May 2019
We made it to finals week, everyone! 525 undergraduate students applied to graduate from the Scripps College of Communication on Saturday. And, 46 of our Master’s and Ph.D. candidates have applied for Friday’s commencement. We couldn’t be prouder of these outgoing students and we can’t wait to welcome them into their new role as alumni. I’m grateful for all the work you’ve done to get them to this watershed moment in their lives; I hope you’ll join us for breakfast before undergraduate commencement on Saturday morning to celebrate their accomplishments. The annual pre-graduation breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 at Ping.
As our graduates look to their futures beyond Athens, we’ve also given attention to those who might join us in the coming years. In addition to the many calls the school directors, Greg Moeller and I have made to admitted students, we hit the road last month to meet some prospective Scripps students in Cincinnati. Members of the Dean’s Advisory Council and several other representatives of the college visited five Cincinnati high schools at the beginning of April. The trip was a continuation of the great work Bob Stewart has been doing to build relationships with high school journalism programs in the city. Across all of our visits we spoke with over 200 students who ranged from eighth to twelfth grade. I think we all left feeling inspired and grateful for the opportunity to engage personally with these prospective students, and plan to replicate that approach in Cleveland during the October Dean’s Advisory Council meeting.
While in Cincinnati, we hosted a reception for alumni, to which prospective and admitted students were also invited. We had great conversations with those students and their families, but I think it was the current Scripps students who made the trip for the reception who really brought the point home about what a special place this is.
Cincinnati wasn’t my only trip in April. I’ve also been working my way around Ohio to welcome our new class of Communication Fellows  to the Scripps family. They are so excited to meet their mentors and begin work on their projects this summer. They’ll be here June 17-19—if you’re around during that week and see them at work, I hope you’ll welcome them too.
I wish you all a peaceful end to the semester. Inside Scripps will be back to welcome you again in the fall. In the meantime, enjoy your summer months!

The Ohio University Student Expo takes place in April every year, showcasing the research and creative activity of hundreds of talented students. I hope you had a chance to stop by the Convo on April 11 and check out the fantastic work being done by students across the Scripps College. A big “thank you” to all the faculty and staff who served as mentors on the projects and who volunteered to serve as judges!

View a full list of participants and awardees from the Expo as well as the CoLab Pitch Competition . Scripps College graduate and undergraduate students who received blue ribbons:

  • Katelyn Emter, “Plot Twist: Improving Audience Engagement through Co-creational Storytelling Strategy” (Mentor: Eric Williams)—Media Arts & Studies undergraduate session 2
  • Tess Herman, “Challenges for Developing Sustainable Technology: Entrepreneurship in Biogas Energy” (Mentor: Bernhard Debatin)—Journalism session
  • Russell James, Chase Rogerson, and Matthew Kugler, “VR Photography Lighting Studio” (Mentor: John Bowditch)—Media Arts & Studies graduate session 1
  • Abby Jeffers, “Gigs, Guitars and Gender: Podcasts About Gender and Five Local Music Scenes” (Mentor: Kelly Choyke)—WGSS session
  • Angela Mendez, “Church leaders and conflict transformation in Colombia” (Mentor: Nukhet Sandal)—Communication Studies session
  • Cody Pomeroy, Adam Ignasky, Alyssa Stahl, and Jacob Morgan, “Solitary VR” (Mentor: John Bowditch)—Media Arts & Studies undergraduate session 1 
  • Chad Reich, “Creating Accessibility to Public Lands Through VR and E-Learning” (Mentor: Brian Plow)—Media Arts & Studies graduate session 2

  • Upcoming OHIO graduate studies, research & creative activity events and deadlines:
  • Calls for submissions and deadlines
As a very rainy spring semester comes to a close, I want to thank all of the Scripps College of Communication faculty, staff, and students for making this a successful academic year. The Harris Student Support Center served nearly 1,200 students, expanded walk-in hours, attended more recruiting and yield events (on and off campus), and provided more outreach via email. It takes a lot of time, energy, and collaboration to make all of these things possible. Thank you!
Another friendly reminder that spring semester grades are due by noon on Wednesday, May 8. Summer Semester classes begin on Monday, May 13. View the complete summer calendar .
Doug Nohl
College Equipment Room Manager
Student training WOUB
Doug is an alum of the Ohio University School of Telecommunications, November 1986. He began his position at Ohio University in November 1988. His duties for 23+ years included student training and managing the broadcast studio for the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in Scripps Hall. During that time the school moved from a 15-minute newscast to a 30-minute newscast, originally editing video on half-inch VHS to three-quarter-inch Umatic cassettes. Progressed to Digital videotape for a number of years, and ultimately moved to desktop editing using Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro for video editing.

Doug manages the college equipment room (ER) with 10 student staff members and one PACE position. He expanded the hours of the ER from a couple hours in the mornings and afternoons to a 9-5, Monday-Friday schedule. The ER contains equipment from all the schools in the college except VisCom, as they maintain their own ER located on 4 th floor of RTV. He implemented the current equipment-tracking software Cheqroom for use in the ER.