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Timothy J. Brown, Ph.D.
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Department News

COM Major Gary Prince Elected SGA President's picture
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Congratulations to Gary Prince, a senior Communication Studies major, who was elected President of the Student Government Association (SGA) at West Chester University for the 2015-2016 academic year. Prince is the first African American male to hold this salient leadership position. Prior to his election, Prince served on the SGA Executive Board as its parliamentarian. In the upcoming year, Prince plans to build bridges among West Chester University’s various student organizations and to represent the “student voice” in working with the administration. In addition to governance, Prince’s top priorities for the year include: creating a scholarship fund for students interested in study abroad and increasing the quantity and quality of community service initiatives. Before being elected President of SGA, Prince held many leadership positions on campus including: President of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Kappa Gamma Chapter, Vice-President of the Inter Greek Council of WCU, SGA Representative for the Black Student Union, Historian for the Black Student Union, and Ambassador of the Golden Rams Society. Prince is a graduate of Northeast High School Magnet & Aerospace program and a former student athlete.

COM Alum Courtland Bragg interviews Al-Hajj Shabazz's picture
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Take a moment to watch this excellent interview of WCU alumnus Al-Hajj Shabazz by Communication Studies alumnus Courtland Bragg.

Courtland Bragg is a graduate from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Studies. During his time at West Chester, Courtland served as a producer, host and anchor for two campus television programs. Most notably, he hosted a regular segment entitled "Something to Bragg About" on WCU Weekly. This segment recognized the campus's top athletic performers of the week. He was also awarded the Maybroda Scholarship.

Courtland currently works at NFL Films, in Mt, Laurel, NJ where he serves as a Production Assistant for the NFL Network's live television shows, Playbook and Gameday First. In addition, he writes, edits and produces weekly game previews for and has interviewed former All-Pro wide receiver and NFL Analyst, Sterling Sharpe.

COM Studies Major Wins PR Scholarship's picture
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Major congrats go out to COM Studies major David DiPasqa, the recipient of this year's Pennsylvania Public Relations Society's scholarship.

Along with a monetary award, David has been invited to attend the June meeting of the PPRSA in Harrisburg. The theme of the meeting is "Communicating with Boomers, Millennials, and Everyone in Between."

The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society is a professional society dedicated to enhancing professional growth within the public relations field. PPRS has more than 150 active public relations professionals throughout Central Pennsylvania.

David has shown tremendous dedication to his future profession, not only completing courses in advertising and public relations, but also excelling in two communications-related internships.

A reminder that internships are one of the best ways to increase your marketability and get ready for the professional world. If you would like more information on internships, contact the department's internship director, Dr. Kanan Sawyer, at

Department Chair Service Award's picture
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Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Munz and Dr. Gina Castle Bell for receiving the Department Chair Service Award at the Department of Communication Studies Reception for Graduating Seniors. The annual award recognizes faculty members who embody collegiality and unselfishly take on additional assignments, committee work, and other program needs in order for the department to fulfill its mission. Dr. Munz and Dr. Bell have been invaluable faculty members by: serving on department searches, supporting students through organizations such as Lambda Pi Eta, taking on additional teaching assignments, and engaging in both undergraduate and graduate student research. Dr. Munz and Dr. Bell definitely represent the spirt of service leadership through their commitment and dedication to the program. Congratulations to Dr. Munz and Dr. Bell!

Graduating COM Major awarded spot at Media Sales Institute's picture
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Graduating senior (now alumna) Colleen Curry has earned a spot as a participant in the Media Sales Institute at Arizona State University this summer. Sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation (NABEF), the institute provides an intensive "boot camp" experience where students are immersed in learning electronic media advertising sales and sales techniques. Colleen will be working with other young professionals to create media products and present them to media executives. The program concludes with a career fair where candidates engage in one-on-one interviews with media company executives. According to NABEF, more than 75 percent of the participants are hired by media companies two weeks to one month after their completion of the program.

This is a very prestigious honor and we are very excited to have Colleen represent us in Arizona! She will be building on her undergraduate experience in Communication Studies, as well her extracurricular work as Assistant News Editor at The Quad, the Student News Service of West Chester University. Congratulations to one of our outstanding graduates!

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