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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

The Cup is Back!

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Every year, students from the WCU Intro to Advertising Class compete against students from Villanova University to see who can produce the better ad campaign, and the winner is awarded the prestigious N.W. Ayer Cup. On Friday, November 30, this year's Golden Ram team (Amanda Barbeau, Lauren Gerba, Paige Kowal, Brittany Herron and Abigal Talbert)topped Villanova with their presentation of a year-long, three-part strategy to the Aqua America water company. Judge David Culver pronounced the WCU team's presentation "one of the best I have ever seen." Congrats to our team, who not only brought the cup back to WCU, but improved West Chester's record to 5-2!

Congratulations to Leah Pressman, Fall 2012 Commencement Speaker

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The Department of Communication Studies congratulates Leah Pressman on being named the student commencement speaker for the Fall 2012 graduation at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her remarks will take place during the graduation ceremonies on Sunday, December 16th.

Pressman will be among those graduating this December with a major in Communication Studies. She has earned the distinction of graduating Summa Cum Laude, with an impressive 4.0 GPA.

Congratulations, Leah!

Let the Speaking Lab help you give a better speech

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Are you dreading that big presentation coming up? Seeking tips for dead-on delivery? Help is here!!!

The nationally recognized WCU Forensics Speech and Debate team regularly staffs a speaking lab. Award-winning members of the team will be available to assist you in all aspects of oral presentation and speech delivery, free of charge. We have staffers on hand Monday through Friday. To make an appointment for a consultation, e-mail WCUFORENSICS@GMAIL.COM with your name, type of speech, and when you would like to meet (day and time). Please give our advisors at least 24 hours’ notice of any desired appointments. Our office is located in Mitchell Hall Room 411.

We are happy to help with all of your public speech delivery needs.

PRSSA Group Tours Philadelphia Media Organizations

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On October 16, the WCU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America sponsored a trip to Philadelphia, where students visited three different cutting-edge media organizations. Led by exec board members Callie Smith, Brooke Hillman, and Angelique Caraballo, the group of comm studies majors toured the offices of Independence Blue Cross, Breslow Partners Public Relations, and Philadelphia Media Group, including the Inquirer, Daily News and www.philly.com. (Click on an image to see a larger version.)

A central theme of the trip was emerging media technologies, as executives at Breslow explained how the company uses new media to promote restaurant clients, the advertising team at Independence explained their upcoming consumer-based media campaign, and the director of digital media at PMG talked with students about moving newspaper content to the web. Students were treated to lunch with a panoramic view of the Philadelphia skyline, thanks to the courtesy of Independence Blue Cross and the efforts of PRSSA's professional advisor, Mr. Bill Tyson.

The PRSSA chapter is committed to providing professional opportunities in communication studies to all WCU students. Their next event: a "mocktail" on November 7, where students can share their resumes and experience simulated job interviews with media professionals. For more information, contact the organization's president, Angelique Caraballo, at ac749219@wcupa.edu, or visit the website of PRSSA-WCU.

Graduate Alumni Panel and Showcase

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On Tuesday, October 2nd, the Department of Communication Studies will be holding our second annual graduate program alumni panel and showcase. The event will be held in the Philips Autograph Library from 6-8 p.m. The panel will highlight different ways graduates from our M.A. program have used their degree in their career paths. After the panel presentation, we’ll open up the floor for discussion and questions. It’s a great chance to reconnect, to network, and to hear about how others’ careers have developed since earning their master’s degree from our program.

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