News & Announcements for the School of Communication Studies

By Emily Carle

It has been a busy semester for the School of Communication Studies and there is no stopping in sight. Most recently, here are the headlines from Spring 2011 in COMM:

The School of Communication Studies welcomes two new faculty members

With the expansion of the programs offered, the School of Communication Studies has announced Sally Planalp, Ph.D & George Cheney, Ph.D will be joining the faculty at Kent State University in Fall 2011. Both Dr. Planalp and Dr. Cheney will instruct at the undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D level in the College of Communication and Information. Specifically, Dr. Planalp will be involved with interpersonal and health communication concentrations and Dr. Cheney with global, organizational and applied communication concentrations.

More information on Dr. Planalp & Dr. Cheney can be found here.

School of Communication Studies Relay for Life Team raises over $3,700 towards the fight against cancer

This year, the School of Communication Studies participated in Relay for Life at Kent State University April 16-17 at the Liquid Crystal Track. Through online and on-site fundraising, COMM raised over $3,700 and placed 3rd overall and online out of 78 teams as well as winning Best Decorations. Led by team captain and Kent Communication Society president, Arianne Gasser, the team easily surpassed their fundraising efforts from 2010 all with the support from students, Kent Communication Society & faculty members.

Members of Kent Communication Society

School of Communication Studies Open House

On Thursday, April 21 from 3:00-5:00 PM, all recently declared COMM majors are welcome to stop by Taylor Hall 125 to meet with current students, faculty and staff and learn about the School of Communication Studies. New students are encouraged to stop by as their schedule permits and connect with the program. Any student not able to attend can drop by Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Jeffrey Child’s office and say hello!

Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony

This Thursday, April 21, the newest class of Lambda Pi Eta members will be inducted into the Upsilon Chapter of Kent State University at 5:30 PM in Taylor Hall 125. This year, there were 34 members selected for the honor. Lambda Pi Eta is a national honor society affiliated with the National Communication Association (NCA) and members are selected based on GPA and class standing.

Communication Studies Graduate Student Award Ceremony

Communication graduate students were recognized at their annual reception through the School of Communication Studies & Communication Graduate Student Association (CGSA) on April 14 at the Masonic Center in Kent, Ohio. Awards include:

Research Award: Jason Sabo and Jenny Rosenberg

Teaching Award: JD Ponder

Collegiality Award: Nicole Reamer

CGSA Mentoring Award: JD Ponder

CGSA Service Award: Jenny Rosenberg

Dr. Larry Hugenberg CGSA Faculty Mentoring Award: Dr. Jennifer Chakroff

CGSA Officers: President, JD Ponder; Vice President, Nicole Reamer; Treasurer, Kathryn Golsan; Mentoring & Social Chair, Jared Hargis; Research & Information Chair, Phillip Reed; Graduate Student Senate Representative, Jared Hargis; Graduate Studies Committee Representative, Jenny Rosenberg; Representative to Communication Undergraduates, Java Murniadi; College Doctoral Policy Committe, Margaret Garmon

Special Thanks: Alice Kopunovitz, Dr. Mei-Chen Lin, Kelly Schobinger, Jared Hargis, CGSA Awards Committee

Emily is a senior applied communication studies major and a marketing assistant for the College of Communication & Information


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