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Did you know that both CST 227 Business and Professional Communication and CST 229 Intercultural Communication transfer to George Mason University and satisfy upper-level courses?

CST 227 is the equivalent to COMM L320 Business and Professional Communication

CST 229 is the equivalent to COMM L305 Foundations of Intercultural Communication, a requirement for all communication majors.

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Taking a Communication Studies Course

To find a description of the various CST courses, go to

Six CST courses meet the general education requirement and transfer well to other institutions. Check your curriculum major as well.

CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking – learn to plan, prepare, and present talks
CST 110 Introduction to Communication – a survey course of the field including intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, and public communication
CST 115 Small Group Communication – good for learning more about leadership and teamwork
CST 126 Interpersonal Communication focuses upon how to start, maintain, built and end relationships well
CST 227 Business and Professional Communication – learn to write memos, conduct interviews, work in staff meetings, and get along with colleagues
CST 229 Intercultural Communication – learn to understand and appreciate diverse communication and people.

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Fulbright Scholar Returns from Mostar

Dr. Amy Gilley, professor of film studies at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, spent much of the 2014-2014 academic year as a Fulbright Scholar in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  She taught courses and took many pictures.

Check out her photographic survey on the Annandale Campus in the CE Verizon Gallery. Gilley writes, “This project allowed me to employ my knowledge of the two disciplines of  landscape architecture and photography. As an active artist and scholar, I believe that art can be as rich in philosophic meaning as an academic paper.”

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To learn more about Dr. Gilley and her trip, visit her blog at

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Communication Scholars Give TEDx Talks

National Communication Association offers the following names of Communication Scholars who have given TEDx Talks,

Videos are available on the NCA website.

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Is Communication a Social Science or a Humanities?

Communication falls under both/many umbrellas. The National Communication Association is partners with both the Corsortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA),  the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLA), the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), and the Coalition to Promote Research (CPR).

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Thinking about a Communication Major?

Are you thinking about majoring in communication? Check out the National Communication Association to learn more about careers, publications and resources,

Membership into NCA enables you to free online access to 11 journals, e-newsletters, free print subscription to Spectra magazine, and members-only resources. Student membership is $60/year. (Regular membership is $165/year.)

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Fixing the FAFSA


Fixing the Fafsa, a Popular Idea, Makes Its Way to Congress

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) have sponsored the Financial Aid Simplication and Transparency Act (FAST).

What do you think?

By Dan Bauman
The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 1, 2014


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LGBTQ Stories

June 28 marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—a historic uprising where brave members of the LGBTQ communities fought for equality. Their stories remain as significant today as ever before.

StoryCorps OutLoud is creating a historical archive of voices that celebrates LGBTQ stories of the past, present and future. Check it out at


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Communication Resources

Helpful Resources for Communication Students

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NOVA Student Film Festival May 1

NOVA’s first student film festival will be held on Thursday, May 1, 6-9 p.m. on the Alexandria Campus, Bisdorf room 196.

A reception starts the festival. Students will showcase their scripts and films.

For more information, go to Professor Lucy Gebre-Egziabher’s faculty blog, 

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NOVA Forensics Team Concludes Second Season

Picture of NOVA Forensics Team

Picture of NOVA Forensics Team. Featured are Dr. Nathan Carter, Samuel Guyidde-Bisase and Aaron Latta

The implications of genetic testing on animals?  Debatable.  To what extent an audience can understand the power of soccer through the expressive performance of poetry? That’s also debatable. What is not up for debate any longer is the roaring success of the NOVA Forensics Team in just our second full season of intercollegiate competition!

“Additionally impressive is the positive national reputation NOVA is building in just our second year of competition,” said Dr. Nathan Carter, director of the NOVA Forensics Team. “The Phi Rho Pi national organization unanimously nominated NOVA to be the host of 2017 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament!  The national tournament has not been to the DC region in over forty years. It will be a great honor and testament to NOVA’s commitment to excellence in education to host the national tournament in 2017.”

The NOVA Forensics Team is currently actively recruiting for next year’s exciting third season!  Interested students should contact Dr. Nathan Carter for more information, or (703) 845-6573.

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Students Inducted into Sigma Chi Eta


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Kerry McFetridge (L) with Faculty Advisor Nan Peck (Annandale Campus Chapter of Sigma Chi Eta)
Loren Corbett (R) with Faculty Advisor Jenny Lopez (Woodbridge Campus)

the national communication honor society for two-year colleges, was established on September 24, 2007 at NOVA. Students completing nine credit hours in Communication Studies and/or Theater with a 3.25 and an overall GPA of 3.0 are eligible for membership.

The following students were inducted in Spring 2014:

Jorden Booth, Manassas Campus
Loren Corbett, Woodbridge Campus
Kerry McFetridge, Annandale Campus
The Communication Studies and Theatre Arts (CST) departments at NOVA’s Alexandria, Ann

Two women

Jorden Booth and Faculty Advisor Libby Vick (Manassas Campus)

andale, Loudoun, Manassas and Woodbridge campuses sought the establishment of Sigma Chi Eta college-wide due to the size and increased development of their CST programs. Since its establishment, students from each campus have become members.

If you are interested in more information on becoming a part of Sigma Chi Eta, contact the advisor, Dr. Tami Olds in the Division of Communication and Human Studies, Loudoun Campus, Additional information can also be obtained at the official link under “student organizations” at the National Communication Association’s website

Please see the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society application for more information regarding eligibility and membership.

Learn more about NOVA’s Alpha Alpha Chapter at

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