Vilas Insider Newsletter - Fall 2021
A Message from SJMC Director Hernando Rojas:
It is wonderful to greet you from Madison this fall! I’m happy to say that I’m writing this message to you from our home in Vilas Hall. Classes for the fall semester are taking place 90% in person, which is in line with pre-pandemic course delivery. Vaccination rates on campus for students, faculty and staff are above 91% and masks are required indoors, making me optimistic that safe face to face instruction will continue throughout the academic year. As we look ahead to 2021 and beyond, we want to thank our alumni and friends for their ongoing support. Your next opportunity to contribute to the continued success of our school is during Fill the Hill, October 28-29. We hope you’ll join us to show your J-School pride! On Wisconsin!
A Message from L&S Dean Eric Wilcots
Save the Date: Homecoming Open House
Friday, October 29, 4-5 p.m. in the Nafziger Room (5055 Vilas Hall)
Join your fellow J-School alums, faculty and staff for a homecoming open house. Network, reconnect, enjoy some snacks and see the newly remodeled spaces on the fifth floor of Vilas Hall.

Professor Katy Bartzen Culver Named Scripps Howard Teacher of the Year
J-School Associate Professor and James E. Burgess Ethics in Journalism Chair Kathleen Bartzen Culver has won the 2020 Scripps Howard Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year Award.

WSUM General Manager Dave Black Retires
Dave Black played a key role in building WSUM into what it is today. Now, the student radio station’s general manager is retiring in September, but he’s leaving the station in good shape to continue entertaining and educating students in the future.

Graduate Student Highlight: Xerxes Minocher
Xerxes Minocher was recently awarded a Doctoral Fellowship from Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). We caught up with Xerxes to hear more about them about their research.

Rob Master Brings Strategic Communication Expertise to J-School Students
This fall, J-School students in J564: Media and the Consumer will be learning from industry expert, UW-Madison alum and SJMC Board of Visitors member Rob Master.

Curb Pause Earns National Recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists
Curb magazine was a finalist for Best Student Magazine and won Best Affiliated Website in SPJ's 2020 national Mark of Excellence awards. Students in the 2020 Curb class join a long list of past SPJ national Mark of Excellence Award winners and finalists.

Remembering Alum Adam Kolton (BA'90)
Adam Kolton, who helped fend off development in Alaska’s wild places, recently passed away at 53.
Save the Date:
Fill the Hill is back! Join us Thursday, October 28 through Friday, October 29. Stay tuned for more info!
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