Communication, Media, and Persuasion

G. Nicholas and Sara Ifft Communication Lab

About the Lab

The Communication Lab in the Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion at Idaho State University was made possible through a gift in excess of $490,000 from G. Nicholas and Sara Ifft. Ifft was president and general manager of the Idaho State Journal from 1965 to 1984.


The CommLab is a spacious and state of the art facility in room 321 of Frasier Hall. Because of the Ifft’s generosity, ISU now has this facility with fourteen computer stations, study areas, a group meeting room, two presentation rooms with video recording and PowerPoint technology, and a tutorial instruction area. Ifft said, "It is a privilege to help Idaho State University because the university has played such a major role in the development of Southeast Idaho and the state of Idaho" (Idaho State Journal, 3/7/99, A1).

Location: Frazier Hall Room 321
CommLab phone: 282-COMM (282-2666)

Benefits of Visiting the CommLab

• Improved speech writing skills
• Advanced oral presentation skills
• Reduced speech anxiety
• Developed confidence in delivery
• Practiced use of visual aids
• Enhanced one on one communication skills


Lab Hours & Information

Click here for general CommLab hours

Tutorial instructors are available during scheduled hours to assist students. The ISU CommLab is one of the few university labs that use full time instructors as tutors.

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The lab can provide individual tutoring to enrich and support your experience in the COMM 1101 or CMP 2201 courses. Tutors can assist other students who need help with any form of oral communication.

Visitors to the CommLab can receive assistance with:

  • Outline development
  • Topic selection
  • Research sources and strategy
  • Digital videotaping
  • Delivery critique
  • PowerPoint technology
  • Speech writing/structure
  • Creating audience awareness
  • Visual aid development
  • Anxiety reduction

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