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      Widener's Communication Studies Department Unveils New Recording Studio

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      President Dr. Julie E. Wollman cuts the ribbon on a new recording studio in Widener's Communication Studies department.

      Freedom Hall – a hub for students pursuing careers in communication and technology fields – is now home to a new state-of-the-art recording studio.

      The first-floor studio was unveiled at a ceremony Nov. 3 when President Dr. Julie E. Wollman cut the ribbon stretching across the studio door. Faculty, staff and students gathered at the ceremony to watch a live demonstration and hear what the studio has to offer.

      And, the list of offerings is impressive. The studio features new top-of-the-line Neumann microphones, Avid Pro Tools HD software, a mixing board, and a sound booth fine-tuned for fluid acoustics and smooth recording.

      Dr. Dwight DeWerth-Pallmeyer, associate professor of communication studies and digital media informatics, said the recording studio will make it possible for students to record in a professional setting. Across the hall, students have access to an expansive television studio, but the new recording studio gives them the same sophisticated technology for audio.

      Over the summer, DeWerth-Pallmeyer worked with Paul Keenan, a senior communication studies/broadcasting major, to design, order equipment and oversee the new studio after the university earmarked funding for the project.

      While Keenan is graduating in December, he knows his classmates will utilize the studio, especially to produce music and radio advertisements for Widecast, the university’s radio station.

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      Sound Booth

      Raechel Bragg, a Widener University nursing student, tests the new state-of-the-art sound booth in Freedom Hall.

      “Students will benefit from this in a lot of ways.” Keenan said. “It’s a great resource to have not only for students interested in radio production, but for the wider community.”

      Nicholas Zaffiri, the senior communication studies/broadcasting major who co-manages Widecast with Keenan, said the studio is a place for students to be creative and practice the skills that they could someday use in their chosen fields.

      “I’ve been playing music since my freshman year of high school and to see this being implemented here at Widener is really special,” Zaffiri said. “Widener communications give so many opportunities to students.”

      The ribbon cutting ceremony was also an opportunity for students in Associate Professor Dr. Angie Corbo’s course to plan and organize an event, including inviting local media to attend.

      To read more about the recording studio, see this article in the Delaware County Daily Times.


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