Journalism & Mass Communications' 80th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony | School of Journalism & Mass Communication | Kent State University

Journalism & Mass Communications' 80th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni & Friends Awards Ceremony

Part of the Taylor Hall Reopening and Celebration of CCI Schools | Sept. 21 - 23, 2017

Ten years ago, in 2007, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) made the move into the renovated Franklin Hall. Still, much of our School’s history is rooted in Taylor Hall. JMC will join the College of Communication and Information (CCI) in celebrating Taylor Hall's grand reopening this fall, Sept. 21 - 23, 2017. The building is wrapping up an extensive renovation, and it will soon house CCI's School of Communication Studies and the School of Visual Communication Design, along with Kent State’s May 4 Visitors Center. 

We have chosen to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the journalism program this weekend with an all-alumni social hour, open house and networking celebration. The open house will lead into the annual JMC alumni awards ceremony (which has traditionally taken place over Homecoming weekend; please note the change).

While walk-ins will be welcome, we ask that you please RSVP if you plan to attend, so that we can estimate an accurate count for food and beverage. 

Make a weekend of it: Book your stay in Kent at the Kent State University Hotel (one block from Franklin Hall) at a special rate of $109 per night, Sept. 21 and 22, by using the code KSCOC. Make your reservation by Sept. 8.


Lessons from Silicon Valley: Talk with Fast-Track Winner Brianne Kimmel, '11

Advertising alumna Brianne Kimmel, '11, will present a special talk for students prior to accepting the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's Fast-Track Award. The award is given annually to a young alumnus for early and significant career achievements. 

80th Anniversary All-Alumni Social Hour, Networking and Open House

4 - 6 p.m. | Franklin Hall

Meet today’s JMC students, reconnect with classmates and faculty, or network with JMC alumni who came before or after you at our all-alumni open house. The open house will kick off with a short presentation and then the rest of the afternoon is yours to tour the building, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and network. Archived student media publications and videos will be on display throughout the building.

The event will lead immediately into the annual alumni awards ceremony.

Alumni and Friends Awards Ceremony

6 p.m. | FirstEnergy Auditorium, Franklin Hall

Join us as we honor two distinguished alumnae and a supportive friend of the School:

  • William D. Taylor Award: Laura Gordon, ’87, general manager at Edelman in Washington, D.C.
  • Fast-Track Award: Brianne Kimmel, ’11, growth marketing at Zendesk in San Francisco
  • Sharon Marquis Friends of JMC Award: Edwige Winans, associate research director at Marcus Thomas LLC in Cleveland

Before and after the ceremony, PRSSA Kent will host a silent auction.


JMC Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop

Thursday, Sept. 21 | 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Room 340, Franklin Hall

Now in its 13th year, the workshop is a one-day training program for professionals, educators and students that examines critical issues and perspectives in media ethics. It is moderated by distinguished faculty from The Poynter Institute. This year’s theme is fake news, and the keynote speaker is NPR's David Folkenflik. Early registration is recommended at, but walk-ins are welcome.

The Future of (Un)Civil Discourse Panel