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The C-SPAN bus will stop at CSU's Department of Communication as part of its national tour on December 6th, 2018 from 12pm - 2pm. The bus is an interactive, multimedia mobile classroom that travels the country to engage with community members and elected officials, showcasing C-SPAN's public affairs programming and resources. The all new, state-of-the-art customized motor coach stops at book festivals, high schools and universities to host students and teachers around the nation, giving them an inside look at C-SPAN's comprehensive educational and political resources. See it in action HERE.





CSU Nightmare on 9th Ghost Tour

Please join the Department of Communication for the Nightmare on 9th event! Admission is free.
The Feeding the Valley Food Truck will be there collecting canned goods, so donations are appreciated.
When: Thursday, November 8th
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: The Carpenter Building
4 9th Street
Columbus, Ga. 31901



The Department of Communication would love for you to join us at 7:00 PM, August 23rd in the auditorium of the Rainey McCullers School of the Arts for the Columbus movie premiere of STILL. This production, filmed on location in Harris County, launched our department's partnership with the Georgia Film Academy and its success represents community-wide support for bringing the film industry to our area. In fact, 13 CSU students enrolled in the GFA partnership served as production assistants on the set of this film. Since the release of STILL, both the movie and its writer have won numerous awards - including the prestigious GEORGIA Film Award at the Atlanta Film Festival. We are proud of this product that represents only the tip of what our students can do in the CSU Department of Communication. Immediately following the screening, Takashi Doscher (writer / director), Craig Miller (Producer) and some of our own students who served as PAs on this production, will assemble on-stage for a Q&A session with audience members. I would like to receive your emailed RSVP (accept or regret) by August 20. Upon receipt of your acceptance, I will email directions to the event and to your designated parking area.




Communication Alumna is selected as the August Member Spotlight of the New Professionals chapter of PRSA.

Name: Rachel Brown
Position/Company: Public Relations Specialist, Albany State University
Location: Albany, Ga
Education: Public Relations and Integrated Media double major, Columbus State University
Social Media Handle: @rachelbrownpr

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Congratulations are again in order for Dr. Chris McCollough on winning his second consecutive Wilcox Award for the Top Teaching Paper in PR competition conducted by the AEJMC Public Relations Division for his piece chronicling the economic development in the 30 months since his students' work with Pasaquan, the Art Department at Columbus State University, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
His work continues to showcase the impact and value of our service-learning curriculum on teaching, learning, service, and scholarship!



Congratulations are again in order for a member of our faculty!
Dr. Chris McCollough has been named a Rising Star in the Community by the local Chamber of Commerce, Young Professionals, and Columbus and the Valley Magazine.
He is being recognized among a group of 10 community leaders across a wide field of academic, economic, and civil service fields.
Dr. McCollough will be profiled along with his fellow Rising Stars in the October issue of Columbus and the Valley Magazine.


Democratic Gubernatorial Debate in CSU: COMM major, Kelvin Clark (WCUG), joined reporters from WRBL

Columbus State University hosted a Democratic gubernatorial debate on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in University Hall. The debate, which was televised live and open to the public, is part of an ongoing series of political forums hosted by Columbus State in partnership with WRBL-TV and PMB Broadcasting.

Jacob Holt , an assistant professor from CSU's political science department, and Kelvin Clark, a communications student from CSU's WCUG radio station, joined reporters from WRBL on a panel questioning the two candidates, Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans, both former members of the Georgia House of Representatives. CSU communication students also assisted in the production of the telecasts.

The first forum, featuring six Republican gubernatorial candidates, was held on Tuesday, March 6. A Columbus Mayoral Debate is scheduled for May 1. Events featuring any candidates involved in a run-off will be scheduled between the primary and run-off elections and the nominees of each party will be invited back for a Gubernatorial Debate in October.



COMM Alumna gave keynote speech at Georgia Communication Association (GCA) Annual Conference

Our CSU Communication Program alumna gave impressive speech of how student service learning opportunities not only opened their eyes to ways communication makes a difference in the community, but also how those opportunities opened jobs for them after they graduated.

Ms. Anna Simms (CSU c/o 2014) Grants and Communication, Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley
Ms. Cassie Myers (CSU c/o 2012) Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Pezold Company





Georgia Communication Association (GCA) Annual Conference

The 2018 GCA conference, hosted by the Department of Communication, CSU, will be located at CSU's RiverPark Campus at the Yancey Center, One Arsenal Place on Front Avenue. Conference sessions will be at the North Shed Complex and at the adjacent Riverside Theatre. Our Communication Alumna Ms. Anna Sims and Ms. Cassie Meyers will deliver keynote speech. The Full program guide is available here.

GCA Annual conference includes

  • 2018 GCA Student Film Festival
  • Panel presentations
  • Research presentations
  • Keynote Speech



Dr. Scott Sellnow-Richmond published a book chapter

Dr. Scott Sellnow-Richmond published his study on paternity leave and male identity in "Communication and the Work-Life Balancing Act"

Book: Communication and the Work-Life Balancing Act: Across Identities, Genders and Cultures.
Chapter is titled: Paternity leave, identity and fatherhood
Publisher: Roman & Littlefield
Editor: Elizabeth Hatfield (University of Houston - Downtown)



Dr. Ramesh Rao joined on the Center for Global Engagement's Workshop

Dr. Ramesh Rao joined six other CSU faculty members on a one-week visit to Oxford and London, England as part of the Center for Global Engagement's workshop at the Spencer House in Oxford during the first week of September.

CSU faculty submitted applications during spring 2017; the following were selected to participate:

Seon Jeon, English
Eduardo Leon, Modern and Classical Languages
Joe Miller, English
Clayton O'Dell, English
Ramesh Rao, Communication

Dr. Becky Becker and Dr. Dan Ross led the team on many excursions in Oxford, as well as two day trips to London. Each faculty member was asked to reflect on the three-year ILC theme, "Migration: Movement(s) Around the Globe," and give a brief presentation with connections to their discipline during the trip abroad. These presentations will be expanded in the upcoming "Lunch & Learn" series, with Dr. Rao's presentation scheduled for October 26, 2017. His talk is titled "Religion of the Book vs. 'Religion' of the Library", and will be presented in Room 130 at the Schuster Center for Student Engagement.


Georgia's film and entertainment industry takes center stage at Department of Communication Speaker Series



The economic impact of Georgia's film industry was $9.5 billion last year, and the state is the No. 1 feature film production location in the world. Where does Georgia's film and entertainment industry go from here?

Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment for Georgia, answers this question and more as the keynote speaker at the Department of Communication's speaker series program Tuesday, Oct. 17. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. It is free to CSU students and the community.

Last year, Georgia was the site of 320 film and television productions, according to and Productions included Marvel movies, Netflix's "Stranger Things" and AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Thomas is a native of Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in radio, TV and film and earned a master's degree in film studies from Georgia State University. She also studied cinema at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Thomas returned to Atlanta in 1992 and joined what is now the office of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment in the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The speaker series began in September 2014. The Department of Communication brings topics of interest and leading public relations, business and media professionals to Columbus to share their knowledge and experiences with students and the community. Past speakers include Dan Amos, Aflac chairman and CEO; former WSB-TV anchor Monica Kaufman; CNN anchor/reporter Martin Savidge; and Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director of the Georgia Film Academy.

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsors this fall's program. WRBL TV 3 and WTVM News Leader 9 are media partners. PMB Broadcasting provides a $1,000 scholarship to a communication student as part of the speaker series.

More information is available by calling 706-507-8614.


Communications Graduate Accepts WJBF Job Offer


Ashlee “Samantha” Williams graduated with a Public Relations concentration in December 2016. She accepted a job as a news reporter at WJBF NewsChannel 6 in Augusta, Ga. shortly after. Ashlee contributes her success in the news industry to the writing and video production classes as well as the hands-on experience gained in her two internships at WRBL and WTVM. You can see her recent work on her business Facebook page “Samantha Williams WJBF.”

Communication Junior Accepted to Radio Talent Institute


Congratulations to Alan (Thrift) Barringer, a junior in the Department of Communication. He has been accepted to attend the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) Radio Talent Institute May 8-17 at the University of Georgia. Thrift is a student in the Integrated Media concentration and an on-air volunteer for WCUG 88.5 FM Cougar Radio.
Institute sessions cover various aspects of broadcasting. These include entertainment, production, sales, digital, marketing, and promotion.


Communication Junior Awarded
Georgia Association of Broadcasters Scholarship


Congratulations to Taylor Ann Yaughn, who recently received a scholarship from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB). Taylor Ann is a junior in the Department of Communication. She is a student in the Public Relations concentration and on-air volunteer for WCUG 88.5 FM Cougar Radio.
Taylor Ann was one of six scholarship recipients from across the states who were recognized at the GAB Hall of Fame and Scholarship Luncheon Feb. 24 at the University of Georgia. She is the first recipient from CSU to receive the scholarship. Since 2006, the GAB has awarded 40 scholarships totaling more than $60,000.



Visiting Scholar, Dr. Doru Pop

Dr. Doru Pop


Dr.Pop is a Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies. He is a very well known and respected film and communication scholar from one of our partner universities, Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania.

Dr. Pop is a professor and lecturer in the Faculty of Theater and Television, the Cinema and Media Department at Babes Bolyai University (UBB) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. Pop received his Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD in Visual Culture and Philosophy from UBB. He was previously a Fulbright scholar at Bard College, New York (2013), where he taught a course on Romanian New Wave cinema.Dr Pop has published numerous works including, Media and Democracy (2001), Modern and Postmodern Visual Culture in Philosophy (2005) and Romanian New Wave Cinema: An Introduction (2014). He is also editor in chief of Ekphrasis academic journal and director of the Ekphrasis Research Center for Transdisciplinary Studies, at UBB.

Dr. Pop will only be offering these classes during his one semester appointment at CSU.

Media, Society and Culture
COMM 3125I (CRN 22766)
6 - 7:15 PM MW
(Prerequisites: COMM 2105, 2110, 2136 or 2137)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of contemporary media in shaping culture and society. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the course enables students to be critical media consumers, making them aware of the interrelationships between media and society. Students will learn to evaluate and discuss the cultural and social impact of media, analyze media contents, and develop their own critical perspectives.

European Film: From National Identity to Transnational Cultures
COMM 4555U (CRN 22767)
6 - 7:15 PM TR
(No prerequisites)

This course is examines the evolution of national cinemas in Europe, from early national identity to the contemporary transnational film industry culture. The course provides the students with an understanding of the most influential film schools, including German Expressionism, early Soviet cinema, French poetic realism, Italian neo-realism, Free British Cinema (the British "Kitchen Sink" school), French New Wave, Romanian New Waves and others. The course will use historical and theoretical approaches to cinema styles and film philosophies. Throughout the course students will be viewing classic films from great filmmakers of the 20th century such as Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Pedro Almodóvar, Federico Fellini, Cristi Puiu and others.