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MFJS Showcase: Winter 2022

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Departmental Updates

  • Professor Lynn Schofield Clark's term as chair of the MFJS department is ending at the end of this quarter. Associate Professor Derigan Silver will take up the role at the beginning of spring quarter. Many thanks to Lynn for her years of service, and welcome to Derigan! 
  • DU Media has launched a new website to highlight student work!
  • Several MFJS faculty, including Erika Polson, Lynn Schofield Clark, Lauren DeCarvalho, Carlos Jimenez and Christof Demont-Heinrich, have been accepted to attend the very competitive International Communication Association (ICA) in Paris this spring. 

Alumni Updates

  • Linneya Gardner (BA '21) won the Award of Excellence at the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts in the category of TV Long Feature! She won for her piece on a DU photography professor titled, "DU photography professor finds personal connection with 1917 family album." The piece was also picked up by Rocky Mountain PBS last year. Read Linneya's article.

Faculty Updates

  • Associate Professor Renée Botta is working with NECH-CIEH (Nursing Education Collaborative for Haiti) and Bridge of Life, and just received a grant for $99,516.54 rom AmerisourceBergen Foundation for Preventative and Acute Care of Hypertension and Diabetes in Haiti. The University of Denver, under the direction of Botta and with the support of a funded graduate student, will lead communication, evaluation and impact efforts.
  • Assistant Professor Joe Brown's film "Operation Wolf Patrol" continues to screen at festivals around the world and has recently gone into distribution with Journeyman Pictures. Recent screenings include The Ireland Wildlife Film FestivalThe Suncine Film Festival (Spain and Mexico), and The British Columbia Environmental Film Festival. Brown was recently invited to join the board of directors for the Thin Line Music and Documentary Film Festival in Denton, TX. He was recently invited to be an official screener for Bend Film, an international film festival in Bend, Oregon. 
  • Teaching Associate Professor Andrew Matranga taught his popular course "Studying Star Wars: Lessons from a galaxy far, far away" this winter interterm to a class of 20 students.
  • Professor Sheila Schroeder and two current students, Madi Garcia and Bella Zaffer, worked on Womanhood: The Series, which received the Top Web Series Award from the Toronto International Women Film Festival. Schroeder was the writer on one of the three episodes, Judy, Judy, Judy, and she edited the episode Maid of Honor. Garcia and Zaffer worked as production assistants on the project.
Andrew Matranga stands near a table of Star Wars memorabilia
Andrew Matranga stands near a table of Star Wars memorabilia.