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Giving to the Department of Communication 


The Communication Department teaches its 300 undergraduate majors and 30 graduate students to be effective and ethical communicators, studying relational communication, public advocacy, and professional communication.

Peach Blossom Festival

The Communication Department will sponsor its 59th annual Peach Blossom Festival in March 2017. This event brings 4,000 to 5,000 elementary school students to campus to recite prose and poetry. Under the leadership of Communication faculty member Marcie Lierly, student teams are active in every phase of Peach Blossom operations, including publicity, reservations, scheduling, judging, awards, T-shirts, and amenities for the participants. Members of the Arts and Humanities Advisory Board regularly join distinguished alumni as guest judges for the event.

Barking Bulldogs Debate Team

Our debate team travels to competitions throughout the Western Region and beyond. The team is open to both beginning and experienced competitors. Our debaters have won awards in numerous competitions, including UC Berkeley, USC, San Francisco State, UNLV, CSU Northridge, and the Western Debate Championships, with a top finish in the sweet 16 at the 2014 National Debate Tournament. Summer 2016 marked the second annual Barking Bulldogs debate camp, attended by 30 high school debaters from all over the state. The topic for 2016-17 is new federal policies to significantly reduce greenhouse gases. Former Barking Bulldog debater and Gene Anderson Teaching Award winner Tom Boroujeni coaches the Bulldogs. In addition to intercollegiate competition, look for public debates on campus in 2017.

Faculty and Student Scholarship

Four Communication professors have published or edited leading textbooks in their fields. Our faculty regularly publish articles and book chapters in diverse fields of study including interpersonal communication, group communication, communication and instruction, rhetoric, organizational communication, and freedom of speech. Most recently, Dr. Falon Kartch and Dr. Amin Makkawy (new to the department) each published a book chapter in “Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication.” Fifteen professors and graduate students presented their scholarship at International, National, and Regional conventions in 2015-16. Our faculty often collaborate on research with our students. We have small classes of 25 to 30 students, giving professors and students the opportunity to bond and develop mentoring relationships.

Alumni Teaching the Next Generation of Speakers

Graduates of our MA program (and often our BA program too) constitute a majority of faculty members and chair Communication departments at Community Colleges in the region.  In 2015-16 alone, our graduates were hired in tenure track positions at Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, and Porterville College.  Our alumni make great ambassadors for our department and university—recruiting promising students to join our growing roster of Communication majors.

How to Give Online

Click on this Give Now link to go to the University's secure, online donation form.

Enter the desired amount, then check "Other" and write in "Department of Communication."

We appreciate your continued support.