20 years of technology… and success

Dylan Abad

20 years of technology…and success

Quinnipiac’s School of Communications has been keeping its students on the cutting edge of technology for more than two decades, and to celebrate, it's taking a walk down memory lane.

When the school of communications was founded in 2000, it promised students the best in multimedia journalism and that meant staying at the cutting edge of technology.

“We were one of the first universities in the nation through its school of communications to have a high definition television studio," said Rich Hanley, a Quinnipiac associate professor of communications. “Many schools came to look and marvel at the technological wonder that we had installed here in terms of our high definition television capacity.”

As technology advanced, students learned cutting edge features like incorporating text alongside video, which is now possible on our smartphones.

“In fact, in all the schools in the united states, the school of communications at Quinnipiac was clearly a leader in the transition to an all-digital presentation of content,” said Hilary Fussell Sisco, associate professor of strategic communications.

More than 20 years later, that drive continues. Today, the School of Communications gives access to industry standard equipment, and students are more than willing to learn and explore.

“It’s become much easier for students to create whatever they think of compared to years past,” said Eric Martineau, a student in Quinnipiac’s school of communications (SoC).

At the peak of the SoC’s prominence, a visiting professor from the University of Columbia saw Quinnipiac's technological progress.

“She came in as a guest speaker to one of my colleague’s classes, she saw what we were doing," said Hanley. “When she was introduced to me, she said, 'You guys are light years ahead of us.' I said, 'Damn right we’re light years ahead of you, and we’ll always be light years ahead of you. Good luck catching up.'”

While it's unclear what the next 20 years will hold, Quinnipiac’s School of Communications will undoubtedly continue to support its technological dominance.