Program Notes: Communication

Dr. Benigni shared with me some news on the students and faculty of our Communication programs last week that I want to share with you.  First, you should know that we offer two graduate-level programs in Communication: a Master of Arts in Communication, and a graduate certificate in Organizational & Corporate Communication.  Both programs are offered exclusively at the Lowcountry Graduate Center, which is in a convenient part of town: right next to the airport.


Master’s candidate, Kurtis Miller, is expected to graduate this summer and has been accepted into the Purdue University Ph.D. program in Communication. We wish him luck on his endeavors!

Laura Crosswell (MA 2008), a full-time adjunct in the Communication department, has accepted a Ph.D. graduate assistantship at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University where she will study advertising.  Crosswell presented a paper she co-authored with Dr. Amanda Ruth-McSwain at the Southern States Communication Association conference in Norfolk, VA this April.  Last April, she had the privilege of presenting another paper at the Broadcast Education Association’s 2008 Convention.

Kevin Pratt graduated Friday evening, and was named the Department of Communication’s outstanding graduate student.  He is looking to attend law school this fall.

Dr. Ruth-McSwain and Dr. Ferguson

Dr. Ruth-McSwain and Dr. Ferguson

Dr. Amanda Ruth-McSwain was named the department’s outstanding graduate faculty member by the Master of Communication’s Student Association (MCSA) chapter, after receiving the college-wide ExCEL Award for graduate teaching in April.

Dr. Doug Ferguson was honored by the MCSA chapter in April for his dedication as the first program director for hte department; Dr. Vince Benigni assumed duties in January.

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