Department of Communication Studies - St. Cloud State University

Department of Communication Studies - St. Cloud State University

Communication Studies
Riverview 117
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-4498

Phone: 320-308-2216
Fax: 320-308-2250
Email: cmst@stcloudstate.edu

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Recent Faculty Accomplishments

 

Matthew Vorell had his book, "Surviving Work: Toxic Organizational Communication", published by Kendall Hunt spring 2014.

 

Eddah Mutua was recognized in the St. Cloud Times for running in the Boston Marthon in April 2014.

 

Scott Wells was named Honors Professor of the Year for 2013 - 2014 by the Honors students.

 

Marla Kanengieter was selected to serve as Co-Director of SCSU's American Democracy Project April 2014.

 

Eddah Mutua was invited by the Embassy of Rwanda to make a presentation in Washington DC on her research about women and peacebuilding in post-genocide Rwanda. Her presentation "Celebrating Rwandan Women's Resistance for Peace" coincided with celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

 

Julie Peters had a new e-learning module released entitled "An Introduction to Violence and Bullying in the Workplace".

 

Bassey Eyo was recognized in a St. Cloud Times article for leading the SCSU Global Leadership Academy in March 2014.

 

Eddah Mutua received a Provost Action Grant in 2014 for her Internalizing Intercultural Communication project.

 

Tami Spry has been invited in June 2014 to present research and workshops in performative autoethnography at the University of Edinburgh as well as the University of Roehampton's Center for Arts Therapy Research.

 

Jen Tuder was recognized in the University Chronicle of November 4, 2013, for her performance of "Suicide Punchline".

 

David Hanley-Tejeda was recognized in the University Chronicle of November 4, 2013, for his part in "An Evening of Halloween Readings and Discussions".

 

Roseanna Ross had her chapter titled “Integrating Experiential Education into the Curriculum” published in the book "Strengthening Experiential Education: A New Era" recently released. It is published by the National Society for Experiential Education and is available as an eBook from Amazon.com.

 

Scott Wells was elected to the CTAM Board of Governors. He will serve on the State's Advisory Council to NCA and as CSCA Representative.

 

Wendy Bjorklund and Suzanne Stangl-Erkens presented at the Communication and Theater Association of MInnesota's 2013 annual convention in September.

 

Julie Peters was awarded the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota's Outstanding Adjunct Teacher Award September 13, 2013.

 

Tami Spry was invited in November, 2013, to The Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research at University of Western Ontario to do "By The Roots: Racing Class Gendering Age" a solo autoethnographic performance negotiating these embodied socialized categories.

 

Jennifer Tuder had her op-ed piece published in the September 4, 2013, issue of the Star Tribune.

 

Eddah Mutua received a 2013 MnSCU Diversity and Equity Award for her work on "Communicating Common Ground: A Collaboration of SCSU, ISD 742, ISD 47, and ISD 51." Eddah's proposal was awarded second place in the category of New Innovative Practices in Diversity.

 

Eddah Mutua was featured in Outlook Spring 2013 for being involved in working to make broader and deeper internationalization of St. Cloud State a reality.

 

Roseanna Ross co-authored the chapter titled "Integrating Experiential Education into the Curriculum" in the book Experiential Education in Your Institution, 2nd edition, published by the National Society for Experiential Education.

 

Matthew Vorell had an article published "Socializing the Nomad: Problematizing the Linear Socialization Model in Regards to Profession Specific Temporary Workers" in Ohio Communication Journal, Spring 2013.

 

Roseanna Ross was awarded a Provost Action Grant Spring 2013 for her Applied Conflict and Dispute Resolution Certificate project.

 

Jeff Ringer and Diana Rehling were awarded a Provost Action Grant Spring 2013 for their Communication Center Development project.

 

Eddah Mutua had her article "Ideographs of Suppression: Jomo Kenyatta's Independence Day Speech" published in African Yearbook of Rhetoric, Volume 4.1, pp. 12-19. http://www.africanrhetoric.org/book8.asp

 

Eddah Mutua had her article "Communicating Peace: Women Transcend Cultural Boundaries in Post-Genocide Rwanda" published in Chuka Onwumechili, & Ikechukwu, Ndolo ed., Re-imagining development communication in Africa. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books.

 

Eddah Mutua had her article "You were not born here" published in Women & Language, Fall 2012, Volume 35.2.

 

Eddah Mutua produced and co-choreographed a 10 minute dance "Twese Hames" (All of Us) to be performed during Dancing With Many Voices at the Paramount Theater on January 25, 2013.

 

Eddah Mutua's presentation "Performing Composite Identities and Entities: Peacebuilding in Post-Genocide Rwanda" has been accepted for presentation at the 2013 Biennial World Communication Association Conference in Seoul, South Korea, August 8 to 12, 2013.

 

Renee Strom's article "Assessing the Relationships between Perceived Support from Close Others, Goal Commitment and Persistence Decisions at the College Level" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of College Student Development.

 

Matt Vorell had his manuscript titled "Socializing the Nomad: Problematizing the Linear Socialization Model In Regards to Profession Specific Temporary Workers" accepted for publication in the 2012 volume in the Ohio Communication Journal.

 

Soumia Bardhan received a Research-Faculty Improvement Grant for her project titled "The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Identify Dynamics in Post-Mubarak Egypt".

 

Jeff Ringer received a $3,000 career development grant from the Central Minnesota ARTS Board to study with a dance mentor in Minneapolis summer 2013.

 

Eddah Mutua had her article "Understanding Haiti's tragedy in a Global Context" published in Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity and Communication.

 

Matt Vorell was awarded a New Researcher grant of $4,000 for his project titled: Healing the Healer: Stress and Coping Strategies in Temporary Medical Work.

 

Tami Spry had her article published, "Unseating the Myth of a Girl and Her Horse, Now That's true Grit" in the journal Cultural Studies-Critical lMethodologies Volume 12, Issue 6, December 2012.

 

Matt Vorell has been extended a textbook contract by Kendall Hunt Publishing to author a book titled "The Darkside of Workplace Communication: Recognizing and Remedying the Pitfalls of Dysfunctional Human Communication at Work". The current release for the book is Spring, 2014.

 

Soumia Bardhan received a Fall 2012 Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning grant for “Teaching and Learning Intercultural communication through Service Learning.”

 

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, Paula Tompkins, and Wendy Bjorklund presented "Teaching Students to Find and Evaluate Speech Sources" at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota conference September 2012.

 

Wendy Bjorklund, Diana Rehling and Renee Strom presented "Tracking Media Use and Unplugging Students for 24 Hours: Assignments to Help Students Become More Aware of Their Digital Media" at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota conference September 2012.

 

Diana Rehling, Roseanna Ross and Judy Litterst presented "Listening Assignments" at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota conference September 2012.


Renee Strom presented "Creating Curriculum Ideas for Teaching Digital Literacy in Grades 5 - 12" at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota conference September 2012.

 

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens presented "Teachers’ Policies Regarding Students’ Use of Electronic Devices in the Classroom" at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota conference September 2012.

 

Roseanna Ross received the CTAM Outstanding Individual in Theater and Communication Award at the CTAM Conference in September 2012.

 

Roseanna Ross presented at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, as part of their QEP process: "NSEE's Principles of Best Practice in Experiential Education", July 2012, and participated in the workshop: "Designing Critical Reflection to Generate, Deepen and Document Learning."

 

Marge Pryately was a member of the SCSU team that attended the Supplemental Instruction Conference in San Diego, May-June 2012.

 

Judy Litterst presented at the 10th International Communication in the Millennium Conference in Istanbul, Turkey; "Essential Skills for Teaching Media Literacy: Evaluative Listening and Questioning"; May 2012.

 

Erika Vora's new book "Silent No More: Personal Narratives of German Women Who Survived WWII Expulsion and Deportation" is now in print.

 

Marla Kanengieter received a short-term grant to attend the International Seminar on Teaching the Shoah and Antisemitism at the International School for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem July 2012.


Renee Strom received a New Researcher Award in 2012 in the amount of $4,000 for the project "Digital Literacy in the Classroom: Investigating and Applying Pre-service Teachers Knowledge of Digital Literacy Strategies in Grades 5 - 12".

Marge Pryately presented "Sustaining Students' Classroom Attention in the Digital, Distracted Age", April 2, 2012, at St. Cloud State University as part of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Faculty Developer Travel Grant from the MnSCU Office of the Chancellor.

 

Jen Tuder was the invited Guest Artist at the 2012 Patti Pace Performance Festival held at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, February 24, 2012.

 

Julie Peters presented "201 Ways to get an Idea and Develop it into a Message" March 8, 2012, for the senior classes at the British, English, Egyptian School in Cairo, Egypt.

 

Matthew Vorell's manuscript "A Qualitative Analysis of the Coping Strategies of Substitute Teachers" has been accepted for publication in the Alberta Journal of Education Research, AJER's Volume 57, Number 4 (Winter, February 2012).

 

Jeff Ringer was elected Communication Studies Department Chair for Fall 2012 through Summer 2015.

 

Wendy Bjorklund, Paula Tompkins, Diana Rehling and Renee Strom presented "Great Ideas for Teaching Students: The Unplugged Project" at the National Communication Association convention in November 2011.

 

Eddah Mutua-Kombo presented "Voicing Africa in Mainstream Intercultural Communication Research" at the National Communication Association convention in November 2011.

 

Renee Strom presented "Perceptions, Expectations and Curriculum: Expectation versus Reality: How New College Freshmen Communicate with Faculty and Classmates in and out of the Classroom" at the National Communication Association convention in November 2011.

 

Paula Tompkins presented "Teaching Communication Ethics: The Classroom, Curriculum and the Public Sphere" at the National Communication Association convention in November 2011

 

Jennifer Tuder presented "Voicing Familial Loss through Performance" at the National Communication Association convention in November 2011.

 

Jennifer Tuder presented "Performance Groups, Spaces and Social Practices" at the National Communication Association convention in November 2011.

 

Matthew Vorell presented "Studies of Professions and Occupations: Am I Coming or Going? Reimagining Socialization of Profession Specific Temporary Workers through the Experience of Substitute Teachers" at the National Communication Association convention in November 2011.

 

Tami Spry's book "Body, Paper, Stage: Writing and Performing Autoethnography" has been nominated for a book of the year award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

 

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, Wendy Bjorklund, Renee Strom and Judy Litterst presented "Assessment in a Time of Budget Cuts" at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota convention September 2011.

 

Renee Strom presented "Creative Curriculum Ideas for Teaching Medial Literacy in Grades 5-12" at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota convention September 2011.

 

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, Scott Wells, Diana Rehling, and Judy Litterst presented "Teaching Nonverbal Communication" at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota convention September 2011.

 

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, Wendy Bjorklund, Renee Strom, and Judy Litterst presented "Assessment: A Grading Misnomer" at the Communication and Theater Association of Minnesota convention September 2011.

 

Jennifer Tuder had a publication:"The Calculus of Erasure." Audio performance response. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies.7.2 (2011) Web.

 

Jen Tuder presented a lecture called "Storying Survival" for the Minneapolis VA Hospital's Suicide Prevention Week September 9.

Scott Wells coauthored an article (with J. Samens, 2011). Should collegiate forensics parent organizations take the lead in recruiting new schools to the speech activity? In Conference Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events 2010, NDC-IE, Minneapolis, MN, pp. 94-98.


Renee Strom was recognized by the Communication and Theatre Association of Minnesota with the Outstanding New College Teacher Award for 2011.

 

Dan Wildeson received the Jewish Community Relations Council Honor at the Jewish Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas annual event.


Bruce Hyde was chosen by the Honors students as Honors Professor of the Year for 2010 - 2011.


Tami Spry
received the Outstanding Scholar Award for the Central States Communication Association for 2010. 

 

Eddah Mutua-Kombo and the Communicating Common Ground Project received the MN Campus Compact Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award for SCSU June 2011.  

 

Debra Japp is part of the team that was awarded the CETL Teaching/Learning Travel Grant to attend a conference in Miami March 2011.


Erika Vora has been named the ILA Listening Legend for 2011.  The article can be found in the Listening Post from the ILA website. 

 

Eddah Mutua-Kombo and her 339 and 399 students were invited to present at New Prague High School March 17, 2011. 

 

Matt Vorell and his Faculty Learning Community have had two presentation proposals titled "Models of Collaborative Learning: How One Faculty Learning Community Implemented Nine Models of Collaborative Learning" and "Collaborative Learning: How Learning to Teach Collaboratively Forged a Faculty Community of Learners" accepted to the Annual Lilly Conference. 


Eddah Mutua-Kombo's Communicating Common Ground Project was recognized as one of the three outstanding community engagement collaborations during the celebration of community partners event in January 2011. 


Eddah Mutua-Kombo was appointed to serve as a peer reviewer for the inaugural issue of The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education.

 

David Bastien's article 'Change in Organizational Culture: The Use of Linguistic Methods in a Corporate Acquisition'  was selected to apper in the "Major Works Series". 


Wendy Bjorklund and Marge Pryately and others received a Faculty Developer Travel Grant for "Learning and the Brain".

 

Erika Vora had her book "The Will to Live: A German Family's Flight from Soviet Rule" published.  Erika and her book were featured in an article in the "St. Cloud Times".

 

Renee Strom had a manuscript "Dropping out of high school: Assessing the relationship between supportive messages from family and staying in school" published in Communication Reports.


Paula Tompkins, Wendy Bjorklund, and Diana Rehling received a 2010 - 2011 Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning grant for their project, "Unplugged.”  

Judy Litterst
received a $2,900 short-term faculty development grant to participate in Naropa University's Authentic Leadership Certificate Program.  

Jennifer Tuder's performance of "Suicide Punchline" was featured in the University Chronicle of Novemer 8, 2010. 

Tami Spry's
performance of "Call It Swing" was featured in the University Chronicle of October 11, 2010.


Wendy Bjorklund and Diana Rehling had their manuscript, Incivility Beyond the Classroom Walls, accepted for publication in InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching.


Eddah Mutua-Kombo completed a book review of  “Growing a soul for social change: Building the knowledge base for social justice.”   Published in Journal of Thought, Fall/Winter 2009, Volume 44 Issues 3 & 4, pp.100-104.

Eddah Mutua-Kombo's essay titled: “Understanding Haiti’s Tragedy in a Global Context” has been accepted for publication in  Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity, and Communication.

Dan Wildeson was awarded acceptance to participate in the 2010 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar For University Faculty, Jewish Responses to the Holocaust: Teaching the Victims’ Perspective, held at the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.,  June 2-15, 2010.

Erika Vora received CTAM's Outstanding Individual in Communication and Theatre Award in September 2010.

Roseanna Ross received the COFAH Award for Leadership August 2010.

Jeff Ringer received the COFAH Outstanding Educator Award August 2010.

Collette Rubel earned certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the HR Certification Institute summer 2010.

Eddah Mutua-Kombo was featured on Minnesota Public Radio in April, 2010, for her Communicating Common Ground Project. 

Matthew Vorell
had his paper "Multiple Identity Negotiation Among Substitute Teachers" accepted to the research library at the Substitute Teacher Institute at Utah State University.

Renee Strom presented at WSCA in Alaska a paper titled "Assessing the relationships between perceived support from close others, goal commitment and persistence decisions at the college level."

Renee Strom received a New Researcher Award and will be applying for an external funding opportunity for the following proposed research project: "Building bridges during the transition to college: Investigating the relationship between different types of commitments, social integration and persistence."

Matt Vorell received a New Researcher Award for a project titled "Coping Strategies Among Profession Specific Temporary Workers."  

David Tschida presented his paper for Western States: The power and communicative potential for image events when seen through the lens of entertainment television:  The case of "Whale Wars". 

Eddah Mutua-Kombo presented "Is Haiti's Tragedy the hook for getting at what we have ignored?" at the Haiti Teach-In on March 2, 2010. 

Renee Strom co-authored an article Dump-and-Chase: The effectiveness of persistence as a sequential request compliance-gaining strategy for "Communication Studies" 60(3), 219-234. 

Renee Strom was elected for a two year term to the Legislative Assembly for the Interpersonal Division at NCA in 2009. 

Tami Spry presented a workshop at the Univerity of Oxford, UK, on autoethnography, and did a performance and workshop at the University of Bristol, UK.

Tami Spry has received a contract with Left Coast Press for her book "Body/Paper/Stage:  Writing and Performing Authethnography". 

Tami Spry
was invited to do the Plenary Performance for the 2010 Qualitative Inquiry Conference at U of Illinois, Champagne.

Tami Spry had the following publications: "Performative Autoethnography:  Critical Fragments and Embodied Possibilities" The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2010, and "Call It Swing: A Jazz Blues Autoethnography" Cultural Studies - Critical Methodologies, 2010. 

Tami Spry
was named Central States Communication Association Outstanding Scholar in Performance Studies in 2009.

Traci Anderson
had the following publications: "Online Instructor Immediacy and Instructor-Student Relationships In Second Life" in C. Wankel and J. Kinsley (Eds.), Higher Education in Virtual Worlds Teaching and Learning in Second Life, Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.  "The Use of Facebook for Information Seeking in Social and Personal Relationships", paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers, Milwaukee, WI, October, 2009.

Eddah
Mutua-Kombo
had the following publications:  "Promoting interracial relations through service-learning pedagogy", was accepted for publication in an edited volume: Intercultural communication: contexts, communities and choices, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. "Communicating Common Ground: Intercultural Communication Service Learning Activity" was accepted for publication in an edited volume: Best practices in experiential and service learning in communication, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Eddah Mutua-Kombo
participated in a panel discussion on "Intercultural Relations in Central Minnesota" on October 21, 2009, with the Multicultural Resource Center.

Paula Tompkins
'  book "Practicing Communication Ethics:  Development, Discernment and Decision-making" is being published January 2010 by Allyn and Bacon. 

Matthew Vorell had his book review "Digital Diasporas:  Identity and Transnational Engagement" by Jennifer Brinkerhoff accepted for publication in the Journal of Information, Communication and Society. 

Eddah Mutua-Kombo was featured in a St. Cloud Times article September 27, 2009, entitled Inspiring Woman: Education fuels professor's passion.   

Judy Litterst and Renee Strom
presented "Creative Curriculum Ideas for Teaching Middle School Interpersonal Communication" at the CTAM Conference in September 2009.

Roseanna Ross presented "Communication Curriculum at the State Universities, Transfer Issues and Credits, and Articulation Agreements:  An Aplogoy" at the CTAM Conference in September 2009.

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, Wendy Bjorklund, Joanna Pucel, Scott Wells, James Redfield, and Judy Litterst presented "G.I.F.T.S. -- Small Group Communication:  Session 1" at the CTAM Conference in September 2009.

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, Bruce Hyde, Collette Rubel, and Paul Oehlke presented "G.I.F.T.S. -- Small Group Communication:  Session 2" at the CTAM Conference in September 2009. 

Suzanne Stangl-Erkens
was awarded the College of Fine Arts and Humanities 2009 Advancement of Student Success Award on August 18, 2009.

Debra Japp
was awarded the College of Fine Arts and Humanities 2009 Dean's Award for Outstanding Service on August 18, 2009.

Tami Spry
directed the 2009 Spring Players Performance Group "What I'm Telling You is 'Yes'" in April 2009.

Erika Vora presented a paper "Perspective-Taking Listening Across Cultures and Generations" at the International Listening Association annual conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 2009.

Paula Tompkins
had an article published, "Rhetorical Listening and Moral Sensitivity", in The International Journal of Listening, 23 (2009) 60-79.

Roseanna Ross
was invited to present "Deepening the 'Learning' in Experiential Learning: Applying NSEE's Principles of Best Practice to Internships, Service Learning and Other Experiential Activities and Programs" for faculty and administrators at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, March 2009.

Eddah Mutua-Kombo's
paper ‘Promoting Interracial Relations through Service-learning Pedagogy’ was accepted for publication in an edited volume/reader on Interracial Communication.

Diana Rehling and Wendy Bjorklund's
co-authored article,'Student Perceptions of Classroom Incivility,'  was accepted by "College Teaching."

Joanna Pucel & Marge Pryately
had their “Communication Center Proposal” paper accepted, to be presented at the National Association of Communication Centers’ 8th Annual Mini-Conference at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia March 27-28, 2009.

Joanna Pucel, as a heart disease survivor, did an honorary drop-of-the-puck on Friday, February 6, for the St. Cloud State University women’s hockey game played against Minnesota State in the National Hockey Center. 

Tami Spry directed the 2008 Fall Players Performance Group "Fitting Room" in November 2008.

David Tschida
presented at the D.A. in 2008 the Top Paper in the Communication and the Law Division - "unCONVENTIONal Contradictions: Representation in Tourist Publications.

Tami Spry presented "Say Something" and "Bodies of Evidence" at the Qualitative Inquiry Conference, University of Illinois in 2008.

Tami Spry had an article published "Systems of Silence: Word/less Fragments of Race in Autoethnography" in the International Review of Qualitative Research, in 2008. 

Scott Wells
and Denee Janda presented a paper titled:  "Performing for the Audience:  Putting the Public Back into Individual Events Training", at the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events, Peoria, IL, August 1 - 2, 2008. 

Eddah Mutua-Kombo
was awarded the 2007-2008 College of Fine Arts and Humanities Dean's Award for Outstanding Service on August 20th, 2008.

Diana Rehling’s
article “Compassionate Listening:  A Framework for Listening to the Seriously Ill” published in The International Journal of Listening, 2008.

Jeff Bineham received a Faculty Improvement Grant to go on a Faculty Study Tour of South Africa.

Jeff Bineham
was a sabbatical recipient to study Philosophical Hermeneutics and Rhetorical Theory.

Jennifer Tuder
“Sex Across the Curriculum”—an original solo performance work written and performed by Jennifer Tuder.  It was presented at the 2007 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

Jennifer Tuder was invited to perform the entire work of "Sex Across The Curriculum" by:  the Stillwater (Minnesota) Theatre Association (Nov. 30-Dec. 2; Dec. 7-9, 2007),  the Minnesota Atheists (Jan. 20, 2008),  the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Departments of Communication Studies and Theatre Arts (Mar. 6, 2008),  the Central States Communication Association (Apr. 10, 2008),  SCSU’s Women’s Action Coalition (April 15, 2008). 

Jennifer Tuder has been interviewed regarding sexuality education and identity by:  The Minnesota Atheists for their AirAmerica show, “Atheists Talk,” Episode #2 (Jan. 20, 2008),  the Humanists of Minnesota for their cable access show, “Humanist Perspective” (taped Feb. 12, 2008; airs April 2008).

Tami Spry directed and Jennifer Tuder was the assistant director for  "Immigrant Experience and the Geopolitics of Home"--the theme of the 2008 Northern Plains Performance Festival. 

Jennifer Tuder directed  "Hard to Say"--an original group performance work collaboratively written by the Players Performance Group students.  It was presented at the 2008 Northern Plains Performance Festival.  This performance addressed the swastikas incidents on campus and engaged the community in conversation.

Joanna Pucel, panel participant entitled “Listening As A Citizen:  A Roundtable Discussion” at the International Listening Association Convention, Portland, Maine, March 29, 2008.

Bassey Eyo was awarded a modest donation from the St. Cloud Granite Rotary Club to support his effort to create the SCSU Global Leadership Institute.

Eddah Mutua-Kombo
was elected the National Recruitment Officer of the Communicating Common Ground Division for the National Communication Association.

Judy Litterst
and Diana Rehling received the "Top Research Paper Award," for their co-authored paper, "A Listening Perspective on Intergenerational Communication" presented at the International Listening Association Conference, March 2008.

Diana Rehling and Wendy Bjorklund received a Faculty Improvement (Research) grant to support analysis and writing of their Incivility in the classroom project.

Eddah Mutua-Kombo's article "Their words, actions and meaning: a researcher's reflection on Rwandan women's experiences of genocide" was accepted for publication in Qualitative Inquiry 15:1.

Eddah Mutua-Kombo was the presenter/facilitator at the Conflict Management Journalism Seminar for Kenyan Media Correspondents, Nairobi, March 3-5, 2008.

Eddah Mutua-Kombo was named a "2007 Difference Maker" with the "St. Cloud Times" for her leadership role in developing the "Common Ground Project."

Eddah Mutua-Kombo had her Classroom Activity, Conflict Analysis and Transformation, published in Spectra in Decemer of 2007.

Bassey Eyo presented "What Are Tomorrow's Higher Education Challenges and Continuing Education's Value-Added Role?" at the Mid-America and Great Plains Joint Regional University Continuing Education Association Conference in Evanston, Illinois.

Communication Studies Faculty participated at the National Communication Association Convention, November 15-18, 2007 in Chicago, IL.

- Julie Woodbury, panel discussion participant, “Exploring the Ethics of Faith in the Communication Classroom:  Scholarly Debate and Investigation Toward a Critical Pedagogy of Religion, Conflict and Identity.”

- Paula Tompkins, organizer pre-conference, “Communication Ethics, Religions Faith and Culture.”

- Judy Litterst, panel discussion participant, “K-12 Standards and Competencies Working Group.”

- Paula Tompkins, panel discussion participant, “Communicating Worldviews: Teaching Ethics in the Leadership Course.”

- Roseanna Ross, participated in “Chairs Breakfast 2007:  Getting Connected Inside and Outside.”

- Jennifer Tuder, Co Chair, “Academic Freedom Communicating Worldviews in the Academy”, presenter,  “Academic Freedom Isn’t Free.” panel.

- Scott Wells, respondent, “Civic Engagement and Participation” panel.

- R. Jeffery Ringer, Erika Vora, Eddah Mutua-Kombo, presenter, “Communicating Common Ground Communicates World Views:  All Partners Business Meeting.”

- Scott Wells & Denee Janda, presenters, “Building Support for Forensic Programs at your University.”

- Eddah Mutua-Kombo, presenter, “Communicating Worldviews in U.S. Classroom:  Educators’ Experiences from Rwanda.”

- Scott Wells, presenter, “Candidate Viability and Faith in the System:  Picking the 2008 Democratic Presidential Nominee.”

- Eddah Mutua-Kombo, presenter, “Communicating Common Ground:  A Service Learning Intercultural Communication Project in St. Cloud, MN.”

- Julie Woodbury, presenter, “Among the Righteous?  Keith Ellison amid the Demagogues.”

- R. Jeffery Ringer, presenter, “Intercultural Communication in Context-Denmark:  Practical Advice on Study Abroad Programs for Communication Students.”

- Tami Spry, presenter, “A Body of Evidence:  The Ethics of Evidence in the Epistemic/Aesthetic of Autoethnography.”

- Paula Tompkins, presenter, “A Communication Basis for Considering Ethics.”

- Eddah Mutua-Kombo & Marge Pryately, presenters, “Interactive Peace Building:  University and High School Students in St. Cloud, MN”.

- David Tschida, presenter, “Global Warming Goes to Washington: The Case of Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency.”

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Scott Wells was awarded the 2007 COFAH Award for Advancement of Student Success on August 29, 2007.

Tami Spry was the Keynote speaker at Cambridge University in July 2007, for the Mixed Methods Conference with a presentation titled, “Autoethnography:  Representing the Socialized Body.”

Scott Wells and Elizabeth Dudash had their article published: 'Examining Young Voters' Political Information and Efficacy in the 2004 Election,' American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 50, No. 9 (2007).

Eddah Mutua-Kombo was granted funding of $2,460 from the SCSU Cultural Diversity Committee to continue with the Communicating Common Ground project for 2007-2008.

Jeff Ringer's panel presentation was accepted for NCA Intercultural/International Division: Intercultural communication in contest--denmark: practical advice on the ins and outs of study abroad programs for communication students for 2007-2008.

Joanna Pucel was featured in the article "Heart of the Matter" which appeared in Outlook, Spring 2007, a publication from the Office of University Communications.

Margaret Pryately
presented "Immigration in Central Minnesota” as part of the visit of Slovenian ambassador to the United States, Samuel Zbogar, in April 2007.

Erika Vora (and co author Ariana Vora, Harvard Medical School) had their article, “A Contingency Framework for Listening to the Dying”, accepted for publication in "The International Journal of Listeng," 2008.  

Jeff Bineham, Debra Japp, Marla Kanengieter and Dan Wildeson participated in a discussion - Case Studies in Academic Transformation:  A View from the Communication Discipline at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Diana Rehling, Chaired and Wendy Bjorklund, Margaret Pryately, Roseanna Ross, Paula Tompkins, and Erika Vora participated in a discussion - Understanding and Addressing Incivility in the Classroom at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Wendy Bjorklund, Joanna Pucel, Diana Rehling, Suzanne Stangl-Erkens, and David Warne participated in a discussion - Learning Social Responsibility Together at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Margaret Pryately, Chaired and Bassey Eyo and Joanna Pucel participated in a discussion - “Minnesota Nice:” Co-Cultural Values and Communication Behaviors at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Tami Spry participated in a discussion - The Articulate Body:  A panel honoring Elyse Pineau, recipient of the Outstanding Scholar Award for Performance Studies and Theatre at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Diana Rehling, Chaired the Panel:  Managing Incivility in the Basic Course Classroom with the following participants:  Wendy Bjorklund – “Addressing incivility in the classroom as a probationary faculty member,” Margaret Pryately – “Incivility and its causes among American university students,” Roseanna Ross – “The department chairperson’s role in preserving classroom civility,” Paula Tompkins – “Issues of fairness and justice in classroom civility,” Erika Vora – “Incivility in the classroom when cultures clash” at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Roseanna Ross, Chaired the Panel:  Finding Common Ground between Somali and Euro-American High School Students in Central Minnesota with the following participants:  Eddah Mutua-Kombo – “Violent and prejudiced actions:  Experiences of Somali high school students in Central Minnesota,” Erika Vora – “Adolescent prejudice:  Causes, consequences, and cures,” Margaret Pryately – “Performance as a non-threatening way to trigger discussion of possible racially-motivated incidents,” Jeff Ringer“Mediation as a way of addressing cultural differences” at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Jennifer Tuder, Chaired the Panel:  Contemporary Performances of Traditional Rituals:  Performing Social Responsibilities with the following participants:  Tami Spry – “An autoethnographic critique of women’s spirituality groups,” Marla Kanengieter – “Right to passage:  The makeover show as contemporary initiation ritual” at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Paula Tompkins presented “Tensions between free speech and ethics:  Hate on Trial” as part of the Panel:  Communication and Social Responsibility:  Gifts for Teaching Communication Ethics and Freedom of Expression at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Paula Tompkins presented “Moral development and communication ethics” as part of the Panel:  Communication and Social Responsibility:  Competitive Papers on Communication Ethics at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Diana Rehling presented “A case study of international students and classroom civility and appropriateness” as part of the Panel:  Competitive Papers in Intercultural Communication at the Central States Convention, Spring, 2007.

Julie Lynch had a book published, "Cherishing Sophia: Rising to Authenticity and Feminine Power".  A book signing was held in February of 2007.

Diana Rehling's article was accepted to The International Journal of Listening.

Marla Kanengieter and Debra Japp (with Frankie Condon) received IPESL funding from the Advancement of Critical Thinking Institute.

Roseanna Ross
was awarded The Pioneer of the Year Award in October, 2006, by the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) for her outstanding leadership role and service to the field of experiential education.  

Tami Spry’s article: A ‘‘Performative-I’’ Copresence: Embodying the Ethnographic Turn In Performance and the Performative Turn in Ethnography has been accepted for publication in Text and Performance Quarterly Vol. 26, No. 4, October 2006. 

Diana Rehling received a faculty improvement grant to attend "Awakening in the Body:  Mediation with Qigong" at Spirit Rock Mediation Center, Woodacre.

Professor Erika Vora was presented with the Service to Students Award from the College of Fine Arts and Humanites on Wednesday, August 30, 2006.

Professor Marge Pryately was the recipient of the Miller Architects and Builders Teacher Scholar Award recognizing her for teaching and citizenship on August 29, 2006. 

Professor Scott Wells was presented the Wellstone Award at the First Annual Paul and Sheila Wellstone Dinner Saturday, October 15, 2005, in Sartell.  This award is given to honor an individual from Central Minnesota who represents the Wellstone spirit of tireless community oganizing and service.

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