Communications Media Arts and Technology Faculty

Andrea Bard - Instructor

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Andrea Bard has been an employee of SNHU since 1999.  Bard served as a visiting professor and received SNHU's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2007. She is an instructor in communication, media arts and technology. Bard also serves as coordinator for the communication major.

Bard received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Northern Michigan University in 1986 and her Master of Arts in Business & Organizational Leadership from Emerson College in 1987. Before being hired as an adjunct professor at SNHU, Bard held administrative positions including director of admissions at Castle College and director of corporate relations at Franklin Pierce University.

In the community, Bard has served as director of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce as well as chair of the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Business & Education Collaborative.  She also develops and presents training programs and workshops on professional presentations, organizational communication, interviewing skills, and job search techniques. Clients include Globe Manufacturing, Nackey Loeb School of Communications, New Hampshire Networkers Group, and the Upper Valley Human Resources Association.  She is also certified in Professional Business Etiquette through the Etiquette Institute.

Edward Brillant - Instructor

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Edward Brilliant joined SNHU in 2012 as an instructor in the Game Development program, where his courses include creating game assets, building game environments, character animation, creature design, concept art and game interface design.

Brilliant served more than 10 years in the 3D industry, most recently as Art Director at Seven45 Studios in Boston. He has nine published games, including iPhone, iPad, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 games and has also worked on children’s television shows (lead animator for ''A Very Wompkee Christmas,'' seen on ABC and PBS).

Brilliant received his Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Montserrat College of Art.

Harry Umen - Professor

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Harry Umen, an associate professor of communications at SNHU since 2002, helped pioneer digital design in the 1980s when he established one of the first academic desktop publishing programs in New England. In Umen’s classes, students learn to use digital technology to translate their creative impulses into still images, animation, layouts and other commercially viable products.

Umen received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University and his Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University.

Umen has done numerous exhibitions including ''Harry Umen, New Work,'' McIninch Gallery, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH, 2004 and ''Digital Creative Artists,'' Vutek, Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Meredith, NH, 2005.

Recent design awards and recognition include 2003 Best New Hampshire Education Website, NH.Com; 2003 Case Award, New York, NY, for Excellence in Magazine Design; Intellectual Property Bulletin, Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH.

Umen’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Art New England, and TCI (Theatre Craft International).

Jon Boroshok - Lecturer

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In 2011, Jon Boroshok joined SNHU as a full-time communications lecturer. Boroshok previously served as an adjunct instructor of marketing communications and public relations courses at Emerson College in Boston and Bentley University in Waltham, MA while continuing his 20-year career as a full-time public relations practitioner. At Bentley, he received the Curricular Service-Learning Faculty Award for 2009.

Boroshok received his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Emerson College and his Master in Business Administration in Marketing from Northeastern University.

Boroshok is also a journalist and freelance writer. He has written articles about the Olympics from a business perspective, including an article about sponsorship and athlete funding in a global economy, that were published in Newsweek and The Christian Science Monitor. Other articles and columns have appeared in The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, HSMAI Marketing Review, Crain Communications, SearchSecurity.com, TechLiving Magazine, ZDNet, CMP Publications, Mass High Tech, TechTarget, DM News, PRWeek, and more. His peer reviewed public relations tutorial appeared in The Journal of Hospitality & Leisure Marketing.

Boroshok has been listed as one of the ''Top Marketing Professors'' by Social Media Marketing Magazine each month from December 2010 through May 2012.

Karen Erickson - Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences

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Dr. Karen Erickson came to SNHU in 2006 after 15 years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she was on the political science faculty and awarded emerita rank. She directed programs in science, education, public policy and in Arctic affairs and policies assessment. Erickson also has held university teaching and administrative posts in Canada and Norway.

Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford, a Master of Arts in Political Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard.

Erickson is a founder of the University of the Arctic and was on the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Council. Her publications cover Arctic and international politics, security, environmental policy, cold war legacies, rural education and postwar politics of Finland.

A winner of two Fulbright awards, Erickson has held fellowships with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Scholar's Roundtable-NYU School of Law and the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She is a Leadership Fellow of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and a member of the board of directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans as well as the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Lundy Lewis - Professor

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Dr. Lundy Lewis is a professor of computer information technology, chair of the Information Technology Department and co-chair of the game design and development program. He is an expert in computer networking, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence. A researcher for the U.S. Department of Defense who focuses on protecting computerized information, he brings 15 years of industry experience to the classroom. Lundy holds 35 U.S. patents and has published three books on network management.

Lewis infuses his lectures with real-world examples and invites industry experts to help students prepare for information-technology careers. He also teaches courses on game design and digital music.

Lewis earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with an emphasis on Computer Science from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute and a Doctor of Philosophy focusing on Logic and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Georgia.

Refereed Journal Articles include Lewis, L. (2003). "QoS and Bandwidth Management in Broadband Cable Access Networks. Computer Networks, Special Issue on Management of Services."

Lewis serves as session chair, International Conference on Information Fusion and chairperson for the American Association of Artificial Intelligence: Workshop on Human/Robotic Interfaces, Chairperson for IEEE Military Communications Conference and IEEE International Enterprise Networking and Services Conference.

Tracy Dow - Dept. Chair, Instructor

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A lecturer of graphic design, Tracy Dow joined SNHU in 2008. Dow's courses taught include Design and Color Theory, Typography, Graphics and Layout Print Media, Advanced Digital Design, and Desktop Publishing. Dow is also the creative director and owner of Mosaic Communications where she provides freelance art direction and graphic design services to a variety of clients from high-tech, manufacturing and financial to start-ups and nonprofits.

Dow received her Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Art from Notre Dame College, and her Master of Business Administration from Plymouth State University.

At SNHU, Dow prepares the annual student exhibition, Typographica, is the advisor to the Media and Design Club, advisor to the Family Fun Night Organization, and serves on the Game Design Search Committee.

Dow has served on the New Hampshire Creative Club Steering Committee since 1994.