I am Jana Coleman Sanders. I am from the smallest town in the state of South Carolina. Blair. Blair has made me the strong woman I am. Where I am from, many people do not attend college let alone graduate school. My parents instilled a need for a hard work ethic in my brothers and I at a young age. Here I am. A candidate to receive my Masters of Communication from Queens University of Charlotte. Welcome to my digital portfolio!
I am the baby of three children. We are all eight years apart. My parents raised my brothers and I to be strong people who are capable of thinking for ourselves and always giving back to those around us. My husband Mike and I moved to Charlotte together after only dating for six months. Although immature, it was the best decision we made in our lives. We welcomed our son, Coleman Cash in December of 2016. He has brought an unspeakable joy in my life. Cash is the funniest person I know. The smartest baby I have ever encountered. The little boy is amazing and I am not just saying that because I carried him in my tummy for nine months and three days. We also have a fur baby Rocco who we adopted shortly after moving to Charlotte.
COMM-629-G-001 Leadership, Empowerment & Management of Meaning-Daina Nathaniel
COMM-616-G-001 Communicating Mindfully-Carol Isom-Barnes
COM-601-Communication Fluency-Leanne Pupchek
COM-610-001 The Social Creation of Organizing- Carol Isom-Barnes
COM-613-001 Constructing Messages and Audiences-Carol Isom-Barnes
COM-662-001 Mediated Construction of Life Cycle Dr. Zachary White
COM-676-001 Visual Rhetoric/Influence Aesthetic Leanne Pupchek
COM-658-001 Creativity and Networks Kimberly Weller
COM680 Expanding Comm Boundaries John McArthur
COM-624 W34 Comm & Culture in a Network Society Daina Nathaniel
COM-681-002 Launching Passion into Practice Carol Isom-Barnes and John McArthur
COM-664-W42 Organizational Identity and Brand Renee Cowan
Reflections on Learning Outcomes
The most memorable experience I had with Theoretical Literacy happens to be my most recent experience as well. On the final exam, we were instructed to act as a Communications Specialist for Starbucks and to apply a communication theory we best saw fit to handle the Starbucks/breastfeeding situation. On the exam, I chose to use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Looking back, I should have chose Goffman’s Impression Analysis. One reason is because I have to retake the exam and the other reason would be because Goffman’s theory would have been better suited for that particular communicative situation.
My Capstone has taken me to heights I never thought I could reach. I have cried. I have smiled. I have questioned why I even decided to come back to school? I have laughed. I have had to encourage myself. Listening. Writing. Researching. Embedding myself into my own culture. In the process of creating my ethnography of the black hair culture I have most importantly been enlightened on my own culture. I have never been so proud to be…well black and proud. Say it loud! I’m black and I’m proud! Below are pictures taken through my ethnographic journey in the hair salon and barbershop I visited in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Digital and Media Literacy
In graduate school, I discovered WordPress! In Creativity and Networks, we were able to experiment with digital and media components on a weekly basis. I have included a link below of projects I completed in this class and that I shared via my WordPress account.
Oh APA! It was a rough start but I have finally mastered you!
I remember my very first class at Queens. Communicating Mindfully with CIB! She is by far my favorite professor. She sparked discussions in our class that I knew would undoubtedly change the learning trajectory in my life. We talked about topics such as race, privilege, and politics. Through those discussions, I learned to have respect for others’ opinions while learning to respectfully voice my own.
When I took Visual Rhetoric/Influence Aesthetic with Dr. Pupchek, we were instructed to choose a topic that had been in recent news and to use communicative practice to explore the issue. I chose the Syrian Civil War. Soul searching. I spent nights crying while working on my final project in this class. It was about the Syrian Civil War affected children. Below is an excerpt from my paper.