Allison Gaskin '11
The Communication Capstone is a culminating experience for graduating undergraduates in the Knight School of Communication. Students prepare for the capstone through the completion of their coursework in the major.
The Communication Capstone is directed by Dr. Daina Nathaniel, Coordinator of the Capstone Experience. The course is designed specifically to allow students to demonstrate all that they have learned by exploring a single communication phenomenon in a new and exciting way.
Capstone projects are opportunities for students to conduct their own original research demonstrating to the faculty of the Knight School of Communication that they have grasped the essence of the communication discipline. In addition to conducting research, students in the capstone course give back to the Charlotte community through service.
The capstone project allows students to live out the Queens motto: Non ministrari sed ministrari, while observing communication interaction within a specific context. This also allows students to add a practical dimension to their understanding of communication theory.
As part of the capstone experience, students volunteer at a local organization of their choosing. Some of these have included:
- Love Inc. of Mecklenburg County
- American Red Cross
- Earn a Bike Program
- Habitat for Humanity
- International House
- Goodwill Industries
- Hands on Charlotte
- The Community Pregnancy Center
- North Tryon Community Church
- Men's Shelter of Charlotte
- Trips for Kids
- Churchill Senior Living Community
- Make a Wish Foundation
- Merry Oaks Elementary School
- Lake Wylie Assisted Living Community
- Harvey B. Gantt Center
- Boy Scouts of America
- West Charlotte High School
- Olympic High School
- The Watershed Community
- First Tee of Charlotte
- The Bethlehem Center
- A Child's Place
- Druid Hills Elementary School
- The Global Drum Project
- Girls on the Run Charlotte
- Charlotte Rescue Mission
- American Cancer Society
- Winter Instructional Lacrosse League
- Crisis Assistance Ministries
- Myers Park Presbyterian Church
This list not only demonstrates the varied interests of our students, but also the depth of their commitment to the Charlotte community and the Queens motto.