The School of
COMMUNICATION


Areas of Study

Faculty Focus

School of Communication director discusses upbringing, family, interests, and becoming the first director of the new school

 Since its inception in November of 2021, the School of Communication at Oregon State University has been led by Dr. Colin Hesse, who joined the Department of Speech Communication back in 2013.

You may know that Dr. Hesse is the director of the school, or that he currently teaches courses such as family communication, but what you may not know about Dr. Hesse in passing is that he is a husband, father of three, barbeque lover, Seattle sports fanatic, and “absolutely atrocious at golf.”

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Student Focus

Students to reach into the past with 3D technology on upcoming study abroad opportunity

An upcoming, first-of-its-kind study abroad trip to Scotland, led by Todd Kesterson, senior instructor of new media communications and co-led by Joshua Reeves, associate professor of new media communications, will focus on the use of 3D scanning technology to preserve various historical sites. The two week, six credit program will allow students of any major to “discover the beauty and rich history of Scotland,” while gaining invaluable experience working with 3D scanning tools.

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Master's Student Q&A

MAIS Student Tasha Robinson

Tasha Robinson is from North Plains, Oregon, and is working towards earning her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) degree focusing on rhetoric, relational communication, and political science. Robinson recently answered a few questions about her unique degree program and experience as an OSU master’s student.

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Student Focus

Gurwinder Mann, from Biology to Speech Communication

Undergraduate Gurwinder Mann, ‘23, strives to build connections while utilizing his coursework from speech comm.

Born in India, Gurwinder Mann arrived at OSU in 2021, instantly falling in love with the campus, people, and the curriculum. Originally majoring in biology, Mann switched to speech communication soon after taking a public speaking course (COMM 111).

“I just discovered that I really flourished in talking to people and listening,” says Mann, “Then learning more about how I can understand their lives, and how people communicate.”

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Faculty Focus

Assistant Professor Xuerong Lu focuses her research on crisis communication, offers a wide range of media courses

After a visit to the Oregon State University campus and a memorable first impression amongst faculty, Xuerong Lu became an assistant professor in the School of Communication in the fall of 2022. According to Lu, she was drawn to the camaraderie within OSU’s community.

“As expected, the collaborative and supportive environment in the School of Communication is amazing,” Lu said. “All the senior faculty here have really helped me adapt into a new environment. It’s also great to be able to talk with my many colleagues about my research.”

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Student Focus

From Sea to Degree

How student Lauren Steenson earned a spot in the Coast Guard’s advanced education program to pursue New Media Communications at Oregon State University

Most students end up in college the same way. They apply, get accepted, and choose a degree to pursue. But for Lauren Steenson, she did not end up in Oregon State University’s New Media Communications program the traditional way. Steenson had to really work for it.

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Alumni Focus

From new media communications to pitmaster

School of Communication alumnus Andrew Koster, ‘10, talks about how his non-traditional student journey set him up for success as an author and BBQ influencer

Growing up in rural Willamette Valley, Andrew Koster’s dad was one of the first employees of Traeger Grills in Mt. Angel, OR, but as a young adult, Koster never imagined he’d also enter into the pellet grilling world.

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