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The Department of Communication at Virginia Tech focuses on communication processes and their effects on individuals, organizations, culture, and society. Faculty and students create, distribute, and interpret messages through media systems. Students build knowledge and skills for future study and work in public relations, multimedia journalism or communication studies.

Jill Lawrence Vaughan to speak at Communication Commencement: Virginia Lottery’s “We’re Game”

    Jill Lawrence Vaughan

Jill Lawrence Vaughan is Director of Communications for the Virginia Lottery. In this position, she directs all strategic communications of the organization-- with the public, retailers, educators, employees, the Lottery Board, legislators, the Governor's office and the media.

Prior to joining the Virginia Lottery, Jill was Communications Manager for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Commonwealth’s marketing organization that recruits businesses to the state and encourages international trade for Virginia companies. Before joining state government in 1997, Jill was an account executive with Marketing Solutions, Inc., a public relations firm in Fairfax, Va. Jill began her communications career as a reporter for the Caroline Progress, a weekly newspaper located in Bowling Green, Va.

Jill’s work in the communications field has garnered many awards including being a finalist in the Silver Anvil Awards, the ultimate national recognition for PR campaigns. In 2013, she won the Powers Award, a prestigious recognition earned by top performers in the North American lottery industry for her work in public and community relations. Read more...

Hopkins Featured in Forum on Future of Public Universities

Department of Communication professor W. Wat Hopkins was a panelist in a forum featuring President Timothy Sands on “The Public University in the 21st Century" held Friday, May 1. The campus-wide discussion touched on challenges and opportunities currently facing public universities, as well as Virginia Tech’s responsibilities to the needs of the wider public.

The forum featured additional panelists from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, including professor of communication Wat Hopkins, professor of educational leadership Carol Mullen and Marc. S. Edwards, professor of civil and environmental engineering. Hopkins spoke on academic freedom, Mullen on public university leadership and Edwards on public scholarship. Read more...

Kuypers Wins Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship

Associate Professor Jim A. Kuypers has won this year's Eastern Communication Association’s Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship for his book Purpose, Practice, and Pedagogy in Rhetorical Criticism (Lexington Press, 2014).   The Hunt Award is presented to those who have provided "a major contribution to the understanding of rhetoric and communication as a human function in the contemporary world; a means of explaining and realizing public responsibilities beyond the discipline of communication; and/or an intellectual and humane instrument for merging diverse fields of knowledge in a way that infuses them with moral purpose and public significance."



Preston, Quesenberry Win XCaliber Award

Dr. Marlene Preston and Ms. Brandi Quesenberry, faculty in the Virginia Tech Department of Communication, have won the Virginia Tech 2015 XCaliber Award for their submission “Design and Assessment of Virtual Public Speaking: Incorporating Presentation Technologies to Enhance Learning.” The department congratulates Dr. Preston and Ms. Quesenberry on their extraordinary contributions to technology-enriched learning activities. They will receive a commemorative plaque and a cash award of $1,500 at the Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony held later in the spring at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center.

The XCaliber Award–shorthand for exceptional, high-caliber contributions to technology-enriched learning activities–was established in 1996. It celebrates and showcases innovative approaches to teaching in technology-enriched environments. Read more...

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Wyatt Andrews visits Robinson's Digital Newsroom class CBS News National correspondent Wyatt Andrews visited the Communication Department's Digital Newsroom class Monday, April 6, 2015. Andrews shared some advice with Multimedia Journalism students about how to be successful as a news reporter.