Communication Studies takes the lead in engaged learning, research and scholarship! This past year, communication studies faculty and students have exemplified Furman’s vision of engaged learning, excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. The department was the recipient of two grants and an award. Dr. Janet Kwami was awarded a National Science Foundation grant and Dr. Sean O’Rourke received a Mellon Foundation grant and was named recipient of the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Distinguished Mentor award. Faculty of the department distinguished themselves by providing an array of innovative engaged learning opportunities for students in and outside the classroom. These include President Smolla’s visit to Dr. Armstrong’s Communication Law class, May Experience in San Francisco on Social Movements and Activism led by Dr. Sean O’Rourke, the visit of the British Debate Team to Furman campus hosted by the Debate Society, led by Dr. Inabinet, Dr. Cynthia King’s participation on plenary session on Civility and Discourse moderated by President Smolla and finally, the department’s internship program which provides students with valuable work experiences directed by Dr. Charles Delancey.
In this issue Furman host British Debate Team Page 6
The department continues to offer an array of courses that prepare students to be leaders in the field of communication and their chosen careers. In the upcoming year we will be offering new courses including freshman seminar in Sports and the Media, Italian Film and The Rhetoric of Abraham Lincoln. In the past academic year we offered Communication Ethics and International Communication as well as our first departmentdirected study abroad program to Edinburgh, Scotland led by Dr. O’Rourke. The department also offered a new May Experience course on Media in New Zealand led by Dr. Armstrong. As you will see in this issue, the department is not only alive and well, it’s thriving! Our students and alumni are discovering and shaping the future while still grounded in the public interest ethic. We love to hear from our alumni so please keep in touch and tell us about your accomplishments. All the best, Janet Kwami Assistant Professor
President Smolla visits Com Law class Page 2
May-by-the-Bay “The Rhetoric of Social Activism” Page 3
O’Rourke and Kwami receive grants Page 7
Plenary session on Civility and Public Discourse Page 10
Furman University Communication Studies Department