Speech Contest sparks discussion about new media

Speech Contest Sp16 speakerAfter the Lambda Pi Eta Speech Contest this past Thursday, April 21 in the Alumni Center, many audience members couldn’t stop talking about new media technologies.

From speech topics related to the detrimental impact of texting on face-to-face interaction to how social media distracts youth from paying attention to the news and the world around them, select students enrolled in IHCOMM 171: Public Speaking put their oral communication skills to the test in front of a large audience.

Speech Contest Sp16 winnersThis year, Olivia Fischetti won the speech contest, while Abbygail Vasas came in second, Cameron Slack came in third, and Jessica Waldo came in fourth. Congratulations to each student speaker!

Thanks to Bedford/St. Martin’s book publishing company for sponsoring prizes for the winners.

The Speech Contest is an annual event run by Lambda Pi Eta, which is the honor society for communication students at Keene State College.

 

 

Students present at Academic Excellence Conference

AEC 2016 photo-WatersWhat do the television show “Friends” and the film G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend) have in common?

They were the focus of media studies conducted by two Communication majors who presented their research at Keene State College’s 16th annual Academic Excellence Conference on April 9, 2016.

A Communication major and Film Studies minor, Erin Waters applied feminist film theory and the method of visual rhetorical criticism to examine how “Friends” shows the personal and professional progress women have made on screen, but that inequality between women and men still exists off screen. In fact, Erin’s poster presentation won the People’s Choice Poster Award at the conference!

AEC 2016 photo- PereiraA Communication major and Public Relations minor, Matthew Pereira applied theories of masculinity and sexuality along with the method of ideological rhetorical criticism to discover that G.B.F both reasserts and reshapes norms of the ideal man, but that more diverse representations of gay men are needed in media.

The faculty mentor for these undergraduate research projects was Dr. Jamie Landau.

 

Communication keynote speaker at Career Week

kalierandlettCommunication is key to success in many careers. The keynote speaker to Career Week knows that better than anyone since she was a Communication major at Keene State College.

Kalie Randlett ’15, who double-majored in Communication and Social Science, kicks off the college’s Career Week with a talk on Monday, March 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Mountain View Room of the Student Center. Kalie will discuss how the lessons she learned in the classroom prepared her for her current job as a recruiter for a healthcare staffing company.

The Schedule of Events for Career Week includes several other events, including a resume workshop, and then it culminates with a Career and Internship Fair on Friday, April 1 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Spaulding Gym.

Many companies who will be at the career fair reached out to the Department of Communication and Philosophy to say that they specifically want to hire Communication majors. Communication students should check out this list of employers who will be at the fair, and then students should participate in the fair by dressing professionally and handing out a polished copy of their resume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty research enhances the classroom

Digital Ethics book coverCommunication and philosophy faculty do more than teach. They research! Their research even enhances the classroom because faculty who actively research stay up on cutting-edge ideas in the profession and share that knowledge with students.

For example, just over this past academic year, faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy at Keene State College published several scholarly articles, wrote book chapters and book reviews, and even edited academic journals and books. Research topics range from health communication, feminism, and childlessness to post-Holocaust and digital ethics.

Listed below are citations to recent scholarship published by our faculty:

  • Davisson, A. (2016). Passing around women’s bodies online: Identity, privacy, and free speech on Reddit (pp. 44-57). In A. Davisson & P. Booth (Eds.) Controversies in digital ethics. New York: Bloomsbury.
  • Landau, J. (2016, in press). Feeling rhetorical critics: Another affective-emotional field method for rhetorical studies. In S. L. McKinnon, R. Asen, K. R. Chavez, & R. G. Howard (Eds.) Text + field: Innovations in rhetorical method. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.
  • Lee, S. (2016, in press). Primo Levi’s gray zone: Implications for post-Holocaust ethics. Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Advising event for majors and intended majors

Sp16 Comm advising eventAre you a rising senior who is ready to take the capstone course next fall?

Do you want to get an internship to apply what you’re learning in college to a professional setting?

Do you know which minors enhance the Communication major?

Are you struggling with time management and need advice from your peers about how to successfully complete coursework while staying involved in co-curricular activities?

Answers to these questions (and many more) will be the focus of the Department of Communication and Philosophy’s advising event for Communication majors and intended majors. Mark you calendar that it will take place next Monday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall of the Alumni Center.

Free pizza and cookies will also be served at the event.

 

Faculty mentor for student’s summer research fellowship

SURF- Stewart Akkoor Summer 2016This summer, Dr. Chitra Akkoor will be busy mentoring Mary Kate Stewart as she conducts original research about communicating learning disabilities. In fact, Mary Kate is the winner of the college’s Bruce Levine Mellion ’69 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)!

The number of college students across the country with all forms of disabilities is increasing. Since 2013, Mary Kate and Dr. Akkoor have interviewed 43 faculty and 16 students on campus about how professors accommodate and communicate about students with learning disabilities.

For the SURF, Mary Kate will continue to collect data by interviewing experts in the area of disabilities and staff in the Office of Disability Services at Keene State College. Mary Kate will also apply interpersonal and intercultural communication theories to analyze the interviews. Finally, she will design a professional development workshop for faculty about how to better work with students with learning disabilities, with plans to launch this workshop during the Fall 2016 semester.

Congratulations to Dr. Akkoor and Mary Kate Stewart!

 

Visual profiles of Communication major and alumni

  • Why do students decide to major in Communication at Keene State College?
  • What co-curricular media-related activities on campus complement the study of Communication?
  • What have Keene State College alumni done with their degrees in Communication?

Answers to these questions can be seen in a recent two-minute video Student Profile of Stephanie McCann who is a current Communication major and senior, as well as Keene State College’s newly launched First-Person Project that features profile images of alumni.

 

 

Seniors present research, honor society induction

CommPhil Senior Project Conference Fall 2015 brochureThis fall semester caps off with undergraduate research presentations by students enrolled in COMM 479: Senior Project and the induction of new members into the honor society for communication majors at Keene State College.

Both events will occur on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015.

  • Senior Project Conference, Media Arts Center #155 and #158, concurrent panels: 9-10:15 a.m., 10:30-11:45 .m., and 1:15-2:30 p.m.
  • Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony, Media Arts Center #155, 12-1 p.m.

The Senior Project Conference in the Department of Communication and Philosophy is open to the public. Student presenters are encouraged to invite family and friends to attend.

Students debate guns on campus

KSC Debate Dec. 9, 2015Guns are a heated topic across the country right now and at Keene State College.

The KSC Debate Club‘s public debate this week will focus on whether Campus Safety officers should be allowed to carry guns, and whether marijuana should be legalized in New Hampshire. Keene State College’s Cannabis Coalition will join the student debate about marijuana.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, 8 p.m., Night Owl Cafe in the Student Center

This debate is free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow the debate, so the audience is encouraged to participate.

On-campus field trip

IMG_2026Learning in college often extends beyond the classroom, literally.

For class on Nov. 30, students enrolled in Dr. Jamie Landau’s COMM 473: Rhetorical Criticism course took an on-campus field trip. They applied the research method of material rhetorical criticism to study the Appian Gateway at Keene State College.

For example, students analyzed the apparatuses and degrees of durability of the gateway, how it interacts with other buildings on campus and the City of Keene since it is located on Main Street, and what it does to the bodies and minds of people as they walk by and under it.

Experiential education and communication research take many forms!