written by a Mass Communication student
“I hate routine.” says Distinguished Teaching Faculty member and professor Rick Lorenc. “I love hands-on experience by using activities and anecdotes in the classroom. Engaging in quality dialogue with students helps them acquire more competencies in the way they write, speak and produce media content.”
Windows of opportunity
As a faculty member at the University of St. Francis since 1979, Lorenc has taught a wide variety of classes and fostered many developmental courses directed at inspiring college students to be successful. One of Lorenc’s foci is making students more effective communicators. “My goal is to assist studentsin making that transition from high school life to college life. I encourage freshmen to explore liberal arts education and public speaking to find out what they might love about it and what they might hate about it. I like opening the windows to let them see what else the world has to offer,” said Lorenc, who developed the Core program in 1992 to ease new students’ transition from secondary education to higher education and prepare them for the demands of university life.
Passion for Mass Communication
“I enjoy devising a creative concept to communicate a particular story through planning, production, and, finally, showcasing it to an audience.” said Lorenc. “We tell stories through video, graphic information, and the web. Communicating through broadcast media is what we do, whether you are a reporter, camera operator, producer, announcer, or scriptwriter.” While he expresses an interest in the rise of audio/video production through the web and its ability to allow people to be their own producer or publisher, he also believes people should adhere to proper broadcasting and communication ethics.
“There is nothing better than studying in a field you enjoy, getting a job chasing your dreams and passions, and getting paid for it,” Lorenc said.
Media for the real world
Lorenc started the journalism/communication program at USF and was chairman of the department from 1988 through 2002. Originally, Lorenc was an advisor for the carrier-current AM radio station. He then organized a committee to raise money for equipment and licensing of a low-power FM station that could broadcast from the college to the surrounding community. After accomplishing that goal, he focused his efforts on creating and funding a television production studio to augment the broadcasting program at the university. Lorenc’s pride and joy is Exploring Joliet, an award-winning weekly magazine-style video program, produced by USF students and aired on campus and Joliet’s cable-access channel JCTV.
Lorenc serves on the Mass Communications Panel as part of the Illinois Articulation Initiative. He is a member of the Broadcast Education Association, The Society of Professional Journalists, and is a consultant for the U.S. Department of Energy, The State of Illinois Medical Association, The U.S. Department of Labor, and the Will County Educational Services Region. Over the course of his tenure at USF, Lorenc has received many awards and commendations. Most recently, he received the Videographer Award of Excellence for producing Southern Wine and Spirits Winestyles Educational Video 2nd Quarter 2008.
Above all, Lorenc enjoys the nurturing environment that allows the students, as well as the faculty, to realize their full potential as part of the USF community.
Lorenc teaches Concepts of Communication, Introduction to Video Production, 3D Animation, Television Management, Video News and Field Production, Video Editing, Media Law and Regulation, and Core 1: Speech Communication.