COMM Students Snapping ACM Awards on @Guidelive

Four senior Communication Studies students will be Snapchatting at the American Country Music Awards this weekend in Arlington.

GuideLive Snapchat FollowFabiola Castillo, Ellen Handa, Caroline Robinson, and Paige Stenberg, nicknamed the “Street Team,” will be snapping on behalf of The Dallas Morning News and GuideLive as part of their assignments in the COMM Digital Engagement class. You can see their coverage by following @GuideLive on Snapchat or point your phone at the “ghost” graphic here and you will be connected.

The quartet will cover the Friday and Saturday “Party for a Cause” music festival at Globe Life Park, and Sunday at the ACM Awards at AT&T Stadium they will work the red carpet and then move backstage into the press room to snap interviews with the ACM winners.

The SMU Daily Campus published a brief on Wednesday, April 15.

You can read all about the ACM Awards in a special section of GuideLive.


Congratulations to the 2015 Communication Studies Award Winners

Congratulations to those students honored, and receiving awards or scholarships at the 2015 SMU Communication Studies Awards and Celebration, April 9, 2015 at the Meadows Museum.

Commencement Honors

Commencement Marshal
Vashtai Kekich

Commencement Reader
Jonathan Jessen

Outstanding Students

Outstanding Academic Achievement in Communication Studies
Haley Flander

Outstanding Communication Studies Student in Corporate Communication
Marc Bullard

Outstanding Communication Studies Student in Nonprofit Management
Taylor Logan

Outstanding Communication Studies Student in Public Affairs
Mary Anna Billingsley

Outstanding Communication Studies Student in Public Relations
Emily Walsh

Scholar Awards

Communication Studies Advisory Board Scholar Awards
Stan Levenson Honorary Scholar Award

Gabrielle Bear
Alexandra Douglass
Ariana Hudson
Briana Monsalve
Meredith Murphy
Lindsay Ricker
Monica Rodriguez

Douglas Bauer Incentive Scholar Award
Gabrielle Bear
Alexandra Douglass
Haley Levitt
Briana Monsalve
Meredith Murphy
Lindsay Ricker
Monica Rodriguez

Farrell Family Study Abroad Award
Gabrielle Bear
Ariana Hudson
Brian Monsalve
Meredith Murphy
Monica Rodriguez
Austin Whittle

Outstanding Seniors

Kappa Tau Alpha Initiates
Marc Bullard
Haley Flander
Chelsea Grogan
Devin Kerns
Kelsey Ray
Emily Walsh

Debate and Speech
Rahfin Faruk

Honors Program
Katherine Davis

Mock Trial
Colton Donica

Mustang Consulting
Katherine Davis
Irisa Ona

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Emily Walsh

Photos of the event are available to view at

SMU debater named top speaker at novice debate tournament in Oklahoma

SMU debater is top speaker at debate tournament

Aabid Shivji was selected top speaker in the novice division at the University of Central Oklahoma debate tournament in Edmond, Oklahoma (October 31 – November 2).  Aabid and his partner Thomas Atkins finished as the number three team overall at the tournament.  They defeated teams from the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Texas at San Antonio.  This was the first college debate tournament for both Aabid and Thomas.  It was an unusually strong performance for a team starting so late in the debate season.

The SMU students debated the topic:  Resolved: The United States should legalize all or nearly all of one or more of the following in the United States: marijuana, online gambling, physician-assisted suicide, prostitution, the sale of human organs.  Each debate is composed of approximately two hours of debating with each student giving fifteen minutes of speeches and six minutes of cross examination periods.  SMU debaters completed more than 10 hours of debating this weekend for the competition.  The debaters are coached by director and associate professor Ben Voth in the Communication Studies division of Meadows.

SMU debaters will debate the Rwandan national debate team on December 3 at 7pm in 241 Umphrey Lee on campus.

Prof. Lee Speaks at SMU Tech Day Wednesday

SL_SpeakingSMSteve Lee from the Communication Studies faculty will discuss ways to drive greater involvement using social media at the SMU Tech Day on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

Lee will participate on the “Social Media for the Workplace” panel at 2pm in the Hughes Trigg Forum. He will be joined by Sarah Sage from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and Kathleen Tibbetts from the Office of Public Affairs.

Lee teaches social media courses offered for undergraduate students at SMU and communication professionals at SMU’s Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) group. He is also Chief Pathfinder for QSI Group, a digital communication and marketing firm he founded in 1998.

No registration or admission is required for Tech Day.

Click here for more information about Tech Day.



COMM Event: Take Flight with Public Relations, Wed. Oct. 1

Please join the Council of Public Relations Firms and Southern Methodist University for a special networking event on the evening of Wednesday October 1st.  

At this event – called “Take Flight with PR”  – students will have the opportunity to engage with leading PR firm leaders and hear from them about where the public relations business is heading and what skills will be most critical in the years ahead.  Following the main program, there will be networking with the speakers as well as several PR firm recruiters.

We expect to have students from several universities in attendance, along with a highly influential group of leaders. It promises to be a rewarding experience for both students and professionals alike.

Please reply with your indication of attendance by Friday, September 26 to Rebecca Hewitt at as seating is limited.

When: October 1st 2014

Location:   O’Donnell Auditorium in the Owen Arts Center on SMU’s campus (

6:00 p.m.                    Doors open

6:15 p.m.                    Welcome from Interim Dean Sam Holland, Southern Methodist University

6:20 p.m.                    Opening remarks: Matt Shaw, Council of PR Firms

6:30 p.m.                    Keynote: Fred Cook, CEO, Golin

7:00 p.m.   Panel discussion, featuring:

  • Teresa Henderson, SVP, General Manager, Pierpont Communications
  • James Peters, Partner, Director, Ketchum
  • Kari Streiber, Vice President Current Lifestyle
  • Marvin Singleton, SVP, General Manager, Hill + Knowlton Strategies
  • Moderated by: Sandra Duhe, Associate Professor, Director of Public Relations, and Chair of the Division of Communication Studies

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.     Networking reception in Taubman Atrium

The Council of Public Relations Firms, the U.S. trade association, is comprised of America’s leading public relations firms. Its membership represents the premier global, mid-size, regional and specialty firms across every discipline and practice area. The Council’s mission is to advocate for and advance the business of public relations firms by building the market and the value of firms as strategic business partners.

MasonBaronet Looking for Experienced Account Manager


strong strategy, smart design:

we tie it all together

MasonBaronet is a marketing and design firm specializing in branding. Combining strategy and style, we help businesses break through and differentiate from the competition. Our services include research and planning, integrated marketing communications, advertising, interactive, social media and public relations.

We work together with our clients to solve business problems, outsmart the competition and create “wow” that wins hearts and minds. We offer insight that moves product — and ideas that stir emotions. We help brands distill their message and engage their audience. It’s more than style or sizzle. It’s good thinking. And it works.

The ideal candidate has a minimum of 2-4 years previous agency experience with an in-depth knowledge and interest in marketing, business development and/or project management, excellent communication skills both written and speaking, attention to detail, and the ability to interface with clients and manage client relationships.

The Account Manager is responsible for the daily interaction between our agency and the client on multiple accounts. The AM must be knowledgeable and comfortable within the agency dynamic and confident interfacing and leading the internal team to move things through the agency on behalf of our clients.

The ideal candidate must have experience in:
• Maintaining direct, day-to-day client contact.
• Initiating and coordinating projects, estimates and schedules, and presenting them to the client
• Quickly and accurately relaying updates and communications from the client to the agency.
• Effectively presenting and selling work/proposals to clients.
• Analyzing client input, together with background knowledge, research, etc., to produce thorough
Creative Briefs and sound marketing recommendations to the client and creative department.
• Interpreting our clients’ needs to the rest of the agency.

If you’re interested in working for one of Dallas’s more well-established firms, creating “wow” and having fun, email your resume, salary requirements and a cover letter to
Check out our culture at

Bush Center Internship

George W. Bush Presidential Center logo

Fall 2014 Internship Program


The George W. Bush Presidential Center is seeking professional, dependable, enthusiastic students for unpaid internships for the 2014 fall semester.  The George W. Bush Presidential Center (the Bush Center) is a dynamic hub of ideas, innovation, and action that includes: a library to preserve and present the history of the Bush presidency; a unique physical and virtual presence to convene and connect neighbors and visitors from across the country and around the world; and an action oriented institute to develop practical and measurable solutions to challenging public problems.

To Apply

1. Apply online by going to and clicking on the “Employment” link at the bottom of the homepage, which redirects you to an employment site where you can complete the application online.

The firm deadline is before 5:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, August 29, 2014.

2. Please also submit one letter of recommendation from either a school faculty or staff member OR a former employer. This letter must be sent by the author no later than 5:00 p.m. Central on Friday, August 29, 2014 to with the applicant’s name as the subject line.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please direct questions to

For more information, visit:
2014 GWB Fall Internship Program


Professor Flournoy’s letter to her students – past and present

A letter to my students, past and present

Professor Flournoy couldn’t have left a better note…

We love your style, Professor Flournoy – you will be dearly missed and fondly remembered…

Click on ‘A letter to my students, past and present’




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•   its and it’s

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