Communication Studies

2011-2012 Calendar of Events

  • Recurring Events - follow the link to view more information on our annual and biennial events!
May 2012

2012 Commencement

COM Departmental Ceremony
Saturday, May 12, 2012
11:00am at Kenan Auditorium

CAS Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 12, 2012
1:00pm at Trask Coliseum

April 2012
26th, 27th, 28th, 29th


The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted. It's a highly original look at the American landscape that's simply impossible to forget.

Production dates/times are:

Thursday, April 26 at 8:00pm
Friday, April 27 at 8:00pm
Saturday, April 28 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday, April 29 at 2:00pm

UNCW Students FREE. Others $8.00

March 2012

COM Studies Day

Join us for this years COM Studies day on Friday, March 30th! This is a fantastic opportunity to ask questions, learn about appropriate business attire and network with alumni, so do not miss it! Follow the links for a schedule of the days events and more information:


Make the Most of Your Major

Come to Leutze Hall 143 on Tuesday March 6th at 7:00pm to get the inside scoop on classes for the Fall! This is a great opportunity to build your class schedule before heading to your advising session. PCOM students who attend the entire session will be issued an advising FastPass, which allows you to move to the front of the line during PCOM advising! Check out the link below for detailed information from the event!


Scholarship Applications Available Online or in LH 226!

We will be collecting scholarship applications from March 1st to March 30th. We have 4 excellent opportunities to choose from and one extra incentive, check them out by following this link:

February 2012

Fundraiser at Moe's Southwest Grill

  • Where: Moe's Southwest Grill located at 1427 Military Cutoff Rd.
  • When: Wednesday, February 22nd
  • Why: To support the Communication Studies Society (CSS), Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), and the UNCW Advertising Chapter (UAC)
  • How: Follow the link below and print out the flyer, bring it with you to Moe's on Wednesday, 02/22 and 20% of your sale will be donated to these organizations.
  • Moe's Flyer (PDF): there are 4 flyers included in this pdf so bring your friends!

Media Mashup

CSS is hosting a Media Panel - learn from local professionals about different careers in the media, what specific courses are important for different fields, what an interview was like for a specific position and much more with panelists from WECT, WWAY, Z107.5 and Star News.

  • Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00pm in Leutze Hall Room 1
3rd & 4th

Alumni Homecoming Events

  • Homecoming Social: Friday, February 3rd starting at 7:00pm. Have a drink with old friends, select students, faculty and community leaders. For $5 at the door enjoy appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages (cash bar available for other drinks) and play a little trivia at South Kerr Pub, 125 S. Kerr Avenue. Please RSVP to Jennifer Chin or 910-962-7720, if you plan on attending!
  • Alumni Reception: Saturday, February 4th starting at 2:00pm. Catch up with former professors and classmates in the Leutze Hall Lobby. Make sure you register at
January 2012

12th & 13th

WORKING Auditions

The Department of Communication Studies invites student actors and designers/technicians to audition and interview for the spring 2012 production of the musical "Working."

  • Auditions for performers will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 and Friday, Jan. 13 in the Leutze Hall Television Studio (LH 125). Actors should be prepared to perform an a cappella piece from a song of their choice and read from the script.
  • Technical interviews may be scheduled by contacting Trimble at . The production is seeking graphic artists, costume designers, photographers, studio camera operators, videographers, digital animators, studio engineers, lighting designers, audio designers and scenic designers. Participation will be arranged to accommodate class schedules.

The production will take place from April 26-29 over five performances. Participating students may enroll in COM 295-003 Applied Performance & Media Production for course credit, but class enrollment is not required. Group rehearsals will begin after spring break.

December 2011


COM Departmental Graduation Ceremony (PDF)

Date: Saturday, December 17th

Time: 3:30pm

Place: Warwick Center Ballroom


Graduation Speech Context (PDF)

ALL seniors graduating in December are eligible to submit a speech that encompasses the experiences that helped him/her become a soaring Seahawk. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges as the graduation speaker for the Communication Studies departmental graduation ceremony. Once the winner is selected, he/she will work directly with a speech coach to refine the content of the speech and perfect the delivery prior to the ceremony. The speech should be between 5-7 minutes in length, and the rough draft of the speech must be submitted by December 7th at 4:00pm to Dr. Olsen via email. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Olsen at

November 2011


Internship Panel

The Communication Studies Society (CSS) is hosting an internship panel on November 15th at 7:00pm in Leutze 143. Hear from local professionals about what they look for in an intern and get some advice from students who have interned as well. Thinking about applying for an internship? This is a great event where you can learn about the experiences your peers have had interning, what classes you should take, potential questions you could get asked at an interview for an internship, and why an internship is so important. Questions? Contact Micaela Fouhy at


Pre-registration has begun!

Check out some of the special topics COM courses being taught this semester by following this link:

COM 295/495 Spring 2012 Course Offerings

October 2011

Rock for the Cure @ the Reel Cafe

The Communication Studies Society will host the 5th annual Rock for the Cure breast cancer benefit concert THIS FRIDAY, October 21 from 7:00-10:00pm on the second floor of the Reel Cafe. There is a $5 donation at the door and all proceeds benefit the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation's Pink Ribbon Project. The Schoolboys, UNCW's unofficial faculty rock band, will provide live entertainment with a mix of modern and class rock music. There will be a silent auction filled will autographed memorabilia and tons of raffle prizes from local businesses and restaurants! We hope to see you there!

19th Breast Cancer Survivor's Staycation Essay Contest

In 500 words or less, tell us why a breast cancer survivor you know and love deserves a two-night stay with breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn at Mayfaire. Essays must be submitted via e-mail no later than Wednesday, October 19th at 5:00pm to The following information must be submitted with essay entry: Nominator's name, phone and e-mail address, and the name and phone number of the person you are nominating. Recipient of the staycation must be at least 18 years of age, and other restrictions may apply.


Rock Your Student Org at Rock for the Cure Contest

UNCW's Communication Studies Society is hosting the 5th Annual Rock for the Cure breast cancer benefit concert October 21st from 7:00-10:00pm. We will be running a friendly contest among all the student organizations and athletic teams. The organization that can get the highest percentage of their members at Rock for the Cure will win a Level 3 sponsorship for next year's event, which includes your organizations logo on our T-shirts and posters. To enter the contest, please submit your membership roster to Natalie Malek at no later than October 19th at 5:00pm. Come out to Rock for the Cure and enjoy a fun night with your fellow members!


Make the Most of Your Major

For more information on classes within the department, the Communication Studies Society will host a Make the Most of Your Major information session on Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m., in Leutze 143. PCOM students are strongly urged to attend. PCOM students who attend the entire session will be issued an advising Fast Pass at the end of the session. It grants them the right to jump to the front of the line for PCOM advising during their advising week.

September 2011

Support Rock for the Cure with Moe's Southwest Grill

Follow the link below and print out the flyer, bring it with you to Moe's on Wednesday, September 28th between 11am and 9pm and 20% of your sale will be donated!

  • Moe's Flyer (PDF) There are 4 flyers included in this pdf so bring your friends!

Pre-Order Your Rock for the Cure T-Shirts Now!

T-shirts are $10 each, print out the form below and deliver it along with check (made out to the Communication Studies Society) or cash to Jennifer Chin, LH Room 238. The deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 28th and NO shirts will be sold at the event, so order your shirt TODAY!

  • Order Form (PDF)


Advertising Women of New York Scholarship Due

If you were classified as a junior in Spring 2011, you are eligible to apply for the one of four $1,000 scholarships awarded to us by the Advertising Women of New York (AWNY). Male and female students who meet the criteria below are encouraged to apply by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd 2011.

  • Must have a strong interest in advertising as possible career
  • Strong GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Demonstrated financial need

To apply for the Advertising Women of New York Scholarship Award please submit the following as a single application packet:

  • A 500 word (max) essay includes name, ID, GPA and provides a summary of career aspirations and a key argument as to why you are an ideal candidate for this scholarship.
  • Demonstration of financial need: Could include pay stub, financial aid information or similar

The scholarships will be awarded ASAP after the submission deadline.

August 2011


UNCW COM Majors Film Commercials

3 of our students helped film commercials with The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore in preparation for hurricane season!

June 2011


IMC and CMM: Finding Common Ground

Thursday, June 2nd - Saturday, June 4th

May 2011


Summer Session I Courses Begin


Congratulations to our 2011 Scholarship Winners!
  • Mary Katherine Platt-Magnuson : The Dr. Betty Jo Welch Alumni Scholarship
  • Shauna Seaver : The Justin Thompson Communication Studies Scholarship
  • Katlin Amanda Voigt : The Brian Pearson King Memorial Scholarship
  • Jessica Ferrer : The George Diab Scholarship
  • Lisa Huynh : The Craven Scholarship

This year we had a number of very strong applications and the decisions were difficult. For those who applied and did not receive a scholarship all is not lost. You have certainly gained the admiration of the committee in your articulate appeal and for having the courage to apply. Continue to do great things in the major!