Dons' Doings: Graduate School Information Night

While perhaps not quite as conventionally exciting as the two point victory by our Dons at the basketball game this past Saturday (a special thanks to the 20 students and alums who joined us at the highly successful Communication Studies Game Day!), this week we offer another “Dons’ Doings.”  It is exciting in a different way.  No, there will not be moose-shaped foam hats or pom poms.  But there will be faculty and alums talking about grad school!  See… still exciting, just a different, more subdued, type of excitement.  This coming Wednesday we will be having our Sixth Annual Graduate School Information Night.  Here are the details:

  • What?  Graduate School Information Night
  • Who?  A panel of Communication Studies faculty and two alums
  • Where?  Xavier Room inside of Fromm Hall
  • When?  Wednesday, March 2nd, 5:15-6:15 pm

We hold Graduate School Information Night each spring to provide our students with information about graduate school.  What is graduate school?  Why might you want to consider it?  What is the application process like?  What is graduate school like?  Do you have to pay for graduate school?  Will it help me in my chosen career?  As mentioned, a panel of faculty members will be there to share our experiences and insights into graduate school.  We are also lucky to have two alums joining us.  Michelle Jio, who is currently a graduate student in the Master’s of Family Therapy program here at USF will join us to discuss her experience.  Serena Sanchez, MA, will join us to talk about her experience as a graduate student studying Rhetoric at UNLV. 

So, if you are considering graduate school or just want some more information about it, please join us this Wednesday.  The event is sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta, our department’s honor society, but is open to all Communication Studies majors and other interested students.  Hope to see you there!


Academic Trivia #7: What is a Jesuit?

Anyone associated with the University of San Francisco is obviously familiar with the term “Jesuit.”  However, I think that many people perhaps only have a vague understanding of what a Jesuit is, so I thought it would be appropriate to answer the question “What is a Jesuit?” in today’s Acadmic Trivia post.  I also thought, who better to answer that question that an actual Jesuit?!  We are lucky today to have Fr. Dennis Recio, S.J., answer the question for us.  Fr. Recio is a a member of the Jesuit Community here at USF and teaches Asian-American literature and Composition/Rhetoric courses for the Saint Ignatius Institute.  Here is Fr. Recio’s answer to the question “What is a Jesuit?”

“The Society of Jesus is a religious order of priests and brothers within the Catholic Church. They are also known as Jesuits. The founder, Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the youngest son from a noble Basque family, established the order with six companions on August 15, 1534 at Montmartre, Paris. On September 27, 1540, Pope Paul III approved the first outline of the order known as the Prima formula instituti [1]. In the same year, Ignatius was elected Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Among the most significant writing produced by Ignatius of Loyola was The Spiritual Exercises. Arranged into four weeks, Jesuits participate in a 30-day silent retreat during the novitiate, the first two-years of a Jesuit’s religious formation. Guided by a seasoned spiritual director, The Spiritual Exercises provides Jesuits with a religious foundation by praying through the life of Jesus Christ. The order’s motto is A.M.D.G. (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam) which translates: For the greater glory of God [2]. Students who have attended Jesuit secondary schools may recall writing A.M.D.G. at the head of their papers before submission, emphasizing that the work we do in all our ministries, including studies, is for the purpose of seeking God’s greater glory.

Bust of St. Ignatius of Loyola inside our own St. Ignatius Church. Bonus trivia: The bust is supposedly set at the same height as St. Ignatius actually stood.

Members of the Jesuits are either priests, candidates preparing for priesthood, or brothers. Candidates preparing for priesthood fall into two categories. Men in their first two years of religious life are known as novices and reside at the novitiate, a religious community in which a staff of ordained Jesuits train novices in preparation for first vows. During this time, novices will: deepen their prayer life, partake in The Spiritual Exercises, study the Constitutions of the order, perform menial tasks (as reflective of a life of humility), and participate in various ministries, usually involving work with the poor, in the larger community. After first vows, novices become scholastics and continue through three phases before priestly ordination: First Studies (in which men study philosophy), Regency (in which men work in either a high school or another apostolic work), and Theology (in which scholastics seek to complete a Master’s in Divinity). Upon entrance to the Society of Jesus, Jesuits can expect to spend an average of ten to twelve years in formation before seeking ordination.

The Jesuit Seal

Upon ordination, men will usually work in a ministry of some kind which allows them to develop their Sacramental life as a priest. For example, a Jesuit might be assigned work as an associate pastor of a parish where he will offer mass regularly, preside at baptisms, funerals, and weddings, and participate in the life of the local community. Other men might continue on to doctoral studies while others may work in community organizing or administration. After a certain period of active ministry, the provincial, the leader of the province in which the man lives, can invite the Jesuit to participate in Tertianship, which is the final phase of probation. Tertianship is a specific period of formation, usually eight months, in which an ordained Jesuit returns to a formation community and repeats portions of the novitiate which includes the 30-day retreat. During this time, the man continues to deepen even further his relationship to Jesus Christ through prayer and sustained reflection.

Although Jesuits participate in various ministries, we are commonly known for having run colleges and universities. As early as 1551, Jesuits had begun to open schools at a rate of about four or five per year and sought to establish more. In a letter from one Jesuit to another, it was understood that there were two ways of helping one’s neighbor: first, through colleges (or high schools) in which one could instruct the youth in letters, learning, and the Christian life. The second way was through sermons (what has become known as homilies), reconciliation, etc. However, it was understood that schools were understood as a “super-category equivalent to that into which all the other consueta ministeria fell”[3].

Fr. Recio, S.J., teaching class

In relation to other religious orders, Jesuits have a considerably lengthy period of training (or formation). Aspirants to ordination can enter with a college degree and still expect to spend roughly ten to twelve years in schooling and training. Having entered the Society in Jesus in 1993, I spent my novitiate in Culver City, California where the novitiate for the California Province is currently located. After taking first vows in August ’95, I went on to study philosophy before teaching high school in San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the period of regency, I studied for a Master’s in Divinity near Boston and returned to California Province where I was ordained on June 12, 2004.”

A very special thanks to Fr. Recio for taking the time to answer this question so thoughtfully (complete with footnotes!).  Our Jesuit education is a point of pride here at USF, and I think this teaches us all more about what it means to attend a Jesuit university.  A thought for our Communication Studies majors: Given the requirement of a 30 day silent retreat, I wonder how many communication students have become ordained Jesuits?  I’m not saying that you couldn’t do it, just that it would be quite a challenge!  Thank you, Fr. Recio, for joining us here on the blog!  Do you have an academic trivia question that you want answered?  Send it to me at edoohan@usfca.edu

[1] “Jesuits.” The New Catholic Encyclopedia. 2nd edition. 2003. 779-795.

[2] Ibid, 780.

[3] John W. O’Malley, The First Jesuits. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1993. 200


Dons' Doings: Communication Studies Game Day, Men's Basketball, Saturday Feb. 26th!

This Saturday February 26th we will be holding a Communication Studies Game Day at the men’s basketball game!  Our Dons will be taking on Loyola Marymount University at 7:00 pm in War Memorial Gym.  Students get in free and tickets for everyone else are $10 at the door.  Get there early and meet us in section CC, upper-level, general admission, across from our team’s bench.  We will be cheering on the entire team, including three of our Communication Studies majors: #13 Rashad Green, #22 Perris Blackwell, and #32 Angelo Caloiaro.  Check out the pictures and stats below for the lowdown on our players and team!  Photos are courtesy of Alex Crook and USF Athletics.

Check out the teamwork... Angelo, Rashad, and Perris

The Dons have won 11 of their last 14 games and are currently in third place in the WCC!  The games this week will determine second place in the conference, a big deal because the top two teams in conference get a double bye in the conference tournament. 

Lucky #13 Rashad Green

Junior guard #13 Rashad Green leads the team in scoring for conference games!  He was named WCC Player of the Week after the Dons win against rival Santa Clara.  He’s pretty much awesome, enough said.

#13 Rashad Green. I think he's smiling because the Dons won another game.

#13 Rashad Green and #22 Perris Blackwell

Sophomore forward #22 Perris Blackwell ranks third in the WCC for field goal percentage and rebounds!  He is especially great at offensive rebounds (that is my personal observation… I didn’t even get it from the athletics website!).  Also awesome. 

Communication Studies major #22 Perris Blackwell

#22 Perris Blackwell shooting (I'm pretty sure it went in)

Sophomore forward #32 Angelo Caloiaro (also a WCC Player of the Week!) holds the record for top 3 point field goal season percentage in USF history at .491 and is fourth in the WCC in rebounds.  Yep, say it with me… also awesome. 

#32 Angelo Caloiaro

Angelo about to score one of his famous 3 pointers

Angelo and Perris celebrating a big win

Now, I want to be clear: we have a really great team this year, with many other outstanding players (including #5 Michael Williams who is in a Communication Studies class!).  Rashad, Perris, and Angelo just happen to be Communication Studies majors who many of you have had classes with, so we are highlighting their achievements in particular.  And they give us three great reasons to go and support our Dons!  This is the last home game of the season, so seniors, this is your last chance to go to a Dons basketball game.  So, meet us in section CC, upper level, general admission, across from our team’s bench this Saturday.  Look for my pom poms (seriously, I’ve got four of them).  Hope to see you there!  GO DONS!


A Day in the Life: Kyle and Steven from USF Ticketing and Promotions

Today’s “A Day in the Life” post features Kyle Janzen, Director of Ticketing and Promotions for USF Athletics and Steven Kenyon, External Relations Coordinator.  That’s right!  It’s a two-for-one A Day in the Life!  Kyle and Steven are responsible for all ticket sales for USF home games for all sports, attendance promotions, national anthem singers, halftime entertainment, the Student Rewards Program, and The Don (hey, there’s my connection to The Don!).  They were nice enough to give us a behind-the-scenes look into what goes on during game day.  Here’s A Day in the Lives of Kyle and Steven: February 10, 2011, Game Day, USF men’s basketball vs. San Diego:

6:00 am- Steven: Wake up, breakfast, shower

7:30 am- Kyle: Wake up, eat breakfast, shower

7:45 am- Steven: Leave for USF from Berkeley

8:15 am- Kyle: Bus ride to campus from Sunset district

8:45 am- Kyle: Get coffee!

9:00 am- Kyle and Steven: ESPN Sports Trivia of the Day (okay, I want to know more about this because I love trivia!)

Director of Ticketing and Promotions Kyle Janzen

9:15 am- Kyle: Begin listening to the 53 voicemails on the answering machine and reading the massive amount of emails

9:15 am- Steven: Designing and printing flyers for this weekend’s games

Director of External Relations Steven Kenyon

9:30 am- Steven: Confirm with USF ROTC, USF Public Safety, SF Fire Department, and SF Police Department about attending the game this evening

9:45 am- Steven: Confirm with The Don (mascot) about attending the game this evening

10:00 am- Steven: Prepare deposit forms for cash accumulated throughout the week on ticket sales

I think Kyle’s still listening to voicemails… 53 messages!

The Ticket and Promotions staff busy working on Game Day

11:00 am- Steven: Take cash deposits to Lone Mountain business office, pass out game day flyers to students on the way

11:00 am- Kyle: Begin returning voicemails and emails to sell tickets for the basketball games tonight and Saturday

12:00 pm- Kyle and Steven: Go to the cafe and pass out flyers with The Don and members of Los Locos

Passing out flyers with The Don

12:15 pm- Kyle and Steven: Lunch

12:30 pm- Steven: Continue passing out flyers across campus, in library, outside on Harney Plaza

1:00 pm- Steven: Prepare cash boxes for the game this evening

2:00 pm- Steven: Create promotional schedule for the game, go over introduction and line-ups with the announcer

3:00 pm- Kyle and Steven: Boss’ 40th birthday celebration

Happy Birthday Boss!

4:00 pm- Kyle and Steven (from here on out, it is both of them): Prepare pass lists, finalize game script

5:00 pm- Set-up student entrance tables, USF game day inflatable

Go Dons!

5:30 pm- Assign student workers to positions throughout the gym, set-up front lobby tables

6:30 pm- Doors to War Memorial Gym open for the public.  Welcome the students, season ticket holders, fans

7:20 pm- Set color guard and national anthem singer in place for pre-game show

7:23 pm- Send out the USF flag to lead the team onto the court

7:30 pm- Game begins.  Help manage lines at Will Call and Ticket Booth.  Manage the student section

Final scoreboard... Dons win!

10:00 pm- Dinner

Dinner... finally!

Wow!  Did you know that so much went into Game Day?  There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes to put on a successful event, and anyone who has been to a game this season knows that their hard work is paying off.  A special thanks to Kyle and Steven for the backstage pass!  There are only two basketball home games left this season (although Kyle and Steven’s jobs don’t end when basketball season does, they are in charge of ticketing and promotions for all USF sports): This Thursday (2/24) the Dons take on Pepperdine at 7:00 pm and this Saturday (2/26) we have a Communication Studies Game Day when the Dons take on LMU at 7:00 pm.  We hope to see you there… more details on our Game Day will be up on the blog tomorrow.

Check out more pictures from Kyle and Steven’s busy day below!


Student Shout-Out: Renee and Danny at WSCA

Yesterday I left you with a cliffhanger: two of our Communication Studies students presented a paper at the Western States Communication Association conference.  Who are they are what was their paper about?  Read on to find out!

Seniors Danny Sherman and Renee Gonzales gave a presentation entitled “Cultivating Community: Using New Media to Enhance Neighborhood Organizing” at the WSCA conference.  Their project grew out of work they did with Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) as part of Professor DeLaure’s Rhetoric of Social Movements course last fall.  Danny and Renee discussed their service learning experience helping to organize a tree planting in the Central Richmond that took place on February 12.  They concluded that “old-fashioned” communication media like email and word-of-mouth were ultimately more effective for this particular kind of community organizing, and that Facebook would likely be a promising social medium for FUF to explore in the future.

Seniors Renee Gonzales and Danny Sherman at the WSCA conference

Impressively, Danny and Renee presented their paper at the “regular” WSCA conference.  There is an Undergraduate Scholars conference at WSCA for undergraduate students to participate in, but Danny and Renee decided to skip that and go straight to the big leagues!  Congratulations! 

A "Friends of the Urban Forest" truck

You can check out the following links to learn more about Friends of the Urban Forest: http://www.fuf.net/ or http://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfTheUrbanForest.


Faculty Feats: COMS Professors at the WSCA Conference

This past weekend, three of your Communication Studies professors attended the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) annual conference.  This year’s conference was held just down the coast in beautiful Monterey, CA.  The Western States Communication Association is one of four regional professional organizations made up of communication scholars.  Professors use academic conferences to present research papers and to share ideas with other scholars who share their interest in communication.  Professor DeLaure, Professor Ho, and yours truly (me) were involved in sessions at this year’s conference.  Here’s a run-down of what happened at WSCA:

Professor Ho was on a panel entitled “Teaching Language and Social Interaction in Communication Courses.”  She was joined on the panel by professors from several other universities, including  UCLA and CSU San Bernardino.  Language and Social Interaction (LSI) is one of Professor Ho’s research and teaching specialties.

Professor Ho, super excited to be discussing LSI at WSCA

Professor Doohan (yes, I am talking about myself in the third person) was recognized as one of two “Master Teachers” by the Communication and Instruction Interest Group.  What was really special for me (back to first person) was that my undergraduate professor and advisor, Dr. John Caputo, presented the award to me at the panel.

Professor Caputo (left), me (right), and the other Master Teacher award recipient, Professor Deetz from UC Boulder

Professor DeLaure also attended WSCA and was involved in a panel entitled “Digital Fusion: Classroom Instruction = Community Engagement” based on work from her Rhetoric of Social Movements service learning course.  What is especially impressive is that Professor DeLaure brought two Communication Studies majors with her to present a paper they worked on for her course this past fall!  Who are they and what was their paper about?  You have to wait until tomorrow’s blog post to find out!  (Don’t you love cliffhangers?).


A Day in the Life: Senior Isabel Campanelli

Today’s “A Day in the Life” profiles senior Communication Studies major Isabel Campanelli.  Isabel interns 18 hours per week on Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays at Storefront Political Media in downtown SF.  In addition, according to Isabel, “I’ve been doing some email correspondence and some social media work for Val Cunningham who’s a dance teacher and stylist (Thanks to Addysen for getting us in contact!).”  Here’s A Day in the Life of Isabel: February 2, 2011. 

9:00 Alarm goes off and I press the snooze button a couple times before I get out of bed.

9:15 Read some emails and check Facebook before I brush my teeth and jump in the shower.

9:40 Toss my hair up in a bun, put on some make up, and decide on an outfit.

10:15 Quickly eat a bowl of granola and yogurt and run out the door and walk a block to the bus stop.

10:25 Get to the bus stop and wait 4 minutes for the 38L to come.

10:30 I catch up on the reading for my Modern Middle East class tonight.

 11:00 Get off at the O’Farrell St & Grant Ave stop and walk into my favorite little café called café Madeleine to get my morning cup of coffee to start the day.

11:05 I walk up 2 ½ blocks to Sutter St @ Grant Ave to my internship at Storefront Political Media; a political consulting firm which provides general consulting and campaign management. We create and produce television and radio advertising, direct mail, websites, email broadcast campaigns and online advertising.  I’m on the social media team that is working on Phil Ting’s campaign for the upcoming Mayoral elections in November. Each day is different at Storefront and my jobs change frequently; I do a lot of research of new social media outlets and I’m helping to spread the word about Reset San Francisco http://www.resetsanfrancisco.org/  which is an online community giving San Franciscans a greater voice in shaping city policy.

Senior Communication Studies major Isabel Campanelli

11:30 settling in: I check my emails, read top news on Mashable and SF Gate, then I talk to my boss about the day’s agenda.

12:00 I start on research, make a phone call, wait for the email of the information I requested, and send to my boss.

12:40 Throughout the day I constantly check and comment on Phil Ting’s Facebook, Twitter, Quora, and Reset San Francisco pages to post about his upcoming event and ‘Like’ his new posts.

Isabel's workspace at Storefront Political Media

12:45 Off to grab lunch at a hole in the wall Chinese restaurant I stumble upon and try to get though the dense reading for tonight’s class.

1:25 Back to the office start checking emails. Decide on the logo I like best for Phil Ting’s “Food for Thought” brunch on February 26th! Register for FREE here http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1240395055/efbnen

2:00 Got a research project from Sophie, another intern, which consisted of me doing research online to get information about politicians.

3:05 Going into a meeting where all the Reset San Francisco interns got to meet each other and talk about what we want to accomplish.

4:15 Out of the meeting. Said goodbyes and off to the bus stop on my way home.

5:07 Arrive at my apartment, do dishes, take out the trash, and I continue on my research of politicians. All at the same time as reading/respond to emails from a professor, and watch the the news about Egypt so I can be prepared for conversations in tonight’s class.

6:07 Make a quick snack of apples and peanut butter before class.

6:22 Start walking to my Middle East class on Loan Mountain.

8:20 Arrive home, make dinner hang with roommate and her boyfriend, watch tv, check favorite fashion/art blogs, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts.

9:30 Write emails for Val while lounging on my couch with my roommate laughing and talking.

10:00 Send the rest of the research I did to Sophie.

10:10 Start reading for next day’s class, Rhetorical Criticism.

 12:00 Make tea and go to bed.

Thanks, Isabel, for taking us through your busy day!  I’m so impressed with our students, aren’t you?  Want to be involved in “A Day in the Life” post?  E-mail me at edoohan@usfca.edu to participate.


Red Alert: We're on Twitter @USFDONSCOMS!

Some of you who know me well may think you have entered The Twilight Zone.  But you haven’t.  What I am about to tell you is not happening in the twilight zone, but it is definitely a new, different, world to me.  The Communication Studies Department is now on Twitter!  You can follow us on Twitter @USFDONSCOMS.  I will be posting links to this blog, but also reminders of events and other departmental information and announcements that may not make it onto the blog.  I think it will be fun, and another way to keep everyone updated as to what is going on in our department and with our students, faculty, and alums.  Here’s a bit more information:

@USFDONSCOMS is the official Twitter account for the Department.  So, you won’t get tweets like the following:

“Just finished class.  Now I’m eating a salad!” 

Or this one:

“Watching Glee and eating Ben and Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream!”

I did actually do these things this week, but I won’t be tweeting about them.  No.  You will be getting tweets like the one I sent out yesterday:

“Are you a COMS major? Need an internship? Two new internship opportunities were just posted in the Internship Binder in the main office.” 

Or this one from this morning:

“Communication Studies Game Day TONIGHT! Hope to see you COMS majors and alums there! Read about it here: http://bit.ly/fh0MMt.”  (Special thanks to Professor David Silver for the lesson on making abbreviated URLs!).   

You also need to know that we only follow other departments, offices, faculty, and staff within the university.  That means we won’t be following you!  So what you twitter (or tweet?) about is safe!  I won’t be reading it, and neither will any of the other faculty members. 

You will hopefully be getting some flyers in class and see them posted around our department.  I think they’re catchy.  They say “Be a follower.”  You know how most of the time in college you are encouraged to be a leader?  Notice the play on words?  (What do you PR and Ad students think?).  Please pass on the flyers and the Twitter handle (I think that’s what it is called) to other majors and alums who may be interested.  I think our Twitter messages will be helpful for alums as well, so I am hoping that you will “Be a follower” too! 

Be a follower!

One last thing (I tweeted about it this morning).  Yesterday in class I announced our profile picture.  I was really pleased because it is the Don reading a communication theory textbook.  Several students seemed impressed and asked me how I did it.  I said, “just a bit of posing in my office.  No big deal.”  I figured it out.  Some people thought I got the actual Don to pose for our profile picture!  That would be so cool, but I am not that well connected to the real Don.  So it’s just the doll.  I know.  Now it is not as impressive.  But still cute, right?   

Our profile picture... the Don reading a communication theory textbook!

I also took one of the Don typing on my computer.  It was a toss up. 

Okay, come on.  Be a follower.  Everyone’s doing it.