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Delayo successfully defends master thesis


CAS graduate student Mike Delayo today successfully defended his master's thesis, "'I Definitely Want To Thank My Psychiatrist': Digital Mental Health Disclosures in Professional Sports." Opening with a brief history of the body, mind, and sport relationship, Mr. Delayo's thesis investigates sports culture’s problematic treatment of mental health and how that may be changing. After synthesizing disciplinary treatments of "rhetorical persona" across several decades, Mr. Delayo offers extended, close readings of digitally mediated statements by Australian WNBA star Liz Cambage and a YouTube vlog created by professional esports competitor Christian “IWillDominate” Rivera. Mr. Delayo bookends those two contemporary cases with analyses of previous disclosures by Ron Metta Sandiford-Artest of the NBA and former MLB pitcher Pete Harnisch. Dr. Rosa Eberly directed Delayo's thesis with assists from Dr. Michele Kennerly and Dr. Abe Khan.

Congratulations, Mike!

CAS Spring 2021 Commencement

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences would like to congratulate the 59 students, who are currently on the official graduation list to receive their CAS BA or BS degree at Penn State commencement ceremonies this Sunday, May 9th. To view the list of our graduates, please visit: 

Congratulations to all!

CAS Department recognized in Penn State News

The Communication Arts & Sciences department is in the Penn State News for it’s work supporting student learning in CAS 100: Effective Speech!

Alumni News


CAS alumna Briana Adams-Seaton was recently graduated from Howard University School of Law. While a student in CAS, Ms. Adams-Seaton many achievements included receiving the Richard B. Gregg Memorial Award for Scholarly Excellence from the department, as well as Penn State’s Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award, which recognizes students who openly promote responsible citizenship and civil respect for diversity within the Penn State community. As a capstone to her time with Howard University, Ms. Adam-Seaton served as editor of the Howard Law Journal.

We can’t wait to see what comes next from this outstanding person. Congratulations, Briana!

Spring Civic Engagement and Public Speaking Contest

The spring rendition of the Civic Engagement and Public Speaking Context aired the evening of April 29th, and can be viewed here:  Congratulations to the two students who tied for first place: Justin Do, instructed by Associate Teaching Professor Robin Kramer, who spoke on “Fixing the National Physician Shortage,” and Arden Bealmear, instructed by PhD student Kelly Williams Nagel, who spoke on “Beginning Financial Literacy in High School.” Rounding out the top three finalists was Ashley Bolds, instructed by Assistant Teaching Professor Vanessa McLaughlin, who spoke on “Reducing Economic Barriers to Medical School.” Kudos also to Jeff Nagel, PhD Student, who took lead on organizing the contests this year, and Michael Steudeman, Assistant Professor and Director of CAS 100, and gratitude to all the many faculty and guest judges for their time and energy. The final slate of speeches is testimony to the good work being done by students and instructors in our public speaking classes.

Congratulations to all!


CAS Awards Ceremony Celebrations

Last Friday marked the occasion of the CAS Awards Ceremony. We are grateful to Dean Clarence Lang for presenting three outstanding alumni awards to Elizabeth Mabie, Lauren Monks, and Kelly Miller. We also celebrated outstanding CAS undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, and we recognized Professor Rosa Eberly as she approaches the end of her term as Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Congratulations to all!

CAS Assistant Teaching Professor defends dissertation


William Aungst, Assistant Teaching Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, recently defended his dissertation, “You are not welcome here: Sloterdijk’s posthumanism and the rhetoric of hostile urban architecture and design,” thus completing the requirements for his PhD from Duquesne University. The dissertation brings together three scholarship areas: rhetorical theory and analysis, hostile urban architecture and design, and Sloterdijk’s version of posthumanism. Dr. Aungst argues that the various meanings imbued in hostile urban architecture and design are purposive and a result of these constructed spaces as material fore-structures. In this dissertation, he looks to the forgotten spaces, the banal design of our everyday lives, the overlooked materials, and the taken-for-granted elements of our built environments to better understand their importance as rhetorical artifacts that contribute to the ongoing process of hominization and domestication. In our environments, architecture and design play an essential role in who we are and what we can know about being human. The dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Erik Garrett and included Dr. Ronald Arnett and Dr. Pat Arneson.

Congratulations, William!

CAS graduate students excel in CDD Burke Prize contest

Communication Arts and Sciences graduate students excelled this year in the Center for Democratic Deliberation Burke Prize essay contest. To read more about the award winners, please visit:



CAS doctoral student featured in Communication Currents

Nhung Vu, a first year doctoral student in CAS, recently had an article featured in Communication Currents, which is an outlet that distills research reports for a wider audience. Her study examines how different types of social interdependence in the classroom (i.e., competition, cooperation, and individualistic) affects students’ feelings toward their instructor and class content, as well as perceptions of classroom climate, their motivation, and their communication apprehension. This paper won a top paper in the Master's Education Section at the NCA 2020 Annual Conference and is published in Communication EducationYou can read the piece at Communication Currents here:


Professor Vivian named recipient of the 2011 Class of 1933 Distinction in the Humanities Award


Professor Brad Vivian has been named the recipient of the 2011 Class of 1933 Distinction in the Humanities Award from the College of the Liberal Arts, which recognizes outstanding work in the field of humanities. Professor Vivian’s two most recent monographs, published or forthcoming from Oxford University Press, include “Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical remembrance, and Public Culture” and “Campus Misinformation: A Threat to Free Speech and Academic Freedom on College Campuses.” Together, these works illustrate Professor Vivian’s contribution to rhetorical theory and public memory, alongside a deep commitment to democratic processes and citizen engagement. Professor Vivian has also contributed to the humanities through his recent service as Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation, within the Penn State’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy.

Congratulations, Brad!