Communication Studies

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Welcome back PCOM and COM majors! 

We all hope you had rewarding summer and your batteries are charged for the Fall.  This news bulletin is packed fuller than your car was this week with great opportunities for engagement, experience and even some job opportunities.  LOTS of folks are looking for COM majors to save the day.  Read on and jump in!


OPEN SEATS in COM 101! We have one section of Public Speaking, COM 101-006 with open seats. This course is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. in Morton 209. Register now with CRN 12512!


EXTRAORDINARY PEER TEACHING OPPORTUNITY:  Share your public speaking training, skills, and passion with students campus-wide as a Public Speaking Services peer consultant (tutor) in the University Learning Center.  These compensated part-time positions (with flexible schedule) involve coaching COM 101 students and others who are giving presentations and need feedback and coaching from a communication expert.  Foster and celebrate your clients' success as you learn from them, as well, in a mutually beneficial, collaborative manner.  For details, visit:  To apply, contact Professor Frank P. Trimble (  Positions will be filled ASAP so jump on it! 


The COM Studies Office is Hiring! If you have work study financial aid and are in need of a job look no further than our very own COM Studies Office. We are hiring a Digital Media Inventory Specialist. This is a great opportunity to work with your peers and create deeper relationships with your professors as well as the possibility of collaborating on media related departmental projects (based on your knowledge and skill level). Apply now on SeaWorks! Job number: 51765  


The Communication Studies Society is having its first meeting on Monday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m. in Leutze Hall 111. Please make sure to attend the first meeting to meet the new board members and to not miss out on free pizza! You will get your first CSS points and hear about all the opportunities and events we have this semester.

Also, the Involvement Carnival is on Wednesday, August 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., stop by our table in the Campus Commons!

In order to stay up to date with all the CSS events, please follow us on Facebook- Communication Studies Society, Instagram and Twitter – uncwcss and on the CSS Website-

Questions? Contact Farzona Usmanova at 


Are You Interested in Writing, Photography, or other forms of media? UNCW's student run newspaper, The Seahawk, is looking for newcomers! If you are interested, we have an application which is posted below. We also hold meetings every Monday from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Leutze Hall room 141 if you would like to attend.

This is set to be an exciting year with the paper changing to fit the modern model of a newspaper and with the many exciting things happening within our country. So, be the voice of UNCW and apply today!

Interested in Sports Writing? Email The Seahawk sports editor, Noah Thomas, directly at!  Benefits of covering UNCW Athletics include getting a unique look at the athletes that you call your fellow students. You will also receive a press pass and be given the privilege of sitting on press row or in the press box of the various stadiums and courts on campus!


One the Air, the largest production in UNCW History by any student media organization! A crew of twenty-five students and forty cast members (including our very own David Bollinger and COM students/alumni) created an original feature film titled On the Air, sponsored by TealTV!

The film is a mockumentary about a local news station intern, Taylor Wallace, who discovers the unorthodox ways the members of WHAT 42 handle the news. Check It out during UNCWelcome Week on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lumina Theatre in the Fisher Student Center. This will be a free showing for students, faculty, staff, and community members. For more information, visit


Looking for Some Professional Experience in talent and/or production to beef up your resume? We have some excellent networking opportunities on campus through the Seahawk Digital Network. And the best part is you can get paid for it! SDN begins its fourth season of operation in 2016-17 and provides live internet coverage of more than 150 UNCW athletic events throughout the year. If you’re interested in working for SDN and enjoying the fast-paced world of collegiate athletics, please forward your contact information to Joe Browning, Senior Associate Athletic Director/UNCW Athletic Communications, at


CIE Student Engagement Mixer - It’s Never Too Early to Start Networking!

This is a chance for you to meet with local tenants, business owners, and entrepreneurs to hear their stories and expand your own network. This event will be held on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (803 S College Road). Email to register.


Turns out, there’s an election going on for president (among many other offices).  Given your major, this election is going to come up in classes.  It’s VERY important that you engage those conversations through the lens of your discipline.  Regardless of who you may eventually vote for, you must examine the communication choices and artifacts through the concepts of the discipline.  If done well, that will clarify and help support your assessments.  In this way, to say that “Trump is doing ___” or “Clinton is doing ___” should not be fundamentally a political statement, but rather, a scholarly statement that illuminates and perhaps evaluates their communication choices.  Your conclusion will be supported by our curriculum and not a particular political ideology.  Your vote may (hopefully) be informed by such analysis but is ultimately an independent and personal decision and act for you as a citizen of the United States.  Thanks for reading.  My name is Dr. Olsen and I approved this message. 

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