Michael Burns delivered a presentation entitled, “Life After Graduation: Tackling Corporate America,” to 100 Resident Assistants at their in-service workshop. The presentation focused on the job search and the value of networking and relationship building when navigating professional life. Michael has been asked to speak at TEDxFargo this July about CoSearch and the value of unlikely collaboration and how it is a catalyst for problem solving. He will speak to more than 3,000 audience members both attending the presentation and live streaming the event from around the world. Jen Faires, Manager of Corporate Partner Activation for the Atlanta Hawks, delivered a guest presentation to his Sport Communication course centering on the essential communication skills in the sport industry and her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated field. NBC’s “Today Show” has invited Michael and two Texas State students to be a part of their 2018 Winter Olympic Games broadcast team, completing a five-week internship in Pyeong Chang, South Korea.
Rebekah Fox presented "Storytelling as a Foundational Principle" to the U.S. Forest Service National Advanced Fire Resource Institutes in Orlando and in Tucson. She also served as a Technical Specialist for the Fire Safety Learning Engagement, Region 8 conference in Chattanooga.
Sean Horan gave the 2016-2017 Presidential Seminar in April, “Affection & Risk: Understanding the Positive and Negative Aspects of Affection.” The purpose of the Presidential Seminar Award is to highlight and recognize superlative research, creative work, or other scholarly efforts undertaken by Texas State University faculty members.
Maureen Keeley is serving as guest editor of a special issue of the on-line journal Behavioral Sciences. The issue consists of fourteen articles specifically focused on the topic, “Family Communication at the End of Life.” Maureen also published “Final Conversations: Overview and Practical Implications” with co-author and M.A. alumnus Mark Generous. The article will appear in the special issue of Behavioral Sciences.
Miriam Sobre published "Developing the critical intercultural class-space: Theoretical implications and pragmatic applications of critical intercultural communications pedagogy" in the journal Intercultural Education.
Micailah Nobles advanced to the national quarter-finals in Dramatic Interpretation.
Antonio Rivera was a national octa-finalist in Poetry Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation.
Miguel Porfirio and Matthew Anderson also represented Texas State at the tournament.
Sixty-six schools from across the United States competed in the four-day event. The tournament was hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where Karen Piercy Morris, a Texas State COMM Studies alum, is the Director of Forensics and also President of NFA.
Brandon McCasland (B.A. 2012) was recognized as the AFA-NIET Association’s New Coach of the Year at this year’s tournament. Brandon competed on The Elton Abernathy Forensics Society team during his time at Texas State.