News & Events 2014

WSU students take top honors in Utah PR contest

Amber Price was named the 2013 Utah Public Relations Student of the Year in the competition sponsored by the Utah Public Relations Society Association. WSU student Ryker Morgan was named the runner-up in the statewide competition.

WSU Debate to host National Debate Coaches Association Championship

Weber State Debate will host the 8th annual National Debate Coaches Association Championship on April 12-14. About 500 debaters and coaches from elite high schools from coast to coast will attend.

Professor publishes article on digital streaming music sites

May 2014—Dr. Eric Harvey  has published an article in Pitchfork, an online webzine that is the most widely read music website other than Rolling Stone's. The article is about the past/present/future of digital streaming music sites like Pandora, Spotify and YouTube. It has been formatted in a futuristic way. Check it out at http://pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/reader/streaming/.

Stemiel receives grant to further research on volunteers

May 2014—Dr. Sarah Steimel has received funding from Research, Scholarship and Professional Growth committee (RS&PG) to further her work on a research project titled “Communication and Volunteer Retention in Voluntary Organizations.”

New advisers named for three student organizations

May 2014—Three new advisers have been named for three student organizations. With the departure of Dr. Yeonsoo Kim, Dr. Nicola Corbin has been named to advise Ogden Peak Communications and Weber State University’s Chapter of PRSSA. Dr. Eric Harvey will head KWCR 88.1 FM as Dr. Ty Sanders steps down after 25 years of advising the campus radio station. Jean Norman, a new faculty member from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas will advise The Signpost and the WSU chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.       

New department secretary, MPC assistant hired to work with students

May 2014—Two new professional staffers have been hired by the Department of Communication to help students. Sonja Green has been hired as the department secretary for Communication while Shari Love was hired as the office assistant for the Master of Professional Communication program. Green had worked as a judicial assistant in the Second District Judicial Court for the past seven years. Prior to that, she was an administrative assistant in the Weber State University President’s Office. She has a bachelor’s degree in criminal science from WSU. Love comes to the department from the Master of Heath Administration program, where she worked full time. The three-quarter schedule in her new job will allow her to spend more time with her two children.  

PR student named as finalist in Utah PR Student of the Year Contest

May 2014—Thomas Judd, a 2014 graduate in Public Relations & Advertising, has been selected as a finalist for the Utah PR Student of the Year Competition. Judd’s public relations campaign was judged by a group of local PR professionals. Live competition will be on May 3 and winners will be announced at the PRSA Spring Conference on May 15. Weber State University has won the competition three years in a row.    

Two students win Lindquist Student Fellowships

May 2014—Two students are recipients of Lindquist Student Fellowships. MPC graduate Crystalee Beck was allocated about $3,000 to present a paper on gratitude in the workplace at a conference in Hong Kong. This research was conducted as her master’s thesis. Juan Petro Orquiz, an undergraduate in Digital Media, was awarded about $2,000 to attend the Frogmen’s Print Workshop.

Fifteen students receive Communication scholarships

May 2014—Fifteen Communication students were presented with scholarships at the annual awards ceremony for outstanding students in Communication. The scholarship winners include: Zach Berrett and India Nielsen, Communication Studies; Joan Dunn, KSL Broadcast Group; Dan Martinez, Shane Farver Multimedia; Misty Tippets and Khalid Hussein Sharif, Louis Babcock Debate; Catherine Shackelford, Leland H. Monson Debate; Shaquille Heath, Jonathan Morrell; Danielle Murray and Abigail Payne, Jack and Betty Lampros; Timothy Potter, Deseret News; Matthew Kunes and Liz Ruttenbur, Salt Lake Tribune; Kate Konchar, Allison Hess Editorial; and Skyler Pyle, Standard-Examiner. 

Three Communication students are finalists for Crystal Crest Awards

May 2014—India Nielsen, a Communication major with an emphasis in Civic Advocacy, was one of five finalists for Woman of the Year in this year’s Crystal Crest Awards. Signpost staffer Olivia Gerrish was a finalist for Personality of the Year while Signpost staffer Spencer Boyce was a finalist for Man of the Year.   

WSU Debate wins first place in Cross Examination for third year in row

May 2014—Weber State’s debate team celebrated its 90th anniversary by winning first place in the Cross Examination Debate Association’s Tournament West Region. This is the third year in a row that WSU students have scored the sweepstakes award. This accomplishment was noted in the 2014 Commencement program.
 

Hafen to present at Eastern Communication Association conference

April 2014—Dr. Susan Hafen will be a moderator at a panel during the Eastern Communication Association Conference on April 24 in Providence, R.I. Her panel is titled Internatural Communication: Dissenting from Anthropocentric Cultures conference. This open forum will address the emerging discourse of internatural communication, which challenges Mead’s orthodoxy that only humans, in their use of symbolic language, can truly communicate. The implications of legitimizing human-animal relationships as a kind of intercultural communication are addressed in a series of questions directed to interests of philosophy of communication, intercultural communication, communication law and ethics, interpersonal communication, and theory and methodology. The open forum includes a semi-structured public discussion on the ramifications of including human-animal relationships and internatural communication as part of the Communication discipline.

Josephson to present second-screen research at VisCom

April 2014—Dr. Sheree Josephson will present a co-authored paper at the national VisCom Conference to be held June 22-26 at Whispering Pines in W. Greenwich, Rhode Island.  The title of Josephson’s paper is How Sound Impacts Visual Attention in a Second-Screen Environment. The eye-tracking research was done in conjunction with Dr. Michael E. Holmes of Ball State University. 

Johns oversees ‘rush’ of National Society of Collegiate Scholars

April 2014—Dr. Becky Johns announced that the Weber State University chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars added 202 members this spring during "rush." This brings the number of students in NSCS close to 400.  Dr. Johns is the faculty adviser to this organization, which does service, social and academic activities.  

42 students graduate this year with a bachelor’s in Communication

April 2014—Congratulations to this year’s baccalaureate graduates in Communication.
Civic Advocacy: Tiffany Dubbelman, Breanne Winegar
Electronic Media: Dante Baldan, Dane Clark, Zachary Coehoorn, Brandon Garside, Ryan Linford, Melissa Moyle, Aundrea Peterson, Benjamin Renda
Interpersonal & Family Communication: Casey Bullock, Adam Jones, Chelsea Wessman, Marceen Shaughnessy, Brittany Szymanski
Multimedia Journalism: Jordan Bailey, Tucker Garrett, Jonah Napoli 
Organizational Communication: Sarah Dursteler, Aulola Moli, Chantel Flores, Steven Harkness
Public Relations & Advertising: Kirsten Stuart, Brandon Arnett, Kylee Cabe, Travor Cahoon, Tim Conyers, Militia Earl, Cole Freestone, Kari Harbath, Thomas Judd, Cade Lubeck, Tasha Petroff, Andrea Prigmore, Jonathan Rabe, Emily Shuman, Tara Smith, Harrison Spendlove, Kassandra Welch, Jeffrey Hawkes, Jared Hoellein, Trent McKean

21 students graduate in with Master of Professional Communication degree

April 2014—Congratulations to members of the 2014 class of the Master of Professional Communication. They will be hooded in a special ceremony in the Wildcat Theater on April 24 at 6 p.m. The students are:
Cole Allen, Crystalee Beck, Nicholas Guido, Spencer Bjorklund, Amy Crosbie, Kristen Deem, Julie Hurd, Michelle Hurst, Braeden Jensen, Michelle Linck, Ryan Lloyd, Cathleen Mason, Paul McHardy, Danielle McKean, Casey Mortensen, Priscilla Perea, Sheryl Peterson, Adam Salazar, Leslie Simpson, Nicholas White, Crystal Young

Outstanding graduates in Communication announced

April 2014—Congratulations to the following outstanding Communication graduates.

  • Academic Achievement: Aundrea Peterson
  • Civic Advocacy: Tiffany Dubbelman
  • Electronic Media: Melissa Moyle
  • Interpersonal & Family Communication: Adam Jones 
  • Multimedia Journalism: Tucker Garrett
  • Organizational Communication:  Chanel Flores
  • Public Relations & Advertising: Militia Earl and Amber Price

Inductees into national Communication honor society listed

April 2014—Nine students will be inducted later this month into Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for graduates in Communication. To be eligible for Lambda Pi Eta, students must (1) complete 60 semester credit hours, (2) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all courses taken, (3) complete the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours in Communication, (4) have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for all Communication courses, (5) currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by the institution's policies, and (6) rank within the highest 35 percent of one’s class in general scholarship. This year’s inductees include Ryan Linford, Adam Jones, Stephanie Lloyd, Morgen Bruderer, Kylee Cabe, Glenda Hoffman, India Nielsen, Camille Twitchell and Kirsten Stuart.
 

Twenty-two Communication students present research in campus symposium

April 2014—Twenty-two Communication students presented their research at the 10th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium & Celebration in the Union Building.
Oral presentations were given by Kirsten Stuart, Audrea Peterson, Adam Jones, Sarah Dursteler, Karlee Jensen, Preslee Patton, Lola Moli, Natalie Barcelo and Courtney Woodfield. Poster sessions were presented by Andrea Prigmore, India Nielsen, Militia Earl, Tiffany Dubbelman, Morgan Drean, Stephanie Lloyd, Breann Johnson, Brittany Szymanski, Ashley King, Taylor Proctor, Stacey Traux, Ryan Rigby and Katie Rigby.
Eight to graduate with departmental Honors
April 2014—Eight students will graduate this year with departmental Honors. Honors students must have an overall GPA of 3.5 with a 3.70 GPA in the major. They must also present their research at a professional conference. The students and their research topics include:
  • Kirsten Stuart: Public Opinion, Media Bias, and Pit Bulls
  • Andrea Peterson: Human and Sex Trafficking in the USA: A Video & Survey
  • Adam Jones: Relational Dialectics Applied to Pre and Post-Divorce Relationships 
  • Sarah Dursteler: Hookup Culture: Qualitative Analysis of Sexual Scripts Within Gender and Religious Identities
  • Andrea Prigmore: A Critical Look at Hospital Communication
  • Militia Earl : Mapping Wildcat Nation
  • Tiffany Dubbelman: Are Dining Service Campus TextClubs Profitable? 
  • Amber Price: The Consequences of Studying Unorthodox LDS History

PR&A student trying to set world quadriplegic hand cycle record 

April 2014—Kris Sanford, a Public Relations & Advertising major, will ride his handcycle from Idaho Falls to Huntington Beach in order to set the quadriplegic hand cycle distance world record of 1,100 miles. He will begin the journey in September. He is also doing this to raise money for others in wheelchairs. Sanford, who took Spring Semester off to prepare for the trek, said he has learned many things and overcome even more obstacles as he prepared for this event. “It will come as no shock that of all the obstacles I've come across, the most difficult has been raising money to make this event possible,” he said. To help Sanford with his trip, you can donate to his cause at http://spinalride.com/ and  http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spinal-ride--2. A news story from Fox 13 highlighting Spinal Ride can be viewed at http://fox13now.com/2014/03/02/utah-man-is-partially-paralyzed-aims-to-beat-hand-cycle-distance-record/.

Debate team qualifies for National Debate Tournament, receives recognition

April 2014—First-year Weber State University debaters Misty Tippets and Jordan Hendricks qualified for the 68th annual National Debate Tournament being hosted at Indiana University March 28-31. They are the first team from Weber State to qualify for the national championship since 2010. They are one of the few all-freshmen teams in the competition. In addition, WSU Debate was ranked in the Top 20 in the nation for participation and earned the No. 1 award in the West Conference from the Cross Examination Debate Association.

National Debate Coaches Association national championship, forensics camp coming to WSU

April 2014—Weber State University will host the ninth annual National Debate Coaches Association national championship on April 12-15. The event will attract more than 500 visitors from the best high school debate programs in the United States. In addition, the Sun Country Forensics Institute, the largest and most prominent summer high school forensics camp in the Intermountain West, has agreed to rename itself “Sun Country Debate Institute at Weber State University.” All of its operations will relocate to Nearly 200 high school students are expected to visit campus for a minimum of two weeks.  
 

Leaders for student media organizations named

April 2014—Student leaders have been selected for the student media organizations. Skyler Pyle will be editor in chief of The Signpost.  J.P. Orquiz was selected as the general manager of KWCR 88.1 FM. Dan Rubio was selected as executive producer of Studio 76/Wildcat1. 
 

New media professor to present two papers on music

March 2014—Dr. Eric Harvey will present two papers at academic conferences on music. He will present “Who Got the Camera: The Mediated Births of Reality Rap and Reality TV, 1988-1992” at The Experience Music Project Pop Conference in Seattle in April.  He will present "Siding with Vinyl: Record Store Day and the Branding of Independent Music" at the Cultural Studies Association's annual conference in Salt Lake City in May.

Chair to be inducted as honorary member of Golden Key

March 2014—Dr. Sheree Josephson, chair of the WSU Department of Communication, has been selected as an honorary member of Weber State University’s chapter of Golden Key Honor Society. This year’s induction will be Tuesday, March 18, at 7pm in Ballroom A of the Union Building. 
 

Join the Society of Professional Journalists and attend events

March 2014—Communication majors, especially those in the multimedia journalism emphasis, are encouraged to join the Weber State University chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, To join, go to www.spj.org. Be sure to spell out Weber State University in the chapter name. Five activities have been planned for this semester. You don’t have to be a member to attend.
  • Tuesday, March 4: Ben Winslow, multimedia journalist for Fox 13,  2:30 p.m. at The Signpost office
  • Friday, March 7: Tour of the Standard-Examiner, with Andy Howell, editor of the Standard-Examiner, at 3:45 p.m. at the Standard-Examiner building  
  • Friday, March 28: Annual Ethics in Journalism Event with Jessica Miller, court reporter for the Salt Lake Tribune, and Pat Reavy, crime reporter for the Deseret News, at 9:30 a.m., Ballroom C, Union Building
  • Friday, April 4: Jose Lopez, reporter for the Standard-Examiner, on covering diversity issues, 9:30 a.m.,  Room 314, Elizabeth Hall 
  • Friday, April 11: Jeff Hunt, media attorney, on communication law topics, 8:30 a.m., Room 407, Elizabeth Hall

Officers have also been elected. The president is Skyler Pyle, vice president in charge of membership is Michael Anderson, and vice president in charge of recruiting is Rosie Gerrish. If you have questions, contact Dr. Sheree Josephson, faculty adviser, at sjosephson@weber.edu.

Standard-Examiner donates scholarship for next year

March 2014—The Standard-Examiner has donated a $1,025 for a student majoring in journalism. It is to be awarded by the Department of Communication’s Scholarship Committee.
 

Debate team qualifies for National Debate Tournament

March 2014—First-year Weber State University debaters Misty Tippets and Jordan Hendricks qualified for the 68th annual National Debate Tournament being hosted at Indiana University March 28-31. They are the first team from Weber State to qualify for the national championship since 2010. They qualified last weekend at a tournament in Pocatello, Idaho. In the same tournament, the team of Khalid Sharif and Irvin Alvarado posted a 4-2 record but lost their runoff round against Whitman College on a close 2-1 decision. They will be the first alternates of District II.

Two student film projects featured in Wildcat Theater

March 2014—Two film projects by Communication students were shown in the Wildcat Theater as previews to the film screening of “Idle Threat” about the activism about air pollution in New York City. The film “Hey Utah - Stop Idling" (approximately 5 minutes in length) was produced by Brandon Garside and Collin Mower. It can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAcvuTPkJ4s. The second film called “Dead on Red” (approximately 90 seconds in length) was produced by Thomas Judd, Mandie Barnes, Sarah Gribble and Cade Lubeck. It can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEAfM7NsD6k&feature=youtu.be. The students were members of Dr. Colleen Packer’s senior seminar class.

Communication students help with Love Utah Give Utah

March 2014—Communication majors have been busy helping produce the video for the College of Arts and Humanities that will encourage giving to the college on Thursday, March 20, for the annual Love Utah Give Utah event.  Students both appeared on and produced the video that will be widely circulated through social media.  

MPC graduate featured on Ted Talks

February 2014—Jeff Haney, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Professional Communication program, presented research he did in the graduate-level research methods class as a Ted Talk. The project in Dr. Sheree Josephson’s class was about making effective use of the morning announcements in the public schools. His presentation can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPcC5Ogsq-o.

MPC graduate named associate registrar for WSU

February 2014—Fran Hopkin, a 2013 graduate of the Master of Professional Communication program, has been named as associate registrar for Weber State University. Hopkin said, “In large part I owe this opportunity to the MPC program. Many of the qualifications, knowledge and abilities they were looking for in this position, I gained through the classes.”  

National Debate Coaches Association national championship, forensics camp coming to WSU

February 2014—Weber State University will host the ninth annual National Debate Coaches Association national championship on April 12-15. The event will attract more than 500 visitors from the best high school debate programs in the United States. In addition, the Sun Country Forensics Institute, the largest and most prominent summer high school forensics camp in the Intermountain West, has agreed to rename itself “Sun Country Debate Institute at Weber State University.” All of its operations will relocate to Nearly 200 high school students are expected to visit campus for a minimum of two weeks.  

Communication majors document WSU’s 125th birthday

February 2014—Numerous Communication majors at Weber State University were involved in producing online content to document the university’s 125th birthday celebrated on Jan. 7 at 1:25 pm.  A balloon drop, cake based on the university map, live entertainment, and free stuff and discounts were among the featured activities. To check out the content visit www.wsusignpost.com or the YouTube channels for Studio 76 and The Signpost.

MPC student’s paper accepted into corporate communication conference

February 2014—Crystalee Webb Beck, a student in the Master of Professional Communication program, has received notice that her paper has been accepted into the Corporate Communication International Conference in Hong Kong. Beck’s paper titled “Perceptions of thanks in the workplace: use, effectiveness, and dark sides of managerial gratitude” is her master’s thesis supervised by Dr. Sheree Josephson and Dr. Susan Hafen. The conference will be held June 3-6 at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is held in association with “Corporate Communication,” an international journal. 

PR faculty member has paper accepted in marketing and health care conference

January 2014—Dr. Yeonsoo Kim, assistant professor in public relations and advertising, will present a paper titled “College Students’ Perception of CSR Programs in the United States and Puerto Rico” at the 2014 Association for Marketing and Health Care Research Conference. The conference will be held in Telluride, Colo., from Feb. 26 to March 1.  

Instructor to consult for 3D printing company at Consumer Electronics Show

January 2014—Communication instructor Drew Tyler and student Jeff Hawkes will attend the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from Jan 6-10. Both are attending as public relations representatives for the local 3D printing company WhiteClouds.com. They've both been working on the video and social media needs of the company. Tyler and Hawkes are part of a five-man team representing WhiteClouds for the week. They expect to do interviews with most of the major tech blogs.  Tyler is a media consultant while Hawkes is an assistant producer.  

Studio 76 to launch campus television station in Spring Semester

January 2014—Studio 76 will launch a 24/7 television station on the campus IPTV system during the first part of Spring Semester. The new channel will host original content from Studio 76 and other content created on campus. This new channel aims to both entertain and inform WSU students.

WSU Debate ranked No. 17 in country after first half of season

January 2014—The Weber State University Debate Team is ranked No. 17 in the nation after the first half of the season, according to varsity standings. WSU is emerging as a powerhouse in intercollegiate debate due in part to the outstanding showing the team had in Fall Semester, including having five different two-person teams clear to the elimination rounds in varsity divisions. “Students have spent their evenings and weekends preparing to compete and represent our university,” said Omar Guevara, director of forensics. Statistics for intercollegiate debate are calculated and updated weekly throughout the season at (https://www.tabroom.com/jbruschke/NDTChecker.php).

National Debate Coaches Association national championship, forensics camp coming to WSU

January 2014—Weber State University will host the ninth annual National Debate Coaches Association national championship on April 12-15. The event will attract more than 500 visitors from the best high school debate programs in the United States. In addition, the Sun Country Forensics Institute, the largest and most prominent summer high school forensics camp in the Intermountain West, has agreed to rename itself “Sun Country Debate Institute at Weber State University.” All of its operations will relocate to Nearly 200 high school students are expected to visit campus for a minimum of two weeks.  

Communication graduate among entertainers for WSU’s 125th celebration

January 2014—Ryan Shupe, a Communication graduate and former Signpost staffer, will provide entertainment at Weber State University’s 125th birthday party Tuesday. Everyone is invited to wear purple. The first celebration begins in the Shepherd Union Atrium at 7:30 a.m. with a 125-square-foot cake, $1.25 meal specials, and performers throughout the day. WSU Performing Arts groups and blues singer and WSU alum Ryan Shupe will be among the entertainers. The celebration culminates at 1:25 p.m. with a 12,500-balloon drop, confetti and plenty of cheering.  Faculty, staff and administrators will gather in the union ballrooms at 1 p.m. in order to walk down the building’s stairs together at 1:25. The anniversary celebration will continue at 5 p.m. at Weber State Downtown with the grand opening of the building’s Campus Store.

Communication graduate appointed governor’s communication director

January 2014—Marty Carpenter, a Communication graduate, has been appointed as Gov. Gary Herbert’s communication director. He has been working as the executive vice president of communication for the Salt Lake Chamber. Herbert called Carpenter a perfect fit for the position. “Marty benefits from a deep understanding of our goals as an administration and state, a strong relationship with the media, and he has proven to be a valuable member of our team before," Herbert said in a statement. Carpenter expressed excitement about working in the governor’s office. He previously worked as a TV newsperson in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Journalism graduate sells Michael Jordan’s ‘flu shoes’

January 2014—Preston Truman, the Utah Jazz ballboy who scored Michael Jordan’s Jordans after his famous Flu Game in the 1997 NBA Finals — sold the autographed black-and-red shoes for $104,765 at auction in December. Truman, a journalism graduate and former sports editor of The Signpost, kept the size 13 sneakers in a safety deposit box for the last 16 years. As for how he got his hands on them, Truman told ESPN that he had earned Jordan’s trust by securing his pregame meal of applesauce and graham crackers earlier in the season, and when Jordan’s Bulls visited the Delta Center that night for Game 5 of the Finals, Truman—who had the odd food pairing waiting for M.J.—worked up the nerve to ask Jordan if he could have his shoes after the game. Jordan, who wore a new pair of sneakers for every game during his career, obliged and even stopped the Bulls’ equipment manager from packing them away after he scored 38 points and led Chicago to a 90-88 win and a 3-2 advantage in the series.

MPC student hired as social media adviser for LDS Church

January 2014—Casey Mortensen, a student in the Master of Professional Communication program, has been hired as a social media advisor for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mortensen said, “This is a great promotion for me, and I know that the degree played a huge part in getting the job.”

Two Communication students, professor to give Ted Talk

January 2014—Two Communication students and professor are scheduled to give a Ted Talk. Mandi Barnes, who graduated in December in Public Relations and Advertising, and India Nielsen, a senior in Civic Advocacy, were invited to do a presentation to be posted on the popular site. Assistant Professor Sarah Steimel will also give a talk.

Recent graduate hired as reporter at Fox 13

January 2014—Kiersten Voorhees, a 2013 graduate in Electronic Media, has been hired as a reporter for KSTU Fox 13 in Salt Lake City. She worked for a short time as a multimedia reporter in Gulfport, Miss.

 

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