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2015 Recap for the Media Studies Interest Group

April 2, 2015
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By Louis Rumpf, Media Studies Interest Group   Elected MSIG Officers for 2015/2016 Chair: Aaron Hess, University of Arizona State University Vice Chair-Chair/Program Planner: Louis Rumpf, National University Secretary: Michael Walker, Arizona State University   Top Papers for 2015 Spokane Diane Furno-Lamude Award/Top Paper Pinning the Feminine User: Gender Scripts in Pinterest’s Sign-Up Interface Amanda […]

2015 Debut Paper Award

April 2, 2015
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By Jan Andersen, Executive Club The Executive Club of WSCA was pleased to present the debut award to Anjuli Brekke of the University of Washington for her paper titled:  “Remembering Yellow Rain: The Conflict Between Science and Lived Experience in the Construction of Public Memory.” The debut award is presented annually to a person who is […]

2015 Model Communication Program Award Winner

April 2, 2015
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By Rob Leonard, Member At-Large The criteria for the Model Communication Program Award state that the program should: Reflect the breadth and/or depth of the communication discipline. Have teaching personnel with specialized training in communication. Integrate curricular and co-curricular activities. Have strong administrative support. Relate to the mission of the particular institution. Based on these […]

2015 B. Aubrey Fisher Award Winners

March 31, 2015
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By Bill Eadie, Immediate Past Western Journal of Communication Editor Due to the remarkable consistency of rankings and enthusiasm for the work of two WJC articles from the past year the Fisher Award committee unanimously decided to make an exception to the tradition of offering only one award.  This year the B. Aubry Fisher Award is […]

Have you heard? More ways to connect with WSCA

March 30, 2015
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By Christina Granato Yoshimura, WSCA News Editor We know that different members have different preferences for receiving news from the Western States Communication Association.  While we don’t want to inundate you with options we also want you to know of the various ways you can both receive and distribute information as a member of WSCA. Historically most […]

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2015 WSCA Distinguished Scholar Award Recipient Sandra Petronio

March 4, 2015
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By Deanna Dannels, Distinguished Scholar Award Committee Chair I am pleased to present the Western States Communication Association Distinguished Scholar Award. The expanse of the work of this year’s recipient is impressive, publishing over 100 articles and 5 books (with a 6th on the way). While the numbers are significant, what is just as impressive […]

2015 WSCA Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient Lisa Keranen

March 3, 2015
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By Tenzin Dorjee, Distinguished Teaching Award Committee Chair The Western States Communication Association has created the Distinguished Teaching award to recognize “individual faculty for teaching that rises above and beyond the craft of teaching to a sustained performance of excellence in pedagogy.”  This year’s award goes to Dr. Lisa Keranen of the Department of Communication […]

2015 Forensics Tournament Results

March 3, 2015
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By Robert Becker, Speech Activities Coordinator 100 students from 16 colleges and universities traveled from 8 different states to Spokane for the Western States Forensics Tournament February 20-22. Competition was held at Gonzaga University. Students participated in 3 different formats of debate and all 11 Individual Events. Winners in Worlds debate was the team of […]

Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference Report

February 28, 2015
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By Brian Heisterkamp, Immediate Past Second Vice President This year the Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference (USRC) received 76 papers submissions and only 36 were accepted, yielding a competitive 47% acceptance rate.  Twenty-five colleges and universities throughout the West were represented. (Photo of Hannah Decker, Dr. Brandi Lawless, Blake Gregor, and Patrecia Frey) Students used a […]

Top Papers in Organizational Communication Interest Group

February 26, 2015
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By Hamilton Bean, Organizational Communication Interest Group Chair Proudly presenting the top papers from the organizational communication interest group:  Valerie Seamons (Top Debut Paper, “Contradictions in Health Care Work Teams”); Shannah Crane, Perry Pauley (not pictured), and Kurt Lindemann (Top Paper, “’It Makes Me a Better Person': Communicating Agentic Identities in Narratives of Volunteering”); Heather Canary, OCIG Chair, and Nicholas Burk […]

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