Pre-reg starts now! And register to attend the Comm Annual Event!
Pre-reg starts now! And register to attend the Comm Annual Event!
COMM NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

Department Highlights

2021 Comm Annual Lecture featuring Safiya Noble, PhD

Thu Apr 1, 12 Noon

In her recent best-selling book Algorithms of OppressionDr. Safiya Noble challenges the idea that “Big Tech” offers an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Her work argues that the combination of private interests, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of internet companies, leads to a limited understanding of how racism is created, maintained, and disseminated in everyday digital engagements. Register online to attend.

Department Statement in Solidarity with Asian and AAPI Communities

We, the members of the Department of Communication community, express our solidarity with the members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities in our department, at our university, and in the wider world, and we join those speaking out against anti-Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander racism. We are devastated by the abhorrent acts of violence against AAPI women and others in the recent events in Georgia. We are horrified by the increase in assaults, attacks, and harassment against Asian and AAPI people over the past year, which have often targeted the most vulnerable community members including women, the elderly, and youth. We call on Communication scholars to (continue to) tackle the issues that have contributed to the anti-Asian sentiment connected to these murders and other violent events, including conspiracy theories, mis/dis information, and racialization of Covid-19 by the Trump administration and mainstream media. Read the full statement on our website

Faculty Spotlight

Kimberlee Pérez

Kimberlee Pérez is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. This semester, at the undergraduate level, Pérez is teaching Performance and the Politics of Race, Citizenships and Belongings, and Queer Performance and Public. She is also in the process of developing a class regarding communication, creativity, and criticism. Classes center around the questions of how do we talk about race, citizenship, belonging, queerness, and sexuality. 

Comm Student of the Week

Meet Senior Comm Major Samantha Meagher

City/State While Attending School: Weymouth, MA
Outside of School I like to: Read, write, and snuggle my kittens!
When I graduate I hope to: Find a job that impacts others and makes me happy.
Why I'm studying communication: The broad range of opportunities, as well as the real world concepts that it teaches!
To be featured as an upcoming student of the week, please answer the questions in this Google form and upload a photo so other Comm undergrads can get to know you.

Congrats to Senior Lecturer Kevin Anderson

Senior Lecturer Kevin Anderson has won Best Documentary Short at the New Age Cinemas and Scripts Festival. The piece is called Awakening the Internal Sound: The Music and Mission of Rabindra Goswami.

Devon Greyson on Why People of Color are Vaccinated at Lower Rates

There’s been a lot of talk about vaccines and vaccine equity. See why Assistant Professor Devon Greyson says people of color are being vaccinated at a lower rate. Check out the video courtesy of the SBS Communications Team.

Advising Notes

Pre-reg begins now!

Starting this week, the course guides for Fall '21 should be available. The Comm courses & descriptions for Fall '21 are available on our website. Please see more detailed information on advising and course planning on our website. Please also keep an eye on the UMass Covid information page for updates for the fall.

Now is the time to schedule an appointment with your advisor to review your academic progress, consult on your plans and course progression, and see what's next. As always, we recommend dropping in to see a Peer Advisor first - they will be able to answer most, if not all, of your questions.  Your Comm advisor's contact information is listed on your Spire homepage and to make an appointment, you can go to umass.campus.eab.com.  Please note, their calendars will fill up quickly in this busy time of year! 

How is this semester going?
In addition to checking in with your advisor about next semester, now is a great time to pause and think about how this semester is going. If you are struggling in a class and it feels like you cannot be successful, today is the last day to drop a class (with a W on your transcripts). The W is GPA-neutral and may be a solid option to help ease your stress levels this semester.  A special note for our international students: All international students must remain full-time; if you are struggling in a class, please be in touch with your advisor as soon as possible to talk through resources and support. 

If you are struggling in a class, but believe you can pass, you have until the last day of classes to opt into the P/F. This semester, you can choose up to 3 courses P/F and those classes will count towards requirements. 

Peer Advisors

The Peer Advisors are continuing to hold drop in office hours, Monday through Thursday via Zoom.
They are online and ready to support you at the following days/times:
Mondays, 9am-1pm; Tuesdays, 9:30am-1:30pm; Wednesdays, 11am-3pm; Thursdays, 9-11am.They also answer emails during these hours at askcomm@comm.umass.edu.
Please drop in or email during these open hours for any course related questions!

Scholarship Opportunities 

Now is the time to build your scholarship portfolio! There is money available for study abroad, academics and internships, all of which cut across your multiple years as a student. All scholarships are accessed through Academic Works and once you build your profile, it is easy to adapt it for particular opportunities. If you have any questions, you can watch this introductory video and most questions about the profile building are addressed in this Question Prep Sheet. If you have any questions about the scholarship process, please email Director of Student Success Adrian Grace.

Wednesdays, 2 p.m.Exploring National Scholarships Info Session, a taster of their scholarship portfolio, will introduce you to competitive scholarships such as the Truman (public policy); Goldwater (STEM fields); Udall (the environment, or issues related to Native American nations); Fulbright, Gilman, and Boren (international scholarships); and Soros (grad school). Choose a session on March 3, 10, 17, or 31.

Check out their calendar of events for dates, times, and info session registration. Sessions are held via Zoom and led by ONSA advisors. You’re bound to discover a scholarship that aligns with your studies and career goals as you learn about scholarships’ eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and keys to successful application-writing, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Opportunities

Research Assistant Position Opportunity 

Tasks include assisting with:
-Data collection for two projects on technology production and uses
-Qualitative data analysis (textual and content analysis, interview coding, etc)
-Manuscript preparation (editing bibliographies, formatting, etc)
Requirements: 
-Hardworking and attentive to details 
-Able to keep deadlines 
-Prior experience with or at least Interest in basic social science research methods
-Respectable GPA 
Work study preferred but non work study considered (pay slightly above student rate.) To apply: send a brief statement of interest/experience and CV to Prof. Seyram Avle.

Attention 2021 Comm Graduating Seniors!!

The Department of Communication would like to honor its 2021 graduating seniors at the end of the semester. In order to do so, we'll need your photos and just a little info. Please help us by filling out this Google Form. Thank you! 

Reach out for Help

The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) has various offerings from therapy/support groups to free skills workshops. All groups and workshops will be via Zoom and open to all UMass undergraduate and graduate students, unless otherwise specified on the CCPH website. See the CCPH website to register for all clinical programming and this flyer for more information on the services.

Jobs & Internships

Note - You'll need to be logged into Handshake for most of the links below to work.

Internships 

Summer Healthcare Public Relations Intern at Next Step Communications
Social Media Intern at AMC Networks, Inc.
Graphic Design Intern at Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 
Marketing Intern at Watts Water Technologies
Public Relations Intern at Marlo Marketing

Jobs

Public Relations & Communications Associate at Group Gordon (New York, NY)
Social Media & Design Specialist at Kessel Run (Boston, MA)
Media Coordinator at Hebrew SeniorLife (Dedham, MA)
Account Coordinator at MacDougall (Natick, MA)
Marketing & Communications Specialist at Kharon (New York, NY)
Find more jobs and internships

Online Events

“Trans Rights Priorities for the Biden Administration”

Mon Mar 29, 4-5:30pm - Online

A new presidential administration that is supportive of trans rights provides opportunities to make further progress on addressing discrimination and violence against trans people. Join us for a panel discussion of how trans leaders are hoping to make gains during the Biden administration. Click here to learn more or to register.

Sustainable Careers: Wellbeing Workshop for Faculty

Tues Mar 30, 10-12pm - Online

A time for you to learn the evidenced-based key tools and techniques to support your overall wellbeing and resilience in your life, daily work, and career. Focusing on mindfulness, positive emotions and relationships, clarity of meaning and purpose, and a strengths-approach, you will learn and experience proven approaches and leave with your next steps for developing your own practices and approach. This workshop will be offered 3 separate times:  March 1st (1-3pm),  March 30th (10am-12noon), and April 22nd (1-3pm) and be a building block for OFD’s Starting Your Summer: Resilient Faculty, Sustainable Careers for all faculty to be held May 24-27.

Stress GPS (Gaining Practical Skills)

Fri April 2, 3-4:00pm - Virtual

Innovative skills-based free 3 part workshop open to all UMASS students, focused on learning practical tools for coping with stress and anxiety. Increase your sense of emotional wellbeing, practice strategies to calm your mind and body, increase your mindfulness, and learn to better manage emotional distress and feeling overwhelmed. Sessions offered via Zoom: Register on our website by 2:30pm the day of the group

Find other interesting virtual events online at UMass Calendar of Events.

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CAREER CORNER

SBS Career Chat with ESPN Sports Broadcaster alum Mike Corey '99, Communication

Wed March 31, 5-6:15pm
Mike Corey is a Play-by-play Sportscaster for College Football, Basketball and Lacrosse for ESPN. He joined the Network in 2011. He has called games for a variety of different conferences, called multiple NCAA football bowl games, NCAA college basketball’s NIT and the NCAA lacrosse playoffs. He has also called bowl games for ESPN Radio. Join us as Mike discusses his work, his path, and answers your questions.

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