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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.

Hokies Set Mascot Hug Record as Part of Public Relations Student Campaign

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The Hokie Bird landed in the Guinness Book of World Records Thursday, February 26, when Virginia Tech students broke the official record for most hugs given by a mascot in one minute in an event held at Shanks Hall.  The Hokie Bird got 85 hugs from participating students, 10 more than the previous record.  

The record-breaking event was organized by the PRSSA Bateman Competition team whose client this year as selected by PRSA was Home Matters, a non-profit organization that raises awareness about homeless issues. The team's advisor is Dr. Kelly McBride. 

For more information about the event, see the video below from Virginia Tech television.  For more information about Home Matters, see


Preston, Quesenberry Win XCalibur 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...


Film Involving Communication Alumnus Wins Academy Award

Virginia Tech alumnus Tony Hardmon was the cinematographer for the film, “Crisis “Hotline: Veterans Press 1” which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject this year. Hardmon graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in 1986. Since graduating, Hardmon has done cinematography, photography and camera operating for several different television and independent film documentaries.

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” is a documentary about the 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Veterans Crisis Line based in Canandaigua, New York. The hotline receives more the 22,000 calls every month from U.S. veterans struggling post-traumatic stress disorder caused by their time at war. Read more...


Cayce Myers wins paper award

    Cayce Myers

Faculty member Cayce Myers won the best faculty paper in the history division of the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication Southeast Colloquium.  The paper entitled “The Un-American South:  Northern Depictions of the American South 1857 to 1870”  will be presented in March at the Colloquium.

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Diaz interviews Sands Journalism students watch Senior Anailis Diaz interview Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands after his visit to the Multimedia Center.