Comm Department celebrates Comm Week

Local. Art by Chris Brockman.

Local. Art by Chris Brockman.

By the time one reads this paper, Comm Week 2014 will already be in full swing. Monday saw the Voice Game Show in the FAC recital hall as well as the Alumni Table Talk, which featured several WT Communication and Mass Communication program graduates who have gone on to careers in their respective fields. There are more events still to come for Feb. 18 and 19.
Tuesday, Sing for Your Lunch will be held at noon in Legacy Hall. There will be free pizza and karaoke in the room and it is open for all students to come sing, eat, and goof around.

“There is a rumor that some professors will come and sing,” said senior Mass Communication major Abbey Coufal.

Later in the evening at 7 p.m., once again in Legacy Hall, Kirk Scarbrough will be giving a presentation as part of Comm Week and the Distinguished Lecture series, as well as a Q&A session with the students attending. Scarbrough is the internal director of communication for Teach for America.

“I’m really excited about having Kirk [Scarbrough] come and speak,” said Communication department head Dr. Trudy Hanson. “He’s an award winning speaker, but more than that, his success in the field shows what you can do with a communcation degree. I think he’ll connect with the students really well.”

To cap off events on Wednesday at noon in the FAC foyer, a handful of Communication department professors will be participating in Project Runway; featuring such faces as Dr. Vartabedian, Dr. Cain and Dr. Drumheller getting dressed up in crazy costumes put together by teams of Communication and Mass Communication students.

“We’ve been doing [Comm Week] since before 2006,” said Dr. Hanson. “In 2007 when the department moved into the FAC it became a joint project between Comm and Mass Comm. The main purpose is to raise awareness of communication careers and what the department has to offer.”

“We’ve been doing all kinds of work, meeting since about November about Comm week,” said Communication graduate student Julia Greif, “This is my third year on the board, so I’m familiar. Dr. Hanson is very organized in that she knew what we needed to do from the beginning. It was up to us to contact all the people from all the alumni people coming in to the speaker for the distinguished lecture series.”

“It’s been a lot of fun getting to know students from the Comm department,” said Coufal. “It’s cool to meet new people and learn about their majors, and they in turn learn about our majors.”

“I’m very excited about this week,” said Dr. Hanson. “This committee has worked hard and been very creative with the theme this year.”