Communique from the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., about the inaugural celebration for the new College of Communication
Where better to celebrate the inauguration of our new College of Communication than in the heart of the nation's third-largest media market with two eminent correspondents. WMAQ-TV anchor Warner Saunders emceed, and ABC News national correspondent Chris Bury delivered the keynote address at the kickoff luncheon of our ninth and newest college. Both shared their insights with our faculty, staff and students.
Chicago, with its concentration of media and commerce, its diverse patchwork of neighborhoods and its vast cultural offerings, is a real-world laboratory in which our students can become reflective, knowledgeable communicators. The city offers a wealth of opportunities for our students to craft and deliver messages in print, audio, video, Web and the rapidly evolving world of social media.
Congratulations to Dean Jackie Taylor, Ph.D., and the faculty and staff of the College of Communication for creating an exciting college that combines the strengths of our classroom and our community.
The new College of Communication already provides students with more than 900 internship placement opportunities, including network, radio and television outlets; local offices of U.S. senators and congressional representatives; the Illinois General Assembly; the city of Chicago; corporate public relations and advertising agencies; independent film companies; entertainment venues; nonprofits, museums, philanthropic associations and sports franchises.
The college is gearing up for the exciting challenges ahead with the recent hiring of eight new tenure-track faculty, increasing the number of tenured or tenure-track faculty by nearly a third. It has recently formed a 25-member advisory board featuring distinguished media and communication professionals from the Chicago area.
Established in fall 2007, the College of Communication is serving nearly 1,000 undergraduate students and 131 graduate students. It started in 1978 as a major area of study in the Department of English and has grown to become the third-largest provider of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication in Illinois.
With a curriculum focused on ethical practice and the convergence of traditional and new media, our Communication students are well-prepared for professional practice in an evolving, diverse marketplace.