Into the Life of Black Rock Farm

Mig Mac CowWhat began as a fun, little Instagram account turned into a capstone project called Into the Life of Black Rock Farm. This was a social media campaign designed for a local farm with the goal of increasing brand awareness, social media presence, and interest in products among potential customers. Continue reading

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Social Media & Small Collegiate Organizations: A Research Study

capstone backboard picAs a communications student, I spend a majority of my time in the basement of Knutti. However, I am also active on the other side of campus in a music fraternity called Sigma Alpha Iota. Shortly after becoming a member of this fraternity, I discovered that the organization was not well known to others even on the same campus. This sparked my interest. Could their social media presence be to blame for this oversight? Is this the case with other small organizations? Continue reading

Peace Corps: An Autoethnographic Film

I have always been fascinated with the Peace Corps. The honor and dedication it takes to serve is inspiring. Peace Corps: An Autoethnographic Film is based on a pursuit I have been very passionate about for years. It is a film that dissects what it is was like to serveIMG_1098 in the Peace Corps, as told by two volunteers, Dr. Carrie Messenger and Michael Bailey. The film focuses on how the volunteers coped with distance, gender roles, cultural conditioning, and more. The Autoethnographic film, Peace Corps will spark curiosity in the audience about the Peace Corps, educate them on different cultures, and create a better understanding of how volunteers are impacted by this enriching experience. The concept behind creating an autoethnographic film was sparked by my desire to showcase how personal experience can help shape a better understanding of culture and a society. Continue reading

How to Survive your Senior Capstone in the Communication Department

During your senior year as a communication student, you are not only worried about passing all of your classes to graduate, but you have to focus on creating an amazing capstone. There is enough stress with everything you want to accomplish before you graduate, why not make your capstone process a little easier? We have just the trick! We asked two current communication seniors graduating this December advice on how to survive your capstone based on their experiences.

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Cue The Lights! Introducing the Rude Mechanicals

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Students checking out bulletin boards on the Shepherd University campus inevitably come across posters announcing auditions for one of Shakespeare’s plays. Anyone passing by Reynolds Hall on the way in to town has at some point encountered a sandwich board on the sidewalk, plastered with performance dates and photos of actors in feathered caps and period costumes. Continue reading