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WKU Alumni John Mullins Featured in Chicago Article

John (Mac) Mullins graduated in 2013 from Western Kentucky University with an "Outstanding Communication Studies Student" award from the Department of Communication. After graduating, he lived in Washington D.C., then decided to move to Chicago to work for a non-profit organization. He submitted a paper to Curbed Chicago during Micro Week to express his love for his new "cozy" studio - home in the city. The article, How One Chicagoan Came to Love Living in 300 Square Feet, gives us insight to a WKU Alumni's life, after graduating with a Communication Studies degree. Check out the link below to read all of his story!


Senior Sarah Beach Presenting at Honors Conference

Sarah Beach, an honors Communication Studies student, has had her thesis, "A New Kind of Body Project: Blogging and the American Teen Girl," accepted for presentation at the De Pauw Undergraduate Honors Conference in April. This highly competitive conference brings together undergrads with outstanding scholars in the field, having them all share their research and gain knowledge and encouragement.

The visiting scholars are Aaron Anderson of Virginia Commonwealth University, Catherine Palczewski from the University of Northern Iowa, and Travis Vogan of the University of Iowa.

Check out her thesis here,

Congratulations Sarah!


Faculty Strategic Planning Session - January 20-21, 2015

Dr. Larry Long, Professor and Director Emeritus from the School of Communication at Illinois State University, visited WKU to conduct a Strategic Planning Session with faculty and staff of the Department of Communication on January 20-21, 2015.  Everyone was divided into four groups to discuss issues aligned with the University 5 year plan concerning: 1) fostering academic excellence, 2) promoting a dynamic and diverse university community, 3) improving quality of life for our communities, and 4) Supporting the core mission with a robust campus infrastructure. 

 The purpose of the exercises performed during the two-day planning session, was to plan for the next stage of our growth as a team through developing a strategic plan.  This plan and the work that went into creating it, will give department members a guide to implementing the goals established, and allowed all members to have input into each category involved.  The action steps determined will begin in February, and will affect the departments’ plans for the next three to five years.

The strategic plan will be posted on the department website soon.

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