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May 21, 2014 : VIDEO: Communication Studies and Applied Management Programs Featured on Local TV Program
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Two Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington’s bachelor’s degree programs are developing top level business leaders for our community.  The Communication Studies and Applied Management programs were featured on April’s Fairfield Today at OUL television program.
“There is not a single career that you could pursue that this degree would not be applicable,” said Professor of Communication Studies Candice Thomas Maddox. “We have students who pursue careers in training and development. They’ll design training seminars for organizations.  We have students who pursue careers in sales and marketing. They will do promotions, public relations, event planning, and human resource management. Communication is part of every career that you choose.”
Thomas Maddox said students can complete all four years of the Communication Studies bachelor’s degree program without ever leaving Lancaster or Pickerington areas. She said communication skills are very important in today’s technological world.
Fairfield County Dog Warden Todd McCullough graduated from the program in 2013.
‘The Communication Studies degree creates versatility,” said McCullough “The thing I really took from that program was how to communicate in versatile ways with versatile people and really be able to focus my attention. The most important thing is to understand that people will come from different places at all times.  What I woke up to today is different than what you woke up to or something else.  So, as situations arise, I am able to at least empathize where they may be coming from.”
McCullough was a double major at OUL.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Applied Management.
“Applied Management focuses on work systems and people, getting work done with and through people and reaching organizational objectives,” said Professor of Business Management Technology Brian Hoyt. “This is the type of program that prepares students for fields of management, rather than industry sectors or positions.”

“The Fairfield County dog warden, the position itself is a manager.  It is crisis management, organizational management, and staff development,” said McCullough.
“Anybody can learn about dogs. Anybody can learn how to handle those kinds of things.  It’s being able to be an effective leader and manager that are difficult.”
McCullough said his training in the Applied Management program enabled him to come in and evaluate the systems and people in the dog warden’s office and hit the ground running.
Fairfield Today at OUL airs weekly on Time Warner Cable Channel 9 in Lancaster.