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Recent Off-Campus Research Presentations

 

2014-2015 Academic Year

Clinton Brown: Best Practices for Leveraging Technology and Popular Culture in the Classroom. (Voted Best Panel of ICTA and invited to re-present at CSCA).

Clinton Brown: Best practices for leveraging technology and popular culture in the classroom. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.

Clinton Brown:  Fancy Gadgets…Not in my Class: Cultural Representations vs. the Reality of Technology in U.S. Higher Education.  Presented at PCA/ACA annual conference, New Orleans, LA.

Audra Clodfelter: Why Can't Watson be a Bear?: Examining the Uses and Gratifications of (i) Sherlock (/i) Fanfiction. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.

Audra Clodfelter: Responding to Boston: Improving Marathon Reputations and Stakeholder Relations through Pre-Crisis Communication. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI. Paper designated as the Top Student Paper by the Public Relations Division.

Amanda Feder: An Evolutionary Tale of Women Mentoring Women: How Past Mentorship Creates Present Opportunities. Presented at the National Communication Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Nate Furstenau: Targeting the opinion leader in the digital realm: Strategy for public relations. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.

Anna Percival: Advertising and Breakfast Cereals. Presented at the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association Annual Conference, Naperville, IL.

Ethan Kruger: Best Practices for Leveraging Technology and Popular Culture in the Classroom. (Voted Best Panel of ICTA and invited to re-present at CSCA).

Ethan Kruger: Looking for group!: The uses and gratifications of MMORPG players. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.

Ethan Kruger: Best practices for leveraging technology and popular culture in the classroom. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.

Bianca Tomlin: From woman to warrior? Presented at PCA/ACA annual conference, New Orleans, LA.

Emily Vajjala: Best practices for leveraging technology and popular culture in the classroom. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.

Victoria Weinberg: Looking at Life Porn:  Cultivation of the Soul Mate and Relationship Representations Online. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.

Thelca White: Branding Jamaica. Presented at the Re-Imagine Jamaica: Unlimited Possibilities: A Brand Jamaica Symposium, Kingston, Jamaica.

 

2013-2014 Academic Year

Amanda Feder: “Fighting Business with Business:” Construction and Representation of the “Vulnerable and/ or Exploited Woman” Through the Communicative Labor of the Not for Sale Campaign. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN. Paper designated as the Top Student Paper by the Communication Ethics and Freedom of Expression Interest Group.

Nate Furstenau: Maternity Leave as a Site of Difference: A Consideration for Mothers and Families. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Emily Vajjala: Beauty and Gender Ideologies: How the Miss Universe Pageant Perpetuates Feminine Stereotypes. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Emily Vajjala: Colonizing Factors in Internet Rhetoric: Postcolonial and Transnational Feminist Themes from the Reporting of the Murder of Kapari Leniata. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Ethan Kruger: Ideological Borders: Presidential Rhetoric During the Cold War and War on Terror. Presented at the Rhetoric Society of American Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Amanda Feder: Femicides in Ciudad Juarez. Presented at the Rhetoric Society of American Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Stephanie Gruner: The Use of Logos, Ethos, Pathos, and Mythos in Persuasive Messages. Presented at the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association Annual Meeting, Bloomington, IL.

Emily Vajjala: Audience Analysis:  Changing, Instilling and Intensifying. Presented at the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association Annual Meeting, Bloomington, IL.

John Kraps: Fun with Brainstorming. Presented at the Illinois Communication and Theatre Association Annual Meeting, Bloomington, IL.

 

2012-2013 Academic Year

Nathan Furstenau (with Dr. Walus): The Spectacle of Rock and Roll Hybridity in Southeast Asia: An Ethnographic Study of Rock and Roll-ness in Thailand. 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. 

Jessica McDonald (with Dr. Walus): Tracing Media Ownership and Synergy. Presented at the Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Andrew McLaughlin:  A Solider’s Home. Documentary excerpts presented and discussed at PCA/ACA annual conference, Washington D.C.

Andrew McLaughlin (with Dr. Gracon):  Towards a Punk Praxis? Punk, Community and Civic Engagement.  Presented at PCA/ACA annual conference, Washington D.C.

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

Jessica McDonald: Integrating learning styles in the basic course classroom. Paper presented at the Illinois Speech and Theatre Association annual conference, Bloomington, IL.

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