Augusta University Department of Communication

Augusta University Department of Communication The Department of Communication at Augusta provides a broad education and a B.A. degree. Join us!

Welcome! The Department of Communication at Augusta University provides undergraduate courses and a B.A. degree program. The Communication major offers students strong foundations for careers in Journalism, Public Relations, Television and Cinema, Theatre, and Communication Studies—any field in which ethical and effective practices in writing, speaking, performing, digital production, and critical thinking are desired.

Very good news for recent graduates and current students from the Department of Communication at Augusta University. Fir...
07/08/2019

Very good news for recent graduates and current students from the Department of Communication at Augusta University. First, Elizabeth Hundt (pictured here and who graduated in May 2018 before briefly serving as our administrative assistant) is now working as a legal assistant for Newman and Beasley LLC in Charleston, S.C. Then, from Atlanta comes word that Leeroy Francis Jr. will be serving a year-long internship with TNT covering NCAA basketball. Also, Kesler Berry has begun a full-time gig at WRDW, where has has been joined by both Chris Lloyd and Zach Mereau as part-timers for the station. Ceara Hester should have good news soon about signing with another Augusta-area TV station. Congratulations to all of these students and alums, and a big shout-out to the faculty in Communication who helped nurture them.

David Bulla, professor in the Department of Communication at Augusta University, gives a talk on runaway slave ads in th...
07/08/2019

David Bulla, professor in the Department of Communication at Augusta University, gives a talk on runaway slave ads in the nineteenth-century American press at the Slavery Past, Present, and Future 4 Conference in Innsbruck, Austria. Dr. Bulla wrote the paper with undergraduate student Kashalah Robinson. (Photo courtesy of Ulrich Pallua, University of Innsbruck)

Recent Augusta University graduate Jordan Stenger (R) and Dr. Luis Rocha Antunes of the AU Department of Communication t...
06/24/2019

Recent Augusta University graduate Jordan Stenger (R) and Dr. Luis Rocha Antunes of the AU Department of Communication take part in the fourth Transnational Journalism Conference. This year's conference was held at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Come join us at Augusta University's Department of Communication. We prepare you for careers in television production, j...
06/14/2019

Come join us at Augusta University's Department of Communication. We prepare you for careers in television production, journalism, multimedia story telling, podcasting and public relations.

Augusta University Communication students Mairim Martinez Feliu (L) and St. Julian Cox do a little street gazing on the ...
06/12/2019

Augusta University Communication students Mairim Martinez Feliu (L) and St. Julian Cox do a little street gazing on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Debbie van Tuyll)

AU Communication students Taylor Buettner, editor of the Phoenix at left, and Leeroy Francis Jr., former sports editor o...
06/09/2019

AU Communication students Taylor Buettner, editor of the Phoenix at left, and Leeroy Francis Jr., former sports editor of the Bell Ringer, getting a kick out of Edinburgh, here in front of St. Giles on the Royal Mile. (Photo by Debbie van Tuyll)

Augusta University Students doing Study Abroad in Scotland with Dr. Debbie van Tuyll search for the Munlochy Clootie Wel...
05/31/2019

Augusta University Students doing Study Abroad in Scotland with Dr. Debbie van Tuyll search for the Munlochy Clootie Well north of Inverness. Clootie wells are associated with traditional healing. A rag (cloot) is dipped in a well and tied to a tree. The hope is the illness will fade away as the rag breaks apart over time. (Photo by Debbie van Tuyll)

From left to right: Cynthia Panzella (moderator), Noel Brown, Ashley White, Amanda Main, Phil Stanley and Richard Robers...
05/23/2019

From left to right: Cynthia Panzella (moderator), Noel Brown, Ashley White, Amanda Main, Phil Stanley and Richard Roberson discuss their careers in the communication field during CommuniCon 2019 at the Maxwell Theatre at Augusta University. (Photo by St. Julian Cox)

The Cumbernauld News reports on the Duncarron Medieval Village, in Scotland, and in this photo students from Augusta Uni...
05/21/2019

The Cumbernauld News reports on the Duncarron Medieval Village, in Scotland, and in this photo students from Augusta University's Study Abroad program, led by Dr. Debbie van Tuyll of Communication, are getting a tour of the replica settlement from the 12th Century.

Communication major Shaylon Hughs performs a monologue during CommuniCon 2019 at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at ...
05/17/2019

Communication major Shaylon Hughs performs a monologue during CommuniCon 2019 at the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta University. (Photo by St. Julian Cox)

The Department of Communication has opened up one more section of COMM 1100 for summer school, with Assistant Professor ...
05/14/2019

The Department of Communication has opened up one more section of COMM 1100 for summer school, with Assistant Professor Dylan Wilson. It is COMM 1100A2 and it meets in Allgood Hall E156. Class starts next Monday at 9 a.m. Class ends at 10:50 a.m. Please let your friends who need 1100 know that it is available.

Graduation for AU Communication seniors at James Brown Arena on Friday, May 11, 2019. From left to right on back row, Gr...
05/11/2019

Graduation for AU Communication seniors at James Brown Arena on Friday, May 11, 2019. From left to right on back row, Gregory Smith, Lindsey Morris, Jordan Stenger, Ashley Kinney and Katie Davidson. At right, Dr. Debbie van Tuyll, professor of Communication. Holding the camera, John Rinyu. (Photo by John Rinyu)

Congratulations to the seniors in Communication who are graduating today from Augusta University:Katie DavidsonDaniel Fo...
05/10/2019

Congratulations to the seniors in Communication who are graduating today from Augusta University:
Katie Davidson
Daniel Fordham
Leeroy Francis Jr.
Aleighna Guajardo
Breanna Jackson
Elyssa Jones
Ashley Kinney
JoAnn Lindfors
Mairim M. Martinez Feliu
Lindsey Morris
John Rinyu
Kashalah Robinson
Gregory Smith
Jordan Stenger

Rachel Visintainer presents her film "Victim to Victor" at the Pamplin Pop-Ups on Saturday in the Chateau at Augusta Uni...
04/28/2019

Rachel Visintainer presents her film "Victim to Victor" at the Pamplin Pop-Ups on Saturday in the Chateau at Augusta University. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Want to know what happened this week in the Communication Department? Check out our new WHTW highlight story! Updated of...
04/27/2019

Want to know what happened this week in the Communication Department? Check out our new WHTW highlight story! Updated often.
@aug_commdept

At right, Dr. Pam Hayward of the Department of Communication is with AU 3MT oral presentation winner Mohamed Meghil (wit...
04/25/2019

At right, Dr. Pam Hayward of the Department of Communication is with AU 3MT oral presentation winner Mohamed Meghil (with check) and Dr. Darren Browning (wearing tie) at the Kroc Center in Augusta. Dr. Hayward helps mentor student participants to hone their public speaking skills. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Augusta University Department of Communication's cover photo
04/22/2019

Augusta University Department of Communication's cover photo

Edgar Miles (R) receives the top speaker award from Dr. Edgar Johnson at CommuniCon 2019 in the Maxwell Theatre at Augus...
04/22/2019

Edgar Miles (R) receives the top speaker award from Dr. Edgar Johnson at CommuniCon 2019 in the Maxwell Theatre at Augusta University on April 17. (Photo by St. Julian Cox)

Kashalah Robinson (R) receives the Bell Ringer top journalist award for 2018-19 from adviser Dylan Wilson at CommuniCon ...
04/19/2019

Kashalah Robinson (R) receives the Bell Ringer top journalist award for 2018-19 from adviser Dylan Wilson at CommuniCon in the Maxwell Theatre at Augusta University. (Photo by St. Julian Cox)

Dr. Luis Rocha Antunes (L) and Communication student Hannah D'Arco serve hamburgers and hot dogs during Day COMM in fron...
04/17/2019

Dr. Luis Rocha Antunes (L) and Communication student Hannah D'Arco serve hamburgers and hot dogs during Day COMM in front of the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta University. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

AU Communication Assistant Professor Melanie Kitchens O'Meara was named Pamplin College's teacher of the year tonight at...
04/17/2019

AU Communication Assistant Professor Melanie Kitchens O'Meara was named Pamplin College's teacher of the year tonight at the Pinnacle Club in downtown Augusta. Congratulations, Melanie. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

At left, Will Cheney of the Augusta Chronicle and Ben Boocker of WRDW TV work at the 2019 Masters at Augusta National, c...
04/15/2019

At left, Will Cheney of the Augusta Chronicle and Ben Boocker of WRDW TV work at the 2019 Masters at Augusta National, covering the story of Tigers Woods winning his 15th major and 81st professional tournament at age 43. Will and Ben are AU Communication alumni. (photo by Todd Bennett)

Students in Dr. Luis Rocha Antunes' Filmmaking class show off their certificates for their work on Georgia Cancer City P...
04/12/2019

Students in Dr. Luis Rocha Antunes' Filmmaking class show off their certificates for their work on Georgia Cancer City PSAs. (photo by Luis Rocha Antunes)

Micah Weathers, a sophomore Communication major, established an Augusta University record for the 1,500 meters at the GS...
04/08/2019

Micah Weathers, a sophomore Communication major, established an Augusta University record for the 1,500 meters at the GSC/PBC Challenge in Huntsville, Ala., on Saturday, April 6. Weathers, who had eclipsed the AU 5,000 meter mark the previous Saturday, ran the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 47.21 seconds to finish third. The Lady Jaguars finished third in the overall team race. (Photo by Chase Slone)

Tyler Strong (L) and Leeroy Francis Jr. stroll around Augusta National as they work for CBS Sports for the second straig...
04/02/2019

Tyler Strong (L) and Leeroy Francis Jr. stroll around Augusta National as they work for CBS Sports for the second straight year at The Masters. Strong graduated from Augusta University with a degree in Communication last May; Francis is a senior Communication major and sports editor of the Bell Ringer student newspaper. (Photo by Vernon Blount)

From left to right, Kyndall Hullum, Kayla Johnson, Rachel Visintainer, and Trenijah Griffin perform in Melanie Kitchens ...
04/01/2019

From left to right, Kyndall Hullum, Kayla Johnson, Rachel Visintainer, and Trenijah Griffin perform in Melanie Kitchens O'Meara's "Moving Photographs: A Vanishing Georgia" at the Maxwell Theatre at Augusta University. The performances were March 21-14. (Photo by Dylan Wilson)

Rachel Visintainer performs in Melanie Kitchens O'Meara's "Moving Photographs: A Vanishing Georgia," which was performed...
03/28/2019

Rachel Visintainer performs in Melanie Kitchens O'Meara's "Moving Photographs: A Vanishing Georgia," which was performed last week at the Maxwell Theatre at Augusta University. (Photo by Dylan Wilson)

Rachel Visintainer rehearses for "Moving Photographs: A Vanishing Georgia," to be performed March 21-24 at the Maxwell T...
03/19/2019

Rachel Visintainer rehearses for "Moving Photographs: A Vanishing Georgia," to be performed March 21-24 at the Maxwell Theatre at Augusta University. The play is written and directed by Dr. Melanie Kitchens O'Meara. (Photo by Edgar Miles)

At right, Daffodil Altan of the PBS show "Frontline" spoke to Augusta University Communication students and faculty abou...
03/17/2019

At right, Daffodil Altan of the PBS show "Frontline" spoke to Augusta University Communication students and faculty about investigative journalism on Saturday, March 16. Altan was on campus to deliver the keynote at the Sixth Biennial Women's and Gender Studies Symposium at AU. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

From left (on stage), John Rinyu, Greg Smith and Aleighna Guajardo perform Michael E. Tiger's play "The Trial of John Pe...
03/15/2019

From left (on stage), John Rinyu, Greg Smith and Aleighna Guajardo perform Michael E. Tiger's play "The Trial of John Peter Zenger" during the Future of the First Symposium at Augusta University. Lindsey Morris (L and in front of the stage) and Julia Gray also read roles in the performance. (Photo by Dylan Wilson)

Freedom Forum chief Gene Policinski speaks about intimidation of journalists at the Future of the First Amendment Sympos...
03/15/2019

Freedom Forum chief Gene Policinski speaks about intimidation of journalists at the Future of the First Amendment Symposium at Augusta University. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Michael E. Tigar (R) receives a Friend of the First Amendment award from Dr. David W. Bulla, interim chair of the Dept. ...
03/14/2019

Michael E. Tigar (R) receives a Friend of the First Amendment award from Dr. David W. Bulla, interim chair of the Dept. of Communication at Augusta University, during the Future of the First Symposium. (Photo by Dylan Wilson)

Attorney David E. Hudson, counsel for the Georgia Press Association, discusses freedom of the press at the Future of the...
03/13/2019

Attorney David E. Hudson, counsel for the Georgia Press Association, discusses freedom of the press at the Future of the First Amendment Symposium at Augusta University.

The Future of the First starts today at noon in the TVC Lab in University Hall (183) at Augusta University's Summerville...
03/13/2019

The Future of the First starts today at noon in the TVC Lab in University Hall (183) at Augusta University's Summerville campus. Attorney David E. Hudson and Editor Parish Howard kick off our symposium on our fundamental civil liberties.

St. Julian Cox, a junior Communication major from Grovetown, Ga., works on a document in his Writing for Communication P...
03/12/2019

St. Julian Cox, a junior Communication major from Grovetown, Ga., works on a document in his Writing for Communication Professions class at Augusta University. Behind him is Justin Little, a Communication major from Evans, Ga. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Tyvez Monroe (13), a Communication senior, will be playing in his final game at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Sunday at 4 ...
03/10/2019

Tyvez Monroe (13), a Communication senior, will be playing in his final game at Christenberry Fieldhouse on Sunday at 4 p.m., as the Jaguar men's basketball team (25-5) plays USC Aiken for the Peach Belt Tournament championship.

Society of Professional Journalists Augusta University Chapter
03/08/2019

Society of Professional Journalists Augusta University Chapter

Gene Policinski of the Freedom Forum will be the keynote speaker at Augusta University's Future of the First Amendment Symposium on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in the JSAC Ballroom. The title of Gene's talk is “Twenty-first-Century Threats to the First Amendment: Bodies, Bytes and Well-Meaning People.”

From left to right, Drew Thomas, Cynthia Panzella, Kashalah Robinson and Zhenya Townley show off their first-place plaqu...
03/05/2019

From left to right, Drew Thomas, Cynthia Panzella, Kashalah Robinson and Zhenya Townley show off their first-place plaque from the Georgia Communication Association. The AU foursome's film, titled "The Things We Leave Behind," won the top spot in the documentary filmmaking competition. Thomas, Panzella and Townley graduated in December; Robinson will graduate in May. They made the documentary in Associate Professor Matthew Buzzell's class in Fall 2018. (Photo by Dylan Wilson)

Let Freedom Ring ...
03/03/2019

Let Freedom Ring ...

Travis Williamson, a Communication minor, delivers his honors paper titled “An Examination of Moral Panics: How the Fe...
02/26/2019

Travis Williamson, a Communication minor, delivers his honors paper titled “An Examination of Moral Panics: How the Fear of Satanism Affected Tabletop Role-Playing Game" at the JSAC Coffeehouse on Friday, Feb. 22. His research mentor is Dr. Edgar Johnson. The event was sponsored by Augusta University CURS.

From left, Trenijah Griffin, Dr. Melanie O'Meara, Sabrina Nacci, Carter Bays and Kayla Johnson gather on Bourbon Street ...
02/20/2019

From left, Trenijah Griffin, Dr. Melanie O'Meara, Sabrina Nacci, Carter Bays and Kayla Johnson gather on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Led by Dr. O'Meara, the Theatre Augusta group was participating in the Patti Pace Performance Festival and Conference hosted by Xavier University. (photo by Edgar Miles)

02/18/2019
The Things We Leave Behind

Congratulations to Drew Thomas, Cynthia Panzella, Kashalah Robinson and Zhenya Townley, who won the top documentary film award at the Georgia Communication Association conference last Friday. Their film is titled "The Things We Leave Behind" and is about Atlanta artist Michi Meko. They made the film in Associate Professor Matthew Buzzell's documentary filmmaking class. Here is link to the video:

https://vimeo.com/316230044

Portrait of Atlanta-based artist, Michi Meko Editor Drew Thomas Camera Cynthia Panzella and Zhenya Townley Producer Kashalah Robinson and Zhenya Townley

Representing AU's Department of Communication at the American Journalism Historians Association Southeastern Symposium a...
02/12/2019

Representing AU's Department of Communication at the American Journalism Historians Association Southeastern Symposium at Panama City, Fla., are (from left to right) Jordan Stenger, River Gracey, Dr. Debbie van Tull, Alexis Parr and Alex Sigers.

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