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Department News

Department Chair Service Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Munz and Dr. Gina Castle Bell for receiving the Department Chair Service Award at the Department of Communication Studies Reception for Graduating Seniors. The annual award recognizes faculty members who embody collegiality and unselfishly take on additional assignments, committee work, and other program needs in order for the department to fulfill its mission. Dr. Munz and Dr. Bell have been invaluable faculty members by: serving on department searches, supporting students through organizations such as Lambda Pi Eta, taking on additional teaching assignments, and engaging in both undergraduate and graduate student research. Dr. Munz and Dr. Bell definitely represent the spirt of service leadership through their commitment and dedication to the program. Congratulations to Dr. Munz and Dr. Bell!

Graduating COM Major awarded spot at Media Sales Institute

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Graduating senior (now alumna) Colleen Curry has earned a spot as a participant in the Media Sales Institute at Arizona State University this summer. Sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation (NABEF), the institute provides an intensive "boot camp" experience where students are immersed in learning electronic media advertising sales and sales techniques. Colleen will be working with other young professionals to create media products and present them to media executives. The program concludes with a career fair where candidates engage in one-on-one interviews with media company executives. According to NABEF, more than 75 percent of the participants are hired by media companies two weeks to one month after their completion of the program.

This is a very prestigious honor and we are very excited to have Colleen represent us in Arizona! She will be building on her undergraduate experience in Communication Studies, as well her extracurricular work as Assistant News Editor at The Quad, the Student News Service of West Chester University. Congratulations to one of our outstanding graduates!

COM Alumni Social at the Landmark

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    Read the May 2015 Alumni Newsletter!


The WCU Communication Studies Undergraduate Alumni Chapter is going to be gathering at our old stomping grounds on Thursday, May 7th at Landmark Americana in West Chester. The WCU Senior Reception will be held downstairs and we would love to network with current and potential new members of the COM Undergraduate Alumni Chapter. We will be meeting at the bar area upstairs at 7PM to meet and greet. This event will be very informal.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Virginia Smith or Jillian Morgan via Linkedin! Or send an email to Jillian Morgan, Vice-President, the COM Alumni Chapter, at jm652349@gmail.com.

Group Communication Students Start Campus Pay it Forward Campaign

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Students in COM 499 Groups in Organizations and Societies had a big project for the semester: apply theories of group dynamics to create or change a group on campus or in the community. One group of students created the Ram it Forward campaign.

Drawing on social network and message design theories, the students set out to increase happiness on campus. They conceptualized, designed, and implemented the project, tracked results, and drew conclusions from their findings. The project involved free drinks at Starbucks, and handing out inspirational quotes to lift spirits as students head in to finals week.

We encourage you to #ram_it_forward (pay it forward at WCU) and engage in random acts to spread happiness during finals week. The students want your help to perform 100 acts of random happiness for students, faculty, and staff between now and Commencement.

PRSSA Students Visit New York City

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New York, New York - the town so nice, they named it twice! And in April, 23 students from the university's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America took on Manhattan as they toured some of the city's top communications attractions.

The day started with a visit to the offices of Allison+Partners, one of the city's fastest growing mid-sized public relations firms, where students met with account managers and coordinators and learned what to do - and not do - when preparing for a PR job. From there the group headed to the offices of America's leading newspaper, The New York Times, where they were given a tour of the editorial facilities by web editor Mark Bulik. An hour roaming Times Square was followed by the final visit of the day, DKC Public Relations, where students talked with senior management about changes in public relations as well as skill set development. In the past two years, WCU's PRSSA group has seen tremendous growth in participation and programming, thanks to a proactive, hard-working executive board.

Want to learn more? Contact the organization's president, Lauren Grow, at LG781107@wcupa.edu.

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