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September 2016
Lainey Johnson Garcia
Defining Moments
  Dean's Message
Lainey Johnson Garcia
B.S. Public Relations 2008
Lainey Johnson Garcia considered herself an “impressionable” undergrad and one class with Dr. Mary Ann Ferguson left an impression that she would carry throughout her career. Dr. Ferguson encouraged her students to consider the role of business to be a force for good in the world and as communicators, to champion positive brand stories rooted in meaningful corporate social responsibility efforts. Since graduation from UF, Garcia has taken this advice to heart and is a champion for corporate responsibility.
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  CJC Launches New Website  
  CJC has a new look and renewed focus on telling our story.  The re-launched website is the first step in our efforts to increase exposure with current students, prospective students, alumni and thought leaders across industries and academia. We hope you spend some time exploring the site.  If you have any feedback, please let us know.
College Launches New Incubator  
This fall, CJC launched its newest venue for immersion: a content and product incubator called Hatch. Hatch uses the principles of human-centered design to conceptualize and launch projects that we hope will define the future of media and information. Its first-year focus will be building prototypes in three areas: immersive video, storytelling tools and narrative content.  
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Debbie Cenziper
  Great Storytellers Series Featured Debbie Cenziper
  Dean's Message
  Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Debbie Cenziper, B.S. Journalism 1992, speaks about her new book, Love Wins, today as part of CJC’s Great Storytellers Series. Cenziper, along with co-author Jim Obergefell, captured the fascinating story behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage. The presentation is co-sponsored by CJC and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.
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New Faculty Join CJC
This fall the College is home to two new faculty members and one visiting lecturer. Dr. Carla Fisher is an assistant professor in the Advertising Department and an affiliate member of the STEM Translational Communication Center and the UF Health Cancer Center. Dr. Frank Waddell, an assistant professor in the Journalism Department, continues his research on emerging media opportunities. Mickey Nall, APR, PRSA Fellow and CJC Alumnus of Distinction, brings 25 years of professional agency experience to his role as visiting lecturer in the Public Relations Department.
Carla Fisher Frank Waddell MIckey Nall
Dr. Carla Fisher Dr. Frank Waddell Mickey Nall, APR
Eight Master’s Degree Options Available Online
CJC Distance Education has launched a new website. Students can pursue a CJC master’s degree in eight different programs online: Audience Analytics, Global Strategic Communication, Public Interest Communication, Public Relations & Communication Management, Social Media, Communicating Value & Web Conversion, Web Design & Online Communication.

Media Properties Provided In-Depth Hurricane Hermine Coverage
CJC demonstrated its essential connection to the North Central Florida Community during Hurricane Hermine earlier this month. As the hub for the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, our weather team, led by Jeff Huffman, provided updates and warnings throughout the storm. The UF Weather Facebook page reached 33,000 people, and the team replied to more than 1,200 viewer comments. @FloridaStorms on Twitter had more than a half million impressions during the 7-day period. And Florida Storms mobile app downloads nearly doubled during the storm to nearly 33,000 users.

Meanwhile, users sought out WUFT news to stay up-to-date on news about local primary elections and leading up to, during and after the storm. For the week of August 28–September 7, thanks to the tireless efforts of Innovation News Center reporters, wuft.org had more than 81,000 views and nearly 55,000 unique visitors, the highest traffic week of the year. WUFT’s Facebook page reached 13,000 users and its Twitter messages had more than 75,000 impressions.
News Sports and Media Specialization Debuts
CJC has been a leader in providing students with the knowledge and skills to pursue sports media and communication careers. Now, students can formally specialize with a new sports and media track. Housed in the Journalism Department, the track crosses disciplinary boundaries to provide students with a range of courses and professional experiences.  For a look at all of our sports-related opportunities, visit here and watch the video below.
CJC Sees Growth Across College
The new school year is off to a great start. The college's total enrollment is up nearly 8 percent, compared to UF’s overall growth of less than five percent.  CJC had the fourth largest increase of any UF college. Enrollment in the Advertising and Telecommunication Media and Society programs saw an increase of more than 11 percent; Telecommunication Production had a 7 percent increase followed by Public Relations with a rise of just over 3 percent.

The Graduate Division meanwhile, welcomed 18 new students to the doctoral program; 25 students enrolled in the inaugural Pro Masters track; and 20 international graduate students completed the new “Communicating for Success” course designed for non-native English speakers. In addition, the division will have increased funding for international travel and College faculty have submitted 36 applications for federal, state and large foundation research dollars.

CJC Student Featured on “Most Inspiring College Women” List
Elle BeecherUF journalism student Elle Beecher, 4JM, was selected from more than 1,000 nominations for Her Campus’s22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women” list. She was recognized for her popular photo-story project “Humans of UF” and for her work on a successful UF Student Government minority party. Her Campus boasts more than 20 million users and is a leading global community for college women.
Homecoming Tailgate Party Set for Oct. 15
Join alumni and friends for a Homecoming tailgate party on the front lawn of Weimer Hall on Oct. 15. The fun begins two hours before kickoff of the Florida vs. Missouri game. Enjoy delicious southern BBQ served up by the CJC student organizations. The gathering is free, but tickets for the BBQ are available for purchase here and all proceeds benefit CJC student organizations. Those purchasing tickest will also receive a stadium approved clear tote bag with the CJC logo. Thanks to the Leonard Family for their continued sponsorship of this event. Football tickets are available for purchase at floridagators.com.
CJC Student Wins National Innovative Technology Award
Andrew BrizAndrew Briz, 3TEL, was selected for one of only three 2016 Excellence in Innovative Technology (EIT) Awards from the National Association of Broadcasting Education Foundation (NABEF).

The EIT award recognizes extraordinary students impacting and promoting technology in the media industry. Entrants submit a design that relates to television, radio, digital, mobile technologies, social media, streaming, information management, web or other telecommunication-based applications and must be able to present a working prototype that has been deployed and/or tested.
Briz’s entry features a hypervideo web application that displays traditional video frames and allows for the easy addition of common journalism web graphics. Hypervideo technologies have existed for years (i.e. YouTube), however this app is unique due to its simplification and compatibility. Journalists with little to no coding experience can boost the quality of their video presentations. Briz will present the app and accept the award at the annual NABEF Conference in New York City in November.
Melissa Lyttle Becomes NPPA President
Melissa LyttleMelissa Lyttle, B.S. Journalism 1999, was selected as the president of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Lyttle, an independent visual journalist in St. Petersburg, Fla., was so captivated by photography after taking a black and white darkroom photo class that she transferred to UF to study journalism.
Roll Call
Courtney Baker, B.S. Advertising 2000
is Anheuser-Busch’s Senior Brand Manager for the southeast region.
Cliff Courtney, B.S. Advertising 1980
is the Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at Zimmerman Advertising.
Jeff Darlington, B.S. Telecommunication 2004
has joined ESPN as a reporter for Sports Center and multiple ESPN platforms.
Kathryn (Stolarz) Deen, B.S. Journalism 2011
was promoted to Managing Editor of The Villages Magazine and The Villages Grandparents Magazine at The Villages Media Group.
Yudi Fernandez, B.S. Journalism 2008
was promoted to Vice President at Schwartz Media Strategies. Fernandez leads bilingual public relations, marketing and digital campaigns for the firm’s real estate, hospitality and financial clients.
Robert Imfeld, B.S. Journalism 2011
has written his first children’s book entitled A Guide to the Other Side. In his paranormal debut, Imfeld tells the story of a boy, Baylor Bosco, and his ghostly twin sister who work together to pass messages from the beyond. The book will be released on Oct. 4.
Ramon Looby, MAMC 2008
was named Senior Vice President, Public Policy at Bank of America.
Dr. Merrie Meyers, B.S. Public Relations 1978, MAJC 1979
is the grants development manager for the Office of Grants Development of Broward College. She also teaches as an adjunct at several South Florida institutions.  
Tony Wickman, B.S. Public Relations 1996
is now the deputy commandant of the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, Md. In this role, he assists the commandant in leading a team of 400 military, civilian and contractor professionals in training nearly 3,000 students a year in various public affairs and visual information disciplines from across the Department of Defense, as well as interagency and international partners.
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