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Academic Update Announcements • Resources • Advising • Graduation • Internships • Careers • Deadlines

Upcoming Fall Dates of Interest September 11th September 17th & 18th October 12th-15th October 18th November 4-15th

Last day to add a course for fall 2013 University Career Fair Fall break Last day to drop a course or change a grade option on a course. Pre-enrollment for spring 2014 - days vary by classification

Academic Support It is important that you take a few moments to meet your Faculty Advisor during the beginning of the semester. These connections can be very helpful as you navigate Cornell. If you do not need anything specific yet, stop in just to say hello! Faculty Advisors can help you understand your degree program, talk about study aboud and internship ideas that you may have, and work with you regarding other academic resources on campus. An additional option for assistance with degree planning and academic support is Andrea Poag (alp232), Undergraduate Program Coordinator. It is never to early to start developing your plan for next semester. What can I gain from this type of meeting? * Plan for Study Abroad * Semester-by-Semester planning degree * Review your Degree Progress * Talk about internships

Department of Communication 336 Kennedy Hall 607-255-2601 CALS Student Services 140 Roberts Hall 607-255-2257 Gannett Health Center 110 Ho Plaza 607-255-5208 Empathy, Assistance, & Referral Service (EARS) 607-255-3277 DUST

Understanding Your D.U.S.T.

CALS Student Services uses a program called D.U.S.T. to assist you in following their progress through their degree, track and find CALS Distribution Requirements , connect with Career Services, apply to graduate, and much more. To find your D.U.S.T. visit

Declare your Focus Area within Communication (DUST uses the term ‘Concentration’). You must declare your Focus Area by the end of the first semester of your junior year. You can declare your Focus Area prior to your junior year if you would like.

This area allows for you to apply to graduate (seniors only), review information about your diploma, and check the progress of your graduation application. There are two parts to the graduation application. If you are planning to attend courses off campus, you can use the Transfer Equivalency Database to see what options your have in your desired institution. You should always finalize your plans with CALS Student Services.

This area will allow you to see what courses you have already completed towards your CALS Distribution Requirements. You can also see what courses will count in each of those areas as well. If you see an issue with your DUST Degree Progress Report, you should visit with CALS Student Services for a review. Your completed Communication coursework will show up under the CALS credit areas but to see where you stand on your overall Degree Progress including Communication and Electives, you should make an appointment to meet with your faculty advisor and/or Andrea Poag (alp232)

This area is an important link to your Career Services on campus. It is never to early to create your CCNet Profile. You can follow the Career Blog and use the Online Resume Tutorial to improve your resume. For a one-on-one meeting about Career Planning, visit CALS Student Center in 140 Roberts.

Internship and/or Event Information

The following information was gathered from various postings around campus or emails from companies that may be of interest to students in the Department of Communication. If you have questions regarding a specific post, please reach out to the contact information listed.

Career Fair on September 17th & 18th The annual University Career Fair Days event provides an opportunity for Cornell students to meet with representatives from over 250 organizations over a two-day period, in one central location. A wide variety of employers attend, ranging from Fortune 500 to government and nonprofit employers. These organizations attend Cornell’s Career Fair and Diversity Events to increase campus visibility, to illustrate the benefits of employment in their organization, and to provide information to Cornell students about entry-level jobs, co-op opportunities, and internships. Many of these organizations also participate through Cornell’s On-Campus Recruiting program, and use the Career Fair as a kick-off for their recruiting season. Others attend to introduce Cornell students to their organization and to collect resumes for future openings. For your advisee to be ready, encourage them to: • Have their resume critiqued in 140 Roberts Hall • Attend a career fair workshops: • September 11, 4:30pm in G87 MVR • September 12, 4:45pm in 155 Olin (presented by Eletta Kershaw, IBM)

Speaker Event: Phil Lempert The Joyce Lindower Wolitzer ’76 and Steven Wolitzer Nutrition Seminar Speaker: Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru®, food industry expert, distinguished author and speaker Seminar Title: “2014 Consumer & Food Trends” Date: Tuesday October 1st, 4:30 pm, G71 MVR Hosts: Division of Nutritional Sciences and Health and Nutrition Society (HealthNutS) Reception to follow

Check Out the New Communication Website! This summer the Department of Communication worked through an overhaul of our former website in hopes that it will be more user-friendly and provide enhanced information for faculty, staff, students and prospective students. Information included: • News related to the field of Communication, professor research and upcoming events. • Updated information about faculty and their research • Information about the Undergraduate Program including program description, Academic Support, Carrer Connections, Academic Enrichment Program, Scholarships and Awards, and Student Organizations. There are several helpful forms, planning sheets, and internship information within this area.


Be a Part of Mindfire Online Brainstorming Platform Ketchum’s Mindfire is an award winning online brainstorm platform for students from global universities to work on the real challenges of Ketchum’s Fortune 500 clients. Mindfire works with 50 top universities across 10 countries, including Yale, Georgetown, Northwestern, La Sorbonne, Tsinghua, Moscow State Institute of International Relations and Universidad Argentina de la Empresa. In return for fresh thinking, student participants receive incentives including career coaching, jobs/internships, exclusive content and prizes. Mindfire has brought innovative ideas to Ketchum clients such as P&G, Philips, IBM, IKEA, Frito-Lay, Wendy’s, Hertz, WhiteWave Foods and more. Students participate on Mindfire by accessing a password-protected website and agreeing to Mindfire Terms of Service. Ketchum asks that participants maintain a regular level of participation throughout the semester, roughly four ideas per months or one hour commitment per week. To register for Mindfire and/or ask questions about the platform, send an email with your name and university affiliation to Mindfire’s manager Brian Keenan at brian.keenan@ About Ketchum Ketchum is a leading global communications firm with operations in more than 70 countries across six continents. Named 2012 PR Agency of the Year (PRWeek) and the winner of an unprecedented three consecutive PRWeek Campaign of the Year Awards, Ketchum partners with clients to deliver strategic programming, game-changing creative and measurable results that build brands and reputations. For more information on Ketchum, a part of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group Inc., visit

SRI Research Assistant Posting The Survey Research Institute (SRI, at Cornell University is currently hiring Research Assistants. Research Assistants are responsible for conducting surveys using our Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing System (CATI). Throughout the year, we conduct research on a variety of interesting and important topics. Our work is often cited in the media and can affect public policy decisions. This is a great experience to put on your resume! We will teach you skills (the art of persuasion) that will be of value to you your entire life. Starting pay is $10.50 / hour. Opportunities exist to earn semester raises. Non-students are also welcome. NOTE: work study is not preferred or required for this position. The successful Research Assistant will: - Cold call individuals and immediately engage and guide the conversation (strong interpersonal skills required). - Accurately record survey responses in real time. - Develop and build upon skills like active listening, the ability to ask critical follow-up questions for clarification, the ability to think quickly and modify approaches to fit an audience. This position will primarily work nights (6pm-10pm) and weekends, though weekday hours may be available. A commitment of at least 10 hours per week is required. Current Cornell students may apply at: Other students or non-students should apply through Human Resources: (search within Temporary Staff for position 20689, Temporary Survey Assistant)

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