Career prep and web possibilities!

Communications_Presentations_12Whether you are a sophomore at Keene State College or a senior, you can begin to prepare for your career.

In addition to working hard on professional presentations in class, attend a career fair or create a website to promote yourself! Career fairs can feel overwhelming, but if you go to one now then you’ll be more prepared for another in the future.

It’s also never too early for college students to establish their professional identities online to open up possibilities for employment.

For more information or inspiration, check out the following career fair and website:

Presidential Debate Viewing Party!

Debate Viewing PartyThe presidential race has gotten off to an exciting start.

Forerunners such as Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders have already visited Keene. Next up is a nationally-televised debate between the remaining Republican candidates for president.

Come to a presidential debate viewing party hosted by communication students!

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m., Mabel Brown Room in the Student Center

Enjoy food, drinks, intelligent conversation, and debate about politics at this event. Anyone can also join the discussion via Twitter: #KSCDEBATEWATCH

For more information, contact Dr. Amber Davisson.

Interested in graduate school?

Student professional speakerAre you interested in going to graduate school, perhaps to distinguish yourself among job candidates?

Maybe you want to pursue an advanced degree in communication, philosophy, or a related field, to work in higher education, media, law, social services, or politics?

This week, the Office of Academic and Career Advising is sponsoring a Graduate School Fair that current undergraduate students at Keene State College who are interested in applying to graduate school should attend:

  • Thursday, October 8, 1 to 3 p.m., Centennial Hall in the Alumni Center

For more information, such as to see the list of colleges and universities that will have admissions counselors at the fair, visit: KSC Grad School Fair- Fall 2015

Jobs for Philosophy minors!

2015 Flyer Government Criminal Justice Nonprofit Career Fair FlyerThe Department of Communication and Philosophy offers a Philosophy minor, and every Communication major is required to take philosophy courses, too.

An ideal job for someone with training in philosophy is working in law or government.

To learn more about careers in government, criminal justice, and non-profit, Keene State College students are invited to attend an upcoming regional career fair:

  • Thursday, Oct. 8, 1:30 to 4 p.m, Woodward Center at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA





What classes to take next semester?

advising day flyer_fall 2015Registration for the Spring 2016 semester begins soon.

To help students decide what classes to enroll in, the Department of Communication and Philosophy scheduled an evening advising event. Faculty recommend that current Communication majors and intended majors attend:

  • Monday, Oct. 12, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Mountain View Room in the Student Center

Specifically, seniors who want to take “COMM 479: Senior Project” in the spring need to attend this advising event so that they can learn about the themes of the different sections of the course that will be offered and receive permission to enroll from faculty. Students who want to enroll in the new “COMM 379: Internship” course also need to come to this advising event to learn about how that class will now be run.  Finally, a panel of students will also give advice about what they benefited from studying away and other curricular experiences.

For more information, contact the department chair: Dr. Nigel Malcolm.




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.