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Statement from our chair

Department Chair Sam Lovato

We’re on the CUSP of the spring 2019 semester, I’m making final adjustments to my courses and getting that beautiful, anxious feeling that’s been driving me for nearly 30 years.

Chairing the Mass Communications Department and Center for New Media has been exceedingly rewarding. It’s impossible to express properly my gratitude to Dean Folkestad, Associate Dean Steffen and Professor Ebersole for their endless mentorship. The help and support I’ve received from Rev 89 Station Manager Jenna Mangino over the last nine months has been immeasurable; I’m lucky to have this level of backing from my colleagues.

This spring, I plan to amplify our department by re-imagining our strengths, bolstering our media labs, and recommitting to student success. I hope to embolden our curriculum by making our offerings more accessible to commuter students and would be transfers.

The Mass Communications Department brings together nine faculty members with incredibly diverse backgrounds. Our media professors know the value of the teaching, scholarship, creativity and service they provide to CSU-Pueblo.

The Mass Communications Department is evolving. We’re going to have an unforgettable 2019 academic semester. I feel energized and ready to work; I’m dedicated to the university’s mission and looking forward to providing support to our amazing MCCNM students.

Please take a look at our website to find information about our three academic emphasis areas, the TODAY Newspaper and Rev 89, and our very successful alumni.

The following is just a snapshot of our hard work and triumphs over the last few months:

  • We repurposed space in the Buell Communications Center and built a new state of the art classroom, 11 courses will be offered in BCC 103 this spring semester
  • We built a new green screen and VR mini studio for our Rev 89, TODAY, and MCCNM 336 Interactive Media students
  • The TODAY newspaper fundraised over $2,000 on CSU-Pueblo Give Day
  • Ebersole had an incredibly successful fall 2018 sabbatical, including earning a grant from the Rawlings Foundation
  • Liz Viall, Jenna Mangino, and MCCNM senior Dez Rowe provided an intensive four week digital media experience for 20 Upward Bound students
  • MCCNM is now directly connected to five professional organizations including the SPJ BEA CBA PRSSA and the AAF
  • For the first time ever, Jenna Mangino added podcasting to our broadcasting curriculum
  • Rev 89 garnered over 1,000 podcast downloads through the iTunes storefront in four short months
  • Rev 89 won the Best of Pueblo 2018
  • Rev 89 was ranked 22nd in the nation by Nielsen Media among non-commercial radio in cume rating
  • Rev 89 is now available in iTunes, Google Play, and on smart speakers
  • Jenna Mangino was selected to judge at the Broadcast Education Association’s 64th Annual Convention, Exhibition & Festival of Media Arts
  • We increased the number of MCCNM majors in the fall of 2018
  • All of our professors are now engaged in academic advising
  • Liz Viall and Jiaxi Shen and developed an audio video equipment inventory system
  • For the first time ever, Dr. Ebersole is adding virtual reality to our curriculum
  • Lastly, Jenna Mangino and Liz Viall will be presenting at the Broadcast Education Association Convention this spring

Sam J. Lovato

Chair, Professor

Mass Communications Department & Center for New Media

Buell Communications Center 

Colorado State University - Pueblo

2200 Bonforte Blvd. BCC 103F

Pueblo, Colorado 81001


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