The Communication Studies Capstone is the culminating experiential component of the CMST curriculum for a major, the practicum or internship experience that helps students synthesizes their learning from previous course work within a real organizational experience that focuses on development of communication skills and reflection upon communication theories. The Capstone entitled the students to work in a professional setting for a 3 credit semester long course or in other words to complete 135 hours in a semester.
The Colloquium started with a welcome from the department chair Dr. Elesha Ruminski and then the Lambda Pi Eta inductions were presented. The Frostburg State University Communication Studies has a chapter of Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the Communication Studies honorary society, LPH was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas, In 1988 LPH became part of the National Communication Association (NCA) and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995. This spring’s LPH inductees were Lauree Nicole Holland, Zackry P. Hromanik, Taylor L. Vandergrift and Sarah Elizabeth Wampler.
The Capstone speakers were Sarah Wampler, Lauree Holland, Ebonee Walker, Allison Meads, Jeremy Martin, Genesis Martinez, Brooke Hughes and Kayla Miller. As all eight very nervous students sat at their decorative tables on the edge of their seats they all anxiously awaited their turns. As many realizd towards the end of their presentations emotions took over. As they all realized a chapter of their lives were coming to a close there were many tears.
At the end of the presentations all the capstone presenters got together for a group photo. There were many exchanges of relieved smiles, hugs and congratulations to one another. Genesis Martinez said, “My capstone was a wonderful experience and even though I was nervous I would do it again.”
The graduating seniors from the Communication Studies Department are Kayla Miller, Olivia Flisher, Lauree Holland, Sarah Wampler and Genesis Martinez. Ebony Walker is graduating next semester and said, “If it wasn’t for my experience and being a part of the Communication Studies Department I wouldn’t be where I am today and where I will be in the future.”
Other communication students who attended the Colloquium were paying close attention of what they will be doing themselves within the next semesters of their college careers. Taylor Vandergrift stated, “I took mental notes of what will be expected of me and I am slightly nervous already. All the presenters did a wonderful job and look forward to having a wonderful experience as everyone seemed to have.”
This nerve-wracking event was also a rewarding one to all graduating seniors. The happy tears and relieved smiles are only the beginning of these students’ futures.