What Makes a Master: ICS602 2016, Section 1

What Makes a Master: ICS602 2016, Section 1

At the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS), one of the required courses in the student curriculum is ICS602 – Human Communication (taught by Dr. Jay Gillette). The class covers topics related to the title of the course, human communication, with an emphasis on professionalism and management. At the end of each semester, the students, working in teams, participate in an activity in which each of them provides a “characteristic of a master”. Below is the list of the teams…

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Tech Talk: Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Exchange

Tech Talk: Open Source Alternatives to Microsoft Exchange

In the realm of Email server deployment, a popular option for any system rooted in Windows, specifically Windows Server 2008 and later, is Microsoft Exchange Server. This is a service that allows users to create a mail server for a business network. Exchange server essentially acts as a virtual post office, mediating email traffic and assigning it to the correct mailboxes which are created within Exchange. This is a useful and essential feature for every small or large business or…

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The Information Renaissance: Evolution of Culture

The Information Renaissance: Evolution of Culture

The European Renaissance took place during the 14th and 17th century (or the years 1300-1600) and saw some of the most progression from one culture to another in history. The Renaissance is said to be the cultural bridge that led Europe out of the Middle Ages of human history. During this time, people began to focus more on the discovery of new ideas and the evolution of art and science. The term “Renaissance” directly translates to “rebirth”, and this period…

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Communication Concepts: Defining Human Communication

Communication Concepts: Defining Human Communication

The dictionary definition of human communication, according to the Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary, is as follows: the production and reception of spoken, written, signed, or gestured information among human beings (Farlex…Dictionary, 2012). This sentence provides some good groundwork to begin to comprehensively define what human communication really is and what it entails. As a baseline, the building block of communication is the transfer of information. This is clear from the dictionary definition, as it attempts to relay some of the…

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Academic Dishonesty: The Philosophy of Second Chances

Academic Dishonesty: The Philosophy of Second Chances

Dishonesty in academia generally comes in a couple of identifiable formats. The first is by using resources outside of the provided rules, such as the use of a calculator on an exam in which it is forbidden, and the second is plagiarism, or claiming another person’s scholarly work as your own. At the Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS), one of our core values is that of integrity. Integrity in this context indicates that the faculty and student body…

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Welcome to CICS: The Program and Its Culture

Welcome to CICS: The Program and Its Culture

Welcome, this is a blog about professionalism and philosophy. I am Quincey Hickok, a current graduate student at the center for information and communication sciences (CICS) at Ball State University and my goal is to use this blog to explore the concept of professionalism in a variety of contexts. To give this blog some unique flavor, I will attempt to add some value to each post by evaluating the philosophy behind professionalism as an idea and the relative topic at…

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