Dr. Halford and alumna collaborate on research

Professors do not always conduct research on their own, nor is it required to have a doctorate to engage in research. Undergraduate and graduate students do research, too!

Earlier this month, Dr. Jeff Halford presented two research papers at the International Association for Relationship Research Conference in Louisville, KY.

AARRconfThe first study, titled “The Halo Effect: Real vs. Perceived Traits Associated with Facial Symmetry,” was a collaboration with Samantha Bissell ’09, an alumna of Keene State College who is now getting a Master’s degree in psychology from City University of New York. The second study, titled “Less Satisfied but More Committed? How the Presence of Children Affects Marital Outcomes,” was based on Dr. Halford’s ongoing research program in marital communication and family planning.

Costume karaoke sponsored by comm honor society

Come one, come all to the first ever “Costume Karaoke” co-sponsored by the Zeta Mu chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society for communication students at Keene State College.

LPE Costume KaraokeTo celebrate Halloween a few days early and build community, Lambda Pi Eta invites all communication majors, communication and philosophy minors, and their friends, to dress up in costume and sing for prizes:

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Night Owl Cafe, Student Center

Statistics show that students graduate college with higher grade point averages if they study something they are passionate about… and, apparently, if they have a lot of fun!



Put quantitative comm research methods into practice

Part of the mission of the Department of Communication and Philosophy states that students learn skills to conduct quantitative and qualitative research and disseminate knowledge.

One way to put quantitative communication research methods into practice would be to work as a business analyst. This job is ideal for the large number of communication majors who are management minors, or management majors who are communication minors.

Quant Analysis graph

Currently, C&S Wholesale Grocers, which is headquarted in Keene, is hiring for its Business Analyst Program, a full-time leadership development role that offers executive exposure and a guided career path for young professionals. While being exposed to the various processes and roles throughout C&S Wholesale Grocers, business analysts will provide analytical feedback and suggest innovative changes that impact operation. The program consists of a 4-week orientation followed by three 6-month rotations, each within a different department at the company (Warehouse Operations Planning, Supply Chain, Procurement, Sales/Marketing, Merchandising, Transportation, Engineering, Finance and Human Resources).

To apply to be a business analyst at C&S Wholesale Grocers, visit here.



Dr. Sander Lee’s new book cover

Woody Allen angstFaculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy are active researchers. Conducting research advances knowledge and enhances the teaching of undergraduates.

For example, Dr. Sander Lee is an expert on philosophical themes in famous films directed by Woody Allen. Dr. Lee publishes widely on this topic, including a recent reprint edition of a book that is published by McFarland press and titled, Woody Allen’s Angst: Philosophical Commentaries on His Serious Films.

Students will read and discuss Dr. Lee’s research on Woody Allen in the course, PHIL 406: Existentialism and Film.

So you want to be an intern?


To be an intern, first you have to know how to search for an internship. Then you have to know how to apply for an internship.  And then when you are offered an internship, do you know how to get college credit for it?

To start the process of becoming an intern, attend an upcoming workshop with Bob Baker, the Communication Internship Coordinator.

  • Monday, Oct. 14, 5 to 6 p.m., Media Arts Center #158
  • Thursday, Oct. 17, 5 to 6 p.m., Elliott #144
  • Friday, Oct. 18, 12 to 1 p.m., Elliott #144

Students who want to attend this workshop must reserve a spot ahead of time by e-mailing Bob Baker at rbaker@keene.edu.


Internship opportunity in social media marketing

Social-Media-MarketingLocal employers often recruit directly from Keene State College, whether to hire students as interns or full-time.

For example, Paragon Digital Marketing in Keene, NH, wants students from the Department of Communication and Philosophy to apply for a Spring 2014 paid internship in Social Media Marketing.

Do you have excellent communication skills, including familiarity with social media websites such as Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest? If so, submit your application here to become a Social Media Marketing intern.