Monthly Archives: April 2010

Preparing to attend the Career Event

Over the years communication students at Georgia Southern have voice concern about having a career event geared towards them, so this is for you. The career event this year will be held in the foyer of the Center for Art and Theatre located behind Veazey Hall.  The event is from 12-3 p.m. and is designed for you to attend between classes. Here are some things you should keep in mind regarding the career event.

  1. Prepare. You should be ready with questions to ask professionals in the field you are studying to enter. This is your chance to spend quality time with someone who is doing a job you hope to obtain. Take advantage.
  2. Network. Take their business card and if give them one of your business cards. If you don’t have a business card, it’s okay. Don’t just acquire business cards write down something about that person on the back of the card to remember them (e.g. wears glasses, has a pet, interesting tie, etc)
  3. It’s a Career event, NOT career fair. This particular event is designed for networking and learning experiences, NOT employement. If a job becomes available then the hope is that they will remember you, especially if you provided them with a business card, but that is not the primary reason for this event.
  4. Dress appropriately. Everyone understands you are taking classes, but, at minimum, leave the revealing clothing for the day after the event. You want to be remembered for your brain, not your assests.
  5. Use time wisely. Make a commitment, especially if you are coming in between classes to spend at least 5-10 minutes with each professional in your field. This event only takes place in the spring and it is not always the same professionals, so try to visit them all.

Below is a list of professionals that will be visiting this spring. Some of them will be participating in resume critiques as well, so don’t forget your resume. Your future is calling.

– Kara Hooper- Abshire PR
– David Thompson – Georgia Southern University
– Marla Bruner- Georgia Southern University
– Gale Baldwin- Georgia Southern University
– Christine Edwards- WTOC TV Savannah
– Ashlee Pigler- Clear Channel Radio
– Amy Powell- WKHX-FM, WYAY-FM Atlanta
– Dennis Jones- Radio Jones Atlanta
This year the career event is being run by a group of studetns in the Public Relations Event Management course.

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A day at SSCA: Creative ideas, enhancing learning, and Twitter

This year Southern States Communication Association (SSCA) is currently taking place in Memphis, Tennessee. Needless to say there is a lot of history here and with SSCA holding the conference in The Peabody Hotel we are within walking distance of several historical sites. Another trip is necessary, but I digress.

Due to the nature of the conference attending every panel is not a possibility, but below is a recap of some of information and ideas shared by panelist.

Positive Encounters with the student kind: Creative ideas to help spark student interest and increase communication in the interpersonal classroom and beyond (Sponsor: Interpersonal Communication Division)

This panel focused on positive communication strategies to help students better understand different forms of communication. Panelist offered some of the following suggestions.

  • Have students keep a journal regarding specific conversations. Within this journal make the focus of two of the conversations on nonverbals. In essence, they must record a conversation they can not hear, such as a Facebook or Twitter conversation. Students must then focus on the nonverbal cues and what they suggest about the conversation (e.g. compare and contrast).
  • Using bonus points as positive reinforcements: provide points for buying the book, make it clear in the syllabus that you can award points at will, provide bonus points for 100% attendance, post reading quizzes (1-2 questions) that students answer and bring with them to class, and/or provide stickers on graded work for clever assignments and good work.
  • Have students review a children’s book to apply a communication concept, as these books, from the students point of view, are less intimidating.
  • Use pictures of activities from around the world to show students their levels of ethnocentrism. Only allow students to write what they see in the picture the first time around. Then discuss the correct response and why it is so.

Deep learning strategies: Enhancing learning and positive communication in the classroom (Sponsor: Instructional Development Division)

This panel focused on deep learning strategies to promote understanding through experience, reflection, and practical activities.  (Panelist suggest faculty read the book “What the Best College Teachers Do” by Ken Bain.)

  • Make sure students learn the fundamentals. When teaching the fundamentals don’t just talk about it one time, do it constantly.
  • Debunk students misconceptions regarding communications.
  • Foster joy. Why focus on the what the students got wrong as oppose to what they got right? Remind them this is a safe place to make mistakes.
  • Practice. Practice. Practice.
  • Focus on one aspect of deep learning and build a corresponding assignment.
  • Self concept art project: Motivates students to communicate in a visual/holistic approach. Have students 1) build a collage to represent them in relation to others, 2) draw/paint picture to meet same goal, 3) draw a “life tree” to represent this.

(Sidebar: Consider watching the video Teaching Teaching Understanding Understanding to learn about deep learning. It can be found on YouTube as a three part series.)

Best practices: Twitter, new media, and positive communication (Sponsor: Vice President)

This roundtable discussed Twitter and its implication for usage in professional, pedagogical, and educational settings.

  • Consider a separate account for students to follow you.
  • Reiterate to students that personal usage is based on perceived importance.
  • Some of the panels pet peeves for Twitter users: unsolicited opinions (i.e. the “intruder” has no context of the conversation); being asked to follow others; auto tweets, as they are impersonal; individuals are following you but they don’t tweet.
  • There are three types of users on Twitter: Literalist (write down literally what they are doing), Networkers (Gatekeepers. They re-tweet useful information), and facilitators (engage people in the conversation). Although individuals tend to dominate in one of the categories tweeters transition in and out.
  • This is an ideal way to engage shy students.

Looking forward to day two 🙂

View the conference convention book for panelist names and university affiliations.

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