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Departmental Colloquium of Graduate Research

2014-2015 Academic Year

Ethan Kruger
Thelca White
Amanda Feder
Audra Clodfelter
Marissa Guenzi
Victoria Weinberg


2013-2014 Academic Year

Nathan Furstenau – At the intersections of dialogue, social media, and crisis communication: A case study of Consolidated Edison’s communicative response to Superstorm Sandy

John Kraps – Building and maintaining legitimacy online: UNICEF’s use of Facebook

Melissa Beal – Sexual and political affairs – Representation of woman in American news media

Emily Vajjala – “they want all of your kids to be gay and oppose God”: Incivility and othering in Yahoo! News comments

Stephanie Gruner – Construction of spiritual identity: CMM and conversion to Catholicism


2012-2013 Academic Year

Shea Brunson – Few smooth moves: Phi Rho Eta Fraternity Inc. national branding campaign

Michael Janowski – Those who slay together, stay together: A thematic analysis of concert fan narratives and the I-57 youth punk music scene

Rashida Lyles-Cowan - “Single girl summer” enterprise: Building a successful brand using social media as a branding tool

Pauline Matthey – Inmate code: The stories lived and the stories told of men behind bars

Jonathan Mattson – Video game cultivation: Sowing the seeds of consumer behavior

Jessica McDonald – Coordination and symbolic convergence at the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Andrew McLaughlin – Soldier’s Home

Samantha Neal – Organizational identity as a promotional tool: The case of the Panther Paw

Lisa Schleef – Corporate social responsibility and team identification in professional sports

Patrick Singer – Pygmalion Music Festival as alternative media?: A critical analysis of the intersection of independence and corporatization


Graduate Research at Communication Day

2014-2015 Academic Year

Corporate Social Responsibility Contagion: The Making of a Viral Campaign
Ashely Gocken
Alyssa Long
Bianca Tomlin

Chipotle’s Identity: A Case Study in Corporate Social Responsibility
Anna Percival
Michael Mezo

Dialectical Tensions and Racial Biases in Sports Broadcasting and Interviewing
Jamie Alexander
Brittany Toolis

Controlling Birth Control, Controlling Women: A Case Study of Organizational Control and Identity Work
Audra Clodfelter
Marissa Guenzi
Hallie Johnson


2013-2014 Academic Year

One is the Loneliest Number: An Interactive Workshop on Recognizing and Coping with Loneliness in College

Amanda Feder
Emily Vajjala
Megan Leverenz
Wally Swenson
Montana Timmons


2012-2013 Academic Year

Graduate Alternative Media
Jonathon Mattson
Andrew McLaughlin
Emily Vajjala
Patrick Singer
Michael Janowski

Environmental Analysis of Popular Film
Amanda Feder

Negotiating Tolerance and Acceptance through Vernacular Discourse and Outlaw Logic Through the Freedom Writers Diary
Amanda Feder

Difference and Organizing
Crystal Alston
Rashida Lyles-Cowan
Samantha Neal
Lisa Schleef
Nathan Furstenau


Graduate Showcase Series: College of Arts and Humanities

2012-2013 Academic Year

Andrew McLaughlin: A soldier’s home

Andrew McLaughlin's Documentary


2011-2012 Academic Year

Catherine Bocke: Dynamic crisis modifiers: BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Catherine Bocke's Research on the Gulf Oil Spill


Graduate Exposition

2012-2013 Academic Year

Jessica McDonald: Great ideas for teaching: Tracing media ownership and synergy.

Lisa Schleef: Showing them Yankees how the South gets down: The commodification of redneck culture in CMT’s My Big Redneck Vacation.

Jonathon Mattson: The new Pirate TV: Examining the online narrowcasting 2.0 of Justin.tv in the new media environment


2009-2010 Academic Year

Nora Swalls: Poster presentation of her creative thesis research project  - Ready, set, GROW! Planting the seeds for a targeted networking approach for rural businesses in Clark County, Illinois