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Communication Studies Week

April 4, 2022 - April 7, 2022

Comm Studies Week

Free food and prizes…networking events…a video contest…trivia…faculty presentations…alum panels…performances by the forensics teams…all of that and more will be part of the Communication Studies Department’s inaugural Communication Studies Week April 4-7. As department chair Craig Scott explains, “This is an opportunity to highlight the many great opportunities in our department for both current and prospective undergraduate students. We are excited to showcase some of that during this special week.” The week of events is actually four days devoted to different aspects of Communication Studies relevant to the undergraduate community.

Monday, April 4: Career Day!

The week will begin with a focus on career opportunities for CMS students. We’ll kick things off with free pizza, a guest speaker, and a space where key employers will be available to talk to CMS students. The day will also include a panel for those considering graduate school, two workshops on resume writing and networking, and some recent CMS graduates talking about their experience since graduation. The day wraps up with a networking event organized by the CMS student chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators.

11am         Kick off Intro and Pizza: A few words about CMS Week and Career Day from CMS Chair, Craig Scott (Location CMA Lobby)
11:30am   Guest speaker Bonnie Caver, Presentation Title: The State of the Communication Profession (Location CMA 5.136)
11-2pm     Booths: A variety of booths from employers (Location CMA Lobby) Employer: Insight Global, Prosek Partners, Hill + Knowlton Gartner, and more.
12pm      Workshops: Resume Writing (Location DMC 5.102)
1pm     Grad Student Panel: Why You Should Consider Graduate School in Your Future Plans (Location DMC 5.102)
2pm     Workshops: Networking 101 (Location DMC 5.102)
3pm     Guest Speaker: Rachel Robillard, Presentation Title: From Guad to Hollywood: How Moody Equipped Me for My Profession in Communication (Location DMC 5.102)
4pm     Recent Graduates Panel: Recent CMS grads share their professional experience since graduating with CMS degree (Location DMC 5.102)
6pm      Networking Social: Meet with local Austin business professionals and member of the International Association of Business Professionals (Roppolo’s Pizzeria 2604 Guadalupe St.)

Tuesday, April 5: This is Major (and Minor)!

Today is all about the Communication Studies major, the tracks within it, and various related minors. Ice cream will be provided as students visit with faculty, students, and advisors about the various aspects of the major/minors. To liven things up we’ll also be doing some live trivia about communication and the department (and UT and Austin), with prizes to those with a correct answer.

3:00-6pm: CMA Plaza – Ice Cream, trivia, and information tables
Join us for free ice cream and a chance to visit with representatives to discuss each of our academic tracks and related minors.

Play our Communication fun trivia contest and win prizes for correct answers about our major, tracks, faculty, UT and Austin!

Winners of the Video Contest for CMS Majors will be announced!

Wednesday, April 6: Research Day!

9am: Research on Precarious Livelihoods in the Global South with Shiv Ganesh & Stacey Sowards: CMA 5.136
10am: Creating Visuals to Study and Share Insights about Communication with Josh Barbour: CMA 5.136
11am: Undergraduate Students in Research: CMA 5.136
Amaya Ngo: Formative Research for an Interactive Substance Use and Mental Health Self-Screening Tool
Opportunities for participating in faculty research with Keri Stephens
Tien Nguyen: Supporting a Pandemic Pregnancy: The Role of Birth Doulas in Reproductive Justice During the COVID-19 Pandemic
12pm: Social Life in Slow Motion with Jürgen Streeck: Video Installation in CMA Lobby
1pm: Attachment: From Theory to Measurement with René Dailey: CMA 5.136
2pm: Workshop on Deception Detection with Matt McGlone: CMA 5.136
3pm: Trump’s Final Stand: Understanding the January 6th Rally Speech Rhetorically with Josh Gunn, Rod Hart & Sharon Jarvis: CMA 5.136

Thursday, April 7: Student Activities!

Our week will wrap up with a showcase of the work by some of our student debate team and our student speech team—both of whom are nationally recognized for their excellence. Between those events we’ll have other information available about our various student organizations (Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society and the International Association of Business Communicators) and programs like UT-New York and UT-Los Angeles. Come grab some popcorn and enjoy the shows!

5:30pm: Public Debate Performance by UT Debate Team: DMC 5.208
Lincoln-Douglas Debate – Resolved: On balance, profit-driven urban development in Austin does more harm than good.
Affirmative: Ralph Anderson – Political Communication 2025 – UIL 6A State Champion in Cross-Examination Debate, Winston Churchill High School ’21
Negative: Jacob Lugo – Government 2023 – Top Speaker and Winner, 2019 Red River Rivalry Debate v Oklahoma – Winston Churchill High School ’17
7pm: Forensics showcase by Texas Speech Team: DMC 5.208


April 4, 2022
April 7, 2022
Event Category:




CMS Department
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Target Audience
Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students, General Public
Department of Communication Studies

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