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.


Student public speakers

Public SpeakingTop students enrolled in IHCOMM 171: Public Speaking are ready to persuade and compete against each other.

The Lambda Pi Eta Speech Contest, an annual event run by the honor society for Communication majors, will take place this Friday, April 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Madison Street Lounge of the Student Center.

A faculty member in the Department of Communication and Philosophy along with student executive board members of Lambda Pi Eta will judge the public speakers. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners as well as each student who delivers a speech will receive a certificate of participation.

Since Public Speaking is an integrative studies course at Keene State College, then the student public speakers come from a variety of majors and will present about a diverse range of topics. Anyone on campus is invited to join the audience.





Grants galore!

Congratulations to Dr. Chitra Akkoor who received two grants! Both grants fund international travel and study that will enhance her teaching at Keene State College.

ChitraWhitingGrantBrazilThe first grant is a fellowship from The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation. This July, Dr. Akkoor will study at Βaśica Língua in Salvador, Brazil, and at Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo, Brazil. At Βaśica Língua, Dr. Akkoor will learn the Portuguese language and engage in cultural immersion activities such as music and dance. At Fundação Getulio Vargas, Dr. Akkoor will work with Dr. Oliver Stuenkel who is on faculty and well published on the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (an area of study known by the acronym BRICS). Fundação Getulio Vargas rates highly among “think tanks” in the world because it specializes in research and coursework on foreign policy, internationalization, conflict resolution, and promoting knowledge about Brazil.

Dr. Akkoor’s trip to Brazil will benefit Keene State College students in a number of ways. Students enrolled in her summer online integrative studies course titled “Communication in a Globalized World” will get to virtually explore Brazil. Then when teaching COMM 372: Intercultural Communication this fall, Dr. Akkoor will incorporate her new first-hand knowledge of Brazil. She also plans to develop a future study away trip to Brazil for students in the college’s Morris-August Honors Program and a new special topic course in communication about BRICS.

The second grant that Dr. Akkoor received is a Faculty Development Grant from Keene State College’s Office of Sponsored Projects and Research. This grant will fund travel to India in December where she will continue an on-going research project on intercultural communication and the Hindu diaspora.