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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.

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Congratulations to our Forensics Team!'s picture
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WCU Forensics Team
Our Award-Winning Forensics Team
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The West Chester University Forensics Team is proud to announce their sweeping success at the 2011 Pennsylvania Forensic Association State Championship Tournament, held at Wilkes University on February 19-20. After a great deal of effort and perseverance, the team defeated a multitude of other universities and placed second in the state overall, garnering a variety of individual awards along the way. The team and coach Mark Hickman now look forward to tackling the American Forensic Association District 7 national qualifying tournament in Frederick, Maryland in March, before setting their sights on the Pi Kappa Delta national tournament in Portland, Oregon. Team president and senior Sara Franklin captured the first place award in Persuasive Speaking, an accomplishment that gives her the honor of attending the 2011 Interstate Oratorical Association Championship as a Pennsylvania representative.

Further individual awards were as follows:

  • Sara Franklin: Persuasion, 1st place; Program Oral Interpretation, 1st place; Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd place; Rhetorical Criticism, 3rd place; Impromptu, 3rd place; Extemporaneous Speaking, 4th place; Pentathlon, 3rd place.
  • Lanie Presswood: Rhetorical Criticism, 2nd place; Program Oral Interpretation, 3rd place; Informative Speaking, 3rd place; Dramatic Duo with Dan Hinderliter, 3rd place.
  • Dan Hinderliter: After Dinner Speaking, 4th place; Persuasion, 4th place; Prose Interpretation, 5th place; Dramtic Duo, 3rd place; Pentathlon, 6th place.
  • Daquann Chung: Poetry Interpretation, 2nd place; Dramatic Interpretation, 5th place.
  • Jake Markiewicz: After Dinner Speaking, 6th place; Prose Interpretation, 6th place.
  • Ashley Murphy: Program Oral Interpretation, 4th place.
  • Joe Tetreault: After Dinner Speaking, 5th place.

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The Department of Communication Studies is pleased to welcome prospective students who have already been accepted to West Chester University! Invited students and their guardians will come to campus for Communication Day on Monday, February 21, 2011. Parking will be available in the Bull Center Parking Garage, on the southeast corner of High Street and Rosedale Avenue.

11:15: Arrive on Campus, Head north on High Street to Main Hall (brick building on High Street across from Papa Johns).

11:30: Meet in the lobby of Main Hall; Walking Tour of Campus.

12:00-12:30: Light refreshments served, Greeting from the Chair, Dr. Timothy Brown, Informal chat with Current Students: Students in Communication, Forensics, Lambda Pi Eta, and Internship (Tony Metricarti, Danielle Gilliam, Sara Franklin, Kelcie Rudman, Nicole Donahue) in Sykes Ballroom 117B.

12:30-12:55: Informal chat with faculty members in Sykes Ballroom 117B.

1:00 – 1:50: Tour the Television Studio and Radio Station! Brandywine Hall 004, with Dr. Mike Boyle.

2:00-2:50: Get to class! Dr. David LeVassuer, Communication Theory, Room SSL 151 (Schmucker Lecture Hall).

3:00: Depart for home! If you have any final questions, please report to 512 Main Hall after class gets out.

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!

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