Prof. Robert Kubey takes students to meeting in California

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A handful of J/MS majors accompanied Professor Robert Kubey to the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) meetings in Torrance, California this summer, where the theme was technology in the classroom.

From funds Kubey has for media literacy activities, he arranged for each student to receive a $1,000 scholarship to purchase airfare and pay for lodging.

“I wanted students to have an awesome experience and create something for other universities to potentially model for the field,” he said.

The money for the trip came from the late Norman Felton, the man who created the TV show from the 1960s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

NAMLE has conferences every two years, according to Kubey, who is one of the founding members.

“Rutgers had a very significant presence at the conference,” said attendee Steven Pappas, J/MS 2013.

“Most other schools present had fewer attendees. We met a lot of peers and professionals in the field from various locations throughout the country.”

Pappas called the conference a “very rich educational and professional experience.”

J/MS major Adam Rainear, who is also studying meteorology, said he was primarily interested in attending the conference because of the sessions on climate change. “While a free trip to LA is nice (even with a red-eye flight home), studying the media’s effects on public perceptions in climate change is something I want to focus on if I decide to attend graduate school.”

At the conference Rainear said he learned of a graduate opportunity he had not known about.

Another J/MS major, Juliette Pashalian, said, “Attending NAMLE was an unforgettable experience for many reasons — not only the educational aspect but the professional aspect.”

Her favorite session involved the “Scigirls,” a new PBS show.

Kubey said he is looking for donor support to take students to the NAMLE conference in 2015 in Philadelphia.