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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
Department Chair
Discover the Power of Communication

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Communication is an essential part of human life. It affects how we relate to each other, how we achieve success, and how we view reality. It has shaped the world we live in, and it will shape the world ahead. We invite you to discover the power of communication. Contact us today, and discover how the Department of Communication Studies at West Chester University can be a part of your future.

Department News

COM Grad Is Newest (and Youngest!) Member of the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association's picture
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Pat Gallen, Class of '07, has been invited to join the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association.

Gallen, 26, is the youngest person ever to earn an invitation to the prestigious organization. Pat is a multi-sport, multi-media reporter, who serves as an anchor/reporter/host for 97.3 ESPN FM in South Jersey (WENJ-FM) as well as a regular contributor to

On a recent visit to Dr. Lordan's Communication Professions in Sports class, Gallen spoke with students about his multifaceted career, advising them to make the most of every opportunity on campus and in internships, continuously work on their writing skills, and form as many professional relationships as possible.

Congratulations to Mr. Gallen, a great representative of our program, and a growing voice in the Philadelphia sports media community!

Communication Students Become a part of the Daily Local Community Media Lab's picture
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During Spring 2011, 40 students enrolled in COM 499/Mass Media and Society are contributing to our local news discourse by co-writing a blog that combines course material with our observations of the media reality. We post about current events, our lives, and how we interact with the media. This project is a part of the Daily Local News' Community Media Lab initiative.

Visit Media Mania Pennsylvania today and become a regular reader!

Golden Rams Retain the N.W.Ayer Cup!'s picture
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The Soul Patrol
The "Soul Patrol" win the Ayer Cup
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We keep the cup! On November 30, five members of the Comm Studies Department participated in the annual advertising campaign contest between WCU and Villanova University. The students, Sara Murray, Laura Putman, Tom Kelly, Amanda Hess and Tracy Combs, presented their ideas to marketing executives of The Philadelphia Soul football team in center city, Philadelphia. This year's contest was very close...but in the end, WCU prevailed! Congratulations to WCU's Soul Patrol, who helped build our record to 4-1 in the contest!

Communication Christmahanukwanzaakah Celebration's picture
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Lambda Pi Eta and Students in Communications cordially invite all Communication Studies faculty, students and their guests to a holiday celebration! It's the "Communication Christmahanukwanzaakah Celebration" on Wednesday, December 8th from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Sykes Ballroom C. Join us for delicious holiday foods, exciting raffle prizes and more. Sign up for the "ugly holiday sweater contest" when you arrive. Judging by our distinguished faculty begins at 8:30. Cost is just on item from the SPCA donation list or a small monetary donation (suggested amount $5). All proceeds benefit the Chester County SPCA. Please RSVP to by December 1 to ensure we have plenty of food for all.

Earn credit for your work in student media!'s picture
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Do you work in the student media at West Chester University? Then you know just how much you can learn by getting involved in the production of media content. It's an opportunity to apply in a "hands on" way what you learn in the classroom. It's a chance to gain the kind of regular, practical experiences that help prepare you for a career in the media. Whether you're working at our campus newspaper,The Quad, our campus radio station, WCUR-FM or our campus TV station, WCU-TV, did you know that you can earn academic credit for your involvement by enrolling in COM 112, the Communication Media Practicum?

Click here for more information, or send an email to Dr. Philip A. Thompsen.

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