Seven Missouri State University communication students presented research at the Central States Communication Association President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference in Madison, Wisconsin April 16-19.
About 60 students have been chosen from the Fundamentals of Communication classes to compete in this semester’s showcase.
Participants will present a persuasive speech in front of a panel of judges in two preliminary rounds, competing against up to five other students for the top rankings in the round. The overall top five speakers then compete in the final round.
Winning speech criteria
Students are judged based on speech organization, creation of sound arguments, proving evidential support, creativity, delivery, and connection with the audience.
Preliminary judges are communication department instructors and teaching assistants. The final judging panel is comprised of University faculty and community members.
CCE scheduled the event after recent municipal elections punctuated the need to explore civility on campus— what it is, how to use it when talking about politics and how it fits into MSU’s public affairs mission.
Other topics will include message construction, engaging with others, diverse viewpoints and how to effectively communicate disagreements without being disagreeable.
While it will be an open platform for students to pose questions and converse, organizers warn it will not be an issues discussion, but rather a discussion on how to talk about issues. It will be moderated to ensure a safe environment for all attendees.
Date: April 28 Time: 7-9 p.m. Location: Temple Hall, Rm 002 Admission: Free and open to campus Online: #CivilityTalk, #CitizenBear
“Our Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR), the MSU debate program, our commitment to general education (COM 115) and the department’s involvement in disciplinary leadership were several factors that impressed the selection committee.
“The committee was also impressed with the overall breadth of our curriculum, the partnerships we have developed with other organizations, the student organizations and activities available, and the quality of our faculty.”
Their study examines how facilitators manage conflict and process their facilitating experiences.
They presented the paper April 8, and their award was announced at the close of the conference on April 9.
About Circles for Girls
The 8- to 10-weeklong program brings together a group of 4-10 girls with trained facilitators to explore topics relating to social, emotional and physical well-being.
Each week covers a different theme, coupled with an activity designed to help girls further explore the topic. Guided discussions are facilitated, and journaling is encouraged. Between sessions facilitators respond to girls’ journal entries to answer questions and provide feedback.
Several communication undergraduates and faculty will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, next week for the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) annual conference.
About the conference
The convention, themed “Convergence,” will take place April 15-19. It will focus on the convergence of scholarship, cultures and academic institutions, as well as to illustrate the importance of coming together and including all voices.
Seven Missouri State undergraduate seniors in public relations were selected to present research papers at the conference, including:
Hayley Gregg: “Organizational Conflict: Cross Gender Conflict in Organizations” (Faculty mentor: Dr. Stephanie Norander)
Blake Miller: “Social Media as an Implement for Student Retention” (Faculty mentor: Dr. Melissa Maier)
Sarah O’Toole: “Organizational Subcultures from a Food Service Perspective” (Faculty mentor: Dr. Stephanie Norander)
Tina Osborne and Morgan Fisher: “Social Identities of Students at Missouri State University” (Faculty mentor: Dr. Stephanie Norander)
Alexandra Penner: “Leadership Communication in Organizations: Results, Teamwork, and Gender” (Faculty mentor: Dr. Stephanie Norander)
Melissa Stallbaumer: “Family Attachment Style and Face Saving Post-Conflict” (co-authored with Jordan Burton, Brittany Gutermuth and Victoria Trost) (Faculty mentor: Dr. Talayna Morris)
A communication graduate student will also present:
Nick Nickols: “A Situational Application of Myth to a New Conservative Narrative: The Rhetoric of Thad Cochran”
Drs. Shawn Wahl and Randy Dillon are on the CSCA executive committee. Wahl, communication department head, is second vice president, and Dillon, professor and director of graduate studies, is states advisory council chair. Many communication faculty will also present research and serve as chairs and respondents for panel sessions.
Missouri State University selected two advisers to receive the Curtis P. Lawrence Award for Excellence in Advising. MSU gives out award every year to recognize excellence in advising students. This year the two advisors chosen are Nora Cox and Juli Panza.