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    New immersion programs bloom this spring

    March 10, 2016

    Students in Los Angeles

    Cherokee Hubbert ’16 grew up in the Midwest, goes to college in the Northeast, and will soon be heading west to participate in the Public Relations Entertainment immersion program in LA. “I want to not only experience the area because it’s one of my top places to live after graduation, but I also want to make lasting connections,” says Hubbert, a public relations major from Chesterfield, Missouri. “I think anything you can do to position yourself in the minds of people, especially when you’re applying for jobs or just general networking, is good.”

    The new spring break immersion experience launches March 15 as part of a Newhouse School public relations course that will begin and end on campus. Students will meet and network with industry professionals, many of whom are alumni, in an intimate classroom setting, as well as on-site at several movie studios, including Fox and Disney/ABC. “Newhouse students will have a unique opportunity to better understand how the public relations business operates in the Los Angeles-based entertainment industry,” says Robin Forman Howard, director of the Syracuse University in Los Angeles program.

    Also taking part in an immersion experience during spring break are students from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Through the Rhetoric of Film immersion program, Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS) students will meet with major archivists and historians at several Los Angeles institutions, including a major Hollywood studio, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and UCLA. “While motion pictures are everywhere these days, few of us really know the complex story of how the film industry came to be what it is today,” say Kendall Phillips, professor of CRS. “Students in this course are exposed to some of this complex history and will have the opportunity to visit the key archives where the volumes of information about it are preserved. Most importantly, we are exploring the way the film industry has been shaped by and has shaped our broader cultural history.”