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Communication Careers | Tessa Winkler

Posted by David Safin on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 @ 09:09 AM
Continuing the series of successful Communication alumni, I had the chance to catch up with 2008 graduate, Tessa Winkler, a student I never saw without a smile on her face.

Tessa double-majored in Communication and Spanish, then went on to American University where she received a Master's Degree in International Communication. Currently, she is the  Communications Officer/Web Content Coordinator for The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. in Washington, D.C. 

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Topics: communication, degrees in communication, communication degrees, media, spanish, international communications, washington d.c., study abroad, public relations

Communication Careers | Jared Bundy

Posted by David Safin on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 @ 11:07 AM
Recently, I corresponded with 2008 graduate Jared Bundy about his life and career. Jared was one of my top students both inside and outside of the classroom. His body of work in media at Saint Vincent is unparalleled. In this blog, we discuss what he is doing now, how he got there, and how Saint Vincent guided him along the way. 

Jared and me circa 2007.

So, what are you up to these days?
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Topics: college, communication, digital media, broadcasting, filmmaking, degrees in communication, communication degrees, video, videos, media, media studies, public relations, social media

Training Camp Preparations | Media Events

Posted by David Safin on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 @ 09:07 AM
It's that time of the year when we begin preparing for the arrival of the Steelers and the tens of thousands of fans who come from all of the country to watch practices

It is for that reason that we invite members of the media to campus so we can brief them on what we are doing to prepare for this massive influx of people. 


President Br. Norman Hipps, O.S.B. (above) leads the press conference. Behind him (from the left) are...
  • Mr. Steve Brown, Director of public safety 
  • Fr. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., executive vice president 
  • Fr. Anthony Grossi, O.S.B., bookstore manager 
  • Mr. Larry Hendrick, director of facility management 
  • Mr. Dan Keeley, executive chef 
  • Ms. Julia Molnar-Bish, catering director 

Of course, I was there recording the comments made by Br. Norman. Fr. Paul (below right) was also kind of enough to do an interview with me and my volunteer assistant for the day, Luke Fetkovich (below middle).  


Here is the video I put together from the two clips.

For the complete camp schedule, visit the Steelers official website.

Photos taken by Jack Krall. Visit Flickr to see more from this set.  
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Topics: communication, digital media, broadcasting, public relations, Saint Vincent events, Steelers, Pittsburgh

Bearcat on the Street 3.0 | Advanced Multimedia Production

Posted by David Safin on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 14:05 PM
No doubt you have probably seen one of the several Bearcat on the Street videos either embedded on our homepage or on our (or other) Facebook pages. These videos were produced by students in the Communication course, Advanced Multimedia Production.

The students "on the street" were Carly Marsh, Eric Arbore, Charlie Kurtz, Nick Higgins, Pete McGee, Dillon Monier, Max Schrenk, Krissy Mazzenga, Rory Mitrik, Josh Spellman and DP Harris. 

Here is a playlist featuring the series in its entirety.

I call this series version 3.0, because it is the third iteration of the Bearcat on the Street videos. 

The series was originally produced in 2009 by students such as Ale Muzika and Sarah Ralutz. Here is one of the more popular episodes produced by them.

The series was revived the following year by students such as Sadie Stresky, Jeremy Smith and Rob DiVincenzo. Take a look back at some of their work. 

I hope to continue producing this series as part of my Advanced Multimedia Production course. The videos are at their best when they are made for student by students.

What was your favorite episode?
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Topics: college, communication, digital media, broadcasting, filmmaking, degrees in communication, communication degrees, video, videos, media, pennsylvania, media studies, internet marketing, public relations

Viral Videos | Intermediate Multimedia Design

Posted by David Safin on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 @ 11:01 AM
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Topics: communication, digital media, viral, video, videos, media, media studies, internet marketing, public relations

About the Authors

Michelle Gil-Montero is an associate professor of English and director of creative writing at Saint Vincent College. She runs the visiting writers series on campus, oversees the student literary magazine, and serves as guru to aspiring poets on campus. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2007, and she has been on the Saint Vincent faculty since that year. She is an active poet and literary translator from Spanish. She is spending part of the 2016-17 school year travelling to Argentina on a Howard Foundation fellowship and Fulbright grant. 

Dr. John J. Smetanka has been a member of the full-time faculty since 1997 and currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of Saint Vincent College, a position he has held since January 2008. Dr. Smetanka has taught courses in Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Geology as well as interdisciplinary seminars. He has published scientific research articles in physics and astrophysics journals, numerous conference proceedings and also works in science education reform and the interaction between science, technology and theology.

Jim Kellam is an associate professor of biology at Saint Vincent College and our resident ornithologist. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2003, and is taking this semester as a sabbatical. What does that mean? He'll explain in his blog posts.

Dr. Michael J. Urick is Graduate Director of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program, and Associate Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government. Dr. Urick teaches courses related to organizational behavior, human resources, culture, leadership, diversity, conflict, supply chain, operations and research methods. Professionally, Urick serves on the board of the Institute for Supply Management (Pittsburgh) and belongs to the Society for Human Resource Management and APICS. For fun, Urick enjoys music and, since 1998, has led and performed with Neon Swing X-perience, a jazz band that has released multiple albums and toured portions of the US. He enjoys watching movies, is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and also likes to fence.

David Safin, C'00, has been a lecturer in the communication department since the Fall of 2003, and has served in a variety of administrative roles since the summer of 2004. Currently, he teaches multimedia in the communication department as an assistant professor. 

Dr. Michael Krom received his Doctorate in philosophy at Emory University in 2007 and is currently the chair of the philosophy department at Saint Vincent. He has authored a book on religion and politics and continues to publish works in Catholic moral and political thought. Dr. Krom also directs the Faith and Reason summer program every summer. 

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