August 2019
Welcome back! Time to return to our academic routines, including regular delivery of this newsletter.

The biggest news in the college as we start this semester is the new name and structure of the J. Warren McClure School. You may have seen posters and social media posts about this change—many of you have been working hard to make it happen for quite a while. The school’s new name is the J. Warren McClure School for Emerging Communication Technologies. It is now home to the GRID Lab, too, marking the first time the GRID Lab has been specifically housed in a school. Until now, it’s been a special project of the college.

In short, the change reiterates our goal to be the best training ground in the country for new and emerging technology. It will expand the research and creative activity of both units and deepens our commitment to innovation in all its forms. The ITS major hasn’t changed, and though there are plans to adjust some elements of the Games and Animation major, those have not happened yet. If you advise students who have questions about this change or who are interested in exploring options in the McClure School, several resources are available online and in the Harris Student Support Center.

We’ll be celebrating this next chapter and officially “unveiling” the school’s new name in a reception on the third floor of Schoonover on Wednesday, August 28, from 4-6 p.m. Hope you can be there!

In other updates, I got to travel to Ecuador at the end of June with the delegation led by Provost Djalali to take part in an event to officially kick off the University’s new anti-Chagas initiative. We had several students there, too, running social media and other aspects of the communication surrounding this ambitious fundraising effort. It was a great trip and I came home feeling energized about all the good work being done across the University.
Finally, you can read more in the staffing update section about some newly filled positions across the college, but I want to be sure I express my gratitude to Drew McDaniel, who stepped down as MDIA's director over the summer. He has been a great leader for the school, college, and University and I wish him well as he works to finish several book projects!

Welcome (back) to Athens and I hope you’re as excited by the new school year as I am! 

I’m starting the year with the hope that you’ll want to talk. It could be work-related: what can I do to help you be a more productive researcher, to enable you to succeed in your studies, to facilitate a production you’re working on, to help you find something (or someone) that will make a difference in your work, to help you promote something really cool that you’ve done? I’m also happy to just get acquainted or talk about life in Athens—whether you’ve just arrived here or are a lifetime resident.  

To move the discussion along, I’ll be holding “Casual Friday Office Hours” most weeks this year, located somewhere that is not my office in the back of the Dean’s suite in Schoonover. These are primarily intended for students. While anybody can always stop by my office (or arrange a time) to chat, sometimes it’s good to get out. So, each week that I can, I’ll park myself in a good conversation spot somewhere else on campus or uptown for an hour or two. The first of these will be Friday, August 30, from 2-3 p.m. in the back room at Donkey Coffee on Washington Street. And if that time isn’t convenient for you, don’t worry—I’ll have different times and locations throughout the semester.

  • Upcoming OHIO graduate studies, research and creative activity events and deadlines
  • Calls for submissions and deadlines
The Harris Student Support Center is offering graduation checks to all Scripps students who plan on graduating fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020. The Harris Center will be expanding their operating hours into the evenings to accommodate as many students as they can. 

Week one graduation check schedule:
August 26: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
August 27: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
August 28: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
August 29: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. 
August 30: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
No appointment is necessary, so encourage your students to get grad checked!
We are ecstatic to welcome Maria Leatherwood, Academic Advisor, to the Harris Student Support Center! Maria comes to Ohio University by way of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (academic advisor), Oklahoma State University (graduate student), and Liberty University (undergraduate student). She has a passion for academic advising, student support, and is an avid trivia enthusiast.
Please welcome Maria to the Scripps College of Communication and the Harris Student Support Center.
Welcome back and have a great start to your fall semester 2019!
Ann Frymier – Director, Communication Studies
Brian Plow – Interim Director, Media Arts & Studies
Sarah Jones – Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Prashant Rajan Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
China Billotte Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Kelly Ferguson – Assistant Professor, Journalism
Maria Leatherwood – Academic Advisor, Dean’s Office
Paula Linscott – moved to new role as Senior Partnerships Manager, Dean's Office