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Prospective students visit Scripps College of Communication for Graduate Student Welcome

Sydney Otto | Mar 31, 2017

Chunyu Zhang, a graduate student in the School of Communication Studies, was one of the mentors at the Scripps College of Communication Graduate Student Welcome on Friday, March 24, 2017. Prospective students had the opportunity to learn more about programs, current student research, visit facilities and meet with faculty members. / Photo by Jorge Castillo Castro

Prospective students visit Scripps College of Communication for Graduate Student Welcome

By Sydney Otto

ATHENS, Ohio (March 31, 2017)—On Friday, March 24, prospective graduate students were welcomed to the Scripps College of Communication. The students in attendance had already been accepted into a graduate program within the college, but a few had not yet accepted the offer. The majority of the students were looking into the doctoral program in the School of Communication Studies and a few others were interested in the Mass Communication Ph.D. program, a joint program between the School of Media Arts & Studies and the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

The Scripps Graduate Student Welcome is the only college-wide event intended to introduce incoming and prospective graduate students to the range of programs and opportunities for collaboration across the five schools explained Greg Newton, the interim associate dean for graduate studies, research, and creative activity. He said that he intended for this to be a chance for interested students to meet some of the current graduate students who study in the various programs.

The prospective graduate students talked to current students about life in Athens, the specifics of their program, their research and other opportunities that are available in the college and schools. Some of the current graduate students shared their research, many of which were focused on LGBTQ community and sexuality in the nation as a whole as well as Appalachia.

Before the event, students were able to take a tour of campus and visit the state-of-the-art facilities in Schoonover Center, the Radio and Television Building and Scripps Hall, including the GRID Lab.

“I thought the event was really great for both the prospective students and current students who were there,” said Newton. “They had some wonderful conversations about research, Ohio University and life in Athens. It seemed like the visiting students left with a very positive impression of our college. For some, it confirmed the decision they had already made to come to OHIO, for others, I hope it nudged them toward enrolling!”
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