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About Our Department Image

You may have noticed our new department image in the Friends of COM Newsletter, on our website, or printed on various promotional items within our department. This image was the result of a class project and directed independent study involving many of our COM students. Dr. Jeanne Persuit and Dr. Rick Olsen (’87) were “clients” for a desktop publishing class taught by Ms. Stacie Hidek. Teams of students researched our department, other communication studies departments, the discipline itself and other sources for inspiration. They then prepared mock ups of their designs as they would look full color, grayscale, on letterhead, t-shirts and web pages along with extensive rationale for their design choices. They also interviewed the clients to get a sense of what was needed in the design.

The winning design offers 5 overlapping circles signifying the 5 canons of rhetoric that have become an essential pillar of our department. The overlap of the circles creates 8 sections symbolizing the 8 core skills we seek to cultivate in our majors along with mastery of the discipline.

The original winning design was then further refined by Robert Pryce through a directed independent study. He took on the challenge of making the original design “less corporate” as well as figuring out how to layer and animate the design.

We are quite proud of the image and how well it expresses our department’s commitment to both effective communication and whole student development. We are also proud of the process by which it was developed.


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