School of Communication Studies

Daniel Socha, a global communication studies graduate student, has been selected as Kent State University’s student fellow from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Socha was one of only a small group of students nationwide to receive a fellowship for an international reporting project for the opportunity to travel abroad to cover under-reported stories. 

How do you mourn the loss of a loved one? Do you take your feelings to social media? Journalists from all over the country did when two of their own were killed in an on-air shooting in Roanoke, Virginia. School of Communication Studies assistant professor, Rekha Sharma, and School of Journalism and Mass Communication assistant professor, Gretchen Dworznik, worked to examine the conversation on Twitter as journalists remembered and honored the two WDBJ television reporters who lost their lives during a live broadcast in August 2015.

Four Kent State University School of Communication Studies graduate students will participate in the 31st annual Kent State Graduate Student Symposium Friday, April 21 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Kent State Student Center. 

This event is the largest annual research event on campus, with last year’s event showcasing nearly 300 individual presentations. The oral and poster presentations feature graduate students from a wide variety of disciplines. 

The communication studies graduate students presenting, their topics and presentation times are as follows:

The Kent State University School of Communication Studies hosted its annual Hyde Park Forum on April 12, 2016, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom of the Kent State Campus. The forum is an opportunity for students enrolled in the Introduction to Human Communication class to engage in persuasive public discourse for an audience of peers, family and faculty. 

The School of Communication Studies hosted its annual Graduate Student Recognition Reception on April 8 at the Patton House in Kent. The accomplishments of the graduate students were recognized with a presentation of awards for scholarship, teaching and achievement.

“This event is an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding achievements of our graduate students,” Jeff Child, interim director, said. “These students contribute so much to the school so we enjoy recognizing all of their hard work.”

The Intercultural Communication Society, a student organization within the School of Communication Studies, is hosting a Poetry Slam on Friday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wick Poetry Center.  Any student, staff or faculty member is welcome to attend and represent his or her culture in the form of poetry, music, dance or food. Individuals interested in sharing their culture at the event should contact Yaling Sun at before Saturday, April 16.

The School of Communication Studies’ Communication Graduate Student Association (CGSA) will be participating in this year’s Relay for Life event held at the Kent State Field House. The fundraising event begins Friday, April 29 at 6 p.m. and continues throughout the night until 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.

Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies hosted its Global Issues Forum on Human Trafficking: A Global and Local Epidemic on April 6 in the Moulton Ballroom. The forum brought together more than 100 faculty, staff, students and community members to hear from a panel of professionals who have encountered human trafficking in their careers.

The panelists for the evening include:

Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies will host its Lambda Pi Eta Induction and Undergraduate Student Scholarship Reception on Wednesday, April 20 in the Moulton Hall Ballroom on the Kent campus at 5:30 p.m. The reception provides an opportunity to recognize the achievements of the school’s finest undergraduate students.

The Kent State University School of Communication Studies will host its annual Hyde Park Forum on April 12, 2016, in the Student Center Ballroom on the Kent State Campus beginning at 6:30 p.m.