CHADRON – Dr. Janice Haynes, an Associate Professor in the Communication Arts Department at Chadron State College, died Wednesday in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was 60.
Haynes' funeral will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Cochran Funeral Home Chapel in Livingston, Texas, with Dr. Don Willis officiating. Interment will follow in the Peebles Cemetery in Livingston, Texas.
“Janice impacted students and her colleagues at Chadron State College,” President Randy Rhine said. “She was professional, dedicated to her craft, and contributed to the campus in meaningful ways. She will be missed. I extend my deepest sympathies to all those who are affected by Janice’s death, especially her family and friends.”
Haynes began her career at Chadron State in 2015. She earned her bachelor’s in radio, television, film and anthropology and her master’s in mass communication from the University of Houston. She completed her doctorate in communication studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Haynes taught First Year Inquiry (FYI) courses in addition to oral communication, group and team communication and organizational communication. Haynes was interested in popular culture and her FYI courses centered on the subject, as well as using pop culture as a lens to view critical inquiry.
“We want students to think deeply about a topic and multiple ways on how to look at that topic,” said Haynes in a March 2017 interview.
Survivors include her parents and two brothers.
Counseling services are available. Any employee who wants to speak with a support resource should contact Chadron State’s Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) at 1-800-755-7636. The EAP Counselors have been informed of Haynes’ death and are ready to assist.
On-campus counseling services are also available for students. Should a student reach out to you, please assist him or her in setting up an appointment with a CSC counselor by calling 308-432-6232 or Dr. Pat Beu at 308-432-6280.
—Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations