Silver Anniversary Message from the Director

Alumni and Friends,

Suffice it to say, I am very excited about SMPA’s Silver Anniversary.

For the past 25 years, SMPA has educated and launched some of the world’s most talented and influential communicators, who have gone on to inform and engage the public, advocate for causes and ideas, and put their information and communication skills to good work in a dazzling range of fields.  SMPA has built a world-class faculty, who represent the very best of scholarship and professional practice.  We occupy a beautiful building with cutting edge technology.  And our students inspire us every day with their promise to make this a better, smarter world.

Over the next year we are commemorating all that we have accomplished – and all that we are building.  We will feature events that touch upon some of the biggest issues (with some of the biggest names) in media, journalism and politics. We will offer opportunities for you to reconnect with us and with each other.  And we will culminate the year of Silver celebration with a very special event on May 6, 2016 that I hope you will attend.  

What we do at SMPA matters more than ever. As technology, media and politics change, the next generation of journalists and communicators are inventing the future. More than 400 students attend our BA and MA programs, with robust application rates across the board. Our faculty contribute important research and creative work that draw national and international attention. 

Yet, as you know, we are not ones to rest on our laurels. On the occasion of our Silver Anniversary, with the help of our National Council advisory board and donors from across the community, we are launching the new SMPA Career Access Network (SMPA CAN). Internships are often the first rung on the ladder to professional success. SMPA CAN will provide financial support for students who might otherwise not be able to experience unpaid or low-paid internships. SMPA CAN will also coordinate mentoring and career networking opportunities for our students.

To you, our extended SMPA community – alumni, friends, parents and supporters – thank you. You are a very big part of this extended family. You are instrumental to our success. You meet with prospective students, telling them about our strengths and our programs. You share job and internship listings. You mentor students and make connections so they can launch careers. You support us philanthropically. Your vital contributions demonstrate the strength of SMPA as both a pedagogical and professional powerhouse.  

So join us as we celebrate this coming year. Take a moment to reflect, reminisce and—most importantly—reconnect. The “Volunteer” section of this site details the many ways for you to engage and help.

Thank you for being an essential part of our great success story, and we hope to see you back on campus soon and in the spring.

Frank Sesno, Director, SMPA
Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs