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Communication Studies

2007-08 News Highlights

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Our New Masters!

Michelle Dodge has completed her internship report to earn her Master of Science in Speech Communication. Her report is titled "Communication Application to the College Admissions." The committee was Dr. Kristen Cvancara (advisor) and Dr. Kristen Treinen.

Jessica Rodning, APP completed, Advisor-Kristen Cvancara, committee member-Christa Brown. Title of project: Perceptions of work family balance programs in the workplace

Becky Rick, APP completed, Advisor: Kristen Cvancara, committee member: Kristi Trienen. Title of project: Leadership development and employee morale: Training everyday leaders

Katie Ischkin successfully defended her thesis on Wednesday, May 6. The thesis is titled "Investigating the Potential Pedagogical Benefits of Instructional Design Personas in the College Classroom. "The thesis committee is Dr. Kristen Treinen (chair), Dr. Kristen Cvancara and Dr. Jackie Lewis from Counseling and Student Personnel.

Amanda Young has completed her internship report to earn her Master of Science in Speech Communication. Her report is titled "eating Cohesion in Forensics: A Synthesis of Communication and Culture." The committee was Dr. Dan Cronn-Mills (advisor) and Professor James Dimock.

Patrick Loebs has successfully defended his MA thesis titled "To Concede or Command? A Rhetorical Analysis of Bush's 2008 State of the Union Address." Professor James Dimock advised the thesis with Dr. Warren Sandmann and Dr. Thomas Inglot serving on the committee. Patrick did a close textual analysis, applying the theory of criticism developed by Michael Leff to Bush's 2008 State of the Union.

Laura Drent successfully defended her thesis entitled "Assessing the Need for Change: A Curricular Profile of MnSCU Two-Year State College Communication Departments." Her thesis was supervised by Warren Sandmann and Nan Johnson-Curiskis in the Speech Communication Department, and John Banschbach in the English Department.

Daniel Kuchinka has submitted all the signed paperwork to the College of Graduate Studies, and has received the signatures and blessing of his committee upon the completion of his MS Project Option Capstone Project. Dan's project was advised by Dr. Warren Sandmann.

Maggie Briggs successfully defended her thesis titled "Understanding Current College Students: An Investigation of Correlations Between Communication, Generation NeXt Characteristics, and Volunteerism." Advisor: Kristen Cvancara; committee members Kristen Treinen and Paul Brown

Whitney Winkels successfully completed her internship paper titled "I'm down on my knees: Nonprofit Fundraising Communication." Advised by Kristen Cvancara; committee member Warren Sandmann

Emily Waterston Heinis successfully completed her MA APP "Leaving Perception Behind: A Critical Analysis of the Bush Administration & No Child Left Behind." Advised by Dr. Daniel Cronn-Mills.

"Voices from the Valley" Earns Regional Media Coverage

Check out the article "New Web site Features Southern Minn. Oral Histories" from the St. Paul Pioneer Press (first carried by the Mankato Free Press)

White Receives Grant

Dr. Leah White has received word she is the recipient of a Diversity Commission Professional Development Grant. Dr. White will be using the grant to attend a conference and a workshop focusing on interactive performance methods designed to promote social justice. The conference is titled "Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed 2008 International Conference" and the workshop is the "Post Conference Workshop with Augusto Boal."

Good News: A Publication

Kristi Treinen, Christa Brown, and Dan Cronn-Mills have received word of the pending publication of a co-authored multi-text book review. The review will appear in the American Communication Journal summer 2008 issue. The full citation is:

Brown, C., Treinen, K., Cronn-Mills, D. (in press). Reviews of Public Speaking in American English: A Guide for Non-Native Speakers by Nancy GrassHemmer (2008), Boston, MA: Pearson Education; Public Speaking and Civic Engagement by Michael J. Hogan, Patricia Hayes Andrews, James R. Andrews and Glen Williams (2008), Boston, MA: Pearson Education; and iSpeak: Public Speaking for Contemporary Life by Paul E. Nelson, Scott Titsworth, and Judy C. Pearson (2008), Boston: McGraw-Hill. American Communication Journal.

A New Professor in the Speech Communication Department

Dr. Maria Beatriz TorresThe Speech Communication Department is pleased to announce Dr. Maria Beatriz Torres has accepted an offer to join the department in Fall 2008. Dr. Torres will be our lead professor in Organizational Communication. Dr. Torres has a BA from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba in Argentina, and an MA and PhD from Ohio University. Dr. Torres is currently an assistant professor at Keene State College, New Hampshire.

Mavericks After Dark poster

Off to Doctoral School

Patrick Loebs (MA, 2008) has accepted a GTA position at the University of Memphis, Department of Communication, to study with Dr. Michael Leff in rhetorical theory and criticism.

Alum Accepts Law Clerk Position

Heather (Kaiser) Diersen (MSU undergraduate alum in speech communication and political science) has accepted a position as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Ann L. Alton, Fourth Judicial District, Hennepin County District Court, C-1412 Goverment Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55487. Heather earned her juris doctorate from the William Mitchell School of Law.

Alum Accepts Position at UN-Omaha

Adam Tyma (undergraduate MSU alum in Speech Communication), after considering three offers, has accepted a position at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Adam will be a tenure-track assistant professor of Visual Communication and Culture in the School of Communication Studies. Adam is charged with developing a new Visual Communication and Culture curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students.

Speech Communication GTA and Students Work to Raise Awareness

On Sunday April 6th, Speech Communication GTA Janna Dziak and her SPEE 100 students presented a video and discussion of the "Invisible Children". Approximately 40 people attend the awareness event.

Alum has Good News ... Twice!

Good News #1

Merci Decker (MA, 2006) has accepted a graduate assistantship for Fall 2008 to the University of Memphis where she will be pursuing a doctorate in Speech Communication with an emphasis in rhetoric.

Good News #2

Merci has a manuscript she co-authored with Roy Schwartzman accepted for publication in the spring issue of Studies in Popular Culture. The article is titled "Volvo's ‘Your Concept Car’: Vehicle for Feminism?

'Changing College Culture through Interactive Performance' poster

Cronn-Mills @ 25 years

Dr. Dan Cronn-Mills was recognized by the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament at the 2008 national tournament for 25 years of participation with the AFA-NIET.

Dr. Leah White Receives Tenure and Promotion

Dr. Leah White has earned tenure and been promoted to the rank of associate professor effective the first duty day of the 2008-2009 academic year.

Speech Communication Students Presenting
at the 2008 Undergraduate Research Center on Monday, April 12

Ms., Mrs., Mr.: Gendered Language in Wedding Invitations
Tavis Riederer (Department of Speech Communication)
Rachel Droogsma, Faculty Mentor (Department of Speech Communication)

The Man Behind the Dress
Zeke Sorenson (Department of Speech Communication)
Leah White, Faculty Mentor (Department of Speech Communication)

Parents as Students: Assessing the Childcare Needs of Nontraditional Students at Minnesota State University, Mankato
Nicole Goebel (Speech Communication)
Benjamin Heath (Speech Communication)
Andria Monnens (Speech Communication)
Nicholas Rice (Speech Communication)
James Dimock, Faculty Mentor (Speech Communication)

Systemic Racism of the UNICEF Germany’s Ads Depicting Children in Blackface
April M. Larson (Department of Speech Communication)
Rachel M. Droogsma, Faculty Mentor (Department of Speech Communication)

Confidence in College Athletes
Kimberly Halpin (Department of Speech Communication)
Warren Sandmann, Faculty Mentor (Department of Speech Communication

Relationship between Athletes and Role Models
Kaytlin M. LeMier (Department of Speech Communication)
Warren Sandmann, Faculty Mentor (Department of Speech Communication)

Support of Alums within the Forensics Community
Grant Anderson (Department of Speech Communication)
Leah White, Faculty Mentor (Department of Speech Communication)

A Lover's Spat: Utilizing Richard Weaver's Topics to Analyze the Debate in Book IX of Paradise Lost
Nicole Goebel (Department of Speech Communication)
James Dimock, Faculty Mentor (Department of Speech Communication)

Workshops offered in April on effective communication

Extended Learning communication workshops

2008-03-26
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [3/26/2008]

A series of four workshops on "Effective Communication" will be offered in April at Minnesota State University, Mankato through the Office of Extended Learning.

All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Centennial Student Union. Topics include "Meeting Management" on Tuesday, April 8; "Effective Listening" on Tuesday, April 15; "Generational and Relationship Communication" on Tuesday, April 22; and "Organizational Storytelling" on Wednesday, April 30.

Cost is $99 per session or $350 for all five sessions. Parking vouchers will be provided.

For more information contact Extended Learning at (507) 389-2572, e-mail at ext@mnsu.edu or go to www.mnsu.edu/ext/. You can also register online.

For MSU events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

Maverick Forensics team members to showcase their work April 1

Attending NIET-NFA tournaments

2008-03-21

Several Maverick Forensics team members who have qualified for the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament and the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament will showcase their performances Tuesday, April 1, for students, faculty, staff and the public.

The Individual Events Showcase will be from 6:30-7:45 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The National Individual Events Tournament in Austin, Texas—the nation’s most prestigious collegiate speech event—will be April 5-7. The National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament will be in Nashville, Tenn., April 17-21.

Maverick Forensics is part of the Department of Speech Communication and serves students from all disciplines of the university. Students learn about the process of human communication through actively engaging in public address, oral interpretation, and debate competition with colleges and universities from across the nation.

For MSU events: individuals with a disability, who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, are asked to contact the Office of Disability Services at 507-389-2825 (V/TTD), 800-627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD) at least five days prior to the event.

Elected by Peers

Dr. Leah White has been elected by her peers to serve on the District 4 Committee of the American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament.

Grant Recipient

Dr. Rachel Droogsma has received a Professional Development Grant from the President's Commission on the Status of Women. The grant will assist travel to the National Women's Studies Annual Convention in June where she will present her Clothesline Project research. The Clothesline Project focuses on sexual assault.

Four Women Honored

The Women of Courage and Vision reception was held on March 26 and the three women from Speech Communication Department were honored as Women of Courage and Vision. The recipients are Dr. Kristen Cvancara, Kathy Steiner, Dr. Rachel Droogsma, and Dr. Kristen Treinen.

Alum Wins Article of Year Award

Dr. Karen L. Daas (M.A. 2001; Ph.D. UNL 2005; Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio) received the 2007 B. Aubrey Fisher Outstanding Article of the Year Award at the 2008 Western States Communication Association Convention for her article "Negotiating heteronormativity dialectically: Lesbian couples’display of symbols in culture." The award is based on the significance of the article’s contribution to the literature of the discipline and the level of response the article has elicited from other scholars. The article, which was co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Suter, University of Denver, appeared in the January 2007 issue of Western Journal of Communication.

Dr. Rachel Anderson Droogsma Wins Award

Dr. Rachel Anderson Droogsma was chosen as the 2008 Project of the Year by the Commission on the Status of Women. Her scholarly article, "Redefining Hijab: American Muslim Women’s Standpoints on Veiling," was chosen because of the quality of her work. The article details research, methodology and results and has been published in a scholarly journal.

Lynn Kuechle to Perform in NYC

Lynn Kuechle (MA, 2007), an instructor in the Speech Communication Department, has received word she has a paper/performance accepted by the Association of Research on Mothering for the 2008 conference in New York City. Lynn's paper/performance is titled "Extraordinary Ordinary: Motherhood in the Face of Outdated Ideology and Unrealistic Stereotypes." The theme of the 2008 conference is Performing Feminist Motherhood: Outlaw Mothers in Music, Media, Arts and Cultural Expression.

Dr. Leah White Wins Service Award

Dr. Leah White, assistant professor of Speech Communication and Director of Maverick Forensics has been selected by her peers as the recipient of the 2008 "District IV Larry Schnoor Distinguished Service Award."

11 Students Qualify to Attend National Speech Tournament

On April 3-8, 2008 members of the Minnesota State University-Mankato Speech Team will travel to The University of Texas - Austin in Austin TX to compete at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. The AFA-NIET is the most prestigious national speech tournament held each year. Minnesota State Mankato was honored to host this event last year. In order to qualify for the tournament, students must place either 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their events at 3 different regional tournaments during the year. This year MSU qualified 11 students in 27 events. Director of Forensics, Dr. Leah White stated, "This is the most events the team has qualified in the five years I have been at Minnesota State, Mankato. This is even more significant considering of the over 20 students who participated in forensics this year all but three are in their first or second year of college competition." 7 students will attend in a total of 22 events. The following students will attend the tournament:

Senior Zeke Sorenson in Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation with Reisch, Poetry Interpretation and Communication Analysis. Sorenson also qualified Dramatic Interpretation but due to entry constraints will not be competing in the event.

Sophomore Jason Reisch in Duo Interpretation with Sorenson, Program Oral Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation and After Dinner Speaking. Reisch also qualified Poetry Interpretation but due to entry constraints will not be competing in the event.

Sophomore Megan Petersen in Duo Interpretation with Lumberg, Poetry Interpretation and After Dinner Speaking. Petersen also qualified in Duo Interpretation with Anderson who will not be attending the tournament.

Sophomore Justin Hathaway in Prose Interpretation, After Dinner Speaking and Poetry Interpretation.

Freshman Sean Paskach in Prose Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation and Informative Speaking.

Freshman Sarah Walker in Impromptu Speaking, Persuasive Speaking and Communication Analysis

Freshman Suzanne Lumberg in Informative Speaking, Duo with Petersen and Poetry Interpretation

Due to funding constraints, students needed to qualify three events in order to attend the tournament. The following students also qualified events, but will not be traveling to the tournament: Junior Grant Anderson in Duo Interpretation with Petersen, Sophomore April Larson in Duo Interpretation with Franzen, Sophomore Alex Franzen in Duo Interpretation with Larson, Freshman Wade Werner in Dramatic Interpretation.

The team will host a showcase performance of some of the events traveling to the AFA-NIET on April 1st at 6:30 in Ostrander Auditorium on the Minnesota State University, Mankato campus.

Dr. Ragchel Droogsma Receives Summer Grant

Dr. Rachel Anderson Droogsma been awarded a Summer Research Dissemination grant by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Dr. Droogsma will spend a good portion of her summer on her Clothesline Project research. The title of the project is: "'He Might of Cracked My Spirit, but He Never Broke It': A Feminist Standpoint Analysis of Woman Abuse Survivors' Messages in The Clothesline Project."

Add two more panels to the Central States presentations!

Special congratulations to Laura, Jayme, and Dan who are undergraduates in our program

Hanuchristmakwanzakah: Celebrating Multicultural Families and Their Traditions

  • Chair: Jessica Samens
  • Panelists: Laura Hinrichs, Jayme Sunde, Dan Monahan
  • Respondent: Kristen Cvancara

Laura Hinrichs

  • Poster Session: (gender) Competitive poster session
  • Poster session: Shooting the Boot: Examining traditions, stereotypes and communication styles of rugby players

Minnesota State Mankato Colleges Against Cancer Chapter Seeks to Raise $29,000 in Relay for Life Event April 12, 13

Mankato, Minn. - The Minnesota State Mankato's Colleges Against Cancer student chapter will host the fourth annual Relay for Life in Myers Field House Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13, attempting to raise $29,000.

Last year the Relay for Life group raised more than $28,000, earning an American Cancer Society award as the top per-capita fundraiser in the Midwest. In the last three years the campus student organization has raised more than $60,000.

The event, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., is open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Relay for Life is an overnight event developed to celebrate survivorship and raise funds to support the research and programs of the American Cancer Society. This year's relay includes a survivor lap at 6:30 p.m.; guest speakers at 7 p.m.; a luminaria ceremony at 8:30 p.m.; and entertainment, a silent auction, food, games and prizes.

Those who wish to participate or who want more information may go to www.events.cancer.org/rflmnstate-mankato or call Christa Brown at (507) 389-2367.
Those with a disability who need reasonable accommodations to participate should contact the Office of Disability Services at least five days before the event at (507) 389-2825 (V/TTD), (800) 627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD).

Mavericks Take Second at State Speech Tournament

On February 16th and 17th, 2008 the Minnesota State University, Mankato Forensic Team traveled to St. Peter, MN to compete in the 24th Annual Minnesota State College Forensic Tournament. The team took second out of nine schools behind Gustavus Adolphus College but placing above Concordia College, Carleton College and St. Cloud State University.

Individual placings were as follows:

  • Freshman Wade Werner: 2nd place Prose; 6th place Mini Interpretation; 1st place Dramatic Interpretation
  • Freshman Sarah Walker: 3rd place Communication Analysis; 5th place Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Freshman Sean Paskach: 3rd place Informative Speaking; 3rd place Prose Interpretation; 3rd place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Freshman Suzanne Lumberg: 6th place Informative Speaking; 5th place Duo Interpretation with Petersen
  • Sophomore Justin Hathaway: 5th place Mini Interpretation
  • Sophomore April Larson: 8th Place Individual Speaker Parliamentary Debate; Quarter-Finalist Parliamentary Debate
  • Sophomore Megan Petersen: 4th place After Dinner Speaking; 5th Place Duo Interpretation with Lumberg; 3rd place Duo Interpretation with Anderson
  • Sophomore Jason Resich: 6th place Persuasive Speaking; 5th place Poetry Interpretation; 2nd place After Dinner Speaking; 2nd place Mini Interpretation
  • Junior Grant Anderson: 4th place Impromptu Speaking; 6th place Individual Speaker Parliamentary Debate; Semi-Finalist Parliamentary Debate
  • Junior James Jansen: Semi-Finalist Parliamentary Debate
  • Senior Zeke Sorenson: 2nd place Communication Analysis; 4th place Program Oral Interpretation; 4th place Duo Interpretation with Sunde; 5th place Dramatic Interpretation; 1st place Mini Interpretation; 4th Place Individual Sweepstakes
  • Senior Jayme Sunde: 4th place Duo Interpretation with Sorenson
  • Senior Nicole Goebel: Quarter-Finalist Parliamentary Debate
  • Also earning preliminary points contributing to the team’s placing were: Freshman Molly Carmody, Freshman Ariel Klugman, and Sophomore Alex Franzen

Wisconsin Double-Up Love Fest Results

On February 9th and 10th, 2008 the Minnesota State University, Mankato Forensic Team traveled to Wisconsin to compete in the Wisconsin Double-Up Love Fest sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and Ripon College. The team took second out of seventeen schools at the Grace Walsh Individual Events Tournament, third at the Red Hawk Invitational, and second in combined team sweepstakes for the weekend behind Bradley University.

Grace Walsh Individual Events Tournament

  • Freshman Wade Werner: 3rd place Prose; 4th place Dramatic Interp
  • Freshman Sarah Walker: 4th place Communication Analysis
  • Sophomore Justin Hathaway: 1st place Poetry
  • Sophomore April Larson: 6th place Informative Speaking
  • Sophomore Megan Petersen: 3rd place After Dinner Speaking
  • Junior Grant Anderson: 5th place Extemp Speaking
  • Senior Zeke Sorenson: 2nd place Communication Analysis

Red Hawk Invitational

  • Freshman Wade Werner: 6th place Prose; 4th place Dramatic Interp
  • Freshman Molly Carmody: 7th place Dramatic Interp
  • Freshman Sarah Walker: 3rd place Communication Analysis
  • Freshman Sean Paskach: 2nd place Program Oral Interp
  • Sophomore Jason Reisch: 5th place Program Oral Interp
  • Sophomore Megan Petersen: 1st place After Dinner Speaking
  • Senior Zeke Sorenson: 1st place Communication Analysis

2008 Central States Communication Association Convention

Measurement & Scaling Issues In Communication Science: What’s Good, What’s Bad, And What’s Needed To Develop And Advance Theory In The Field
"Measurement and scaling issues in compliance-gaining research: Reliability and validity of typology-based assessments." Kristen Eis Cvancara, Minnesota State University

Advanced Issues In Teaching The Basic Course Online
"Incorporating activities in the online basic communication course." Kristi Treinen, Minnesota State University

The Activism Of Mythic Studies And Rhetorical Criticism: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, And Where We’re Going
Chair: Maggie Briggs, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Out Of The Classroom And Into The Community
Chair: Michelle D. Dodge, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Incorporation Of Queer Pedagogy Into Communication Education
Chair: Jessica Samens, Minnesota State University, Mankato

"The Diversity Class" : Discussing The Implementation Of Diversity Requirements At The University
Participant: Kristen Treinen, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Exploring Family Communication Competitive Paper Panel
Chair: Christa M. Brown, Minnesota State University, Mankato

"No, I Am Not A Student!": Pedagogical Strategies And Challenges Of Being A Young Instructor
Chair: Kristen P. Treinen, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Jessica Samens, Minnesota State University –Mankato
Participant: Kathleen Crawford, Minnesota State University –Mankato

The First Amendment And Religious Expression: An Analysis Of Political Cartoons
Chair: Rebecca Rick, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Political Activism Before And During The War In Iraq
Chair: Brian Grewe, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Teaching In A Time Of War: Reflections On The Basic Course
Participant: Kristi Treinen, Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Pedagogical Implications Of Norms In Forensics: A Roundtable Disucssion
Participant: Chad Kuyper, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Michael Chouinard, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Sarah Jones, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Conferencing 101: Tips And Tricks For Graduate Students
Participant: Christa Brown, Regent University
Participant: Kristen Treinen, Minnesota Sate University, Mankato

Basic Course And Civic Engagement: Beyond The Classroom - State Of Minnesota Showcase Program
Participant: Kathleen Crawford, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Jessica Samens, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Exploring, Explaining And Engaging Through Technology
Paper: Kristen P. Treinen, Minnesota State University, Mankato, "Exploring, explaining, and engaging through video in online discussion."

Performing Masculinty And Gender
Chair: Maggie Briggs, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graduate Call To Action: Re-Invigorating Communication Theory Through Debate Regarding Resarch, Practice, And Pedagogy
Chair: Brian Grewe, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Activism: Inside And Outside The Classroom
Chair: Michelle Dodge, Minnesota State University, Mankato

The Usage Of Popular Culture In Communication Classes: Theories, Methods, And Artifacts Of Popular Culture
Participant: Jessica Samens, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Socially Responsible Learning: The Communication Course And Civic Engagement
Participant: Kathleen Crawford, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Maggie Briggs, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Communication In The Digital Arena: Exploring, Explaining, And Engaging Human Behavior In Online Environments –State Of Minnesota Showcase Program
Chair: Christa M. Brown, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Grant Anderson, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Nicole Goebel, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Justin Hathaway, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Sarah Jones, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Stephon Sorenson, Minnesota State University, Mankato

A Transient Population: Is That All We Really Are?
Participant: Kathleen Crawford, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Participant: Jessica Samens, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Supernanny: To The Rescue?
Facilitator: Lynn Kuechle, Minnesota State University Mankato
Participant: Lynn Kuechle, Minnesota State University Mankato
Participant: Christa M. Brown, Minnesota State University Mankato
Participant: Kathleen Crawford, Minnesota State University Mankato

Communication Day 2008 in Pictures!

Communication Day!

8:00-9:00 Light breakfast…coffee, juice, pastries (hallway outside AH 230)
Stop by for a morning snack and pick up a list of the day's events, information on the major, minor, internship and scholarship opportunities will be available.

9:00-9:50 Majoring or Minoring in Speech Communication: What it involves and what you need to know (AH 311)
If you're interested in learning more about the major or minor, want to know what classes work well together, or if you just want to be sure you're on the right track for graduation, this is the session for you. There will be plenty of time to ask your questions!

9:00-9:50 Getting involved beyond the classroom: Building A Resume (AH 334)
This session features panelists discussing a wide variety of outside-of-class activities—groups such as Colleges Against Cancer, Speech Club, Lamba Pi Eta (a national honor society), IMPACT, PRSSA, and MSU's nationally-ranked speech team. Find out how activities beyond the Speech Department can compliment a major or minor in Speech.

10:00-10:50 A Good Pairing: Minors to Speech Communication (AH 311)
Speech Communication is a general degree, but it can be made more specific and tailored to student's interests and goals by pairing the major with the right minor. This session will explore various minors students might not know about or have not yet considered.

10:00-10:50 Getting involved beyond the classroom: Building A Resume (AH 334)
(This session is repeated to offer more students a chance to attend…please see earlier description)

11:00-11:50 Want to try your hand at communication research? (AH 334)
Interested in communication research? Maybe even graduate school? MSU faculty and students discuss some of their unique and interesting research projects. A valuable session if you think you might someday want to do your own research.

11:00-11:50 Majoring or Minoring in Speech
Communication: What it involves and what you need to know (AH 311)
(This session is repeated to offer more students a chance to attend…please see earlier description)

12:00-1:00 Free Lunch—Pizza, Pop, and Conversation (AH 334 & 303)
Lunch is on us! Please stop by to chat with other students, faculty, alums, or community leaders who have Speech Communication degrees.

1:00-1:50 Thinking about graduate school? (AH 334)
Talk with MSU faculty and graduate students about topics ranging from finding the right graduate program to getting accepted. Many graduate students earn their tuition by becoming Teaching Assistants—this topic will also be addressed.

1:00-1:50 Don't sell yourself short! Selling Your Degree to Employers (AH 311)
This session is designed to help Speech majors explain the benefits they bring to potential employers due to their studies of human communication. Topics will range from helping you express what skills and knowledge sets you are learning in this major to tips for composing a resume. Internships will also be discussed.

Feature Session

2:00-2:50 Your degree, your passion, and the $$: MSU alums tell their stories (AH 102)
Come hear stories from and talk with three graduates of the Speech Department MSU—one who is coming back to MSU to work on an MBA degree and two who applied their degree to business settings. All three of these individuals will explain how they took their Speech degree into the "real world." (Christi Bones, Steve Griffiths, Erin Tonga)

Mavericks Place at SCSU Icebox Classic

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Forensics Team competed in the Icebox Classic in St. Cloud, Minnesota February 1 –2. MSU –Mankato took 2nd place overall with several outstanding individual accomplishments:

  • Freshman Sean Paskach: 2nd place Prose; 3rd place Program Oral Interp
  • Freshman Sarah Walker: 4th place Communication Analysis; 5th Speaker Debate
  • Freshman Suzanne Lumberg: 4thplace Duo (w/Megan Petersen)
  • Freshman Molly Carmody: Top Novice Drama
  • Sophomore Megan Petersen: 2nd place Duo (w/Grant Anderson); 4th place Duo (w/ Suzanne Lumberg)
  • Sophomore Justin Hathaway: 1st place Poetry
  • Junior Grant Anderson: 6th place Extemp Speaking; 2nd place Duo Interp (w/Megan Petersen); 6th place Drama; Semi Finalist Debate (w/ James Jansen)
  • Junior James Jansen: Semi Finalist Debate (w/Grant Anderson)
  • Senior Zeke Sorenson: 1st place Drama; 2nd place Communication Analysis

Mavericks Place at "Kansas in Nebraska" Tournament

On January 26-27, 2008, the Minnesota State University, Mankato forensics team traveled to Lincoln, Ne to compete in the "Kansas in Nebraska" tournament. The team competed against such nationally ranked teams as Illinois State University, Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Kansas State Univeristy. The results were as follows:

  • Day 1—Jason Reisch: 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Day 2—Jason Reisch: 2nd in After Dinner Speaking, 2nd in Dramatic Interpretation (qualifying the event for the American Forensics Association national tournament), 3rd in Individual Sweepstakes

Dr. Rachel Anderson Droogsma is highlighted in the Winter 2008 I (volume 2, issue 1) of Frontiers magazine, a publication of the university. Congratulations to Rachel!

Iowa Swing Tournament Results

On January 19 and 20, 2008 the Minnesota State University, Mankato Forensic Team traveled to Iowa to compete in the Iowa Swing held on the campuses of the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College. 14 schools competed in the tournament.

Individual Awards Received are as follows:

January 19 –Bill Henderson Invitational at University of Northern Iowa

  • Senior Zeke Sorenson –2nd in Communication Analysis and 8th in Prose Interpretation
  • Junior Grant Anderson –2nd in Duo Interpretation with Petersen
  • Sophomore Megan Petersen –2nd in Duo Interpretation with Anderson, 5th in Duo Interpretation with Lumberg, and 6th in Informative Speaking
  • Sophomore Jason Reisch –5th in After Dinner Speaking and 7th in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Freshman Wade Werner –5th in Dramatic Interpretation
  • Freshman Suzanne Lumberg –5th in Duo Interpretation with Petersen and 5th in Informative Speaking.
  • Freshman Sean Paskach –6th in Prose Interpretation

January 20 –Bob Smith Invitational at Wartburg College

  • Junior Grant Anderson –6th in Duo Interpretation with Petersen
  • Sophomore Megan Petersen –6th in Duo Interpretation with Anderson and 3rd in Duo Interpretation with Lumberg
  • Freshman Wade Werner –5th in Dramatic Interpretation and 4th in Prose Interpretation
  • Freshman Suzanne Lumberg –3rd in Duo Interpretation with Petersen and 5th in Informative Speaking.
  • Freshman Sean Paskach –5th in Prose Interpretation and 2nd in Program Oral Interpretation
  • Freshman Sarah Walker –4th in Persuasive Speaking and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking

Employee Recognition Day: Years of Service

  • Daniel Cronn-Mills—15 Years
  • James Dimock—5 Years
  • David Engen—5 Years
  • Nanette Johnson-Curiskis—10 Years
  • Kristen Treinen—5 Years

Dr. Kristen Cvancara has a paper accepted for the Realizing Student Potential/ITeach Conference on February 29 in Minneapolis. The presentation is titled "Gaining Student Compliance: Pro-social and Anti-social Tactics in the Classroom." The presentation is a preliminary review of a 2007-2008 RIP Grant project, and will incorporate material Dr. Cvancara has been advancing through the 2007-2008 SoLT Community of Practice, sponsored this year by CETL.

Dr. Kristen Cvancara has a paper accepted for the International Communication Conference to be held in May. The paper is titled "Televised Social Models and Verbal Aggression." The abstract reads: "Understanding how exposure to media may contribute to interpersonal aggression within intimate settings has not been examined fully. Given this, the current study examined the extent to which various aspects of television consumption related to verbally aggressive behaviors during negotiations for intimate physical contact. In general, results show that gender and media consumption variables are related to reported willingness to use verbally aggressive behaviors when seeking physical intimacy. Implications for social policy are discussed and directions for future research are advanced."

Mavericks Place at UW-Stout Tournament

The Minnesota State University, Mankato forensic team competed at the University of Wisconsin, Stout tournament November 30 and December 1st in Menomonie, WI. There were 19 schools in attendance, including Gustavus Adolphus College, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and Wartburg College. The MSU, Mankato forensic team placed 5th overall, and individual results were as follows:

  • Megan Petersen: 6th place in Prose, 2nd place in Duo with Grant Anderson
  • Zeke Sorenson: 1st place in Duo with Jayme Sunde, 5th place in Dramatic Interpretation, 4th place in Music Interpretation, 6th place in Individual Sweepstakes
  • Suzanne Lumberg: 6th place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Justin Hathaway: 4th place in Poetry Interpretation
  • Grant Anderson: 2nd place in Duo with Megan Peterson
  • Jayme Sunde: 1st place in Duo with Zeke Sorenson

Alum Busy Publishing

Dr. Jason Edwards (MA, 2002), an assistant professor at Bridgewater State College has had highly productive year and a half including:

  1. the lead essay in the Journal of Language and Politics titled "Bill Clinton's 'New Partnership' Anecdote: Toward a Post-Cold War Foreign Policy Rhetoric."
  2. a co-authored chapter in the Whitt & Perlich edited book Sith, Slayers, Stargates, and Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New Millenium titled "Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Quest Story: Revising the Hero, Reshaping the Myth"
  3. a forthcoming book chapter titled "Community-Focused Apologia in Pope John Paul II's Year of Jubilee Discourse" in The Rhetoric of Pope John Paul II edited by Joseph Blaney and Joseph Zompetti (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).
  4. a recently accepted article in the Atlantic Journal of Communication titled "The Mission of Healing: Kofi Annan's Failed Apology."
  5. a recent article published in White House Studies titled "Staying the Course as World Leader: Bill Clinton's Use of Historical Analogies." The article will be reprinted in the upcoming book The Presidency of the United States: New Issues and Developments edited by Anthony Eksterowicz and Glenn Hastedt (Nova Science Publishers).
  6. a manuscript titled Navigating the Post-Cold War World: Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy Rhetoric has received a book contract from the Lexington Book Series on Political Communication and should be forthcoming sometime in late 2008/2009.

Alum published

Congratulations to John Perlich who co-edited and contributed (with David Whitt) chapters to the book "Sith, Slayers, Stargates, and Cyborgs: Modern Mythology in the New Millennium" published by Peter Lang. Dr. Perlich received his baccalaureate and master degrees from the Speech Communication Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Engen and Treinen named Presidential Teaching Scholar Fellows

Two Speech Communication faculty members, Dr. Dave Engen and Dr. Kristi Treinen, have been selected as 2008 recipients of the Presidential Summer Teaching Scholar Fellowship. This is the seventh time in the short history of the Fellowship that Speech Communication faculty have received this honor, demonstrating the quality and quantity of scholarship in the Department.

Dr. Engen will be conducting documentary work on "third places" in Blue Earth County. The term third place refers to informal gathering places between home and work where individuals participate in unstructured social interaction (Oldenburg, 1997). Third places include, but are not limited to, neighborhood taverns, barber shops, coffee shops, community centers, cafes, beauty shops, and general stores. The audio portions of Dave's work will air on local radio and be featured on the newly developed website Voices from the Valley. In addition to these outlets, Dave is working with the Blue Earth County Historical Society on a display featuring audio and photography relating to local third places; students in Dave's spring 2009 Communication and Community course will help create the display under the leadership of the BECHS.

Dr. Treinen will use her fellowship to explore the use of Podcast/Vodcast technologies and applications for use in the Basic Communication Course (SPEE 100) as well as a tool for Graduate Teaching Assistant Training and Development.

Faculty member recognized

Speech Communication faculty member Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis is featured in the fall edition of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system magazine. The article about Dr. Johnson-Curiskis is on p. 21 of the magazine, which is available at http://www.mnscu.edu/media/publications/pdf/mnstate_magazine_fall07.pdf

Speech Comm Graduate Student Cited

Speech Communication graduate student Brian Grewe has had his research cited by one of the leading researchers in the field of relational communication. In the new 4th edition of Human Relationships (published by Sage), author Steve Duck has included a citation of Brian's research. Brian presented his research, titled "Relationships on the rocks: Relational changes after acquiring a physical disability," at the Central States Communication Conference in Indianapolis in 2005.

Student and Faculty to Present Joint Research

Graduate student Chad Kuyper and Professor Jim Dimock have had their paper "A Question of Ethics: John Gibson and the "War on Christmas,'" accepted for presentation at the 2008 Rhetoric Society of America conference. The conference will be held in May in Seattle.

NCA Honors for MSU Faculty

  • Jim Dimock received the American Forensic Association Dissertation/Thesis Award for his MFA thesis.
  • Rachel Droogsma was elected Second Vice Chair of the Women's Caucus for 2008, which means she will be the Vice Chair in 2009, program planner for the Women's Caucus in 2010, and the Chair of Women's Caucus in 2011

Speech Comm Undergrad Awarded Grants

Speech Communication undergraduate Nicole Goebel has been awarded two research grants from the Undergraduate Research Center. These grants will help support her research on her two presentations: "Parents as Students: Assessing the Childcare Needs of Nontraditional Students at Minnesota State University, Mankato" and "A Lover's Spat: Utilizing Richard Weaver's Topics to Analyze the Debate in Book IX of Paradise Lost." Nicole will present her research as part of the Undergraduate Research Center to be held at Minnesota State University on April 21-22, 2008.

KMSU program Nov. 14 will explore experience of motherhood On 'Minnesota Morning'

Lynn Kuechle, an aluma, Speech Communications instructor and mother of two, will explore issues of motherhood in a KMSU 89.7 FM master's thesis audio presentation Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m., on "Minnesota Morning" with host Karen Wright.

Kuechle interviewed five mothers, all in differing stages of motherhood, capturing their stories. From these stories—and from her own mothering experience,—Kuechle created a 45-minute performance piece called "Extraordinary Ordinary: Motherhood in the Face of unrealistic stereotypes and outdated ideology."

Kuechle, along with actresses Rachel Droogsma, Angela Brutlag and Holly Breitkreutz, will present the mothers' stories to illustrate a more realistic picture of the motherhood experience.

Leah White to present as part of "Focus on Germany" series

Speech Communication faculty member Dr. Leah White will be presenting "Charlotte Salomon's Life? Or Theatre?: A Visual Representation of German-Jewish Woman’s Life" on November 27th from noon-1:00 in CSU 203. This presentation is part of the "Focus on Germany" series sponsored by the International Programs Office.

Maverick Forensics Results

This last weekend, October 20-21, 2007, the MSU-Mankato Forensics team co-hosted and competed in the Minnesota River Swing. The Saturday portion of the tournament was hosted at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the Sunday portion was held at Gustavus Adolphus. The team received 3rd place in Team Sweepstakes at the Gustavus Adolphus portion of the tournament. Individual results:

  • Megan Peterson: Prose—6th place
  • Jimmy Jansen: Impromptu—6th place
  • Zeke Sorenson: Program Oral Interpretation—1st place; Duo with Jayme Sunde—4th place, Dramatic Interpretation—5th place
  • Jayme Sunde: Duo with Zeke Sorenson—4th place
  • Jason Reisch: Poetry—4th place; After Dinner Speaking—2nd place
  • Nicole Goebel: After Dinner Speaking—1st place
  • Kylie Schultz: Dramatic Interpretation—6th place

Speech Team at SDSU Jackrabbit Jousts

On October 5 th and 6th, 2007, the MSU-Mankato Forensic Team traveled to South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota to compete in the Jackrabbit Joust. MSU-Mankato took 3rd place at this competition. 12 schools competed in this competition.

MSU-Mankato Forensic Team members did very well at the Jackrabbit Joust:

  • Tatiana Lehnen—3rd place Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd place Prose Interpretation
  • Zeke Sorenson—3rd place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Jason Reisch—4th place Poetry Interpretation, 4th place After Dinner Speaking
  • Ariel Klugman—5th place After Dinner Speaking

Thesis Performance online

A performance of faculty member Lynn Kuechle's thesis is available online at http://msustr0.campus.mnsu.edu:8080/cah/kuechl/thesis.wmv

Wolff Family Speech Communication Scholarship Winners Announced

The Speech Communication Department is pleased to announce that Christy Smiland and Laura Pelletier have been awarded the 2007-2008 Wolff Family Scholarship. The $1000 awards are given annually to Speech Communication undergraduate students demonstrating academic excellence, service, and financial need. The scholarship is funded by Matt Wolff, a 1999 graduate of the Speech Communication Department.

Undergraduate student publications

Two undergraduate speech communication students have articles published in the latest issue of the MSU Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Critique of the Appropriation of Black Culture by White Suburban Youth
Julie L. Lemley
Professor James Dimock, advisor

The Reality of Role-Playing Games: How Players Construct Reality Through Language
Jessica Carlson
Dr. Daniel Cronn-Mills, advisor

Issue is online at /urc/journal/

Faculty member has article accepted for publication

Professor Jim Dimock, faculty member in the Speech Communication Department, will have his article "Putting the Argument Back in the 'Spheres of Argument'" published in the Proceedings of the 15th NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation. Mr. Dimock recently took part in this conference, held every two years at the Alta Resort in Sandy, Utah. This conference is one of the premier conferences for argumentation scholars, and attracts international participation.

Professor Emeritus Wins National Award

MSU Emeritus Professor Larry Schnoor has been informed by the National Communication Association that he has been chosen as the winner of the 2007 Wallace A. Bacon Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award. The award recognizes the teaching excellence of retired NCA members. These scholars have exhibited a lifetime of dedication to distinguished teaching.

Dr. Joseph Daily, award committee chair, writes in the notification letter:

The Bacon Award Committee was especially impressed by the level of admiration expressed by your former students for both your teaching and your administrative work, by your high standards as a teacher, and by your exceptional accomplishments.

So that I may better express our admiration for your work, I have copied below a passage from the committee's letter to NCA Headquarters.

"Professor Larry Schnoor is a top-drawer teacher, exceptional in his level of accomplishment, marvelous in his interactions with students and a wonderful example of the teaching profession. Colleagues praise him as an administrator, forensics coach, leader and friend. He taught at Minnesota State University-Mankato from 1964 until his retirement in 1993, chairing the department from 1978 until 1991. After "retiring," he taught full-time at Concordia College and later at St. Olaf College. As a teacher-mentor he benefited directors of forensics across the country. His passionate commitment has inspired students to excel as researchers, forensic competitors and as members of the human family. In the words of one former student, "Larry is, without question, the foremost educator/facilitator of individual events in collegiate forensics in the nation." One former student says that Professor Schnoor never worked a traditional workweek, that he was always the first in the office and usually the last to go home, and that he often returned at night to work with students. The same person wrote, "Larry Schnoor is the hardest working, most dedicated professional I have met in my life." His profession roles, simply too numerous to mention, have benefited students, colleagues and his profession immeasurably."

Personal congratulations to Professor Schnoor may be sent to: lschnoor@hickorytech.net

Alum Has Article Accepted for Publication

David Nadolski (MFA) has an article accepted for publication in the next issue of the National Forensic Journal. The article is titled "Examining Leadership and Mentorship in Business and Forensics."

Congratulations to Dave!

Dave may be reached at dnadolski@aol.com

Department Selects Graduate Thesis Representative

The Speech Communication Department MAGS Committee has selected Lynn Kuechle's thesis, "Extraordinary Ordinary": Motherhood in the Face of Outdated Ideology and Unrealistic Stereotypes, to represent the Department for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award. Leah White was her advisor during this project. Congrats!

Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis is "Outstanding"

Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis has been selected to receive the CTAM 2007 "Outstanding Individual in Communication and Theater Award." The award recognizes Nan's distinguished service to communication and theater education in Minnesota. Nan will be honored during the CTAM annual conference in September to be held in Rochester. Nan is the 5th member of the Speech Communication Department at MSU, Mankato to receive this honor. Previous recipients include Larry Schnoor in 1978, Dan Cronn-Mills in 2002, Warren Sandmann in 2003, and Kathy Steiner in 2006.

Dr. Johnson-Curiskis is new ED of ILA

At the 28th annual convention of the International Listening Association in Frankfurt Germany, Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis was named the new Executive Director of the International Listening Association. Dr. Johnson-Curiskis will replace Dr. James Pratt from River Falls who has served since 2001. The Executive Director of the ILA conducts the daily business of the ILA and is responsible for maintaining an office for Association materials, digital files, and any other items necessary for the business of the association. The ED is responsible for all financial transactions including budgets, maintains membership lists, and organizes and coordinates with the First Vice-President on convention planning. The Executive director is appointed by the Executive Board. Dr. Johnson-Curiskis is a founding and life-time member of the ILA. The ILA is the professional organization whose members are dedicated to learning more about the impact that listening has on all human activity. The International Listening Association promotes the study, development, and teaching of listening and the practice of effective listening skills and techniques. www.listen.org

Speech Communication Faculty and Students at CTAM 2007!

Minnesota Summer Speech Institutes for High School Competitors

  • Kristofer Kracht, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Dr. Todd Holm, Concordia College
  • Dr. Leah White, MSU, Mankato

Find out how high school students can benefit from summer forensics programs. The goal of this session is to provide high school forensics coaches with information regarding the Gustavus Adolphus College Summer Speech Institute, Concordia College Speech Institute, and the Minnesota State University, Mankato Summer Speech Camp.

Best Practices and Teaching Ideas for Online Communication Courses

  • Angie Seifert Anderson, Anoka Ramsey Community College, Cambridge
  • Nanette Johnson-Curiskis, MSU, Mankato
  • Mark Grant, Dakota County Technical College
  • Rachel Thompson, Connections Academy, Minneapolis

This session brings together online teachers from a variety of educational backgrounds: a community college, technical college, four year college, and a virtual K-10 academy. Each instructor will speak about what she or he found worked for him or her in the online classroom and what did not work. If you have never taught online and may do so in the future, you can come and learn from our successes and failures. If you have already taught online, please come and share your ideas for best practices in teaching online.

Infusing Critical Thinking into Communication Courses

  • Kristen Treinen, MSU, Mankato
  • James Dimock, MSU, Mankato
  • Daniel Cronn-Mills, MSU, Mankato

Communication courses are a central avenue to improving students' critical thinking abilities. We will discuss how incorporating critical thinking concepts and strategies into your communication curriculum can enhance your students' learning experience. Join us and learn about instructional and curricular materials designed to enhance how students use communication to develop their critical thinking abilities, including such concepts as mind-maps, cognitive biases, evidentiary analysis, argument analysis, and other concepts and techniques.

Online Teaching G.I.F.T.S.

Moderator: Angie Seifert Anderson-Anoka Ramsey Community College, Cambridge

  • Warren Sandmann, MSU, Mankato
  • Lori Halverson-Wente, Rochester Community College
  • Shelly Freese, Normandale Community College
  • Nanette Johnson-Curiskis, MSU, Mankato
  • Mark Grant, Dakota County Technical College

Our traditional G.I.F.T.S. session has a new twist this year: teaching speech, communication and theatre courses online. Several instructors will share ideas for teaching online. We will have internet access at this session, so we welcome all to share ideas/resources you have found for effectively teaching online.

Communication in the Digital Arena: Socio-Rhetorical Dimensions of Online Environments

  • Grant Anderson, MSU, Mankato
  • Elizabeth Bendix, Concordia College
  • Nicole Goebel, MSU, Mankato
  • Justin Hathaway, MSU, Mankato
  • Sarah Jones, MSU, Mankato
  • Stephon Sorenson, MSU, Mankato

Increasingly, online and digital environments challenge traditional models of communication. Our understanding of identity, immediacy and what it means to interact with one another must expand to incorporate expanding sense of time and space provided by the digital environment. Online environments, such as My Space, Facebook and gaming "worlds" deliberately construct environments and contexts within which interaction can take place and relationships form, providing an ideal case upon which such questions can be explored.

The Little Black Book: What's Up with That?

  • Deborah Bendix, ST. Cloud Apollo High School
  • James P. Dimock, MSU, Mankato
  • Sara Gronstal, MSU, Mankato
  • Chad Kuyper, MSU, Mankato
  • Holly Manning, Concordia College
  • Scott Wells, St. Cloud State University

The "little black book" or the script is required in interpretive events at the collegiate level but not at the high school level. The panelists examine the little black book, considering whether or not it is useful, essential or an imposition on the interper. The practical and theoretical implications of the little black script book will be discussed.

Corporate Influence on the Discipline: A Debate

Debaters:

  • Affirming: James P. Dimock, MSU, Mankato
  • Negating: Paul W. Oehlke, St. Cloud State University

Moderator:
Warren Sandmann, MSU, Mankato

In the winter of 2007, a debate played on the CRTnet Listserv concerning the impact and influence of business corporations on the academy, on the communication studies discipline and the National Communication Association. Often contentious, two of the arguers in that contest bring the debate to CTAM. Mr. Dimock will begin with a ten minute statement and Dr. Oehlke will respond. The floor will then be opened up to questions moderated by Dr. Sandmann.

Questioning Our Teaching Strategies: Educating Contemporary College Students

  • Maggie Briggs, MSU, Mankato
  • Kristen Cvancara, MSU, Mankato
  • Dave Engen, MSU,Mankato
  • Kristen Treinen, MSU, Mankato

Panelists will explore some of the key challenges and communication issues we face when teaching contemporary college students (a.k.a. Generation NeXt). Topics for discussion include:

  • ways the "narrative of convenience" is influencing the manner in which students approach the classroom
  • questions about possible connections between students' social class background and new methods of "content delivery"
  • the tension between invitation and coercion as it relates to interacting with and motivating students
  • ways of dealing with students' urge to increasingly multi-task
  • the relationship between instructor age and teaching this "technology generation"

The goal of this panel is not to present completed scholarship on these topics. Instead, panelists will present their ideas, experiences, and questions relating to the above. Audience members will discuss these topics, with the hope of spurring possible research projects and collaborations for presentation at next year's conference and beyond.

New Ass't Professor has Article Accepted by Journal

Dr. Rachel Anderson Droogsma, assistant professor, has an article accepted for publication in the next issue of the Journal of Applied Communication Research. The article is titled "Redefining Hijab: American Muslim Women's Standpoints on Veiling." Abstract: Feminist standpoint theory suggests that, although powerful discourses attempt to define women on the "margins" of society, women's cultural positions provide them with heightened understandings of the contradictions between their experiences and the ways the dominant group defines them. Thus, while many Americans believe hijab - also called a "veil" or "headscarf" - functions to oppress women, veiled women probably possess alternative understandings. In this study, 13 veiled American Muslim women share their experiences, and under the lens of standpoint theory, the participants' definition of hijab emerges. Specifically, the women inscribe hijab with meanings shaped by their unique cultural standpoints. Hijab functions to define Muslim identity, perform a behavior check, resist sexual objectification, afford more respect, preserve intimate relationships, and provide freedom.

"The Sound of Work"

In June, Dave Engen and Carolyn Mager presented an audio documentary/collage titled "The Sound of Work" at the bi-annual conference of the Working-Class Studies Association's annual conference. The project was recorded in the spring of 2007 with editing and mixing completed in May and June. The recently graduated Robert Jersek helped with the recording.

Alum Accepts DOF Position at NMSU

Merci Decker (MA) is currently serving in a seasonal AmeriCorps position as a State Park Naturalist and recently accepted a position at Northwest Missouri State University as Director of Forensics. Merci also has co-authored paper accepted in the Feminist and Women's Studies Division at NCA.

Competitive Paper Accepted for Alta Conference

Professor James Dimock has recieved word his competitive paper titled ""Putting the argument back in the spheres of argument" has been accepted for the 15th Alta Conference on Argumentation to be held August 2-5, 2007 in Alta, Utah at the Rustler Lodge.

Dr. Treinen and Dr. Engen Receive Tenure and Promotion

Dr. Kristen Treinen has earned tenured and been promoted to the rank of associate professor effective the first duty day of the 2007-2008 academic year.
Dr. David Engen has earned tenured and been promoted to the rank of associate professors effective the first duty day of the 2007-2008 academic year.

Professors Articles Accepted by CTAMJournal

Dr. Kristen Cvancara and Dr. Kristen Treinen have been notified a manuscript titled "Recognizing College Students of Today: Generational Shifts Prompt Pedagogical Shifts" has been accepted for publication in the next issue of the CTAMJournal.

Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis, Dr. Dan Cronn-Mills and Dr. Warren Sandmann have been notified a manuscript titled "Developing a Senior Capstone and Portfolio Course" has been accepted for publication in the next issue of the CTAMJournal.

Professor on KMSU

Dr. Kristen Cvancara was interviewed on KMSU by Greg Husak about her summer research grant. The interview aired Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 9:am.

Faculty, Students and Faculty Emeriti at NCA 2007!

Christa M. Brown, instructor

ESL Student Transitions: Preparing ESL Students to Transfer to and be Successful in the Basic Course

Community College Section
Fri, Nov 16 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / PDR 4

Daniel Cronn-Mills, professor

AFA Business Meeting

American Forensic Association
Wed, Nov 14 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / PDR 18

AFA Educational Development and Practices Committee

American Forensic Association
Wed, Nov 14 - 10:00am - 12:00pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / PDR 6

AFA National Council

American Forensic Association
Wed, Nov 14 - 12:00pm - 3:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / PDR 6

Creating Connections: Masters-Only Graduate Programs as Unique Sites for Professional and Instructional Development

American Forensic Association
Thu, Nov 15 - 8:00am - 9:15am,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 4
Discussant
Presenter on individual presentation: The Role of the Advisor in Mentoring Master's-Only Students

Larry Schnoor: A Celebration of His Impact on Intercollegiate Forensics

National Forensics Association
Sat, Nov 17 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / PDR 17

Master's Education Section Business Meeting

Masters Education Section
Fri, Nov 16 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / McCormick Boardroom

NCA 2007 Legislative Assembly Meeting

NCA Legislative Assembly
Sat, Nov 17 - 8:00am - 10:45am,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / International Ballroom South

Student Papers in Debate, Faith, and Argument

American Forensic Association
Fri, Nov 16 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 7

Top Papers by Master's Students

Masters Education Section
Sat, Nov 17 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Northwest 4

Top Papers in Forensics and Argumentation

American Forensic Association
Fri, Nov 16 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 4

Kristen Eis Cvancara, assistant professor

Antisociality and Sociopathy: Violence, Murder and Revenge

Interpersonal Communication Division
Fri, Nov 16 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / PDR 2
Presenter on individual presentation: Shades of Gray on the Interpersonal Violence Spectrum: Antisocial Negotiation Strategies in Intimate Interactions

James P. Dimock, assistant professor

A Debate: Richard M. Weaver's Ideal Orator—Not Lincoln but Milton!

American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Sat, Nov 17 - 9:30am - 10:45am,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Crystal Room
Session Organizer
Presenter on individual presentation: For Weaver, Lincoln Exemplified the Evil Orator and It Is Milton Who Exemplified the Ethical Ideal.

Communicating Views of War: Constructing and Mobilizing Meanings of War

American Forensic Association
Thu, Nov 15 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 4
Non-Presenter on individual presentation: An Investigation of Warist Rhetoric: "War" as a Dialectical Term

Debaters or Students? Parliamentary Debate as a Co-Curricular Activity

Argumentation and Forensics Division
Sat, Nov 17 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Northwest 3
Session Organizer
Presenter on individual presentation: Moving from Technical to Public Argument: The Judge as Subject Paradigm

Top Papers in Forensics and Argumentation

American Forensic Association
Fri, Nov 16 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 4
Discussant

Michelle Dawn Dodge, graduate student

"My Students Did Really Well—I think": Faith, Intellect, and Ethics in Training Graduate Teaching Assistants to Effectively Evaluate Speeches for the Basis Course

Basic Course Division
Thu, Nov 15 - 9:30am - 10:45am,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Conference Room 5C
Session Roles: Discussant, Session Organizer

Rachel M. Anderson Droogsma, assistant professor

New Directions in Intercultural Communication Research: How and What We Study

International and Intercultural Communication Division
Sat, Nov 17 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Northwest 1
Presenter on individual presentation: Infusing the Critical Research Paradigm with Activism: The Case for Activist Research in Intercultural Communication

Public/Vernacular Art and Social Change: Engaging the Visual in Communicating Alternative World Views

Visual Communication Division
Fri, Nov 16 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Conference Room 4G
Presenter on individual presentation: "I Will Bring Inside Things to the Outside": Woman abuse survivors break the silence through public art

Women and War: Mothers, Families, and Military Recruitment

Feminist and Women's Studies Division
Sat, Nov 17 - 8:00am - 9:15am,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Boulevard A
Chair

Jacob D. Eckstein, graduate student

Cultural Connections and Social Re-Actions in American Mainstream Media: Manipulating Perceptions of Reality

Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division
Thu, Nov 15 - 8:00am - 9:15am,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Conference Room 4A
Presenter on individual presentation: False Impositions of Authority and Voice: An Analysis of the Violent Removal of a Haitian President and its Treatment by U.S. Media

David E. Engen, associate professor

The Classroom as a Site for Critical Understanding, Connection, and Action: Teaching and Engaging Social Class

Critical and Cultural Studies Division
Thu, Nov 15 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 2
Presenter on individual presentation: The Challenges of Teaching About Social Class

Sara E. Gronstal, graduate student

Beyond Begging, Pleading and Bribing: Recruiting and Retaining Students for Speech Competition

American Forensic Association
Sun, Nov 18 - 8:00am - 9:15am,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Crystal Room
Session Roles: Chair, Session Organizer

Katie Ischkin, graduate student

"My Students Did Really Well—I think": Faith, Intellect, and Ethics in Training Graduate Teaching Assistants to Effectively Evaluate Speeches for the Basis Course

Basic Course Division
Thu, Nov 15 - 9:30am - 10:45am,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Conference Room 5C
Discussant

Emily Kofoed, student

Communicating Views of War: Constructing and Mobilizing Meanings of War

American Forensic Association
Thu, Nov 15 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 4
Presenter on individual presentation: An Investigation of Warist Rhetoric: "War" as a Dialectical Term

Lynn C. Kuechle, instructor

Performances of Motherhood in the Academy (and Beyond)

Performance Studies Division
Fri, Nov 16 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / PDR 4
Presenter on individual presentation: "The extraordinarily ordinary: Motherhood as a position of empowerment and authenticity"

Patrick Loebs, graduate student

Communicating Views of War: Constructing and Mobilizing Meanings of War

American Forensic Association
Thu, Nov 15 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 4
Presenter on individual presentation: The Rhetoric that Drives the Machine of Public Opinion

Joshua Randall, student

Debaters or Students? Parliamentary Debate as a Co-Curricular Activity

Argumentation and Forensics Division
Sat, Nov 17 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Northwest 3
Non-Presenter on individual presentation: Learning to Argue Versus Learning to Argue Honestly: A Look at the Evidence

Warren Sandmann, professor

Keeping Faith with the "Framers": Our Constitutional Crisis and the American Communication Landscape

Freedom of Expression Division
Fri, Nov 16 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / PDR 7
Discussant

Larry Schnoor, professor emeriti

Affirming the Contemporary Value of Forensic Programs

National Forensics Association
Fri, Nov 16 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / PDR 17
Discussant

Family and Forensics: Timelines, Turning-points, and Tensions.

American Forensic Association
Thu, Nov 15 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 4
Discussant

Larry Schnoor: A Celebration of His Impact on Intercollegiate Forensics

National Forensics Association
Sat, Nov 17 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / PDR 17
Discussant

National Forensic Association General Business Meeting

National Forensics Association
Sat, Nov 17 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / PDR 17
Presenter

Kristen P. Treinen, associate professor

Creating Connections: Masters-Only Graduate Programs as Unique Sites for Professional and Instructional Development

American Forensic Association
Thu, Nov 15 - 8:00am - 9:15am,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 4
Chair
Presenter on individual presentation: The Role of the Basic Course Director in an Master's-Only Program

"My Students Did Really Well—I think": Faith, Intellect, and Ethics in Training Graduate Teaching Assistants to Effectively Evaluate Speeches for the Basis Course

Basic Course Division
Thu, Nov 15 - 9:30am - 10:45am,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Conference Room 5C
Chair

Leah E. White, assistant professor

Family and Forensics: Timelines, Turning-points, and Tensions.

American Forensic Association
Thu, Nov 15 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / Salon 4
Presenter on individual presentation: Going with the Flow, or How I Learned to Live One Day at a Time.

Life and Death Performance

End of Life Series
Fri, Nov 16 - 8:00am - 9:15am,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / Williford C
Presenter on individual presentation: A Performance: Confronting Death while Nurturing New Life

National Forensic Association General Business Meeting

National Forensics Association
Sat, Nov 17 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / PDR 17
Session Roles: Presenter, Session Organizer

Performances of Motherhood in the Academy (and Beyond)

Performance Studies Division
Fri, Nov 16 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm,
Building/Room: Chicago Hilton / PDR 4
Non-Presenter on individual presentation: "The extraordinarily ordinary: Motherhood as a position of empowerment and authenticity"

Promoting Scholarship: Competitive Papers in Forensics

National Forensics Association
Fri, Nov 16 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm,
Building/Room: Palmer House / PDR 17
Session Roles: Chair, Session Organizer