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September 2018 Updates

Department Accolades

The Department of Communication Studies is hosting its second TEDx event on Saturday, November 3 at The Marc. This full-day event will feature innovative ideas from a variety of speakers, wonderful entertainment from Texas State students and community members, and the chance to discuss and share with others in the community. Revolving around the theme of “reXamine,” speakers will challenge the status quo and embrace the question “Why?” Topics will focus on innovation in technology, science, the arts, humanities, and our daily lives. The TEDx Leadership team consists of Communication Studies faculty members Marsha Burney, Michael Burns, Kristen Farris, and Cassandra LeClair, and M.A. students David Beadle and Hannah Jones. Communication Faculty members Ann Burnette and Mark Paz are serving as speaker coaches along with alumnus Jonathan Alba. The team is also excited to announce they have secured external funding for the event from the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and Main Street City of San Marcos.

 

Melinda Villagran
Melinda Villagran

Melinda Villagran continues to lead the Translational Health Research Initiative at Texas State, announcing the 2019 Health Scholar Showcase to be held on Wednesday, February 27th. The theme will be “Smart, Connected Health,” a focus that allows participants to share and examine innovative tools and relationships that may change the nature of health and healthcare.

This event connects faculty and community partners so they may engage in collaborative research efforts. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about health-focused research being completed by faculty from Departments, Schools, Centers, and Colleges across Texas State University. Additional information and a call for presentations will be shared in the coming months. The Translational Health Research Initiative supports faculty seeking to attract new grant funding, build their research teams, develop research tools, or move forward on multidisciplinary programs.

 

Michael Burns, Kristen Farris, and Marian Houser, working with Daris Hale, Ian Davidson, and Nico Schuler from the Department of Music were approved for a new joint study abroad program to London and Paris where students will earn credit for Fundamentals of Human Communication and Introduction to Fine Arts. This program will be the first study abroad course marketed and endorsed by the Texas International Education Consortium. As a pilot project, the details of the program will be distributed to 31 public universities in Texas.

Graduate Date of Dialogue
Graduate Date of Dialogue

The Graduate Faculty Committee from the Department of Communication Studies held the annual “Graduate Day of Dialogue.” This day-long meeting focuses upon continued progress and planning to maintain status as a top-level Master’s program. Among the many agenda items that were addressed, the faculty developed the planned course offerings for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.

Welcome Back Event
Welcome Back Event

The department also hosted the annual “Welcome and Welcome Back!” reception. The event allows faculty and graduate students to (re-)establish relationships, catch up on projects, and develop the coordination needed to lead into a productive academic year.

M.A. Student Research
M.A. Student Research

The Department of Communication Studies’ Graduate Instructional Assistants and Graduate Teaching Assistants are hard at work balancing the dual goals of excellence in teaching and research. A recent stroll through their offices provides evidence of their simultaneous dedication to teaching and research.

Casey Chilton
Casey Chilton

The COMM Lab is Texas State’s only resource for enhancing the delivery of presentations and oral communication. The Lab has temporarily relocated to the second floor of the Alkek Library, with plans for permanent housing on the fourth floor once renovations are complete. Communication Studies faculty member (MA, Texas State University) Casey Chilton is the Director of the Comm Lab and provides training for up to 7 staff members, coordinates technology and infrastructure requirements, and serves as a liaison between Comm Lab and a wide range of campus units that utilize his team’s services.  Recently, the university approved Student Service Fee funding for the Lab for the second year, which allowed additional staff to be hired and more students will be served. The COMM Lab is open to all students, regardless of major.

Michael Burns
Michael Burns

Faculty Accolades

Michael Burns traveled with the Undergraduate Admissions Office to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to serve as keynote speaker at two Counselor Updates. He spoke to over 200 high school guidance counselors and community college advisors about why their students should consider Texas State while highlighting the culture of the university. Susan Hazzard, the Director of Public Relations for USA Track and Field, spoke to Michael’s Sport Communication class about the value of communication skills in the sports and provided advice on ways to break into the sports industry.

Elizabeth Eger
Elizabeth Eger

Elizabeth K. Eger gave an invited public lecture for the Texas State Society of Women Engineers on “Unconscious Bias in STEM Education.” Her “Qualitative Research Methods and Communication” graduate students practiced participant observation methods by visiting local organizations at LBJ and Sessom to learn qualitative methods in the community.

Marian Houser
Marian Houser

Marian Houser completed Texas State University’s 40-hour Foundations of Online Course Design and Development program. Completing the course is a prerequisite for being approved to teach in the online format and meets SACSCOC requirements for online instructors. She will teach “Communication 2315: Interpersonal Communication” in an online format during the spring 2019 semester.

Jeremy Hutchins (center)
Jeremy Hutchins (center)

Jeremy Hutchins was honored with the Educator of the Year Award by the Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA). The award was presented at the Texas Speech Communication Association (TSCA) annual convention in Corpus Christi. Pictured with Jeremy are Texas State Forensics Director Wayne Kraemer and M.A. alum Sarah Mohumdro Contreras.

Maureen Keeley
Maureen Keeley

Maureen Keeley served as the representative for the Department of Communication Studies at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s “Field of Studies” planning process. This set of meetings is a means for developing collaborative agreements about the courses that will transfer from Texas Community Colleges into 4-year university curricula. By working with the committee, Dr. Keeley helped identify courses that students can complete at a community college that will serve to meet lower-division degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree at a 4-year university.

Melinda Villagran
Melinda Villagran

Melinda Villagran has been working closely with Walt Horton and Eric Algoe to move the Translational Health Research Initiative onto the list of legislative appropriation items for the upcoming legislative session. This request, which is one of only a small number of legislative budget requests submitted by Texas State University, would create a continued source of state-level funding for the Translational Health Research Initiative.

Forensics Team
Forensics Team

Forensics Accolades

The Elton Abernathy Forensics Society won second place at the 30th Annual Hill Country Swing hosted by Texas State and the University of Texas. Eleven universities, including Arizona State, LSU, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Rice, and the University of Texas competed in the tournament.

Jaelyn Ashford won 1st in Prose Interpretation.

Tyra Williams won 1st in Dramatic Interpretation.

Dillon McCoy won 1st in Program Oral Interpretation and 4th in Prose Interpretation.

Enrique Urdiales took 2nd place in Program Oral Interpretation.

Shaelyn Handy took  5th place in Program Oral Interpretation and 6th in Prose Interpretation.

Lily Montemayor was 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Tyshee Sonnier was 4th in Informative Speaking.

The following weekend, the team competed at the Storm Classic at Southeastern Oklahoma.

Nate Sauve and Jonathan Wagner were semi-finalists in Parliamentary Debate.

Lily Montemayor and Jordan Drake were Quarterfinalists in Parliamentary Debate.

Lily Montemayor took 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking and 3rd in Informative Speaking.

Jordan Drake took 3rd in Informative Speaking and was a semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking.

Tyshee Sonnier took 1st in Informative Speaking and was a semifinalist in Impromptu Speaking.

Dillon McCoy placed 2nd in Program Oral Interpretation.

Trevor Kauer
Trevor Kauer

Student Accolades

M.A. student Trevor Kauer was co-author of a published chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Deceptive Communication entitled “Effects of deception on the deceiver: An interdisciplinary view.”

Brad Palmisano
Brad Palmisano

M.A. student Brad Palmisano was a featured guest speaker at the Chief Learning Officer Symposium on in Houston, Texas. Along with Shonna Waters, Regional Vice President of Behavioral Science at BetterUp, Brad shared research data to reveal how personalized coaching programs and targeted learning interventions have changed employee behavior, allowing organizational members to thrive through periods of change and uncertainty.

Jordan Taylor
Jordan Taylor

M.A. student Jordan Taylor was accepted into the Organizational Communication Mini-Conference at Rutgers University. She will present a poster on her critical literature review entitled, “Women of Color: White-Collar Work.”

Alumni Accolades

Laura Brown (M.A., 2013) is finishing a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. She recently accepted the position of Senior Instructional Designer at Texas Woman’s University in Dallas.

Dana Dinsmore (M.A., 2015) is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Arizona.

Kristal Gault (B.A., 2003 & M.A., 2008) serves in the Department of the Air Force Public Affairs division. She has recently been promoted as a Department of the Air Force civilian and will be relocating to the Pentagon where she will work on Communication Strategy and Assessments for high-visibility, Air Force-wide programs.

Holly Wallner (B.A., 2018) is the Aquatics Director at Southwest Pool Management in Spring, Texas.

In the News

Date Reveals Why The 'Soft' in 'Soft Skills' Is A Major Misnomer

With a tight labor market and an increase in employees seeking to upskill for the skills transformation happening in the workplace, companies and business leaders are reassessing the skills they deem critical to success in their employees and job candidates.

In an interview earlier this year, Mark Cuban made a prediction that many people in the technical fields found shocking: in ten years, "a liberal arts degree in philosophy will be worth more than a traditional programming degree." His reasoning is that AI and automation will transform the job market so much that degrees that teach how to think in a big picture way and better collaborate will become more valuable. This is sound reasoning based on the current outlook for our economy and workforce, and a testament to why these of skills are increasingly talked about.

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  • Welcoming New Faculty

    Seokhoon Ahn joins the Department of Communication Studies as a Lecturer. Seokhoon received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and taught at Saint Cloud State University. The main foci of his research revolve around intercultural communication with emphasis on acculturation, host people’s receptivity, and comparative studies between the East and the West. His research has appeared in 11 peer-reviewed journals, and he is currently working on several research projects including international students’ acculturative motives and their acculturation choices in the U.S., the influence of the direct and indirect intergroup contact on host people’s perceived threats toward immigrants, and meta-analyses on acculturation and multiculturalism.

    Cassandra LeClair joins the Department of Communication Studies as a Lecturer. Cassandra completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she focused on Interpersonal and Family Communication, with a specialization in Women’s and Gender studies. She teaches a variety of classes, including Fundamentals of Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Gender, and Relational Communication. Cassandra’s research focuses primarily in the ways in which individuals and relational partners communicatively cope and negotiate identity in the face of unexpected or ongoing relational turning points and how this communication is linked to health outcomes.

    Joshua Miller joins the Department of Communication Studies as an Assistant Professor. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His dissertation was entitled, “Rhetorics of Opacity: Case Studies of GLBTQ Christian Advocacy from the 1960s and Early 1970s.” He earned a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University and an M.A. in Communication Studies (Rhetoric) from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. His scholarship focuses on social controversy and community empowerment in cultural and political contexts. Josh's articles, chapters, and reviews appear in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, Southern Communication Journal, Iowa Journal of Communication, Women’s Studies in Communication, and The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for journals and conferences, delivered public presentations addressing topics such as DACA and institutional racism, and assists with voter registration for the League of Women Voters.

    International Representation

    Ann Burnette, Wayne Kraemer, and Roseann Mandziuk presented research at the 9th International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Conference hosted by the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. ISSA is one of the worlds most prestigious argumentation conferences and Texas State was represented by both current and former faculty as well as alumni. Shelly Schaefer Hinck (second from left) is a distinguished alum (M.A., 1985) who currently teaches at Central Michigan. Heather Hayes (second from right) finished her M.A. in 2009 and currently teaches at Whitman College. This was the fifth time that Ann, Wayne, and Roseann presented at the conference.

    Faculty Accolades

    Ann Burnette published “Teaching free speech across the communication studies curriculum” in the journal First Amendment Studies. Ann presented research at the 9th International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Conference, hosted by the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Ann also taught an Introduction to Communication class to blind and visually impaired students as part of the Criss Cole Rehabilitative Center College Preparatory Program in June. The students lived on the Texas State campus while attending class and learned about the various programs and resources that Texas State offers.

    Michael Burns presented five note-taking presentations at Bobcat Preview to over 2000 new freshmen. He also gave a presentation to Texas State athletes at the J. Ryan Whittington Leadership Academy focusing on creative problem-solving and teamwork.

    Stephanie Dailey won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Assistant Professor rank. In addition, Stephanie is part of an interdisciplinary research team that was selected as an awardee for Multidisciplinary Internal Research Grants (MIRG). Their project, “Does social media make us sick? A pilot study of the effects of social media on physiological reactivity and mental health" is a collaboration between researchers from Psychology, Communication Studies, Mass Communication, Geography, and CIS & Quantitative Methods. Finally, undergraduate students in Stephanie’s “Social Media in Organizations” course are currently conducting social media audits for over 15 companies and nonprofits, many of which are home to Texas State alumni. Students will analyze organizations’ social media posts and provide suggestions for improvement.

    Elizabeth K. Eger published “Transgender jobseekers navigating closeting communication in Management Communication Quarterly.

    Kristen Farris co-authored a manuscript in Communication Theory entitled, “Interpersonal communication and coping with cancer: A multidisciplinary theoretical review of the literature.” Also, Kristen and the COMM 1310 teaching team just completed training 15 new graduate instructional assistants through the Teaching and Learning Academy. She also earned a top paper award from the Instructional Communication Division at the National Communication Association for “The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: An empirical examination of a novel instructional communication construct.”

    Rebekah Fox published “Teaching free speech across the communication studies curriculum” in the journal First Amendment Studies.

    Marian Houser earned a top paper award from the Instructional Communication Division at the National Communication Association for “The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: An empirical examination of a novel instructional communication construct.” The data presented in the paper were collected by graduate students in Marian’s instructional communication course last spring. The authors will present their manuscript at the NCA Convention in Salt Lake City this November.

    Wayne Kraemer presented research at the 9th International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Conference hosted by the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

    Roseann Mandziuk presented “Confederate memory’s dutiful descendants: Disputed monuments and the rhetorical defenses of the United Daughters of the Confederacy” to the 9th International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) Conference hosted by the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. She was recently selected as one of two nominees to stand for election to the position of Second Vice President of the National Communication Association.

    C. Erik Timmerman taught Communication 5329B (Communication & Negotiation) during the second summer session. In addition to reading classical and contemporary research, three guest speakers attended class sessions to describe how negotiation and conflict resolution are utilized in professional contexts. Dr. Zyg Maksymowicz from the Central Texas Dispute Resolution Center (CTDRC) discussed the connections between negotiation and mediation as well as the mediation services and training that are available from the CTDRC. Dr. Wayman Mullins from the Texas State University Department of Criminal Justice explained the characteristics of crisis and hostage negotiation and facilitated students’ participation in a simulation of a hostage negotiation scenario. Dr. Vincent Luizzi, from the Department of Philosophy and the Faculty Ombudsman at Texas State University, explained the role of an ombudsman and the connections between this role and other positions in a public university.

    Lindsay Timmerman presented “Stigmatized disclosure: Topics and reasons for withholding from close others” to the International Association for Relationship Research Conference.

    Student Accolades

    M.A. students Hannah Jones, Lace Senegal, and Shannon Tefertiller collaborated to develop a pamphlet that describes how Communication Studies undergraduate courses equip students with the knowledge and skills to achieve success in either the workforce or connect with either Business or Civil Engagement. To complete the publication, they completed interviews with individuals from the corporate and nonprofit sectors then conducted a review to identify critical skills and competencies necessary to succeed in these areas.

    M.A. students Logan Carpenter and Trevor Kauer, and an M.A. alum, Holly Van Eynde, earned a top paper award from the Instructional Communication Division at the National Communication Association for their manuscript entitled “The road to hel(l)icopter teaching: An empirical examination of a novel instructional communication construct.” The paper was co-authored with faculty members Kristen Farris and Marian Houser.

    Undergraduate student Luke A. Dye will present “A Devils Guide to Public Speaking: Lessons from Screwtapes Communication Principles” at the 2018 National Communication Conference in Salt Lake City.

    Undergraduate student Tina Esnaashari, was featured by Texas State on the Transfer Stories webpage. She mentions the impact of Comm Week on her journey and Dr. Elizabeth Eger as a mentor.
    http://stories.txstate.edu/academics/transfer-student-spotlights/tina-esnaashari.html

  • 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.

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

    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 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 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.

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

    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 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 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 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 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.

    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.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

  • Department Events

    The Department of Communication Studies hosted its second annual TEDx event on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The theme "Bridging Differences" was addressed by ten very diverse speakers ranging from undergraduate students to founders of non-profit organizations. Videos of each speaker can now be viewed here: http://tedxtexasstateuniversity.com/talks/

    The Translational Health Research Initiative, led by Dr. Melinda Villagran, hosted the 2018 Health Scholar Showcase. The theme, "Promoting Community Health," highlighted a broad range of personal health determinants that occur in homes, relationships, schools, neighborhoods, and communities. The showcase featured a panel discussion on national and regional health research, an interactive poster session featuring Texas State research, and a networking reception for faculty and community partners. Featured speakers included Mary Woolley of Research!America as keynote speaker; William Buster, Executive Vice President of Community Investments for St. David's Foundation; and Suzanne Anderson, Interim CEO and President of Special Olympics of Texas.

    Steven A. Beebe published the seventh edition of Communication: Principles for a Lifetime with Susan J. Beebe and Diana K. Ivy. Steven and Susan also published the fifth edition of the Public Speaking Handbook. Steven and M.A. student Giselle Divot recently presented a workshop entitled "Audience-Centered Business Presentations" for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

    Tricia Burke received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "College Achievement Award" for Scholarly and Creative Activities for her research contributions.

    Marsha Burney was named a Bobcat Preview Namesake. Students, faculty, and staff nominate members of the university community to be recognized for their incredible service to this university and for improving the collegiate experiences of Texas State students.

    Michael Burns just finished managing the Olympic Runner Program for NBC's Today Show at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Dr. Burns managed a team of 14 interns, which included two Texas State students: EunJeong Lee and John Lee. Dr. Burns and his interns spent six weeks in the PyeongChang region working behind the scenes and was responsible for assisting with all pre-production, production, and post-production logistics for the Today Show. His students had the opportunity to go on location shoots with talent and Olympians, work on stories showcasing Korean culture, worked directly with athletes to prepare them for their live interviews, and other production tasks. During their time in Korea they took over the Texas State Snapchat and received over 500,000 views from people all over the world. News stories about Michael and his students appear on KXAN-Austin.

    Stephanie Dailey received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "Presidential Distinction Award" for Teaching. She and husband Patrick also welcomed their second son, Cade.

    Kristen Farris received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "Presidential Distinction Award" for teaching.

    Rebekah Fox received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "College Achievement Award" for Service.

    Sean Horan, along with Alejandra Sorto of Mathematics, formed the Quality Enhancement Plan's Development Task Force. The committee will meet throughout Spring 2018 to further develop the University's Quality Enhancement Plan, completed as part of SACSCOC accreditation. In addition, Sean was quoted in an article entitled "Will your relationship last? Depends on your investment," which appeared on nerdwallet.com. His prior research on "Investing in Affection" was also cited in the article. He also provided expert commentary for the article, "Amigos por Tarifa?" The article appears in the publication Revista Diners, one of Colombia's oldest magazines.

    Maureen Keeley received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "College Achievement Award" for Scholarly and Creative Activities for her research contributions.

    Roseann Mandziuk was selected to receive a Fulbright Scholar Award in India for the Spring 2019 semester, where she will be assigned to a university to teach classes in communication and rhetoric. This is her second Fulbright Scholar Award; the first was a 2011 teaching assignment in Poland at the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Roseann also received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "College Achievement Award" for Teaching.

    Miriam Sobre presented "Locating the vernacular in the virtual and the visual: Cultural and local mediated responses to global terror events" at the Western States Communication Association Conference in February. She also chaired the panel "Between us and Asians: Mapping Intercultural Frictions at Home and Abroad," presented by the Intercultural Communication Interest Group.

    Sue Stewart received the College of Fine Arts and Communication "Presidential Distinction Award" for Service.

    Student Accolades

    M.A. student Giselle Divot and Steven A. Beebe presented a workshop entitled "Audience Centered Business Presentations" for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.

    M.A. student Michael Tahmoressi organized a Communication Studies Graduate Association service event for the Green Corn Project, an organization to educate and assist Central Texans in building organic food gardens so that they can have access to nutritious, affordable food. Michael is a long-term volunteer of this organization, and he led fellow CSGA graduate students and faculty advisor Dr. Elizabeth K. Eger in a garden dig for Boys and Girls Club's gardens in East Austin.

    Undergraduate students Nicole Tumlinson and Miguel Porfirio competed in the annual Battle of Flowers Oratorical Contest in San Antonio. Nicole earned second place honors and received $1,500 for her speech entitled: "Haley C. Stillwell: I'll Gather My Geese."

    The Elton Abernathy Forensics Team attended the District III American Forensics Association National Individual Event Qualifier and earned several more qualifications for national competition.

    Students that earned qualifications were:

    Jaelyn Ashford: Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, and Dramatic Interpretation.
    Matthew Anderson: Informative Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Extemporaneous Speaking
    Tyler Cole: Informative Speaking and Extemporaneous Speaking
    Dillon McCoy: Program Oral Interpretation and Poetry Interpretation
    Lily Montemayor: Extemporaneous Speaking
    Miguel Porfirio: After Dinner Speaking, Program Oral Interpretation, and Dramatic Interpretation
    Tyshee Sonnier: Informative Speaking and Impromptu Speaking

  • Faculty Accolades

    Tricia Burke publishedSex and risk: Parental messages and associated safety/risk behavior of adult children” in Communication Quarterly with Sean Horan and M.A. alum Toni Morgan. Tricia and co-applicant Michael Burns received $16,000.00 of funding to support the investigation of a proposal entitled, "Building a Culture of Health at Work: Assessing and Fostering Supervisor Support.”

    Elizabeth K. Eger received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her dissertation is entitled, “Communicating organizational and transgender intersectional identities: An ethnography of a transgender outreach center.” She completed 3 years of fieldwork at an Albuquerque-based site, with research questions focusing on how communication served to construct and configure related organizational and guest identities. Elizabeth also published “Transgender jobseekers navigating closeting communication” in Management Communication Quarterly. Elizabeth and a team of graduate students from her Work, Identity, and Difference seminar attended an Austin art exhibit on "Doing Work" by Raul Gonzales. They applied theories to Gonzales' exhibit on bodies at work with his focus on working-class immigrants and stay-at-home fathers.

    Rebekah Fox will help coordinate the Criss Cole Vocational Rehabilitation Center “College Prep” program. This is the third year the program has been hosted by Texas State. This two-week intensive college prep program is an opportunity for students across Texas who are interested in applying or returning to college to come to Texas State and gain valuable skills in the areas of college preparation and blindness.

    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.

    Melinda Villagran and Maureen Keeley received a grant in the amount of $209,633.00 from the St. David’s Foundation’s “Focus on the Fourth” initiative. The goal of the project is to improve the health communication infrastructure among clinicians and non-profit agencies who serve new mothers in Hays County, connecting underserved women in with service and information.

    Alumni Accolades

    Kelly Bales (B.A., 2009). After working for W Magazine and Condé Nast Traveler, Kelly was recently appointed Digital Editorial Director of Allure, where she oversees all aspects of content on Allure.com.

    Megan Pope (B.A., 2006 & M.A. 2008) was recently promoted to Basic Speech Course Coordinator at Texas A&M-San Antonio, where she is the founding member of the speech program. She is currently in the process of creating the university’s first Communication degree and teaching the next generation of Communication majors.

  • Faculty Accolades

    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.

    Student Accolades

    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.

    Alumni Accolades

    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.

    Sean Horan publishedSex and risk: Parental messages and associated safety/risk behavior of adult children” in Communication Quarterly with Tricia Burke and M.A. alum Toni Morgan. Sean was recently quoted in the Chilean newspaper, El Mercurio, for an article titled “Pareja y redes sociales: El codigo toxico.” Sean was also quoted in Revista Diners, one of the oldest magazines in Colombia, regarding his research on the exchange of affection.

  • Faculty Accolades

    Steven A. Beebe taught two courses at Oxford University this past summer for the Texas State at Oxford program. The two courses he presented were: “C. S. Lewis: Chronicles of a Master Communicator” and “The Quest for Meaning: How to Make Sense Out of the World and Share that Sense with Others.” The three-week courses included excursions to Salisbury Cathedral, Blenheim Palace, a private tour of Stonehenge, and a weekend in London with a visit to Sigmund Freud's home, the Globe Theatre, as well as several museums.

    Michael Burns presented at TEDxFargo to over 2000 people this summer. His talk, focused on the “CoSearch” program, examined how unlikely interdisciplinary research collaborations can solve community problems and is now available to view online. Michael was also the keynote speaker at the Student Academic Support Programs conference. His presentation was titled, “Connecting by Disconnecting: Conversation, Vulnerability, and the Learning Process.” He spoke at Leadership San Marcos, a community group made up of local business and nonprofit leaders, about relational leadership and motivating teams. Michael gave a presentation to all freshmen student athletes focusing on classroom behavior and communicating with professors. He also led the Marshmallow Challenge and gave a leadership talk during the Student Athlete Leadership series.

    Stephanie Dailey’s Qualitative Research Methods (COMM 5303) graduate class is currently collecting data for Special Olympics Texas to learn more about successful working athletes. Students attended a recent Special Olympics competition (see photo) to recruit participants, and the project will conclude with a report of observational and interview findings to Special Olympics Texas and other groups that help intellectually disabled individuals. Stephanie also recently published, “A new normal? Competing national cultural discourses and workers’ constructions of identity and meaningful work in Norway” in Communication Monographs.

    Rebekah Fox spent a portion of September in Oregon and Northern California to offer safety support for the United States Forest Service as they were attempting to manage 38 active, large fires in the west. Based on the experience, she co-authored a safety report that can be found on the Wildland Lessons Learned website. She also co-authored “Post-Illegal Occupation After Action Learning Review” for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Rebekah served as the Keynote Speaker at the Spring 2017 Fire and Aviation Leadership Team Meeting for the Oregon/Washington Bureau of Land Management. Her address was titled, “Building Credibility: Communicating Among Partners.” She also participated in the National Fire Protection Association/Northeastern University Global Resilience Institute.

    Sean Horan and M.A. alum Renee Cowan published “Understanding information and communication technology use in workplace romance escalation and de-escalation” in the International Journal of Business Communication.

    Roseann Mandziuk was interviewed by Kat Eschner for an article in Smithsonian.Com titled, "The surprising Origins of Kotex Pads: Before the first disposable sanitary napkin hit the mass market, periods were thought of in a much different way."

    Student Accolades

    The Elton Abernathy Forensics Society, Texas State’s competitive speech team, hosted the 29th Annual Hill Country Swing Speech Tournament, co-hosted with the University of Texas.

    The team from Texas State finished fourth overall. Jaelyn Ashford and Matthew Anderson were event champions, placing first in Program Oral Interpretation and first in Extemporaneous Speaking, respectively. Jaelyn also placed sixth in Poetry Interpretation and Matthew placed seventh in Impromptu Speaking. Tyler Cole placed sixth in Extemporaneous Speaking.

    Four Texas State alums, Amanda Alexander, Carlos Ituarte, Lily Lowder, and Michael Hoover served as judges for the tournament, as well as numerous M.A. students.

    Alumni Accolades

    Tianna Cobb (M.A. 2017) just began her Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma and accepted a teaching assistantship with full-funding

    Cody Gould (M.A. 2017) accepted a position as a Digital Content Manager at Dimensional Fund Advisors in Austin, TX.

    Julia Guardione (M.A. 2017) accepted a position as a Public Relations Content Manager at rateGenius Inc. in Austin, TX.

    Seleste Mills (M.A. 2017) accepted a position as a Marketing Research Manager at Hahn Public in Austin, TX.

  • Faculty Accolades

    Ann Burnette and Wayne Kraemer presented “Hispanic politicians on the rise: Argumentation strategies of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio” at the 20th Alta Argumentation Conference, in Snowbird, Utah.

    Marsha Burney was interviewed for “Professors offer advice for new senior class,” an article published in the University Star.

    Michael Burns, Marian Houser and Kristen Farris published, “Theory of planned behavior in the classroom: An examination of the instructor confirmation-interaction model” in the journal Higher Education. Michael presented at TEDxFargo to over 2000 people. His talk focused on CoSearch and how unlikely research collaborations can solve community problems. Michael also spoke to interns at the Microsoft campus in Fargo about breaking Millennial stereotypes in the workplace. He recently presented four note-taking lectures at Bobcat Preview for incoming freshmen to help them assimilate to the college classroom.

    Stephanie Dailey, Tricia Burke, and Yaguang Zhu published “Let’s work out: Communication in workplace wellness programs” in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. Stephanie also co-authored “A new normal? Competing national cultural discourses and workers’ constructions of identity and meaningful work in Norway,” soon to be published in Communication Monographs. Stephanie and co-authors had “Social networkout: Boosting physical exercise through social features of wearable fitness trackers,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Health Communication. Stephanie was recently invited to join the editorial board of the Southern Communication Journal.

    Elizabeth Eger & co-authors published “Becoming technosocial change agents: Intersectionality and culturally responsive pedagogies as vital resources for increasing girls’ participation in computing” in Education & Anthropology Quarterly.

    Kristen Farris completed her Doctorate in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Health Communication. Her dissertation is titled: “The Impacts of Recurring Supportive Interactions on Couples’ Psychological, Relational, and Health Outcomes in the Context of Rheumatic Diseases.” Kristen and co-authors Marian Houser and M.A. alum Angela Hosek contributed a book chapter entitled “Historical roots and trajectories of instructional communication” to the Handbook of instructional communication. Kristen and co-authors published, “Theory of planned behavior in the classroom: An examination of the instructor confirmation-interaction model” in the journal Higher Education. She also co-authored,Supportive communication providers for chronic disease management,” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication with Maureen Keeley. Kristen also co-authored “Theory of planned behavior in the classroom: An examination of the instructor confirmation-interaction model” in the journal Higher Education. Kristen and co-authors also received a Top Four Paper Award from the Instructional Development Division of the International Communication Association. She was also named a “Favorite Professor” by the Texas State chapter of the Alpha Chi Honors Society.

    Sean Horan and Texas State alum Leah Bryant published “Guns on campus: Creating research to inform practice,” in the journal Communication Education. Sean and M.A. alum Lauren Cafferty published  “Condom communication: Reports of sexually active young adults’ recent messages with new partners” in the Journal of Health Communication.

    Maureen Keeley served as Special Guest Editor for the Journal of Behavioral Sciences on “Family Communication at the End of Life,” an international, on-line, cross-disciplinary, open access journal. Maureen and M.A. alum Mark Generous published “Final conversations: Overview and practical implications” in the Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Maureen published Supportive communication providers for chronic disease management,” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication with co-author Kristen Farris. Maureen will also give several presentations regarding End of Life Communication for Central Texas Medical Center over the semester. Topics include conversations for health care professionals, non-verbal communication, spiritual messages at the end of life, age-appropriate final conversations with kids, and final conversations for the living.

    Wayne Kraemer and Ann Burnette presented “Creating a foundation for fraternalism in America: Literary and debating societies in the US colonial colleges” at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France. The presentation was part of The Second World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasony & History: Research in Ritual, Secrecy and Civil Society.

    Roseann Mandziuk provided commentary for an article on Smithsonian.com in an article entitled “The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads.” The article builds on Roseann’s 2010 article focused on the 1920s ad campaign promoting Kotex sanitary napkins, focusing on advertisements that appeared in Good Housekeeping.

    Philip Salem and C. Erik Timmerman published Transformative practices and research in organizational communication as a follow-up to the 2016 “Organizational Communication Traditions, Transitions, and Transformations” conference held in Austin. Philip authored two separate pieces in the book, “Transformative organizational communication practices,” and “Forty years of organizational communication.” Philip published,

    “New science systems theories,” and “Communication management,” in the International encyclopedia of organizational communication. Philip and C. Erik Timmerman published, “Emergent patterns in organizational communication, and “Organizational communication traditions, transitions, and transformations,” in Management Communication Quarterly.

    Miriam Sobre published,Developing the intercultural class-space: Theoretical implications and pragmatic applications of critical intercultural communication pedagogy,” in Intercultural Education. The paper also won Top Faculty Paper at NCA for the Experiential Learning Division. Miriam also published, “Multicultural third culture building: A case study of a multicultural social support group,” in the Journal of Intercultural Communication. Miriam and Aaron Hess presented work on memes and virtual/text-based images at the 20th Alta Argumentation Conference, in Snowbird, Utah. Miriam also applied for a Fulbright scholarship to Morocco for the 2018-2019 academic year to develop transnational coalitions with refugee-serving agencies there and in South Texas. Miriam received a scholarship to attend the Esther Vexler Yoga School's teacher training program for secondary trauma training with non-profit workers with refugees and migrants in San Antonio. Miriam will also serve as a board member with Equality Texas for the next two years. Miriam is currently working with Sara DeTurk of the University of Texas at San Antonio to present several workshops to employees, volunteers and interns at the International Humanitarian Crisis Initiative and RAICES San Antonio. Miriam will oversee the research of Sierra Kane as she studies refugees and migrants in South Texas.

    Sue Stewart was interviewed for “Professors offer advice for new senior class,” an article published in the University Star.

    Lindsay Timmerman attended the National Communication Association Mid-Career Scholar¹s Writing Retreat, held at Chapman University. Lindsay recently received the “Distinguished Article Award,” for the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Lindsay and co-authors published “Contradictions and praxis conceptualized by wartime deployment: Wives’ perspectives revealed through relational dialectics,” in Communication Monographs.

    Welcoming New Faculty

    C. Erik Timmerman joins the Communication Studies faculty as Department Chair and Professor. Erik is an alumnus of our M.A. program and received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Since 2000, he was a faculty member of the Department of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His teaching focuses upon organizational communication, communication technology and customer service--utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods. Erik’s current research projects apply communication theory and research to understand customer service as communication-based exchange and the ways that communication technologies impact students’ learning and perceptions in the traditional and online college classes. His research has been published in Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Communication Quarterly, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media Psychology, Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Journal of Online Teaching and Learning, as well as an edited volume, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries.

    Lindsay Timmerman joins the Communication Studies faculty as an Associate Professor. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Lindsay teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Interpersonal Communication, Marital & Family Communication, Communication & Emotion, and the Dark Side of Close Relationships. Her research centers around close relationships, specifically focusing on stigmatized disclosure, long-distance relationships (including military marriage), family secrets, and under-studied close relationships. Lindsay’s research appears in Communication Monographs, Communication Research Reports, Southern Communication Journal, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Family Relations, Communication Studies, and various edited books.

    Elizabeth K. Eger joins Texas State University’s Communication Studies faculty as an Assistant Professor. She is completing her PhD at the University of Colorado Boulder where she also received graduate certificates in Critical Theory and in Women and Gender Studies. Elizabeth will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Organizational Communication, Qualitative Methods, Gender and Communication, and Work, Identity, and Difference. Her research examines how we understand ourselves in relationship to work, how communication of difference impacts our organizational experiences, and how collectives create organizational identities. Her current research explores difference-based organizing, including long-term ethnographies of a transgender outreach center and a computing camp for girls of color. For the last five years, Elizabeth worked as a researcher for the National Center of Women and Information Technology to advance the meaningful participation of women and underrepresented people in IT careers and education. Her research appears in Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, and the third edition of The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication.

    Student Accolades

    M.A. alum Vanessa Salazar presented a manuscript derived from her thesis at the International Communication Association. The paper won the “Top Interactive Display Award” in the Organizational Communication Division.

  • Faculty Accolades

    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.

    Forensics Accolades

    The Elton Abernathy Forensics Society competed in the American Forensic Association (AFA) National Individual Events Tournament. The NIET is held every April and brings students from across the nation to compete for national championships in 11 events. Six Bobcats competed in various events and overall, Texas State placed 26th out of 72 teams. Two students were national quartet finalists: Matthew Anderson in Extemporaneous Speaking and Micailah Nobles in Dramatic Interpretation.

     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.

    Alumni Accolades

    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.

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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/

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.