School of Communication Studies

It is late in the evening and the house is finally quiet. This is the time when Cathy Walsh transforms from a mother, a grandmother, a caregiver to her elderly mom, and a fulltime employee, into a Kent State University online student.

Walsh is majoring in organizational communication with a minor in public communication in the College of Communication and Information at Kent State.

Scholar of the Month Jeffrey T. Child Associate Professor of Communication College of Communication and Information 2007-present

Kent, OH – September 4, 2014 – The School of Communication Studies announces a new study abroad program for graduate students. The Global Scholar Exchange program is a study abroad initiative that fosters an international partnership between the School of Communication Studies and the prestigious Catholic University of Portugal in Lisbon, starting this fall.

Communication Studies students, Kaitlyn Fridley, Erica Torre, Kyle Jones, Mary Betz and Victoria Humphreys make up the team of Lambda Pi Eta officers for the 2013-2014 school year.

Lambda Pi Eta is the National Communication Association's official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. Dr. Rozell Duncan, the faculty advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, recognizes the honor and importance of leadership in this organization.

The School of Communication Studies at Kent State University invites its alumni and friends to a three-day Homecoming celebration from Oct. 3-5. RSVP to attend the Centennial Awards Celebration, a lecture by distinguished alumnus Gerald (Gerry) Sargent, and a celebration of the career of Carole Barbato, Ph.D. Email to RSVP for each event, including the names of any guests.

The School of Communication Studies at Kent State University will host “How to make a college degree translate into a productive career” presented by alumnus Gerald (Gerry) Sargent, M.A. 1972, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall.

Sargent currently serves as the Corporate Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., which is one of the most prestigious employment consulting, outplacement firms in the world.

A special celebration honoring the career of Carole Barbato (Ph.D. 1994, M.A. 1975, B.A. 1971) will be hosted in 125 Taylor Hall, on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. A special viewing of the May 4 Visitors Center located on the first floor of Taylor Hall will follow the reception.

McKenzie Pittman, a master’s student in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University, will receive the inaugural Dominic A. Infante Communication Scholarship at the 2013 Centennial Awards Celebration on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. The annual event takes place during Kent State’s Homecoming weekend, and brings alumni and current members of the school together to celebrate.

Justina Kennefick, student in the School of Communication Studies, is contributing to a communications campaign as part of the Communication and Influence course, taught by James D. Ponder, Ph.D. The campaign is for a fundraising event benefiting Autism Speaks. The Beta Tau chapter of Alpha Xi Delta, one of Kent State University’s seven sororities is hosting an event to raise money for Autism Speaks. The event called “Xi Man” will be held on at 6 p.m. October 11, 2013 in Cartwright Hall at Kent State University. “Xi Man” is $10 at the door and is open to the public.

The School of Communication Studies at Kent State University has a new website and logo, viewable at Launched in October, the school aims to provide a web presence that is reflective of the experience students have in the school. The site uses responsive design for mobile, offers easy integration to social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and audience-specific content.