join the conversation

join the conversation

Monday, December 10, 2018

COM Studies Professor and Students Receive Leadership Training

Last week, Dr. Gwen Hullman, Camille Pollutro, and Samantha Stutzman completed their training in Leadership In Deliberative Democracy, taught by Professor Louise Fleming- Dufala, and sponsored by the Center for Civic Life at Ashland University, which:
strives to involve citizens in deliberating issues of concern and in developing and initiating solutions for their communities. Through this effort, Ashland University will educate people in the region about civic life and engage them in deliberative practices that allow them to meet needs in their communities and to shape their communities' future.

To learn more about the Center for Civic Life, visit their website here

Friday, November 16, 2018

Health and Risk Communication Students Meet to Discuss Health PR Jobs

Health and Risk Communication students Cyleen Sharpe, Samantha Stutzman, and Wenyu Zhang met with Dr. Gwen Hullman Wednesday for lunch. 

Topic of the day: statewide health public relations job opportunities and the Bureau of Labor Statistics' prediction on job growth in this sector. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Health Educator opportunities will see a 16% above average job growth over the next 10 years. Those focusing on health communication and public relations will see a 9% projected job growth market over the next ten years. 

Great news for our Health and Risk students!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Students Selected to Lead the AU Bateman Case Study Competition Team

Ashland University’s Communication Department has recently chosen four students to lead the AU Bateman Case Study Competition team. This will be the second year that Ashland’s PRSSA Chapter has competed in this national case study competition. Those selected for the team for this year are seniors Samantha Stutzman of Chardon, Ohio; Erin Staley of Dayton, Ohio; Ricardo Leona of Avon, Ohio; and Cyleen Sharpe of Bellevue, Ohio.

All four members of the team major in either Public Relations & Strategic Communication or double major in Communication at Ashland University.

Shawn Orr, Communication Studies faculty and Bateman Case Study Team adviser, said "This competition provides a great opportunity for our top public relations students to develop, implement and assess a campaign from start to finish. The client this year is the National PRSA Foundation, whose goal is to promote diversity in the fields of public relations and communication. We look forward to partnering with both internal and external communities to move this initiative forward."

The Bateman Case Study Competition was established in 1973 to help provide college students with the chance to compete with their peers across the nation, and gain hands-on experience in executing a public relations campaign. Every year, Bateman selects a worthy company or organization as the client for each participating PRSSA chapter to represent.

The students will conduct their campaign from Feb 11-Mar 11, 2019. The top three finalists of the competition will present their campaign to representative of the selected organization and will be recognized at the PRSSA National Conference. The first-place winning team will receive a prize of $3,500, the second-place team will receive a $2,500 prize, and the third-place team will receive a $1,500 prize. Along with that, twenty other teams will be honorably mentioned at the conference for their campaigns and represented on the PRSSA website.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Communication Studies Professors Present at OCA Conference



Shawn Orr, professional instructor in Communication Studies and director of the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence, and Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, associate professor and director of the Online Communication Studies Program, along with Communication Studies adjunct professors Wendy Hall and Jessica Coleman, presented a panel titled Corrections Education in the 21st Century at the Ohio Communication Association's annual conference.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths Presents an OCA with Students

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, Associate Professor and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program, presented at the Ohio Communication Association’s annual conference with Erin Staley and Samantha Stutzman, both seniors majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and Health and Risk Communication. 

The panel titled, Using Narrative Analysis to Explore the Influence of Health Humanities, featured papers by Staley and Stutzman, along with junior Camille Pollutro who was unable to attend.