Communication Studies

Weekly COM News Bulletin

This news bulletin is a copy of the weekly news bulletin emailed to all COM and PCOM majors every Thursday. If you are a COM or PCOM major and are not receiving this news bulletin please email
This site is updated every Friday afternoon and no archives will be kept.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy New Year to all PCOM and COM majors! 

For those of you just joining the major, congratulations and welcome.  We think you’ve made a great choice and we’re not alone!  Communication Studies was ranked as number two in the Princeton Review and the versatility of the major has led to COM having one of the highest employment rates of any major in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNCW.  What’s that mean to you?  Well it means that you made a good choice—but the choice is a starting line, not a finish line.  Make this semester a great one!  Get involved in your courses, make smart choices about extracurricular activities, go to that speaker you were thinking about hearing, drop in and ask that difficult question to your instructor.  Here’s to a great a semester!



Run (or walk) to WIN! The College of Arts and Sciences will host its 2nd Annual CAS Homecoming 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, February 1, 2017! Proceeds from this event are given back to YOU and other students to help fund individual applied learning experiences! This year’s race is all about team work and awards will be given to the fastest team, the team with the most UNCW spirit and more—so you don’t actually have to run! Participants who register by Monday, January 16, 2017 are guaranteed a race shirt, so sign up today!




Don’t get the winter blues CSS is ready for YOU! Looking to get more involved in your major, do community service projects, and have access to networking opportunities? Join Communication Studies Society! The first meeting of the spring semester is on Monday, January 23rd, at 6:30 pm in Leutze Hall 111. To stay up to date on all CSS events follow us on Instagram and Twitter @UNCWCSS and like us on Facebook!



COM is Giving Away $$$! COM Studies offers merit and need-based scholarships for our COM and PCOM majors. Apply via mySeaport under the Student Services tab and click on the “Apply for Scholarships” link. The application is open now and closes on Wednesday, March 1. 

BONUS: if you complete all of the general scholarship questions you will be considered for other scholarships being offered across campus.

Follow this link to read about COM Scholarships:



Become a My Stand Mentor this Spring!

The My Stand Mentor program will train you in handling crises, intervening in potentially difficult situations, and connect you with campus resources to help. This training is designed to give all students the tools to be the change agents in our culture to reduce violence and improve each other's lives. Find more information at


Spring 2017 Graduates: If you have family coming into town for graduation please see this important information regarding hotel accommodations!

Also, the graduation application deadline is March 03, 2017!



Secure Your Summer Income: UNCW MarineQuest is Hiring!

Sea Shots Staff: work with students when they are editing their footage. Should have UW photo/videography experience, however, it is not necessary. 

Shore Shots Staff: we are looking for a 2 staff members who have videography, editing, and story boarding experience.  One of the Shore Shots positions is a 40 hour position the week of the program and the other is about 35 hours. 

Learn more Apply now at, please contact Erin Moran, MarineQuest Summer Program Coordinator, at




FREE WORKSHOP on Google AdWords!

Pay-per-click advertising on the Google platform can significantly boost exposure and revenue for companies and organizations looking to build an online presence, but there’s a caveat attached to that success. Without a proper understanding of how AdWords works, it’s also possible to lose money and achieve little to no results.

Come learn about the AdWords platform and discover the power of pay-per-click ads!

From 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on February 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23; March 1, 2

Email to register, free for students!



Got Ethics?—Win Prizes!  The Elie Wiesel Foundation is having an essay contest.  If you like thinking and writing about ethics, talk with your professors (or me) and explore a possible submission.  Top prize is $5,000.  Details are here: Deadline: February 10, 2017.


CIE Workshop Series: Sales 101

Are you a student with aspirations in sales? THIS WORKSHOP IS FOR YOU! Bring your questions, issues and challenges, and let’s drill down into some fundamentals of ensuring sustainable organizational success! Thursday, Jan. 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 803 S. College Road • Wilmington, NC 28403. Find more information here:


More Opps to earn $$$! Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has begun accepting applications for the second year of its Broadcast Diversity Scholarship Fund. The $500,000 scholarship fund was established in 2015 to help minority students finance undergraduate educations in broadcasting or journalism. Sinclair plans to distribute up to $50,000 in grants up to $5,000 each. The deadline is Friday, March 10, 2017. Find more information and apply here:



Are You a College Journalist (or Recent Grad) with a Passion for Visual Storytelling?

The Center for News & Design, a division of GateHouse Media is the largest design hub in the country, and they are looking for a college journalist with a passion for visual storytelling to join them for a summer in sunny Austin, Texas.

You will work with some of the company’s leading journalists during a 10-week learning experience, integrating digital and print design for national news projects. They are basically saying, “we want you to blow our minds with your ability to communicate our communities’ news in a visually-appealing, relevant way.”

Interested? Follow the link to learn more and apply.




Paid Internship Opportunities: The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has a paid opportunity for current college students or recent graduates in North Carolina.

Intern Role: The intern will work out of The Nature Conservancy North Carolina Chapter’s main office in Durham, NC. Using various communications channels, the intern’s role will be to share our conservation mission with online audiences by determining social media strategy, creating materials for social media channels and the Chapter website, and writing solicitations and other philanthropy materials. To apply, please visit: The application deadline is January 23, 2017 at noon.



Not to be “that guy” but my wife co-authored a book.  It’s called My One Word and it’s about picking a word for the year and using that word as a lens to more clearly view every aspect of your life.  It’s a much more empowering alternative to typical New Year’s Resolutions.  For example, one year I chose “relational” because I can get lost in my head and also focus on efficiency so much that I can blow past people and opportunities to connect.  The word impacted my family life, my driving, my friendships, my most difficult relationships and challenges.  It was a great word and it became a compass as well as a lens for me.  I strongly encourage you to try it out not only as a personal development exercise but as an exploration of the power of language—that’s our major!  If you tell me your word for the year, I’ll tell you mine.  Seriously, drop by. 


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