Steve and his wife Beverly at the opening celebration for Kayla’s Playground

An alumnus of the Diederich College, Steve Olson (Speech ’78) came to Marquette University on the heels of two sisters and his father. What he found was a place to explore his passion and aptitude for broadcast technology.

While a student, Steve worked part-time at the media center and on student productions; during his junior year, Bob Turner (former director of the Instructional Media Center) named him general manager of the fledgling student television station: MUTV. In fact, some of his favorite memories of those college days include remote productions of hockey and basketball games. As a group, the station…


photo credit: Devon Wiensch

Theatre students in the Diederich College of Communication had the opportunity to take THAR 4953: Introduction to Swordplay with Jamie Cheatham this past spring; as a bonus to the semester’s work, the students tested for David Woolley, an official fight master from Chicago, via video. This achievement will be recognizable nationally on their resumes. We’re pleased to share some more insight from some of our students — and to share that all 11 students passed their skills proficiency tests and are now “certified in single sword” with the Society of American Fight Directors. …


This spring, alumnus Chris Marrs ran a workshop in television writing to give digital media students an opportunity to take an idea and turn it into a television pilot. Chris has completed writing on the Disney+ dramedy Big Shot and has previously written on Arrested Development and Those Who Can’t. He has also been a producer and actor in both television and commercials. By offering his expertise and time to Diederich College students, Chris provided a unique opportunity for them to get hands-on experience and mentorship from someone in the field. …


Theatre students in the Diederich College of Communication had the opportunity to take THAR 4953: Introduction to Swordplay with Jamie Cheatham this past spring; as a bonus to the semester’s work, the students tested for David Woolley, an official fight master from Chicago, via video. This achievement will be recognizable nationally on their resumes. We’re pleased to share some more insight from some of our students — and to share that all 11 students passed their skills proficiency tests and are now “certified in single sword” with the Society of American Fight Directors. …


This spring, alumnus Chris Marrs ran a workshop in television writing to give digital media students an opportunity to take an idea and turn it into a television pilot. Chris has completed writing on the Disney+ dramedy Big Shot and has previously written on Arrested Development and Those Who Can’t. He has also been a producer and actor in both television and commercials. By offering his expertise and time to Diederich College students, Chris provided a unique opportunity for them to get hands-on experience and mentorship from someone in the field. …


Mario Walker, a senior in the Diederich College of Communication, was recently awarded the Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J. Award for Student Leadership through the Division of Student Affairs honoring a graduating senior for leadership contributions over the course of an undergraduate career. The highest honor presented by the Division of Student Affairs, this award recognizes excellence as a student leader who embodies the ideals expressed in the University Mission.

photo credit: Mario Walker

My name is Jamario Walker, but I go by Mario. I am a senior majoring in theatre arts (emphasis on acting) with a minor in public relations. I am from…


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. …

Diederich College of Communication

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