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Speech and Debate: First Place Sweepstakes Award
SPEECH AND DEBATE: Members of the Penn State Speech and Debate Society recently attended a tournament at Otterbein University in Columbus, Ohio. The performance of the participants earned the team a First Place Sweepstakes award. Lillian Schaeffer was awarded a 5th place speaker award. Nevin Kara, a freshman, reached the semi-finals in Lincoln Douglas Debate. Sophomore Sarah Stevenson-Peck won 1st place in Lincoln Douglas debate. Congratulations to all!!
The Economist recognizes CAS PhD book: Remembering Emmett Till
ALUMNI NEWS: Remembering Emmett Till, the second book by 2006 CAS PhD Dave Tell, Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas, has been named a book of the year by The Economist. The Economist describes the book, published by the University of Chicago Press, as "a fine history of racism, poverty and memory in the Mississippi Delta told through the lynching of Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old from Chicago whose murder in 1955—and his mother’s determination to display his mutilated features in an open coffin—made him an early martyr of the civil-rights movement." Congratulations to Dave! Find the full list of The Economist's forty international books of the year here: (Reading the full story requires email registration.)
Fall 2019 Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest
Congratulations to the finalists in the Fall 19 Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contests! The department is grateful to our panel of judges, which included two alumni of the College of the Liberal Arts, Michael Rosenblatt and Mark Stephens, and one faculty member, Dara Walker, Assistant Professor of History, African American Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Our judges were charged to discerning excellence within a slate of outstanding speakers. When the dust settled, Dominic Cotner received first place for his speech, “Mental Health and Wellness.” Second place was Shannon Wellman, third place was Madison Cherry, and honorable mentions went to Madison Krieger, Eric Diamond, and Olivia Notto.
PhD Student receives STAR Award
Claire Strutzenberg was recently awarded the Superior Teaching and Research (STAR) Award from the college of Liberal Arts. Claire’s research examines how family communication influences individuals across the lifespan, primarily during times of developmental transition. Funding from the STAR award will be used to support ongoing longitudinal research examining the role of family relationships and social support on students’ stress and resilience during the adjustment to college. Congratulations, Claire!
PhD Student receives dissertation award from RGSO
PhD student Allison Neibauer has been selected to receive a dissertation award from the Research and Graduate Studies Office (RGSO) of the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State. Allison's research rests at the intersection of memory studies, collective trauma, moral repair, and rhetorics of religion. In particular, she researches the rhetorical dimensions of harm and repair in the wake of communal tragedies. Her dissertation project, funded by the RGSO, investigates the impact of a widespread clergy sex abuse scandal in a local Catholic Diocese. She seeks to add both theoretical and practical value to the study of harm and repair by furthering our understanding of how communal narratives drive us to seek repair, redress, and vindication after tragedy. She does so through a mixed methodological approach that attempts to capture both the production of narratives and their reception. Recognizing the wake of devastation communal tragedies such as this one generate, Allison strives to offer stakeholders insight into the range of options that exist for repair.
CAS Professors recognized at NCA
This past weekend, CAS Professors Abraham Khan and Denise Solomon received awards for their scholarship from the National Communication Association. Professor Khan received the Karl Wallace Award, which is given “to foster and promote philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse.” The award recognizes a scholars within 10 years of earning the PhD to recognize past scholarly achievements and support future research. Professor Solomon was named a Distinguished Scholar of NCA. The Distinguished Scholar Award is NCA’s highest accolade, which honors a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Congratulations, Abe and Denise!
Donald P. Bellisario Professor: President-elect of the International Communication Association
Mary Beth Oliver, Donald P. Bellisario Professor of Media Studies and affiliate faculty in CAS, has been elected President-elect of the International Communication Association (ICA). ICA is home to more than 4,500 communication scholars, with a worldwide membership spanning 80 different countries. As President, Professor Oliver will lead the association’s efforts to encourage and facilitate excellence in the study of human communication. Congratulations Mary Beth!!
CAS PhD Alumna Elected to State College Borough Council
ALUMNI NEWS: PhD Alumna Deanna Behring, Assistant Dean in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has been elected to one of four open seats on the State College Borough Council. The other three seats were secured by incumbents Jesse Barlow and Janet Engeman and former borough manager Peter Marshall. Congratulations, Deanna!
Clayton Schug Speech and Debate Tournament
SPEECH AND DEBATE: In addition, to Penn State students, students from six universities competed in speech and debate events at the Clayton Schug Invitational: Capital University, John Carroll University, Hillsdale, Central Michigan University, Ithaca College, Lafayette College. Penn State students did well: Alicia Houston placed 1st in Persuasion and 2nd in Informative Speaking. Sneha Srivastava placed 1st in Poetry. Sarah Stevenson-Peck Placed 3rd in both Impromptu and Extemporaneous Speaking. Daniel Carvajal placed 4th in Impromptu. In Lincoln Douglas debate, Elisa Vogel reached quarterfinals and was awarded 5th place speaker. Additionally in debate, Josh Kwak reached semifinals and was top speaker. This coming weekend, the Speech and Debate society are sending teams to St. Anselm and Illinois State University for more exciting competitions.
CAS Alumni Stories
Jonah Kim (BA in CAS & BS in PLSC, 2018), worked last year as Finance Assistant on the successful electoral campaign of Rep. Elaine Luria in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. Rep. Luria is a Navy veteran and small-business owner, precisely the kind of candidate Jonah said he dreamed of working for after he graduated. Asked his thoughts and feelings after the campaign, Jonah said, "I'm proud of the team I worked with, and I'm proud of the grassroots campaign that we ran. We were able to contribute to the highest voter turnout a midterm election Virginia's 2nd Congressional District has ever seen. While knocking on doors that final week I cannot even remember the number of people I talked to who said they were voting for the first time ever. So again I would say I feel proud." Jonah is now working as a Staff Assistant in Rep. Luria's Washington, D.C. office. "I am learning about all the different congressional rules, procedures, and administrative duties that congressional staff are responsible for," he said. photo: Rep. Elaine Luria (2nd, Va.) with CAS alum and staff assistant Jonah Kim
Dr. Rachel Smith Named LA Professor of CAS
The Department congratulates Professor Rachel Smith, who has been named Liberal Arts Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences. This title, conferred by the College of the Liberal Arts, recognizes faculty at the rank of professor who have sustained a record of significant achievement. Professor Smith, who conducts research on social influence and the diffusion of persuasive health messages, has certainly met that bar. Smith has amassed an impressive record of external funding from entities including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Gates Foundation, the National Institutes for Health, and the World Health Organization; she publishes her research in the top journals for communication and health communication scholarship; and she has received numerous awards for her research and service through scholarship. Well done, Rachel!!
Congratulations to the 2018 Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest Winners
The CAS department would like to congratulate all of the 2018 Civic Engagement Public Speaking Contest winners! First Place: Lauren Fish (Elle Morgan) “Increased Integration of General Education and Special Education Students” Second Place: Sam Ross (Kathy Kile) “Opioid Education: Fostering a Brighter Tomorrow" Third Place: Aidan Lake (Jose Maldonado) “The Next Chapter in Penn State Reads” Honorable Mentions (in no particular order): -Becca Stroschein (Brandon Johnson) “Awareness for Endometriosis: A Need For Change” -Jacob Ringer (Marguerite Lehman) “The Longest Time: Confederate Flags in School” -Michelle Irwin (Kathy Kile) “A Community of Respect: Perceptions of People who use Wheelchairs”
CAS Class To Be Offered for London Study Abroad
CAS will be cross-listing a course with ENGL next summer in a London study abroad experience!
Professor Smith Receives Award
Peer Educators Lead Conversation on Sexual Assault at Penn State
Speech and Debate Team heads to Wisconsin
2017 Fulbright Fellowship Update
2017-2018 Student Marshal
Posdoctoral Teaching Fellow Awarded Student Academic Achievement Award
Speech & Debate Team - John Carroll University Results
Speech & Debate Team - PA Forensic Association Tournament Results
Speech & Debate's First Tournament of Spring 2018
CAS Student Recognized as Multicultural Student Leader
Associate Teaching Professor Mary High to Join CAS Faculty
Assistant Professor Awarded 2018 Joyce & Aqueil Ahmad Endowment
CAS Statement on Graduate Education
Assistant or Associate Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences/ Co-Hire with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
Kellie Brisini receives RGSO Award
Faculty Member Awarded 2018-19 Fellowship