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Communication Studies reaches fundraising goal

August 19, 2013

The Department of Communication Studies celebrated its 50th anniversary in September 2012, inviting alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to celebrate the milestone at a reception and a weekend of CSU events.

To honor this occasion and to assist the department in providing many more successful years of education and research, the department announced that it would embark on a fundraising campaign to raise $50,000 in honor of the 50th anniversary.

Less than one year later, the department has successfully met their $50,000 goal with generous gifts from individual donors, community organizations, faculty, and staff. Funds raised through this campaign will go to three areas of focus: the Center for Public Deliberation, scholarships, and faculty support.

Center For Public Deliberation

The Center for Public Deliberation, which is dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem solving, will be able to broaden its reach through the funding. “This funding will enable the Center for Public Deliberation to expand their activities out into the state and involve more students,” said Sue Pendell, chair of the Department of Communication Studies.


As a result of the campaign, the department will be able to offer more scholarship opportunities for Communication Studies students. The Linda Cates Scholarship was endowed and will provide $1,200 per year for a non-traditional student with financial need who has a 3.2 minimum GPA. The funding also allowed the department to create a new scholarship, the Bill and Linda Haskins GTA Scholarship. This scholarship will provide $1,000 per year to a graduate student who has a GTA position and an academic focus of relational and organizational communication or rhetoric and civic engagement.

Faculty support

Faculty support funding will be used to provide additional professional development for Communication Studies faculty. “Professional Development is important because it keeps faculty up to date with information so classes are current,” said Pendell. This funding will be used to help faculty travel to archives for research and participate in conventions to present their work, as well as provide additional supplies and resources for faculty research.

In addition to funding these three significant areas of focus, Pendell believes that this campaign will help the department move forward with future development initiatives. “We have never done a concentrated development initiative before…This is a good step towards establishing a continued pattern of fundraising and development for the department,” said Pendell.

Contact: Lindsey Middendorf
Phone: (970) 491-2374