Pride Points

We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences over the years. Here are a few things we’re known for.

  • Communications program is No. 2 in the world, according to a 2017 ranking by ShanghaiRanking, an independent organization dedicating to research on higher education.
  • One of the top schools for game design in North America, earning the No. 10 spot for its undergraduate program and No. 11 for its graduate program in the Princeton Review’s list of Top Schools for Video Game Design for 2017. 
  • Ranked # 1 in educating researchers in the fields of health communication and communication technology by National Communication Association.
  • National Research Council ranks ComArtSci communication PH.D. program #2 in the nation
  • The media and information studies doctoral program was ranked second in the mass communication category by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
  • MSU is one of the top 80 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2017.
  • ComArtSci ranks in one of the top 5 in the world in communications and media studies according to QS World University Rankings.
  • Professional sales education and leadership program named one of the best in the nation by Sales Education Foundation. 
  • ComArtSci has one of the largest advertising and public relations programs in the country based on faculty, research and program offerings. 
  • MSU School of Journalism has been continuously accredited since 1949.
  • WKAR was named station of the year and national best noncommercial station of the year by  Michigan Association of Broadcasters & National Association of Broadcasters in 2016.
  • 100+ students won awards this year for their work in film, design, advertising and sales, including MSU's first student Academy Award.

Student Awards

ComArtSci departments and Media Sandbox supported a number of students whose work was submitted for external awards programs.

 Some of the highlights include:

  • At the Regional level 2018 ADDY Awards ComArtSci students received 10 Gold Awards, 17 Silver Awards and 44 Bronze Awards, as well as:o    Judges Choice Award to Yi Rong (ADV) and Kate Soave (MKT) for “Tide Flag”o    Judges Choice Award  in Magazine Advertising Campaign for “WD40” by Jacques Chouinard (ADV)o    Best in Show, “WD40” Jacques Chouinard (ADV).
  • Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Foundation Awards 2018 :
    • College TV
      • Current Events Program, Second Place, Spread Love, Not Hate, Julie Dunmire(JRN)
      • Current Events Program, Honorable Mention, Is the Cheat Worth the Risk?, Kayla Robinson (JRN)
      • Daily Newscast, Second Place, Focal Point News 12/1/17, Kayla Robinson (JRN), Macy  Krupiczewicz(JRN), Tony Black (JRN)
      • Daily Sportscast, Honorable Mention, Spartan Sports Report 11-16-17, Bradley Merlo (JRN)
      • Hard News, First Place, "You Don't Know Who has the Information", Julie  Dunmire (JRN)
      • Hard News, Honorable Mention, "It's Like We're Being Bypassed", Whitney Burney (JRN)
      • Innovations in Digital Media, Honorable Mention, What Makes Us Focal Point, Katie McCoy (JRN)
    • College Radio
      • Daily Newscast/News Feature, Second Place, War of the Flea, Max Johnston (JRN), Sami Luke (JRN)
      • Daily Newscast/News Feature, Honorable Mention, Mosaic, Sami Luke (JRN), Daniel Rayzel (JRN)
      • Innovations in Digital Media, First Place, Impact 89fm Innovations in Digital Media, Audrey Matusz (RCAH), Jake Pawloski (MI), Mickey DeJong, Max Johnston(JRN)
      • On-Air Personality or Team, Second Place, Progressive Torch and Twang by Daniel Rayzel, Daniel Rayzel (JRN), Ben Tamagne (PHY)
      • Public Service Announcement, Honorable Mention, Mopeds on Campus, Maeve O'Dowd (MI), Audrey Matusz (RCAH), Joel DeJong (MI)
      • Talk Show, Second Place, Victory Lane S3 E35, Davey Segal (JRN), Zach Swiecicki (JRN)o    Talk Show, Honorable Mention, Scary Stories S7 E8, Cole Tunningley (ENG), Sami Luke (JRN), Max Johnston (JRN), Alex Euliano (JRN)
  • A full length fiction film from Theater to Film (T2F), “ Stay with Me “short MSU Films in Documentary and Fiction Films, all showcased at the Traverse City Film Festival in July 2017 https://comartsci.msu.edu/stories/traverse-city-film-festival-recap
  • “ Stay with Me “ T2F full length fiction film was shown at the East Lansing Film Festival https://comartsci.msu.edu/stay-me-showing-east-lansing-film-festival
  • Plunder Panic, videogame development team including Jerod Pennington (MI) won Audience Choice Award at IndieCade  http://comartsci.msu.edu/research-and-creative-work/creative-collaboration-behind-plunder-panic
  • Travers City Film Festival 2017  showcased a Virtual Reality Baseball Simulator Exhibit with Byron Lau (MI), Sage Miller (MI), Yilang Zhao (MI MA student )
  • iVerse VR Lab Showcase 1/17 featured:
    • Zombie Hoard VR, Jacob Loukota (EGR), Bailey McClure (MI),  Mentor: Taiwoo Park
    • Trapped Escape Room, Laura Fajado (MIMA), George McNeill (MI), Becky Roman(MI), Stefani Taskas (EGR), Byron Lau(MI), Sage Miller(MI) , Yilang Zhao(MI MA), Mentor: Taiwoo Park
    • VR Baseball Simulator, Byron Lau(MI), Sage Miller(MI), Yilang Zhao(MI MA), Mentor: Taiwoo Parko    MI491 Virtual Reality Student Project Demonstration, Laura Fajardo(MI MA), Joomi Lee(COMPHD), Bailey McClure(MI), Stefani Taskas(EGR), Mentor:  Taiwoo Park.
    • Touching the virtual: Individual differences in approach and avoidance behaviors in VR, Joomi Lee (COMPHD), Dr. Allison Eden, Dr. Taiwoo Park, Dr. David Ewoldsen, Sage Miller (MI), David Beyea (COMPHD), Sang Lee (COM PHD)
  • IVerse VR Lab Showcase  4/18
    • VR Memory Recall Study, Bailey McClure(MI), Mentor: Taiwoo Parko - Zen Garden VR, Laura Fajardo, Nathan Kellman (MIMA), Mia Swanton (MI), Bailey McClure (MI), Becky Roman(MI), Stefani Taskas(EGR)
    • Mediating Treatment of Acrophobia with Virtual Reality, George McNeill (MI), Mentor: Taiwoo Park
  • Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards :
    • Television Breaking News Reporting, Winner: Seniors serving seniors - by Sierra Searcy (JRN)o    Television Breaking News Reporting, Finalist: They weren't allowed to come forward - by Katie McCoy (JRN) and Christian Barrington (JRN)
    • Television Feature Reporting, Finalist: With just luck - by Chloe Kiple (JRN)
    • Best Affiliated Web Site, Finalist: statenews.com – by The Staff of The State News
    • Broadcast News Videography, Winner: "In the last ten years, we've just lost so many" - by Whitney Burney (JRN)
    • Broadcast Feature Videography, Winner: I can't tell you how it warms your heart - by Macy Krupiczewicz (JRN)
    • Broadcast Feature Videography, Finalist: We'll be doing this 'till we die - by Gabriella Galloway (JRN)
  • The 2018 National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Michigan Emmy Award Chapters went to:
    • Newscast, Larry Nassar Special, Focal Point News  Kendall Ashman (JRN), Tony Black (JRN), Griffin Stroin (JRN)
    • News:  General Assignment Trying To Keep The Lights On; Julie Dunmire (JRN)
    • Short Form-Fiction Rebel Rebel; Jason Wu (MI), Bradley Coster (MI), Paul Roh (MI), Tyler Clifton (MI), Mallory Maxton (MI)
    • Long Form-Fiction On The Way Up  Dominic Aldini (MI), Ryan Basel (MI), Stuart Heinlein (MI)o    Sports Feel close to him  Griffin Wasik (JRN)o    Sports Live Event 49th Annual Spartan Stampede , Rick Wellington (MI)
    • Editor,   All Over (Again) Bradley Coster(MI)o    Writing, Trying To Keep The Lights On, Julie Dunmire (JRN)
  • Regional Philo Award Kendall Ashman (JRN)
  • 2018 The White House News Photographers Association Awards  to Julie Dunmire (JRN) and Michael Epps (JRN)
  • One Club Competition in China FS17  Video production following team, by Tanner Evans  Link to productions is:  https://vimeo.com/244130104  Team won a Silver Pencil at the competition.