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2009-10 Faculty Achievements

Over the past academic year, Communication Studies faculty members accomplished numerous noteworthy achievements of interest to both internal and external audiences of the University.


Jennifer Edwards (April 2010) “Twitter as an Extension of the Classroom” SSCA Convention with Lora Helvie-Mason Southern University at New Orleans

Jennifer T. Edwards (April 2010) Technology and Instructional Communication: Student Usage and Perceptions of Virtual Office Hours (VOHs)* SSCA Convention with Lora Helvie-Mason Southern University New Orleans *TOP PAPER AWARD (Instructional Division)

Jennifer Edwards, (Nov. 2009) "Peer-to-Peer Mentoring in an Interpersonal Communication Classroom" NCA Convention

Jennifer Edwards, (Nov. 2009) "Does YOUR Group Have the Most Persuasive Business Plan?" NCA Convention

Jennifer Edwards, (Nov. 2009) “The Effectiveness of a Digital Dirt Training Workshop on Millennial Individuals." NCA Convention

Jennifer T. Edwards, Twitter as an extension of the classroom ACADEMIC EXCHANGE QUARTERLY (Spring 2010)   Lora Helvie-Mason, Southern University at New Orleans, LA

Jennifer T. Edwards, Technology and Instructional Communication: Student Usage and Perceptions of Virtual Office Hours March 2010 Journal of Online Learning and Teaching with Lora Helvie-Mason, Southern University New Orleans

Cristi Horton (July 2009) “Agriculturalists and Recreationalists’ Perspectives of the Yellowstone River’s Ecosystem Services” with Susan Gilbertz and Damon Hall, International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), Vienna Austria.

Cristi Horton (June 2009) “Promoting Sustainability by Facilitating Discovery of the Interdependence Between Production and Consumption of the Yellowstone River's Ecosystem Services” with Damon Hall and Susan Gilbertz, Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE), Portland, Maine.

Cristi Horton, “Step it Up in the Lone Star State: How Identity and Myth May Impact a Movement,” in Social Movement to Address Climate Change edited by Danielle Endres, Leah Sprain and Tarla Rai Peterson; with Andrea Feldpaausch-Parker, Damon Hall, Jodi Minion, Anna Munoz, Isreal Parker and Tarla Rai Peterson. (Cambria Press: 2009)

Milford, Mike  (2010). “Sarah Palin and Symbolic Boasting.” FloridaCommunication Journal, 37, 43-54.

Michael Milford, (April 2010) “Symbolic Convergence: Jesse Owens, Berlin, Hitler, and the Athlete as Enthymeme.” CSCA Convention

Michael Milford (Nov. 2009) "Allegory and the War on Terror: Battlestar Galactica as Allegorical Commentary." and Robert Rowland, University of Kansas NCA Convention


Dan Malone, SPJ-Fort Worth’s Open Doors Award “celebrates the record of an individual or organization in defending the people’s right to open government and open records.” It is considered a lifetime achievement award.

On Campus

Robert Anderson “Seeing isn’t believing. The limits of documentary film-making. A presentation of four 21st century pre-earthquake documentaries on Haiti.” Honors Brown Bag Lunch Series

Charles Howard “Help! My daughter is a sex offender! Sexting and the InterSEXtion of Technology and Law” Honors Brown Bag Lunch Series

Gay Wakefield, “Teaching With R.E.A.L. Technology” 2010 Excellence in Teaching Conference


Robert Anderson was a panelist at the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth’s “Catch the Wave: A Film Festival Celebrating the Nouvelle Vague,” August 16, 2009.

Jennifer Edwards and Cristi Horton hosted a conference “After the Degree, Now What?” on the Tarleton State University Campus on October 16, 2009.

Tracey Holley  participated in the state of Texas’ re-examination of the Speech TEXAS Test, April 2010.

Gay Wakefield’s COMS 420 class planned, executed and worked the booth that promoted the Longhorn Drover at the International Texas Longhorn Association Convention, October 21-24, 2009.