News and Events 2022

Graduation 2022

Congratulations to Our Students Graduating This Week


Bachelor Degrees:

Elmer Acevedo-Garcia Brayden Evensen Elle Petersen
Caden Alberts Conner Ford Hannah Phelps
Ashley Andersen§ Sawyer Frost Rebecca Price
Allyse Anderson Dalton Gallegos Brittany Rocha
Jessica Anderson Alexanderia Gerritsen Katelynn Schirle
Amy Arnold Casey Gibbons Miles Shaw
Rachael Avery Jordan Gibson Micah Shoaf
Bex Bagggett Rebecca Gonzales* Braden Smith
Caris Baker Camille Gonzalez§ Emily Sterzer
Shelby Moyes Batis§ Logan Gossett Kari Sweeten
Mikaela Bingham Jennifer Greenlee*H Spencer Teramoto
Collins Blakely* Sophia Hansen* Ashlyn Thompson
Laura Bramall§ Tamra Hendrickson Kaitlynn Tripps
Autumn Brown* Haylee Judkins* Carry Tuttle
Vukota Brunker Joshua Kamp Grant Ulrigg
April Burger§ Davis Kristensen* Nathaly Vaioleti
Alexandra Checketts Lissete Landaverde Maykel Valladeres*
Tracy Compton§ Sidney Metcalf Harrison Walters
Bianca De Leon Andy Moya Catherine Weimer*
Nicole Dorber Marisa Nelson* Briana Whatcott
Drew Durbano Caitlyn Larsen Nichols§ Jamie Winston§
Raphael Even-Hen Gavin Perkins Alexis Van Orden

Masters of

Associate of 

Associate of Digital
Media Production:

Estefania Arevalo Ryleigh Boechel April Burger
Amy Choate Lizbeth Correa Emelie Gorham
Jessika Clark Garrett Lee Jack Hamblin
Katie England   Camryn Johnson
Emily Dziatlik

Associate of 
and Writing

Jessica Krok
Benjamin Ferney Aubrielle Degn Rachel Loveland
Corie Holmes   Dominique Rivera
Alicia Miller   Alexander Sheridan
Morgan Pales    
Matthew Powell    
Lorrie Rands  

*Cum Laude

Anna Robbins  

Magna Cum Laude

Sarah Tooker  

§Summa Cum Laude

Camra Wilcox  

HDepartmental Honors

Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities Commencement is Friday April 29th at 3:00 p.m. at the Val A. Browning Center. Graduation Information.

Bon Voyage

We want to thank Ryan Cheek for over 10 years of service as a faculty member in Weber State's Department of Communication. Ryan was initially hired as the Assistant Director of Forensics and coached the debate team to many years of success. Most recently, he taught full-time in various courses including Communication Theory and Communication Law.
Ryan earned his Ph.D. from Utah State University in Technical Communication & Rhetoric in Spring 2022 and accepted a tenure-track position at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Best of luck, Ryan!


Cami SabIn will also be leaving us to work in public relations for Brigham City. Cami taught this past year in our general education courses like Interpersonal & Small Group Communication and Principles of Public Speaking. We wish Cami the best!


10 Years of MPC


The Master of Professional Communication program
at Weber State University
is ten years old!

We’ll be celebrating the milestone on Monday, May 2nd.

Beginning Fall 2022 The Department of Communication is offering an exciting new emphasis: Social Media and Data Analytics.


We have a new course offering this fall as well: Comm 2980, Storytelling in Cinematic Virtual Reality. For more information on the class, please contact Aaron Atkins.


A reminder that if you are not graduating and still not sure what classes to take summer or fall, please reach out to an academic advisor or Anne Bialowas.


Ways To Get Involved

April 2022


Summer registration begins April 4

Fall registration begins April 11

Not sure what to take? Meet with an advisor.

Summer Study

Abroad Opportunity!

Travel to Washington D.C.

for experiential learning while

earning 6 credits:

COMM 3650 | Communication Law


COMM 4500 | Topics in Communication

Upcoming Events

April 14

   Digital Media Student Showcase - 6 PM in the Elizabeth Hall Auditorium.

The Weber State PRSSA and the Utah Chapter of the PRSSA and Utah Chapter of the PRSA
are hosting a luncheon with guest speaker Nicole Defenbaugh who will talk about equity, 
Diversity, and inclusion in internal Communication

Time: Noon to 1:30 PM
Location: Shepard Union, Rm 316
For questions, please email Dr. Leslie Howerton at

Browning Presents! Jad Abumrad at 7:30 pm


Browning Presents! is thrilled to welcome noted podcaster,
storyteller and electronic music composer Jad Abumrad
to Weber State University to share his knowledge and explain
how we can all use technology and the power of stories to find our voice.


April 20 Scholarship Banquet at 4 pm, Student Union Skyroom 

April 21 Speech Showcase at 7 pm


April 23 Speech Team Awards Ceremony at 6 pm

Job Opportunities 


The Signpost, Weber State's student-run newspaper, is building its staff for the fall!

  • Current openings:
  • Reporters
  • Editors
  • Photographers
  • graphic artists.

No journalism experience is required. Apply here!

Student Accomplishments

Madison Nielson, a recent graduate with a Civic Advocacy emphasis, reported that she got accepted to the University of Nevada at Reno Master of Social Work program for Fall 2022.

Weber State Speech Crowned Champion at the National Online Forensics Championship!
Join us in congratulating them as they head to the American Forensic Association, April 14-20.

Faculty Accomplishments

Alex Lancaster is the recipient of the 2022 John A. Lindquist Award, which recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates an outstanding commitment to mentoring WSU students in learning through community engagement.  


The Department of Communication office hours: Mon - Thurs 8-5 and Fri 8-1

Have questions? Call us at 801-626-6426 or email
please leave a message any time! We will get back to you.  

Feel free to email Department Chair Anne Bialowas or book an advising appointment.

Ways To Get Involved

March 2022


March 18th is the commencement program deadline to make sure your name is in the program for graduation. Apply here.



Summer Study Abroad opportunity to earn 6 credits—COMM 3650 Communication Law and COMM 4500.
Travel to Washington D.C. to do experiential learning.

Upcoming Events

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario will highlight Weber State University’s Women’s History Month
celebrations in March and will make a virtual presentation to the WSU campus on March 15th at noon.
The event is free but participants must register at this link. 

Join The Signpost as we compete for top spot in College Media Madness!
This national competition pits us against other student media outlets to raise money for our papers,
running from March 13 to April 5, and we need your help to get us to first place!
Show your Weber and Ogden pride by donating or purchasing merch at this link and spreading the word around town!
The Signpost will be promoting it on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Our handle is @wsusignpost.

The Utah Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is holding a virtual lunch meeting on Wednesday, March 16 at noon called
Marketing Yourself. Students who attend can sign up for a Shadow Day on Friday, March 25 where they will be paired with a communication professional.

Anyone interested should email Leslie Howerton at                                               

Save the date—April 13th. Weber chapter is hosting the state chapter’s April PRSA lunch on our campus. Dr. Nicole Defenbaugh is the speaker and will talk about internal communication.


Student Accomplishments

Weber State Speech is a Gold Medal program, which means Weber is in the top 10% of the region

and one of only 2 schools to achieve this award.

Individual student awards from the Fred Scheller Invitational:

  • Bex Baggett: 3rd in Open POI, 1st in Open DI, 5th in Open Extemp, and a Finalist in Duo
  • Akir Rowe: 1st in Junior DI, 6th in Junior Extemp, and a Finalist in Duo, and MVP Debate Award
  • Jazmyne Olson: 2nd in Orv Iverson Award, 3rd in Open IPDA Debate, 4th in IPDA Speaker Points, 2nd Overall IE Speaker, 2nd Junior Prose, 2nd Junior Extemp, 2nd Junior DI, and 4th in Open CA
  • Rae Alder: Top Junior in Duo, 4th in Open Duo, 2nd in Junior Poetry, Top Speaker in ADS, 3rd in ADS
  • Saxony Ruckman: 3rd in Junior DI, 4th in Open Persuade, and an Octofinalist in Novice IPDA Debate
  • Brad Baker: 4th in Open Extemp
  • Lilly Nunley: 2nd in Novice Prose, Top Novice in IPDA Debate, 2nd in IPDA Debate
  • Sophie Beck: 1st in Junior Pros
  • Kyle Housley: Top Junior in Duo, 4th in Open Duo, 4th in Open Pros, 6th in Open DI
  • Hali Hutchinson: 4th in Novice Persuade
  • Savannah Mason: 5th in Novice Persuade, and Octofinalist in Novice IPDA Debate

Hannah Phelps and Jordan Stephens took second place at districts this weekend, earning an invitation to the National Debate Tournament. They won 3 of their 4 debates against district opponents Gonzaga, Western Washington, and Wyoming. Also, congratulations to Hannah Phelps who got accepted to graduate school at Kansas State University.





Faculty Accomplishments

Sheree Josephson has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar. She will work with ML Radio 102.3 FM in Tunis, Tunisia. The station, which has been on air since 2015, gives a voice to the voiceless in North Africa and the Arab world. Programming reflects values of equality, personal dignity, tolerance for others, social change, economic and environmental justice, education, multiculturalism, and freedom of expression. Its goal is to educate, advocate, empower, and inspire by providing a forum where people share their experiences, learn their rights, and further enlighten society. She will spend most of May in country and has already started work, submitting a grant to the U.S. Embassy in Tunis to develop an hour-long program in English to teach language skills and promote U.S. values. 

Nicole Defenbaugh presented, "The Story Collectors: Narrative as a Vehicle for Interprofessional Growth" along with three co-presenters at the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Conference on February 11, 2022. 

Alex Lancaster and the Socials Issue presented research on ranked choice voting to the Lt. Governor on February 16. Learn more here.

Aaron Atkins, guest lectured (online) at Ahram Canadian University in Cairo, Egypt on Feb. 5. The title of the lecture was Media Innovation Research: New Practices and Methods.

Nicola Corbin and Anne Bialowas got their book chapter accepted entitled “When fandom stains your team: Evaluating the effectiveness of the Utah Jazz’s organizational responses to racist events” in the 2nd edition of Social Issues in Sport Communication You Make the Call.


The Department of Communication office hours: Mon - Thurs 8-5 and Fri 8-1

Have questions? Call us at 801-626-6426 or email
please leave a message any time! We will get back to you.  

Feel free to email Department Chair Anne Bialowas or book an advising appointment.

Ways To Get Involved





January 2022

We look forward to seeing you on Monday, January 10th when classes begin.



Still not sure what classes to take for Spring 2022?
each out to your advisor to register for classes. We are here to help.

Check out COMM 3200 Live Event Production. It meets Tuesday at 12:00-1:15.
This course provides a unique and real-world experience for students during their education.

Upcoming Events

No Class, Monday January 17th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Student Accomplishments

Seniors Hannah Phelps and Jordan Stephens competed at the FullerTown tournament (January 3 – 6, 2022) hosted collaboratively by CSU Fullerton and Georgetown. Phelps and Stephens defeated their
district rivals from Wyoming, as well as competing in close rounds against Emory, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Michigan. 

Speech Showcase



The speech showcase was held in December, congratulations to the five finalists:

  • Lillyanna Nunley: The System
  • Audrey Spendlove: Whose Land is it, Anyway?
  • Celecia Peterson: Immersing yourself in Opportunity
  • Shelly Smith: Hunger Knows No Boundaries
  • Conner Wangsgard: Winning Them Over


Faculty Accomplishments

Aaron Atkins received the Honors Eccles Fellowship. Atkins will be working with Randy Hurd from the Mechanical Engineering Department. The course is called: “Worth 1000 Words” – The Impact of Photography and Digital Media on Communication, Science and Technology. The class will be offered during the 22-23 Academic Year.

Patrick Murphy has been selected as one of the 2021-2022 WSU Career Champions at WSU Career Services. Congratulations!




The Department of Communication office hours: Mon - Thurs 8-5 and Fri 8-1

Have questions? Call us at 801-626-6426 or email
please leave a message any time! We will get back to you.  

Feel free to email Department Chair Anne Bialowas or book an advising appointment.

Ways To Get Involved