New students moved on-campus this week at Keene State College, and the Communication & Philosophy Department was there to greet them. Faculty members welcomed new students at an orientation session on Thursday. Students had a chance to learn about the variety of research and teaching specialties in the department. Also on display were the many opportunities for co-curricular activities – from debate team and Lambda Pi Eta to study abroad and internships!
Welcome new students!
Next week we will be welcoming to campus our first department Living/Learning Community.
Dr. McGill-Rutherford and Dr. Landau
The Communication and Philosophy Living/Learning Community will be led by Dr. Jamie Landau, Associate Professor of Communication, and Dr. Emily McGill-Rutherford, Assistant Professor of Philosophy. All the students in the LLC will take Dr. Landau’s COMM 175: Introduction to Communication Studies course in the Fall and Dr. McGill-Rutherford’s PHIL 220: Ethics course in the Spring. In addition to the courses, the community will engage in a variety of activities outside the classroom.
Residential Life gives this description for the community:
“We all communicate, whether we talk with friends and family, deliver public speeches, engage in debate in class, or post pictures to social media. But why do we communicate? What are some theories and philosophies that guide why we think, speak, and see in the ways that we do? And how might we communicate more ethically? How should we resolve major ethical questions and moral dilemmas about abortion and euthanasia, for instance? In this LLC, students will develop skills in communication, critical thinking, and debate to learn and defend different worldviews in person and through media.”
The new Keene State College Living and Learning Commons is home to 11 LLCs this fall
First year students in the community will be living together in the newly constructed Keene State Living and Learning Commons.
Welcome to campus!
This summer, Assistant Professor of Communication Amber Davisson has been in the news!
On July 2, National Public Radio interviewed Dr. Davisson for an article about the presidential election and fan fiction. Dr. Davisson is an expert in digital communication, politics, and popular culture. As Dr. Davisson explained to NPR, “We’re talking about voters who have a really emotional attachment to candidates,” much like people are fans of Star Trek or Britney Spears.
About a month prior to that on June 14, Keene State College’s Office of Marketing and Communications interviewed Dr. Davisson for an article about her new co-edited book on digital ethics and how she teaches students about digital technology. For example, Dr. Davisson said, “We wanted to develop a book for the classroom. We really focused on controversies and case studies, to spark class discussion.”
Tomorrow is the big day when the Class of 2016 at Keene State College graduates! But this week kicked off with a celebration of senior Communication majors.
On Monday, May 2, more than 30 students presented their undergraduate research at the Senior Project Conference of the Department of Communication and Philosophy.
Some students were also inducted into the honors society, Lambda Pi Eta. Associate Provost Glenn Geiser-Getz (who has a doctorate in Communication) gave an inspiriting speech at that event, as well as five students along with an alum were honored with awards for their academic excellence and spirit.
Faculty look forward to hearing about the career successes of graduating seniors and seeing other students back on campus in the fall.
After 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.
This 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.
What 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!
A 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 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.
Communication 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.
Are 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.
This 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!