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2012 Graduation Photos

Performing Arts graduates and faculty. Photo: Carole Burns and Jenny Harpum.

We’ve uploaded some photos from our 2012 graduation ceremony last weekend, taken by Wakerly Technology Training Center director Carole Burns and WTTC  Resident Einstein Jenny Harpum. View the 2012 Diederich College graduation set on Flickr.

Looking Back on 2011

By the Diederich College of Communication

As 2011 winds to a close, it’s a great opportunity to reflect back on all the many events that occurred throughout the past year here in the Diederich College of Communication.

This year in particular seemed to mark so many significant milestones for our college. Throughout 2010 and 2011 we celebrated the Centennial of Journalism at Marquette University, during which we hosted several student-produced “Centennial Seminars” panel forums with a number of prominent media professionals. The centennial was also a reminder that we’ve come a long way since the early days of journalism at Marquette, when the Tribune was first printed on a press in the basement of Johnston Hall!

In March, we also saw the launch of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, a non-profit media organization that focuses on Milwaukee’s central city communities, housed right here in our building. A few of our journalism students have even had the opportunity to contribute professional work to NNS.

During this year we were visited by a number of guest speakers such as game designer Jane McGonigalSports Illustrated’s Peter King, ESPN’s Chris Brussard, New York Times best-selling author Margaret Coel, journalist James Foley and many others who shared their wisdom and world views with us. There was also the fall PR and Social Media Summit that raised $25,000 for Marquette’s scholarship fund.

2011 was a big year for many of our students as well. Our college offered study opportunities overseas in Italy and Cyprus, and our student media took home a first place design award from the Associated College Press. Other students helped develop and launch the “Food Fight Milwaukee” advertising campaign to help address the issue of local hunger.

Our theatre department explored issues of tolerance and acceptance with their incredible production of “The Laramie Project” earlier this year, and hosted a visit by activist Judy Shepherd, who shared her touching personal story about a hate crime against her son, Matthew.

And of course, there are the accomplishments of our faculty members and alumni. This spring, an alumnus and his news team at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won a Pulitzer prize for reporting. We’ve also had several faculty members win fellowships and grants, including the Page Legacy Scholar grant, a Fulbright scholarship and a Scripps Institute fellowship among others.

Looking back, it’s been another busy but productive year in the college. It’s remarkable how fast the time seems to have gone by! We look forward to another year of learning, growing and exploring in 2012.

2010-2011: An Exciting Academic Year Ahead

The summer is quickly winding down and the new school year about to begin next week. We welcome new and returning faces this fall, and promise an exciting year ahead for the Diederich College of Communication. A few highlights in store for our students, faculty, staff and alumni this year:

First floor construction brings big changes. Those returning this fall will notice a dramatic new look for the first floor of Johnston Hall. Specifically, the addition of a new student lounge off of our Wisconsin Avenue entrance and a new multimedia classroom across the hall, complete with surround sound and large flat screen monitors. The renovated classroom also has a series of windows that allow passersby to view classes in progress. And don’t forget the new and improved elevator, which is planned to be operational later in the year.

Recently launched student portfolio section on college website. This fall the college website begins featuring the work of our many talented students in an online portfolio. This digital portfolio features student-created videos, research projects, set designs, graphic design layouts, websites and much more, and is designed to showcase this work to both community partners (employers and internship providers) and prospective students. Work will be changed every semester, so watch for updates. View the student portfolio section of the Diederich College website.

Centennial of Journalism: a year-long celebration. As we recognize 100 years of journalism education at Marquette this year, we have many great events planned to commemorate our past and celebrate our future. Starting with the Kickoff party at the Milwaukee Public Museum’s Streets of Old Milwaukee, it promises to be an eventful year full of guest speakers and a student-produced “Centennial Seminars” television program. Stay tuned to our website for announcements and events.

An exciting Performing Arts Mainstage season lineup. Our performing arts students and faculty will present a dynamic range of shows including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Laramie Project, and even a cooperative effort with the professional Milwaukee Chamber Theatre company. Check out the entire line-up and buy tickets at the new online box office.

New NABJ student organization. The Diederich College of Communication is proud to announce the most recent addition to our growing list of student organizations, the National Association of Black Journalists. Originally founded in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization for journalists of color. Committed to diversity, not only in the stories that are presented by media organizations, but also the journalists who write them, NABJ has been an important part of the journalism industry for over 30 years. NABJ-MU has potential to offer opportunities to all ethnicities and areas of study and advocate for students of color by giving them a voice on campus.

We look forward to the 2010-2011 academic year, and plan to make it a memorable one. For additional calendar listings and event updates, please visit our website at

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual authors and do not represent the views of Marquette University or the Diederich College of Communication.

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