Accomplishments

2011-2012

Michael Bruner’s article, “News Framing in the United States of the Violence in Jos, Nigeria” was published in the April 2012 issue of the Journal of Communication and Media Research.  The article compares news framing, especially culturally-embedded frames, in the New York Times and The Washington Post with news framing in several Nigerian newspapers.

The following students received department awards at the end-of-the-year party on April 27:

Nikki Lugo and Patric Esh: Student Representatives to the Executive Committee recognition.
Erin Young:  Communication Club President recognition
J.D. Garza:  Supportive Spirit Award
Anna Joseph and Ashley Randall:  Communication Tutor recognition
Ashley Randall:  Emerging Scholar Award
Shelby Celia:  Outstanding Communicator
Ashley Randall and Hoshimi Tominari:  Doug Losee Scholarship
John Hughes, Hillary Wysocki, Hoshimi Tominari, Ashley Randall, and Nikki Lugo:  Undergraduate Instructional Assistant Recognition
Nikki Lugo and Tania Marin:  Outstanding Perseverance Award
Shelby Celia, Stephen Joseph Ellis, Patric Esh, John Hughes, Eria Paige Lindstrom, Chelsea Mascar, Tanita Salmeron, Hoshimi Tominari, and Hillary Elizabeth Wysocki became members of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Associations Student Honorary

Ashley Randall and Hoshimi Tominari presented original research at the Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference held at Santa Clara University on April 21. Ashley presented "'Pumps vs. Pants': The Construction of Gender in The Real L Word" a feminist criticism of the television show The Real L Word. Hoshimi presented an ideological criticism of the Japanese fashion magazine Vivi entitled "We Are Barbie Girls, In the Japanese World." The Communication department and HSU can be proud of them.

Alison Graham was the winner of the 2012 Diversity Art contest. Her work is titled "She Brings the Sun" and can be viewed here.

Shelby Celia, Ashley Randall, and Hoshimi Tominari were all honored at the HSU Outstanding Students ceremony. Shelby and Ashley were nominated for Excellence in an Academic Discipline and Hoshimi for Best Undergraduate Research Project. Congratulations to all of them. See more at
http://now.humboldt.edu/news/campus-honors-outstanding-students/

James Floss was named the 2011-12 HSU Excellence in Teaching Award. He was nominated by the Department of Communication, recommended to the University Senate by the awards committee, recommended to the President, and the recommendation was accepted by President Richmond. See more here.

The HSU Speech and Debate Team was named the 2011-2012 Northwest Forensics Conference Division II Debate Sweepstakes Champion. The team was also named the 2011-2012 Northwest Forensics Conference Sweepstakes Bronze Medal Program.

The Speech and Debate Team had the following results at the Linfield College Tournament, held November 10-13: OPEN DIVISION semifinals (final eight teams out of 40): Emily VanGerpen & Felicia Asbury, Sean Burns & Aurora Maddocks. JUNIOR DIVISION: FIRST PLACE: John Most & Robert Mejia. INDIVIDUAL SPEAKER AWARD: Emily VanGerpen 1st (out of 80).

Shelby Celia was the recipient of the Department of Communication ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT award. This award is given to the Communication major who has the highest GPA among the majors who have at least 12 units of classes toward the major.

The Speech and Debate Team had the following results at the Lower Columbia College debate tournament, held November 3-6: OPEN DIVISION Semifinals (final eight teams out of 28): Emily VanGerpen & John Most, Felicia Asbury & Sean Burns. NOVICE DIVISION Finals (final four):Jake Ferdman & Craig Glasser, Cara Crofts & Rashod Berkley. INDIVIDUAL SPEAKER AWARDS: Emily VanGerpen—5th, John Most 6th (out or 56).

Elizabeth Lara-O'Rourke was an invited presenter at the Creative Time Summit held at New York University on September 23, 2011. The Creative Time Summit is a forum to "share projects that expand our understanding of participatory arts practice" and to share interest in "the political implications of socially engaged art." Ms. Lara-O'Rourk represented the United Indian Health Services, where she works as a Health Promotion and Education Manager while she pursues her degree at HSU. See her speech at http://www.creativetime.org/programs/archive/2011/summit/summit_schedule.html

Laura Hahn and Michael Bruner co-authored a chapter in a book that Dr. Bruner co-edited. The chapter is titled "Politics on Your Plate: Building and Burning Bridges across Organic, Vegetarian and Vegan Discourse" in The Rhetoric of Food: Discourse, Materiality, and Power, Eds. Joshua J. Frye and Michael Bruner, Routledge, 2012.

2010-2011

Outstanding Communication students were recognized at the end-of-year party on April 29th. They included:

      • Service to the Department as President of the Communication Club: Gary Corsiglia.
      • Service to the Department as a Student Representative to the Executive Committee: Gary Corsiglia and Ezra Hayman.
      • Service to the Department as Communication Tutors: Adrienne Lopez and Sarah Peterson.
      • Service to the Department as Undergraduate Instructional Assistants: James Bruce, Desiree Perez, Krystina Thurin, Kayla Mahoney, Ezra Hayman.
      • Doug Losee Scholarship, which honors students who take the initiative to do original research, submit a report of that research to a conference, and present it at a conference: Ezra Hayman and Ashley Randall.
      • Emerging Scholar Award to the student who, in the opinion of the matriculation committee, shows the most promise of success in graduate school: Ezra Hayman.
      • Supportive Spirit Award to the student who, in the opinion of the matriculation committee, exhibits the positive characteristics that provide support to others: Chelsea Augustine and John Hughes.
      • Outstanding Communicator Award to the student who, in the opinion of the matriculation committee, demonstrates the best ability to communicate in interpersonal/small group settings as well as a public speaker: Shelby Celia.
      • New members of Lambda Pi Eta, the national honorary society for communication students: Chelsea Augustine, Nelia Goodwin, Breana Beth Guerra, Jesse M. Hughes-MacArthur, Anna Joseph, John Most, Ashley Randall, and Krystina L. Thurin.

The department was represented by several students at the 2011 Outstanding Students awards.

    • Krystina Thurin received the Brian Lorensen Residence Life Staff Award which “celebrates a special element of leadership, the ability to inspire. The award is in honor of a student leader who gave of himself to everyone he met; who without even knowing, inspired and motivated; who found a way to see the positive in everyone and who relished in personal challenge and growth. This award goes to the Residence Life Staff who best exemplifies these qualities of inspiration, motivation, compassion and commitment to living and learning.”
    • Ezra Hayman and Charlene Ploss were nominated for the Award for Excellence in Community Service, “as students who have made a clear commitment to serving the off-campus community. They have made a significant contribution to an off-campus organization through program implementation, agency support, or in a leadership capacity.”
    • Shelby Celia, John Hughes, and Ezra Hayman were all nominated for the Award for Excellence in an Academic Discipline as “students who have excelled in an academic discipline (research, publications, creative achievements, honors, etc.) and hold a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA.”

Ashley Randall and Ezra Hayman presented research papers at the 3rd Annual Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference at San Jose State University. Randall’s paper was a neo-Aristotelian rhetorical criticism of Harvey Milk’s 19789 “Hope” speech, and Hayman’s was an ideological rhetorical criticism of identity construction on Facebook user profiles. Both of them began their research for a Communication Research methods class in Fall 2010. Jacqualine Solis was the co-author of the paper with Hayman, but was unable to attend the conference.

On March 31st James Floss, Allen Amundsen, and Diane Smith Young conducted a seminar for the Hoopa Vally Fisheries to aid them in their abitlty to give presentations associated with their organization.The seminar is a 2-part program designed to highlight the need for 1) Goal Setting, 2) Thinking like a Bureaucrat, and 3) Organizing and Delivering Presentations. The second part of the program worked with employees individually to 1) restrucure presentations, 2) develop skills in inpromptu questions and answers and, 3) aid in interpersonal skills in the workplace. The three are very pleased to work with an organization which has such an environmental impact in the Hoopa Valley and hope to continue relationship with this group.

Ezra Hayman and Jacqueline Solis were each awarded a competitive grant from the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences to assisst Michael Bruner and Laura Hahn on a Locovore research project.

Tasha Souza Presented a workshop entitled "Scholarship of Community Engagement: Exploring how to use Service Learning to Successfully meet Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Criteria" at the Planting Seeds of Learning: Northern CA Regional Service Learning Conference, Arcata, CA

Ezra Hayman and Emily VanGerpen were semi-finalists in Open Parliamentary Debate at the Portland State University tournament. Robert Mejla and Erin Young were finalists in the Novice division.

Michael Bruner's chapter titled "A Critical Crisis Rhetoric of Seafood" was published in Food as Communication by Peter Lang Publishing.

Nine HSU debate teams participated in the Willamette University Hatfield Debates tournament and the team of Ezra Hayman and Emily VanGerpen were finalists. Cecelia Phillips was the eleventh place speaker, Felicia Asbury was seventh, VanGerpen was 2nd and Hayman was the top speaker at the tournament.

Tasha Souza co-authored a book chapter titled "Using multimedia case stories of exemplary teaching for faculty development," published in To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development published by Jossey-Bass. She also had an article published in Student Guide to Better Learning published by the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning titled "Speaking, discussing, and questioning: Developing useful classroom skills."

Diane Hunt joined the department as the part-time Academic Support Assistant

Michael Bruner and Laura Hahn presented a paper titled: “Politics on your Plate: Building and Burning Bridges across Organic, Vegetarian and Vegan Discourse” at the National Communication Association Convention in San Francisco. Bruner also presented a paper titled “Socializing the New Graduate Teaching Assistant: Building Bridges Between Personal and Professional Expectations” and Hahn presented “Teaching Public Speaking: Cultural Expressions Through Food.” They also co-presented "Would you like some E. coli with that?:Anti-'Organic' Rhetoric" at the pre-convention Scholars Conference on Food Issues in Communication Studies.

Armeda Reitzel & Diane Smith-Young presented a paper titled “From California to Kazakhstan: Crossing International Boundaries in Our Basic Communication Courses” at the National Communication Association Convention in San Francisco. Reitzel also presented a paper titled “Military Duty to Classroom Duty: The Challenges and Opportunities for Veterans as First Generation Students.”

Maxwell Schnurer presented a paper titled “Parsing Poverty: Farm Subsidies and American Farmland Trust” at the National Communication Association Convention in San Francisco.

Krystina Thurin placed first in the Open Division of both Programmed Oral Interpretation and Impromptu Speaking at the Lower Columbia College Speech and Debate Tournament, held November 4-7. Cecelia Phillips also placed third in Novice Oral Interpretation of Poetry. HSU had three debate teams that were semi-finalists: Gary Corsiglia and Martin Stubbs, Breanna Guerra and Michael Newmaster, and Felicia Asbury and Sammy Gentle

Maxwell Schnurer and Scott Paynton had an article accepted to the Journal of Business and Professional Ethics titled: "Grassroots Corporate Protest: A Juxtaposition."

The team of Ezra Hayman and Emily VanGerpen was a finalist in the Open Division of British Parliamentary Debate at the Linfield College Tournament. Hayman was also the eighth place speaker while VanGerpen was tenth. Three HSU teams were in the top four in the Novice Division: Sammi Rippetoe and Paul Ridley, Eric Hamilton and Chris Chutuk, and John Most and Martin Stubbs

Maxwell Schuner has joined the CCAT Steering Committee. He will act as a liason between the university, department and the student coordinators of CCAT. Together they will bring a number of workshops, concerts, events, and education about sustainability to the campus community.

Ezra Hayman and Emily VanGerpen reached the final round (top four teams) out of a field of 52 teams at the Lewis and Clark Speech and Debate Tournament. Sammi Rippetoe and Chris Chutuk were among the final four in novice division. Matt Baker and Paul Ridley also tied for tenth individual speaker in novice division.

Laura Hahn made a presentation at the San Francisco State University Graduate Seminar in Communication and Social Criticism titled "I'm Too Sexy for Your Movement: An Analysis of the Failure of the Animal Rights Movement to Promote Vegetarianism."

Tasha Souza co-authored a chapter in the book To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional, and Organizational Development published by Jossey-Bass. The chapter is titled "Communication climate, comfort, and cold-calling: An analysis of discussion-based courses at multiple universities."

Ezra Hayman and Emily VanGerpen finished 12th of 42, missing the semi-final round of the Claremont College Speech and Debate Tournament by just a few points.

Michael Bruner is spending the fall semester on sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

The department welcomes Cortney Koors as our new Academic Support Coordinator.

Scott Paynton was appointed Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at HSU.

2009-2010

In July Tasha Souza Presented a Digital Showcase entitled "Digital Resources for Pedagogical Innovation: ELIXR Multimedia Case Stories" at the Improving University Teaching International Conference, Washington, D.C.

Jay VerLinden was elected chair of the HSU Academic Senate

In May Tasha Souza presented a Poster Session entitled "Developing a Hybrid Intercultural Communication Course: Technology as a Means of Enhancing Communication" at the Institute for Diversity in Learning & Teaching, Humboldt State University.

Outstanding Communication students were recognized at the end of the year party on April 30th. The following awards were announced:

    • Student Representative to the Executive Committee: Samantha Stettler and Gary Corsiglia
    • Don Karsshner Memorial Scholarship for the student who displays a positive attitude and supports the program and other students: Krystina Thurin
    • Emerging Scholar Award for the graduating senior who shows the most promise for success in graduate school: Geoff Ostrove
    • Outstanding Communicator for the student who demonstrates superior communication abilities in both public speaking and interpersonal/small group contexts: Ezra Hayman
    • Student Tutor Recognition: Stephanie Vasseghi
    • New members of Lambda Pi Eta, the national honorary society for communication students: Gary Corsiglia, Aaron Fulford, Allison Garfield, Ezra Hayman, Caitlyn Klug, Jeff Meyer, Kayla Mahoney, Geoff Ostrove, Charlene Ploss, Jacqualyn Solis, Samantha Stettler, Shelly van Wyhe, Stefanie Vasseghi, and Natalie Zeutzius.
    • Pictures are available on facebook
The Communication Department was well represented at the 2010 HSU Oustanding Student Awards.
    • Devin McDonnell won the award for Best Forensic/Debate Presentation or Competition.
    • Ezra Hayman, Ariane O'Brien, and Tim Thiel were all nominated for the same award. All four of them were also niminated for Outstanding Contribution to a Campus Club, Program, or Organization. (Devin and Tim aren't Communication majors, but we'll claim them for this because of Speech & Debate.)
    • Samantha Stettler and Stefanie Vasseghi were also nominated for Outstanding Contribution to a Campus Club, Program, or Organization
    • Kayla Mahoney was nominated for Best Undergraduate Research Project.
    • Pictures are available at facebook

Tasha Souza was involved in three professional presentations in April. They included co-presenting a webinar entitled "ELIXR: Digital Case Stories to Support Faculty Teaching Innovation" for the Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) online conference, co-presenting a webinar entitled "Enhancing Faculty Development with ELIXR Digital Case Stories" for the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Group, and co-presenting a webinar entitled "ELIXR: Digital Case Stories to Support Faculty Teaching Innovation" for the New Media Consortium (NMC).

Senior Geoffrey Ostrove's paper, " 'They' Attacked 'Us': How Barack Obama Creates a 'Muslim' Membership Category," was accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association's national convention in November.

Kim Moon left the department and is now the Academic Support Coordinator for the Kineseology Department.

Ezra Hayman was given the department's award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

2008-2009

Scott Paynton was promoted to the rank of Professor.

Maxwell Schnurer was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure.

Outstanding Communication students were recognized at the end of the year party on May 7th. The following awards were announced:

    • Student Representative to the Executive Committee: Ian Sidle
    • Supportive Spirit Award for the student who displays a positive attitude and supports the program and other students: Sofia Pereira and Ashley Norgart.
    • Emerging Scholar Award for the graduating senior who shows the most promise for success in graduate school: Colin Trujillo.
    • Outstanding Communicator for the student who demonstrates superior communication abilities in both public speaking and interpersonal/small group contexts: Allison Garfield
    • Doug Losee Scholarship for presenting original research at the Bay Area Student Communication Research Conference: Geoff Ostrove
    • Student Tutor Recognition: Stephanie Vasseghi
    • New members of Lambda Pi Eta, the national honorary society for communication students: Emily Abfalter, Larry Iglesias, Katie King, Laura Lake, Liz Lara-O'Rourke, Ariane O'Brien

Jay VerLinden was elected to serve a three year term as department chair, starting Fall 2009.

Geoff Ostrove presented his rhetorical criticism at the 1st Annual Bay Area Student Communication Research Conference held at San Jose State University.

Students Laura Lake, Matt Mersich, Geoff Ostrove, and Jamie Wilson attended the National Communication Association convention in San Diego.

Laura Hahn served as department chair during the spring semester and summer.

Jay VerLinden was on sabbatical during the spring semester.

Scott Paynton was on sabbatical during the fall semester.

Armeda Reitzel became the chair of the Music department. Jay VerLinden served as Communication department chair in her absence during fall semester.

Katie Hoyer was recognized by the faculty with the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

Tasha Souza was promoted to the rank of Professor.

2007-2008

Two Communication majors earned important positions in student government. Sofia Pereira was elected President of the HSU Associated Students as a write-in candidate in the second run-off vote. Jesse Hughes was also elected the Legislative Vice President.

Outstanding Communication students were recognized at the end of the year party on April 25th. The following awards were announced:

    • Student Representatives to the Executive Committee: Ryan Guy, Michelle Song, Sofia Pereira, Chas Pivirotto
    • Don Karshner Memorial Scholarship Award for the student who displays a positive attitude and supports the program and other students: Erika McCartney, Andrew Huggins
    • Emerging Scholar Award for the graduating senior who shows the most promise for success in graduate school: Julie Jensen
    • Outstanding Communicator for the student who demonstrates superior communication abilities in both public speaking and interpersonal/small group contexts: Katie Hoyer
    • New members of Lambda Pi Eta, the national honorary society for communication students: AnneMarie D'Amore, Chandra Gaskalla, Katie Hoyer, Christina Mast, Erika McCartney, Laura McNaughton, Chase Pivirotto.

The Communication Club announced the election of officers for 2008-2009. They are:

    • President: Jessie Hughes
    • Vice President: Coutnie Thomas
    • Secretary: Melissa Felbab
    • Treasurer: Ian Sidle
    • Student Representatives: Jesse Hughes and Courtnie Thomas

James Floss, Lecturer in the Department of Communication was recognized by the HSU Library on December 8th "for a quarter century of teaching service, including the incorporation of library information in Communication Studies. His dedication inspired many students to be life-long library users and supporters and to pursue advanced academic work, according to Dr. Ray Wang, Dean of the University Library. An accomplished actor, Professor Floss is also remembered for his excellent performance in the one-man show 'Time Machine,' Dr. Wang said. He added, 'In recognizing Professor Floss, we want to let people know that the Library remembers friends who have helped us in the past'" (Paul Mann, Humboldt State Now, Library Honors Distinguished Faculty).

Ashley Norgart won the department award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.

Ross Mackinney joined the faculty as a Part-Time lecturer, teaching sections of COMM 100.

A new major program was instituted by the department, making changes in the configuration of the requirements.

Tasha Souza was appointed Faculty Development Coordinatorby President Richmond. She will develop workshops and programs to help faculty become better instructors at HSU.

Laura Hahn was named a University ombudsperson by President Richmond, which means now both Ombudspersons are faculty in the Department of Communication.

2006-2007

The Communication Club announced the election of officers for 2007-2008. They are:

    • President: Ryan Guy
    • Vice President: Tricia Manzo
    • Student Representatives: Ryan Guy and Courtnie Thomas

Outstanding Communication students were recognized at the end of the year party on April 28th. The following awards were announced:

    • Student Representatives to the Executive Committee: Stephanie Petersen, Mike Meador, Ryan Guy, and Reggie Sherman
    • Tutoring: Travis Bartosh and Jennifer Maksim
    • Supportive Spirit Award for the student who displays a positive attitude and supports the program and other students: Ashley Norgart
    • April Richardson was named the Most Valuable Person for Forensics.
    • Emerging Scholar Award for the graduating senior who shows the most promise for success in graduate school: Carmen Davis
    • Outstanding Communicator for the student who demonstrates superior communication abilities in both public speaking and interpersonal/small group contexts: Annemarie D'Amore
    • New Lambda Pi Eta national communication honorary members: Sunny Augustine, Kayleigh Jane Azevedo, Lynee Beringuel, Dee Graham, Ruthie Maloney, Kailey R. Morse, Stephanie Petersen, Brad Thompson

The Communication department was well represented again at the 2006-2007 HSU Outstanding Students Awards. Kevin Johnson was the winner for Excellence in Intercollegiate Athletics and Sports Clubs after helping lead the men's basketball team to a 26-4 record and a number-one ranking going into the Division II West Region Championships. He was also voted the CCAA Player of the Year. Laura McNaughton was nominated for Outstanding Contribution to residence halls. In addition to the students three faculty were nominated for the Outstanding Advisor awards by the students in the programs they supervise. They were Allen Amundsen for the Communication Club, Diane Smith-Young for the Campus Recycling Club and Maxwell Schnurer for AWARE . Greg Young was also named the Outstanding Faculty Member by the Disabled Student Services. Both Diane Smith-Young and Greg Young are graduates of the HSU Communication Department.

Senior Communication major Ruthie Maloney was recognized for Excellence in Community Service by the Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program in the College of Professional Studies.

Dr. Scott Paynton was named the HSU ombudsperson by President Richmond.

2005-2006

Dr. Hershel Mack retired at the end of the Spring 2006 semester.

The following department student recognitions for 2005-2006 were announced at the annual end of the year party (5/4/06).

    • Student Representatives to the Executive Committee: Kat Blaisdell, and Brian Paine
    • Tutoring: Janelle Blakely
    • Karshner Memorial Scholarship: Nate Saari
    • Supportive Spirit Award: Ruthie Maloney
    • Emerging Scholar Award: Amanda Stevens
    • Outstanding Communicator: Stephanie Petersen
    • Academic Achievement: Carmen Davis
    • Lambda Pi Eta members: Amy Brewer, Elise Holland, Brandi Miller, Laura Salerno, Amanda Stevens, and Tina Whiting

Communication students were well represented at the 2005-2006 HSU Outstanding Students Awards. Nicole Alvarado received the award for Outstanding Contribution to an Associated Students Program and Kat Blaisdell received the award for Outstanding Contribution to a Club, Program or Organization. Kevin Johnson was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Athletics, and Myra O'Neill was nominated for Outstanding Contribution to a Club, Program or Organization. (5/3/06)

A.S. President and Communication Major Nicole Alvarado was one of 24 men and women selected to be a Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow in Washington, DC next year. Over 400 people applied and Nicole was one of the 24 selected. Also, Nicole represents the only Fellow selected from a state university.

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a unique leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty. Each year 24 participants are selected for this twelve-month program. Fellows are placed for six months with urban and rural community-based organizations all over the country involved in fighting hunger at the local level, such as food banks, economic development agencies, local advocacy groups and faith-based organizations. They then move to Washington, DC to complete the year with six months of work at national organizations involved in the anti-hunger and poverty movement, including national advocacy organizations, think tanks, and federal agencies. Through this unique program, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program develops effective leaders with a deep understanding of hunger and poverty at both the local and national level that enables them to find innovative solutions and create the political will to end hunger. (4/24/06)

Dr. Steven Best will deliver a lecture on Crisis and the Crossroads of History: The Need for a Radicalized Citizenry April 11th at 6 p.m. in Founders 169. For more information download the pdf document here.

The special COMM 495 class offering credit for attending the Western States Communication Association convention will be offered again in Spring 2006. Learn more about it here.

Dr. Maxwell Schnurer joined the faculty in a tenure-track position. (8/17/05)

2004-2005

Dr. Laura Hahn was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and Dr. Michael Bruner was awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of Professor. (5/5/05)

The following department student recognitions for 2004-2005 were announced at the annual end of the year party (5/5/05).

    • Student Representatives to the Executive Committee: Ian Hambleton, Erin Miedema, and Tina Whiting
    • Tutoring: Nichole Vandenakker
    • Supportive Spirit Award: Tina Whiting
    • Emerging Scholar Award: Erin Miedema
    • Outstanding Communicator: Kat Blaisdell
    • Lambda Pi Eta members: Katie August, Nita George, Ian Hambleton and Herbie Smith

Communication students were well represented at the 2004-2005 HSU Outstanding Students Awards. Erin Miedema was named HSU Woman of the Year, the highest honor for an HSU student, and was nominated for the Brian Lorensen Living Group Advisor Award. Nicole Alvarado received the award for Outstanding Contribution to an Associated Students Program and was nominated for Excellence in an Academic Discipline. Brandi Miller and Hannah Sage were both nominated for the award for Outstanding Contribution to a Campus Club, Program or Organization. (4/27/05)

Nicole Alvarado was elected President of the HSU Associated Students Body. (4/21/05)

Kim Moon joined the department as the new Academic Support Coordinator. (3/14/05)

Allen Amundsen joined the faculty as a lecturer and Assistant Director of Forensics. (1/05)

Teri Bronder-Lewis moved to the Department of Human Resources. She is temporarily replaced by Barbara Thompson. (1/05)

Dr. Armeda Reitzel won the D. Scott Enright Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languags Interest Section Service Award for 2005. (12/9/04)

Dr. Julie Yingling retired. (7/1/04)

2003-2004

Six Communication majors were initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. They are: Andrea Casey, Jenny Farrell, Angelina Paolello, Michael Sisco, Beryl Vasick, and Jeanette Winters. Omicron Delta Kappa is very selective, and only twenty-three students in the entire university were accepted for membership. (4/6/04)

Dr. Tasha Souza and Dr. Scott Paynton were both awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. (5/6/04)

Communication students were well represented as HSU Outstanding Students. Jenny Farrell was presented with the Award for Excellence in an Academic Discipline for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Kat Blaisdell was honored for Outstanding Contribution to a Campus Club, Program or Organization. David Bracamontes was nominated for the Al Elpusan Award for Activism. Elana Babiarz was nominated for Excellence in an Academic Discipline. Lisa Hand was nominated for Oustanding Contribution to an Associated Students Program. (4/28/04)

There is a new Communication Research Guide at HSU Library, with a link to the new Communication and Mass Media Complete database. (3/11/04)

There is a new book coming out by Dr. Julie Yingling: A Lifetime of Communication. (3/11/04)

Critical Thinking and Everyday Argument is a new book by Dr. Jay VerLinden that is coming out soon. (3/11/04)