Professor joins communication arts staff

Andrew Suiter, Staff Writer

Elizabeth Viall is the newest addition to the communications arts department at Wayne State College.

Viall received her bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism at Eastern Washington University, her master’s degree in journalism at the University of Alabama and her doctorate in Mass Communication at the Indiana University.

Viall said she grew up in a town about the same size as Wayne and that she likes smaller universities.

“Students tend to work harder since everything is more close-knit and they get the proper attention,” Viall said. “Journalism is what I love.”

She works as advisor to the Wayne Stater and said the paper provides real world experience, rather than students only learning the theoretical. She said the Stater staff “flows really well” and that she is grateful to have a good editor and adding that an editor sets the tone of a paper.

Viall said it’s nice for the three programs to be so close together on the fourth floor since they all work together. According to her, the fourth floor “Attic” was remodeled last summer, and shows off the journalism, video/film and radio programs.

Julia Baxter
Liz Viall is an assistant professor in the Communication Arts Department and is the faculty advisor to “The Wayne Stater.”