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!
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!
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 here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. 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!
Drs. 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
A big congratulations to the 2014 Student Achievement Award Winners! The Student Achievement Awards are given out each year to recognize outstanding seniors who have enhanced a specific University program. The senior’s commitment to this activity must have resulted in the program or organization attaining a new level of achievement not possible without the senior’s leadership and guidance. This year’s undergraduate award winner are:
- Alexander Long for his Commitment to the Fairfield University Community
- Outstanding Achievement in Communication Award: Kaitlyn Banazynski
- Outstanding Communication Service: Hannah Patridge
Kaitlyn Banazynski, a Communications major and Marketing minor expressed her thoughts on the Communication department in Fairfield by stating, “My experience at Fairfield and in internships has been largely shaped by the Professors in the Comm. department. I’ve only had good experiences and feel like I’m leaving with a lot of mentors.” Currently, she is involved in an independent study with Dr. Gisela to complete research for her Honors Thesis called “Framing Corporate Social Responsibility: A Computer-Assisted Text Analysis of Statements by Fortune 500 Tech Companies.” This project aims to fill the gap between Fortune 500’s financial oriented list and the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). She is leaving for DePauw University (Indiana) tomorrow to present her group’s capstone paper, “Attitudes Towards Online Learning in the Advent of MOOCS.” Her experience in the field has inspired her to take more of an interest in her minor in Marketing and eventually plans to pursue her MBA.
Hannah Patridge from Denver, CO is also a Communications major with a minor in English and has also learned a lot about herself and her hopes for the future during her time in the Communication program at Fairfield. Having taken an interest in nonprofit work and having a lot of valuable experience under her belt, Hannah states, “Going forward, I’m interested in working for innovative and mission-driven organizations and companies where I can wear different hats, use my skills, and be challenged every day. This may or may not be in a nonprofit, but I have realized that if I can really sink my teeth into what the organization is doing, then I will have the passion to go just about anywhere.” Hannah also mentioned that since freshman year, she knew that whatever her future career path, she wanted to make a difference in the world for the better. She added, “I still want to make a difference in the world, Now I just have a better idea of how to do that.”
Congratulations again to these extremely deserving winners!
Over 100 Communication majors packed the Kelley Center on Monday Night for the Annual “Careers in Communication” event sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Career Planning Center. Special thanks to Dr. Sallyanne Ryan and Sue Quinlivan from the CPC for creating another wonderful edition of the annual event. Obviously, we are very grateful to our panelists as well – all wonderful examples of how a Communication degree pays off after graduation! Thank you to Molly Barone (’13), Sasha Campbell (’11), Diane Carter (’13), Liz Brady (’04) and Alissa Mebus (’08) for sharing their path to success with our majors.
If you are Comm major you should be here: The annual Careers in Communication event. Seriously, this is a networking, information-gathering, career-relevant event that is must-attend. Be there. Really.
Comm Majors: Advising starts April 1. Everything you need to know about advising can be found here. Go on, click!
Here is what promises to be a great lecture being coordinated by our very own Dr. Gisela Gil-Egui. Plan on attending and learning some fascinating stuff. The Department of Communication is proud to co-sponsor this event.
On February 12th, seven undergraduate Communication students, headed by Professor Maggie Wills, participated in the local Warde High School’s second annual “Life after Warde” program designed to help high school seniors navigate their future college campus and find ways to connect with others apart from engaging in the drinking culture. Warde High School sought out Fairfield University students and faculty to assist with this program by providing their insight on college life and drinking in a Q&A session. Professor Maggie Wills gladly attached herself to the program and was able to turn participation in this program into a fun and beneficial project for some of her CO 101 students. This year, she recruited a number of students from her classes to take part in the University Curriculum Infusion of Alcohol Use/Abuse Program, where she asked these students to choose a topic related to alcohol abuse and create a presentation for their informative or persuasive speaking assignment. Some of the titles of student speeches from this year included:
Campus Resources – Working Together (Alexis Espinell, ‘14)
Alcohol Awareness – The Role of Family (Lilly Savage, ‘16)
Party Alternatives – So Much to Do (Patrick Kiernan, ‘16)
Pursuing Passion – Defining your Four Years (Alexander Long, ‘14)
Time Management – It’s not High School (Natalie Beauparlant, ‘16)
Roommates – It’s All Good (Brooke Baumgartel, ‘16)
Friends – New You and New Friends (Kristin Kelly, ‘14)
Professor Wills reported that she was thrilled to see how hard the students worked on developing these presentations and that this year’s program was such a success that they have been invited back to Warde High School next year. She is currently looking for a few students to fill graduating seniors’ spots and participate in next years’ program.
Chair of the Department of Communication, Dr. David Gudelunas, and his father, Dr. William Gudelunas, presented a series of lectures on media and American politics at the Rancho Mirage Public Library in California during the Winter break. Dr. William Gudelunas is retired professor of History from CalState and College of the Desert in Southern California and father to Fairfield’s own Dr. David Gudelunas. ”It was a great chance to actually share a stage with my Dad. We have similar lecture styles as it turns out,” remarked the younger Gudelunas. The crowd of over 350 Palm Springs retirees and their friends packed the library for the series. ”I wish all my undergraduates knew that they would be fighting for seats for these sorts of talks 50 years down the road,” said Gudelunas. More photos from the event can be found in Palm Springs Life here.
Dr. Maggie Wills said she was surprised to attend the first debate club meeting and not see any communication students present. Since becoming the advisor for the “Debate Society” at the end of last semester, her goal has been to recruit her Communication students to take part in this organization that is so helpful for developing skills for the future. So far, she has recruited 8 students to take part and stated, “It’s great to see them attending the meetings and honing in on their argumentation skills.” She went on to add, “It’s win-win—I think they’ll have a good foundation for presenting solid persuasive speeches in our CO 101 class, and they will also have a line on their resume that speaks to developing solid persuasive speaking skills needed for careers in PR, marketing, law, non-profits, teaching and more.”
The debate society holds it’s regular meetings on Tuesday nights in CNS 101 from 8-10pm. Interested students can drop by for pizza and join in on a debate – working on teams to develop cases in which they propose a case or serve as the opposition. Dr. Wills says, “these are informal and fun nights; only one or two people from each team (from 7-10 people on a team depending on who shows up at the meetings) have to actually get up and present the case for or against – and I’ve noticed that it’s the more regular attenders who grab that role. For the rest of the students, it’s just fun to develop and critique arguments on anything from “Should school uniforms be abolished?” to “Is marriage an important foundation in society?” On Thursday nights, those students that wish to compete meet to critically develop their arguments and presentation skills. The students are able to present in front of Dr. Wills so she can provide them with helpful feedback and advice. This past Fall marked the first time in many years that Fairfield students attended a debate tournament, and recently students attended the APDA (American Parliamentary Debate Association) tournament at The College of New Jersey.
Dr. Wills has clearly been taking steps to grow and improve the debate society. She even brought in Communication major alumnus, Mr. James Carlon, class of ’96 and a partner at Day Pitney LLC, in Stamford, to open the semester’s debate meetings with some remarks. She said, . I called on him to “lead the charge,” so to speak, as I recalled his intellect and inspirational speaking style from CO 101
in the mid-90s.” By bringing in speakers to meetings, Dr. Wills hopes to set the bar high for the debaters.
You can learn more about the Fairfield University debate society from Dr. Wills or on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/fairfielddebate.