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.