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March 16, 2009

  1. Advanced Advertising Presents
  2. Life.Support.Music: MCM sponsored Film Event
  3. Communications Summer Courses
  4. Reconnect With Simmons Blogs
  5. Save the Date for the show! [commworks]
  6. Submissions for Undergraduate Conference Due April 1!!
  7. Enter the Marin County International Festival of Short Film and Video
  8. Nashua, NH Marketing Internship
  9. Live from New York! SImmons College Radio!
  10. Lambda Pi Eta

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Spring doesn’t just mean new life, budding flowers, that teasing hint of summer warmth that makes us go bare- legged the first day it breaks 50° F. It also means that the semester is winding down, all those huge projects dead- lines are looming on the horizon, and for Seniors, it’s time to start your sprint towards Graduation and the exciting and a little intimidating future called Life After College.

With all of these challenging and important tasks ahead of you, I’ve filled this month’s Communicator with some interesting ideas (pst! Summer Courses are faster!) for those who will be with us next year, and some useful hints for Seniors who want to BUFF UP their appeal in future interviews (The Undergraduate Conference looks great on your resume, and you can invite potential employers to the show! [commworks]).

Advanced Advertising Presents

Simmons Advertising Students Present to Big Sister: Come Join Us on April 30th!


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Simmons College Radio will be broadcasting the event live!

Interested in Advertising?

ICome see the culmination of a years work in Advanced Advertising: Three teams pitching their campaigns to Big Sister Association of Great- er Boston- competing for the prestigious Advertising Award!

Three student teams developed recruitment communication campaigns for Big Sister Association of Greater Boston targeting African American, Asian American, and Latina American audiences in the Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan areas.

This was a two-semester project where teams conducted research, developed strategies and produced radio, TV, and print ads, as well as formulating a medium vehicle and scheduling plan.

Some radio spots will be produced in Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish and will be aired on Simmons College Radio.

The three teams will present their pitches to the client. They will each have 45 minutes for presentations and Q & A.

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The Judges will select the team with the most effective campaign as the recipients of the Communications Department Advertising Copy and Layout Award, which Big Sister will underwrite.

The awards will be presented on May 5th at the Communications Event: the show! [commworks]


The Judges: Communications Professor and Chair Jim Corcoran Big Sister CEO Mia Roberts Communications Professor Phyllis Waldman

If you have any questions about this event, feel free to contact Ed Vieira at 617-521-2833 or

Simmons College Graduate Program in Communications Management (MCM) Presents:


Life.Support.Music, winner of the Audience Choice award at the Independent Boston Film Festival, and Best Social Documentary winner at the International Film Festival in Rome, will be shown at Simmons College on Tuesday, April 7.

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See the film and meet award winning Director, Eric Metzgar. Also meet the Crigler family, including Monica a current Simmons MCM student, members of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center medical team, and Simmons Film Studies faculty.

The panel will respond to questions following the viewing.

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Tuesday, April 7, 6-9 PM Room C103 Main College Building Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston

or contact: Ms. Sara Daly, Simmons College Graduate Program in Communications Management

Communications Summer Courses

Be Smart! Take Advantage of Communications Summer Courses!

There is still space left to register for Communications Summer Courses! Don’t wait until the end of your undergraduate career to squeeze all of your Communications major requirements in! Save yourself some time, earn credits over the 6 week Summer Session I!

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The Communications Department is offering 6 courses this summer. Get your introduction to Public Relations or explore Professor Bob White’s magical world of CommMedia! Take an in- ternship for credit, learn about visual culture, practice writing across mass media, or exam- ine the role of media in society.

Check out our listings on AARC and register today!

The Comm Department is offering: Comm 120: Communications Media Introduction to Communications Arts and Theory and the world of still and moving pictures.

Comm 121: Visual Communications Introduces the concepts of visual culture and visual literacy with an emphasis on looking at looking.

Comm 122: Writing and Editing Across the Media Introduces students to fundemental skills of in- formation gathering, writing, and copy editing for the mass media.

Comm 124: Media, Messages and Society Explores how and why the media reflect, affect create,and mold public opinions, ideas and val- ues

Comm 370: Communications Internship: Complete an internship for credit while learning essential cover letter, resume, interview and office skills.

Also available to take this Summer is English 195, one of the requirements for the new CAMS (Cinema and Media Studies) Minor.

English 195: The Art of Film This course serves as an introduction to film analysis by teaching the basics of mise en scene, cinematography, editing, and sound as well as fundamental principles of film narrative, style, genre and theory. Films are chosen from a number of different historical periods and national contexts, though the course has a particular em- phasis on Hollywood cinema.

For more information on the CAMS Minor:

Reconnect With Simmons Blogs

Reconnect with the Comm Department!!

Comm Department faculty and former students are all over the new
Simmons Reconnect Web site, blogging their brains out about their
lives, their work, their wide-ranging interests and personal passions.

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Once there, you’ll find the inestimable Bob White reflecting one day on Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” another on his rediscovery of the Mushroom Planet, and another on what is was like to teach in a classroom without windows (all richly illustrated, of course).

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Or designer and photographer Judith Aronson narrating the long, winding road she followed to teaching graphic design at Simmons and sharing some of her recent work.

Or journalism prof Dan Connell setting up a portal for students who travel with him to South Africa in May—his third such study abroad trip—to share their observations and experiences as they unfold.

Alongside them are 2007 PR/MARCOM major Olga Karagiannis sharing her latest favorite quotation and how she came to love Simmons— not her first choice for a college— and why she wants the whole world to know about it.

And 1996 MCM alum Lynettte Benton on how art moves us and on some of her current favorite artists, together with vivid exam- ples of their work.

Save the Date for the show! [commworks]

Please join the Communications Department at Simmons College for our annual showcase of student work!
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The showcase will feature the outstanding projects that Simmons students have completed in classes, internships and independent studies during the academic year.

The show! [commworks] will be attended by designers from the Bos- ton area, Communications internship sponsors, The Simmons Community and students with their families and friends.

Projects on display will include a live radio broadcast, animation, movies, web design, digital images, photography, graphic design, writing, advertis- ing, internship projects, public relations and marketing projects and much more! Communications Department Awards and Advertising Awards will be presented at the event.

We hope you can stop by and look at all of the work that Communications students have produced this year!

Call 617.521.2838 or email for more information.

Submissions for Undergraduate Conference Due April 1!!

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Simmons College 5th Annual Undergraduate Conference

Submissions: Wednesday, April 1

Conference: Friday, May 1

3 Easy Steps:

Visit the website • Complete the proposal • Attend the conference

Reasons to Participate:

Network • Enhance your portfolio • Build your résumé

For more information, visit

Enter the Marin County International Festival of Short Film and Video

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Enter the 2009 Marin County International Festival of short film & video 38th Annual showcase of Local, International and Award-winning short films

The 39th Annual Marin County International Festival of Short Film and Video celebrates the culture and art of the moving image through screen- ings at the Marin County Fair over the July 4th weekend.

Each year the Festival offers film-going experiences of merit and diversity that inform, educate, and entertain fair audiences of all ages from Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area. This year’ Marin county Fair is all about “Cool Green Fun”!

Past winners have been Sundance festival favorites, Academy Award nom- inated animations, and digital shorts from first-time producers.

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Call for Entries

Students and independent filmmakers are invited to submit their short film or video-up to 30 minutes in length and completed after January 1, 2007. It’s free to enter!

Send a preview by April 15, 2009, along with publicity material. If your entry is selected, the deadline for submitting your film or video is May 1, 2009.

Films can be entered in Narrative, Documentary, Animated, Environmental, Experimental, and Family categories.

Award-winning films and videos will be shown daily during the Fair in the intimate 300-seat Showcase Theatre.

$1,500 in cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded among the six categories, including a Jurors’ Award and a cash prize for the best environmental film.

For Complete Entry Rules and an Entry Form go to:

Nashua, NH Marketing Internship

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92 Main Street, Suite 101
Nashua, NH 03060
Tel. 603.883.5700 Fax 603.816.0012


Organization: Great American Downtown (GAD) is Nashua’s nonprofit down- town revitalization organization. Established in 2002, GAD’s mission is to provide coordination, collaboration and partnerships that unify the entire Nashua com- munity around a common vision for an attractive downtown that is vibrant, viable and truly reflects the character of our City.”

Marketing Internship

Description: Support the research and implementation of new and existing market- ing strategies for Great American Downtown and downtown Nashua.

Requirements: 10-20 hours per week, for one semester Professional written, verbal, email and telephone skills Ability to work in an organized and efficient manner Strong work ethic with team player attitude, friendly and eager to learn Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs

Projects: Web site research and updates
Downtown Guide research
Assist with the planning of the Taste of Downtown Nashua and other district wide events and promotions
Update and expand press contact lists and other data base responsibilities Other projects and duties, as assigned

Benefits: Experience for your resume including event planning, business research,
Web site maintenance and promotion documentation
Extensive networking opportunities with diverse constituents including business pro- fessionals, city officials, the Chamber of Commerce, IUGO, the Arts Community and downtown merchants
Opportunity to earn excellent references

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to:
Sue Butler, Executive Director Great American Downtown 92 Main Street, Suite 101 Nashua, NH 03060

Live from New York! SImmons College Radio!

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This year’s Spring Break got off to a special start for several of the student managers and air staff from Simmons College Radio. The group attended the 68th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) National Conference in midtown Manhattan, Mar. 6-8. This year, Simmons College Radio (SCR) was proud to serve as the official “Host” of WIBS, the internet radio station that broadcasts live from the conference.

This year’s attendees had over 150 seminars to choose from along with tours of radio studios in New York City and the radio transmission center at the top of the Empire State Building. Catherine Chalpin, Brittany Miltenberger, Beth Cortez-Neavel, Tanja Milojevic, MJ Craig, Deirdre Yee, Hannah Morrow, Kassia Ware and Keti Khukhunash- vili represented Simmons College Radio and helped operate and host WIBS, which gave students from colleges around the country the chance to broadcast live from New York.

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The group joined Communications faculty member Len Mailloux, who is also General Man- ager of Simmons College Radio and Chairman of IBS. The group participated in seminars on a wide range of media subjects and issues and had a chance to meet with some of the top professionals in radio, multi-media, the music industry and more. The sessions included FCC Rules and Regulations, Tips for Better Production, Creativity Workshop, The Future of Music, Royalties and Copyrights, Student Manager’s Forum and many others.

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As an added bonus, Catherine Chalpin, Sim- mons College Radio Operations Director and Britta- ny Miltenberger, SCR’s Production Director attended the IBS Student Radio Network affiliates meeting on March 5 at Long Island University, Brooklyn. While there, they had the chance to tour the studios and were pressed into service, voicing a number of pro- mos that are running on WLIU. Simmons College Radio is proudly mentioned in each of the promos and both Catherine and Brittany are now famous in Flatbush!

On Saturday October 10, 2009, Simmons will again host the IBS East Coast Conference in the Comm. Department. Put it on your calendar. Hope to see you there.

Lambda Pi Eta

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Congratulations Lambda Pi Eta Sudents!!

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Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. LPH was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. LPH became a part of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1988, and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995.

LPH represents what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion, and Ethos (Eta) defined as character credibility and ethics.

Simmons College is home of the Chi Tau chapter of Lambda Pi Eta. This chapter started in 2008. The first group of Lambda Pi Eta Students, the 2008/2009 students are:

  • Christina Lenis
  • Rebecca Brown
  • Jessica Faria
  • Sara Daly
  • Marisa Glick
  • Jannie Touch
  • Diana Van Leeuwen
  • Jillian Cohn
  • Carolyn Pisarri

They were inducted in December 2008 and have elected the following officers:

  • President: Marisa Glick
  • Vice President: Rebecca Brown
  • Secretary: Carolyn Pisarri
  • Treasurer: Sara Daly

We are now beginning the process of Inducting the next group of Lambda Pi Eta Students, the 2009/2010 class. The Communications Students Invited into the Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society are:
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  • Ashley Nicole Haight
  • Jocelyn Rose Hotte
  • Kathleen Marie-Germaine McKendry
  • Amy Dawn Eicher
  • Lauren Elizabeth Ready
  • Chloe Antonia Ryan
  • Elaina Rae Natario
  • Carley Michael Caldas
  • Diana Abdel Aziz Haj-Ahmad
  • Katherine Vivian Poole
  • Shaina Dvora Hirsch
  • Rebecca Angela Packard

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