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Texas State hosts 21st Annual Communication Week

By Alec Jennings
University News Service
February 24, 2009

Communication Week

The Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Communication has announced a schedule of events for the 21st Annual Communication Week March 2 through 6.

Though all communication week events are free and open to the public, the Department of Communication is highlighting a number of special segments, or, Spotlight events they hope will be especially informative to a wider audience, not just those who are directly involved in communication professions or education.

Spotlight events will include a discussion of tips and strategies for marketing a communication studies major; a convocation and awards event featuring Julia Wood, Lineberger distinguished professor of humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a discussion featuring Aimee Boone, deputy executive director and finance director the Texas Democratic Party and other communication experts.

For more information about any of the Communication Week events, please contact the Department of Communication Studies at (512) 245-2165 or email Felipe Gomez at

March 2

Spotlight Event: A Conversation with Political Communication Leaders
11 a.m., Centennial Hall 157
Gender Identity: Communication Really Does Matter
A panel discussion
2 - 3:20 p.m., Centennial Hall 103
Leadership Lessons

A panel of student leaders will share experiences of leadership. It will be led by Lisa Furler, student development specialist, Texas State.

2 - 3:20 p.m., Centennial Hall 102
March 3
Organizational Rhetoric for Internal Audiences
Featuring Chuck Francis, training and development analyst, CPS Energy
11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Centennial Hall 402
Scottish History and Tradition: The Importance of Communication in Oral Histories
Featuring Larry Sears, CEO E-lan Resources, former Russian Analyst for the U. S. Military and a member of the McLeod Clan
12:30-1:50 p.m., Centennial Hall, 410.
Public Speaking for Dummies
Motivational speaker and Texas State graduate, Aric Bostik, offers strategies to connect with any audience and how to handle nerves, hecklers and disappointments
12:30-1:50 p.m., Centennial Hall 402.
Spotlight Event: How to Make the Most of Your Communication Studies Major
The Communication Studies Advisory Council will discuss tips and strategies for marketing your communication studies major
12:30-1:50 p.m., Centennial Hall G02
Talking the Talk: Communication, Homosexuality and the Family
A panel of homosexuals and heterosexuals will talk about the communication within their families regarding sexual orientation. Topics covered in the Q & A session will include the difficulty of “coming out” from both perspectives, the communication challenges faced by the family members, as well as questions from the audience.
2 - 3:20 p.m., Centennial Hall 103
Business Etiquette: Minding Your Business P’s and Q’s
Featuring LaTonya Croskey, assistant director for student employment and employer outreach, Texas State Career Services
5:30-6:30 p.m., Centennial Hall GO2.
March 4
Career and Internship Opportunities
Featuring Lindsey Wheeler, campus liaison for target corporation
9 - 9:50 a.m., Centennial Hall Room 318
Applications of Assessment: Will I Ever Use This Again?
Marc Turner, professor, department of psychology, Texas State
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Centennial Hall Room 102
Thursday, March 5
Nonverbal Communication through the Eyes and the Lens of a Professional Photographer
Featuring Carissa Hoopes Duval and Chris Duvall, co-owners of Hoopes Photography
11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., Centennial 103.
Employer’s Insight into Getting the Job
Ryanne Janca, recruiting supervisor for Enterprise Rent-A-Car
12:30-1:50 p.m., Centennial Hall Room 103.
Spotlight Event: Communication Studies Convocation
Dean Richard Cheatham presiding
3:30 - 5 p.m. Centennial Hall G01
Golden Apple Awards
Given for undergraduate and graduate faculty teaching
Outstanding Communication Studies Alumni Award
Will Mercer, Organizational Communication Consultant
The COMM Club Scholarship Presentation
Convocation Address: The Communication Field’s Commitment to Socially Engaged Research
Julia Wood, Lineberger distinguished professor of humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
March 6
Doughnuts and Discussion with Julia Wood
Julia Wood is Lineberger distinguished professor of humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Centennial Hall 206