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Congratulations to Allanah Dykes, Class of 2016, a communication major, who has been chosen to help cover the upcoming visit of the Pope to the U.S. by writing a blog post and using a hashtag. Please read more here. web.

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Please join us on Tuesday, October 6th at 6:30 PM to celebrate the launch of the NEW! major in Public Relations. This is an event with a high-power panel of speakers that will engage in a moderated discussion before a reception where students and faculty can mingle with public relations professionals from Southwest Connecticut. Both educational and a great networking opportunity, you should plan to attend! linknext.

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The Department of Communication is thrilled to welcome our newest colleagues: Dr. Niall Brennan, Dr. Kate Fortmueller, Professor Teddy DeRosa, and Professor Mark Schumann.


Dr. Niall Brennan received a Ph.D. in Media and Communication from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he focused on the capacity of the Brazilian television mini-series to reflect social, cultural and political change in Brazil over a 25-year period. He continues to research mediated representations of Brazil through the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, and he is engaged in a few research projects looking into the wider social implications of certain U.S., British, Scandinavian and Australian television programming. discount cialis fedex.

Dr. Kate Fortmueller received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she also completed her postdoc. Her research focuses on labor, workers, and unions in the media industries and her dissertation traced the history and political economy of actors and extras. She is looking forward to teaching Fairfield undergraduates in both Communication and Film, Television, and Media Arts this year.


Professor Schumann is a Past Chair of the IABC (International Association of Business Communicators), winner of 17 IABC Gold Quill Awards, and an IABC Fellow. During his 26-year career with Towers Perrin – where he led the global communication consulting business – he created change and communication strategies for such companies as ExxonMobil, American Express, Southwest Airlines, Kimberly-Clark, JPMorganChase and Cathay Pacific. He served Western Connecticut Health Network as Vice President of Marketing and Communications and, today, coaches CEOs and other leaders on how to effectively communicate. Mark is co-author of Brand from the Inside and Brand for Talent. He is also the Reel Dad film critic for the Hersam-Acorn network of newspapers, radio and online sites.


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Professor Teddy DeRosa is the Associate Director of Public Relations and Community Relations for Fairfield University. After receiving her BA in Broadcast Journalism from Quinnipiac University, she worked at a sports television network for almost eight years as a promotions producer. Realizing she wanted to change careers, she went back to Quinnipiac five years later to get her Masters degree in Public Relations and graduated in 2015. Teddy is also a certified Spinning instructor at ZenRide in Fairfield. When not working or teaching she can be found hiking and skiing with her husband and dog. pills online in the usa.


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Congratulations, our graduate students graduating this year!

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A group of 17 Communication seniors were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the international honor society in Communication. Congratulations to our newest members of LPE! The always beautiful event celebrates the best and brightest Communication majors. Keep in touch, your faculty will love to hear from you and all the great places your Communication degree takes you.


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The career night was a great success with a huge turnout. Panelists included five communication alumni: Michael Barrett, Class of 2007, Senior Publicist, Corporate Communications, Scholastic; Kate Dillon, Class of 2008,  Associate Vice President, Prosek Partners; Shannon Keith, Class of 2009, Strategic Account Manager, AOL/Huffington Post; Christine Papazicos, Class of 2009,  Human Resources Manager, Water Cooler Group; and Dan Stanczyk, Class of 2008,  Associate Producer, ESPN Radio. They shared their stories of their own career paths and offered words of wisdom to communication majors on how to find their dream jobs. The event was moderated by Dr. Colleen Arendt. Special thanks go to Dr. Sallyanne Ryan and Sue Quinlivan for organizing the event! linknext.


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Congratulations, Dr. Nuru

Dr. Audra Nuru’s article entitled “Between layers: Understanding the communicative negotiation of conflicting identities by transgender individuals” has received the 2014 Outstanding Manuscript Award in Communication Studies. The award will be presented at the annual Central States Communication Association Conference in April. Congratulations, Dr. Nuru!

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“Stag’s Day” at Prosek PR

At an inaugural “Stag’s Day” at Prosek PR in downtown Fairfield, nine majors from the Department of Communication took part in a professional development workshop. Alumna Kate Dillon, associate vice president at Prosek Partners, pictured here in bright pink, helped host the group in coordination with Dr. Colleen Arendt, who runs the department’s internship program every spring. As ever, Fairfield students earned rave reviews as interns and hires at Prosek and the morning was a terrific success!


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Dr. Zhang elected as new Department Chair

When Comm Majors return to campus this January after the Winter Break, they will find some changes on the second floor of DMH. Dr. Qin Zhang, a very popular professor in the department will be the new departmental chair effective January 1st.  She replaces Dr. Gudelunas in DMH 227 who is headed over to the Dean’s office in CNS 100 as a new Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Please email Dr. Zhang for any departmental concerns.  Dr. Gudelunas may not be on the second floor of DMH anymore, but he will still be teaching courses in the department.  This Spring, for the first time, he is offering a section of Communication Capstone!

Speaking of Capstone professors, Dr. Maggie Wills is on sabbatical for the Spring semester.  She will be back in the Fall after she takes a much deserved break from teaching to focus on her exciting research agenda.

If either Dr. Wills or Dr. Gudelunas is your assigned academic advisor, feel free to see any other Communication faculty member who can help you with normal advising and mentoring issues.

Good luck this semester!

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Congratulations to Dr. Pagano on his latest book!

Communication faculty continue to be very productive, and leading the charge is Dr. Michael Pagano, director of our Graduate Program in Communication and very popular professor in the Department of Communication.  His newest book is now available from Springer: Communication Case Studies for Health Professionals.  Check it out!


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Catch Drs. Serazio and Gudelunas on C-SPAN

If you weren’t watching C-SPAN over the Thanksgiving Holiday you might have missed Drs. Gudelunas and Serazio from the Department of Communication interviewing two New York Times columnists as part of the Open Visions Forum. Moderating teh event was Dr. Philip Eliasoph from the Department f Visual and Performing Arts and founder of the Open Visions Forum. Not to worry if you were watching something like football instead of C-SPAN…you can see the event here20141128_221426_resized

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Winter courses in Communication!


Why not study Family Communication this Winter?  If you’re behind on credits, or looking to get ahead on credits, the Department of Communication is offering three different Winter Courses this Spring.  These courses are great for part-time and full-time students alike.  Family Communication is offered as a one-week course while Human Communication Theories and Intercultural Communication are offered online.

You can see what we are offering below, and you can go here for information about how to register.

CO 246 (A) (10896) Family Communication 
In this course students come to understand how families are constituted through symbolic processes and interaction; explore the verbal and non-verbal communication behaviors that are developed and preferred in different kinds of families; learn various theories for understanding family interactions at the individual, dyadic, group, and systems levels; analyze family communication patterns using established theories and methods; connect family dynamics to social trends and processes including the roles of the mass media and popular culture; and explore ways culture, class, gender, and sexuality affect and are affected by family structures, roles, and communication patterns. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement and counts for the minor in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.  Three credits.
Margaret Wills

CO 100 (1) (10894) Human Communication Theories 
This course introduces major theoretical perspectives that inform communication scholarship. This foundational course for the major emphasizes understanding human communication as a symbolic process that creates, maintains, and alters personal, social, and cultural identities. Students critique research literature in the communication field in this course, which is a prerequisite for the 200- and 300-level communication courses. This course counts in the social and behavioral sciences core curriculum for non-majors. All CO majors must fulfill their social science core requirements outside of the major. Three credits.
David Gudelunas

CO 240 (1) (10895) Intercultural Communication 
This course deals with challenges to communication between people of different cultural backgrounds, emphasizing the way communication practices reveal cultural values and the role of communication in creating and sustaining cultural identities. Students discuss how differences in value orientation, perception, thought patterns, and nonverbal behavior cause misunderstanding, tension, and conflict in business, education, and health care settings. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. (registration preference given to Communication and International Studies majors). (Prerequisite: CO 100 or IL 50 or instructor approval). Three credits.
Qin Zhang

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Turns out Comm Majors are Studying the Right Thing at the Right Time

Dr. Arendt tipped us off to this piece in the Huffington Post that details why Communication as a college major is so incredibly popular right now.  We knew this all along, but it is nice to get some validation.  It wash;t that long ago when folks didm;t consider the study of Communication to be a serious thing.  We know that is not true, but here is something you can share with your parents who doubt the legitimacy of your major.  Not only that, it turns out it is a good time to be considering advance degrees in Communication.  We happen to know of a great MA program in Communication very close to home! Hint. Hint.

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Visit us at the Major/Minor Fair on 10/15!



Visit us at the Major/Minor Fair Wednesday 10/15 in the Oak Room.  Be sure to have any of your friends looking to declare a major in Communication to see Dr. Gudelunas ASAP.  It is important to be a declared major PRIOR to registration so that you can access all the great classes we will be offering in the Department of Communication.  Since Communication classes are closed to majors only you must have a declared major to get a seat in most of classes.

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Study in Ireland with Dr. Pagano!

IreDr. Pagano will be offering a one-week, three credit course: CO 348 Health Risk vs. Health Promotion: An Irish Perspective, at the National University of Ireland in Galway (NUI-G) this summer, June 13-22, 2015.   Students will stay in housing near the university, attend classes at NUI-G, as well as an NUI-G sponsored Health Promotions Conference. This course will provide students an excellent opportunity to experience Irish culture, explore Ireland’s approach to health behavior change, and expand your knowledge of global healthcare issues.  Contact him for more information!

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Comm professors with “Two from the Times”

IMG_1959Drs. Serazio and Gudelunas from the Department of Communication were on stage last night with Dr. Eliasoph (VPA) to moderate a discussion with Alessandra Stanley and Frank Bruni from the New York Times as part of the Open Visions Forum.  Many Communication majors were in the audience and the discussion about television, new media technologies and college life was certainly something of interest to all of our majors. Dr. Serazio is deputy director for the Open Visions Forum which brings great conversations to the Quick Center throughout the year.

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Welcome Dr. Nuru!

Have you met our newest faculty member? We have, and she is great!

The Department of Communication is thrilled to welcome our newest colleague Dr. Audra Nuru. Audra recently completed her PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her work examines how individuals from minority social groups communicate to make sense of themselves, their relationships, and their relational roles. Her research on multiethnic-racial identity has been recognized by non-profit organizations in the southeast for linking research with praxis. Further, she has worked with family therapists and guidance counselors to design workshops, seminars and outreach programs to facilitate the development of healthy self-concepts among multiethnic/racial and LBGTQ communities. She has earned fellowships with the University of Georgia to do research in Costa Rica and has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Welcome Audra! be sure to stop by and say hello and welcome her to campus. Her office is on the second floor of DMH, right next to Dr. Zhang.


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The Department of Communication hosts AJCU Communication Conference on campus

This past week the Department of Communication played host to over 45 faculty members from Jesuit institutions around the country who teach and research in communication, film, journalism and related fields.  The conference was a smashing success and included panels and sessions on pedagogy, research trends, mission and identity topics and host of other conversations.  Visiting Faculty and Deans toured the Bellarmine museum, walked campus and even had a clambake on Sheffield Island in the Long Island sound.10523225_10152183947137312_7778973158333277251_n

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Congratulations to our 2014 Communication Graduates!

On Sunday, March 18th Fairfield University held its 64th Commencement exercises.  Over 100 undergraduate Communication majors and 12 Masters students received their degrees in separate ceremonies held under gloriously sunny skies.  Congratulations to our graduate and undergraduate students, please stay in touch!10344351_10152088989900913_838559128122903038_o 10368899_10152088991125913_2110146424882092910_o

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Farewell Dean Crabtree

Dean Robbin Crabtree, a Professor of Communication and former Chair of the Department of Communication, will be leaving Fairfield for our sister school, LMU in Los Angeles this summer.  It is difficult to say goodbye to sic a wonderful colleague.  Below the Communication Faculty (and special guest star Dr. David Sapp) are toasting farewell to our colleague Dr. Crabtree.  Dr. Crabtree was a favorite teacher when she was serving as chair of the Department and served for six years as the chair of what is now the largest major in the College.  She presided over a period of growth for the major, the hires of several new faculty and the development of graduate program in Communication.  Good luck Dr. Crabtree from all of us in the Department of Communication!


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Congratulations Kaitlyn Banazynski

Senior Communication Major Kaitlyn Banazynski was named the Outstanding Achievement in Communication Award Winner and is pictured here receiving her award with Departmental Chair Dr. David Gudelunas.  Congratulations!042814_CAS_Awards_77

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Dr. Barbie Zelizer on Campus

Dr. Barbie Zelizer from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania was on campus last week to deliver a very popular lecture on “Remembering to Forget: Images from the Holocaust” for an event sponsored by the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies and the Department of Communication.  Dr. Zelizer was an advisor to both Dr. Gudelunas and Dr. Serazio and her lecture proved very popular with the campus community.


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Congratulations to CAS Award winners from Comm!

The Department of Communication was well-represented at the annual College of Arts and Sciences Awards night on April 28th, 2015.  Graduating Senior Kaitlyn Banazynski was honored with the Award for Achievement in communication and Michelle Lesko was presented with the James Keenan Award for Graduate Studies in Communication.  Bellow are Kaitlyn (in a #selfie moment with Dr. Gudelunas) and Michelle with grad director Dr. Zhang.  Also honored last night was Comm major Jess Mendes with the Ella Baker Award in Black Studies.  Way to go graduate and undergraduate Communication students!

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Congratulations to the Graduate Winners of the Student Achievement Awards!

The 2014 Student Achievement Awards also honored some very deserving graduate students in Communication!  Michelle Lesko, who is currently the Communication program assistant at Fairfield, has received the James Keenan Award.  Angela Rudas has also been honored with The Graduate Student Service Award.   A huge congratulations to these two!

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