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40th Anniversary of JN/CM-MCOM-CMMA

Last Saturday, we hosted a wonderful celebration of the Journalism/Communications, Mass Communication and Communication and Media Arts program’s 40th year anniversary.  In 1976, USF Professor Emeritus Rita Travis started the program and it has come a long way since that time in terms of the curriculum, additional faculty and state of the art facilities such as the newly remodeled computer lab, radio and television studios.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the dedication of the faculty.  We keep our courses current and strive to be as student-centered as possible.  Students continue to enhance their learning by producing content for The Encounter newspaper and for WCSF Radio and USF-TV. Our media clubs still remain an essential part of the academic and social experience that current students and alums care about.  More than fifty current students and alums attended the celebration on fourth floor of Tower Hall.  We shared stories about the good old days while consuming large amounts of food and beverage.

To everyone’s delight, a very special person returned to campus, broadcasting legend Art Hellyer.  Art used to teach the Radio I & II courses back in the early seventies and early eighties.  In 2007 he wrote a book called The Hellyer Say about the ninety-three years of his life, including incredible stories about his broadcasting career.  Art mentioned St. Francis three times in his book.  He still corresponds with former students on Facebook and we were thrilled that he could join us for the event.  His voice is still intact and so is his humor.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him especially his television interview that was hosted by Hannah Tadey.  I’m sure you will want to view it.  Soon, it will be uploaded to our website,

A great time was had by all, and the evening concluded with the induction of students into our Alpha Delta Chi chapter of Lambda Pi Eta the official honor society of the National Communication Association.

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