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Jay Blunk is Executive Vice-President of the Chicago Blackhawks. He joined the Blackhawks several years ago after directing many of the Chicago Cubs’ successful marketing strategies. He joined the Chicago Cubs as an intern after graduating from Illinois State University in 1986 and currently serves as an advisory board member for the School of Communication. Read more about Jay Blunk on the Chicago Blackhawks website
TV-10 is a working newsroom serving Bloomington/Normal. Because of our unique position in between the Peoria and Champaign television markets, ours is the only TV newscast that covers the Twin Cities exclusively, and it´s been that way for more than 35 years. Students do the work at TV-10. They are the photographers, reporters, producers, and anchors. They write the stories, create the graphics, and produce the weather forecasts. Visit the TV-10 website.
WZND is Illinois State University´s student radio station. WZND offers radio and business experience, as well as internships to students. Everyone is welcome at WZND regardless of their major! Listen in by visiting or by turning to channel 4 in the residence halls to hear the latest music, news, and sports! You might even win a prize!

The Forensics Union is the oldest and most successful RSO on campus, consisting of both policy debate and speech/individual events teams. We have won 10 national team championships and have had students win over 80 individual national titles, helping to enhance the academic reputation of ISU. Team members travel to competitions across the nation and are eligible for partial tuition waivers and special scholarships. Our diverse group of students is active in civic engagement projects at ISU and go on to successful careers in a variety of professions upon graduation. Alumni of the program are active in supporting the current teams, with several serving on the Forensics Advisory Board. More about the Forensics Union can be found at

School of Communication

Latest News

COM Week is almost here!

COM Week will take place next week from Monday, April 14 until Thursday, April 17! Throughout the week, students are able to gain valuable industry information from outside of the classroom through various panels and keynote speakers and the career institute offered by COM Week. The COM Week schedule of events, including names, times and dates of events, is currently available!

For more information, visit the COM Week website.

Apply for the 2014-2015 SoC PD Team!

If you are excited for COM Week and all it has to offer, consider applying for the 2014-2015 SoC Promotions and Development Team! The interns strategically plan and execute all School of Communication events, including COM Week. It’s an excellent leadership opportunity for highly motivated team players who want to play a key role in the School of Communication and COM Week.

Interested candidates should submit:

  1. The 2014-2015 SoC PD Application
  2. An up-to-date resume
  3. A one-page, double-spaced essay explaining leadership, skills, experiences and qualifications to contribute to the SoC PD team

Please send materials to: Denise Thomas, Business Manager, School of Communication, Campus Box 4480 by 4 p.m., April 18, 2014. (Materials may also be submitted in person at the School of Communication Main Office, Room 434, Fell Hall.)

SoC Major-blocks and NEW Override Information

Major-blocked Classes: Major-blocks will be lifted from most courses today, April 2. At this time, all Communication majors can enroll in any open seats in the course, as long as the prerequisites have been met.

New Override Procedure: SoC Advisors are not authorized to provide overrides into a full course or for unmet prerequisites. In order to remain fair to all students, the SoC is implementing a new override procedure. To request an override, please follow these steps:

  1. Contact the instructor teaching the course to explain your situation (include your full name, UID number, major, and year in school). The instructor will add you to their “override request list” up until April 25, 2014. Any requests received after this date will be less likely to be granted.
  2. Students are advised to register for an alternative course in the meantime.
  3. After April 25, 2014, SoC Advisors will review the override request lists and prioritize the requests to determine if the needs for the class are viable and if prerequisites have been met.
  4. Once the Advisors make their override recommendations, this information will be communicated to all instructors. The student will then receive notification of that decision via email. Please note the instructor will make the final approval of all overrides!
  5. If granted, the student will then be able to REGISTER for the class through My Illinois State.
Why take summer courses?

Take advantage of the benefits that ISU Summer Session offers!

Get ahead: Summer courses allow students to work ahead in their plan of study. Students can work toward graduating early, or lessen their workload during the fall/spring semesters by taking summer courses.

Stay on track for graduation: Summer courses can help students stay on track to meet their expected graduation date. Courses are offered in select majors and minors, and to meet the University Wide and General Education requirements.

Flexibility: Students are able to take only one course or multiple courses over the summer. This allows students to have a flexible schedule and concentrate on the amount of classes they choose.

Convenience: ISU offers a variety of online courses over the summer, which allows students to complete coursework off campus at their convenience. ISU also offers courses that are 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12 weeks long depending on the course. Financial aid and on- and off-campus housing options are also available to students taking ISU courses over the summer!

The Summer Session 2014 schedule is available for students and advanced registration is underway!

For more information regarding ISU Summer Session, visit the Summer Session website.

Advisement Planning

School of Communication Academic Advisement for the fall 2014 semester is NOW! Call to make an advising appointment TODAY in order to be ready for your registration date.  Registration dates, times and course offerings were available on My Illinois State March 3, 2014.

Advisement for fall 2014 is NOW! We are already meeting with students and they are prepared to register for classes on their date and time.  During the advisement planning period, advisor appointment times fill quickly (often 2-3 weeks in advance) as our advisors meet with over 800 Communication majors and minors.

Advanced registration for spring 2014 begins March 17, 2014.

To set up an appointment, call the Advisement Center at (309) 438-7080, or visit Fell Hall 450.

Spring 2014 Front Desk Hours:                                                        

Monday – Thursday                9 a.m. – Noon & 1 – 4 p.m.

Friday                                      9 a.m. – Noon & 1 – 3 p.m.

Academic Advisors:

Elizabeth Chupp, M.S.             Mass Media & Public Relations (last names A-H)

Julie Navickas, M.S.                 Journalism & Public Relations (last names I-O)

Kristen Presley, M.S.               Communication Studies & Public Relations (last names P-Z)

Amy Rothblum (GA)                All Communication Minors; Prospective Students

Anna Wright, M.S.                    Communication Education

Bring to Your Appointment: list of course options for the upcoming semester and your list of questions

As a Reminder: School of Communication advisors do not advise students via phone or email.  Face-to-face meetings are the best as they reduce the amount of misunderstanding that can occur and are more beneficial for students and advisors.

School of Communication Archive


Thesis Defense for Rothblum, Amy; Communication
Thu, April 17, 2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Fell Hall (FEL), 53
A SoTL Celebration, honoring the scholarship of teaching & learning
Thu, April 17, 2014 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Bone Student Center (BON), Old Main Room - Free and Open to the Public
Thesis Defense for Pineda, Amber; Communication
Thu, April 17, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Fell Hall (FEL), 53
Thesis Defense for Breault, William; Communication
Mon, April 21, 2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Science Laboratory Building (SLB), 53

School of Communication News from the College of Arts & Sciences

School of Communication Wins Award

ISU seal CAS wideThe School of Communication has been selected as the recipient of the Central States Communication Association’s (CSCA) Outstanding Undergraduate Communication Program Award.

The award was presented at the CSCA Conference in Minneapolis on April 5.

The CSCA is a professional, academic organization of primary and secondary school teachers, students, college and university professors and communication professionals. The association consists of the 13 Midwestern states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

The School of Communication’s award was selected by the Undergraduate Program Interest Group of the CSCA, which encourages cooperation among the values and professional styles associated with classroom issues, co-curricular programming and scholarly research efforts.

COM Week to Feature Comcast Sports VP

Phil Bedella

Phil Bedella

Speakers from the Comcast Sports Network InStyle magazine are among those who will highlight Communication Week 2014 from Monday, April 14, through Thursday, April 17. With the theme of  Envision, Engage, Embark , COM Week will link successful alums and professionals with students. Speakers from Cisco, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Weber Shandwick, In Style, DBY Events & Invitations and Everygirl round out the keynotes.

“Through participating in COM Week, students will have the opportunity to envision the possibilities, engage with others and embark on their professional journeys,” said senior public relations major Abigail Brennan. She is the social media intern for the School of Communication Promotions and Development team, which coordinates the event. 

Phil Bedella, ’88, Comcast Sports Network vice president and general manager, leads off the week at 2 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Center for Visual Arts (CVA), room 151. Bedella will discuss his career in sports communication, from his beginning career with the Chicago Cubs to his current position.

Jennifer Thompson will discuss communicating through a crisis at 4 p.m. Monday, April 14, in DeGarmo 306. Thompson is the global client relationship manager for Edelman, which involves coordinating all of the various and global work streams underway for General Electric.

Kevin Petschow, ’81, member of the global public relations team for Cisco, and Steve Smith, ’89, M.S. ’93, CEO and executive director of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, will speak at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, in CVA, room 151.

Angelica Colantuoni, senior vice president in digital for Weber Shandwick, will speak at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Stevenson Hall, room 101. Colantuoni has over 13 years of extensive experience in consumer engagement, digital and word-of-mouth marketing, strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications and event management.

Photo editor for and freelance Rolling Stone photographer Alex Reside, ’10, will speak at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, in CVA, room 151.  Reside will talk about his path to accomplishment, including an internship with Rolling Stone.

Kasey Larson, DBY Events & Invitations president and co-founder, will speak at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in CVA, room 145.

The Everygirl co-founders Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss will speak at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the CVA, room 151.

The Everygirl is the ultimate online resource helping shape creative, career-driven women and has been named a Top 100 Website for Women by Forbes two years in a row. 

COM Week panels of experts will lead discussions with students on topics including advertising, event planning, agency public relations, crisis communication, global communication and entrepreneurship. 

Traditional COM Week special events include the Documentary Film Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in Caterpillar Auditorium in State Farm Hall of Business with award-winning filmmaker and School of Communication faculty member John McHale. 

The final day of COM Week 2014 will feature the COM Week Career Institute, a networking fair for students seeking internships and careers. Students can meet with recruiters on a walk-in basis. The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 17, in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center. It will include professional guidance in interviewing, resumes and portfolio-building.

Another annual highlight is the School of Communication Awards and Scholarships Luncheon, honoring the best among SoC students and alumni. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 17, in the Circus Room at the Bone Student Center.

All COM Week activities are sponsored by the School of Communication. For more information, go online.