News and Events


May 18, 2015
The College of Liberal Arts received funding for internship scholarships with help from Cliff Rosenberger, a 2012 Wright State graduate and speaker of the Ohio House.
May 11, 2015
A new book by Wright State communication professor Scott Peterson examines a pivotal year in baseball's history and the development of sports journalism.
May 4, 2015
Stephanie Patino-Garfias, a political science and communication major at Wright State, advocates for the Latino community and for immigration reform.
Apr 30, 2015
The College of Liberal Arts holds celebration recognizing the successful relationship of students and business partners through internship experiences.
Apr 9, 2015

By Samuel Huist, Department of Communication intern

A select group of Communication Studies majors have been chosen to accompany Associate Professor Dr. Marie Thompson to the Seventh Annual Medical-Spirituality Conference at Sinclair Community College on Thursday, April 16.

“I like to bring students to the conference for the opportunity they get to network,” said Thompson. “It exposes them to cutting edge advancements in the field of health communication.”

Thompson will...

Mar 26, 2015
Nathan Sheridan holding his first place tropy with Dr. Mary Rucker and District Govenor Eric Markus.

By Samuel Huist, Department of Communication intern

The Department of Communication at Wright State University hosted the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest in the Millett Hall Atrium on Sunday, March 22, for the second time.

Rotary is a 1.2 million member international service organization where professionals with diverse backgrounds exchange ideas and form lifelong friendships, according to Each of the 52 rotary clubs of district 6670, which represents southwest Ohio,...

Mar 13, 2015
From playful to work-full to relax-filled, Wright State students discuss how they spent Spring Break.
Mar 6, 2015

Our featured alum is 1982 Communication graduate Lt. Col. John W. McCance. We asked him asked a few questions to gain insight for our Communication majors:

1. What advice would you give a freshman majoring in Communication?

Embrace every opportunity to learn about communication channels, processes, and careers.  Take advantage of on-campus opportunities such as WWSU, The Guardian, or on or off campus co-op positions.  Look as your college experience as a “career” one that...

Mar 5, 2015

By Samuel Huist
Department of Communication Intern

Before she was busy conducting interviews with celebrities like Rihanna, Robert Downey Jr. and Cody Simpson, Mix 107.7 radio personality Gina Ferraro studied Mass Communication at Wright State University.

"I went to a really small high school (New Knoxville) and graduated with 40 people so Wright State was perfect for me," said the 34-year-old Ferraro. "It was big enough that I felt like I was in college, but it wasn't...

Mar 3, 2015

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce that Professor Mary L. Rucker will be appointed the Chair of the Department of Communication starting July 1, 2015. Dr. Rucker comes to the position with administrative experience as the Communication Studies Degree track chair and former COM 1010 (Essentials of Public Address) director. Dr. Rucker earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Purdue University with a research focus on Political Communication. Before she joined the...


Spring 2014 Communication Dept. Activities

Dr. Scott Peterson to Present on the Dawn of Baseball Journalism before Men's Basketball Game on 1/21/14

The dawn of baseball journalism will be the topic presented by Dr. Scott Peterson, Assistant Professor of Communication, for the University Athletics Council’s Pre-game Lecture before the Wright State Raiders’ basketball game Tuesday, January 21st.

Over the past several years the University Athletics Council has sponsored a series of lectures prior to select men's basketball games at the Nutter Center (in the Berry Room). The purpose of these lectures is to use the general public's interest in athletics to draw attention to the scholarly work at Wright State.

Dr. Peterson’s presentation will start about 5:30 p.m. All the student athletes (and their parents) from CoLA will be invited to attend the pre-game lecture and will be recognized. Those who attend the lecture will have ample time to go to their seats prior to the 7:00 p.m. start of the game, a Horizon League contest against U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Annual Dayton Daily News Archives Living Legends Speaker

Every March the Communication Department co-hosts with the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives the Annual Dayton Daily News Archives Living Legends Speaker. Join us as content experts share the stories behind the stories. All are welcome to attend.

Communication Department Awards Ceremony 4/12/14

On April 12, 2014, the Communication Department will celebrate the work of its professors and students by honoring Communication Studies and Mass Communication majors. At the annual awards ceremony the outstanding graduate who serves as a role model to future generations is announced and honored as well. All are welcome to attend.

The scholarships are presented to the majors and students who earn above a 3.5 are celebrated. The scholarships presented are:

  • The Greenwood Achievement Award honors the outstanding Communication Studies or Mass Communication Senior
  • The Spicer-Blake Outstanding Communication Studies Senior
  • The Spicer-Blake Outstanding Mass Communication Senior
  • Craig-Britt Mass Communication Scholarship
  • WTUE Sandy Patt Mass Communication Scholarship

Contact College of Liberal Arts Assistant Dean Jennifer Buckwalter at 937-775-2575 if you are interested in making a donation to the Communication Department or if you are interested in creating a scholarship for the students.