Dr. Robert Shuter, professor emeritus in the Diederich College, passed away on Tuesday, May 4. A native New Yorker, Dr. Shuter graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in communication and went on to complete both a master’s and doctoral degree at Northwestern University. In addition to his time at Marquette University, Dr. Shuter also served as a research professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University, a visiting professor at the University of South California, was a Fulbright Scholar and the Director of the Center for Intercultural New Media Research.


photo credit: Katie Robertson

The Diederich Experiences are opportunities to connect students with alumni working in the field. Typically, students travel to New York and Los Angeles, however due to COVID-19 protocols, this year’s experiences happened virtually. PR firm Allison+Partners recently hosted a number of students at the end of April for small-group, interactive discussions. Katie Roberston, a senior in the Diederich College, reflected on her experience and what it meant to her.

I’m Katie, a senior studying public relations with a minor in french. I’m from New Brighton, Minnesota, which is a small suburb of Saint Paul.

The Diederich Experience event was a…


Ariana Madson is graduating this spring with a major in biomedical sciences and pre-med from the College of Health Sciences with a minor in music. She has also worked as a reporter for the Marquette Wire. In Dr. Mark Konewko’s Music Technology course this semester, Ariana wrote and performed an original song entitled Sunshade, inspired by her favorite painting.

photo credit: Ariana Madson

I wrote this song about a year ago while in quarantine. It expresses feelings I had for someone and how they reminded me of my favorite painting which is called “The Sunshade” painted by William John Leech.

My classmates said they…


Dr. Ayleen Cabas-Mijares joined the Diederich College of Communication in 2019 and was named a Faculty Fellow with Marquette University’s Institute for Women’s Leadership in the spring 2021 semester. She shared her reflection on the experience and how it has impacted her role as a researcher.

Dr. Cabas-Mijares

As an assistant professor of journalism and media studies, my research focuses on investigating the intersections of journalism/media practices and transnational feminisms in Latin America and the Latinx diaspora in the U.S. Therefore, the politics of race, gender and sexuality guide my work. …


David Fantle has been an adjunct professor at Marquette University for 12 years where he teaches courses in film, television, popular culture and public relations. He spent 36 years working full-time in the field of public relations and marketing, notably at Wisconsin Gas Company for 13 years, and 12 years in the hospitality and tourism industry where he served as the deputy secretary of tourism for Wisconsin and vice president of public relations at VISIT Milwaukee. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), recipient of the Dorothy Thomas Black Award from the S.E. Wisconsin…


Dr. Kim is an assistant professor of strategic communication, and he was named the Diederich College’s Scholar of the Year in 2020 to recognize his outstanding contributions to research in the field of communication. His intellectual curiosity and support of Marquette’s mission have made him a standout researcher and faculty member.

photo credit: Young Kim

I was born and grew up mostly in South Korea. In 2008, I came to the United States in order to study more deeply about public relations and crisis communication theories. I earned my Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs with a focus on strategic communication from Louisiana State…


photo credit: Lauren Van Kleunen

My name Lauren Van Kleunen, and I’m a graduate student working on a master’s in communication with a specialization in media studies and a sports leadership certification. I grew up in Mason, Ohio, and am a student athlete on the women’s basketball team.

For my professional project, I worked on a podcast called “Bucket Talks.” The creation of my podcast came about through the pandemic. I wanted to do something that I had never done before. During the pandemic, I had a lot more time on my hands; I started researching and looking into media and the coverage of women’s…


photo credit: Nick Stephens

My name is Nick Stephens, and I’m a second-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in communication. My specialization is digital communication strategies, and I also work as a graduate teaching assistant. I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and I lived in Texas for 10 years before coming to Marquette.

In August of 2020, I began working for Marquette’s Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion (OIDI) as communication intern. They’d never really had someone devoted specifically to communication before, so it was an exciting opportunity for me to make a difference and create a foundation for future interns…


photo credit: Alyssa Contreras

My name is Alyssa Contreras, and I am from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. I am a second-year grad student in the Diederich College of Communication, specializing in digital strategies.

All semester (and even prior) I have been working on my professional project called AUBI MUNDO. In essence, AUBI MUNDO is a blog and brand that seeks to connect emerging fashion designers from all over the world. The idea for this project was one that I had been dreaming about since high school but didn’t actually come to fruition until my first year of grad school with Linda Menck in a…


Each year, the Diederich College of Communication presents one faculty member with the “Scholar of the Year” award. For 2021, Professor Kris Holodak, assistant professor of digital media and performing arts, has been selected.

photo credit: Kris Holodak

With a bachelors degree from SUNY Oswego, a master of science in corporate communication from Ithaca College, and a master of fine arts in film production from Boston University, Holodak not only serves on the Diederich College faculty but also runs a production company, Heron Media. A prolific filmmaker, her work has been recognized in numerous festivals.

“Filmmaker is an interesting word: I use it to…

Diederich College of Communication

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store