The Changing of the Guard: Part II

By: Karen Kim

As Dr. Mazzarella finishes her term as director of the SCOM, Dr. Eric Fife will begin his term as director on July 1. Dr. Fife has been a professor in the SCOM since Fall 2001. He is a JMU alumnus (’90) with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English. I had a chance to meet him and ask a few questions before the Spring 2014 semester was over.

Dr. Eric Fife will begin his term as director of the SCOM on July 1.

Dr. Eric Fife will begin his term as director of the SCOM on July 1.

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The Changing of the Guard: Part 1

by: Colby Boone

Dr. Mazzarella

This semester marks the end of Dr. Mazzarella’s term as director of the SCOM department. As her last few weeks wrap up, she graciously agreed to meet with me for an interview. My journey to the SCOM main office was a good experience as usual and it must be great to work for Dr. Mazzarella because everyone in the office is always smiling. Our meeting only lasted about 15 minutes, but during that time we had some good laughs and she shared some insightful information with me.

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Be Involved with SCOM: A Two-Part Series on the Department’s Student Organizations


Part 2: Debate Team and Speech Team

The following introductions of both the Debate Team and Speech Team are from short interviews with the directors of both teams: Professor Michael Davis and  Professor Lee Mayfield. Both teams are open to anyone who is interested in joining! Both directors would love to be contacted for any students interested in either of the organizations.

Contact information for both teams are provided below. Anyone interested is strongly encouraged to contact both directors.

Professor Michael Davis (Debate Team)


Professor Lee Mayfield (Speech Team)


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SCOM Students Facilitate Community Forum on Access to Health

On Wednesday, April 2, students in Dr. Lori Britt’s course on Facilitating Community Engagement facilitated a public forum in Rose Library.


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Be Involved with SCOM: A Two-Part Series on the Department’s Student Organizations

Part 1: IABC and PRSSA

The following snapshots of the IABC and PRSSA are the result of short interviews with the hardworking presidents of these organizations. Kerry and Ryan both strive to do what is best for their respective organizations and would love to follow up with anyone that is interested in joining.

Their contact information has been included below so feel free to shoot them an email for more information.

Kerry Mclendon: (IABC)



Ryan Thomas: (PRSSA)




International Association of Buisness Communicators (IABC)


What’s it all about?

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Aftermath of an successful Alumni Day!

Harrison hall was filled with energy on Friday, April 11 with students, alumni and faculty enjoying an eventful day for the ‘Springboard Into the Future’ Alumni event.  alumni day 1

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Debate Team’s Successful Year Summary

The JMU Debate Team recently completed another successful year. The team finished the year ranked 9th in both the National Debate Tournament’s and the Cross Examination Debate Association’s National rankings. This is the 5th consecutive year that the team has finished in the top ten.
(Debate Team)

SCOM Conference and SCOM Alumni Day, Here We Come!!

There are two upcoming events this week to kick-off the eventful month of April!

36th Annual SCOM Conference

JMU SCOM will hold it’s 36th Annual conference from April 7th- 9th.

SCOM logo

(click imagee for Facebook event page)


“Takin’ It to the Streets:” Promoting Social Justice through Communication Activiism Scholarship by Dr. Lawrence Frey will kick off the Conference. It will take place in Highlands Festival Conference Center at 7-8pm.

Here is a brief schedule of the conferences:

Monday (7th)

Pre-Conference Workshop  3:30-4:30pm @ Harrison 1290

Conference Start 7-8:15pm @Highlands, Festival Conference Center

Tuesday (8th)

Paper Session 1:Social Movements and Cultural Change 9:30 – 10:45am @ Transitions,Warren

Paper Session 2: Communicate Criticism and Popular Culture 11-12:15pm @ Transitions, Warren

Paper Session 3: Independent Research Projects 12:30-1:45pm @ Transitions, Warren

Paper Session 4: Communication and College Life 2-3pm @ Transitions, Warren

Information Session: Graduate Degree in Communication and Advocacy 3:30-4:30pm @ Transitions, Warren


Wednesday (9th)

Paper Session 5: Mediated Communication and Identities 9:05-9:55am @ Transitions, Warren

Paper Session 6: Presidential and Public Rhetoric 10:10-11am @ Transitions, Warren

Paper Session 7 : Honors Theses 11:15-12pm @ Transitions, Warren


Since there are multiple sessions, find ones that fit your schedule and attend.  You will be able to find out interesting information as well as supporting your classmates.
For the full program you can find it at our Facebook event page.

SCOM Alumni Day

The day is finally here! This Friday will be the ‘Springboard Into the Future’ Alumni event!

Alumni Day flyer
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                                                      Five Alumni Panel Presentations in Harrison 0102:

- Panel 1: (9:05-9:55) Entering into the Fast Paced World of For-Profit Organization’s: What to Expect!

- Panel 2: (10:10-11:00) “I graduated with a degree in Communication Studies… Now what?!”

- Panel 3: (11:15-12:05) Branding and Planning the Career of Your Dreams

- Panel 4: (12:20-1:10) Networking Like an All Star: The Ins and Outs of Building Professional Relationships

- Panel 5: (1:25-2:15) Inside the World of Public Relations: From the Day to Day to the Big Picture

Student-Alumni Lunch in Harrison 1290 from 11:30-2pm

Afterwards come out to the Alumni Awards Picnic in the courtyard behind Harrison and Ashby at 3pm!!

Enjoy a sunny Friday mingling with your classmates, faculty members and alumni! This will be a great opportunity to network as well as get to know others in SCOM!


We will be updating our Facebook and Twitter page during these events so please stay tuned through these outlets as well!


Please let us know if you have any news to share with us. You can contact Dr. Isaac Woo (,  Karen Kim ( or Colby Boone ( for a blog story idea.f


As the weather is warming up, we have exciting events coming up as well and there’s a great event happening TOMORROW!

Community Dialogue on Community Health
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We hope you will join us for a facilitated community dialogue on: Access to Health: It’s Political—A Community Dialogue on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (TOMORROW) 5:30-7:00pm in the JMU Rose Library, 3rd Floor Flex Space.
(Parking is available to campus visitors in the C10 and D2 lots between 5:30pm and 7:00pm. No permits will be necessary)

This discussion will center on the question How can we educate and engage community members in all facets of healthcare and remove barriers to wellness, access to preventative and urgent care, and local resources in an effort to protect, promote and enhance quality of life.”

This focus was sparked by many of the ideas in the A Book for the ‘Burg selection, Mountains Beyond Mountains, about the work of Dr. Paul Farmer in addressing critical health issues and finding that those issues intersect with politics, the natural environment, cultural values and norms, transportation, etc. The discussion will consider how healthcare intersects with these issues right here at JMU, in Harrisonburg and in the Valley and consider how we might all contribute to our community’s health.

This interactive event is being led by trained student facilitators of the 4C Initiative: Campus Community Civic Collaborative, a program of the Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue (ICAD)/School of Communication Studies. This event is part of a larger programming schedule for A Book for the ‘Burg, a community reading experience. The event is free, open to the public, and does not require participants to have read the book.

For more information, contact Lori Britt at, or 540-568-5028540-568-5028.
See more on healthcare access and community dialogue at a blog created by students:

Exciting month ahead for SCOM

April will be an eventful month for SCOM faculty and students. There are a lot of exciting events coming up!

SCOM Alumni Day
(Springboard into the Future)

Alumni Day flyer

There are only 2 weeks left until the big day! There will be panels in the morning, a lunch, and then a picnic with food, games, and an awards ceremony for SCOM students.

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