Communication Studies

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Greetings PCOM and COM folks! 

The weather is getting warmer and the beach is calling your name.  But you know what makes for some great reading while you’re at the beach?  The COM News bulletin.  All the intrigue of a Nicolas Sparks novel but actually useful in real life.   Read on!



Spring ‘16 COM Graduates—don’t miss the Department of Communication Studies graduation reception! Saturday, May 07 at 11:00 a.m. in Kenan Auditorium. It will be held before the main CAS Commencement Ceremony so you can and are encouraged to attend both! If you are graduating or walking this Spring you should have received an email with details. For more information visit




English In Action Showcase: Free admission, refreshments, and door prizes!

The English In Action (EIA) Showcase is held at the end of both the Fall and Spring semesters and provides a forum for students to display their work—from composition and professional writing to literary theory. Check it out on Tuesday, April 26th between 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Burney Center.




Do you want to live in the Great Smoky Mountains? Sign up to be a summer intern at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont! Gain experience in shooting and producing video and photography while exploring the national park. All interns are provided housing, meals, and a stipend per week. You must have attended one or more years of college and have experience in Adobe Creative Suite. Apply by April 29, 2016 for this great opportunity! For more information, follow this link:



Acclaimed Poet and National Book Award Winner Nikky Finney will read from her work at 7:00 p.m., TONIGHT, Thursday, April 21, in Kenan Hall room 1111

Nikky Finney was born in South Carolina, within listening distance of the sea. A child of activists, she came of age during the civil rights and Black Arts Movements. At Talladega College, nurtured by Hale Woodruff's Amistad murals, Finney began to understand the powerful synergy between art and history.



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Spring Showcase of Student Research and Creativity Scholarship—undergraduate and graduate students, in any major, will present their research and creative/scholarly activity in poster format for the showcase. Monday, April 25th in the Warwick Center from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.



Denim Day, Wednesday, April 27th is an opportunity to raise awareness about sexual assault and take a stand against victim blaming.

Every year we wear jeans in remembrance of an Italian rape case where a guilty charge was over-turned because the victim was wearing jeans and the judge deemed it impossible to remove the jeans without consent. Ultimately the rapist was found guilty, but Denim Day reminds us that we need to help stop victim-blaming in all forms.

Get your Denim Day stickers in DePaolo 2105 & SRC 104




When Does a D make for an A?   When that D stands for “details.”  Make sure as you head into final projects that you truly understand what is being asked for and you look carefully at the details of assignment descriptions.  Is this final product supposed to be in APA style or AP style?  Is it supposed to be 4-5 minutes or 5-7 minutes?  Know the details, discuss them with your group—you can very likely pre-grade your project and have a pretty good sense of what your final grade will be.  If you can’t do that, then that means you’re not sure what is being asked for.  Getting what you need, to do what you need is problem solving and it’s a core skill! 

Stay curious my friends!

Dr. Olsen, Chair

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