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Welcome Back: A recap of the Robertson School's summer news

Aug 23, 2017

Posted in: News

Hong Cheng, Ph.D.
Hong Cheng, Ph.D.

‌A message from Director of the Robertson School, Hong Cheng, Ph.D.

Welcome back, Robertsonians! We hope that you had a safe, productive and fun summer. Here in the School, we’ve been quite busy over the past few months and are eager to see you back in our halls.

Over the summer, we were lucky to feature some notable alumni, launch a new program for international students and see some of our faculty and students win awards from major academic organizations and VCU alike! We are also welcoming four new faculty members to the School. Catch up on all our news below. We wish you a very fulfilling and successful new semester. We know you’ll continue to make us proud.


Here is what we've been up to this summer:

Four New Faculty Members

This semester the Robertson School is welcoming three new faculty members to the public relations sequence and one to the journalism sequence. Read our Q&As with them: Jeanine Guidry, Yi Grace Ji, Baobao Song and Mallory Perryman.

New summer program for visiting Chinese students

In July, the School held the first year of the Jiangxi Media & Culture Program. The program brought 18 Chinese students to our School where they heard lectures from our faculty, toured Richmond media outlets and took part in several different cultural activities in and around the city. Read more.

Journalism professor wins VCU Distinguished Teaching Award

Marcus Messner, a journalism professor of more than a decade in the School, was awarded one of the highest honors a faculty member can receive from VCU—the Distinguished Teaching Award. Read more.

Robertson School undergraduate, professor win national award for research paper

In a rare accomplishment for an undergraduate, Keyris Manzanares and journalism professor Karen McIntyre, Ph.D., won a major research paper award. Their paper looked at how photos in news stories affect viewers’ emotional reactions. Read more.

Alum. takes on role of "digital nomad," starts own creative agency with another VCU graduate

We are always proud when our alums carve out their own path. This story is about a recent alumnae who launched her own creative agency and took up the life a digital nomad—travelling from city to city while working on projects remotely. Read more.‌

Alumnus receives Rising Star Award from PRSA Richmond

Another recent alumnus of ours was awarded one of the highest honors a PR professional can receive in the Richmond area. Read more.

Advertising students win national ADDY Award

Two of our undergraduate advertising students won a national award for a campaign they created. Read more.