My practical practicum is a very enjoyable experience…

16 Apr

My practical practicum is a very enjoyable experience…

By Mary Rogers
School of Communication Studies Marketing and PR Practicum Student

It’s April 9, 2014 and my internship is winding down. Thus far, I’ve had the opportunity to market the School of Communication Studies, its staff, faculty and students. Everyone is involved and interconnected. For every Daily Kent Stater (DKS) I read, there is at least one person from communication studies being mentioned. I think this is pretty impressive considering the fact that the DKS is only 6 pages long and covers a campus of 30,000 students.

Moving along, today is a very important day for the School of Communication Studies. Many of its students will either be inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society or will be receiving a scholarship award during the induction ceremony. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting down with many of these individuals and getting to know them on an interpersonal level. As a result, many students stop by my office to share a story or simply say hello. Moreover, I enjoy writing stories about this school and its students and in turn I gain experience in my major, communication studies. I am treated as an equal amongst the staff and respected by the students who are also my peers. Furthermore, after being unsure of myself for so long, I received a great evaluation from my supervisor. All in all, my practicum within the School of Communication Studies has been a very enjoyable experience.


KCS at Relay for Life.

12 Apr

KCS meetings are every Wednesday from 5:00pm – 5:30pm.

Relay for Life Update:

  •       Relay for Life was on Saturday and Sunday on April 5 and 6.
  •       KCS would like to thank to those, who walked with them during Relay for Life.
  •       KCS won an award for being one of the organizations that raised the most during and before Relay for Life.
  •       A Big Thank you to those, who donated things to help raise money, and to those who brought raffle tickets during the event.
  •       Congratulations to those of you that won prizes from our table.
  •       KCS did an amazing job on this tent and the decorations. KCS Royally Flushed out Cancer.

Students at KCS Photo Booth

If you want to read some of the comments and see pictures from the event, please go to #KCSRELAY at

KCS Update for March 10, 2014

11 Mar

Kent Communication Society meetings are on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. We serve pizza and pop to KCS members.

Please don’t forget to buy a Flush Out Cancer with KCS T-Shirt. Payments are due by the end of this week.

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Here’s an update on the events for this month.

  1. Communication Convention is on March 13, 2014, from 5p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Student Center in room 317. Come and network with some of our leading Communication Studies alumni. 

       Speakers coming to the Communication Convention

  • Emilie Clarke – Coordinator of Student Success Programs at Kent State University
  • Bailey Adkins – Human Resources at Bath Manor Special Care Cleveland Marketing
  • Chris Kasperczyk – Recruitment Specialist for Alliance Industrial Solutions

2. Relay for Life is on April 4-5, 2014.

3. Workshop Days to help with decorating for our events are on February 12 and March 19, in the computer lab of Taylor Hall.

Embrace workplace collaboration

11 Mar

By Ernie Galgozy


Are you the type that likes to work alone or are you okay with working in a group? As long as all members do their part I’m fine with groups. I admit I’m accustomed to going it alone but that’s because most of my real life communications work all fell on me. Internships not only allow for help with your projects, they also provide for real work life collaborations.

On a recent assignment I was given the task of designing a poster for our Personalized System of Instruction Internship, or PSI Internship for short. I tried to come up with a concept that hasn’t been done and will be different than those of the past. The idea is to try and make my message stand out from the rest.

I knew I wanted a photo of one of our current PSI Interns and a lot of white space. I wanted my poster clean, fresh, and simple. What I found refreshing was my idea came to fruition while becoming a group project.

Ensuring the perfect look and correct message it takes collaboration. With all pertinent faculty and staff members making sure every detail was correct the end result was to my liking. I would have liked more white space but how else can you add important information without adding more words? Sometimes it’s unavoidable.

If you aren’t the type of person that likes to work in a group let me say that this is different than what you might be used to. Faculty members are here to help you be the best that you’re capable of. There should be collaboration in order to put forth the correct message. Take advantage of an internship at school. Your work will become clean, fresh, and made simple.

When workshops offered, go

27 Feb

By Ernie Galgozy

Every once in a while there comes along a special offer that’s worth taking a look at.  Kent State University’s Technology Services is offering workshops about the many programs used here on campus as well as in your personal life.

I had the opportunity to attend a Google Social Media Tools workshop today and found the information useful.  The knowledgeable instructor guided us through Google’s social media apps such as Google +, Calendar, Photos, YouTube, Hangout, and Google Moderator.

Google + is a lot like Facebook but has privacy settings that some disgruntled Facebook users might find appealing.  Integrating your photos and videos is as easy as clicking twice.  Since Google owns YouTube, integration of your videos is a snap.

Hangout was an application I wasn’t familiar with.  It allows video conferencing within your circle of friends.  You can video chat while sharing photos and videos with the group.  If the moderator is showing a video for all to see, the moderator also has the ability to mute the video’s audio while allowing for personal comments.  Privacy options are selectable for added security.

Google Moderator is another program I wasn’t familiar with.  It’s basically a discussion forum where the moderator can create a series of specific topics and allow others to comment on.  The moderator can select administrators who can then add topics and descriptions.

Other upcoming workshops include Adobe products, Blackboard, Google products, and computer trouble shooting.

Admittedly I don’t use all Google social media applications, but this workshop got me familiar with their offerings and how they work. The instructor and class room (third floor of the library) made for a very professional setting.  The best part was that it was free to attend.  So if you come across a special offer like this one take advantage of it.  It’s free!

For more information check out this link:

KCS Update – Week of February 17, 2014

21 Feb

Here is an update on all our events coming up for this year.

  • Kent Communication Society or KCS Presents Our First Ever Dodge Ball Tournament. The event is this Saturday, February 22, 2014. Our slogan, Help Dodge Cancer, will take all proceeds from the event and donate them to Relay for Life. Don’t forget to pick up a flyer, grab some friends, and sign up to play.  Come join us at the Kent State Recreation and Wellness Center Saturday from 12:30p.m. – 4 p.m. Pick up a flyer in the Taylor Hall computer lab Room 144.
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  • Communication Convention is right around the corner. Are you ready to network and meet people in your aspiring field. Join us on March 13, 2014, at 6 p.m. in the Student Center Room 317. More information about speakers is coming soon.  
  • Relay for Life is coming up and it is on April 4 – 5 this year. Help us meet our goal. Buy a Flush Out Cancer T-Shirt for only $12. Orders need to be in by March 5, 2014. Flyers are posted around Taylor Hall for more information.
  • Congratulations James Haynes on becoming Professor of the Month!

Practicums are meant to be Practical or… Not.

12 Feb

After two weeks on the practicum, I’m learning that it’s meant to be an ambiguous experience. That maybe there is a such thing as taking one’s job a bit too seriously. I looked up synonyms for “practicum” and found that the words “applied” and “workshop” have similar meanings. It just so happens that my track in communication studies is “applied,” so this experience is tailored to my education.

Last week, I wrote about being intimidated because I didn’t know when, what or how to do things. I was stressed out because I didn’t feel like I was doing enough or even doing it right. I’m getting the message that there is a blueprint for everything in life; it’s just up to the architect to build the structure.  When on the job, one may receive basic direction, and general concepts of course, but for the most part, interpretation and creation is up to the individual.

As seen in my last post, my responsibilities include website up-keeping, maintaining social network presence and assisting faculty with daily projects. I’ve since completed a story on the students in the PR and Marketing practicum. I have also re-created department displays. I believe my supervisor, Margaret, wants to see how well I can take direction and apply learned concepts. She doesn’t stand over me. She gives me assignments and expects me to get them done. Of course, the opportunity to ask questions is there, but I believe she wants to see how well I can catch on.

Although, I’m only in the second week, I’m learning that a “practicum” is more or less meant to be practical. Furthermore, it’s a learning experience not a “know it all” experience. As long as one is professional, innovative and inquisitive, he or she should have a valuable experience.


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