School of Communication Prepares for COMS Week


By Dominic Catacora

This year’s keynote speaker for COMS Week is Dr. Christina Beck, the president of the National Communication Association.

COMS Week, which is held every spring semester, is a week where guest speakers, who are either alumni or professionals in their respective fields, come to share best practices about different communication topics. This year’s COMS Week is April 10-14.

Professor Kathleen Degnon whose special topics class -- COMS 460 -- is overseeing the planning of the event said an interesting fact about Dr. Beck is that she used to teach at Radford University.

“It’s going to be more of a homecoming for her and she’ll get to see how the campus has changed since she left,” Degnon said.

Other confirmed guest speakers thus far include Dave Parker, a radio show host in Virginia Beach and alumna Melissa Brown. Brown is vice president of a PR firm in New York. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Radford University. Other potential speakers are still being lined up.

Even though COMS Week focuses around communication topics and professionals, student involvement has always been a priority in putting the event together.

“We try to get as much involvement as possible. For example, there’s a carnival that’s held every Thursday of that week and that’s from 8 to midnight in the MAC [Multipurpose Activity Court] in the new gym. So we have a bull, we have a bunch of games, we have food and music. That has been the highest attended Radford After Dark event for I think the last two or three years,” said Degnon.

Student organizations, which include Lambda Pi Eta, PRSSA, Rad-Ad and SPJ will be involved with the event as well.

Degnon also said that this year COMS Week coincided with other student events on campus.

“For example, this year we have the SAVES department. Their Consent Week is the same week as COMS Week. And then we have Greek Life, they're doing their Greek Week during that same week. So now my goal is to coordinate with any department that’s doing something during that time,” Degnon said.

“We have to make sure the dates are going to be cohesive with all the other organizations and what they’re doing,” Degnon added. 

Feb 9, 2017
School of Communication