MPC student launches Delighted to Write blog?

August 2012—Crystalee Beck, a second-year student in the Master of Professional Communication program, has launched a blog about writing at In the blog titled Delighted to Write, Beck shares her enthusiasm for writing, communication, and social media as she celebrates the art of words. Her blog features also Saturday Spotlights with Q&A’s with professional writers. Beck hones here writing skills in her job at MarketStar where she works with words for some of the world’s most admired tech companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Schneider Electric, and Sony. Her blog is filled with helpful tidbits, grammar tips, marketing insights, publishing experiences, and more. She writes about writing.


Two MPC students present project management research in Ireland

July 2012—MPC students Cory Cunningham and Carrie McCloud presented their research paper, Overcoming the Computer-Mediated-Communication (CMC) “Hump” in Project Management Teams, at the Project Management Institute (PMI) Research and Education Conference 2012.  The international conference will take place at the University of Limerick – Limerick, Ireland, July 15-18, 2012. The research project applies social information processing theory and focuses on the extra time necessary to implement an online communication tool.  The research project was completed as an assignment for Dr. Sheree Josephson’s MPC 6700 Research Methods class.  Selections for the conference were made by blind peer-review. Cunningham and McCloud were honored with acceptance to the general track for a 45-minute presentation. 


MPC students create plan for a business to benefit local photographers

July 2012—A group of Communication master’s students have created a business plan to establish a photo studio space that semi-professional photographers in Northern Utah could rent as needed. The proposed business is called Blink Studios. The project, created in an MBA Entrepreneurship class, was featured on Weber State University’s website over the summer. A video about the proposed business can be viewed at The MPC students involved in the project are Zachary Williams, Cory Cunningham, Shelisa York, Carrie McCloud and Lori Bodily.    


Six master’s students to present research at national VisCom conference

June 2012—Six Master of Professional Communication students presented their research at VisCom 26 in Midway, Utah, in June. Carrie McCloud, Cory Cunningham and Donna Hernandez presented “If there were a project manager in fairy tale times.” Zachary Williams and Tamara Eppens presented “Consumer perceptions of the New Age of 3-D cinema: a survey of movie audience satisfaction” and Jordan Smith presented “Visual characteristics of billboard advertisements: a study of preferences. This work was produced in Sheree Josephson’s graduate-level research methods class.  


MPC student presents to National Orientation Directors Association

February 2012—MPC student Fran Hopkins, assistant director of admissions at WSU, presented “Are we hiring the right students? Surveys says..." at the region conference of the National Orientation Directors Association in Pueblo, Colo., in February 2012. The conference is for orientation professionals from colleges/universities in Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. Following that presentation, he was invited to talk at the NODA National Convention in November 2012. Additionally, Hopkins has shared the research with a number of different college leadership groups from Snow College and Utah State University. This work was mentored by Sheree Josephson.