The End of October

It has been quite the busy two weeks here in Harrison. Read on to see what has been going on. If you have anything else to add please comment below.

Speech Team

Speech team members at the Cedar Crest competition last week.

Speech team members at the Cedar Crest competition last week.

The JMU Speech Team continued their impressive competitive season this past weekend in Allentown, PA on the campus of Cedar Crest College.  The team, including 4 first year competitors, finished in third place for the weekend against schools including; Cedar Crest College, Cornell University, Lafayette College, Liberty University, George Mason University, Saint Joseph’s University, Seton Hall University, West Chester University, and Wilkes University.

Individual results are as follows.

Day One

  • Shelby Akins, SR SCOM, 5th Informative Speaking, 5th After Dinner Speaking
  • Virginia Bonds, FR SCOM, 6th Program Oral Interpretation
  • Jessie Bur, Soph SMAD, 6th Poetry Interpretation
  • Abby Fiege, FR MATH, 4th After Dinner Speaking
  • Katie Lese, SR SCOM, 4th Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Communication Analysis

 

Day Two

  • Shelby Akins, SR SCOM, 5th After Dinner Speaking
  • Virginia Bonds, FR SCOM, 5th Program Oral Interpretation, 2nd Novice Prose Interpretation
  • Jessie Bur, Soph SMAD, 1st Extemporaneous, 6th Impromptu Speaking
  • Abby Fiege, FR MATH, 3rd After Dinner Speaking
  • Katie Lese, SR SCOM, 2nd Dramatic Interpretation, 2nd Communication Analysis
  • Nathan Selove, FR THEA, 1st Prose Interpretation.
Speech team members at the Cedar Crest competition last week.

Speech team members at the Cedar Crest competition last week.

The team, coached by Lee Mayfield and Alyssa Reid, will have a weekend off before facing their largest competition of the semester in Peoria, IL on the campus of Bradley University.

IABC Meeting

Students at the IABC meeting

Students at the IABC meeting

Last week on Thursday, October 17th IABC held another meeting before their elections. If you have any questions please contact Dr. Janell Bauer (bauerjc@jmu.edu) or Dr. Heather Carmack (carmachj@jmu.edu) for more information.

We are all very excited to see what our newest organization accomplishes in their first year!

PRSSA

On Thursday, Oct. 10, @JMUPRSSA accepted an annual grant awarded by the Blue Ridge PRSA chapter.

PRSSA President Ryan Thomas traveled to accept a grant awarded by the Blue Ridge PRSA President Heidi Ketler.

PRSSA President Ryan Thomas traveled to accept a grant awarded by the Blue Ridge PRSA President Heidi Ketler.

 

On Friday, Oct. 11, @JMUPRSSA visited 8 PR firms and organizations to learn more about best practices, industry trends and future opportunities. They took a bus up Friday morning with more than 30 members, toured different agencies, then wrapped the day up with an alumni networking event.This was the first agency visit of the semester and PRSSA is planning for more agency trips in the Spring.

PRSSA 10

PRSSA students with professionals at the Adfero and fleishman-Hillard.

SCOM professors were recognized

Dr. Corey Hickerson received a teaching and technology award and Dr. Brian Kaylor was nominated he State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s prestigious Outstanding Faculty Awards with seven other JMU professors.

Congratulations!!

“El Pintor” with Dr. Carlos Aleman

The Latin Ballet of Virginia performed “El Pintor” (The Painter) at Harrisonburg High School
this past Wednesday, October 23rd. The event was co-sponsored by Dr. Carlos Alemán of the JMU Professors in Residence.

Upcoming

Homecoming Week

Next week officially starts Homecoming Week here at JMU. Students are excited for the Bleed Purple day next Monday. While, we are excited to see our SCOM Alumni! Check out the Homecoming Week Twitter or Facebook for updates. Also, keep checking with JMU SCOM, we may have something exciting planned for our alumni!

Alumni Award Nomination  

The deadline to apply for the Alumni Award is February 15th, for all you amazing alumni you will not want to miss this deadline!

The award is given annually to an alum who manifests the following criteria:

a.     Outstanding contributions to the discipline/profession

b.     Outstanding service to the department, university, community, region, nation

c.     SCOM major, minor, co-curricular and extracurricular programs alumni are eligible

You can nominate yourself, too!!

The award is presented at the year-end SCOM Celebration event in the Spring semester. More information on the award and the procedure/deadlines for submitting a nomination packet can be found by clicking on this link.

 

Don’t forget, our poll for the new SCOM Blog name is still going on! Vote on your favorite or make a suggestion!

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