Department of Communication News

Spring 2016 - Worcester State University

News from the Chair

I hope this busy time of year finds you well as we reach mid term. We have some exciting news to share with you about the successes of the students and faculty in our program. Before departing for March break, be sure to plan ahead for Fall 2016 pre-registration which begins March 28th (information below). Sign-up sheets for advising will soon be available on your advisors' doors. As we set our sights toward May, graduating members of the Class of 2016 are invited to attend our annual Senior Dinner. Graduates, kindly RSVP here.

Have a safe and enjoyable spring break!

Julie Frechette, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

WSU Department of Communication

Department of Communication Student Achievement Awards

Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society Inductees

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Department of Communication Honors Society Induction

On December 13th, 2015, fourteen Communication students were inducted into the Omega Psi chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the Honor Society of The National Communication Association. Special guests included Worcester State University President, Barry M. Maloney, and NESN News Producer, Derrick Willand. President Maloney imparted words of inspiration to the inductees, after which Derrick Willand, a Communication alumni, delivered a keynote speech encouraging students to transcend their comfort zones in the pursuit of excellence.

Photo: Front Row (left to right): Prof. Julian Berrian (Lambda Pi Eta Advisor), Stephanie Rizzitano, Marissa Avanzato, Celina Frias, Prof. Julie Frechette, Prof. Alta Carroll. Back Row (left to right): Shqipe Ameti, Allyson Hassett, Samantha Patterson, Kenneth Boucher, Alex Macdougall, William Camacho.

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Students and Alumni in the News!

Tammy Rebello, a recent graduate of WSU’s Department of Communication program, has worked with Lynn Blanchard, a WSU communication minor, to write a series of books about closed asylums throughout New England. The first book, Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts (Arcadia Publishing & The History Press, 2016), offers some insight into what happened in twelve of the mental hospitals and schools in Massachusetts during the 20th century. Read more here!

Upcoming Events

3rd Worcester Armenian Film Festival

The Department of Communication is co-sponsoring the 3rd annual Worcester Armenian Film Festival, which will take place at WSU on April 2, 12:30-5pm at the Science & Tech Building Room 102, Ghosh Auditorium. Film director Eric Nazarian will be the featured guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public.

Action in Media Education Summit April 15-16, 2016

ACME's fifth international summit, Action In Media Education: New Directions for Media Literacy Education in the Digital Age,” organized with Sacred Heart University’s (SHU) Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program and co-sponsored by Project Censored, will be held at SHU’s School of Communication & Media Arts on April 15–16, 2016. To participate, please contact Julie Frechette, Department Chair. Join us for action-based presentations and discussions about the greatest opportunities and problems that face us in media literacy education today!

Important Reminders

Registration for Summer 2016 opens on Tuesday, March 8th.

Summer Session I starts Monday, May 23rd and ends Friday, July 1st.

Summer Session II starts Tuesday, July 5th and ends Friday, August 12th.

For a full listing of summer classes, click here.

March 21-25th * SPRING BREAK

Monday March 28 - Fall 2016 Pre-registration Begins! Be sure to set up an appointment with your department advisor as soon as you're back from Spring Break.

New Waitlist Option for Fall 2016 Pre-Registration Enrollment

Starting this April, students will have the option to add themselves to waitlists for fall day-school courses via WebAdvisor. This VIDEO explains the process. Students can join a class waitlist by selecting “Waitlist” in the Action column. Once completed, WebAdvisor registration will reflect their addition to the waitlist. When a seat becomes available in a class, due to another student’s withdrawal or the increasing of the course’s capacity, the first student on the waitlist will receive an email to his/her email address inviting acceptance or declination of the seat. The student has 24 hours to respond, before the seat is offered to the next student on the waitlist. If a student elects to accept a seat in a course, the registration process is the same as previous semesters in WebAdvisor.

Share your news with us!

In order for us to continue to grow and develop, your input is needed! We are seeking to include relevant news about your achievements and interests, along with news about related upcoming events you are planning. Please send an email to Judy Crown,, or stop by to see Department Chair Julie Frechette.