New Communications Honors Society

The Department of Journalism and Communication Studies is proud to announce the formation of a new honors program for Communications students. The Department of Journalism and Communication Studies is starting a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta. Lambda Pi Eta is the official honorary society of the National Communication Association, and it is also a member of the Association of College Honors Society. Click here for more information about Lambda Pi Eta and its mission. Eligibility is open to all students with at least 12 hours of COM designated courses. Interested students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 and a GPA of 3.25 in COM designated courses. Benefits of joining include: -Looks great on a resume -Lambda Pi Eta will promote communications activities on campus -Will have seminars to prepare you for your career field and/or graduate school -Recognition from the department for academic achievement -Recognition during graduation -Scholarship, Award, and Research opportunities through Lambda Pi Eta   The first meeting will be held on October 4, at 2pm in Fine Arts 210. If you are unsure of your eligibility for the society, you should still come to the meeting. The Department of Journalism and Communication Studies can help you to determine your eligibility. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact: Ryan McCullough [email protected] 304-336-8532...

Communications Faculty Visits Sago Mine Memorial

West Liberty University Instructor Ryan McCullough recently visited the Sago mine disaster memorial and the Sago Baptist Church in Sago, West Virginia. He also visited the memorial to the mining disaster in Philippi, WV. Mr. McCullough was joined by Aron Massey, Instructor of Geography, in WLU’s department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Their visit was part of a collaborative research project.   Mr. McCullough and Mr. Massey are currently studying the ways in which Appalachian towns, communities, and cultures memorialize victims of mining accidents and disasters. The WLU faculty members are planning on presenting their research and findings on this subject at the Appalachian Studies Association’s 35th annual conference held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in March. Their hope is to eventually publish their findings in the Journal of Appalachian Studies.   “For years, public memorials have been studied from geographical and rhetorical perspectives; however, we are not aware of any studies that take an interdisciplinary approach.” says Mr. McCullough. “I think we are really breaking ground by studying these sites from both geographic and rhetorical perspectives, and I think our visit to these sites were very productive. My hope is that we will get a great paper out of it,  and I think we can make some significant theoretical and methodological contributions.”...