The Department of Communication Studies is dedicated to its students by providing innovative and diverse leadership, intellectual rigor, and collaboration in a culture of scholarship.
Communication Studies students will find many opportunities to be involved in the department. Being an active member of the department will help you build character, gain leadership skills, encourage scholarship and create lasting professional relationships with your professors and peers, all of which help you build your portfolio.
Students who have shown excellence in scholarship within the department and the University may be asked to join Lambda Pi Eta (LPE). LPE is the National Communication Association's official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. There are LPE chapters worldwide.
The Ashland University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) was formed in Spring 2013. PRSSA is the foremost organization for students interested in communications and public relations. PRSSA helps you enhance your education, broaden your network and launch your career in public relations.
Sport Communication Club
A student-run organization dedicated to the study and practice of sport communication. Membership is open to all students on campus.
For information, please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Cory Hillman, email@example.com
International Communication Association
Eastern Communication Association
Central States Communication Association
Western States Communication Association
Southern States Communication Association
Ohio Communication Association
Public Relations Society of America
Nicolay graduated from Ashland University in 2013 with a double major in French and Communication Studies. She and Dr. Randall-Griffiths presented content from a chapter they co-authored for the book The Discourse of Disablity in Communication Education: Narrative-based Research for Social Change. (edited by Atay and Ashlock and published in 2016).
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COM Studies students are invited to attend this introductory meeting to learn the benefits of joining PRSSA!
Networking, internships, scholarships, guest speakers, conferences, participation in the national Bateman Case Study competition & more!
It's time to join the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)! PRSSA is a student-led organization that is open to all communication studies students, and seeks to “advance the public relations profession by developing ethically responsible pre-professionals who champion diversity, strive for an outstanding education and advocate for the profession” (http://prssa.prsa.org/about-prssa/mission/). AU students participate in leadership and service through this organization, and have attended social media conferences, regional PRSA meetings, and for the last two years participated in the Bateman Case Study Competition. In addition, monthly PRSSA meetings include guest speakers, PRSSA professional development webinars, internship sessions and social networking opportunities.
Our first meeting is coming up on Monday, September 16th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in CFA 302. During this meeting, Professor Shawn Orr will introduce the association and share the benefits of joining, and an election for officers for this year's chapter will be held. Students will also hear from a newly-graduated public relations student who will share her experiences with PRSSA and how it impacted her ability to find a job right after graduation. ...Read more
Webinars are online seminars and their purpose is to enhance the listeners’ understanding of a topic associated with the organization. They can be strictly informative or they can have a persuasive push.
Topics presented by the groups included: the cost of being healthy, nutritional guidelines, professionalism as a collegiate leader, and the life of an AU student.
Following the format of traditional webinars, one person in the group acted as the moderator and the other group members acted as “expert” panelists. The moderator ran the presentation by providing a thorough background on the topic and then transitioning to the panelists by asking questions. The panelists presented their part, imparting their expertise on the topic.
Moderator, Madison Graver, introduces her “expert” panelists:
Tiffany Price, Ashley Helenthal, and Bailey Winand.
The group created a webinar discussing the MyPlate nutritional guidelines.
Groups also had to create a cohesive slideshow. Using Google slides allowed the students to create their own slides within one file. One member of the group was in charge of choosing the slideshow template as well as running the slideshow during the presentation.
The webinars were recorded using Zoom Video Conferencing. According to Keith Harris from AU’s Academic Technology Department, this class was the first to use the Zoom platform for recording organized student group presentations.
Learning how to create a webinar is an excellent opportunity for our students because webinars are gaining popularity as a form of internal and external organizational communication. Webinars are a cost-effective tool used for employee training sessions or departmental presentations as well as a channel to connect with customers, clients,...Read more