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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Greetings PCOM and COM folks! 

Greetings for this exam week edition of the COM Bulletin.  Even though the year is almost over, we’ve got a nice quick “study break” set of news items for you!




Have you checked out our COM Alumni Spotlight? This page features UNCW COM Studies Alumni—their accomplishments, what they learned from COM and some insight for all of you COM and PCOM majors! Check it out! Local success story, Tom Gale, is our current feature and you can follow links at the bottom of the page to view anyone who has ever been in the COM Spotlight! This page is updated throughout the year, so keep checking back!



We Are UNCW! Check out this story on one of your own, Hallie Criste ’16. One thing Hallie said meant a lot to us. Take a look and see if you can figure out what it was! Who knows, maybe something she says will resonate with you! Thank you Hallie!




Spring ‘16 COM Graduates—don’t miss the Department of Communication Studies graduation reception! Saturday, May 07 at 11:00 a.m. in Kenan Auditorium. It will be held before the main CAS Commencement Ceremony so you can and are encouraged to attend both! If you are graduating or walking this Spring you should have received an email with details. For more information visit



Reminder:  If you need classes, we’ve got seats!  There are still some seats in some great Summer and Fall classes.  Remember, you can often specialize a class through the project, not simply the course title! 





Are you a full COM Studies Major? Are you a junior or senior with at least a 2.5 overall GPA? Do you have COM courses to support an internship?

If yes it is not too late to establish an internship for this summer and it is time to start looking for a Fall 2016 internship.

Step #1 - apply here to learn if you are eligible

Step #2 - watch for an email from Tammy Bulger ( and respond immediately

Step #3 - for summer move quickly after receiving approval to reach out to agencies. The enrollment form is due by Wednesday, May 11th at noon.

CFCC has multiple sites looking for interns.

Thalian Hall is looking for interns.

Shuckin Shack is looking for an intern.

And many more new agencies are posted in the updated internship books available here.

I look forward to working with you this summer or next fall.



I'm looking for a few good students!  I have a few seats left in my WGS 212 Sexuality and Gender course this summer (Summer II). Sexuality and gender are important frameworks through which we understand ourselves and our place in the world. This course is designed to ground students in the foundational basics of gender and sexuality studies while introducing new research that continues to shape the ways in which we understand sex, gender, and sexuality and the dynamic relationships among these categories.  We will examine how institutions such as medicine and the law as well as popular culture have shaped our experience and understanding of sex and gender.  So...if you are looking for a fun and meaningful summer course, look no further! WGS 212 is a great way to fulfill your University Studies requirement and develop a critical vocabulary for understanding the world around us. Email Dr. Chadwick Roberts for more information:


Need a Job for Fall 2016? Taking the summer off but want to return in the Fall with a position waiting for you? Apply to work in the World Languages Resource Center – no financial aid needed, no foreign language experience necessary. The WLRC is looking for upstanding, responsible, dependable, computer literate students to be part-time Lab Assistants. Apply ASAP on SeaWork: Position numbers 50274 (a yearly position) and 50277 (a semester position).




Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Internship. UNCW’s Office of Community Engagement, The Career Center, and Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO) are excited to announce the 2016 SECU Rural Internship Program, funded by the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation.

We are looking for rising UNCW Juniors and Seniors who are North Carolina residents to participate in this internship program. Students will work 40 hours a week from May 30th – June 29th and receive $12 an hour. Student applicants who come from Brunswick, Onslow and Pender counties will receive preferential consideration for an internship.

Deadline to Apply is May 9th

More information can be found at:




What’s Next:  Ahhh, the dreaded “what’s next” question.  For seniors, congratulations on your time here at UNCW and we wish you the best for what’s next.  For returning students, what’s next is still a tough question to wrestle with.  Here’s a possible answer: “The next right thing.”  Just do the next right thing.  You won’t have all the answers or know how it all turns out, but you can likely figure out the next right thing.  “I’m going to move to Charlotte to be near family.” “I’m going to use part of the summer to learn Adobe Creative Cloud.”  Just come to clarity on what’s next and leave “forever” alone for a while—it will be there if you ever miss the pressure and anxiety.   Seniors, I look forward to seeing you at graduation!

Stay curious my friends!

Dr. Olsen, Chair

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