Advisory Board Member John D. Evans Named to Cable Hall of Fame

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The Quello Center congratulates our Advisory Board Member, John D. Evans, Chairman and CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co., on being honored by inclusion in the Cable Center’s Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The Cable Hall of Fame ‘recognizes those ground-breaking leaders who have shaped and advanced our industry. Induction into the Cable Hall of Fame is one of the industry’s highest and most exclusive honors.’

John D. Evans

John D. Evans

John was happy for me to share this news with the Advisory Board and friends and colleagues of the Quello Center, noting that ‘… Jim Quello for over 40 years (from when I was a sophomore at the University of Michigan) was my friend, my mentor and my guide. He often gave me the courage and advice to do the right thing. His integrity was his honesty, driven by courage, and tempered by truth.’

On the very day we received this news about John being honored, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtsSci) at Michigan State University (MSU) happened to have a full meeting of its faculty and staff, which focused on discussion of the importance of a student’s experience while attending university. John’s story is a great example of the central importance of a student’s experience in higher education. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan – the ‘other university’, illustrating the reach of Jim Quello’s influence on so many of our Michigan institutions. MSU, U-M and all other centers of learning and education need to keep this in mind. Its wonderful when a student’s experience shapes a person’s future in such a clear and demonstrable fashion as in John’s case. In reflecting on James Quello’s influence on his career, John told me that ‘Jim Quello played such an important part in my life … I would not be where I am today had he not believed, nurtured and mentored me.’

The Quello Center is honored to have John Evans and other major figures from industry, government and academia on its Advisory Board. And we are delighted that the Quello Center continues to be a legacy of James and Mary Quello at MSU and hold out the potential for Jim Quello to continue shaping the experiences of students and faculty through the center named in his honor by his friends and colleagues.

John Evans & James Quello

John Evans & James Quello

The full Class of 2016 honors went to:

Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, MSNBC’s Morning Joe
Pat Esser, President, Cox Communications, Inc.
John D. Evans, Chairman and CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co.
Tom Rogers, President and CEO, TiVo Inc.
Robert J. Stanzione, Chairman and CEO, ARRIS
John O. “Dubby” Wynne, Retired President and CEO, Landmark

Notes

Quello Center Advisory Board: http://quello.msu.edu/people/advisory-board/

The Cable Center’s Hall of Fame http://cablecenter.org/cable-hall-of-fame.html

Mulichannel News: http://www.multichannel.com/news/cable-tv-conventions/cable-hall-fame-selects-class-2016/394434

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Com Arts & Sciences at MSU Opens Search for 15 Academics

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The Michigan State University College of Communication Arts & Sciences is seeking a large incoming cohort of new faculty members at all levels to fill 15 positions across the college. We seek intellectual leaders who will continue the progressive legacy of MSU in forging new pathways in communication science. We are excited to welcome new colleagues into a collegial, productive, and dynamic environment where collaboration is the norm and not the exception.

The nature of this hire provides a rare opportunity to bring a cluster of researchers focused on particular research problems in novel areas that we have identified in our college strategic plan, including computational science and neuroscience, as well as in existing areas of strength like communication technology and health, science communication , or environment and international communication. If you are interested in any of our MSU positions as an individual or as a group, please contact the search chair from the appropriate job announcement. See cas.msu.edu/places/cas-deans-office/jobs/ for contact information and position descriptions.

Com Arts & Sciences at MSU

Com Arts & Sciences at MSU

MSU understands that seeking, accepting, and maintaining employment often involves considerations about the career of a spouse or partner. MSU offers dual career assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions. Please visit worklife.msu.edu/dual-career for further information. MSU is located at the center of a vibrant business corridor representing a total metropolitan statistical area population of 6.5 million people within average U.S. commute time.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Please forward a link to this post to anyone who you would recommend or who might be interested in joining MSU’s rich tradition of award-winning teaching, research, professional and creative work.

Thank you!

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Memorial to Mark Levy: Past Chair and Professor of Media and Information and Quello Colleague

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August 22nd, 2015

This video records a memorial event for Professor Mark Levy, which was held at the 2015 Meeting of the International Communication Association (ICA) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Mark Levy Memorial from Quello Center on Vimeo.

Mark served on the faculty of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at MSU for more than 15 years. He joined MSU in 1999 to Chair the Department of Telecommunication and Information Studies (renamed as the Department of Media and Information) until 2006. The Mark Levy ICT4D Scholarship Fund has been set up to honor his legacy, since the role of the Internet in development was one of this latest foci as a faculty member of the department. To give to this fund, visit https://givingto.msu.edu/gift/?sid=1893.

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Tribute to Quello Center Founding Director, Professor Steve Wildman

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Gary Reid and his colleagues at WKAR put together a wonderful video montage for a tribute to Professor Steve Wildman, Founding Director of the Quello Center, which was shown last week at a celebration of this career with other retiring faculty. It is short, entertaining and puts Steve’s career at MSU in the context of the Quello Center.

Steve Wildman Tribute Video – Founding Director of the Quello Center from Quello Center on Vimeo.

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Alexander Heffner on the Future of Quality Broadcast News Media: Optimism or Pessimism?

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The College of Communication Arts & Sciences enjoyed a visit by Alexander Heffner, yesterday. Alexander is the host of Open Mind, a pioneering program for public broadcasting which his grandfather launched in 1956. Today, in the digital age, Alexander has relaunched Open Mind, and is speaking at universities across the country about his efforts, and the issues he holds dear around the role of public media in the future of public discourse, news and public affairs. Yesterday, Alex spoke on ‘Millennials, Public Media and The Future of Civil Discourse’, with responses from one of MSU’s Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, Eric Freedman, and one of Quello’s Associate Directors, Gary Reid, director of MSU’s public radio and television station, WKAR.

Bill Dutton, Alexander Heffner, Gary Reid, and Eric Freedman

Bill Dutton, Alexander Heffner, Gary Reid, and Eric Freedman

Prior to his lecture, Alex met with Bonnie Bucqueroux’s freshman class JRN 108, with over 100 students interested in the media and society, and then had a box lunch in the Quello Meeting Room with a dozen journalism students interested in broadcasting careers. His lecture and the discussion will be online soon, but in the class, and in the following lecture, I was struck by the basic conversation between optimistic and pessimistic portrayals of millenials, civility in public discourse, and interest in high-quality news and information. Alexander is basically optimistic, or he would not be pursuing his vision. The students seemed generally more optimistic than I expected about the role of social media, for example, as a platform for following the news, but many others during the day saw click rates and celebrity fandom undermining interest and readership of quality news and public affairs. Some journalists argued that nothing has changed with the primary focus remaining on good stories and conflict, but others saw popular news programming creating a culture of conflict and point-counterpoint superficiality versus serious efforts to convey the complexity of public issues.

At the most general level, Alexander’s visit highlighted the issues of funding and producing quality journalism in the digital age of online news and social media. There are many worries that the Internet and new media and new audience practices will undermine the business model of quality journalism, and Alexander seems to be attacking this head-on and making a strong, creative entrepreneurial effort to maintain and enhance an existing stream of work, often using the Internet to support him, such as in building on the archive of brilliant interviews begun by his grandfather.

Today he is speaking with students in our College of Education, but he has left us talking about what we can do to foster informed and civil discourse in the digital age of social media. I am certain that the Open Mind is one programming effort that will help foster a more civil and informed public discourse.

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