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Communication Studies faculty, students to present at conference

by Melinda Lantz | Jan 04, 2018

Posted April 4 - Junior Carly Kwiecien and Tim McKenna-Buchanan, assistant professor of communication studies, will present their paper, “’It’s necessary for others, but not for me’: Exploring Conceptions of Professionalism that Emerge in the Organizational Socialization of Pharmacy Students” at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) conference in Milwaukee in April. Their research and paper are a result of a 2017 Faculty-Student Summer Research Grant and will be presented alongside scholars in the Organizational and Professional Communication Division of CSCA.

Also, senior Shianna Knoll will present on a panel titled “The Future of PR: Outstanding PR Undergraduates Who Will Make a Difference.” On the panel, Shianna will share her experiences as a public relations student at MU and discuss how she is being taught to make a difference in her community and the PR field.

Michelle Calka, associate professor of communication studies, will chair and respond to panels on “Mental Illness and Media” and “Engaging with Other, Virtual and Human, Over Media.”

McKenna-Buchanan has served as awards coordinator for the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus and will present the awards at the conference. He also will serve on the Spotlight on Diversity panel to discuss the “Challenges and Solutions of the Introductory Communication Courses at Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities.”