College of Charleston Department of Communication

College of Charleston Department of Communication


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We create/share knowledge of communication and relational processes, including ethical and critical decision-making, with the goal of encouraging the development of engaged citizens preparing for leadership in their professions, community, and world.

The Department of Communication (COMM) was created in Fall 1999. The department offers one of the largest undergraduate major in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and on campus at the College of Charleston. The department also offers a Master of Arts in Communication graduate degree, through the Graduate School at the College of Charleston.

Mission: The Department of Communication creates and shares knowledge of communication and relational processes, including ethical and critical decision-making, with the goal of encouraging the development of engaged citizens preparing for leadership in their professions, community, and world.

🗓 Mark your calendars! Put a reminder in your phone! 📱 The College of Charleston Center for International Education's Study Abroad Fair is NEXT WEEK. Don’t miss out on exploring your options and planning your next adventure! ✈️
Did you know that COMM has 4 study abroad opportunities (for COMM credit) coming up this year? 🤩 Keep an eye on your student email for the Monday Morning Memo (MMM) to get alll the details. 👀 Sneak peek... #CostaRica #Ireland #Germany #Austria #Italy
#cofccomm #studyabroad #communication

Join #cofccomm over Spring Break! 😎 Applications close January 31st and space is limited. Get your application in soon!
Click 🔗 for more trip info and how to apply:
#communication #springbreak #networking

40 Under 40: Kat Hoskins is a hotel GM — at age 28

Alumni Spotlight: Katherine (Shidler) Hoskins '13
••'s 40 Under 40 recently named #cofccomm alumna Katherine Hoskins to its ranks. "Hoskins, 28, is the general manager of Courtyard by Marriott Knoxville West/Bearden, and is the youngest general manager in the Concord Hospitality family, which owns and manages more than 120 Marriott and Hilton properties worldwide." Way to go, Katherine! Read more on her journey and work in the hospitality field in the Knoxville News Sentinel article below. 👇
Katherine graduated from College of Charleston in 2013 as a communication major and hospitality and tourism management minor. 🍍 #cofccommalumni #historymadehere #40under40 #communication She is the youngest general manager in Concord Hospitality's family of hotels.

Wow! Application fees to our graduate program are waived through January 31. 🤩 Get your materials together, use waiver code: GSOBFW2020, and apply for College of Charleston Master's in Communication - MCOM's one-year online program. #historymadehere #cofcmcom


MCOM Program Website:

(Full time students can complete the program in 12 months. Part time students in 24 months.)

There is still plenty of time to get your application for graduate school submitted free of charge. So, what are you waiting for? Apply today! #HitSubmit

🗣 Check out today's College of Charleston Bully Pulpit Series conversation and Q&A with Presidential Candidate and Senator Michael Bennet. Details below. 👇

College of Charleston Giving

#CofCDAY is coming up! 🍍 Students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff... mark your calendars! Join in the College of Charleston's day of giving, and help us continue to #MakeHistoryHere. Keep your 👀 out for upcoming details on January 30th's full day of on-campus activities. We will see you there!
CofC Day will occur for 24 hours on January 30, 2020. See the full details here: or College of Charleston Giving
#CofC250 #HistoryMadeHere

Are you ready to Make.History.Here? The College of Charleston is launching our first #CofCDAY -- 24 hours of celebrating and giving back. Mark your calendars for 1.30.20. Learn more: #CofC250 #HistoryMadeHere

🚨 Applications are open! Click the 🔗 below and check out all of the available opportunities for COMM scholarships and funding.
Deadlines vary between February 1 - 15, 2020.
Questions? Email [email protected]

Welcome back, Cougars! New decade, new opportunities. 💫 Let’s get to work! ✍🏽📓💻📚😎🎓📜
#historymadehere #pursuehigher #beyou #collegeofcharleston #cofccomm #cofcmcom #cofccommac #communication

December in the way north of Wisconsin. 🌲 🌲 🌲 Where have your break travels taken you?
Have a great last couple days of 2019, COMM and MCOM! 🎉

Have a great Winter Break, Cougars!
The College of Charleston will be closed from December 23, 2019 - January 1, 2020. See you back in class starting January 8th! 🤓📚

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🎮 We all know communication can be delivered through vast and various ways, but have you thought about the role #touch and, more specifically, #vibration can have? #cofccommfaculty member Dr. David Parisi has. In fact, he is a leading researcher on haptic media studies in the communication field! Check out his recent publication on #haptics (interaction involving touch) and touch feedback in video games: 🖥

Read more about Dr. Parisi and his research focus:

#cofccomm #hapticmediastudies #communication #rumble #vibration #tactility #collegeofcharleston #historymadehere

CofC course gives seniors real-world experience with Wine + Food Festival

Real-world experiences combined with applied academic work lie at the core of our communication curriculum for students. Check out an example created between Dr. Ruth-McSwain's COMM 480/481 capstone courses and local Charleston Wine + Food organization (see Charleston City Paper article below). Keep up the great and impactful work #cofccomm!

Interested in our communication course offerings? You can view the full list via College of Charleston's online course catalog: Course Work

🍍 Campus is slowly winding down, and the Charleston winter is approaching. But today we celebrate it being the last day of finals! 📚 💻 Finish strong, Cougars, and then enjoy that long winter’s nap. 🤗
The College of Charleston will be closed from December 23, 2019 - January 1, 2020. 🗣 Shoutout to all faculty and staff finishing their end of semester work (and grading ✍🏽), and prepping for their own long winter’s nap. ☕️
#collegeofcharleston #finalsweek #cofccomm #cofcmcom #cofcfaculty #cofcstaff

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Brown ‘97
Kudos to Jessica on her inspiring work in the autism community! She currently serves as Executive Director of All 4 Autism, an advocacy organization she started in 2016. Jessica is a #cofccomm ‘97 alumna.
See more about Jessica in the College of Charleston Alumni’s feature below. 👇
#collegeofcharleston #all4autism #cofcalumni

Jessica Taylor Brown ’97 of Florence, SC, has worked in the nonprofit sector since graduating from the College. While at CofC, Ms. Brown majored in communications and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. In 2016, she started All 4 Autism, an advocacy organization for individuals with autism and their families, and serves as the Executive Director. In 2017, Ms. Brown opened the Autism Resource Center of the Pee Dee, the first and only in her region, which provides free resources and support to over 600 families. This past year, she created a partnership with the local school district to provide the new ASD Resource and Support Program for middle and high school students. April is now recognized as Autism Awareness Month in Florence, SC, through an official proclamation. Ms. Brown lives with her husband Danny, and their three sons, Jack, Sam, and Max. #KnowThyself #Since1770 #AlumniSpotlight

🗣 Check out the next College of Charleston Bully Pulpit Series event, coming this Sunday, December 8. Details below. 👇

The Bully Pulpit Series will welcome Elizabeth Warren for a town hall meeting this SUNDAY, Dec. 8th at 3:15pm in the Johnson Center Gymnasium (doors open at 2pm). She will be joined by Sen. Marlon Kimpson for this event. Seats are first-come, first-served. Please note that CofC has a clear-bag policy for this event. Only clear bags allowed at this event. Please view bag policy here:
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College of Charleston Athletics

Alumni Spotlight: Keith Wiggans ‘04
(Wow, two spotlights in one week?! Go Cougs!)
⚽️ Shout out to #cofccomm alumnus Keith Wiggans! Keith has been with the Cougar men’s soccer coaching staff for 11 seasons now, with the last two as Associate Head Coach. While a student here, Keith was a men’s soccer standout goalkeeper. Today (as of Dec 2) it is now HEAD COACH Wiggans for the CofC men’s team. Congratulations, Coach! ⚽️ 🥅 Coach Wiggans graduated in 2004 from CofC as a communication major.
Fun fact: Mrs. Wiggans is also a CofC alumna, and formerly played for our women’s soccer team. 🍍📚⚽️
Check out the full article on Keith below. 👇
#collegeofcharleston #cofccommalumni #cofcalumni #cofcmenssoccer #cofcenglish #cofcwomenssoccer

Keith Wiggans ('04) Promoted To Head Men's Soccer Coach

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From homeless youth and turbulent CofC career, Jermaine Johnson is Andrew Yang's guy in SC

Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Jermaine Johnson, Sr. '08
🇺🇸 Dr. Johnson came back to campus on November 22 for behind-the-scenes work during the College of Charleston Bully Pulpit Series' event with Andrew Yang for President 2020. Jermaine, a 2008 #cofccomm alumnus and former College of Charleston Basketball standout, is the state coordinator for Andrew Yang's campaign efforts in South Carolina. Dr. Johnson is also the owner of Dream Team Consulting Firm, LLC and the Founder and CEO of New Economic Beginnings Foundation Inc.
Check out 👇 this #postandcourier article on Dr. Jermaine Johnson's journey with CofC athletics and his success today. Keep doing great things, Jermaine!
#communication #collegeofcharleston #cofcathletics #bullypulpitseries #andrewyang Jermaine Johnson navigates South Carolina political circles with the same presence and confidence he once used to patrol basketball courts for the College of Charleston. Today the 6-foot-7 Columbia resident

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🍁 🦃 It’s time to RELAX and rest up! Make sure you take some time away from studying to enjoy the class break. ☕️ See you back next week. 👋🏼

Alumni Spotlight: #cofccomm alumna Caroline Vanvick '10
🇺🇸 Since graduating from CofC, Caroline has worked in political communication with prior positions held at the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. She currently serves as the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Vanvick graduated as a communication major and political science minor from the College of Charleston in 2010.
Check out 👇 the in-depth feature College of Charleston Alumni recently posted on #cofccomm alumna Caroline Vanvick '10. 🇺🇸
#cofcommalumni #collegeofcharleston #cofcalumni #communication #politicalscience #politicalcommunication

Caroline Vanvick ’10 serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Vanvick oversees the Department’s communications efforts, media affairs, and public outreach. During her time at HUD, she has launched two public affairs campaigns: the “Innovative Housing Showcase” event on the National Mall and the “Stakeholder HUDdle” engagement event series. Prior to working for President Trump’s administration, Ms. Vanvick served as a Communications Director and senior spokeswoman in both the US Senate and US House of Representatives. While at the College, Ms. Vanvick majored in communications and minored in political science. She joined Delta Delta Delta where she was President from 2008-09. In 2010, she was named the Greek President of the Year. Ms. Vanvick has nearly 10 years of experience in communications, strategic outreach, and management. #KnowThyself #Since1770 #AlumniSpotlight

🍍 Job Alert! Come work at College of Charleston for Business and Auxiliary Services! Check out the job posting at, or directly at 🍍
💻 Application deadline is December 2. ⌚️
#collegeofcharleston #cofccomm #cofcmcom #communication #hiring #jobs

🚨 {repost} THIS FRIDAY: The College of Charleston Bully Pulpit Series will host Andrew Yang for President 2020 for a conversation and audience Q&A. This event is Fri., Nov. 22 at 10:30am in Stern Garden (gates open at 10:00am). First-come, first-served seating.

Please note that CofC has a clear bag policy for this event. Only clear bags allowed at this event. View bag policy here:

#TBT to last week’s amazing events with our national communication Advisory Council. 🍍 What was your favorite part? 🤔
#cofccommac #cofccomm #historymadehere #communication #professionalnetworking #cofcmartinscholars #mentorproteges #cofcalumni

☕️ Doesn’t a cup of coffee or tea sound great in this rainy weather? Did you 👀 that the temperature will be dropping overnight?! No worries! Swing by Alumni Hall tomorrow morning (9:00-10:00) and warm up with a warm beverage and breakfast snack with President Hsu. ☕️
The College Coffee drop-in series is hosted by President Hsu and the College of Charleston senior leadership team. The series is open to all CofC students, faculty, and staff. The next one is Wednesday morning, November 13 from 9:00-10:00 AM. Check your student email for more details.
#collegecoffee #collegeofcharleston #cofccomm

🍍 Wow, what a week, Cougars! The COMM Advisory Council had a great time visiting with students and connecting through multiple networking events, class visits, and presentations. 🌟
While we 👋🏼 goodbye to our Council’s Fall 2019 visit, let us help YOU stay connected throughout the year. 🤓 Email for more information at [email protected] 💻
🗣 Kudos to Dr. Ryan Milner for a stimulating research presentation and discussion on ‘Solving the Problem of Polluted Information’! We also loved having our featured #cofccommalumna Taylor Shawver ‘17 on campus from Integral Communications Group in NYC. She led an awesome post-graduation career presentation for our students. 👥
Have a great weekend, Cougars! 🍍 Stay tuned these next couple of months for the upcoming Spring 2020 Advisory Council meeting dates.
#historymadehere #cofccommac #cofccomm #collegeofcharleston #communication #networking #cofcalumni

This morning, just over 32 COMM students met for a personal Q&A with Washington Post's Eli Saslow, author of “Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist”. Mr. Saslow’s book is this year’s The College Reads! at College of Charleston selection, and he was here at CofC this week for his campus-wide and community book talks/events. Mr. Saslow is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a staff writer for the Washington Post. Thanks for swinging by to chat with COMM! And kudos to faculty member Dr. Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann for coordinating this event!
Read more about Eli Saslow and his book at The College Reads! website:
#cofccomm #elisaslow #risingoutofhatred #collegereads

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Congratulations, Dr. Hsu! 🎉

Forty years ago Andrew T. Hsu came to the United States with $26 in his pocket, a little nerve and a lot of hope.

Mark your calendars! See you Nov 7th for networking with your peers and communication execs. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. ✨
Apply for a Speed Mentoring session today! 🔗 here: (These slots will go fast!)
Social Networking open to all COMM majors and minors from 3:15 - 5:00 on Nov 7. 👩🏼‍💼👨🏻‍💼👩🏽‍💼👨🏼‍💼👩🏻‍💼👨🏿‍💼
#cofccommac #cofccomm #networking

📮You’ve got mail! 📬
Miss the Monday Morning Memo? Don’t worry, check your CofC student email and it’s there. We’ve got updates for you!
🌟 All COMM majors and minors receive the MMM weekly when classes are in session. 🌟
Don’t see the MMM? Email [email protected] for assistance. 💻

📸 Cisternyard Media is hiring! The Head of Photography application closes this Friday the 18th. CisternYard Media is looking for an energetic, creative student to be a part of the team. Join their meeting this Wednesday night at 7pm for more info! 📷

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