College of Arts and Sciences
COM Week 2015: Inspiring Innovation

COMWeekWith “Inspiring Innovation” as the theme, Communication Week 2015 will be April 6 to 9 at Illinois State University. Events will highlight how professionals adapt to a technology-driven world and use creativity to foster new ideas.

The four keynote speakers and 13 panels will help students explore a range of career fields from sports communication and entertainment, to public relations and visual design. Additionally, keynotes will share their experience with leading organizations such as Facebook, Ogilvy Public Relations and the Packback startup.

Kicking off the week’s keynotes is a pair of young alums who have already made their mark. Facebook’s Corporate Communication Internal Advertising Manager Joe Benarroch is speaking at 9:35 a.m. Monday, April 6, in State Farm’s Caterpillar Auditorium. Michael Rigsby, Chief Executive Officer of Dirt on Dirt Racing will follow at 2 p.m. in CVA 151.

Jessica Tenuta, visual designer for Packback starts Tuesday, April 7, by telling how creativity and entrepreneurism landed her on Sharktank at 9:35 a.m. in CVA 151.  Later, Ogilvy PR Vice President Rory Swikle speaks to public relations enthusiasts at 7 p.m. in Schroeder 130 as part of the Public Relations Students Society of America chapter meeting.

COM Week 2015 wraps up with the Career Institute, offering networking and education segments from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center. Here, students are welcome to connect with local business recruiters while also receiving professional feedback on tools such as resumes, interviewing and LinkedIn.

While COM Week originally started for communication students, this year the SoC extends the invite across campus. Each event is a valuable networking and educational opportunity that promises to advance any young professional, regardless of major.

As an added incentive, Uptown Normal’s Coffee Hound is providing free coffee to all attendees who purchase the COM Week 2015 coffee mug. Free coffee will be served 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday-Wednesday in the Fell Hall lobby.

For a full view of the COM Week 2015 weekly events, download the free Illinois State University app through the iOS app or Google Play store, then search for the COM Week 2015 Guide. A complete schedule is also available on the COM Week website at

For additional information, contact JoeyLauren Jiracek at (708) 921-1033 or

News from the College

ISU to Host First European Studies Symposium
James van der Laan

James van der Laan

Illinois State University will welcome diplomats from Greece and Poland at its first-ever European Studies Symposium, which will run April 2 to 3, and April 16 to 17.

Presentations over the four-day event will take place across campus, and will welcome experts who will speak on a range of topics facing Europe – from religion and languages to economics, arts and history of the region. A full list of speakers is available on the European Studies Symposium website .


WGLT Wins AP Awards

GLTThe GLT News Department has received six more Illinois Associated Press awards to a constantly growing collection. The recent announcement honors GLT with an even split of three first place and three second place awards in the Downstate Radio category, more than any other station in the category. GLT is in the running for two other awards to be announced at the Illinois News Broadcasters Association annual conference, to be held this year at the Marriott in Uptown Normal on April 25.


Press Editor to Speak at Pub Unit

Foster_Auditorium_Malone_Hood_Plaza_University_of_Alabama-640x425Vanessa Rusch, managing editor at the University of Alabama Press, will present From Trade House to University Press: Managing Editorial and the Ps of Publishing at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Publications Unit in Williams Hall Annex, room 103.

As managing editor of University of Alabama Press, Vanessa Rusch applies over a decade of publishing, editorial and communications experience. She is a liaison between the acquisitions, editorial, production and marketing departments. In her role, she oversees the planning, development, scheduling and overall production of the press’s publication series, including FC2 and Poetry and Poetics, in conjunction with the press director and the press board. In her supervisory function, Vanessa hires, trains and evaluates staff editors and student workers and coordinates freelance editorial work.


LALS to Present Documentary

Speaking in TonguesThe Latin American and Latino Studies Program will partner with additional sponsors to present the award-winning documentary “Speaking in Tongues” on Monday, April 6th, at 7:00 pm in the Normal Theatre. The film follows four students and their families as the students learn to become fluent in two languages. After the screening a Q&A with Assistant Professor Elizabeth Skinner of the College of Education will commence.


More News from the College

Greetings from the Dean!

Dean Gregory SimpsonWelcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. I invite you to explore on this site the many programs, majors, and minors that we have to offer you.

New way of recognizing faculty accomplishments!

The College recognizes that the receipt of individual fellowships and awards is an honor and we would like to be able to acknowledge the accomplishment of those faculty who receive this type of external funding.

Please help us recognize these accomplishments by completing the short form found here. (DOC)

Events and Deadlines

March 30 - Department of Sociology and Anthropology Ethnographic Film Series, “Leviathan,” Room 138, Schroeder Hall at 6:00 p.m.

March 30 - Department of English Lecture, “The Elephants in the Room: The Challenges of Diversity in Youth Literature,” Deborah Stevenson, Director of the Center for Children’s Books at UIUC and editor of trade review journal ‘Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books’, Room 101, Stevenson Hall at 7:00 p.m.

March 31 - School of Biological Sciences Seminar, Lisa Treidel, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building at 12:00 p.m.

March 31 - Department of Physics Colloquium, “X-ray astronomical instrumentation: current status and future,” Professor Ryan Allured, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Room 214, Moulton Hall at 4:00 p.m.

April 1 – Department of English Speaker Series, “Publications Unit Professional Speaker Series: Vanessa Rusch,” Vanessa Rusch, Managing Editor at the University of Alabama Press, Publications Unit, Williams Hall Annex at 11:00 a.m.

April 1 – School of Biological Sciences Seminar, “Cell wall mutants in Arabidopsis,” Christy Moore, Room 121, Science Laboratory Building at 12:00 p.m.

April 1 - Department of Philosophy, ISU Philosophical Society Meeting, Ro0om 401, Stevenson Hall at 5:30 p.m.

April 2 - Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, European Studies Symposium, Room 130, Schroeder Hall at 4:00 p.m.

April 3 - Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, European Studies Symposium, CAT Auditorium, State Farm Hall of Business at 9:15 a.m.

April 3 - Department of Physics Seminar, “Energy conversion of LED lamps,” Professor Eirin Sullivan, Department of Chemistry, Room 309, Moulton Hall at 12:00 p.m.

April 3 - Department of Psychology Speaker Series, “Place Cell Coding During Slow and Fast gamma Oscillations,” Laura Lee Colgin, Ph.D., Room 48, DeGarmo Hall at 2:00 p.m.

April 3 - Department of Chemistry Seminar, Michael Berninger, Room 225, Julian Hall at 3:00 p.m.

April 3 - Department of Geography-Geology Presentation, “Venus Active Tectonics: Evidence from Craters, Coronae and Chasmata,” Dr. Donna Jurdy, Northwestern University, Room 133, Felmley Hall of Science Annex at 3:00 p.m.