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October 2018 Updates

Department Accolades

M.A. Program Receives National Recognition

The Master’s Education Section of the National Communication Association (NCA), the largest professional organization dedicated to the study and teaching of Communication, selected the Communication Studies M.A. program as this year’s “Outstanding/Innovative Master’s Degree Program Award” winner. The award recognizes one MA program per year that demonstrates excellent quality in developing research and teaching and effectively mentors students in their personal and professional growth.  The award was presented at the 2018 NCA conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

TEDx Comes to Texas State

The Department of Communication Studies hosted the third annual TEDx Texas State University conference on November 3rd at The Marc in downtown San Marcos. Over 300 people attended, worked, and participated in the event. The 2018 TEDx event featured 12 speakers and six entertainment sessions focused on the theme “reXamine.” The theme featured ideas that push the status quo, ask why, make the old new again, and challenge norms. Five of the 12 speakers were College of Fine Arts and Communication Faculty or students: Michael Maresca (faculty, Theatre and Dance), Shannon Faseler (faculty, Art and Design), Morgan Jones (undergrad Art and Design), Jake Young (undergraduate, Theatre and Dance), and Yocelyn Riojas (MFA student, Art and Design). The event also featured three of the entertainment sessions: Lynzy Lab (faculty, Theatre and Dance) sang her song “A Scary Time” (for Boys), VocaLibre, led by Craig Aamot (faculty, Music), performed a medley of songs related to the reXamine theme, and a group of Musical Theatre students led by Michael Maresca sang a mashup of pop songs arranged by undergraduate student Daniel Miller. Several community sponsors and supporters of this year’s event strengthened the connection between the City of San Marcos and the University.

This event is the main project for the Communication Studies undergraduate Event Planning Class, working closely with the TEDx Leadership team. The TEDx Leadership team consists of several faculty members and students: Marsha Burney (Comm Studies), Michael Burns (Comm Studies), Kristen Farris (Comm Studies), Cassandra LeClair (Comm Studies), Mark Paz (Comm Studies), Ann Burnette (Comm Studies), Seth Frei (Business), and student interns David Beadle (MA, Comm studies), Hannah Jones (MA, Comm Studies), and Carlos Corona (undergraduate, Chemistry).  The 12 talks will be available on the TEDx YouTube Channel later this year.

Stephanie Dailey
Stephanie Dailey

Faculty Accolades

Stephanie Dailey’s article, "What we are talking about when we talk about social media: A framework for study,” published in Sociology Compass, was named one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers, receiving some of the highest downloads in the 12-months post online publication.

Kristen Farris, Marian Houser, Logan Carpenter (MA, Comm Studies), Trevor Kauer (MA, Comm Studies), and Holly Van Eynde (MA, Comm Studies) received the Instructional Development Division’s Top Paper award at the National Communication Association conference. Their paper, “The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: An empirical examination of a new instructional communication construct” breaks new ground in the field as the first investigation of the concept of “helicopter teaching.”

Marian Houser
Marian Houser

Marian Houser's article, “The teacher-student relationship as an interpersonal relationship” was selected as the 2018 Distinguished Article Award winner for the NCA Instructional Development Division. The award recognizes one outstanding scholarly article that contributes significantly to the field of Instructional Communication or Communication Education. The article, which appeared in the 2000 volume of Communication Education is one of the most frequently cited articles in the field of instructional communication.

Roseann Mandziuk
Roseann Mandziuk

Roseann Mandziuk presented “Spectres of race and remembrance: (Dis)figuring the Confederate past” at the National Communication Association Convention in Salt Lake City. She also responded to two panels and participated in the Diversity Forum. She also received a Presidential Citation for Service for contributions as Chair of the 2018 Task Force on NCA’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion in Convention Site Selection and Planning. Roseann was nominated as one of two candidates for NCA Second Vice President. She participated in the “Meet the Candidates” forum, addressed the Legislative Assembly, and visited many association meetings. Roseann also participated in the panel “Nevertheless, Sexual Harassment Persists: Hill/Thomas, #MeToo, and Feminist Activism” at the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Conference in South Lake Tahoe.

Trevor Kauer (left)
Trevor Kauer (left)

Student Accolades

M.A. student Trevor Kauer was awarded “Top Student Paper” in the Nonverbal Communication Division for “First Responder’s Intimate Partner Communication: Perceptions of Job-Related Stress, Relational Support, and Appraisals of Stress.” Trevor presented the paper to the 2018 National Communication Association conference in Salt Lake City.

M.A. student Lauren Lee co-authored a paper that received a Top Paper Award from NCA’s Training and Development Division.  The paper title is “Unveiling Multicultural Communication Barriers and Strategies to Improve Marrow Donor Recruitment.” The first author on the manuscript is Jessica Raley, an alum of our MA program and current program faculty member in the College of Health Professions.

Undergraduate student Luke A. Dye received a “Top Paper” award for “A Devils Guide to Public Speaking: Lessons from Screwtapes Communication Principles.” He also presented the paper at the NCA Conference in Salt Lake City.

Members of the Communication Studies Graduate Association and faculty advisor Dr. Elizabeth K. Eger helped The Green Corn Project by taking down their annual fall fundraising event at Boggy Creek Farm in East Austin. CSGA Vice President Michael Tahmoressi coordinated the service event.

Alumni Accolades

Paula Baldwin (M.A. 2009). Dr. Baldwin recently earned tenure and promotion as an Associate Professor of Health Communication at Western Oregon University.

Chris Hosek (B.A., 1997) is a principal of Texas Star Alliance, specializing in direct lobbying and state agency relations. He has experience with a broad range of legislative issues and policy initiatives including a specific expertise in the energy sector. He recently won the D CEO Magazine “Services Innovator of the Year” award for his influential and state-of-the-art representation of oil and gas clients.

Brenda MacArthur (M.A., 2014). Dr. McArthur completed her post doc in health communication and was hired as Message Design Faculty and Health Communication Research Lead in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stonybrook University in Long Island, New York.

Colter Ray (M.A. 2014), completed his PhD at Arizona State and was hired at as a tenure track Assistant Professor of Interpersonal and Health Communication at San Diego State University.

Reyna Vasquez (B.A., 2015) is an Events and Volunteer Manager with the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio.

Diana Zulli (M.A., 2013) completed her PhD at University of Utah and was hired as a tenure track Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Political Communication at Purdue University.