Let SBU reveal where the future can take you
CommDay 2012 is a chance to take a glimpse into your future, a chance to see if some aspect of the broad field of professional communications might be something you'd like to think about.
Maybe you'd like to look into being a sports broadcaster or a newspaper reporter, like one of the five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who went to St. Bonaventure. Does the digital world appeal to you? Or would you like to be one of those crazy advertising Mad Men? It could even be PR for an environmental crusade that dings your ringtone.
CommDay at St. Bonaventure gives you a chance to learn about these types of communications. No boring lectures, no stuffy classrooms, just the chance to spend quality time with professors and professionals in the field. Plus you can watch other students show off their school's coolness and, if you want, you can show them how cool your school is.
The CommPetition: Why is Your School Cool?
Your challenge for St. Bonaventure University's CommDay 2012 is to use free web software and whatever other extraordinary communication tools you need — plus your own talent, of course — to tell the world Why your school is cool.
Your project should focus on something that makes your high school unique, why it matters in your community and why you and other students are proud of being part of it. In, short, why is it cool to go there?
We encourage students to work together in "agency" teams of no more than 10 people to develop and produce a compelling website or web video showing why their high school is cool. Students will be able to use social and digital media tools they already know, skills they've learned in high school and any other skills they've forged on their own.
The deadline for posting and submitting your CommPetition entry is Oct. 12, 2012. Each school will select a presentation team of no more than three people who will present, explain and "sell" the project to the judges and the public at CommDay on Oct. 19.
How to Participate
There is no fee to participate or to attend CommDay. Schools may either participate in the competition or join us for the day to have breakfast, watch the presentations, tour campus and have lunch.
Once we have your Intent to Participate Form, we will assign a student Creative Director to work with your school. Your CD will act as a liaison to faculty from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University, as needed or requested by you.
Please complete the attached Intent to Participate Form and return to the address below by the dates noted.
Bus grants are available in limited number to assist schools with the cost of transportation to this event. Please email Sue Ciesla at firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 1 if you wish to apply for a bus grant.
To download the complete CommDay Packet click here.
If you have any questions at any time, please contact Sue Ciesla, St. Bonaventure University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, P.O. Box J, St. Bonaventure, NY 14778; 716-375-2520; email@example.com
COMMUNICATIONS DAY SCHEDULE:
8:30 - 9 a.m.: Registration
9 - 11 a.m.: CommPetition
11 a.m.: Group 1 has lunch, Group 2 takes a campus tour
11:30 a.m.: Group 2 has lunch, Group 1 takes a campus tour
Noon: Judges' Award Ceremony
1 p.m.: Dismissal
Communications Day started as Press Day in 1936. Its purpose was to expose students to media professionals and give them a taste of the excitement a career in journalism can bring.
In those days, it was called "Press" Day because the world communicated mainly through presses that produced newspapers and magazines. Today, people still communicate through newspapers and magazines, but also through television, computers, smart phones and other devices.
Though the name has changed, the purpose of CommDay has not; it's just gotten bigger, a lot more creative, and a lot more exciting.