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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

Group Communication & New Technology Panel October 28th at 7 PM

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Rob Lathan of Improv Everywhere will be joined by one of Philadelphia's Finest in room SSL-151 on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. Come see these panel members discuss how communication is leveraged through new media to create temporally ephemeral groups with no history and no future. Organizers use viral email and social networking sites to disseminate meeting and group task information (i.e. large 10 minute pillow fight) to members. The panel will discuss issues related to the drive to belong, new member recruitment, and the use of social influence techniques in viral marketing. We will be exploring the Light Side of flash mobs, wherein members take enjoyment out of violating social norms in a pro-social way, and the Dark Side of flash mobs, wherein members feel a degree of anonymity akin to being in a mob and engage in destructive activities (i.e. riots, property damage). All are welcome!

Haven't seen a flash mob? Check out the one that was just done on the campus of West Chester University!

Carolyn Keefe Memorial Forensics Tournament

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The West Chester University Forensics Team in conjunction with the PA-Iota Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta will be hosting the first annual Carolyn Keefe Memorial Forensics Tournament on October 10-11. The tournament will offer competition in 11 speech events in three broad categories—Prepared Speaking (After Dinner Speaking, Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, and Rhetorical Criticism), Limited Preparation Speaking (Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking), and Oral Interpretation of Literature (Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation, and Program Oral Interpretation). The tournament will also offer Lincoln-Douglas debate competition. To learn more about these events, click on the Activities link above and go to the Forensics Program.

The tournament will be headquartered in Main Hall. Drop in to see some of the best intercollegiate competitive speakers, performers, and debaters in the region and beyond.

Forensics Team Organizational Meeting

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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 mhickman@wcupa.edu or come by the team room in Main Hall 016.

Honors Society Peer Mentoring Program

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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.

Fall 2009

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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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