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Giving Back to the Department of Communication Studies


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Every gift to the WVU Department of Communication Studies is important. By building a strong network of alumni, friends and parents who are annual contributors, the Department is able to provide scholarships, services, programs and enhanced facilities for our students. Collectively, hundreds of individual gifts allow the WVU Department of Communication Studies to carry on the tradition of excellence at West Virginia University.

What Are Our Priorities?

There are many academically gifted and talented undergraduate students in the Department of Communication Studies. An endowed Undergraduate Scholarship fund would provide the capability to reward and nurture the accomplishments these extraordinary students.

Communication Studies students actively participate in internships, attend conferences, and some pursue study abroad opportunities. The rising financial costs of this critical education experience is forcing many of the students to delay or even forgo this type of opportunity. Student Enrichment Opportunities would help offset some of the financial burden for these activities, making them more accessible to our students.

The Communication Studies Department has widely recognized strengths in both research and instruction. The prestige of an endowed Communication Research Professorship would provide the department with the ability to recruit a nationally distinguished faculty member for a specialty area such as Corporate and Organizational Communication or Communication Theory.

How to Give

We encourage you to make a contribution within the area you feel most passionate. If you have questions about the giving process, please contact Hannah Snively, Eberly College Assistant Director of Development, at 304.293.6308 or by hannah.snively@mail.wvu.edu

Gifts by Cash/Check

Please make checks payable to:
WVU Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 1650
Morgantown, WV 26507-1650

Please include “Communication Studies” in the memo line of your check.

Online Gifts

Gifts also may be made through our online giving form. We accept American Express, MasterCard, VISA, Discover and Diners Club International.

Maximizing Your Gift

You or your spouse may work for a company that matches employees’ gifts to higher education. These programs are a great way to multiply your support by doubling, or in some cases tripling, employees’ gifts. Please contact your employer for details.

Gifts Provided By Wills or Estates

To receive more information on this option please contact Hannah Snively .

Tax-Deductible Gifts

Gifts to the WVU Foundation are tax deductible as provided by law. Year-end gifts must have a USPS postmark of December 31 or earlier to receive a current year tax credit. Online gifts must be processed by 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on December 31 to receive a current year tax credit. Your tax advisor is the best resource for addressing questions regarding the deductibility of your contribution.

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Seelio: Sharing Student Work

Students enrolled in COMM courses are asked to study the theory and process of human communication so that they can apply this knowledge to understanding real-world issues. As part of this process, COMM students have adopted the Seelio platform – a social media platform that allows students to create an online portfolio of their coursework that is easily accessible to the public. Sharing these portfolios shows the importance of the COMM degree while also giving prospective employees a clear, accurate look at the academic work our students are doing.

Seelio Student Coursework Showcase

Academic Advising

Our advisors are available during the summer, fall and spring semesters during office hours. Check 108 Armstrong Hall, call 304-293-3905, or e-mail an advisor to check office hours for the semester (see below for contact information).

The COMM academic advisors are:

Nikki Loy – nikki.loy@mail.wvu.edu
Dr. John Shibley – jshibley@wvu.edu
Mary Donato – mdonato4@mix.wvu.edu

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Request a Mountaineer Intern

Professional Field Experience (PFE) is a key element in the undergraduate COMM curriculum that allows students to gain experience in applying their classroom knowledge to a variety of corporate and organizational environments. Organizations looking for students with an in-depth understanding of communication areas that include (but are not limited to) communication theory, data analysis, health communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, and social media/communication technology now have the opportunity to request an intern from the Department of Communication Studies at WVU. Use the form below to read up on our PFE program, and to request a Mountaineer intern today.

Organization Intern Application