There are about 2 weeks left of the semester and my pride is rising. The KCS has done an amazing job this semester and went above and beyond to promote cultural diversity and awareness, specifically for Native Americans. It will be very interesting to see what the last 2 weeks will bring us as campus events come to a close.
Last week was a big week for the School of Communication Studies. We had our annual Hyde Park Forum and the Lambda Pi Eta induction ceremony.
Hyde Park was a blast! There were 9 speakers total who all had amazing speeches. It was also nice to hear how some of them were nervous before going up but while they were up speaking they sounded like seasoned pros! It is moments like that which make me so happy, when a student can get over the fear of public speaking and rock out a great speech. I was also glad to see that the audience and the judges both picked the same top 3 speakers, this shows that the students are learning how to give a critical review. It also helped that the speeches were interesting!
The Lambda Pi Eta induction ceremony was a little more intimate than Hyde Park, but still a great experience. Students came and mingled for the first part and then got right to business. Awards were given to the inductees as well as a cord for graduation and a pin. There were also awards for the scholarship winners handed out.
I would like to leave with a big congrats for everyone who participated in Hyde Park, all the new inductees into Lambda Pi Eta, and all the students who received a scholarship through the School of Communication Studies.
Today I am heading over to the computer lab around 3:30 for pizza and an opportunity to be involved in a focus group to help the Comm Studies webpage.
Keep a look out for the Hyde Park Forum flyers around the building. I should have the ready to go up later this week. If you have never been to Hype Park you should think about going this year and supporting your fellow students. It is a fun time, and it is interactive.
You all should definitely go to Applebees this Thursday, tomorrow March 20th, and support Kent Communication Societies Relay for Life efforts. More details on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/400719933357883/?ref=3
Other than that there isn’t anything else. I am super excited for spring break and the last month of the semester!
Everything has been going pretty swimmingly here in Taylor hall for us practicum students. Task-roles are not hard to follow up on, nor is it hard to to receive good feedback. I would like a weee bit more serious tasks, such as being the contact for special events or helping to literally host them as a speaker or such. Other than that, I really enjoy the relaxed nature of the offices. I do wish we had adobe Indesign or Photoshop though, so many cool flyers could be made.
It felt as if the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders upon finding out I had earned my Practicum for the School of Communication Studies. Initially, I did not care if this internship proved to be a living stereotype consisting of me fetching coffee and doing monotonous task after task. I just wanted an internship. But, to my pleasured surprise, this practicum will prove to be exactly what I wanted. Without missing a beat my immediate supervisor, Margaret Garmon, assigned us to the task that we each would fit best at. My role is consisting of more direct communication duties and assuming the role of the liaison between the school of communication and the Kent Communication Society (KCS) program. So far it has been a slow start, but this is to be expected within the first week of school. I have begun to organize journals and other documents with the end goal of sending off extra journals for regional campuses to utilize. We have also prepared bios of ourselves. As the website will be reconstructed, we interns have been offering advice as to help make the website a better place for students to navigate. Everyone I have worked with so far seem like good people and eager to help us interns in any-way they can, something that you might not find in other business internships. As they are all former or current faculty, they naturally have the drive to help us succeed. I am very much looking forward to how this semester will turn out and how well I will actually do. After all this is said I can say for certain that the most pleasing aspect of my internship is that the people I work with enjoy a good un-politically correct joke and conversation. I absolutely love it when people are so down-to-earth that they can take a joke without any offense taken. This is will prove to be a fun and eventful year.
Almost there, almost done with the semester and almost done with my bachelor degree. It has been a long ride, but an enjoyable ride. I’ve learned a lot during this practicum and even more at this University. I am about to start a new chapter in my life and I am excited. I want this and while im not sure if I’m ready there is no better way to find out then actually going out in the so-called real world. I will like to give a special shout out to the Kent State football team, they are having a great season and I hope they finish strong. Well I really don’t have to much to say so I will talk to you guys later.
As we all work hard to recover from Hurricane Sandy’s ravages, let us not forget those in need right here in our own community. Donate your loose change to the United Way Change Challenge October 29 – November 21, 2012 at the Communication Studies office in room 135 at Taylor Hall. Proceeds will be donated to Portage County United Way. Help the College of Communication and Information and Kent Communication Society to make a positive difference in our community.
-Khalil D. Dixon