Hewletts Establish Student Excellence Endowment and Professorship in Media Production

written by Lauren Martin Jeffrey and Cathy Hewlett recently established the Jeffrey and Cathy Hewlett Endowed Fund for Student Excellence at the College of Communication and Information. The fund of $550,000 will provide support to both undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Communication and Information. This support will be used to fund scholarships, …


CCI Alum to History Buff: The Nic Stoltzfus Story

Nic Stoltzfus Feat Img

Elam and Nic Stoltzfus are the ultimate father/son duo. Elam is a Grammy award-winning documentary maker and Nic is an award-winning storyteller. Together they make up the Live Oak Production Group. They focus mostly on making nature documentaries and accompanying coffee-table books. Nic Stoltzfus graduated from CCI’s School of Communication in 2012 and has been …


Alumni-Produced Documentary Celebrates Strength of Survivors Following Hurricane Maria

Alumni Produced Documentary Accepted into 3 Festivals

On September 8, 2019, almost two years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, Mariana Pa’Lante premiered at the Askew Student Life Center. The documentary was directed by Xabier Climent (’18 M.S. Public Interest Media Communication) and Aaron Kudja (’18, B.S. Digital Media Production). They intended to highlight the story of one rural …


CCI Alumni Win FPRA Golden Image Awards

CCI alumni take Golden Image Awards

The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) held its annual conference in August where the winners of the FPRA Golden Image Awards were announced. The awards included four divisions of categories: Public Relations Programs, Printed Tools of Public Relations, Digital Tools of Public Relations, and Student Projects in Public Relations. Awards given in the competition include …


From On-Air to Online: Digital Producer Krista Witiak Introduces New Wave of News Media

Krista Witiak - Graphic

“No one really knows where local news is going to be in 5-10 years,” says Krista Witiak, a recent graduate of the School of Communication. She currently works as a digital reporter and producer for FOX21 in Colorado Springs. Her day-to-day job includes finding stories to report, setting up interviews, filming b-roll, editing film packages, …


Meet Comm Alumna Celia Mott

"I've discovered that when your job is your passion, there is no turn off button." Celia Mott - Graphic

“I’ve discovered that when your job is your passion, there’s no turn off button. You will continue to push yourself and explore new opportunities, even in your free time,” says Comm School alumna Celia Mott (’14 Media Communication Studies). While at FSU, Mott discovered her passion for communication and marketing. “I always knew I wanted …


Stephenson Shines in South Korea

After graduation, most students are faced with the prospect of leaving their hometowns to pursue the career they just spent years working toward. This often means moving to a new state and leaving behind the comforts of home. For Rosandra Stephenson (B.S. 15’ Media and Communication Studies), this also meant leaving behind the comforts of …