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Read the Spring 2020 Newsletter of the Robertson School

May 26, 2020

Posted in: News

By Marcus Messner, Ph.D., Director

Dear Robertson School alumni and friends,

I am so proud of our students, faculty and staff. Like the rest of the world, we have faced unprecedented disruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Two months ago, with one week’s notice, we moved all classes to remote instruction. Experienced online-teaching colleagues quickly trained our faculty members, and students rose to the occasion along with them.

Not only did students and faculty finish the semester strong, moving signature projects like CreateAthon to Zoom, they also won big in national, regional and university competitions. Our faculty even offered a unique five-week class on COVID-19 crisis communication, available to the entire community. At the end of this unprecedented semester, we held a virtual graduation celebration for our 159 May 2020 graduates, continuing our tradition of honoring the most outstanding students with faculty awards.

I think it’s obvious why I am just bursting with pride for our Robertson School..

But we also see every day that students are facing unforeseen challenges. Many are dealing with financial hardship because they’ve lost their jobs or child care options or both. They are working hard to make ends meet and continue their education, but they need your support. If you are in a position to help, please consider donating to the Robertson School of Media and Culture General Scholarship Fund. A gift to this fund not only helps Robertson students through this difficult time, but it is also an investment in their future. Thank you so much for your support!

Finally, we said farewell earlier this month to one of our most influential professors. Jeff South, longtime director of our award-winning Capital News Service, retired after 23 years of teaching hundreds of future journalists; you can learn more about his Robertson legacy in this newsletter. We wish Jeff a happy and fulfilling retirement.

Please stay healthy and strong this summer! Go Rams!

Marcus Messner, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture

Read all of our stories in the Spring 2020 Newsletter of the Robertson School.