David Trebing, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies (COMM), and Stephanie Smith, an assistant professor who teaches in COMM and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), will lead a teaching colloquium on Friday, April 13, in Rm. 226 of Taylor Hall beginning at 2:15 p.m.

The College of Communication and Information celebrated Giving Tuesday 2017 with a “give thanks” event held in the CCI Commons in Olson Hall.

Toastmasters three-time world champion of public speaking and Kent State University alumnus Rich Breiner, Ph.D., ’80, visited campus recently for the first time since graduation nearly 40 years ago.

School of Communication Studies (COMM) marketing assistant Mikala Lugen sat down with Breiner to talk about his college experience, his successful public speaking career and his tips for leading a happy and prosperous life.

EVENT UPDATE: In front of a sell-out crowd of nearly 1,000 people, professors, entrepreneurs, administrators, students and community members gave short, dynamic talks around the theme “Rewind, Rethink, React.” Check out online conversations using @tedxkentstate and #tedxkentstate. Also, KentWired reporters wrote synopses on each of the sessions. (Photos by Alex Ledet)


Florence Summer Institute


May 30 to June 30, 2018


Palazzo Vettori is a prestigious and ancient building located in the heart of Florence, at the corner of Via Cavour and Via Alfani, next to Piazza del Duomo. According to historian Guido Carocci, the fabric of the building started at the beginning of the 15th century. Its façade proclaims the new ideas of Renaissance architecture based on the use of rustication. Starting January 2016, Palazzo Vettori is the new home to the Kent State University Florence program.

Join the Office of International Programs and Education Abroad in the Kent State University College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Global Education as they co-host the Run the World 5K at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept.10, to raise funds to support education abroad opportunities for Kent State students. The start and finish line will be at Risman Plaza (in between the Student Center and University Library) at Kent State.

Senior applied communication major Megan Carrasco is currently working on a communication studies-related honors thesis. Her endeavor began as she came across an online article that piqued her interest called “Forbes Top 100 Sites for Millennial Women.” She immediately recognized this to be an appropriate topic for a communication studies thesis. Carrasco then was able to elaborate on possible research questions for the thesis with the help of her advisor, Dr. Suzy D’Enbeau, which they narrowed to “how millennial women are discursively constructed online.”

Applied communication student Claudia Hoyser from Fairport, NY has had some interesting opportunities in the past couple of years connecting her passion of the performing arts to her academic and professional life. She said that her communication studies major is to thank for that success. Hoyser has secured an acting role and composed and performed music for a film called “Wildflower.”

Each year the Kent State University School of Communication Studies helps the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting promote its Student Fellowship program in which students and journalism professionals obtain stipends for the purpose of traveling internationally to cover under-reported stories. Its mission is to enable people to share stories from abroad that don’t get enough attention.

Seven delegates from one of China’s top ten universities, Sichuan University in Chengdu, will be visiting from Oct. 5 to Oct. 17. The goal of the visit is to form a partnership agreement between the College of Communication and Information (CCI) and Sichuan University College of Literature and Journalism. The relationship between Kent State’s CCI and Sichuan University has been cultivated since May of 2013 when their dean signed a memorandum of understanding. In June of 2013, communication studies faculty members Dr. Rozell Duncan and Dr.