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Graduate Luncheon

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Tim Sellnow: The Right Message, At the Right Time, Can Save Lives

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Haag, Blackman Garner All-Conference USA Honors on Wednesday

Ellinor Haag is a student currently enrolled in COMM 345. The following article was published about her recent athletic success on WKU Sports.

Haag, Blackman Garner All-Conference USA Honors on Wednesday

Ellinor Haag
Ellinor Haag
April 29, 2015BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – For the first time in program history, two WKU women’s golfers were named all-conference in the same season as junior Ellinor Haag and freshman Georgina Blackman garnered All-Conference USA Third Team honors, the league office announced today.

Haag also becomes the first-ever WKU women’s golfer to become a two-time All-Conference player as she was an All-Sun Belt performer last season when she became the first player to take home an all-conference award since Crystal Anglea in 2000. Haag was also a Conference USA All-Academic team member and has been nominated for CoSIDA Academic All-Region honors.

“What a tremendous honor for these two young women,” said head coach Adam Gary. “They have both worked extremely hard at their craft this season, and as a program, we couldn’t be happier that their hard work has paid off with this recognition.”

Blackman took home an astonishing 10 top-20 finishes across the 11 events she played for the Lady Toppers in 2014-15 and was the C-USA Golfer of the Week for February 25 following a third place finish at the 13th Annual USA Women’s Invite. The Essex, England native led WKU in stroke average with 74.9 strokes per round and also tallied a team-high four top-5 finishes.

Haag, who was second on the team in stroke average this season with 75.3 strokes per round, was the C-USA Golfer of the Week for March 12 after winning the Lady Eagle Invitational. She participated in all 12 of the team’s events this season and tallied a team-high six top-10 finishes to go along with three inside the top five. Her low-round of 68 on the season was matched only by her All-Conference teammate, Blackman.

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A Huge Congrats to One of Our Students!


A huge congratulations to Angelia Whitlock, one of our majors currently interning with Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in Washington D.C. The following is a letter she penned explaining what the Department of Communication means to her, and she shared her next big career move.

“I have some BIG news, but first, I have a few thanks to give. I have said it before, and I will continue to say it: the Department of Communication is the GREATEST department at WKU. I have had several students from WKU email, text, and message me on Facebook asking how I have had the opportunities that I have had in Washington, D.C.

My response is always this: I have only had these opportunities because I was supported by a department that encouraged me, challenged me, and pushed me to succeed.

Last Wednesday morning, I had an interview with the Special Assistant for Commissioner Tony Hammond of the Postal Regulatory Commission for the position of Confidential Assistant. The interview lasted over an hour. The Special Assistant and I talked about many things not related to the job description. He asked many questions about what Communication Studies entailed, in which case I was able to incorporate our motto, “Communication is the key to a better self, better life, and better future,” and then I continued to share a few of the theories that I have learned over the years with him. He was amazed at some of the things that are taught in our department, as well as my interviewing skills.

After the interview, he said he would be in contact with me in the early part of next week to possibly set up an interview with the Commissioner. On Thursday (the next day), I received a call from the Special Assistant asking if I could come in Friday morning at 9 a.m.  for a meeting with the Commissioner. I said yes, of course. I met with Commissioner Hammond, and again, we talked for over an hour (longest, most enjoyable interviews of my life). Before I left, the Commissioner said they would let me know something either way by mid-week next week.

At 1:00 p.m. on Friday, the Special Assistant called and said, “The Commissioner was so pleased with your interview that he wants to go ahead and make an offer. He was very impressed by the way you spoke and carried yourself, and we both agree that you would be an exceptional addition to our office. We hope you will accept.”

Here is a little background on Commissioner Hammond: Tony Hammond was reappointed as Commissioner of the PRC and sworn into office on December 11, 2014, and was elected to serve as Vice Chairman for 2015. Commissioner Hammond served on the Postal Regulatory Commission and its predecessor agency, the Postal Rate Commission, from 2002 to 2011, as an appointee of President George W. Bush. During that time, he was elected to two separate terms as Vice Chairman of the Commission and represented the Commission on the U.S. State Department delegation to the Universal Postal Union. He was reappointed Commissioner for an additional term by President Barack Obama and served from 2012-2013. http://www.prc.gov/commissioner/tony-hammond

With that being said, I am now employed full-time by the Federal Government under the appointment of Commissioner Hammond, all before even graduating from WKU, and I owe a huge thanks to you and the department because I truly could not have done it without all of you. Your encouragement and support has been the driving force behind chasing my dreams. If I did not have the Department of Communication’s support on the crazy idea to move back to DC to find a full time job while finishing my degree online, none of this would have been possible.

I really cannot thank you, Dr. Crawley, Dr. Kell, and Dr. Kong enough for the incredible opportunities  you all  have allowed me to experience. I look forward to seeing you at graduation!!”

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2015 Communication Student Recognition Dinner

Last night, April 21, 2015, was the Second Annual Student Recognition Dinner. Students invovled in Lambda Pi Eta, Comm Ambassadors, Student Workers, and our graduate students were recognized for their hard work. Awards were also given to the Outstanding Comm Studies Student, Outstanding Corp. Comm Student, and the Outstanding Graduate Student. The top papers for Data-Based Research and Case Study were also presented. LPH gave their award for honorary faculty member. Finally, Kay Coomes was honored as the Alumna of the Year.

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WKU forensics team wins NFA national speech & debate title


Several of our Communication Majors helped to earn this National Title.

Originally posted on WKU News:

The WKU forensics team won both the National Forensic Association National Tournament championship and the National Forensic Association Lincoln-Douglas Debate National championship, hosted this year by Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, over the April 16-20 weekend.

WKU sent 47 competitors with a total of 185 entries to the national tournament. Of the total entries, 82 advanced to quarterfinal rounds, 40 advanced to the semifinal round, and 22 events made it to the final round of competition.

WKU was crowned team sweepstakes champion with 797 points, while the University of Texas at Austin placed second with 527 points, and Bradley University placed third with 418.5 points. Other top 10 schools included Ball State University, Illinois State University, Eastern Michigan University, Wayne State University and Arizona State University. The NFA National Tournament hosted 79 schools and more than 1,700 entries this year.

The team was also crowned team sweepstakes champion in Lincoln-Douglas…

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Exiled Generations

‘Exiled Generations’ written by our own Carl Kell has wide appeal

‘Exiled Generations’ has wide appeal – Bowling Green Daily News: Features.


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