October 29th, 2017

Countdown to my Sabbatical

February 21st, 2018

MEA @ ECA program highlights!

As those on the MEA listserv know, it’s a barebones platform, devoid of the subtle communications we get from typography 🙂 So, I am posting this more formatted version here:

We have FIVE panels running (more than budgeted thanks to some co-sponsoring and great organizing by Leeanne Bell):

Conference Center C, 2-3:15 p.m. Thursday

Sponsor: Media Ecology Association

Chair: Susan Jasko, California University of Pennsylvania
Respondent: Cheryl Casey, Champlain College
“Re-Visiting Pruitt-Igoe: Media Ecology and Public Housing” – Sarah Jayne Constant, University of Pittsburgh
“Examining the Religion of Technology: Mythos and Progress” – Jeffrey Bogaczyk, Duquesne University

Lawrence Welk, 3-4:15 p.m. FridaySponsor: Media Ecology Association & Applied Communication
Chair: Thomas R. Flynn, Slippery Rock University
Respondent: Gary Gumpert, Urban Communication Foundation Susan Drucker, Hofstra University
Thomas R. Flynn, Slippery Rock University
Lewis Freeman, Fordham University
Erik Garrett, Duquesne University
Dale Herbeck, Northeastern University
Michael Plugh, Manhattan College
Terry Rogers, Manager of business communication & social media, Pittsburgh Pirates
Douglas Strahler, Slippery Rock University
Jean Ann Streiff, Oakland Catholic High School
Special feature: This panel precedes a trip to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. (The Pirates play at home Friday 4/27 vs. Cardinals @7:05 p.m.; and Saturday 4/28 vs. Cardinals @7:05 p.m.) 

Conference Center B, 9-10:15 a.m. SaturdaySponsor: Media Ecology Association
Chair: Thom Gencarelli, Manhattan College
Respondent: Lance Strate, Fordham University


Jeffrey Bogaczyk, Duquesne University
Cheryl Casey, Champlain College
Susan Jasko, California University of Pennsylvania Brenton Malin, University of Pittsburgh

(DT) Allegheny, 10:30-11:45 a.m. SaturdaySponsor: Media Ecology Association
Chair and respondent: Erik Garrett, Duquesne University
“The History and Ethics of Media Ecology and Rhetoric of Technology” – Matthew P. Mancino, Duquesne University
“Don’t @ Me: Communication Ethics in the Twitterverse” – Kati Sudnick, Duquesne University
“Neil Postman as Media Ecology’s Bridge to Communication Ethics” – Ryan McCullough, West Liberty University
“The Materiality and Performativity of Communication Ethics: Reclaiming the Life-Binding Media of Institutions” – Austin Hestdalen, Duquesne University
“The Rhetoric of Modernism: Re-examining 20th Century Public Housing” – Sarah Jayne Constant, University of Pittsburgh

Conference Center C, 8-9:15 amSponsor: Media Ecology Association & Media Communication
Chair: Noura Ahmad Hajjaj, SUNY New Paltz
Respondent: Jessica Harvey, Saint Vincent College
“Advertising in the Mobile Village: Constructing an Anti-Environment” – Nicholas Artman, Slippery Rock University
“Television in the Mobile Village” – Zack Stiegler, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
“News in the Mobile Village: Choosing Process over Finished Product” – Brandon Szuminsky, Baldwin Wallace University
“Radio in the Mobile Village: A Shift from Traditional Airwaves” – Matthew Albright, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Our Business meeting is in Conference Center C 8-8:45 a.m. Saturday

February 21st, 2018

Shortcut to ICTM Presentation

May 9th, 2017

Learning Outcomes

March 24th, 2017

What to do with all your sh*t (stuff)

So… I take a quick trip to Ireland to take care of some family stuff and I come back to a basement with an inch of standing water. The sump pump float got stuck and the “snow” storm that actually turned into driving rain flowed into anything and everything that was on the basement floor — french drains notwithstanding.

ServPro came by with lots of powerful fans and dehumidifiers and, after a few days, I had a dry basement again. I also had a lot of soggy cardboard boxes and other stuff that had managed to migrate to the floor whenever anyone moved the boxes on the shelves around looking for something. This is a situation that nobody “sees”… its just something that slowly accumulates as years go by. A long list of “I’ll call and get that recycled (old fridge)”… “I’ll shred all that old box of papers and put it out with the paper recycling”… “I’ll bring those chairs to the consignment shop”… you know the pattern.

So, this post is for ME—to keep all those phone numbers in a handy place—and for my friends who might find themselves moving or dealing with the same catastrophe. Things or people to know:

ServPro Washington County — very responsive. They put a project manager on it, help with insurance (I recommend you get it for pump failures and other non-flood plain water disasters), and provided me with a collapsible dumpster to throw things away. They would do that for me too but at extra cost and they suggested it was something I could do to save money. Which brings me to…

The Bull Bag — A wonderful invention! It’s a reinforced eco-friendly reusable container that folds up and can be stored until you do another big clean up job. You can buy one for about $40.00. Disposal fees from $170-$300.

Berger Recycling — Pawtucket, RI. One of the big issues I have is about 40 years worth of paper… in boxes (tax stuff), filing cabinets, etc. To go through and determine what should be shredded and what could just be dumped could take weeks, if not months. Berger Recycling will take the paper you need shredded for $7 a box (banker’s box or 13 gallon kitchen bags) and shred it for you. They are in Pawtucket and are open Mon-Fri 8-5 and Saturdays 8-12. They could also pick it up but it will cost $100/hr for the truck (return trip time). Best to bring it to them.

Have a bunch of paperback books you thought you might pass on to someone but now they smell kind of musty and the cheap glue means pages are falling out? Berger will take them and recycle them FOR NOTHING!! Just bring those paperbacks (no hardbacks) and drop them off.

National Grid Fridge Recycle Program — One of the things that didn’t necessarily get damaged, but is annoying all the same, is the old fridge that was in the kitchen when we moved here … in 2004. At some point it got moved to the basement but there was a really low ceiling so getting it back out the bulkhead was problematic. With the help of my daughter’s partner, we got it moved to where (if we remove the freezer door) we can get it out. It still works if we plug it in… and that’s important because, if it works, National Grid will arrange to have it collected at no cost and will even pay you $50!

Green Tech Assets — Cumberland, RI. We have some other electronics that could be recycled — old printers and stuff… VCRs, speakers that don’t work, boxes of video cassettes. They take all of that. Old computers or drives? They destroy them so your data is secure. If you drop it off, there’s no cost! Open Mon-Thu 8-4:30 and Friday 8-4. (Pam)

So… all this research has been a pretty handy way to avoid actually going down to the basement and getting started 🙂 But I do feel better about not having a lot of this end up in a landfill.

February 20th, 2017

It is wonderful when a student gets published!

Hi Roxanne!

Hope you are doing well! Since you are the reason I wrote this poem I thought you would be delighted to know it was published by Eber &Wein Publishing. I originally submitted it into a contest and later received a letter the poem would be printed in a book. It had to be changed to meet the specifications of the contest however the meaning is still there. Thank you so much for introducing me to the brilliant mind of Marshall McLuhan. Here is a picture of my name printed in a book!

— Hannah


February 13th, 2017

Communication & Media Studies at RWU

February 4th, 2017

Because it’s important…



February 3rd, 2017

Getting to the powerful WordPress admin dashboard

As WordPress makes it easier and easier for people to put up a fast post, it takes more and more of the important tools you need for more complex posts—especially those you need to do for my classes. So here’s a step-by-step way to get to the more powerful WP Admin dashboard for writing your assignment posts.

When you log into https://wordpress.com/ you come first to a READER page that lists recent posts from your sites and those you follow. If you choose to FOLLOW the course companion sites, you will find posts from those sites showing up here. On my Reader, it looks like this… pay attention to the left side where you can navigate to your sites.

If you click on MY SITES you get another screen that shows the stats for one of your sites… If you have more than one WordPress site (I have several) you can get to the one you want by choosing “SWITCH SITE“:

If you don’t have more than one site, then the one you are using for my class should be what you see. Down at the bottom of the left side menu you should see WP Admin. Click on that!

October 29th, 2016

The L.A.S.T. Paper Model

For several years now I have been developing and using a term long paper writing model to help my students become better researchers and writers—and it is paying dividends.

  • It breaks up the tasks students need to complete into Six Steps so that I can use Specifications Grading.
  • My colleagues report that our students’ writing has improved in the higher level courses.
  • Most of all, it yields papers that are more interesting to read at the end of the semester.

Recently, while I was explaining the process to a colleague, I realized that every step of this paper process corresponds to the flow of Benjamin Bloom’s Hierarchy of Learning Model (Bloom’s Taxonomy).  So I created a visual…