School of Communication

Alumni Spotlight

SarahAmerSarah Amer

Sarah is now an analyst for the Government Accountability Office in Washington D.C. She began her study for her bachelor's degree in communication at Cleveland State University in 2007, but left before completion to serve in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller.  She returned in 2013 to complete her degree and went on to pursue her master's degree in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology.  She focused her studies on issues surrounding women and co-authored a study with Dr.Guowei Jian on women serving in the military. After graduation, she served as Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

According to Sarah, “Every time I would tell someone that I was studying communication, they would ask what I was going to do with that degree.  I would always respond, 'Understand people better.' Then I realized that what I had learned during my time at Cleveland State University also allowed me to understand myself better, and to me, that's equally important.”

CarlinaDiRussoCarlina DiRusso

Carlina is now a doctoral student in mass communications at Penn State University. She earned her bachelor's degree in strategic communications from Ohio State University before moving to Los Angeles to begin a career in marketing and public relations at Universal Music Group. Her professional experience in digital marketing inspired her to pursue a master's degree from Cleveland State University, where she honed her research interests in media psychology. Her research at Penn State examines persuasive health and science communication in contemporary media.

According to Carlina, “One of my favorite things as a M.A. student at CSU was the diversity in research opportunities. I was able to be mentored by faculty who specialized in all types of media effects research, from health communication to telepresence to narrative persuasion and the faculty always made themselves available to meet with me. Overall, the program offered a welcoming and productive environment for students new to media effects.”

MarkLantzMark Lantz

Mark Lantz is founder and Executive Creative Director of Factory, a Detroit advertising agency.  Launched in 2013, Factory works in a wide variety of industries, including financial services, tourism and online commerce.  Before starting Factory, Mark was Chief Strategy Officer at the Detroit office of McCann Worldgroup, a global agency network.  At McCann he was one of the creators of the groundbreaking Pure Michigan tourism campaign, helping drive billions of dollars of economic activity in the state.  Before Detroit, he worked at agencies in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Cleveland.  He lives in Birmingham, Michigan.

According to Mark, “The most beneficial part of my graduate degree (Master of Applied Communication Theory and Methodology) was the strong grounding it gave me in research methods and statistics . . . because there has to be someone at every ad agency who can speak that language.”

HanLiouHan Liou

Han Liou graduated with a Master’s in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology and a Bachelor’s in Communication from Cleveland State University’s School of Communication. He has worked professionally in several areas of human resources including corporate talent acquisition, senior executive recruitment and university relations. Currently, Han serves as Manager, Executive Talent Acquisition at Eaton, a global diversified power management company. He serves on the Visiting Committee of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and is an active mentor in CSU’s LINK program.  

MarciaMorenoMarcia Moreno

Marcia came to the US in 2005 to pursue a master’s degree in Applied Communications Theory and Methodology at Cleveland State University and since then she has dedicated her career to empowering Latinos to become a true economic and cultural force in their communities. Marcia is deeply and passionately involved in various local organizations such as Prospanica Cleveland Chapter, Young Latino Network, College Now of Greater Cleveland, Hispanic Council at Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland Council on World Affairs, among others. She recently founded AmMore LLC, the first Cleveland based company dedicated to attracting, recruiting, and retaining diverse professionals to succeed and thrive in the Greater Cleveland area. She is also a member of the CLASS Visiting Committee at Cleveland State University.

BridgetRubenkingBridget Rubenking

Bridget Rubenking, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Mass Media & Film in the Nicholson School of Communication and Media at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She received her Master’s degree in Communication from Cleveland State University and went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Communication from Indiana University. She currently studies emotional and cognitive processing of media and has recently published on media multitasking, emotion and disgust, and binge watching in Computers in Human Behavior, Communication Research Reports, and the Journal of Communication. She was awarded BEA’s New Faculty Research Grant in 2014, and was awarded a UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award for her undergraduate and graduate teaching record in 2018.

According to Bridget, "The master’s program in the School of Communication at CSU prepared me to succeed at a top PhD program in the field, and I’m very grateful for the many learning, research, and teaching opportunities that were available to me. Two opportunities really stand out 10 years after graduating: The opportunity to learn from expert faculty researchers who I still collaborate with today, and absolutely top tier training in quantitative research methodology and analysis."