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April 23, 2003
Communication Week shows off College of Communication
By Carmen Pease

Communication Week at Ohio University from April 26 through May 2 will offer a weeklong salute to the College of Communication's commitment to providing students with an educational experience that blends classroom knowledge and practical experience.

"The College of Communication is a dynamic, learning-centered community with an emphasis on teaching, research and service to a broad constituency," says Kathy Krendl, dean of the college. "Communication Week events are designed with students in mind. For example, speakers are selected largely for their ability to share insights into their professional success with current students."

From the Global Learning Community, which offers students the opportunity to solve real-world problems in Ecuador, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan, to its distinction of having several of its programs ranked in the top ten nationally, the college continues to prepare students to become leaders in their career fields.

The college stresses a diverse curriculum and range of study.

"With five schools in the college, we can draw on a range of resources to offer students a well-rounded experience," Krendl says.

With 44 programs and an abundance of hands-on training, students in the schools of Visual Communication, Communication Systems Management, Telecommunications, Journalism, and Interpersonal Communication have a wealth of opportunities to gain practical experience.

Campus opportunities include six radio stations, two television stations, an award-winning regional magazine, a video production company, a cable news show, a public relations company and an independent student newspaper, as well as access to nearly 1,000 internships opportunities at companies such as Procter & Gamble, National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal.

The College's success is documented partly with a list of accomplishments. Some examples include:

The faculty members at the college have authored prize-winning books and have won more than 110 teaching and advising awards from business and academic organizations. The college itself has earned six Program Excellence Awards from the Ohio Board of Regents.

College of Communication graduates, faculty and students have been awarded or involved with at least 21 Pulitzer Prizes.

More than 90 percent of College of Communication graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees.

Among notable College of Communication alumni are "Today Show" host Matt Lauer, Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, CNN anchors Leon Harris and Martin Savidge, Emmy Award winners Paul Miller and Terrence McDonnell and Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich.

Sponsored by Verizon, Communication Week is centered on the theme "Communication Matters." For more information about Communication Week and its scheduled events, please visit www.commcoll.ohiou.edu.

Carmen Pease is a student writer for University Communications and Marketing

 

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