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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 Raise 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: 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

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

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

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