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Wittenberg University's Department of Communication is an active and engaged community of students, faculty members and alumni. Check this page often to read about their achivements and activities.


CABLECOMM Graduate Returns to Pass on The Light
At the beginning of the semester, the C.A.B.L.E. team was split into two, five-people groups and each group was assigned a case study to present to these prestigious companies. After many hours of research, conference calls, and practice, we successfully presented compelling cases that led both companies to look into implementing our ideas in the future. It is a relief to be done with these important presentations, but it was also very rewarding to know that our efforts are being considered. (posted 11/14/17) Read More...


Laura RussellCOMM Graduate Returns to Pass on The Light
This past week, Laura Russell ’04 returned to Wittenberg to speak at the Communication colloquium about her research “Unmasking ‘ill’usions of Wellness in Contemporary Life.” Russell, who was one of Wittenberg’s first communication graduates... (posted 10/30/17) Read More...


Mecca and RachelCOMMunity Leaders
What is the connection between communication and the presidency? (No, we're not talking about President Trump here.) (posted 10/24/17) Read More...


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COMM Alumnae Return for Homecoming Panel
Homecoming marks a time of the year when students have the opportunity to meet many accomplished alumni who return to Wittenberg for the weekend. Two of the many alumni present, were past Communication majors...(posted 9/28/17) Read More...


Hannah KesigCommunication Student Awarded Scholarship to Study in Washington DC
Hannah Kesig is a rising senior with a double major in Communication and Spanish. She found her passion in social justice, specifically immigration, and just wants to “make a difference any way she can.” (posted 5/03/17) Read More...


COMM 403 Presents a Dramatic Reading
On April 26, students in COMM 403 Senior Communication Seminar presented a dramatic reading of Plato’s classic dialogue, Gorgias, on the stage in Commencement Hollow. (posted 4/27/17) Read More...


Communication Majors On The Fall '16 Dean's List
Congratulations to our Communication Majors who qualified for the Fall 2016 Dean's List. (posted 4/12/17) Read More...


Communication Majors Recognized at Honors Convocation
Many Communication Majors were recognized at the Honors Convocation after the Celebration of Learning on Friday, April 7th. (posted 4/12/17) Read More...


Bobbie ClaytonCommunication Senior Salute 2017 - Bobbie Clayton
Bobbie Clayton has been an active member within the Communication department over her four years at Wittenberg. Originally from Greenwood, Indiana, Clayton visited the COMM department as a prospective student. (posted 3/28/17) Read More...


Emily AurigemmaSenior Salute 2017 - Emily Aurigemma
Over the past four years, Emily Aurigemma has devoted her time to being a Communication major and Sociology minor, but that's not all she's given her time to. Aurigemma is also involved with Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, and is an intern with Wittenberg's Admission Department. (posted 2/17/17) Read More...


Students in MississippiWitt in the Mississippi Delta
This summer the Wittenberg Department of Communication will offer a new Maymester summer service-learning trip to the Mississippi Delta to explore southern culture while working closely with local residents from the Cary Christian Center. (posted 10/17/15) Read More...


CABLE Students in FloridaWittenberg CABLE Program Presents Case Studies to Florida Organizations
Two organizations in the Orlando area are preparing to input new business tactics thanks to students in the Communication and Business Leadership Experience (CABLE) program, who presented case studies to company executives at ITEC Entertainment and Special Olympics Florida in Orlando on Oct. 18-21. (posted 11/30/14) Read More...


Matthew J. SmithTalking Comic-Con with Dr. Matthew J. Smith
With the 2014 Comic-Con International just days away, Matthew J. Smith, Professor of Communication, answered questions surrounding the impact of Comic-Con on American culture and the liberal arts as he prepares to lead his field study course, The Experience at Comic-Con, July 24-27 in San Diego. (posted 7/22/14) Read More...


Julia DevineSenior Salute 2014 - Julia Devine
With a wide array of interests, Julia Devine decided that the right academic direction for her unified a variety of paths, including a major in communication and minors in creative writing and Spanish. (posted 5/9/14) Read More...


Jordyn BakerSenior Salute 2014 - Jordyn Baker
Jordyn Baker, a communication major with minors in psychology and women's studies, from Chillicothe, Ohio, reflects on the supportive environment at Wittenberg that helped her learn to lead. (posted 5/9/14) Read More...


Cathy WaggonerCommunication Professor Receives Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching
Thanks to secret nominations from students, colleagues, and alumni, Dr. Catherine Waggoner, Professor of Communication, received the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching at the 2014 Honors Convocation. (posted 4/19/14) Read More...


Justin HowardCOMM Alumnus Participates in TEDx Talk: Howard "Follows the Fear"
Justin Howard ('05) recently spoke at TEDx Talk in Dayton, Ohio. Due to his outstanding communication skills he created an theater called, "The Black Box Improv Theater" located in Dayton. (posted 2/9/14)
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CABLE Members Present StudiesC.A.B.L.E Presents Case Studies and 2014 Members
Over fall break, students in the Communication and Business Leadership Experience (C.A.B.L.E.) traveled to Atlanta and presented their research on two case studies given to them by executives from Coca-Cola and FitWit. (posted 11/10/13) Read More...


New Wittenberg Advertisement Features Communication Faculty and Students
Several members of Wittenberg University's Department of Communication were featured in a 60-second spot that reflects the many dimensions of Wittenberg's active and engaged learning environment and highlights several notable distinctions from the Princeton Review. Read More...


Internship Showcase Features Communication Majors' Summer Experiences
Seniors Brooke Erwin and Caroline Eldridge both dedicated their summers to work as interns at Ambience Events and The Ohio Machine. Erwin worked at Ambience Events, which is a company that handles event planning out of Springfield, Ohio. Eldridge worked as a Public Relations Intern at the Ohio Machine a Major League Lacrosse team in Columbus, Ohio. Read More...


Swati ShivshankerMeet Swati Shivshankar '13
Swati Shivshankar's desire to double major in communication and and economics reflects her innate desire to give back. "Communication and economics is not the most common combination. Communication is the foundation for a lot of relationships that you make and maintain as you go through life..." Read More...


Witt in the DeltaFixin' to Help in the Mississippi Delta
For the second year in a row, Dr. Cathy Waggoner and her sister Laura Egley Taylor have chaperoned a group of Wittenberg students on a trip to the Mississippi Delta for a spring break service trip. Read More...


Tyler HallSenior Salute 2012 - Tyler Hall
After considering everything from math to education to English, Tyler Hall found himself in communication class, where the liberal arts came alive. Hall saw meaning-making in action, and he never looked back. Read More...


Rex Mix Award PhotoWittenberg Department of Communication Earns Prestigious Award
Wittenberg University's Department of Communication will be recognized by its peers with the 2010 Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award, the top honor presented annually by the Undergraduate College and University Section of the National Communication Association (NCA), at the organization's convention in San Francisco, Nov. 14-17. Read More...


Ariel AndrewsSenior Salute - Ariel Andrews, Class of 2011
The typical Wittenberg University student deals with daily tasks, including challenging classes and exhausting extracurricular activities. For Ariel Andrews, a hobby that has become more of an occupation – music – keeps her days more filled than most. Read More...


Wittenberg LogoJeff Hannah '09
Like many students graduating from college each year, Jeff Hannah found it difficult to land a job right after receiving his diploma from Wittenberg University's in May 2009. However, one thing separated Hannah from the job-searching pack - persistence. Read More...


Wittenberg LogoGretchen McIntosh SCE Class of 2010
"The professors are wonderful. The guidance and support they give you is amazing. They are willing to address my concerns, and I was surprised to learn they give just as much attention to adult students as they do to traditional students. It's been just a wonderful experience." Read More...


Cathy WaggonerInsightful Book Co-Authored By Wittenberg Communication Professor Earns Two Top National Awards
A year after the release of her insightful book on the pervasive use of camp aesthetics in film, television and music videos, Wittenberg University Professor of Communication Catherine Egley Waggoner has been recognized not once, but twice, for her outstanding scholarship at the recent National Communication Association (NCA) annual convention. Read More...


Matt SmithAlumni Relations Fall Lecture Series Opens With Associate Professor Matthew J. Smith
The Wittenberg University Office of Alumni Relations opens its 2009 Fall Lecture Series with Associate Professor of Communication Matthew J. Smith, who will make a presentation titled "Beyond BIFF! BAM! POW! Taking Comic Books Seriously" on Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Faculty Dining Room on the second floor of the Benham-Pence Student Center. Read More...


Innovative Communication Leaders Program Provides Wittenberg Students Experiential Learning Opportunities
A cross-campus collaboration between Wittenberg University's Department of Communication and WittPath Career Services brought about an innovative approach to experiential learning, leading students from the classroom to the boardroom. Read More...


Wittenberg Honor Society Earns Grant to "Do Something Significant" For Community
Like many students graduating from college each year, Jeff Hannah found it difficult to land a job right after receiving his diploma from Wittenberg University's in May 2009. However, one thing separated Hannah from the job-searching pack - persistence. Read More...


Wittenberg Alumna Returns To Campus As Executive-In-Residence
Wittenberg University's Management Department welcomes Barbara Mulhern Fowler, class of 1975, as its spring semester Executive-In-Residence Jan. 26-28. Fowler will present a WittPath Career Chat, make presentations at organizational behavior and human resource management classes, and give the keynote address at a department colloquium. Read More...


Brian SpitzbergMeet Dr. Brian Spitzberg
Brian H. Spitzberg received his B.A. (1978) in Speech Communication at University of Texas at Arlington, and his M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. (1981) in Communication Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. He is currently professor in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. Read More...


Wittenberg's Noon Lunch and Lecture Series Continues With Presentation By Director Of New Media Bob Rafferty
The Wittenberg University Office of Alumni Relations continues its 2008-09 Noon Lunch and Lecture Series with Director of New Media Bob Rafferty, who will make a presentation titled "Social Networking, BlackBerries and Texting: What do they have in common?" at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Faculty Dining Room of the Benham-Pence Student Center. Read More...


Wittenberg's 2008-09 Noon Lunch and Lecture Series Opens With Professor Of Communication Catherine Waggoner
The Wittenberg University Office of Alumni Relations opens its 2008-09 Noon Lunch and Lecture Series with Professor of Communication Catherine Egley Waggoner, who will make a presentation titled "Making Camp: The Gender Politics of Popular Culture" at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Room 105 of the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center for Lifelong Learning, 737 N. Fountain Ave. Read More...


Wittenberg Receives Grant To Host Innovative Reading Discussion Series On Jewish Literature
Thanks to a grant from Nextbook and the American Library Association (ALA), and partnerships with public libraries and Jewish congregations in two counties, Wittenberg University Reference Librarian and Assistant Professor Ken Irwin has organized a reading and discussion series called "Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel." Read More...


2007 Communication GraduatesCongrats to the Class of 2007
After four hard years of countless Communication courses from Dr.'s Broz, Jordan, Smith, and Waggoner, the class of 2007 bids farewell to the halls of Hollenbeck and room 336. Read More...


Wittenberg Professor Co-Authors Groundbreaking Book On Gender In Popular Culture
Intrigued by what she perceived as a pervasive use of camp aesthetics in film, television and music videos, Wittenberg University Professor of Communication Catherine Egley Waggoner used her 2002 sabbatical to assess the portrayal of "campy" women in popular culture. Read More...


Wittenberg Welcomes New York Times Editor Craig Whitney For Presentation On Ethical Journalism
As an educational institution, Wittenberg University has subscribed to The New York Times through the newspaper's innovative Knowledge Network since the 2003-04 school year, giving students an increased awareness of national and world affairs. Read More...


Kristen ScheererStudent Presents COMM Curriculum Research
During chapel hour on April 19, 2007, while most students were making their way to Post 95 for lunch, Kristen Scheerer was speaking to professors and administration in hopes of changing Wittenberg curriculum. Read More...


Wittenberg Students To Analyze Popular Culture Through Innovative Course
A group of college undergraduates, including five Wittenberg students, will share program billing with the likes of Marvel Comics' writer Stan "the Man" Lee, the cast of Heroes and "Iron Man" star Robert Downing, Jr., at the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif., July 25-29. Read More...


Wittenberg Students Launch Innovative Community Partners Program
In keeping with Wittenberg University's tradition of community outreach, communication majors Amy Holden of Youngstown, Ohio, and Ashley Petersen of Cincinnati, Ohio, both class of 2007, have established a new university-sponsored program that capitalizes on... (posted 2/22/07) Read More...


Wittenberg Departments Of Communication And English Introduce Journalism Minor With Colloquium
To welcome the new minor to Wittenberg's diverse group of disciplines, Richard Campbell, director of the journalism program at Miami University, presented a lecture titled "Why Media Literacy and Journalism Education are Central to Liberal Arts" on Wednesday, Sept. 13, before... (posted 9/15/06) Read More...


Wittenberg Professor Crafts Educational Opportunities After Comic Arts Conference
It is safe to say that Matthew J. Smith, Wittenberg associate professor of communication, is a fan of comic books. With a collection that would impress any comic book enthusiast (roughly 11,000 at last count), Smith's compilation dates back to his childhood and continues to increase. (posted 8/29/06) Read More...


Wittenberg Students Engage In Collaborative Senior Projects
Before Wittenberg students earn the privilege of walking across the stage in Commencement Hollow, they must first demonstrate in-depth knowledge in their chosen field of study. From a thesis to a research project to a poster session, Wittenberg seniors are challenged to present that knowledge before receiving their diploma. (posted 4/21/06) Read More...


New Adviser Offers Optimistic Future For Wittenberg Student Radio Station, WUSO - 89.1FM
There is a new adviser on board Wittenberg's student-run radio station, WUSO-89.1 FM, and he is promising to take the station in an exciting new direction. Scott Leo, play-by-play announcer for the Columbus Clippers, the Class AAA affiliate of Major League Baseball's fabled New York Yankees franchise, has already demonstrated great enthusiasm. Read More...


Wittenberg Communication Honorary Gains National Recognition
Students mentoring students at Wittenberg University is a win-win situation for both the peer mentors and students seeking to improve their academic performance, and Wittenberg's Xi Phi Chapter of the Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society (LPH) for Undergraduates in Communication is no exception. (posted 3/30/05) Read More...


CNN Town Hall Meeting with Paula Zahn Airs Tonight; Wittenberg University Included in Production
CNN Anchor Paula Zahn is hosting the third of four town hall meetings scheduled during this historical presidential election campaign not far from Wittenberg University's campus, and many representatives of the college have been invited to participate in the production, slated to air live from 8 - 9 p.m. tonight, Oct. 21, on the Cable News Network. (posted 10/21/04) Read More...


Professor Shares Views on Reality Television, Focusing on CBS Series Survivor
Learn what it takes to stay on the island. The Wittenberg University Department of Communication is sponsoring a colloquium at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, featuring Matthew J. Smith, assistant professor, as he discusses "Survivor Lessons: Critical Perspectives on Communication and Reality Television." (posted 1/28/04) Read More...

 

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