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Lambda Pi Eta Inducts New Members for 2017 and Cords Graduating Seniors

April 14, 2017

At the CMN Department’s Scholarship and Awards Ceremony on April 9th, 2017, Lambda Pi Eta, the national honorary society for Communication Studies, inducted new members and presented cords for seniors to wear at graduation.

Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as three ingredients of persuasion. The L is for logos, meaning logic; the P is for pathos, relating to emotion; and the E is for ethos, defined as character credibility and ethics.

Goals of Lambda Pi Eta

  • Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies
  • Stimulate interest in the field of communication
  • Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication
  • Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students
  • Explore options for graduate education in communication studies

To be eligible for membership, students must have completed 60 semester hours in undergraduate courses; have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; and have a GPA of at least 3.25 in the Communication major.

The new members inducted were: 

  • Maria Baldwin
  • Rachel Crutcher
  • Maria DeVito
  • Brianna Welk

The members that were presented with cords were: 

  • Jamie Baumgartner
  • Alex (AJ) Seidler
  • Colleen Danaher
  • McKenna Smith
  • Rachelle Krausen
  • Robyn McKeown

CMN Department Awards and Scholarship Ceremony 2017

April 14, 2017

On Sunday April 9th, about 30 students were honored with scholarships and awards totaling over $15,000.

Undergraduate Award Winners: 

  • Catie Witt, Outstanding Senior
  • Derek Wunder, Outstanding Junior
  • James Bateman, Outstanding Lab Asst
  • Dalano Martin, Inspired Achievement
Graduate Award Winners: 
  • Kelli Halfman, Outstanding Graduate Student
  • Olubusola Akinpelu, Distinguished International Student
  • Brandon Goodman, Research/Creative Activity Grant
  • Alli Grussing, Research/Creative Activity Grant
Scholarship Winners: 
  • Natalie Standley, Kenneth E. Hadwiger PhD Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Emannuel Ayiku, Jack L. Payan Scholarship
  • Chloe Gottschalk, Betty Lou Balasi Scholarship
  • Payton Blakney, Dr. J. Glenn Ross Scholarship
  • Lacey Jenkins, Carol Manhart Scholarship
  • Kayla Quick, Kenneth E. Hadwiger PhD Graduate Scholarship
  • Makenzie Hayden, Jon J. Hopkins Memorial Speech Education Scholarship
  • Kaitlyn Ebert, Ralph Y. McGinnis Scholarship
Bock Undergraduate Research Award Winners: 
  • Lauren Eberle, First Place, Bock Undergraduate Research Paper Competition
  • Makenzie Hayden, Second Place, Bock Undergraduate Research Paper Competition
  • Rachelle Krausen, Third Place, Bock Undergraduate Research Paper Competition

Communication Day, 2017

April 14, 2017

Faculty, staff, and students came together to celebrate Communication Day which included music, performances, and practical and applied panels.

Annual Multimedia Contest Recognizes Excellence in Media Production

June 4, 2016

On May 2, the Department of Communication Studies awarded the winners of its annual multimedia contest.

The competition rewards excellence in the production of a variety of video productions (including documentary, news package, creative, and spot), audio production as well as web design.

Communication studies students submitted productions from coursework, membership in registered student organizations, internships (such as at EIU 360), and independent productions created especially for the event.

The competitive contest had 57 submissions this year and six full-time communication studies faculty judged the categories. The top three in each category were screened for the appreciative audience in the Coleman Auditorium.

The complete list of winners for each category with the top video for each embedded.

Video – Creative:
1. Dakota Pruemer: “James’ Dreams”

2. Dion McNeil – “Spaceship Elevator
3. Kyle Ruckert – “Gettysburg
4. Kris Wilcox – “Shooting on Set

Video – PSA / Commercial:
1. Matt Condon – “Free Education PSA”

2. Melissa Meiselman – “Healthy Lifestyles PSA
3. Blake Warman – “What Gets You Thinking

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2. Dion McNeil (

TV News:
Lacey Clifton – “Firefighter Training”

2. Tori Stoll – “News Watch Promo
3. Jesse Guinn – “ISP Training

Video – Documentary:
Dakota Pruemer – “Grilled Cheese Please”

2. Tyler Yunk – “Cross Country Documentary
3. (tied) Greg Hayes – “A Conscious Art”  &  Kayla Myers – “Beyond the Blog

Radio – PSA / Commercial
Jesse Guinn – “Inyart Tire and Auto”

2. Justin Skare – “Z’s Music
3. James Bateman – “Hit-Mix Promo


Alt TV Screens Episode 8 to Capacity Crowd in Downtown Charleston

June 4, 2016

The Alternative Television and Film Club at EIU screened its eighth episode of original television in front of a capacity crowd at Top of the Roc in downtown Charleston on April 27.

While the upstairs portion of Roc’s Blackfront Restaurant has not been open to the public for the previous six months, they made an exception for Alt TV. The club has now aired all eight of their episodes there, and the crowd of EIU students, community members, and fans of the series has grown with each screening.


The cast and crew of Alt TV Episode 8 pose at Top of the Roc in downtown Charleston, Ill.

The video content of the club is truly independent and alternative as the members of the club create videos for the screening each semester outside of coursework and without external funding. The club works as a collective where members all contribute to the productions of each member.

The content of this screening was incredibly diverse. In addition to their trademark absurd comedy shorts, this episode included political drama, horror, and even an animated short.

In addition to the screening, the leadership of the club transitioned from Kris Wilcox to Ty Yunk, who

will join Dakota Pruemer as co-president of Alt TV. Wilcox, Alt TV’s only four year member, graduated the following week and accepted a position at WCIA in Champaign, IL.

Alt TV will return with Episode 9 during the last month of the Fall 2016 semester. For more information on the club go to


Communication Studies Student Excellence Honored at Annual Ceremony

June 4, 2016

On April 10, the Department of Communication held its annual Scholarships and Awards ceremony honoring undergraduate and graduate student excellence.

While previous years have focused on the dozen annual awards presented by the Department of Communication Studies, the 2016 event moved to Lumpkin Auditorium and included recognizing Lambda Pi Eta, the EIU Speech Panthers and the Bock Research Competition winners.

The annual event began with Drs. Angie Jacobs and Rich Jones cording eight graduating members of the communication studies honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. Two current members of the organization then inducted seven new members into the society.

Lumpkin Hall

Next, Drs. Beth Gill and Rich Jones presented the annual scholarships and awards, many of which have been awarded for several decades and were established by former communication studies and speech communication faculty.

Dr. Jones, who was also a member on the Scholarship and Awards Committee, stated, “In April, the month of events and celebrations, this particular event allows us all to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of our wonderful students.”

Dr. Angie Jacobs then presented awards to the top three papers in the Doug Bock Undergraduate Research Competition. Dr. Bock is a former professor in the department as well as a former chair. The papers are selected and submitted by faculty and then reviewed by members of Lambda Pi Eta.

To conclude the evening, EIU Speech Team coach Sara Gronstal honored the Speech Panther’ achievements for the year and then Marques Brown and Austin Mejdrich each performed an award-winning speech program.

A complete list of the 2015-2016 scholarship and award winners can be found below:

Department of Communication Studies Scholarships and Awards

  • Marques Brown (Outstanding Senior)
  • Natalie Standley (Outstanding Junior)
  • Kyle Ruckert (Outstanding Lab Assistant)
  • Krystal Moore (Inspired Achievement)
  • Clinton Brown (Outstanding Graduate Student)
  • Chloe Gottschalk (Kenneth E. Hadwiger PhD Undergraduate Scholarship)
  • Derek Wunder (Jack L. Payan Scholarship)
  • Mallory Winkeler (Betty Lou Balasi Scholarship)
  • Jessica Brown (J. Glenn Ross Scholarship)
  • Kallie Koester (Carol Manhart Scholarship & Illinois Broadcasters Association Scholarship)
  • Ryan Howard (Kenneth E. Hadwiger PhD Graduate Scholarship)
  • Kelli Halfman (John J. Hopkins Memorial Speech Education Scholarship)
  • Austin Mejdrich (Ralph Y. McGinnis Scholarship)

Doug Bock Undergraduate Research Competition

  • 1st – Anne Petit, “Writing Papers at a College Level: Communication Between Students and Professors”
  • 2nd – Tori Daniels, “Communication and Language Changes within the LGBTQIA+ Culture”
  • 3rd – Alex Seidler, “The Pressure Is On: A Study of Communication Between Tas and Stuents”

Lambda Pi Eta

  • Graduating Seniors: Jenny Awah-Manga, Mackenzie Buob, Angela Engebretson, Kristin Fox, Amy Gebka, Jordan Landeck, Emily Mitchell, Nicole Weatherford
  • New Members: Mackenzie Buob, Colleen Danaher, Rachelle, Krausen, Jordan Landeck, Amanda Lewis, Robyn McKeown, Derek Wunder


Students and Faculty “Comm Together” at Annual Comm Day

June 4, 2016

On April 6, communication studies students and faculty connected through communication at the annual Comm Day event in Coleman Hall.

The event featured 17 interactive panels throughout the day hosted by communication studies faculty as well as professionals in the field. The panels ranged in topic from assembling an effective demo reel to understanding how conspiracy theories are communicated to learning about programs available in the department.

The chair of the Department of Communication Studies Dr. Stephen King stated, “Communication Day showcases the wonderful breadth and diversity of the communication discipline. The theme of ‘Connecting and Communicating for a Better Tomorrow’ perfectly captures how our communication practices can be used to connect and identify with others as well as solve a variety of social, cultural and political problems.”


Comm Day began in the 1960s as a week filled with Rhetoric and Public Speaking activities. It was called “Speech Week,” as the department was then called Speech Communication and the events lasted for an entire week.

Over the previous 50 years, both faculty and students have shaped the direction of this event into having its current balance between each concentration as well as between research and the applied.

Each planner of Comm Day provides a different incarnation of the event. The 2016 planner, Associate Professor Dr. Angie Jacobs, promoted connection between all participants in every area of the event from the opening ceremonies that provided history on the event to a communal lunch with students and faculty to the inclusion of every area of the department into the event.

At the end of the event, Dr. Jacobs hosted the closing ceremonies with a final round of prizes that were donated by local business. The department then honored office administrator Kim Turner for her years of service to the department.

Comm Day is scheduled for April 2017 and more information can be found at


Annual Broadcast Job Fair to Connect Students and Professionals

March 12, 2016

Each year, the Department of Communication Studies hosts the Broadcast Job Fair to connect students and industry professionals.

In 2015, more than 80 students attended the Broadcast Job Fair to advance their professional goals. In 2016, the event provides the same opportunities of professional development.

The event occurs on Wednesday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Ballroom at the EIU Union.

There will be representatives from area radio and television stations to meet with students and discuss job openings and internships as well as how to prepare for a career in the electronic media industry.

The following 14 companies have committed to attend:

The Broadcast Fair is open to all interested EIU students, as well as people from the community. There is no charge to attend.


EIU Speech Team Places Third in Team Sweepstakes at Illini Stars Swing Tournament

February 23, 2016

The EIU Speech Panthers had an excellent overall showing at the Illini Stars Swing Tournament on February 7 and 8 at the University of Illinois. The team placed third overall in the team sweepstakes.


In addition to the team success, many Speech Panthers had individual success in the competition.

Edwyn Mitchell was the tournament champion in After Dinner Speaking as well as the top novice in the event. With Marques Brown, the pair won first place in Duo.

Brown had individual success throughout the tournament as well. He placed second in Individual Sweepstakes, third in Prose Interpretation, sixth in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth in After Dinner Speaking.

Other Speech Panthers also contributed to the team win with their individual success. Austin Mejdrich placed third in Informative Speaking, fifth in After Dinner Speaking, and sixth in Persuasive Speaking and Sam Gilbert took second in Dramatic Interpretation and sixth in Prose Interpretation. He was also the top novice in both events.

After this strong overall team showing, the Speech Panthers are preparing to come home to EIU for the EIU Speech Panthers Spring Showcase at Coleman Hall. The event happens on Wednesday, April 6.


Speech Team Member Austin Mejdrich Named EIU’s Real Panther of the Week

February 23, 2016

Eastern Illinois University recognized Speech Team standout Austin Mejdrich as its Real Panther of the Week. Mejdrich recently was one of the student organizers of the Fund EIU Rally and delivered a truly memorable speech to the 2,000 individuals in attendance.

Direct from EIU:

“Meet this week’s #RealPanther, Austin Mejdrich. We couldn’t ask for a better advocate for EIU than this junior political science major.

Austin – as one of the student leaders of the Fund EIU Rally – not only helped organize the rally in six days, but also gave an impassioned speech that ignited cheers from more than 2,000 students, staff and community members.

Like most of our students, Austin is involved with a variety of campus activities, from speech team to organizing activism for higher education and his passion for EIU is contagious. A Charleston native himself, Austin understands more than anyone the connection between Charleston and EIU. When Austin isn’t studying or supporting campus, he works at a local business, Towne Square Jewelers.

His motivation for supporting EIU simply comes from his love of the EIU way of life, where someone will go out of your way to open a door or say hello. “I don’t want to see any of the culture of Eastern die,” he said.

Austin, you are EIU!”


Photo courtesy of EIU’s official Facebook page.