Communication Studies

    COM News and Opportunities 

October 19, 2017

Greetings COM and PCOM Majors,

Thank you to everyone for contributing in memory of Sophie Misshula, and a special thanks to Sophie’s classmates in COM 301-003 and Dr. Chadwick Roberts, with your help we were able to donate over $500 to the Mosaic Project in honor of Sophie.

We would like to take this time to invite you to Sophie’s Seaside Celebration on Friday, tomorrow, October 20 at St. Therese Catholic Church from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., organized by Sophie’s roommate with the help of UNCW organizations and staff. Please note, this is a celebration so you are encouraged to wear something other than black.

News and Opportunities in COM Studies


THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Rock for a Cure breast cancer benefit last Friday, Oct. 13 at the Reel Café! We had a great turnout! Congratulations to CSS and the event coordinators on an event well done and on surpassing their $50,000 milestone in cumulative donations for the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Pink Ribbon Project. The students also were able to secure media coverage in Star News, Lumina News and on WWAY! Awesome job!


Are You Ready for Advising?

COM Advising Letters went out on Monday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. If you are a COM major and did not receive an advising notice, email Meghan Larson ASAP.

PCOM Advising Letters have been sent. Check your email! If you are a PCOM major and did not receive the PCOM notice, email Meghan Larson ASAP.

We will be featuring a few classes every week to help you prepare for advising, don’t forget to consult “Search for Courses” on SeaNet to view all the courses being offered in Spring 2018.

-COM 495-001 Media, Identity and Difference with Dr. Roberts

This course examines representations of difference in a variety of media. Students will use key course concepts to analyze media through discussions, presentations, research and writing. In addition, students will design, brand and create content for a podcast focused on media and diversity. Follow the link for a detailed course description.


-COM 400-007 COM Studies Capstone with Dr. Comeaux

COM Seniors,

1. What do you want to be (do)? [Hint: think verbs not job titles!]

2. Who do you want to be?  How do you want to be perceived?

3. What will bring to the table for working in an organization and for contributing to the surrounding community and society as a whole?

Sign up for COM 400, Section 007 with Dr. Comeaux to get the answers you need to help you succeed after graduation! Follow the link for a detailed description of this specific capstone section.


Spring Break in Italy Update!  

You’ve got a great opportunity to explore Italy for Spring Break!  More details will be out soon but save the date (Spring Break) and save the money.  You’ll need a five hundred dollar deposit to save your space on the trip.  You will also need a passport, which is a long process and you should start that process now at the UNCW passport office (FSU).  We will explore Italy fast and slow through food, culture and many amazing sites!   We will start in Rome and then head to the Amalfi Coast. Return to Rome and head home with lots of great memories.  Interested?  Email Dr. Olsen to be put on the interest list.  NO PREREQUITES so invite your friends! 



COM Studies Scholarships

Mark your calendars! COM Studies Scholarships will open on December 1, 2017. Some of our scholarships use information from you FAFSA Application—make sure your FAFSA applications are up to date at On December 1 you will be able to access the COM Studies Scholarships via mySeaport under the Student Services tab and click on the “Apply for Scholarships” link.

Opportunities Across UNCW Campus



From Selma to Stonewall

An exploration of the differences, similarities and conflicts between the Civil Rights movements and LGBT Equality movements. Reverend Gil Caldwell, a retired 83-year-old minister, was denied admission to Duke Seminary as a young man due to his race. Marilyn Bennett is a 53-year-old Lesbian activist who, like Rev. Caldwell, has a long history of civil rights engagement both inside and outside their respective communities. Reverend Caldwell and Ms. Bennett are traveling with the film, and will be here on campus to engage in answering questions and be in conversation with the audience after the film is shown.

Friday, October 20

7:00 p.m.  

UNCW McNeil Hall 1005


23, 24, 25, 26

What is Departmental Honors (499)?

Departmental honors provides an opportunity for students to challenge themselves academically by engaging in advanced individual scholarly activity in their major. It is designated as a 499 class in your major, and you work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor to undertake an honors project appropriate to the field. Find out more at the Departmental Honors info sessions being held in the Honors College office next week!

Monday, October 23, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24, 3:30 – 430 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 26, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Randall Library room 2006 (Honors College)

More information available here:



TAC is Hiring for Spring 2018!

Like talking tech?  Thinking about a career in training and development?  Like computers?  Then this may be a great opportunity for you! Follow the link for more information!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 31

Send your Resume, Cover Letter, and Proposed Spring Schedule to



Study Abroad Fair

Explore over 500 programs and enter for a chance to win a $500 travel voucher!

Wednesday, November 1

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Burney Center



The Hult Prize Competition at UNCW

Students form teams of 3-4 individuals that will compete for $1,000,000 in start-up monies to support the development of a business idea that “harnesses the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025.”  We hope to have 10-20 UNCW teams competing on campus, with one winning team representing UNCW at the regional finals in either Boston or San Francisco in March 2018.

UNCW teams will use Power Point presentations to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on campus on November 18, 2017. Some ideas for this year’s competition are included in the following link. 

The Hult Prize Competition is the World’s largest student competition for social good.  Check out this brief video to learn more.

Informational workshops and competition updates will be scheduled and announced on the official campus website.

Opportunities Beyond UNCW



17th Annual Festival of Media Arts

BEA’s Festival of Media Arts is a creative competition and showcase of student work. “Best of” winners receive $1,000! Follow the link for more information.   

Submissions Open from November 15 – December 15, 2017.



Note from the Chair, Richard Olsen,

This week’s newsletter is brought to you by “civility” which we define as “Showing regard for the dignity of other people and the importance of social expectations.”  It seems like an archaic word, but it is still very active in the world today.  It often gets confused with being mild mannered or “biting your tongue” and other similar attributes.  That is a misreading of the term.  You can be a very strong advocate for your position and still be civil.  The real challenges to remain civil come in the very recognition of differences!  Engage in substantive talks with folks you disagree with, but make a commitment to 1) potentially change your mind, 2) be civil in the manner you articulate your position and respond to theirs.  It will serve you well in every context of communication. 


Follow us @UNCWCOM for the latest on events, programs, classes, news, faculty, student, and alumni features, and all things COM!