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COM Studies Day 2015

alumni spotlight

COM Studies Day is a celebration of the communication discipline that presents students with the opportunity to engage with alumni and faculty while learning how to successfully take their next steps after college.

Alumni Panel & Networking Session:

10:00-11:00 in Leutze 125 (Alumni Panel)
Come hear what alumni professionals wish they would have known when they were in YOUR shoes!

11:00-11:30 in the Leutze Lobby (Networking Session)
Join us directly after the panel for an opportunity to network and connect with alumni…an important part of being a COM major!

Dress for Success Fashion Show:
“Suit Up and Swim with the Sharks”
At 12:15 in the Warwick Center Ballroom, CSS will hold its 13th Annual Fashion Show. The event helps students learn how what you wear and what you say in an interview can impact the image they project. Student models will sport business attire and provide helpful tips to prepare students to transition into business world. Students are shown the importance of developing a strong elevator speech, interview skills, and a professional portfolio. Students also learn valuable information about workplace attire and etiquette so they can find a position that’s the “perfect fit” for them at the right time. Don’t miss out on the raffle prizes, the Top COM Model Contest, and a skit produced by the COM/media students!
Alumni Panel & Networking Session:
2:00-3:00 in Leutze 125 (Alumni Panel)
Featuring a new set of alumni panelists.
3:00-3:30 in the Leutze Lobby (Networking Session)

All events are free and open to the general public. For more info, visit
our website at and find us on facebook,

Calling all Alumni!

We would love for you to nominate yourself for our COM Alumni Spotlight. It's easy! Just follow the link below, answer a few questions and send us a photo of yourself utilizing your communication skills. Share your experiences and build a connection with our current COM Majors!

Greetings from the Chair

Richard Olsen


  Richard K. Olsen
  Professor and Department Chair

Communication Studies is a broad discipline that covers rhetorical theory from the ancient Greeks to the latest in digital media.  It explores the complexity of interpersonal relationships and the challenges of effective public relations campaigns.  It includes courses in small group communication, intercultural communication and so much more.  Our graduates have gone on to careers in sales, entrepreneurship, PR/IMC, human resources, fund raising, graduate programs in law, divinity, MBA and the list goes on.  Versatility is a great way to describe the COM degree at UNCW. 

Fortunately, we celebrate the breadth and find it our common challenge to discover the common themes and apply our concepts and theories to the world around us.  We strive to promote whole student development and a versatile skill-set among our students.  But fundamental to both of those is an awareness of the power of symbols to shape reality and an ability to make effective and ethical arguments through whatever communication choices we make.  I am proud of so many of our students who carry out projects that make a positive difference.  It’s empowering for both student and teacher to be reminded that this blend of timeless truths and cutting edge application can have a meaningful impact.  If you’ve got interests and aptitudes in communication and want to work hard in mastering yourself and our curriculum, take a good look at our website.

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