BEAUTIFUL SOCIAL IS A DIGITAL MEDIA RESEARCH COLLABORATIVE AT SAINT JOSEPH’S UNIVERSITY
If you are a nonprofit or social entrepreneur making positive social change in the Philadelphia area and beyond—we want to partner with you. We work with our clients to understand the current digital media landscape. We provide consulting and training in digital media platforms, social media strategies and analytics.
The Beautiful Social Research Collaborative consists of students and faculty in the Department of Communication Studies. Students enrolled in COM 441 Social Media and Community Engagement and COM 442 Nonprofit Communications become consultants for the enterprise while studying advanced topics in social media research and applying current theories and practices in semester-long team-based projects with community partners. The program is supported by a generous grant from the John Cardinal Foley Program for Media and Civic Engagement.
max rosenfeld, Fellow
Max is a senior communications major from Robbinsville, New Jersey with a passion for content creation and production. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing sports, writing and podcasting, hanging out with friends, and spending way too much time on Netflix.
AIMÉE KNIGHT, DIRECTOR
Aimée is an associate professor in the Communication Studies Department at Saint Joseph’s University. She works with communities to design, implement and evaluate digital media approaches to advance transformative change. Her current book project is about how we can empower changemaking in communities by partnering digital media students with local nonprofits. Find her at @Aesthetically.
SHANNON PEPE, Fellow
Shannon is a senior Communications major and and Marketing minor from Edison, New Jersey. Shannon is a lover of all things creative but her main passion resides in photography. When she's not out taking photos, she loves to attend concerts, hike and find new ways to get inspired.
KELLY O’MALLEY, fellow
Kelly is a senior Communications major with an English minor from Stratford, Connecticut. She is involved with the Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity and Relay For Life on campus. In her free time, Kelly enjoys traveling, listening to music, and writing.
EMMA BRENNER, Fellow
Emma is a senior Communications major from Tinton Falls, NJ. She is involved as a crew member of the Love Your Melon crew on campus as well as being a committee member of Relay for Life. To relax and unwind, Emma loves going to the beach, spending time with her friends and scrolling through Pinterest!
Bill Wolff, Advisor
Bill is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Digital Media at Saint Joseph's University, where he teaches classes on nonprofit communications, digital storytelling, social media, and web design. Though he teaches and studies digital media, he prefers vinyl, typewriters, and film photography. He's (very slowly) trying to learn to play the banjo. Find him @billwolffsju.
Former Foley Fellows
Samantha DiGiuseppe, Michael Chmiewlski, Nicole Enderica, Emily Smedley, Victoria Lydon, Anna McCarthy, Molly McDonald, Caroline DeFelice, Carly Montecalvo, Taylor Burk, Caitlin Gillard, Abbey Piro, Madison Auer
Communication Studies @ SJU
communication technologies, they also participate. Students have access to cutting-edge resources as they make and reflect upon media and in the process they acquire important skills in creative design, authentic collaborative, and innovative entrepreneurship. The major prepares students for careers in digital media including web content strategy and design, social media/community management, and multimedia journalism.
Communication Studies students acquire a solid grounding in the study of digital communications while exploring current ideas, spaces, and practices that are shaping society today, including digital storytelling, video composition, still photography, and social media campaigns. A hallmark of the Communication Studies curriculum is the emphasis on both theory and practice. Not only do students study what is happening at the forefront of emerging
(from top left) Allison Tzaneteas, David Michie, Michelle McCann, Eliza Rocco, Sophie Hampton, Aimée Knight (Director), Max Rosenfeld, Lauren Bourque, Erin Duffy, Alysa Bainbridge, Pilar Serrano, Eva Dougherty, Julia Gray, Claire Fitzgerald, Emma Brenner (Fellow), Madison Auer (Fellow), Abbey Piro (Fellow), Kelly O’Malley (Fellow)
(from top left) Pat Quigley, Nicole Hull, Pat Flanagan, Andrea Rodriguez Delgado, Carly Montecalvo (Fellow), Will Marsh,
Gina Carlo, Katie Hoover, Annie Clark
Amy Branagan, Sophie Werner, Taylor Burke (Fellow), Breanne Welsh, Sam Henry, Alexa Sinatore
Bridget Goodwin, Megan Bevilacqua, Abbey Piro (Fellow), Sophie Tallarida, Caitlin Gillard (Fellow), Claire Peterson
(from top left) Gabby Gorman, Sophia Galvan, Tara LaBarca, Pat Flanagan, Meg Ginsberg, Maureen Devlin, Kaeleigh Hogan
Katie O'Brien, Emily Phalon, Dominique LaQuis, Taylor Burke, Grace Sanford, Molly McDonald (Fellow), Danielle Prioleau
Abbey Piro, Cass Muratore, Anna Smollen, Caroline DeFelice (Fellow), Madison Auer, Lauren Jett, Jess Cavallero, Becky Barus
(from top left) Nicole Nolting, Eric Ruvo, Carolyn Pinto, Kellie O'Brien, Sophia Galvan, Richard Bell, Danielle Godfrey,
Cory Blazer, Imani Brisco
Hailey Miller, Caitlin Ryan, Katy Kronberg, Alyssa Trybus, Lauren Fick, Delaine Karcanas,
Carly Montecalvo (Fellow), Anna McCarthy (Fellow)
Tor Lydon (Fellow), Molly McDonald (Fellow), Alexandra Weber, Caroline Neupauer, Caroline DeFelice, Jane Ricciardi,
Maggie McHale, Caitlin Gillard
(from top left) Bridget Moran, Danielle Godfrey, Abbey Piro, Danielle D'Achille, Caitlyn Sottile, Boyd Huffman, Michael Farrell
Lizzie Fuller, Emily Bogansky, Dana Mangrelli
Kelly Smith, Sophie Werner, Marie LeVie, Anne McCarthy (Fellow), Tor Lydon (Fellow), Charlie Coghlin
Meg Doherty, Alex Catanzariti, Carly Montecalvo, Gabe Angeles, Elena Zecchino, Caitlin Gillard, Becky Hartman