Welcome to Keene State!

Comm Persuasion courseToday, first-year and transfer students at Keene State College moved into the residence halls. The Fall 2015 semester officially starts next Monday, Aug. 31.

Check out the college’s online photo gallery from Move-In Day 2015.

Communication majors and faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy welcome new students to campus!


Communication grad interns at Central Park SummerStage

Photo courtesy of Central Park SummerStage by Mule Army

Photo courtesy of SummerStage by Mule Army

A recent communication graduate, Julia Gomberg, is working behind the scenes right now at the Central Park SummerStage concert series in New York City.

Julia is putting her communication skills into practice as a public relations intern. She works closely with photographers and videographers to publicize singers, bands, and other musical performances, ranging from Guster to Ingrid Michaelson to The Carol King Musical.

Julia’s pursuit of a career in the music industry is not a surprise given that she completed her COMM 479: Senior Project about the famous 1964 live performance of The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

For more information about Julia and her internship, check out Keene State College’s May 21, 2015 press release.


Speech contest winners

Let’s begin the summer by congratulating the student winners of the Speech Contest!

Speech Contest 15-3On Friday, April 24, Lambda Pi Eta hosted the fourth annual Speech Contest. Exemplary students who enrolled in IHCOMM 171: Public Speaking over the past academic year were selected by their teachers to participate. A panel of judges that was made up of students and faculty honored Gabrielle Miele with first place, Kerri Sears with second place, and Samantha Dormio with third place. Every other student who competed in the contest also received a certificate.

Check out former first place winners of the Lambda Pi Eta Speech Contest since their names are listed on this website and engraved on a plaque that hangs on a wall in the Media Arts Center!


Proud of Class of 2015

Class of 2015 cakeThe Keene State College Class of 2015 graduates tomorrow, May 9! Faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy are so proud of the communication majors who will walk across the outdoor stage on Fiske Quad.

At the department’s Communication Day celebration earlier this week, many graduating seniors were honored for their accomplishments as communication majors.

Akkoor and comm excellence award winnerFor example, Sarah Laramie won the Excellence in Communication Award and received a big hug from Dr. Chitra Akkoor. Check out the department’s events webpage for the names of students who won this year’s Excellence in Philosophy Award, the Charles E. Hornbeck Award for Excellence in Logic, and the Spirit Award, too.

Provost Walter Zakahi also shared his words of wisdom about how a degree in communication gives students “superpowers” and how “communication superheros” can achieve success in their personal lives and careers after college, even by being good listeners.

Graduating seniors present capstone research projects

Forty two graduating communication majors will present their capstone research projects on Monday, May 4.

Concurrent panels run from 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Media Arts Center #155 and #158.

Public Speaking againSample research topics at this Senior Project Conference include reality television, parent-child relationships in transitioning to college, a study of the building that houses that Admissions Office at Keene State College, blind dating, workplace culture at Market Basket grocery store, societal views of mental illness, fair trade and organic food, and sports advertising. Students and their families as well as staff and faculty can attend.

In addition, the Department of Communication and Philosophy will celebrate “Communication Day” on Monday, May 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Mountain View Room of the Student Center. That event will feature an awards ceremony for students, guest speaker Provost Walter Zakahi who has a doctorate in Communication, and complimentary food and refreshments.


Student public speakers

Public SpeakingTop students enrolled in IHCOMM 171: Public Speaking are ready to persuade and compete against each other.

The Lambda Pi Eta Speech Contest, an annual event run by the honor society for Communication majors, will take place this Friday, April 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Madison Street Lounge of the Student Center.

A faculty member in the Department of Communication and Philosophy along with student executive board members of Lambda Pi Eta will judge the public speakers. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners as well as each student who delivers a speech will receive a certificate of participation.

Since Public Speaking is an integrative studies course at Keene State College, then the student public speakers come from a variety of majors and will present about a diverse range of topics. Anyone on campus is invited to join the audience.





Grants galore!

Congratulations to Dr. Chitra Akkoor who received two grants! Both grants fund international travel and study that will enhance her teaching at Keene State College.

ChitraWhitingGrantBrazilThe first grant is a fellowship from The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. This July, Dr. Akkoor will study at Βaśica Língua in Salvador, Brazil, and at Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil. At Βaśica Língua, Dr. Akkoor will learn the Portuguese language and engage in cultural immersion activities such as music and dance. At Fundação Getulio Vargas, Dr. Akkoor will work with Dr. Oliver Stuenkel who is on faculty and well published on the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (an area of study known by the acronym BRICS). Fundação Getulio Vargas rates highly among “think tanks” in the world because it specializes in research and coursework on foreign policy, internationalization, conflict resolution, and promoting knowledge about Brazil.

Dr. Akkoor’s trip to Brazil will benefit Keene State College students in a number of ways. Students enrolled in her summer online integrative studies course titled “Communication in a Globalized World” will get to virtually explore Brazil. Then when teaching COMM 372: Intercultural Communication this fall, Dr. Akkoor will incorporate her new first-hand knowledge of Brazil. She also plans to develop a future study away trip to Brazil for students in the college’s Morris-August Honors Program and a new special topic course in communication about BRICS.

The second grant that Dr. Akkoor received is a Faculty Development Grant from Keene State College’s Office of Sponsored Projects and Research. This grant will fund travel to India in December where she will continue an on-going research project on intercultural communication and the Hindu diaspora.

Spring public debate

Debate MouthIs standardized testing effective?

Is free college tuition actually free?

Should the U.N. Security Council exist?

Students will argue for and against these important issues during an official debate and public forum discussion this Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room of the Student Center.

The event is run by the KSC Debate Club but anyone else is invited to attend and participate in the forum discussion after the debate. Sweet treats and juice will be provided.

Student advising panel

CommPhil advising mtg, 3.25.15Course registration for the Fall 2015 semester starts soon. To prepare, communication majors can meet one-on-one with faculty advisors. They should also seek advice from peers by attending a special student panel after spring break.

This student panel is Wednesday, March 25, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Science Center #275.

Panelists are majors in communication, or minors in communication or philosophy, who were asked by faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy to share stories and suggestions for their peers. Specifically, students will discuss why they are double majors or minors, the importance of getting involved in co-curricular activities, the experience of studying abroad, the benefits of presenting undergraduate research at conferences, and how internships might lead to future career opportunities.

Departmental faculty will also be present at this event to answer advising questions.





Two communication students receive major awards!

KThomasWomenNHawardCongratulations to communication majors Kerrianne Thomas and Ryan Mahan! Both students just received major awards for their impressive co-curricular work and community outreach.

Kerrianne is the student recipient of one of the Outstanding Women of New Hampshire Awards this year given by the Campus Commission for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness at Keene State College. Kerrianne is general manager of the college’s radio station, WKNH.

Karrianne will be honored at an award ceremony on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Center, an event that is open to the public.

Ryan MahanRyan is this year’s recipient of the Presidents’ Leadership Award given by Keene State College and Campus Compact for New Hampshire. Ryan is president of the Social Activities Council and a marketing assistant in the Office of Student Involvement at Keene State College.

Ryan will be honored at an award ceremony on Tuesday, April 7 at a conference center in Bedford, NH, an event that will be attended by more than 200 administrators and staff in higher education from across the state.