Department of Communication
At UIS Communication is embraced as the act and/or the process of communicating from the perspectives of both interpersonal and mass-mediated communication.
Your degree prepares you to interpret and execute communication in all its forms, from written to spoken to nonverbal. Students who have earned the bachelor’s in Communication at UIS have gone on to work in a number of professions involving human relations, public relations and journalism, and utilizing practical skills in digital photography, video and web production and radio. Our students are among the most marketable when they graduate. Communication, as a broadly defined field, allows students to either concentrate on a specific professional goal or to enter a wide range of professional possibilities. It is a major without limitations.
UIS Places in the Top Five at Novice Nationals
The UIS Speech and Debate team returned to the national stage by taking part in the Novice Nationals speech and debate tournament hosted this year by Bowling Green State University. The team placed 5th in Division III team sweepstakes. Teams are placed into divisions based on the number of speeches entered at the tournament.
“I could not be prouder of this team” said coach Timothy Bill. He continued, “most of these students have never done speech and debate before this year. They started from scratch this fall and have grown as speakers at every competition we’ve traveled to. Their hard work made this team award possible.”
Novice Nationals is a competition for students in their first year of collegiate speech and debate. The organization is dedicated to providing an educational, yet competitive experience for students new to the activity. This year, teams from as far away as Georgia, Florida, and Pennsylvania attended the competition. UIS last attended this tournament in 2014.
The University of Illinois Springfield Speech and Debate Team is committed to training the next generation of civic leaders, public speakers, and communicators who are passionate about effecting change in their communities. The team is housed in the Department of Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. To find out more, please visit the team’s website.
Dr. Rozema’s Retirement Ends 21 Years at UIS
This past December, Dr. Hazel Rozema announced her retirement from teaching after spending 21 years in the Communication Department at UIS. During her time on campus, Dr. Rozema has taught a handful of classes, been the chair and part of the committee for dozens of theses, advised students along the way, and impacted the lives of nearly every student who has taken one of her classes. Hazel was an integral part of the interpersonal curriculum, specifically relating to family and interracial communication.
Her retirement was celebrated last week by the department and several alumni and former faculty. She has left quite an impact on numerous students, faculty, and the department as a whole. We are so grateful for Hazel’s contributions and wish her all the best in this next stage of life. The department will greatly miss you, Dr. Rozema!