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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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Department News

COM major crowned Miss Philadelphia 2010's picture
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Congratulations to Andrea Helfrich, a Senior Communication Studies major at West Chester University, who was crowned Miss Philadelphia 2010 on March 27. In addition to the title, Andrea took home a $10,000 scholarship, and will go on to compete in the Miss Pennsylvania contest in June in Pittsburgh.

Andrea reports that the past few days have been among the "most exciting times" in her life. She has been featured on three television news reports, including the 10! Show on NBC 10, the Good Day Philadelphia show on Fox 29, and Sunday Morning on CBS 3 - KYW. She was also interviewed on KYW Newsradio, 1060 AM. Each of these media interviews provided Andrea an opportunity to talk about her campaign against drunk driving, an issue of personal importance to Andrea since she is a survivor of a drunk driving accident.

Last semester, Andrea was a student in COM 320: Communicating on TV and Radio, a course I regularly teach in broadcast performance. Andrea tells me that she thought of the class during her recent broadcast appearances (and especially during her appearance on Fox 29, where she got to read the prompter to toss to the next story). "Through each TV and radio appearance," Andrea says, "I couldn't help but think of your TV and Radio class and how that had prepared me for this media whirlwind." Many of Andrea's performances in COM 320 are still available on her demo web site.

Way to go Andrea, and good luck in June!

Where's Waldo Flash Mob in the Quad's picture
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Charlie Todd, a famous flash mob man, says that he wants to live in a world where anything can happen. I guess watching a real life game of Where's Waldo unfold in the quad between classes counts.

Students from COM 499: Groups in Organizations and Societies today staged a Where's Waldo Flash Mob on campus in the quad. Over 20 students dressed up as "fake" Waldos, parallel to the theme of the popular child's book. One "real" Waldo was released a few minutes later and a cash prize went to the person who first found Waldo. Reactions to this ad hoc community group were similar to reactions to Frozen Quad - confusion, amusement, and hypothesizing about what was unfolding.

Pictured to the right are student leaders Jamie Berkowitz, Carl Naimoli, Heather Burlingame, Ben Francavage, Amanda Hemming, and Leah Skye. For a moment they turned a collection of strangers walking through the quad into a group with a single attentive focus. The entire quad had an audible response when Waldo was being chased and was finally found.

With all the negative press on flash mobs in Philadelphia over the past two years, these students remind us that ad hoc social groups can bring joy, community, and wonder to a space and time that would typically be business as usual. Well done!

Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society Holds 2010 Induction Ceremony's picture
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Congratulations to the following 17 new members of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honor Society, who were inducted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 in Phillips Autograph Library. As newly inducted members of Lambda Pi Eta, these undergraduate students vowed to accept the challenge to maintain the high academic and leadership standards set forth by the organization and will serve as examples for the achievement of excellence in the field of communication.

Emily M. Bahnick
Emily R. Bass
Philip K. Bieg
Sarah R. Celia
Laurie A. Colvin
Tracy L. Combs
Christina M. Fleck
Sara E. Franklin
Justine M. Giliotti
Rachael L. Hardway
Danielle C. Masland
Anthony R. Metricarti III
Anna M. Moronski
Heather M. O’Neil
Jill R. Slepman
Vanessa C. Weber
Lauren J. Whitcomb

WCU Forensics Showcase on March 30's picture
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The award-winning members of the WCU Forensics speech team will be putting on a showcase on Tuesday March 30th at 7:30 p.m. in Main 168. Members Sara Franklin, Cass Lowry, Alane Presswood, Jule Coppa, and Caitlin Rivera will be exhibiting a wide range of both prepared address and interpretive events, including persuasive speaking, informative speaking, after dinner speaking, interpretation of prose, and dramatic duo interpretation, among others. All events shall be explained and performed for your viewing pleasure.

At the recent Pennsylvania Forensic Association State Championship Tournament, West Chester (under the guidance of coach Mark Hickman) placed 1st in their division and carried home numerous individual first place awards. You can witness the talent first-hand; come join us for an evening of enlightened oration and discover the joys of one of WCU’s lesser-known but lively competitive arts.

Faculty Scholarship:Web-based Video Management's picture
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At the 2010 Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) conference, Dr. Philip A. Thompsen presented "Watch Your Speech Online: A Web-Based Video Management System for Public Speaking Courses." His presentation described the system Dr. Thompsen has developed for capturing and managing videos of student speeches, and for displaying these videos on the web and on mobile devices (such as iPods and iPhones). The NERCOMP conference is an annual meeting of educational technology leaders in higher education, and is a regional meeting of EDUCAUSE, the nation's leading educational technology association. To the left is a "screencast" of his presentation; click the large "play" button to watch, then move your cursor over the video while it's playing to access additional playback controls.

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