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12 Sep

The 4th Annual Communication Studies Reunion and Speed Networking Event will be held the Friday of the West Virginia University homecoming weekend – Oct. 3rd, 2014.

Both events will be held at one of High Street’s newest establishments, Jameson’s Pub and Eatery. Communication Studies students, faculty, and alumni are invited to attend this annual celebration.

The Speed Networking Event will kick-off at 3:00 p.m. Students will meet in small groups with Communication Studies graduates to hear about the various career options available to Communication Studies majors.

Each session will last 5-8 minutes and each student will be able to visit with up to eight different alumni. This will enable students to speak to many different graduates with different professional backgrounds in a short period of time.

“The Speed Networking Event is a comfortable environment where you can put your communication skills to use and make valuable connections for your future. Don’t miss out!” said Loryn Spady, a current Communication Studies major who attended the event last year.

At 5:00 p.m., all Communication Studies alumni and faculty are invited for our Communication Studies Reunion to catch up and enjoy the Homecoming Parade on High Street with free food and drink specials.

To RSVP to the reunion, please visit

For more information, contact Andrea Weber at 304-293-3905 or



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11 Apr

Morgantown, W.Va.- Figuring out what ails you and how to cope can be a daunting task. But the road to good mental, emotional and physical health is available to those who are informed.

Maria Brann, associate professor in the department of communication studies, and her Health Communication Dissemination class focus on arming the public with the tools they need to make those informed decisions about their health.

On Tuesday, April 15, the class will host its first health communication fair from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Mountainlair on the Downtown Campus. Students, faculty and staff will be able to learn about leading healthier lifestyles through guided activities and displays.

“This health fair is completely student generated,” said Brann. “Undergraduate and graduate students have worked together to really address the needs of the community.”

Comm 509: Health Communication Dissemination is a dual-level course that focuses on health messaging. During the semester, students conduct health communication research, develop interventions and present their outcomes to community groups, schools, and at conferences and workshops.

“The materials are all original, and all messages have been tested with target audience members and adapted based on their feedback,” Brann added.

Among the interactive displays at the fair will be a booth with medical models allowing participants to feel for breast and testicular cancer lumps so that they’ll better understand self-examinations. There also will be quick, stress reducing techniques and time-management aids available to help with hectic, end-of-the-semester schedules.

“It has been a great learning experience for the students in class, and now the entire campus community will get to benefit from their hard work.”

For more information on the fair please contact Maria Brann at



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13 Jan

West Virginia University students will have the opportunity to learn about C-SPAN’s programs, resources and internship opportunities on Tuesday, January 14 when they step aboard the C-SPAN Bus during a stop on its spring tour of universities in the Big 12 Conference.

Several students also will be featured on C-SPAN on Tuesday morning, where they will participate in C-SPAN’s flagship morning program, Washington Journal, via the mobile studio on the bus.

The students, a number of whom are international studies and political science majors, will ask questions to a public affairs guest in Washington.
The Bus, now in its 21st year on the road, will be at West Virginia University and other locations helping to inform communities about the public affairs network’s ongoing First Ladies feature series. It is visiting cities, schools and universities across the country, promoting C-SPAN’s educational and political resources for students, teachers and community members along the way.

EVENTS (press invited):
8:30am-9:15 AM West Virginia University
1550 University Avenue, Morgantown, WV 26506
Bus parked on Maiden Lane between the Mountainlair & Stalnaker Hall

10:30-12:30 AM Bus will then be open for tours to students and visitors

This winter, the Bus tour will coincide with the finale of the series First Ladies: Influence & Image, which airs every Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on C-SPAN. For more information on the series, visit

Aboard the C-SPAN Bus, visitors can learn about First Ladies and the networks’ other programming and resources through interactive technology:
• In-depth public affairs coverage and educational outreach
• Touch-screen quizzes on C-SPAN and the three branches of government
• Social media networking including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, Tout, XM Radio and mobile apps
• HD cameras and production equipment demonstrating C-SPAN’s capability to produce public affairs programming aboard the Bus

C-SPAN also provides a unique way to experience public affairs through its Video Library and Congressional Chronicle, in which more than 200,000 hours of political and governmental footage have been archived since 1987.
As of March 2014, C-SPAN will have aired 35 years of complete coverage of the House of Representatives.
The Bus visits and events in Morgantown are in partnership with West Virginia University and Comcast.

For more information
C-SPAN contact: Doug Hemmig-202-309-3359
Comcast contact: Robert Grove -412-595-8392

12 Dec

Prospective December Graduates:

Please join the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences for its graduation reception on December 20 at the Grand Hall of the Museum Education Center on the Evansdale campus. The Museum Education Center is located behind the Creative Arts Center. Several parking lots are available across the street and up from the Center.

Eberly College Graduation Reception
December 20, 2013
1:00 – 2:15 PM
Museum Education Center – Grand Hall
Evansdale Campus

If you plan to attend this reception, please RSVP by Monday, Dec 16, to

5 Nov

The 16-day government shutdown in October left hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed without pay for more than two weeks, cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars and canceled military training missions.

It also brought to the forefront a whole host of questions about how the country ended up in a political stand-off that rippled across so many facets of the United States’ infrastructure.

Who was responsible? Were there any warning signs from the 2012 election? Can’t we all just get along?

“The country elected different parties, with starkly different priorities, to lead the various branches of government in a system of shared powers,” said Scott Crichlow, chair of the political science department at WVU.

“The new Republicans aren’t merely further to the right than the Republicans of the 1990s —they are further to the right than the Republicans in the 2011-2012 Congress.”

Crichlow was part of a panel discussion last November of professors from public administration, communication studies and political science that presented “Beyond Red and Blue: A Closer Look at the 2012 Elections” as part of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Eberly Ideas Discussion Series.

During the presentation, the faculty members shared their expertise on different aspects of the election including how the election changed national politics, post-election economic problems, and how social media was used during the election cycle.

The segmentation of news and the 24-hour news cycle, panelists said, have fed into the sense that the political landscape is at its most polarized.

“The people who feel more passionate about their candidate or identify more strongly with their party are more likely to do a number of politically motivated things,” said Elizabeth Cohen, assistant professor of communication studies.

“But disproportionate partisan political participation on social network sites could affect people’s perceptions of the political climate. If people who hold more extreme beliefs create, post and share more political content online, it may give the inaccurate impression to people that politics are more polarized than they actually are. The truth is, the middle-of-the-road voices just aren’t as visible on social media.”

Cohen, who specializes in new media and health and risk communication, says that social media is helping to grow stories.

“I do believe that social media often amplifies news stories, spreading them wider, making them more visible and more memorable. I think the news seems like a bigger part of our life when it’s showing up on the social network feed that we might check every few hours.”

Crichlow, who teaches and conducts research on U.S. foreign policy, political psychology and international relations, says that the 2012 election helped open the door for the shutdown.

“It really looks like what we are seeing is no longer a fight between Republicans and Democrats but a contest between different strands of the Republican Party,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see if establishment Republican donors continue to fund both pro- and anti-shutdown Republicans, and, generally, how deeply the two sides of the party go after one another.”

Crichlow and Cohen are both available for interview. To schedule an interview, please contact Devon Copeland, interim director of communication and marketing, at (304)293-6867 or

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15 Oct

For the second year in a row, the Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University is hosting its speed networking event to connect alumni with current students.

The session, which is part of the department’s “2013 “COMM Home homecoming weekend, is at 3 p.m. in the Gold Ballroom in the Mountainlair on the downtown campus. One hundred students are expected to participate. “The enthusiasm from the students and the alumni has been overwhelming! We’ve had to expand the event because of the tremendous response!” said Andrea Weber, associate professor of communication studies and the event’s coordinator.

“We also have alumni from New York, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., North Carolina and all over West Virginia in a huge variety of fields. We are very excited for this event!”

During the session, students will be split into groups of roughly five and brought to a table with an alumnus. For 10 minutes, they can ask career questions and solicit advice. When the time limit bell rings, students will move to another table where they’ll meet a different alumnus.

Students who have not registered but are interested in attending can contact Weber and be placed on a waiting list.

The speed networking event precedes the 2013 COMM Home Reunion. The reunion will be 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Clarion Hotel Morgan, 127 High St.

For more information on the speed networking event or the COMM Home reunion, contact Andrea Weber at, or at 304-293-3905.


20 Sep

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences has established the Dr. Albert M. Reese Scholarship through a gift of $30,000 made by alumnus Albert M. and wife Susan Reese of Durango, Colo.

Reese, an Eberly alumnus with a B.A. in Communication Studies, funded the Dr. Albert M. Reese Scholarship to honor the memory of his father. Dr. Albert M. Reese was a former chair of the Department of Biology and faculty member at WVU. The scholarship will support undergraduate biology majors and pre-majors demonstrating financial need. The first scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to a student for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“Our department has many excellent undergraduate students and this scholarship will help some of these students attend WVU to study biology and pursue their dream of medical school, graduate school, or one of many other careers in biology. We are very pleased that Mr. Reese has chosen to honor his late father in this wonderful way,” said Richard Thomas, chair of the department of biology, of the gift.

This contribution was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign, which is being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University, runs through December 2015.

For further information on the comprehensive campaign, please visit or

For more information, contact Associate Director of Development Amanda Dymacek at 304-293-9251 or

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16 Sep

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Kathy Kelly has traveled to Iraq 26 times, notably remaining in combat zones during the early days of both phases of the US-Iraq conflict. She has gone to Lebanon, Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and been arrested more than 60 times for her nonviolent actions to protest war efforts.

The Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University and the Student Advocates of Nonviolence will host “Courage for Peace, Not for War” a lecture by Kelly at 7 p..m., Wednesday in room 459 of the College of Business and Economics building.

“The actions Kathy Kelly has been taking for a number of years has represented a stand against poverty, war, social and economic injustices, and often times, these symbolic stands are often more effective than words,” said John Shibley, associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies.

“She brings to us the experience of someone who has lived among those whom we have attacked.”

Kelly, Shibley said, has dedicated her life to protesting violence in areas that reach far beyond the United States.

A three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Kelly is a Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace and the recipient of the Chomsky, Archbishop Oscar Romero and Thomas Merton Center awards.

“When I think of the great nonviolent activists of the 20th century, just like everybody else, I think of (Mahatma Gandhi) and I think of (Martin Luther King Jr.),” Shibley said.

“Both Ghandi and King, great as they were in their dedication and devotion to nonviolence, worked almost exclusively for their people. Kathy Kelly has gone out to work for other people. She has stretched her belief in nonviolence to extend beyond her own country.”

The event, part of the Ghandi/King Series is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact John Shibley, at 304-293-3905 or



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26 Aug

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the past five years, one doctoral candidate from the Department of Communication Studies has been awarded the Patricia Kearney Doctoral Teaching Award each spring. The distinction was created by department chair, Matt Martin, as a tribute to the career of WVU alumna Patricia Kearney.

Now, a $25,000 gift from Kearney means the award will continue to celebrate outstanding graduate teaching assistants for generations to come.

Kearney, a resident of Seal Beach, Calif., earned her doctorate of education at West Virginia University in 1979. Her thesis centered on communication in instruction and the power a teacher has to shape classroom behavior through appropriate communication. Her dedication to this topic has continued throughout her career and become her hallmark.

“Pat is an outstanding teacher and mentor. She demonstrates all the qualities one would desire in a professor. It is quite the honor for any of our students to receive the Patricia Kearney Outstanding Teaching Award,” Martin said. “Her research in instructional communication is considered to be seminal work in our discipline.”

Throughout her 34-year career, Kearney received awards for her scholarship and spoke at numerous conferences. She also served for three years as the editor of Communication Education, one of the premier journals in the communication studies discipline. She has recently retired from California State University Long Beach.

This contribution was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign, which is being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University, runs through December 2015.

For further information on the comprehensive campaign, please visit or

For more information, contact Associate Director of Development Amanda Dymacek at 304-293-9251 or



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21 Aug

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Imagine sitting down for a job interview with a potential employer. The interviewer asks a standard question about an extracurricular activity listed on your resume. But instead of merely answering the question, you whip out your tablet and show a video of your organization in action.

The Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University has teamed with Seelio, an Ann Arbor-based startup that allows students to set up an online portfolio to showcase their work.

“You need a resume to get a (job) interview, but once you get the interview it will really set you apart,” said Andrea Weber, associate professor of communication studies.

The digital portfolio service, which is free to students, has grown since its 2012 debut and is used by thousands of students at more than 800 college campuses. The new agreement makes WVU one of only a select number of partner universities with exclusive access to a full-service, custom network of portfolios.

“It is great to see West Virginia University take a lead in helping students connect their education with real world experiences that they can vividly show. We can’t wait to see how our collective efforts will help reshape and advance higher education,” said Moses Lee, cofounder and CEO of Seelio.

Emily Keller-Logan, Director of University Engagement for Seelio, said students using Seelio portfolios have benefitted from using the availability of technology at their fingertips to stand out as stronger job candidates.

“It’s a really impressive moment in an interview when a student can show what they’ve done,” she said. “While a resume is a great overview, students can show a full picture of their skills and abilities with a portfolio.”

Seelio is currently in the process of making a mobile app, set to debut later this year, which will allow students to add projects and display their portfolio using a mobile data connection.

For more information, contact Andrea Weber, at 304-293-3905, or



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