Category Archives: April 2011

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

Graduate School—How do I do it?!

By Emily Carle

In today’s world, it can feel like a bachelor’s degree is the new high school diploma. Many students may feel the need to get a master’s degree just to stand out in the workforce only to be overqualified for entry-level positions. Also, many career paths today require a graduate degree simply to get started out. For example, to be a librarian, one must earn a Master’s in Library Science.

The most important step in making a decision about graduate school is research. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

Should I Choose Graduate School?

1.      Does my desired career field require a master’s degree?

Go to professional association websites for information about careers in a desired field.

Popular choices

Library Sciences: American Library Association,

Public Relations: Public Relations Society of America,

Communication: National Communication Association,

Journalism: Society of Professional Journalists,

Graphic Design: AIGA,

Law: America Bar Association,

Business: Association of MBAs, or American Marketing Association,

Higher Education: NASPA, or ACPA,

2.      What programs should I apply to?

Just like applying for undergraduate admission, many of the same factors apply in graduate school application.

Caliber of the Program: Traditionally the number one starting point in the application process. US News & World Report always publishes the Grad School Rankings of over 1,200 graduate programs in the United States. Their website  lists the top programs in everything from Education to Engineering to Economics. Once choosing a desired program, US News & World Report gives advice on the application to grad school, paying for grad school, as well as information on the GRE.

Degree Requirements: After picking some top choices of programs, do some research and find out what comes along with the degree.

  • How many years?
  • How many credit hours?
  • Extracurricular requirements?
  • Assistantships/Internships?
  • How much research is involved?
  • Master’s thesis?

Again, every university’s program varies, even if it’s within the same career field. Make sure you understand what you want out of it. For example, if a program requires their students to instruct a course, but you don’t want that experience, it may not be the right program for you.

Funding: As in undergraduate programs, finding out how students pay for their education plays a large part in the deciding factor. If you know you want to have funding assistance, look into programs tuition costs as well as their scholarship possibilities. Many programs allow students to work part-time in an assistantship to help cover tuition and other costs.

3.      What steps do I need to take to apply to graduate school?

Entrance Examinations:

Many programs require an entrance exam along with the traditional application. For many programs, the GRE is standard. This encompasses fields like education, social sciences, public affairs, and humanities. Other programs have more specific tests. Business requires GMAT, Law requires LSAT and the Medical field requires MCAT, DAT, or OAT. The Princeton Review outlines what is required for each of these examinations plus it includes links to scheduling the exams as well as resources for students.

Application Requirements:

Typically, the graduate school application is much more in-depth than an undergraduate application, and for good reason. Graduate programs are more selective and after four years of college and a bachelor’s degree, applicants should be ready for a more rigorous application.

The most important aspects of a graduate school application would be the recommendation letters and the essays or personal statements. These two pieces say the most about you as a student; the references tell about you from another person’s perspective while the personal statement should show part of your personality and your desire for graduate school.

  • When it comes to finding your references, make sure you talk to each of them individually and explain your career goals. Also, provide them with a copy of your resume and your personal statement so they know exactly where you are coming from and how to highlight your biggest accomplishments.
  • For an essay or personal statement, check with the program to see if they have any specific requirements. Usually questions are similar, so it always helps to have a rough outline of points and then write one specifically for the program to which you are applying.

Application Deadlines:

Unfortunately, these deadlines vary greatly between programs and schools, so be sure to check with each program you’re considering to see what deadlines they require. For programs requiring an assistantship or internship position, typically deadlines will be earlier.  Conversely, there may be programs you can apply to just weeks before classes start. Whenever you apply though, be sure to call or email the department and confirm your application materials were received.

Waiting for Acceptance:

Many programs will give you a general idea when you should hear back from them in regards to your acceptance. Remember: this is not an overnight process! Often times, schools put together committees to review applications and decide on their top students. Programs can be selective and unfortunately they cannot accept everyone. If you feel like you should have heard one way or the other or the deadline has passed, you can call and check on the status of the applications. Even if they cannot tell you specifics over the phone, they should be able to give you a better idea of a timeline.

4.      Wrapping it Up

The most important part of any graduate school decision is do your research; decide what program you want, where you want the program to be and what you want out of the program. Make sure you visit any prospective school and meet with faculty and current students. There are some places that are perfect on paper but it can be a different story once you’re there!

If you aren’t sure about grad school right now, don’t stress. Take time in the workforce to see if that fits your style. If you’re dying to get back to school once you start a full-time job, it’s time to consider graduate school. Some programs prefer work experience, so it won’t hurt to take time if it’s best for you.

Remember there is no wrong or right decision! It takes a little bit of soul-searching, but it’s all about what is best for you and your career goals.

To start off your research, check out some of CCI’s very own master’s degree programs!

School of Communication Studies:

Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Concentrations: Interpersonal Communication, Mediated & Mass Communication, Health Communication

School of Library and Information Science:

Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management

Master of Library and Information Science  

School of Journalism and Mass Communication:

Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication 

Concentrations: Media Management, Public Relations, Reporting-Editing, Journalism Educators, Broadcasting, Newspaper, Convergence.

School of Visual Communication Design:

Master of Arts in Visual Communication Design

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design

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

Hardworking design students prepare to “Enter the Game”

By  Julie Battaglia

As the semester comes to a close, our graduating Visual Communication Design (VCD) seniors are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their portfolios for the annual Senior Portfolio Show on April 12 – 15, from 11:00AM to 5:00PM,. This semester highlights 28 students ready to become “Free Agents” who are entering a competitive playing field at the professional level. The showcase’s theme this year is baseball, mostly red and white, and will include favorite snacks of a major league baseball game.

Throughout the week area professionals, family and friends have the opportunity to visit and survey the gallery. Friday, April 15, is the big day. At 4:00PM the Pre-reception review will begin. The students will present and be available for brief informal interviews about their work for local professionals seeking new talent in various fields. The students have studied a variety of topics including two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, illustrations, photographs, package design, information design, motion graphics and interaction design.

The purpose of the exhibition is to highlight the consistently strong portfolios of our hardworking students. AnnMarie LeBlanc, Director of the School of Visual Communication Design, describes the portfolios as, “the direct result of many hours of hard work, research and creative problem solving. It is a celebration of the culmination of many hours, weeks and years of student and faculty dedication.”

Friends, family, and VCD alumni are invited to attend at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 15 to show their support and also watch a brief awards ceremony to honor strong student portfolios. In past years the event has attracted as many as 300 visitors on Friday night.

No RSVP is necessary to attend. Follow the event on twitter @vcd_seniorshow. The gallery is located at 400 Janik Drive, Kent, OH 44240. Any other questions can be directed to the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University at 330.672.7856.

Kent for Japan Benefit Tonight at Stone Tavern in Kent

Kent for Japan Benefit Party

Kent, Ohio – April 2, 2011 – Kent for Japan will hold a benefit party for Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami disaster relief.

The event will be held Saturday evening, April 2 at the Stone Tavern in Kent. Doors will open at 7pm. Admission is $5.

The first portion of the evening, 7 to 10pm, is open to anyone 18 and older. There will be food at the beginning of the evening. Musical artists include singers Saori Ogawa and Pamela Chen, cellist Anthony Jopp, erhu player Ming‐Yen Lee, and pianists Sofia Chaves, Ying Han Gan, Joanne Chang, and Danny Millan. KSU Jazz Combo #1 will also play. This portion of the evening will close with the Nexus String Quartet, grand prize winner of the 2010 Plowman Chamber Music Competition.

The second portion of the evening, 10pm to 2am, will be for people 21 and older, only. Isaac’s Jazz Ensemble will play, followed by Steal the Spotlight. Evan Evolution will close the evening. Justin Roberts will be live painting.

There will be an ongoing raffle throughout the evening. Prizes have been donated by Kent Outfitters, Guy’s Pizza, Defiance Tattoos, Kent Plaza Theater, Einstein’s Attic, Silver and Scents, Evergreen Chinese Restaurant and Buffet, All‐Pro Sports, Rockne’s, Little Caesars, Scribbles Coffee Company, McKay Bricker Framing/Black Squirrel Gallery & Gifts, Christabel Devadoss Photography, and painters Jeff Pasek, Ciaran O’Keefe, and Justin Roberts. Raffle tickets will be 1 for $1 and 7 for $5.

Luna from Empire will be henna painting in kanji for $1. Kent International Mentors will be giving away origami and selling Japan wristbands for $1. David Steinberg and Saori Murai will be hosting the event. Video of the event will also be streamed live at

Kent for Japan is a volunteer organization created by Zach Drenski, David Steinberg, and Ben Marquis and built up by a host of others. It was created with the intention of throwing a benefit party to raise money for Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami disaster relief.

Contact: Zach Drenski

Ph: 330‐974‐8412

Kent for Japan Release

April 1st – 8th is Sophomore Week!

April 1st – 8th is Sophomore Week!

Please join other Sophomore students and celebrate your Sophomore status by attending some of the listed events during “The Best D@mn Week Ever”

Date Event Time Location Cost
Fri, Apr 1 Spring Job & Internship Fair 12-4pm Ballroom, KSC FREE
Sat, Apr 2 Kent Dance Ensemble: Coming of Age 8pm Stump Theater $8
Mon, Apr 4 Jock Jams 7-9pm Ballroom, KSC $3
Wed, Apr 6 Featured Lecture with Dr. Paul Haridakis
“Social Media and Communication in a Global Society”
2-3pm 125 Taylor Hall FREE
Wed, Apr 6 Baseball Night– Enjoy Game Day Fare! 4:30-7pm Prentice Cafe Meal Plan
Wed, Apr 6 Dodgeball 7-8:30pm 153 Gym Annex FREE
Thurs, Apr 7 Cooking Demonstration – Vegan &
Vegetarian Cooking with Claudia Peck
5-6pm Eastway Center FREE
Fri, Apr 8 KSU Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan 3pm Schoonover Field FREE
Event Flyer
Sophomore Week
Sophomore Week