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U's New Digital Platform Makes Black History Archives Accessible

Students at Gordon Parks High School with guidance from students of the U's Department of Communication Studies have been exploring the University's Givens Collection of African American Literature as part of a class about the school’s namesake, a legendary African-American photographer. “They know that Gordon Parks is some sort of famous guy, but they really don’t know why,” said Professor Catherine Squires. Their assignment: to see what they can learn using the archives.
Photograph of Susanne Jones

Communicating Support

Professor Susanne Jones is an associate professor of communication studies who takes an in-depth look into the messages and behaviors people use to comfort one another. Social support is considered one of the most important resources people rely on when they deal will difficult life events. Her research focuses on the effects of verbal and nonverbal messages people use to support one another.
Photo of communications studies student Sam Petrov

Classroom Born Thesis

Communication studies honors student Sam Petrov used knowledge from his environmental communication course to write his honors thesis. Examining the communication strategies of contemporary electric car companies, he takes a deeper look into the advertising techniques used by Nissan and Tesla in the context of their respective target markets.
Steve Walker

Mixing it Up

Steve Walker (BA '88, communication studies) refused a lucrative job offer to begin his entrepreneurial career. He successfully launched a series of objectives, spanning industries as varied as life insurance and gourmet beverages.
Tim & Diane Madden

Partnering for Change

Diane Madden (PhD '90, education administration) and Tim Madden (BA '74, speech communication, JD '77) employ 3,000 people and serve more than 2,000 residents nationwide, providing residential housing for persons with disabilities. When the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in 1974 that people with mental disabilities were entitled to live in residential group homes, they started their service from scratch.