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July/August 2016
The Dean
Dean's Message
  Dean's Message
The 2016-17 academic year kicks off in a few weeks and several new initiatives are already at the starting blocks. We will see the launch of the Media and Emerging Technology Lab and content incubator Hatch, the debut of our new sports communication track in Journalism, the first students in our new Professional Master’s program, the start of our Online Master’s in Audience Analytics, a new look to our Web site and the inaugural year of the new STEM Translational Communication Center, an outgrowth of the Preeminence program for translational research launched less than two years ago.

We also will begin to formulate strategies that emerged from our CJC 2020 goal-setting process last winter and spring.  One of the most important goals is strengthening the diversity and inclusiveness of our college.  On August 16, College faculty and staff will meet off-site to begin brainstorming strategies to foster a more inclusive environment at CJC.  I look forward to sharing the recommendations for all five of our strategic goals later this year.

Thanks, as always, for your support and encouragement.
Scott Tatter
Defining Moments
  Dean's Message
Scott Tatter, B.S. Telecommunication 1984
Sound Engineer
Scott Tatter had his defining moment one night at a music nightclub. Tatter graduated from the CJC with a degree in hand and had no clue what his future held. He was supposed to be a football phenomenon, but that never happened after he blew out his knee. He found himself in Mill Valley, Calif., working at a music nightclub. One night the sound engineer didn't show up for his gig. Tatter plugged in a few cords in and the rest, as they say, is history. 
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  Great Storytellers Series Features Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Debbie Cenziper  
  Author and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Debbie Cenziper, B.S. Journalism 1992, will discuss her new book Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality, on Sept. 8 as part of CJC’s Great Storytellers Series. The book tells the story of the lovers, lawyers, judges and activists behind the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that led to one of the most important, national civil rights victories in decades—the legalization of same-sex marriage.   
Alumnus Douglas Boneparth Recognized in InvestmentNews’ 40 Under 40  
Douglas Boneparth, B.S. Public Relations 2007, a financial planner focused on millennials, was selected as one of InvestmentNews’ 40 Under 40 honoring young talent doing remarkable things in the financial advice industry. Approximately 1,200 nominations of advisors and associated professionals were evaluated on accomplishments to date, contributions to the industry, leadership and promise.
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Douglas Boneparth
CJC Alumnus Jimmy Smathers Pens New Romantic Suspense Novel
Transformations, by James (Jimmy) Foley Smathers, B.S. Journalism 1963, was published in April. The romantic suspense novel features the story of two people who flock to a tropical island to escape their own personal crises. Despite precautions to protect their privacy they are drawn together in a relationship that offers trust, affection and a possible solution to their problems.

Smathers is a former United States Marine Corps Officer and Vietnam combat veteran. He and his wife reside in Central Florida where he breeds, trains and raises Golden Retrievers.

CJC Insights

Public Interest Communications Endowed Chair Ann Christiano and UF Adjunct Associate in Sociology Lauren Griffin recently co-authored an article about how disaster movies can raise environmental concerns but also seed misinformation. “Why ‘Sharknado 4’ matters: Do climate disaster movies hurt the climate cause?” was published in The Conversation on July 29.

Public Interest Communications Endowed Chair Ann Christiano and CJC Communication Manager Annie Neimand recently co-authored an article about the debate over gun regulations. “Most Americans believe we should have gun regulation. Here is why those who don’t are winning the debate,” was published in The Conversation on July 4. The story was the fourth most-read story of all UF stories published in The Conversation.

Telecommunication Professor Amy Jo Coffey shares the essential skills needed for consumer and audience analysts in “What We Need: Analysts Who Can Tell Stories and Solve Problems” published in LinkedIn Pulse on June 27. Professor Coffey is also the director of the new Online Master’s in Audience Analytics, launching this fall. 

Emily Dufton talks with CJC students.

Emily Dufton, Ph.D., American Council of Learned Societies Fellow at the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), spoke with CJC students about building digital communities and the growing field of engagement analysis. Dufton discussed her work to increase online engagement for CPI. The conversation is captured in Build Your Digital Community through Engagement Analysis published June 3 in CJC Insights on Medium

Clay Calvert, Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project director, addresses important First Amendment issues around third-party financed litigation targeting U.S. news media outlets in Does Billionaire-Funded Lawsuit Against Gawker Create Playbook for Punishing Press? The piece was published in The Conversation on May 29.
Roll Call
Tracy Belcher, B.S. Public Relations 2003
is Director of Marketing and Communications for the Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Christi Bowen, B.S. Telecommunication 1992
is a voice actor for commercials, corporate narrations, e-learning and business training, phone/on-hold messaging and internet videos.
David Bruce, B.S. Advertising 1985
is Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations for Ryder.
Kristin L. Celano, B.S. Public Relations 2004
is Founder and CEO of JaneHudson, a retail lifestyle brand of luxury basics and womenswear clothing for game day and every day.
Rhonda Victor Sibilia, B.S. Broadcasting 1977
is Communications Director for the Miami-Dade County Commission on Ethics & Public Trust.
Shane Santiago, B.S. Advertising 1999
is Vice President, Digital Director at St. John & Partners in Jacksonville.
Jim Harrison Named Creative Director of The Agency
Jim HarrisonThe Agency, CJC’s strategic communication firm, has named Jim Harrison as its first creative director. Harrison comes to The Agency from UF University Relations where he has served as Director of Creative Services since 2010. While there he was instrumental in guiding strategic creative efforts for the UF brand, as well as across campus for other units. Read More


Summer Institute Recap
Video productionTed Spiker lectures

CJC’s 2016 Summer Institute hosted 145 high school students from all over the U.S. The camp, from June 19-24, offered an introduction into the world of journalism and communications in classes taught by College faculty, industry-leading professionals and UF students. Immersion classes focused on mobile reporting, sports communication, radio podcasts, yearbook, photojournalism and filmmaking.
In Memoriam
Valerie Nagler Bender, B.S. Journalism 1977, passed on May 6. A talented and tough journalist whose 40-year-career took her from a reporter in Florida to publisher of the Merced Sun-Star. During her career, Bender fought to be heard and recognized in male-dominated newspaper management circles. The Valerie Nagler Bender Scholarship in News Leadership was established to provide financial assistance to students who are as passionate about journalism as she was. Contributions to the fund can be made here. Read More

David Malickson, a CJC advertising professor, passed on May 4 at his home in Gainesville. During his nearly 30-year career, Malickson taught advertising, public relations and journalism. His specialties included retail advertising and copywriting and he was selected as the College’s “Teacher of the Year” in 1984. Along with his academic pursuits, Malickson was very involved in the Gainesville community as a volunteer and neighborhood advocate. Read More.

Fred Parrish, a CJC photojournalism professor from 1970-87, passed on June 20 at his home in Albuquerque. In the 1960s, he was a staff photographer for the St. Petersburg Times and served in the U.S. Information Agency as a writer and photographer where he covered the Vietnam War. A story about Fred by protégé Tom Burton, B.S. Journalism 1982, appeared here.

Fred Ward, M.A.M.C 1959, passed on July 19 at his home in Malibu, Calif.  He was a longtime Washington photographer who captured iconic images of presidents and pop stars including the funeral of President John F. Kennedy and the Beatles’ first American concert. In addition to publishing his photographs in Time, Life, BusinessWeek and other magazines, Ward was a freelancer for National Geographic, visiting more than 130 countries from 1964 to 1992. Read More.
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