Communication Academic News

Six students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were among the 17 students in the 2018 cohort of Aspirations Fellows. Honored were: Julia Billingsley, a senior Political Science and Public and Urban Affairs major; sophomore Public Relations and Political Science major Haley Burnell; Katarzyna Goebel, a senior Literature and Language major; Lauren Hughes, a junior Human Development major; Ali Mayer, a graduate student in Higher Education and Student Affairs; and junior Publication Relations, Public and Urban Affairs, and Diversity and Community Engagement major Jordi Shelton.

The following academic advisors in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences completed the Virginia Tech Academic Advising Institute: Claire Boor, an instructor in the Department of Communication; Brianna Crowder, an undergraduate advisor in the Department of History; Laura Ferguson, and office assistant in the Department of English; Meghan Jester, an assistant director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs; Dawn Knight, a pre-education advision program coordinator for the School of Education; Brandi Quesenberry, an advanced instructor in the Department of Communication; Emily Stallings, an advanced instructor in the Department of Communication; and Amanda Villar, an academic advisor in the Department of Religion and Culture.

The Academic Advising Institute is a semester-long cohort program designed to assist academic advisors with enhancing their advising skills, while also encouraging them to recognize the importance of advising concepts, content, and relational skills needed within the advising relationship.

The unveiling of Volume X of Philologia, the undergraduate research venue of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, took place April 30 in the Multipurpose Room in Newman Library. The print version of the magazine includes creative scholarship as well as articles written by Philologia editorial staff that discuss research by undergraduates in the College; the research articles themselves are found in full in the online journal.

This year’s staff consisted of: editor-in-chief Rachel Moore, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; managing editor Emily Purcell, Creative Writing and Fashion Merchandising and Design; associate editors: Rachel Beisser, Professional and Technical Writing and Literature and Language; Lindsay Boerger, HistorySophia Campos, Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics and Political ScienceMichelle Corinaldi, SociologyBecky Felter, Public Relations and Professional and Technical Writing; Holly Hunter, Public Relations; and Nicole Kurka, Literature and Language Pre-Education and Professional and Technical Writing; chief layout editor Ryan Waltz, Multimedia Journalism and Spanish; and layout editor Taylor Bush, Multimedia Journalism and Fashion Merchandising and Design.

Volume X consists of the following articles and creative scholarship:“A Case Study in Religion and Culture: Faith Healing in the United States within the Christian Traditions” by Rachel Sutphin, Human Development, International Studies, and Religion and Culture, article by Becky Felter; “Human Trafficking of Children on a Global Scale” by Lauren Percherke, Management, article by Michelle Corinaldi; “A World ‘Made of Breath’: Cormac McCarthy and the Oral Storytelling Tradition” by Joshua Kim, Literature and Language, article by Rachel Beisser; “Evaluating Differences in Serial Murderers on a Global Scale” by Grace Kim, Criminology, Political Science, and Sociology, article by Kim Boerger; “Tarot in Blood Meridian” by Demetria Lee, a Political Science, Philosophy, and Literature and Language alumna, article by Sophia Campos; “Writhe: After Slave Shipby J.M.W. Turner,” a poem by Shalini Rana, Creative Writing and Professional and Technical Writing; “Exploring Turn-taking and Discourse Markers through Generations” by Literature and Language alumna Meghan Kolcum, article by Nicole Kurka; and “Impact of Christianity on Israel-Palestine Peace Relations” by Rachel Sutphin, article by Holly Hunter.

The assistance of College administrators – Monica Kimbrell, assistant dean; Daniel Thorp, History and associate dean; and Debra Stoudt, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and associate dean – was acknowledged as was the support and guidance from college faculty and review board members: Patricia Fisher, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Nancy Metz, EnglishShaily Patel, Religion and Culture; Luke Plotica, Political Science; and Robert Stephens, History.

Emily Purcell will assume the role of editor-in-chief for the 2018–2019 academic year.

Buddy Howell, a Visiting Assistant Professor in the  Department of Communication, received the Leon Geyer Award from the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Honor System. The award recognizes a faculty member on the Honor Council who exemplifies the historical significance and dedication that Leon Geyer had in developing Virginia Tech’s Honor System.

The following students were awarded scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences in support of study abroad participation.

For Summer 2018 Session I: Nala Chehade, History and International Studies, Oman; Victoria Driggs, Music Education, Spain; Emily Gurganus, Professional and Technical Writing and Literature and Language, United Kingdom; Alana Hassett, Professional and Technical Writing and Creative Writing, United Kingdom; Amy Hensler, Political Science, Oman; Jenna Humphrey, International Studies, Paris; Nathaniel Inman, Russian, Latvia; Danielle Jeffers, Multimedia Journalism, Switzerland; Marcella Kaplan, Russian and Civil and Environmental Engineering, Latvia; Montana Koslowski, Political Science and History, Oman; Scottie Lynch, History, Paris; Timothy Miles, Religion and Culture, Oman; Katherine Simko, International Public Policy, Oman; and Abigail Wentworth, Public Relations and Spanish, Spain.

For Summer 2018 Session II: Amanda Young, Literature and Language, Japan.

For Fall 2018: Cecelia Burger, History and Political Science, Switzerland; Kaitlyn Flecker, Religion and Culture, Switzerland; Cheyenne Fortune DeLuna, Human Development, Switzerland; Moira Miller, Spanish and Physics, Spain; and Jeremy Tidman, Religion and Culture and Cinema, Switzerland.

The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students accepted the invitation to become members of Phi Beta Kappa this semester: Emily Allen, Political Science; Alexa Amster, French and Public Relations; Mycah Ausberry, French and Public Relations;Julia Billingsley, Political Science; Alexandra Bochna, History and Political Science; Nala Chehade, History and International Studies; Samantha Conlin, Human Development; Amy Davis, Spanish; Ashley Doyle, Public Relations; Samantha Drury, Political Science; Deonté Easter, International Studies; Ann Esmond, Creative Writing and Literature and Language; Megan Finkbeiner, Public Relations; Dara Finley, Political Science; Caroline Fountain, Political Science; Zane Grey, Political Science; Cassandra Hanson, Music; Maria Jernigan, Philosophy, Spanish, and Theatre Arts; Kyle Jewell, Philosophy; Alexa Jones, Political Science; Alexandra Jones, Russian; Andrew Kapinos, History; Joshua Kim, Literature and Language; Jessica King, Communication Studies and International Studies; Ashton Lineberry, Literature and Language; Kyle Manuel, Political Science; John Mastakas, History; Haley Meade, Religion and CultureAllyson Miller, International Studies; Kenneth Miller, Classical Studies and History; Nicholas Milroy, Political Science; Jillian Mouton, Creative Writing, Literature and Language, and Professional and Technical Writing; Kelly O’Brien, Criminology and Sociology; Virginia Pellington, Multimedia Journalism; Anna Pendleton, Public Relations and Spanish; Michaela Podolny, International Studies and Religion and Culture; Shalini Rana, Creative Writing and Professional and Technical Writing; Diana Schulberg, Political Science; Sarah Shinton, Political Science; Rachel Sutphin, Human Development, International Studies, and Religion and Culture; Carter Thompson, International Studies; Tully Thompson, Classical Studies; Jacob Tyler, Criminology; Katherine Wagner, Creative Writing; Stephen White, Philosophy; Madeline Williams, Spanish; and Nicholas Work, Political Science. The initiation took place on May 10.

During the 2017–2018 academic year Dean’s Faculty Fellowships were awarded to Joseph Eska, a professor in the Department of English; Katherine Haenschen, an assistant professor, and John Tedesco, a professor in the Department of Communication; Melanie Kiechle, an assistant professor in the Department of History; and Heidi Anne Mesmer, an associate professor in the School of Education.

Dan Tamul, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, published “Ample Sample? An Examination of the Representativeness of Themes between Sampling Durations Generated from Keyword Searches for 12 Months of Immigration News from LexisNexis and Newspaper Websites,” Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 95.1 (2018): 96–121, with Nadia Martínez-Carrillo.

The following students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences submitted an abstract for the Student Experiential Learning ConferenceAlana Aassett, Professional and Technical Writing; Allie Ahn, Political Science; Micaela Albright, Criminology and Sociology; Sebastian Andrade, International Relations; Paige Atherton, Human Development; Sydney Austin, Human Development; Dhanya Babu, Human Development; Andrew Bacso, Political Science; Grace Baggett, Literature and Language; Robert Beauchamp, International Studies; Bryanna Berry, Human Development; Maria Betances-Koegle, Political Science; Jensen Blevins, Human Development; Allie Bochna, History; Jessica Boehling, Human Development; Hunter Bowers, Political Science; Rachel Boxwell, Political Science; Amelia Brown, Communication Studies; Elysia Budu, History; Madeleine Caceres, Political Science; Sophia Campos, Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics (PPE program) and Political Science; Patrick Carello, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Jasmine Castillo, History; Allison Cedrone-Ricks, Human Development; Nala Chehade, History and International Studies; Oziomachukwu Chinaka, Human Development; Quinton Cookis, History; Michelle Corinaldi, Sociology; Conor Crotty, International Studies; Rachael Dawson, Political Science; Jessica Dorsch, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Ashley Doyle, Public Relations; Dara Finley, Political Science; Caroline Fountain, International Studies; Nicole Geis, International Relations; Michael Gish, Political Science; Katarzyna Goebel, Literature and Language; Hannah Goode, Professional and Technical Writing; Michaela Gosting, Human Development; Kelly Guthrie, Criminology; Tashi Gyatso, Political Science; Jason Hadley, Political Science; Hannah Hagan, Human Development; Thomas Hale, Political Science; Noor Hameed, Human Development; Kathryn Hampton, International Studies;Leah Han, Human Development; Robert Hanson, Political Science; Elizabeth Haugdahl, Human Development; Robert Hodges, Political Science; Lauren Hoyns, Literature and Language; Lauren Hughes, Human Development; Connor Ingalsby, International Studies; Danielle Jeffers, Multimedia Journalism; Jordan Jenson, Fashion Merchandising and Design; William Johnson, Theater Arts; Alex Jones, Political Science; Karl Krull, Political Science; Jordan Law, Political Science; Stephanie Lemus-Ortiz, International Studies; Natalie Logan, Human Development; Ira Long, Political Science; Lindsey Lozoskie, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Spencer Maclay, Political Science; Ronald Maniece, Public Relations; Bryan Marceau, Political Science; John Marin, International Studies; Alyssa Marshall, Political Science; Armand Matini, Political Science; Rebecca McCord, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Meghan McDonald, Political Science; Maura McDonough, Political Science; Kelsey McGregor, Human Development; Sarah Mease, Literature and Language; Jessica Meeks, Human Development; Kelsea Mensh, Spanish; Emma Morris, Political Science; Dana Mouritzen, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Jane Nunn, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Kathleen Pierce, Residential Environments and Design; Hannah Pledger, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Naire Poole, Theatre Arts; Shalini Rana, Creative Writing and Professional and Technical Writing; Carly Rettie, Human Development; Emma Rhodes, History; Nicole Romagnoli, Political Science; David Schmidt, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Andrew Schurr, Theatre Arts; Sarah Shaver, Human Development; Ben Shenal, Political Science; Allison Sieber, International Studies; Caroline Slocumb, Human Development; Ebone Smith, Communication Studies; Cricket Spillane, International Relations; Grace Stevens, International Relations; Julia Strang, Human Development; Claire Sutton, Political Science; Hannah Tarr, Human Development; Sophia Trout, Multimedia Journalism; Brigid Tuite, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Ashley Uy, Human Development; Jessica Vishneski, Human Development; Emily Warwick, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Sam Wentworth, History; Kelly Wiegand, History; Andrew Wills, History; Lindsey Windhausen, Human Development; Patrick Wirth, Political Science; Olivia Wood, History and Classical Studies; and Christian Yoon, Political Science.

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