College of Communication and Information

The idea for the latest MuseLab exhibit grew out of a Museum Communications course, and was later implemented by students completing their culminating experience: Four chairs rescued from a curb in Kent, Ohio. Four tales of an imagined past. Explore their unique "stories" in this new exhibit.

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.

Gary Hanson, beloved emeritus professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at Kent State University, died on May 18, almost seven years after being diagnosed with cancer.

Calling hours will take place Wednesday, May 24, from 6-8 p.m., and on Thursday, May 25, from 10-11 a.m., with a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. All will take place at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Read more in his obituary.

At its spring meeting, the Kent State University Board of Trustees approved the integration of the School of Digital Sciences (DSCI) into the College of Communication and Information (CCI) effective July 1, 2017. By adding the School of Digital Sciences to its family of schools, CCI becomes the only college in the nation that combines a mix of digital sciences, visual communication design, journalism, information sciences and communication studies in its core curriculum. 

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.


Kent State finished among the top 20 programs in the nation and first in the state of Ohio in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program for 2016-2017. Students and alumni also earned several top individual honors. 

Known as “the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism,” the Hearst Awards Program presents scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism. Competitions take place throughout the year in college writing, photojournalism, radio broadcast, television broadcast and multimedia categories.

Senior public relations major Daniel Henderson recently accepted a prestigious internship with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C.

Henderson will be interning in the External Affairs Department and working specifically with the Foreign Policy Program.

“CFR’s mission is to inform, not to influence, and they are non-partisan,” said Henderson.

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.