School of Communication Studies

The School of Communication Studies will host its second colloquium on Friday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall, Room 312/314. 

This discussion will be presented by political science professor and graduate coordinator, Ryan Claassen, titled, “Will Sexism be the Presidential Election’s November Surprise?”. 

School of Communication Studies graduate student Daniel Socha will be receiving the Ohio Communication Association (OCA) Distinguished Graduate Student Award.

Socha was nominated by communication studies professor and graduate coordinator, Nichole Egbert. In order to receive this award, award winners had to demonstrate academic and community service achievements and be a member of the OCA.

Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies hosted its annual Global Issues Forum on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center. This semester’s topic revolved around radicalization and nationalism. The panel discussion was led by two Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting journalists, who have both reported on radicalization and nationalism throughout Europe.

Megan Carrasco, a 2016 graduate of Kent State University School of Communication Studies, will be recognized with the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award by the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG) for her senior honors thesis.

Kent State University global communication studies graduate student Daniel Socha’s research on a non-profit organization’s efforts to support youth education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) recently caught the attention of National Public Radio (NPR). In May, Socha traveled to the DRC to study and report on Project Kirotshe, a non-profit that provides funding for youth in the village of Kirotshe and surrounding areas to attend school.

Socha’s travel was funded through a fellowship by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He was one of only 31 students nationwide to receive a fellowship to complete an international reporting assignment; the center provides funding for students to report on international issues as part of the center’s Campus Consortium educational initiative. One of the stories Socha developed for his reporting assignment was published on NPR’s website.

“It was awesome to see my article on NPR’s website,” Socha said. “To see my words and to know that I did that – I wrote that – was amazing.”


The School of Communication Studies will host its fall Colloquium Series beginning Friday, Oct. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall, Room 312/314. The series will kick off with a presentation from assistant professor, Michael Beam, titled, “Resisting the Filter Bubble: Examining the Positive Impact of Using Social Media for Reading and Sharing Online News.”

The Kent State University McNair Scholars Program is currently recruiting its next cohort of scholars and applications are open!
The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

The School of Communication Studies at Kent State University welcomes new assistant professor, Yesim Kaptan, Ph.D., to the global communication concentration beginning the Fall 2016 semester. Prior to coming to Kent State, Kaptan was associate professor in the Faculty of Communication at Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey. She was also a visiting scholar at the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kent State University School of Communication Studies will host an orientation and social for all new and current international students enrolled in the College of Communication and Information (CCI).

The free event will take place on Friday, Sept. 23 from 2-4 p.m. in room 202 of the Art Building. Refreshments will be served to the students attending.

The School of Communication Studies and the School of Visual Communication Design are holding Spirit Days during Sept. 27 and 28 at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Art Building off the Lester A. Lefton Esplanade.

Exploratory, communication studies and visual communication design students are invited to this free event. This event is a great way for students to get into the Kent State spirit during Homecoming Week.