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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Dear COM and PCOM Majors,

This week’s COM News is packed with opportunities, check it out!


Wait, What? Do you want to learn how to make technical and scientific information clearer for the company you may work for? If so join our good friends in ENG for their Speaking of Science series. The next session includes an environmental activist and more. Feb. 12 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in MO 100. (Y’all know where that is!!).


Join COM Studies Society at their meeting on Monday, February 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Leutze 143. Find out details about the #AskASenior Panel, the Project Protégé meet and greet event, MMOM, the Dress for Success Fashion Show, and a food drive service project to earn CSS points!

The Project Protégé mentoring program is back with an opportunity for you to meet with local professionals in a variety of communication-related fields. Join us on Tuesday, February 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Brooklyn Arts Center downtown for a Meet and Greet event.Practice your networking skills and learn about opportunities to intern or volunteer in the area. Connect with UNCW grads and other communication practitioners in thereal estate, nonprofits, event planning, public relations/advertising/IMC, and media fields. This event is free andopen to ALL MAJORS. Light appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available to those 21+. No RSVP is required. Free parking is available in the BAC parking lot on N. Front St. (across from the BAC) and on the street. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. JenniferChin at chinj@uncw.edu. We hope to see you there!"


Teal TV to Shoot Web Series: If you are interested in auditioning for a web series sitcom called “On the Air” in-person auditions will be February 12 and 13 in LH 125. Email ontheaircontact@gmail.com for more information.


Thinking about Law School? This is just a reminder that the UNCW pre-professional program is now accepting applications for the 2016 Summer for Undergraduates Program, hosted annually by Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee, Florida. Now in its 24th year, this program gives students an “inside look” at law school and the legal profession and to help them decide whether law is a wise choice for their professional careers.We anticipate selecting approximately 60 students to participate in the program slated for May 16-June 9. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 25.


If Law School is NOT Your Thing: A how to go to Grad School discussion will be hosted by Career Services on Wednesday, February 10 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in LH 134.


COM Students Help Tell the CAS Story: Congratulations to Jennifer Chin and her students on the launch of the newsletter for the College of Arts and Sciences.


Inside CAS will be an ongoing applied learning effort for COM students to function as the “in-house” PR firm for the CAS. Dean Aswani Volety is very pleased with the first issue and has lots of plans and goals for future COM students to help tell the CAS story!


Powerful Monologues for Good Causes. 2016 production of theVagina Monologuesat UNCWonFeb. 10at 7:00 p.m. and Feb. 14at 3:00 p.m. Student tickets are $8 and non-student tickets at $10. Tickets are available at Sharky’s oronline at etix. Proceeds from the production of UNCW'sVagina Monologuesare donated to the Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center, Inc (http://www.supportrcc.org/) and the Carousel Center for Abused Children (http://www.carouselcenter.org/).


Is Leadership Your Thing? UNC General Administration offers the Marian Drane Graham Scholars program, a paid, six- week immersive and experiential summer program designed to provide rising juniors and seniors the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain a better understanding of key issues facing public higher education.The University of North Carolina General Administration announcement for the2016 Marian Drane Graham Scholars programis open to rising juniors and seniors. All students are encouraged to apply for this great opportunity! The application deadline is February 15, 2016. Contact the office by email atMDG@northcarolina.eduif you have any questions.


Looking to Make Bank? The Chancellor has invited BB&T Chairman Kelly King to speak on Thursday night, March 3rdat 4:00 p.m. in Burney. That is the Thursday before Spring Break. Hit the break on a high note by impressing the Chancellor with your attendance!


COM Studies is Giving Money Away? The COM Department offers scholarships to qualifying COM and PCOM majors every spring. Stayed tuned for more information next week! If you haven’t done so already, you can begin your sign up process now via Seaport!

After logging into Seaport, click the Student Services tab. Select the "Apply for Scholarships" link in the navigation pane on the left under the Services bar.



I was interviewed today for WWAY-TV3’s coverage of local Wilmington interest in the upcoming 50th Super Bowl. The reason is that I attended the very first Super Bowl (called at the time the “AFL-NFL Championship Game”). My dad easily procured tickets—many never got bought up, because the game was expected to be a walk-over by the Packers (it was), and not an especially interesting game. The 100,000-seat Los Angeles Coliseum turned out to be no more than 2/3 full! Here is a link to the segment (about a minute long):


Even up to the end of his life, my dad would over the years periodically ask me, “David, do you remember that we attended the very first Super Bowl together in January 1967?” It meant as much to me as it did to him…and indeed, it was the last time I went to a sporting event with Dad. He took me to many Dodger and L.A. Rams games throughout my childhood, but that first Super Bowl was the last time we went out to a game together.

The history behind the WWAY segment is: The University’s community relations director emailed me on Monday, saying, “A little bird told me that you attended Super Bowl I, is this true? Because WWAY contacted our office to inquire about interviewing you.” It so happens that in the past, around Super Bowl time, I often would mention during class that I had attended the first one. After years of receiving, in response, big-friggin’-deal stares of indifference from my jaded students, I figured why bother saying anything about it anymore. And I haven’t in a couple of years.

Serving as an intern this semester at WWAY, however, is a student named Sarah, who had been in what must have been the last class I mentioned my Super Bowl I connection to. When the news team was brainstorming ideas for Super-Bowl-related stories on Monday, Sarah exclaimed, “Hey, one of my professors went to Super Bowl I, we could interview him!”

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Dr. Weber, Associate Professor

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