State of the College address Thursday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Published: April 16th, 2014

Please make plans to attend Dean Diane McFarlin’s “State of the College” address on Thursday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. in Gannett Auditorium.  All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

Two featured in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly

Published: April 15th, 2014

Congratulations to Spiro Kiousis and Sylvia Chan Olmsted who both published papers in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly’s Winter 2013 issue.

Spiro  is first author on a paper with Jung Min Park, Ji Young Kim and Eun Go, entitled “Exploring the Role of Agenda-Building Efforts in Media Coverage and Policymaking Activity of Healthcare Reform.”

Sylvia is an author on a paper with Jaemin Jung and Youngju Kim, entitled, “From Access to Utilization: Factors Affecting Smartphone Application Use and Its Impacts on Social and Human Capital Acquisition in South Korea.”


Category: Faculty news

Three faculty members slated for sabbaticals in 2014-15

Published: April 15th, 2014

Congratulations to the following faculty members who have been approved for sabbaticals during the 2014-2015 academic year. Listed below are short descriptions of the projects that they will be working on while on sabbatical:

Sylvia Chan-Olmsted (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015): Sylvia has two projects she will work on during her sabbatical.  The first is a project to investigate a comprehensive list of consumer and business issues that might play a role in the delivery and consumption of media content, such as branded video, audio and print on mobile platforms. The second study aims to examine both the exogenous and endogenous factors that might affect the development of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), a system through which television services are delivered using the Internet protocol suite, instead of being delivered through traditional methods. She will analyze a total of 50 countries over a five-year period in the areas of market competition, industry performance, business models, consumer characteristics and more.

Kim Walsh-Childers (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015): Kim will spend her sabbatical writing a book on the effects of mass media on individual health behaviors and public health policy development. Kim is the sole author of the book that will examine media health influences along three dimensions: the level of impact, the intentionality of the effects, and whether the media effects are positive or negative.

Tim Sorel (Spring 2015): Tim will use spring 2015 to create a documentary about Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections, also known as PANDAS. The most common trait for PANDAS is the sudden onset of acute and debilitating Obsessive Compulsive behaviors and/or Tics, and children are often misdiagnosed as having psychiatric disorders. Tim is currently searching for families who are willing to have him “embedded” as a family member in order to film what these children and their families go through.

Please join us in congratulating these colleagues on this significant accomplishment!

Category: Faculty news

UF Bateman team makes national finals

Published: April 15th, 2014

Congratulations to the UF Bateman team for being named a national finalist in this year’s competition sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America! Team members include public relations graduating seniors Jessica Sheldon, Joshua Minchin, Gillian Stoney, Sophia Lee and Nicole Vassallo.

The finals will be held in Atlanta in May. Finalists include UF; California State University, Long Beach; and Loyola University New Orleans.  Public Relations Lecturer Deanna Pelfrey serves as the faculty adviser and Craig Dezern, Vice President Global Communication for the Walt Disney Corporation, served as the professional adviser.

PRSSA received 75 entries for this year’s competition. Of these submissions, 15 entries received honorable mention and three were chosen as finalists to present their campaigns in person to Fiserv, Inc., a globalprovider of financial services technology solutions. Fiserv challenged Bateman teams to grow awareness and usage of a service that facilitates digital person-to-person payments. The Popmoney® personal payment service from Fiserv allows users to securely send, request and receive money from their existing bank account using just an email address or mobile number.

Well done, UF Bateman!

Yulia Strekalova to present at grant professionals conference

Published: April 15th, 2014

Congratulations to Yulia Strekalova, our Director of Grants Development.  She’s been asked to present two talks at the annual Grant Professionals Association National Conference in October. She’ll speak on “Strengthen Your Proposal Through Stakeholder Engagement” and “(Almost) Painless Budgets: How to Keep Sanity & Save Time.”

Brechner Center Presents 28th Annual Brechner Award

Published: April 14th, 2014

Sandra Chance, Lenore Devore, Ralph Lowenstein and Lyle McBride.

Sandra Chance, Lenore Devore, Ralph Lowenstein and Lyle McBride.

The Ledger (Lakeland) has been named the winner of the 28th Annual Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award for its investigative series.  The award-winning series highlights the difficulties reporters and citizens face when they try to exercise their fundamental constitutional right to access government information.

Ralph Lowenstein, Dean Emeriti of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, presented the $3,000 prize to The Ledger’s Editor, Lenore Devore and Investigative Reporting Team Editor Lyle McBride at the Florida Free Speech Forum’s annual Buddy Davis award luncheon today.

“The series exposed blatant violations of the law, and forced a number of local agencies and officials to change their procedures to comply with the law,” Sandra F. Chance, executive director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, said.

Devore, a UF alumna, said it was particularly meaningful to return to Gainesville for the special event and accept the award.

“Our staff has done an amazing job holding our government officials accountable,” she said. “We all believe in journalism and the first amendment…I just could not be more proud.”

The annual award was established by the late Joseph L. Brechner, an Orlando broadcaster. Previous award winners include: the AP, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, The St. Petersburg Times, The Dallas Morning News, the (South Florida) Sun-Sentinel and the Houston Chronicle.

Collaborating with Strangers in Communications and Health workshop April 17th

Published: April 11th, 2014

Looking for a way to combine forces with others in mass communications and healthJoin us for this dynamic interchange of people, interests and knowledge.

The Collaborating with Strangers in Communications and Health workshop will connect CJC and PHHP graduate students and faculty during a series of 3-minute speed-meetings. You’ll walk away with more resources, solutions and creative ideas than you could have ever imagined.

When:    Thursday, April 17, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Where:  Weimer Hall, 21st Century News Lab, G037

Who:      Open to CJC and PHHP graduate students and faculty

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to or contact Journalism Librarian April Hines (


Category: Uncategorized

COE offering free workshop on upside-down pedagogies in higher education classes

Published: April 8th, 2014


SCALE UP: Student Centered, Active Learning Environments with Upside-Down Pedagogies in Higher Education Classes


May 13, 2014

UF College of Education / Norman Hall 2309/complimentary lunch provided

– Session 1   9AM-noon

– Session 2   1-4 PM


Robert Beichner

Distinguished Professor of Physics

North Carolina State University


Dr. Beichner is the creator of the “Scale Up Project”–creating active learning environments with student-centered activities in large or small classes.

The UF COLLEGE OF EDUCATION is sponsoring this free workshop in its new, “scaled up” Multidisciplinary Learning Laboratory, where the latest technology is used to convert the classroom into collaborative thinking stations.


Participating educators will learn how to effectively turn traditional instruction on its head–where students become teachers, with less lecture and more engagement, and most class time is spent with students working together. It all starts with how the class and room are structured.


– email:

– PH: 352-273-4215


Category: Uncategorized

Meet The Tin Man: Jon Fletcher, JOU 1999

Published: April 7th, 2014

UF Photojournalism graduate Jon Fletcher, JOU 1999, was featured in an article in The St. Augustine Record on April 6. The article, written by Daron Dean, JOU 2004, focused on Fletcher’s old-time photographs of student athletes. Fletcher used a 150-year-old method to create a tintype, a photograph on metal.

Click here to read the article.

Vonne Smith joins the College as Associate Director of Distance Education

Published: April 7th, 2014

Welcome to Vonne Smith!  She joins our College as the new Associate Director of Distance Education.  Vonne has had a long career at New Horizons Learning Center where she spearheaded the distance education offerings of the local franchise.

With over 10 years of award-winning teaching experience, Vonne is an expert on developing and offering high-quality distance courses.  She has over three years of experience in instructor training, student support and retention, and course development and delivery.  Vonne will join the team in the PATH student advising space when they move into their new offices this week. Please join us in welcoming Vonne to the College.