Horror Game Marathon for a Good Cause

 

By Katie Weidman

Cardinal Gamers will rise early on Saturday Oct. 25 to begin a 24-hour horror game marathon to benefit charity.

The Event

The marathon, which will take place in the Mac Lab starting at 8 a.m., is part of a larger program known as Extra Life, an online platform where people can create teams and collect donations that will then go to the Children’s Miracle Network hospital of their choice. The Cardinal Gamers have set a goal of $1,200 to go to the Golisano Children’s Miracle Network hospital in Rochester. Anyone is welcome to donate, and all are welcome to join the Gamers and play along.

Donations to the cause are accepted on the Extra Life website, just search for the team called Cardinal Gamers.

The Club

The club hosting the event was started by Dr. Wendi Sierra and a handful of students as a sort of gaming book club. Their purpose is to play games for fun, but also to see the games as a work of art that has elements meant to invoke a deeper look into the game beyond just playing it. The students wanted to come together formally to discuss these elements.

The club is an offshoot of the larger Digital Cultures and Technologies Club, but anyone interesting in discussing game design and theory is welcome to join. Anyone interested should email Dr. Wendi Sierra with questions at wsierra@sjfc.edu.

The club also has ambitions to do larger events on campus, such as the Extra Life marathon, and Let’s Play days. The horror game marathon is a culmination of these ambitions and the fact that the Extra Life marathon is very close to Halloween. What better way to get into the spirit than 24 hours of the scariest games you can imagine? And some milder ones for the more faint of heart.

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If life gives you lemons, run a media business exercise

By Julia Laude

Students in Media Management and Economics taught by Arien Rozelle were given a group project to make a lemonade stand as a way for them to learn more about the logistics of running a business.

The students were split into two groups, Team #Lemonade2Go and Daisy’s Lemonade Stand, to see who could make the most profit. They set up their stands on LeChase Commons during class time from 3:10-4:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. Team #Lemonade2Go donated its profit to Camp Good Days and Soecial Times, while Daisy’s Lemonade decided to split the profit among the team members.

Students had to provide everything for the lemonade stand out of our own pockets. From everything top to bottom, students were responsible for everything they presented.

Jennifer Monacelli tells what she had to do in preparation for the class and what each member of their team did to split the cost. “We ended up having to buy lemonade mix, iced tea, cookies, and a pitcher for the lemonade, but everything else we were able to either get from home or donated to us,” she said.

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Daisy’s Lemonade Stand | photo by Julia Laude

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#Lemonade2Go | photo by Julia Laude

 

Rozelle wanted to give her students the opportunity to apply their communication and teamwork skills, as well as put the principles of economics into practice. “I wanted them to understand what it feels like to be an entrepreneur, if only for a day,” explaining the purpose of this project.

After running the lemonade stand, students were asked to write a five page paper that showed the results of their lemonade stand and apply the economic concepts they learned from class.

The winning team, with the highest profits, won “the Lemon Bowl” from Rozelle. Team #Lemonade2Go ended up profiting more, but because they were supporting Camp Good Days is a non-profit organization, Daisy’s Lemonade Stand ended up winning.

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Comm Dept is Fierce & Fabulous at 40

By Julia Laude

The Department of Media and Communication, formerly known as Communication/Journalism, participated in Alumni Weekend by celebrating the anniversary of its founding 40 years ago with birthday-themed reception for alumni and students.

The first hour of the celebration was given to students and alumni to network and make connections. One student, Andrea Nardi, found this event to be a great experience for her. Like other students, Nardi says she’s shy sometimes so she found it a little difficult to talk to the alums. But after some time there she found it easier to mingle, “I was able to talk to a few alums and it was interesting to see how things have changed since they attended Fisher.” Students from every area of the department attended along with students who represented PRIMA, the Cardinal Courier, and Cardinal Television.

Lauren Vicker and Jack Rosenberry cut the anniversary/birthday cake photo by Julia Laude

Introducing event coordinators Lauren Vicker, Nicole Henry and Kara Ricotta along with one of the department founders, Denis O’Brien, and other faculty and staff was Department Chair Jack Rosenberry. A slide show of the Media and Communication Department through the years played in the background as each person spoke. Short video messages from retired faculty members Dr. Jim Seward and Tom Proietti also were played.

After much anticipation, a birthday cake that was specially made for the event was cut by Rosenberry and given to the students and alumni. After the cake was cut, students gave tours of the Fay Building, the Cardinal Courier, and Cardinal Television studios. At the television studio alumni were allowed to record a message of advice to students and at the Courier office, alumni were able to pose for a picture with a birthday card.

 

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Alumni 40th Birthday Event on Oct. 3

By Julia Laude

The Department of Media and Communication — born as Communication/Journalism — will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on Friday Oct. 3, in conjunction with Fisher’s Alumni Weekend.

The birthday-party themed celebration will take place in the Golisano Gateway Midlevel from 4 to 7 p.m..

This event is a way to celebrate and look back on all the growth the department has had over the years. For alums it’s a great way to remember their time at Fisher but also gain insight about what has happened since they left. For students this is a chance to network and make connections with alumni.

The event will include a brief introduction of faculty and staff, free time for students and alums to network, and students showing the alums the television studio and the Cardinal Courier. Alums will be able to record a message of advice for students in the studio and there will be a photo booth in the Courier office.

Not just communication and media students are invited to the party. Students with communication and media minors and alumni who are from the major but are not working in the field are also invited.

The PRIMA Group has been in charge of putting up flyers and speaking to classes about the event. Social media has also been a big part of promoting the event. The department has used LinkedIn and Facebook for invitations, and created a hash tag for Twitter.

The advice that coordinating professor Lauren Vicker has for students is: don’t be shy. She said that too often at events such as this, alums all stick together and students all stick together and they don’t take advantage of the networking opportunity.

“Alumni are so willing to talk with and help students,” she said. “You just don’t know the possibilities until you go. You could meet somebody available to shadow, be a mentor, get an internship and maybe even a job.” She suggested that students ask a faculty member to introduce them to alums if they are not comfortable doing it themselves.

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New CTV show puts Focus on Fisher Football

By Julia Laude

A student’s  independent study project makes the perfect platform for football coach Paul Vosburgh’s idea for Fisher Football Focus.

Vosburgh wanted to start the show to let people know about St. John Fisher College football, and over the summer brought the idea to Department Chair Jack Rosenberry and Cardinal Television adviser Cecil Felton. The weekly show highlights game plays and allows players and coaches to give a behind the scenes look at what it’s like on the field.

Kyle Lumsden interviewing Tony Fusco and Jordan Andrews | photo by Julia Laude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The concept and execution of the show fell into place under the direction of Kyle Lumsden. As a director, producer, editor and anchor of the show, Lumsden was the perfect candidate to take on this project, earning independent study credit in the process. He has produced many Cardinal Television shows including Fisher Sports Desk, and he has had many internships to aid in his work for Fisher Football Focus.

If players do well for a game, Lumsden invites them to come on to the show to discuss how they prepared and to talk about what they did right. For each show Lumsden brings in both the offensive and defensive sides of game play. As head coach, Vosburgh will be on the show each week to give his input as well.

Felton is acting like a mentor for Lumsden by assisting him and helping his ideas all come together. Lumsden describes his work as a “Great opportunity to gain experience by reporting for a team.” Lumsden plans on graduating in December so he is molding the show for someone to eventually take it over.

A basketball version may come instead when Lumsden graduates.

So far a link for each episode has been sent out for viewing via campus e-mail. Each episode has been uploaded to Cardinal Television’s YouTube channel and website also.

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Department celebrating its 40th birthday Oct. 3!!

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Business Communication with a southern accent

By Julia Laude

Visiting assistant professor Rick Curry has recently joined the Communication and Media department at St. John Fisher College to teach courses in business communication and speech communication.

He has his bachelor’s in Communication Studies from Wingate University, his master’s in Organizational and Strategic Communication from Queens University of Charlotte and his PhD in Communication and Information: Communication & Technology, and Culture from University of Tennessee.

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Curry resided in Knoxville, Tennessee before making the move to Rochester, New York. He misses the weather the most about his home town. He’s only seen snow four times in his life so he’s nervous for the coming months, but he appreciates the snow. He says they only have two real seasons in Tennessee and that’s winter and summer. It’s warm until mid-November and then all of a sudden it will get cold.

He also finds comfort in being on the Fisher campus. He fell in love with the campus as soon as he came to visit. He appreciated the fact that people were so friendly and welcoming. Fisher also felt very familiar to him like how he felt when he was in college.

The interaction with students is the best part of being a professor for Curry. Being in school was the most influential years of his life because the most important people that were a part of the process were his professors. Being in a small, private college, you find more professors who are willing to take the time to help students.

“Absolutely my favorite part is being able to have that relationship with students and hopefully be as impactful as professors were for me,” he said in remembering his college days. He hopes he can help his students with career choices and academic advising, or if they’re just going through something tough in life.

Finding a mentor is what Curry would say his best advice is. “Seek out opportunities that are going to help you,” he said. “Don’t wait until the last minute in your senior year to look for an internship.”

Students should being asking their professors what kinds of things they could be doing to further your career, he added. Seek out people who have been there, who can give you advice. These individuals could give you a different perspective or point you in a different direction. Looking for internships, opportunities, clubs and organizations are the things that are going to make you stand out in a group of other applicants when looking for a job. Employers are going to be looking for things that make you different.

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Rozelle new PR professor at Fisher

By Julia Laude

Arien Rozelle has joined the faculty of the Department of Media and Communication at St. John Fisher College as a visiting assistant professor teaching public relations.

Before coming to Fisher, she spent 12 years in New York City working in and studying public relations and marketing. She graduated from New York University with her master’s in public relations and corporate communication after earning a bachelor’s in communication with a specialization in media management and human communication while her minor was English from SUNY Fredonia.

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Rozelle grew up in the close by town of Geneva, New York. Her love for communication began in high school. She didn’t consider any other field. She knew she had the skills for the job and she pursued the field.

Since returning to her home town, there have been a lot of new things forming including local wineries and foods. She was excited to take the position at Fisher because she would be closer to her friends and family as well. After living in New York City for more than a decade, Rozelle and her husband, Tim, were ready for the move.

Picking her favorite class is hard for Rozelle. “That’s like choosing my favorite child,” she said excitedly, while describing her classes for this semester. She teaches a variety of public relations courses including Intro to Public Relations, Public Relations Case Studies and Media Management and Economics. She will be teaching a Social Media Management course in the spring.

Rozelle is very passionate about being a professor. She loves to interact with her students, especially the ones hungry for knowledge. In this type of field things are always changing, “This is a job where you’re encouraged to continue learning for the rest of your life.” She’s happy that she can share what’s she’s learned to help her students succeed.

Her advice to students who are pursuing a career in the communication and media field is, “Be curious, be creative, be kind and always practice your writing skills.”Curiosity is a key skill in any field you decide to work in, she added.

Other pieces of advice she has are:

  • Try to understand the whole picture and always try to reach higher.
  • Be opened minded and think outside of the box.
  • Find new and better ways to figure something out.

She also believes that no act of kindness is ever wasted because you never know who you’re going to work with or who’s going to work with you.

Rozelle can be found on her Twitter and LinkedIn sites.

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Picture yourself with student media

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Jherell Drain, Olivia Thomas, Emily Mein and Janina Vore of the Cardinal Courier borrowed the SJFC PRIMA Group’s frame for this shot during Involvement Fest on the LeChase Commons Tuesday Sept. 16.

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Alumni return for career seminar

Lauren Vicker, right, introduces recent alums Brandon Smith, left, and Alisa Galiney, center, to her Career Seminar class.

Lauren Vicker, right, introduces recent alums Brandon Smith, left, and Alisa Galiney, center, to her Career Seminar class.

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