Freedom of Assembly (April 29, 2021, 1:00 p.m.): We had an amazing live conversation with Ray Montana, who organized the peaceful protests
down Washington Road in Augusta after George Floyd's death, along with NPR's Sea Stachura
("Shots in the Back" podcast) and Kim Vickers, an AU alumni reporter at WJBF.
Freedom of Press (Feb 18, 2021): Our own Professor Debbie van Tuyll dove deep into discussing freedom of the press
with University of Mississippi's Dr. Samir Husni. Email email@example.com to inquire about video recordings.
Freedom of Speech (Jan 28, 2021): David Hudson, a media law and First Amendment expert who works for Hull Barrett Attorneys
and has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, discusses the key legal cases of freedom
of speech and how they relate to current topics, including deplatforming on social
(Series co-sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Office of Student
Life and Engagement, with special thanks to Roberto Aragon)
Student Videos Aired on Local TV and Win National Telly Awards
Chris Woods and Makaiyla Reed, two students majoring in Communication, found out some
good news recently. Both of them had completed PSA (public service announcement) videos
in Arthur Takahashi's AV Media Production class, discussing the dangers of smoking
during the pandemic.
The good news? Local TV stations (WRDW News 12/NBC26’s MY12, CW, and Circle network)
were impressed and have agreed to air the 30-second commercials for free throughout
the month of May. Take a look at these students' short PSA commercials here:
June 2021 Update: Chris Woods, Makaiyla Reed, and Faydia Ramnarine all justwon national Telly Awards for their PSA anti-smoking videos, with Chris Woods taking a gold and Makaiyla Reed
and Faydia Ramnarine taking silver awards in the national college student category.
Read the full story with links here.
Recent Publications and Awards
Two communication professors, Dr. Debbie van Tuyll and Dr. David Bulla, have both
recently published academic books. Dr. van Tuyll edits and writes in "Politics, Culture,
and the Irish American Press" about early Irish immigrant journalists and their influence
on Irish-American culture.
Dr. Bulla edits essays and writes in "Why Slavery Endures" about the "historical roots of slavery, the issue of reparations, and...contemporary human trafficking"
(cambridgescholars.com). Read a press release detailing the two books.
This spring, Communication faculty also brought home two important awards. Dr. Debra
van Tuyll won Augusta University's Outstanding Faculty Award, being recognized by
the whole university for her exceptional contributions not only to the department
but to the university as a whole.
Dr. Pam Hayward took home the coveted Richard S. Wallace Distinguished Service Award, given once
a year to an exemplary member of the faculty. The award was created "in honor of President
Richard S. Wallace, who succeeded George A. Christenberry as president of Augusta
College in 1986, Bill and Naomi Monge established an endowment to support this award
to be given to a faculty member from one of the colleges or libraries associated with
the Summerville or Forest Hills Campuses who has given distinguished service to Augusta
University, the students and the community" (jagwire.com).
Why study Communication?
Should You Be a Communication Major at Augusta University?
Listen to what these three students and a teacher in the Communication program at Augusta University have to say about the major.
Why Major in Communication with Professor Amber Routh
Whether you're learning to use one of our state-of-the-art 4K video cameras (Ursa
Minis or Panasonic G85s), interviewing a celebrity for an online feature, capturing
a story with photography, editing a video, producing a podcast, studying public relations
techniques or the secrets of interpersonal communication, our classes offer a hands-on
interactive approach to engage and influence the world around us.
Communication majors most often describe our faculty as caring, which is not surprising
since our faculty keep winning the teaching awards. But our faculty are also experts
in their fields—seasoned journalists, award-winning photographers, published authors,
and prize-winning filmmakers. Communication faculty give personal instruction in a
supportive small classroom environment to help you succeed as a scholar and future
The Communication major opens the door to some of the world's most exciting careers,
from filmmaker to reporter, from radio announcer to photojournalist, from podcaster
to public relations specialist. Come learn to create, engage, and promote a cause
you believe in. View the wide variety of careers available to communication majors.