Communication Arts & Sciences
Film your story! Debate an issue! Write a commercial! Act in a play! Practice Interviewing! Find your voice!
CAS GRAD GOES TO MCGILL
Carlos Perez-Valle, a recent Bronx Community College graduate in Liberal Arts Speech Pathology option, has accepted an offer to attend the Ph.D. program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University*.
After graduating in Winter 2018 from BCC, Carlos went on to Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College. There he continued to major in Speech-Language Pathology with a minor in Early Childhood Education. He also attended the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen in the summer of 2019. Carlos graduated this past January Summa Cum Laude with honors from Lehman. He managed all of this while working full time for the Department of Education at the Office of Policy & Evaluation. Along the way, he earned numerous awards and fellowships.
Congratulations to an alumnus who shows where a BCC degree can take a determined scholar.
*McGill is the oldest university in Montreal and one of just three English-language universities in Quebec. It is a public research institution that takes its name from Glaswegian merchant, James McGill, whose bequest in 1813 led to the formation of McGill College. In 1829 it was established as the nation’s first faculty of medicine.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Carmen Meyers, who earned her Doctor of Education degree in the Educational Theatre Program at New York University with her project, “Divided We Stand: An Interview-Based Theatre Exploration of the Political Polarization of Women in the Age of Donald Trump.” Carmen’s project utilized the dramatic form of ethnodrama, specifically verbatim documentary theatre, and served as a theatricalized space for conversations between women that were not happening, a space that placed women’s voices directly in dialogue. Carmen interviewed women from Phoenix, AZ and New York, New York to create the play and performed two staged readings in each respective city in January of 2020.
The Communication Arts and Sciences Department also congratulates Dr. Laurence Brenner who recently received his Ph.D. in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities from New York University.
MEET SARA BRADY, DEPARTMENT CHAIR
The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences welcomes Dr. Sara Brady to her recent role as Department Chair. Dr. Brady, who previously served as Deputy Chair, began serving as Chair in July, 2020. Professor Brady received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University and remains actively engaged in the discipline as a managing editor for a scholarly journal and as an author of several books.
Five-Time Emmy Award-Winner Debra Gonsher
When she’s not in her office at Colston Hall, you are likely to find Professor Gonsher in a studio working on her next film project. An accomplished videographer, writer, and producer, at last count she has produced and written fourteen documentaries, eight of which have been nominated for Emmy awards, three of which won top honors for Best Religious Programming. One recent project, Divine Prescription: Faith Health and Community, features stories of people motivated by faith to care for the health needs of others.
BCC Film & Video Festival
Each year, media students present their projects at the BCC Film and Video Festival. Stay tuned for details about next year’s festival!