News & Events at Florida State University Wed, 04 May 2016 13:47:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Two CCI Women Receive 2016 Inspire Award Wed, 04 May 2016 13:47:56 +0000 [...] »]]> Two women from the College of Communication & Information were named winners of the 2016 Inspire Award. The award is being given to four women of distinction in total and will be presented at a ceremony in NYC.







Nancy McKay (B.S. ’78) received a double major in Organizational Communication and Government from FSU. She also participated on FSU’s debate team for three years as a student. Currently, she is the CEO for NEST Fragrances, a boutique fragrance company based in New York City. She has also worked with Estee Lauder and Clinique. She has led fundraising teams for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation under The Estee Lauder Companies and helped generate over one million dollars through the sale of pink ribbon products. She also mentors with the FIT Graduate Program in Cosmetics & Toiletries, serves on the Board of Directors of The Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council and is on FSU’s Board of College of Human Sciences.

Maura Hayes (B.A. ’82) earned a degree in Radio and TV Broadcasting from FSU. Today, she works for the Walt Disney Company as the Director of Operations at their Time Square Studios. She also oversees the company’s corporate headquarters facilities operations. She has worked with Disney for 35 years, and performed in parades and as a stuntwoman for them before transitioning into the film and television department there. Additionally, she serves on the Lincoln Square Business Improvement Board, is a member of the Alliance for Women and Media and is a director on the FSU Alumni Association National Board. She has also been honored by the Kappa Delta National Sorority as a Women of Achievement for inspiring young women through her success in career and community.

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Ad Club Visits Agencies in Boston Tue, 03 May 2016 12:55:01 +0000 [...] »]]> Processed with VSCO with g3 preset

FSU’s Ad Club traveled to Boston from March 30th to April 2nd to visit ad agencies and explore the city. The members in attendance were Eric Rosenbluth, Matthew Youngquist, Isabella Roque, Victoria Rosselli, Maxim Yodzis, Cristina Azanza, Victoria Barker, Armonda Davis, Samuel Fries, Kendall Sompolski, Claudia Lopez, and Natalie Schulte.

The students split up into two groups to visit four different agencies. One group visited Small Army, an ad agency committed to storytelling and creating relationships. The employees were eager to share with the students how to get into the industry and how they have to be passionate about their work.

Small Army even had the students participate in an activity that the employees do themselves in order to generate campaign ideas. Ad Club president Eric Rosenbluth was impressed with the agency’s engagement and passion. “In the advertising field you have to show that you are passionate about industry, passionate about the work that you do, and also have passions outside of work that make you unique,” said Rosenbluth.

These students also went on to visit Hill Holliday, a full-service marketing and communications agency. Hill Holliday made it clear that they believe in hard work and human emotion. The Ad Club members were inspired by the agency’s chief executive officer; Karen Kaplan started out as secretary hoping to attend law school, only to end up as Hill Holliday’s CEO.

Ad Club Members at Hill Holliday

The other group of students were visiting MullenLowe, a full service integrated advertising agency. MullenLowe is a global creative boutique servicing companies such as Smash Burger and Google.  Samuel Fries, a senior studying Advertising, appreciated the agency’s “act-like-you’re-in-second-place” mentality in order to drive creativity and “prove to clients that you’re innovative.”

After MullenLowe these Ad Club members went on to visit The Fantastical, a small advertising agency with services in branding, digital media, and social platforms. The students appreciated how involved and invested the employees were, and how unique an experience it was to speak with the agency’s leaders one-on-one. The founders of the agency shared with them an analogy of a child holding onto a tree branch, too afraid to let go, and how that little leap of faith could be enough to do something new.

Later that night the Ad Club members explored the city of Boston. Students visited historic sites, taste-tested the city’s array of restaurants, and experienced the Boston University area. With the mix of modernity and tradition, the students could envision themselves starting their careers in Boston.

Friday morning the Ad Club students were ready to visit Black Math, a digital production company that “makes cool stuff that usually relates to advertising”. It’s a small, laid-back environment with a focus on design and animation. The students could easily see how passionate the Black Math was about creativity and teamwork. “I think the working environment would be really great for someone starting at entry level because it’s not too overwhelming and talking to upper management is very accessible,” said Marketing-major senior Cristina Azanza.

Students had the rest of the day to explore the city again, soaking up the town on their last full day. Later that night members all met back up for their social at Abigail’s, an American-cuisine restaurant in the Cambridge area.

Maxim Yodzis, a sophomore studying Theater and Advertising, says that Ad Club offers the “opportunity to explore, network, and succeed in whatever capacity you desire.” Yodzis admits that advertising can be an intimidating field, but visits like these always help students better understand what they want to do and where they want to do it.

This was one of two trips that the Ad Club goes on each year. The trip in the fall is always to New York City for the Advertising Women of New York conference and to visit twelve advertising agencies. The Ad Club members vote on where to go for the spring semester.

If you’re interested in joining the Ad Club or learning more, it is open to all majors and the best way to get involved is by coming to the meetings (every other Monday at 7pm). The club’s first meeting for the fall semester will be September 12th, and you can follow the Ad Club on Twitter and Instagram @fsuadclub and you can join the Facebook page.

iSchool Doctoral Candidate, Alum and Professor Publishing Papers About Music Information Seeking Behaviors Mon, 02 May 2016 12:56:45 +0000 [...] »]]> iSchool doctoral candidate Hengyi Fu and alumna Yun Fan are publishing a paper entitled “Music Information Seeking via Social Q&A: An Analysis of Questions in Music Stack Exchange Community.” The paper discusses how music Q&A sites like Music Stack Exchange are fruitful resources for identifying users’ music information needs, how those needs are expressed and intended use of the information once it’s obtained. Music Stack Exchange users asked questions that were motivated by the recognition of knowledge gaps, lack of resources, need for others’ opinions or interest in research issues. Music librarians and general-purpose music information system designers will be able to use the findings to help them enhance music-related controlled variables and improve the experience of users searching for relevant music information. The paper is being published as part of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2016 full paper track.

Fu is also publishing a paper with Dr. Besiki Stvilia entitled “Knowledge Curation Discussions and Activity Dynamics in a Short Lived Social Q&A Community” as part of the JCDL 2016 full paper track. This paper provides a content analysis of member discussions and content curation actions on a short lived social Q&A interaction on Music Stack Exchange. The findings will help in the identification and assembly of community type specific repertoires of strategies, rules and actions of community design, governance, and content creation and curation.

Digital Archivist-Univ S. Alabama Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:48:47 +0000 [...] »]]> Processing/Digital Archivist

The Processing/Digital Archivist processes The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library collections of all format types by arranging, preserving, and writing finding aids. Coordinates the processing and preservation of program materials and maintains the webpage. Responsible for the digitization of McCall materials and creation of corresponding metadata. Composes descriptions as needed for digital objects and submits the descriptions to the archivist for review and approval. Supervises student workers and also monitors the transcription process. Provide research and reference assistance to users of The Doy Leale McCall Rare Book and Manuscript Library collections. Monitors Reading Room researchers, and explains and enforces policies and procedures. Will assist in designing exhibits. Posts daily to the McCall social media platforms.

This is a twelve-month, tenure-track Library faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian with a start date of August 15, 2016.

ALA accredited MLS, or MA in a related field. One year of experience in a library, archives, or museum; processing archival collections and writing finding aids; application of metadata content and metadata standards relevant to the archival control of digital objects (Dublin Core, MODS). Previous publications or presentations. Knowledge of best practices for the arrangement, description, and preservation of collections. Familiarity with archival collections management systems or databases, such as PastPerfect. Demonstrated ability to work individually and collaboratively in a team environment.
Excellent organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
Understanding of copyright and rights management issues. Experience working with social media platforms, such as Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

Review of applications will begin June 1, 2016 and will continue until position filled. Submit letter of application, CV, Official transcripts, Biographical Data Form and three signed professional letters of reference to:

Carol Ellis, Chair Processing Digital Archivist – Assistant Librarian Search Committee Marx Library, University of South Alabama
5901 USA Drive North
Mobile, AL 36688
Or at

The University of South Alabama is an EO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression), religion, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

STARS Tour Tampa for Networking Trip Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:23:24 +0000 [...] »]]> The FSU Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service Alliance (STARS) organized a trip to Tampa with Associate Dean Ebe Randeree April 3rd through 5th for eight students in the College of Communication & Information. The STARS members in attendance were Joey Cardenas, Kelby Mahoney, Lydia Clark, Martin Sung, Megan McGilvray, Miciaha Ivey, Zaymeen Deen, and Maria Knight.

The CCI students were ready to rise and shine for the high schoolers of East Lake on Monday morning to talk about the college experience. Questions ranged from what majors FSU offers to on-campus dining choices. The high schoolers weren’t holding back, and the CCI students were more than ready for their inquisitiveness. Four classes and two hundred students later, the STARS students escaped to Dunkin to relax and refuel.

Lydia Clark, a freshman in the Communications PR program, was in these high schoolers’ shoes only a year ago. Clark says she automatically knew she wanted to be a part of the organization when STARS visited her school. “Seeing hard-working, driven college students that were passionate about what they were studying and equally as passionate about Florida State and helping students learn more about the college experience was eye-opening to me,” she said. Clark admitted she was nervous to have the roles switched when she was the one speaking that Monday, but once she started talking about the programs and opportunities at FSU she remembered why she fell in love with the university when STARS visited her.

STARS students at Sunera office in Tampa

Later that afternoon the Noles headed off to Nielsen, a global research company that gathers data on consumer practices. The building was elegant and modern, sprawled out across a well-kept nature preserve. Recruitment employees spoke with the students on Nielsen’s global impact and commitment to local communities. The Nielsen crew had to be careful with everything they could share, though. With their up-and-coming research programs and products, the students were enticed by the idea of working on discreet, innovative projects.

According to Associate Dean Ebe Randeree, “Nielsen has been recruiting at FSU and CCI, hiring a few summer interns into their leadership program as well as some full time students in the past month.” Randeree went on to say, “The company is growing in mobile tracking, predictive analytics and social data analysis – with great opportunities for our current students.”

The night was spent in Ybor City, dining at the Columbia Restaurant with FSU alumnus Walt Bower and his wife. Bower graduated from CCI with his IT degree in 2008 and his MLIS in 2010. He now works as a Software Manager for Maglio, Christopher & Toale, P.A. After a successful meal, directions back to the hotel somehow landed them at an IKEA. They had just enough time to enjoy the Swedish sofa beds and get temporarily lost as they searched for the exit.

Tuesday morning began with a visit to Sunera, a cyber risk management consulting firm based in downtown Tampa. The STARS students heard from company co-founder Andrew Cannata on the diversity of cyber-risk research and the emphasis Sunera puts on employee well-being. Yong-Gun, Sunera’s CEO, wrapped up the discussion and provided them with his one ideal in life: to wake up every day without an alarm clock. The CCI students were impressed by Sunera’s commitment to hard work and its employees.

Miciaha Ivey, a junior studying Information Technology, said Sunera stood out the most to him. “Not only were the people there rich with smarts, they were also fun to talk to and involved in the community,” said Ivey.

This was Ivey’s first trip with the STARS Alliance. “It was cool being surrounded by smart, motivated students who also knew how to have a good time, and that made all the difference,” said Ivey. “I learned so much, not only about the companies visited, but about myself and where my passions lie.”

The last company tour was with J.P. Morgan & Chase, an American multinational banking and financial services company. The recruitment team was joined by FSU alumni who all graduated from the College of Communication & Information. They shared what it was like transitioning from college life to company work, admitting it can be tough at first but rewarding in the long run.

Kelby Mahoney, STARS student and President of WISE, will be interning with JP Morgan this summer. JP Morgan has been “a solid FSU partner in the past” according to Randeree. The company is in the process of hiring more IT graduates, and in the past two years there have been ten FSU CCI graduates hired.

Taylor Seybold is one of these graduates. She graduated from FSU with a degree in Information Technology. Seybold was happy to share with the STARS students what life has been like since she graduated in 2015 and started her career. She said she felt prepared for her transition into the workplace thanks to her time with CCI. “Trips like these are great stepping stones to see what it is like inside major companies,” she explained. “Networking is extremely important in college and doesn’t stop once you join the workforce.”

This was the last STARS trip for Campus Girl Scouts President Megan McGilvray before graduating later this spring. After being a STARS member for nearly a year, she reflected on her meaningful experiences with the group.

“Every trip I’ve been on has helped me grow a little bit more as a student and as a person,” said McGilvray. “The relationships I’ve formed with like-minded and goal-oriented people within this organization have encouraged me to be the best I can be. This being my last trip, I will miss the outreach opportunities, and most of all the people.” McGilvray is going on to work for State Farm in Atlanta as a technology analyst.

The students on this networking trip are all dedicated to collaboration and outreach, both within CCI and throughout the community. STARS students have a passion for leadership on campus, speaking with high schoolers about opportunities at FSU, and networking with companies across Florida. To learn more, find them online or follow them on Twitter @StarsFSU.


Graphic Designer Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:51:05 +0000 [...] »]]> GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Rowland Publishing ,Inc., publisher of Tallahassee Magazine, 850 Business Magazine and other high-end publications throughout Northwest Florida, is seeking an experienced graphic designer for full-time employment. The ideal candidate should have at least two years of professional design experience and be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign. Mac work environment highly preferred; Magazine advertising design experience is highly desired. Must be self-motivated, comfortable handling multiple tasks and changing priorities in a team-first environment, be detail oriented and have excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. Position is located in the Tallahassee area. Competitive pay and benefits offered. Rowland Publishing is a Mac work environment. Position is located in Tallahassee, Florida. Please apply at

Publications and Promotions Coordinator (Media Specialist) Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:41:09 +0000 [...] »]]> Job Opening# 40182

Position closes on May 10, 2016

Apply at



A Bachelor’s degree and two years of related experience.

Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

Proficient in social media scheduling platforms.





  • Coordinates content creation, design, production and dissemination of Career Center publications, including multi-page booklets, flyers, print and digital advertisements, news releases and large-format signage.
  • Creates and oversees overall marketing strategy to increase Career Center visibility and outreach to multiple audiences, including but not limited to students, employers, faculty and staff, alumni, campus partners and the community.
  • Coordinates promotions and publications for all Career Center events, including career fairs, workshops, networking events, annual Advisory Board, etc.
  • Manages content, graphics and video posting on six social media platforms and interacts with followers daily; works with Systems Coordinator to update website to reflect current Career Center news and events.
  • Reviews and edits all Career Center print and online content for consistency, accuracy and ease of use. Ensures content and design reflects Career Center branding and abides by University brand guidelines.
  • Supervises a graphic design assistant and social media intern.



Master’s degree in integrated marketing, marketing, communication or other relevant program.

Basic knowledge of website content management systems.

Associate Video Producer Fri, 29 Apr 2016 01:28:58 +0000 [...] »]]> LOCATION: Winter Park, FL
JOB CODE: 2425


Associate Video Producer:  Bonnier Corporation’s Active Interest Network brands engage passionate audiences across all mediums from print to digital to video. This collection of iconic brands (Islands, Sport Fishing, Wakeboarding, Flying, Sport Diver and more) is seeking ahighly organized and talented associate video producer to join its team in Winter Park, FL. The ideal candidate has excellent shooting, editing, and production skills, and experience developing content for web and social media.

Duties include:

Developing video campaigns and series concepts that align with brand missions
Collaborating with editorial teams across a variety of diverse brands to develop new ideas for videos
Producing video from concept to completion (includes pre-production, direction, and editing)
Delivering videos for different platforms and formats
Providing brands with insight into video trends and styles

Proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop, skilled in After Effects
Strong background in shooting video and audio production
Pre-production experience in scheduling and collaborating with editorial staff, crew members and talent
Proficient with basic key lighting
Experienced with various video platforms (Vimeo, YouTube, Dailymotion, etc)
Social media savvy as it relates to video
Provide direction to talent and crew during shoots
Underwater videography skills are a plus
Attention to detail
Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
Strong organizational and time management skills




CCI Inducts 22 Grads Into Garnet & Gold Scholar Society Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:35:36 +0000 [...] »]]> Each year, the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society recognizes superb students who have excelled beyond the classroom in the areas of leadership, internship, service, international and research. This semester, the following 22 undergraduate students from the College of Communication & Information were inducted into the honorable society:

School of Communication

Media/Communication Studies
Donae Adjei-Grundy
Marliese DeMauro
Megan Demint
Kristen Edwards
Khloe Greenwood
Samantha Nygaard
Savannah Strayer
Victoria Toraya
Ashley Tressel
Viviana Yepes

Public Relations
Qaree Dreher
Katie Holland
Alicia Settle
Ali Spiegel

Digital Media Production
Abbie Garcia
Melissa Oliver

School of Information

Information Technology
Brittney Hicks
Martin Sung

Information Communication Technology
Troy Capasso
Alissa McShane

Communication Science & Disorders

Communication Disorders
Caitlin Hutelin
Katherine Knips

FSU Forensics Team Wins at National Tournaments Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:32:17 +0000 [...] »]]> forensics thingy
The FSU Forensics team has been making strides at national speech tournaments. This year, the group placed 19th at the AFA-NIET tournament, the first time that the team has placed in the top 20 in consecutive years. Additionally, senior Joseph Quintana advanced to the final round and placed 4th in Informative, making him the first national finalist from FSU since 2014. His speech described a group of people in the Middle East who have been labeled as a terrorist group and argued that they could actually be America’s greatest allies. The democratic structure, called Rojava, has shifted patriarchal mindsets and reversed gender discriminatory laws in a small region in Syria.

Quintana was also the second student from FSU to ever place in the individual sweepstakes, a gauge of the competitor’s entire body of work at the competition. In his other speeches, he spoke about oversight on the US Customs and Border Patrol, Hurricane Katrina, mass shootings in Chicago and the lack of diversity in media.

Furthermore, the team won its first national championship at the National Forensic Association’s tournament, placing first in the President’s Division III.

Kevin Waters, assistant to the FSU Forensics team, shares, “It is very rewarding to see students highlighted for all their hard work.”

If you are an undergraduate interested in joining the FSU Forensics team, reach out to Kevin Waters at Additionally, if you are interested in supporting the FSU Forensics team, you can reach out to Mafe Brooks at You can also donate directly to FSU Forensics at this link.