News & Events 2019

May 2019

Congratulations to 105 students who are graduating this spring with master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in Communication. Graduating from Weber State University with a Communication degree is a major achievement.

For those of you not graduating, please let us know if you need help registering for either Summer Semester or Fall Semester. We are happy to help. Please contact your academic adviser. If you encounter any registration problems or can’t get into the classes you need, please contact Sare Gardner at saregardner1@weber.edu or Dr. Sheree Josephson at sjosephson@weber.edu.

This is the May edition of the monthly email to majors. At least once a month during the regular school year, we will email you to let you know about meetings of student organizations, guest speakers, important deadlines, opportunities, student and faculty achievements—and more. If you have information you’d like us to distribute, please email department chair Sheree Josephson at sjosephson@weber.edu.

What’s Happening

May

·        May 7: Summer Semester begins

Student News

88 students graduate with bachelor’s, associate’s degrees
Congratulations to the 81 students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and the seven students graduating with an associate’s degrees in Communication.

·        Civic Advocacy: Alex Dosier, Marin Tarbox

·        Digital Media:  Chloe Bloom, Matthew Child, Barbara Dille, Emily Eldredge, David Harris IV, Ryan      Hauser, 
        Daniel Hernandez, Shannon Hulet, Scott Jordan Jr., Ana Patricia Morales, Alec James Peters, Makenna Smith, Spencer Teramoto, Montana Thompson, Alyssa Vallejos, Marissa Wolford

·        Interpersonal & Family Communication: Kelly Bingham, Brooke Dahlberg, Kimberly Derrick, 
        Jamie Godfrey, Colin Hooten, Bianca Morales, Lincoln Merrill, Jaclynn Murphy, Sara Parker, Hannah Tuttle

·        Multimedia Journalism: Emilee Dawn Atkinson, Evan Brown, Harrison Epstein, Derrick Gainsforth, 
        Cameron Gifford, Jennifer Guzman, Christina Huerta, Raychel Johnson, John Keeffer, Colton Pack, Hillary Reilly, Joe Traub, Kelly Watkins, Kayla Winn

·        Organizational Communication: Raechel Clark, Brock Reed Embley, Marissa Hansen, Robert Hunsaker, Ryan David Lloyd, Lindsay Reed, Shelby Robinson, Lisa Rules

·        Public Relations & Advertising:  Jordyn Allred, Gregory Benson, Nicholas Cordon, Parker Crawford, Ryan Cross, Jessica Driggs, Trent Ferrin, Christie Fewkes, Isabella Gomes, Savannah Goodall, Madison Hardy, 
        Mitchell Hardy, Ashlee Hinds, Jared Kitchen, Kathryn Lintzenich, Stefany Marquez, Kara Mitchell,  Zachary Newhall, Amber Plant, Paige Robertson, Hector Rodriguez, Sidney Rogers, Timothy Romney, Madison          Samuels, Nicholas Sells, Morgan Stonehocker, Micah Van Sickle, Chloe Walker, Hollie Webster, Gerald Williams-Robinson, Charley Whitney

·        Associate’s: Nefi Alulema, Evan Brown, Juliette Cordero, Kristen Fidler, Aimee Rose Hoster, Ryan Marion, Rylie Porter

17 students graduate with Master of Professional Communication degree

Congratulations to the 17 students graduating with a master’s degree in Professional Communication. Graduates include Caitlin Anderson, Naomi Anson, Eric Bischoff, Lyndsay Carter, Dalan Hilton, Troy Hudson, Dayton Martindale, Lindsey Chisholm, Tawnie Moore, Eva Oseguera, Katrina Peek, John Pincock, Ryann Ramos, Eric Rigby, Heather Sachs, Amy Sather, and Areli Thomas.

Outstanding graduates in Communication honored

The outstanding graduates have been selected for the Department of Communication for the 2018-2019 academic year. They were honored at a ceremony on April 18.

·        Outstanding Academic Achievement: Noelle Roskelley Lee 

·        Civic Advocacy: Megan Kendell 

·        Digital Media: Emily Eldredge

·        Interpersonal & Family Communication: Jamie Spackman Godfrey 
·        Multimedia Journalism: Cameron Gifford 

·        Organizational Communication: Lindsay Reed 

·        Public Relations & Advertising: Kara Mitchell, Shaundra Rushton

·        Associate of Science in Communication: Ashton Corsetti 

·        Master of Professional Communication: Caitlin Anderson

Five students graduating with Honors in Communication

Five students are graduating with Honors in Communication. To graduate with Honors, students must earn a 3.75 GPA in the Communication major and have a 3.5 GPA overall. They must also present original research at a conference. They were honored at the awards ceremony on April 18. 

· Cameron Gifford: “A History of Violence: Video Games and the Media”

· Noelle Nicole Lee: “An Exploration of Workplace Romance Participant Perspectives”

· Elizabeth Wharton: “Best Practices of ESL Tutoring”

· Jamie Spackman: “Children's Toys and the Media”

· Barbara Dille: "Disability Just Is"

20 inducted into national honor society for Communication

Twenty Communication majors were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for Communication, in a ceremony on April 18. 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. The inductees include Jordyn A. Allred, Collins C. Blakely, Rebecca L. Brown, Barbara Rose Dille, Jessica N. Driggs, Mallory S. Gallegos, Elissa B. George, Devon A. Jennings, Lucy A. Kunzler, Tammy L. McCray, Kara Mitchell, Sara Catherine Parker, Paige L. Robertson, Alexa Sepulveda, Makenna Smith, Morgan M. Stonehocker, Ian M. Syme, Hannah Tuttle, Deborah L. Wilber, and Natalie Wilson. 

Weber State Debate wins numerous awards at CEDA tournament

Weber State Debate won numerous awards at the 2019 Cross Examination Debate Association National Debate Tournament, including the first place West Sweepstakes and the national award for public debate. Communication graduate Bianca Morales also was named the second-best speaker in the nation. In addition, students won a number of competitive and academic awards. They include:

· Bianca Morales, second-place speaker in the nation, becoming the first Chicana woman to achieve this honor (received four of eight perfect speaking scores)

· Bianca Morales and Hannah Phelps, double-octofinalists, 19th place

· Bianca Morales, National All-American Team

· Roey Sellouk, National Debate Scholar Magna Cum Laude, 3.5 GPA

· Zachary Baker, National Debate Scholar Cum Laude, 3.25 GPA

· Jordan Stephens, National Debate Scholar Cum Laude, 3.00 GPA

Speech Showcase to feature Top 5 speakers from Spring’s public speaking classes
The Department of Communication hosted the Spring 2019 Speech Showcase on Thursday, April 18, from 7-8 p.m. in the Eccles Lecture Hall in Elizabeth Hall Room 229. Five finalists delivered speeches and the other top speakers from Fall Semester’s sections of COMM 1020 Principles of Public Speaking were honored. Jennie Taylor, the widow of former North Ogden Mayor Major Brent Taylor who was killed in Afghanistan in 2018, accepted the Freedom through Rhetoric award on his behalf. Everyone is invited to attend. The finalists include: 

·        Brycen Whiteley – The Effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

·        Colten Clark – Our Responsibility: Protecting Natural Resources

·        Mallory Thomas – Self-Care: Not a Luxury, But a Priority

·        Cameron Clifford – Open the Door on Mental Health Issues

·        Cade Denton – Our Troops

The other top speakers included Jereniss Alcantar, Jasmin Balahadia, Briana Bassett, Donald Beard, Miranda Bolick Preston, Noah Bridge, Tyler Browning, Summer Garlick, Angela Mayerle, Jaxson Metcalfe, Catie McIntosh, Catherine Sanchez, Steven S. Sandoval, JC Sessions, Alexia Stanbridge, and Lyle Stewart. 

Wildcat Student Film Festival features lineup of student work

A number of student films were featured in the Wildcat Student Film Festival on April 12. The Film Festival also featured a number of high school films. It was sponsored by Studio 76, the Weber State Department of Communication, and Grounds for Coffee. The students with featured films included:

·        Chloe Bloom, Hope Lytle, Emily Eldredge: “Saturday Night” (COMM 4750)

·        Logan Gossett: “Family Documentary” (COMM 2250)

·        Shelby Robinson: “Off the Rails” (COMM 2250)

·        Marissa Wolford: “90-Second Passions” (COMM 4760)

·        Studio 76: “Extra Life” (Studio 76)

·        Cameron Till: “I’m Not Falling Asleep” (COMM 4750)

·        Tyler Peterson: “Utah Punx” (COMM 4500)

·        Chelsey Shuman and Studio 76: “Sad Vape Bois Trailer” (Studio 76)

·        Preston Miller: “Preston Miller VIP” (COMM 2250)

·        Emily Eldredge: “Balloons Music Video” (COMM 4750)

·        Jessika Clark: “Zet Interview” (COMM 2250)

·        Montana Thompson: “Stop Motion Tetris” (COMM 2250)

·        Alyssa Vallejos: “Tattoo and Temple” (COMM 4500)

·        Studio 76: “Schuylar on the Streets” (Studio 76)

·        Andrew Mott: “August Music Video” (COMM 4750)

·        Chloe Bloom, Hope Lytle, Emily Eldredge: “Confession” (COMM 4750)

·        Ryan Hauser: “Occlupanids Trailer” (COMM 4500)

·        Studio 76: “If the Shoe Fits” (Studio 76)

WSU debater gets full scholarship to Kansas State’s master’s program in Communication

Weber State debater Zachary Baker received a full tuition scholarship to Kansas State’s master’s program in Communication. This includes full funding for two years plus a $16,000 stipend per year. While not a Communication major, his experience in debate over the past year inspired him to pursue a degree in Communication. 

Graduate accepted into Western Oregon Law School

Communication graduate Trent Ferrin has been accepted into the University of Western Oregon Law School. He said talking about intellectual property rights in Dr. Sheree Josephson’s Communication Law class inspired him.

Interpersonal & Family Comm student hired by VASA Fitness to implement training ideas

Kimberly Derrick, an Interpersonal & Family Communication major, completed her internship at VASA Fitness Center, where she worked part time to create a new employee training program binder. She has now been offered a full-time position working with corporate to implement her training ideas throughout the company.

Announcements

Summer 2019 grants and scholarships are available

The federal government has reinstated Pell grants for Summer Semester, providing about $3,000 for students who qualify for a full grant. In addition, Weber State University has set aside limited scholarship funds for students attending full time (12 or more credit hours). There is also some funding for students enrolled part time (at least six credit hours). WSU will award these scholarship funds to qualified students in the order students complete the summer interest form. Students can indicate their interest in scholarship funds by going to weber.edu/summer then clicking on the link “Qualify for Summer Aid” and completing the summer interest form. Students seeking Pell grant funds should also fill out the summer interest form and register for the classes they plan to take Summer Semester.

Multimedia Journalism opportunity: Two classes, one time

Multimedia journalism majors who need COMM 3130 News Reporting and Writing and COMM 3780 Broadcast News Writing and Production will have the chance this fall to kill two requirements with one timeslot. Both classes will be offered Mondays 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. and will be team-taught by Assistant Professor Jean Norman and university spokeswoman and former television journalist Allison Hess. It is an experiment to encourage the creation of multimedia news packages, and students who choose the option to take them both at the same time will need an override to complete their registration. Students who need just one or the other may still register for a single class. Students requesting an override should email department administrator Sareah Gardner (sgardner1@weber.edu) or Assistant Professor Jean Norman (jeannorman@weber.edu) and include their W number in the email. Those with questions about the class can email Norman or Allison Hess (ahess@weber.edu).

Organizational Communication Audits & Consulting offered in Fall

A Special Topics class (COMM 4500) called Organizational Communication Audits & Consulting will be offered Fall Semester on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. taught by Dr. Michael Ault. Management consulting is a $250 billion industry and is growing quickly. The purpose of this course is to explore how to conduct Organizational Communication assessment and consulting methodologies. The class will cover the main positions of assessment strategies in the field of Organizational Communication. Some of the main topics included in this course represent the methods of organizational assessment, contemporary means of conducting assessments and case studies. The class can count toward the Organizational Communication emphasis or may be used as an elective in other emphasis areas. See your academic adviser to learn where this class may count.

Classes part of new associate’s in Workplace Communication to be offered in Fall

The Communication Department will offer two courses in Fall Semester that are part of the new associate’s degree in Workplace Communication & Writing. Writing for Workplace Communication (COMM 1140) is a required writing course for the new degree. It can also be substituted for Media Writing (COMM 1130) for students in the Organization Communication and Interpersonal & Family Communication emphases. Communication in Professional Settings (COMM 2550) will provide an introduction to theories and research in organizational communication and public relations. It will be offered online. The classes are part of the new interdisciplinary associate’s degree offered by the departments of Communication and English. These classes may also be used to fulfill requirements for the Associate of Science in Communication degree as well as the department's bachelor's degrees.

Tips on registering if you want to do an internship in the summer

If you are planning to do an internship in the summer but not taking any other classes, you can avoid paying for those 3 credits just for summer registration by enrolling in COMM 4890 in the Spring. That will give you access to the Canvas course. You will receive an Incomplete at the end of Spring semester, which will not affect your GPA, but you have a year to complete your online internship assignments. You can NOT do an internship in the summer, but enroll in COMM 4890 in the Fall.

Faculty Achievements

Public relations professor named Master Teacher at Crystal Crest

Dr. Nicola Corbin, a professor of Public Relations & Advertising, was named this year's "Master Teacher" at Crystal Crest. The award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated scholarly excellence, dynamic teaching style, availability to students and high quality interaction with students, and who has enhanced the learning environment at WSU in the past year. Amy Crosbie, senior associate athletic director and a graduate of the Master of Professional Communication program, was named "Friend of Student." Communication graduate and 2News reporter Morgan Briesmaster Saxton was the emcee for the program.  

Assistant professor named co-adviser to community research team for CCEL

Dr. Bobbi Van Gilder was named a co-adviser to the community research team at the Center for Community Engaged Learning at WSU. Dr. Alexander Lancaster holds this same position.  

Professor publishes article on ‘Young Love at Work’

Dr. Hailey Gillen has co-authored "Young Love at Work: Perceived Effects of Workplace Romance among Millennial Generation Organizational Members," an article published in The Journal of Psychology Interdisciplinary and Applied. 

Public relations professor to present paper at international conference

Leslie Howerton, faculty member in Public Relations & Advertising, has been selected to present a paper at the International Association for Media and Communication Research in July in Madrid. Her paper is titled “Family Planning in Global Health Governance: A Political Economy Analysis of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Campaign for Contraception in Developing Nations.” It was accepted by the Heath Communication and Change/Communication and HIV and AIDS Working Group.  

Interim director of forensics named Critic of the Year in Western Region

Ryan Wash, interim director of forensics, was ranked as the top adjudicator for the Western Region of the Cross-Examination Debate Association. This honor means fellow coaches and students believed Wash’s feedback after debates was insightful, educational and entertaining. It also reflects that he was the most preferred judge. As a result, Wash judged the final round of CEDA Nationals, a privilege bestowed to the top-ranked judges in the nation. 

Department chair to present introduction for ‘Handbook of Visual Communication’

Dr. Sheree Josephson, chair of the Department of Communication, will present “The Visual Age” at the national conference VisCom 33 in Mammoth Lake, California, in June. The presentation is part of the introduction for the second edition of the “Handbook of Visual Communication,” which Josephson is editing for Routledge. The book is expected to be published in 2020. 

April 2019

It’s a busy time of year with graduation festivities and registration for Summer and Fall semesters. If you’re a continuing student in need of academic advisement, drop-in advising will be held on April 8 from 9 a.m. to noon and on April 9 from 9-10 a.m. in Room 332 with Dr. Sheree Josephson, chair of the Department of Communication. You are welcome to show up without an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment with your academic adviser. If you encounter any registration problems or can’t get into the classes you need, please contact your academic adviser or Sare Gardner at sgardner1@weber.edu.

This is the April edition of the monthly email to majors. At least once a month during the regular school year, we will email you to let you know about meetings of student organizations, guest speakers, important deadlines, opportunities, student and faculty achievements—and more. If you have information you’d like us to distribute, please email department chair Sheree Josephson at sjosephson@weber.edu.

What’s Happening

April

· April 1: Summer Registration opens

· April 4: Opportunity to meet international journalists, 10:30 a.m., EH 304

· April 8: Fall Registration opens

· April 8: Drop-in academic advising with chair, 9 a.m.-noon, EH 332

· April 9: Drop-in academic advising with chair, 9-10 a.m., EH 332

· April 18: Speech Showcase, 7 p.m., EH 229

· April 18: Communication awards ceremony, LPH induction by invitation

· April 26: Graduation

Student News

75 students graduate with bachelor’s, associate’s degrees
Congratulations to the 70 students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and the five students graduating with an associate’s degrees in Communication.

· Civic Advocacy: Alex Dosier

· Digital Media:  Chloe Bloom, Matthew Child, Barbara Dille, David Harris IV, Ryan Hauser,
Daniel Hernandez, Shannon Hulet, Scott Jordan Jr., Emily McKay, Makenna Smith, Montana Thompson, Alyssa Vallejos, Marissa Wolford

· Interpersonal & Family Communication: Kelly Bingham, Brooke Dahlberg, Kimberly Derrick,
Jamie Godfrey, Colin Hooten, Bianca Morales, Jaclynn Murphy, Sara Parker, Hannah Tuttle

· Multimedia Journalism: Evan Brown, Brock Embley, Harrison Epstein, Derrick Gainsforth,
Cameron Gifford, Raychel Johnson, John Keeffer, Colton Pack, Hillary Reilly, Joe Traub, Kayla Winn

· Organizational Communication: Raechel Clark, Marissa Hansen, Robert Hunsaker, Ana Morales,
Lindsay Reed, Shelby Robinson, Lisa Rules, Spencer Teramoto

· Public Relations & Advertising:  Gregory Benson, Nicholas Cordon, Parker Crawford, Ryan Cross, Jessica Driggs, Trent Ferrin, Christie Fewkes, Isabella Gomes, Savannah Goodall, Madison Hardy,
Mitchell Hardy, Ashlee Hinds, Jared Kitchen, Kathryn Lintzenich, Stefany Marquez, Kara Mitchell,  Zachary Newhall, Amber Plant, Paige Robertson, Sidney Rogers, Timothy Romney, Madison Samuels, Nicholas Sells, Morgan Stonehocker, Micah Van Sickle, Chloe Walker, Charley Whitney,
Gerald Williams-Robinson

· Associate’s: Nefi Alulema, Evan Brown, Juliette Cordero, Kristen Fidler, Ryan Marion

17 students graduate with Master of Professional Communication degree

Congratulations to the 17 students graduating with a master’s degree in Professional Communication. Graduates include Caitlin Anderson, Naomi Anson, Eric Bischoff, Lyndsay Carter, Dalan Hilton, Troy Hudson, Dayton Martindale, Lindsey Chisholm, Tawnie Moore, Eva Oseguera, Katrina Peek, John Pincock, Ryann Ramos, Eric Rigby, Heather Sachs, Amy Sather, and Areli Thomas.

Outstanding graduates in Communication to be honored

The outstanding graduates have been selected for the Department of Communication for the 2018-2019 academic year. They will be honored at a ceremony on April 18.

· Outstanding Academic Achievement: Noelle Roskelley Lee 

· Civic Advocacy: Megan Kendell 

· Digital Media: Emily Eldredge

· Interpersonal & Family Communication: Jamie Spackman Godfrey 

· Multimedia Journalism: Cameron Gifford 

· Organizational Communication: Lindsay Reed 

· Public Relations & Advertising: Kara Mitchell, Shaundra Rushton

· Associate of Science in Communication: Ashton Corsetti 

· Master of Professional Communication: Caitlin Anderson

Five students to graduate with Honors in Communication

Five students will graduate with Honors in Communication. To graduate with Honors, students must earn a 3.75 GPA in the Communication major and have a 3.5 GPA overall. They must also present original research at a conference. They will be honored at the awards ceremony on April 18. 

· Cameron Gifford: “A History of Violence: Video Games and the Media”

· Noelle Nicole Lee: “An Exploration of Workplace Romance Participant Perspectives”

· Elizabeth Wharton: “Best Practices of ESL Tutoring”

· Jamie Spackman: “Children's Toys and the Media”

· Barbara Dille: "Disability Just Is"

20 to be inducted into national honor society for Communication

Twenty Communication majors will be inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for Communication, in a ceremony on April 18. 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. The inductees include Jordyn A. Allred, Collins C. Blakely, Rebecca L. Brown, Barbara Rose Dille, Jessica N. Driggs, Mallory S. Gallegos, Elissa B. George, Devon A. Jennings, Lucy A. Kunzler, Tammy L. McCray, Kara Mitchell, Sara Catherine Parker, Paige L. Robertson, Alexa Sepulveda, Makenna Smith, Morgan M. Stonehocker, Ian M. Syme, Hannah Tuttle, Deborah L. Wilber, and Natalie Wilson. 

The Signpost names editor-in-chief and other leaders for next year

The Signpost has selected its student leaders for the 2019-20 school year. Victoria Waltz, a multimedia journalism major who plans to graduate in spring 2020, will serve as editor-in-chief. Supporting her will be Jennifer Greenlee, news editor; Ashlynd Greenwood, assistant news editor; Danya Gil, diversity editor; Alyson Johnson, arts & entertainment editor; Brandon May, sports editor; Raymond Lucas, assistant sports editor; Sierra Hawkins, copy desk chief; Bella Torres, photo editor; and Aubree Eckhardt, graphics editor. The Signpost is taking applications for reporters, photographers and other positions for Summer and Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Find the application at signpost.mywebermedia.com by clicking on the About Us link.

MPC student elected graduate student senator

MPC student Cydnee Green was elected as the graduate student senator in the Weber State University Student Association elections. Her platform centered on increasing undergraduate recruitment for graduate programs and the creation of virtual town halls, allowing graduate students a place to voice their concerns outside of the usual meetings, which can be difficult for graduate students to attend. Green also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communication.

Two Communication majors have research published in Ergo

Two Communication students had papers published by Ergo, WSU’s undergraduate research journal. Rebecca Bagget Brown’s paper is titled “Pocahontas and Semiotics: An Explanation of Semiotics using Disney’s 1995 Film Pocahontas,” and Makenna Dillingham’s paper is titled “Two Weeks’ Notice: A Face Negotiation Theory Analysis.”

Interpersonal & Family student’s internship interview lands her job

Brooke Dahlberg, an Interpersonal & Family Communication major, approached The Bridal Shop to ask if it would consider offering an internship, which was her dream. The Bridal Shop was so impressed with her internship interview that she was hired for a job on the spot. Her employer wrote, “Brook is extremely teachable, fun, caring, and smart.”

Announcements

Speech Showcase to feature Top 5 speakers from Fall’s public speaking classes
The Department of Communication will host the Spring 2019 Speech Showcase on Thursday, April 18, from 7-8 p.m. in the Eccles Lecture Hall in Elizabeth Hall Room 229. Five finalists will deliver speeches and the other top speakers from Fall Semester’s sections of COMM 1020 Principles of Public Speaking will be honored. Jennie Taylor, the widow of former North Ogden Mayor Major Brent Taylor who was killed in Afghanistan in 2018, will accept the Freedom through Rhetoric award on his behalf. Everyone is invited to attend. 

Multimedia Journalism opportunity: Two classes, one time

Multimedia journalism majors who need COMM 3130 News Reporting and Writing and COMM 3780 Broadcast News Writing and Production will have the chance this fall to kill two requirements with one timeslot. Both classes will be offered Mondays 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. and will be team-taught by Assistant Professor Jean Norman and university spokeswoman and former television journalist Allison Hess. It is an experiment to encourage the creation of multimedia news packages, and students who choose the option to take them both at the same time will need an override to complete their registration. Students who need just one or the other may still register for a single class. Students requesting an override should email department administrator Sareah Gardner (sgardner1@weber.edu) or Assistant Professor Jean Norman (jeannorman@weber.edu) and include their W number in the email. Those with questions about the class can email Norman or Allison Hess (ahess@weber.edu).

Opportunity to meet international journalists on April 4

Six international journalists—from Afghanistan, Israel, Botswana, Paraguay, Senegal and Luxembourg—will visit Weber State on Thursday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. in EH 304 through the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. It's a State Department program that encourages citizen diplomacy. The State Department is interested in allowing these journalists to continue mentoring students through email. If you are interested in this opportunity, please come and meet our guests personally. The journalists are Ahmad Haris Jamalzada of Afghanistan, executive producer at Khurshid TV; Seneo K. B. N. Setilo of Botswana, news reporter, Gabz FM radio station; Eman Safady of Israel, journalist for Arab Society Affairs and Minorities, Israeli Army radio station; Thomas Ruedell of Luxembourg, journalist at Luxemburger Wort and wort.lu; Luis Alberto Carassale Ayala of Paraguay, news director of Telefuturo channel; Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba Ndao of Senegal, consultant of web marketing and digital issues for the Western Communication Co.

Organizational Communication Audits & Consulting offered in Fall

A Special Topics class (COMM 4500) called Organizational Communication Audits & Consulting will be offered Fall Semester on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. taught by Dr. Michael Ault. Management consulting is a $250 billion industry and is growing quickly. The purpose of this course is to explore how to conduct Organizational Communication assessment and consulting methodologies. The class will cover the main positions of assessment strategies in the field of Organizational Communication. Some of the main topics included in this course represent the methods of organizational assessment, contemporary means of conducting assessments and case studies. The class can count toward the Organizational Communication emphasis or may be used as an elective in other emphasis areas. See your academic adviser to learn where this class may count.

Classes part of new associate’s in Workplace Communication to be offered in Fall

The Communication Department will offer two courses in Fall Semester that are part of the new associate’s degree in Workplace Communication & Writing. Writing for Workplace Communication (COMM 1140) is a required writing course for the new degree. It can also be substituted for Media Writing (COMM 1130) for students in the Organization Communication and Interpersonal & Family Communication emphases. Communication in Professional Settings (COMM 2550) will provide an introduction to theories and research in organizational communication and public relations. It will be offered online. The classes are part of the new interdisciplinary associate’s degree offered by the departments of Communication and English. These classes may also be used to fulfill requirements for the Associate of Science in Communication degree as well as the department's bachelor's degrees.

Advisory Board named for Communication Department

The Advisory Board for Communication has been named for the 2019-2020 year. The members include:

· Morgan Breismaster Saxton: news reporter for KUTV (Comm alum)

· Cody Craynor: senior strategic analysis manager for the Public Affairs Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Comm alum)

· Chanel Flores: aerospace and IT cluster director for the Utah Governor’s Office (Comm alum)

· Marci Gibbons: Utah Film Commission

· Kylee Hallows: business owner of Lavender Vinyl and the Lav Kitchen (Comm alum)

· Jeff Hawkes: director of channel development for Mingle Health (Comm alum)

· Colleen Henstra: program manager for equity, diversity, and inclusion at the IRS (MPC alum)

· John Kowalewski: executive director of Marketing & Communications, WSU

· Luis Lopez: director of Continuing Education programs, WSU

· Dillon Olsen: associate attorney at HATCH law firm (Comm alum)

· Virginia Pearce: director of the Utah Film Commission

· Lisa Roskelley: WSU adjunct professor, former communications director for Utah governor (Comm alum)  

· Michael Shackelford: debate coach at Rowland High School (Comm alum)

· Dave Smith: managing partner and president at  Penna Powers PR firm (Comm alum)

· Brooks Stevenson: assistant vice president, Intermountain Healthcare, WSU adjunct professor (Comm and MPC alum)   

The Signpost history documented in exhibit in WSU library

Weber State University’s latest exhibit is about The Signpost, WSU’s student news organization. The exhibit will be displayed on the first floor of the library until April 30. 

Tips on registering if you want to do an internship in the summer

If you are planning to do an internship in the summer but not taking any other classes, you can avoid paying for those 3 credits just for summer registration by enrolling in COMM 4890 in the Spring. That will give you access to the Canvas course. You will receive an Incomplete at the end of Spring semester, which will not affect your GPA, but you have a year to complete your online internship assignments. You can NOT do an internship in the summer, but enroll in COMM 4890 in the Fall.

Faculty Achievements

Professor publishes article on ‘Young Love at Work’

Dr. Hailey Gillen has co-authored "Young Love at Work: Perceived Effects of Workplace Romance among Millennial Generation Organizational Members," an article published in The Journal of Psychology Interdisciplinary and Applied. 

Public relations professor to present paper at international conference

Leslie Howerton, faculty member in Public Relations & Advertising, has been selected to present a paper at the International Association for Media and Communication Research in July in Madrid. Her paper is titled “Family Planning in Global Health Governance: A Political Economy Analysis of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Campaign for Contraception in Developing Nations.” It was accepted by the Heath Communication and Change/Communication and HIV and AIDS Working Group.  

Interim director of debate receives community advocate award

Ryan Wash, interim director of forensics, was named the recipient of the John A. Jacobsohn Community Advocate Award at the Junior Varsity Championship held at West Virginia University.

Department chair to present introduction for ‘Handbook of Visual Communication’

Dr. Sheree Josephson, chair of the Department of Communication, will present “The Visual Age” at the national conference VisCom 33 in Mammoth Lake, California, in June. The presentation is part of the introduction for the second edition of the “Handbook of Visual Communication,” which Josephson is editing for Routledge. The book is expected to be published in 2020.

Faculty to be recognized at WSU Symposium Teaching and Learning Celebration

Several Communication faculty members will be recognized April 2 at the Faculty Symposium Teaching and Learning Celebration while others will present research.

· Dr. Sarah Steimel is a recipient of the Presidential Excellence in Teaching Award.

· Dr. Jean Norman is a recipient of a Presidential Innovative Teaching Grant. 

· Dr. Colleen Packer is a recipient of a George and Beth Lowe Teaching Innovation Grant: "Oh My Heck! Learning with Tech:  Promoting Digital Literacy and Student Success through Emerging Technologies."

· Norman and Packer will participate in a poster session highlighting their innovative teaching projects.

· Dr. Anne Bialowas and Steimel will present research titled "#Less is More: Use of Video to Address the Problem of Teacher Immediacy and Presence in Online Courses."

· Packer will present a Great Idea For Teaching (GIFT) focused on "Options for Organizing: Teaching Organization and Outlining through Engaged Teaching Strategies."

· Steimel will also give the keynote address at the Faculty Symposium Awards Luncheon.   

March 2019

March is the month to check your inbox or mailbox to see if you have been invited to join Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for Communication students. It is also time to start planning for Summer and Fall registration.  

This is the March edition of the monthly email to majors. At least once a month during the regular school year, we will email you to let you know about meetings of student organizations, guest speakers, important deadlines, opportunities, student and faculty achievements—and more. If you have information you’d like us to distribute, please email department chair Sheree Josephson at sjosephson@weber.edu.

What’s Happening

March

· March 12: James Foley movie, 6:30 p.m., Weber County Main Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave. (see below)

· March 14: PlayStation lawyer/VP, 5:30 p.m., EH 307 (see below)

· March 15: PlayStation lawyer/VP, 5:30 p.m., EH 307 (see below)

· March 19: Deseret News recruiting, noon-1 p.m., SUB 307 (see below)

· March 21: CIA recruiting, noon-1 p.m., EH 229 (see below)

· March 22: Deadline to join Lambda Pi Eta (see below)

· March 27: Summer Job Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Shepherd Union Atrium

· March 31: PRSSA meeting, 6:30 p.m., Jason Carlton, communication manager for Intermountain Medical Center., EH 407

April

· April 1: Summer Registration opens

· April 8: Fall Registration opens

· April 8: Drop-in academic advising with chair, 9 a.m.-noon, EH 332

· April 9: Drop-in academic advising with chair, 9-10 a.m., EH 332

· April 18: Speech Showcase, 7 p.m., EH 229

· April 18: Communication awards ceremony, LPH induction by invitation

· April 26: Graduation

Student News

Students earn new Focus Group Facilitation Certificate

Ten Communication students earned a new Focus Group Facilitation Certificate after being trained in focus group facilitation in COMM 3060 Listening & Interviewing and COMM 3100 Small Group Facilitation & Leadership. They facilitated two focus groups for two clients, providing them with formal focus group reports. The students who earned the certificate include Bianca Morales, Kelly Bingham, Brock Embley, Samantha Facer, Ryan Lloyd, Rebecca Wilde, Maranda Nickell, Todd Stapley, Isabella Williams and Jaclynn Murphy.

Two Comm students to present undergraduate research at WSU Symposium

Two Communication majors will present research projects at the Weber State University Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 25. Rebecca Brown, a Civic Advocacy major, will present "Pocahontas and semiotics: An explanation of semiotics using Disney’s 1995 film ‘Pocahontas.’" Her mentor is Dr. Sarah Steimel. Jamie Spackman, an Interpersonal & Family Communication major, will present "Children's toys and the media." Her mentor is Dr. Michael Ault.

Two Weber State Debate teams qualify for National Debate Tournament

Two Weber State Debate teams qualified for the 73rd National Debate Tournament March 22-26 at the University of Minnesota. The team of Bianca Morales and Hannah Phelps and the team of Zachery Thiede and Zachary Baker made the cut. Only 78 teams are invited. This is the first time for each of these students to qualify for the tournament. Morales is a senior majoring in Communication while Phelps is a freshman majoring in Communication. Zach Baker, a history major, and Zach Thiede, a double major in history and philosophy, have been with WSU Debate for two years.

Announcements

Top Communication students invited to join national honor society

Junior and senior Communication majors with high GPAs will receive invitations this week to join Lambda Pi Eta, the national honor society for Communication students. To be eligible students must (1) complete 60 semester credit hours, (2) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 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. Invitations will be extended via postal mail and campus email. If you quality, but do not receive your invitation by March 15, please contact Dr. Sheree Josephson at sjosephson@weber.edu to check your eligibility. Qualifying students will be honored at the department’s end-of-year event. The deadline to join is March 22.

Organizational Communication Audits & Consulting offered in Fall

A Special Topics class (COMM 4500) called Organizational Communication Audits & Consulting will be offered Fall Semester on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. taught by Dr. Michael Ault. Management consulting is a $250 billion industry and is growing quickly. The purpose of this course is to explore how to conduct Organizational Communication assessment and consulting methodologies. The class will cover the main positions of assessment strategies in the field of Organizational Communication. Some of the main topics included in this course represent the methods of organizational assessment, contemporary means of conducting assessments and case studies. The class can count toward the Organizational Communication emphasis or may be used as an elective in other emphasis areas. See your academic adviser to learn where this class may count.

PlayStation VP/lawyer, former WSU debater, to make two presentations

Anthony Justman, vice president and deputy general counsel for Sony Interactive Entertainment, will speak to Communication students Thursday and Friday. Justman leads a team of more than 50 lawyers and staff that deliver legal support for PlayStation businesses in North and South America. On Thursday, his presentation will be at 5:30 p.m. in Room 307 of Elizabeth Hall. On Friday, his presentation will be at 10:30 a.m. in Room 229 of Elizabeth Hall. All students are invited to attend. Some classes are offering extra credit. Justman’s team advises all the key functions of PlayStation business activities in the Americas by providing strategic and operational legal advice, negotiating contracts, and working closely with other corporate functions, such as Human Resources, Finance, Corporate Communications and Security, to protect Sony Interactive Entertainment from legal, regulatory and public relations risks. While leading, managing and building this team, Justman works closely with Sony Interactive senior leadership to enable the business and protect the company from a myriad of risks and challenges. Prior to joining Sony Interactive Entertainment, Justman received his bachelor of science degree in political science and oral communications from Weber State University and his law degree from Stanford University School of Law. He worked for a federal appeals court judge immediately after law school and then spent more than a decade in private law firm practice in the San Francisco Bay area, specializing in intellectual property and advertising law litigation and counseling. Justman joined Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2007 after a three-year stint running his own company.

Classes part of new associate’s in Workplace Communication to be offered in Fall

The Communication Department will offer two courses in Fall Semester that are part of the new associate’s degree in Workplace Communication & Writing. Writing for Workplace Communication (COMM 1140) is a required writing course for the new degree. It can also be substituted for Media Writing (COMM 1130) for students in the Organization Communication and Interpersonal & Family Communication emphases. Communication in Professional Settings (COMM 2550) will provide an introduction to theories and research in organizational communication and public relations. It will be offered online. The classes are part of the new interdisciplinary associate’s degree offered by the departments of Communication and English. These classes may also be used to fulfill requirements for the Associate of Science in Communication degree as well as the department's bachelor's degrees.

Movie about the American journalist killed by ISIS to be shown tonight

The movie “Jim: The James Foley Story” will be shown Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Weber County Main Library 2464 Jefferson Ave. The movie takes an in-depth look at the life and work of the American journalist who was killed by ISIS terrorists in 2014. A panel discussion will follow the screening with alum Jessica Miller, who won a Pulitzer Prize at the Salt Lake Tribune. She will be joined by Clare Morgana Gillis, a correspondent who worked with Foley, and Tom Durkin, program director of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. The movie is free.

Important information on financial aid, scholarships from college
Nearly every student in the College of Arts & Humanities receives a scholarship or another form of tuition assistance. The college offers more than 200 scholarships to students totaling nearly $2 million in tuition. Scholarships are available by major, interest, need or even a desire to study abroad.
Steps to qualify 
1. Complete the free application for federal student aid. For the first time since the start of the program, you can use your tax returns from the previous year. The FAFSA priority deadline is April 1.  
2. Finish the university financial aid/scholarship application. 
3. Complete the Specialized Scholarship Application. 
Still have questions? Please visit or contact the university's scholarship office at 801-626-7569 or by email at finaid@weber.edu or scholarship@weber.edu.

Signpost history documented in exhibit in WSU library

Weber State University’s latest exhibit is about The Signpost, WSU’s student news organization. The exhibit will be displayed on the first floor of the library until April 30. 

CIA looking to recruit Communication students for jobs, internships

The CIA is coming to campus on March 21 from noon to 1 p.m. in EH 229 to specifically recruit students from Communication for jobs and internships. Positions the CIA is hiring for include editor/publications officer, graphic designer, interactive designer, or intern. After the information session, recruiters will meet with students and/or faculty for 20-minute one-on-one discussions to look at portfolio pieces and answer questions. See www.cia.gov/careers for more information.

Deseret News to hold information session about internships

The Deseret News will hold an information session on Tuesday, March 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building, Room 320, that will focus on discussing opportunities available in the digital and print news broadcasting industry. Every year, the Deseret News hires 20-25 interns who get real-world experience being published through the many affiliations of the Deseret News. Free pizza will be provided.

Tips on registering if you want to do an internship in the summer

If you are planning to do an internship in the summer but not taking any other classes, you can avoid paying for those 3 credits just for summer registration by enrolling in COMM 4890 in the Spring. That will give you access to the Canvas course. You will receive an Incomplete at the end of Spring semester, which will not affect your GPA, but you have a year to complete your online internship assignments. You can NOT do an internship in the summer, but enroll in COMM 4890 in the Fall.

Faculty Achievements

Professor presents daylong workshop on human-animal communication

Dr. Susan Hafen co-presented a daylong workshop on human-animal communication at Western States Communication Association in Seattle, during which participants outlined a new undergraduate textbook on human-animal/internatural communication.  

Communication Department internship director presents session

At the Weber State University Internship Conference on March 15, Dr. Susan Hafen presented a session on internship ePortfolios and reflection.

Adjunct faculty member to present, perform panel at Communication conference

Dr. Stephanie Heath, an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication, will present and perform in a themed panel sponsored by the Performance Studies Division this April at the Southern States Communication Association Conference in Montgomery, Alabama. The panel is titled: Got Milk? Exploring the Intersections of Milk Consumption and Performance. Heath’s paper is titled: (Object)ive: Lactation. 

Public Relations professor elected to Weber State’s Faculty Senate

Dr. Nicola Corbin, a faculty member in Public Relations & Advertising, has been elected to the Faculty Senate at Weber State University. Other faculty members from the College of Arts & Humanities who were newly elected are Dianna Huxhold and Joshua Winegar, both of the Department of Visual Arts & Design.

February 2019

February means it’s time for graduating seniors to apply for Graduation. Even if you are not a senior, you may meet the requirements for the Associate of Science in Communication. This helps you to lock in your General Education requirements and get a degree you can list on your resume now. If you’d like to graduate with your associate’s degree, please email one of the college’s General Education advisers before Feb. 16: ddmurphy@weber.edu, triciacook1@weber.edu. Advisers may be able to substitute several classes to help you meet this requirement.     

This is the February edition of the monthly email to majors. At least once a month during the regular school year, we will email you to let you know about meetings of student organizations, guest speakers, important deadlines, opportunities, student and faculty achievements—and more. If you have information you’d like us to distribute, please email department chair Sheree Josephson at sjosephson@weber.edu.

What’s Happening

February

· Feb. 16: Deadline for Graduation signoff.

· Feb. 18: Presidents Day. No class.

March

· March 4-8. Spring Break. No class.

April

· April 25: Graduation.

Student News

Communication Theory student wins Top 4 student paper in conference

A Communication student’s submission accepted in the Western States Communication Association’s Undergraduate Student Research Conference has been named a Top 4 student paper. Caleb Marshall, a student in Dr. Stephanie Gomez’s Communication Theory class in Fall 2018, wrote "The Pursuit of Captivity: A Marxist Analysis of The Walking Dead." It was selected for this recognition from more than 100 submissions. Marshall is a Communication minor with an English major. He will receive the award at a luncheon on Feb. 24 in Seattle.

Weber State debaters racking up wins, honors at tournaments

Weber State debaters have been racking up wins and honors at recent tournaments. The team of Zachary Baker and Zachery Thiede has been invited to the Brick City Round Robin at Rutgers University Newark. An invitation to this tournament means that WSU is recognized as one of the Top 20 competitively successful programs in the nation. The team of Jordan Stephens and Roey Sellouk won the junior varsity division of the 2019 Winter at the Beach Debate Tournament hosted by California State University at Long Beach. Jordan was also awarded the second overall speaker of the tournament and Roey was awarded the fifth. In addition, Communication major Bianca Morales was awarded the eighth overall speaker of the varsity division. Weber State debaters competed at a tournament at Northwestern last weekend. Watch for results. 

Announcements

Signpost history documented in exhibit in WSU library

Weber State University’s latest exhibit is about The Signpost, WSU’s student news organization. The exhibit will be displayed on the first floor of the library until April 30. 

CIA looking to recruit Communication students for jobs, internships

The CIA is coming to campus on March 21 to specifically recruit students from Communication for jobs and internships. Positions the CIA is hiring for include editor/publications officer, graphic designer, interactive designer, or intern. Watch for more information about a location and time. See www.cia.gov/careers for more information.

Utah Symphony-Utah Opera visiting campus to recruit summer interns

The Utah Symphony-Utah Opera will visit campus on Friday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m. in the Browning Center Room 136 to provide information on summer internships. The panelists will include Melissa Robison, front of house director; Kyleene Johnson, symphony education manager; Alina Osika, development operations manager;
Heather Weinstock, manager of special events and donor relations; Ali Snow, executive assistant to the COO and general office manager; and Chelsea Kauffman, annual fund coordinator.  

Tips on registering if you want to do an internship in the summer

If you are planning to do an internship in the summer but not taking any other classes, you can avoid paying for those 3 credits just for summer registration by enrolling in COMM 4890 in the Spring. That will give you access to the Canvas course. You will receive an Incomplete at the end of Spring semester, which will not affect your GPA, but you have a year to complete your online internship assignments. You can NOT do an internship in the summer, but enroll in COMM 4890 in the Fall.

Alumni Accomplishments

Public Relations & Advertising graduate publishes piece in New York Times

Alum Shaquille Heath, a 2015 graduate in Public Relations & Advertising, had a piece published in the New York Times in January about being black in America. Heath is currently the communications associate at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco where she leads media relations and strategy for the museum's exhibitions and special programs on a national and local level. Previously, she was the senior account executive at Cutline Communications, where she oversaw press outreach on behalf of tech companies in Silicon Valley. Her article can be accessed at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/style/the-talk-being-black-in-america.html.

Graduate is marketing and social media specialist for Shepherd Union Building

Haille van Patten, who graduated with a bachelor’s in Communication in 2017, is the marketing and social media specialist for Weber State’s Shepherd Union. Van Patten previously served as the digital marketing aide and assistant coordinator for Weber State’s Global Education Opportunity program. She is in her second year of service on WSU’s Young Alumni Council. She lives in Roy. 

Former Weber State development director working for Type A Inc.

Morgan Bruderer, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2014 in Interpersonal & Family Communication, works from home for Type A Inc. She previously worked as the development director for WSU’s College of Health Professions and the College of Arts & Humanities. She and her husband, Joseph Bruderer, live in Clinton with their daughter.   

Journalism graduate is communication specialist for Ogden School District

Skyler Jo Pyle, who graduated in 2016 in Multimedia Journalism, is the communication specialist for the Ogden School District, where she serves as a resource for stakeholders and builds public awareness and support for the district. She was a February 2017 recipient of the district’s Achieving Higher Award.

Faculty Achievements

New professor publishes article in Western Journal of Communication

Dr. Bobbi Van Gilder, a new professor in Communication, has published an article titled “Femininity as Perceived Threat to Military Effectiveness: How Military Service Members Reinforce Hegemonic Masculinity in Talk” in the Western Journal of Communication.

Essay by journalism professor to be published in Journal of Communication and Religion

An essay by Dr. Jean Norman will be published in the Journal of Communication and Religion, a publication of the Religious Communication Association. The article titled "Social Capital of Last Resort: How People with Low Socio-Economic Status Rely on God when Social Resources Are Scarce" is expected to be published in Summer 2019.

Two faculty members present papers at Utah Digital Humanities Conference

Dr. Anne Bialowas and Ryan Cheek presented papers at the fourth annual Utah Digital Humanities Conference held Feb. 1-2 at Weber State University. Bialowas’s paper was titled “Memes as Part of Digital Culture.” Cheek’s paper was titled "Prepping for Zombies: A Rhetorical Analysis of the CDC's Zombie Apocalypse Blog." His presentation addressed the intersection of apocalyptic rhetoric, popular culture, and disaster preparedness campaigns.

Instructor to co-present workshop at conference for teachers of technical writing

Communication faculty member Ryan Cheek was accepted to co-present a workshop titled "Specific, Knowledgeable, and Kind: A Heuristic for the Journal Publication Process" at the 2019 Conference for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing in Pittsburgh on March 12-13. His part of the workshop will present findings from a review of author and peer reviewer guidelines for every major academic journal in the technical communication field. 

Three professors to discuss emphasizing research skills in basic courses

Dr. Alexander Lancaster, Dr. Mike Ault and Dr. Bobbi Van Gilder will present together on a panel titled "Foundations of Knowledge: How to Integrate Research into Basic Courses” at the Basic Course Conference at the Western States Communication Association Annual Convention. The conference is this month in Seattle. This panel advances a research-centered approach to teaching and learning. The presenters argue that by emphasizing research skills in our basic courses, we can better prepare students to become critical thinkers, informed decision makers, responsible advocates, and critical consumers. 

January 2019

Welcome back, Communication majors! We hope you had a nice break and are eager to get back to work.

Please let us know if you encounter any problems registering for classes. Contact the department administrative assistant, Sare Gardner, at sgardner1@weber.edu or the department chair, Dr. Sheree Josephson, at sjosephson@weber.edu. We are happy to help you. Use the “wait list” this week if the class you want is full. We will do our best to fit you in.  

This is the January edition of the monthly email to majors. At least once a month during the regular school year, we will email you to let you know about meetings of student organizations, guest speakers, important deadlines, opportunities, student and faculty achievements—and more. If you have information you’d like us to distribute, please email department chair Sheree Josephson at sjosephson@weber.edu.

What’s Happening

January

  •  Jan. 7: Spring Semester begins.
  •  Jan. 14: “Jim: The James Foley Story,” 5:30 p.m., Wildcat Theater, Shepherd Union Building.
  •  Jan. 19: 7 p.m., Val A Browning Center. Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the New Yorker who took on Hollywood and triggered the #MeToo movement. Tickets at weberstatetickets.com.
  •  Jan. 22: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No class.

February

  •  Feb. 18: Presidents Day. No class.

March

  •  March 4-8. Spring Break. No class.

April

  •  April 25: Graduation.

Student News

Three Communication majors get full-time jobs after internships

Three Communication majors have received full-time positions after their internships. Harrison Epstein, currently Signpost editor-in-chief, was offered a full-time position as supervising editor at Sin City Sports Mockery. Felix Baca, a Public Relations & Advertising major, has accepted a full-time position at 97th Floor in Lehi as a pay-per-click marketer. Adam Livingston, a Public Relations & Advertising major, was promoted at Texas Roadhouse from being a local store marketer at $14 an hour to a corporate position of marketing coach with a salary of $60,000 plus bonuses based on his internship where he created an employee video and organized large corporate events.

Communication Theory student gets abstract accepted into regional conference

Caleb Marshall, a student in Dr. Stephanie Gomez’s Communication Theory class in Fall 2018, has had a paper accepted to the Western States Communication Association’s Undergraduate Student Research Conference. The name of his paper is "The Pursuit of Captivity: A Marxist Analysis of The Walking Dead." Marshall is a Communication minor with an English major. Following is his abstract: Zombies are often representations of cultural anxieties or concerns (Crockett & Zarracina, 2016), and the popular television show, The Walking Dead, is no exception. In this paper, I use Marxist and critical theory to analyze The Walking Dead. My analysis suggests that despite the dystopian wasteland portrayed in the show, characters refuse to reinvent a new society where the proletariat seizes power, and instead, they valorize and reify traditional, capitalist social and political structures. Ultimately, I argue that when viewed through the lens of critical theory, The Walking Dead is media that pushes a totalization effect on the audience, thus persuading them that they should continue to contribute to the system, or the superstructure.”

Announcements

Spots left in Digital Documentary Filmmaking class on Tuesdays, Thursdays

There are still spots in COMM 4500 Digital Documentary Filmmaking. The class will be taught by Andrea Baltazar on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. She will teach non-fiction storytelling in video. The class will be accepted as a Communication elective if students work with their academic advisers.  

Org Comm, Interpersonal & Family students can take Writing for Workplace Communication

Organizational Communication and Interpersonal & Family Communication majors no longer have to take COMM 1130 Media Writing. They may now fulfill that writing requirement with COMM 1140 Writing for Workplace Communication. During Spring Semester, the class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. in EH 314. It is taught by Dr. Jean Norman. Seats in the class are still available, CRN 32594. It also can fulfill an elective credit for the associate’s degree in Communication and the associate’s degree in Workplace Communication & Writing. For more information, email jeannorman@weber.edu.

The Signpost accepting applications for editor-in-chief, other editor positions

 The Signpost is taking applications for editor-in-chief and other editor positions for the 2019-20 school year. Candidates should have some experience in journalism, either on or off campus, leadership skills and the ability to commit to The Signpost like a part-time job. The deadline for editor-in-chief applications is Jan. 18. The deadline for other editor positions is Jan. 25. The application is available at signpost.mywebermedia.com under the About Us tab or in The Signpost office, Shepherd Union Room 401. For more information, email adviser Dr. Jean Norman at jeannorman@weber.edu.

Documentary about war journalist killed by ISIS to be screened

The Honors Program is presenting a screening of “Jim: The James Foley Story,” a documentary about the life of journalist Jim Foley, a war journalist and first U.S. hostage killed by ISIS, on Monday, Jan. 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Shepherd Union, Wildcat Theater. The screening is free. Some classes may offer extra credit for attending. For more information contact Dr. Jean Norman, jeannorman@weber.edu.

Tips on registering if you want to do an internship in the summer

If you are planning to do an internship in the summer but not taking any other classes, you can avoid paying for those 3 credits just for summer registration by enrolling in COMM 4890 in the Spring. That will give you access to the Canvas course. You will receive an Incomplete at the end of Spring semester, which will not affect your GPA, but you have a year to complete your online internship assignments. You can NOT do an internship in the summer, but enroll in COMM 4890 in the Fall.

Alumni Accomplishments

Alum named director of communication for Utah Senate, seeks interns

Communication alum Aundrea Peterson has been named the director of communications for the Utah Senate. She works directly with the chief of staff, leadership and Senate members to develop and implement communication strategies, build rapport with the media and inform constituents about what is happening at the Legislature using social media platforms. In this role, she is also seeking communications interns for the upcoming general session to contribute and provide support with various tasks while learning about the legislative process. Peterson previously worked for the Utah House of Representatives, World Trade Center Utah and the Utah Republican Party. She is a founding member of Emerging Leaders Initiative aimed to empower 18- to 35-year-olds to join in policy discussions and help shape Utah's political, cultural and economic future. Peterson graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors and received the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement for Communication in 2014.

Faculty Achievements

MPC director named as one of the recipients of new Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Sarah Steimel, the director of the Master of Professional Communication program, was named as one of the recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award program, inaugurated this year. This award honors teachers who, in the eyes of students, faculty colleagues, staff, and administrators, perform at the very highest level possible as educators. Nominating letters talked about teachers changing lives, opening minds, and providing the support and encouragement needed to keep students moving toward their dreams. Recipients will be invited to participate in the Faculty Symposium on April 2 and will receive a $5,000 award.