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School of Advertising and Public Relations alumnus Matthew (Matt) Dirsa was a man of many interests—he loved outdoor activities such as rock climbing, golf, and snowboarding, but he and his friends also taught themselves how to knit stocking caps and he trained to be a sushi chef.

“He wasn’t afraid to try anything and when he passed, it was amazing the number of people who contacted me. I had no idea he knew that many people, he was a special man,” said Melinda Gathers, Dirsa’s mother.

Dirsa had worked in advertising positions in New York and China when he … Read more “ADPR Alum Matt Dirsa’s Legacy Lives on Through Scholarship and Award Established by His Family”


Build-A-Bear Workshop had written the outline of her speech for the College of Communication & Information’s 2022 spring commencement ceremony two months in advance of the event. After all, one doesn’t become the head of a multi-million dollar company by putting things off. Doing her research and preparing ahead of time for a challenge is indicative of how Sharon Price John (’86) operates in both business and life: she likes to have a good idea of different ways to handle a situation, but understands the inevitable unpredictability of life.… Read more “CCI Alumna, President & CEO of Build-a-Bear Workshop Sharon Price John to be Keynote Speaker at CCI Commencement”


Journalism and Electronic Media major Nina Howard observed when she went out into Valencia, Spain, during her CCI Global Communications Scholars Semester was how laid back the culture there is.

“Just the way they interact with people in general is very different than in America. They’re very chill and slow-paced and they don’t stress out about being ‘on’ all the time; they take two-hour lunches and then a nap. They seem very much together in everything they do,” said the senior. “I have learned more in-depth about America’s culture by being there and getting a … Read more “CCI Study Abroad Program in Valencia Expands Students’ Education, Skills, and Perspectives”