Communication ICB launches CommUnity Week
The Department of Communication held its first annual “CommUnity Week” at the International College in Beijing. The one week event takes inspiration from the spirit and tradition of COMM Days in Denver, with the purposes of unity through communication, educating the community about the Communication discipline and the practice of communication and the many forms it takes. Vice President and Head of Weber Shandwick China’s Creative and Strategy Team, Simon Dang, delivered the keynote on “How to Be Heard in Today’s Era of Media Communications.” Highlights from the week-long series of events included a student-created documentary film screening about Chinese social issues (hosted by instructor Jared Woolly), student presentations about environmental issues (hosted by instructor Supriya Karudapuram), and a networking and "guanxi" event where students, faculty, and community members discussed networking skills (hosted by instructor Kirsten Lindholm). CommUnity celebrated the Communication ICB student award winners and showcased their community service projects. Our Rhobley Rhine Student Leadership Award winner, Christina Chen (Chen Anqi), co-founded the China Agricultural University Entrepreneurial Association, which has already connected over 75 students to internships (including 10 Communication students) in Beijing. Additionally, the Lael Porter Community Service Award winner, April Tan (Tan Boer), is part of an organization that is fighting deforestation with an initiative to plant tens of thousands of saplings on the outskirts of Beijing in Hebei province. April connected the faculty and students to the organization and co-planned and hosted a weekend event in which our faculty and students planted trees.