Communication Studies

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Greetings PCOM and COM majors! 

One way to stay dry is to go to some of the many events listed below.  They are all inside!  Read on and stay informed!

News & Opportunities in COM Studies




WANTED: Community Engagement Specialists! Check out this opportunity shared by one of your fellow COM majors—act quickly, the deadline is today at 5:00 p.m.

My name is Haley Phillips and I am a senior Communication Studies major who has had the privilege to serve as a Community Engagement Specialist with the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement for 3 years. It has absolutely been the best experience I have had on campus. Applications for next year are now open and I believe my amazing peers in the COM department would be a great fit in this role.

Interested? Find more information and the application by following this link:




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. Check out this semester’s performance, Reflections of Culture on 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





Do You Like to Win Free Prizes? Have you done some awesome things with applied learning? Lucky for you, the ETEAL Applied Learning Instagram Contest is in full swing! Here’s how to enter:

1. Follow ETEAL’s account @uncweteal

2. Submit a picture of yourself doing applied learning. This can include, but is not limited to, DIS, honors student research, internships, class experiences, and study abroad.

3. Tag @uncweteal, and use the hashtag #applyyourTEAL

All submissions must be in by TOMORROW, Friday, April 7 at 5:00 p.m.! Winners will be announced on April 14. Participants will have the chance to win ETEAL merchandise, gift cards, campus dining food dollars, parking pass upgrades, and more! Post away!


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. TODAY, Thursday, 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).




Job Opportunity! 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 Student Facilities Manager!

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

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




$ 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 Friday April 14, 2017 at:




Networking Opportunity in Tech Industry:  Many of our COM graduates work in tech heavy companies such as Castle Branch, Cloudwize and more.  Come meet some of these grads and the reps from these companies and more and also pick up cool swag at the 14th Annual Wilmington Information Technology eXchange and Conference (WITX) at UNCW. This event brings students, faculty, staff and local technology vendors together to demonstrate the technologies they are developing or implementing. This year we are focusing on cybercrime and security issues. 

Date: April 10, 2017
CIS Building on the UNCW Campus
Register: by THIS Saturday, April 8




Berliner vs. Kase in the Film Studies Fight of the Century

UNCW Film Studies Professors Todd Berliner and Carlos Kase will engage in a public debate. The debate resolution is “The critical interpretation of movies is foolish and pointless.” Dr. Berliner will argue in the affirmative and Dr. Kase in the negative. The debate will occur on Thursday, April 20, at 4:00 pm in King Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


UNCWednesday! Hear from UNCW Professor, Joe Pawlik on Chemical Ecology of Sponges on Caribbean Coral Reefs. Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Wrightsville Beach Room (Fisher Student Center).


Opportunities Beyond UNCW






Note from the Chair

Keep it in front of you.  I was recently on a conference call with the director of knowledge management for a large (4,000 employees) company in Philadelphia.  He is in charge of making sure that everyone has and is sharing the information they and others need to help the company thrive.  Do you know what his biggest barriers are?  Collaboration and Trust.  You guessed it: communication.  The experts all “know their stuff” they just don’t know how to work well with others.  Your degree is valuable to others if you work hard to truly internalize and embody the major.  True. 


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