Communication Studies

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Greetings PCOM and COM students,

You’ve seen and heard all the hype, now experience it for yourself. One thing you may not have noticed—our alumni have taken the time to speak to YOU! Don’t miss out an amazing opportunity to learn from them about life as a COM major and COM graduate! COM Studies Day 2017 starts at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, March 24!

HEADS UP: there are a lot of Scholarship, Internship and Job opportunities in this newsletter with upcoming deadlines…there could be one that’s meant for you!


News & Opportunities in COM Studies


PCOM and COM Advising Notices have been sent! Check your email for a message from or Email if you did not receive an advising notice.




The UNCW Communication Studies Society is proud to present the 15th Annual Dress for Success Fashion Show, Facing Your Fear Factor, which will take place TOMORROW, Friday, March 24 at 12:15 p.m. in the Warwick Center Ballroom! There will be raffle prizes and the opportunity to get advice about interviewing and professional attire while cheering on your fellow COM students as they sport outfits from Belk at Independence Mall and White House | Black Market.

NBC’s TV series “Fear Factor” served as the inspiration for the show's theme and pre-recorded skit, which features two seniors who go through professional challenges to get a job offer. To get sneak peeks of who will be on the runway, check out the event's Facebook page: The event is free and open to all students!




1 More Day Until COM Studies Day! Below is the schedule outline—find more information about the day’s events and panelists by following our facebook page,, visiting our COM Instagram page,, and following our hashtag #beCOMinspired

10:00 a.m. Alumni Panel in Leutze Hall 125

11:00 a.m. Networking Session in the Leutze Hall Lobby

12:15 p.m. 15th Annual Dress for Success Fashion Show in the Warwick Center Ballroom

2:00 p.m.   Alumni Panel Leutze Hall 125

3:00 p.m.   Networking Session in the Leutze Hall Lobby



Communication Studies Society: only two meetings left this semester!! You do not want to miss this Monday night's meeting at 6:30 p.m. in LH 111! This meeting will host guest speaker, McKenzie Bass, Director of Marketing for The Throne Theater in Wilmington. McKenzie will share her post-grad success and details of her current job and how her degree in COM Studies got her there. See you on Monday!




On Campus Interviews—The Select Group Several of our COM graduates have made an impact with The Select Group and one of them, Casey Siega-Riz is looking to hire more COM majors! They are in  need of entry-level sales professionals to join their award-winning team. Interviews will be held on campus but you will need to apply first.

Apply now on SeaWork, the deadline is TONIGHT, Thursday, March 23: (advanced search will let you search by Job ID: 53902 and 54206)



Just Us: Performance Troupe for Social Justice is Communication Studies newest addition to UNCW Storytelling performance troupes. Just Us is an autobiographical, interactive, theatrical production through which students gives voice to their experiences with social injustice. Don’t miss this semester’s performances: Reflections of Culture on Tuesday April 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Leutze 125 on the UNCW Campus and Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Old Books on Front Street at 249 N. Front St in Downtown Wilmington.  


Opportunities Across UNCW Campus



Taking the Pulse on Poverty The sixth annual Poverty Symposium will take a look at Poverty and Higher Education and ask “What is Missing?” This event will be held on Tuesday, March 28 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in McNeil Hall, Room 1005




Dean’s Lecture Series: Social Construction as Social Significance. While it is commonplace in the humanities and social sciences to claim that something is socially constructed, what does that really mean? This talk gives a general overview of social construction claims and address some consequences for our understanding of gender, sex, race and other social categories. Thursday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Deloach Hall, Room 114




Happiness and Feminism: Jill Filipovic, a public intellectual, writer, international analyst of violence against women, and lawyer will be giving a talk on Happiness and Feminism.  Check it out on Thursday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. in CIS, Room 1008.




Learn from UNCW Alumni at Pathways to Success

Accomplished alumni from a range of programs will return to UNCW and participate in a panel discussion, describing how their educational experiences contributed to their abilities to achieve success, both professionally and personally. April 6, 2017, from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Lumina Theater. Distinguished alumni panelists will include Jenna Gasper (French and International Business), Melissa Gillespie (Social Studies/Teaching), Ashley Murphy (English), Brendon Murphy (Film Studies), Chad Porter (Physical Education), Will Thompson (Chemistry) and Rocco Quaranto (Entrepreneurship and Business Development).




Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series: The Priceless Ingredient

featuring Christine Poon, Former Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson's Board of Directors and Worldwide Chairman of J & J’s Pharmaceuticals Group. Ranked as Forbes Most Powerful Women of 2006. Tuesday, April 4 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Burney Center. Q&A to follow. Please visit the link below to register for the lecture.




Job Opportunities! Are you looking to get more involved on campus? Do you love UNCW? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Are you organized and professional? If you can provide a high level of customer service, have the ability to think on your feet, strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, working in Campus Life might be for you! Visit Seawork to apply to be a Building Manager, Student Facilities Manager or Information Specialist!

Building Manager Job ID = 53926, Application Deadline: FRIDAY, March 24                      

Student Facilities Manager Job ID = 53995, Application Deadline: April 7

Information Specialist Job ID = 53920, Application Deadline: April 1

Apply now on SeaWork: (advanced search will let you search by Job ID)



Looking for Summer $$$? TAC is Hiring! Techies, Nerds, and Geeks wanted! Do people come to you for technology advice? If so, you could work for the TAC. Interested applicants should email their resume, cover letter, and proposed summer class schedule to by Monday, March 31. Students will be hired for Summer 2017. Find more information about the position on Seawork under “TAC Student Worker on campus”




$ Be a Writing Tutor $ Get paid to help others, apply academic knowledge in a work setting, improve your own writing, become internationally certified, and work flexible hours built around your schedule. Minimum Requirements: Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate student standing. 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. Fill out and Submit your Application by April 14, 2017 at:



Recyclemania 2017 is underway and the campus needs your help! RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. All you have to do is up your recycle game, especially from now until April 1! Find our more information and get recycle tips weekly by checking out this link





College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Open House: Saturday April 1 on Chancellor’s Walk from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Explore the various majors and opportunities available within the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty and staff from each major will be demonstrating what makes their department great with hands-on presentations and activities for guests. Departments will be stationed along Chancellor’s Walk (activities will move inside in the event of rain).



Opportunities Beyond UNCW


Seacrest Studios Internship: The internship at Seacrest Studios is a part of the Levine Children's Hospital's volunteer program and looks for dedicated college radio/television broadcast students that have interest in the communication/journalism field. Seacrest Studios provides students with a chance to learn how to run a radio/TV station. The internship will run from May 29 – August 11, 2017. The application deadline is tomorrow: Friday, March 24, 2017. Please contact Meredith Dean for application information. 704-381-1181 (office)




$ Scholarship Opportunity $ 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 31, 2017. Find more information and apply here:




Note from the Chair

I recently had a conversation with an HR Director at a major corporation.  She noted that when she told people she was in HR, that if they had college age kids, they would always ask for advice.  She had TWO key pieces of advice: “They need to be good at problem solving and communication.”  If you’ll remember, our core skill number 5 is Critical Thinking and number 6 is Problem Solving.  And the major is Communication.  Nailed it! But, more recently after working with many millennial hires she has added a third characteristic: Curiosity.  Literally, that was her word!  You must demonstrate Curiosity.  Where have we heard that before . . . oh yeah, core skill number ONE.  Still nailed it.  Please go to COM Studies events and work on your ability to be CURIOUS!!!  



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