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Department Events

The Department of Communication is now the Department of Communication & Performance and the Department of Mass Communication. Read the article about it here!


Hall of Fame Inductees 2014

 Breese accepted his induction into the Hall of Fame for Theatre  Edward Breese (Theatre )  - graduated in 1996 from East Tennessee State University, Edward has traveled the country performing children's theatre and has been involved with numerous theaters in New York and Tennessee. Returning to Tennessee in 2001 to continue his education at ETSU and raise a family, Edward also got involved in the revitalization of Downtown Johnson City. Edward founded the Blue Moon Dinner Theatre in 2008 where he currently resides as Artistic Director. At the Blue Moon, Edward is able to bring the magic of theatre to downtown Johnson City. 


Jewel Clemons was inducted into the Communication Studies Hall of Fame


Jeweline Franklin Clemons (Communication Studies)   graduated from ETSU in August 2003 with a Bachelors degree in Speech and a minor in Psychology. It was during her time at ETSU that she decided to pursue a career in the legal field. She took a year off to give her undivided attention to applying to law schools which best suited her future career goals. In September 2004, she enrolled at the University Of Memphis School Of Law. In her third year of law school, she decided that she would establish her legal career in New York City. After passing the New York State Bar in 2007, she worked as a contract attorney for Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's NYC office, and in June of 2010 she transitioned her legal career into a position as Senior Litigation Case Manager at Merrill Corporation.


Journalism inducted Larry Stephen Aldridge


Larry Stephen Aldridge (Journalism)   graduated in 1970 with a bachelor of science degree in English and journalism, and was among the first graduates of ETSU¹s fledgling journalism program. He began his career as a reporter at The Newport Plain Talk. In 1974, he joined The Knoxville Journal as a reporter, was promoted to city editor in 1983 and became managing editor in 1988. After The Journal closed in 1992 he moved to Charleston, W.Va., where he was managing editor of the Charleston Daily Mail for five years. In 1997, he returned to Tennessee as executive editor of The Daily Times in Maryville. Under Aldridge¹s leadership, The Daily Times added Saturday and Sunday editions to become a seven-day morning newspaper. Earlier this year The Daily Times launched a newly redesigned website with a pay wall. Aldridge's focus has always been on providing intensely local news coverage, emphasizing accuracy and fairness.


Lise Cutshaw accepts her Hall of Fame award on behalf of Advertising and Public Relations

Lise Cutshaw (Advertising/ Public Relations )  A Johnson City native, Lise Cutshaw holds a bachelor's in secondary education and another in communication and an M.A. in Professional Communication, all from ETSU. She was a reporter, editor and page designer for numerous newspapers in East Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina and Kentucky, a technical editor for the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Pentagon and director of public relations at Union College in Kentucky and The Corporate Image in Bristol, Tenn., before returning to ETSU in 2000. Following 11 years as full-time faculty in journalism and PR, Cutshaw in 2011 became Mary B. Martin School of the Arts' media and marketing coordinator in ETSU's College of Arts & Sciences.

Michael Williams accepts his Radio-TV-Film Hall of Fame award


Michael Williams (Radio-TV-Film)   (1975).  Mike began his career with WJHL as production manager while an undergraduate at ETSU. Following graduation he moved to WRCB Chattanooga as operations manager. He then took a position at Erie Cablevision, where many of the cable services now generally available were originally field-tested, as director of programming and public affairs. He was recruited by the Wilmington, DE system, the sixth largest in the country at the time, to launch and manage a local newscast and ad sales department. From there he moved to cable system management as regional and district manager for systems on the Delmarva Peninsula and the Virginia and Maryland Eastern Shore. He later built, launched and managed a municipally-owned Broadband system in Georgia until its sale. He is currently the Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the City of Raleigh, managing the Raleigh Television Network.




John Cabot University- Study Abroad!

East Tennessee State University and the Mass Communication divisions want you to think globally. Introducing our semester Study Abroad program at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy .

This is a fully accredited American University. All classes are in English. Get the experience of a lifetime AND BUILD YOUR RESUME. Scholarships are available. Contact for more information!


Faculty Awards, Research & Appearances
  • Laughton Messmer's award for the 2012-2013 Non-Regular Faculty Award in Arts & Sciences was given this May. In directing the ETSU Forensics & Debate Council, he does magnificent work for the department, students, and the university.     
  • Dr. Stephen Marshall's research grant for studies on Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Market Mental Health Services was awarded.  
  • Shara Lange's documentary Banjo Romantika will be screened this November at the Virginia Film Festival. 

  • Dr. Andrew Herrmann's article "Daniel Amos and me: The power of pop culture and autoethnography" is the lead article in the premiere issue of Popular Culture Studies Journal. Dr. Andrew Herrmann, an assistant professor of communication at East Tennessee State University, is a pop culture nut who has been a fan of the zombie-horror-vampire genre for as long as he can remember.

  • Herb Parker's book, Bark like a dog! Outrageous ideas for actors, is featured in the ETSU Accent! 
Other faculty like Dr. Kelly Dorgan, Dr. Andrew Dunn, and Dr. Wesley Buerkle, to name a few, are at varying stages of important research/scholarly projects. Updates coming soon!
Student News, Research & Appearances



Two Professional Communication graduates, Melissa Wilson and Xueyi Li, are featured in this issue of Illuminated!

Division Events


New films & documentaries by ETSU students

Tuesday, April 8th @ 7pm

The Radio/TV/Film Program at East Tennessee State University is pleased to present the second annual MADE IN EAST TENNESSEE screening featuring new films and documentaries. All ticket sales go towards the Tom Headley Student Production Award. Tickets go on sale March 21st at Real to Reel Cinemas. Tickets are $3.00. Seating is limited.

Real to Reel is located at:
130 W. Springbrook Drive (Behind Peerless Restaurant) Johnson City, Tennessee


 Re-Generation, the Johnson City Story Slam, will be held on Fri., Mar. 21, 2014 at Nelson Fine Art Gallery, 324 E. Main St., Johnson City, TN, at 8:00 p.m. Theme: Crossing Borders). Admission is FREE, with a voluntary suggested donation of $5 - $10.

For more information please contact:
ETSU TaleTellers, 423-439-7606,


Forensics Tournament at Northeast State

The ETSU Forensics and Debate Council competed at Northeast State Community College on Saturday, March 22 in a novice debate tournament. Paige Taylor and James Springer advanced to the semi-final round, placing fourth overall in the tournament. Brooke Maynor-Rayfield and Molly Ellson also advanced to the semi-final round, placing third overall.

Awards were also given out to the top individual speakers. Brooke Maynor-Rayfield received 3rd place, Molly Ellson received 5th place, and Paige Taylor received 8th place.

Congratulations to all of our members for having an excellent day of competition!