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Students on Wednesday, Nov. 13 met with Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication Dean Charles Davis to discuss ideas and feedback for the future of their college.
Hosted by Grady College Senator Hadley Dreibelbis and the Student Government Association, the Grady College Open Forum provided a chance for students to speak personally with Dean Davis and hear his upcoming plans for Grady. Dean Davis emphasized the upcoming centennial anniversary of Grady College and the changes he hopes to implement in both facilities and programming.
Andrew James, a sophomore Digital Broadcast Journalism major, discussed the confusing floor layouts and stairwells in the Journalism building. Dean Davis spoke to the process of maintenance requests, which largely deal with “triage,” or emergency, fixes. While he hopes to eventually restructure and improve the entirety of the college, Dean Davis placed short-term emphasis on making the third-floor graphics lab more student-friendly and opening up Drewry Room to become a technologically advanced student commons room.
Students spoke extensively on the curriculum offered in Grady. Kimberly Johnson asked for introductory workshops for Adobe Creative Suite software. Several other students expressed a need for a required graphic design course for majors such as Advertising and Magazines. They also asked for a lowering of department restrictions, in hopes that Grady students might be able to expand their knowledge through taking non-required Grady courses.
Joseph Arnold, a senior Public Relations and Marketing major, mentioned a reintroduction of the Grady Young Alumni mentor program, which paired fairly recent graduates of Grady College with current students for mentorship and networking. Dean Davis agreed with this suggestion and even mentioned the potential of a summer networking event in Atlanta for Grady students.
Throughout the open forum, Dean Davis emphasized the concept of integration between the Grady departments. He thanked the students for their attendance and insight and stressed the importance of continuing these open forums to gain student input.
Writer: Hadley Dreibelbis, Grady College Senator, Student Government Association (email@example.com)