January 2011
School of Communications Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence
By Ashley Travers, intern, Office of University Communications  
Dean Dates celebrates the opening of the new facility for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
For 40 years, the School of Communications has had a major impact on an ever-evolving profession.
Innovative programs like the Annenberg Honors Program and the recently launched ABC News on Campus are preparing a new generation to take the helm, while notable alumni consistently demonstrate the tradition of excellence at the school.

“Our academic programs have achieved national and even international recognition, because of the outstanding work of our faculty and staff,” said Jannette Dates, dean of the School of Communications. “Our alumni are known throughout the world.
"Our academic programs have achieved national and even international recognition, because of the outstanding work of our faculty and staff.” 

Since September, the school has been recognizing its 40-year anniversary with events intended to highlight the contributions the school has made in the world of communications, including a screening of “Teza,”an award-winning film from Howard professor

Haile Gerima; a Legacy Campaign Reception; and a book signing for Tom Burrell, author of Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority. The celebrations will continue this year with several major events planned through the spring semester. On Jan. 27, the school will celebrate its annual Legacy Day. Entrepreneur Sheila Brooks, owner and founder of SRB productions, will serve as the keynote speaker, while entrepreneurs such as John H. Johnson, Cathy Hughes and Earl Graves will be commemorated. On Feb. 3, the school will welcome Michelle Bosch, vice president and general manager at Enterprise Rent a Car, who will speak about how students can transfer their skills to the corporate world. On March 10, Vera Katz, professor emerita, Department of Theatre, will speak to students about preparing for the entertainment field. On March 24, alumnus Stan Verrett, ESPN anchor for Sports Center, will return to Howard to discuss issues related to succeeding in sports entertainment. On April 21, the school will hold its 5th annual Global Visionaries Leadership Luncheon where the honored guests include: Constance Frazier, Kelli Coleman, Frankie Hughes and Sheila Eldridge. (Paula Whetsel-Ribeau, Ph.D., the first lady of Howard, will serve as the honorary chair.) And on April 28, the school will participate in an event at the Time Warner Center in New York.

All of these events are meant to celebrate the past and present as it prepares students to be future leaders in their fields. The school currently has more than 1,400 students and four departments—Radio, Television and Film; Journalism; Communication and Culture; and Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The school publishes a weekly newspaper District Chronicles, maintains an online news site, Howard University News Service and produces Glasshouse Radio, an online talk radio program. Dates says the school will continue on its trajectory of graduating high-quality students who have the pulse on communications in the 21st century, while it lays the foundation for a new building.

“Our most important next step is to obtain support for erecting a new facility to house the second-largest academic program on the campus,” said Dates. “Once the new facility is in place, there is no telling how far our alumni will go, and how fast!”

For more information on these events, contact Karen Roberts, special projects coordinator, Office of the Dean, School of Communications, 202-865-0186 or karen.roberts@howard.edu.
Professor Haile Gerima shares a laugh with award-winning actor Danny Glover during the screening of Gerima’s film “Teza.”
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