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Bruce E. Gronbeck will give the keynote address at Texas State’s Communications Week (University of Iowa image).


Texas State is observing its 25th annual Communications Week with a large roster of communicators.

Among the speakers will be a professional political speech writer, an award-winning speaker about human relationships, celebrated authors, internationally recognized educators and a former president of the National Communication Association. The event will take place Feb. 25-March 1.

“For a quarter of a century we have been bringing distinguished speakers and authors to campus,” said Steven Beebe, chair of the Department of Communication Studies. “It is a special joy to present our 25th Communication Week to the San Marcos and Texas State communities.”

The annual event, sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, brings nationally and internationally known speakers to the Texas State campus for a free series of lectures, seminars and workshops. All events will be in Centennial Hall.

The week opens with Kozhi Sidney Makai, relationship expert and author of Puzzle Pieces, speaking about interpersonal communication at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 25 in room 410. Distinguished scholar and Professor Emeritus Sandy Ragan from the University of Oklahoma discusses communication at the end of life at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in room 103.

The Communication Studies Convocation that will occur 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in room GO2, with Bruce E. Gronbeck, the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of Iowa, as the featured speaker. Gronbeck is a former president of the National Communication Association. He was the keynote speaker at the first Communication Week convocation 25 years ago.

Also at the convocation, Sean Horan will receive the Department of Communication Studies Distinguished Alumni Award. Horan is among the nation’s most prolific communication scholars. He will present a lecture, “The Angry Hug: Using Affection to Lie,” 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in room 103.


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