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Student Shout-Out: COMS Majors Present at CARD

Last week on April 22nd, three of our Communication Studies majors presented at the College of Arts and Sciences Creative Activity and Research Day. Congratulations to Anne Weltner, Megan Busch, and Gloria Ruiz! You can find a description of the research they presented below (courtesy of the CARD Event Schedule). Congratulations on your achievements!

Anne presenting her research at CARD

Anne presenting her research at CARD

Anne Weltner “Communication Evolution between Past Verbally Abusive Relationships to Current Romantic Relationships” The purpose of this qualitative research study was to conduct six interviews with participants who had previously been in a verbally abusive relationship and are presently in a romantic relationship. My research question was, “how do people in past verbally abusive relationships communicate with their present partner? Through the use of an interpretive lens, I asked questions such as, “How well did you know your partner that was verbally abusive?,” “How do you and your present partner express love?,” and” “Ideally what is your conception of an ideal romantic relationship in terms of communication?”

The interviews used a semistructured format, constant comparison, coding and thematic analysis. The four themes included: Verbal Abuse as a Form of Communication; Insights After the Abuse; Comparing Romantic Relationships; and, Current Romantic Relationship Maintenance. In the findings, the participants expressed the importance of open communication, compromise, and stressed the need and desire to move forward and learn from their past experiences.

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Student Shout-Out: Gaelle in Hawaiian Ensemble’s “Legends of the Islands”

Today’s Student Shout-Out goes to senior Communication Studies major Gaelle Mondestin who is living my dream of being a hula dancer! Earlier this semester she danced in the Hawaiian Ensemble’s 7th Annual Ho’Ike “Legends of the Islands!” I asked her to fill us in about how she got involved with Hawaiian Ensemble. Here she is:

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“I first got involved with the Hawaiian Ensemble because of a retreat (Magis) I took my freshmen year. I met the current president Jessie Stoneham, and she told me that she was involved and that I should join. Upon our return back to campus, I jointed Hawaiian Ensemble and the rest is history. I’ve been in the club the entirety of my undergraduate career and I’ve loved every year. What I enjoy the most is the sense of family or ‘ohana’ that every members feels. I remember thinking all the girls were so nice and willing to teach us beginners about hula and the different types of dances.  I used to dance ballet, jazz, tap and Haitian flokore for about 12 years and since I’ve always enjoyed dancing, Hawaiian Ensemble was the perfect fit (very humble, not competitive, and fun!).”

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Dons’ Doings: COMS Day at the Ballpark!

Special thanks to Hailey for our awesome sign!

Special thanks to Hailey for our awesome sign!

Batter up! To help celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Benedetti Diamond, we are having a Communication Studies Day at the Ballpark!

Please join us this Sunday, April 24th at 1:00 pm at Benedetti Diamond. We will be sitting in the new grassy area, so feel free to bring blankets and chairs. We will be cheering on our Dons as they take on the USD Toreros. And, we have a COMS major on the baseball team! So we will be cheering on #5 Merrick Belding!

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Student Shout-Out: Jimena and Xantal in “Communication Teacher”

Published authors Jimena, Prof. Lawless, and Xantal

Published authors Jimena, Prof. Lawless, and Xantal

Today’s “Student Shout-Out” is a big one. Two of our Communication Studies majors are about to be published authors. Get in line for their autographs while you can!

Jimena Tejada and Xantal Tejada, senior Communication Studies majors, along with Professor Lawless, are publishing an article in a special issue of Communication Teacher on teaching about diversity. The article, “Where Can Your Passport Take You? Teaching Citizenship, Mobility, and Identity in the Classroom,” will be published in July 2016. The activity was created collaboratively for Lawless’ class International Conflict and Alliance Building in Fall 2015. The activity helps students to explore the difficulties of crossing national borders given individual identities related to nationality and citizenship.
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