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As COMS Week Nears, Preps Reach Advanced Stage, More Speakers Announced
By Joe Huss
As the School of Communication’s prestigious annual COMS Week nears, preparations have reached an advanced stage and more guest speakers have been announced.
Cally Smith, an alumna, who actually spoke at last year’s COMS Week, is returning once again. This year, she will speak to the students about workplace dynamics. Smith, who graduated in 2011, is the vice president of membership and brand strategy at the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Other alumni speakers announced are Dave Parker and Melissa Brown. Parker is a radio show host on the popular country music station US106.1 in Hampton Roads. He graduated in 1989. Brown received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Radford University.
Many of the School of Communication’s professors are also lined up to speak to the students as well. Professor Liz Lively who is teaching an advertising course will talk about how to succeed in the advertising world.
Also announced is a panel on theater and cinema by Dr. Matt Smith, the director of the School of Communication, Dr. Matthew Turner, professor Michael Meindl and professor Sean Kotz from the CORE department.
There will also be an entire day dedicated to sports during this year’s COMS Week. Keynote speaker, Dr. Christina Beck, who is the president of the National Communication Association, has done research on the similarities between football fans and soap opera fans and she is going to be asked to touch on that briefly during her presentation. Steven Cropley from eSports will also be attending this year’s COMS Week.
Other events lined up include a run on Sunday, April 9, hosted by Rad-Ad. The tentative plan right now is for Rad-Ad to partner up with Greek Life for their Circle of Sisterhood run but that has not been confirmed. If Greek Life decides not to have the run, Rad-Ad will still host it.
There will also be a fair slated for Thursday, April 13. It will be a collaboration between the School of Communication and Greek Life.