Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dan Sutko, ABD

Here’s a lesson for those of you participating in our Preliminary Exams Gambling Pool, which speculates on the next 3rd-year to successfully pass: Always Bet on Dan. (Yes, I’m running out of ABD pun-based ledes.)

During the last week of finals for the fall semester, Dan Sutko became the second member of the 2008 cohort to pass his exams and move on to the dissertation phase of the CRDM program. Dr. Jeremy Packer, Dan’s chair, passed along the good news to our email listserv:

Please join me in congratulating Dan Sutko for successfully passing his comprehensive examination this past Thursday. Dan’s dissertation working title is “The production of piracy from sea to sovereign (c).” Dan’s committee is comprised of myself, Steve Wiley, Adriana de Souza e Silva, and David Rieder. We look forward to working with Dan as he moves into the final stages of his graduate career.

Dan Sutko: putting the arrrrr! in CRDM.

Seriously though, Dan has been an invaluable tool for the program as our unofficial social chair at conferences, and he’s also played a big role in fostering more cooperation between CRDM and the master’s students in Communication.

Congrats Dan!

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CRDM Speed Dating

On Tuesday, December 7th from 4:45-5:45 six first years and six faculty members took part in the first ever CRDM research interest “speed dating” event. At this event students were encouraged to try out elevator pitches, find common interests for committee formation and research projects, and get job search and campus visit advice from faculty members.

It's a well-known rule of academic speed dating etiquette to cross your arms or fingers while engaging in conversation.

Faculty members brought candy, handouts, business cards, wordles, and a lot of great advice and intellectual resources.

Here are some “sound bites” from the event:

“Sound more positive even if you don’t feel it yet. When you are on a campus visit or interviewing at a conference you need to learn to sound comfortable when talking to almost strangers. Your job is to get them interested in your work. . . . What do you want to do in ten years? Why?” –Interviewing and job search advice from Dr. Hans Kellner

Bells ensure each conversation is well-timed. Hooray for the importance of sound!

“When you are preparing for your third year you have three tasks and none of them can clearly come first. They are all approached through a series of approximations. Decide on your dissertation topic, pick your exam areas, and select members for your committee.” –Advice on the exam and dissertation process from Dr. Carolyn R. Miller


Special thanks to Kati for pulling this all together.

Special thanks to: Dr. Kellner, Dr. Miller, Dr. Wiley, Dr. Swarts, Dr. Kinsella, Dr. Katz, and the first-year cohort for making this event a success!

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