Department of Communication
Noteworthy News and Events
Interesting updates from the Department of Communication:
Colleen Anderson and Jared Hightower, shown in a photo above, were among those who attended the Society of Professional Journalists Convention and Award Ceremony in Athens, Ohio. Both the Independent Collegian and the Department Of Communication’s UT:10 news were honored. The Independent Collegian was named the best all-around non-daily newspaper in Region 4. Blake Bacho received first place honors in sports writing, and the staff was a finalist in editorial writing. UT:10 was named a finalist for best all-around television newscast. UT student journalists competed against peers from Ohio State, Bowling Green, Michigan Central, Marshall, and other universities in Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.
Zeta Phi Eta, whose members are shown in an above photo, was recently nominated for the Parks Thompson Best New Student Organization Award at the University of Toledo. The UT chapter of the national professional fraternity for communication, the art, and sciences, currently has 37 active members. The award recipient will be announced in April.
Dr. Jacqueline Layng, Department of Communication, received a Shining Star Awards from Interim Provost, John Barrett this semester. Professor Layng received the November award for her outstanding teaching. Nominated by students, Professor Layng was touched by their recognition of her teaching. You can view her interview and insights on what it means to receive this honor on the UT Provost's Corner YouTube link.
Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski was honored by CoCA this year during UT's Homecoming Weekend. Waniewski, an alumnus of the Department of Communication, received the College's Outstanding Alumnus Award in recognition of his contributions to broadcasting and government. He spoke with students about his experiences on October 23 in the Student Union.
Communication major, Amanda Pitrof won a Pinnacle Award from the College Media Association for her student profile, Body in Transition: The journey of a transgender student, which was published in the March 26th edition of the Independent Collegian. Amanda is an editor for the Collegian.
Experiential Learning Partner
Seelio Online Portfolio
Students in the Department of Communication are participating in a pilot launch at UT of Seelio, an online portfolio platform. The University of Toledo has partnered with Seelio, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based startup to give UT students a way to create online portfolios to showcase their skills and experiences. The Seelio platform allows students to create a media-rich online portfolio in their journey to employment. Different than social media or resume building sites, Seelio lets "students create a professional persona through meaningful descriptions and rich, visual attachments. Take control of your professional online presence and stand out in a way that you can't on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest." Check out some of the great portfolios our students have created.
Department Chair Jeffrey Wilkinson
Secretary Michelle Horn
Communication Advisor Lisa Bollman
Involvement in our student media organizations gives students valuable practical experiences in the world of broadcast and print communication.
A few of the careers available to Communication graduates (and enjoyed by our alumni):
Public Relations Specialist
Community Relations Manager
Social Media Specialist
Corporate and Healthcare Communications
Digital Content Developer