The School of Communication Studies offers a number of events for students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community to enhance their knowledge, network with one another and celebrate achievements.

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L. LeRoy Cowperthwaite Communication Lecture Series

Created in 1984 to honor the service of Dr. L. LeRoy Cowperthwaite, Director of the Kent State University School of Speech from 1954 to 1983, The L. LeRoy Cowperthwaite Communication Lecture Series is an opportunity for graduate students to meet a renowned communication scholar. The School of Communication studies invites a scholar to campus for a one-week visit to present the Cowperthwaite Lecture and teach a graduate seminar in his/her area of expertise. View the scholars who have visited since 1984.

Global Communication Issues Forum

Typically held every fall and spring semester, the Global Communication Issues Forum addresses the global effect of a topic and how it is communicated to a world-wide audience by the media. Reporters from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting serve as keynote speakers and share their personal and professional perspectives on how a topic is covered. Forums are open to the public to encourage discussion and involvement.

Homecoming/Centennial Award Celebration

Each year alumni, faculty, staff, students and guests gather to recognize alumni and peers for their contributions to the field of communication, reconnect to the school and network with colleagues. Three awards are given out: the Centennial Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Outstanding Young Professional. In addition, the Dominic A. Infante Communication Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student in the Master of Arts program who is seen as a strong prospect for matriculating into the doctorate program.

Hyde Park

Each spring, the Hyde Park Forum showcases the persuasive speaking skills of students enrolled in the Introduction to Human Communication course. Speeches on topical subjects are presented before an audience of peers, family and faculty. The forum typically draws about 900 people. The students presenting compete for scholarships and a People’s Choice Award.

Lambda Pi Eta Induction Ceremony and Presentation of Scholarships

The achievements of undergraduates are highlighted during a spring semester reception that recognizes inductees into Lambda Pi Eta, recipients of scholarships and awards and the officers of Lambda Pi Eta and Kent Communication Society.

Graduate Student Reception

Held during the spring semester, the achievements of graduate students are recognized with a presentation of awards for scholarship and teaching. Officers and members of the Communication Graduate Student Association (CGSA) are also recognized for their service. Awards from the school include the D. Ray and Susanne E. Heisey International Scholarship, Outstanding Master’s Student Award for Scholarship, Outstanding Master’s Student Award for Teaching, Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for Teaching and the James Mignerey Collegiality Award.