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Message from the Chair Emeritus


I love teaching students to speak and to write because I know that these skills will serve them forever, no matter what profession or vocation they choose. If one knows how to say what one means, one is able to get what one wants, convince those who need persuading or supply a valuable service to those looking for information or knowledge. Communication is the key to success in all societies.

When our Communications students graduate, I am always sad to see them go. It’s a bit like watching fledglings lift off and fly from the nest, but I’m also confident that our graduates will land safely and get good jobs as a result of what they've learned here at Dominican.

This year is especially exciting at Dominican. As today’s news broadcasting and publishing industries are increasingly merging with video and web formats, we have broadened our program to reflect this media convergence. Our writers gain the opportunity to write across media and learn new technologies such as podcasting, broadcasting, and production of enriched online viewer experiences.

Our program has also expanded to offer our communications scholars more choices and the ability to pursue their studies along more specialized paths. To our existing Cinema Studies, Print Media, and Broadcasting areas of concentrated study, we’ve added Corporate Communications and Sports Communications. In each of these programs technical knowledge is bolstered by collaborative and supportive learning in the classroom and lab. This is where creativity and originality are valued, and the team process results in high quality productions. Words and ideas merge into visually arresting formats and powerful messages that connect to the audience.

The rich, multicultural community at DU shares in infusing exuberance and vitality into our undergraduate program. Visiting lecturers, special performances and programs excite and inspire throughout the academic year. All our graduates also perform off-campus internships that build on academic experience and result in skills valued in the professions of the Information Industry.

When you choose to become a DU Communications undergraduate I can assure you that you sign on for an exciting adventure, one where your enthusiasm will be met by an outpouring of positive energy. You will find gratifying challenge but you will also join a supportive community of faculty, fellow students, alumni, and staff.

Don’t hesitate to call me or any of my Communications colleagues with questions on our programs, initiatives or activities. We are here to help.


Warm regards,

Melba Beals

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