10 Signs You’re A Kent State Communication Studies Major

by Amanda Azzarelli

1. All of your friends ask you to help them proofread papers and prepare for speeches.

Kermit Typing

As if you don’t have three speeches and six papers of your own due this week.

2. You’ve been assigned to “change the world” on more than one occasion.

Robin Williams Encouragement

But no pressure!

3. The weather is always a surprise when you leave class because of Taylor Hall’s lack of windows.

Mean Girls Raining

When did it rain?

4. You find yourself thinking about communication theories in the middle of everyday interactions.

ZEfron Serious Laugh

Admit it, social exchange theory made you analyze the cost and reward of every relationship you’ve ever had.

5. You thought you were good at grammar until you enrolled in Communication Grammar Review.

Series of an Unfortunate Events Grammar

Now you’re considering going back to second grade.

6. Although you’ve been taught how to write in APA style in every class, every semester, you somehow still don’t understand it.

Confused Ryan Gosling

How do you get a different header on the first page again?

7. You never have to worry about dinner on Wednesday nights.

That's So Raven Pizza

Shout out to Kent Communication Society for the free pizza!

8. After you tell people what your major is, you have to explain what it means.

Tina Fey Eye Roll

“But what can you do with a communication degree?”

9. You still really don’t know the answer to that question.

Good Luck Charlie Shrug

And you are dreading the day they ask you about it in a job interview.

10. Nonetheless, you love your classes, and you can’t wait to apply what you are learning to your future career.

Matt Bomer OK

If you ever do figure out what you can do with your degree

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CCI on Homecoming Court: Zachary Downes

The College of Communication and Information is honored to have four CCI students on this year’s Homecoming Court: Amanda Bevington, Lauren Buchanan, Zachary Downes, and Hannah Firsdon. We will be featuring their blog posts this week about what being involved in CCI means to them and what they are most looking forward to during Homecoming weekend.

To learn more about the full Homecoming Court and Homecoming Court voting, click here. To learn about the Homecoming events going on this weekend, click here.

This guest blog is written by Zachary Downes:

Kent State is my favorite place by far. I came here as a scared freshman and I found myself. This place is my true home. I graduate in the summer of 2016 and I do not want that day to come. If you have ever heard the phrase: “Home is where the heart is…” Well, my heart will always lie with Kent State. Being a Golden Flash and representing my university will be something I hold close and dear to my heart. Once you’re a flash, you’re a flash forever. I got involved on campus, met teachers who influence me as role models, and found Kent State traditions that warm my heart.

Getting involved on campus is really crucial throughout college. I highly recommend getting involved because you make connections with people who could be your bosses or coworkers. You also make the best people you’ll me in your life and I can attest to that. With my involvement on campus, I have had amazing opportunities that I wouldn’t have if I just sat at home eating Oreos and watching Netflix…Not that there isn’t anything wrong with that…Every student should try at least one organization to get involved because you may find something that you are seriously interested in or meet your future boss or even best man.

My involvement with CCI has given me a true connection to Kent State. I am involved with TV2, I was an FYE assistant for Marianne Warzinski and I also was a sophomore sensei for the CCI commons. All these opportunities I have had have truly influenced my life in a positive way. When I started college, I never thought I would be as involved as I am. With these opportunities, I have had the chance to produce newscasts, help freshman figure out what they want to do throughout college and meet some of the closest friends I have had thus far in life. The staff at the school of Visual Communication Design, Vince Giles specifically, and the staff at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; John Butte, Gary Hanson, Mitch McKinney, LuEtt Hanson, Amy Wilkens and Sue Zake, have made my college experience truly amazing. These people helped me figure out that journalism was the career I wanted to pursue and they have been a fantastic support system for when I have questions or issues or even when I just need someone to talk to. They helped me feel at home on campus through encouraging me to change my major to journalism and giving me that confidence to stay involved and that I could actually do my best in whatever I do. My involvement with CCI has solidified the fact that I am truly at home at Kent State University.

I would have to say my favorite homecoming tradition would Kissing-On-The-K. Unfortunately, I have never participated in event because that requires you to have a significant other. However, its so amazing to see couples, who found their true love at Kent State, come back and fuel the legacy that was established in 1910. You see people from all generations, Alumni to prospective students, come out and celebrate. You get a feel for Kent State and how it influences peoples’ lives. That is by far my favorite tradition. To see that Kent State helped establish relationships that go farther than just friends seriously warms my heart.

I am so honored and humbled to be selected to be on Kent State’s Homecoming Court. As a freshman, I never thought I would be one of the 12 people selected from my class to represent Kent State throughout homecoming. Kent State literally is the best place in Ohio and in the nation. This campus and university had influenced me in ways I never thought possible.

CCI on Homecoming Court: Lauren Buchanan

The College of Communication and Information is honored to have four CCI students on this year’s Homecoming Court: Amanda Bevington, Lauren Buchanan, Zachary Downes, and Hannah Firsdon. We will be featuring their blog posts this week about what being involved in CCI means to them and what they are most looking forward to during Homecoming weekend.

To learn more about the full Homecoming Court and Homecoming Court voting, click here. To learn about the Homecoming events going on this weekend, click here.

This guest blog is written by Lauren Buchanan:

Homecoming court: It’s full of the most involved people Kent State cooked up, and it’s an exciting thing to be one of them. The “court experience” is more than a sash and a little extra spirit, though. For me, it’s been a time to reflect on my journey up to this point as a Golden Flash. 

      I think it’s important to get involved on campus because it transforms you into the best version of yourself. Dedicating the time to something bigger than yourself will give you a worthwhile college experience. All of my KSU experiences have molded me to be more independent, strong, happy and hardworking.

      My most rewarding time at KSU was becoming a student leader in so many different capacities. I served others a senator on Undergraduate Student Government. I made Olson Hall feel like home for 40 young women as their RA. I reassured that I was in the right major as TV2’s managing editor. Those experiences weren’t always easy or perfect by any stretch. I laughed. I cried. I thought about throwing my cell phone in the Cuyahoga River, withdrawing all of my money from the bank, and going on an adventure. More importantly? I grew. No matter what, I believe I was set up for the perfect future because of my experiences here.

       When I was a freshman in August 2012, I never imagined myself being who I am now. I am a Kent State success story. I am in my senior year, working full-time at a Cleveland television station, getting a head-start on graduate school, and wearing a homecoming court sash (all-time fave homecoming tradition is breakfast before the parade, by the way.) It’s a lot on my plate, but I’m hungry and quite frankly, it’s an honor. 

      My involvement in the College of Communication and Information has pushed me out of my comfort zone to meet people that are different than me and to take positive risks. I ended up meeting the love of my life, traveling the world, finding my best friends, and discovering the version of myself that I wanted to see since I was little. The experiences that no one else has are the experiences that give you a deeper connection to Kent State. 

CCI on Homecoming Court: Amanda Bevington

The College of Communication and Information is honored to have four CCI students on this year’s Homecoming Court: Amanda Bevington, Lauren Buchanan, Zachary Downes, and Hannah Firsdon. We will be featuring their blog posts this week about what being involved in CCI means to them and what they are most looking forward to during Homecoming weekend.

To learn more about the full Homecoming Court and Homecoming Court voting, click here. To learn about the Homecoming events going on this weekend, click here.

This guest blog is written by Amanda Bevington:

Photo by the Kent State University Alumni Association.

Majoring in Communication Studies and being involved within CCI has truly made me feel like I belong here at Kent State! I switched into CCI after two years and I remember five minutes into my first class I said to myself “I have found the right place; this is where I should be!” The Communication Studies major has allowed me to take what I learn in the classroom and apply it to my involvements outside of the classroom, and seeing it all come full circle is the greatest feeling. The perfect fit academically and socially has truly allowed my connection to campus grow!

It is extremely important to be involved on campus because it gives your time at Kent State a purpose on campus other than just attending class. I believe involvements are what shape you and help you grow as a student and leader during college, allowing your experience here to hold greater significance! Leaving your mark through your involvements is something that creates a well-rounded Kent State journey. I know for me that if I was not involved on campus I would have never found what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, so it was definitely the best decision I have ever made!

My favorite Kent State Homecoming tradition is Kiss on the K! I love seeing current students, alumni, faculty and staff come together for what I believe to be the cutest moment. Everyone gathers in Risman Plaza and when told they run to the “K” for their kiss with their significant other. They even showcase couples whose journey started here at Kent State. I think the moment is one of pure joy and I love seeing the Kent State family come together to celebrate their time here together!

U.S. News Ranks Kent State Among Top 100 National Public Universities

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Kent State University has received two prominent rankings in the new 2016 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report that was released Sept. 9, 2015, with inclusions on both the Top Public Schools list and the Best National Universities list.

Kent State is ranked among the top 100 national public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s Top Public Schools list. This prestigious distinction is recognition of continued growth in academic reputation and student retention.

In the ranking of public, private and for-profit institutions nationwide, Kent State earned a coveted spot on the first-tier list in the Best National Universities category, vaulting nearly 20 spots to 175 on the prestigious list. Kent State is the only public university in Northeast Ohio and one of only six public universities in the state to make the top-tier Best National Universities list.

“Kent State saw a tremendous jump in its ranking on this year’s list,” said Kent State President Beverly Warren, who is in her second year of leading the university. “Kent State jumped 19 spots, an accomplishment that is almost unheard of. This is a true team effort with credit to not only our enrollment initiatives but our successful retention efforts. Kent State faculty, staff, students and alumni can take pride in their institution as being recognized as one of the nation’s best national universities.”

The rankings are based on several key measures of quality. The scoring breakdown of the measures and their weighting is undergraduate academic reputation (22.5 percent), retention (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (7.5 percent) and alumni giving rate (5 percent).

In addition, Kent State placed in the Best Undergraduate Business Programs ranking in the 2016 edition at 156. This ranking is based solely on peer assessment surveys, and only undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business can appear on this list.

The 2016 rankings are posted online at www.usnews.com/colleges. They also will appear in the print edition of the “Best Colleges 2016” guidebook that can be purchased online. The 2016 edition includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities.

For more information about U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 edition, visit www.usnews.com/colleges.

Kent Campus enrollment and the size of the incoming freshman class are strong and are continuing the momentum of previous years. As of the first day of classes this fall, enrollment at the Kent Campus is up more than 2 percent over the first day of classes in 2014 and is trending toward a seventh consecutive year of record enrollment. This success includes an increase in students in the Honors College and international students. Meanwhile, freshman enrollment is up nearly 1 percent compared to this same time last year, and this class is trending toward a record as the university’s highest-achieving freshman class.

Enrollment figures are not official until the 15th day of the semester.

For more information about Kent State, visit www.kent.edu.

School of Journalism and Mass Communication Offers Violence Prevention Training

All Students Taking a College of Communication and Information Course Can Attend

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) will offer a Green Dot overview training session for 40-plus students from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 in Rms. 312-314, Franklin Hall. Students must register by Sept. 11.

Sign-up sheets are available in Rm. 201, Franklin Hall and in JMC Associate Professor Jan Leach’s office, Rm. 305C, Franklin Hall.

Green Dot is a national movement seeking to create new norms to replace the norm of sexual violence. The session will help students understand what behaviors lead to personal violence, including sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and related issues, and how they, as individuals and as bystanders, can prevent or reduce the risk of harm to themselves and their peers.

JMC is offering Green Dot training the day before the 11th annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop, which focuses this year on the ethics of covering trauma. Among the topics for discussion during the Workshop are campus sexual violence and trauma and social media.

Suzy D’Enbeau, an assistant professor in the School of Communication Studies, and Jennie O’Connell, director of the Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS), are certified Green Dot educators and will lead the session.

D’Enbeau said that Green Dot training is designed to help students not only identify potential harm, but also to help them understand their own barriers and how they choose to respond to situations.

“Some people are going to feel more comfortable directly intervening, and some people will prefer other interventions.” D’Enbeau said. “The goal is to help students to develop a toolkit to decide how they want to intervene.”

Alicia Robinson, program coordinator of Kent State University’s Women’s and Gender Center and a certified Green Dot Educator said the Green Dot Bystander Movement was brought to Kent State to help make the university a safer campus for everyone.

During the overview session at JMC, students will learn about Green Dot’s mission and will engage in small group activities designed to help them take proactive and reactive measures against violence, according to Robinson.

About Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop

The Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop is a one-day training program for professionals, educators and students that examines critical issues and perspectives in media ethics. Moderated by distinguished ethics faculty from The Poynter Institute, the Media Ethics Workshop provides a unique forum for professionals and students alike to confront and discuss significant issues crucial to understanding media ethics and its effect on our world. Previous Workshops have addressed online ethics, sports media ethics, political media ethics, entertainment media ethics and the ethics of data mining. Established in 2004, the Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop continues its mission to strengthen media credibility and bolster citizens’ faith in media integrity. For more information or to register for the Workshop, visit http://mediaethics.jmc.kent.edu.


The Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services (SRVSS), which provides education and awareness to students around sexual violence and support services for those who are impacted, launched the Green Dot Bystander Movement in 2014. For more information about Green Dot at Kent State visit the website: www.kent.edu/greendot

About Green Dot

Green Dot etc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to violence prevention education. Green Dot is built on the premise that the community can measurably and systematically reduce violence by the actions of individuals. For more information, visit https://www.livethegreendot.com.

Contact Jennifer Kramer, Ph.D., in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information with questions, 330-672-1960 or jlkramer@kent.edu.

BY students FOR students in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State


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