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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Dear COM, PCOM and COM 105 students,

Courses with SEATS?!?!  We have several courses that have plenty of seats available this semester.  This is RARE, so be sure to take advantage of this unique level of availability.  We’ve also dropped some restrictions so some of you folks still in COM 105 or 200 should take a look for courses that might normally require these courses to be completed.  If you are working on a double major or minor, this is a semester to look closely at COM classes and then address minor or second major when things get back to normal here. 

Some great courses include:

COM 387-001            Desktop Publishing  

COM 271-001            Small-Group Communication         

Check out detailed information on more COM course opportunities below!  


PR/IMC/AD folks – There are still seats in COM 436: PR/IMC/AC Case Studies. This is an advanced course in the areas of Integrated Marketing COM, PR, and Advertising to provide students the opportunity to explore contemporary PR/IMC/AD cases in detail in order to develop and refine their problem solving and decision-making skills. According to Guth and Marsh (2005), the “value of case studies is that they link classroom theory to everyday experience. Through the study of the actions of others, we learn that success and failure are often linked to the application of—or the failure to apply—basic principles…By examining the actions of practitioners operating under a wide range of environmental influences, we hone our own decision-making skills. We become better problem solvers. This is what is known as critical thinking.”

The class meets at 2:00 MW, and is in the process of being approved for Writing Intensive for next year. (If you take it in the spring, we can get it substituted to fulfill that requirement.) The pre-requisite is PR I or IMC I or AD I. SeaNet currently does not reflect the IMC I or AD I addition as pre-requisites, so if you will have completed ONE of those three courses by January, and are a COM major, you are eligible to register for the course. Just e-mail me your 850#, and I’ll take care of the override. (If you are in COM 200 right now, still e-mail me, and I’ll check your COM status after grades are posted in COM 200.)


Internships Spring 2015

“In an Associated Press article, reporter Emily Fredrix quotes Philip D. Gardner, research director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute, as saying that internship experience is ‘just one of those things you have to have before employers will even consider looking at your resume.’ (Hansen)”

Karen Hansen, PhD includes the above quote in reason #1 of 13 on why you need an internship in her article College Students: You Simply Must Do an Internship (Better Yet: Multiple Internships)!

Reason #3 is that you might be able to earn college credit for the internship. Three hours of COM 498 can fulfill 3 hours of COM Additional Required Courses at the 300/400 level. And COM 498 can fulfill your Explorations Beyond the Classroom (EBC) requirement.

COM 498 – Internship in Communication Studies, is available every semester. I know it doesn’t show on Seanet but it is offered Spring, Summer, and Fall. Minimum eligibility requirements are that you must be a Junior/Senior COM Major (at least 60hrs earned) with at least an overall GPA of 2.5 to earn credit for an internship.

The purpose of an internship and the EBC requirements are that you can articulate how your coursework has prepared you for the internship, that your coursework provides the base for the projects you assist with at your internship site, and that you are aware of how your work impacted the internship site. This leads to the second level of eligibility – you must have the COM Studies coursework to support an internship.

There are plenty of seats available in COM 498 for the spring semester. Start at the link below, apply to be an intern and then meet with me. I look forward to working with you.


Tammy Bulger



Spring 2015Video and Audio Courses

Fall 2015

COM 383: Audio Production II will be offered either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016. We will know for sure by February.


College can seem pretty stressful and what is often required to succeed is not brilliance but resilience.  I’ve been doing some reading about the research on resilience and some of the key factors include: 1) active coping strategies such as planning and problem solving, 2) positive emotions and optimism despite adversity, 3) cognitive reframing—redefining stressors in a more positive way, 4) social support, 5) purpose in life including a moral compass and spirituality—have a larger vision for why you are here.  Incorporating the above into your life won’t eliminate due dates, difficult roommates, break ups, group projects or the fact that the rent is due.  However, these factors can change how you approach these challenges and improve the quality of your life as you meet them. 

Peace out,    

Dr. Olsen, Chair

Communication Studies


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