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Ron De Munbrun Successfully Defends Dissertation

Dr. Ron De Munbrun with his committee after a successful defense of his dissertation in Knight Hall.

Dr. Ron De Munbrun with his committee after a successful defense of his dissertation in Knight Hall.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 26) – From Ph.D. Director Ron Yaros:

Please join me in congratulating Ronald N. De Munbrun for the successful defense of his dissertation, “The Media-Policy Relationship: Anti-Hunger Policy in America as an Example of Bridging Media and Policy Theory Through Better Definitions.”

Ronald’s Committee included:
Dr. Sarah Oates, Journalism – Committee Chair
Dr. Susan Moeller, Journalism
Dr. Mark Feldstein, Journalism
Dr. Joe Oppenheimer, Professor Emeritus, Government & Politics
Dr. Philip Joyce, Public Policy (Dean’s Representative)


A Vietnam War veteran, Dr. De Munbrun served as a career federal employee who was an advisor to government officials counseling them on a wide variety of issues related to the dissemination of (Web and non-Web-based) information to the media and the public.  He holds a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film and M.A. in Mass Communication from California State University, Northridge.  His interests include the relationship between the media and public policy, in particular anti-hunger policy in America.



Allissa Richardson Successfully Defends Dissertation

Dr. Allissa Richardson successfully defended her dissertation in Knight Hall April 25, 2017.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 25) – Ph.D. Director and Associate Professor Ron Yaros announces that Allissa Richardson successfully defended her dissertation, “BEARING WITNESS WHILE BLACK: African Americans, Smartphones, and the New Protest #Journalism.”

Dr. Richardson’s Committee included:

Dr. Linda Steiner, Journalism, Committee Chair
Dr. Kalyani Chadha, Journalism
Dr. Sarah Oates, Journalism
Dr. Patricia Hall Collins, Distinguished Professor of Sociology (Dean’s Representative)
Dr. Deen Freelon, American University

Dr. Richardson has already accepted a tenure track position at the University of Southern California starting in the fall. Congratulations!

Stanton Paddock Successfully Defends Dissertation

Dr. Stanton Paddock defends his dissertation on April 20, 2017 in Knight Hall.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 21) – Congratulations to Dr. Stanton Paddock, who successfully defended his dissertation in Knight Hall Thursday, April 20. The title of his dissertation is, “The Institutionalization of Photojournalism Education:  Bringing the Blue-Apron Ghetto to American Schools of Journalism.”

The dissertation committee for Dr. Paddock includes:

  • Dr. Ira Chinoy, Journalism – Committee Chair
  • Dr. Linda Steiner, Journalism
  • Dr. Kalyani Chadha, Journalism
  • Dr. Helen Kalson Cohen, Education
  • Dr. Daryle Williams, History – Dean’s Representative

Kalyani Chadha Promoted to Associate Professor

Associate Professor Kalyani Chadha by John Consoli.

– Photo by John Consoli.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 17) – Assistant Professor Kalyani Chadha is now Associate Professor Kalyani Chadha. Dean Lucy Dalglish announced the promotion to faculty and staff once the official notice from President Wallace Loh’s office arrived today.

“As you know, no one on our faculty works harder or with more dedication to her students and her scholarship that Kalyani,” said Dean Dalglish.  “I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for tenure.”

As a teacher and a researcher, Chadha has focused on analyzing trends in international communication as well as television programming and its impact on society. The recipient of a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Maryland, Chadha has published articles in several communication conferences, journals, and books.

She has been the director for the College Park Scholar’s Media, Self and Society program since 2004.

Dr. Chadha is presently working on a book project that examines the consumption of Hindi films by young Indian Americans. Prior to coming to the United States in 1992, she worked as a journalist in India.

WMUC Sports Discovers Scott Van Pelt Really Loves His Terps

Liam covered the Terps football Quick Lane Bowl game at Ford Field in Detroit vs. Boston College College last fall.

Liam covered the Terps football Quick Lane Bowl game at Ford Field in Detroit vs. Boston College last fall.

By Liam Beatus ’18
Philip Merrill College of Journalism

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (April 14) – I do not like to ask Scott Van Pelt (SVP) for favors, especially not monetary favors. However, as a part of the WMUC Sports Launch round 2, the station needed to reach out to more alumni to hit our goal of raising $8,000. As of yesterday – April 13 – the station was $1,255 short of our benchmark. Today we passed our goal and are still collecting donations through the rest of Friday.

Van Pelt is a friend of mine whom I have met at several Povich Center events throughout my three years here at Merrill College. When he went to the Povich Symposium in 2014, I just wanted to keep in touch with one of my favorite role models. SVP generously gave me his email, and the first few times I reached out to him, I sent him a picture of us so he would recognize me in the future.

By the second time I met him, when Maryland’s men’s basketball team stormed the court in an upset victory against Wisconsin, Van Pelt knew exactly who I was when I said hello. Now, when I see him at various sporting events, we always make small talk and I send him an email afterwards asking him to keep in touch because hey, you never know who could give you your next job.

When I sent out the Tweet yesterday morning, it was a last-ditch effort. It was not the first time I reached out to him for the fundraiser, but I knew he was extremely busy. It didn’t bother me when he did not respond, but this week he was on vacation. Jackpot.

Twitter compilation courtesy of the Washington Post.

Twitter compilation courtesy of the Washington Post.

Later that night, he emailed me asking how to donate. At this point, I was at the Capitals game, interning for Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic, and I told him to just call me whenever he got the chance, and I gave him my cell phone number. Later that night I got the call, he completed the donation and I could not thank him enough for his contributions.

I insisted I would buy him lunch over the summer and that his donations were not helping my generation of broadcasters, but the futures of the freshmen and high school seniors. He insisted that that is why he did it in the first place, to allow aspiring broadcasters like myself to get the lucky break he once got. He said I reminded him of a younger him and he wanted to help out the cause.

WMUC Sports wanted to replenish the money we spent in previous years since our first launch, and to expand our coverage of away games. Contrary to earlier reports, WMUC Sports is not a dying station, in fact, we are doing quite well. This year we sent our broadcasters to Detroit for the Quick Lane Bowl, Indianapolis for the Women’s basketball Big Ten Tournament, and to Orlando for the men’s NCAA basketball Tournament, and many other games along the way. Thanks to SVP’s contribution and the many others received, this station will continue to flourish.

About Liam Beatus: Liam is a junior journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. He is a play-by-play broadcaster for WMUC Sports, is a contributing member of The Left Bench sports blog, Sports Illustrated’s Campus Rush Maryland Correspondent, interns for Comcast Sportsnet, and writes for the Diamondback student newspaper among many other pursuits.

There’s more information about the WMUC Launch fundraiser at launch.umd.edu.