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Recent Graduate Student Accolades

Jessica McDonald (M.A. 2013) named a Hamand Society Scholar

Angela (DeLong) Bryne (M.A. 2009) named PR Rookie of the Year
by Ragan's PR Daily - October 2012

Ajay Ojay (M.A. 2000) receives Outstanding Alumni award - April 2012

 

Distinguished Graduate Student

2013 - Jessica McDonald
2012 – Pauline Matthey
2011 – Dustin Smith
2010 – Kendra McClure

 

Department of Communication Outstanding Graduate Student

2013 - Jessica McDonald & Stephanie Gruner

Thesis Awards

Tasha Rennels - 2010 Award for Excellence for the College of Arts and Humanities, Taking out the trash:  Critiquing the equipment for living of white trash films

 

King-Mertz Research/Creative Activity Awards

Brandon Hensley - 2011 Distinguished Research/Creative Activity Award, Body billboards and brand colonization: Embodied corporate advertising in postmodern branding culture.

Melissa Territo – 2010 Award of Excellence for the College of Arts and Humanities, , Hidden in the shadows: A qualitative analysis of the “impossible” possibility: Male rape.

 

Research/Creative Activity Grants

Nora Swalls - 2010, Clark County Ready, Set, Grow! Workshop

 

Williams Travel Grant Award Winners

2012-2013 Academic Year

Andrew McLaughlin: A soldier’s home: A representation. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Jessica McDonald: Great ideas for teaching: Tracing media ownership and synergy. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Lisa Schleef: Showing them Yankees how the South gets down: The commodification of redneck culture in CMT’s My Big Redneck Vacation. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Jonathon Mattson: The new Pirate TV: Examining the online narrowcasting 2.0 of Justin.tv in the new media environment. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.

 

2011-2012 Academic Year

Catherine Bocke: Using metaphors to connect communication theory, understanding, and practice.  Panel presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Daniel Douglas: Horton heard a Who, can you? Voices from GTAs on the basic course.  Paper presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Daniel Douglas: Using metaphors to connect communication theory, understanding, and practice.  Panel presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Pauline Matthey: Teaching speech with an accent: The challenges only “aliens” understand.  Paper presented at the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association Conference, Normal, IL.

Pauline Matthey: Wait, you want me to teach?!: Confessions and strategies from GTAs negotiating pedagogical voice in the basic course. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Pauline Matthey: Using metaphors to connect communication theory, understanding, and practice.  Panel presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH.

Jessica McDonald: Classless advertising: Re-representing the working class through critical engagement with contemporary advertising. Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference, Boston, MA.

Christopher Wagner: Using metaphors to connect communication theory, understanding, and practice.  Panel presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH.

 

2010-2011 Academic Year

Dustin Smith: “I love you man…no homo” a new kind of bromance: An analysis of narratives from heterosexual-homosexual male friendships. Paper presented at the New Voices, New Perspectives conference, Denton, TX.

Dustin Smith: Queering primetime. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

 

2009-2010 Academic Year

Amanda Fountain: Are we still friends? Maintaining long distance friendships. Paper presented at the 79th Annual Florida Communication Association Conference, Orlando, FL.

Amanda Fountain: Not so sweet tweets: Twitter for effective public relations practices. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Brandon Hensley: Constructing postmodern bodies: Performative embodiment and hegemonic masculinity in gym structure. Paper presented at the 79th Annual Florida Communication Association Conference, Orlando, FL.

Brandon Hensley: New age, old disclosure: National Geographic, orientalism, and coverage of Afghanistan in the 21st century. Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Brandon Hensley: Up your ante: New ways to deal with old problems. Panel presentation at the Basic Course Director’s Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Ramey Strong: In the eye of the beholder: An ethnographic view of teacher immediacy and it s effects on student learning and classroom culture. Paper presented at the 79th Annual Florida Communication Association Conference, Orlando, FL.

Melissa Territo: Hidden in the shadows: A qualitative analysis of the “impossible” possibility: Male rape. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Kendra McClure: Miracle or myth? A qualitative study of the communication strategies used to promote and oppose clean coal technology. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Kendra McClure: Who’s getting schooled? A critical examination of an entertainment-education intervention.  Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Kendra McClure: Spare me your white girl cultural divide love: Evidence of subaltern marginalization in Grey’s Anatomy. Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Nora Swalls: The wheels on the bus go round making connections more profound: A rural transit system and the passenger’(s) extension to community building. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Zachary Thuring: Don’t touch me faggot! Touch avoidance and verbal aggression as indicators of homonegative attitudes. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Cincinnati, OH.

Zachary Thuring: Hegemonic masculinity in the Boy Scouts of America. Paper presented at the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

 

Department of Communication Studies Travel Grant Award Winners

2012-2013 Academic Year

Andrew McLaughlin
Jessica McDonald
Lisa Schleef
Jonathon Mattson