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Steven Beebe
Steven Beebe

Faculty Accolades

Steven Beebe presented the keynote speech at the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference titled “Are You A Sprinter, Wanderer or Straggler?: Communicating Well to Enhance Your Future” in Minneapolis. While at CSCA, he was also honored at a Presidential Spotlight Scholar presentation focusing on the work of a noteworthy scholar who has had great success as a leader in the Communication discipline. Steven published “Connecting C. S. Lewis and communication: Principles and practices,” in the Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion and Culture. Steven will present an upcoming half-day workshop, “A Leader’s Skill in Listening” for the San Marcos Leadership Program in April.

Tricia Burke
Tricia Burke

Tricia Burke and co-authors currently have “Channel complementarity and multiplexity in long-distance friends’ patterns of communication technology use” in press with the journal New Media & Society. Tricia is also a nominee for the Presidential Distinction Award in Scholarly/Creative Activity at Texas State.

Stephanie Dailey and Tricia Burke published “Let’s work out: Communication in workplace wellness programs” in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. Stephanie has also had exceptional guest lectures given to her Social Media in Organizations class given by Dale Blasingame of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and Kayli Head, owner of The Bloom Bar.

Michael Burns
Michael Burns

Michael Burns was the Keynote Speaker at the Texas Learning Community Consortium conference. He presented, "Lessons from the Old Dude in the Dorm," in which he shared insights about his experiences as a Faculty in Residence and how the experience has enhanced the quality of his teaching. Residence Life and First Year Experience professionals from around Texas participated in the conference. Michael’s Sport Communication course featured guest speaker Susan Hazzard, Director of Public Relations for United State Track and Field. Ms. Hazzard spoke about the value of building relationships in the sport industry.

Student Accolades

M.A. students Adam Tristan, Emma Carberry, and Seleste Mills delivered a training presentation to the State of Texas Learning Community Consortium as part of Marian Houser’s Communication Assessment course. They presented the results of a 2-year study of the Living-Learning Communities at Texas State and guided participants in a training of “Methods to Assess Goals” in learning communities across the country. Marian Houser's Assessment Team.

Alumni Accolades

Rob Patterson (B.A. 1986) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce where he teaches Management Communication. He also serves on the Executive Council of the Faculty Senate and chairs the Senate's finance committee.

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January & February 2017

Faculty Accolades

Steven Beebe is teaching “C. S. Lewis: Master Communicator” for the San Marcos community during the spring semester. The class is sponsored by the Texas State Retired Faculty Association spanning six Tuesday evenings at the San Marcos Public Library. Steven and co-author Susan J. Beebe published the 5th Edition of A Concise Public Speaking Handbook. They also published the 10th edition of Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach. This new edition was selected by Pearson Publishers as one of ten books from all disciplines to be included in the new IBM Watson initiative that will provide voice-activated, interactive educational material for international distribution.

Tricia Burke is the sole author of “Diet and exercise communication as relational maintenance: Associations with relationship quality,” a book chapter soon to be published in Contemporary Studies of Relationships, Health, and Wellness. Tricia and co-authors currently have “Let’s hit the gym: Co-worker influence, social support, and organizational socialization in workplace wellness programs” in press for the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. Tricia is also co-author of an upcoming article, “Self, partner, and relationship health motivations and relationship satisfaction” in Health Psychology Report.

Ann Burnette presented “Rhetorical symbolism and strategies of American Presidential inaugural addresses: Reflecting and shaping our society's expectations of a peaceful transfer of power" at the Texas State symposium Transitions in American Democracy.

Ann and Wayne Kraemer co-authored “Communicating a rationale for war: George W. Bush and the rhetoric of imperial righteousness,” in The George W. Bush Presidency: Foreign Policy, Volume 3. Ann also successfully completed the Texas Office of Emergency Management's Public Information Officer Course in January.

Sean Horan published “Justice in the higher education classroom: Students’ perceptions of unfairness and responses to instructors” in Innovative Higher Education with co-authors Marian Houser and Rebecca Chory. Sean was recently asked to serve as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, an interdisciplinary journal published by the International Association of Relationship Research. Sean was also interviewed in Comstock’s magazine about his workplace romance research.

Kristen LeBlanc-Farris was awarded the Moody College of Communication's Dissertation Writing Fellowship (for $10,000) and the Hogg Foundation's Francis Fowler Wallace Memorial Award (for $1,500) both through the University of Texas at Austin in support of her dissertation entitled “The Impacts of Supportive Interactions on Psychological, Health, and Relational Outcomes in the Context of Rheumatic Disorders.” Kristin, Marian Houser and M.A. alum Angela Hosek co-authored “Historical roots and trajectories of instructional communication” to be published in Handbook of instructional communication (2nd ed.). Kristin also recently trained communication graduate teaching assistants at the University of Texas at Austin on debriefing classroom activities.

Roseann Mandziuk recently publishedWhither the good wife: 2016 presidential campaign spouses in the gendered spaces of contemporary politics” in Quarterly Journal of Speech. She also presented “Inaugural visual symbols and images: Communicating democratic values and portraying the peaceful transition of power” at the Transitions in American Democracy Symposium, sponsored by the University.

Philip Salem was recognized by the journal Management Communication Quarterly with a special forum incorporating essays touching upon the past, present, and future of Organizational Communication research. The forum highlights research presented to the conference, “Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations,” hosted by Philip and Texas State University in 2016. Contributing authors include Philip Salem, Erik Timmerman, Keri Stephens and Timothy Kuhn, among others.

Melinda Villagran coordinated the first “Health Scholars' Showcase,” featuring aspects of Health Communication from all departments on campus. The showcase was composed of a series of events highlighting translational health research at Texas State and featured the research of several Communication Studies faculty members.

Alumni Accolades

Hayley Lyons (B.A., 2015) is an Inside Sales & Marketing Supervisor with Nationwide Laboratory Partners, a CLIA-certified, COLA-accredited diagnostics laboratory in Tomball, TX. The company seeks to implement a variety of toxicology testing methods in an effort to address the growing concern of medication abuse and misuse.

November & December 2016

Faculty Accolades

Steven Beebe was recognized with the Faculty Senate Everette Swinney Teaching Award, given to faculty members who have combined their commitment to teaching with strong records of creative achievement, service, and mentoring peers and students. He also received the National Communication Association’s Training and Development Division “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Steven and Communication Studies colleague Seth Frei published “Teaching communication to working adults” in the Handbook of Communication Science. He also presented a campus-wide address to Wisconsin Lutheran College entitled “C. S. Lewis and The Screwtape Letters: A Devil's Guide to Communication.” Steven presented papers to the recent NCA conference, “Uniting communication principles to enhance collaboration with international scholars and educators: Perspectives and experiences,” and “On being N.I.C.E.: Leadership lessons from C. S. Lewis found in That Hideous Strength.” He also served as a respondent on two panel discussions, “Reflections on the ‘Civic Callings’ of Communication Week and Visiting Scholar Programs,” and  “Communication Lessons from C. S. Lewis.”

Stephanie Dailey published “Understanding healthcare providers' professional identification: The role of interprofessional communication in the vocational socialization of physicians” in the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice. The article was co-authored with M.A. program alum Brenda McArthur (based on her thesis) and Melinda Villagran.

Sean Horan was the featured guest on Dr. Teri Orbuch's podcast “The Love Doctor Is In,” a 30-minute interview wherein he discussed his ongoing workplace romance research.

Sean was also one of four Texas State faculty members asked to speak on the Distinguished Research Panel at the Eighth Annual Research Conference for Graduate Students.

Miriam Sobre-Denton received the Distinguished Scholarship Award for NCA Top Faculty Paper in the Experiential Learning Division for “Tracing the theoretical implications and pragmatic applications of critical intercultural communication pedagogy.

Melinda Villagran was a featured guest for the inaugural episode of “Professor to Professor,” a campus webcast hosted by SJMC Professor Tom Grimes. “Professor to Professor” is designed to help faculty develop strategies for overcoming common barriers to scholarly and creative productivity. The first episode focused on balancing an active program of research with work and family issues. She and co-authors Brenda McArthur and Stephanie Dailey published “Understanding healthcare providers' professional identification: The role of interprofessional communication in the vocational socialization of physicians” in the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice.

Forensics Accolades

At the Fall 2016 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) championship, Texas State placed second in individual events sweepstakes, 5th place in debate sweepstakes, and 3rd place overall.

Two Bobcats placed 1st in their individual events: Micailah Nobles placed first in program oral interpretation and Symone Holmes placed first in dramatic interpretation. Micailah was the 3rd place speaker across all individual events and Symone was 6th overall.

Also placing in Individual Events finals were:

Emily Cumming, 6th in persuasive speaking & 6th in impromptu speaking
Preston Nieves, 4th in extemporaneous speaking & 3rd in novice persuasive speaking
Miguel Porfirio, 5th in poetry
Jaelyn Ashford, 2nd in novice program oral interpretation
Elissa Palmer, 2nd in novice impromptu speaking and 2nd in novice extemporaneous speaking
Micailah Nobles, 3rd in prose
Symone Holmes and Micailah Nobles, 2nd in duo dramatic interpretation

In the debate events, Coffey McCurdy and Elissa Palmer received 2nd place in team parliamentary debate and were the 15th and 16th speaker respectively. Coffey McCurdy and Nate Sauve were quarterfinalists in individual parliamentary debate.

In the second half of the tournament, Texas State placed 3rd in individual events sweepstakes. Overall, Texas State received 3rd place for both tournaments combined. Emily Cumming placed 1st in persuasive speaking.

Also placing in Individual Events were:

Antonio Rivera, 2nd in Program Oral Interpretation
Jaelyn Ashford, 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation
Matthew Anderson, 5th in persuasive speaking and 6th in extemporaneous speaking
Preston Nieves, 7th in extemporaneous speaking and semi-finalist in impromptu speaking
Miguel Porfirio, 3rd in poetry
Elissa Palmer, semi-finalist in impromptu speaking
Symone Holmes and Micailah Nobles, 5th in duo dramatic interpretation

Student Accolades

M.A. student Vanessa Salazar successfully defended her thesis, “Welcome aboard: An exploration of the impact of structured socialization on newcomer perceived organizational support, engagement and identification.” She will also present a condensed version of the paper to the International Communication Association conference.

September & October 2016

Faculty Accolades

Michael Burns was recognized with a Texas State Student Foundation Award. He was one of ten faculty/staff honored at the Annual Foundations of Excellence Awards Banquet in October. He was also the keynote speaker at the Texas State University Academic Advising Conference in September, presenting the topic of connecting with students who are digital natives.

Stephanie Dailey co-authored “What we are talking about when we talk about social media: A framework for study,” published in the journal Sociology Compass. She and two co-authors also published “What is your fitness tracker communicating?: Exploring messages and effects of wearable fitness devices” in Qualitative Research Reports.

Sean Horan was chosen as the 2016-2017 Presidential Seminar Award recipient, recognizing his superlative research, scholarship, and current contributions to the discipline. Sean also delivered presentations on organizational and classroom justice at the Academic Advisors' Conference.

Maureen Keeley was awarded the 2015 Article of the Year in the Journal of Family Communication for her co-authored article, “When family talk is difficult: Making sense of nonverbal communication at the end-of-life.” Maureen was also recognized by the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association with its Distinguished Article of the Year for “Final conversations: Survivors’ memorable messages, concerning religious faith and spirituality” published in Health Communication. Maureen and M.A. alum Mark Generous recently published, “Topics avoided and neglected with terminally ill loved ones at the end of life” in Death Studies. Maureen also published “End of life communication” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Following the June 12th Orlando Massacre, Maureen gave several interviews on WBAP in Dallas/Fort Worth and KXAN News in Austin, and was quoted in the Washington Post. Maureen was also quoted in the Washington Post following the death of Gene Wilder.

Forensics Accolades

The Elton Abernathy Forensics Society, Texas State’s competitive speech team, hosted the 28th Annual Hill Country Swing Speech Tournament. The team played host to 14 colleges from six different states.  In attendance were two schools that finished in the top ten at last year’s AFA-NIET tournament and three of last year’s top 25 speakers, making this a high quality and very competitive tournament.

Texas State placed third in their portion of the tournament behind Bradley University and Kansas State. Texas State had two first place finishes: Averie Bishop placed first in poetry interpretation and Micailah Nobles placed first in program oral interpretation with perfect scores in the finals.

Also placing in finals were:

Matthew Anderson, 6th in extemporaneous speaking and 4th in impromptu
Micailah Nobles, 5th in prose interpretation
Symone Holmes, 3rd in dramatic interpretation
Antonio Rivera, 6th in dramatic interpretation
Emily Cumming, 3rd in persuasion

Alumni Accolades

Kelly Clancy (B.A. 2002 & M.A. 2004) is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Her first book Cultural Politics of Genetically Modified Organisms in the United States and Europe was published in September. She also co-published "Growing monstrous organisms: The construction of anti-GMO visual rhetoric through digital media" in Critical Studies in Media Communication with another Texas State alum, Ben Clancy (M.A. 2016).

Elizabeth (Parker) Garcia (M.A. 2004) is currently a Lecturer at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. After earning her M.A. from Texas State, she completed an M.F.A. in Children’s Literature at Hollins University. She served as the Artist in Residence for July 2016 at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, focusing on her own creative writing and teaching poetry to Job Corps students.

Maddie Rich (B.A. 2015) is now the Stewardship Coordinator for Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.

Alumni Spotlight

Kuro Tawil (B.A. 2012) founded a non-profit company that produces various handmade products from around the world. For every “Kuros!” product sold, the organization gives one can of pepper spray to a woman in need. In addition to their presence on four subcontinents, the company recently partnered with SABRE, the leading pepper spray manufacturer in the world to be their international supplier for the free pepper spray, in addition to releasing a “Kuros!” branded SABRE can domestically that is available in retail outlets nationwide. Kuro Tawil was also recently nominated for a Forbes 30 Under 30 award.

http://www.kuros.org/

Summer 2016

Faculty Accolades

Steven Beebe presented a lecture: “C. S. Lewis: Master Communicator” at the Oxford C. S. Lewis Society at Oxford, England. He also published an article, “Continuing the Conversation: Tuning the Oboe” in Communication Education as part of a forum discussing the National Communication Association Learning Outcomes project.

Tricia Burke was part of a team that received a $25,000 Multi-Interdisciplinary Research Grant (MIRG) from Texas State to develop an interactive medical adherence mobile application for patients with metabolic syndrome. She also presented “Social Competence and Communication With Parents in the Transition to College” at the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Michael Burns spent five weeks this summer working with NBC’s Today Show at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Dividing his time between their logistics team and supervising their intern program, his duties included working closely with the show’s talent and all athletes and guests featured on the broadcasts. This was the fourth time Michael has worked with NBC at the Olympics.

Stephanie Dailey published “I Communicate, Therefore I Belong: Processes of Identification Among Organizational Representatives” in Business and Professional Communication Quarterly and “Communicating Health at Work: Organizational Wellness Programs as Identity Bridges” in Health Communication.

Rebekah Fox taught a new graduate course entitled Organizational Rhetoric and Resilience. The main project focused on helping the City of Austin launch the “Text to 9-1-1” campaign.  The class also went to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center to attend the “Harnessing Fire” night where the students learned about “High Reliability Organizing” in firefighting and what makes a good “learning organization” from center representatives. Later in the semester, members of Austin Fire Wildfire division, Austin Watershed division, and Lufkin Forest service came to speak to the class. 

Sean Horan was chosen as the 2016-2017 Presidential Seminar Award recipient, recognizing his superlative research, scholarship, and current contributions to the discipline. Sean also received the Valero Award for Excellence. He provided expert commentary to an article in the Toronto Star to an article exploring similarity and attraction in romantic relationships. Sean’s article “Further Understanding Sexual Communication: Honesty, Deception, Safety, and Risk” was discussed in a recent online Psychology Today article. The APA featured his workplace romance research as an employer resource for APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence in an article titled “Love at Work: Navigating Ethical Boundaries and HR Policy.” Sean also spoke to approximately 800 students as part the College Note-taking Series held during Bobcat Preview.

Philip Salem published a book entitled Human Communication Technology. It begins by examining the nature of information, human communication, and technology and ends by considering the confusion that can accompany hybrid reality. The book also includes material about privacy and anonymity online, cyber-bullying and trolling, online relationships, social networks and social network sites, digital civic engagement and much more.

Student Accolades

Vanessa Salazar (M.A. student) was one of the recipients of the FSS 2016 Customer Service Award. She was nominated due to her “Commitment to produce assistance and understanding to our supervisors and staff for a completely new system as well as her nurturing approach in all her training sessions was a major factor in helping our staff to feel more comfortable and confident about using our new performance management system.”

Alumni Accolades

Wendy Atkins-Sayre (B.A. ’94 & M.A. ’96) recently became Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has also co-authored a forthcoming book on Southern food and the role it plays in defining the South.

Steven Keene (B.A. ’14) currently works inside sales at Dell Technologies with many other Bobcats.

Jennifer Silvia (B.A. ’97) now serves as Director of Communications for Fort Worth Christian School.

May 2016

Faculty Accolades

Steven Beebe published “Structure-Interaction Theory: Conceptual, Contextual and Strategic Influences on Human Communication” in the Russian Journal of Linguistics Vestnik Rudn. He and co-author John T. Masterson also published an updated version of their textbook, Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices that now includes the online-learning software REVEL. Steven and co-authors Seth Frei and Caleb Williams (both M.A. program alums) presented “Teaching Resources and Strategies for the Communication Training and Development Course,” to the Southern States Communication Association Convention in Austin. Steven gave a Guest Skype Lecture to the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama-Birmingham entitled “The Art of Mentoring.” He also gave a Guest Skype Lecture to the College of Communication Studies at Marquette entitled “Meeting Communication Training Needs.”  Steven served as an external program reviewer for the DePaul University College of Communication in Chicago, evaluating faculty, curricula and both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Communication. Steven was also an external consultant to the Florida International University College of Architecture, Communication and the Arts to review the integration plan for enhancing study in communication.

Tricia Burke and faculty members from the Departments of Art & Design, Psychology and Computer Science have been invited to submit a full proposal for the 2016 Multi-disciplinary Internal Research Grant (MIRG) program sponsored by Texas State. The goal of the 2016 competition is to support established multidisciplinary research teams, with the expressed purpose of enabling teams to earn federal support within the following one to two years.

Tricia Burke and Michael Burns presented original research on family communication during the transition to college to the Freshman Year Seminar at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Tricia also gave an additional presentation to the senior level colloquium series at Wittenberg.

Ann Burnette received the John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southern States Communication Association in April. She also presented “The Promise of America: Ted Cruz’s Rhetoric of Christian Conscience” and “The First or Second Amendment? Displaying a Weapon in the South” with co-authors Rebekah Fox and Wayne Kraemer to SSCA. While at the SSCA convention, Ann served as the moderator of the Spotlight Program, “LBJ and Presidential Legacies of Social Justice.” She was also a panelist on the “Colloquium on Rhetoric Roundtable: LBJ's Voting Rights Act Speech at 50.”

Stephanie Dailey published an article in the Western Journal of Communication entitled, “What Happens Before Full-Time Employment? Internships as a Mechanism of Anticipatory Socialization.” The study challenges the understanding of anticipatory socialization and assumptions about full-time employees as uncertain newcomers. Results show that internships may provide more realistic perceptions than traditional means of anticipatory socialization, like recruitment or vocational messages. Stephanie will also present findings from the data her Qualitative Inquiry in Communication (COMM 5325) students collected to the Retention Council on April 12th. On a personal note, Stephanie and her husband Patrick are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Dean Scott Dailey.

Rebekah Fox assisted in the development of the interviewing tools used by Incident Commanders tasked with interviewing emergency responders to the San Bernadino, CA shooting that occurred December 2nd, 2015. She presented grant funded research “Reluctant to Simplify: Examining Assumptions about Communication in Wildland Fire” in Portland, OR to the International Association of Wildland Fire Fuels and Fire Behavior Conference. Rebekah also spoke to the Forest Service “Learning From Unintended Consequences” training workshop about the role of storytelling in organizational learning in Tucson, AZ. Rebekah’s Environmental Communication (COMM 3318O) students performed an analysis on the wildland fire education tools used in the Austin area for the Capital Area Fire Adapted Communities Education and Outreach Task Force. She will present the findings to the task force in May.

Sean Horan delivered the 2016 Dean’s Seminar: “Connecting campus and community: Building a bridge between San Marcos and (inter)national audiences.” Sean was honored with Article of the Year from the Eastern Communication Association for his article, “Priest as Teacher III: Parishioners’ Responsiveness and Priests’ Vocational Qualities,” published in Communication Quarterly. Sean also presented a paper to the ECA conference in Baltimore. The paper was co-authored with and Tricia Burke and M.A. student Toni Morgan and is entitled, “Sex, alcohol, and risk: Parental messages and associated behavior of adult children.” Sean provided research-based commentary in an article titled “Why you should go on a second date (even if there was no spark)” for Greatist.com.

Maureen Keeley submitted “Family Communication at the End of Life” to the Journal of Family Communication. She also contributed a piece entitled “End of Life Communication” to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Both publications are currently in-press.

Wayne Kraemer was honored at the annual University Interscholastic League’s State Cross Examination Debate Tournament in recognition of twenty-five years as a contest director for UIL. He also presented “The Promise of America: Ted Cruz’s Rhetoric of Christian Conscience” to the SSCA conference with co-author Ann Burnette.

Kristin LeBlanc Farris recently presented research entitled “Stigma and Health Literacy on Campus: Implications for Building a Culture of Mental Health Help-Seeking” to the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication. She also presented at the Hays County Alzheimer’s Association Caregiving Workshop about “Dementia and Marriage.” Kristin and Dr. Michael Burns, in conjunction with and the Department of Retention and Management, hosted a COMM 1310 Lab Instructor Reunion as part of their longitudinal research on the basic communication course’s impact on the retention of students at Texas State.

Roseann Mandziuk planned the 86th annual Southern States Communication Association conference that took place in Austin, April 6-10. The conference featured over 180 programs with over 800 attendees. Special sessions included a discussion of Lyndon Baines Johnson and Social Justice and a spotlight program about Songwriting With Soldiers. Roseann is currently the Vice President of SSCA and will serve as President in 2016-2017.

Philip Salem is working with international publisher IGI Global to publish selected papers from the "Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations” conference held this February in Austin. In addition, Management Communication Quarterly has agreed to devote a special section of an upcoming issue to the conference. Phil Salem and Erik Timmerman from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will serve as co-editors on both publications. Dr. Salem and Dr. Timmerman will also contribute a chapter to the book and an article to the special issue as well.

Forensics Accolades

The Elton Abernathy Forensics Society, Texas State’s competitive speech team, won 2nd place in the nation at the National Forensics Association’s (NFA) national tournament held in April.  Symone Holmes and Averie Bishop were national quarterfinalists for Duo Dramatic Interpretation.

Texas State also had strong performances from Micailah Nobles for Dramatic Interpretation and Averie Bishop in Poetry Interpretation.  Matthew Anderson, Jenna Brown, Michael Hoover and Malik James, also competed in the tournament and contributed to Texas State’s success.

The team repeated as Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) champions hosted by Howard Payne University in February.  The team placed 1st in the Debate sweepstakes and 2nd in the Individual Events sweepstakes.  This is the 17th time in a row the team has taken the overall title.

Micailah Nobles, Antonio Rivera, Averie Bishop, Symone Holmes, and Matthew Anderson represented Texas State at the American Forensics Association (AFA) national individual events tournament Holmes and Bishop were national semi-finalists in Duo Dramatic Interpretation and Holmes was also a national quarterfinalist in Dramatic Interpretation. Four of the five representatives are first year competitors for the Bobcats. This year marked the 35th year that Texas State has qualified students for this tournament.  Out of the more than 400 schools that have qualified over the years for the AFA-NIET only six have qualified more than Texas State.

Carlos Ituarte, Elton Kulak, Ian McCurley, and Coffey McCurdy represented Texas State at the US Universities Debating Championship hosted by Morehouse College in April.

Student Accolades
Undergraduate Students

Lauren Lee presented her honors thesis proposal to the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference and Honors Thesis Forum.  Her manuscript is entitled, “Communicative Work and Shifting Illness Trajectories: An Examination of Individuals Coping with Chronic Lyme Disease.” Kristen LeBlanc Farris served as her faculty advisor for the thesis.

Ramces Luna presented the paper “Ferguson Protests: Why They Are Legitimate” to the Theodore Clevenger, Jr., Undergraduate Honors Conference at SSCA.

Undergraduate Jordan Taylor presented the paper “Rhetorical Analysis of President Johnson’s ‘We Shall Overcome’ Speech” to the Theodore Clevenger, Jr., Undergraduate Honors Conference at SSCA.

Graduate Students

Vanessa Salazar was selected to become part of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She will be honored at a ceremony and reception on Saturday, April 23rd at in Evans Auditorium.

Ben Clancy won the Top Student Paper award in the Freedom of Speech division of the Southern States Communication Association for his paper, "Negotiator In Chief: Donald Trump’s Rise in the Wake of Citizens United."

Alexandra Mehlhaff presented “Does Fame Matter? Acting and Politicking for President” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference in Austin. Alexandra also presented the paper “Crawling Towards the American Dream: Simulacra, News, and a Retelling of a Classic Myth.”

Goyland Williams presented the paper “‘The Cage is Full, Stay Awake:’ Representations of Mental Illness in Orange Is the New Black” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference in Austin.

Patrick Gonzalez participated on the panel “Using Gaming Theory Pedagogies to Heighten Student Consciousness and Communication Competencies in a New Media Society” at the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Blake Boone and Benjamin Clancy participated on the panel “Reality Queens, Zombies, Queer Villains, and Cool Feminists: A Critical Rhetorical Exploration of Modern Popular Television” at the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Caleb Williams participated on the panel “Methods and Approaches to Teaching the Communication Training and Development Course” at the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Emma Carberry & Cody Gould traveled to the Eastern Communication Association conference in Baltimore as Texas State representatives and Communication Studies “student ambassadors.” They hosted a Friday breakfast and Saturday dinner for undergraduate students.

Recent Graduates

M.A. program graduate Emi Kanemoto presented the paper “Moving from Shazai to Owabi? Apology Diplomacy (shaszai gaikou) in Japanese Political Discourse on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II ” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference in Austin.

M.A. program graduate Shanna D. Schultz presented  “Bitches and Burlesque: A Dramatic Frame Analysis of the Feminine Style in Wendy Davis Attack Ads” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

M.A. program alums Angel Armijo and Shanna Schultz participated on the panel “Reality Queens, Zombies, Queer Villains, and Cool Feminists: A Critical Rhetorical Exploration of Modern Popular Television” at the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Alumni Accolades

Wendy Atkins-Sayre (B.A. & M.A.) was honored with the J. Donald Ragsdale Mentor Award from the Southern States Communication Association. Dr. Atkins-Sayre is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Speaking Center at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Gretchen (Seelbach) McDade (M.A., 2001) was recently appointed as Vice President and General Manager of Sales, Wine and Spirits Division at Constellation Brands. She is the first female VP of Sales in the Wine and Spirits division, and credits her ability to fine tune team communication and teambuilding skills as the most important factor that distinguished her from other candidates.

April 2016

Faculty Accolades

Steven Beebe published “Structure-Interaction Theory: Conceptual, Contextual and Strategic Influences on Human Communication” in the Russian Journal of Linguistics Vestnik Rudn. He and co-author John T. Masterson also published an updated version of their textbook, Communicating in Small Groups: Principles and Practices that now includes the online-learning software REVEL. Steven and co-authors Seth Frei and Caleb Williams (both M.A. program alums) presented “Teaching Resources and Strategies for the Communication Training and Development Course,” to the Southern States Communication Association Convention in Austin. Steven gave a Guest Skype Lecture to the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Alabama-Birmingham entitled “The Art of Mentoring.” He also gave a Guest Skype Lecture to the College of Communication Studies at Marquette entitled “Meeting Communication Training Needs.”  Steven served as an external program reviewer for the DePaul University College of Communication in Chicago, evaluating faculty, curricula and both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Communication. Steven was also an external consultant to the Florida International University College of Architecture, Communication and the Arts to review the integration plan for enhancing study in communication.

Tricia Burke and faculty members from the Departments of Art & Design, Psychology and Computer Science have been invited to submit a full proposal for the 2016 Multi-disciplinary Internal Research Grant (MIRG) program sponsored by Texas State. The goal of the 2016 competition is to support established multidisciplinary research teams, with the expressed purpose of enabling teams to earn federal support within the following one to two years.

Tricia Burke and Michael Burns presented original research on family communication during the transition to college to the Freshman Year Seminar at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Tricia also gave an additional presentation to the senior level colloquium series at Wittenberg.

Ann Burnette received the John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southern

States Communication Association in April. She also presented “The Promise of America: Ted Cruz’s Rhetoric of Christian Conscience” and “The First or Second Amendment? Displaying a Weapon in the South” with co-authors Rebekah Fox and Wayne Kraemer to SSCA. While at the SSCA convention, Ann served as the moderator of the Spotlight Program, “LBJ and Presidential Legacies of Social Justice.” She was also a panelist on the “Colloquium on Rhetoric Roundtable: LBJ's Voting Rights Act Speech at 50.”

Stephanie Dailey published an article in the Western Journal of Communication entitled, “What Happens Before Full-Time Employment? Internships as a Mechanism of Anticipatory Socialization.” The study challenges the understanding of anticipatory socialization and assumptions about full-time employees as uncertain newcomers. Results show that internships may provide more realistic perceptions than traditional means of anticipatory socialization, like recruitment or vocational messages. Stephanie will also present findings from the data her Qualitative Inquiry in Communication (COMM 5325) students collected to the Retention Council on April 12th. On a personal note, Stephanie and her husband Patrick are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Dean Scott Dailey.

Rebekah Fox assisted in the development of the interviewing tools used by Incident Commanders tasked with interviewing emergency responders to the San Bernadino, CA shooting that occurred December 2nd, 2015. She presented grant funded research “Reluctant to Simplify: Examining Assumptions about Communication in Wildland Fire” in Portland, OR to the International Association of Wildland Fire Fuels and Fire Behavior Conference. Rebekah also spoke to the Forest Service “Learning From Unintended Consequences” training workshop about the role of storytelling in organizational learning in Tucson, AZ. Rebekah’s Environmental Communication (COMM 3318O) students performed an analysis on the wildland fire education tools used in the Austin area for the Capital Area Fire Adapted Communities Education and Outreach Task Force. She will present the findings to the task force in May.

Sean Horan delivered the 2016 Dean’s Seminar: “Connecting campus and community: Building a bridge between San Marcos and (inter)national audiences.” Sean was honored with Article of the Year from the Eastern Communication Association for his article, “Priest as Teacher III: Parishioners’ Responsiveness and Priests’ Vocational Qualities,” published in Communication Quarterly. Sean also presented a paper to the ECA conference in Baltimore. The paper was co-authored with and Tricia Burke and M.A. student Toni Morgan and is entitled, “Sex, alcohol, and risk: Parental messages and associated behavior of adult children.” Sean provided research-based commentary in an article titled “Why you should go on a second date (even if there was no spark)” for Greatist.com.

Maureen Keeley submitted “Family Communication at the End of Life” to the Journal of Family Communication. She also contributed a piece entitled “End of Life Communication” to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication. Both publications are currently in-press.

Wayne Kraemer was honored at the annual University Interscholastic League’s State Cross Examination Debate Tournament in recognition of twenty-five years as a contest director for UIL. He also presented “The Promise of America: Ted Cruz’s Rhetoric of Christian Conscience” to the SSCA conference with co-author Ann Burnette.

Kristin LeBlanc Farris recently presented research entitled “Stigma and Health Literacy on Campus: Implications for Building a Culture of Mental Health Help-Seeking” to the Kentucky Conference on Health Communication. She also presented at the Hays County Alzheimer’s Association Caregiving Workshop about “Dementia and Marriage.” Kristin and Dr. Michael Burns, in conjunction with and the Department of Retention and Management, hosted a COMM 1310 Lab Instructor Reunion as part of their longitudinal research on the basic communication course’s impact on the retention of students at Texas State.

Roseann Mandziuk planned the 86th annual Southern States Communication Association conference that took place in Austin, April 6-10. The conference featured over 180 programs with over 800 attendees. Special sessions included a discussion of Lyndon Baines Johnson and Social Justice and a spotlight program about Songwriting With Soldiers. Roseann is currently the Vice President of SSCA and will serve as President in 2016-2017.

Philip Salem is working with international publisher IGI Global to publish selected papers from the "Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations” conference held this February in Austin. In addition, Management Communication Quarterly has agreed to devote a special section of an upcoming issue to the conference. Phil Salem and Erik Timmerman from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will serve as co-editors on both publications. Dr. Salem and Dr. Timmerman will also contribute a chapter to the book and an article to the special issue as well.

Forensics Accolades

The Elton Abernathy Forensics Society, Texas State’s competitive speech team, won 2nd place in the nation at the National Forensics Association’s (NFA) national tournament held in April.  Symone Holmes and Averie Bishop were national quarterfinalists for Duo Dramatic Interpretation.

Texas State also had strong performances from Micailah Nobles for Dramatic Interpretation and Averie Bishop in Poetry Interpretation.  Matthew Anderson, Jenna Brown, Michael Hoover and Malik James, also competed in the tournament and contributed to Texas State’s success.

The team repeated as Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) champions hosted by Howard Payne University in February.  The team placed 1st in the Debate sweepstakes and 2nd in the Individual Events sweepstakes.  This is the 17th time in a row the team has taken the overall title.

Micailah Nobles, Antonio Rivera, Averie Bishop, Symone Holmes, and Matthew Anderson represented Texas State at the American Forensics Association (AFA) national individual events tournament Holmes and Bishop were national semi-finalists in Duo Dramatic Interpretation and Holmes was also a national quarterfinalist in Dramatic Interpretation. Four of the five representatives are first year competitors for the Bobcats. This year marked the 35th year that Texas State has qualified students for this tournament.  Out of the more than 400 schools that have qualified over the years for the AFA-NIET only six have qualified more than Texas State.

Carlos Ituarte, Elton Kulak, Ian McCurley, and Coffey McCurdy represented Texas State at the US Universities Debating Championship hosted by Morehouse College in April.

Student Accolades

Undergraduate Students

Lauren Lee presented her honors thesis proposal to the 2016 Undergraduate Research Conference and Honors Thesis Forum.  Her manuscript is entitled, “Communicative Work and Shifting Illness Trajectories: An Examination of Individuals Coping with Chronic Lyme Disease.” Kristen LeBlanc Farris served as her faculty advisor for the thesis.

Ramces Luna presented the paper “Ferguson Protests: Why They Are Legitimate” to the Theodore Clevenger, Jr., Undergraduate Honors Conference at SSCA.

Undergraduate Jordan Taylor presented the paper “Rhetorical Analysis of President Johnson’s ‘We Shall Overcome’ Speech” to the Theodore Clevenger, Jr., Undergraduate Honors Conference at SSCA.

Graduate Students

Vanessa Salazar was selected to become part of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She will be honored at a ceremony and reception on Saturday, April 23rd at in Evans Auditorium.

Ben Clancy won the Top Student Paper award in the Freedom of Speech division of the Southern States Communication Association for his paper, "Negotiator In Chief: Donald Trump’s Rise in the Wake of Citizens United."

Alexandra Mehlhaff presented “Does Fame Matter? Acting and Politicking for President” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference in Austin. Alexandra also presented the paper “Crawling Towards the American Dream: Simulacra, News, and a Retelling of a Classic Myth.”

Goyland Williams presented the paper “‘The Cage is Full, Stay Awake:’ Representations of Mental Illness in Orange Is the New Black” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference in Austin.

Patrick Gonzalez participated on the panel “Using Gaming Theory Pedagogies to Heighten Student Consciousness and Communication Competencies in a New Media Society” at the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Blake Boone and Benjamin Clancy participated on the panel “Reality Queens, Zombies, Queer Villains, and Cool Feminists: A Critical Rhetorical Exploration of Modern Popular Television” at the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Caleb Williams participated on the panel “Methods and Approaches to Teaching the Communication Training and Development Course” at the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Emma Carberry & Cody Gould traveled to the Eastern Communication Association conference in Baltimore as Texas State representatives and Communication Studies “student ambassadors.” They hosted a Friday breakfast and Saturday dinner for undergraduate students.

Recent Graduates

M.A. program graduate Emi Kanemoto presented the paper “Moving from Shazai to Owabi? Apology Diplomacy (shaszai gaikou) in Japanese Political Discourse on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II ” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference in Austin.

M.A. program graduate Shanna D. Schultz presented  “Bitches and Burlesque: A Dramatic Frame Analysis of the Feminine Style in Wendy Davis Attack Ads” to the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

M.A. program alums Angel Armijo and Shanna Schultz participated on the panel “Reality Queens, Zombies, Queer Villains, and Cool Feminists: A Critical Rhetorical Exploration of Modern Popular Television” at the Southern States Communication Association Conference.

Alumni Accolades

Wendy Atkins-Sayre (B.A. & M.A.) was honored with the J. Donald Ragsdale Mentor Award from the Southern States Communication Association. Dr. Atkins-Sayre is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Speaking Center at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Gretchen (Seelbach) McDade (M.A., 2001) was recently appointed as Vice President and General Manager of Sales, Wine and Spirits Division at Constellation Brands. She is the first female VP of Sales in the Wine and Spirits division, and credits her ability to fine tune team communication and teambuilding skills as the most important factor that distinguished her from other candidates.

March 2016

Faculty Accolades

Ann Burnette was a guest speaker at the 2016 Master Teacher Symposium at the McCoy College of Business Administration in February. In August, Ann was honored with the 2015 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, the award given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in teaching. She also presented a lecture, “The Cult of True Womanhood and the 1837 ‘Pastoral Letter,’” at Texas Tech University in March.

Stephanie Dailey presented her online Empirical Research Methods course (COMM 3301) at the awards ceremony for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching. The award recognizes and rewards superior online teaching, provides models of excellence for fellow faculty, and encourages all faculty to continue to improve and advance their online teaching pedagogy.

Sean Horan and co-authors published “The Role of Humor Styles and Shared Laughter in the Postdivorce Recovery Process” in the Journal of Divorce & Remarriage. The article explores implications of humor as an individual resource and shared laughter as a social resource in postdivorce resiliency. Sean is currently working on a study examining how parents and children cope following flooding. This study is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Philip Salem directed “Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations,” a six-day conference sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies. The conference was from February 11-16 and featured three days of workshops followed by three days of scholarship. The 2016 conference was the third such conference with each conference separated by twenty years. The first three days of the conference featured workshops conducted by experienced trainers associated with the Department. Distinguished presenters included Richard Cheatham, Steven Beebe, Lee Williams, Dennis Romig and Phil Clampitt. The last three days featured scholars from around the nation, presenting a total of 28 pieces of research. Eighty-five people attended either the workshops or panels. The picture below features the group on the last day.

COMM Week 2016

Communication Studies’ annual COMM Week event was better than ever! This year’s event featured two internationally recognized speakers.  Shawn Turner, former Deputy Press Secretary of the White House, opened COMM Week with a story about his journey to success armed with his degree in Communication Studies from Texas State. He shared his techniques for success with a highly interactive presentation geared for student involvement. His talk filled the LBJ Ballroom and students asked questions and stayed after to talk with Shawn.

The second featured speaker, Kuro Tawil, spoke about founding the philanthropic company Kuros!, an organization dedicated to helping women in third-world countries cope with the fear of sexual-assault by arming women with pepper spray.  Kuro spoke about how communication guided him through his awe-inspiring experience in India that led him to create his enterprise, “Every time you purchase a Kuros! Product,” reads the establishment’s website, “You give a can of pepper spray to a woman in need.”

COMM Week 2016 also featured other panels focusing on the job search and several successful alumni took part in these panels.  The panels included a Speed Networking session where students met with several different professionals from several different fields for ten minutes each; the panel mimicked a speed-dating event.

The “My BA isn’t BS” and “Jump Start Your Job Search” panels featured successful professionals from the area and across the U.S. ready to respond to students’ questions about employment after college.

COMM Week concluded with a Mix and Mingle at the Performing Arts Center where students, faculty, and staff were invited to meet with the Communication Studies Department and other departments on campus while enjoying refreshments. The Office of Student Retention Management and Planning, the College of Fine Arts and Communication Advising Center, Career Services, and Communication Studies student organizations were just a few of the many groups who participated.  However, the most popular table at the Mix and Mingle was “Meet the Dean,” where students had an opportunity to take fun candid photos with Dean Fleming. Dean Fleming enjoyed meeting many students and showed off his many talents with the props provided for the photo booth.

The Department wants to thank the COMM Week 2016 Planning Committee, Dr. Michael Burns, Dr. Marian Houser, Ms. Sue Stewart, and student member Channing Wan for all their hard work.

Alumni Accolades

Kelly Bales (B.A. 2009) is the Social Activation Manager at Condé Nast Entertainment in New York, developing feature films, TV and digital video based on the company's iconic brands. As head of the Social Studio, she produces original content for brands' social platforms, develops original digital programming and creates distribution strategies for Condé Nast Entertainment brands.

Lynn Buehler (M.A. 2006) recently became the Stewardship Coordinator for University Advancement at Texas State. This brand new position and focuses on developing a program that increases interaction and recognition for our major donors.

Brianne Giese (M.A. 2014) currently serves as a Lecturer and Director of Forensics in the Department of Communication Studies at Aurora University in Chicago. Brianne has been responsible for starting a formally organized forensics program on the campus where students are introduced to competitive speech and debate for the first time.

February 2016

In The Classroom

The Department of Communication Studies is planning a Spring lecture series titled “C. S. Lewis: Master Communicator.”  The lecture series features world-class C. S. Lewis scholars Andrew Lazo, distinguished author and educator, and Michael Ward, distinguished author and educator from Oxford, England as the featured Speakers. The lectures will take place March 29, March 31 and April 5th at the LBJ Student Center.  For additional information please contact Steven A. Beebe (sb03@txstate.edu).

Dr. Michael Burns’ Sport Communication class (COMM 3318T) will feature two speakers who have jobs with different professional sport teams. Both speakers will share insights about breaking into the sports industry and why communication skills make our majors and minors standout in the industry. Jen Lehren, Manager of Corporate Partner Activation for the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena joined the class via Skype on February 10. Joe Hamilin, Manager of Corporate Partnerships for the Cleveland Browns, will speak on Wednesday, March 23.

Faculty Accolades

Steven Beebe and co-authors published the 8th edition of Interpersonal Communication: Relating to Others. He also published a book chapter entitled "Communication Skills for Consulting Excellence," in Consulting That Matters: A Handbook for Scholars and Practitioners. Steven contributed another book chapter, “Building a Supportive and Effective Peer Tutoring Team,” in Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice. Steven and M.A. alum Seth Frei presented a Seminar for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services in January.

Tricia Burke and co-authors publishedRelational sacrifices about intimate behavior and

relationship quality for expectant cohabitors,” in the journal Marriage and Family Review. Tricia also published “Weight-related social control and relationship quality: Accuracy and bias effects” in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships with co-author Chris Segrin. This article was also featured in the Relationship Matters podcast series. Tricia and co-author Dana Dinsmore (an M.A. alum) recently had and article entitled “Moving away and reaching out: Young adults¹ relational maintenance and psychosocial well-being during the transition to college” accepted for publication in the Journal of Family Communication. Tricia is also a featured speaker at a colloquium for the University of Kansas Department of Communication Studies about her research on family communication and mental health in February.

Michael Burns will join NBC’s Today Show at the 2016 Rio Olympics to assist with production management and lead their team of college interns and production runners. Michael has previously worked at the Torino, Beijing and London Olympics in the same capacity. His team will serve the show in several capacities including: research, guest/athlete transportation, live broadcast needs, logistics and set up and tear down.

Stephanie Dailey was the recipient of Texas State University’s 2015 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching for her Empirical Research Methods course (COMM 3301). The award recognizes and rewards superior online teaching, provides models of excellence for fellow faculty, and encourages all faculty to continue to improve and advance their online teaching pedagogy. Her grant proposal, “Pumping Up Survey Research: Boosting Participation in Texas State University¹s Total Wellness Program with Dr. Tricia Burke, was funded by the Research Enhancement Program. This funding, will support qualitative inquiry to explore the role that coworkers play in influencing participation in our wellness program, as well as how people¹s sense of identification with the University might affect their wellness choices.

Sean Horan provided expert commentary for “Here's what it’s really like to date someone way hotter than you,” an article appearing on Mic.com. The article was also featured on Yahoo and discussed as part of the Hot Topicssegment on The View. Sean also contributed expert commentary to an article appearing on Menshealth.com entitled “Why younger women marry older men (It’s not always about money).”

Alumni Accolades

Laura Brown (M.A. 2012) is a Communication Instructor with Asbury University and Eastern Kentucky University. She also coaches women's basketball at Asbury, and the team is currently ranked #22 in the NAIA.

James Doran (M.A. 2015) is a Public Speaking Instructor for two colleges in the Atlanta, GA area. He is also actively pursuing work as a film actor.

Shanna D. Schultz (M.A. 2015) currently serves as the UIL (University Interscholastic League) Program Coordinator for Houston ISD in the Middle/High school division.

January 2016

Faculty Accolades

Ann Burnette presented “The clash of the First Amendment and the Second Amendment in the classroom: How do campus carry laws impact free speech?” to the National Communication Association annual convention in Las Vegas. Ann also presented “Nursing recruitment and nursing realities: Exploring competing narratives in nursing profession discourse,” with co-author Rebekah Fox.

Michael Burns was honored by the Department of Theatre and Dance as “Guest

Director” for the University’s production of Evita. This is an honor given to a university faculty or staff member for their support of theatre students and the program. Michael and co-author Tricia Burke earned a Top Paper Award in the Communication Education Interest Group for the 2016 Central States Communication Association conference for “College, a family experience: The influence of family communication patterns on young adults’ stress during the transition to college.” Michael and Tricia have been invited to Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio to present their research on family in March.

Stephanie Dailey published “I’m new again: Re-conceptualizing the socialization process

through rotational programs” in Communication Studies. Stephanie and her co-author also published “Communicating health at work: Organizational wellness programs as identity bridges” in Health Communication. In November, Stephanie received the “Rising Star Award” from the Training & Development Division of the National Communication Association this year.

Kristen LeBlanc Farris and Maureen Keeley received a Research Enhancement Grant for $16,000 to support our research about family caregiving and communication in the context of Dementia. Kristen also serves as a consultant on a second Research Enhancement Grant,

written by Rebekah Fox, which was funded for $16,000 to support our research examining the use of experiential learning in teaching nursing students about effective communication.

Rebekah Fox presented “Nursing recruitment and nursing realities: Exploring competing narratives in nursing profession discourse,” to the National Communication Association annual convention in Las Vegas with co-author Ann Burnette.

Sean Horan was featured in the article “The No. 1 Thing 15 Relationship Experts Have Learned About Love” on Greatest.com. He also wrote his latest article for Psychology Today, titled “Withholding complaints: The role of relational power.”

Student Accolades

The LBJ Debate Society traveled to England to compete in the 2015 Oxford Inter-varsity Debating Tournament hosted by the Oxford Union.  The invitational tournament featured 137 teams from around the world including Brandeis, Princeton, Cornell, Yale, and Stanford from the USA.  Texas State was the only public university from the U.S. at the tournament. 

The team of Elton Kulak and Carlos Ituarte advanced to the final round, representing one of Texas State’s best finishes in the tournament. 

Alumni Accolades

Tara Hall (M.A. 2008) is the Associate Director of Program Design and Evaluation at College Forward in Austin, Texas. College Forward coaches underserved, motivated students to achieve the benefits of higher education and a college degree. Most recently, Tara was the Director of Organizational Development at the nationally recognized Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) in New York City. Her work included overseeing CEO’s talent management strategy and training and development programs. Tara led the organization¹s refresh of the multi-year strategic human capital plan and implemented leadership development, onboarding, recognition and performance management programs. She has presented at national technology and academic conferences and her work has been featured in college textbooks.

Angela Hosek (Nunziata) (B.A. 2001, M.A. 2003) is an Assistant Professor and Basic Course Director in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. She is currently serving as a Bruning Teaching Faculty Fellow. Angela, partner Tim Hosek, Jr, daughter Lillie (5yrs) and son Ayden (2.5yrs) transitioned to Ohio University in 2014 after four years as Basic Course Director at Emerson College in Boston.

Madison Rich (B.A. 2015) is a Donor Development Coordinator with Shriners Hospitals for Children in Houston, Texas.

Jennifer Silva (B.A. 1997) is the Director of Communications at Fort Worth Christian School.

After a 14 year career at Sabre-Holdings as a Marketing and Media Manager, she decided to join a mission-oriented field in private education. She is primarily responsible for setting and guiding the strategy for all communications as well as media and public relations, community events and marketing collateral.