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.


Open house at local business

Barton Associates Keene Open House-2Keene State College students are invited to an open house at a new business in town.

Barton Associates, a healthcare staffing company that works with doctors, nurses, and physician assistants, opened an office in Keene this past year. The company is actively recruiting graduates of Keene State College for full-time jobs or internships at the Keene office. Talent acquisition specialists at Barton Associates even visited a couple communication classes earlier this semester to share how the degree in communication prepares students well for a career at Barton Associates.

The open house event is a unique opportunity for students to network with employees at Barton Associates.

The open house will take place on Wednesday, March 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the office of Barton Associates which is located at 149 Emerald Street, Suite U, in Keene, NH.

Interested students should RSVP for the open house by e-mailing talentacquisition@bartonassociates.com


New professors, new courses this fall

The search is complete for two tenure-track assistant professors in the Department of Communication and Philosophy! Dr. Amber Davisson and Emily McGill-Rutherford (Ph.D. candidate) will join the department this fall. They bring cutting-edge expertise to the curriculum and the Keene State College community.

ADavissonDr. Davisson is an interdisciplinary scholar of identity, politics, and digital technology. She is the author of Lady Gaga and the Remaking of Celebrity Culture (McFarland, 2013) and co-editor of Controversies in Digital Ethics (forthcoming: Bloomsbury, 2015). Her scholarship about digital communication has also appeared in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Journal of Media & Digital Literacy, Journal of Visual Literacy, and the American Communication Journal. The courses that she will teach during the Fall 2015 semester are COMM 175: Introduction to Communication Studies, COMM 220: Ethics in Communication, and COMM 290: Special Topics on “Democracy and the Networked Public.”

EMcGillRutherfordMcGill-Rutherford is currently a doctoral candidate in social-political philosophy whose teaching and research explore the relationship between political liberalism and feminism. She is especially interested in approaching the question of women’s autonomy from a multicultural or global perspective. Her publications include “Stoicism, Feminism and Autonomy” in Symposion and an edited volume titled Grotius and Law (Ashgate, 2014). The courses that she will teach during the Fall 2015 semester are two sections of IHPHIL 100: Logical Argumentation, and PHIL 490: Advanced Special Topics on “The Politics of Multiculturalism.”

Intern in Washington, D.C.

Washington CenterUndergraduates can work and learn in Washington, D.C. by interning with a public, private, or non-profit organization, an experience that could launch a career unlike any other!

Eliza Allison, a representative from The Washington Center that helps place students in these positions, will be on campus next week to specifically recruit Keene State College students. Sample internships include working for CSPAN, the Democratic National Committee, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Police Department.

Communication and philosophy students can meet Eliza during an open information session on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. in the Atrium Conference Room on the first floor of the L.P. Young Student Center.


Network with Boston Celtics communication professionals

Boston Celtics Speaker SeriesFor students who want to work in sports communication, sign up now for the Career in Sport Speaker Series run by the Boston Celtics!

The Boston Celtics contacted Keene State College to invite students majoring in communication or journalism to a unique event that involves watching the professional basketball team play a game and networking with top communication professionals who work for the team.

For instance, at the second evening session on Feb. 25, students have the opportunity to watch the Boston Celtics play against the New York Knicks and meet vice presidents and directors in digital media, corporate partnerships sales, and business development for the Boston Celtics. The deadline to register for Session 2 is Feb. 18, 2015.

Sign up by filing out the above form and e-mailing it to Marc Rogers at mrogers@celtics.com.


Back to class

Typing on keyboardKeene State College students went back to class today. But sometimes it can be difficult to adjust to coursework after the long winter break.

Tips for planning a successful spring semester include introducing yourself to your professors, creating a detailed calendar of homework, staying ahead of assigned readings, reviewing class notes on a weekly basis, and beginning to search online for a summer internship or (if you’re a senior) a full-time job.




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.”