Letter from the Director

Letter from the Director

Letter from the Director

Dear Alumnus,

WELCOME HOME to the School of Communication! I am delighted that you have chosen to connect with us whether you are a first time visitor to the web site or you are a frequent visitor returning to check on what's been happening at the School.

We are proud of the accomplishments of our many alumni (to date 5,000+ of you). In October of 2011 Morris “Mo” Davenport (BA, Communication, ‘79 ) received a WMU Distinguished Alumni Achievement award, joining the four School of Communication alumni who have previously been recipients of the university’s highest alumni honors.

In addition, each year we induct alumni who embody the best in professional accomplishment and in commitment to community and service into our School of Communication Alumni Academy. In 2011 we inducted 5 new members making 69 total inductees since the Academy’s inception in 2000. This recognition of our alumni not only celebrates these individuals but also adds value to the degree(s) you have earned from the School of Communication.

As the Director of the School, I look forward to opportunities to meet you and to collaborate with you to support and advance the excellent reputation that this School has earned.  Alumni often ask how they can get involved in the School. Here are some ways you can join many of your fellow alumni and support the School of Communication.

Get connected: If you have not already done so, send us your email address (E-mail Us). We have gone green and publish our annual news magazine, the communicator electronically.  We also try to communicate announcements of events via email.

Keep us updated: Email us and tell us where you are and what you have been doing since your years at WMU. We will publish your update in the communicator.

Visit campus: Planning a trip to campus? Let us know and we'll be glad to show you our renovated facilities or have you visit a class or just join you for a chat over coffee.

Attend an alumni event: The University holds alumni gatherings in communities across the country. The School also holds both on campus and off campus gatherings for alumni.

Donate your time and energy: Professors are always looking for communication professionals to guest lecture and offer tips about communication industry trends and career options for all communication majors. Please volunteer. Also please use your public voice and network ties to promote the excellent educational opportunities available in the School.

Donate funds: If we are to continue to be recognized as a program of excellence, the School needs your assistance. Faced with budget cuts in these difficult economic times, contributions from alumni allow us to provide scholarships for students, to increase instructional support for faculty, to fund faculty and student research and travel, and to maintain our technological edge in instruction and research. Make a gift.
The School of Communication continues to be a vibrant academic community where students and faculty work together to explore new ideas, to create knowledge, and to develop the skills that our graduates need to be competitive in the 21st century.
We have great plans for our future and believe that our alumni are integral to advancing our reputation for excellence. You helped to create that reputation and will continue to help us build it.

In closing, we invite you to come home. While the professors and students have changed over the years, our commitment to excellence and our commitment to our students have remained constant. You may not recognize the faces and facilities, but you will recognize the School of Communication spirit of community.

With warmest regards,
Leigh Arden Ford, Ph.D.
Director and Professor
School of Communication


School of Communication
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5318 USA
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