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Looking forward to the start of a new year

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. At present, we support over 400 major students, 100 minor students, and will enroll over 3000 students in seats for courses this fall.  To help with this growth, we are welcoming seven faculty to the Department of Communication, including five new faculty and two returning faculty who join the department from other appointments at UK... Read letter from our chair Elisia Cohen...


COM 535 in Ireland

Eleven communication majors from the University of Kentucky traveled to Ireland this summer to partake in a two-week travel study program on risk and crisis communication. The COM 535 class visited crisis communication consulting agencies, the Dublin Fire Brigade, Croke Park Stadium, international corporations like Guinness and Waterford Crystal, and dozens of historic sites near Dublin, Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and the Aran Islands. Taught by Associate Professor Dr. Shari Veil, the class never met in a classroom but stayed connected through discussion posts via Facebook and short debrief sessions in between site visits. Students learned about and wrote papers on specific crises facing Ireland, including the 2013 horse meat scandal, the Garth Brooks concert series debacle, and the continued political discontent over Northern Ireland not being part of the larger Republic. Students also learned a great deal about the Irish culture and themselves on the trip. Megan Bowles, a communication major in the digital and mass media track, commented, "This study abroad program in Ireland was the first time for me traveling abroad. It was a safe environment to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. This is a whole new way to take a course because we really get to immerse ourselves in the culture and history while touring and talking with local people."

Join Dr. Kevin Real in Peru during Summer 2015!
Dr. Kevin Real has developed a course that will be taught during Summer II, 2015 in Peru. This 3-4 week course will be a mixture of classroom and hands-on experience in facilitating students' understanding of the global workplace. The format will include the following:

  1. Pre-departure meetings focused on course expectations, travel guidelines, culture, safety issues, and self-reflection;
  2. A 2-day "survival Spanish" course taught in Lima;
  3. Coursework with Peruvians as guest speakers, including those with experience in Communication in Global Organizations, as well as site visits to organizations that will provide students with first-hand knowledge of the degree of diversity and inclusion in Peruvian and South American workplaces;
  4. Cultural and language experiences in both Lima, Cusco, and the Sacred Valley; and
  5. Upon return, students will reflect on their trip/coursework and then submit a final written assignment. Classes will be taught in Lima at Universidad del Pacifico in the Jesus Maria District and at the University of Salamanca in Cusco. For more information, contact Dr. Real ( and stay tuned for more details in our Fall newsletter.
News and Notes  

The Communication Student Association is a professional student organization based in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. The organization has a small but loyal membership of undergraduate students majoring, minoring, or just expressing interest in a career in communication. Monthly meetings allow students to meet and interact with other students w similar interests and career goals. Activities include meeting with alumni, professionals in the field, and graduate students furthering the study of communication. CSA annually conducts COMMFEST, a day long campus wide event to promote the communication department, college, and its students. For more information, please visit our web page or contact CSA President Phillip Barnett or CSA Faculty Advisor Don Lowe.


Save the Date!

"Professional-Amateur Day" is scheduled on October 29th, 2014. Interested juniors, seniors, and alumni are invited to participate in this event from 8am-1:30pm at off and on-campus sites. Students, faculty, alumni, and friends will be invited to attend a special networking lunch event that day. Registration information will be provided in September. If you are an alumnus or local small business owner and you are interested in helping mentor students associated with this event, please contact Dr. Elisia Cohen (; 859.257.3323)


Communication Honors Society

This will be an exciting year for the
Communication Honors Society. We will be partnering with other committees and student groups to serve as ambassadors for the department. This year we will be focusing specifically on three areas:

Strategic planning: We will focus on refreshing the society’s mission statement and strategic plan, as well as creating and ratifying a constitution that will help guide the society’s operation going forward.

Professional development: We will host several career spotlight events and guest panels, and we will offer members the opportunity to be paired with a graduate student or faculty member who will help mentor the student in conducting research.

Outreach: We will help to promote the communication major and minor on campus through class visits, an e-newsletter, and other social events.

Membership in the society is based on GPA and paying dues. Those interested in applying for membership should contact Dr. Allison Scott at

2014-2015 officers
President: Jessika Black
Vice President: Emma Richardson
Treasurer: Corbin Bailey
Secretary: Chi Chi Okafor
Event planner: Christen Garland
Faculty advisor: Allison Scott

Congratulations to our Outstanding Students!
We are proud to announce our Outstanding Students! Congratulations to the following recipients of the Outstanding Student Awards for 2013-2014:

Taylor Brashear
Kim Fultz


Micaha Dean
Susan Mann
Brenton Smith


Anne Scalding
Corbin Bailey


Recent Student Accomplishments
We asked our students about some of their recent accomplishments and were so impressed with what they shared with us!

  • Phillip Barnett started a non-profit organization called AppalArts Magazine in October 2013. The magazine showcases and encourages independent Appalachian artists. He was also hired as the Communication Director of the Robinson Scholars Program in Spring 2014
  • Christa Blackwell was nominated for Staff Employee of the Year by her peers in the College of Health Sciences 2013. She gave several Poster Presentations: with scholars Scott, A. M., Savage, M. W., Aalboe, J., Wilburn, B., Stein, P., Turner, S., Mullins, M. R., Ebersole, J. L., & Blackwell, C. (2014, March). Perceptions of oral health among students at Morehead State University: Findings from a focus group investigation. She presented a poster at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY. Savage, M. W., Scott, A. M., Aalboe, J., Wilburn, B., Stein, P., Turner, S., Mullins, M. R., Ebersole, J. L., & Blackwell, C. (2014, March). Baseline oral health survey of Morehead State University Undergraduates. Poster presented at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Spring Conference, Lexington, KY.
  • Adrian Booker interned with the Indiana Pacers.
  • Kimberly Fultz was appointed as a staff member at the UK Baptist Campus Ministry for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Meghan Griffith was accepted in into the Disney College Program.
  • Rachel Gusler is participating in an internship in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She is working at an orphanage observing the strength of relationships built mainly through non-verbal communication.
  • Destiney Johnson has received several scholarships and is a member of the National Gold Key society.
  • Edward Lee became involved in a campus ministry/school organization known as Bridges International. He was given the role of president and has held the position for 2 years.
  • Katherine Nantz received an internship with the American Cancer Society.
  • Chiomah Okafor held the position of Communication Honors Society Secretary and was accepted as a Student Ambassador for the College of Communication and Information.
  • Samuel Pierce was accepted as a Student Ambassador for the College of Communication and Information.
  • Avis Sampson currently interns at Awesome Inc, a technology start up company located here in Lexington. Along with this she has started a new organization called Ignite BBN, which aims to bring a better atmosphere on campus as well as encourage unity. Along with these things she studied abroad in Ireland in July, worked with elementary school aged children at an elementary and middle school, and is working on her own show through The Elite List on Wildcat Student TV. Be on the lookout for a video she is working on for Homecoming, which will be aired during Big Blue U and reveals the homecoming theme for this year!
  • John Schroeder received his Associates degree in Golf Professional and General Management. He passed the player ability test in 2012.
  • Amanda Slone presented a research paper at the Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference for SSCA. She is a member of the Honors Program, as well as the Delta Epsilon Iota academic honors society. She was an Undergraduate Teaching Apprentice for 2 semesters and held an internship with the Office of New Student and Parent Programs, working with the Parent Association for 1 year. She is the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship, graduated Summa Cum Laude, and received a Teaching Apprenticeship for grad school at UK starting in the fall.
  • Kiara Smith was selected for the Treasurer position for the student epilepsy organization, See Blue Through Ribbons of Hope in 2012-2013 and will be continuing this position for the 2014-2015 academic year. She was an participant in the 2014 Life After College Retreat, which was a phenomenal event put on by the University of Kentucky Alumni Association. She has volunteered at the Community Inn, for the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, and the Boxes and Walls Exhibit, all within the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Tyler Waters is a 2014 Noyce Fellowship recipient.
  • Leah Wilson was accepted into the UK College of Pharmacy.
  • Melanie Orr finished with a 3.56 GPA while studying as a full-time student, working a full-time job, and being a full-time single mother.


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Alumni Updates--Fadyia Lowe ('04) is the Health Education/Marketing Coordinator at UK University Health Services.

--Ericka Harney (B.A. '03, M.A. '04) joined the Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance (AFWA) and The Foundation of AFWA as their Executive Director in March 2014. This spring she was also recognized by the Bluegrass Women's Alliance with the 2014 Fayette County Impact Award and by Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity for her work with the APO and Girl Scouts USA relationship at the national level with the Herbert G. Horton Service to Youth Award.

--Tim Edwards (Ph.D., '98) is an Associate Professor in the School of Mass Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He was recently promoted to Full Professor effective July 1, 2014.

--Elizabeth Workman
(B.A., '05) is the Business Development and Office Manager for CARMAN.

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Dean's List for Spring 2014

Jenna Abele
Mariam Alabdali
Evan Avery
Erin Baber
Corbin Bailey
Phillip Barnett
Taylor Brashear
Hunter Cannon
Jarrod Carnahan
Andrew Cawman
Jennifer Challburg
Rebecca Cheatham
Christine Clark
Jennifer Clay
Hollis Clinkinbeard
Victoria Cornish
Spencer Cowen
Lindsey Cullen
Cylia Damerau
David Davenport
Mary Day
Alex Day
Rachel Dixon
Kevin Duffy
Shelby Duncan
Erika Edwards
Alyssa Elliott
Taban Flores
Christen Garland
Chloe Gravitt
Bryan Griffith
Michala Handy
Kelsey Harper
Corey Henderson
Nicole Henlein
Margaret Holston
McClellan Holt
Ashlyn Huffman
Truston Humphries
Logan Hurley
Emily Jackson
Lauren Johnson
Kaitlin Jordan
Hallie Kantor
Kayleigh Karinen
Claire Kelley
Caran Kennedy
Anne Kirk
Virginia Lawless
Alexander Lester
Courtlynn Lindsay
Madeleine Lockridge
Whitley Lyon
Timothy Maggard
Charity Marsh
Carina Mazariegos Zelaya
Olivia McCoy
Kelli Mitchuson
Amanda Nelson
Callee Nunn
Taylor Oldham
Kelli Phillips
Elizabeth Pickett
Maria Pienkowski
Madison Pierce
Samuel Pierce
Bradley Polivka
Rachel Porter
Melissa Prater
Katherine Ransdell McKenzie Rapp
Sarah Reagan
Andrew Reed
Katherine Robinson
Lauren Sager
Jacob Schiphorst
Kennedy Schlich
Heather Scott
Lauren Semones
JaVon Shelby
Sara Shipley
Samantha Shirley
Amanda Slone
Morgan Smith
Lesley Smith
Anne Spalding
Zachary Straub
Nigel Taylor
Tamika Tompoulidis
Fotis Tompoulidis
Hannah Turlington
Sunee Tyson
Lauren Untch
Daniel Walker
Alanna Watts
Jacob Westover
Justin White
Sidney White
Mitchell Wiley
Kennedy Williams
Renee Wilson
Lucas Witt
Melanie Womack Orr
Karaline Wood
Jordan Yates
Kathryn Zarish

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