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Faculty, senior present at communications convention

by Melinda Lantz | Mar 19, 2017

Posted March 19 - MU communication studies faculty and one senior presented at the Central States Communication Association annual convention in Minneapolis, Minn., March 15-19.

Assistant Professor Michelle Calka was part of a preconference program, Creating Beer Culture, and a short course, Finding Time to Write: How to Plan, Facilitate, and Participate in an Academic Writing Retreat. She also chaired two panels.

Assistant Professor Tim McKenna-Buchanan and co-author Sara Baker received the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Book Chapter of the Year Award, “You Are On Your Own: Magnifying Co-Cultural LGB/TQ Microaggressions in the Workplace.” The chapter appears in Contemporary Studies of Sexuality & Communication: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives (Manning & Noland, Eds.; Kendall Hunt). Tim chaired three panels and presented two projects.

Jeremy Williams, a senior communication studies and psychology major, presented “The Importance of the Basic Communication Course in the First Year Experience: An Examination of the Relationship between Student Emotions, Classroom Connectedness, and Motivation to Learn.”  His project stemmed from a faculty-student summer research grant with McKenna-Buchanan. Jeremy also shared his project involving EMS workers and emotion.