The Olson Family Endowed Communication Award is given to students with “demonstrated personal initiative in the exploration of current and emerging communication technologies, who have a strong balance between classroom and experiential learning, and who have excellent oral and written communication skills.” Students who have demonstrated service such as participating in student broadcast, multi-media and communication activities, or advanced technology internships are excellent candidates. One award is given annually to a student with junior standing. This year’s recipient, Emma Tomsich, shared some reflections on what this means to her.

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I am a junior majoring in Corporate Communications and minoring in Public Relations and Marketing. I am from Pleasant Ridge, Michigan, which is a tiny suburb of Detroit. …


An alumna from the Class of 2010, Caryn (Steinman) Murillo has taken her skills to the Center for Disease Control. We caught up with her to learn a little more about what her days look like in this #throwbackthursday post.

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Hi! I’m Caryn (Steinman) Murillo. I work as a Public Health Analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). I graduated from Marquette in 2010 with degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology. I’m originally from Buffalo Grove, IL, but have been living in Atlanta, GA for the past 8.5 years. I moved here for my job at the CDC, but now can’t imagine living anywhere else. …


The Diederich College of Communication mourns the loss of Bob Sheridan, Comm ’58, who passed away on November 8. His longtime friend, Paul Salsini, shares memories of Bob’s life and their times together.

When he was a senior at Marquette University High School, Bob Sheridan applied to Marquette and was accepted as a premedical student. But then he discovered how “hopeless” he was in a chemistry class, and a friend, he wrote later, told him that journalism students were “incredibly smart, funny and admired.”

He changed his application to journalism.

Lucky for journalism, because after he graduated in 1958, Robert E. …


Dinesh Sabu joined the Diederich College of Communication this fall as an assistant professor of digital media and performing arts. We caught up with him to get to know him a little better and introduce him to you.

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Professor Dinesh Sabu

I grew up in Louisiana and New Mexico, but I’ve lived in Chicago for most of my adult life. I moved to Milwaukee from the Bay Area, California, where I lived for the last several years. Chicago and the Midwest feel like home, and it’s great to be back.

I went to the University of Chicago for undergrad and worked in the documentary community in Chicago for about a decade afterwards. I recently got my Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford. The MFA is a terminal degree in the arts. As a practitioner, it is the closest thing you can get to a PhD. …


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Amelia Jones

Amelia Jones, Comm ’18, has returned to Milwaukee and joined the team at FOX6 News. She recently took time out of her busy days to fill us in on her memories of Marquette, what the #DiederichCollege means to her, and what she wishes she could tell students today.

My name is Amelia Jones, and I am a reporter with FOX6 News in Milwaukee. I was a journalism major and, digital media and French minor at Marquette. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2018. I am originally from Kansas City, but Wisconsin has been home since I graduated. …


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Andrew Amouzou

Andrew Amouzou, a sophomore majoring in journalism and minoring in digital media took the Diederich College’s Instagram along for a ride and showed off his day for a recent #studenttakeover.

Overall, Tuesdays are usually my most hectic days, and being able to take over the Diederich College’s Instagram brought some new excitement to the day. At first, it was weird (a good weird) that I was going to be filming myself as I went through my day; however, I eventually got creative and put together the day’s events and activities nicely. I knew I wanted to include my morning routine, as well as my barber appointment because it would allow people to see how unique my day was. …


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photo credit: Maria Moran Avila

In honor of #transferstudentweek, we caught up with Maria Moran Avila, who transferred to Marquette University and the College of Communication after attending Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Waubonsee Community College.

Tell us about yourself! I’m a senior in the College of Communication studying Communication Studies and Psychology; I will graduate in 2021. I’m originally from Quito, Ecuador.

What brought you to Marquette? It was a combination of many different things, but I really fell in love with the larger city and campus town environment that Marquette has.

What was the biggest adjustment after transferring? Being in a larger city all by myself was daunting at first. I had to learn how to be more responsible not only with school and work, but I acquired big financial responsibilities as well. Figuring out how to balance everything in my life was a challenge. …


Dr. Jaime Robb joined the Diederich College of Communication this fall as an assistant professor of communication studies. Read on to get to know him better!

Dr. Jaime Robb
Dr. Jaime Robb

I immigrated to the United States when I was 12 years old and was raised by my inspirational grandmother in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. I attended Pompano Beach High school where I was the editor of the yearbook, president of the anime club, captain of the soccer team; I played baseball and ran cross country as well. After graduating high school, I attended Florida Atlantic University (FAU) as a first-generation college student. During my undergraduate experience I worked full-time to pay for school doing some of the most important learning I have done to date. I worked in lawn care, I coached soccer at the local high school, and worked at Best Buy, just to name a few. After graduating with my B.A. …


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Marissa Evans

Currently the social issues reporter for the Star Tribune in the Twin Cities, Marissa Evans, Comm ’13, is the winner of a 2018 Online News Association award and a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grantee. She previously was a Carter Center Mental Health Reporting Fellow and her work has appeared in a number of publications including but not limited to O, the Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, The Seattle Times, The Washington Post, Cosmo for Latinas, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. …


On Monday, October 5, we had our first #studenttakeover by sophomore, Bailey Doyle, who is studying Public Relations and Communication Studies; she originally hails from San Francisco, CA. We caught up with Bailey to ask about her experience!

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The takeover was so much fun! It was really interesting to film my whole day and help prospective students see a normal day in the life of a Marquette student. I planned out my day before and made sure to start walking to class early. This helped me make sure I allowed for time to film. Sometimes it would take me a couple tries to get the right wording and make sure there was no background noise. The takeover was definitely something that required some preparation beforehand. …

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