Department of Communication Rollins College
Communication Matters VOLUME 6, ISSUE 1, SPRING 2013
THE NEW MAJOR: COMMUNICATION STUDIES
In this issue:
The New Major Showcase & Ice Cream Social Major Reflections Book Review iStudio Publisher Paths to Internships Job Hunting Tips Join Communiqué Join Lambda Pi Eta
Written By Elizabeth Manno
As senior students of the Department of Communication, we know this new major has been a long process in the making. We are so grateful to be able to give a brief description/background of the major and what the Communication Studies major means to our students. The new Communication Studies major focuses on an individual’s use of messages and communication to create meanings in various environments, such as diverse cultures, channels, and media. The major helps promote effective and ethical practices of human communication. Students majoring in Communication Studies select a concentration of specialization in one of three critical areas: Organizational Communication and Leadership, Public Relations, and Health Communication. The Major requires: Twelve courses—eight core courses and four concentration courses.
Eight core consist of: COM 100, COM 110, COM 220, COM 305, COM 306, COM 395, COM 480, COM 397 or COM 398 or COM 399
The Minor requires: COM 110, COM 220, COM 306, COM 395, and any two elective courses selected from the list of concentration courses.
Written By Kathleen Williams On Tuesday, April 23, 2012 the Department of Communication hosted its annual communication student showcase also known as the communication ice-‐cream social. The event took place on campus in the Galloway Room from 6-‐7PM. In a social tradeshow atmosphere, students from all the major areas of communication showcased projects from their current classes and willingly engaged those around to learn about their studies and major projects. Faculty and staff interacted with the large crowd and were nearby to answer
additional questions regarding the Major. Some of the many popular projects showcased were: the Listening Tree from Dr. Bommelje’s Listening Class and a research paper, “Time Perception Differences” from Dr. Morrison's Intercultural Communication Class. The evening closed off on a very sweet note as everyone was encouraged to build their own ice cream sundaes which were offered as refreshments.
REFLECTIONS ON THE COMMUNICATION STUDIES MAJOR
Jessica Spiegel ‘13
Written By Avery Laffey Q: In your experience, how has the Communication Studies major helped you throughout college? A: Jessica Spiegel ’13 -‐ “It has taught me how to have better relationships with my friends and family. It also helped me better identify what career path I wanted to take in life. I found out I have a knack for Public Relations and am very interested in pursuing a career in the field post graduation.” Q: What have you enjoyed most about the Communication Studies major? A: Danielle McAdam ’13 -‐ “Honestly, the teachers. They have all been so amazing and have helped me throughout college. Every communication class I have taken I have loved and learned so much from. I wouldn’t change anything about deciding to be a communication major here at Rollins.” Q: Why did you decide to become a Communication Studies major? A: Avery Laffey ’13 -‐ “Ever since I was little I was always the one talking up a storm. Coming to Rollins I knew I wanted to do something along the lines of communication and public relations to put my mind to work. I love the Communication Studies major here at Rollins because it allows you to do so much during school and after graduation. I have learned so much both about communication and myself through the classes I have taken. I wouldn’t change these past four years for anything.” Q: What do you plan on doing with your Communication Studies major post graduation? A: Kim Brewer ’13 -‐ “I got to study abroad in Australia last semester, Fall 2012, and I plan on going back. While there I worked as a public relations assistant and I want nothing more than to go back and further my career. Being from Bermuda, I love other countries. With my knowledge of communication I now have I hope to progress in the field of public relations and take everything I know to another country.”
THE BOOK OF THE SEMESTER – 212: THE EXTRA DEGREE
Author Sam Parker
THE APP WORLD: NEW WAYS TO LEARN
The iStudio Publisher App is available on the Apple App Store for $17.99
By Isaiah Cincyr 212: The Extra Degree, written by Sam Parker, is an amazing book that gets straight to the point. Most books tend to go on for a while and make the reader lost. After discussing the author with a friend, he recommended that I read Parker’s book. This book is very encouraging and I was able to fit this short reading into my busy schedule. The book explains how one degree can make an impact and how the smallest things can change the outcome of the overall goal. Parker relates his message to the audience using real life stories. This book can push a recent graduate to the next level whether it is in someone’s professional or personal life. Sam Parker says, "At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train." The difference between 211 degrees and 212 degrees causes something major to happen. By giving that one extra effort, Parker says, we can accomplish something major. By taking one extra action we can accomplish more. After our senior year, we should strive to make that extra step, whether by interning, serving the community, or even helping a stranger. All these actions can open doors that we would never imagine. By Alex Sangines If you have a final project that requires graphic design and layout, computer applications are easy to get when it comes to creating a newsletter or a magazine. From body pages, text boxes, and designing text runarounds, iStudio Publisher is a desktop publishing application that simplifies writing projects. iStudio Publisher is one of 300,000 educational apps that can be found in the Apple App Store. As part of my final project in my Senior Seminar class, I was assigned to conduct a face-‐to-‐face interview according to guidelines, then to present it creatively in any way I chose. The creation of my publication has been an enriching experience through the use of this friendly user application. In addition, the application gives access to several tutorials and templates to choose from; thus, making any publication for any class easy to accomplish with this application. These applications are a practical way to learn and to achieve high quality college projects. Since the introduction of the app store a few years ago, this platform has become part of college life across the country. These applications are very powerful yet extraordinary simple. The amazing things that any college student can do are limitless.
A PATH TO INTERNSHIPS
Written by Phung Van If you’re a student looking for an internship, here is what you need to do. I would suggest that you go to the Career Center in the Fairbanks building and obtain their information sheets on the processes of obtaining an internship. In the many sheets of paper that you will obtain in the Career Center, locate the sheet that will inform you on the dates available for their Internship Career Services Planning Workshop. Attending the workshop will give you the direction that Office Hours you need in obtaining the internship that you want. If you are like me and are Mon. & Thurs. unsure about which internship is right for you, they will help guide you in 8:30am – 7pm narrowing the field. Another option is to use your R-‐Careerlink account, which can be accessed through www.rollins.edu/careerservices. Tues., Weds., Fri. 8:30am – 5pm What is an R-‐Careerlink account you ask? It’s an online resource filled with links available to you such as placing your resume, jobs and internship Walk-‐In Hours availability, information about the requirements for the internship, and Weekdays, 3-‐5pm anything you want to know about interning. If you’d like to build your Office Closed experience by interning, login to your R-‐Careerlink and start searching 12-‐1pm daily through the huge database available to you. See what interests you and apply! THE JOB HUNT: 5 WAYS TO HELP YOU FIND YOUR DREAM JOB! WRITTEN BY JESSICA SPIEGEL 1. Resume & Cover Letters: Take time on these! Take your resume and cover letters into Career Services, have your family and friends look it over, etc. The more people who look at it, the better! You cannot catch everything, so it is always a good idea to have others have a look. Because there is no right way (especially with resumes), be creative and, most importantly, be yourself! 2. Be Organized: When you are searching for a job, you usually do not apply for only one job. You must be organized and keep up-‐to-‐date with all the emails and statuses of the jobs you are applying to. A good way is to keep everything in an Excel document. 3. Network: Making connections and building your network is extremely important! It is not about quantity, but quality. You want to put together a network of people that would help you the best. Don’t be afraid to reach out! 4. Informational interviews: It is always a good idea to have informational interviews with companies to make sure it is exactly what you want. The description online isn’t always accurate or does not fully state what the job entails. It is always a great way to meet people within the company and build a network. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
Expanding horizons, building futures…
Written by Jennifer Rios Communiqué is the student chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) at Rollins College. The purpose of the organization is to help communication students learn more about the PR industry and become active in the field. Students from other majors are also invited to join. Communiqué provides “hands-‐on” opportunities for Rollins students to gain experience in the field by learning from experienced professionals and expanding their resumes. Communiqué provides educational sessions, leadership opportunities, internship introductions, networking, and special events involvement. This information and more can be found at www.Rollins.edu/Communication/Communique.html. “We really wanted to make Communiqué more student driven and more about applying the skills learned in the communication classes. Our latest project was to promote the Department of Communication student showcase in April using a variety of different methods to increase awareness of the event to students” stated Catherine Weiser, Student Chair of Communiqué. “Because public relations is such a hands-‐on field, it was really important to get as many students involved with Communiqué as possible, and it's also great to have a variety of opinions and ideas to pull from.” Come join Communiqué and make connections. Meetings are scheduled the first Tuesday of the month. You will not regret it -‐ join now!
JOIN LAMBDA PI ETA & BE RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR EXCELLENCE
LPE members receive certificates and pins at the induction ceremony.
5. Follow Up: Always, always, ALWAYS follow up! No matter if it is someone you interviewed with or someone who helped you get the interview, you always want to follow up with at least an email, though a “thank-‐you” card is always appreciated. It is important to let people know that you care and that you are responsible.
Written by Edwin Chiumya Lambda Pi Eta (LPE) is the official Communication Studies Honor Society for the National Communication Association at Rollins College. Each spring, Rollins College holds an induction ceremony for eligible communication students. On April 19, 2013, THIRTY new members were welcomed into the honor society at the induction ceremony in the Galloway room. The main goals of LPE are to: Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies. Stimulate interest in the field of communication
Promote and encourage professional development among
Eliza Smithwick ‘13
Molly Meldon ‘13
communication majors Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students. Explore options for graduate education in communication studies
To become a member, a student must have: 60+ semester hours 12+ hours of Communication Studies GPA of at least 3.0 GPA of at least 3.25 in Communication Studies In good standing with the college For questions, please contact Devyn Cayll, Vice President of Membership, at email@example.com, or Stacey Passalacqua, LPE Faculty Advisor, at SPassalacqua@Rollins.edu
SENIOR GOODBYES Will Hilbert ‘13
Caty Coplin ‘13
Randi Alberry ‘13
Written by Noemi Orofino “I feel anxious and nervous about graduating so soon but also full of life and opportunity. I am eager to see where my life may take me and hopeful that the future holds meaningful and exciting experiences”-‐ Eliza Smithwick ‘13, CMC major “Transferring to Rollins my sophomore year, I was unsure what major to chose from but after taking a communication course in the fall I knew that was the perfect fit for me”-‐ Molly Meldon ‘13, Communication Studies major “Graduation is like death, the less you fear it, the more you enjoy the time before it comes”-‐ Will Hilbert ‘13, Economics major “It’s a shame that the Communication Studies major didn’t come along until this year because that skill is central to anyone’s future success and I would have loved to have taken more communication classes through my time here”-‐ Caty Coplin ‘13, Art major “I'm really excited about the next chapter of my life but I'm also nostalgic about leaving my friends and the comfort of Rollins since this has been my home for the past four years.” Randi Alberry ‘13, IR major
This edition of Communication Matters was created by the students of Dr. Gardner’s Senior Seminar of Spring 2013. The editors of this edition were Jeffrey Giordano and Saabira Mohamed.
Published on Jun 13, 2013