Communication Studies Week 2022

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Inaugural Communication Studies Week April 4-7

Free food and prizes…networking events…a video contest…trivia…faculty presentations…alumni panels…performances by the forensics teams…all of that and more will be part of the Communication Studies Department’s inaugural Communication Studies Week.

CMS Majors Video Contest – Due March 31 by 11:59pm!

CMS Majors are invited to submit a 1-minute (max.) video (using your phone or other device) about your most memorable experience as a CMS major. The best videos will tell a story about some aspect of your experience in Communication Studies—in class, on an internship, in a project group, working with a faculty member, in a student organization, or elsewhere— whatever helps illustrate what’s great about this major. Cash prizes will be awarded: $200 for the best video and 3 $100 honorable mentions. To submit videos for consideration, please upload them to YouTube and send the following information to CommunicationStudiesWeekVideoContest@austin.utexas.edu: your name, EID, and link to your video that is accessible to judges online. You must be a current CMS major to enter the contest and we may use your video in efforts to promote the major.

Communication Studies Week is an opportunity to highlight the many great opportunities the Department of Communication Studies offers for both current and prospective undergraduate students. The week of events includes four days devoted to different aspects of Communication Studies relevant to the undergraduate community. 

Communication Studies Week Schedule

The week will begin with a focus on career opportunities for CMS students. We’ll kick things off with free pizza, a guest speaker, and a space where key employers will be available to talk to CMS students. The day will also include a panel for those considering graduate school, two workshops on resume writing and networking, and some recent CMS graduates talking about their experience since graduation. The day wraps up with a networking event organized by the CMS student chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. 

  • 11am         Kick off Intro and Pizza: A few words about CMS Week and Career Day from CMS Chair, Craig Scott (Location CMA Lobby)
  • 11:30am   Guest speaker Bonnie Caver, Presentation Title: The State of the Communication Profession (Location CMA 5.136)
  • 11-2pm     Booths: A variety of booths from employers (Location CMA Lobby) Employer: Insight Global, Prosek Partners, Hill + Knowlton Gartner, and more.
  • 12pm      Workshops: Resume Writing (Location DMC 5.102)
  • 1pm     Grad Student Panel: Why You Should Consider Graduate School in Your Future Plans (Location DMC 5.102)
  • 2pm     Workshops: Networking 101 (Location DMC 5.102)
  • 3pm     Guest Speaker: Rachel Robillard, Presentation Title: From Guad to Hollywood: How Moody Equipped Me for My Profession in Communication (Location DMC 5.102)
  • 4pm     Recent Graduates Panel: Recent CMS grads share their professional experience since graduating with CMS degree (Location DMC 5.102)
  • 6pm      Networking Social: Meet with local Austin business professionals and member of the International Association of Business Professionals (Roppolo’s Pizzeria 2604 Guadalupe St.)

Today is all about the Communication Studies major, the tracks within it, and various related minors. Ice cream will be provided as students visit with faculty, students, and advisors about the various aspects of the major/minors. To liven things up we’ll also be doing some live trivia about communication and the department (and UT and Austin), with prizes to those with a correct answer.

3:00-6pm: CMA Plaza - Ice Cream, trivia, and information tables

Join us for free ice cream and a chance to visit with representatives to discuss each of our academic tracks and related minors.

Play our Communication fun trivia contest and win prizes for correct answers about our major, tracks, faculty, UT and Austin!

Winners of the Video Contest for CMS Majors will be announced! 

CMS Majors Video Contest – Due March 31 by 11:59pm!

CMS Majors are invited to submit a 1-minute (max.) video (using your phone or other device) about your most memorable experience as a CMS major. The best videos will tell a story about some aspect of your experience in Communication Studies—in class, on an internship, in a project group, working with a faculty member, in a student organization, or elsewhere— whatever helps illustrate what’s great about this major. Cash prizes will be awarded: $200 for the best video and 3 $100 honorable mentions. To submit videos for consideration, please upload them to YouTube and send the following information to CommunicationStudiesWeekVideoContest@austin.utexas.edu: your name, EID, and link to your video that is accessible to judges online. You must be a current CMS major to enter the contest and we may use your video in efforts to promote the major.

Research Day will feature a wide range of faculty giving talks and doing workshops on engaging and timely topics.

  • 9am:        Research on Precarious Livelihoods in the Global South with Shiv Ganesh & Stacey Sowards: CMA 5.136
  • 10am:     Creating Visuals to Study and Share Insights about Communication with Josh Barbour: CMA 5.136
  • 11am:      Undergraduate Students in Research: CMA 5.136
    • Amaya Ngo: Formative Research for an Interactive Substance Use and Mental Health Self-Screening Tool
    • Opportunities for participating in faculty research with Keri Stephens
    • Tien Nguyen: Supporting a Pandemic Pregnancy: The Role of Birth Doulas in Reproductive Justice During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • 12pm:     Social Life in Slow Motion with Jürgen Streeck: Video Installation in CMA Lobby
  • 1pm:       Attachment: From Theory to Measurement with René Dailey: CMA 5.136
  • 2pm:       Workshop on Deception Detection with Matt McGlone: CMA 5.136
  • 3pm:      Trump’s Final Stand: Understanding the January 6th Rally Speech Rhetorically with Josh Gunn, Rod Hart & Sharon Jarvis: CMA 5.136

 

Our week will wrap up with a showcase of the work by some of our student debate team and our student speech team—both of whom are nationally recognized for their excellence. Between those events we’ll have other information available about our various student organizations (Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society and the International Association of Business Communicators) and programs like UT-New York and UT-Los Angeles.

Come grab some popcorn and enjoy the shows!

  • 5:30pm:      Public Debate Performance by UT Debate Team: DMC 5.208
    Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Resolved: On balance, profit-driven urban development in Austin does more harm than good.
    Affirmative: Ralph Anderson - Political Communication 2025 - UIL 6A State Champion in Cross-Examination Debate, Winston Churchill High School '21
    Negative: Jacob Lugo - Government 2023 - Top Speaker and Winner, 2019 Red River Rivalry Debate v Oklahoma - Winston Churchill High School '17
  • 7pm:           Forensics showcase by Texas Speech Team: DMC 5.208
    Performances highlighting some of the work of the 2022 American Forensic Association National Champions, Texas Speech
    *DUO INTERPRETATION: Kimberly Lee & Jackson Reich
    *PERSUASION: Erin Swearingen
    *POETRY: Valeria Najera