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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 […]

Robin Rowland Selected for Next WJC Editor

February 25, 2015
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By Leah Ceccarelli, Publications Committee Chair Robert C. Rowland, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Kansas, was chosen by the WSCA Executive Council as Editor-select of the Western Journal of Communication. He will succeed WJC Editor Sharon Downey at the completion of her term, taking responsibility for the volumes to […]

Thanks to Bill Eadie for Editing WJC

February 25, 2015
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By Leah Ceccarelli, Publications Committee Chair WSCA extends a hearty thank you to Bill Eadie, immediate past editor of Western Journal of Communication. During his term of office, Professor Eadie was legendary for his detailed reports. Where most reports to the Executive Council are just one or two pages, he wrote 12 page tomes filled […]

Zhe P. Gavel and Me

February 16, 2015
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By Patty O’Keefe, President Zhe and I are packing our bags in anticipation of our travels to Spokane for this year’s annual convention. Zhe has prepared to “Accentuate the Positive” in many ways during his year in Northern California. We’re excited to head to Spokane and the Red Lion Hotel at the Park is readying […]

Documenting WSCA Spokane 2015

February 16, 2015
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By Christina G. Yoshimura, WSCA News Editor In just a week many of us will be making “convention” into a verb – we will be conventioning while we attend or present at panels, as we join special sessions, or meet colleagues in the lobby or hallways.  We may be conventioning by recovering from the Sock […]

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Special Session at WSCA Spokane

February 10, 2015
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By Benjamin Broome We are calling for participants at WSCA to join us in a special facilitated session to explore ways to create positive paths toward conflict transformation in response to high-tension issues in our society. We are motivated by events such as those that occurred recently in Ferguson, Missouri and Paris, France, as well […]

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