Author: Gabrielė Malūkaitė
Editors: Mariia Lysikova and Maryna Barysheva
Photos were taken by Veronika Shevchenko
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Contemporary communications students attentively absorbed the information that was being given.

A traditional contemporary communication informational party was held on January 31st to inform students about new faculty members and upcoming opportunities, as well as to say farewell to the seniors. A passerby could see the eager students, enjoying pizza while the professors spoke about new opportunities for communication students.

The addition to the learning experience: Concentrations

Concentrations, the 4-course bundles or 8 elective classes, is the new concept implemented in the Communication department in the nearest future. 

A four-major course bundle, a concentration gives students proficiency in one of the fields of communication studies like visual communication, journalism, and PR. The first complete concentration bundle of visual communication is done by the professor Nadežda Kovaleva. Meanwhile, long-awaiting journalism concentration is still a work in progress. If students are interested in having a concentration, they should speak with their advisor. Perhaps they already have electives that are part of the newly created bundles or otherwise, concentration can be personalized for their academic goals

The contemporary communications faculty has also got a new member - Viktorija Jakubauskytė-Andriulienė. PR professional who worked with major Lithuanian companies like Maxima and Phillip Morris, she will be developing the PR concentration at LCC.

IUC: Student News Media

Last semester, International University Chronicles, a student media initiative was launched under the supervision of Michael Ray Smith, a professional journalist from the US. IUC incorporates many student projects that include but are not limited to reporting, photography, and videography. This Spring semester, the Journalism club wants to branch out, tackling not only the writing aspect of the reporting but also implementing photography and videography on their website. It is a great opportunity for students to build a portfolio through first-hand experience of the news coverage at IUC The chef editor Mariia Lysikova and professor Michael Patrick encouraged students to join the club and contribute to the LCC a community by reporting the most captivating news on campus. 

Summer opportunities and traveling overseas

During the event, the department chair Michael Finch has also informed students about the upcoming thrilling opportunities. One of them is CAER communication of Euroasian Research call for a conference. 

WeTell summer school university of Bologna is another thrilling opportunity for students to participate in. Only the best students will get the opportunity to spend a week with brilliant students. The chosen students will travel to the University of Bologna with the possibility of funding. 

Every student can join the club “Listen” done by Professor Andrew Jones. The club will dwell on interpersonal and practical active listening communication skills. According to Andrew Jones, the focus of the club will put on amplifying the essential active listening skills since being an efficient team member requires an art of listening.

Heartwarming farewell to the seniors

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Professors have delivered heartfelt messages to the seniors.

Each contemporary communications professor had a letter written exclusively for the graduating seniors. Not all the professors could attend the meeting, but those who were present to read the letters and left the entire student body touched by the kind words of farewell. For freshmen, it was a motivation to strive forward and for the seniors, time to reflect.

The contemporary communications major grows steadily year by year. Communication professors encourage students to keep the contact information of their classmates and professors because networking starts at the university.

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After the speeches, students had an opportunity to get a slice of pizza.

Each contemporary communications professor had a letter written exclusively for the graduating seniors. Not all the professors could attend the meeting, but those who were present to read the letters and left the entire student body touched by the kind words of farewell. For freshmen, it was a motivation to strive forward and for the seniors, time to reflect.

The contemporary communications major grows steadily year by year. Communication professors encourage students to keep the contact information of their classmates and professors because networking starts at the university.

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