School of Communication Studies

After a year of renovations, Taylor Hall will reopen for classes on Monday, Aug. 28. The Schools of Communication Studies (COMM) and Visual Communication Design (VCD) share the space in the modernized, four-floor building. The May 4 Visitors Center also calls Taylor Hall home and will reopen with normal hours on Sept. 5.

A class of communication studies students earned top prize in the Outstanding New Service Initiative category at the Kent State University’s Office of Experimental Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE) annual awards program.

Students enrolled in “Communication as Community: Communication in Small Groups and Teams,” taught by part-time School of Communication Studies faculty member Molly Taggart, earned the award at the OEECE’s Celebration of Service event in April.

School of Communication Studies alumna Natalie Moses recently earned the National Award of Excellence for her feature-length movie script at the annual Broadcast Education Association and National Association of Broadcasters (BEA/NAB) conference in Las Vegas. Moses was a graduate student at Kent State University who graduated in May 2017.


Today, communities around the globe are celebrating World Press Freedom Day. It is a day for recognizing what fundamental freedom of the press means for global democracy. World Press Freedom Day was officially announced by the U.N. General Assembly in December of 1993, and has been celebrated on May 3 every year since. Today, we not only commemorate a free press, but we also reflect on the state of press freedoms throughout the world, and we pay tribute to those journalists who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Four School of Communication Studies (COMM) graduate students were named first place award winners at Kent State University’s 32nd Graduate Research Symposium April 21, 2017.

Master’s students Daniel Socha, Kelsey Husnick and Kelsey Phillips and doctoral student William Kelvin shared their research in an oral presentation or as a poster. Each of the students plan to present or publish their research outside of Kent State in the future.

Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies recently hosted its annual Hyde Park Forum, an event in which stand-out students enrolled in the Introduction to Human Communication course deliver persuasive speeches for a panel of judges.

Students compete for scholarships and the coveted People’s Choice Award.

Student Erin Davis argued why the Confederate Flag should not be displayed in places of public prominence in her speech titled “Dethrone the Confederate Flag.”

The School of Communication Studies will host a robotics demonstration on the third floor of the Kent State Library, Rm. 330, Friday, April 21, from 2:30-4 p.m.

The session entitled, “Celebrity social media and parasocial relationships: The role of social presence,” will be presented by assistant professor for the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University Jihyun Kim on Friday, May 5.

At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies (COMM) will hold its annual Hyde Park Forum competition in which select students enrolled in the Introduction to Human Communication course will deliver persuasive speeches for a panel of judges.

Scholarships are awarded to first, second and third place winners, and the audience will name its favorite with the People’s Choice Award.