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Dr. Ee Lin Lee receives 2018 Womxn of Color Empowerment Faculty Award

Dr. Lee was recognized by Student Outreach Services for her contribution to diversity on campus. Click here to see a picture of Dr. Lee as a speaker and recipient of the award.

Department of Communication Studies 2017-18 Scholars Week Nominees named

The nominees for the 2017-18 Scholars Week are: Miranda Abrashi, Fedden Amar, Annapurna Beavon, Rachel Gallagher, Lucia Gruber, Erin McCauley, Mairin McCurdy, Dana Oviedo, Devin Richert, and Stephanie Springer. Congratulations and thank you for your scholarship! For pictures of the nominees along with their research and paper titles click the link: PDF icon 2017-18 Scholars Week Nominees

Dr. Ee Lin Lee selected for 2017-18's Innovative Teaching Showcase 

The Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment's advisory board has announced its 2017-18 Showcase featured instructors and Dr. Lee is one of them! This year's theme is Engaging in Social Justice. Read more about it in Western Today and CIAA

The Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment’s advisory board is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Showcase featured instructors:

Dr. Tara Perry's College Quest students present Ted-style Talks

Dr. Perry’s class, which is part of Western’s College Quest curriculum—a summer program providing high school students access to college learning and living experiences, presented 5-7-minute TED-style talks on issues the students believe need to be addressed in society, focusing on Community Activism and Social Justice. To read more about it and view previous year's talks, go to this link

Communication Studies student papers selected for Scholars Week 2017

Congratulations to our Communication Studies students whose papers were selected as top and honorable mention for Scholars Week! Please join them as they exhibit their Communication Studies Posters on May 15 from 11:30-12:30 on the 2nd floor atrium lobby area. Attendance gets you a free ticket to join in the Communication Studies BBQ! Also, the top papers will be presented on May 15 in COMM 220 from 1-2:20pm in SL110. 

Top Papers: (alpha order)

Alexandria Baker - From Bra-Burners to Bureaucracy: The Evolution of Second-Wave Feminism through NOW Newsletters (Mentor Mary Erickson)

Madison Bradner, Meredith J. Bactol, and Moisé Payne - African American Women: Mass Media’s Impact on Body Image Perceptions (Mentor Tara Perry)

Jessy Dalessandro – Sustainability: The property of Being Environmentally Sustainable (Mentor Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre)

Alexandrea Moore - Identifying Social Hierarchies within Organizational Communication (Mentor Rita Daniels)

Elora Malama West - Exploration of Conservation Organizational Framing: Sharks and the Charismatic Megafuana (Mentor Steve Woods)

Honorable Mention: (alpha order)

Jade C. Lee - An Examination of Cultivation Theory on Asian American Stereotypes (Mentor Ee Lin Lee)

Thu Le - Feminist Mother In A Hyper-Masculine Society (Mentor Rita Daniels)

Erin M. Mackin and Zoe C. Kelly- A Critique of Conflict Management Style Usage Within Communication Research (Mentor Ee Lin Lee)

Tiffany Ng - Lolita Themes in Photography: An Ethics Case Study (Michael Karlberg)

Kylie Wagar - Capturing the Moment: The Rhetorical Analysis of World War II Celebration (Mentor Mary Erickson)


Communication Studies major Kevin Miller's song will play in upcoming holiday movie

Western senior and Communication Studies major Kevin Miller's song, titled “I’m the Man,” will be played in Almost Christmas, a major feature holiday movie starring actor Danny Glover. Kevin, who both wrote and performed the song says it is about him acknowledging his journey becoming a man, with some comedic elements. To read more about Kevin and his music, check out the Western Front's article Western Student Kevin Miller's Song is in Upcoming Movie 'Almost Christmas'.

Fulbright Fellow and Communication Studies graduate Polly Woodbury in Thailand  

Western alumna and Communication Studies and Psychology graduate, Polly Woodbury, who was awarded a Fulbright fellowship, is spending a year in Thailand teaching English to students and serving as an unofficial American cultural ambassador. You can follow Polly's adventures and how she is using her fellowship in the Western Front's article Fulbright winners spending a year teaching and learning abroad

Congratulations to Communication Studies Scholars Week participants

This year's Scholars Week participants and presentations from the Communication Studies department are:

Weyni Haddis: The Role of the Western Front During the BSU's Fight for Black Power and Liberation in 1968-1975
Louise Strandoo: The Production and Contestation of Whiteness in Little Miss Sunshine
Nicole Shapiro: YouTube Celebrity and the Future of Online Video
Devon Payne: Critique of Uncertainty Reduction
Janice Fair: Cognitive Flexibility: The Experience of Muslim Refugees
Alexandria Baker: Breastfeeding in Public: An Examination of Contradictory Rhetoric in Media
Kana Sorimachi: Behind the Silence of Japanese International Students in the U.S. Classrooms

Nicole Shapiro (mentor Dr. Mary Erickson) and Weyni Haddis (mentor Dr. Helen Morgan Parmett) received Outstanding Poster Awards in the Undergraduate Scholars Poster Showcase Session
Congratulations to all our Scholars Week participants and a huge thank you to our faculty mentors for making such a significant contribution to the WWU scholars community!

Call for submissions for a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Argumentation and Debate 

Professors are invited to submit their writings to a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Argumentation and Debate to celebrate the life and scholarship of the late Alfred “Tuna” Snider, the former Edwin W. Lawrence Professor of Speech and Debate at the University of Vermont. In a career spanning forty-three years, Dr. Snider authored five books and over fifty journal articles attending especially to the practice of debate and its role in global social change, leaving a tremendous legacy in the areas of Speech, Debate, and Communication Studies. You can download the complete call for submissions File here

Communication Studies major Kevin Miller shares his passion for music and communication

Music has been a mainstay in Kevin Miller's life since childhood. You may have even heard his music on the hit MTV show "True Life." Recently, Miller has used what he's learned in his Communication Studies courses to combine his passion for both communication and music with the launch of his online music production business, All Approach. You can read more about Kevin and his music in the Western Today's article Inspired by beats

The Western Debate Team has strong finish to their 2015-16 season with two students taking 1st and 2nd best overall speaker at NPDA

This spring, the Western Debate team participated in two season ending tournaments—the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE) and the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championship Tournament (NPDA). First at NPTE, the Team took 7th overall and debate team member Ashley Tippins took 10th best overall speaker. Then, at NPDA, Ashley and her debate partner, Kenny Torre took 1st and 2nd in best overall speaker, respectively. The Western Team took 12th in the NPDA tournament sweepstakes closing their season in 18th place in the nation out of 199 schools! You can read the 2016 Nationals press release PDF icon here

Professor Helen Morgan Parmett's Communications Studies 416 class delves into the archives of Bellingham's media past

Students of Dr. Helen Morgan Parmett's COMM 416 "Cultural History of Media and Identity" class gained experience and awareness of media archival and historical primary source materials through the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, a division of Western Libraries Heritage Resources. In their upper-division class research and writing assignment, students contributed to the scholarship of media history and identity found in secondary literature by constructing an original argument based on archival evidence of media influence on the construction of Pacific Northwest identities. You can read more about the class and Bellingham's media history in Western Today's article Using archives to enhance teaching and learning

Communication Studies Graduate and first-ever recipient of the Abigail Tandy Maye Stout Memorial Scholarship inspired to give back

When Narita Ghumman was a Communication Studies major, she received the first-ever scholarship that was created in honor of Dr. Karen Stout and JB Stout's daughter, Abigail. Inspired by this gift of scholarship, Narita, who currently lives in Boston, is establishing a scholarship fund in honor of her own mother. Narita recently wrote to Dr. Karen Stout to not only share this news, but to also thank Dr. Stout, which you can read here in the Western Today. 

Communication Studies Graduate Annika Wolters helps Ilwaco High School students stay in school 

After graduating from WWU with a double major in visual journalism and communcation studies, Americorp member Annika Wolters returned to her high school on the Olympic Peninsula this fall to help students who are at risk of missing or not staying in school. For Wolters, the job is personal—just seven years ago, she herself was missing school at Ilwaco High after one of her close friends committed suicide. She understands the many issues that students are facing and is working to create the school's first truancy reduction program. You can read more about the program and Annika's work at Schools to absent students: We want you here

Communication Studies Professor Dr. Tara Perry's film awarded Honorable Mention at the National Communication Association Film Festival

Dr. Perry and former WWU student Andrew G. Weiler's film Beyond Selfless was awarded an Honorable Mention at this year's NCA Conference's film festival. The film is about one women's (immigrant Nalda Perry Callender's - Dr. Perry's mother) journey from Antigua, West Indies to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as a single mother of five children to create collectivism in an urban community divided by class, identity politics, religion, and race. To learn more about the film Beyond Selfless and the other films that were mentioned or selected at NCA, click PDF icon here

Summer 2016 Opportunity to Study Abroad and earn Communication Studies credit with Dr. Helen Morgan Parmett in Central and Eastern Europe

Dr. Helen Morgan Parmett will lead a program Communication, Culture, & Media in Central and Eastern Europe this summer 2016 where students traveling to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, and Ljubljana can study abroad to earn 10 credits in COMM 325 and 440. Download this File poster for more details. 

2014 Communication Studies graduate Polly Woodbury receives Fulbright fellowship 

Western alumna and Communication Studies graduate, Polly Woodbury was awarded a Fulbright fellowship. She is the first person of color to win the Fulbright fellowship through Western Washington University. You can read more about Polly and how she is using her fellowship in the Western Front's article Alumna uses fellowship to travel and teach

Dr. Tara Perry, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, featured in Western Today for her commitment to Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Perry is featured in Western Today's article celebrating Equity and Inclusion Month and the launch of WWU's Equity and Inclusion Forum. Dr. Perry will facilitate an Equity and Inclusion Forum Series workshop, “Understanding Diversity Through Perceptions and Language,” from 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13 in Old Main 435. You can read the article on Dr. Perry here

Heather Davidson awarded the Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award for 2015-16

Heather Davidson, Communication Studies Instructor, received the Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award at WWU's 2015 Opening Convocation. Read more about Davidson's work and the Carl H. Simpson Bridging Award here.

Korry Harvey recognized in Western Today and in receiving the 2014 Diversity Achievement Award

Communication Studies Senior Instructor and Assistant Director of Forensics Korry Harvey's work regarding issues of racism and discrimination is featured in Western Today's article Harvey works to find common ground. He received the Diversity Achievement Award in 2014 to recognize his effort to increase better multicultural understanding at Western. 

Jacob "JD" Boucher named 2014-15 Outstanding Graduate of Communication Studies

WWU named Jacob "JD" Boucher the 2014-15 Outstanding Graduate of Communication Studies. Jacob will graduate in August magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Creative Writing.

Communication Studies graduate Nick Bolvin — 2015 Spring Commencement Speaker

Nick Bolvin, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Japanese was selected to speak at the spring 2015 Commencement. You can listen to his speech here.  

Communication Studies major Sukhmanii Kahlon featured in Klipsun

Sukhmanii Kahlon's service work with Sikh elders of Whatcom County is featured in the Spring 2015 Klipsun article Another American Life - Helping Sikhs practice old beliefs in a new country. Sukhmanii was born in India and moved to the United States when she was seven. She hopes to attend medical school after she graduates from WWU with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology.