In The News
November & December Updates
The Department of Communication Studies graduate faculty held their annual “Graduate Day of Dialogue” on Friday, October 6th. The 6-hour meeting, organized by Maureen Keeley, addressed topics including recruitment, the curriculum, scheduling, doctoral program planning, and, most importantly, how to best meet our current and future graduate students’ needs.
Stephanie Dailey participated in a webinar for National Distance Learning Week titled, “Excellence in Online Teaching: A Discussion Forum with Award-Winning Texas State Faculty.”
Sean Horan published “Guns on campus: Creating research to inform practice in Communication Education with Texas State M.A. alum Dr. Leah Bryant. Sean also published
“Condom communication: Reports of sexually active young adults’ recent messages with new partners” in the Journal of Health Communication with Texas State M.A. alum Lauren Cafferty. Sean was also recently cited in a Communication Education article reporting individual publication rates in 24 journals from the field for the years 2012–2016. He ranks as the 5th most prolific researcher during that time.
Roseann Mandziuk received the 2017 National Communication Association Women’s Caucus Francine Merritt Award at the annual convention in Dallas. The award is given in recognition of a member who has made outstanding contributions to the lives of women in communication. Roseann also was presented with the Presidential Citation for Service for her contributions as a member of the Working Group on NCA Diversity.
Miriam Sobre presented a diversity and inclusion workshop to a group of physics graduate students as part of the 2016 Multicultural Curriculum Transformation and Research Institute initiative.
C. Erik Timmerman published “Viewing alone or together: Linking the viewing context for sexually explicit internet materials to sex-related attitudes” with Jihyun Kim in the International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies.
Remembering Dan Love
Former Texas State alum and Communication Studies faculty member Marvin “Dan” Love passed away at the age of 88. Before coming to Texas State, Dan was a pioneer of Austin radio and television. He served as the first evening newscaster for KTBC-TV (also known as Fox 7 Austin) and later ran KHFI-TV (now known as KXAN) as its general manager. He was elected to the Austin City Council in 1971 and re-elected in 1973, serving as mayor pro tem during both terms. At age 60, he came to Texas State to earn his M.A. Upon graduating, he began teaching with the Department of Communication Studies as a Senior Lecturer, earning several “Golden Apple” teaching awards and endearing himself to students and colleagues. Dan’s influence is continually celebrated with the “Dan Love Public Speaking Festival” held each semester, recognizing the most talented student speakers in the Department of Communication Studies. He is remembered fondly by local broadcasters, politicians, faculty and students as an energetic and welcoming man of many talents.
Two M.A. students and were accepted as fellows to HASTAC Scholars for 2017-2019. HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is an interdisciplinary consortium of over 145 universities focused on changing teaching and learning in higher education in the digital age. Logan Carpenter’s projects focus on sexual assaults on college campuses and the needs for increased education about consent communication. Lauren Lee’s projects will focus on the intersection of interpersonal, relational, and health communication. Elizabeth K. Eger and Sean Horan will serve as HASTAC Faculty Mentors.
Vanessa Salazar, who earned her M.A. in Communication Studies, received the 2017–2018 Graduate College Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in the Social Sciences, Business, and Education. Her thesis, “Welcome aboard: An exploration of the impact of structured socialization on newcomer perceived organizational support, engagement and identification”, was directed by Stephanie Dailey.
Felipe “Flip” Romero (B.A., 2013) is a Community Engagement Supervisor with the Austin Independent School District. His most recent project was serving as chief architect in the community engagement plan for AISD regarding the 1.4 billion-dollar school bond.