Faculty panel to discuss social media's impact Sept. 16

Five Shippensburg University faculty members will assess the influence of social media on human behavior and interaction during a Sept. 16 panel discussion on campus.

“The Impact of Social Media on Behavior and Communication” will begin at 7 p.m. in Old Main Chapel. Admission is free and the program is open to the public.

Today’s college freshmen likely do not remember their world without social media being part of it; they were in elementary school when Facebook was created in 2004. In recent years, news of such disparate events as the emergency landing of a plane in the Hudson River, an earthquake in Virginia and the U.S. attack that killed Osama bin Laden first reached the public via Twitter.

“Social media have grown from a novel trend to a vital component of human interaction. They truly have impacted behavior and communication in our modern world,” said Dr. Billy Henson, assistant professor of criminal justice, who will moderate the discussion. “In fact, social media’s influence has become so profound that few of us even notice it anymore.”

Faculty members on the panel are Dr. Jamonn Campbell, professor of psychology; Dr. Cyndi Koller, assistant professor of criminal justice; Dr. Lucian Lu, associate professor of human communication studies; and Dr. Carrie Sipes, assistant professor of strategic communication.

For more information, contact Henson at (717) 477-1608 or bwhenson@ship.edu.