You are all encouraged to attend the dedication of the new Allen H. Neuharth Reading Room in Library West.
Al Neuharth was a passionate support of journalism education, with a special affinity for our College. He was Chairman and CEO of the Gannett Company and founder of USA Today.
Join us Monday, March 10, at 2 p.m., on the third floor of Library West.
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We are pleased to share the news that Randy Bennett is joining our College’s administrative team as Director of Entrepreneurship and Partnerships, a new position designed to broker strategic partnerships. His first day is March 10.
Randy was with Newspaper Association of America for 22 years, where his roles included Vice President of Digital Media and Senior Vice President of Business Development. He led association strategy development, program and conference development, training, membership acquisition and retention, and research and industry analysis — all responsibilities aligned with this new role at CJC. He originated business discussions with globally-known digital companies on potential industry partnerships, and oversaw research that was key to newspaper understanding of consumer media usage. Randy perhaps became best known in the industry when he led the Horizon Watching initiative that shaped strategic recommendations for emerging newspaper business models and operations. It was forward-thinking before the industry accepted the need for fundamental changes in the business model.
Randy’s career with the association has provided him deep insights into the changing media landscape. He is well versed in building strategic partnerships,with contacts spanning senior executives at media and technology companies, heads of media associations, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
His career has been framed by startups. He was one of the first 20 employees at Knight Ridder’s early interactive-media initiative called Viewtron, the first graphics-based digital service in the U.S. He was also part of the start-up team that developed America Online, serving as director of online services. Most recently he has been involved with another fledgling social media startup.
Randy earned his dual bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
He and his wife Cindy, a CJC alumna (ADV ’80), are moving to Gainesville from Farifax, Va. They have two sons: Jackson, 20, and Carson, 12.
Please join us in welcoming Randy to the University of Florida!
We are pleased to announce that Houston Wells will join the faculty this fall as a Lecturer in the Department of Telecommunication. He will teach video production courses for both the Departments of Telecommunication and Journalism.
Houston has worked in the field of video production since 2001 after earning a master’s degree from our College. He has scripted, produced and edited countless commercials, corporate/industrial films and educational videos. He has worked with multiple video formats and post-production workflows and will bring his experience in visual storytelling to the classroom. The teaching of video production is particularly important in our curriculum. Houston will be a great addition to the team.
He has served as an adjunct lecturer in the College and also holds a master’s degree in secondary science education and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from UF.
Please join us in welcoming Houston to the College.
We are delighted to share the news that Eunice Kim will be joining the faculty this fall as an Assistant Professor of Advertising. She also will teach courses in the Department of Public Relations.
Eunice’s combination of teaching, research and professional experience makes her the ideal selection for this position that involves interdisciplinary teaching across departments. Her scholarly interests in digital and social media, marketing and strategic communications, branding, and consumer psychology will substantially enhance the College’s efforts in persuasive communication and emerging media.
Her work has been published in or will soon appear in the Internal Journal of Advertising, Journal of Interactive Advertising, Journal of Promotion Management, and the Journal of Advertising and Public Relations Research. She also has written a book chapter in “Studies in Health Technology and Informatics.”
Eunice will earn her doctoral degree in advertising from the University of Texas this spring. She earned a master’s degree in advertising from Texas in 2010 and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and history from Yonsei University in South Korea in 2008.
While at Texas, Eunice has taught both advertising and public relations courses, with an emphasis on the application of media and consumer psychology. This year, she also has served as an adjunct professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin.
Before pursing her graduate degrees, Eunice worked in consumer research and account planning at several advertising agencies in South Korea, including DDB Worldwide Communication Group and Ogilvy & Mather. During her graduate studies, she worked as a social media marketing communication consultant for SCOTOSS Consulting and collaborated on a research project, Engagement Plus Study, on brand communications on Twitter. She is currently working as a marketing and advertising columnist for Korea Association of Advertising Agencies in South Korea.
Please join us in welcoming Eunice to the College!
Thank you to everyone involved in the planning and execution of our 25th Annual A Celebration of Wine to benefit Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM. We had a wonderful Sunday meeting with our listeners from across North Central Florida.
We are delighted to share the news that Jeff Pole will be joining the College’s administrative team as Director of Finance.
Jeff is currently Controller for Halifax Media Group’s South Region, which includes the Ocala StarBanner and Gainesville Sun, and serves as the General Manager of the Ocala StarBanner. He and his wife, Terri, live in Ocala. They have four grown children. Three are Gators. Daughter Holly is a member of the Gator volleyball team and will be a senior this fall.
Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from LeMoyne College in Syracuse in 1984, and then served as an Auditor for Earnst & Whinney for three years. He moved into the newspaper business in 1992, serving as Credit Manager and Accounting Manager for The Syracuse Newspapers before joining the New York Times Media Group’s Sarasota Herald Tribune in 1992 as Financial Services Manager.
Jeff worked at the Herald Tribune team until Nov. 2002 when he was promoted to Controller of the Ocala StarBanner and Gainesville Sun. In 2012, he took on the additional responsibilities with the Halifax Media Group’s South Region and oversight of all business operations at the StarBanner.
In addition to his financial background, his general management experience will enable him to develop the processes and tools we need to manage the growth and diversification of the College’s operations, for both the academic side and the Division of Media Properties.
Please join us in welcoming Jeff to the College!
We are delighted to announce that Katrice Graham, ADV 2003, has been hired as Director of the College’s Knight Division for Scholarships, Career Services and Multicultural Affairs. She will start March 3.
Katrice currently serves as Assistant Director of Career Development in UF’s Career Resource Center. Prior to joining the CRC in January 2013, she worked in UF’s Warrington College of Business Administration as an Academic Adviser and Career Coach.
In addition to earning her bachelor’s degree in advertising, Katrice earned a master’s in business administration from UF in 2004 and is currently working on a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University in Boston. She is on track to earn her doctorate this September.
Katrice is a mentor for UF’s Minority Mentor Program and has served as an adviser for both the Minority Business Society and Phi Beta Lambda. She has served on UF’s Diversity, Inclusion and Campus Climate Committee; ASPIRE committee; and the Asian Pacific Islander American Student Advisory Board.
Please join us in welcoming Katrice back home to the UF College of Journalism and Communications!
Photojournalist Adrian Dennis, JOU 1992, is photographing the Sochi Olympics and blogging about his experience for CANON. Dennis works for French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) and was named the Sports Photographer of the Year 2012 by the Sports Journalists Association.
Click here to read the blog.
We are delighted to share the news that Yu-Hao Lee will be joining our faculty this fall as an Assistant Professor of Telecommunication. This new faculty line, focused on emerging media, is the first of several faculty positions we will fill this spring.
Yu-Hao’s interests in media psychology, persuasion, social influence and online collaboration are vital to strengthening our College’s efforts in emerging media: the use of interactive technologies, video gaming, and computer-mediated communication. As the university moves to encourage greater interdisciplinary work, he will be forging relationships with faculty in other units across campus.
Yu-Hao is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oklahoma, where he is part of a team operating under a $10.5 million grant to study Advanced Intelligence interactive games used in education and training.
Yu-Hao earned his a Ph.D. in media and information studies from Michigan State University in 2013, a master’s degree in journalism from National Taiwan University in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in economics from National Taiwan University in 2003.
Yu-Hao’s current research includes understanding motivation and engagement in serious video games, including the cognitive processes and response to persuasion through games; the effects of “clicktivism” (i.e. low-cost, low-risk online activism) on personal gratification and future intentions to take action; and applying game mechanics, aka gamification, to instructional design.
From 2005-07, Yu-Hao worked as a reporter for Commonwealth Magazine in Taiwan, covering political and environmental issues, and from 2007-08, he worked as a researcher on sustainable urban planning for the Green Architecture Organization.
Please join us in welcoming Yu-Hao Lee to the University of Florida.