My communication writing students show the skills to lead, and they like to lead

When I am asked what I teach at Cedarville University, my answer is journalism. But I eventually work in to the conversation that I also teach a writing class for our applied communication majors.

I have been blessed to get know theses students outside of my regular circle of students. They are smart, eager to learn, want to make a difference and are loaded with leadership qualities and potential. Group projects get finished on time, and overall they do a great job of keeping up on all of the writing assignments.

Near the end of last semester we got to talking in class about what it means to be a comm major. To them it means God has given them a vast amount of career and ministry opportunities. Many of them started college in other majors. They are happy God had reserved a place for them in communications.

Of the 16 in the class, all but two raised their hands when I asked them if the had been involved in leadership roles while in college. Most of them had been involved in several. And the ones who didn’t raise their hands as leaders said that didn’t mean they weren’t involved in groups and organizations and on committees here and there.

Next we began to list characteristics of communication majors, which you can see below:

Comm majors list

Then we listed characteristics of leaders, which you can see below:

Comm leaders list

They were encouraged to notice that many of the characteristics were on both lists as the same words or as synonyms. I haven’t done this exercise with journalism students or students of other majors in the communications department, but I would expect similar results.

Videos: A little more hype before Ohio State takes on Oregon for the national championship

Monday night can’t get here fast enough for us Ohio State football fans. ESPNU had media day coverage today. Gameday coverage begins at 3 p.m. Monday on ESPN and other ESPN channels. ESPN is doing a megacast with different types of commentary across all its channels.

So until then …



A sampling of what’s been written about Ohio State taking down Alabama

I was in the Horseshoe the night Virginia Tech was there. Obviously, Ohio State would improve from that humbling defeat. But who saw this coming? Who saw J.T. Barrett setting records? Who saw Cardale Jones winning the two biggest games of the season? This script continues to write itself. Predicting what will happen in Texas next Monday night … I won’t even try.

buckeyes roll onAll I know is that today Ohio State fans are still feeling the joy that was last night in New Orleans. Parties are the norm on the bayou, but what’s more fun than beating Alabama and helping to take the SEC down a notch?

The weird thing is that now there’s another game. College football now knows what it feels like to reach the one sweet nightFinal Four or the Super Bowl or the World Series. Enjoy this for 24 hours, then get ready to win a championship. This has been a long time coming in college football.

But for now, let’s enjoy this victory. I’ve watched the postgame talk and seen what Cowherd and the like are saying this morning. And I’ve been trolling the web to what’s being said in Ohio, Alabama and across the country.

sweet victoryHere’s a sampling:

There are lots of videos online with pieces of the OSU postgame news conference. Here’s a transcript.

And here’s your basic game roundup from the Dayton Daily News complete with short videos by reporter David Jablonski and WHIO’s Mike Hartsock. If you want to see some postgame photos, there are several in this gallery by Jablonski.

The big question when this playoff is over (shoot, it’s a big question now): Who will be OSU’s starting quarterback next year? This New York Times story doesn’t answer that question, but it’s a revealing look into who J.T. Barrett is (not much new if you have followed his story closely) and who Cardale Jones has become.

The Lantern (OSU student paper) gives us a lookahead to Bucks vs. Ducks.

And I leave you with this early favorite for tweet of the year: