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March 11th, 2019

Media Ecology sessions ECA

Only one of these is sponsored by MEA but there’s stuff at the intersections out there and it would great if we all supported that.

ECA Media Ecology sessions

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

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 4th, 2017

Because it’s important…



August 25th, 2016

Best advice ever!

Many thanks to Rhett Allain and his post in Wired today…

College Won’t Train You for a Job and that’s just fine 🙂 Before you jump all over me for that, read his post. I love his “Build a time machine” comment!!

October 19th, 2015

My adventures with Specifications Grading

The Presentation for RWU Innovations in Teaching Series

March 9th, 2015

Advising for the Spring Semester

Advising starts on Monday, MARCH 16, 2015. Advising appointments are available to the following:

  • my Advisees or “shadow” advisees (double majors)
  • Advisees whose Communication/Graphic Design Advisor is on sabbatical, or
  • because I have advised you informally in recent months.

There is a full week of advising before anyone can register, and a further two weeks when Sophomores and Freshmen can be advised prior to registration.

So I’m asking that if you want an advising appointment, please sign up in the following order:

  • Week 1 (MAR 16-20): Juniors and Seniors only
  • Week 2 (MAR 23-27): Sophomores and Juniors
  • Week 2 (MAR 30-APR 3): Freshman, Sophomores and anyone else.

Setting up an advising appointment is fairly easy… but getting the slot YOU want means doing it NOW!

  1. Please go to my online SIGN UP: If you have trouble accessing it, email me.
  2. Find an open slot that works for you.

That’s it!

If none of the available times works for you because of classes or work, let me know and we will set something up outside these times. I’ll be filling up the chocolate jar 🙂 Those of you studying abroad this semester should already have the advising spreadsheet to work from but, certainly, email me if you have questions.

If you are a graduating Senior, please make sure that you have filed your Graduation Petition. I can help you with that.


Office: GHH 323 (Global Heritage Hall, 3rd floor).

March 24th, 2014

For Global Comm Concentrators and Minors

To help with what seems to be growing confusion, here is what is going to be available in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015


COMM 390 Qualitative Research Methods in Communication is Recommended for Majors only

COMM 100 Introduction to Communication Studies – multiple sections offered every semester

…and any FOUR of the following (at least one must be at the 200-level and two at the 300/400-level) for Core Concentration

…and any FIVE of the following (at least one must be at the 200-level and two at the 300/400-level) for the Minor

100 level 200 level (1 req’d) 300-400 level (2 req’d)
*COMM 165 Introduction to Visual Communication *COMM 250 Intercultural Communication COMM 330 International Communication 2015-2016
*COMM 265 Visual Rhetoric, Visual Culture COMM 365 Digital Media in a Global Context SP2015
COMM 375 Global Audiences, Global Consumers 2015-2016
COMM 380 Visual Media in a Cultural Context SP2017
COMM 385 Gender and Globalization currently COMM 432 in SP15
COMM 432 Special Topics in Global Communication
COMM 465 McLuhan’s Global Village SP2016
* OFFERED EVERY SEMESTER * OFFERED EVERY SEMESTER WTNG 300 Rhetoric and Cultural Differences  FA2015


COMM 165 Introduction to Visual Communication

COMM 250 Intercultural Communication

COMM 265 Visual Rhetoric, Visual Culture

COMM 365 Digital Media in a Global Context – CLOSED

COMM 432 Gender and Globalization (not yet in catalog) – CLOSED

COMM 432 SpTp: Emancipation through Documentary (cross listed with FILM 430) – CLOSED


COMM 330 International Communication (2015-2016)

COMM 375 Global Audiences, Global Consumers (2015-2016)

COMM 380  Visual Media in a Cultural Context (SP2017, was last offered SP14)

COMM 432 Special Topics in Global Communication

COMM 462 Washington DC Global Communication Seminar for people doing the semester long internship

COMM 465 McLuhan’s Global Village (SP2016)

WTNG 300 Rhetoric and Cultural Differences (FA2015)

September 8th, 2011

In recovery!

Please be patient while I reassemble my website after being hacked by some sleaze bags in some other part of the world. The number of hours it takes to recover from that is staggering. But I will not give up. Moving to the WordPress platform from plain old HTML is the first step.

Links to follow.