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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

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The Forensics (speech and debate) team will hold its organizational meeting on Tuesday, September 8th, at 6:30 in Main Hall 316. We are open to all undergraduate students in all disciplines. All you need is the desire to enhance your skills as a communicator.

If performing in public is your passion, Forensics is the activity for you. If you are hesitant about performing in public, forensics can help you overcome that hesitancy. Because we compete in a wide variety of events, there is something to suit every interest and every need.

For more information about joining the team, please contact or come by the team room in Main Hall 016.

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The honors communication society, Lambda Pi Eta, is hosting its first meeting for the Peer Mentoring Program on September 15th at 4 pm in room 402 Main Hall.

If you're interested in making contacts, networking with professors, people at the University and elsewhere, or just need help with scheduling and the major, stop by! The program is open to all Comm. majors of any year looking for some guidance. Looks great on a resume! Learn from our mistakes, our successes, and our experiences!

For more information, send an email to Elizabeth Van Osten, Committee Chair, Lambda Pi Eta.

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The Fall Semester of 2009 is underway at West Chester University. If you are a new student, welcome! If you are a returning student, welcome back! We've got much to look forward to in the coming academic year, and we're excited that you are a part of it. On behalf of the Department of Communication Studies, I wish you all the best for a successful semester.

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The Department of Communication Studies is holding a reception for our graduate students on September 2, 2009 between 5:30 and 6:45 PM in the Phillips Autograph Library. At this reception, we will welcome the largest newly enrolled class in our history. Former graduate students Liza Conway, Tara Musser and Christina Medved will share brief words of wisdom with our new graduate students. I enthusiastically encourage all of our graduate students and faculty to attend this special event.

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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!

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