About the Faculty and Staff
Eugene L. Alesandrini
Chair of the Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre, Associate Professor of Communication, and
Associate Professor of Adult Education
Office: Caldwell Hall 141
Phone: (740) 826-8374
Academic Degrees: B.S. Bradley University; M.A. Eastern Michigan University
Favorite classes include: Interpersonal Communication, Small Group
Communication, Fundamentals of Speech, and Foundations of Adult
Best Muskingum Memories: Coming to Muskingum and building a Forensics team from students that
we’re recruited out of Fundamentals of Speech Classes. That was 27 years
ago and to this day I still keep in touch with all of them. They made
Muskingum feel like home and family for me.
Any outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and just hanging
out in the woods. I also enjoy travelling both in the states and abroad. Favorite
destinations for fishing would be Lake Michigan for Salmon, Southern
Ontario for Northern Pike, and North Central Florida for Bass and
anything that's biting in the ocean. Favorite international destination is Umbria and all of Central Italy. Favorite companion in all of the above activities is my wife, best friend, and professional confidant, Dr. Joyce Alesandrini.
Interests: I taught inner-city high school for nearly five years and
fell in love with teaching. After taking on a Fundamentals of Speech
course at Bradley University, I decided to go back to school and earn a
graduate degree. It was during that time I met and was mentored by
Professor Gail Compton, who taught me by example how to be a truly fine
teacher. Later, it was another mentor during my doctoral studies,
Professor Gary Conti, who taught me to practice what I preached, and the
value of learner-centered education.
Associate Professor of Digital Media Design
Office: Caldwell Hall 142
Phone: (740) 826-6139
Academic Degrees: B.A. Muskingum University; M.A. Ohio State University; Ph.D. Ohio State University
Favorite Class: Visual Communication, but really any class where
the students are putting forth an effort makes the classes as a whole
Memories: There are those times when you have a student that exceeds
expectations and their light suddenly comes on. At that point they start
producing more than they or I thought they could. They become confident
and competent in what they are doing and it really is a great thing to
Hobbies: I like to watch movies,
listen to music, and to try to make guitars. This involves me learning
how to use power tools, the physics of string harmonics, wiring, and
soldering of the guitars. I am really obsessed with making cool guitars.
Interest: I was doing Digital Media Design before there was a name for
it. I had a lot of enthusiasm for computers, technology, and art, even
before computers were commonplace. I did radio and audio production more
than anything else in college, but was competent in video. Once I
graduated and began to work in television, I found the opportunity to
combine all of my seemingly random interests and began to incorporate
computer-generated graphics into the mix. Every job I had valued the
fact that I could bridge audio/video/computers/graphics into my
productions. I like to be creative. I like to solve problems. I like to
think about things (a lot). Those attributes are good for a lot of
things, and I think they're great for media careers. Digital media are
great for people who like to use technology to express creativity.
Jeffrey D. Harman
Professor of Communication and Director of Broadcasting
Office: Caldwell Hall 149
Phone: (740) 826-8375
Academic Degrees: B.A. Grove City College; M.A. Clarion University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
Favorite Class: Media Production Classes. I like all of the mediaproduction classes and the variety of those classes. I especially like
the more advanced production classes when I get to teach those. Those classes where students get a hand on opportunity to develop their skills and work on their projects and discover the power of the tools that
they have in front of them.
Best Muskingum Memories: The
activities surrounding John Glenn’s trip to space is a highlight because
of everything that was going on. The students put so much intense focus
on the coverage of the event. It all went well beyond the classroom
because everyone was involved. We had a team down at Cape Canaveral and
wall to wall coverage. There were even satellites on the quad to pick up
extra coverage from news sources.
Hobbies: Music. I enjoy different kinds of music and wish I had more time to play saxophone and steel pan.
Interest: I knew from a very young age that radio was a magical thing,
and I played radio as a kid. This included into high school, I played
with transmitters that got the attention of the FCC. I knew that I
wanted to do radio.
Ronald N. Lauck
Associate Professor of Communication and Theatre
Office: Caldwell Hall 153
Phone: (740) 826-8372
Academic Degrees: B.A.
Bluffton College; M.A. Bowling Green State University; M.F.A. University of South Dakota
Favorite Class: I enjoy teaching all of my classes when the students are engaged and engaging.
Muskingum Memories: One humorous moment happened when we had just
finished painting the floor in Little Theatre and everything was just
about ready for dress rehearsal. Somebody left a can of paint out and I stepped in it, spilling it all over the newly painted floors. Students
thought it funny when I cussed. Most think I don’t and I rarely do.
I like to cook when I have time. I like gardening and raise many of my
own seedlings. I enjoy photography and another of
my paying endeavors was wedding photography. I particularly like to
arrange still-life photos as well as those of flowers. I enjoy flower
arranging and worked several years in a florist shop.
Interest: Mrs. Ensign, my high school college prep English teacher
thought that I should be in radio or theatre or something like that. I had to read the part of Macbeth when we studied it in class. Then she began assigning me parts for various school activities, mostly in oral interpretation. In high school, the closest I came to theatre was
pulling the curtain in the Senior Class Play, which Mrs. Ensign
directed. In my second year of undergraduate work, I discovered theatre
and light. Mr. Sprunger was leading the theatre program and I tried out
for T.S. Elliot’s play, Cocktail Party and didn’t get a part, but
rather the invitation to be stage manager. That went swimmingly well
and before I knew it I had a job as campus stage manager and it paid
money! The most interesting part of this was the lighting and how it
worked or didn’t work. By my Senior year, I was designing lighting for
recitals, theatre recitals, and still working as stage manager for the
campus. I was then encouraged by one of my mentors, Mr. Dickey, in
undergraduate school to do graduate studies. When I began my
professional career, it was as an elementary school teacher and the
coach for the high school drama club. Theatre turned out to be more fun
than elementary school, so I went back to graduate school and studied
Speech and Theatre at Bowling Green State University. While there,
Professor Wilcox and Professor Addington encouraged me further. Although I did not act immediately on their recommendations, I finished
my graduate studies at University of South Dakota, studying theatre
production and design.
Lisa M. Marshall
Associate Professor of Communication, and WMCO Station Manager
Office: Caldwell Hall 147
Phone: (740) 826-8189
Academic Degrees: B.A. Muskingum University; M.A. Ohio University; Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
Favorite Class: Audio Production. I like that it is a
combination of book work, practical application, and we get to make
radio. In that class particularly, students are excited to be in it,
they want to be in it, it’s a choice for them and they don’t have to
take it. I enjoy watching students grow in it. I like to be more of a
coach in that class, I tell students let me help you and you willingly
accept criticism to make you a better student and performer. Overall I
enjoy the dynamics and the energy of that class.
Best Muskingum Memories: Start of WMCO Weekend It was an
initiative from the students. Student Senate had $10,000 to give away in
a campus-wide programming contest and the Program Director at the time
said "I think we can win!" I didn’t need any more challenge than that. The notion that “We are a radio station and let’s give back” showed a
maturity among the students. Giving away great prizes to students are a
lot of fun, but raising donations for local community charities has
always been the primary goal." I look forward to it every year to be
able to say “Wow we did it again and we can give this money and food to
the community.” Seeing the students get excited about it helps me every
year and seeing the new energy that is brought with each group makes me
Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my Golden Retriever, Maggie! Maggie
is a Canine Good Citizen, so I take her to nursing homes during school breaks to try and make people’s day. Students might also be surprised
to know I am a big NASCAR fan. I grew up with the sport, my Grandpa watched it when I was a kid and it’s something I have grown to love.
Everyone in my family has their own favorite driver and we like to go to races for vacation.
Academic Interest: Always wanted to be a teacher,
all through my childhood. I also had a love for media. As a kid I would
play meteorologist and make home videos to send to my cousins in the
Army about family and holiday gatherings. You’ll also hear me talk about
I would play radio with the family dog. I'd sit in the yard with a
cassette player and announce the songs to her when no one else was
listening. Then when I got to college I saw what Dr. Harman did, the
ability to be in the class room, outside the class room, and have
dynamic relationships with students on different levels. I also really
enjoyed journalists like Katie Couric growing up and the way she
portrayed herself as a woman in the media industry. And I thought, "Can I
merge all this?" And that’s when I thought I should be a Professor!
Deborah K. Phillips
Professor of Communication
Office: Caldwell Hall 143
Phone: (740) 826-8180
Academic Degrees: B.S. University of West Alabama; M.A. University of Wyoming; Ph.D. Florida State University
Professional Interests: My research interests include popular culture
topics such as sports rituals, gambling and gender differences, Canadian
and U.S. television differences, gender and media interests and speech
Personal Interests: I enjoy heavy metal music,
concerts, college football (especially Florida State University)
swimming, water skiing and horseback riding.
Rachel R. Pollock
Director of Forensics and Instructor of Communication
Office: Caldwell Hall 137
Phone: (740) 826-8458
Academic Degrees: B.A. Heidelberg College; M.A. Miami Unversity
Favorite Class: Storytelling Self Society. It is a special topics course based on a journal of the same name. It is a survey course so in place of performing, we answered the question: “What is the current function of storytelling in the United States today?” Students interviewed family members and participated in Storycorps, a national initiative to archive America’s voice in sound. Their stories were the first from Muskingum to be housed in the national Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
Best Muskingum Memories: My second year of coaching forensics, senior Kevin Triskett won first in the state in Impromptu Speaking. At nationals, Kevin placed thirteenth in the nation in the most competitive event. I remember him calling me, and he was so proud. He had used what we had discussed in practice and went against the grain, and did really well doing it. My first year coaching debate at Muskingum students Tanner MacLaine and Andrea Richard won 2nd at nationals in Portland as the underdogs. Their only regret was never getting to try Portland’s famous bacon doughnuts because to their surprise, they kept winning each round! In 2014 new debaters Beth Ford and Carter Brown swept State Novice and brought home first place in Parliamentary debate.
Hobbies: I have two boys, so I enjoy watching Dr. Who and playing board games with them. I also like to write plays and travel. I love learning language and have an interest in Deaf culture.
Academic Interests: Oral History and American Folklife, Storytelling, especially Storycorps.
Professor of Theatre
Office: Caldwell Hall 151
Phone: (740) 826-8373
Academic Degrees: B.A. Gannon University; M.A. Bowling Green State University; Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
Favorite Class: Any class where the students are curious and have a passion to learn.
enjoy teaching Dramatic Literature, because even if we’re reading a
play I’ve read dozens of times before, I always discover something new
because of things students say in our class discussions.
Muskingum Memories: Many of my favorite memories as a teacher have been
outside the classroom. I spend a lot of time in rehearsal, so I get to
interact with students in a different way. I’ve had so many wonderful
moments in rehearsals over the years; moments when an actor would
discover something for the first time, or make a connection, and those
moments are probably the most rewarding.
Hobbies: I like to read, bake, and watch Television.
Interest: My dad was a professor, so I grew up surrounded by college
life. But when it comes to theatre, I suppose it’s because I’ve seen
how much of an impact the live performance of a play or a musical can
have on an audience. I grew up doing theatre and always loved being on
stage, but as I got older I discovered directing, which even more was