Loyola University Maryland


Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Quantifying Communication and Media (CM 203)

In this course, we trace the development of communication research and theory, media industries, news and entertainment media, and advertising and public relations. Unique to this Messina section of CM 203, we also spend time analyzing the influence of increasing media choice, the role of algorithms in determining the media content we consume, the intersection of media and politics, and evolving media representations for individuals and groups. The class is contemporary in nature and takes a careful look at a variety of media platforms – from television to print journalism to online social networks.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Amy B. Becker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. In addition to Introduction to Communication, she teaches a communication elective on Politics and Entertainment, Travel Reporting, and a course on the social, political, economic, and cultural implications of the Internet in the M.A. in Emerging Media program. Her research focuses on four areas in the field of communication: (1) the effects of exposure and attention to political comedy and entertainment, (2) public opinion and citizen participation on controversial political issues, (3) new media, and (4) public engagement with science. Becker currently lives in Columbia, MD with her husband and two young children.

Models, Networks, and Graphs: Introduction to Combinatorics (MA 115)

In this course, we explore ways that mathematics can describe parts of our world. Networks – patterns of interconnections among things – are becoming rapidly important in our shared human society. Both the social connections we make and the information we consume can be more deeply understood through the study of these networks. As a class, we will use mathematics to model networks using the objects and methods of graph theory. Subsequently, we will describe how networks can change over time and how types of segregation can be measured within a social network. More broadly, we discuss mathematical models and how they can be used and misused. In this Messina section, we also focus on communication as an organizing narrative, and aim to understand the visible and hidden ways mathematics influences our lives. In short, we search for ways to mathematically inform and enlighten the stories we tell.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Timothy B. P. Clark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He teaches courses along the entire undergraduate spectrum, and particularly enjoys teaching future teachers, Calculus, Combinatorics, and Abstract Algebra. He conducts research in the field of Commutative Algebra, where he studies geometric and combinatorial objects that encode the solutions to systems of algebraic equations. Clark lives in Baltimore, MD with his spouse, two young children, and their rescued dog.

Mentor Biography

Elise Gower joined the Loyola Community in 2014. She worked in Campus Ministry for four years and recently joined the CCSJ team in July. As an Associate Director, Elise leads programmatic strategies to engage students in service, immersions, advocacy, community development, and other civic & community engagement. A native of Pennsylvania, Elise first joined the Jesuit network, directing global immersion experiences at the University of Scranton. After briefly teaching in the high school setting, Elise was drawn back to higher education, where she finds community and fulfillment. She enjoys accompanying students, in all of their identities, on their own unique journey.  In her personal and professional life, Elise is committed to creating spaces of inclusion, and is particularly drawn to the intersections of faith, race and sexual identity. In her spare time, you’ll find Elise paddle boarding, traveling, trying out a new game.

Mentor Biography

Eileen Simonson Hiebler, Associate Director Career Connections

Eileen is 1995 Loyola Graduate with 20+ years of professional experience including management roles with MBNA America Bank, a Fortune 100 company. Significant experience with customer service, sales, recruiting, marketing, advertising, freelance writing, and print/web publications. Spent the past 10 years working in the media industry, focusing on all elements of print/web media as part of the Baltimore's Child Magazine team.

While at Loyola: Class President for four consecutive years, multiple community service projects, and member of the Green & Grey Society; a 12-member student board selected to work with the University President. Thrilled to return to Loyola (Jan 2017) to grow and further enhance all aspects of career development for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Nominated, accepted & active as an Advisory Board Member of Stella Maris located in Timonium, Maryland. Since 1983, Stella Maris has provided both inpatient and home hospice care. It is a nonprofit, long-term care facility, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy as an affiliate of Mercy Health Services.

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This course pairing is strongly recommended for students considering a Communication major.  Please be aware that MA 115 does not satisfy core mathematics requirements for students considering a major in the Natural Sciences, Education, Sellinger School of Business and most social science majors. 

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