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- Congratulations to Micaela Rosinski for designing artwork for the alumni association directory! She created the cover of the actual hard-bound directory, the CD case and the CD label that will be printed on every copy. View digital copies of her artwork at www.depts.ttu.edu/comc/students/work.php.
- Ph.D. students Harrison Gong and Desiree Markham will be presenting three conference papers they co-authored with Erik Bucy, Ph.D. this month at the National Communication Association meeting in Washington, D.C. and one at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research in Chicago, IL.
- Bucy, Erik P., Gong, Harrison, & Markham, Desiree (2013, November 22). Losing without Saying a Word: Visual Analysis of the 2012 Presidential Debates. Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association, Political Communication Division, Washington, DC.
- Bucy, E. P., & Bauer, Nichole M. (2013, November 22). Media Experts and News Novices. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR), Chicago, IL.
- Soe, Younei, & Bucy, E. P. (2013, November 24). Civic Benefits and Civic Risks: New Media Influences on the Political Efficacy of Young Citizens. Paper to be presented at the National Communication Association, Political Communication Division, Washington, DC.
- The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication was pleased to be a Gold Sponsor for the 2nd Annual Hispanic Communication Conference at Florida International University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, November 7-8, 2013. Dr. Kent Wilkinson moderated a panel regarding "Hispanics and Media Ownership: Politics, Economics, and Representation" and participated on a roundtable of industry professionals and academic researchers who discussed "Legacy and Prospects of Latin American Communication Research: Hispanic Media Markets Here and There." Dean David Perlmutter delivered the conference's closing keynote address. We look forward to further collaborations with our friends and colleagues at FIU.
- Congratulations to advertising professor Rebecca Ortiz, Ph.D., for her selection as a National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellowship recipient for the January 2014 NATPE Marketplace and Conference in Miami Beach, Florida!
- "Seriously Social: Young Adults, Social Media and News" by Kelly Kaufhold, Ph.D., has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies. Congratulations!
- Congratulations to Ph.D. student Arijit Basu. His presentation, "Mash-up Advertising: A viable advertising tool for Integrated Marketing Communication Campaigns," was awarded second place in the Texas Tech Arts & Humanities Graduate Research Conference last week. A $100 scholarship accompanied the award.
- Congratulations to Trent Seltzer, Ph.D.! He was accepted into the inaugural class of the Texas Tech University President’s Leadership Institute.
- Six students from the College of Media and Communication Ph.D. program will present papers at the Fifth Annual International Conference for Graduate Student Research on Nov. 6 - 7. Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Coy Callison, Ph.D., will also serve as moderator and discussant.
The six students are:
- Mehrnaz Rahimi & Dennis Patterson, Texas Tech University
Paper: Immigrants and Their Political Participation: An Investigation of Political Participation of Students with Immigrant Parents in the 2011 U.S. Presidential Election
- Alan Abitbol, Texas Tech University
Paper: Effects of Task Evaluation Knowledge and Leadership Style on Employee Attitude Toward a Task
- Nicole Lee, Texas Tech University, Ben Tisdale, United States Navy, & Josh Diddams, United States Marine Corps.
Paper: Public Relations Roles and Corresponding Social Media Strategies
- Shawna White, Texas Tech University
Paper: Fracking and Framing: How News Frames Interact and Influence Stance on Hydraulic Facturing
- Lindsey Blumell, Texas Tech University
Paper: Framing Benghazi: A New Chapter or Repeated Gaffe in International News Coverage?
- Nathian Rodriguez, Texas Tech University
Paper: Oh the Humanity: A Look at Framing of Gay Marriage Before and After Russia's Anti-Gay law
- Mehrnaz Rahimi & Dennis Patterson, Texas Tech University
- Jensen, J. D., Carcioppolo, N., King, A. J., Scherr, C. L., Jones, C. L., & Niederdeppe, J. (in press). The cancer information overload (CIO) scale: Establishing predictive and discriminant validity. Patient Education & Counseling.
- Senior Public Relations major Angela Barrera is representing Texas Tech in the 2013 Hispanic College Quiz Bowl, which is being aired nationwide as part of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15).
- Attend the first Brown Bach Lunch Presentation of the fall on Sept. 16 in COMC 156 from noon to 1 p.m. for a "Parade" of New Research "Pageants". Drs. Kristi Gilmore, Lea Hellmueller, Justin Keene, Andy King, Sun Lee, and Eric Rasmussen will discuss their research interests and agendas. Bring your lunch and join the conversation!
- Former Ph.D. student and current assistant professor at Scranton University Sufyan Mohammed Baksh and Coy Callison, Ph.D., will have their article titled "Hegemonic Masculinity in Hip-Hop Music? Difference in Brand Mention in Rap Music Based on the Rapper's Gender" published in the next issue of the Journal of Promotion Management. Congratulations!
- Congratulations to Rebecca Ortiz, Ph.D. Her abstract titled, "An evolutionary perspective on how Greek membership and sexual media use may reinforce rape myths, perpetration, and victimization among college students" was accepted for presentation in the "Health Care and Public Health" panel at the Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences (APLS) to be held at Tech Oct. 25-26. Her panel will be from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Oct. 26.
- Congratulations to Kelly Kaufhold, Ph.D.! His manuscript, "Old Dogs, New Tricks: Online News Uses New Tools but Attracts the Same Eyeballs," has been accepted for publication in Newspaper Research Journal in fall 2014.
- An article written by recent graduate Sherice Gearhart, Ph.D., and Weiwu Zhang, Ph.D. titled "Gay Bullying and Online Opinion Expression: Testing Spiral of Silence in the Social Media Environment" will be published in an upcoming issue of the "Social Science Computer Review."
- Assistant Professor of advertising, Melissa Gotlieb, Ph.D., and May 2013 graduate Patrick Merle, Ph.D., were elected as executive board members of the Communication Theory and Methodology Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Gotlieb and Merle will respectively serve as newsletter editor and membership coordinator for the next two years.
- Weiwu Zhang, Ph.D., has been elected to serve on the Graduate Council as the representative for the College of Media & Communication for the next three year term.
- Director of Communications for The Independent BankersBank (TIB) Greg Todd graduated from Texas Tech in 1987 with a degree in public relations. TIB entered their 2012 Annual Report in the 2012 Vision Awards, the largest annual report contest. The report was chosen from 6,000 entries from 25 countries to receive the Platinum Award. The award is the contest’s highest honor and goes to the top 100 reports. TIB ranked 59th overall. They ranked 14th in America and earned the top spot for commercial banking.
- Congratulations to The Raider 88.1 KTXT-FM for a successful eight-year license renewal from the FCC. We look forward to listening for years to come!
- Andy King, assistant professor in public relations had his article, "It's up to you: A multi-message, phased driver facility campaign to increase organ donor registration rates in Illinois," accepted for publication in Clinical Transplantation. Congratulations!
- An article authored by former Ph.D. student Glenda Alvarado and current professor Coy Callison, Ph.D. appearing in the current issue of the International Journal of Revenue Management reveals the results of a real-world experiment where various types of incentives were offered to survey respondents to determine how to best increase response rate. The article, "How incentives affect web-based survey response rates of athletic program donors," shared results that indicated that the inclusion of incentives did not increase survey response rate nor did value of incentive. Respondents who were offered incentives, however, were quicker in providing the requested information than those respondents not offered incentives for their participation.
- Chambers, B. & Peaslee, R.M. Reading Twilight: Fandom, romance, and gender in the age of Bella. In Bucciferro, C., ed. The Twilight Saga: Exploring the Global Phenomenon. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. In press.
- Doctoral student Mary Liz Brooks has been selected to become a TEACH Fellow. The TEACH (Teaching Effectiveness And Career enHancement) Program, which is modeled after the national Preparing Future Faculty movement, assists graduate students in further developing teaching skills and exploring faculty roles on a college or university campus.
- Congratulations to Sherice Gearhart! She has received a Graduate Student of the Year award from the Graduate Student Advisory Council and the Student Government Association.
- We are proud to announce that doctoral student Dane Kiambi has successfully defended his dissertation! Congratulations Dr. Kiambi!
- Congratulations to Dr. Kelly Kaufhold! His paper, "You Can Fix Stupid: An Experimental Game to Teach a Need for News," was selected as the Top Paper at this summer's annual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference in Washington, D.C.
- Kaufhold, K. (2013, August). Seriously Social: Young Adults, Social Media and News, to be presented to the Communication Technology division at the August national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Washington, D.C.
- Callison, C., Merle, P., & Seltzer, T. (2013, August). Smart friendly liars: Public perception of public relations practitioners over time. Paper to be presented at the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication annual conference in Washington, DC.
- Merle, P., El-Khoury, J., & Rahimi, M. (2013). Revolution 2.0: Deciphering a cross-national newspaper discourse. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal.
- Congratulations to Impact PR team members Trisha Banks, Rachel Shackelford, Peyton Shea, Kendra Szymarek, Kenzie Szymarek, and Kristin Wyllys. Their team won the South Plains Center for Productivity and Innovation account in Dr. Seltzer’s Public Relations Campaigns class.
- We are proud to announce that doctoral student Prisca Ngondo has successfully defended her dissertation! Congratulations Dr. Ngondo!
- We are proud to announce Dr. David Perlmutter, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, as the new dean of the College of Media & Communication! We are excited to welcome him to Texas Tech and our college on July 1, 2013!
- Don't miss the Texas Tech Association of Student Electronic Media Showcase tonight at 6 p.m. in CoMC Room 365. Students will showcase photography, video and other projects.
- Don't forget to check out 'The Llano Estacado: Photography of West Texas' today from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Student Lounge! Photos are by students in Kippra Hopper's PHOTO 4300 class.
- Wilkinson, K. T. & Saragoza, A. M. (Univ. of California at Berkeley). Cuando potencias hegemónicas riñen: "Televisa vs. Univision" Communications vista a través de una lente de gestión de medios. ("When hegemons quarrel: Televisa vs. Univision Communications viewed through a media management lens.") Global Media Journal Mexico 9, no. 18 (Fall 2012) pp. 16-34.
- Seltzer, T., Zhang, W., Gearhart, S., & Conduff, L. (in press). Sources of citizens' experiential and reputational relationships with political parties. Public Relations Journal.
- Congratulations to Dr. Glenn Cummins for being awarded an Outstanding Researcher award!
- Congratulations to Dr. Liz Gardner on receiving a Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award!
- Congratulations to Dr. Ann Rodriguez for receiving a President's Excellence in Teaching Award!
- Lynn Sweeney, Otis Warren, Liz Gardner, Adam Rojek, & David Lindquist. (Accepted for publication). A simulation-based training program improves emergency department staff’s communication. American Journal of Medical Quality.
- Weiwu Zhang, Trent Seltzer, and Shannon Bichard have been accepted for publication in Social Science Computer Review for, “Two Sides of the Coin: Assessing the Influence of Social Network Site Use During the 2012 US Presidential Campaign.”
- Congratulations to doctoral students Mehrnaz Rahimi, Niyi Bello and Boni Cui! They presented to the 2013 Cultural Awareness Seminar about cultural success in their home countries of Iran, Nigeria and China, respectively. The Seminar, focused on "Worldwide Perspectives of Cultural Success," is an annual event organized by Tech Tech's Latino/Hispanic Faculty & Staff Association.
- Please join us in Dr. Peaslee's brown bag talk titled, "Media Conduction: Exploring Power at the Intersection of Media, Tourism, and Festival Studies," April 15 from Noon to 1 p.m. in COMC 156.
- Congratulations to Clay Craig, Dane Kiambi and Patrick Merle! They have each been awarded a 2013 Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award!
- We are also proud to announce that doctoral candidate Clay Craig has successfully defended his dissertation today! Congratulations Dr. Clay Craig!
- Doctoral candidate Sherice Gearhart has successfully defended her dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Sherice Gearhart!
- We are proud to announce that doctoral student Patrick Merle has successfully defended his dissertation! Congratulations Dr. Patrick Merle!
- Graduate student Desiree Markham had her paper "One Day My Prince Will Come: A Content Analysis of the Portrayal of Kate Middleton" accepted to the 29th Annual Texas Tech Conference on the Advancement of Women "Women and Global Change: Achieving Peace Through Empowering Women." Congratulations, Desiree!
- KTXT-FM's 50+2 Anniversary Celebration will be Saturday, March 23 from 2-4 p.m. in the 3rd floor student lounge. You can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Congratulations to the 2011-2012 Texas Tech Advertising Competition Team on winning a gold Addy from the Lubbock Advertising Federation for the Nissan campaign! Commercials from the campaign are available to view by clicking here.
- Congratulations to Dr. Luo and co-author Dr. Hongzhong Zhang from Beijing Normal University in China! Her paper "Web Credibility in China: Is the Internet More Credible Than Traditional News Sources?" has been selected as best paper for the International Communication Division at the 2013 AEJMC midwinter conference.
- Congratulations to graduate students Clay Craig, Mary Brooks, Sherice Gearhart, Patrick Merle, Mehrnaz Rahimi and Matt Vandyke! They recently found out their papers were accepted to the World Association for Public Opinion Research. The papers are:
Gearhart, S., Merle, P., Craig, C., Vandyke, M., Rahimi, M., & Brooks, M. E. (2013, May). A revolution in survey research?: A bibliometric review of public opinion studies between 2000 and 2012. Paper to be presented at the 66th annual conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, Boston, MA.
Merle, P., Gearhart, S., Craig, C., Rahimi, M, Brooks, M. E., & Vandyke, M. (2013, May). Computers, tablets, & smart phones: The truth about web-based surveys. Paper to be presented at the 66th annual conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research, Boston, MA.
- Doctoral student Patrick Merle has accepted a position as an assistant professor of public relations in the School of Communication at Florida State University. Congratulations Patrick!
- Doctoral student Clay Craig has accepted a job at Coastal Carolina University in Conway/Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Congratulations Clay!
- Mr. Justin Keene will join the college faculty on September 1, 2013, as an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Electronic Media. Mr. Keene is completing his Ph.D. at Indiana University. He earned his B.A. and M.A. at Texas Tech University.
- Dr. Ann Rodriguez joined the Good Morning Texas Tech show to speak about the advertisements during the Super Bowl and if they were effective or not. Click here to listen
- In the past year, our graduate program has distributed $117,256 in scholarships to graduate students. Additionally, enrollment in our graduate program has grown by 133%.
- Advertising professor Rebecca Ortiz has been invited along with co-authors from UNC-Chapel Hill to the March 2013 DC Health Communication Conference in Washington D.C. Their study is titled "Middle School Students Design Text Messages to Raise Awareness of HPV Vaccine."
- Advertising professor Melanie Sarge has had the following research accepted for publication: Knobloch-Westerwick, S., & Sarge, M. Impacts of exemplification and efficacy as characteristics of an online weight loss message on selective exposure and subsequent weight loss behavior. Communication Research
- Congratulations to faculty and graduate students for having papers accepted for presentations at the ICA conference in London, June 17-21, 2013. See the list of acceptances here.
- The First Brown Bag Talk of the semester will be Jan. 28 from noon – 1 p.m. in Room 156. Bring your lunch and listen to Dr. Seth Noar discuss the effects of public figure announcements regarding cancer. The presentation will provide an overview of the topic and present many of the substantive research questions that exist. Implications for cancer communication and prevention will also be discussed.
- Doctoral candidate Sherice Gearhart has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Communication, Public Relations & Social Media in the School of Communication at the University of Nebraska – Omaha beginning in fall 2013. Congratulations Sherice!
- Electronic Media & Communication and Advertising double major Taylor Shofner created videos that have been nominated and won a Lone Star Emmy award in the Student Production-Commercial category. Shofner is also a member of the 2012-13 Texas Tech Ad Team. Watch the commercials here
- Prof. Jo Grant was the recipient of the first annual Eta Omicron Nu and Phi Sigma Beta Faculty Appreciation Award. Faculty nominations were solicited from students campus wide; students were asked to nominate their favorite and most influential professors. Only four awards were given across the university.
- Congratulations to Dr. Liz Gardner for receiving a Faculty Diversity Development internal grant offered through Dr. Munoz' office. The grant is for $2,000 to conduct research to understand the effectiveness of health persuasion with Hispanic diabetics. Only three awards were given across the university.
- The Brown bag meeting on Thursday, November 1 at Noon in Room 156 will feature three of our new faculty, Melanie Sarge, Melissa Gotlieb and Rebecca Ortiz, discussing their research areas.
- Media Psychology – ADV 6315 will be available Spring 2013.
- Drs. Kelly Kauhfold, Autumn Shafer and Lily Luo received a $12,500 research grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. They will be working with the Komen Tissue Bank to develop communication strategies for promoting breast tissue donation among Asian Americans.
- Dr. Autumn Shafer had a publication accepted: Johnston, A., Friedman, B., & Shafer, A. (In Press). Framing the problem of sex trafficking: Whose problem? What remedy? Feminist Media Studies.
- Dr. Trent Seltzer was named a 2012 Texas Tech Faculty Integrated Scholar.
- Drs. Rebecca Ortiz and Autumn Shafer are Recipients of Internal Competitive Funding Opportunity to Advance Scholarship.
- Growing programs. Growing leaders. Media & Communication is moving to a new home.
- Ph.D. student Robin Haislett has been selected as a TEACH Fellow for 2012–2013.
- Tech PR visited Dallas in March 2012 to tour public relations agencies and to meet with professionals in the industry. Read the full story here.
- Registration for Summer and Fall 2012 begins Thurs., April 5. View more information
- We are pleased to announce our 2012 Outstanding Alumni recipients: Marilyn Peppers-Citizen, Emily Jones, Gregg Holmes, Joe Hornaday and King Nelson. These alumni will be honored in 2012 with a coinciding celebration of the move of the college to the newly renovated Business Building.
- The deadline to apply for Tech PR officer positions has been extended through Fri., April 6. Applications are available outside Dr. Seltzer's office (MCOM 216). Elections will take place at the next membership meeting on Wed., April 11.
- Doctoral candidate Sungwon Chung was presented with an American Academy of Advertising Dissertation Proposal Award on Friday, March, 16, 2012, at the annual meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC.
- Graduate part-time instructor Brandon Nutting has been awarded a 2012 Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding scholarly activity and excellence in teaching.
- The first brown bag lunch presentation will be Mon. March 5 from noon-1 p.m. in MCOM 223. Dr. Boris Munoz will be discussing "Saving the Press in Venezuela from Chavez and the Opposition." Make sure to bring your lunch and come join the converstaion.
- Our very own Coy Callison, Shannon Bichard, Liz Gardner and Trent Seltzer have teamed up with physicians from the Brown University Alpert Medical Rhode Island on a research project titled Project CLEAR. The program has already seen success and has begun to gain international attention. For more information, click here.
- Congratulations to Ph.D. students Patrick Merle and Clay Craig for receiving notification that their manuscript "Economic Reporting: Soft and International Perspectives" will be published in an upcoming issue of the Newspaper Research Journal.
- Farnall, O., & Lyons, K. (2012). Are we there yet? A content analysis of ability integrated advertising on prime-time TV. Disability Studies Quarterly 32(1).
- Grimm, J. & Andsager, J. L. (2011). "Framing Immigration: Geo-ethnic Context in California Newspapers." Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 88(4). 771-788.
- Chaille Steed and Robin Haislett's paper, "Framing the Mormon faith: How changes in semantic components of texts affect audience evaluation of a political candidate" has been accepted for presentation at the national annual PCA/ACA conference.
- Robin Haislett's paper, "Third Wave Feminism in Squaresoft's Video Game Final Fantasy VII" has been accepted for presentation at the 2012 AEJMC Midwinter conference at the University of Oklahoma from March 2-3.
- Kelly Kaufhold, Amber Hinsley, and Seth C. Lewis, eds. The Future of News: An Agenda of Perspectives, 2nd ed. (San Diego: Cognella, 2012).
- Dr. Autumn Shafer and Dr. Weiwu Zhang were selected to participate in TTU's Transdisciplinary Research Academy, which enhances the research missions of Texas Tech University and tackles issues of global concerns by cultivating interfacing interactions across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
- Our very own Ann Rodriguez and Jessica Smith make media appearances regarding SOPA and PIPA. Find our what these professors have to say about the anti-piracy bills by clicking on the following links.
- Ph.D. Student Sungwon Chung has been selected to receive an American Academy of Advertising Dissertation Proposal Award.
Chung's submission titled "Motivated Cognition In Video Games: The Influence Of Emotional Video Game Content On Cognitive Processing Of Billboard Advertisements Embedded In First-Person Shooter Games" was selected to receive $2000, the highest level of funding. He will receive the first of two checks at the 2012 AAA conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
- Congratulations to the Visionary Communications account team (Ann Andrews, Nicole Egan, Ashley Mcbride, Lisa Peisen, and Angie Sims). Their team won the account in Dr. Shafer's PR Campaigns class. Their client was National Safe Place.
- The TTU Graduate School is accpeting applications for 2012-2013 scholarships available for both full-time and part-time graduate students. Fill out the application here
- Zhang, W., & Gearhart, S. (in press). CHAPTER Political behavior in social network sites. In Z. Yan (ed.), Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
- Wigley, S., & Zhang, W. (in press). A study of PR practitioners' use of social media in crisis planning. Public Relations Journal.
- Seltzer, T., Gardner, L., Callison, C., & Bichard, S. (in press). PR in the ER: Managing internal organization-public relationships in a hospital emergency department. Public Relations Review.
- Johnson, T.J., Bichard, S.L., & Zhang, W. (in press). Revived and refreshed: Selective exposure to blogs and political Websites for political information. In F. Comunello (ed.), Networked sociability and individualism: Technology for personal and professional relationships. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
- Seltzer, T., & Zhang, W. (in press). Debating healthcare reform: How political parties' issue-specific communication influences citizens' perceptions of organization-public relationships. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.
- Franklin, M.I. & Wilkinson, K. T. (2011). Transnational communications in action: A critical praxis. Communication, Culture & Critique, 4, 361‐381.
- Congratulations to our Fall 2011 Banner Bearer Amy Marie Ashby. Amy is a public relations major from Katy, Texas, and will carry the college banner during commencement on Saturday.
- We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Ortiz, doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has accepted an offer to join the faculty in the College of Media & Communication.
Ortiz completed her M.A. in Media Studies at Syracuse University and a B.S. in Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. Ortiz's area of research is in Health Communication, Message Processing and Media Effects.
- Josh Grimm and Ann Rodriguez were both honored at the 2011 Mortar Board Apple Polishing Reception for their "excellence and inspiration" in the classroom. Josh was nominated by student Lisa Bruskas and Ann was nominated by student Mallory Allred. During the ceremony, the nominating students personally explain why they nominated their professor.
- Dr. Rob Peaslee has been selected as a 2012 National Television Program Executive Faculty Fellow. As part of the program, he will attend the January 2012 NATPE Marketplace and Conference in Miami Beach.
- COMC graduate students will be presenting their papers at the 3rd Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students at Texas State University on Nov. 3.
- Congratulations to three media and communication graduate students who were recognized for the quality of the work they presented at Texas Tech's first ever Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Conference (and received scholarship awards). They are:
- Chaille Steed - Best Overall in Conference - "Texts From Last Night: Misleading the Masses with a Potent Dose of College Debauchery?" (also 1st place winner in the Mediated Experience category)
- Melody Paton - 3rd place in Mediated Experience category - "Agenda Setting and Social Media: A Research Proposal to Define Interactions between Public and Media via Facebook."
- Shankar Borua - 3rd place in the Vocal Response to the Social Environment category - "Hope is a Good Thing: An exploratory field study on the potential for digital storytelling in Assam."
- Robin Haislet and Sherice Gearhart wrote a paper that will be presented at the Gender and Identity Colloquium on campus on October 28, 2011. The presentation is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and they invite anyone to attend. The presentation will take place in the Student Union Building, upper level Mesa Room. The citation is below:
Gearhart, S., & Haislett, R. (2011, October). Misogynistic rap music & the emergence of the 'Independent' woman: A critical analysis of cultural changes in themes, identities, & desires. To be presented to the Gender and Identity Colloquium at Texas Tech University. Lubbock, TX.
- Associate Dean for Graduate Studies Coy Callison and co-authors Rhonda Gibson and Dolf Zillmann had their manuscript titled "Explicit vs. Implicit Quantification in News Reports: The Effects of Presentation Format and Message Interference on Retention of Numeric Information" accepted for publication in Newspaper Research Journal.
- Several COMC graduate students will be presenting papers at the 3rd Annual International Research Conference for Graduate Students at Texas State University on Nov. 3.
- Melissa Wofford and Josh Robinson were selected as recipients of the Distinguished Staff Awards for 2011.
- Ph.D. student Jerod Foster's new book, Storytellers: A Photographer's Guide to Developing Themes and Creating Stories with Pictures, is due out in December.
- Seltzer, T., & Zhang, W. (in press). Debating healthcare reform: How political parties' issue-specific communication influences citizens' perceptions of organization-public relationships. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.
- Ph.D. student Kim Pewitt-Jones will present her top-6 paper titled "Journalists' speech: When does it Cross ethical boundaries" at the Southwest Symposium in March.
- Dr. Rob Peaslee was selected to be a part of the Texas Tech University Institute for Inclusive Excellence for 2011-2012.
- Congratulations to COMC student Ioanna Makris for being selected as this year's President's Future Journalist Award winner. Ioanna was chosen for her dedication and involvement with The Light of Day Foundation.
- Keith Samples has been chosen to join the Fall 2011 Mass Communications Hall of Fame.
- COMC National Board Member and Hall of Fame recipient Scott Pelley is featured in the October issue of Texas Monthly.
- Ph.D. student Patrick Merle presented a paper he co-authored with Ph.D. student Jerod Foster at the WAPOR conference in Amsterdam last week.
- Dr. Todd Chambers was honored with the College of Media & Communication Billy I. Ross Faculty Achievement Award.
- Dr. Weiwu Zhang was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Mass Communication and Journalism.
- COMC Career Center Director Aleesa Ross has been selected to serve as president-elect for the Association for Women in Communications - Lubbock Professional Chapter.
- Doctoral Student Dane Kiambi recently visited the St. Louis offices of the global public relations firm, Fleishman Hillard. The visit was arranged by the Public Relations Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).
- View a listing of student papers presented in July at AEJMC.
- Congratulations Dane Kiambi for having his paper selected for publication in the Public Relations Review! Kiambi's paper, "Ethnic Appeal: A Self-Defense Tool for Kenyan Politicians", looks at the apologetic rhetoric strategies that Kenyan politicians use whenever they are accused of any form of wrongdoing.
- Ph.D student Shankar Borua will present a paper titled "Intervention in Public Space and Public Memory: Harlan County, USA and Bowling for Columbine" at the 2011 Global Fusion Conference in Philadelphia in October.
- Ph.D. student Clay Craig has been chosen to become a TEACH Fellow. Only a select few students receive this honor.
- Assistant professor John Wirtz discusses the relevance of keeping a "low profile" on social media sites.
- Dr. Olan Farnall is a new board member for the AAF Lubbock Chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
- The Frenship newspaper features an article about the Double T Multimedia University camp that COMC hosted this summer.
- Kathy Lindsey is the Staff Excellence award recipient for July through December 2011.
- Doctoral student Patrick Merle presented "Measuring Inter-Agenda Framing Alignment" at a Media Workshop in Paris on Monday.
- Congratulations to the Fresh PR account team (Helen Oettinger, Allison Kozlowski, Lyndee Martin, Amy Speer, Macy West, and Jordan Wright). Their team won the account in Dr. Seltzer's PR Campaigns class. Their client was the United States Air Force Academy Endowment.
- Congratulations to the CaPRock Communications (Brittni Henderson, Marissa Balch, Audrey Batista, Siera Hart, Tristin Walker) and Priceless PR (Mattie Steger, Kalee Connally, Kelsey Davidson, Sydney Drake, Kelli Hanna, Bennett Jensen) account teams from Dr. Gardner's PR Campaigns classes. These teams were recognized as having the top campaigns by the Lubbock Lions Club, their client for the semester.
- PR Campaigns group wins Texas Public Relations Association award!
One of the PR Campaigns teams from the fall semester, Priority PR, has received a Best of Texas Award from the Texas Public Relations Association. The team developed the "forever hope, forever safe, forever home" campaign to increase the volunteer base for CASA of the South Plains. Their research-based strategic plan was chosen as a winner in the Best of Texas Student Category for a program or campaign. The student team will be honored with other Best of Texas winners at the May 20 TPRA awards reception in Dallas.
The members of Priority PR are Deagan Ice, Ashley Quirino, Kayla Thomas and Luke Williams.
- Dr. Weiwu Zhang was awarded the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award.
- Trent Seltzer received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award at Texas Tech's Faculty Convocation.
- Weiwu Zhang was awarded the Texas Tech Alumni Association New Faculty Award.
- Coy Callison received the Outstanding Researcher Award at Texas Tech's Faculty Convocation.
- Congratulations to Clay Craig, Chaille Steed and Sherice Gearhart who earned a 2nd place award in the multidisciplinary category of the graduate school's tenth annual research poster competition.
- Graduate part-time instructors Barbie Chambers and Prisca Ngondo received the Teaching Effectiveness and Career Enhancement (TEACH) Award.
- Dr. Liz Gardner's paper for the 2011 ICA conference has been recognized as a top paper by the Health Communication division. Dr. Gardner will present the paper, "The Role of Narrative and Other-referencing in Attenuating Psychological Reactance to Diabetes Self-care Messages," which was co-authored with Dr. Glenn Leshner of the University of Missouri, at the ICA conference in Boston this May.
- Dr. Weiwu Zhang has been selected to be a fellow for the 2011 Institute for Inclusive Excellence, a diversity training initiative of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement at Texas Tech University.
- We are pleased to announce the 2011 Outstanding Alumni recipients: Kay Bell, Jan Boyle, Eddie Owens, Tod Robberson, Jennifer Schuder and Rita Williams. We will honor these alumni on Saturday, October 15, prior to the Kansas State football game.
- Congratulations to Kent Lowry for his Helen DeVitt Jones Excellence in Graduate Part-Time Teaching Award.
- Doctoral student Brandon Nutting and Instructor Ann Rodriguez were honored as Texas Tech softball guest coaches for the Missouri game on March 26. They were nominated as favorite faculty members by players.
- Gibson, R., Callison, C., & Zillmann, D. (2011). Quantitative literacy and affective reactivity in processing statistical information and case histories in the News. Media Psychology, 14, 96-120.
- Congratulations to Aleesa Ross who was honored for her valuable service to students by the Mortar Board on March 29th at their Apple Polishing Ceremony.
- Instructor Ann Rodriguez was named a "Raider Who Rocks" and will be honored at a banquet at the Merket Alumni Banquet Hall on April 7. The purpose of the Raiders Who Rock program is to recognize students, faculty and staff members who exemplify values promoted by The Foundation for a Better Life through their actions and services within the Lubbock and Tech communities.
- Spring 2011 Mass Communicator is now available.
- Congratulations to Kevin Stoker, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication, for being selected as a participant for the 2011 Scripps Howard Leadership Academy (SHLA). He will join other current and rising mass communication administrators for four days of training and leadership development, with exciting speakers and sessions lined up.
- Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Bichard and her AAF student completion team for winning two ADDY awards for their NSAC State Farm Campaign for Mixed Media.
- Doctoral candidate Simon Sinaga accepted a position as an assistant professor of communication at the University of Northern Arizona.
- Ph.D. student Daewook Kim has a new publication: Choi, M. I., Kim, D., & Park, S, B.(2011). Impacts of humorous radio advertising on attitude toward advertising: mediating effect of perceived humorous and moderating effect of need for cognition. Korean Journal of Advertising and Public Relations, 13(1), 138-162.
- Ph.D. student Patrick Merle has been notified his paper titled‚ The U.S. Correspondents in Paris: A longitudinal study of the profession 1998-2010, has been accepted for presentation at the AEJMC/ICD Midwinter Conference, which will take place in March 4-5.
- Congratulations to Dr. Weiwu Zhang who has been selected to attend the 2011 Institute for Inclusive Excellence. He was informed that "the selection committee found your application to be an excellent demonstration of how superior scholarship contributes to diversity at Texas Tech".
- Congratulations to Coy Callison, Liz Gardner, Trent Seltzer, John Wirtz, and Weiwu Zhang for having papers accepted for presentation at the 14th Annual International Public Relations Research Conference in Miami, FL. Two of these papers were co-authored with College of Media & Communication doctoral students, including Dane Kiambi, Daewook Kim, and Prisca Ngondo.
- Congratulations to Dept. of Public Relations faculty members Lori Boyer, Coy Callison, Trent Seltzer, John Wirtz, and Weiwu Zhang for having papers accepted for presentation at the AEJMC 2010 convention in Denver, CO. Several of these papers were co-authored with Mass Communications doctoral students, including Jerod Foster, Prisca Ngondo, Phillip Poe, and Austin Sims. Dr. John Wirtz has also received a Top Faculty Paper award from the Religion and Media Interest Group.
- Linda Francis Lee, Kelly Overley, Telea Johnson Stafford, Rick Walker, Holly Williams and Clay Wright were recognized as the Mass Communications Outstanding Alumni of 2010.