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Jennifer Whalen served as a guest lecturer to the student organization T.W.L.O.H.A. on April 7th. She presented material and engaged in dialogue regarding issues of bullying, suicide, and self-harm.
Tasha Rennels received the Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the College of Arts and Humanities. This award is based on a GTA's teaching philosophy, a narrative about teaching, documented accomplishments and commitment to classroom excellence. Congratulations, Tasha!
Abe Khan was invited by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum to speak at “A Supreme Decision: The Curt Flood Symposium.” In his talk, Dr. Khan entertained the hypothesis that Curt Flood (the subject of his recent book) might help to rethink labor politics in sport. From the issues associated with unionization in professional leagues to the NCAA’s current crises, Flood is present in our public debates, reminding us that sport is work and that its rewards are rarely distributed justly.
You can view a Kansas City television station's news report about the symposium, featuring remarks by Abe by clicking here.
GCA Co-President Jennifer Whalen was named a Campus Celebrity by the online publication, Her Campus USF. You can read about Jennifer in the HC USF story by clicking here.
Aphrodite Kocieda's new web series, "Tales from the Kraka Tower," is the subject of an article in Slate magazine.
The online publication's article, "Awkward Black Girl Meets Academia in a Hilarious New Web Series," highlights Aphrodite's no-holds-barred examination of race, gender and class issues within institutions deemed to be free of them.
In Kraka Tower's case, it is the Diversity
department of a university where Aphrodite's character is a new arrival and the revelations about culture and humanity begin with her very first elevator ride.
Over spring break Alyse Keller served as the faculty advisor for a Bull Service Break trip to Hammond, LA, with 10 undergraduate students. The trip was dedicated to issues of public health and disability awareness. Theyvolunteered at the Special Olympics headquarters in Louisiana, worked closely with local special olympics athletes, facilitated games, and participated in disability awareness events.
Keith Berry facilitated the workshop, "What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Bullying, Communication, and Self-Understanding," with honors students in the College of Education's SCATTER program.
The workshop explored the impact of bullying on youth identity, and ways teachers can better care for students. Thirty amazing students took part in the event, which was filled with participants' first-hand and emotional stories on past experiences with bullying.
Nathan Hodges has a forthcoming article, The American Dental Dream, in Health Communication. Congratulations Nathan!
COMM DAY, 2014
This year's Communication Day, inspired by the theme "Black & White," was a day of activities
and community involvement.
Kicking off the April 11 event was the Eighth Annual Speak-Out event, where undergraduate speech students competed for cash awards, followed by this year's Performance Showcase.
This year's Grazier Lecture was presented by Dr. Kent Ono, University of Utah. His lecture, "Amusing Ourselves to Freedom: Rhetoric, Immigration, and Dark Tourism," was enthusiastically received. Everyone convened for a followup roundtable discussion on the lecture's subject matter.
The day's celebration concluded with a warm gathering of colleagues and friends for the 2014 Comm Prom where we feasted on fine food and drink and feted the department's accomplishments.
You can read more about Comm Day 2014 by clicking here!
Tasha Rennels delivers an impromptu infomercial for polka dot rainbow pants as part of Jacob Abraham's "Impromptu Sales" speaking activity for the 3rd Annual Pedagogy Potluck, organized by Kristen Blinne and Joanna Bartell on March 28, 2014.
This event featured thirteen presenters who shared original teaching ideas and activities for a variety of communication courses.