Pamela O'Brien and Ingrid Sturgis. Three of the four editors—Langmia, Tyree and Sturgis—are faculty from the School of Communications
The book is a result of work from the Social Media Technology Conference and Workshop held annually at either Howard University or Bowie State University. Here’s the link for book:

The School of Communications was the recent recipient of the Dorothy E. Brunson 2013 Scholarship Award from the PRT Reach Foundation and The Presidents’ Roundtable, Inc. of Baltimore, MD. The award will go to a student recipient from SOC’s Communication Research and Resource Center (CERRC).

Stephanie Holloman
Congratulations to School of C’s Stephanie Holloman. The junior, Public Relations major, won the Ofield Dukes Memorial Scholarship from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Foundation at the PRSSA National conference in October.  

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

School of Communications Alumni and Friends Homecoming 2013

Hello All,

Many thanks to all of you that turned out for the 2013 Homecoming Reception. It was a great opportunity to say hello to new and old faces. Thank you Professor Craig Herndon for capturing these great moments and pictures for us!

This is the link to the album on the web:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Howard and Hampton Debate 2013

The Howard University and Hampton University debate 2013 showcased the oratory excellence of students on Oct. 18th.  Howard hosted Hampton’s debate team on campus in Cramton Auditorium for a Parliamentary debate. Student debate members were at their best, addressing two important resolutions: Stand Your Ground laws and individuals' privacy issues with social media when applying for employment. This was the first time Hampton visited Howard to debate; many thanks to director Prof. Angela Minor for organizing the debate.

Monday, October 21, 2013



School of Communications

Alumni Homecoming Reception

4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday, October 25, 2013

1st Floor Lobby
CB Powell Building

525 Bryant Street
Washginton, DC



Friday, October 11, 2013

School of Communications Happenings Oct. 11, 2013

The learning environment for SOC students extends beyond the classroom. Early in October, Assistant Professor Indira Somani took her Broadcast Journalism II class to visit WJLA-TV, Channel 7 (the ABC affiliate) in Rosslyn, VA. Students met reporter Jimmy Olabanji and VP of News, Bill Lord. Both answered students’ questions on how to succeed in Broadcast Journalism. Students also toured the station and watched the Noon newscast.

Professor Carolyn Byerly, of Communication, Culture, and Media Studies, new book The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism is coming out soon. Edited by Byerly, the handbook is the first global study of women's employment in news using survey data. It is an academic adaptation of information contained in the Global Report on the Status of Women in News Media, which was commissioned by the International Women's Media Foundation and published in 2011.

Congratulations to student Kalyn Jacobs in the Media, Journalism and Film Department, who graduates in 2014.  Kalyn’s short film won first place in the categories of producer, actress, cinematographer, and film at the Creative Mind Group Toronto Program. The film link may be viewed at:

 Alumna Candiace Dillard is Miss United States 2013!  Ms. Dillard is a 2009 graduate from Communications. While at Howard she was involved with tutoring local high schools students, and later started the group My Sister’s Keepers, a mentoring and women’s empowerment group.    


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Congratulations to the School of Communications faculty who earned Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CETLA's) Unit Participation Award for participation in CETLA's 2012-13 activities (see the award description at  Activities included online as well as on-campus activities.The award will be presented Oct. 7th at CETLA's 10th Anniversary Open House.

·         Lee Thornton, a former professor in the School of Communications passed away on Sept. 25th. Prior to joining Howard, Professor Thornton was a correspondent for CBS News and at that time became the first African-American woman journalist to cover the White House for a major news network. She joined Howard in 1983 and taught for 14 years. She also taught and held administrative positions at the University of Maryland. She will be missed as a trailblazer, professor, mentor and friend to many.


Documentary filmmakerLouis Massiah was the first Time Warner Visiting Scholar to the
School of Communications for the new academic year. The Media, Journalism and Film Department hosted the filmmaker and founder/director of Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts center that provides training and equipment access to community groups and the independent media community. The weeklong visit included film screenings, one-on-one sessions and master classes.

Professor Clint Wilson received the 2013 Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished achievement in diversity research and education at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention.
Professor Yanick Rice Lamb, of Media, Journalism and Film Department, has been selected as a John A. Hartford/MetLife Foundation Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow.
One of our own recognized at the White House. Freshman public relations major Kiana Knolland of Wichita Kansas, won the annual “Youth of the Year” award from Boys & Girls Clubs of American. The award recognizes youth for stories of triumph, academic success and community leadership. Ms. Knolland will receive more than $60,000 in scholarship.

Angel Mills, a senior and broadcast journalism student from Detroit, won the Miss Black Michigan USA 2014 title this summer. Mills platform is “Ladies Must Lead “and she will compete in the national pageant in August 2014.