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James E. Rogers Department of Mass Communication
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Avenue
Stop 8242
LA 120
Pocatello, ID 83209
Phone: (208) 282-3295

Department of Mass Communication

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Spring registration schedule & advising

Student Advising is now going on Oct. 24 - Nov. 4 for all Mass Comm students. To make an appointment come down to the department and sign up on your adviser's door. If you don;t know who your adviser is, contact Virginia at the front desk - 282-3295 or

Spring registration schedule is:

Seniors (90+ credits) Monday, November 7th at 12:01am
Juniors (58-89 credits) Wednesday, November 9th at 12:01am
Sophomores (26-57 credits) Friday, November 11th at 12:01am
Freshman (0-25 credits) Monday, November 14th at 12:01am

Mass Comm Alum features Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon in Xcorps Action Sports TV

Mass Comm Alum features Idaho’s Hell’s Canyon in Xcorps Action Sports TV - July 2011

New Hells Canyon Idaho adventure video published online:
“WHITEBIRD” an Idaho Adventure – Xcorps Action Sports show episode featuring show host Jason Lazo adventure camping in the remotely rugged Hells Canyon Idaho.

Xcorps #53.) WHITE BIRD -seg.3 HD - The wild adventure continues with the Xcams following show host and adventurer Jason Lazo behind the wheel rolling into the wild Hells Canyon area of western Idaho rocketing up class 4 rapids in a 600 HP twin jet custom Benz river boat. This is a return trip to roll with our friends at Killgore Adventure river outfitters where in a previous XC episode Jason caught a 9 foot 250 pound monster Sturgeon fish on the river called The Snake!

The wild clean big outdoors fills the big screen in this show with the Xcams going wide to catch a gorge 2000 feet deeper than the Grand Canyon cut out by one of the longest and remote U.S. rivers all captured on HD tape for the XC viewer!
Follow Jason as he drives into Whitebird Idaho-pop.150- dropping down to Pittsburg Landing in the Hells Canyon National Recreation area to meet with Katie Marek and Kurt Killgore skipper of the boat Happy Hour! Killgore Adventures provides jet boat river tours, hunting and fishing on the Snake and Salmon Rivers. This is wild outdoor adventures Xcorps style!

Killer super scenic shots here with our super fish Xcams pulling in the the Snake towered by 8000 foot mountains!

Just another day on the Xcorps! Music from David Huber the Haida series

Thanks to Killgore adventures and the Idaho Tourism Board for production assistance in this show. See The Action Hear The Music Join The Xcorps! Closed Captioned. 7/11 J.S.Edmondson
©2011 TheXcorps
Killgore Adventures:

College offers scholarship for Twitter 'essay'

Link to the original article here -

By Luke Kerr-Dineen and Natalie DiBlasio, USA

At the University of Iowa, a good tweet is worth $37,000.

That's the price of a full scholarship, and that's exactly what a student hopeful can win in a contest the university has dreamed up that takes electronic communication to a new level. The university is asking prospective students to submit a 140-character tweet in place of a second essay.

The University of Iowa is joining several others in its attempt to make students get to the point quickly and to improve their social media skills — two qualities that today's Twitter-savvy marketplace demands.

•Kentucky Fried Chicken offers a Colonel's Scholars Twitter scholarship for $20,000 over four years based on a tweet responding to "tell us in 140 characters why you deserve a $20,000 scholarship." The competition received 2,800 applications last year, says Rick Maynard, KFC spokesman.

•, an organization to help students find money for college, offers the Short and Tweet Scholarship, which asks
applicants to sum up their college experience in a tweet to win $1,000 or a Kindle.

•The 140 Scholarship, presented by College, a website to help students search for funding, looks for a tweet
highlighting how to use Twitter to improve the world. The winner receives $1,400, and the first and second runners-up receive
$140, according to the website.

At the University of Iowa, the person with the best tweet by the July 28 deadline will receive a full scholarship to the university's
business school.

Applicant Seth Goldstein of Columbus, Ohio, submitted his tweet last week and said he was excited for the "fun, unique challenge."

"It is something different and out of the box," Goldstein said. "No other MBA schools I have applied to have anything like this."

Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not A Gadget: A Manifesto, says he doesn't support the idea.

"They're devaluing their future, because they're identifying themselves with a fad rather than something more long term,"

Lanier says. "It comes off as a school trying so hard to be cool."

Jodi Schafer, the University of Iowa's director of MBA admissions and financial aid, says that application essays were becoming
unoriginal and often highly edited.

"We're hoping that incorporating social media in the process will help bring back some of that creativity," Schafer says.

Students are encouraged to link to their blogs, videos, Facebook accounts or anything else that may help answer the
question: "What makes you an exceptional Tippie Full-time MBA candidate and future MBA hire?"

University of Iowa alum Kinzie Dekkenga has considered going back to school for a few years, but "life got in the way," and it wasn't until she saw the scholarship offer on Facebook that she decided it was time to apply.

"I saw it and I thought, 'Oh my gosh! Why not?'" Dekkenga said. "Taking the burden off the 800-word-essay was a huge incentive. I am on social media almost every day, so it's more comfortable to tweet than to write an essay."

Dekkenga worked on the tweet for five days.

"It turns out … having to simplify your thoughts down was much harder than I thought," Dekkenga said. "I sat on the Twitter
page and just kept typing things, but I was always 100 or 200 characters over."

ISU Mass Comm graduates receive Idaho Press Club awards

Released by Idaho State University June 2, 2011
Contact Tom Hallaq, 282-6453

ISU graduates receive Idaho Press Club awards

POCATELLO – Idaho State University graduates Jenny Hopkins and Vanessa Grieve have received 2010 Idaho Press Club awards for their contributions to the Idaho State Journal. Both women graduated from the Department of Mass Communication and have won multiple awards.
Hopkins won a total of five awards for her online contributions to the ISJ website including general excellence, special purposes for,, and, and the Online Only program for “ISJ Reports.”
Grieve won two awards and has only been on the ISJ staff for one year. She received awards for her contributions to the Online Only program and to the Rookie of the Year- Daily Print.
These two women’s awards were among the 28 awarded to the ISJ by the 2010 Idaho Press Club this year.


Looking for Local Artists and Photographers

Looking for Local Artists and Photographers

Vivid Concepts Magazine is looking for artists to feature in our future issues of Pocatello Magazine and The Bannock Alternative. Any medium or specialty is acceptable and we are currently booking out the remainder of our 2011 issues.

We are also always accepting submissions for cover photos and cover art for both publications.

If you are interested in being featured in an upcoming issue or submitting cover art, please email with your contact information.

Thank you,
Jennifer Ford

Art Director
Vivid Concepts Magazine
845 W. Center Suite 108
Pocatello, ID 83204

MC summer courses

The following are the summer Mass Comm courses:

MC 2215 Graphic Design L8(6/13/11-8/5/11) 9-12 M-R

MC 2230 Intro to Photo E8(5/16/11-7/8/11) 4-7 M-R

MC 2260 Photo & Graphic Design L8(6/13/11-8/5/11) 12:30-3:30 M-R

Consider taking a summer class to save room in your busy school year schedule for upper division courses. Sixty percent enrollment is required so register soon.

Virginia Roberts
Administrative Assistant
Department of Mass Communication
Idaho State University
Kari Rands, who won the Simplot Games poster design, is being featured on the homepage as one of ISU's Brightest & Best.

Kari's poster design won first prize in the 2011 Simplot Games Poster award competition. It was used internationally to promote the event. The Simplot Games, North America's premier high school indoor track and field event, are held at Idaho State University's Holt Arena in February. More than 2,000 athletes from the United States and Canada compete.

For more information, see the link below.

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