Mass Communication students stay active outside the classroom with a variety of academic and community service activities.
In Spring 2010, five mass communication majors represented the Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts at the inaugural MSU Scholarship Colloquium with a panel on their favorite document, the First Amendment. Stressing the importance of free expression to all students and faculty, the five students discussed cases related to student newspapers, student protesters, plays, and even the Bible. The students – seniors Daniel Hayden, Bethany Rumble and Lauren Wood, and juniors Brittany Walsh and Colleen Wilson – outlined the rules and case law regarding student expression before looking at interesting recent examples.
The end of the year brings participation in several awards ceremonies, including the MSU Honors Banquet and the Mass Communication Department Awards Dinner.
Department students and faculty have also been active in a variety of community service events. The department fielded a team of faculty and students in the inaugural MSU Relay For Life in April 2009, and, as plans for the April 2010 event were coming together, interest was so overwhelming that a second team had to be created, eventually raising more than $2,200 for cancer research and patient services.
Students and faculty have also participated in the Habitat For Humanity blitz-build and fielded a bowling team to raise money for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter. For the last seven years, the department has had a team in the Wichita Adult Literacy Council’s annual spelling bee, which raises money for local literacy efforts. A team of students won the 2005 bee.