Communication Studies Department News

Communicating the Benefits of an Education at Indiana University South Bend

     Written by: Cassidy Martenson
Comm Studies News 3.17.2020
Professor Kevin M. Gillen, Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts and Internship Coordinator, discusses the BA in Communication Studies concentrations in journalism and interpersonal communication as well as internship program opportunities with prospective students.

On Friday, March 6, 2020, the Communication Studies Department at Indiana University (IU) South Bend hosted a Communication Studies Day for potential students. This event allowed students to gain a better understanding of how the department functions within the university.

The event began with general staff introductions before leading into breakout sessions that focused on each major. These breakout sessions allowed the students to get to the core of the individual majors. They participated in games, case studies, and interactive discussions with the Communication Studies Department faculty to further their knowledge of the department.

Students then learned more about the admissions process at IU South Bend and asked current students questions. While questions about the department were common, students also asked questions about college life in general. One student asked the panel, “What is the most stressful part of college?” To which the panel got into a discussion regarding the stressors of a college education and ways to navigate it.

The Communication Studies Department at IU South Bend is dedicated to helping students navigate the twists and turns of a college education. As the panel discussed, college can be very stressful for students. However, the faculty in the department is always there to assist students during this time. Students have access to one on one advising, office hours, and classes led by experienced faculty.

“We are living in a very special era where everything is changing,” said Dr. Brett Labbe, Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department. The community at IU South Bend excitedly awaits the changes that the next generation of young scholars will bring to the field of communication.


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