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March 2018

Department Events

The Department of Communication Studies hosted its second annual TEDx event on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The theme "Bridging Differences" was addressed by ten very diverse speakers ranging from undergraduate students to founders of non-profit organizations. Videos of each speaker can now be viewed here: http://tedxtexasstateuniversity.com/talks/

Melinda Villagran
Melinda Villagran

The Translational Health Research Initiative, led by Dr. Melinda Villagran, hosted the 2018 Health Scholar Showcase. The theme, "Promoting Community Health," highlighted a broad range of personal health determinants that occur in homes, relationships, schools, neighborhoods, and communities. The showcase featured a panel discussion on national and regional health research, an interactive poster session featuring Texas State research, and a networking reception for faculty and community partners. Featured speakers included Mary Woolley of Research!America as keynote speaker; William Buster, Executive Vice President of Community Investments for St. David's Foundation; and Suzanne Anderson, Interim CEO and President of Special Olympics of Texas.

Faculty Accolades

Steven Beebe
Steven Beebe

Steven A. Beebe published the seventh edition of Communication: Principles for a Lifetime with Susan J. Beebe and Diana K. Ivy. Steven and Susan also published the fifth edition of the Public Speaking Handbook. Steven and M.A. student Giselle Divot recently presented a workshop entitled "Audience-Centered Business Presentations" for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Tricia Burke
Tricia Burke

Tricia Burke received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "College Achievement Award" for Scholarly and Creative Activities for her research contributions.

Marsha Burney (center)
Marsha Burney (center)

Marsha Burney was named a Bobcat Preview Namesake. Students, faculty, and staff nominate members of the university community to be recognized for their incredible service to this university and for improving the collegiate experiences of Texas State students.

(From Left) EunJeong Lee, Michael Burns, and John Lee
(From Left) EunJeong Lee, Michael Burns, and John Lee

Marsha Burns just finished managing the Olympic Runner Program for NBC's Today Show at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Dr. Burns managed a team of 14 interns, which included two Texas State students: EunJeong Lee and John Lee. Dr. Burns and his interns spent six weeks in the PyeongChang region working behind the scenes and was responsible for assisting with all pre-production, production, and post-production logistics for the Today Show. His students had the opportunity to go on location shoots with talent and Olympians, work on stories showcasing Korean culture, worked directly with athletes to prepare them for their live interviews, and other production tasks. During their time in Korea they took over the Texas State Snapchat and received over 500,000 views from people all over the world. News stories about Michael and his students appear on KXAN-Austin.

Stephanie Dailey
Stephanie Dailey

Stephanie Dailey received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "Presidential Distinction Award" for Teaching. She and husband Patrick also welcomed their second son, Cade.

Kristen Farris
Kristen Farris

Kristen Farris received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "Presidential Distinction Award" for teaching.

Rebekah Fox
Rebekah Fox

Rebekah Fox received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "College Achievement Award" for Service.

Sean Horan
Sean Horan

Sean Horan, along with Alejandra Sorto of Mathematics, formed the Quality Enhancement Plan's Development Task Force. The committee will meet throughout Spring 2018 to further develop the University's Quality Enhancement Plan, completed as part of SACSCOC accreditation. In addition, Sean was quoted in an article entitled "Will your relationship last? Depends on your investment," which appeared on nerdwallet.com. His prior research on "Investing in Affection" was also cited in the article. He also provided expert commentary for the article, "Amigos por Tarifa?" The article appears in the publication Revista Diners, one of Colombia's oldest magazines.

Maureen Keeley
Maureen Keeley

Maureen Keeley received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "College Achievement Award" for Scholarly and Creative Activities for her research contributions.

Roseann Mandziuk
Roseann Mandziuk

Roseann Mandziuk was selected to receive a Fulbright Scholar Award in India for the Spring 2019 semester, where she will be assigned to a university to teach classes in communication and rhetoric. This is her second Fulbright Scholar Award; the first was a 2011 teaching assignment in Poland at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Roseann also received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "College Achievement Award" for Teaching.

Miram Sobre
Miram Sobre

Miriam Sobre presented "Locating the vernacular in the virtual and the visual: Cultural and local mediated responses to global terror events" at the Western States Communication Association Conference in February. She also chaired the panel "Between us and Asians: Mapping Intercultural Frictions at Home and Abroad," presented by the Intercultural Communication Interest Group.

Sue Stewart
Sue Stewart

Sue Stewart received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "Presidential Distinction Award" for Service.

Student Accolades

M.A. student Giselle Divot and Steven A. Beebe presented a workshop entitled "Audience Centered Business Presentations" for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

Green Corn Project
Green Corn Project

M.A. student Michael Tahmoressi organized a Communication Studies Graduate Association service event for the Green Corn Project, an organization to educate and assist Central Texans in building organic food gardens so that they can have access to nutritious, affordable food. Michael is a long-term volunteer of this organization, and he led fellow CSGA graduate students and faculty advisor Dr. Elizabeth K. Eger in a garden dig for Boys and Girls Club's gardens in East Austin.

(From Left) Miguel Porfirio and Nicole Tumlinson
(From Left) Miguel Porfirio and Nicole Tumlinson

Undergraduate students Nicole Tumlinson and Miguel Porfirio competed in the annual Battle of Flowers Oratorical Contest in San Antonio. Nicole earned second place honors and received $1,500 for her speech entitled: "Haley C. Stillwell: I'll Gather My Geese."

The Elton Abernathy Forensics Team attended the District III American Forensics Association National Individual Event Qualifier and earned several more qualifications for national competition.

Students that earned qualifications were:

Jaelyn Ashford: Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, and Dramatic Interpretation.
Matthew Anderson: Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking
Tyler Cole: Informative Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking
Dillon McCoy: Program Oral Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation
Lily Montemayor: Extemporaneous Speaking
Miguel Porfirio: After Dinner Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, and Dramatic Interpretation
Tyshee Sonnier: Informative Speaking and Impromptu Speaking