aerial ellis & the what ifs

Aerial Ellis is a public relations consultant and professor at Lipscomb University in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Aerial is heavily involved with the Public Relations Society of America on a national and regional level, where she serves on the national diversity inclusion committee and the strategic planning committee and helps the student chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America Chapter at Lipscomb. Aerial followed her entrepreneurial spirit by starting a business at 22 after graduation. In her book, Original Millennial, she mentions about starting her own nail business as a 14-year-old. She believes that everyone should pace themselves while achieving their dreams.

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carla swank fox & the queen of natural disasters

Carla Swank Fox is an adjunct faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. She teaches in the College of Media and Entertainment in two different departments, Department of Media Arts and School of Journalism and Strategic Media. Her classes focus on writing as well as messaging for your audience. The team discusses the evolution of communication departments due to changes in the industry. She co-hosts The Carla and Crappy Show podcast, which will resume soon for college football season.

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bill zimmerman & the virtual bar

Bill Zimmerman is a lecturer at Penn State’s Donald Bellisario College of Communications in the departments of advertising and public relations. Before teaching, he worked in public relations and strategic communication for Penn State. The group discusses losing interest in social media after maintaining a professional account. Zimmerman emphasizes to his students to focus on developing a strategy for social media. Zimmerman wants to show his students the possibilities that Penn State’s entrepreneurship program and social media can bring. When he is not teaching, Zimmerman is a podcaster for Happy Valley Hustle, which is for a regional audience about entrepreneurship.

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thea zunick & the feeling of not doing anything


Talk about a higher ed superhero, Thea Zunick serves as the director of student life at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. On top of that, she is an adjunct professor University of the Sciences and Montclair State University while volunteering for AFA, NASPA, and greek organizations. She talks about the platforms that online classes can use to create engagement. The group talks about how meetings can be unproductive at times. 

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viorica marian & lougan can sort of curse in tagolog

Viorica Marian may be known for a viral tweet, but she’s also a psycholinguist, cognitive scientist and the Ralph and Jean Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University’s School of Communication. There she conducts research on bilingualism/multilingualism and the consequences of knowing more than one language for the human linguistic, cognitive, and neural architectures. During the show, Viorica explains the science behind her research, and we talk everything from bilingualism’s effect on cognition to Yanny & Laurel. We also discuss her now famous tweet and the discourse that happens online.

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teresa gawrych & death and weather journalism

Teresa Gawrych is many things. She’s an instructor at University of Alabama and the internship coordinator for Creative Media Majors. She’s also a director. Lougan may have drooled a little bit as Teresa described her students’ opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, especially with her awesome upcoming project with the Center for Public Television. The discussion also includes learning ALL the skills even if you don’t want to and drawing the line between journalism and creative storytelling (spoiler: it’s not as black and white as you think).

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