In Age of Social Media/Texting, Communication Studies Professor Teaches Art of Talking to Get to Know Someone

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Released: 4-Feb-2014 9:30 AM EST

Source Newsroom: Saint Mary's College

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  • Saint Mary’s College students and Sister Jane Frances Reus, CSC, are all smiles as they celebrate the completion of the oral history class project. Sister was paired with Mary Kimball '16 and Taylor Knoles '16, on her right. Lauren Wells '16 is on the far left.

At a time when young people tend to favor communicating through social media and texting, Marne Austin, assistant professor of communication studies at Saint Mary's College, teaches students the art of communicating face to face. Her Intro to Comm Studies class just completed an oral history project with the Sisters of the Holy Cross, whose mother house is on campus. Students were paired with sisters, many of them elderly, and through four interview sessions, students got to know members of a subculture on campus that they may not have otherwise. They found more commonalities than they expected and heard some amazing stories of faith and even bravery of sisters going where God needed them, sometimes to faraway places.


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