Winter break

KSC Arch of Appian GatewayFaculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy send warm wishes to students who are now on winter break.

The Spring 2015 semester at Keene State College starts on January 20, 2015.

 

Comm students reframe conversation, rebuild community

“Riots” do not define college students. Rather, Keene State College students are “Respectful. Intelligent. Owls. Together” who give back to the community.

This message was the focus of a public event yesterday in Central Square in the city of Keene. Students enrolled in COMM 378: Persuasion this semester with Dr. Jamie Landau organized the KSC Gives Back event as a final class project.B4MJDBWIQAAWPfr

Activities at the event included a march down Main Street with signs, collecting donations of non-perishable food and clothing items for local non-profits, giving homebaked treats, coffee, and “thank you” cards to the Police Department, Fire Department, and area businesses, as well as an acoustic guitar performance by communication major Jack Anderson who sang an original song called “Owls Together” that was dedicated to the city of Keene and written by Jack and his fellow students in the Persuasion class.

For more information, check out the music/YouTube video of the event, respectful owls on Twitter, the KSC Gives Back event on Facebook, and an article in the Keene Sentinel newspaper titled, “Mending experience: Keene State students stage march and greet.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student research presentations

SnrProjConfpromoCome ask questions about undergraduate research at the department’s Senior Project Conference next Monday, Dec. 8.

Students enrolled in COMM 479: Senior Project this fall semester will publicly share the results of their studies. Research topics include (but are not limited to) organizational satisfaction in the workplace, parasocial relationships with celebrities, online dating applications, private disclosure between students and professors, and existential philosophy in films such as “Good Will Hunting” and “Groundhog Day” and in books such as The Great Gatsby and Into the Wild.

Concurrent student presentation panels run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., and 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. in Morrison Hall Rooms #201 and #202.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Career Week

Graduation may be next semester, but looking for a job should start now.

The college kicked off “Career Week” yesterday with a workshop about how to prepare for a career fair. Over the next few days, there will be a series of events to help students with their job search, including resume reviewing by alumni and an opportunity to meet employers who want to hire Keene State College students.career and internship fair flyer 11-20-14

Students should come prepared and dress professional.

  • Drop-in resume reviewing with alumni: Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., first floor of the Elliott Center, Office of Academic & Career Advising
  • Motivational speech by an alum about the “Road to Career Success”: Thursday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m. to noon, Madison Street Lounge in the Student Center
  • Career and internship fair with employers: Thursday, Nov. 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Mabel Brown Room in the Student Center (see directory of employers here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debate current events like Pumpkin Fest

Nov. 12th Debate FlyerThe college’s Debate Club has a lot to argue about lately!

In response to the unrest near campus a few weeks ago that received national media coverage, students will debate whether the Pumpkin Festival should continue as an annual tradition in Keene.

Other current events that will be the topic of an upcoming public debate include the social media application called Yik Yak and college requirements for living on-campus.

  • Keene State Debate, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 8 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, Student Center

 

Student presents on pop culture and patriarchy

COPLAC RandlettKalie Randlett, a senior who is double majoring in communication and social science, wrote a research paper on Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke’s 2013 MTV Music Video Award performance for a class last year. She was then competitively selected to give a poster presentation on it this weekend.

Kalie’s rhetorical analysis argues that patriarchy is upheld today in pop culture even as women try to assert their empowerment.

Kalie is one of only 17 Keene State College students who were accepted to present at the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Conference that runs November 7-8 at Keene State College.

 

A student leader in social justice

lucybriggsCampus news just highlighted Lucy Briggs, a senior communication major who is minoring in women’s and gender studies, for her tireless work toward social justice at the college and in the greater Keene community.

Among her many efforts, Lucy is the public relations director for KSC Pride, a media intern at the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and a member of Lambda Pi Eta.

To read more about Lucy, check out the college’s news release titled, Lucy Briggs: Knocking Down Barriers and Building Bridges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a scholarship?

BizScholarshipPosterAre you looking for a scholarship to help cover the cost of college tuition, reduce the rate of your college loans, or to boost your resume?

Keene State College offers a range of scholarships, from first-year merit scholarships to NH transfer student scholarships to a number of annual gifts and endowed scholarships. Applications for these scholarships are typically due in March/April of each academic year.

Now there is a new Business Partners’ Scholarship Program that provides financial aid along with unique work opportunities at local businesses. To learn more about this business scholarship, attend the following workshop:

  • Monday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., Office of Academic and Career Advising in the Elliott Center

 

 

 

Costume Karaoke is back!

LPEcostume_karaoke2014Dress up for Halloween and sing the night away during a costume karaoke!

This is the second year that Lambda Pi Eta is the sponsor of a costume karaoke party. The event takes place tonight/Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Night Owl Cafe in the Student Center.

All students and faculty from the Department of Communication and Philosophy are invited.

 

 

Recent publications by faculty

RemakingFamilyCommunicativelyPublishing research is one way that professors stay up-to-date in their fields of study and enhance their teaching in the classroom. For example, departmental faculty recently authored two peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles and two chapters in edited academic books.

Dr. Chitra Akkoor’s chapter titled, “Is he my real uncle?: Re-constructing family in the diaspora,” published in the 2014 edited collection, Remaking “Family” Communicatively.

Dr. Jamie Landau’s article titled, “From in loco parentis to student-citizens: The 1964 Berkeley protests as detournement,” published in the November-December 2014 issue of the scholarly journal, Communication Quarterly.

WoodyAllenCompanionDr. Sander Lee’s chapter titled, “Love, meaning, and God in the later films of Woody Allen,” published in the 2014 anthology, A Companion to Woody AllenIn addition, his article titled, “The moral implications of the film, Gettysburg,” published this year in volume 18 of the scholarly journal, Film and Philosophy.

For more information about the research of professors in the Department of Communication and Philosophy, click the link to contact faculty and read their bios.