School of Media and Communication
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Kathy Bradshaw is on the editorial board of American Journalism
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Dr. Sung-Yeon Park was invited to join to be a member of the editorial board of Communication Research
New Mahalo Producer in Los Angeles is SCS Grad.
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Public lecture: Patricia Silver, President, Sphere Entertainment Agency
“From Bowling Green, Ohio to Clowntown, Canada & Abroad: Life in the Entertainment Fast Lane”
Thursday April 3, 2008 at 1 p.m.
121 West Hall
Reception to follow at 2:15 p.m.
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HIV/AIDS conference at BGSU: HIV/AIDS in America and the global community
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BGSU Forensics won 5th place at the IFA International Championships in London, England.
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Retired professor Dr. Dennis Hale passed away on March 15, 2008.
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BGSU Forensics: National Champions!
St. Louis, MO, March 7-9, 2008 The Bowling Green State University Falcon Forensics, Speech and Debate Team placed first in the nation at the National Comprehensive Tournament (NCT), held in St. Louis Missouri on March 7-9, 2008. Out of 51 colleges and universities, BGSU placed first overall in individual events, capturing three national champion titles as well as top speaker (Pentathlon) at the tournament. The team was lead by Peoria, Il senior, Kenny Rogers Jr., who in addition to his national champion title as Pentathlon Champion, earned the national title in Duo Interpretation with his partner, senior, Jennifer Cole from Detroit, Michigan. Beavercreek (OH) Freshman, Rahul Guha, won the national titles in Extemporaneous Speaking and Student Congress with near perfect scores from all judges. Overall, the Falcon Forensics Team earned honors in 27 elimination rounds out of 35 events the team entered in the tournament. This is the first time BGSU has won the NCT National Championship.
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Emerging Media Research Cluster had a roundtable about Web-based teaching.
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IPC invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track Instructor position
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Invitation to Attend/Participate in International Conference:
Media, War and Conflict-Resolution, September 17, 18 & 19, 2008.
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SCS Development Communication Initiative Achieves National Media Acclaim in Nigeria.
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Professional Ethics Lecture Series
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SCS ‘Tikvah’ Holocaust Oratorio Movie Wins Kodak Backing
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BGSU Forensics, Speech and Debate Team Placed Third at National Tournament
On March 7-10, 2007, the BGSU Forensics, Speech and Debate Team placed 3rd at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament and Convention held on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Amongst a field of 57 teams from across the nation, BGSU placed 3rd overall. The Falcon Forensicators earned a total of 36 individual awards, including 10 top 10%, 8 top 20% and 12 top 30%. Click here for more information.
BGSU Forensics Wins Michigan Double Header
On November 10 & 11, 2006, the BGSU Forensics, Speech and Debate Team landed two impressive wins in one weekend at the “Heart of Michigan Classic” Forensics and Debate Tournament co-hosted by Wayne State University and Central Michigan University in Detroit, Michigan. Click here for more information.
Forensics Alumni is the New Face of Fox
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Dr. Joshua Atkinson’s article Contemporary crusaders and timeless elders: Building cultural capital through alternative media texts was published in Popular Communication. In addition, his article Towards a model of interactivity in alternative media: A multilevel analysis of audiences and producers in a new social movement network was accepted for publication in Mass Communication & Society.
Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett began the semester as Chair of the new Global Communication and Social Change division of the International Communication Association (ICA). He was invited by the presidents of both the ICA and the International Association of Mass Communication Research (IAMCR) to join a panel on the future of these associations at the 50th conference of the IAMCR in Paris, in July. In October he sat on a panel concerning training for multimedia journalism, at the conference of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators, in Dubai. He was respondent to a panel on Internationalizing the Communication Curriculum at the National Communication Association (NCA) in Chicago, in November. Finally, he presented the keynote address to the colloquium of the Annual Assembly of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies in Jakarta, in December. During the semester, Dr. Boyd-Barrett completed and submitted three journal articles, one co-authored book chapter, and a co-authored conference paper (with graduate student Shaung Xie).
Dr. Katherine Bradshaw. In October 2007, the American Journalism Historians Association (AJHA) appointed Dr. Katherine A. Bradshaw as its representative to the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). It’s the agency responsible for the evaluation of professional journalism and mass communications programs in colleges and universities. Members make final accrediting decisions. Dr. Bradshaw continues as a member of the Board of Directors of AJHA. In the fall of 2007, Dr. Bradshaw was invited to be a contributing editor for Journalism History, an independent, peer-reviewed journal. She continues as an editorial board member for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) journal, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, and for Electronic News (EN) a journal of the Radio and Television Journalism division of AEJMC. In December 2007, Dr. Bradshaw completed her first training session as a Journalism Leadership Institute for Diversity (JLID) fellow. JLID’s purpose is to increase racial, gender, and ethnic diversity in administrative positions in colleges and universities. Book reviews written by Dr. Bradshaw appeared in Journalism History and American Journalism. She is revising a manuscript for EN, and coding data for an historical content analysis of network television news.
Dr. Aaron Burton, Instructor, worked as a supplement author for Allyn & Bacon, recently completed the instructor’s PowerPoint presentation for Grice and Skinner’s The Handbook for Mastering Public Speaking . He is active in several professional organizations. He has presented at the past two NCA conventions and won the Top Panel Award in the Basic Course Division in 2006. In addition, he has participated in CSCA and OCA conventions by taking part in discussion panels, presenting papers, serving as a respondent and chair. He served as a reviewer in the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Division for CSCA. For the past three years, he has been an editorial board member for the Ohio Communication Journal and played a key role in bring the 2006 OCA convention to Northwest Ohio. Aaron also presented work outside the field of communication. On October 13, 2007 presented a paper at the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association convention in Kansas City, MO. Recent conference presentations include: Themes in Christ films: A narrative analysis of selected films from 1912-2004. In S. Miller (Chair), American popular culture & Christianity: A complex, ever-evolving relationship (Panel conducted at the conference of the National Communication Association; American Studies Division; Chicago, IL; and Sacrifice and vengeance: Commonalities in popular American Christ films. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association; Religion and Popular Culture Area; Kansas City, MO.
Dr. Michael Butterworth’s dissertation Baseball and the Rhetorical Purification of America: The National Pastime After 9/11 was the recipient of this year's Best Dissertation Award for the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of NCA. In her notification of the award to Mike, Dr. Kyra Pearson, Loyola Marymount University, and Chair, CCS Division Award Committee wrote: "There were six dissertations nominated this year. Based on feedback from the committee, yours stood out for its political significance and scholarly rigor as is invites us to consider baseball's relationship to a post-9/11 culture of war." Dr. Butterworth published two articles: The Politics of the Pitch: Claiming and Contesting Democracy through the Iraqi National Soccer Team in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 4 (June 2007): 184-203. (A shorter version of this was published in NCA's new publication,Communication Currents as The Political Symbolism of Sports:George W. Bush and the Iraqi National Soccer Team, (June 2007): http://www.communicationcurrents.com/). And also: Race in 'The Race': Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Heroic Constructions of Whiteness in Critical Studies in MediaCommunication 24 (August 2007): 228-24. Since January Dr. Butterworth has beenwriting a blog about rhetoric, politics, and sports called The
Agon, found at: theagon.blogspot.com
Jose Cardenas, Lecturer, and a group of about 30 advanced film students are collaborating with the music department on a Super 16 format production called Tikvah . This feature-length art film is based on the book My Three Lives, written by Philip Markowitz, a concentration camp survivor and Talmudic scholar. The visualization of those memoirs will be augmented with original music composed by Dr. Burton Beerman, a BGSU faculty member, and dance performances choreographed by Celesta Haraszti. The students have been assigned to roles on two full film crews and production teams with Cardenas overseeing the project. They have a 20-day shooting schedule, which includes the campus stage and practical locations such as at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Detroit, Michigan, and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Cardenas adds that they are hoping to time Tikvah in a digital intermediate environment and record out to a 35mm print for the premiere. He anticipates that most of the shooting schedule will be in the can by end of this summer, with a completion date of fall 2008. The word tikvah is Hebrew for hope.
Dr. Catherine Cassara-Jemai — working with Dr. Lara Martin Lengel — applied for and received a $388,000 grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State for an environmental journalism initiative which will involve journalism faculty, students and environmental educators in Algeria, Tunisia and the United States. The program is funded under the authority of the Fulbright-Hayes Act of 1961, as amended, and will bring North Africans to BGSU for 3-week, summer workshops in 2008 and 2009 and will take students, faculty, and others from Ohio to North Africa in 2009 and 2010. The program will educate participants at both ends about the cultures and the environmental challenges in each country with the goal of preparing a new generation of journalists to work successfully across international boundaries. Additionally, Cassara initiated efforts to develop a mentoring project with Rogers High School in Toledo—which would take BGSU journalism students to work with students at the inner-city school. She completed a chapter on “Sourcing and Interviewing” for a the Responsible Reporter, edited by Bruce Evansen.
Dr. Stephen Croucher was guest editor for theNational Forensic Journal and its special issue on Communication Theory and Forensics/Argumentation. A paper that he co-authored with graduate students here at BGSU, Bridget Long, Michael Meredith, Deepa Oommen, Matthew Lamb and Emily Steele (MA, 2007) won top Overall paper in the American Forensics Association Division at the 2007 NCA Convention. The title of the paper is: Organizational Identification and Social Identification in Intercollegiate Forensics: An Analysis of How Identifying with a Forensics Team Can Influence Social Identification.
Dr. Lynda Dixon. Dr. Dixon’s co-authored textbook reaches its sixth edition next year: O’Hair, D., Friedrich, G., & Dixon, L. (2008). Strategic communication in business and the professions(6th edition). Boston: Pearson. Lynda Dee Dixon was respondent and participant (2007) for the panel Mapping the Intersecting Tensions of Faith, Intellect, and Ethics in Prison Work: Reflecting on Efforts to Actualize Worldviews of Justice” for the Peace and Conflict Communication Division. She is a reviewer for the Feminist Caucus FY 2008 (reviewed in 2007), Central States Communication Association; a reviewer for the International/Intercultural Communication Annual, 2004-2007 a Faculty Advisor for the Native American Unity Council 2003-2007. She presented the paper Understanding your own culture as you communicate with people from other cultures to resident advisors, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, and April, 2007.
Dr. Victoria Ekstrand appeared on The Editors with BGSU alum and editor of the Toledo Blade, Tom Walton, to discuss the Imus scandal and the Virginia Tech shootings. She was accompanied by BGSU broadcast journalism instructor, Efrem Graham. Dr. Ekstrand received the Outstanding Young Scholar Award ($3000) from BGSU. She worked with the Ohio State Bar Association to help produce its new handbook for journalists. With Dr. Spirek, she presented to BGeX faculty about our new strategies for teaching introductory journalism to both small and large lecture classes.
Dr. Radhika Gajjala edited a special issue of New Media and Society, dedicated to the theme of South Asian digital diasporas. Her co-edited book on South Asian Technospaces in currently in-press and is due to come out in 2008. In addition, She has published pieces in peer-reviewed journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Qualitative Inquiry Special issue on Technology (both co-authored with BGSU graduate student advisees Natalia Rybas and Melissa Altman), and in Forum: Qualitative Social Research (co-authored with Natalia Rybas). She has published book chapters on the topic of methodologies for understanding digitally mediated identities, based on work with the Perrysburg Heights community as well as in relation to pedagogy and technology. These include: Gajjala, R (2007) Shifting Frames: Race, Ethnicity and Intercultural Communication in Online Social Networking and Virtual Work in Hinner, Michael B. (ed.) The Role of Communication in Business Transactions and Relationships. Peter Lang. Other recent works include: Gajjala, R and Altman, M (2006) Producing Cyberselves through Technospatial Praxis: Studying through Doing - in Health Research in Cyberspace, edited by Pranee Liamputtong - Nova Publishers; Altman, M and Gajjala, R (2006) Exploring the Production of Race through Virtual Learning Environments in International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments (Editors: Joel Weiss, Jason Nolan, Peter Trifonas: Kluwer Academic Publishers).
Dr. Gajjala has also continued to publish work based on her work on South Asian Digital Diasporas - Gajjala, R (2006) Cyberethnography: Reading South Asian Diasporas in Going Native on the Net: Indigenous Cyberactivism and Virtual Diasporas over the World Wide Web Kyra Marie Landzelius (ed). London: Routledge. In addition, she has been the co-facilitator of the Web 2.0 Learning community and Mentoring and E-portfolios Learning community at the Center for Teaching and Learning and Technology and has also been a core member of the Ohio Learning Network Learning community focused on Secondlife. She is also a core member of the The Center for International Comparative Education (ICE) as well as a member of the advisory committee of the same. She was involved in the planning of the Digital Mirror Camp organized and implemented by Dr. Kris Blair in summer 2007 and participated in the ICS research cluster on Webbing Cyberfeminist Cultures in Fall 2006 and Spring 2007. She has been a continuing member of the writing group at ICS. In Fall 2007 she proposed and started a new research cluster through ICS focused on Globalization and the Environment. She is the second vice-chair of the Feminist and Women Studies of the National Communication Association and Web Master of the Philosophy and Communication Division of International Communication Association. She was an invited presenter at the "Revealed-I" A conference on privacy and identity, at the University of Ottawa, October 25-27, 2007 and an invited participant in discussions at the North American Action Research Alliance summit (NAARA) held in December 2007. She has worked on Partnership collaborations with Dastkar Andhra in Secunderabad, India over the summer and has continued her work with Perrysburgh Heights Community Association involving various graduate students in Community Engagement and Scholarship of Engagement projects.
Dr. Ellen Gorsevski. Dr. Gorsevski’s research on the symbolic representation of the hijab and burqa in the make-over genre of television shows has been accepted for publication as a chapter in a forthcoming book on media. The chapter is entitled, Revealing Western Norms of Gender Identity in 'What Not To Wear': Idealizing Femininity in Visual Culture To Win the 'War on Terror.’ The book in which it appears explores how popular television shows use culturally hegemonic ranking systems to rate individuals as either insiders or as cultural 'Others' (Judith Lancioni, Editor).
Dr. Louisa Ha, Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator, has been appointed as associate editor of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, a flagship academic journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Her invited review essay on Online Advertising Research in Advertising Journals, will be published in the upcoming spring issue of Journal of Current Issues and Resesarch in Advertising. She and Kim McCann, an adjunct professor teaching TCOM460 Telecommunications Policy this semester, coauthored an article titled, An Integrated Model of Advertising Clutter in Offline and Online Media now in press in the International Journal of Advertising. She also coauthored an article with Katie Wolph, a recent graduate of TCOM department, titled, DVD Extras and the Impact of DVD Ownership on Viewing of Shows on TV , now in press in Feedback , an online journal of Broadcast Education Association. She coauthored with graduate student Primus Igboaka an article based on their research project funded by Emerald Research Award grant titled, Creation and Dissemination of Agricultural Knowledge in Nigeria using Broadband Technology which has been published in theEbenezer Soola Conference on Communication: Proceedings, Ibadan, Nigeria. Another report on the project will be published in Management Decision , the flagship journal of the Emerald Publishing Group, In addition, the project received coverage in major national newspapers and magazines in Nigeria such as Vanguard, Leadership , and New Age and the Voice of America’s English to Africa service.
Dr. Ha’s edited book, Webcasting Worldwide: Business Models of an Emerging Global Medium , received the 2007 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Robert Picard Award for Books and Monographs with significant contribution to Media Management and Economics. The book is available at http://www.routledge.com/books/Webcasting-Worldwide-isbn9780805859164
Kelli Kling, Adjunct Professor. Her TCOM 264 Interactive Media Technologies I class is working with Sea Lion Studio to develop short feature stories for bgfile.com. Links to past student stories and the list for upcoming stories are available at www.bgfile.com/tcom Kelli Kling led a tour of the Wood County Historical Center & Museum to students from Dave Moody's radio class. Students are researching the
Infirmary history, including "unusual" sitings, for a radio project this semester.
DeMetria Gordon and Matt Summerall, students in Kelli Kling's TCOM 264
class. are part of the Bowling Green Holiday Parade production crew, under the direction of Sea Lion Studio. Students will assist in camera, lighting, and other media tasks as the Studio records the parade and parade commentary for television and DVD
release. Students of Jose Cardenas will also be assisting in the project.
Dr. Lara Martin Lengel was chosen to serve on the National Selection Committee for Fulbright scholarships at the Institute for International Education (IIE) Fulbright U.S. Student Program Office in New York City on December 4. This national, multidisciplinary, review committee ranked and forwarded to the respective host country's Fulbright Bi-national Commission or the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy. Her 2007 publications include articles in Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformations in Emerging Democracies (with N. Martin, SUNY Press), Mothering in the Third Wave (with A. Birzescu & J. Minda, York University Press). She was chosen to serve on the Community Organizing for Meaningful Personal and Social Stewardship (COMPASS), a university-wide committee to incorporate social responsibility values into BGSU student organizations. The project is funded by an American Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) grant as part of its national Core Commitments initiative. She is U.S. Program Co-Director, under Director, Dr. Catherine Cassara for “Partners for a Sustainable Future: Aiding Future Practitioners of Algerian and Tunisian Environmental Journalism and Communication” funded by a three-year, $388,800 grant from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, under the authority of the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961.
Dr. Canchu Lin contributed the entry Mao Zedong to the Encyclopedia of Political Communication, edited by Linda Kaid. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage (2007).
His article, Demystifying the Chameleonic Nature of Chinese Leadership has been accepted to be published in the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. He participated in the CTLT Teaching and Research learning community activities contributing to the group article, The ripple effect: Lessons from a research and teaching learning community which has been accepted for publication in the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. Additionally, Dr. Lin serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Association for Chinese Communication Studies.
He recently presented a paper titled Maoist Leadership: A Reading of Mao's Works, and chaired a session for NCA 2007.
Dr. Tom Mascaro, Associate Professor, was on Faculty Improvement Leave last year and lived in Virginia while conducting historical research for a book on NBC News documentaries in the Washington, D. C. area. He produced an in-depth oral history interview with news cinematographer Richard "Jim" Norling, examined papers from the NBC archive collection, and did extensive research on documentary film units operating in Berlin and Paris during and after WWII. He also interviewed Mike Wallace (CBS News), Marlene Sanders (ABC/CBS News), and Julian Goodman (Pres. NBC).
Dr. Kim McCann, Adjunct Professor, received her Ph.D. in Communication from Bowling Green State University in fall 2007 and coauthored an article with Dr. Louisa Ha, and a book chapter with Dr. Boyd-Barrett.
Dr. Smeeta Mishra’s article ‘“Saving” Muslim women and fighting Muslim men: Analysis of representation in The New York Times’ was published in Global Media Journal. She also co-authored a chapter (with X. Chen, Y.K. Chen & K. Kim) titled Women and the news: India and Asia in the book Women, men, and news: Divided and disconnected in the news media landscape. (Editors: P. Poindexter, S. Meraz & A. Schmitz Weiss: Taylor & Francis Group). The book will be published on December 24, 2007. Mishra is the Teaching Committee chair of the International Communication Division, AEJMC. She is also a member of the AEJMC Task Force on the Integrity of the Review Process.
Dr. Sung-Yeon Park, Assistant Professor, is the senior author of the article, Do Third-Person Perceptions of Media Influence Contribute to Pluralistic Ignorance on the Norm of Ideal Female Thinness? published in Sex Roles, a scholarly journal, in 2007.
Dr. Terry Rentner has been invited by the Department of Education, Higher Education Center to give workshops on effective grant writing and to share her model alcohol program with other institutions. The department has organized two-day workshops in various regions of the country including San Francisco, Dallas, Nashville, Indianapolis and Hartford. These will be an invitation-only workshops for colleges or universities who have been identified as showing promising alcohol prevention programs on college campuses. Rentner’s role will be to discuss effective grant writing and to showcase BGSU's model alcohol prevention program of which she received an award for from the Dept. of Ed in 1999. The workshops will begin in January and run through March, a month before the next round of model program grants. In addition, Dr. Rentner has been invited by President Ribeau and Larry Weiss to serve on the BGSU Centennial Anniversary Commission. She has been asked to chair the Marketing and Public Relations Committee for the event. This will involve establishing a logo, visuals and tag line for the centennial; creating a Web site concept, content and visuals; and overseeing the creation of advertisements and on-campus materials (such as BGSU stationery). Tom Walton, who recently retired as the editor for The Blade, and Cliff Boutelle, former director of marketing and PR at BGSU are two of the seven members on her committee.
Dr. Clayton Rosati published MTV: 360 Degrees of the Industrial Production of Culture in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 32 (4): 556-575 (this journal is ranked #1 in the discipline: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=0020-2754&site=1%29. and also Media Geographies: Uncovering the Spatial Politics of Images in Geography Compass 1 (5): 995-1014. He delivered an invited lecture at the University of Kentucky's Geography Department, collecting interviews from the picket lines of the
writer guild strike and the Viacom "freelancer's" walkout in NY, and organized 3 sessions at the national Geographer's conference (AAG) upcoming in April.
Dr. Melissa Spirek presented The Top Ten Reasons Why the Letterman
Building Will Lead Multimedia Higher Education in honor of the naming of the Letterman Building at Ball State University September 7, 2007. She received with George A. Agich the top ranking for The Transformative Impact of Critical Thinking about Values on an Undergraduate Department's Curriculum to be presented the end of February 2008 in San Antonio, TX at the annual conference of the Association for Applied and Professional Ethics. Spirek began an appointment as a research associate with BGSU's BGeXperience in autumn 2007.
Dr. Ewart Skinner, Associate Professor and Chair, received the 15-year BGSU service award this fall. He is the executive producer of the Tikvah project.
Dr. Gi Woong Yun’s paper On the validity of client-side vs server-side web log data analysis, published in InternetResearch was selected as a Highly Commended Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2007.
Kelly Bowman, 2007 (BS Journalism) was hired in CNN’s satellite news department in Atlanta.
Dan Bumpus In addition to anchoring the noon news broadcast, Dan Bumpus, (BS Journalism) anchors the breaking news desk during the morning newscast on WTOL-TV in Toledo.
Ryan Fowler, 2003 (BS Journalism) was promoted to weekend sports anchor for NBC24, WNWO-TV
Darren Looser, 2004 (BS Journalism) was hired as a sports producer for Bay News 9 in Tampa, Florida.
Collette Neirouz, 2004 (BS Journalism) was promoted to coordinating producer for the Kirk Documentary Group (KDG), FRONTLINE. She won two Emmys in 2007 for her work.
Yeun Su Park, a TCOM junior, was offered an internship in CNN this spring in New York working in its international news bureau. CNN receives approximately 5,000 internship applications and only chooses 5 students.
Julie Pretzlaff, a TCOM major, will be doing an internship in Oruro, Bolivia during spring 2008 smester. Her internship is through the International Education Program at Jacksonville University, and she will be working on a documentary while in Bolivia. Julie’s last documentary won the Best Documentary award at the University Film Organization’s annual film festival, spring 2007.
Nick Ramos, TCOM graduate and E! intern, has moved on from E! and is now working at a Spanish/English network in Los Angeles called "Si TV" as a Producer. Si
TV's primary demographic is the young English-speaking Latino audience,
and their programming is similar to MTV.
Nate Van Sickle, 2006 TCOM graduate, won an Emmy for a story he shot for WINK, the CBS News affiliate in Ft. Meyers, FL.
Erika Smith, former TCOM graduate has moved to Actuality Productions & Modern
Marvels (History Channel
Mike Soeder, TCOM graduate, has been accepted into the Sport Management MA program at Texas A&M University! Texas A&M has offered Mike a sports-related graduate assistantship
Joe Stoll, 2005 (BS Journalism) is a weekend anchor and a weekday reporter for WTHI-TV, in Terre Haute, IN. He moved there from ABC 13, WTVG-TV, in Toledo.
Colleen Wells, 2006 (BS Journalism) was promoted from morning news reporter to weekend news anchor and weekday reporter at channel 11, WTOL-TV in Toledo.
Doug Whitmire (BS Journalism) was promoted to executive producer for the morning newscast on WGN-TV, Chicago. He’s the youngest person to ever hold the position.
Christina Williams, 2007 (BS Journalism) is reporting for ABC13, WTVG-TV, in Toledo.
Ziggy Williamson, a TCOM graduate, has been hired by Epitaph Records in LA. Ziggy did his internship at Epitaph in summer 2007 (it's a major record label). He joined the 2007 Warp Tour (the biggest and most successful heavy metal/punk tour in US) as Epitaphs' leading tour manager. Ziggy undoubtedly has been one of TCOM's most unique and creative students, and he'll be missed.
Tina Zappola, 2005 TCOM graduate, has been accepted into a Master’s degree program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Tina worked for Channel 3-WKYC in Cleveland as production assistant and was later full-time producer for a local morning talk show “Good Company,” which airs on WKYC.
Recent Graduate Student Awards
Croucher, S., Long, B., Meredith, M., Lamb, M. D. Oommen, D., & Steele, E. Top Paper, Forensics and Debate division, National Communication Association, 2007.
Cruea, Mark. 1 of 7 TA’s nominated for GradSTEP Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2007.
Tian, Dexin. Top paper, the Association for Chinese Communication Studies, National Communication Association, 2007.
Igboaka, Primus. Emerald Research Fund Award winner, with Professor Louisa Ha, Bowling Green State University & Dr. Ralph Okigbo, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. Emerald is British Publisher of Academic Journals. The $10, 500 Award and Project - Facilitating Knowledge Creation and Dissemination among Nigerian Diasporas and Farmers with Broadband Internet: A Pilot Study was funded by British Author’s Licensing & Collecting Society Ltd, 2006.
Melkote, Shrinivas, Turner, Jacob, & Meredith, Michael .The Ecquid Novi Award, top paper in journalism research, International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication at the International Communication Association, 2006.
Melkote, Shrinivas, Turner, Jacob, & Meredith, Michael. Second Top Faculty Paper Award, Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, 2006.
Meredith, Michael. Non-Service Dissertation Fellowship, Bowling Green State University, 2007.
Meredith, Michael. Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship for Graduate Student Excellence, Bowling Green State University’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter, 2006.
Meredith, Michael. Top Paper in Forensics and Argumentation, National Communication Association, 2007.
Merill, Stephen. Top debut Paper for Audio and Radio Division, Broadcast Education Association, 2007.
Prater, Angela. John J. Walker Memorial Scholarship for graduate students based on academic achievement and service to the School of Communication graduate program and Bowling Green State University, 2007.
Rybas, Natalia, School of Communication Studies Fund for Excellence Fellowship, Bowling Green State University, 2007.
Smith, Amy. Harold and Elaine Fisher Communication Studies Graduate Award, Bowling Green State University, 2007.
Turner, Jacob. CSCA Debut Paper Award, Central States Communication Association, 2007.
Turner, Jacob. First Top Competitive Paper Award, Bowling Green State University Communication Studies Graduate Conference, 2006.
Yu, B. Z., & Tian, D. X. et al. (Eds.). English writing---Paragraphs and essays, (3rd ed.). Xi’an: Northwest Polytechnic University Press. The Second-place Prize for the Best Books of the 2006 Nation-wide University Presses. (2004).
Zhang, Yahui. Top graduate paper presented at Ohio Communication Association 70th Annual Conference, Perrysburg, OH, 2006.
Recent Graduate Student Publications
Billman, B. N. (2007). The enfleshment of masculinity(s): The maintenance of hegemonic masculinity. Universitas: The University of Northern Iowa Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. An Online Journal available at http://www.uni.edu/universitas/currentissue/tocforum03.htm.
Anca Birzescu published a refereed article, Mothering in a Time of Terror, in Mothering in the Third Wave (Amber Kinser, ed., Demeter/York University Press) with Lara Martin Lengel and IPC alumna (2003) Jennifer Minda.
Caplan, S. E., & Turner, J. (2007). Bringing theory to research on computer-mediated comforting communication. Computers in Human Behavior, 23, 985-998.
Croucher, S., Long., Meredith, M, Lamb, M. D., Oomen, D., & Steele, E. (submitted). Organizational identification and social identification in intercollegiate forensics: An analysis of how identifying with a forensics team can influence social identification. Submitted for publication in Argumentation and Advocacy, March 2007;
Gajjala, R., Zhang, Y., & Dako-Gyeke, P. (under review). Lexicons of women’s empowerment online: Appropriating the other. Feminist Media Studies.
Gajjala, R., Rybas, N., & Altman, M. (2007). Epistemologies of Doing: E-merging selves online. Feminist Media Studies (Commentary and Criticism section), 7(2), 209-213.
Gajjala, R., Rybas, N., & Altman, M. (2007, forthcoming). Racing and queering the interface: Producing global/local cyberselves. Qualitative Inquiry (Special Issue on Technology).
Ha, L., & Chao, C. (2007, August ). How women break the glass ceiling in the cable TV industry. Dot! Newspaper, p. 2.
Meredith, M. (2006). A review of Applying Communication Theory for Professional Life: A practical Introduction. Business Communication Quarterly, 69, 229-332.
Meredith, Michael. (2006). A review of Successful Change Management: The Fifty Key Facts. Business Communication Quarterly, 69, 348-351.
Orbe, M., Groscurth, C.R., Jeffries, T., & Prater, A. (2007). “We---The Militant Ones”: A collective autoethnographic analysis of racial standpoints, locating whiteness, and student/teacher interaction. In L. M. Cooks & J. S. Simpson (Eds.), Whiteness, Pedagogy, Performance (pp. 27-47). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Rybas, N., & Gajjala, R. (2007, September, forthcoming). Developing cyberethnographic research methods for understanding digitally mediated identities. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 7(3).
Tian, D. X. & Knecht, R. (2006). American and Chinese intellectual copyright law, variants and perspectives. In J. Harris (Ed.), Alternative globalizations: Selected papers delivered at the 5th annual conference of the GSA - North America. Chicago, IL: Carl Davidson & Veronica Seizys.
Tian, D. X. (2007). U.S. and NATO apologies for the Chinese embassy bombing: A categorical analysis [Electronic version]. International Journal of Communication, 1, 360-376 [Available at http://ijoc.org]
Tian, D. X. (June 19, 2007). Review of the book Reading between the lines: Perspectives on foreign language literacy [Electronic version]. Education Review: A Journal of Book Reviews [Available at http://edrev.asu.edu/reviews/rev569.htm].
Turner, J. (Submitted for publication). An assessment of the quality of information on ESPN’s SportsCenter: A comparison of the content of ESPNNEWS and SportsCenter. A paper submitted for publication in Journal of Sports Media.
Turner, J. (2006). A review of Game Work: Language, Power and Computer Game Culture. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 92(1), 109-112.
Turner, J. (Submitted for publication). Hegemony, hedonism, and hip-hop: An examination of the portrayal of race and sexuality in music videos. A paper submitted for publication in Sex Roles.
Turner, J. (Submitted for publication). Sexual content in music videos: A re-examination of the portrayal of sexual behaviors in televised music videos. A paper submitted for publication in Mass Communication and Society.
Turner, J. (submitted for publication). The dream machine: An invention. Short story submitted for publication in Washington Square, New York University's Creative Writing Program's academic journal.
Yu, B. Z., Tian, D. X., Chen, X. L., & Yan, H. (Eds.) (2006). A new English course of extensive reading: English textbook for higher education. Xi’an: Northwestern Polytechnic University Press.
Recent Graduate Student Conference Presentations
Ackerman-Edelen, Francey. (2006, August). The communication of college diversity: A content analysis of public college and university viewbooks in the United States. Paper presented at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication convention, Washington, DC.
Ackerman-Edelen, Francey. (2006, November). The trailing wife experience: Tales of South Americans spouses living in Middle America. Paper presented at the National Communication Association convention, San Antonio, TX.
Anarbaeva, Samara. (2007, April). Experiences of an international teaching assistant: Intercultural experiences, teaching styles, and introductory-level communication courses. Panel paper presented at the Central States Communication Association conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Billman, Brett. (2006, November). Others performing in a normative space: An ethnographic in(queer)y. Panel paper presented at the National Communication Association conference, San Antonio, TX.
Billman, Brett. (2007, November). Cowboys and drag kings: The rhetoric of masculinity and sexuality in “Brokeback Mountain.” Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association conference, Chicago, Il.
Butterworth, Michel & Moskal, Stormi. (2007, November). Putting the “Fun” Back in College Football: The Armed Forces Bowl and the Rhetoric of War. Paper to be presented at the NASSS (North American Society for the Sociology of Sport), Pittsburgh, PA
Chao, Chin-Chun. (2006, November). “Self” in the stories of vice president Hsiu-Lien Lu of Taiwan. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, San Antonio, TX
Chao, Chin-Chun. (2006, November). Afrocentricity and Asiacentricity: Methodological issues. Panel discussion presented at the National Communication Association Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX
Chao, Chin-Chun. (2006, November). Mulan in Americans' mind: A narrative criticism from a feminist perspective. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, San Antonio, TX
Chao, Chin-Chun. (2006, November). Styles of female leadership in nonprofit organizations. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, San Antonio, TX
Chao, Chin-Chun. (2007, October). When Romeo meets Mulan: A cross-cultural dating study. Paper to be presented at the Ohio Communication Association Annual Conference, Boardman, OH
Croucher, Stephen, Long, Bridget, Meredith, Michael, Lamb, Matt, Steele, Emily, Oommen, Deepa. (2007, November). Organizational identification and social identification in intercollegiate forensics: An analysis of how identifying with a forensics team can influence social identity. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL
Daco-Gueke, Phyllis, Munos, Candice, Kang, Sun, & Tian, Dexin. (2007, May). The other side of the wall: Constructing meaning and identity in the mural making process. Paper presented at Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry conference at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Il
Gajjala, Radhika, Altman, Melissa, & Rybas, Natalia. (2007, May). Epistemologies of doing: E-merging selves online. Paper presented at Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Gajjala, Radhika, Dako-Gyeke, Phyllis, & Zhang, Yahui. (2007, August). Representing women's empowerment online: Postcolonial feminist critiques. Presented at the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication conference, Wasgington, DC;
Gajjala, Radhika, Rybas, Natalia, & Altman, Melissa. (2007, May). Racing and queering the interface: Producing global/local cyberselves. Paper presented at Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Igboaka, Primus. (2006, October). BET –Viacom acquisition: A paradox of media pluralism and content diversity. Paper presented at the Graduate Student Conference, School of Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Oh
Igboaka, Primus. (2007, October). Facilitating knowledge creation and dissemination among Nigerian diasporas and farmers with broadband Internet: A pilot study. Paper to be presented at the New Media and the Global Diaspora Symposium, Bristol, RI
Igboaka, Primus. (2007, October). Facilitating knowledge creation and transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa: A knowledge center pilot study. Paper presented at Ebenezer Soola Conference on Communication (ESCOC), Conference Center, University of Ibadan.
Long, Bridget, & Singer, Ross. (2007). Counterpublic attack on making the private-public more public: Control and resistance in facebook’s news feed/mini-feed controversy. Panel paper presented at the Central States Communication Association conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Long, Bridget. (2007, April). “Can we leave early?”: Dealing with expectations and maintaining the attention of Generation NeXters. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN
Long, Bridget. (2007, April). Women’s romance novel readership: Motivations, expectations, and relationship satisfaction. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL
Melkote, Shrinivas, Turner, Jacob, & Meredith, Michael. (2006, May). Objectivity in News during a Time of Impending War: An Examination of Coverage in the New York Times prior to 2003 Iraq War. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, CA. Top paper in International Communication Division for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Media Consumption.
Meredith, Michael. (2007, October). Building and expanding the influence of business communication: identifying gaps and seizing need opportunities for differentiation in the discipline. Paper to be presented at the annual conference of the Association for Business Communication, Washington, D.C.
Merill, Stephen. (2007, April). College radio and the challenges of convergence. Paper presented at the Broadcast Education Association conference, Las Vegas, NE. Top debut Paper for Audio and Radio Division.
Moskal, Stormi. (2006, November). Creating spaces: A group auto-ethnography exploring internet community and identity formation. Panel Paper presented at the National Communication Association convention, San Antonio, TX. Panel Chair.
Moskal, Stormi. (2007, April). Fantasy rhetoric and American nationalism: A rhetorical analysis of Army recruitment commercials. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association convention, Minneapolis, MN
Moskal, Stormi. (2007, April). Mac the Knife: A feminist rhetorical analysis of Commander in Chief. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association convention April 2007, Minneapolis, MN
Rybas, Natalia & Gajjala, Radhika. (2007, April). Racing the interface: Race, ethnicity and gender in online social networking.Panel: Critical perspectives on cyberidentity and social responsibility in social networking systems. Paper presented at Central States Communication Association conference, Media Studies Division, Minneapolis, MN
Rybas, Natalia, & Rybas, Sergey. (2006, November). Professional electronic portfolios as a locus of power: A technofeminist approach. Paper presented at the National Communication Association convention, American Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology Division, San Antonio, TX
Rybas, Natalia. (2006, October). Bringing community together: A social marketing campaign for Global connections, Bowling Green, Ohio.Panel: Social marketing campaigns as sites for social change: Connecting communication theory and pragmatic problems. Paper presented at the Ohio Communication Association Conference, Perrysburg, OH
Rybas, Natalia. (2006, October). When teaching and learning go online: Teacher and student communication practices in computer-mediated classrooms. Panel discussion presented at the Ohio Communication Association Conference, Perrysburg, OH
Rybas, Natalia. (2007, June). Technocultural practices in social network systems: Mobilizing identity and difference. Presentation for the workshop Public Practices, Social Software: Examining social practices in networked publics at the Third International Conference on Communities and Technologies, East Lansing, MI
Singer, Ross. (2006, November). Democratic organizing for the state against the state: Rhetoric of late capitalism in the Sugarbeet Farmers’ Cooperative Movement. Double Panel Paper presented at the National Communication Association Convention, San Antonio, TX
Singer, Ross. (2006, November). The new anti-managerial rhetoric and the old criticisms: A recent film’s attack on wal-mart. Paper presented at the National Communication Association convention, San Antonio, TX
Smith, Amy. (2006, November). Who is really “straight” at queer night? (Hetero)sexual identity in a queer space. Paper presented at the National Communication Association convention, San Antonio, TX
Smith, Amy. (2006, October). Ethical concerns of autoethnography: Examining guilt in presenting racist family narratives. Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender Conference, St. Louis, MO
Smith, Amy. (2007). Exploring patriarchy through artifact. Paper presented at the Women’s Studies Symposium, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Smith, Amy. (2007, February). A 2nd wave feminist, born too late. Paper presented at the Western States Communication Association conference, Seattle, WA.
Smith, Amy. (2007, June). Picking up sticks: Feminism through knitting. Paper presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, St. Charles, IL.
Smith, Amy. (2007, May). Just warming up: Exploring service learning. Paper presented at the Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Smith, Amy. (2007, May). Trash or treasure: Inherited artifacts as family narrative. Paper presented at the Third International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Smith, Amy. (2007, November). Branching the family tree: Women’s genealogical explorations on the internet. Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association convention, Chicago, IL
Tian, Dexin, & Knecht, Richard. (2006, May). American and Chinese intellectual copyright law, variants and perspectives. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Global Studies Conference at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Tian, Dexin. (2007, June). The American hegemonic responses to the U.S.-China Mid-air plane collision. Paper presented at the Chinese Communication Symposium: West China and the Globalization at Sichuan University, Chengdu, P.R. China
Tian, Dexin. (2007, November). U.S. and NATO apologies for the Chinese embassy bombing: A categorical analysis. Paper to be presented at the National Communication Convention, Chicago, IL
Turner, Jacob. (2007, April). An assessment of the quality of information on ESPN’s SportsCenter: A comparison of the content of ESPNNEWS and SportsCenter. Paper presented at the Central States Communication Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN;
Turner, Jacob. (2007, November). Dating online bodies: Corporeality and women’s bodies during the internet dating experience. Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL
Zhang, Y. (2006, November). An invitational rhetorical analysis of The good women of China. Paper presented at National Communication Association 92nd Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX
Zhang, Yahui. (2006, November). Constitution of Chinese women in the nation building of China. Paper presented at National Communication Association Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX
Zhang, Yahui. (2006, October). Challenges and opportunities when teaching and learning go online. Panel discussion at Ohio Communication Association 70th Annual Conference, Perrysburg, OH
Zhang, Yahui. (2006, October). Chinese women in their transition to motherhood in a virtual community. Top graduate paper presented at Ohio Communication Association 70th Annual Conference, Perrysburg, OH
Zhang, Yahui. (2006, October). Public communication campaign for “International Fair” organized by World Student Association at Bowling Green State University. Paper presented at Ohio Communication Association 70th Annual Conference, Perrysburg, OH
Zhang, Yahui. (2007, March). Deconstructing the ideological binary in U.S. media coverage of one-child policy in China. Paper presented at Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN
Zhang, Yahui. (2007, March). Feminist readings of one-child policy in China. Paper presented at Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN
Zhang, Yahui. (2007, March). Nation, population, and Chinese women. Paper presented at Central States Communication Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett presented papers at conferences on Media, War and Conflict (April 18-19) at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and on 20 years of Propaganda, at the University of Windsor (May 15-7), and on Revisiting the Propaganda Model, by videoconferencing, for UNITEC in Auckland, New Zealand (April 11). His most recent article, Alternative Reframing on Mainstream Media Frames, has appeared in Daya Thussu (Ed) Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-Flow (London: Routledge).
Dr. Stephen Croucher (Department of Interpersonal Communication): his book "France and Islam: The failure of French cultural adaptation,” appears in August, published by Hampton Press. Dr. Croucher won a top paper award at the Freedom and Prejudice Conference in Istanbul, Turkey in October, 2006. He has been selected to present competitive papers at international conferences this summer in the Netherlands (focusing on immigration and integration issues) and in October in Spain ( a conference focusing on European Cultural issues).
Dr. Tori Ekstrand and Mr Efrem Graham appeared on WGTE for The Editors, with Tom Walton of The Toledo Blade. The subject was Imus and Va. Tech.
Dr. Gi Woong Yun’s paper "On the validity of client-side vs server-side web log data analysis," published in Internet Research, has been included among the top three papers in journals published by the Emerald Group, and has been selected as a Highly Commended Winner at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2007.
The BGSU chapter of PRSSA received second place in a state-wide anti-tobacco competition sponsored by Northlich Public Relations, Cincinnati, on Wednesday, May 9. Northlich's client is the Ohio Anti-tobacco Foundation, the organization who produced the state-wide "Stand up Against Tobacco Campaign" aimed at young teens. BGSU competed against seven other chapters: Ohio State, Miami University, The Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, Capital University, and Wright State. BGSU received a trophy for Outstanding Research for the project. Twenty students from the BGSU chapter worked on this social norms campaign and implemented programming throughout spring semester to "Debunkify" myths about smoking. Using social norms as the basis for their campaign, PRSSA increased awareness of Debunkify and corrected the misperceptions that most BGSU students and Ohioan smoke. The number of students who intend never to start smoking also increased on this campus.
Rhetoric & Writing PhD student ELIZABETH FLEITZ was selected as one of two finalists for the Shanklin Award for graduate papers in the arts and humanities. Elizabeth submitted "The Grammar of Abortion: A Pentadic Analysis of Pro-Choice Rhetoric," a paper she wrote in a seminar on Rhetorical Criticism (COMS 601) with Professor Emeritus John Makay during fall 2006.
TCOM major Ziggy Williamson has been hired by Epitaph Records in LA. Ziggy did his internship at Epitaph last summer (it's a major record label), and they have hired him now, even though he doesn't officially graduate until Aug. He leaves immediately to join the Warp Tour (the biggest and most successful heavy metal/punk tour in US) as Epitaphs' leading tour manager. Also, TCOM major and soon-to-be graduate, Mike Soeder, has been accepted into the Sport Management MA program at Texas A&M University.
As part of their TCOM 264 final project, several students from Kelli Kling's TCOM 264 class had short story features on bgfile.com (http://www.bgfile.com), an online community resource developed by SeaLion Studio. Current stories include Resident Student Association by Mike Hertz (http://www.bgfile.com/feature_short/campus/RSA/index.html), Wood County Humane Society by Elizabeth Abbott (http://www.bgfile.com/feature_short/business/humane_society/index.html) The Gamers Lounge by Andrew Ried (http://www.bgfile.com/feature_short/business/gamers_lounge/index.html), and Drag Night by Joshua Gross (http://www.bgfile.com/feature_short/culture/drag_night/index.html).
TCOM major and newly elected BGRSO president, Ryan Gasser, was awarded the "The Margaret and Duane Tucker 2007 Television Scholarship." The scholarship is substantial -- between $1500-$. Also, at the UFO Film Festival (University Film Organization -- along with indy filmmaker Tom Hofbauer and THFM cinematography instructor Moonsik Chung), TCOM major Julie Pretzlaff won the Best Documentary award for a 30-minute doc on her study trip to Peru.
Justin Russell, TCOM major, debuted his first feature-length movie this semester in the student union theatre. The 1 hr/20 min movie is called "The Gremlin," and Justin describes it as a "horror-comedy."
School Recognition: The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) has included Bowling Green State University among ten schools as part of its Inaugural Scholars Program. The program provides scholarships to communication students with financial need beginning in their junior year and continuing through their senior year. The amount of the scholarship is $10,000 per year, per student for both years. The ten schools were selected based on the quality of their communications programs and on regional communications. The schools will each select a broadcast major who is a woman or person of color to receive the scholarship, based not only on financial need but also on demonstrated ability and promise.
Faculty Recognition: Several School of Communication Studies faculty were honored at the Friends of the University Libraries Authors and Artists Recognition Reception. This was held November 15th and celebrated faculty publications of books and articles in the period 2005-2006. Honored faculty included Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett (Director), Dr. Julie Burke (Chair, Interpersonal Communication), Dr. Lynda Dixon (Full Professor, Interpersonal Communication), Dr. Thomas Mascaro (Associate Professor,Telecommunications), Dr.Sung-Yeon Park (Assistant Professor, Telecommunications).
Faculty Recognition: Dr. Stephen Croucher (Assistant Professor, Interpersonal Communication) presented a paper, October 4-6, at the Freedom and Prejudice Conference in Istanbul. His paper on Islam and Europe: Can the two co-exist? was selected as one of the top papers at the conference and will be included in the conference's published proceedings. Dr. Croucher has recently signed a contract with Hampton Press for his book France and Islam: The Failure of French-Muslim Cultural Adaptation. This will be published in 2007. Dr. Croucher has an article in this month's Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, and another accepted for publication in the International Communication Gazette, in 2007.
Student and Alumni Recognition: Journalism students frequently land stories in prestigious state and national media. Journalism senior Ryan Autullo's story about University of Michigan's wrestling star Matt Guhn was published recently on November 13th's front page of the Toledo Blade. Masters alum Leah D'Emilio, until September the "face of Fox" at Fox Toledo Broadcasting, is now Marketing Coordinator and Host of The Light Side at Buckeye CableSystem Sports Network. Kelli Kling, Telecommunications instructor, this semester has engaged students of her TCOM 264 class, Interactive Communication Technologies, in developing short-feature news stories and documentaries to be hosted on bgfile.com. The site was launched in 2006 by Sea Lion Studios, a non-profit digital media production studio in Bowling Green.
Louisa Ha and graduate student Primus Igboaka along with their Nigeria collaborator Raphael Okigbo received the 2006 Emerald Research Fund Award for their research proposal on "Facilitating Knowledge Creation and Transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Knowledge Center Pilot Study." The $10,500 research grant is given to the best collaborative research proposal on knowledge creation and transmission in Africa among a large number of submissions. The fund was given by Emerald and the he Authors' Licensing & Collecting Society Ltd (ALCS) The judges of the award comprised of six eminent scholars in the field of management and information sciences from three countries and key executives of the funding agency. A certificate will be presented to Ha and her collaborators. Emerald is a United Kingdom publisher of 150 scholarly journal titles in the fields of management, information science and engineering.
In addition, Ha has been selected as the 2006-7 Journalism Leadership Institute for Diversity (JLID) Fellow by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. As a fellow, she will attend several AEJMC conferences including the upcoming Winter conference in New Orleans with specific leadership training programs and receive mentorship from a dean/school director in journalism and mass communication on university administration.
Faculty Recognition: The work of three faculty of the Department of Telecommunications has recently been celebrated work by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. They are Dr. Louisa Ha, receiver of the Barry Sherman Teaching Award in Media Management and Economics; Dr., Tom Mascaro, recipient of the Covert award for the best communication history published in 2005; and Dr. Srinivas Melkote, awarded Second-Best Faculty Paper at the San Francisco conference earlier this month.
Upcoming Visits to Campus: Dwayne Bray visits on September 28th to make a public presentation for the Department of Journalism. Bray is managing editor of the Dallas Morning News. Michael Massing will be the Currier speaker this year on October 3rd. Massing is a contributing editor of the Columbia Journalism Review, and often writes for the New York Review of Books on media and foreign affairs. On October 5th the School will welcome Lillian Dunlap of the Poynter Institute, who will be running a Diversity Workshop. Kathy Kater lectures on health communication on November 6th.On November 10th, Nancy Sharkey, assistant to the managing editor of the New York Times is a guest speaker for the Society of Professional Journalists on November 10th. Other campus events of note include the Oct 4. meeting of the Great Lakes Inter Press Association; the conference of the Ohio Newspaper Association on October 11th, the conference of the Ohio Association of Broadcasters on November 29th.
The School of Communication Studies begins the 2006-07 AY significantly larger and stronger, with the arrival of three new tenure-track faculty, namely: Dr. Michael Butterworth (Interpersonal Communication), Dr. Stephen Croucher (Interpersonal Communication), and Dr.Smeeta Mishra (Journalism). Additionally, we are joined by full-time instructor Dr. Adrienne Viramontes (Interpersonal Communication), and we welcome the incorporation into the School of Communication Studies (Interpersonal Communication) of the Forensics Program under the leadership of Paul Alday, and the incorporation, as full-time lecturer, of Jose Cardenas (Telecommunications). The School expects soon to be making a further additional instructor appointment for Interpersonal Communication to replace Jacqueline McNally, who resigned her position over the summer. With a view to further additions in 2007-08 the School has received University approval to initiate three new searches for tenure-track positions, one for each of the departments of Interpersonal Communication, Journalism and Telecommunications. The School is discussing with the College of Arts and Sciences a possible new instructor position to take responsibility for the direction of the Basic Interpersonal Communication course IPC102. This has approximately 50 sections each semester.
Over the summer there have been significant improvements in the facilities of West Hall, particularly at basement level where the area in 031 (the "bull-pen") has been completely refurbished in order to house the Forensics Team; and a spacious new area has been created (provisionally "021"), to be made available this year as storage space for the student media organizations who previously used 031 for this purpose. Jim Barnes has continued to make significant improvements to the studio facilities on level one, securing expensive telecommunications equipment from the ravages of heat, and enhancing the appearance of the main corridor.
The School welcomes and celebrates the arrival of several colleagues and students from our partner college in Tunisia, the Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information (IPSI) (and faculty of other colleges) of the University of Manouba in Tunis, as well as other partners in the Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative (MEPI). These include Professor Olfa Baklouti of Manouba's Department of English (specialist in civilizations and cultural studies), on a research visit for six weeks, funded by the U.S. Embassy in Tunisia, and the Center for Magreb Studies. Visiting faculty from IPSI are Professors Hamida El Bour and Mohamed Ali Kembi. We also welcome two students from Tunisia, graduates of IPSI, who begin postgraduate studies with us this fall. They are Mehdi Ben Hamza and Mohamed Aziz Ameur, and whose studies are being sponsored by the Graduate College and Student Affairs. We also welcome Dr. Christine Ogan from Indiana University, who is external evaluator for our MEPI grant.
The NAB Education Foundation recently announced the launch of the NABEF Scholars Program. The program provides ten scholarships to enable outstanding communications students from diverse backgrounds to complete their undergraduate degree and begin careers in broadcasting. The amount of the scholarship is $10,000 per year, per student for both junior and senior years. Bowling Green State University is at the top of the list of university to receive such scholarships.
Recent faculty accomplishments:
Two books to report: Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett, sole editor and contributor to: Communications Media, Globalization and Empire London: John Libbey; and Dr. Louisa Ha, sole editor and contributor to: Webcasting Worldwide New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Dr. Julie Burke and Dr. Lynda Dixon have received a further grant of $10,000 from the Fraternal Order of Eagles for a research project entitled "Online Diabetes Support Groups: A First Look." The period of the grant is 6/2006-6/2007. Drs. Dixon and Burke have been successful in attracting grants each year from the Fraternal Order of Eagles for over five years.
Dr. Louisa Ha has accepted the invitation of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly to serve on its editorial review board effective immediately. Dr. Ha is also nominee of this year's Sherman Teaching Award of the Media Management Economics Division, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
Dr. Tom Mascaro has won the Covert Award from AEJMC for best journalism history published in 2005
Dr. Terry Renter, in partnership with the Wellness Connection, has secured a number of awards for her project Utilizing primary and secondary intervention strategies: An integrated approach to reducing high-risk drinking among college, from the U.S. Department of Education ($300,000) and other sources.
Paul Alday (Instructor, Forensics) was one of the 2005 top three finalists for the BGSU Master Teacher Award hosted by the Alumni Association. He was re-elected as President of the Ohio Forensic Association (OFA) by his colleagues in the field of forensics. He was selected as the 2006 BGSU Student Organization Advisor of the Year by the Office of Campus Involvement for my service with Pi Kappa Delta. Additionally, he has been elected as Governor of the Pi Kappa Delta Province of the Greater Northeast this summer.
April 30: Pi Kappa Delta and Forensics, Speech & Debate name Director of Forensics, Paul Wesley Alday as the Student Organization Advisor of the Year. The official announcement was made at the Eleventh Annual Gregory T. DeCrane Applauding Excellence Banquet. Mr. Alday was nominated by the membership of Pi Kappa Delta, the National Communication Honorary. For the past five years he has served as the PKD advisor and under his guidance Pi Kappa Delta went from a struggling campus organization, to earning a tie for 1st place at the Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Tournament in 2006. Pi Kappa Delta was also able to host a Forensics & Debate competition, which drew 10 schools from 4 different states to BGSU. Mr. Alday encouraged the membership to excel by allowing the tournament to be student run, but with his help and guidance always close by. Paul Alday consistently goes above and beyond the requirements to see his students achieve their goals and always do the best that they can. Because of his dedication to his work, Pi Kappa Delta and the Forensics Team are pleased to see Paul Alday receive this honor.
April 21: Much end-of-year good news for School of Communication Studies students and faculty. On April 21, dozens of SCS students received awards and scholarships at both School and Departmental award ceremonies. At the College of Arts and Sciences awards ceremony on April 19, 13 Journalism and 2 IPC students received scholarships from outside of the School of Communication Studies. In addition, a TCOM student, Eric Shivey, was selected for a national Media Sales Institute fellowship (sponsored by the NAB) - the third year in a row that a TCOM student has been selected for this fellowship.
Dr. Radhika Gajjala (IPC) edited a recent issue of the journal New Media and Society; the issue was dedicated to the theme of South Asian digital diasporas. Dr. Kathy Bradshaw (JOUR) has accepted the offer of a position on the editorial board of the journal, Journalism Educator. Drs. Julie Burke and Lynda Dixon are first and third authors respectively of a new article in Health Communication, 19(2), 2006, "Patients with Diabetes Speak: Exploring the Implications of Patients' Perspectives for Their Diabetes Appointments." Dr. Boyd-Barrett authored an article, “Cyberspace, Globalization and Empire,” for the most recent issue of Global Media and Communication. On April 10, Dr. Boyd-Barrett also presented a video-conference for students of UNITEC, in Auckland, New Zealand on “The (near) Impossibility of Ethical War Reporting.”
During the first two weeks of April, the School hosted 5 Tunisian students and 1 professor from the Institut de Press et des Sciences de l'Information -- Tunisia's only academic journalism program. They came to BGSU to learn about student journalism, and about our daily newspaper BG News. BG News, in the meantime, has recently picked up several awards, including the Society of News Design's "Award of Excellence," and several Society of Professional Journalists' "mark of excellence" awards.
March 22: Cleveland Association of Broadcasters: Sixteenth Annual Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting. Three scholarship winners include BGSU Department of Telecommunications student Kyle Gebhart.
March 9-12: The BGSU Falcon Forensics, Speech and Debate Team finished it's outstanding season in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, chalking up a national honor. Out of 48 institutions in attendance at the National Comprehensive Speech and Debate Championships, BGSU tied for first place in individual events with host school, Carson-Newman College. BGSU also placed 2nd as a Pi Kappa Delta (national forensic honorary) program and 5th in the Overall Team Sweepstakes competition, which combines scores from both individual forensic events and debate competition. Falcon Forensicators entered 36 separate events in the competition ranging from Oral Interpretation of Poetry to Persuasive Speaking, Student Congress and Lincoln/Douglas Debate. Of these 36 events, BGSU earned national honors in 16 against excellent competition from programs representing 20 states. In addition to the team's outstanding national success, individuals also earned accolades. Junior, Michelle Baker won the national championship in Communication Analysis, an event asking a speaker to analyze a piece of communication, determining its level of effectiveness and overall impact. This is the second consecutive year that BGSU has won the national championship in this event, with Abby Bollenbacher winning last year in St. Louis. Baker also won 7th place in Pentathalon, a cumulative event for persons competing in 5 or more different categories. Six different BGSU Team members earned their way to one or more final rounds. Currently BGSU is this year's Ohio State Champion Team, the Collegiate Forensics Association League Champion, and now tied for 1st nationally at the National Comprehensive Tournament. This year has been an exceptional year for the BGSU program with each team member making it to multiple final rounds, earning a total of 204 individual speaking awards. The program as a whole has earned 18 team awards at 16 season competitions.
March 1: Emerging Media Technologies research cluster establishes three research projects in the areas of campus use and users of Blackboard; student uses of public and university library data-bases; promotion of higher education in junior high school.
February 28: BGSU Forensics, Speech and Debate Team win the Ohio State Championships for the first time in 35 years, and head for the National Championships over the Spring Break. Additionally, they were placed 3rd as a team at the University of Akron Tournament, and won the tournament at the University of Michigan.
February 24-27: AEJMC MidWinter conference. Welcome reception at 5:30 on Friday 24th, in the Bowen Thompson Student Union (BTSU 202B). Distinguished guests to include Robert Latta, Ohio State House representative; John Quinn, Bowling Green City Mayor; Allen Baldwin, Consortium Lead at Bowling Green Office, the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development; Elain Skoog, Director, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce. Guest speaker at 12:00, Saturday 25th (BTSU 228) will be Nadia Bilbassy Charters, Senior Correspondent of the Washington Bureau of Al Arabiya Satellite TV Channel, whose topic will be "Covering Wars in the Middle East and Turmoils in Africa."
February 21: Two BG News students are offered internships at the Toledo Blade. Laren Weber will be working for assistant manager Luann Sharp, and Ryan Autullo will be working for sports editor Frank Corsoe.
February 21: Tom Walton, Editor of the Toledo Blade and an alumnus of Bowling Green State University Department of Journalism, is nominated for a Pulitzer for his editorials on the "Coingate" scandal.
February 21: New colleagues joining the School of Communication Studies from fall 2006 will include Smeeta Mishra (Department of Journalism), currently concluding her doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin, and Michael Butterworth (Department of Interpersonal Communication), currently concluding his doctorate at Indiana University.
February 1: Dr. Radhika Gajjala (with collaborators Debra Zapitelli, Laura Ruznak and community partner Anita Serda) wins PCA/Award for the project Collective Histories and Web presence. The project involves collecting oral histories and creating a web-presence through service-learning collaborations between BGSU and Perrysburg Heights Community Center.
January 31: The School of Communication Studies prepares to welcome into the School the multi award-winning Forensics Program (director Paul Alday) which is moving to SCS from the Department of Theatre and Film. The program is scheduled to move location to West Hall before fall, 2006
January 26-29: BGSU Forensics, Speech and Debate Team defended its Collegiate Forensics Association title for the 5th straight year. Falcon Forensicators placed 15 events in final rounds, winning three of 12 events offered at the tournament.
January 18: Dr. Moncef Ayari of the Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information - Tunisia's only university journalism program - visits BGSU School of Communication Studies and BG News for 10 days.
January 17: Professor Tom Mascaro of the Department of Telecommunications addresses the BGSU Faculty Senate on Academic Freedom. Please click here for full text of his speech.
January 17: Professor John Warren of the Department of Interpersonal Communication is awarded a fellowship by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society Scholar in Residence program for fall, 2006. His project "Performing Difference: A Study of Repetition in Context" builds on the premise that the conceptual categories (race, class, sex, etc.) that generate the boundaries between self and other are produced socially through communicative interaction.
December: School of Communication Studies welcomes candidates for the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Telecommunication.
December 3-5: Dr. Laura Lengel presents research, proposes new university curriculum for Saudi women, and meets Princess Hessah Al-Shaalan in Riyadh , Saudi Arabia . Dr. Laura Lengel, Associate Professor of Interpersonal Communication presented a blind reviewed paper, "Online Media Education and Training in the Arab World and Abroad: Connecting Journalism and Communication Students in International Contexts" at the 3rd Annual Communication Forum of the Saudi Association for Media & Communication, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The paper, presented at the SAMC international forum December 3 - 5, was co-authored Drs. Catherine Cassara (Associate Professor, Journalism), Dr. Fatma Azouz (Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, BGSU), and Dr. Hamida El Bour (Assistant Professor, Print Journalism, Univerisity of Manouba, Tunis). The four women are all co-directors of the Middle East Partnership Initiative Program (MEPI) of Bowling Green State University and the l'Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information (IPSI) at the Univerisity of Manouba, Tunis, Tunisia.
Along with presenting the paper, Dr. Lengel had the opportunity to guest lecture to and interact with students of King Saud University women's campus to compare media representation of Saudi, Arab and US women. Lengel was privileged to meet the Princess Hessah Al-Shaalan, wife of the recently crowned King Abdullah, inside the primary royal palace in Riyadh on December 5. During her visit in the royal palace, Dr. Lengel discussed with the Princess the importance of expanding educational opportunities for women, to include their training for media, communication and journalism careers.At present, media and communication study exists only for male students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia . Emerging from research, interaction with teachers and students, and an evaluation of the current situation of media education in Saudi Arabia during the 3 rd Annual SAMC Forum, it is clear that a media and communication program for Saudi Arabian women is required.
November 30: Dr. Louisa Ha (Department of Telecommunications) completes her 17-country/region collaborative research project on Web-casting business models worldwide. The project has resulted in several refereed conference papers and an edited book titled, "Web-casting Worldwide: Business Models of an Emerging Global Medium" to be published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates in 2006. Dr. Ha serves as the chief editor and contributor of four chapters in the book, which will be translated into 7 other languages: Arabic, Chinese, Italian, Korean, German, Greek, and Spanish.
November 30: Dr. Louisa Ha (Department of Telecommunications) is appointed to the Editorial Review Board of Ohio Communication Journal, the official journal of the Ohio Communication Association.
November 17-20: Several faculty members of the School of Communication Studies present papers at the 91 st National Communication Association annual convention in Boston .
November: Dr. Laura Lengel and Dr. Catherine Cassara are visiting professors and consultants to Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information (IPSI), Université de la Manouba, Tunisia , which partners with the School of Communication Studies in the context of a USAID Middle Eastern Partnership Initiative project "Capacity Building for a Democratic Press: A Sustainable Partnership to Develop Media and Journalism Curricula in Tunisia." This same month sees the advisory visit to IPSI of Bob Bortel, BGSU Director of Student Publications, together with student journalists of BG News .
November 16-18: Dr. Laura Lengel (Department of Interpersonal Communication), and Dr. Catherine Cassara (Department of Journalism) are invited contributing academics to the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis . They jointly present their paper " Have Nots in the Global Academy : The Information Society and the Digital Divide in the Academic Workplace."
November 15: Visiting Fulbright Scholar Dr. Fatma Azzouz addresses graduate students of the School of Communication Studies on the status of women journalists in the Arab world.
November 9: The Friends of University Libraries Authors and Artists Reception honor the 2004-5 academic publications of six faculty from the School of Communication Studies
October 21: The first Ohio Association of Broadcasters' Northwest Regional Conference is hosted by BGSU's School of Communications Studies . The conference attracts over 100 attendees including students from several NW Ohio campuses and industry professionals. The keynote speaker of the luncheon at the conference is Dr. David Kennedy, who is a BGSU SCS's master's and Ph.D program alumnus and now the President & CEO, Susquehanna Media Co., a large media conglomerate based in York , Pennsylvania .
October 21: School of Communication Studies partners with Asian Studies and participating departments from the College of Arts and Sciences to propose a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies.
October 6: Gwynne Dyer, syndicated columnist, Canadian Popular Culture Series Lectures 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., 121 West Hall, School of Communication Studies .
October 5: School of Communication Studies organizes and hosts the annual conference of the Great Lakes Interscholastic Press Association (GLIPA).
October 5: Evan Wright (Rolling Stone Contributing Editor) is 2005 Florence and Jesse Currier Lecturer (Department of Journalism, School of Communication Studies ), discusses his book The Creation of "Generation Kill."
October 1: Dr. T. Mascaro is co-editor of a special theme issue of the Journal of Popular Film & Television , with Dr. Jannette L. Dates, Dean, John H. Johnson School of Communications, Howard University: "African Americans in Film & Television: Twentieth Century Lessons for a New Millennium."
October 1: Dr. Laura Lengel and Dr. John.T. Warren (Eds.) (Department of Interpersonal Communication) publish: Casting gender: Women and performance in intercultural contexts . New York : Peter Lang.
September 13: The 2005 Ault Lecture, Speaking Truth to Power , is given by Pulitzer Prize winners Joe Mahr (Saint Louis Dispatch), Mike Sallah (The Miami Herald) and Mitch Weiss (The Charlotte Observer).
September 1: Dr. Terry Renter (Chair, Department of Journalism) is awarded $137,268 (year one) from United States Department of Education, to fund the program Utilizing primary and secondary intervention strategies: An integrated approach to reducing high-risk drinking among college.
August 10-13: Several faculty of the School of Communication Studies present at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, San Antonio