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Drury Communication students chosen to present papers at annual convention

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CSCA Students 2014Six students from the Department of Communication have been selected to present their scholarship at the Central States Communication Association Convention in Minneapolis on April 4 and 5.

Working under the guidance of Dr. Cristina Gilstrap in the COMM 215 Foundations of Communication Theory course, the students applied communication theory to the analysis of significant news events.

Papers accepted for presentation include:

  • “From Hero to Zero: Media Framing of Mohamed Morsi’s Overthrow in Egypt” by Ghada Elhaffar, Colombe Iyeza, and Hadeil Ali
  • “Taking A Gulp Out of The Big Apple: Examining How U. S. Newspapers Framed the New York City Soda Ban” by Haley Baker and Mykeska Jackson
  • “Analyzing the Angles of Tragedy: Media Framing of the Sandy Hook Shooting” by Cathy Robinson and Jacy Shaw

In an open call for submissions, CSCA Primary Program Planner Leah Bryant explained this year’s conference theme, “Elevate”.

“I invite submissions that address the many ways that we can elevate our research, teaching, and fellowship.  By pushing the boundaries of traditional inquiry, we can elevate our understanding of communication. By pushing the boundaries of traditional instruction, we can elevate our ability to educate others about communication.”

As a professional and academic organization, CSCA strives to “promote the  communication discipline in educational, scholarly, and professional endeavors.” Since CSCA is comprised of professors and teachers from university and high schools, students, and communication professors, attending a convention of this nature is extremely beneficial.

Students meet students from schools all over the country while intermingling with professors and professionals in the field. With  a mix of short informative courses and paper presentations with topics all across the board, the student attendees from Drury will be exposed to amazing pieces of research writing while learning how to become better writers and better professionals. 

Students will travel to the conference with Lambda Pi Eta advisor Dr. Rick Maxson. The group received an allocation from SGA to fund travel costs to the conference. Congratulations to our student-scholars and many thanks to SGA for supporting the academic achievements of these students.


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