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Two COJO Graduating Seniors Earn the Top 10 Undergraduate Award in the UW Arts & Sciences College -- Posted Apr. 21, 2017.

COJO graduating seniors Meghan Kent and Sydney Stein both earned the top 10 undergraduate award in the UW Arts & Science College. Congrats, Meghan and Sydney!

Dr. Leah LeFebvre Has Two Journal Articles Accepted for Publication -- Posted Apr. 21, 2017.

Dr. Leah LeFebvre has had two journal articles accepted for publication. One is in Communication Education and one is in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Congrats to Dr. LeFebvre!

Dr. Kristen Landreville to Present a Workshop with COJO Library Liaison Piper Martin on "Fake News" -- Posted Apr. 21, 2017.

Dr. Kristen Landreville and COJO Library Liaison Piper Martin will present a faculty development workshop on "Media Misinformation, Viral Deception, and "Fake News" on Wed. Apr. 26 @ 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in 218 Coe Library. A summary is below. Register at https://uwyo.libcal.com/event/3280985

The rise of social media and networks as platforms for news has contributed to the rapid spread of misinformation, viral deception, and so-called "fake news", especially in the last election cycle. We are offering a workshop for faculty on potential approaches and classroom activities that promote critical thinking and push back again the cycle of misinformation. Please come with your questions and comments!

Dr. Leah LeFebvre in China for a Teaching Exchange -- Posted Apr. 21, 2017.

Dr. Leah LeFebvre is currently in Shanghai, China, at Shanghai University to participate in a teaching exchange. She will be in China for one month. Thank you, Dr. LeFebvre for representing the University of Wyoming in China!

Bri Brasher, Rachel Wagner, and Elizabeth Gibbons Defend Theses -- Posted Apr. 7, 2017.

COJO MA students Bri Brasher, Rachel Wagner, and Elizabeth Gibbons successfully defended their theses. Rachel Wagner defended her thesis about Snapchat's Political Live Stories during the 2016 presidential election. Bri Brasher defended her thesis about emojis and interpersonal mobile communication. Congrats, Rachel and Bri! They travel to San Diego next week to present their research to the Popular Culture Association conference!

Elizabeth Gibbons's thesis was titled "Framing Fraternity Hazing: A Content Analysis of News Coverage 2010-15". Congrats, Liz!

Wyoming Debate Union News and Alumni Reunion -- Posted Apr. 6, 2017.

The Pokes have concluded their season of competition with a strong showing throughout February and March. Please see the Debate News page for details. There is also an Alumni Reunion in June, please download the Debate Alumni Reunion details here and see the Debate News page as well. 

Dr. Tracey Owens Patton's Recent Research and Presentations  -- Posted Apr. 5, 2017.

Dr. Tracey Owens Patton will present "Womb Wars: White German Women, Black American Men, and Their Children in Post-World War II" to the German Rhetoric Society of Europe in Norwich, UK, in July. 

She presented the film "Loving" followed by a panel discussion on Feb. 3, 2017, which was sponsored by African American & Diaspora Studies and 7220 Entertainment at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Patton also will publish a book chapter titled "Momentary Flashes of Anger: Hair, Racism, and Marginalization in the 'Equality State," in the edited book titled "Critical Perspectives on Black Women and College Success" (edited by L. D. Patton and N. N. Croom) in 2017.

Undergraduate Students Presenting Research at Rocky Mountain Communication Association -- Posted Mar. 26, 2017.

Please congratulate our University of Wyoming COJO students who had their papers accepted to the 2017 Rocky Mountain Communication Association (RMCA) Conference.

Brooklynn Gray 

Sara Kirkpatrick

Sydney Stein 

Please give an extra congratulations to Sara Kirkpatrick for our her Top Undergraduate Paper! They will be presenting their research on Sat., April 8 in Denver.

Honor's Day Celebration for COJO on Wed. Apr. 26 @ 3 p.m. -- Posted Mar. 26, 2017.

Honor’s Day will occur on Wednesday April 26 @ 3 p.m. in Coe Library Room 502. All undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to join us!

Also, please consider nominating yourself or someone else for an award. Please see the awards at http://www.uwyo.edu/cojo/scholarships/

Dr. Kristen Landreville Publishes Research in Mass Communication & Society -- Posted Mar. 8, 2017.

Dr. Kristen Landreville's research with her former master's degree student, Sarah Staggs, was recently published in Volume 20, Issue 1 of Mass Communication & Society. The published research article was derived from Sarah's thesis, which Dr. Landreville advised. Sarah is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona. The research article title is "The Impact of Pretrial Publicity on "Eye for an Eye" Retributivist Support and Malicious Perceptions of Criminal Offenders." Congratulations, Dr. Landreville and Sarah!

Two Book Chapters by Dr. Leah LeFebvre to Appear in Edited Book -- Posted Mar. 8, 2017.

Dr. Leah LeFebvre authored two book chapters in the soon-to-be-published book "The Impact of Social Media in Modern Romantic Relationships". Her sole-authored chapter is "Phantom Lovers: Ghosting as a Relationship Dissolution Strategy in the Technological Age," and her co-authored book chapter, with Dr. Nicholas Brody and Kate G. Blackburn, is "Post-Dissolution Surveillance on Social Networking Sites." Congratulations, Dr. LeFebvre!

Dr. Leah LeFebvre's Research Accepted for Publication in Communication Teacher -- Posted Mar. 8, 2017.

Dr. Leah LeFebvre was recently notified that her co-authored research with Dr. Luke LeFebvre was accepted for publication in Communication Teacher. Congratulations, Dr. LeFebvre! The title of the manuscript is “The eye in the sky doesn’t lie”: Video replay and self-evaluations as part of the basic communication course.” 

Dr. Cindy Price Schultz Will Moderate Wyoming Women's Legislature Caucus Panel -- Posted Feb. 24, 2017.

Dr. Cindy Price Schultz will participate in the Wyoming Women's Legislative Caucus annual conference in Cheyenne on Monday, February 27. She will serve as a moderator for a session called, "How to disagree without being disagreeable." 

Dr. Tracey Owens Patton's Cross Cultural Communication Class Raises Money -- Posted Feb. 24, 2017.

The Cross Cultural Communication course (3190) Fall project on "Dodge Hunger and Homelessness" raised $800 in their service learning project to purchase 8 sleeping bag/coats for donation to the Laramie Clothing Cottage and Laramie Soup Kitchen. Coats were made by homeless single mothers who are part of The Empowerment Plan in Detroit. Way to go class!

Debate Team Success Update -- Posted Feb. 24, 2017.

The University of Wyoming Debate Team continued its impressive semester. This weekend, Spencer Culver and Carter Henman reached the semi-finals of the Western States Communication Association forensics tournament in parliamentary debate. The duo claimed first and second speaker as well! Upon arriving back in Laramie, the team learned they have qualified to the prestigious National Debate Tournament. This is Wyoming's 32 time reaching the tournament, with the current streak of qualification reaching all the way back to 2004. GO POKES!

Dr. Mike Brown Will Deliver Lecture on The Karlag Project -- Posted Feb. 20, 2017.

Dr. Mike Brown’s trip that examined German Russians in Kazakhstan was funded by the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research and he will be giving a presentation about what he found as part of the Humanities speakers series. The talk will be in the Business Building Room 24 on March 1 from 4:30-5:30. 

In 1941 Germany declared war on the Soviet Union and the Soviets sent 440,000 Volga Germans east to Central Asia and Siberia. Many died on the way while others disappeared into the areas they were sent. Since the fall of the Soviet Union work has been done to find these people. Many went to Karlag, a work camp the size of Maryland in Kazakhstan. Dr. Brown and colleagues from the Kazakh National University and Suleyman Demirel University visited Karlag in an attempt to recover names of German Russian people and learn about their lives.

Study Abroad Scholarship Available for Communication Majors -- Posted Feb. 20, 2017.

Funds can be used for housing, travel, tuition, and other costs. Available to undergraduate and graduate communication majors. View the flyer for more information

Dr. Kristen Landreville Granted a Sabbatical in Fall 2017 -- Posted Feb. 20, 2017.

Dr. Kristen Landreville was granted a sabbatical in fall 2017. She will use her sabbatical to expand her research on science communication by examining the factors involved in effective communication of science to key stakeholders, including the public, journalists, and policy-makers. Her research will identify and study successful science communication campaigns and centers, with the goal of providing foundational research that will benefit future science communicators, including Wyoming researchers, students, citizens, and journalists. Also, she will use her research to lay the groundwork for eventually proposing a STEM communication center on campus that advises science communicators, whether they are UW faculty, students, journalists in the broader Wyoming community, or citizens. 

Dr. Cindy Price Schultz Named to Editorial Board -- Posted Feb. 20, 2017.

Congratulations to Dr. Cindy Price Schultz for being named to the editorial board for the International Journal on Media Management.

Dr. Mike Brown's Research on Volga Germans Featured in Laramie Boomerang -- Posted Feb. 20, 2017.

"Mike Brown, a University of Wyoming professor of communication and journalism, recently returned from a trip to Kazakhstan where he was searching for evidence of a group of Russian Germans — known as Volga Germans because of their proximity to the Volga River — who were sent to a Karlag, one of the largest Soviet labor camps in its history.

But the search wasn’t purely academic — it has a personal connection to Brown."

Read the full article. 

Call for Graduate Assistantship Applicants -- Under-Represented Domestic Minority Students -- Posted Feb. 6, 2017.

The Communication & Journalism Department at the University of Wyoming is seeking energetic, knowledgeable, articulate students to apply for an assistantship to teach Public Speaking (COJO 2010) or Media Writing (COJO 2100) and enter the Communication & Journalism master’s degree program. This specific assistantship is available to American-born or naturalized citizens who are from the following diverse populations: African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or Asian.

The selected student will be mentored by the appropriate teaching faculty and will be trained throughout their assistantship through a weekly teaching practicum. The person selected will teach one class his or her first semester, two classes for the next two semesters and one class for the final semester of the program, while the applicant completes his or her thesis. Applicants for the position must meet the entrance requirements for the master’s degree as described on the Communication & Journalism website: http://www.uwyo.edu/cojo/graduates/admissions.html. Funding to travel the UW campus for a campus visit is available for applicants.

The University of Wyoming Under-Represented Domestic Minority mentoring Graduate Assistantships (URDM) are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from under-represented/under-served communities and to increase student diversity in our graduate degree programs on a competitive basis. The URDM awards are funded through a partnership of the Office of Academic Affairs and the faculty mentor(s) of the prospective student. The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness

Laramie is a town of about 30,000 people, located in southeastern Wyoming: one hour from Cheyenne, Wyo., one hour from Fort Collins, Colo., and two hours from Denver. There is a ski area about 45 minutes from Laramie, located in the Snowy Range Mountains, and there are popular rock climbing areas about 20 minutes from Laramie. For more information about the region, please visit http://visitlaramie.org/

For questions, please contact Dr. Kristen D. Landreville, Director of Graduate Studies for the Communication & Journalism Department, at klandrev@uwyo.edu,


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