VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has a history of excellence in the field of communication, with many alumni having gone on to successful careers as print and broadcast journalists, filmmakers and members of successful media, public relations, advertising and communication firms. As one of the most popular majors at Villanova, and one of the largest departments within the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), the Department of Communication provides students the chance to explore and discover the unique opportunities the communication field has to offer.
In an effort to continue to provide current and future students top-notch educational experiences, the Department of Communication has developed and built a new learning facility, a state-of-the-art Studio and Multimedia Complex housed in Garey Hall. This new space includes a TV studio, computer and media labs and a Black Box Studio suitable for live performances, video production, film presentations and conferences. The opening and official dedication of the new space will take place Friday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This will be an opportunity to take education in the department to the next level,” said Maurice Hall, PhD, chair of the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “It will enhance the reach of our students as global citizens, as engaged citizens and as top-tier communications professionals.”
The dedication of the Studio and Multimedia Complex will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a panel discussion exploring emerging industry trends. A number of Villanova alumni in the field of Communication will be on hand as panelists to speak about their education, career paths and love of the profession. They include:
- Alicia Vitarelli, TV news anchor/reporter at 6abc Philadelphia
- Keith Jones, TV news anchor/reporter at NBC10 Philadelphia
- Rosa Gatti, consultant and retired ESPN senior vice president, Communications Counsel and Corporate Outreach
- Kate Allison, CEO, the Karma Agency
- Sheila Doherty, assistant director, Student Services, Villanova University Career Center
- Tom Ksiazek, assistant professor, Department of Communication, Villanova University
“The Department of Communication is recognized around the world for our unique programs, accomplished faculty members and dedicated students,” said Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, Interim Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “This cutting-edge technology and outstanding space will enable us to continue to educate compelling storytellers across all mediums.”
Students of Lambda Pi Eta, the Department of Communication Honor Society, will lead tours of the new space.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.