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Dr. Ashley Muddiman received a grant from the Engaging News Project to analyze online news comments from a national news organization. She is investigating characteristics that make the comment sections more or less deliberative.
Dr. Travis Cram, a lecturer in the COJO Department and director of the UW Speech and Debate Team, completed a Ph.D. in Communication Studies with honors from the University of Kansas in June.
The National Geographic recently interviewed Professor Tracey Patton and COJO graduate Sally Schedlock (M.A. 2005) regarding their rodeo book, "Gender, Whiteness, & Power in Rodeo: Breaking Away from the Ties of Sexism and Racism." The article should come out in the National Geographic Magazine in its January/February edition.
Beginning Nov. 12, Kenyan coffee can be purchased in front of Ross Hall for $1 with donations welcome, and the proceeds go to assisting a school in Kenya.
Cross Cultural Communication students (COJO 3190), taught by Dr. Tracey Patton, are embarking on their class project where they put cross cultural terms, theory, and knowledge to the test in a real world situation. This year they are trying to raise money to assist the Shalom Garden Orphanage in creating a school for the community. Currently, the school will be housed in a church in Nakuru, Kenya—the same city as the orphanage. There are no educational materials in the “school.” The money raised would go toward the purchasing of things like books, pencils, paper, chalk, chalk boards, and one meal a day. For most of the children, this “school” is the only place where they are able to eat a meal of a banana and grain for the day. As the director of the orphanage and founder of the school, Margaret Kanyiri, noted, “The most impoverished children will also receive clothing and shoes and the school fee of $1 per month will be waived. “ She also said that “this would be the only school in her area.”
According to Kanyiri, the nearest primary and elementary school is 100 miles from them—this is quite a distance across sometimes poorly maintained roads. In the past COJO 3190 students worked with the Shalom Garden Orphanage by helping put the orphanage “on the map;” working for their essential needs; helping with education, and partnering with a church in Virginia to help build an orphanage and residence for the children. The next stage is a school (The Shalom Garden Primary & Elementary School) for the entire community. You can help buy merely purchasing Kenyan coffee donated by Coal Creek Coffee.
Dr. Tracey Patton has been appointed to the Western Journal of Communication editorial board.
Dr. Sandy Hsu has two papers accepted for publication. "Open and positive attitudes toward teaching" will be published in New directions in Teaching and Learning Journal, and "Opposite ends of the same stick? Multi-method test of the dimensionality of individualism and collectivism" will be published in Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.
Three COJO seniors were named College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduates. They are Katherine Imig, Kali McCrackin and Kayli Westling.
Professor George Gladney will be in the Republic of Kazakhstan, in the city of Almaty, where Al-Farabi Kazakh National University is located. It has 19,000 students and is one of the oldest and most established universities in Central Asia. He will be there from March 16 through May 5 and will teach at least one course and probably give some additional lectures or workshops. His trip is in conjunction with a cooperative agreement finalized last year between KazNU, as it is known, and UW.
Gladney also had an article titled, "Legacy of fabrication scandals: Better use of veiled sources," published in Newspaper Research Journal.
Dr. Sandy Hsu's article, "The Influence of Vocal Qualities and Confirmation of Nonnative English-Speaking Teachers on Student Receiver Apprehension, Affective Learning, and Cognitive Learning," published in Communication Education, won the top article award of the year for the Communication Apprehension and Competence Division of the National Communication Association.
Dr. Kristen Landreville received funding from The Malcolm Wallop Fund for Conversations on Democracy to study Wyoming residents’ feelings of connection and engagement, media use, and political knowledge. The project was titled “Small Town, Big Election: A Look at New, Alternative, and Emerging Media Sources Used by Rural Residents during the 2012 Presidential Campaign”.
The study took place over the summer at various communities within Wyoming. The focus groups revealed where Wyoming residents learn about politics through media, including how residents use new media for politics. The study also showed how residents use and negotiate information within a rural state during a presidential campaign. A second part to the study will examine how 2012 presidential debates influence young Wyoming voters and how these voters use new media to communicate about the presidential debates. The findings will be reported to a symposium on Nov. 14 that will be held in the Wyoming Union.
Dr. Cindy Price is a fellow for the Advertising Education Foundation's 2012 Visiting Professor Program this summer. "I was one of 16 professors selected out of 78 applicants for the program," she said. "I will spend two weeks at an advertising agency in the United States to learn more about what advertising agencies are doing in this new media era. I will also present a Lunchtime Lecture titled, 'Reaching Your Target: Lessons from the Middle of Nowhere,' which will also be recorded and used online.
"I also was named to the Editorial Board of Electronic News, a journal for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication."
Julianne Friesen, a graduate teaching assistant in the COJO Department, has received a Promoting Intellectual Engagement in the First Year (PIE) award for her efforts teaching freshmen classes.
Professor Michael Brown went to the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Kazakhstan for two weeks. He taught a series of classes and workshops. Brown taught a class about media and society to 20 undergraduate students, a research class for 15 Master’s and Ph.D students, and an academic writing seminar for 20 faculty members.
Dr. Tracey Patton co-authored an article "Re-envisioning Bakhtin's Carnivalesque through America's Next Top Model" in Media Research. Dr. Tracey Patton also co-authored an article "Roles, Rules and Rebellions: Creating the Carnivalesque through Judges' Behaviors on America's Next Top Model" in Communication Studies. Both journal articles were co-authored with Julie Snyder-Yuly of Iowa State University.
COJO faculty members Beau Bingham, Rebecca Roberts, Eileen Gilchrist, Sandy Hsu and Ken Smith attended the Western States Communication Association's annual conference in Albuquerque, N.M., last week. At the conference, Gilchrist was elected vice chair of the Health Communication Interest group. She will be vice chair in 2012-2013 and chair in 2013-2014.
Professor Sandy Hsu published a book review, "R.C. Gardner Motivation and Second Language Acquisition: The Socio-Educational Model" in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology. Professor Gracie Lawson-Borders published "Making the Connection: Digital Media and Intelligent Networking" in the Global Media Journal.
Dr. Gracie Lawson-Borders was recently appointed to the editorial board of the International Journal of Media Management.
Ron Franscell autographs a copy of his latest book for Sarah Skinner's sixth-grade students at Centennial Valley Elementary School.
The annual issue of the COJO Department newsletter features an interview with 1979 journalism graduate Ron Franscell about his latest book, "Delivered from Evil." The newsletter also includes stories on UW/CC lecturer Carol Tarantola's retirement and Professor Frank Millar's battle with cancer, as well as alumni, student and faculty news.