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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
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Department News

COM students hit the DNC floor to work for CNN!!

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Check out our recent post to the WCU COM Facebook page to see our students at the DNC convention helping out with the CNN media booth set up. Also look to their pages for more pictures of the events!
(Great work: Nicole Cattan, Kaitlin Clark, Anjelica Finore, Julia Rittenhouse, Alex Mapa, Sam Landsberg, Angela Clemons, Dan DeBrakeleer, Dylan Messerschmidt, Kayla Morgan. Thanks for making us look so good!​)

Congratulations to our first accelerated program graduate!

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Congratulations to Dena Ostrowski, who has accepted the position of Marketing Associate at Quintiq. As the Marketing Associate, Dena is responsible for leading the execution of the lead generation and marketing programs for the company's supply chain planning and optimization software. Some of her responsibilities include: planning, developing and executing multi-channel marketing campaigns, providing sales assistance with content development, and working with corporate marketing to align all efforts and leverage support across the organization.

Dena is a 2016 Communication Studies graduate who also holds the distinction of being the department’s first graduate of its B.A./M.A. accelerated program.

WCU students travel abroad for Media in Ireland course

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This July fifteen students and Prof. Michael Boyle journeyed to Ireland for sixteen days as part of a study abroad course titled "Media in Ireland." The trip took the students from Limerick and Galway on the west coast of Ireland to Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains on the eastern shores of Ireland. The focus of the course was on different media industries in Ireland. Along the way the students visited the set of an Irish-Language soap opera, a newspaper, a radio station, a recording studio, had lunch with an author and blogger, learned about traditional Irish storytelling, and many other media-focused excursions. A particular highlight was a day trip to Northern Ireland where the class visited many of the filming locations for the HBO television series Game of Thrones. The trip also included visits to explore much of Ireland's natural beauty and history including the site of the 1916 Easter Rising, Glendalough, St. Kevin's Monastic settlement, the Cliffs of Moher, Powerscourt waterfall, and numerous castles and cathedrals scattered throughout Ireland. All in all the trip provided an excellent opportunity for experiential learning and professional development.

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.

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