Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Kathleen M. Golden
Each semester, the Communication Studies Department plans a variety of social events for majors from ice cream socials to community service projects including visiting elderly residents of local assisted living facilities. The department also hosts academic events, including organizing presentations by alumni and offering professional development workshops for majors on resume writing, job searching and interviewing. The department works closely with two official student organizations to provide additional opportunities for student growth and networking.
The Communication Studies Department is honored to host a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association, the largest professional organization for communication scholars and educators. Juniors and seniors who demonstrate academic excellence may be invited to join this honor society. Lambda Pi Eta meets regularly to plan academic and social events for the department, including movie nights and presentations on careers in the communication field. Lambda Pi Eta members are inducted in a formal ceremony and members wear honor cords at their commencement.
All majors can join the Applied Communicators of Edinboro (ACE) student club affiliated through the Communication Studies Department and the National Communication Association. The mission of ACE is to explore applications of communication, including organizational communication, health communication, intercultural communication and public communications, among other areas of the field. In the past, ACE has co-sponsored academic events including alumni presentations on health communication and sales. In addition, ACE has participated in a Polar Express Community Event with Boro Women’s Services of Edinboro, as well as fundraising events for the local Make-A-Wish chapter.
In addition, department faculty and students are involved in coordinating the annual Edinboro Highland Games and Scottish Festival. Held each year in September, the event draws thousands of visitors to experience the rich traditions of Scotland, including world-class musicians, fine gift vendors, fiddle and harp competitions, highland dance and athletic competitions, pipe band and solo competitions, clan gatherings, kids’ crafts and games, and traditional Scottish food. The first Edinboro Highland Games and Scottish Festival was held in April 1993, after eight months of planning in Dr. Tim Thompson’s communication classes, and he continues this tradition with the help of students and other volunteers.