Former associate professor Matthew Bosisio was known for his passion, enthusiasm,
and precision. After a life of adventure in the Air Force and as a journalist, he
taught journalism at Augusta University (then Augusta State University) for many years.
After he retired, he moved to the Tacoma/Seattle area, where he lived and worked for
individuals with intellectual disabilities in the L'Arche community. Please take a
moment to read the obituary of this remarkable member of our community and read the tributes from former ASU students
on his tribute wall.
Communication Faculty Participate in Constitution Day
Several members of the Augusta University Communication faculty participated in a reading of
the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17. Both Rachel Balducci and David Bulla read from sections
of the Constitution. The event was sponsored by the Reese Library, AU Civic Engagement and Communication. Constitution Day 2021 was held in the JSAC Ballroom.
Here is Communication major Rakiyah Lenon’s story on the event in the Bell Ringer.
Student Videos Aired on Local TV and Win National Telly Awards
Chris Woods and Makaiyla Reed, two students majoring in Communication, found out some
good news recently. Both of them had completed PSA (public service announcement) videos
in Arthur Takahashi's AV Media Production class, discussing the dangers of smoking
during the pandemic.
The good news? Local TV stations (WRDW News 12/NBC26’s MY12, CW, and Circle network)
were impressed and have agreed to air the 30-second commercials for free throughout
the month of May. Take a look at these students' short PSA commercials here:
June 2021 Update: Chris Woods, Makaiyla Reed, and Faydia Ramnarine all justwon national Telly Awards for their PSA anti-smoking videos, with Chris Woods taking a gold and Makaiyla Reed
and Faydia Ramnarine taking silver awards in the national college student category.
Read the full story with links here.
Latest Research Publications by Communication Faculty
Assistant Professor Sangsun Choi heads the recent research and creative work from
professors in the Department of Communication at Augusta University.
Choi has had a documentary accepted for the Dayton, Ohio, Independent Film Festival.
The short documentary is titled “The Brick House in the Wind.” His film is about his
family as immigrants from South Korea to the United States. Here is a link to the trailer. The Dayton film festival will be held Sept. 24-26.
Assistant Professor Carrie Reif-Stice had an article entitled “Communication, Flexibility,
and Resilience: Navigating the Shift to Virtual Service-learning during COVID-19”
published in Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. Reif-Stice is co-author of
the article with Sarah Smith-Frigerio of Columbus State University. The piece explores
the benefits and challenges of shifting public relations service-learning to virtual
in spring of 2020, through the experiences of educators and community partners.
Lecturer Rachel Balducci’s next book, titled No Such Thing as Ordinary, will be published
by Ave Maria Press. The book will come out in spring 2022. Balducci, who is a television
host, has new episodes of “Rachel in Real Life” up on Catholic TV’s YouTube page.
She has a podcast titled “Overcommitted” that will release Fridays beginning Oct 1.
The four-part series is produced by Grexley Communications. Balducci and AU political
science Professor Craig Albert are continuing their series titled “Faith and Politics.”
It is posted on Instagram Live, and the pair plan to also release it as a podcast.
Professor David W. Bulla is finishing a book on the journalism career of Mohandas
K. Gandhi. The book will be published by Peter Lang, which is based in Switzerland.
Gandhi, the father of the Indian independence movement, edited six newspapers from
1903 until he was assassinated in 1948. The title of the book is Gandhi, Advocacy
Journalism, and the Media. Many of the chapters came from papers submitted at a conference
on Gandhi and the media at the University of St. Andrews in October 2019 on the 150th
anniversary of Gandhi’s birthday. Much of the research was done in India, South Africa
and England. Many of the chapters came from papers written for a conference on Gandhi
and media held at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) in October of 2019, which
was the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth. Bulla also is re-writing the book Journalism
in Civil War Era for a second edition. He is co-author with Professor Gregory A. Borchard
of UNLV. The second edition will have about one-third new content. This book also
is published by Peter Lang. The first edition came out in 2010.
Why study Communication?
Should You Be a Communication Major at Augusta University?
Listen to what these three students and a teacher in the Communication program at Augusta University have to say about the major.
Why Major in Communication with Professor Amber Routh
Whether you're learning to use one of our state-of-the-art 4K video cameras (Ursa
Minis or Panasonic G85s), interviewing a celebrity for an online feature, capturing
a story with photography, editing a video, producing a podcast, studying public relations
techniques or the secrets of interpersonal communication, our classes offer a hands-on
interactive approach to engage and influence the world around us.
Communication majors most often describe our faculty as caring, which is not surprising
since our faculty keep winning the teaching awards. But our faculty are also experts
in their fields—seasoned journalists, award-winning photographers, published authors,
and prize-winning filmmakers. Communication faculty give personal instruction in a
supportive small classroom environment to help you succeed as a scholar and future
The Communication major opens the door to some of the world's most exciting careers,
from filmmaker to reporter, from radio announcer to photojournalist, from podcaster
to public relations specialist. Come learn to create, engage, and promote a cause
you believe in. View the wide variety of careers available to communication majors.