Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Homecoming weekend! We had beautiful fall weather, the Flashes are bowl eligible for the first time in a while, and the streets were filled with students and alumni supporting our school. Over the past month, I have been working with my fellow interns and the faculty here to prepare for the School of Communication Studies Homecoming Awards Celebration that was held this past Friday. We prepared a number of flyers and newsletters for the reception, created interesting picture boards with photos of our school’s history, and composed a slide show of pictures and historical facts of the School of Communication Studies. The reception was a celebration of three distinguished communication professionals, Dominic Infante, PhD, the FIRST Communication Studies PhD recipient (Centennial Award), Deborah Easton-Bently (Distinguished Alumna), and Adam Earnheardt (Young Professional). Three students, Jenny Rosenberg (Outstanding Doctoral Work), Kaitlin Banduch (Outstanding Master’s Student), and Daniel Smith (Outstanding Undergraduate Student) were awarded for their incredible profound commitment to their academic work. Congrats to all! To me, the most incredible part of the night was after Dr. Haridakis presented Dr. Infante with the Centennial Award, he had asked anyone in the room who had been a student or advisee of Infante’s to join him at the podium – Dr. Duncan, Dr. Trebing, Dr. Egbert, etc- as he announced that a scholarship had been set up in Dominic Infante’s name. His reaction was priceless, pure happiness and joy as a result of years of dedication to his work. For me, I saw all of my teachers and mentors who have profoundly impacted my life giving thanks to the man who had done the same for them. It was very humbling to witness gratitude and appreciation being given back. To me, that is the heart of our school. While many of us will never work side by side in our careers, we are all influences and support systems of each other, doing anything we can to help a fellow communicator reach a goal. The research may be difficult, the tasks daunting, and sometimes nothing makes sense, but every honoree at the reception illustrated how your passion for your work can never limit you, it can only increase your contributions in the communication field. For all of you underclassmen, really think about what you want to get out of your future and how you can schedule your education to help you make the most of it. Upperclassmen, consider how you want to contribute to communication in the future- by research as a master’s or doctoral student, or by getting out into the field and shining light on new ideas, problems, etc. If nothing else, the awards celebration showed me that it does not matter how many people question what you’re doing or why, but if you set your mind to it, you can achieve anything in your professional career. Go communicate!
To get information and highlights of the School of Communication Homecoming Awards Reception, see: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kent-State-University-School-of-Communication Studies/125692490846675?fref=ts
Check out the Record-Courier’s story on the Homecoming Awards Reception at: http://recordpub.com/news/article/5220166
For information about the different schools in CCI and what each major entails, check out the brochure at: http://www.kent.edu/CCI/access/upload/ccibrochure.pdf
For up to date info about the goings on of Communication Studies, check out of Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kent-State-University-School-of-Communication-Studies/125692490846675