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.
The Department of Communication mourns the passing of Adam Laing Ward, a 2011 graduate of the department with a focus in multimedia journalism, who was murdered in a shooting while working behind the camera as a journalist during a live broadcast for WDBJ7 News on the morning of August 26 in Moneta, Virginia. Ward's WDBJ7 colleague Alison Parker, a graduate of James Madison University, was also murdered in the shooting. Adam's contagious smile, positive attitude, and work ethic will long be remembered by faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
A statement from Virginia Tech on Adam, including memories from department faculty, is at http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2015/08/082615-unirel-wardstatement.html
The Virginia Tech Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) has named Department of Communication Assistant Professor Cayce Myers its Teacher of the Week "for his ability to foster a learning environment where students engage and critically analyze knowledge." Dr. Myers is in his second year as a faculty member at Virginia Tech, where his teaching focuses primarily on public relations.
More information on Myers' recognition form CIDER is available at: http://www.cideronline.org/teacheroftheweek/totw.cfm
The Department of Communication has worked out an exciting opportunity with Adobe Software that will give our majors 24-hour access to the entire line of Adobe Creative Cloud products. Starting in the fall of 2015 all sophomore, junior and senior students majoring in communication will be required to purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud. The cost of the software will be a one time, annual charge included in student tuition in the fall semester. Students will receive all the products offered in the Adobe Creative Cloud for an annual fee of $119. Normally Adobe charges $599 for professional use and $359.00 to students for the same products. We’re excited to give our students access to this suite of software at a significantly reduced rate.
Students will receive an email early on in the semester giving them instructions on how to set up and access their accounts. Read more...
The Department of Communication will welcome 125 new freshman students as majors, the largest freshman class in six years, this fall. Across the department’s three offered majors, 56 percent are in communication studies, 33 percent in multimedia journalism, and 11% in public relations. (Many students, however, do change between these three specific majors within the department after arriving at Virginia Tech.).
There are also 63 internal transfers into the department from within Virginia Tech beginning in Fall 2015 with 52 percent in public relations, 32 percent in multimedia journalism, and 16 percent in communication studies. In addition, 41 new transfer students from other schools will be joining the department with 61 percent in communication studies, 20 percent in multimedia journalism, and 19 per cent in public relations. In total, the 228 new students represents one of the largest incoming major classes in the department’s history.
Anjelica Smith, a rising second year M.A. student in the Department of Communication, was selected to participated in the historic and prestigious Virginia Governor's Fellows Program for Summer 2015. Established in 1982, the Governor's Fellows Program brings exceptional students with creative ideas to state government — an experience that often leads to careers in public service. Participants are placed in different positions in the Governor's Office and in various agencies throughout the Executive Branch. Governor’s Fellows are chosen based on demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, and service. Anjelica is currently working as a member of the communications staff for the Office of the Governor. As a VT Communication undergrad, she held multiple positions in the SGA, and continued that service for the Graduate Student Assembly as its secretary for the 2014-15 academic year.
Department of Communication Head Robert E. Denton, Jr., has been elected to serve as Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee of Virginia State University’s Board of Visitors during the coming academic year. This will be the third year of serving in that capacity for Denton. Denton also serves on the VSU Research Foundation Board and on the school’s Presidential Search Committee.