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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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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 Hits the Big Screen

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Katie Rose, a 2008 WCU Communication Studies graduate, has made her big screen debut in the feature film, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Katie was picked by director Michael Bay to play the role of a college student in the movie.

Katie appears in a scene with actor Rainn Wilson, widely known for his role on the hit television series, The Office. In the scene, Wilson, who plays a college professor, takes a bite out of an apple, and drops it to demonstrate gravity. The apple rolls across the floor and lands at Katie's feet, who is sitting in the front row of the lecture hall. Katie picks up the apple, whispering a flirtatious "thank you" as Wilson admonishes her to "finish that for me." Although it was only about three minutes of screen time, Katie says the scene, shot at Princeton University, took more than a day to film.

One of Katie's last classes taken at West Chester University was my broadcast performance course, COM 320: Communicating on TV and Radio. (The picture above was taken of Katie on her first day of COM 320.) I'm very pleased that one of my former students has an acting role in a feature film, and I wish her continued success in the years to come. I remember Katie as a talented student who did well in my class, and impressed me with her energy and natural acting ability. Congratulations, Katie!

Advance Your Career with a Masters in Communication Study

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Are you looking to move forward with your career? Do you want to obtain the leadership and communication skills that are vital in today's job market? Then consider your options for graduate study at West Chester University!

The Masters in Communication Studies is designed to help you be a more effective leader by building your communication skills. You'll learn from faculty who are experts in their fields. You'll appreciate the individual attention you'll get in our small classes. You'll benefit from the strengths of a large university within an intimate learning environment.

Want to know more? Browse the information available on this website (follow the links under "Graduate Program") then use our online contact form to get answers to your questions.

We hope you can attend our next Graduate Open House, on August 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Sykes Student Union. Click here to register now!

COM Faculty To Publish New Textbook

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Department of Communication Studies faculty members Martin Remland and Anita Foeman, along with former adjunct faculty member Dolores Arevalo Rafter and Temple University professor Tricia Jones, are pleased to announce they have signed a contract to publish a new textbook on intercultural communication. Wadsworth, a leading publisher of communication textbooks, will publish the book, which is scheduled for publication in late 2011. The working title is Intercultural Communication in the 21st Century: A Peacebuilding Perspective.

The textbook introduces a peacebuilding model of intercultural communication, incorporating knowledge of fundamental peacebuilding processes, such as conflict transformation, intergroup contact, and intercultural dialogue, and the most current theory and research on cultural identity and cultural differences in worldviews, emotions, and communication to arrive at a better understanding of how intercultural communication competence contributes to the peacebuilding enterprise in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, virtual communities, and travels abroad.

Spring 2009 Reception Photos

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Photos from the Department of Communication Studies Spring 2009 Reception are available for viewing on the department's Facebook Photo Gallery page. If you attended the reception, and you're a member of Facebook, please consider tagging yourself in the photos. Click the picture below to visit the gallery...

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Lambda Pi Eta Named Most Improved Student Organization

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Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honor Society (Gamma Tau chapter) has been honored with the 2008-2009 Most Improved Student Organization Award. Presented annually by the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, this award recognizes the club or organization that has made significant strides towards achieving its goals. The awards competition is open to over 220 campus organizations and groups at West Chester University.


Nathan Kutz, Ashley L. Miller, Colleen Murphy, and Katie Polyak hold West Chester University's Most Improved Student Organization award.

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) would like to recognize the tremendous commitment and outstanding achievement of the 08-09 Executive Board, Chairpersons, and all LPH members who collectively made this award a reality. Those people who were the forefront of revitalizing the organization during the past two years include Ashley L. Miller, Colleen Murphy, Nathan Kutz, Michael DeSumma, Tiffany Thornton, Ashley Tressler, Jessica Madeira, Jennifer Padron, Erin McVay, Courtney Conigliaro, Elizabeth Van Osten, Kristen Fulmer, Erinn Carey, Allison Brochet, and advisor Dr. Ola Kopacz. As a result of their combined efforts, membership increased by more than 200 percent, seven new committees were formed, and all of LPH’s goals were either met or exceeded.

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