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Online strategic communication degree empowers working professionals

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Organizations seek out the abilities. Professionals strive for the knowledge and skills. And starting Spring 2017, the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences will welcome its first class into a new online master’s program, convenient for working professionals, on strategic communications.

The Master of Arts in Strategic Communication represents the first time the College has offered a degree program 100 percent online. The program responds to the needs of professionals through its flexible delivery as well as through content that addresses the challenges of a 21st century communication environment.

"Given the rapidly changing communication ecosystem, mid-career professionals are eager for training to update their skills," says Prabu David, Dean of the College of ComArtSci. "Currently, communication professionals, including our own alumni, do not have rich, in-state options to learn new media techniques. This new online M.A. in strategic communication fills that gap."

Students in the nine-course, 30-credit program will examine how to leverage today's evolving media and digital mix into an integrated marketing and communications strategy for businesses, start-ups, non-profits or government agencies. Expert faculty will handle all aspects of course content and bring expertise in corporate messaging, news and information, fundamental communication processes, audience research and data analytics, and new technologies. Students will also complete a service-learning project that enables them to apply their newly acquired expertise within a community setting.

"The College of ComArtSci has long-standing leadership in an integrated theory-to-practice orientation toward effective communication strategy and tactics," says John Sherry, associate dean of for graduate studies in ComArtSci. "There is no other college in the world with such broad and deep coverage of these issues."

Students can complete courses and requirements from anywhere, anytime and at their own pace in one to three years. The program is ideally suited for working professionals with three to five years of experience in communications as well as for business and communication entrepreneurs. Students will also have opportunity to collaborate with other online learners, further enhancing their professional network.

"The ability for individuals to be located anywhere and enroll in this master's program is a distinct advantage," says ComArtSci Alum April M. Clobes, president and CEO of the MSU Federal Credit Union. "Being able to complete the program while working full-time is also essential for long-term success. MSU's high rankings in the field of communications along with excellent faculty, will make this a highly sought after degree."

The program is currently accepting applications and no GRE is required. To learn more about MSU's new online master's degree program in strategic communication through the College of ComArtSci, visit stratcom.msu.edu or contact the program director at stratcom@msu.edu.

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CSD Student Interns with McLaren Health Care

Posted on: October 12, 2015

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Name: Rachel Cianferra
Hometown: Shelby Township, MI
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: McLaren Health Care, Mount Clemens, MI
Amount of Time at Internship: September-December 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
My aunt initially introduced me to this field after my cousins had attended speech therapy at their elementary school. She told me about the SLP she had met, and that she saw me in this career. I was in high school at the time with hopes of becoming a special education teacher, but once I researched speech pathologists I began to gravitate toward this path. I later shadowed a local SLP at her private practice and immediately fell in love with every aspect of what she did. Communication is such a basic necessity that many do not have access to, and I love that we are able to help them.

Tell us about your graduation school journey?
I attended Wayne State University for my undergraduate degree, and was overjoyed when I was accepted into Michigan State University's graduate program. I began my Masters Degree in the fall of 2014 and am amazed at all that I have gained from being here. I have attained a vast amount of both academically and personal growth, which I am extremely grateful to MSU for. Each class and professor has broadened my horizon of this career, and further deepened my passion. For my first placement, I was at a center based school in Mason. Over the summer I was at Henry Ford Macomb in both outpatient and inpatient care. Each of my internships so far have taught me so much, and I look forward to my final two semester. I love being placed in real world internships because I believe we are able to gain the knowledge and skill set necessary for future real life environments.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship?
Currently, I am at McLaren Macomb Hospital in acute care. At this setting, we conduct speech, language, and swallow assessments as well as provide diagnosis and treatment for adults with neurologic disorders and trauma. I participate in bedside assessments of swallowing function, Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS), and provide dysphagia rehabilitation including recommendations for diet modification. I really enjoy this setting and feel more comfortable being independent in acute care.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
This internship has greatly prepared me for my final placements as well as future career. My supervisor is an amazing source of knowledge and is happy to answer any question I have. I am gaining experience with the adult population, and becoming more independent in MBSS and diet modification decisions. The acute care setting was not one I initially gravitated towards, but this placement has changed my mind. Each day I'm able to gain new skills as a graduate clinician, and I'm excited to continue my second year at MSU.

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CSD Student Interns with Munson Medical Center

Posted on: August 4, 2015

StudentofWeek_RachelHagelbergName: Rachel Hagelberg
Hometown: Traverse City, MI
Major: Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Master's Program
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company: Munson Medical Center
Location: Traverse City, MI
Amount of time at internship: June-August 2015

How did you become interested in becoming a speech-language pathologist?
After visiting a home for cognitively impaired and physically handicapped children on a mission trip in Jamaica, I quickly realized that I wanted to go into a field that allowed me to provide services to those in need. Many children at this home could not communicate their needs and did not receive any communicative assistance. After doing some research, I discovered the field of speech-language pathology and immediately knew that this would be a perfect career path for me. I thought of the children in Jamaica and how amazing it would be to be able to help people communicate. After taking my first few communication disorders classes, I knew that I had chosen the right field. My passion for speech-language pathology has grown with each course and clinical experience.

Tell us about your graduation school journey:
Receiving my acceptance letter into the Communicative Sciences and Disorders graduate program at Michigan State was very exciting. I began the CSD Masters program in the fall of 2014. I have completed one internship in an elementary school setting and am nearing the end of my second internship in a medical setting. The unique opportunity to have four internships in a variety of settings is a valuable asset to MSU's CSD program. The CSD courses that I have taken at MSU have been very enriching and have helped me to feel well-prepared and confident in my clinical practice and future endeavors as a speech-language pathologist.

Describe the clinical setting and population you are working with at your current internship:
My current internship is at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI. I work with the adult population in an acute-care setting. I also provide therapy for inpatients on the rehabilitation unit. The acute-care setting is a fast-paced setting and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have experienced a variety of disorders and severities, including swallowing disorders, acquired language disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, and tracheotomy care. I have gained valuable experiences working directly with patients as well as collaborating with other professionals. I have learned many essential clinical skills from my supervisor and the rest of the SLP team, who strive to provide the most optimal services to our patients.

How has your internship helped prepare you for your career?
The experiences that I have had at Munson have greatly prepared me for my future career in the field of speech-language pathology. The hospital setting is a wonderful place to gain experience with a wide variety of communication and swallowing disorders. I have become more comfortable and confident working with the adult population. I have learned a wealth of knowledge from my supervisor and appreciate the opportunities she has given me to be more independent as a graduate clinician making clinical decisions. The opportunities that I have had to collaborate with other professionals have helped me gain a great appreciation for a multidisciplinary approach to therapy. I look forward to implementing the knowledge and skills that I have acquired from this medical setting in my future career.

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