News and notes from the Communication program @ Fairfield


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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