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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Communication Studies

2005-06 News Highlights

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Speech Team: Eighth in the Nation

Matthew Collie

Matthew Collie

The Speech Team has achieved its best ranking in years with top finishes in two of the nation's most prestigious college forensic tournaments. And it is one of only a handful of institutions with an All-American team member: senior Matthew Collie.

The team placed eighth in the National Forensic Association National Championships April 14-17, as well as second in the NFA President's I Division. This is the first time in 15 years that a Maverick forensic team has ranked among the top 10 in the NFA championship.

The team finished 19th in the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament March 30-April 4 - its best ranking in that tournament since 1991.

More than 500 student speakers and 85 schools from across the country competed in the NFA Championships, held at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Ninety-seven schools were entered in the AFA-NIET competition at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Collie is one of 12 speakers nationwide who was named to the AFA-NIET All-American Team. Students are selected based on competitive success in forensics, academic achievement and campus and community service.

In the AFA-NIET tournament Collie finished fifth in Persuasive Speaking, was a semi-finalist (top 12) in Extemporaneous Speaking, and a quarter-finalist (top 24) in Impromptu Speaking. He also placed 19th in the Individual Sweepstakes among 500 competitors.

In the NFA Individual Sweepstakes he finished fourth - best finish ever for a Minnesota State Mankato student. In that tournament Collie placed second in Impromptu Speaking, third in Rhetorical Criticism, fourth in Extemporaneous Speaking, and was a semi-finalist (top 12 in the nation) in Persuasive Speaking.

In addition to Collie, students who contributed points toward the eighth-place NFA ranking were Karie Menser, David Brennan, Melanie Nelmark, Emily Kofoed, Joshua Randall, Nicole Goebel, and Grant Anderson. The team earned points in all 25 of the events that it was entered.

Students attending the AFA-NIET included Collie, Menser, Brennan, Randall, Kofoed, Anderson and Elizabeth Drommerhausen.

Minnesota State Mankato is one of only eight schools to qualify and compete at every individual events national tournament sponsored by the American Forensic Association since its inception.

The team is coached by Leah White, Brian Klosa, and graduate students Jessica Samens, James Kozinski, Merci Decker, Hillary Hoover, Holly Manning, Sara Gronstal and Danielle Holbrook.

Speech Communication/Forensics Students Shine at MSU Undergraduate Research Center

  • Julie Lemley (J. Dimock) The Basis Of Self And Other In Gender Constucted Identity
  • Lindsey Thompson (J. Dimock) The Pseudo-Event Of Charitable Work: Uncovering Walmart's Hidden Agenda
  • Emily Kofoed (L. White) Oxytocin: The Trust Hormone
  • Elizabeth Drommerhausen (B. Klosa) Renewable Energy From The Oceans, The Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion System (OTEC)
  • Joshua Randall (B. Klosa) Miracle on Ice: One Game That Impacted a Nation
  • Kirsten Markiewicz and Maria Jensen (B. Lund) Qualitative Case Study Of A Person Living With Asperger's Syndrome And Parental Experience
  • Joshua Randall and Lindsey Thompson (J. Dimock) An Investigation Of Student Perspectives On Classroom Resource Usefulness
  • Emily Kofoed (L. White) From Mao To Hoover: A Rhetorical Analysis Of The 2005 Minneapolis Public Library Ad Campaign
  • Joshua Randall (B. Klosa) Graduate Assistant Mistreatment: Students Or Employees?
  • Grant Anderson (Brian Klosa) The Intertextuality of music

MSU, Mankato Speech Team Reclaims a Top 10 National Ranking

The MSU-Mankato Speech team finished its season with a return to its former standing as a top 10 nationally ranked program. Not since 1991 has the MSU-Mankato Forensic Program ranked in the top 10 schools at the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament or the top 20 schools at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament. Additionally, MSU-Mankato also continued its reputation as one of only a handful of institutions to have one of their students selected as a member of the AFA-NIET All-American Team. This year Senior Matthew Collie received that honor.

On April 14-17, 2006 members of the MSU-Mankato Speech team traveled to the National Forensic Association National Championship Tournament held at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Over 85 schools competed in the tournament. The team placed 8th overall and 2nd in the President's I Division (Schools with 20-36 entries). Additionally, Senior Matthew Collie had an outstanding tournament. Matthew was a semi-finalist (top 12 in the nation) in Persuasive Speaking, 4th in Extemporaneous Speaking, 3rd in Rhetorical Criticism and 2nd in Impromptu Speaking. Due to his excellent performance, he also finished the tournament as the 4th ranked overall speaker in Individual Sweepstakes. There were over 500 students in attendance at the tournament. This is the best finish of any MSU-Mankato competitor in the history of the program. Collie placed 5th overall at last year's tournament.

Students who attended the NFA National Championship Tournament and contributed points toward the 8th place national ranking were Matthew Collie, Karie Menser, David Brennan, Melanie Nelmark, Emily Kofoed, Joshua Randall, Nicole Goebel and Grant Anderson. All 25 events entered at the tournament earned points for the team.

The team also traveled to the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament held on March 30th-April 4th at The University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. The team placed 19th overall at this tournament. There were 97 Schools entered in the competition. Only the top twenty teams are awarded sweepstakes awards. Mankato has not finished in the top twenty since 1991. Even more extraordinary is that this prestigious award was accomplished with only seven undergraduate students attending and competing in 19 different individual events. Every student and event competing for MSU-Mankato earned points for the Mavericks. Considering the size of the tournament and the depth of competition, this is a very commendable achievement as other top ranked teams failed to have every single one of their competitors and events earn points.

Senior Matthew Collie had an especially successful tournament placing as a quarter-finalist (top 24) in Impromptu Speaking, semi-finalist (top 12) in Extemporaneous Speaking and 5th in Persuasive Speaking. Additionally, Collie placed 19th in the Individual Sweepstakes competition. With over 500 students attending the tournament this is an excellent ranking.

Collie was also selected as an AFA-NIET All-American Team Member. Although any active speech competitor in his or her senior year of competition may be nominated for this honor, only 12 students were selected. Students ultimately selected for this honor demonstrate strong competitive success in forensics, excellent academic records, and an impressive resume of campus and community service.

Students who attended the AFA-NIET were Matthew Collie, Karie Menser, David Brennan, Joshua Randall, Emily Kofoed, Elizabeth Drommerhausen, and Grant Anderson.

The team is coached by Director of Forensics Dr. Leah White, Assistant Director of Forensics Brian Klosa, and graduate student coaches, Jessica Samens, James Kozinski, Merci Decker, Hillary Hoover, Holly Manning, Sara Gronstal and Danielle Holbrook.

Kozinski Going to Utah

James Kozinski (MA, 2006) has been admitted into the doctoral program and offered a graduate assistantship at the University of Utah.

 

Josh Peterson (MS, 2006) has accepted a position with The Fastenal School of Business. Fastenal is an International supplier of industrial supplies located in Winona, MN. Josh will be working in the Effective Store Institute as an Instructor for New Sales Employees. Last year Fastenal trained over 4,000 employees.

Congratulations to Our New Masters in Speech Communication

James Dimock has successfully completed his Master of Fine Arts-Forensics in Speech Communication. His thesis is titled The Place of Parliamentary Debate in a Pedagogy of Argumentation. The thesis was directed by Dr. Leah White.

James Kozinski has successfully completed his Master of Arts in Speech Communication. His thesis is titled A Journey Toward Truth: A Rhetorical Argument for the Inclusion of Quintilian and Other Good Ethopoeia in the Speech Communication Major. The thesis was directed by Dr. Kathryn Cady.

Jessica M. Samens has successfully completed her Master of Arts in Speech Communication. Her thesis is titled Gendering Disability: An Analysis of Identity and Gendered Messages Directed toward People with Disabilities. The thesis was directed by Dr. Kristen Treinen.

Joshua M. Petersen has successfully completed his Master of Science in Speech Communication. His capstone project is titled Graduate Internship Report of Observed Control, Compliance and Satisfaction in Clinical Healthcare: An Interpersonal View of Provider-Patient Interactions. The capstone was directed by Dr. Martine Harvey.

Kathleen McKenna Crawford has successfully completed her Master of Arts in Speech Communication. Her thesis is titled Illuminating the Stories of Young Mothers through Auto/Ethnography. The thesis was directed by Dr. Leah White.

Kelly Galstad has successfully completed her Master of Arts in Speech Communication. Her thesis is titled Building a Connection: Exploring the Dynamics of the Student—Staff Relationship at Alternative Schools. The thesis was directed by Dr. David Engen.

Merci Decker has successfully completed her Master of Arts in Speech Communication. Her thesis is titled No Harm Done: A Rhetorical Analysis of the French-Algerian Friendship Treaty. The thesis was directed by Kathryn Cady.

I am pleased to present to you Dr. Jason Edwards

Dr. Edwards (MA, 2002) has successfully defended his dissertation at Georgia State University. The dissertation is titled "Foreign Policy Rhetoric for the Post-Cold War World: Bill Clinton and America's Foreign Policy Vocabulary."

 

Dr. Martine Harvey has an article titled "Immigration" in the forthcoming edited book Immigration in America Today: An Encyclopedia, edited by James Loucky, Jeanne Armstrong, Larry J. Estrada. The book is with Greenwood Publishing and has a 6/30/2006 publication date. More about the book is available online.

I am pleased to present to you Dr. Stephen Croucher

Earlier today, Stephen successfully defended his dissertation at the University of Oklahoma. The dissertation is titled "Looking beyond the hijab: An analysis of French-Muslim cultural adaptation." Stephen has also received word from Hampton Press that they are interested in publishing a book drawn from his dissertation. He will start the work converting the relevant sections of his dissertation for the book this summer.

Dr. Johnson-Curiskis Published in Merlot

The March issue of the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching—which has an article by Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis titled "Online Course Planning"—is now online at http://taste.merlot.org/

Mankato Free Press

Artful dodgers

Adult dodgeball leagues growing in popularity

Published: March 19, 2006

JimDimock

Co-ed dodgeball player Jim Dimock tries to avoid one fired ball as he readies to peg one himself during a Thursday night league game at the Mankato YMCA.

By Brian Ojanpa
MANKATO —

Sweat-drenched Dan Cronn-Mills had his back against the wall — literally.

The fortyish university faculty member was frantically hopping side-to-side, trying to avoid the fastballs smacking into the gym wall with loud thwacks.

As the last player standing on his co-ed dodgeball team, Cronn-Mills was doing a good impersonation of a mechanical duck in a carnival shooting gallery.

When a toss finally tagged him, he walked off the court and talked about why he and fellow Minnesota State speech communication department members opted for a playground game from their youth:

"It sounded like a good way to get our butts off the couch. We're a bunch of old, slow-moving academics."

Indeed, the resurgent sport of dodgeball is tailor-made for all ilk of athleticism.

"You don't need to have a lot of coordination and skill, but you get a great workout," Mankato YMCA fitness director Micki Schaffer says. "And the time just flies by."

This is the second year for the Mankato Y's co-ed dodgeball league, where eight teams wage 40-minute games on Thursday nights from late February to late March.

This is the same dodgeball adults recall from their childhoods, with a notable exception. Gone are the hard rubber balls playground toughs peppered classmates with.

In their place are wimpier but safer foam models weighing a couple of ounces and about the size of a cantaloupe.

But even those, when fired hard, can get a player's attention.

"I got one in the nose once," player Jim Dimock says. "It'll make you blink for a second, but you've got to try awfully hard to hurt somebody with these."

The popularity of adult dodgeball nationwide can be traced in part to the 2004 comedy film "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" in which drunk, wheelchair-bound coach Patches O'Houlihan exhorts his motley squad to heed the five Ds: dodge, duck, dip, dive and, uh, dodge.

Actually, the sport was in comeback mode before the movie, with the formation in 2000 of the National Amateur Dodegball Association, followed by the emergence of the National Dodgeball League.

Paradoxically, the game's renewed popularity has coincided with its decline as a staple of elementary school gym classes. Physical education instructors shun dodgeball because it's an elimination game, rendering kids inert instead of participating.

There's also the "violence" issue. Kids still can get pummeled, though the light weight of the balls take away any sting.

"You throw your arm out just trying to get some speed behind it," says Chad (no last name given), who plays for the Y league's Spitting Llamas team.

The 37-year-old says dodgeball's attraction is fourfold:

"You don't have to be in great shape, you don't have to run bases, you can do it just for fun, and you can go to the bar afterward," he says. "It's a win-win situation for us."

Collie earns District and National Honors

Matthew Collie, senior, has been named to the 2006 AFA-NIET All American Individual Events Team. In order to be named to the national team, individuals are selected based on three criteria: (1) scholastic achievement, (2) AFA-NIET forensic participation, and (3) community service. Matthew is third MSU student named to team since its inception in 2001 (Heather Kaiser was named in 2004, Chad Kuyper in 2003, and Seth Michael Smith in 2001).

Matthew Collie was also selected by his peers as the 2006 recipient of the "Kevin Heineman AFA-NIET District IV Student Award."

 

On Saturday, March 4th, the Minnesota State University, Mankato forensics team traveled to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN to attend the 4th Valley Forensics League tournament of the 2005-2006 season. The team performed well, placing high in many events. The results are Melanie Nelmark placed 3rd in Program Oral Interpretation and 6th in Dramatic Interpretation.

Joshua Randall placed 3rd in Persuasion.

 

On Friday, March 3rd, the Minnesota State University, Mankato forensics team traveled to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN to attend the 3rd Valley Forensics League tournament of the 2005-2006 season. The team performed well, placing high in many events. The results are Grant Anderson placed 5th in Dramatic Interpretation Joshua Randall placed 6th in Persuasion Karie Menser placed 5th in POI Matthew Collie placed 2nd in Persuasion, qualifying it for the AFA-NIET Matthew Collie and Karie Menser placed 1st in Duo Interpretation, getting straight 1st place ranks throughout the entire tournament. The win qualified Collie and Menser's Duo for the AFA-NIET.

 

Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis has an article accepted for publication in the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Her article titled "Online Course Planning" will appear in the March 2006 issue.

 

Alum Accepts Offer from Bowling Green State University

Stephen Croucher (MA, 2003) has an accepted of an offer from Bowling Green State University to serve as an assistant professor in the Communication Studies program. Stephen is currently completing his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma.

Mavericks Win TCFL #6

On February 28th, 2006, the Mavericks Forensics team traveled to lovely Bloomington, Minnesota to attend the 6th Twin Cities Forensics League Tournament of the season. The Mavericks earned top honors, taking first in the tournament, and scoring well in multiple events. Senior Kim Cossairt placed 3rd in Poetry Interpretation. Junior Josh Randall was the tournament champion in Persuasive Speaking. Junior Emily Kofoed was the tournament champion in both Communication Analysis and Dramatic Interpretation, qualifying Dramatic Interpretation for the American Forensics Association National Tournament. Freshman Grant Anderson placed 2nd in Poetry Interpretation, qualifying the event for the American Forensics Association National Tournament. Cossairt and Anderson also placed 3rd in Dramatic Duo, qualifying the event for the National Forensics Association National Tournament.

Mavericks Place 2nd at State

The eleven person Maverick team finished the competition with a total of 18 individual awards, four state champions in individual events and finished in second place among the fourteen schools in attendance. The tournament was very competitive with only 12 points being the difference between Mankato and first place Concordia College. Individual honors are listed below:

  • Senior Matthew Collie
    • 1st place Extemporeanous Speaking
    • 1st place Impromptu Speaking
    • 3rd place Communication Analysis
    • 4th place After Dinner Speaking
    • 5th place Oratory
  • Senior Karie Menser
    • 2nd place Mini Interpretation
    • 4th place Poetry Interpretation
  • Senior Lindsey Thompson
    • 5th place Communication Analysis
  • Senior David Brennan
    • 1st place After Dinner Speaking
    • 4th place Impromptu Speaking
  • Junior Emily Kofoed
    • 2nd place Prose Interpretation
    • 4th place Informative Speaking
    • 6th place Communication Analysis
  • Junior Elizabeth Drommerhausen
    • 1st place Informative Speaking
    • 6th place Program Oral Interpretation

Parliamentary Debate

  • Lindsey Thompson and David Brennan- quarterfinalists
  • Junior Joshua Randall and Sophmore Nicole Goebel- quarterfinalists Parliamentary Debate

Additional Honors

  • Matthew Collie- 2nd place Individual Sweepstakes
  • Matthew Collie qualifies After Dinner Speaking for the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament
  • Elizabeth Drommerhausen qualifies Informative Speaking for the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament

Relay for Life to Provide 12 Hours of Events

by Carrie Schilling
February 16, 2006

This Saturday, the second annual Relay for Life kicks off. Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer, the relay raises money for the American Cancer Society and lets participants learn about the causes they are helping.

"We have different booths set up containing information about different types of cancer, so people can learn what can cause the different cancers so they can try to take preventative steps as well as some early detection signs," said Lexie Weibel, the president of CAC. Some who attend the relay are those who have lost someone to cancer and want to find support from others going through the same grief process, as well as those who have overcome the battle against their illness.

"What people can really gain from this event is the joy of honoring those who have survived cancer and remembering those who have passed," Weibel said.

It's not only a night of information and comfort, but one of entertainment and fun. There will be games, food, music and even a few ambush makeovers to keep the crowds enjoying themselves until dawn. While there are more than 100 team members signed up for the relay, anyone is welcome to stop by for the festivities and learning experiences. Weibel hopes that this year will be just as successful as last year's.

"Last year we raised over $18,000 and this year we are hoping to reach and go beyond that amount," said Weibel. "It is never too late for anyone to join the event, and because it is open to the public. People don't even have to join to participate."

The event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday in Myers Field House and wraps up at around 6 a.m. Sunday. For those who would like to stop by, the schedule is planned as follows:

  • 6 p.m. — The relay begins. Teams can set up their "campsites" for the night.
  • 6:30 p.m. — Official kick-off for the relay, opening ceremony, survivor lap
  • 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. — Silent auction.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Fear Factor.
  • 8 p.m. — Guest and motivational speakers
  • 8:30 p.m. — Luminaria ceremony.
  • 9 p.m. — Messages to Heaven ceremony.
  • 9 p.m. — DJ services will be provided by Chad Fredrick.
  • 11 p.m. — Vote for the best ambush makeover (the ambush makeover will go throughout the evening up until 11)
  • 12 a.m. — Dating game.
  • 2 a.m. — Team olympics.
  • 4 a.m. — Fear factor.
  • 6 a.m. — Closing ceremony

For those who can't make it to the relay, CAC is holding two more events, both on March 4. The first is at Boomtown, where, with a ticket, you get unlimited pizza and pop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are available through Lexie Weibel. The second event is at T.G.I. Friday's. Starting at 6 p.m., any tip the wait staff receives will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Face Value

Five Pepsi machines now don images of former MSU athletes and promote MSU, thanks to a student project.

by Stephany Beshara
February 09, 2006

Next time you spent $1.25 on a soda, take a moment to check out one of the five new faceplate Pepsi machines around campus.

Six MSU students were required to do a project focusing on corporatization of the MSU campus. What these students did was not only identify Pepsi as a controlling corporation, but they also approached Pepsi to help change and promote its image into an MSU image.

In the end, the machine fronts cost $250 each, amounting to more than $1,200. Although, according to group member Evie Kuball, the cost should have been much higher, but Tom Jean of Pepsi put a limit on the price.

The group, including Kuball, Kimberly Marty, Nate Borgen, Melody DeLeon, Jessi Miller and Jamie Boelter, dedicated the majority of its fall semester creating this project and seeing it through.

Jim Dimock, the group's professor of Small Group Communications in the English/Speech for Secondary Education, assigned the project as a graduation requirement. Dimock said the group set out to "promote MSU as a campus from day one." He also pointed out that the project showed the students that with enough persistence and hard work, "they can actually impact the campus; they can see the impact. It's their campus, not Pepsi's, not MSU's, but the students' campus."

Of the 79 Pepsi machines on campus, the group was able to replace just five machine fronts. Three machines feature a banner-style MSU logo with the MSU torch. Every detail down to matching the exact colors of purple and gold, according to Ann Rosenquist-Fee, the director of publications for MSU, had to be in compliance with University regulations. These machines can be found on the first floor of the CSU, the cross-roads on the second floor between Armstrong and Morris and the vending machine bay in the basement of Wissink Hall near the ACC.

The other two machine fronts feature two outstanding former MSU athletes. One requirement for the athletic machines was that the athletes could not be current Mavericks. One highlights Amanda Frame, a former MSU pole-vaulter, and is located across from Myers Field House. The second athletic machine faceplate features former MSU basketball player Jamel Staten and is located at the entrance of the Bresnan Arena just outside of the Admissions Office.

During her career at MSU, Frame placed first in the NCC in 2001 and received All-America honors in pole-vaulting in 2002. She also holds the MSU pole vault record and set a NCAA Division II record in 2004. Again in 2004, Frame became the first MSU national champion in the pole vault.

After seeing the pop machine for the first time, Frame said she was "a little embarrassed." However, she said that the project is "really good and that they are promoting the athletic department and publicizing the track team." This project will also help get students excited about their sport and maybe even "light a little fire in athletes," Frame said.

With the prime location of her pop machine at a recent track meet hosted by MSU, Frame said athletes from other schools commented on the machine and made comments such as, "What do I have to do to get my picture on a pop machine?"

In the two years Staten attended MSU, he was named All-North Central Conference twice and was the third men's basketball player to ever be named to the All-American Team. Staten was able to rack-up 1,259 career points in his two-year run at MSU. Staten was unavailable for comment.

Staten and Frame are the only two Mavericks to ever be featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd." Also, both athletes were named MSU's top male and female athletes of the 2004-2005 season. The machine fronts feature action shots of both athletes doing what they do best.

The greatness with the athletic machine fronts, according to Dimock, is that, "every athlete that leaves here is going to want themselves on a Pepsi machine."

Mankato Forensics Has Solid Showing at the 5th Twin Cities Forensics League Tournament of the Season

On February 14, 2006 the Minnesota State University, Mankato forensics team traveled to Normandale Community College for the 5th Twin Cities Forensics League Tournament of the 2005-2006 Season. MSU-Mankato placed 3rd in the tournament behind second place University of Wisconsin, Madison and tournament champion St. Cloud State University. 10 schools competed in the tournament.

Individual competitors for MSU-Mankato won a number of awards. Specifics are listed below:

  • David Brennan placed 1st in Prose Interpretation and 1st in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Joshua Randall placed 3rd in Persuasive Speaking and 3rd in Impromptu Speaking.
  • Karie Menser placed 2nd in Poetry Interpretation.

The high placings at this tournament also allowed David Brennan, Joshua Randall, and Karie Menser to strengthen their push for national tournament time in April. David Brennan qualified Impromptu Speaking for the American Forensics Association (AFA) national tournament and Prose Interpretation for the National Forensics Assocation (NFA) national tournament. Joshua Randall qualified Impromptu Speaking for AFA and Persuasive Speaking for NFA. Karie Menser qualified Poetry Interpretation for AFA.

 

The MSU-Mavericks at Gustavus Adolphus campus on January 28 and 29, 2006 to compete in MAFLs 5 and 6. The team took 4th place on the first day of competition and 5th on the second. Individual results are as follows.

MAFL 5

  • Nicole Goebel - Informative, 4th place
  • Karie Menser - Prose, 1st, ADS 2nd
  • Josh Randall - Impromptu, 6th
  • Matt Collie - Persuasion, 1st
  • Collie/Menser Duo - 3rd place

MAFL 6

  • Emily Kofoed - Prose, 1st, Drama, 5th
  • Dave Brennan - Impromptu, 6th
  • Nicole Goebel - Extemp, 4th place
  • Karie Menser - Poetry, 5th, ADS, 2nd
  • Collie/Menser duo - 5th place

Mavericks Win St. Cloud State Tournament

On February 3rd and 4th, the Mavericks Speech and Debate team travelled to St. Cloud University for the IceBox classic. Nineteen area schools attended the tournament and eight students represented MSU. Every student came home with an award. The team placed four students in the top five for individual speakers and the team won first place by four points over our friendly rivals the Concordia Cobbers. Individual results are listed below.

  • Impromptu Speaking- Dave Brennan 6th place & Melanie Nelmark 4th place
  • Informative Speaking-Nicole Goebel 3rd place & Elizabeth Drommerhausen 2nd place
  • Discussion Group Speaking-Dave Brennan 1st place
  • Extemporaneous Speaking-Nicole Goebel 6th place
  • Program Oral Interpretation-Elizabeth Drommerhausen 1st place & Melanie Nelmark 3rd place
  • Kiddie Lit-Melanie Nelmark 6th place
  • Duo Interpretation- Emily Kofoed/Dave Brennan 2nd place & Grant Anderson/Kim Cossairt 4th place
  • Communication Analysis-Emily Kofoed 5th place
  • Poetry Interpretation-Grant Anderson 4th place and top novice, Kim Cossairt-3rd place
  • Drama Interpretation-Emily Kofoed 4th place, Grant Anderson 2nd place and top novice
  • After Dinner Speaking-Kim Cossairt 4th place & Dave Brennan 2nd place
  • Individual Sweepstakes- Josh Randall 5th place, Kim Cossairt 4th place, Grant Anderson 2nd place, Dave Brennan 1st place

Other Highlights

  • Brennan/Kofoed qualifid Dramatic Duo for the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament
  • Kofoed qualified Communication Analysis for the National Forensics Association national tournament.

 

Lou Eckert is scheduled to present two papers at the ILA conference this spring. "Listening to Silent Voices: Interpersonal Role Strain of Sandwich Generation Caretakers" and "Understanding Poverty: Progress from blaming to listening."

 

Dr. Johnson-Curiskis Accepted for ILA

Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis has two accepted for the International Listening Association conference in Salem, Oregon in April. "Planning an online listening course" and "Finalizing and implementing the archive plan for the ILA—a 25 year retrospective"

Dr. Cvancara Accepted for International Conference

Dr. Kristen Cvancara belongs to an international research group interested in the effects of communication on close relationships. Dr. Cvancara is included in a symposium entitled, "Effect of pro- and anti-social communication on relational development and health" which has been accepted for the 2006 International Association of Relationship Researchers Conference that will take place in Rethymnon, Crete, July 6-10, 2006.

Cady has Paper Accepted for International Conference

Dr. Kate Cady's paper "Postfeminism/Post-Fordism: Gender, Race, Class, and Nation in Economic Discourse" has been accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the International Communication Association in Dresden, Germany this summer.

 

The Maverick Forensics team traveled to Cedar Falls, IA to compete at the University of Northern Iowa Henderson Invitational. Team member Dave Brennan placed 2nd in After Dinner Speaking, qualifying the event for the AFA-NIET national tournament. Emily Kofoed also picked up two qualifications for the national tournament by placing 3rd in Informative Speaking and 1st in Persuasive Speaking. Karie Menser placed 6th in After Dinner Speaking and Kofoed also placed 6th in Dramatic Interpratation.

 

Karla Sand (MA, 2005) has accepted a position as management analyst at Anoka Ramsey Community College. Karla's duties involve writing letters, speeches and presentations for the President. She facilitate the Strategic Initiative Proposal process and oversees the updating of ARCC's policies and procedures as well as the college Work Plan.

Mavericks Argue Their Way into Out-Rounds at THBT

The Minnesota State University, Mankato debate team traveled to the top of the hill to compete in the eighth annual "This House Believes That" tournament at Bethany Lutheran College. The tournament attracted 15 debate teams from 6 different schools.

MSU, Mankato had two teams compete in the tournament.

The team of Joshua Randall and Nicole Goebel went 3-3 in the preliminary rounds and broke to quarterfinals, non-advancing on a 2-1 decision.

The team of Lindsey Thompson and David Brennan placed 1st in the tournament. They went 5-1 in the preliminary rounds and won the final on a 2-1 decision.

Lindsey Thompson placed 9th in the top speaker award category.

 

Stephen Croucher (MA, 2003) has been notified his paper "Organizational Identity, Culture and Student Motivation Among Intercollegiate Forensics Competitors" has been awarded the top student paper award in the Forensics Division at the Southern States Communication Association Conference. The paper also been nominated for top overall paper in the division and at the conference.

Faculty and Graduate Students are Busy at CSCA

The Speech Communication Department has a number of faculty and graduate students are involved in the 2006 Central States Communication Association annual conference. Please take a moment to congratulate our gifted scholars when the opportunity arises. The participants include:

  • Christa Brown, Participant: Building Strong Community Relationships
  • David E. Engen , Chair and Participant: Building Strong Community Relationships
  • David E. Engen, "Using audio documentary in the communication classroom."
  • David E. Engen, Panel Chair: Beyond Terms and Theories: Exploring Human Connection and Community Through Narrative
  • Jessica Samens, "Communication Apprehension in the Classroom: A Qualitative Approach to Teacher Immediacy and Classroom Climate."
  • Jessica Samens, GIFTS: "Standpoint Theory: How Perceptions are Formed."
  • John Hendrickson, Participant: A Round Table Discussion on New Technologies in the Basic Course: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Kelly Galstad, "Alternative Education: Understanding Student Identities."
  • Kristen Eis Cvancara, & Terry A. Kinney, Wayne State University, "Using the theory of planned behavior to predict peer influences on acceptance and use of anti-social communication in romantic relationships."
  • Kristen Treinen and Kelly Galstad, "Engaging students in interpersonal theory: Integrating Gregory Michie's Holler if you Hear Me in a basic communication course."
  • Kristen Treinen, Chair: A Round Table Discussion on New Technologies in the Basic Course: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Kristen Treinen, Participant: Building Strong Community Relationships
  • Merci M. Decker, "All you need is love…and a note card: A study on the environmental factors that create romantic relationships within a forensics team."* [top paper]

Graduate Student Authors "Top Paper" for CSCA

Merci Decker, Graduate Teaching Assistant in Speech Communication , has been notified her competitive paper, "All You Need is Love ... and a Notecard: A Study on the Environmental Factors that Create Romantic Relationships within a Forensics Team" has been selected as a top paper and will be presented on a top paper panel at the Central States Communication Association annual conference being held in Indianapolis.

Maverick Forensics traveled to UW-Stout on December 2nd and 3rd

The Mavericks ended up winning the tournament!! Individual results are:

  • Karie Menser- Prose Interpretation-6th place, Poetry Interpretation-3rd place, After Dinner Speaking-3rd place, Duo Interpretation w/Collie-2nd place
  • Emily Kofoed- Prose Interpretation 2nd place, Informative Speaking-5th place, Persuasion Speaking- 4th place Dramatic Interpretation-5th place, Duo Interpretation w/ Brennan (3rd place)
  • Matthew Collie-Musical Interpretation-3rd place, Impromptu Speaking-1st place, Persuasion Speaking-3rd place, Duo Interpretation w/Menser-2nd place
  • Nicole Goebel- Informative Speaking 6th place
  • Dave Brennan-After Dinner Speaking 1st place
  • Kim Cossairt- After Dinner Speaking 2nd place
  • Grant Anderson- Poetry Interpretation 6th place
  • Tony Middendorf- Program Oral Interpretation 1st place
  • Melanie Nelmark – Impromptu Speaking 6th place
  • Matthew Collie-2nd place Individual Sweepstakes
  • Emily Kofoed-4th place Individual Sweepstakes
  • Karie Menser-5th place Individual Sweepstakes
  • Matthew Collie (impromptu) and Kari Menser (poetry) qualified for the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET).

Seven events qualified for the National Forensics Association National Tournament.

The team placed first in team sweepstakes out of 16 schools!!

Speech Communication Major Wins Research Award

Congratulations to Joshua Randall, an undergraduate speech communication major. Josh is the recipient of the 2005 Pi Kappa Delta Top Student Paper Award. The paper is titled The Sacred Meets the Profane: Spidey at Bat. The paper was presented and the award received during the annual NCA conference held in Boston.

Mavericks compete in Wisconsin

On November 12th and 13th, the MSU-Mankato Forensics Team traveled to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to compete in the Wisconsin Swing. 11 schools competed in this tournament. On day one, the team had three finalists. Dave Brennan took 6th in Impromptu Speaking. Emily Kofoed took 3rd in Persuasion, and Karie Menser was the tournament champion in Poetry Interpretation. On day two there were two finalists from the team. Nicole Goebel took 5th place in Informative Speaking, and Dave Brennan took 4th in After Dinner Speaking.

 

Jason C. Brown (BS, 1997; JD, 2000, William Mitchell)was recently re-elected to serve as the co-chair of the family law section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer's Association. Jason was initially elected in 2004 for '05 and will continue serving in '06. Membership in the Association totals approximately 1,300 attorneys.

Jason is currently a practicing family attorney in the Anoka, MN area.

Dr. White Elected to National Office

Dr. Leah White, assistant professor and director of forensics, has been elected by her peers as the Chair of the AFA-NIET Board of Trustees. Dr. White's position is effective immediately.

Alum Elected 2nd VP to CSCA

Nancy Eckstein (MS, 1996) of Bethel University who was elected Second Vice President of the Central States Communication Association. Dr. Eckstein will assume her new positions at the close of the 2006 CSCA convention.

Debating Across the Curriculum

Dr. Leah White and James Dimock are presenting a session on "Debating Across the Curriculum" as part of the MSU Professional Development Day on January 11, 2006. The session is designed to teach faculty how to incorporate an academic debate format into their courses as an innovative learning tool. Debate can be used in formal presentation assignments, for short in-class exercises, or even for instructional demonstrations. Members of the MSU Forensic Program Coaching Staff (Dr. Leah White and Jim Dimock) will teach class participants the basic principles of the Parliamentary Debate format. The session will also include sample assignments demonstrating how this format can be used in any class, regardless of course content. Finally, student members of the MSU Forensic Program will present a sample debate for session participants to observe. Remaining time will be used to answer questions about the sample debate.

Speech Comm Dept Alum to Receive Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Congratulations to Blair Thompson (MA, 2003), Ph.D. candidate and GTA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Blair was selected as one of two recipients for a College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Blair will be honored and receive the award at the annual Honors Convocation Ceremony in April of 2006.

 

On October 21 and 22, 2005 the Maverick Forensics team traveled to Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN to compete in the Vocal Viking tournament. Results are:

  • Kim Cossairt - 6th place Prose Interpretation
  • Kim Cossairt - 5th place Poetry Interpretation
  • Kim Cossairt - 2nd place Dramatic Interpretation
  • Elizabeth Drommerhausen - 2nd place Informative Speaking
  • Elizabeth Drommerhausen - 5th place Program Oral Interpretation
  • Joshua Randall - 6th Place Impromptu Speaking

 

October 21st and 22nd the Maverick Forensics Team traveled to Wartburg College in Waverly, IA to compete in the third MAFL of the year. Results are:

  • Karie Menser - 4th Persuasive
  • Karie Menser - 4th Prose
  • Emily Kofoed - 4th Informative
  • Emily Kofoed - 6th Prose

Mavericks 4th at at Gustavus Tournament

On October 16 the Maverick Speech and Debate team travelled to Gustavus Adolphus College to compete in the second half of the Minnesota River Swing. The team finished fourth out of 17 schools in attendance. Individual accomplishments include:

  • 1st place Communication Analysis, Matthew Collie
  • 4th place Extemporaneous Speaking, Matthew Collie
  • 6th place Extemporaneous Speaking, Josh Randall
  • 5th place Poetry Interpretation, Karie Menser
  • 2nd place Informative Speaking, Emily Kofoed
  • 3rd place Prose Interpretation, Emily Kofoed
  • 6th place Duo Interpretation, Emily Kofoed & Dave Brennan
  • 7th place in overall individual sweepstakes, Emily Kofoed
  • Matthew Collie qualified Communication Analysis for the AFA-NIET

 

Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis has been selected to present at the MSU Teaching and Technology conference held on campus, November 8. The session is titled "Planning an Online Class."

Maverick Forensics places second in the Tundra

On October 7 and 8, 2005 the Minnesota State University, Mankato forensics team traveled to Minnesota State University-Moorhead to compete in the Carol Gaede Talk of The Tundra Tournament. Maverick Forensics placed second as a team. 15 schools competed in the tournament.

Individual results for Maverick Forensics are listed below:

  • Emily Kofoed - 3rd Informative Speaking, 6th Dramatic Interpretation, 3rd Duo Interpretation (with Dave Brennan)
  • Lindsey Thompson - 6th Informative Speaking
  • Karie Menser - 1st Prose Interpretation, 4th Poetry Interpretation
  • David Brennan - 3rd Duo Interpretation (with Emily Kofoed)
  • Others to note: Joshua Randall was one speaker point away from breaking to finals in both POI and Impromptu

 

Dr. Daniel Cronn-Mills has been appointed to the Educational Practices Committee of the American Forensics Association.

 

Dowlin, Sheryl (2005) Maria Pearson: A Warrior and Peacemaker in Two Worlds. In Still Running: A Tribute to Maria Pearson, Yankton Sioux. A Special Commemorative Issue of the Journal of Iowa Archeological Society, 52 (1): 71-81.

Dr. Dowlin is also happy to report the completion of the video documentation about the Hochunk visit to southern Minnesota, May 7, 2005:

Dowlin, Sheryl (2005) Return of the Hochunk (Winnebago) to Mankato: Reconciliation after 142 years (80 minutes). This documentary features the May 7, 2005 return trip of the Nebraska Hochunk people to southern Minnesota. Hochunk elders visited their ancestors' village sites and learned more about the history of their people in Blue Earth County (1855-1863) prior to their removal with the Dakota in 1863.

Dr. Dowlin will be giving a public presentation at the Blue Earth County Historical Society about the Hochunk project, January 26, 2006.

Bruce and Sheryl Dowlin spoke at the Unitarian Universalist Church—From Execution to Reconciliation: The Mankato Story. We spoke about the Minnesota reconciliation projects with the Dakota. The Deputy Attorney General for the Idaho Human Rights Commission saw the announcement in the newspaper and came to the presentation. She has since contacted Bruce and Sheryl about doing some reconciliation work in Idaho, possibly with the Nez Perce people and speaking at one of the Idaho Human Rights Board of Commissioners quarterly meetings.

 

Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis has two sessions at the iTeach conference on Nov. 4 and 5. One on Friday and one on Saturday. The session is titled, "Planning an Online Course."

 

Dr. Kate Cady's article "From Drill Sergeants to Maternal Negotiators: Mass-Mediated Business Strategies in the 1980s" has been accepted for publication in the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication. The article will appear in the journal's first issue of 2006.

 

Stephen Croucher (MA, 2003) has received a $1,000 grant from the graduate college at the University of Oklahoma to fund his dissertation research. The Robberson award is given to one doctoral student a semester at the University of Oklahoma.

 

The Minnesota State University Mankato forensics team traveled September 24 and 25 to the "Show Me" swing tournament in Kirksville Mo, held on Truman State University's Campus. Results from the tournament are:

Show Me Once—Day One

  • Karie Menser - Semis in Prose
  • Matthew Collie - CA 1st, Impromptu 2 nd
  • Team Sweeps - 4th place

Show Me Again—Day Two

Matthew Collie - CA 3rd, Impromptu 2nd, Extemp 1st

Wolter Selected as A&H Representative to MAGS Thesis Competition

The College of Arts and Humanities MAGS selection committee has chosen Sarah Wolter's thesis, Where do We Stand?: Identifying the Influence of Relational Communities on the Professional Identities of Women Assistant Professors at Minnesota State University, Mankato, as the A&H nominee for the MAGS* award. Dr. Leah White was Sarah's thesis advisor.

*MAGS is the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools. You can find out more about MAGS and the thesis competition online.

Freedom Files: Beyond the Patriot Act, will be shown at noon on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Student Union at MSU, in the Ostrander theatre. This film, produced by the ACLU, details the content of the Patriot Act and reviews court cases challenging its scope. Following the viewing, MSU Professors from the Department of Speech Communication Warren Sandmann, Dan Cronn-Mills, and James Dimock, all specialists in the study of Free Speech, will analyze the film and lead a group discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Kessel Peace Institute at (507) 389-6265

Department Dominates CTAMJournal

The Speech Communication Department dominated the most recent issue of the CTAMJournal (summer 2005). We had three current faculty and two alums of our program with articles in the journal. The complete rundown includes:

  • Dr. David Engen published an article titled "Everyday Interactions Between Social Classes: Toward an Understanding of the Misunderstanding."
  • Adam W. Tyma (BA alumnus) and Rachel J. Funk published an article titled Am I Really Doing This? -- Exploring Online Dating Communicative Actions."
  • Todd R. Andersen (BS alumnus) published a lesson plan titled "Whose Lesson is it Anyway? Reinventing Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet."
  • Dr. Nanette Johnson-Curiskis published an active-learning assignment titled "Rhetorical Timeline: An Active Learning Activity."
  • Louisa Eckert, instructor, published an active-learning assignment titled "A Real-World Interview Assignment."

 

The department's MAGS committee is happy to announce that Sarah Wolter's (MA, 2005) thesis Where do we stand?: Identifying the influence of relational communities on the professional identities of women assistant professors at Minnesota State University, Mankato has been chosen to represent the Speech Communication Department in the College of Arts and Humanities MAGS competition. (MAGS stands for Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Master's Thesis Award).

 

Anne Gerbensky Kerber (MA, 2003) and Dr. Daniel Cronn-Mills, professor, have an article published in the Fall 2005 issue of the National Forensic Journal. The article is titled "The State of Forensic Scholarship: Analyzing Individual Events Research in the National Forensic Journal from 1990-2003."

 

The Speech Communication Department had three undergraduate students publish articles in the 2005 issue of The Journal of Undergraduate Research (an online interdisciplinary publication of Minnesota State University, Mankato). The three students are:

 

Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis, James Dimock, and Dr. Daniel Cronn-Mills have been appointed to the MSU Admissions Appeals Committee.

 

Dr. Dan Cronn-Mills and James Dittus have also been appointed to the University Judicial Board.

 

Dr. Nan Johnson-Curiskis (Speech Communication), Dr. Stewart Ross (CETL) and Dr. Gwen Griffin (Enlgish) will be presenting at the annual Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning conference in Bloomington on November 19. The presentation is titled "Diversity in the Classroom: A faculty Development Initiative at MSU, Mankato."

 

Minnesota State pitches in for New Orleans student
Stunned by support

2005-09-07
By Robb Murray [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 9/7/2005]
[http://www.mnsu.edu/news/read.php?id=1126101187]

Mankato — When Katrina was swirling toward New Orleans, Fay Yusuf got out of town and waited for the storm to pass. She figured she'd be back in New Orleans — and back on her college campus — by Tuesday.

But while watching the horrifying aftermath, she knew there was no way of returning to her hometown anytime soon. And her college semester was lost, unless something extraordinary happened.

Then she got an idea. Her long-range plans had her attending Minnesota State University in January. Given the tragedy, she wondered, is it possible they'd let her come a semester early?

Yusuf, who had only just recently received her letter from MSU stating they'd received her application for admission to the graduate program, called Minnesota State University on Wednesday. Two hours later the beginnings of an outpouring of support began coming her way, and they haven't stopped.

"I can't even put it into words," she said of her reaction to all that has been done for her. "And I'm a speech communications student, so that should give you some idea.

"That first call went to Daniel Cronn-Mills, chairman of the speech communications department. She told Cronn-Mills her plight, and Cronn-Mills went right to work.

He contacted the graduate studies office and urged them to review Yusuf's application immediately. They did so. Yusuf, who had been recruited by Michael Fagin, MSU's dean for Institutional Diversity, was admitted.

From there the task was getting Yusuf, who had $45 in her pocket, to Minnesota. When she evacuated to Houston she'd had a few spare outfits and an overnight bag of toiletries. That it's. Fagin and Cronn-Mills began raising money.

They received donations from every faculty member in the speech communications department and its secretaries. President Richard Davenport contributed. So did various vice presidents and assistant vice presidents.

They sent her gas money so she could drive from Houston. Fagin, who owns several rental properties in town, gave her one of his vacant apartments and found furnishings for it. Her class schedule was filled out for her.

When she arrived, Minnesota Nice immediately kicked in.

"Everywhere I go, my Louisiana plates are on my car and people everywhere are asking, 'Do you need anything?'" she said. "People at the grocery store are saying, 'Do you want anything out of our basket?'"

She'll be a research graduate assistant this semester and will be paid out of the Institutional Diversity budget. Next semester, she'll be a teaching graduate assistant and will be paid out of the speech communications budget.

Yusuf chose MSU because of Fagin's recruitment and because of other Dillard College students who said MSU was a good place to come.

"Every reason I'm here is because of the other students from Dillard who are here and have amazing things to say about this place," she said. "Everyone here is so helpful.

"She comes to Minnesota having never been here before, having never lived in a non-metro area before, having never been, she said, north of the Mason-Dixon Line. She also comes to Minnesota with a surprisingly upbeat attitude.

She's lost a lot of stuff. Her family hopes to get to their suburban New Orleans home this week and check out the damage. Whatever they uncover, she says, it could have been worse.

"There's a saying we have down South — 'Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying,'" she said. "I'm not living in the Astrodome. I've been so blessed by Minnesota State. I don't have any children, and there's so many other people that have so many things to deal with. The help Minnesota State has given me is going to give me the help I need to go back and help the people of New Orleans."

 

Dr. Martine Harvey will be giving a lecture in October at the Department of French and Italian, University of Minnesota, titled: "Mambo Italiano: An Inside View of Italian Families in Quebec and Italy".

 

Dr. Linda Dickmeyer (MA, 1991) has been awarded both tenure and a promotion to associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Dr. Dowlin Busy in Retirement

Dr. Sheryl Dowlin (faculty emerita) and Suzanne Bunkers (English Dept) are doing a MNSCU CTL Weekend workshop, September 24, 2005 in the Twin Cities (location TBA). The title of the seminar is: My Story, Your Story, Our Stories: Building Respect for Personal Difference in the Classroom.

Dr. Dowlin and Dr. Bunkers also have an invitation to do a workshop at the Human Rights Conference in the Twin Cities in December.

Dr. Dowlin may be reached at:

2504 El Rancho Dr.
Boise, ID 83704
Phone: 208-375-1137
Email: dowlinconsulting@cableone.net
Web Address: www.dowlinconsulting.com <outbind://84/www.dowlinconsulting.com>

 

David J. Nadolski has successfully completed his thesis titled "Applying the Secrets of CEOs to Forensics: Cross Application of Leadership to the Business and Forensic Worlds." David has earned the first MFA in Speech Communication to be awarded in the country.

 

David Nadolski has accepted a position as an instructor and director of forensics at Jackson Community College in Jackson, MI.

 

Jim Dimock has an article being published in a newspaper called "The Sunflower". The article is going to be featured in the edition distributed during the state fair. The article is titled: "'Obsolete and Quaint': Geneva conventions were never intended to apply to insurgents, terrorists"

National Communication Association 2005 Conference Presentations

Christa M. Brown, instructor

Keeping Your Class and Community Healthy Through Service-Learning

Unit: Community College Section
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Sun, Nov 20 - 9:30am - 10:45am
Building/Room: Sheraton / Jefferson

Students, Technology and the Classroom Environment

Unit: Division on Communication and the Future
Role: Respondent
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Building/Room: Sheraton / Fairfax A

Dr. Kathryn Cady, assistant professor

Coming Together to Achieve Great Ends: A Practical Approach to Gradute Education

Unit: Women's Caucus
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Sat, Nov 19 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Yarmouth

Kathleen M Crawford, graduate student

Balancing Work and Family Roles: International Perspectives

Unit: Feminist and Women's Studies Division
Role: Chair
Scheduled Time: Thu, Nov 17 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Building/Room: Sheraton / Constitution A Ballroom

Encouraging the Health of the Discipline: Engaging Students in the Basic Communication Course

Unit: Basic Course Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Nantucket

Dr. Daniel Cronn-Mills, professor

Arguing on Campus: Argumentation In and Out of the Classroom

Unit: Argumentation and Forensics Division
Role: Chair
Scheduled Time: Sat, Nov 19 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Building/Room: Sheraton / Dalton B

Argumentation and Forensics Business Meeting

Unit: Argumentation and Forensics Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Tufts

Council of Forensic Organizations Business Meeting (COFO)

Unit: Argumentation and Forensics Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Thu, Nov 17 - 9:30am - 10:45am
Building/Room: Sheraton / Beacon C

SC 08: Exploring the Health of the MA-Only Program

Unit: Short Courses
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Thu, Nov 17 - 11:00am - 1:45pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Salon A

Dr. Fernando Pedro Delgado, professor

Critical and Cultural Studies Division Business Meeting

Unit: Critical and Cultural Studies Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Sat, Nov 19 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Building/Room: Sheraton / Back Bay Ballroom D

Emerging Scholars in Critical and Cultural Studies

Unit: Critical and Cultural Studies Division
Role: Chair
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 11:00am - 12:15pm
Building/Room: Sheraton / Kent

Engaging the Health of La Raza: Honoring Dolores V. Tanno

Unit: Latina/Latino Communication Studies Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Sat, Nov 19 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Provincetown

Latina/Latino Communication Studies Division and La Raza Caucus Business Meeting

Unit: Latina/Latino Communication Studies Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Sat, Nov 19 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Nantucket

NCA Legislative Assembly Meeting

Unit: NCA Legislative Assembly
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Wed, Nov 16 - 12:30pm - 4:45pm
Scheduled Time: Sat, Nov 19 - 8:00am - 10:45am
Scheduled Time: Sun, Nov 20 - 8:00am - 10:45am
Building/Room: Marriott / Salon E

NCA Nominating Committee Meeting

Unit: NCA Nominating Committee
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Wed, Nov 16 - 5:00pm - 7:45pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Suffolk

Social Justice on the United States-Mexico Border: A Critical Communication Assessment and Investigative Inquiry

Unit: La Raza Caucus
Role: Respondent
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Provincetown

Starting Healthy, Staying Healthy: Strategies on Publication and Academic Advancement

Unit: La Raza Caucus
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Building/Room: Sheraton / Beacon EFG

Louisa A Eckert, instructor

Students, Technology and the Classroom Environment

Unit: Division on Communication and the Future
Role: Respondent
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Building/Room: Sheraton / Fairfax A

Brian R Klosa, instructor

When Crisis Occurs: How to Maintain the Emotional Health of Your Program

Unit: Argumentation and Forensics Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Sun, Nov 20 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Building/Room: Sheraton / Beacon C

Derrick Lindstrom, graduate student

Encouraging the Health of the Discipline: Engaging Students in the Basic Communication Course

Unit: Basic Course Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Nantucket

Suzanne V. Loen, graduate student

The "Good" Woman: Archetypal and Contemporary Discourses from Eve to Martha Stewart

Unit: Feminist and Women's Studies Division
Role: Chair
Scheduled Time: Sun, Nov 20 - 9:30am - 10:45am
Building/Room: Sheraton / Constitution A Ballroom

Joshua Randall, undergraduate student

The Sacred Meets the Profane: Spidey at Bat
In Session: Undergraduate Honors: Forensic Scholarship of Pi Kappa Delta

Unit: Pi Kappa Delta
Presenter
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Building/Room: Sheraton / Clarendon A

Jessica Marie Samens, graduate student

Communicating Through and About Disability in the Family

Unit: Disability Issues Caucus
Role: Chair
Scheduled Time: Thu, Nov 17 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Hyannis

Dr. Warren Sandmann, professor

2005 Freedom of Expression Year in Review: To the Supreme Court and Beyond

Unit: Freedom of Expression Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Building/Room: Marriott / Nantucket

Freedom of Expression Business Meeting

Unit: Freedom of Expression Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm Building/Room: Sheraton / Hampton B

Karissa Stubstad, graduate student

Encouraging the Health of the Discipline: Engaging Students in the Basic Communication Course

Unit: Basic Course Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Building/Room: Marriott / Nantucket

Dr. Kristen P. Treinen, assistant professor

Basic Course Division Business Meeting

Unit: Basic Course Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Building/Room: Sheraton / Exeter A

Encouraging the Health of the Discipline: Engaging Students in the Basic Communication Course

Unit: Basic Course Division
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 3:30pm - 4:45pm Building/Room: Marriott / Nantucket

Pedagogies of Growth

Unit: La Raza Caucus
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Fri, Nov 18 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Building/Room: Marriott / Tufts

Dr. Leah E. White, assistant professor

National Forensic Association General Business Meeting

Unit: National Forensics Association
Role: Participant
Scheduled Time: Sat, Nov 19 - 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Building/Room: Sheraton / Beacon D

When Crisis Occurs: How to Maintain the Emotional Health of Your Program

Unit: Argumentation and Forensics Division
Role: Chair
Scheduled Time: Sun, Nov 20 - 8:00am - 9:15am
Building/Room: Sheraton / Beacon C

CTAM Conference 2005

Students, Technology, and the Classroom Environment

  • Louisa Eckert, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Christa Brown, MinnesotaState, Mankato

Modern Technology is an amazing tool but can also be hazardous to effective teaching. Cell phones, PDAs and laptops are owned by the majority of college students. This growing trend has led to interruptions during class lecture, performance and activities. This behavior is common and often problematic. Instructors need to reflect on this growing trend in order to share experiences and coping strategies. Anecdotal evidence and survey data collected in 2004 will be discussed.

Concerns in Health Communication: How People Communicate Issues Related to Their Health and the Health of Others

  • Eunice Biel, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • James Dimock, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Jessica Samens, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Karissa Stubstad, Minnesota State, Mankato

Health communication is a growing and developing field within the domain of communication studies. This panel suggests several approaches to this growing field, considering the implications and dimensions of health communication from a variety of perspectives, including case studies, syntheses of literature, interviews and rhetorical analyses. The panel lays a foundation for exploring health communication and introduces a range of approaches to this developing field of inquiry.

Online Course Planning in Speech Communication

  • Warren Sandmann, Minnesota State, Mankato

Good course planning is essential in online courses as well as on campus classes. During this session, participants will learn how to begin online course planning including determining online readiness, aligning course outcomes with course goals; preparing content modules. This session is for those who by desire or requirement will be teaching online. It is not meant as a persuasive session about the merits of online courses.

Proxemic Performance: The Rhetorical Construction of Space

  • James Dimock, MinnesotaState, Mankato

This panel will consider the nature of space as a social and performative construction. In particular the panel intends to focus on the tensions between dialectical spacial constructs (private space versus public space, sacred space versus profane space, etc.) and on spacial transformations (the shift from public space to commercial space). Finally the panel will consider rhetorical nature of space, both how it is rhetorically constructed and how it shapes, constrains, influences and directs discourse.

"I Want to Teach College"

  • Warren Sandmann, Minnesota State, Mankato

A panel on making the transition from high school to college/university teaching (or) going straight to college/university teaching. What are the expectations, assumptions, standards, and process?

Play Up Diversity Learning Through Playwright Exploration

  • Martine Harvey, MinnesotaState, Mankato

This workshop will explore diversity through playwrights and enhance learning in your students to demonstrate the value of a teaching/learning style. By engaging in and reflecting on diversity playwrights, participants will develop skills and abilities to use processes that contribute to their intercultural awareness and enhance active learning in their students. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the teaching/learning style described above.

The Social Construction of Identity: Media, Power and Gender

  • Jim Dimock, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Merci Decker, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Julie Lemley, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Derrick Lindstrom, Minnesota State, Mankato

The panelists bring several different perspectives and methods on gender and identity to the panel. Paper topics include the influence of media upon gender and socialization with special attention given to the influence of advertising upon adolescence, the defiance of gender roles, gendered language and film and negotiation/resistance of heterosexual privilege.

Parliamentary Debate: Practice and Process

  • James Dimock, MSU, Mankato
  • Lindsey Thompson, MSU, Mankato
  • Joshua Randall, MSU, Mankato
  • David Brennan, MSU, Mankato
  • Nicole Goebel, MSU, Mankato

The purpose of this panel is to introduce parliamentary debate to those who are new to the forensics community and to demonstrate not only the format but the possibilities of the activity. The panel hopes to engage the communication community with respect to parliamentary debate, to develop the activity and invite others to participate in competitive parliamentary debate.

G.I.F.T.S.—Great Ideas for Teaching Stuff!

  • Kristen Cvancara, Minnesota State, Mankato

Continuing a tradition, this is a session for sharing ideas that work in the classroom and on stage. A panel will reveal their tricks of the trade (high school or college, speech or theater, assignments or activities) and provide handouts and resources. Participants are asked to bring ideas and handouts to distribute (at least 35 copies)

Developing Extemporaneous Speakers

  • Brian Klosa, Minnesota State, Mankato

From finding students, to developing research and organization skills, to getting up to speed on current events, extemporaneous speaking can be a challenging event for coaches. Participants will lay out their strategies and approaches to this event. Time will be available for Q&A.

Building Strong Community Relationships

  • Dave Engen, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Kristen Treinen, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Christa Brown, Minnesota State, Mankato

We will share the steps we have taken to build community relationships over the past few years, including generating community within our programs, building community through extra-curricular activities, and connecting classes to the community. When attempting to build community relationships from a Communication Studies perspective, there are several facets to what might be meant by "building community." First, community consists of the people with whom we most often associate. In an academic sense, that includes our students (particularly our majors and minors), alumni, faculty, and members of our institution's staff and administration. Building community certainly includes creating and maintaining good relationships with members of that immediate community. Second, it has become increasingly clear that maintaining good relationships with members of the communities surrounding our universities is beneficial to our students, our faculty and to the community members themselves. As we introduce into our curricula courses designed to help students make connections between communication and community, emphasize experiential learning opportunities through internships and service learning projects, and develop avenues for our students to gain a personal understanding for what it means to be "good citizens," it is through positive connections with members of our larger communities that we can best foster these learning opportunities. We would like this to be an interactive session. Participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas.

Who Me? What Do I have to Publish?

  • Warren Sandmann, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Lou Eckert, Minnesota State, Mankato

Group will discuss how and what to submit for review and possible publication to the CTAMJournal.

Teaching Impromptu Speaking

  • David Brennan, MSU, Mankato
  • Matthew Collie, MSU, Mankato
  • Brian Klosa, MSU, Mankato
  • Joshua Randall, MSU, Mankato

Impromptu speaking is slowly being tried and performed at many Minnesota invitational speech tournaments. In fact, impromptu speaking is a competitive event at some of the national high school tournaments. The event is often looked upon as an overwhelming experience and perhaps too difficult for high schools speech students to learn. The following panel will demonstrate the ease and effectiveness in teaching and performing this event for competition. Panelists will provide tips and suggestions for all coaches to utilize in instructing their students in this event.

Non-traditional Perspectives on Argumentation Pedagogy and Practice

  • Kate Cady, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Jim Dimock, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • James Kozinski, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Kristen Treinen, Minnesota State, Mankato
  • Leah White, Minnesota State, Mankato

Argumentation and persuasion have been significant topics in communication study and, therefore, have been areas of concern for communication pedagogy. Although there has been a drive to increase the range of perspectives on topics in communication, instruction in argumentation and persuasion often centers upon traditional - and specifically Western, patriarchal, and hierarchical - models. Communication textbooks treating the subject of persuasion and argument are dominated by sample syllogisms and lists of fallacies.

This discussion panel seeks to raise questions with respect to the impact of these traditional models upon the practice of argumentation and persuasion but, more importantly, upon pedagogical practice. That is, we explore how teaching strategies reinforce traditional models and what can be done to expand and/or revise such models in order to respond to the needs of increasingly diverse populations.

 

Kathy Steiner, our very own wonder secretary in Speech Communication, has been promoted to Office Administrative Specialist, Intermediate. Kathy has provided decades of service to our department and saved everyone of us in many instances. The promotion is well deserved.