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Poulter going to Olympics
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Former Illinois setter Jordyn Poulter (BS ’18, MACS) was named to the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris this summer. The All-American setter is one of 12 selected for the roster.  Poulter, who was chosen as Best Setter at the COVID-delayed 2021 Tokyo… Read More
Oyallon-Koloski and new book
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Three vertical mirrors hang on the wall in the office of Jenny Oyallon-Koloski, assistant professor of media and cinema studies, where she keeps an open area that allows her the space to move.  Jenny Oyallon-Koloski and mv lab co-director Michael J. Junokas performing at the McLean County Arts… Read More
After Party cast and crew
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After Party, a short film produced by alum Kat Williams (BS ’22, media and cinema studies), will be featured on Thursday, April 4, at the Knight Auditorium of Spurlock Museum, as part of the screening series presented by the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies. This year’s Ebert Fellows, who… Read More
Derek Long new book
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Derek Long, assistant professor of media and cinema studies, sheds light on a rarely covered piece of Hollywood history in his first book, Playing the Percentages: How Film Distribution Made the Hollywood Studio System. Praised as “invaluable to media industry scholars of the past and present,”… Read More
Angela Aguayo
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Angela Aguayo, associate professor of media and cinema studies and acting director of the Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies, has been selected as a 2024-25 Humanities Research Institute Faculty Fellow.  As an HRI Faculty Fellow, Aguayo will be provided with research funds and one semester of… Read More
Amanda Ciafone filming
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From a corner table in the Coca-Cola-branded brick building of Flesor’s Candy Kitchen (est. 1901) in Tuscola, Illinois—with a nostalgic Coca-Cola straw canister positioned nearby—Amanda Ciafone, associate professor of media and cinema studies, shared stories about Coca-Cola’s origins with… Read More
Julie Turnock
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Julie Turnock, professor of media and cinema studies, was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for a book project titled Beyond King Kong: Special Effects in the Hollywood Studio Era, 1915–1965.  She will receive $60,000 in funding to research and write a book about the… Read More
Factories at Sea still
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Victor Font, lecturer of media and cinema studies, and Cristobal Bianchi, assistant professor of studio art, created the three-minute film-poem Factories at Sea. The Roger Ebert Center for Film Studies screened the film followed by a Q&A during a welcome event. (Photo by Isabella Pennebaker,… Read More
Laxamana donors
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When Joe Laxamana lost his younger brother Jonathan in December 2022, he and some of their lifelong friends wanted to find a way to honor his memory.  “We wanted to find something that connected what Jonathan was about and who he was—and one of his greatest passions in life was film,” said Joe (… Read More
Rachel Kuo
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Rachel Kuo, assistant professor of media and cinema studies and faculty researcher at the Institute of Communications Research, received a $150,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support research on the circulation of misinformation among Asian and Asian American digital… Read More
MACS Student Showcase flier
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Update 5/10/2023: The MACS Student Showcase program is now available to watch online: View Program, Credits, and Timestamps  MACS 150: Intro to Digital Media Production  00:00:18 - Alma (Ethan Hill, Kara Yoo, and Ben Shlau) 00:04:33 - The Radio Doctor (Eleni Sakas, Caroline Tadla,… Read More
MACS podcast group
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When Angela Aguayo, associate professor of media and cinema studies, was considering a project for her MACS 199: Documentary and Social Change honors course that would help her students connect the community through media, the idea for a student-generated podcast came to mind.  She knew podcasts… Read More
The Goji Project set
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Students in media and cinema studies, advertising, and theatre collaborated on a short film for Advanced Filmmaking in Spring 2022, which received honors from three film fests this fall. Pictured are Raiya Wen (BFA ’22, FAA); Lincoln Rogers (BS ’22, advertising); and Robyn Pease (senior in media… Read More
Courtney M. Cox
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The world of sport is like a mirror, according to Courtney M. Cox, a new assistant professor of media and cinema studies. Cox, a scholar of sport and the media, uses sport to examine issues of representation, technology, globalization, and labor. Because it is widely consumed by audiences, she… Read More
Rachel Kuo
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Rachel Kuo, a new assistant professor in media and cinema studies, is interested in the ways that media can be used for social and cultural change. As a scholar, educator, and writer, Kuo examines how race intersects with grassroots social movements and media technologies. “There are ways that… Read More
Carrie Wilson-Brown
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Carrie Wilson-Brown returned to campus this fall as a lecturer in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising. She previously attended the College of Media’s Institute of Communications Research as a graduate candidate in 1993 through 1999.… Read More
Community Data Clinic
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Update 8/11/2021: The first deployment of laptops and Internet hotspots were given to families in the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district. Learn more. The Community Data Clinic, a mixed methods data studies and interdisciplinary community research lab led by Anita Say Chan, associate professor… Read More
Amanda Ciafone
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The Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes sustained excellence and innovative approaches in undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning. Amanda Ciafone, associate professor of… Read More
Anita Say Chan
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Anita Say Chan, associate professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and at the iSchool, will share her expertise with campus as the Provost Fellow for International Affairs and Global Strategies for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Provost Fellows Program provides selected Illinois… Read More
motion capture images
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Jenny Oyallon-Koloski, assistant professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, was introduced to the power and influence of media during an introductory film course in college. She recalled watching The Last Laugh, a 1924 film directed by F.W. Murnau, and being “emotionally wrecked”… Read More