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Western Carolina University Chapter Uses Skype to Connect With Professionals

November 29, 2010

Students use social media to engage in online chats

CULLOWHEE, N.C. — The Western Carolina University PRSSA Chapter uses Skype to connect with professionals who are hours away as an effective communication tool to ask questions and facilitate online conversation. Students hosted a Skype speaker, Andy Huston, who is an active social media professional on Twitter as the moderator for #4sqchat and manages two accounts @hust0058 and @4SqINDY team.

Huston spoke to the WCU Chapter about FourSquare, a geo-location app for smartphones, which most students are unfamiliar with, but can still learn a lot from. WCU students found the FourSquare topic interesting because it is an upcoming application that has a gaming aspect that obtains badges for “check-ins and offers discounts and free items.

An hour and a half away from Knoxville, Tenn., WCU students have found using Skype is an excellent way to communicate with professionals like Huston because it is hard for speakers to visit their Chapter in the Cullowhee mountainside.

The WCU choice for tapping into Skype as an online resource is because it is a free calling service that anyone can download and use. Once downloaded, the program allows users to speak to each other through the call service or through video calls via their computers. The new Skype also allows for group video calling.

WCU Chapter advises other students to conduct a Skype trial test days before the online chat with the professional. “I think everyone should have a Skype speaker because it enables Chapters to ‘bring-in’ speakers from, possibly, all over the world, not just local speakers. It was a good experience for us, especially when we are not as able to get speakers as other Chapters,” WCU Chapter President Lauren Gray said.

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Contact:

Lauren Gray

(704)918 - 3089

lkgray1@catamount.wcu.edu