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April & May Updates

Bringing C.S. Lewis to Texas State

The Texas State University Department of Communication Studies presented a public lecture series on author C. S. Lewis featuring three prominent Lewis scholars who approach Lewis as communicator. All three lectures were free and open to the public.

Dr. Michael Ward, internationally recognized scholar from Oxford University, presented "C. S. Lewis: Reason and Imagination." Dr. Ward is the author and editor of numerous books including Planet Narnia and The Cambridge Companion to C. S. Lewis.

Andrew Lazo, a prominent Lewis scholar and author and editor of several Lewis articles and books, including a recently published early draft of Lewis's autobiography, presented, "C. S. Lewis and the Myth of Love."

Dr. Steven Beebe, Regents' and University Distinguished Professor from Texas State, presented "C. S. Lewis: Professor of Communication." Dr. Beebe has written several articles about Lewis and teaches a course at Oxford University about Lewis and communication.

Innovation Lab
Innovation Lab

Texas State at SXSW

Michael Burns, Rebekah Fox, Lindsay Timmerman, Kristen Farris, and Marian Houser participated in Texas State’s “Innovation Lab” at SXSW. Together, they presented the collaborative research endeavors among different schools and department within the College of Fine Arts and Communication that have developed via CoSearch. The goal of the presentations was to network with and convey to businesses that Texas State faculty are ready and willing to work with community organizations to help them solve real world problems.

Steven Beebe
Steven Beebe

Steven Beebe delivered the first Dean’s Seminar Distinguished Achievement Award presentation for the College of Fine Arts and Communication. His presentation centered on the argument that author C. S. Lewis should be rebranded as a professor of communication, emphasizing Lewis’s contributions to both communication theory and practice.

Tricia Burke
Tricia Burke

Tricia Burke published “The paradoxical outcomes of observing others’ exercise behavior on social network sites: Friends’ exercise posts, exercise attitudes, and weight concern” in the journal Health Communication. The article was picked up by several outlets, including Time.com, Moneyish.com, Medicalxpress.com, and KJZZ.org. Tricia and Kristin Farris co-authored “Young adult and parent perceptions of facilitation: Associations with overparenting, family functioning, and student adjustment,” currently in press at the Journal of Family Communication. Tricia also recorded a Health Matters podcast for her online health communication course, in which she interviewed Communication Studies faculty members Marsha Burney, Kristen Farris, Rebekah Fox, and Maureen Keeley about their health communication research. Tricia will present and work with students at the Graduate Education Symposium at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA in June. She will also present at the International Association for Relationship Research at Colorado State University in July.

Ann Burnette
Ann Burnette

Ann Burnette presented, “Free speech in the crosshairs: An analysis of Turning Point USA’s professor watchlist” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Michael Burns
Michael Burns

Michael Burns presented “Dusting off the curriculum: Making a difference with innovative approaches in the basic course” to the Central States Communication Association Conference. He also chaired the “Theories for new media technologies” panel.

Elizabeth Eger
Elizabeth Eger

Elizabeth Eger gave a public lecture at the Transgender Resource Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, entitled “Understanding TGRCNM as Identity-Based Organizing. ” She shared results from her three-year, volunteer-based ethnography of the organization and held a community dialogue afterward. She also co-presented with a participant in the study, Ms. Renae Gray, at the International Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference in Albuquerque, detailing a method Elizabeth created called a “creative focus group” and shared the experience of using the method for organizational research with indigenous and transgender participants.

Kristen Farris
Kristen Farris

Kristen Farris was selected as this year’s winner of the Abby Prestin Dissertation of the Year Award from the Health Communication Divisions of the International Communication Association and National Communication Associations. Her doctoral dissertation was titled, “The impacts of recurring supportive interactions on couples' psychological, relational, and health outcomes in the context of rheumatic diseases.” Kristen, Michael Burns, and Marsha Burney attended the TED Fest conference in Brooklyn, New York. The conference brings TEDx organizers from around the globe to share ideas and learn about hosting a TEDx event.

Kristin and Tricia Burke also co-authored “Young adult and parent perceptions of facilitation: Associations with overparenting, family functioning, and student adjustment,” currently in press at the Journal of Family Communication.

Rebekah Fox
Rebekah Fox

Rebekah Fox presented, “Free speech in the crosshairs: An analysis of Turning Point USA’s professor watchlist” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Sean Horan
Sean Horan

Sean Horan was named a Distinguished Research Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association. He presented “Sex matters: Exploring affection exchange theory and relational qualities” to the Eastern Communication Association Conference. The paper was co-authored with M.A. alums Toni Morgan, Christy Bennet and Tianna Cobb and was recognized as the Top paper in Interpersonal Communication. Sean also presented “Spillover effects: Communication involved with failed workplace romances” at ECA with M.A. alum Emma Carberry. This paper was delivered to the Top Paper Panel in Organizational Communication. Sean also served as respondent in a variety of panel discussions at ECA.

Maureen Keeley
Maureen Keeley

Maureen Keeley was cited in a recent Wall Street Journal article dealing with end-of-life communication. The piece, entitled “How to talk to your dying loved one,” specifically highlights the findings of her Final Conversations research and features commentary from Maureen.

Roseann Mandziuk
Roseann Mandziuk

Roseann Mandziuk served as a respondent for “A lie by omission? Memory and history in the debate over the removal of Confederate memorials” at the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Philip Salem
Philip Salem

Philip Salem was named a “Distinguished Professor Emeritus.” This title honors extraordinary faculty members who are retiring or who have already retired to recognize their exemplary service to Texas State. No more than three individuals are recognized with this honor in any given year.

C. Erik Timmerman
C. Erik Timmerman

C. Erik Timmerman published “Effects of supportive feedback messages on exergame experiences: A mediating role of social presence” in the Journal of Media Psychology. He presented “When everything remains uncertain: How parents make sense of their child’s chronic illness” to the Central States Communication Association Conference. The paper was designated a Top Paper in Health Communication. He also presented “Made a difference to me: The importance of mentoring in undergraduate education” to CSCA.

Regina Alabere
Regina Alabere

Student Accolades

M.A. student Regina Alabere presented, “Virtual cosmopolitanism in Twitter memes of the London terrorist attack” to the Eastern Communication Association Conference. Regina also presented “Disputes on freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and equality in higher education: Reflections on Turning Point USA v. Macomb Community College” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Austin Allen
Austin Allen

M.A. student Austin Allen presented, “Death, destruction, terrorism, and weakness as tragic muses in Donald Trump’s 2016 RNC speech: Narrative rationality and fear appeal in political speech ” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference. Austin also presented “Make them bake cakes! Issues of compelled speech in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission” and served as chair for the Political Campaign Communication: Past and Future panel. 

Logan Carpenter
Logan Carpenter

M.A. student Logan Carpenter presented, “The price to pay for ‘20 Minutes of Action’: A narrative critique of character reference through the Stanford rape case” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

M.A. students Kimberly Felan and Anthony Gallardo presented, “Children's desires and perceptions of social support from divorced parents and its effects of self-esteem and relationship satisfaction” to the Central States Communication Association Conference in Milwaukee.

Lucas Hackenburg
Lucas Hackenburg

M.A. student Lucas Hackenburg presented, “Advocating for free speech in pro-life organizations: An analysis of National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Undergraduate student Katy Head was accepted to the Penn State Graduate Education Symposium to be held this summer in State College, PA.

Sierra Kane
Sierra Kane

M.A. student Sierra Kane presented, “Can words kill? An analysis of the free speech principles presented in the Commonwealth v. Carter Case to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

M.A. students Lauren Lee and Logan Carpenter wrote a blog post as HASTAC Scholars expanding upon the Communication Week panel, “A Chance to be Heard" about stigma and identity. You can view the post here.

Jacqueline Parchois
Jacqueline Parchois

M.A. student Jacqueline Parchois presented, “Trust Trump’s truth: A fantasy theme analysis of Donald Trump’s rhetorical vision in three major speeches” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Holly Van Eynde
Holly Van Eynde

M.A. student Holly Van Eynde presented, “Displaying anti-sexual harassment messages: A case in free speech” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Timothy Wilhelm
Timothy Wilhelm

M.A. student Timothy Wilhelm presented, “Hero against hero: Captain America: Civil War’s representation of the ideological divide of liberty and security” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.