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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dear COM, PCOM and COM 105 students,

I hope your semester is off to a great start and that you are making good on the promise for how you were going to start the semester “right.”

Some great news ahead including some great research that you can show Mom and Dad and Uncle Sid who thinks your COM major “won’t be worth the paper it’s printed on.”


Free Pizza and Intelligent Conversation… CSS Meets on Monday, January 26

6pm in Leutze Hall 143.

For more information about CSS, check out this month’s newsletter online at



Want to Work in Student Media? Applications are now being accepted for next year’s top Student Media positions. The positions we seek to fill are the following:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

Media-manager positions are excellent leadership & resume-building opportunities that pay annual stipends and may be combined with a credit-earning internship for candidates of junior or senior status. Media managers are voting members of the UNCW Student Media Board (Student Media’s funding and governing body), which meets monthly during the fall semester and twice monthly in the spring.

To be eligible, candidates must be currently enrolled students in good academic standing (2.5 minimum GPA) with no outstanding conduct issues. Once appointed, media managers are required to undertake basic required training, described in the application packet.

Students may apply using the application packet available on ourapplication website(https://sites.google.com/site/uncwstudentmediaapplications/media-manager-application). Completed applications should be returned to Bill DiNome via email dinomew@uncw.edu no later than 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. Interviews for qualified candidates with the Student Media Board will begin Thursday, Feb. 12.

For more information, call or email Bill DiNome, dinomew@uncw.edu, 910-962-7138


Do you need a fun and educational way to make some money this summer? If so, one of these opportunities might be perfect for you!

1.) The Marian Drane Graham Scholar Program

You will get the opportunity to further your knowledge of how higher education impacts the state of North Carolina through working in a state government office, spending time in UNC General Admission offices and meeting influential policy leaders and officials of North Carolina and Washington, DC. Scholars chosen for the program will work with a faulty sponsor to develop a capstone outlining the impact of higher education on the UNC system.

The program will run from May 17, 2015- June 28, 2015 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and offers a stipend of $2,400.

Please submit a resume, cover letter, letter of recommendation from your faculty sponsor, and unofficial transcript to Dr. Tracey Ford at MDG@northcarolina.edu by February 16, 2015.

For more information please follow this link: http://leadership.uncc.edu/2015-marian-drane-graham-scholars-program-0

2.) The AAAS Pitts Family Foundation Minority Science Writers Internship

Minority students interested in journalism and science writing are invited for a ten-week paid summer internship. The program runs from early June to mid-August at the Washington, DC headquarters of AAAS’s Science magazine. The program allows students to work under the guidance of award winning reporters, attend conferences and cover breaking news. The program will provide students with a weekly stipend, as well as the cost of a round- trip ticket to and from Washington, DC. The application deadline is March 1, 2015. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate academic program at the time they submit their application.

Please visit http://www.aaas.org/page/aaas-minority-science-writers-internship for more information about the internship and application.


5th Annual Feast Down East Regional Food Systems Conference.

Wilmington, NC – Feast Down East (FDE) and UNCW bring all the partners together as they aim to establish a healthy local food community. The Feast Down East 5h Annual Regional Conference is scheduled for Friday, February 6th from 8 am – 4 pm at UNC Wilmington, Burney Center.

Follow this link for more information! http://www.feastdowneast.org/conference.html


Looking for a career in sports? The International Association for Communication and Sport (IACS) will host the 8th Summit on Communication and Sport. The 8th Summit will be March 6-8, 2015 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Center City Campus, a new facility located in the heart of downtown. Charlotte The conference runs March 6-8. Go here for more info: http://www.communicationandsport.com/#!summit2015/cpd


What are employers looking for? Employers and college students disagree on how well prepared college students are and what they need in order to be prepared. Spoiler Alert: communication skills are critical to future employers. Follow THIS LINK and feel affirmed in your decision to focus on communication in a department that embraces core skills and critical thinking as well. Key quotation from the report:

"When it comes to the types of skills and knowledge that employers feel are most important to workplace success,large majorities of employers do NOT feel that recent college graduates are well prepared. This is particularly the case for applying knowledge and skills in real-world settings, critical thinking skills, and written and oral communication skills — areas in which fewer than three in 10 employers think that recent college graduates are well prepared. Yet even in the areas of ethical decision-making and working with others in teams, many employers do not give graduates high marks,"

So, learn to write, speak engage in praxis and be ethical. Wow, we were right! Take THAT Uncle Sid!

Dr. Olsen, Chair

Communication Studies


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