Public Speaking Center Opens
The Public Speaking Center, new to campus as of Fall 2013, is open! The Public Speaking Center provides quality peer-to-peer consulting for all UW-L students seeking assistance on oral presentations and public speaking assignments. Peer consultants aid students with topic selection, outlines, content development, delivery, audio-visual aids, managing speaking anxiety, and increasing confidence. For more information, hours, and booking appointments visit: http://www.uwlax.edu/commstudies/psc
Peer consultants (pictured left to right): Troy Brooks, Karissa Kostka, Meg Schilling, Danica Gullicksrud, Lucas Schneider, Ryan Fox, Noelle Griffiths, Beth Rayome (foreground), Nellie Cupp (background)
The CST Department Welcomes New Faculty and Staff
Dr. Kate Lavelle (Ph.D., Wayne State University) is our new Advocacy and Communication Criticism faculty member. Kate’s primary research interests concern rhetoric and underrepresented athletes. Her research appears in International Journal of Sport Communication, The Howard Journal of Communications, and Cotemporary Argumentation and Debate. Her recent work, published in Wenner’s (Ed.) Fallen Sports Heroes, Media, and Celebrity Culture is titled, “Gunned Down: The NFL, NBA, and Identity Rhetoric on Plaxico Burress and Gilbert Arenas.” She is currently teaching Presentational Speaking (CST 210) and Research Methods in Communication (CST 498).
Dr. Nici Ploeger-Lyons (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) is our new Organizational and Professional Communication faculty member. Nici’s research interests include applied organizational communication, workplace relationships, organizational identification, and organizational ethics. Her research appears in Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Communication Studies, Southern Communication Journal, and Communication Studies. She is currently teaching Communicating Effectively (CST 110) and Professional Communication (CST 260).
Matthew Windett (M.S., Minnesota State University at Mankato) is a new IAS member. He is also a graduate of our department (2009). After teaching public speaking courses at MSU, Matthew will teach Communicating Effectively (CST 110) here at UWL.
CST Students Present Research at the State Capitol
CST majors Amanda Sturm, Barbara Nitke, Kristin Riniker, and Lindsay Swiggum presented their research at the annual Posters in the Rotunda event at the state capitol building on April 17. Six undergraduate researchers from each UW institution were selected to discuss their research. In addition to presenting their research, the students met with state representatives and senators.
Student’s Research Explores Stories from Homeless
The La Crosse Tribune and Campus News published stories about CST undergrad Sadie Tennessen and her research titled, "Family Storytelling in Homeless Families." The Campus News reports that "Sadie Tennessen’s student research cuts through stereotypes and focuses on real stories. After spending 120 hours at The Salvation Army, sitting and talking with homeless families, the recent UW-L graduate discovered the power of narrative for those without a home."
Above: A large crowd gathers in a Centennial Hall classroom to hear Tennessen present her final research project for Communication Studies. A series of four courses, over the course of two or more semesters, prepares Communication Studies students for a final project that is formally presented. Campus News contributed photo.
Faculty Publication in Qualitative Communication Research
Dr. Jennifer Butler and Dr. Dan Modaff published "The Communicative Management of Emotional Display Expectations by In-Home Daycare Providers" in Qualitative Communication Research (2013, Volume 1, pp. 461-490). In the abstract, Dr. Butler and Dr. Modaff remark that "the current research reports the results of an interview-based study designed to explore how the participants in a long-term relational context (in-home daycare providers) communicatively manage the emotional display expectations of parents of children in their care. The themes that emerged from the data—structural strategies, interactional strategies, and individual strategies—represent communicative means that in-home daycare providers used to manage the emotional display expectations of parents. The study concludes by discussing the merit of considering the existence of and need to explore further emotional labor in nontraditional organizations such as owner-operated and in-home businesses."
Dr. Jennifer Butler was also recognized in the Management Communication Quarterly newsletter. She currenlty serves as an editorial board member for the journal. Her reviewing interests are emotional labor, work family balance, alternative work structures, structuration theory, nonprofit organizations, leadership, and gender and organizations.
Engaging Students In Learning Through Social Media
Above: Dr. Pamela Morris (bottom row, right) with her Media Literacy (CST 271) class. Also pictured is Jim Jorstad (far right), Director of Academic Technology Services at UW-L. Read his blog post about how Dr. Morris engages students in learning through social media. Photo by Austen Keller.
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CST students, consider applying for a scholarship: https://uwlax.academicworks.com/