Lambda Pi Eta Speech Contest
A public speaking contest occurs every year at Keene State College. The speech contest is named after its organizers, Lambda Pi Eta. Typically, once during each academic year, faculty who teach IHCOMM 171: Public Speaking nominate exemplary students enrolled in their classes to deliver a speech in front of a panel of Lambda Pi Eta student judges, faculty from the Department of Communication and Philosophy, and a large audience on campus.

Public Speaking is a required course for students who major or minor in communication. It also counts as a course in the Integrative Studies Program at Keene State College and therefore enrolls students at different academic stages and from diverse areas of study across campus.

Awards are given to the winners of the speech contest and their names are engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Media Arts Center. Past students who won first place include:

  • Olivia Fischetti (2015-2016)
  • Gabrielle Miele (2014-2015)
  • Ariana Fuda (2013-2014)
  • Arianna Davis (2012-2013)
  • Katelyn Purrington (2011-2012)
Evan Lospennato (B.A. Communication, 2013) presents his research on humor and romantic relationship communication during the Senior Project Conference.
Evan Lospennato ’13 presents the results of his communication study about the use of humor in romantic relationships at the Senior Project Conference

Senior Project Conference
A Senior Project Conference of the Department and Communication and Philosophy occurs on campus at the end of both the fall and spring semesters. Students, faculty, and family members attend this departmental undergraduate research conference that is free and open to the public.

Amy Hurwitz (B.A. in Communication, 2013) presents her research on a Dos Equis advertising campaign
Amy Hurwitz ’13 presents her research on an advertising campaign for a global alcoholic beverage at the Senior Project Conference

Presenters at the Senior Project Conference are senior communication majors who are enrolled in the required capstone course, COMM 479: Senior Project. This capstone course is taught by a rotation of faculty in the Department of Communication and Philosophy.

Each section of Senior Project has a theme, ranging from interpersonal and intercultural communication to visual rhetoric to philosophies of free speech and crime. Since it is an experiential education course, Senior Project centers on an individual project where students design and implement a research-intensive study of their choosing that completes their undergraduate degree in communication at Keene State College.



Per tradition, award winners cut the cake
Per tradition, award winners Tori Folk ’16 and Matt Pereira ’16 cut the cake

Annual Awards Luncheon and Communication Day
Outstanding undergraduates studying communication and philosophy at Keene State College are annually recognized with awards at a department luncheon of pizza and cake called “Communication Day.”  Students, faculty, administrators, and family members gather for this special day at the end of each spring semester.

Four awards with certificates of achievement are given: the Excellence in Communication Award, the Emily N. Grier Excellence in Philosophy Award, the Charles E. Hornbeck Award for Excellence in Logic, and the Spirit Award.

In 2011, the Excellence in Logic Award was renamed in tribute to Charles E. Hornbeck, a philosophy professor who retired in 2006 after teaching at Keene State College for 38 years. In 2014, the Spirit Award was created to honor students for their spirited contributions to the department. In 2016, the Excellence in Philosophy Award was renamed in tribute to Emily N. Grier, a Communication major alum who received the Excellence in Philosophy Award. The light that is Emily’s memory continues to shine on both faculty and students alike.

Past student award winners include:

Excellence in Communication Award

  • Alyson Chase (2016-2017)
  • Matthew Pereira (2015-2016)
  • Sarah Laramie (2014-2015)
  • Emily LaPlant (2013-2014)
  • Amy Hurwitz (2012-2013)
  • Marie Whitney (2012-2013)
  • Anna Paterson (2011-2012)
  • Paula Raymond (2010-2011)
  • Martin Hansen (2009-2010)
  • Kelli Redes (2009-2010)

Emily N. Grier Excellence in Philosophy Award

  • Emma Cote (2016-2017)
  • Victoria Folk (2015-2016)
  • Robert Cayes (2014-2015)
  • Chloe Marchand (2013-2014)
  • Terrence Classen (2011-2012)
  • Samantha Berry (2010-2011)
  • Ryan LaLiberty (2009-2010)
  • Emily N. Grier (2005-2006)

Charles E. Hornbeck Award for Excellence in Logic

  • Jesse Stephens (2014-2015)
  • Matthew Miracle (2010-2011)
  • Rebecca Massi (2009-2010)
Spirit Award winner Michelle Greene '16
Spirit Award winner Michelle Greene ’16

Spirit Award

  • Tiffany Andrews (2016-2017)
  • Daniel Stavens (2016-2017)
  • Olivia Moore (2016-2017)
  • Kelsey Jackson (2016-2017)
  • Jenna Cormier (2016-2017)
  • Lauren Field (2016-2017)
  • Michelle Green (2015-2016)
  • Jessica Markarian (2015-2016)
  • Katie Tafuri (2015-2016)
  • Sarah Bruno (2014-2015)
  • Danielle Hoadley (2014-2015)
  • Kalie Randlett (2014-2015)
  • Kelsey Schild (2013-2014)
  • Celeste Thibault (2013-2014)
  • Justin Yamet (2013-2014)



Northern New England Philosophical Association Conference
The annual conference of the Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA) will occur at Keene State College from October 14 to 15, 2016.

The Department of Communication and Philosophy is hosting this event thanks to funding from the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research, the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, the Center for Creative Inquiry, and a private donation.

Laurence Thomas
Laurence Thomas

Faculty from multiple disciplines and universities across the country will present their research at the NNEPA conference. Graduate students and undergraduates will also share their scholarship.

A highlight of the event is the distinguished keynote speaker, Laurence Thomas, who is a Professor of Philosophy and Political Science of the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Dr. Thomas is an expert in social, political, and moral philosophy, and has published about case studies related to American slavery, the Holocaust, and sexual rights.

To submit papers for presentation at the conference, or to make arrangements for travel and accommodations, visit this website with the 2016 NNEPA Conference Information.