Public speaking contest

Speech Contest, Sp14Later this week, exemplary students enrolled in IHCOMM 171: Public Speaking will compete in the annual Lambda Pi Eta Speech Contest. Winners will not only receive bragging rights on their resumes but also will be honored with award certificates and cash prizes funded by Bedford/St. Martin’s book publishers.

  • Friday, April 25, 3 p.m., Madison Street Lounge, Student Center

This is an annual public speaking contest organized by Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society for communication majors at Keene State College. The student names of former first place winners of the Lambda Pi Eta Speech Contest are engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Media Arts Center.

Intern for Monadnock Radio or Target

radioRecruiters from Monadnock Radio Group and Target stores in Massachusetts want communication majors at Keene State College as summer interns.

These internships are paid and excellent opportunities for students studying communication to use their strong written and oral communication skills.

To apply, visit the college’s jobWISE post for Intern at Monadnock Radio Group, or contact Greg Pare who is a Boston-based Senior Field Campus Recruiter in Human Resources at Target.




Academic Excellence Conference

Kelsey Schild explains her research to a public audience, including graphic design faculty

Kelsey Schild ’14 explains her research to members of the public, including graphic design professionals

Facebook and the popular slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” were the focus of undergraduate research completed by two communication students who presented their findings at Keene State College’s 2014 Academic Excellence Conference on Saturday, April 5.

Lauren Piccolino gave an oral presentation titled, “True Life, I’m Addicted to Facebook: The Popularity of Facebook on College Students’ Lives.” Her faculty mentor was Dr. Chitra Akkoor.

Kelsey Schild presented a poster titled, “Keep Calm: A Rhetorical Study of a Persuasive Slogan.” Her faculty mentor was Dr. Jamie Landau.

Hands-on learning, such as undergraduate research, helps students apply what they learn in the classroom to the world around them. In the case of the research projects completed by Lauren and Kelsey, these students are now more prepared for future careers in media.


Winning debaters in NH

Debate Skills Tournament WinnersCongratulations to Keene State College Debate Club members William Pearson and Ryan Scrivano for winning medals at the NH Skills USA tournament on March 14 in Exeter, NH!

In the “Extemporaneous Speaking” category, Will placed first and Ryan placed second. Will now has the option to compete in the Skills USA National Championships later this year with Ryan as an alternate.

This was the first competitive debate-related event in the region that included students from Keene State College.

Watch Will, Ryan, and other students debate controversial issues on campus this Wednesday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in Science Center #101. Topics of this public debate include whether students receiving college scholarships should be drug tested, whether the NSA should be allowed to collect private information, whether the death penalty should be legal, and whether professors should be allowed tenure.







Seeking intern for KSC sports

Communication students have the chance to show their school pride and put their degree into action as a Keene State College Sports Information intern.KSC Athletic Owl

Working closely with the Sports Information Director, the responsibilities of this intern might include programming, advertising and marketing, production, and content. For example, the intern could work with coaches and players on post-game interviews, contact potential advertisers for sponsorships, collaborate on internet streaming, and develop videos about the college’s athletics teams to play on air and online.

To apply or find out more information about this internship, contact Abe Osheyack, the Sports Information Director at Keene State College.


Resumania and job/internship fair

Now that students are halfway through the semester and well rested from spring break, it’s time to get a job this summer!

Suit briefcaseThis week, the Office of Academic and Career Advising organized two events to help students secure a job this summer, whether as an internship or full-time career after graduation.

For example, students have the unique opportunity to meet with Keene State College alumni who will give feedback on resumes and discuss current job openings where they work.

  • Resumania, Tuesday, March 25 and Wednesday, March 26, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Office of Academic and Career Advising, Elliot Center
  • Job/Internship Fair, Thursday, March 27, 2:30-5 p.m., Mabel Brown Room, Student Center (view the employer directory to see which companies are recruiting at the fair)


Come chat, eat pizza, and get advising

March 12 Advising posterCome chat with communication majors and departmental faculty about which classes to enroll in for the Fall 2014 semester. During this conversation, students will also hear about service-learning, internships, and other business partnerships in the Department of Communication and Philosophy.

Plus, eat free pizza!

  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6-7:30 p.m., Centennial Hall, Alumni Center

Fall 2014 course registration begins on March 31, 2014.

Peer mentors in communication

Navigating college can be hard if students do not have someone to look up to for guidance. That’s why communication majors mentor each other.

Student members of Lambda Pi Eta and the faculty advisor, Dr. Chitra Akkoor

Students in Lambda Pi Eta and their faculty advisor

Starting this Spring 2014 semester, senior and juniors in the honor society for communication majors, Lambda Pi Eta, are working with career advisers to give workshops and presentations to first and second-year students in communication. In one sense then, the upper class communication students are mentors to younger students who often struggle with the transition to college and are unsure about the major or career they want to pursue.

“I think that by being able to have seniors as people who they look up to, would give them more guidance. There are so many freshman that don’t have that guidance and they are all over the place, and I think a lot of them have a hard time balancing academic and social life,” said Justin Yamet, a senior communication major and member of Lambda Pi Eta.

For more information, check out this week’s Equinox article titled, “Honors society works with ACA to enhance communication dept.”

Meet NH business leader, pursue job in sales

The New Hampshire-based software company, Newforma, is growing its sales team as it reaches more and more customers from around the world.

Newforma software business model

Newforma software business model

Students who want to apply their study of communication to sell an industry-leading product have the unique opportunity to meet with the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Strategy for Newforma, Bob Batcheler, and a young new sales employee at Newforma.

Come listen to and speak with this NH business leader if you want to pursue a career in sales after graduation, and eat free pizza!

  • Wednesday, February 26, 6-7 p.m., Science Center #101

For more information, check out current job openings at Newforma.

College closed for snow day

Appian Gateway at the entrance to Keene State College after snow fell one winter

Appian Gateway at the main entrance to Keene State College after a snowstorm one recent winter

Keene State College is closed today, Wednesday, Feb. 5, due to a snowstorm.

All classes and co-curricular events are cancelled.

For more information, see the college’s notification about the closure and curtailed operations.