Ice cream and advising

Ice Cream AdvisingIt’s that time again for students to seek advising for course registration, which officially opens on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014

In preparation for picking their Spring 2015 semester classes, communication students are encouraged to attend an advising meeting (and ice cream social!) on Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Mountain View Room of the Student Center.

While enjoying free ice cream, Lambda Pi Eta students will share their advice about progressing through the communication major. In addition, faculty teaching COMM 479: Senior Project in the spring will discuss the themes of their sections of the course so students can sign up for the one that best fits their educational and career goals. Finally, the department chair will share news about work-study opportunities that he arranged with the college and local businesses especially for communication students.

Students who want to declare the major in communication are also invited to this event.








Search begins for two new tenure-track faculty

Appian Gateway to Keene State College

Appian Gateway into Keene State College

The Department of Communication and Philosophy is excited to officially begin the search for two new tenure-track faculty!

Both positions are at the rank of Assistant Professor and scheduled to start at Keene State College in August 2015. However, one position is for a scholar of “Communication: Digital Culture/Technology” while the other position is for a scholar of “Social and Political Philosophy.”

For more information or to apply, see the college’s Office of Human Resources webpage about employment opportunities for faculty.









Democracy and civic engagement in action

Throughout the month of October, artists-in-residence will collaborate with Keene State College students, faculty, and local Keene community members to perform democracy.

City Council MtgThis civic engagement project is called City Council Meeting and involves art exhibitions, talks, a public dinner party and forum, book discussions, debate, and theatre.

Serving as the humanities expert on this unique collaboration is Dr. Brian Kanouse, a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Philosophy who is also the public speaking course coordinator and faculty advisor to the college’s Debate Club. Specifically, Dr. Kanouse will facilitate the following events:

  • Monday, Oct. 13, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Main Theatre in Redfern Arts Center: “The Long Table: A Public Dinner Party and Forum on Presentation of Self”
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Putnam Science Center Room 101: “Keene State College Debate Club: The Role of Students as Local Citizens”
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Trustees Room in Keene Public Library: “A Debriefing of City Council Meeting and the Democratic Experience”

City Council Meeting is coming to Keene thanks to funding from Keene State College, the Keene Public Library, the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Experience.

For more information, check out this events webpage of the college’s Redfern Arts Center.


Business speaker series

Most successful businesses employ communication professionals. In fact, that’s one reason why the curriculum in the Department of Communication and Philosophy includes the course titled, COMM 375: Business and Professional Communication. Organizational Communication is also sometimes the focus of a special topics course in the department.BusSpeakerSeriesFa14

To further explore how an undergraduate degree in communication is useful in business, students are encouraged to attend Keene State College’s new Business Speaker Series.

The series kicks off today, Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. in Rhodes Hall S203 with a talk by John Olson. Olson is the President of Whelen Engineering, a company that is based in New Hampshire and employs more than 1,000 people.

For more information about the Business Speaker Series, contact the college’s Corporate Relations Officer: Dan Henderson

How to get an internship

Bob Baker talks to students about enhance their education and ability to gain employment

Bob Baker talks to students about how internships enhance their education and ability to gain employment

It is never too early for students to learn how to get an internship.

Typically, students in the Department of Communication and Philosophy enroll in internships during a semester of their junior or senior year in college, or the summer between their junior and senior year. However, a lot of planning and paperwork must be completed before that point.

To find out how to get an internship and why students benefit from internships, attend the upcoming internship workshop:

  • Thursday, Sept. 18, 6 to 7 p.m., Media Arts Center #158

Please RSVP for this workshop by e-mailing Bob Baker, the internship course coordinator.


Kickball game for students and faculty

LPH Kickball, Sept14Are you looking for something fun to do in between homework assignments? Do you want to get to know other students in the Department of Communication and Philosophy? Faculty are smart, but have you ever wondered if they are athletic, too?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, come play a kickball game that will run from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Joyce Athletic Field, which is located behind the Redfern Arts Center and Pondside I. Players will receive free pizza for dinner.

This kickball game is sponsored by Lambda Pi Eta.

Take notes in class… by hand

Student takes notesDuring the first week of the semester, students often ask professors if they can bring their laptop computers to class to take notes.

Some professors have policies that prohibit the use of any digital communication technologies in class, while other professors let students decide what is best for their learning.

Research now shows that students who take notes by hand, rather than by typing on a computer, learn better. This is because students who use laptop computers for note-taking tend to type verbatim what the professor says and then do not process the information themselves, what some researchers call “shallower” learning.

For more information, check out this recent article published in the Washington Post.




New college students, new life experiences

Student funNew students arrived on campus this week for orientation while returning students embarked on another exciting year at Keene State College.

Being a new college student, or beginning a new academic year in college, means new life experiences are about to happen! But these life experiences will not only occur in the classroom, and students need to actively seek some of them.

From getting to know faculty during their office hours to attending campus-sponsored events to studying abroad, check out one professor’s unconventional list of 10 Things to Do in College.





Congrats to graduating seniors!

Communication major Moriah Ferguson '14 waves to family and friends at graduation

Communication major Moriah Ferguson ’14 waves to family and friends during the commencement ceremony

Keene State College commencement for the Class of 2014 took place yesterday, Saturday, May 10 outside on the Fiske Quad.

Faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy clapped for graduates as they walked across the stage to shake hands with President Anne Huot, received their diplomas, and later threw their caps into the air.

For highlights of the graduation speakers and a photo gallery, see the college’s website announcement about the 2014 Commencement Ceremony.