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Communication Arts Launches New “Social Summer” Media Campaign

What happens when two communicators get together? New social media initiatives are born.

The Communication Arts Department’s new “social summer” media campaign – What are YOU doing this summer? – came about as the result of a conversation between Char Eberly, Assistant Director of the Communication Arts Studio and the Department’s CARTA News Correspondent, Emily Bello-Pardo.

“Emily and I were standing in the empty hallway and wondering where everybody was and what they were doing this summer. We talked about the need to maintain the Communication Arts community that Emily had been building through our social media. Thus, the What are YOU doing this summer? campaign was born,” said Char Eberly. “With this campaign we are trying to keep up the sense of connection among our students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

With the summer semester’s lower enrollment, there are less people on campus but that does not mean students and faculty are not busy working. Students are busy engaging in summer internships, traveling and participating in study abroad experiences or just working to earn funds for the next school year. Faculty are busy doing research, writing, planning their courses, getting organized and maybe even cleaning their offices.

“We were talking about some of the really interesting internships and faculty research that some of our Communication Arts family are doing this summer,” Bello-Pardo said. “I thought it would be cool to see the ‘behind the scenes’ and ask people to check in with news on what they are up to. I call it our ‘social summer’ media campaign.”

The new What are YOU doing this summer? prompt is designed to elicit posts and pictures from the FIU Communication Arts family (students, faculty, staff and alumni) of what they are up to and to share them through the Department’s Facebook page and Instagram account. A Facebook album has been created to host the pictures sent.

So join the conversation and answer the question: What are YOU doing this summer? Just snap a cool picture, post it on the Communication Arts Facebook wall, or email it to fiucommarts@gmail.com with the subject line “What I am doing this summer” or tag your photos #FIUCommArts and mention @FIUCommArts in Instagram or Twitter. Don’t forget to include your name, graduation year, and a short description of what YOU are doing this summer!

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Communication Arts + Art/Art History Make Mural Magic in Liberty City

 

On Saturday, April 20, 2013 faculty and students from FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) came together with the residents of Liberty Square, Liberty City’s historic public housing project and Miami Northwestern Senior High students to transform a bare concrete wall into a work of art.

Nine months in the making, the mural project was conceived when the Communication Arts Department organized a tour of Liberty City for CARTA faculty.

 

“We were doing communication facilitation work with the Liberty City Community Revitalization Trust and talking about the many challenges and opportunities that exist in Liberty City. I thought of all the talent in CARTA and wondered what could happen if others got involved,” said Communication Arts’ Char Eberly.

 

A tour, led by the Trust’s Elaine Black, was organized and faculty from Art & Art History, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Theater, Communication Arts and the Miami Beach Urban Studio toured the neighborhood. Faculty artist Pip Brandt noted that the area lacked landmarks and points of visual beauty.

At Liberty Square, Black pointed out a 40-foot long stretch of wall with the faded remnants of a mural and mentioned her hopes for a new mural. Communication Arts advisory board member Judge Raphael Steinhardt overheard and presented a challenge: he promised to “pick up the tab” if the FIU crew took on the project.

Over the next few months, plans moved forward but stalled when it was discovered the wall needed repair work before it could be painted. Fortunately, Judge Steinhardt and friend Bob Levy, arranged for the wall to be repaired. Meanwhile, Jacek Kolasinski, chair of the Art & Art History Department met with members of the Liberty Square Residents Council and the neighborhood children to come up with a design. FIU art students Ginger Hamilton, Chioke Pope, Aurelis Pagan, and Merlin Loddi signed on, along with students from Miami Northwestern Senior High and a date was set. 

Finally, painting day dawned and the volunteers gathered. The Trust and FIU’s Education Effect team provided breakfast and the paint was poured. Music played, more people came and the transformation commenced. Volunteers ranged in age from two to 72 and once the wall was primed and painted, the artists stepped in. Under the direction of FIU faculty artist Gretchen Scharnagl, Kolasinski, and the FIU Art & Art History students, the white branches of the “tree of life” design began to appear. Using sponges and wooden stencils cut by lasers, the volunteers stamped and stenciled leaves of all shapes and sizes, including an oversized shamrock in honor of the Judge’s niece, Shannon.

It took nine months and almost fifty volunteers but the project’s success can be summed up in the words of the littlest volunteer, a two-foot tall tyke in a Batman t-shirt who said: “It’s really beautiful.”

On Saturday, May 25, from 9am–12pm volunteers will gather again at 6413 NW 15th Avenue – Liberty Square to finish the mural by adding hundreds of colorful leaves to the tree.

To volunteer, RSVP to Jacqui Thompson at CARTA reception: 305 348 7500 or janthomp@fiu.edu

 

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FIU Speaks: Communication Arts Forum

 

On April 17th, the Communication Arts Department held its annual Forum.  The event serves to showcases students and is a celebration of the art of public speaking and the importance of communication in a democratic and a globally-engaged society.

FIU students, faculty and alumni rubbed shoulders with community members, and local leaders while gathered and actively engaged in exploring the power of communication. All speakers successfully demonstrated the power of expressing ideas, sharing visions, finding solutions, building consensus, and creating positive change.

Commissioner Francis Suarez, a FIU Alumnus and former Speak-Off competitor, delivered this semester’s Keynote address.  He spoke to the  importance of fostering good communication skills in today’s society. Prior to running for public office, Commissioner Suarez established a law practice focusing primarily on real estate and corporate transactions. He is also involved in a number of civic and governmental organizations, and is currently running for Mayor in the City of Miami. To read more about his campaign, click here.

The Forum featured the finalists from the Voices of Change Speak-Off, which is a semester-long student speech competition. This semester’s participants had to prepare and deliver a speech focused on a global communicator or communication event that creates or inspires change.  The finalists were Mario Di Giovanni, Ariela Nijamkin, and William Perez. After the audience’s vote, Ariela Nijamkin placed first with her speech titled “The Power of Voice.”

Watch the speeches here.

The winners of our two scholarships were also announced during the Forum. Congratulations to Jennifer Zamot for winning the Kathleen Watson Memorial Scholarship. Also, congratulations to Mark E. Lopez-Trigo and Stephanie Piedrahita for winning the Jorge Herrera Memorial Scholarship for FIU Debate. We would like to thank the Herrera and Watson families, our patrons that made these awards possible.

The post-event reception provided an informal setting for networking as well as a relaxed environment to continue the conversation begun during the formal part of the event.

For photographs of the event, visit our Facebook page.

 

 

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Finals Week Survival Tips

 

Finals week can be a difficult time in a college student’s life; sleepless nights spent cramming for tests, stress shooting through the roof, and a lot of pressure to perform. Regardless of how many times you have survived finals week in the past, it always feels like a never-ending affair. However, we want to share some survival tips with you to make this week a little bit more manageable

1. Create an environment conducive to studying. Whether you decide to study at the library, your local coffee house, or your own bed, your study space should be silent, distraction-free, well-lit, comfortable, and have enough space. Have healthy snacks, liquids to drink (caffeinated or not), and an alarm clock (just in case you need a power nap).

2. Develop a proactive study methodology. While one of the most important things you need to figure out is exactly what materials you will be tested on for the final, you will also need to develop a strategy to maximize your studying time. Once you know exactly what you will be tested on, figure out what your professor will most likely place emphasis on and familiarize yourself with that material. Proportion your study time to how difficult the final will be and what material you still need to master – spend more time on the lessons you feel shaky about.

3. Allocate extra time to study. You should be dedicated to studying during finals week if you want to ace your test/paper/project/poster. You certainly will do better if you make extra time for studying and preparing for your academics. US News says that “Even a few strategically placed extra hours can make the difference between doing just OK on finals and doing a really great job.”

4. Have reasonable expectations of yourself. Be realistic regarding how much you can push yourself to study. Make sure to pencil in some time to sleep and take a break in between chapters – your brain needs a break to be able to process all the information you are cramming. One of the keys to being in top mental form is to treat your body well through allowing yourself some time to rest, and nourishing it with healthy food. You should be at your best physically if you want to perform your best mentally!

5. Take advantage of the FIU Cram Jam! Whether you live on campus or plan on moving in to the library cubicles for a while, you want to take advantage of the facilities that FIU provides its students during finals. The Graham Center for example becomes a 24-hour study hall during this week, and there are a variety of relaxation events (including free massages) scheduled for this week.

For more info, visit the CramJam schedule here: http://cramjam.fiu.edu/

6. Keep calm and ace your finals.

 

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Chairman of the Florida Federation of College Republicans Elected

 

Steven McDuffie, a Senior Communication Arts student at FIU, was recently elected Chairman of the Florida Federation of College Republicans.

After several rounds of close votes, the State chairs elected McDuffie by an 8-5 margin over his opponent. He has already been sworn in to office, and has begun his term as Florida Chairman. This is the first time in 7 years that a FIU student has been elected State Chairman.

McDuffie will hold several high-profile meetings with Republican leaders like John Boehner, Eric Cantor, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and current governor Rick Scott, among others. He is also the first Florida delegate that will vote in the College Republican National Convention that will be held in Washington, D.C. over the summer.

McDuffie attributes his election win to the communication skills he has developed in his major. “Communication Arts has taught me how to be the effective leader and communicator that I had always wanted to be.”

The Florida Federation of College Republicans is a subdivision of the College Republicans National Committee (CRNC). Its webpage states that this body is the “nationally elected voice for young conservatives across the country,” which “drives and defines the debate for College Republicans and brings youth-oriented issues to the forefront of the political discourse.”

The organization has a nationally elected chairman and officers who operate out of the CRNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. Moreover, “each state maintains its own federation with a state Chairman and a leadership committee who work directly with the National Committee.”

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CommArts Studio Aids Business Students Win Regional Competition

 

The CommArts Studio collaborated with the College of Business Administration to prepare students for the FIU auditions for the 2013 ENACTUS regional competition held in Atlanta, GA.

This competition allows students to showcase their community engagement. Eligible service projects must feature collaboration and promote independence, helping people by providing them with the tools to help themselves. The goal of the program, said finance professor and faculty advisor Deanne Butchey, is to encourage students to use entrepreneurial skills to “think outside the box” and develop sustainable solutions for communities in need.

The FIU team, representing a number of different projects, presented in Atlanta on April 2, 2013. More than 40 teams participated from Georgia, Florida, Kentucky and Tennessee. After presenting the students’ projects, FIU ENACTUS was named an ENACTUS Regional Champion in one of the 8 existing leagues.

The CommArts Studio worked closely with the students to help prepare their presentations. Studio director Char Eberly praised the students and her staff: “The students had such great projects, really innovative ideas for helping others in ways that could continue once the projects ended. Our communication coordinators worked hard to channel the students enthusiasm and creativity into smooth, professional presentations that showcased that passion. Then we sent them off with the time-tested tip: practice, practice, practice. They did and it showed.”

The team now advances to the 2013 U.S. National Enactus Exposition, which will be held in Kansas City, Missouri in May.

Congratulations to FIU student champions Estela Lewin, Kyrsten Alvarez-Basulto, Laura Osorio, Jocelyn Benitez, Dennis Gibson and Lureida Soto. We wish them good luck at the Nationals!

For more information about the projects that these students presented, visit this link.ENACTUS Regional Champions

 

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FIU Debates Irish National Team

 

Liam Brophy and John Engle of the Irish Debate Team debated against Mark Lopez-Trigo and Emily Bello-Pardo, members of the FIU Debate Society.

The motion debated was “this House believes that we should adopt an open border immigration policy.”

Brophy and Engle argued that the current immigration system is exploitative and racist. They further argued that it perpetuates a flawed conception of how the United States became what it is today as this has historically been “a nation of immigrants.” Brophy and Engle also stated that our conception of borders is artificial, so we should look for more sensible migratory alternatives.

They also highlighted a cosmopolitan conception of human rights as the best immigration policy. They reasoned that, if there is a human right to move freely, there is no reason why we should limit free movement of people between borders.

Bello-Pardo and Lopez-Trigo argued on the other hand, that the practical consequences of fostering a transition toward an open border world would create unavoidable consequences. They mentioned drug and human trafficking, terrorism, and national security concerns as reasons to avoid an open border policy. They argued in addition that, were the US to open up its borders, the flood of immigrants to the country would overwhelm our already fragile economy. It would also create a brain drain effect in the home countries of all these immigrants, and this brain drain would have overtly negative consequences in the developing world.

Once the debate had come to a close, Dr. Daniel Blaeuer opened the floor to the audience’s lively participation.

The round of focused cross-examinations and Rebuttal was ultimately won by the Irish. Congratulations to both teams for providing the audience with this thought provoking debate!

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Irish National Debate Team Visits FIU

 

Cheer on the FIU Debate Society as they challenge the reigning Irish National Debate Team in an open debate about immigration policy on April 8 at 4pm .  They will debate about whether we should adopt an open border immigration policy. All FIU students and the South Florida community are welcome to attend. Please join us in room 100A situated in the Green Library.

For more info, check out the flyer below!

 

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And the Speak-Off Winners Are…

 

This past Friday, March 22nd, five students competed in our Department’s traditional Speak-Off. This year the competition centered around the theme “Voices of Change.” Arin Phillips, William Perez, Fabiah Lherrison, Ariela Nijamkin and Mario di Giovanni delivered their speeches about important global communicators in GL 100B.

Arin Phillips discussed the use of social media among Generation Y. She argued youth who use social media have been endowed with the Voices of Change. Arin said “We have no excuse for not learning everything we can. We are the building blocks of change.”

William Perez also discussed the importance of social media as a tool to create positive change in today’s world. “We are past the days where the world was so large that one voice could not be heard,” he said and concluded that “you can change the world in 140 characters.”

Fabiah Lherrison’s speech centered around President Obama’s communication strategy and how he has used it to promote change.  “You have to give him (Obama) credit for his communication abilities,” Fabiah said. “Communication is a very powerful tool and if you have mastered it you should use it for good, like Obama has.”

Ariela Nijamkin began her presentation by asking “”If you were given the power of voice, which path would you choose?” She then moved on to compare the use of rhetoric by Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther King Jr. After discussing how these speakers used their voices to create change, she concluded “An effective voice will not lead you to be a moral actor. Because of Hitler’s abuse of his own voice, 6 million jews were murdered.”

Finally, Mario di Giovanni talked about the power of student movements to create change through their usage of social media to spread their message. “Lets allow students to share their ideas and values in the world. Let them become our voices of change.”

After the judges’ votes were in, Ariela Nijamkin, William Perez, and Mario di Giovanni ranked as the top three speakers. They will deliver their speeches in our Department’s end-of-year event, the Communication Arts Forum, which will be held on April 17th. Details about this event to follow.

Below, four of the finalists with Professor Montero, who was in charge of putting together this event. Pictured, from left to right, are: William Perez, Arin Phillips, Professor Montero, Ariela Nijamkin, and Mario di Giovanni. For more pictures, see our Facebook gallery

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Kathleen Watson Scholarship Fund Receiving Applications

 

Attention all Communication Arts students! Applications to the Kathleen Watson Memorial Scholarship are now open for all eligible Communication Arts Majors.

This is a  $500 scholarship that will be awarded to two deserving Communication Arts majors each semester who have received a minimum grade of a B in COM 3110, Business and Professional Communication, and who demonstrate community involvement.

The Chair of the Communication Arts Department  and the family of Professor Watson will choose the winners of the scholarship.

These are the application requirements:

1. Completed application form.

2. Application Cover Letter, addressed to the Chair of the Communication Arts Department. The letter should contain a brief explanation of the applicant’s career goals and biographical information.

3. One letter of recommendation from employers, faculty, or individuals with significant knowledge of the applicant’s experience and involvement in community service.

4. Current resume.

5. Personal Essay. In the essay, please answer the questions posed on the form. Limit answers to 300 words.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 2, 2013. Please email the completed application and supplemental materials to commarts@fiu.edu. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The candidates will be notified by email by April 8th, 2013 about the status of their submission. If you have any questions about the application, please call Shawnda Mair, secretary of the Communication Arts Department at 305-348-1984.

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Apply Now For Jorge Herrera Memorial Scholarship Fund

 

The applications to the Jorge Herrera Memorial Scholarship Fund are now open for all eligible FIU Debate Team members.

This is a one-time scholarship that will be given to two deserving Debate Team members who have demonstrated leadership on the FIU Debate Team, and who have taken an active role in its administration. The Coach of the FIU Debate Team, the Chair of the Communication Arts Department, and the wife of Jorge Herrera will select the winners of the $250 prize.

To be eligible a student needs to have competed in at least three debate tournaments, have demonstrated promise for competitive success, and have demonstrated student leadership to the team and greater South Florida community.

The application can be found on the FIU Debate Team’s website.

Application requirements:

– Completed application form.

– Application Cover Letter, addressed to the FIU Debate Coach and the Chair of the Communication Arts Department. The letter should contain a brief explanation of the applicant’s career goals and biographical information.

– One letter of recommendation from an employer, faculty, or individual with significant knowledge of the applicant’s experience and involvement in community service.

– Current resume.

-Personal Essay. In the essay, please answer the questions posed on the form. Limit answers to 300 words.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 25, 2013. Please email the completed application to commarts@fiu.edu. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The candidates will be notified by email by April 8th, 2013 about the status of their submission. If you have any questions about the application, please call Shawnda Mair, secretary Communication Arts Department at 305-348-1984.

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Communication Arts Advisory Board Members Present

 

Communication Arts Advisory Board members Lewis Ress (left) and Judge Raphael Steinhardt (right) presented a seminar on Communication and Conflict: Alternate Dispute Resolution on February 28th at the Biscayne Bay Campus.

Ress is a certified mediator and attorney who often receives cases the courts determine can benefit from mediation. Steinhardt is a senior judge of Florida and advocates for mediation as an alternative to the courts. The speakers offered an inside view of the role of verbal and non-verbal communication in resolving conflict both in and out of court.

Students learned how mediators and judges facilitate communication and work to build consensus; they revealed how they manipulate the environment and utilize communication techniques to achieve resolutions. Students also benefited from the speakers’ decades of experience and the seminar ended with a spirited round of questions and answers.

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CommArts Studio to collaborate with College of Business

 

The CommArts Studio will collaborate with the College of Business to prepare students for the 2013 ENACTUS regional competition planned for Atlanta, GA, on April 5th. This competition allows students to showcase their community engagement. Congratulations to Estela Lewin, Kyrsten Alvarez-Basulto, Laura Osorio, Jocelyn Benitez, Dennis Gibson and Lureida Soto who auditioned, and were chosen to represent FIU ENACTUS.

On February 15th, these students delivered 15-minute presentations to a panel of judges. They described how they have used their talents, innovative ideas, business concepts, and the power of entrepreneurial action to create career opportunities for the FIU community. Some of the projects helped raise the standard of living for under-served communities in South Florida.

Due to the caliber of all their presentations, the judges were unable to choose fewer students to take to Atlanta, so all six will travel to the regional competition.

The FIU CommArts Studio will assist in the pre-competition training and preparation of these select students.  Here is a picture of them all, during the February 15th presentation.

ENACTUS Students

From left to right: Estela Lewin, Kyrsten Alvarez-Basulto, Laura Osorio, Jocelyn Benitez, Dennis Gibson and Lureida Soto.

 

 

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CommArts Studio to collaborate with College of Business

 

The CommArts Studio will collaborate with the College of Business to prepare students for the 2013 ENACTUS regional competition planned for Atlanta, GA, on April 5th. This competition allows students to showcase their community engagement. Congratulations to Estela Lewin, Kyrsten Alvarez-Basulto, Laura Osorio, Jocelyn Benitez, Dennis Gibson and Lureida Soto who auditioned, and were chosen to represent FIU ENACTUS.

On February 15th, these students delivered 15-minute presentations to a panel of judges. They described how they have used their talents, innovative ideas, business concepts, and the power of entrepreneurial action to create career opportunities for the FIU community. Some of the projects helped raise the standard of living for under-served communities in South Florida.

Due to the caliber of all their presentations, the judges were unable to choose fewer students to take to Atlanta, so all six will travel to the regional competition.

The FIU CommArts Studio will assist in the pre-competition training and preparation of these select students.  Here is a picture of them all, during the February 15th presentation.

ENACTUS Students

From left to right: Estela Lewin, Kyrsten Alvarez-Basulto, Laura Osorio, Jocelyn Benitez, Dennis Gibson and Lureida Soto.

 

 

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Voices of Change Finalists Announced

 

Ariela Nijamkin, Fabiah Lherrison, Mario Di Giovanni, Caroline Lorenzo, William Perez and Arin Phillips are the finalists chosen for this year’s Voices of Change Speak-Off. Of these six finalists, three students will be chosen to deliver their speeches at the Communication Arts Forum on April 17th at FIU’s MARC Pavilion.

The Speak-Off competition will take place in GL 100B on Friday, March 22 at 3pm. It is an open event, and the wider FIU community is invited to attend.

For more information about these events, visit our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

2012 Event:

 

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Speak Off Flyer Spring 2013

 

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Another Trophy For the Golden Panthers Debate Team!

 

The FIU Debate Team continues its successful participation in college-level competitions. This past weekend, our students received the Overall Sweepstakes trophy after competing during  two days at the University of Florida Gator Tournament.

Mostly comprised of novice debaters, our students duelled in five rounds at Gainesville. FIU had three teams in the competition: Elizabeth Taveras and Jennifer Kleinberg, Albert Paradela and Mark Lopez-Trigo, and Stephanie Piedrahita and Emily Bello-Pardo, the Team’s President.

Topics included:

1. Should the US change its foreign policy toward Iran?

2. Should the US Supreme Court overturn the ban on same-sex marriage?

3. Should we prioritize the environment over the economy?

The Gator Individual Events Tournament saw Mark Lopez-Trigo and Alberto Paradela participate in the extemporaneous speaking category, where they discussed topics like the war in Afghanistan and football equipment safety. Jennifer Kleinberg participated both in impromptu speech and extemporaneous speaking, where she discussed, among other topics, whether the US would modify its gun laws.

Emily Bello-Pardo participated both in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, and ranked #1 in her second-round extemporaneous speech where she discussed Nicolas Maduro’s ability to lead Venezuela should Hugo Chavez die. Emily ranked #10 best speaker in the Parliamentary Debate tournament.

Congratulations to the FIU Debate Team for a great performance! Information on upcoming events will be posted soon.

Below, the latest addition to our FIU Debate trophy collection!

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Communication Arts Awarded National Honor Society Chapter

 

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The National Communication Association awarded a National Honors Society chapter called Alpha Beta Psi to our Department!

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the official honor society for Communication students at four-year colleges and universities. As an accredited member of the  Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), LPH has several active chapters across the world.

The organization’s name represents Aristotle’s three ingredients of persuasion: LOGOS (Lambda), PATHOS (Pi) and ETHOS (Eta). These three concepts, described in Aristotle’s The Rhetoric, relate to logic, emotion, and character credibility/ethics, respectively.

The Six Goals of Lambda Pi Eta are the following:

  • Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.
  • Stimulate interest in the field of communication.
  • Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors.
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication.
  • Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students.
  • Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

Student membership requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA with 60 semester or 90 quarter credit hours completed and a 3.25 GPA for communication studies courses with 12 semester or 18 quarter credit hours completed. Some of the benefits of being a member of the Honor Society include:

  • Receive recognition for outstanding academic achievement.
  • Broaden student’s horizons and education.
  • Help members decide direction for future study and development by sponsoring activities that explore various fields.
  • Recognition at graduation (cord and stole).

Our  Honor Society will provide our students with a remarkable forum to further their education beyond the classroom.

For more information, contact our office at 305-348-6272 or in VH 212.

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Apply Now For A Fleishman Hillard Fellowship

 

Are you a senior, recent graduate, or a grad student? Are you interested in having a paid fellowship in public relations and communications?

If so, consider applying for the Fleishman Hillard Diversity Fellowship before March 15th. This opportunity is a six- to 12-month paid fellowship with benefits that Fleishman Hillard International Communications offers to emerging communications professionals who come from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

According to their website, “The fellowship includes a paid position in one of our U.S. offices, professional development training and a mentor program. As a fellow, you will rotate among our account teams, gaining practical experience in the field of integrated communications from some of the industry’s best counselors. By working on client projects, you will learn valuable communications tactics, general business strategy and industry issues.”

There are several offices of Fleishman Hillard taking applications right now, including Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, St. Louis, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

For more information about the Fellowship, visit this website.

View the application form here.

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Debate Society’s State of the Union Watch Party

 

This past Tuesday the FIU Debate Society hosted a State of the Union Watch Party in the Graham Center Pit.

NBC 6 covered the event, and interviewed two of our Debate Society members for a journalism piece about the President’s address.

Watch it here. 

Gallery:

behind the scenes of the event

 

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Call for Auditions: Voices of Change Speak-Off

 

The Voices of Change Speak-Off is nearing!

The Communication Arts Department is holding auditions for its traditional Speak-Off that will take place on Friday, March 22nd, 2013. In order to audition for this campus-wide competition, interested students must prepare a 4 to 6 minute speech pertaining to the event’s theme, Voices of Change. The speech should focus on a global communicator or communication event that inspires change.

A video of your speech must be recorded in the Practice Room of the CommArts Studio (located in VH 230 or ACI 210) and submitted to the Communication Coordinator in the Studio. No appointment is necessary. Deadline for submission of the video application is Friday, February 22 by 2pm. Speeches over six minutes will not be accepted.

The selection committee will notify the six semi-finalists by March 1st.  After the Speak-Off event, three students will be chosen to deliver their speeches at the Communication Arts Forum in April.

This is an amazing opportunity for talented students to showcase their public speaking skills. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive the most updated information about this event.

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