Communication Department

The Communication Department at Saint Mary’s is committed to providing students the mass communication and media studies experience required to stand out in today’s media-saturated world.

Our programs offers small class sizes, hands-on projects, and real-world experiences that provide students with the skills they need to break through barriers and successfully convey information.

The department helps students build practical skills needed for today’s work environments and emphasizes the importance of communication theories, ethics, and critical analysis in communication messages from companies, organizations, and the media. Students study and implement the conveying of information, ideas, and opinions in written, oral, social media, and multimedia formats.

Ketterer nets career with USA Hockey

As a Cardinal hockey player, Andrew Ketterer ’14 scored some game-winning goals and made some amazing assists. Now that he’s netted a position with USA Hockey, Ketterer’s goal hasn’t changed all that much. As coordinator of social media and digital content, Ketterer is still assisting with promoting the sport of hockey. Only now, it’s on […] Read more ›

Sharing the Disney, Pixar magic

When Nadia Effendi ’09 was little, she watched Little Mermaid so many times she could recite every line and lyric. Her babysitters back then still like to remind her how they were forced to endure the timeless love story over and over again. Now in a dream job as assistant manager of licensing for Disney […] Read more ›

Students get behind-the-scenes look at TV news

Sixteen Saint Mary’s University undergraduate college students had a front-row seat to news being made—literally. As part of an ongoing university leadership series, Saint Mary’s alumnus and news anchor Bill Lunn ’87 provided these Winona Campus-based students with the unique opportunity to tour KSTP-TV Channel 5 in St. Paul on Dec. 1 and view a […] Read more ›
Lindsay Henning '08 holds a rendering of the Loppet Foundation's winter sports/bike center

Alumna trailblazing the way for winter sports, bike center

Lindsay (Dickson) Henning ’08 is combining her passions for cross country skiing and fundraising in her role as the director of advancement at the Loppet Foundation, where she is working to raise funding and approval for a winter sports and bike center in Wirth Park of Minneapolis. The Loppet Foundation has partnered with the Minneapolis […] Read more ›

Alumnus hits fairway with pro-golf internship [video]

With dreams of being a sports commentator in range, 2016 graduate Ricky Palermo is teed up for an exciting summer interning with the American Junior Golf Association. Par for the course, the Westchester, Ill., native is spending his days at golf courses where he is covering various communication responsibilities—from setting up and tearing down equipment […] Read more ›

Goals for Our Students

  • Describe the essential nature of communication as a field of study and recognize its significance in interpreting human behavior
  • Demonstrate foundational skills in academic and professional research, writing, analysis, and presentation
  • Demonstrate the ability, through practice and performance, to clearly and effectively utilize communication technologies and express messages through multiple media
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various theories, cases, and best practices, and how to apply critical thinking to an array of ethical dilemmas
  • Demonstrate the extension and appreciation of the skills and knowledge acquired from their studies during internships, careers, or in the continuation of their education


Dean Beckman, M.S.

Communication - Associate Professor, Department Chair

Saint Mary's Hall, SM320

Campus Box: #1452

(507) 457-1502

Dean Beckman M.S.
Lori Charron, Ph.D.

Communication - Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM307

Campus Box: #1442

(507) 457-1477

Lori Charron Ph.D.
Steven Schild, Ed.D.

Communication - Associate Professor

Saint Mary's Hall, SM322

Campus Box: # 41

(507) 457-1753