The HSSC department hosted its first advisory board meeting August 9, 2011.  The HSSC advisory board keeps LTU faculty and students abreast of the latest technological trends in fields that emphasize communication and the most pressing needs of local and national industry.  The HSSC department draws its advisory board members from the business, publishing, and law sectors, and we meet once a year. 

The advisory board members are:

Dan Izzo is the Training and Launch Chief for Bizdom U.  Bizdom U is a non-profit entrepreneurial academy and business launch accelerator which was founded by Dan Gilbert, Chairman of Quicken Loans and majority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bizdom U’s mission is to train, mentor and partner with aspiring entrepreneurs to open innovative growth oriented, Detroit-based businesses.

Bizdom U is dedicated to creating a core of creative, collaborative entrepreneurial startups in the City of Detroit by providing aspiring entrepreneurs with training, support and funding to launch their businesses.  Dan joined Bizdom U in 2006 with a comprehensive and diverse background.  He successfully ran his own law practice in Chicago and founded a successful comedy club in Ann Arbor.  He serves on the board of eight different startups including Wedit.com, Campus Commandos, Dermanaut and JimmyKicks.com.

Jim Draper is Vice President and Publisher at Gale, a part of Cengage Learning. He has been in the publishing industry for 25 years, as author, editor, online developer, print publisher, digital publisher, academic publisher, business-development director, and rights director.  At Cengage Learning, Jim heads up Gale Digital Collections, Gale Literature Publishing, Gale Academic Publishing, Gale World Scholar Programs, the Charles Scribner imprint, and Macmillan USA Publishing. Jim is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a post-graduate degree in medieval languages from Oxford University. He is also a graduate of the Columbia University Rare Books School and the Denver Publishing Institute. Among Jim’s publications at Gale are: Eighteenth Century Collections Online, British Newspapers: 1600-1900, 19th-Century U.S. Newspapers, British Literary Manuscripts Online, and Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Trans-national Archive. Jim conceptualized and launched Gale’s Literature Resource Center—the foundation product in Gale’s highly successful “Resource Center” line—and led efforts to migrate Gale’s print-based Literature program to 100% digital distribution. Jim’s publications, as author, include World Literature Criticism: 1500 to the Present, Black Literature Criticism, and numerous contributions to scholarly journals.

Pam Wilkins is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Detroit, Mercy.  Pam received her B.A. in Ancient Greek at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her J.D. at the University of  South Carolina School of Law.  She teaches Applied Theory & Legal Analysis, Torts, Criminal Procedure, and Death Penalty in America.

Della Cassia is Director of Media and Public Relations at the Engineering Society of Detroit in Southfield, MI.  She is also the Managing Editor of Technology Century.

Felicia M. Thomas is the director of Recruitment and Enrollment at Wayne State University Law School.  In this capacity she is responsible for counseling prospective students on all aspects of preparation for law school—from academic coursework and LSAT preparation to writing effective personal statements.  Ms. Thomas is also responsible for program development and assists with the creation of marketing and internet outreach materials for prospective and admitted students.  Prior to her current role in the Admissions Office, Ms. Thomas served as the director of Academic Success at Wayne Law.  In that capacity, Ms. Thomas was responsible for providing academic and limited personal counseling to law students and assisted with the development of academic support programs through the Dean of Students Office.  Prior to Wayne Law, Ms. Thomas served as a law clerk in the Civil Division of the Wayne County Third Circuit Court.  Ms. Thomas received her Bachelor of Arts in English and African-American Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1999.  She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002.  She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.

Student representatives

Adam Lockhart is a Sophomore majoring in English.

Jessica Gauthier is a Junior majoring in Humanities