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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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Department News

A Second Call: Alumni of our Graduate Program

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Hi again!

Summer's time is precious, and it's getting closer to the start of our academic year. We didn't have a lot of success gathering you together for those focus groups -- I know it's different when you're already on campus for class, so summer just may not be the time to do it. The advantage of a face-to-face focus group is that the interaction tends to bring about more feedback, but it is less convenient for participants.

To make it more convenient for you, I've created a survey. I'm hoping that you'll please take some time to respond to the questions. It's a way for me to find out and prioritize tasks for the program.

It would be great if you could respond by Monday, August 15th. Thank you for any feedback you think might be valuable. To access the survey, please click on this link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7K8QNGP

-- Denise
Denise M. Polk, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Professor Braz Publishes Article in Human Communication

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Mary Braz published an article on group communication titled, "Are we being watched? A test of hand washing in public restrooms as communication behavior" in the peer-reviewed journal Human Communication. In this study, Braz and co-authors investigate the influence of social norms on hand-washing behavior. Group norms influence hand-washing behavior in college campus restrooms such that when others are present, hand-washing behavior increases.

http://www.uab.edu/Communicationstudies/humancommunication/03_01_2011_He...

Alumni of our Graduate Program: Your Feedback, Please

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Hello COM Studies M.A. Alums!

I hope your summer is going well. As some of you who are recent graduates may recall, I announced in the grad department newsletter that I wanted feedback from you about your experiences in our graduate program. Whereas we have much to be proud of, there’s always room for improvement. Therefore, I hope you can attend one of the following upcoming opportunities.

I would like to invite you to participate in a focus group on 7/19 at 7 p.m.. Please come and share your ideas. The session will be held in Main Hall, Room 132. I expect the session will run about an hour or so – it depends on how many people attend and how much you have to say! Although I have separate sessions lined up for incoming and current students, I wanted to have a separate session planned for alums simply because you have a different experience, having completed our program.

COM Class Proposals Have Community Impact

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For the thirteen West Chester University students in Dr. Lisa Millhous’ Communication Seminar on Leadership and Teambuilding, June 24th is not just the end of the first summer session. After struggling with issues of leadership and teambuilding all term, the end only marks the beginning of a new challenge: actually using the ideas from the course to make a difference in their group experiences.

Collectively, participants in the class wrote 16 proposals that, if implemented, would personally impact an estimated 300 individuals, while the messages generated by these efforts would potentially reach 2000 or more people. Students were instructed to focus on groups where they had access or could make an impact. Although a proposal is not always implemented the way it was conceived, “sometimes just interviewing members of the group and planting the idea is enough to change the group or move it in a different direction,” reports Dr. Millhous, the instructor of the course.

Graduating senior Amber Hawkins felt that her group’s proposal “is realistic for our target community – to see our community come together and bond using this idea would be an amazing thing!” Fellow group-member Brian Young had similar feelings: “Our group’s idea was quite simple, but I can see that it has incredible potential to help the organization reach out to the people who could benefit.”

Senior Reception 2011

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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 5 at the Landmark Americana in West Chester. The theme for this year's senior reception was "Oh the Places You'll Go." Everyone enjoyed great food and refreshment, and many lucky students won gift cards and other prizes donated by local businesses. A great time 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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