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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
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Department News

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The Communication Alumni Task Force is holding a tailgate for alumni of our program at the last home football game of the season. WCU is playing Millersville at 1:00 on November 6th. All Communication Studies alumni are invited. Tailgating will start at 11:00 in the Health and Science Center parking lot. Food will be provided and a raffle will take place. All proceeds will go to the Student Opportunity Award Fund.Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game from the
Golden Rams Ticket Office at Farrell Stadium, or prior to the game by calling 610-436-2266. RSVP for the event by Sunday October 31st at

Students in Communication: Day Trip to Baltimore's picture
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Attention Communication Studies majors...Join Students in Communication for a day trip to Baltimore this Friday, October 22! The trip will begin with a tour of the Orioles’ facilities, Camden Yards, followed by presentations in Public Relations and Media Relations at the ballpark, private lunch in a nearby Ale House, a speaker in radio broadcasting, free time in Baltimore’s inner harbor, and finishing the day at the Aquarium. Sign up now in Main Hall 512. For more information, contact Kelly Gannon at

Grad Student Wins Top Paper Award's picture
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Communication Studies graduate student Maxine Gesualdi has taken top honors in a recent paper competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA). Maxine's paper, entitled “Ideologies of Female Identity in Erin Brockovich,” received first place in the graduate student division of the 2010 PCA Writing Competition. She will be presenting her paper at the Top Graduate Competitive Papers panel at the PCA convention, October 22-24, 2010 at East Stroudsburg University, and will be formally honored at the convention's banquet. Congratulations, Maxine!

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From June 28 - 30, grandparents and their grandchildren came to campus to complete the first annual Grandparents University. Program participants slept in dorm rooms, enrolled in courses taught by University faculty, and attended fun evening events. GPU participants looked up through telescopes after teaching them about the planets and stars in the WCU Planetarium. They laughed and made each other laugh with Comedy on Demand, a local Improv Theater Troupe. Channel 10 News profiled GPU at WCU, making it the lead story on the evening news.

The Philadelphia Inquirer also came out and attended the Planets, Stars, and Comets class.

Dr. Tim Brown, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, gave the Keynote Address at the graduation ceremony. He talked about the symbiotic relationships between grandparents and grandchildren, and urged program participants to keep interacting in fun and educational ways even after GPU came to an end.

Special thanks to Vice President Mark Pavlovich for supporting this program. I enjoyed meeting everyone, and I can't wait until GPU 2011! Click below for more details. Hope to see you and your family next year!

Mary E. Braz
Director, Grandparents University at West Chester University

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Every year, the Department of Communication Studies host a special reception for our graduating seniors. This year the reception was held on May 7 at Barnaby's in West Chester.

The theme for this year's senior reception was "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Seniors were given chocolate bars, some of which contained "golden tickets" for special prizes. Graduating senior Andrea Helfrich, who was recently crowned Miss Philadelphia, introduced a special video montage of WCU memories, and led students and faculty in a toast to the class of 2010. A lot of fun was had by all.

Click here or on the image at left to view a gallery of photos taken at the event. Click on any thumbnail on the gallery page to view a larger version of each image. You can also see the photos on our Department's Facebook page.

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