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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
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Department News

COM Graduate Students attend Young Professional Network event

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To experience the benefits of professional development firsthand, PASSHE students in COM570, Conceptual Foundations for Training and Development, began the summer session by attending an event hosted by the Young Professional Network of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The event, Success in the City, featured a panel of professionals who were influential in establishing the YPN twenty years ago. The panelists, moderated by 2015 mayoral candidate Doug Oliver, shared stories about how being engaged in events in the city not only helped their professional growth and development, but also impacted major events in the city.

Photo (L-R): Andrea Pampaloni; Linda Ranieri; Mary Theresa Martin; Nicole Rogers

DNA Discussion Project Expands

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The DNA Discussion project has recently achieved a significant expansion of the program. The project is collaborating with both the College of Health Sciences and the College of Business and Public Management to explore how we can use ancestry DNA to build bridges among diverse individuals. This includes a grant from the Dean of the College of Health Sciences to link the project’s genetic work to issues of health, especially in the minority community. A central goal of this grant-funded work is to examine what people know about genetics and disease, especially in underserved populations.

For more information, visit the project’s website at dnadiscussionproject.com.

Thank you for a great COM internship fair!

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The Communication Studies Department would like to thank everyone who participated in the Spring 2016 Communication Studies Internship Fair. Check out some photos from the event in this Facebook album!

Photos from the Spring 2016 Communication Studies Internship Fair

Posted by Communication Studies at West Chester University on Saturday, March 19, 2016

Come to the Internship Fair March 17

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Questions? Contact Dr. Kanan Sawyer (ksawyer@wcupa.edu).

COM instructor interviewed on WHYY

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Communication Studies Adjunct Professor Maxine Gesualdi was featured on WHYY's Newsworks Tonight radio show on Jan. 7 to provide insight on crying in politics. Gesualdi discussed the cultural norms surrounding politicians - male and female - crying in public, a topic that reemerged after President Obama shed tears during his speech on gun violence. Gesualdi also reviewed her research about former Speaker of the House John Boeher's public crying, which was published in the Journal of Communication Inquiry. For an abstract of that article, see http://jci.sagepub.com/content/37/4/304.abstract; the full text of the article is available at http://jci.sagepub.com/content/37/4/304.full.pdf+html. To listen to Professor Gesualdi's interview, follow the link from our Facebook page below.

Communication Studies Adjunct Professor Maxine Gesualdi was featured on WHYY's Newsworks Tonight radio show on Jan. 7 to...

Posted by Communication Studies at West Chester University on Friday, January 8, 2016

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