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Featured
Student

Facia Nyego Sirleaf
Beginning my undergraduate career as an undeclared student was the best decision I could have ever made. It allowed me the opportunity to fall in love with Anthropology, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies. Not only has this area of study enhanced the love I have for Anthropology and gender and ethnicity, it has given me the confidence I need to thrive as a public speaker and critical thinker. Through classes such as Gender issues in Communication, I was able to develop a passion for analyzing gender as well as ethnicity in different cultural contexts, specifically African culture. After learning tools to effectively communicate in professional settings and volunteering for two semesters, I interned at The Women’s Resource Center on campus and worked as a teaching assistant in the Communication Studies department. I have also won the Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant (U.R.S.C.A.), which I used to conduct research in Fez, Morocco for my project titled I Like the Color: Race and Ethnicity in Morocco.  I have also presented research at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) conference titled Romance Never Dies: An Ethnographic Study of Romance Novel Enthusiasts which focused on an application of literary anthropology.
I believe that Communication Studies has prepared me for graduate school as well helping me become a well-grounded scholar. Public speaking, gender issues in communication, and intercultural communication prepared me the most with being able to engage with audiences and articulate the love I have for my areas of study. With everything I have learned I plan to complete graduate studies by combining my love for Communication and African Studies to one day be able to work for the United Nations.

Featured Graduate

Boe Kline

I have always wanted to speak publically as a career, especially on topics of inspiration and purpose. Being part of the Communication Studies program has helped me to “know my audience,” their needs, as well as equipped me with strategies to best address these needs. I have used these strategies often, as I have been asked to speak on nearly 20 occasions, with audiences ranging from at-risk students like myself, to clubs, students and faculty at a national conference, as well as women’s issues. I plan to continue speaking, studying purpose, and creating ways to help others find it.

Department News:

April 2017 Newsletter

Publications

Kuang, K., & Wilson, S. (2017). A meta-analysis of uncertainty and information management in illness contexts. Journal of Communication. doi: 10.1111/jcom.12299

La Valley, A. G., & Kline, B. (2017). Observational measurement: Face features. In M. Allen (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

La Valley, A. G., & Kline, B. (2017). Observational measurement: Vocal qualities. In M. Allen (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Invited Lectures

Dr. Erin Brummett gave the final lecture of the Department’s 2016-2017 Scholarship Symposium series. Her talk, titled, “‘Race Doesn’t Matter’: A Dialogic Analysis of Interracial Romantic Partners’ Stories about Racial Differences,” was delivered on April 25.

Dr. Eric C. Miller contributed to a faculty panel titled, “Fake News: A Panel Discussion” on April 3. Sponsored by the Andruss Library, this event was moderated by Michael Coffta, and also featured Drs. Michael Hickey (History), Jennifer Johnson (Psychology), John-Eric Koslosky (Mass Communications), Claire Lawrence (English), Wendy Lee (Philosophy), and Neil Strine (Political Science).

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Eric C. Miller’s interview with journalist and author Emily Esfahani Smith appeared at Religion and Politics on April 4.

Student Achievement

The College of Liberal Arts held its annual Research and Creative Projects Day on April 28, featuring many contributions from Communication Studies students. Presenters included:

Uriah Alleman
“Your Communication at Work is Key”

Sarah Bartra
“Jealousy in Romantic Relationships Associated with the Use of Social Media”

Daijah Dunmyer
“Perceptions of Friends with Benefits Relationships”

Alexandra Echavarria and Brittney Alam
“Friends with Benefits”

Molly Hill, Christopher Pugliese, and Ahkeem Shaw
“Friends with Benefits Relationships: Purposes and Functions”

Jennifer Mastrangelo, Grace Woehrle, and Alyson McLaughlin
“Communicative Responses to Infidelity Among Romantic Couples”

Molly McMillen
“Satisfaction and Commitment Across the Marital Lifespan”

Julia Peters
“Casual Sex at First Sight: An Ethnographic Study on Gendered Nonverbal Communication within the Hookup Culture”

Jessica Quesenberry and Kaci Mclimoyle
“Athlete Attachment Style and Communication in the Coach-Athlete Relationship”

Kaitlyn Rhine, Jenna Mapes, Kasey Sullivan, Amy Loftus, and Nicole Kelly
“Individual Romantic Experiences of Unplanned Pregnancy”

Katherine Schmidt
“Relational Maintenance in Long-Distance Versus Geographically Close Romantic Relationships”

Victoria Snyder
“Does Computer-Mediated Communication Make the Heart Grow Fonder? The Study of CMC and Satisfaction in Long-Distance Relationships”

Alyshia-Marie Wright, Anne Mahoney, and Austin Mowery
“Trading Space: A Look at Conflict Between Long-Distance Relationships”

The Department also held its annual Top Student Research Colloquium as part of the festivities. The event was sponsored by the Lambda Pi Eta club. Presenters included:

Rebecca Demuth, "The Effectiveness of Animated Propaganda in the Cold War: An Analysis of Harding College's Make Mine Freedom"
Sofia Slovik, "Dakota Access Pipeline"
Kayla Tiley, "A Brave New Princess"

Dr. David S. Heineman served as respondent. Congrats to all our researchers!