Dr. Aimee Miller-Ott once sat in the classrooms of Fell Hall as an undergraduate communication major. But as of August 16, 2023, she’ll now sit in the most important office on the building’s fourth floor—and assume the role of interim director in the top-rankedSchool of Communicationat Illinois State University.
It’s a rare day if the words “Fire it up!” don’t echo throughout the fourth floor of Fell Hall. The endearing, colloquial phrase has often been accompanied by “Rock on!” or “Sweet!” during Dr. Stephen Hunt’s near-decadelong tenure as director for Illinois State’s top-rankedSchool of Communication.
As a child, Michelle Maslanka ’14 regularly assumed the role of a giant monster, destroying buildings, eating people, and wreaking havoc—at least until the clock expired. A classic arcade game enthusiast, Rampage won the heart of Maslanka at an early age.
Here in the School of Communication, we know how to make Fell Hall fun. At least, that’s the promise that starts every episode ofCOM-versations, the new podcast documenting the personality and culture of the school.
There’s not a day Todd Kober ‘97, M.S. ‘99, can recall where football was not a part of his life. In fact, Kober has never missed viewing an NFL Draft on TV—not once—until 2023. He traded that standing, annual TV date with the draft for a life-changing professional experience.