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The Department of Communication Arts has several opportunities for alumni and friends of the Department and College to be a part of providing a world-class education to future communications professionals, including serving on the Multimedia Communications and/or Public Relations advisory boards. The Department is located in Sanford Hall and is seeking your support in producing graduates from a contemporary program who are prepared for entry-level work.

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Our advisory boards are comprised primarily of alumni, but also include  “friends of Georgia Southern.” Would you like to serve on an advisory board?
Please send us an email with your name, occupation, and contact information. Please include a statement of interest in regard to why you would like to serve on the board, and if you are an alumnus, please let us know!

Do you have or know of opportunities for current students or recent graduates?
If so, please let us know, and we will include them on the site.

Would you be interested in speaking to a class?
If so, please let us know.

Support Communication Arts

Interested in a naming opportunity with Sanford Hall?
If so, contact us.

Interested in making a gift to the department through the Georgia Southern Foundation?
If so, click here

To donate to the Department, please click “Designate my gift.” For more information, contact the Georgia Southern University Foundation at (912)-GSU-GIVE.

All contributions made to Endowed Projects (those beginning with “3”) are added to the corpus, or principal, of the endowment. The endowed principal may never be spent. Income earned on the principal is used to fund projects or programs. The Foundation’s endowed projects are jointly administered by department chairs or area directors and the Foundation. Disbursements from endowment earnings are made only when requested by the appropriate department chair or area director. Endowed projects are typically used to fund scholarships or professorships.

All contributions to Restricted Projects (those beginning with “0”) may be used to fund activities and programs. Restricted projects have been established for most academic and administrative areas on campus. Disbursements from restricted projects must be initiated by the various program directors or department chairs and approved by the appropriate academic dean or vice president. A minimum balance of $1,000 is required to establish a new project. Unrestricted contributions made to the Greater University Fund are disbursed across campus through a budgetary process which is approved and monitored by the University Vice Presidents and the Georgia Southern University Foundation Board of Directors.

Foundation account numbers for the Department of Communication Arts:

0121 Department of Communication Arts
0769 Communication Studies (Formerly Speech Communication)
3342 Friends of the Theatre
0201 Journalism Program
0031 Kent Murray Studio Memorial Fund
0573 Multimedia Communication
0205 Patricia S. Pace Memorial Account
0286 Public Relations Studies
3534 Jenny Lynn Anderson Scholarship in Communication Arts
3547 Laura Dyar Journalism Scholarship
3297 Dorothy Few Lee Scholarship
0979 Lois Internship Award
3412 Susan Bacon MacLachlan Memorial Scholarship
3721 Clarence W. McCord Memorial Endowment Fund
3536 Clarence W. McCord Scholarship
0710 Multimedia Communication Scholarship
3619 Mitchell E. Peace Scholarship in Journalism
3741 Rountree Group Integrated Communications Endowed Scholarship
3636 Stephanie Routman Memorial Theatre Scholarship
3743 Mical Whitaker African-American Theatre Scholarship

Alumni Spotlight

In October 2020, alumna Liana Moran was an honoree at the PRSA Georgia Chapter Forty Under 40.

As vice president at The Wilbert Group, Liana Moran leads PR efforts for major real estate and professional service clients. She has secured coverage in top-tier publication including Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She headed PR efforts around North American Properties’ (NAP) opening of Avalon, sale of Atlantic Station to Hines, and acquisition of Colony Square, which resulted in coverage in national, trade, and local media.

As an Atlanta native, Liana is excited about the growth of her city. She believes in developing communities that enhance the quality of life for all. Liana is actively involved on the advisory board for the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the PR Advisory Board at Georgia Southern, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations degree, won Student of the Year, and served as PRSSA President.

Georgia Southern alumnus Jasper Fessman, visiting assistant professor of strategic communication at West Virginia University, released his book “Strategic climate change communication: Effective approaches to fighting climate denial” in 2019. Following, he describes his book:

For over 30 years the science on climate change has been clear: it is happening, we humans caused it, and it puts all our futures at risk. Global warming can still be reversed, or at least the worst presented, if we act in time.

However, despite valiant efforts by scientists, activists, and science reporters, little meaningful change has occurred. This is largely the result of well-funded professional strategic communication efforts by vested interests. They have been highly successful in achieving their central goal: protecting the profitable status quo by creating gridlock to slow down meaningful action on climate change.

Monique “Mo” McKenzie is a brand storyteller who has spent 12 years creating consumer campaigns for some of the most iconic and recognized consumer global brands from Postmates and Lyft to LG, Citi, T-Mobile, AT&T, and more. Now at Facebook, Mo is head of lifestyle communication where she shares the story of Facebook’s mission giving people the power to build community.

Mo previously held roles at Ogilvy Public Relations, T-Mobile, Citi, Porter Novelli, and Fleischman-Hillard. Mo also worked at Cox Enterprises as an intern, and served as an entertainment and features reporter for the Statesboro Herald. Originally from South Carolina, Mo studied public relations at Georgia Southern University and Spanish language and literature at the Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose.

Prior to joining Facebook, Mo led consumer communication for Postmates and Lyft where her work included brand partnerships, seasonal campaigns, celebrity collaborations and product launches.

Last updated: 1/30/2024