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.
Many COMM faculty and graduate students attended the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Washington, DC, November 21-24. Among those attending, the following people formally participated in panels:
--Robert E. Denton, Jr., panel chair, "Connections: Considering Dan Nimmo's Legacy and Influence on the Future of Political Communication"
--Robert E. Denton, Jr., panel chair, "The 2012 Presidential Campaign: An Overview and Analysis of the Major Areas of Political Campaign Communication"
--Beth M. Waggenspack, Panel member, "Connecting with Prospective Graduate Students: Recruiting and Selecting GTAs for the Basic Course."
--Beth M. Waggenspack, Paper presented: "The Shadow First Lady: Nellie Taft's Imprint on the Capitol's Cultural and Political Scene" part of a panel on First Lady Ethos and Rhetorical Effects.
--Rachel Holloway, "The 2012 Presidential Nominating Conventions and the American Dream: Narrative Unity and Political Division"
It takes a plan to navigate a crowded media landscape with a constant exchange of information. Communication major Chris Bonelli uses his plan to help Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team and gain experience that will drive him toward his professional goals.
Bonelli, a senior from Mechanicsville, Va., earns a stipend for leading the communication efforts for the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT), a senior design project for engineering students. The team competes in EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future. It's a three-year competition that challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising the performance, safety, and consumer acceptability. Communication effectiveness plays a role in the final ranking. read more...
Virginia Tech selected Rachel Holloway as vice provost for undergraduate academic affairs. She will begin in her new position on Sept. 10.
“I am very pleased that Rachel Holloway will be leading Virginia Tech’s undergraduate academic affairs,” said Mark McNamee, senior vice president and provost. “As a faculty member, department head, and associate dean, she has demonstrated her commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. Her experience and knowledge of Virginia Tech will facilitate the development of this redefined vice provost position. I look forward to working with Rachel and the other vice provosts on furthering the growth of our academic programs.” read more...
The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech will house the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology with an array of labs and studios devoted to creative technologies and innovative curriculum design. Within this area of the center also will be located the multimedia studio, production control room, newsroom, and associated classroom in support of the Department of Communication.
Consisting of the latest digital production capabilities, the multimedia center will enable high definition production programming, news production, and digital journalism across many platforms. Virginia Tech’s Department of Communication will occupy the space in an academic capacity with curriculum including multimedia journalism and television production. The location of the multimedia center in the Center for the Arts, however, will offer opportunities for integrated research and performances that will be distributed within the building walls, across campus, and throughout the community and state.
For more information on the Center for the Arts please visit http://www.vt.edu/spotlight/innovation/2011-05-30-arts-center/fly-through.html.
To follow the status of the Communication Multimedia Center please visit https://multimediavtcomm.wordpress.com.
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