Department of Communication News
News from the Chair
Have a productive semester!
Julie Frechette, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
WSU Department of Communication
Center for Community Media Launches Political Profiles of Worcester
Amy Peterson: 40 Under 40
Public Relations Students Society of America
Shared Scholarship Event 2016
Carrie Johnson Releases her Debut Novel
Carrie H. Johnson, an adjunct professor in WSU’s Department of Communication, released her debut novel, Hot Flash (Kensington Publishing, June 2016). Hot Flash is the first in the Muriel Mabley mystery series.
“A lively and clever novel that will dare you to put it down. The reader will leave fingerprints pressed into the cover of this one. Top of the ‘must read’ list.”
– John Lutz, New York Times bestselling author.
Barbara Zang and Lyn Branscomb on Good Grammar
"Good Grammar Will Do You Good" is the name of a self-study grammar program compiled by Dr. Barbara Zang and Prof. Lyn Branscomb, both of whom worked over the summer on a Davis Grant through the Center for Teaching & Learning to develop this program and make it available to the University community. The grammar program consists of 10 units with each unit accompanied by a Powerpoint presentation, a learning package with descriptions and worksheets, and a self administering quiz. Users can also access the entire program through a 172-page manual that will soon be available in the library and the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Julie Frechette Explores News Literacy
College Graduates with Communication Degrees Have the Knowledge and Skills Employers Need
Employers agree—strong communication skills are critical in the contemporary workplace. When responding to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ (NACE) Job Outlook 2015 survey, employers identified the ability to verbally communicate with others inside and outside the organization and the ability to create and or/edit written reports as among the top ten skills they seek when hiring new college graduates.
CREATE ORAL AND WRITTEN MESSAGES APPROPRIATE TO THE AUDIENCE, PURPOSE, AND CONTEXT
Graduates are able to adapt to different audiences and adjust message appropriately using a variety of communication channels.
CRITICALLY ANALYZE MESSAGES
Communication graduates are active listeners who effectively process and respond to all types of messages.
IDENTIFY AND OVERCOME IMPEDIMENTS TO SUCCESSFUL COMMUNICATION
Graduates are keen observers of their environments, able to identify barriers to effective information exchange and adjust their communication practices when necessary.
APPLY ETHICAL COMMUNICATION PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES TO THEIR WORK
Communication graduates are prepared to communicate with ethical intention and to evaluate the ethical elements of any communication situation.
UTILIZE COMMUNICATION TO EMBRACE DIFFERENCE
Communication graduates recognize and respect diverse perspectives and are able to adapt their communication in diverse cultural contexts.
INFLUENCE PUBLIC DISCOURSE
Communication graduates are able to frame and evaluate local, national, and/or global issues using a communication perspective to productively respond to those issues.
Internships and Part Time Job Opportunities
ASPiRE Internet Radio Station at Seven Hills
Seven Hills Foundation is seeking student interns or volunteers from our program who are seeking course credit, a stipend, or volunteering for work on their ASPiRE Internet Radio station, which helps individuals with developmental disabilities, autism and brain injury in a day program at 150 Goddard Memorial Drive in Worcester. The foundation has built a state-of-the-art internet radio station, with the intent to provide the individuals they support a voice, and an opportunity to express themselves through either a music or talk show forum. While they have many talented staff at Seven Hills who can operate the station, they are seeking more help to launch the station and to build content. Contact Kathleen Myshrall, Vice President of Advancement, Seven Hills Foundation, (508) 983-1302
WMCT-TV Internship. WMCT-TV now has three weekly newscasts, as well as a weekly sports program, so now is the time for interested students looking for hands-on experience to step forward! Contact Dan Guindon, email@example.com.
AV Support Technician Program @ WPI
Interested in a paid, part-time AV Support Technician Program at WPI? Work with one of our department alumni, Matt Pinault, and Stephen Hemming, for this incredible opportunity. Knowledge of AV equipment and experience in AV set-ups involving laptops, projectors, display resolutions, audio recording, sound mixing, wired and wireless microphones, and videotaping are helpful. Training will be provided. Contact Stephen Hemming: Manager, Campus Media Services, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Academic Technology Center
(508) 831-6772 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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,email@example.com, or stop by to see Department Chair Julie Frechette.