Department of Communication

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Lambda Pi Eta 
Application 2013-2014

Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Inductees

Induction Ceremony is April 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm
by invitation only

 Lambda Pi Eta
is the official
communication studies honor
society of the National



Communiqué is the
student chapter of the
Florida Public Relations
Association (FPRA)
at Rollins.








Communication courses have been offered at Rollins since the College was founded in 1885. In 1985, exactly 100 years after the first classes were held on the Rollins campus, the Hamilton Holt School established an organizational communication major and the College of Arts & Sciences created a communication minor.  In the fall 2012 we will offer a new major in Communication Studies. 

The Department of Communication provides students with the tools to understand how communication functions, how we use it to create meaning, and how to interpret the messages we receive.

Academic and Honors Awards S2014

Rollins congratulates the recipients of this year's academic honors and awards,
which are bestowed in recognition of outstanding academic achievement
and meaningful contribution to the Rollins community.

Congratulations to our Communication Studies students who received
awards at the annual Academic Honors & Awards program!

Outstanding Senior Scholar Awards

The four divisions of the College annually select students for Outstanding
Senior Scholar Awards. The recipients must demonstrate outstanding
academic achievement in the major field and in all other academic pursuits.  

College of Professional Studies Division 

Meredith Lax

College of Professional Studies


Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communication
Meredith Lax 

Award for Outstanding Communication Studies Minor 

Alexandra Borbolla 

Congratulations to Professor Gournelos!

The Hugh F. McKean Award 

Annually selected by the senior class to symbolize the art of quality instruction. 
The Class has chosen this year's award recipient to be:

Ted Gournelos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication


Com Dept October 2013


The purpose of the event was to bring together students and faculty in the Department of Communication for an upbeat opportunity to mingle, to learn about department
all activities, and to showcase successful ventures in student - faculty collaborative research programs.  The marketing, arrangements, and hospitality for the event was planned by students enrolled in COM 130: Event Planning and Communication, taught by Professor Carolyn Planck.  Program participants included:

Dr. John Morrison and Yevgueni Vyskrebentsev, examined the “flash mob” as a unique social phenomenon that can serve as a form of political expression in repressive societies;

Dr. Anne Stone and Meredith Lax , presented their research on the role communication plays in improving care for persons living in nursing care facilities;

Dr. Greg Cavenaugh with Drew Phillips and Elissa DeCampli, presented their research  on how caregivers for children with autism spectrum disorders give and receive social support;

Dr. Ted Gournelos and Danae Zimmer, presented their research on the role of economic and gender politics in the way we view human trafficking ; and

Dr. Ted Gournelos with Courtney Banker presented the role that TED Talks play in contemporary education.


Com Students

                                                              Communication Students at NCA        

Rollins Sweeps the Awards at the Florida Communication Conference!

Here are the winners from Rollins:

  • Merideth Lax: Improving quality of life for familial caregivers of persons living in nursing homes and A.L.F.’s. won “Top Undergraduate Paper”

  • Courtney Banker (co-authored with Ted Gournelous): TED Talks and the need for a changing education system. Won “Top professional paper”

  • Elissa DeCampli: LPE presents: Rollins College – putting the COMM in community. Won “Best overall poster”

  • Steve Hamblin, Melvin Thompson, and Kris Boodooram: Mobile technology in the classroom from a student’s perspective. Won “Best Crowd Appeal Poster” and “Best Oral Presentation Poster”

  • John Overberger and Janette Smith: Building Community through Service Excellence: A case study at Rollins College. Won “2nd place Best Overall Poster”





Communication Studies 

Communication Studies Major/Minor Core Courses
and Concentration Courses

Major Course Map                      Minor Course Map





Have a question? Contact us!

Feel free to stop by anytime. Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., and we are located on the second floor of the 170 W. Fairbanks building (we're number 69 on the campus map). 

Department of Communication
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave. - Box 2777
Winter Park, FL 32789

T. 407.646.2337
F. 407.691.1491

Sherry Lewis, Administrative Assistant and Web Editor

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Communication Matters


Volume 7, Issue 2
Spring, 2014






Rollins College students have a new tool to help them chart their progress toward graduation.
(works ONLY on Firefox and Internet)

Thank you!

Thank you to our work study students for their assistance during the semester.  We appreciate all you do for the department!


COM Work Study Students

Alicia Delgado, Jonny Scoblionko, Sherry Lewis, Administrative Asst., and Lauren Cooper


Upcoming Events

Dates of Interest

April, 29, Classes End

May 1, 2, 5 & 6 FINAL Exams

May 10, Holt School Commencement

May 11, A&S/CPS Commencement


March 17  May 2 Online Registration

May 12 First Day of Class

May 26 No Classes

Memorial Day Holiday

June 5 Classes End

June 6 FINAL Exams

Faculty Spotlight

Professor Rick Bommelje selected as the 2013 regional recipient (Southern Region) of the Continuing Education Faculty Award


Dr. Stacey Passalacqua's Recent Publication in Clinical Gerontologist



Dr. Hesham Mesbah Elected to Arab
U.S. Association of Communication
Educators Board

more ...

   FCA 2012 Sue Easton and Robin Sibley 

Robin Sibley '13 and
Professor Sue Easton
honored at Florida
Association (FCA)






  Bommelje Listed Among

"The Best 300 Professors"


Click here to read more.






Associate Professor of
Communication Rick Bommelje
was named as one of
“The Best 300 Professors” by
The Princeton Review and


  Whos Who Anthony and Gil NCA 2011


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Communication Dept.
Faculty and Staff
Interviews Live on

NEW "Whos Who" Show Thursday's at 4PM 

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